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By Francis Boeck, Special to the News There’s a difference between believing and knowing. The Barker field hockey team relied on believing last season, falling behind by one or two goals before coming back to win multiple times on its run to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals. This time around, the Raiders know they can win and l…

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Sophomore Gabby Gambino scored both the game-tying and game-winning goals for St. Mary’s of Lancaster in a 3-2 win over Nardin in Monsignor Martin girls soccer on Friday. The Lancers (4-0, 2-0) found themselves down 2-1 in the final minute of regulation when Gambino found the back of the net to force the extra period. In the 84th minute, Shae O’Rourke drove down midf…

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The Section VI girls basketball program does a nice job of paying homage to the past. The book features pictures of the previous year’s winners in all classifications. It also has the list of all-time champions – going as far back as 1976. Frontier isn’t listed anywhere in the history section of the book. That will change starting next year because of what the Falcon…

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When Bob Rosen left his position as an assistant at Canisius College 29 years ago to take the head coaching job at Williamsville North High School, he thought he’d do it for a “couple of years” and see where the position would lead him down the road. Rosen still runs the show behind the bench for North. The job has taken him on the path toward immortality, as one of the…

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Williamsville North’s boys basketball team is off to its best start in 10 years. For the Spartans’ senior leaders, the season has been a decade in the making. “These guys have been playing together for such a long time,” coach Chuck Swierski said. “It’s one of those teams you hear about playing all different sports together since they were eight years old.” As freshman, …

Amherst

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…