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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

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, June 11, 2016

CICERO – Sweet Home’s Tiana Luton and Tapestry’s Nia Stevens may have reacted differently following the end of their respective events, but the end result was the same.Both earned the right to be called state champions during the final day of competition at the state track and field championships at Cicero-North... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, June 11, 2016

CICERO – One didn’t have to look too hard to find Section VI’s track and field standouts Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. They were the stars other athletes from throughout the state spent the day looking up to at the awards stand.To say Day One of the New York State Public High Schools Athletic... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, June 10, 2016

Jerry Gasz has almost seen it all during his 47 seasons as Williamsville East baseball coach. There’s one thing Western New York’s all-time winningest high school skipper hasn’t witnessed – a state championship celebration.The Flames (19-6), winners of 17 of their last 19 games, will try to change that Saturday at... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, June 10, 2016

CICERO – Sam Wray had a Déjà vu moment again. That’s good thing because just like last year, the Starpoint senior uncorked the big throw when he needed it most to win his second straight New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association boys Division I discus championship before an estimated 3,000 at... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, June 9, 2016

The final sports weekend of the school year is upon us. Athletes who have earned the right to compete for championships, give yourselves a round of applause. You deserve it. It’s not easy reaching this point.With that in mind, I understand all of you are determined to do your best to attain championship glory because... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, June 9, 2016

It’s no secret Jenna Crean is one of the top track standouts in Western New York. What may not be well known is the fact Orchard Park’s freshman phenomenon is quite the gracious champion. All one had to do was watch her in action during a hot, humid Saturday afternoon during the Section VI championships at Pioneer... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Dan Dallas spent the entire high school baseball season turning heads. He could be making more news this week. Dallas, who just completed his senior year at Canisius, is expected to be among the prospects selected during the three-day, 40-round MLB Draft, which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday in Secaucus, N.J. Dallas, a standout... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Lake Shore is in danger of not fielding a varsity football team this fall. Athletic Director Daryl Besant remains optimistic that the Eagles will field a varsity team, but that could change if the program fails to drum up more interest in the program. There are roughly 15 student-athletes who have given the athletic... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, June 4, 2016

YORKSHIRE – Winning a Section VI championship is something that deserves to be celebrated because it takes a lot of work to be the best. But when a triple-winner takes a back seat to the athletic feats of others, one can’t help but say wow over and over again. An estimated 3,000 at Pioneer High School did... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, June 3, 2016

SANBORN – An old face and a fresh one will represent Section VI in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association softball final four next Saturday in South Glens Falls.Orchard Park returns to the Moreau Recreation Park venue where it won its first state Class AA championship just last year, while Depew... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, June 3, 2016

Cross Training Athletics honored the following boys and girls lacrosse players as Character Athletes of the Game following their respective Section VI championship games at All High Stadium. Those honored for demonstrating positive character qualities and having integrity for the game include Hamburg’s Brendan Ryan... 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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