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By Miguel Rodriguez » 4:22 PM

Canisius High senior T.J. Wheatley is keeping cool about the important decision he will have to make by National Signing Day, Feb. 4. The All-WNY First Team pick has five major Division I programs pursuing his services in Alabama, Michigan, Miami (Fla.), USC and UCLA. “They’re all amazing,” he said… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » 11:20 AM

Scrimmage Saturday meant the first football event for the new Niagara Falls High School Recreation and Athletic Complex, which is technically behind the high school even though the best way to access the facility is through the school’s softball complex entrance off Pine Avenue. The $18 million facility includes a… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » 1:20 AM

As always, Scrimmage Saturday marks the first day that New York State football teams can line up against another school. There are several gatherings throughout Western New York today. Check out today’s schedule here. We’ll be stopping in at a few scrimmages and making observations and sending along pictures via the… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, August 22, 2014

They are not games, but Scrimmage Saturday is as close to the real thing as any high school football lover will be able to get until opening night Sept. 5. Scrimmage Saturday is Aug. 30 and here is a list of locations and teams participating in the extravaganza. If you… Read more »

Monday, August 18, 2014

* The numbers were better than expected for two-time defending state champion Randolph. Coach Brent Brown and his staff welcomed 60 prospects while they were figuring on 50. The Cardinals start the season on a 23-game winning streak, third best in NYS behind Maine-Endwell (38) and Babylon (24). “The first… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 18, 2014

The defending Section VI Class AA champion Jamestown Red Raiders had a great opening day of practice, according to coach Tom Langworthy. Roughly 100 kids showed up for the first day of practice, which is a slight increase in total numbers from last season, he said. About 45 of those… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 18, 2014

Sweet Home enters the new season in an unfamiliar position. The Panthers are coming off a loss to a Section VI opponent, something that last happened in 2006 against Iroquois before eventual state runner-up Williamsville North got them, 21-12, in the Class A final at Ralph Wilson Stadium last November…. Read more »

By Keith McShea » Monday, August 18, 2014

On today’s first day of practice, Canisius coach Rich Robbins said that the Crusaders don’t bring back as much talent as they did last year, which is certainly true. But they do bring back one of the most talented players Western New York high school football has ever seen. TJ Wheatley begins his… Read more »

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 18, 2014

Gene Tundo is in his 34th season coaching football so an inquiring journalist wanted to know, is this opening day as exciting as your first one? “It’s better,” said Tundo, during the start of Quakers practice Monday morning. “The first year I didn’t know what the heck I was doing…. Read more »

By Keith McShea » Monday, August 18, 2014

It all starts today. Friday Night Lights. Rivalry games. League showdowns. Playoff battles. Section VI and Monsignor Martin championships. State titles. All the work starts this morning as it is the first day of practice for high school teams in New York State. Many fall sports, including football, hold their… Read more »
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Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.