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Three students have been charged in connection with Tuesday's bomb threat at Williamsville North High School, according to Amherst police. A 14-year-old, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old have been charged with making a terroristic threat, police said Wednesday. Their names were not released. The 16-year-old was charged as an adolescent offender and the matter was sent…

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Williamsville North field hockey fans looking for their team in action this weekend won’t have to stray too far from campus. That is a welcomed change for them and the Spartans, who have the potential to benefit from home-field advantage during the most important games of the season. Section VI will be well-represented in the New York State Public High Schools Athlet…

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Madison Penetrante’s path to the Section VI all-around gymnastics title took some uncommon twists and turns. Already a state champion and Section VI all-around record-holder, the Williamsville North senior had never won an event at the sectional meet. Until Friday night. Penetrante took the all-around title and placed first in the floor exercise and beam events at the S…

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Lancaster looked vulnerable but still overcame its toughest challenges to date: the flu-bug and Williamsville North. The Legends scored the game’s final 14 points late in the fourth quarter to rally for a 34-26 victory over host North on Friday night. Gianluca Fulciniti’s 1-yard TD run with 5 minutes, 38 seconds left tied the game at 26.  Clarke Whiteside’s conversio…

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Bennett | Clarence | Hutch-Tech | Lancaster | Lockport | Niagara Falls | Orchard Park | Williamsville North Bennett Tigers (4-4) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, seventh season Home field: All High Stadium Program founded: Unknown Outlook: The goal is to return to a Section VI final (in the fourth different class) for the fourth time in five seasons. Though it won't b…

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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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There is one place in Buffalo where the stars always line up right. Since the 1960s, the planetarium at Williamsville North High School has been orienting us to the stars in the heavens. Recently refurbished, it is state of the art, up to any video presentation or light show. Its resident celebrity, nicknamed Jake, goes back to the '60s. Jake is a kind of globe that sit…

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Niagara Falls handled the pressure the best way it knows how. By applying some of its own. The Wolverines relied on their signature attacking defense to defeat Williamsville North 61-42 and claim their third straight Section VI Class AA championship Saturday in front of an estimated crowd of 1,500 at Buffalo State’s Sports Arena. Winning its 12th sectional title in 18 se…

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It's not uncommon to see girls basketball players have four-, five- or sometimes six-year varsity careers. That's rarely the case on the boys side, yet Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino has no reservations starting a pair of eighth-graders on a team seeking its third straight sectional title. Willie Lightfoot scored a game-high 16 points and Roddy Gayle added 12 as…

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As Brett Sardina scores more goals, Williamsville North wins more hockey games. It's that simple. The defending state champions are off to a 14-0-4 start to the season, including 10-0-4 in the federation, and Sardina's individual numbers have played a huge part in the Spartans' team success. Sardina followed up a two-goal effort in a 3-3 tie against Clarence last Thu…

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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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Former Newfane and Williamsville North boys basketball coach Denny Seitz is among the 10 coaches who will be enshrined in the New York Basketball Hall of Fame, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York announced. Seitz won 472 games in his 35 years coaching the Panthers, Spartans and most recently Section III's Indian River and Morristown. He has won titles at each…

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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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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…