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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 …

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Defending state Division I champion Williamsville North obviously knows what it feels like to be truly No. 1. That's why being ranked first in the state in January means little to the Spartans and longtime coach Bob Rosen, who has guided the program to five state championships since its inception in 1990. There are still plenty of games on the docket, including those ev…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

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Sweet Home High School's Dylan McDuffie won't be travelling too far to play his college football. In fact, he'll just travel a short way down Sweet Home Road since he's opting to attend the University at Buffalo. The three-star prospect running back/linebacker made his verbal commitment official via Twitter on Thursday night. McDuffie, a Connolly Cup finalist as a…

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The Eden Raiders boys volleyball team added some more hardware to an already large trophy case on Thursday as they took a 24-26, 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 win over Sweet Home in the Section VI Division II crossover match on Wednesday at Lackawanna High School. Eden’s win earned the Raiders their 31st Division II title and the third in the last four seasons. Leading the way fo…

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Robert Pierce was rooting for a Sweet Home victory on Tuesday night. He doesn’t want to see them win again, however. “I’m thrilled for them,” Pierce, the Eden coach, said of Sweet Home and coach Rich Cicero, his former club volleyball and Penn State University teammate. “He’s one of my best friends, a great guy. He’s really worked hard and those kids are responding to him…

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Seeing that brighter days awaited Sweet Home boys volleyball back in 2015 wasn’t hard for coach Rich Cicero. It’s not because he had a crystal ball. It’s because he had a bird’s-eye view of it in practice. Cicero saw the program’s future in action daily during what turned out to be a winless season for his Panthers. The members of the young and talented junior varsit…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Eight of the high school football season, the first week of the postseason in Section VI. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. https://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/news-football-polls-week-eight/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 38, St. Fra…