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Longtime Maple Grove football, basketball and softball coach Curt Fischer has announced that he has stepped down from his coaching positions at the school effective immediately. Fischer sent an email to the Buffalo News on Friday in making the announcement. The letter stated: They say with every ending there is a new beginning and after 25 years it is time for a c…

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Winning boys basketball games in ECIC I is not supposed to be easy. It's supposed to be hard, especially when the division's contenders gather for their regularly scheduled grudge matches. West Seneca West knows this and although Thursday's 82-61 final score at Clarence on paper looks like another walk-in-the-park type of victory for a team that's won all of its games b…

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Who: Franklinville/Ellicottville Titans (9-0) vs. Maple Grove (8-1). When: 5 p.m. Friday. Where: New Era Field. Tickets: $10. Web cast: myspectrumsports.com. Rankings: F/E is ranked No. 3 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 7 in the New York State Sportswriters' Poll. Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News poll and ninth in the state. New Era records:…

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Like the winning they have been doing on the football field, it's been a common sight seeing Newfane players holding impromptu grilling sessions. It's not barbecue mind you. It is Panthers giving each other pop quizzes on game plans formulated by their coaches. Whether it's just one teammate bumping into another in the hallway or several gathering together, they are in …

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Brock Blecha is as big as a linebacker and wears a number befitting the position. But the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior who wears No. 42 is as dangerous running the ball as he is throwing it. It didn't take long for Franklinville/Ellicottville's quarterback to prove that to the masses at John F. Kennedy on Saturday afternoon. He ran for a 50-yard touchdown on the first …

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The Section VI Executive Committee approved an emergency merger between the Frewsburg and Randolph football programs for the coming season Tuesday. Week One is Sept. 1 with Randolph visiting Section VI Class D runner-up Franklinville/Ellicottville. In a sport where injuries happen and the fact that the Bears do not have a junior varsity team, the move proved to be ne…

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For 16 years, Lancaster entered its first official practice of the football season with one objective – put it in the work necessary to win the Section VI championship. As the Legends prepare for the coming season, hitting the field early Monday at the Len Jankiewicz Athletic Complex behind their high school, they're kind of in unfamiliar territory because the objective…