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Williamsville South’s Amari DeBerry scored two points as the United States won the gold medal over Canada, 87-37, at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Puerto Aysen, Chile, Saturday night. DeBerry added three rebounds. Payton Verhulst (Bishop Meige H.S./De Soto, Kan.) led the Americans with 18 points and was named MVP. Canada was led by Avianna Thompson …

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We interrupt what potentially was the most anticipated must-see Section VI girls basketball game of the season in order to bring folks another must-see matchup that hasn’t happened in a while. And Lake Shore couldn’t be happier. The Eagles finally know what it feels like to be a Section VI champion, again. Lake Shore rallied from a double-digit third quarter deficit …

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Tatyjana Scalisi nervously sang the national anthem before Wednesday night’s girls basketball game at Williamsville South. When it was over, Scalisi skipped into the locker room to join the celebratory sing-along with her teammates. "It sounds like they're having fun in there," she said. Scalisi scored the tying basket on a runner in the lane with two seconds left in re…

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The Williamsville South girls basketball team did a lot of good Saturday afternoon, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome a bad finish in its season-opening loss to old friend Pittsford Mendon. But the positive sign to come out of South’s 52-44 loss to the defending Section V champion is that if it plays defense the way it did during the first half against the unbeaten …

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Sam Castronova has thrived in his first season commanding the run-pass option offense, evaluating the opportunities opposing defenses present and making the most of them. It’s similar to the way he handled his college recruitment. Castronova had ambitions to play Division I football coming out of Williamsville South High School four years ago. He spent another two years …

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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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Bennett rushers roll Four Bennett running backs ran for over 100 yards in the Tigers’ 51-7 home victory against Lockport. Semaj Clemons led the group, which isn’t ordered by a depth chart, with 160 yards and two touchdowns. Djae Perry had 110 yards and two touchdowns, Ja’vair Walker accounted for 115 yards and a touchdown and Justin Campbell totaled 101 yards and a s…

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Kate Bergamasco's nickname for her son Dave is Forrest Gump. Much like the iconic, fictional movie character, Dave Bergamasco hasn't stopped running since discovering he's pretty good at it. The Williamsville South senior has qualified for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship meets in cross country and indoor track. He has set school …

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Anyone who has followed Greg Dolan's basketball career knows the Williamsville South star loves a challenge. Coach Gabe Michael presented one to him last summer. That's when Michael told his point guard, regarded as perhaps the best offensive facilitator in the area, that in order for the Billies to be really good during the 2017-18 season, Dolan would have to average r…

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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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Greg Dolan has been on the Division I radar for quite some time. But the Williamsville South star point guard wants to get bigger and stronger before heading to the next level. So he's going to prolong taking that jump a bit by heading to prep school for a year. Dolan announced via Twitter on Friday that he plans to attend Northfield Mount Herman, a prep school about…

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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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TROY – Having the best player on the court has led to plenty of wins for the Williamsville South girls basketball team this season. It didn’t on Saturday. Despite a game-high 30 points from 6-foot-5 freshman Amari DeBerry, Section VIII’s Elmont Memorial (23-2) simply overpowered the Billies (19-6) in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A …

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Who: Williamsville South Billies (19-5) vs. VIII-Elmont Memorial Spartans (22-2). What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A final four. When: Friday at 8 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. NYS Sportswriters Rankings (as of March 8): Elmont Memorial is ranked No. 4. Williamsville South is No. 7. How they got here: The Bi…

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What Kristen Dolan loves most about coaching is the fact that every single person on a team brings something different. It’s like a puzzle, and it’s her job to figure out how all the pieces fit together. The Williamsville South girls basketball team has the corner pieces in place. There’s 6-foot-5 freshman Amari DeBerry, a big-time Division I recruit ranked near t…