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It's going to be pretty tough to ignore Iroquois softball from here on out. That's because after years of struggling to attain postseason success, the Chiefs have done nothing but find ways to follow up big wins with triumphs of even more significance this spring. Tuesday night at Williamsville North, the Chiefs secured their biggest win in decades. Behind the clu…

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Iroquois softball slayed the dragon of Class A-2 on the biggest stage. Chiefs pitcher Brooke Plonka held Lew-Port to two hits, backing Iroquois in a 5-0 victory against the previously undefeated Lancers in the A-2 final at Williamsville North. "There's been many people who kept on asking me, 'Why aren't you guys in the rankings?'" Iroquois head coach Aaron Vanderlip …

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The baseball remains unmarked with about two dozen others in a white bucket in the Macks' garage in Williamsville. Well, there should be a smudge from Joe Mack's wooden bat, left before it sailed over the right-field fence on the grass field last year at Williamsville North High School. Allan Mack knew his role the moment Joe made contact. He quietly walked past the out…

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Hamburg is going back to Buffalo State. It was another challenging game in a season full of them for the Bulldogs, but they came away with a 45-43 win over Grand Island on Wednesday night in the Class A-1 semifinals at Clarence due to some key plays late. Hamburg will play Williamsville South for the championship Sunday. In the second game Wednesday, the Billies got …

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Michael Maurer completed a clean sweep through high school as the Section VI individual medley champion. The Hamburg senior won his fourth consecutive title in the 200 IM, leading throughout and pulling away at the end to finish with a time of 1:57.10, on Friday at the Section VI boys swimming championships at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Pool. The Canisi…

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The Williamsville East boys swimming team has checked almost all the boxes up until this point to consider 2017-18 a dream season. The Flames wrapped up their first undefeated regular season in 21 years in late January with a 12-0 record, which included wins over top programs Orchard Park and Hamburg in the span of nine days. They snatched the ECIC II division crown awa…

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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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While there's no shortage of skilled players on the St. Mary's of Lancaster girls volleyball team, even the most talented crews need a difference-maker or two to take them over the top. The Lancers had three of them in seniors Jillian Vitale and Summer Slade and junior Hannah Mulhern. They all played vital roles in St. Mary's capturing its second straight New York State…

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Western New York boys hockey teams are well-represented in the first state hockey rankings that were released Wednesday. Four teams are in the top nine of Division I, while three are in the top seven in Division II. Defending state champs St. Joe's and Williamsville North are Nos. 1 and 2 in D-I, while Williamsville East is No. 1 in D-II. Lancaster is sixth and Ni…

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The top girls basketball player from Western New York might be playing where snow won’t fall this winter. After a year at Blair Academy in New Jersey, former Williamsville East star Erica Martinsen is wrapping up her scholastic career at IMG Academy in Florida. The 2016 Buffalo News Player of the Year verbally committed to the University of Virginia back in January. …

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WILL SPRINGSTEAD Special to The News GLENS FALLS -- The dominance was the same, but the class was different. Portville won its first state girls volleyball title in Class C on Sunday at Cool Insuring Arena, defeating Millbrook 3-1 (25-9, 15-25, 25-13, 25-13). The Panthers' previous three state titles came in Class D, the last one in 2015. After splitting the firs…

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Section VI will be represented in the Class A, C and D girls volleyball finals, as all three schools competing in Glens Falls Saturday made it through pool play. Portville and Panama, the respetive Class C and D representatives, both went undefeated in pool play. Portville won all six sets, besting Pierson-Bridgehamton, Voorheesville and Millbrook. The Panthers will fac…

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It was close, but we have a winner. Senior Max Giordano's one-handed catch in Lancaster's Week Four win at Niagara Falls has been voted the best catch of the high school football season. https://twitter.com/Hudl/status/912378980568879105 Thanks for the 5,000-plus votes over the course of the past few weeks. This has been a fun experiment and is something I hope to…

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The championship journeys for four volleyball teams from Section VI continue this weekend as they head east to compete in their respective state tournaments. The Williamsville East, Portville and Panama girls teams play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday and possibly Sunday, while the Eden…

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Williamsville East will return to the state semifinals for the third year in a row determined to bring back the one trophy missing from its collection. “In other years, our goal was to get there,” senior captain Ally Jozwiak said. “This year, our goal is to win it.” The Flames blazed through West Irondequoit on Thursday night at Daemen College, winning their third straig…