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CICERO –  Jayla Moss came out of the blocks hard and kicked in an extra gear near the end of her 100-meter dash at the New York State Track and Field Championships. The junior from Cheektowaga knew a trip to the Federation final for the first time in school history was on the line, and she didn’t want to take any chances. Moss finished that race in 12.31 seconds to tak…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [11] 25-5 110 2 2. Canisius 23-3 96 1 3. West Seneca West (A-1) 24-1 85 5 4. Niagara Falls* (AA) 19-5 72 4 4. Williamsville South* (A-1) 19-4 72 3 6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-6 54 6 7. South Park (A-2) 14-10 45 NR 8. Willia…

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Noah Hutchins' buzzer-beating layup provided the perfect ending to Park School's championship quest and the perfect finish to a postseason full of memorable moments for Western New York's boys and girls basketball teams. There were three state champions: Park (Federation Class A boys), East (NYSPHSAA Class D boys) and Sacred Heart (state Catholic Class A girls). Ther…

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More than all the championships and trophies, what Stephanie Schroeder will miss most about coaching West Seneca West’s varsity cheerleading team is overwhelmingly the day-to-day interaction she had with her girls. A 2008 grad of West Seneca West, Schroeder started as an assistant at her alma mater in 2009, coached the JV team in 2010 and then took over the varsity prog…

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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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By Michael Petro Special to the News West Seneca West rode its offensive prowess all the way to the program’s first Far West Regional appearance. On Saturday evening, the Indians went cold and had their worst night shooting this season, leading to the end of a dream 2017-18 campaign. West suffered its first loss of the season, falling 67-49 to defending Class A stat…

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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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It's that glorious time of the year where the teams at Far West Regionals battle for victories and the right to head to Binghamton to play for the ultimate prize in New York State public high schools boys basketball. It's also the joyous time where the Manhattan Cup champions are one win away from earning state titles and advancing to the Federation Tournament of Champi…

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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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West Seneca West versus Williamsville South was expected to be an epic Section VI boys basketball championship game. The Class A-1 final did more than live up to that billing, as it was perhaps one of the best high school games ever played in the Buffalo State Sports Arena. A standing-room only crowd of more than 3,000 witnessed West Seneca West dig deeper than deep to …

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During a timeout early in the third quarter, the West Seneca West student section began chanting: "It's too easy." The unbeaten Indians made it look as such because of pressing defense that made a North Tonawanda crew that plays reigning Class AA champion Niagara Falls twice a year uncomfortable – leading to lots of turnovers, easy baskets and a shot at the title. Th…

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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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Juston Johnson has not been on the losing end of any game this school year. Let that sink in for a moment. The West Seneca West junior was a big part of the 13-0 state-champ football team in the fall, and that success has carried over to the hardwood, where the Indians are the only unbeaten left in WNY at 19-0. Last Tuesday, Johnson scored a career-high 42 points in …

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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…