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Brian Lombardo, who resigned in July as the track and field coach at Sweet Home, has been named an assistant coach at the University at Buffalo, UB announced Wednesday. He will be in charge of coaching the jumps and combined events for UB. Lombardo’s resignation as a teacher and coach was met with surprise and disappointment by members of the Sweet Home community. Mo…

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When Steve Becker was a teenager, playing high school basketball in North Tonawanda, he and his buddies used to kill time after practice in the gym by pretending the clock was running down, while firing up some half-court shots. “Thousands of them,” Becker said. In a way, it was all practice for the day when Arianna Ruhland needed him. Becker is a math teacher at …

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This is part of a series highlighting the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. For tickets, visit GBSHOF.com.  John Faller has been looking through old files and newspaper clips lately, preparing his speech and a bio for the upcoming Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It's given him a chance …

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Ashleigh Lucina gets emotional thinking about her first track and field meet three years ago. She was nervous, maybe even borderline excited, to see how she would do. It was a new sport for the then-freshman, who until that spring had always considered herself a swimmer. The meet also marked a new beginning, a new step in her transition from Zachary Poydock to Ashlei…

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Devils win battle of champs Taha Ahmed scored in the sixth minute and Ross Showalter in the 46th as the defending Class AA boys soccer champion Clarence defeated Monsignor Martin champion St. Joe’s, 2-1, in the final of the Clarence Tournament. The Marauders’ main rival, Canisius, kicked off its season and Monsignor Martin slate with a 3-0 home victory against Bishop…

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Quarterback Maurice Robertson has transferred from Sweet Home to West Seneca West. "I was called by coach (Mike) Vastola yesterday, and he said Maurice showed up at their practice," Sweet Home coach Jeremy Zimmer said. "I had no idea he was transferring. Last week he was practicing with us." Robertson, who was working with the starters at Sweet Home, split time at qu…

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Craig Dana has been through plenty of opening days with Orchard Park during his high school football coaching career, but he couldn’t deny that his 17th one with the program felt different. A lot different. It was with good reason. Monday’s start to the high school sports season throughout the Empire State signaled Dana’s official debut as head coach at one of Wes…

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Current and former student-athletes, as well as parents, community members and co-workers spoke for about two hours in support of former Sweet Home track and field coach Brian Lombardo on Monday night at the Board of Education meeting. Lombardo's resignation as a coach and teacher had been approved by the board at its last meeting, which was a special meeting with just …

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If anyone believes Sweet Home is unworthy of being the top-ranked boys hockey team in the state, go to the penalty box. Don't come out until the Panthers fire the puck into the net. Riding a smoldering power play and refuse to lose attitude, Sweet Home achieved what many thought was unthinkable except for those within the blue and gold inner circle. The Panthers went…

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A Section VI team will leave HarborCenter Sunday as NYSPHSAA Division II boys hockey champions. It’s just a matter of which one. The title game will feature two Section VI schools for the first time ever after West Seneca West and Sweet Home both won their semifinals Saturday. One of the programs will earn its first-ever state hockey title. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m…

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West Seneca West boys hockey is entering unchartered territory. The Indians will play I-John Jay in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Division II state semifinals Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at the HarborCenter. It's the furthest into the playoffs the program has ever been. While the roster is inexperienced when it comes to hockey titles, a pair o…

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Lancaster throwers Jon and Natalia Surdej are in very different frames of mind when it comes time to compete. Jon, a junior, doesn’t stress much. He called the Section VI track and field championships “just a warmup meet getting ready for the state meet next week. If I do good, I do good. If I don’t, I don’t.” His best shot put landed at 58 feet, 2 inches. It wasn’t …

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2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…

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Competitive pride might just be the best way to describe Anthony Williams' reasoning for giving track and field a try last winter at Sweet Home. Williams heard about a dude at school who was pretty fast. Williams believed he could beat that dude in a short race. The dude just happened to be THE DUDE: Nathaniel "Nate" Davis. The same Davis whose 2017 wound up being…

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Sweet Home's 4x200 relay team is going big time Saturday. The crew consisting of Panthers seniors Nate Davis, Anthony Williams, Eric Johnson and Thomas Rivera will be among six high school relay teams to race during the Dr. Sander Invitational at The Armory in New York. The event begins at 3 p.m. but will be shown via tape delay at 5 p.m. on NBCSN. The meet consists …