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Hamburg Bulldogs (3-5) Coach: Jeff Tripp, fourth season. Home field: Howe Field. Program founded: 1915. Outlook: Hamburg will find out if the growing pains of the past two years pay off. Five returning senior starters, including four on the offensive line, look to fuel the ground-and-pound attack with Logan Garza, Spencer Dix, John Haberman and Alan Beyer opening…

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Earlier in the week, Kayla Bailey wasn’t sure she would compete in the 400-meter hurdles at the Section VI championships. On the starting blocks, she was determined to make the most of what could have been the final race of her track career. After she leaned across the finish line, Bailey felt faint, a symptom of her anemia. As her blurry vision subsided, she looked up at…

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Iroquois advanced to the Class A-2 baseball finals for the first time since 2016 with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Lew-Port on Wednesday. Both of the Chiefs’ runs came in the sixth inning. First, Bryce Yorke singled to score Phil Marcurio. Senior Corey Day singled home the second run. Junior Nick Partch threw another complete game for top-seeded Iroquois. He struck out seven…

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As difficult as it can be to beat an opponent three times in one season, the teams in the Section VI Class AA girls basketball playoffs are finding it’s even tougher to defeat the top-seeded Frontier Falcons. Frontier reached its third straight sectional championship with a 37-20 semifinal victory over Jamestown on Thursday night at Kenmore West. After winning the ECIC I…

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If Mitchell Floccare wasn’t yet in the holiday spirit, he is now. A flurry of Santa hats flew from the Marauder Rowdies section after Floccare scored his first career hat trick to lead St. Joe’s in a 5-1 win over Williamsville North on Thursday night at Northtown Center. “That was hilarious,” St. Joe’s goaltender Joe Fronczak said. “It’s amazing for Mitch. I’m really hap…

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Lancaster’s winning formula — E + R = O — is emblazoned on wristbands worn by each team member this season. “Events plus response equals outcome,” coach Eric Rupp explained. For the second straight week, the Legends responded in the event of being down on the scoreboard and the outcome is a return trip to New Era Field for next week’s Section VI Class AA championship. T…

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Williamsville North and Niagara Wheatfield have combined to win the last nine Section VI Division I hockey championships. The two programs will face off for another title on Monday at HarborCenter after their decisive semifinal victories Tuesday night at HarborCenter. Having needed overtime to outlast Lancaster in last year’s sectional final, the defending state champion…

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Who’s who: The 11-team class consists of one division. Its members are the Bennett Tigers, Clarence Red Devils, Frontier Falcons, Hutch-Tech Engineers, Jamestown Red Raiders, Lancaster Legends, Lockport Lions, Niagara Falls Wolverines, Niagara Wheatfield Falcons, Orchard Park Quakers and Williamsville North Spartans. Alignment shift: Kenmore West drops down into Class A…

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Barker’s seven-year reign on top of Western New York field hockey is over. No. 1 seeded Akron handed No. 2 Barker a 3-1 loss in the Class C field hockey title game Thursday at Amherst High School, ending a championship streak that had spanned since the dawn of the iPhone. Akron's Heather Cummings opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, finishing a nice…