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By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, July 21, 2016

Lanny Poffo admits he doesn’t remember earlier encounters with his godfather. It's understandable since those happened during the 61-year-old’s day as a young-in. He does recall his mother and father, though, speaking glowing of Ilio DiPaolo – sharing their fondest of memories with him and his brother Randy since... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ohio State commit and All-Western New York first team kicker/punter Blake Haubeil of Canisius High School has been named to the MaxPreps Preseason All-American Team -- Medium Schools Offense. Haubeil, the top-ranked scholastic kicker in the nation, booted the nation's second-longest field goal last season, a 61-yarder... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I’ve come to grips that compiling the Final Power 10 of the school year, which ranks the best of the scholastic fall, winter and spring sports seasons into one poll, is simply a difficult task. While narrowing down this list wasn’t as tough as doing the same to last year’s – when an astounding 15 teams won state... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, July 14, 2016

The wildest ride in Wildcats softball history did not end with Depew hoisting the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship plaque, but it did produce lots of highlights, memorable moments and a couple of Coaches All-Western New York first team honorees. Those two picks, junior pitcher Karsen... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, July 14, 2016

More than a year ago, Robert Burnside’s former players showed their appreciation for everything he did for them and the Eden baseball program when they showed up for a ceremony renaming the Raiders’ diamond “Coach Burnside Field.” The next time they gather, it will be to say good-bye one last time to the man who... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Athletic Director Daryl Besant said Wednesday that Lake Shore has received verbal commitments from more than 25 student-athletes in the district to play varsity football this season.Considering that the Eagles only had 15 commitments last month, Besant has even more reason to feel optimistic about the program’s chances... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dan Dallas recently participated in his first bullpen session as a professional pitcher, but the scholastic honors continue to pour in for the Canisius High School product and Springville native. The Buffalo News Prep Talk Player of the Year, a prospect in the San Diego Padres organization, been named to MaxPreps... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Athletic Director Daryl Besant said Wednesday that Lake Shore has received verbal commitments from more than 25 student-athletes in the district to play varsity football this season. Considering last month the Eagles only had 15 commitments, Besant has even more reason to feel optimistic about the program's chances of... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, July 11, 2016

The Coaches All-Western New York baseball package ran last week, but the New York State Sportswriters just recently unveiled its all-state list. The locals honored include outfielder Leugim ‘LG’ Castillo of Lancaster, who earned first team All-State in Class AA. In the same class, Orchard Park pitcher Ben Wereski... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Sunday, July 3, 2016

Just how talented are the only two baseball players to earn repeat selections to the All-Western New York first team selected by area coaches? Canisius’ Dan Dallas and Lancaster’s Leugim “LG” Castillo are so gifted that both had good excuses for missing the All-WNY photo shoot. Picture day coincided with... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Paul Woods hasn't played a football game for Canisius High School yet, but the Sweet Home transfer is on the Division I radar. The junior wide receiver opened some eyes during a camp recently at Boston College and confirmed via Twitter that he has received an offer from the Atlantic Coast Conference school. It's his... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Tryouts for the BCANY girls basketball team that will compete in the annual three-day tournament later this summer will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Cardinal O'Hara High School. The tryouts are open to girls in grades eight to those entering their senior years. The team is coached by Nick O'Neil, Mike McCarthy and Ron... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, June 18, 2016

Dan Dallas did a lot of winning during his Canisius High School career, but the next time he earns a pitching decision, it will be as a paid professional. The Buffalo News Prep Talk Awards Baseball Player of the Year has decided to delay going to college and signed his first pro contract Saturday with the San Diego... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Derek Landri is further proof that this big world of ours is in actuality rather small. St. Joe’s may not have landed the former NFL veteran, Notre Dame product and high school All-American as head coach had he not met his future wife in South Bend, Ind. Landri’s wife: the former Alyissa Hasan. If the name... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list of Players of the Year at the bottom of this post. * * * Colin... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It’s amazing how time flies during the busy spring sports season. It seems like the final campaign of the academic school year started a mere two weeks ago when in reality the past two-plus months just flew by quickly. Over that time, several teams put up crazy-win totals, made deep playoff runs, and – in the... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dan Dallas’ dream of being drafted by a big league team came true Friday.That’s not only a big deal for him but for “716” baseball. The only question that remains: Will a signing bonus up to $219,000 be enough to entice the Canisius product to join the San Diego Padres or will he go to Monmouth on scholarship and... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. See the complete countdown list of Players of the Year at the bottom of this post. * * * Ben... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, June 14, 2016

He is not a St. Joe's graduate like his two predecessors, but Derek Landri is very familiar with the mission statement of the Christian Brothers school. He attended a similar high school in California. That along with Landri's college and professional pedigree are the reasons he will become just the fourth varsity... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, June 11, 2016

CICERO – Sam Wray’s a man of few words but his performance, along with those of fellow seniors Colin Blair and Steve Neumeier, left others speechless at the boys state track and field championships.The trio capped an extraordinary effort by Western New York athletes during the two-day competition by capturing three... Read More

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Miguel Rodriguez, a Buffalo native and University of Rochester graduate, began his career at The News in 2003 as a sports copy editor and joined the high school beat in 2014. One of the most versatile members of the team, he has covered all manner of high school, college and professional events. The former college hockey goalie has contributed to the Sabres beat, written about youth hockey and covered the IIHF World Junior Championship and the men's and women's NCAA Frozen Four.

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. The Syracuse graduate joined the high school coverage team in 2015. He also covers running and the National Lacrosse League's Bandits for The News.

Keith McShea, named deputy sports editor in 2014, 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) has been #PrepTalkLive from everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps coordinate The News' All-Western New York selections.

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