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Summer Clark was a fierce competitor for the undefeated state champion Williamsville East softball team this spring. And through the first four rounds of The Buffalo News' Prep Talk Athlete of the Week playoffs, the sophomore pitcher received the most votes of any male or female in the competition. But when it came down to the championship round this week, Clark was happy…

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Orchard Park was tabbed as the No. 1 seed for Class AA in the Section VI softball playoff seeding meeting Monday night. The 14-3 Quakers will play Jamestown in the first round on Thursday. In Class A1, No. 1 Williamsville East on Thursday will play the winner of today’s game between Kenmore East/North Tonawanda. Iroquois, the top seed in Class A2, on Thursday will pl…

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Western New York’s longest-running high school basketball all-star game returned to its roots this week. The 25th edition of the ACE showcase will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday at Amherst High School. More than 40 players attended Tuesday’s tryout at Sweet Home, where the event originated. “Having the tryout here is special,” Sweet Home coach Brandon Woods said. “The coac…

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HOUGHTON — The boys 1,000-meter run more than lived up to its billing as one of the most competitive races at the Section VI Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier at Houghton College. The balanced field headed down the last straightaway of the Kerr-Pegula Field House, and several runners lunged at the finish line. Vinny Pagliaccio of West Seneca East found himself on t…

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Alexis Kirk was entering eighth grade when her brother Matt brought home a .22 caliber rifle from Clarence High School. She begged him all summer to give it a shot in the family’s basement range. When Matt Kirk returned to school as a sophomore, he told Red Devils’ rifle coach Robert Neubauer his younger sister wanted to try out for the varsity team. “And she’s going to b…

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The threat of inclement weather is leading to changes in the Section VI championships schedules for indoor track and field, swimming and diving, and wrestling, officials announced Monday. The class wrestling meets are scheduled for Saturday with a snow date of Sunday being added. Cheerleading is scheduled for Sunday as planned. The class diving meet is now schedul…

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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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The Frontier boys cross-country team has moved ahead of the pack in Western New York over the past three seasons, reviving the legacy left by late coach Arsilio Capuani. From 1973 to 1992, “Cap” guided the Falcons to a 244-68 record, winning eight championships and going undefeated in five of his final six seasons. “He was just phenomenal,” said Jackie Murzynowski, a Sec…

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Section VI Class C Championship Who: Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles (8-1) vs. Southwestern Trojans (9-0) When: 5 p.m. Thursday Where: New Era Field Tickets: $10 Webcast: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/guide. There is a fee to stream the games. Rankings: Southwestern is ranked No. 2 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 3 in the New York State Sportswri…

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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 (…

SECTION VI GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFFS CLASS AA Quarterfinals Friday, Oct. 19, at higher seed 1- Clarence vs. 8- Jamestown, 3:30 p.m. 2- Orchard Park vs. 7, Nia. Falls, 3:30 p.m. 3- Wmsv. North vs. 6- Lockport, 3:30 p.m. 4- Frontier vs. 5-Lancaster, 3:30 p.m. Semifinals Friday, Oct. 26, at Wmsv. East HS Quarterfinal winners, TBA, 5:30 p.m. Quarte…

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Recent Olympian Matt Anderson of West Seneca is among the honorees slated to be inducted into the Section VI Hall of Fame this year. The Fifth Section VI Hall of Fame Dinner is set for The Columns (2221 Transit Road, Elma) at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. There will be a cash bar. Tickets cost $30. Reservations must be made by Nov. 21. Call Pauline at 821-7581 or visit http://www.s…

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While 1977 is famous in these parts because of a certain blizzard, it was also one of those rare years a Yale Cup team failed to win a Section VI boys basketball title. So too was last year. In fact 2017 was the first time since '77 a Yale Cup team didn't get to hoist a championship plaque at the conclusion of the tournament. Forty years. That's quite impressive. …

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It's Selection Saturday which means it's time to find out which teams earned No. 1 seeds for the Section VI basketball tournaments, and which teams have the easiest or hardest roads to Championship weekend games at Buffalo State and Jamestown Community College. Not surprisingly the top seed for the boys in Class A-1 is unbeaten West Seneca West, the ECIC I champion who …

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It's a different year but the same situation, one that won't be resolved until late February at the Section VI championship meet. As usual, there are more talents that have already hit state-qualifying marks for the March 3 meet in Staten Island than there are spots. Only a maximum of three based on finish at sectionals get to go to states. While the situation also e…