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Who: Canisius Crusaders (5-4) vs. St. Francis Red Raiders (4-6) When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: UB Stadium Tickets: $10 Audio only: mixlr.com/wnyathletics Rankings: Canisius is ranked No. 5 in the News Large Schools poll. St. Francis is honorable mention in the News poll. Canisius in final: The Crusaders are 6-3 in title games under the current league playof…

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CJ Ozolins said it was just an “instinct play.” Canisius can call it a game-saving act. St. Francis can point to it as another example of its potential with a reminder of just how difficult it is to win football games. The key play of Saturday’s Canisius versus St. Francis clash serves as a reminder of just how close competitively the three large-school teams in the …

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Julian Cunningham is on the move again, but instead of bouncing from one Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association program to another, he is heading to prep school. Cunningham, the second team All-Western New York selection, announced on Twitter he's leaving Bishop Timon-St. Jude to attend Orangeville Prep in Ontario. That is the same prep school team that featu…

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Jerry Hickson. Mike Radon. Jim Kubiak. They are just three of the many top-notch quarterbacks to have played at St. Francis over the years. It may seem a wee bit early to add Jake Ritts' name to the list, especially after just three career varsity starts. The sophomore, however, appears to be on course toward doing just that. He's already become the answer to the …

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Canisius | St. Francis | St. Joseph Canisius Crusaders (8-4) Coach: Rich Robbins, eighth season Home field: Stransky Complex Program founded: 1913 Outlook: The Crusaders have won five of the last six league titles. The reigning state Catholic runner-up graduated a lot, but the cupboard isn’t bare. Seniors Joe Jamison and Joel Nicholas are fast but physical r…

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Brett Hilton's path toward earning more playing time as a junior for St. Francis came at the expense of St. Joe's. During that regular-season victory, Hilton's pinch-hit, two-run homer proved to be the game-winner. It also proved to be the shot that put him in position not just for more playing time but also in a spot to deliver quite possibly the biggest hit of his car…

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Lucas Beyer had about three minutes to celebrate a rare trifecta before his feeling of accomplishment deflated into dejection. The Canisius sophomore was trying to become the first runner since 2000 to sweep the 800 meters, one-mile and two-mile races at the All-Catholic Track and Field Championships, and the only underclassman in Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Ass…

The City of Tonawanda and St. Francis of Assisi Church are looking for volunteers, sponsors and vendors to plan a comprehensive services fair that will offer one-stop shopping so those in need can find out what help is available. The city and church, partners in the fair, are seeking businesses, organizations and individuals to donate money or volunteer time. The first-…

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The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association has opted to change things up for the coming season following the review of the 2017 season. The biggest news is that instead of one six-team division, the league will now be split into two divisions featuring three teams each. The A Division consists of Canisius, St. Francis and St. Joe's. The B Division features Bi…

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MANHATTAN CUP PLAYOFFS Tuesday’s play-in games at Villa Maria Class A 5-St. Joe’s vs. 4-St. Francis, 6 p.m. Class B 5-Christian Central vs. 4-Nichols, 7:45 p.m. Class A Semifinals Friday, Feb. 23 at Koessler Center 5-SJ/4-SF winner vs. 1-Canisius, 6 p.m. 3-Timon-St. Jude vs. 2-Park, 7:45 p.m. Class B Semifinals Saturday, Feb. 24 at Koess…

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The expectations were much higher for Dominik Thomas this season. He didn't have a problem living up to them. The St. Francis wrestler won his third All-Catholic title two weeks ago and followed that up this past weekend with his second state title at the Catholic High School Athletic Association Championships on Staten Island. Our Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week …

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Ed Maynard has been around the Western New York swimming scene long enough to recognize when he has a special collection of talent. The 2017-18 Canisius Crusaders don’t just stand out in his mind. They’re right at the very top. “We have 15 seniors on this team and a good compliment of juniors, sophomores and freshmen that are pretty impressive as well,” Maynard said.…

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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…

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Julian Cunningham says he's still has friends on the St. Francis Red Raiders boys basketball team. The friendships were definitely put on hold at tip-off once Cunningham's new team, Bishop Timon-St. Jude, and his old one crossed paths Friday afternoon in South Buffalo. Cunningham's play proved that as the junior guard did everything in his power to make sure the Tigers …

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When Anthony Day moved back to Western New York last spring and was named boys hockey coach at St. Francis, his alma mater, he really had no idea what to expect. The one thing he knew that he wanted to do though was to restore the luster of the Red Raiders' Prep Team – a program that has produced National Hockey League players as well as Division I players like himself …