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Bryce Hediger pitched a complete game one-hitter for No. 7 Pioneer, but it was No. 2 Lake Shore that advanced in the Class A-2 playoffs after a 2-0 win on Friday. Nate Lockwood pitched seven strong innings for the Eagles and allowed only two hits. The senior struck out 10 Pioneer batters. “His slider was working, his fastball was working,” said Coach Danny Conrad. Lo…

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Lewiston-Porter’s boys basketball team has enjoyed its playoff run. The team has been an early arrival at the Buffalo State Sports Arena throughout Championship Week, checking out as much basketball as possible -- indulging in the sounds and highlight plays all while waiting for its opportunity to entertain the masses in attendance. The good times rolled on for the L…

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West Seneca West endured plenty of drama that tested its mettle this season. It’s made the Indians tougher and stronger – all the attributes possessed by a champion. And a boys basketball season that started with West struggling to find itself has once again reached the point in which the Indians are one win away from returning to the New York State Public High Schools …

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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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Mike Velasquez has some nice swag, including a 2017 state championship ring, to remind him of a pair of historic seasons by West Seneca West’s football and hockey teams. The trinkets also serve as a reminder of what Velasquez missed because of a severe knee injury suffered in practice three days before the Indians’ 2017 football opener. He showed his dedication to th…

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Juston Johnson’s quest to play basketball with West Seneca West this season appears to be finished. State Supreme Court Justice Dennis Ward denied Johnson’s quest for an injunction that would allow him to play, and the Article 78 petition filed in court to appeal a Section VI decision that Johnson has used all of his eligibility in the sport has been dismissed. The j…

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Juston Johnson will likely do Thursday what he did during Tuesday night’s game for West Seneca West. He’ll help put the boys basketball team through its paces during warmup drills and then take a seat in street clothes on the bench once the game tips off. That’s not sitting well with him or his family, which remains hopeful he’ll get a chance to suit up for the Indians …

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Will Juston Johnson be allowed to play in West Seneca West’s next boys basketball game? That will be decided Wednesday in State Supreme Court. Johnson is seeking an immediate stay that would allow him to potentially play while he continues to appeal a Section VI ruling that said his six-year window for playing high school basketball has expired. In court documents an…

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While the West Seneca West boys basketball community has made its stance regarding Juston Johnson’s eligibility known on social media, players on the team will further explain their desire to let the star senior guard play at a news conference Tuesday. Players and their parents plan to appear with Johnson and his family at 11 a.m. at the West Seneca Town Library, 1300 U…

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Juston Johnson won’t be on the court Friday night for West Seneca West because he’s waiting for a court ruling that will determine whether he plays basketball this season. Johnson, the star point guard for the defending Section VI Class A champions, will be dressed in street clothes sitting on the bench when the Indians open their season at Canisius High School in the l…

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West Seneca East never panicked even as the time ticked away. With the Section VI Class A football championship there for the taking, the Trojans did just that at the expense of their biggest rival. West Seneca West’s reign as state champion is over. The Indians’ 24-game winning streak is over. That’s because rival West Seneca East (9-1) maintained its poise and neve…

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John Speyer of West Seneca West has been selected as the Buffalo News Football Player of the Week for Week Nine. The Indians’ senior running back broke the school record for rushing yards in a single game (305) during a 50-49 Section VI semifinal victory over Starpoint on Friday. Speyer rushed for four touchdowns and secured the triumph by making an interception with 32…

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Regardless the number of familiar faces dotting a roster, football teams are different year to year. That includes West Seneca West, which has plenty of names folks got to know during last year’s state championship run still in the fold. While veteran experience like past All-Western New York selections in the form of Juston Johnson and Mike Glinski along with Liam Sche…

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Malik Brooks is one of the fastest athletes in the state. The Lockport Lion proved that last spring when he placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet after winning the Section VI title. But the senior is more than just scary fast. He’s crazy athletic, tough and knows how to get open on the football field. …

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When Anna Rybczynski officially signs her letter of intent to attend Wake Forest in November, the West Seneca West runner should do an Irish jig for old times sake. After all, the former Irish dancer turned her dream of running for a program in a Division I major conference into reality when she caught the eyes of coaches at the Atlantic Coast Conference school. “It’…