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Here are the all-league teams as selected by the coaches in each league. MONSIGNOR MARTIN LARGE Offensive Co-Players of the Year: Jake Ritts-11 (St. Francis) and Xzavier Janczylik (St. Francis). Defensive Co-Players of the Year: Jason Walker (St. Joe’s) and C.J. Ozolins (Canisius). FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Pos Name School Yr QB Tyler Baker Canisius 10 QB Callum With…

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The guest of honor glanced around the James Ernle Auditorium at South Park High School and reminisced about the the last time he was here on graduation day six years ago. Could he have envisioned then, one of his former teachers asked, how far his passion and perseverance would take him before returning to his alma mater? “Yes I did,” Jody Fortson Jr. said with a smile. “…

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Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour and Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone have made a friendly wager for charity on the results of Saturday's Section VI Class C football title game. Wilson faces Southwestern at 6:30 p.m. at New Era Field. Voutour is a Wilson graduate and member of the school's Hall of Fame. Quattrone is a Southwestern graduate. The sherif…

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The Orchard Park football players lingered in the cold November rain before walking off the field following their home finale. Soaking in the afterglow of their 21-14 comeback victory against Bennett, the Quakers embraced the elements and celebrated a return to the Section VI Class AA championship game at New Era Field for the first time in three years. “This is what you…

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The path to the Section VI Class AA championship has gone through Lancaster over the past three seasons. This year, the Legends are taking their title defense on the road. Seeded fifth for sectionals after two single-point losses in the regular season, Lancaster advanced to the semifinals with a scrappy 23-17 win Friday night at No. 4 Clarence. “This was incredible. It…

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The longest run of dominance in Western New York’s oldest football rivalry dated further than the birth of every player on the field for the 110th T-NT Classic. Friday night marked the start of a new era in the Twin Cities. Tonawanda’s 23-0 triumph before a crowd of more than 3,000 people at George Vetter Stadium was its first over North Tonawanda since 2000 and one of …

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Orchard Park’s perfect record and league title hopes hung in the balance. The Quakers lost their defensive captain on the second play of the game. The most prolific passing attack in Section VI had been grounded. For the first time in six games, they fell behind by a touchdown, and then another. On the road at Lancaster, where no opponent has won in four seasons. “A lot o…

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Brian Fry is already a diamond prospect. An All-Western New York shortstop for Medina’s state semifinalist team as a sophomore, Fry is ranked among the top recruits in his class in New York. Canisius College is among the schools that have offered a scholarship, said Fry, whose father was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. “Brian’s got baseball in his blood,” said Er…

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Ty Parker’s coaching journey began 20 years ago with the Cheektowaga Thunderbirds Little Loop football organization. Friday night under the lights at Cheektowaga Central, Parker made his head coaching debut, fervently pacing the sidelines, hollering instructions and demonstrating techniques during the merged WNY Maritime/Health Sciences program’s 18-12 overtime victory ove…

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Sam Castronova has thrived in his first season commanding the run-pass option offense, evaluating the opportunities opposing defenses present and making the most of them. It’s similar to the way he handled his college recruitment. Castronova had ambitions to play Division I football coming out of Williamsville South High School four years ago. He spent another two years …

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The Far West Regionals – otherwise known as the state quarterfinals – are Friday and Saturday at Clarence High School. Winners advance to the Western finals next weekend at Union-Endicott. A year ago, Section VI teams went 5-0 in this round for the first time. Can the winning streak continue? Here are previews of each of the games: CLASS AA: Lancaster vs. Aquina…

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Here is the schedule for this week's Section VI football finals. All games are at New Era Field. Thursday's games: Class C 1S-Southwestern (9-0) vs. 1N-Cleveland Hill (8-1), 5 p.m. Class A 3-West Seneca East (8-1) vs. 1-West Seneca West, 8 p.m. Friday's games: Class D 2-Maple Grove (6-3) vs. 1-CSP (9-0), 2:30 p.m. Class AA 2-Lancaster (8-1) vs…

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Lancaster’s winning formula — E + R = O — is emblazoned on wristbands worn by each team member this season. “Events plus response equals outcome,” coach Eric Rupp explained. For the second straight week, the Legends responded in the event of being down on the scoreboard and the outcome is a return trip to New Era Field for next week’s Section VI Class AA championship. T…

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SECTION VI PLAYOFFS Friday Class AA Orchard Park (4) vs. Bennett (1) at All High Stadium, 7 Williamsville North (3) at Lancaster (2), 7:30 Class A Starpoint (5) at West Seneca West (1), 7 West Seneca East (3) at Grand Island (2), 7 Class B Cheektowaga (4) at Albion (1), 7 Pioneer (3) at Fredonia/Brocton (2), 7 Class C Wilson (2N)…

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The Section VI football committee announced the playoff matchups for the playoffs and the Chuck Funke Memorial Bowl Classics. Games begin Thursday. West Seneca West is the top seed in Class A, Albion in Class B, and Southwestern and Cleveland Hill in Class C. SECTION VI FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS CLASS A Friday Jamestown (8) at West Seneca West (1), 7 South Park (…