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By Michael Petro, Special to the News It wasn’t a defensive game, but when Bishop Timon-St. Jude needed a stop from that side of the ball in the waning minutes of Saturday’s Monsignor Martin Class B football championship, the Tigers got it. In Joe Licata's third season of heading a rebuilding Timon program, the Tigers won a back-and-forth 36-32 shootout over St. Mary…

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (2-9) Coach: Joe Licata, third season. Home field: Tifft Farm. Program founded: 1948. Outlook: With 24 returnees, this could be the most experienced team Joe Licata has fielded. Timon returns its best player in first-team All-Catholic lineman Alex Reinhardt. He’s 6-4, 270 with explosive speed. He’ll be part of an all-senior offensiv…

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St. Mary's of Lancaster is in need of a new girls basketball coach. Jason Kline has stepped down as coach, Head of School Kevin Kelleher confirmed Wednesday. “After discussions about family, health, acquiring a new business, and just overall priorities, Coach Kline has respectfully decided it’s always family first,” Kelleher said in a news release. “It is clearly evi…

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The Niagara women's basketball program has offered a scholarship to one of the area's top young players. St. Mary's of Lancaster guard Shay Ciezki, who was named to the All-Western New York team as a freshman, announced on Twitter that the Purple Eagles were her first offer. She averaged 22.9 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals last season. The 5-6…

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Huddled on the infield after rallying for a 14th straight win, Missy Hufford got choked up talking to the St. Mary’s softball team. “This is the best team I’ve ever been around,” said the Lancers’ volunteer assistant and wife of head coach Kevin Hufford. “Not just because of the talent. You have the best chemistry, camaraderie, team unity of any team I’ve been a part of…

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Fans at the 53rd Monsignor Martin Wrestling Tournament had the unique experience of seeing twins Matt and Zach Ash of St. Mary's-Lancaster wrestle each other in the 126-pound semifinals. Matt, who has more wrestling experience, won a 12-7 decision to advance to the tournament finals. For most in the crowd, the only way to tell them apart was who was wearing the red arou…

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Crosstown rivals took a trip downtown Monday for a quintuple-header of Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation games at HarborCenter. “It was really great to have all these games here during the entire day, a lot of entertainment, a lot of fun,” St. Joe’s senior William Redding said after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Canisius in the final game of the …

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After ending the third set on a 17-5 run, it seemed as if St. Mary’s had the Catholic state girls volleyball championship locked up. The Lancers were playing at home and had a 2-1 set lead. Sacred Heart, from Hempstead on Long Island, had other ideas. Sacred Heart got out to a quick start in the fourth set and built a 15-11 lead before St. Mary’s had to call timeout.…

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude | Cardinal O’Hara | St. Mary’s Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (0-9) Coach: Joe Licata, second year Home field: Tifft Farm Program founded: 1948 Outlook: The roster of 35 has been bolstered by the addition of athletes who did not come out for the team last year. That includes hockey players Michael Sands and Trai Jenkins. Linebacker Ethyn Ell…

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It's rare when a Big 4 basketball player declares for the NBA. It's even rarer when such instances happen twice in a year, let alone on consecutive days. That appears to be the case, as freshman and Buffalo native Takal Molson has become the second Canisius College player to enter his name into this year's NBA Draft. Molson made the announcement via Twitter on Thursd…

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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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The words didn’t escape their mouths, but when it felt like Nichols might be on the verge of ending Cardinal O’Hara’s boys basketball season for the third year in a row, the play of Nasir Benton and his teammates rose to the level that screamed the equivalent of enough is enough. Instead the Hawks seized control by hunkering down on defense and quickening the pace of th…

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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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Chad Andrews' first crack at being the coordinator of a tournament instead of merely covering it takes center stage Saturday at Williamsville South. South serves as the host site for the first Centercourt Classic, named in honor of Andrews' popular View From Centercourt website. "Some of the coolest events we go to in high school basketball are the showcase events wh…

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Look at the standings and folks immediately ask, what's wrong with St. Joe's?  The longtime Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation power has more losses this year (five) than in the previous two seasons combined (three). The one word answer: Injuries. The Marauders have played one entire game with their full roster, as they've had eight players miss at least one …