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By Miguel Rodriguez » 2:11 PM

Appeal denied, but the wait for the completion of the Section VI football schedule continues. The New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association's executive committee denied the reclassification appeals filed by the Buffalo Public School district on Bennett's behalf and by the Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, May 5, 2016

Add Darren Thompson to the list of St. Joe's football players who know where they will be continuing their student-athlete careers after graduation. The running back/corner will attend Buffalo State. The speedy Thompson averaged 4.7 yards per carry last season for the Marauders. He finished second on the team in rushing... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, May 5, 2016

St. Francis will hold a grand opening ceremony of its $4.5 million outdoor athletic complex by officially blessing the just-completed Gacioch Family Athletic Center at 6:30 p.m. May 14. The athletic center will contain training, officials and coaches' rooms as well as restrooms, concessions and a second-floor... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

St., Joe’s standout Dan Carr will be one of four Marauders football players officially announcing their college plans during a ceremony at St. Joe’s at 3 p.m. Thursday, Carr, a three-year starter, was one of the main anchors for St. Joe’s offensive line. The Cheektowaga resident will join the University at Buffalo... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

While most people already know All-Western New York basketball picks Sarah Young and Kathleen Ryan will continue their student-athlete careers at the Division I level at St. Bonaventure and Brown University, respectively, here is a list of other Sharks who will take their talents to Division I, II or III... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2015 champions: Class AA – Orchard Park; A – Hamburg; B - Maryvale; C – Holland; D – Westfield; Georgetown Cup: St. Francis; Cornell Cup: City Honors. Who’s good: In Class AA, let’s start with state semifinalist Orchard Park. Despite losing seven players to the college ranks, the Quakers return one of the... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Dan Dallas has dreamed of excelling in baseball to the point where he’d get drafted by a Major League team and be on the fast track toward becoming one of the lucky few to play a professional sport for a living.Anyone who has attended a Canisius High School game recently and seen No. 32 on the hill knows the senior is... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Sunday, May 1, 2016

It’s time to say so long to the middle sports season once and for all with the final Power 10 of the winter. Usual rules apply. State champions easily capture my attention. So, too, do champions whose respective sport fails to offer a playoff tournament that extends beyond the boundaries of Western New York. Remember,... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Sunday, May 1, 2016

It’s time to say so long to the middle sports season once and for all with the final Power 10 of the winter. Usual rules apply. State champions easily capture my attention. So too do champions whose respective sport fails to offer a playoff tournament that extends beyond the boundaries of Western New York. Remember,... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, April 29, 2016

Everyone in Western New York knows Canisius’ Stafford Trueheart and Middle Early College’s Gary Foster are special talents. Those around the state have taken notice, too. The two All-Western New York first team selections were named Players of the Year in their respective class by the New York State... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, April 29, 2016

What would happen if Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake football’s appeal to the state is denied and the program is faced with the prospect of playing in Class B instead of Class C during the fall?While the chatter in Section VI circles has been that the merged programs could go their separate ways, such a move ultimately would... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, April 28, 2016

What would happen if Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake football’s appeal to the state is denied and the program is faced with the prospect of playing in Class B instead of Class C during the fall? While the chatter in Section VI circles has been that the merged programs could go their separate ways, such a move ultimately... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Who’s to blame for Section VI being the last section in the state to release its football schedule?Good question.I embarked on this gargantuan fact-finding mission determined to find a target to point my finger at to bring some comfort to those who have been afflicted, scarred and/or generally annoyed by the fact that... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, April 25, 2016

The wait for the completion and release of the 2016 Section VI Football Federation schedule continues to drag on longer than video review of a reception. The reason - two merged schools disputing their classification status for the upcoming season after a Section VI competition committee ruled they should be in a higher... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, April 25, 2016

There are leaves on some trees in the area, yet most scholastic football fans in Western New York have no idea who is playing who to open the 2016 season. There's no need to fear. The season hasn't been canceled and it won't be. In fact, the situation should inch closer to a resolution Monday afternoon. Two... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tonawanda High School will have a new football coach as the board of education appointed Joe Kelly to the job previously held by Rob Gross, according to athletic director Charlie Jufer. This is the first time Kelly will be head coach of a varsity program, but he has plenty of experience on the sidelines. Kelly served as... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Canisius volleyball players Griffin Schmit and Devin Joslyn have been selected to the 2016 USA Boys’ Youth National Team, which will compete in the NORCECA Continental Championships in Havana, Cuba, June 22-30, according to a release from Canisius                                                  ... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, April 16, 2016

What’s the best part of coaching for Dennis Gilbert? It was working with kids and watching how they learned to handle situations not only on the field but in the game of life. It’s something that has fueled Gilbert for more than 30 years as a football coach. It’s a memory he hopes fuels his return to the sideline... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, April 16, 2016

The end of basketball season is officially here as we present our annual All-Western New York section. The print edition includes a must-see super-sized wraparound cover poster (above) by the esteemed James P. McCoy, featuring the first team picks in an outdoor setting at Delaware Park, with a headline by Deputy Sports... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, April 15, 2016

Each year a senior at Canisius High School earns the distinction of being called “Mister Canisius.” It’s an honor bestowed upon the soon-to-be graduate who epitomizes what is best about their school. ¶ If “Mister Canisius” was simply a basketball award, Stafford Trueheart would be the obvious winner because... 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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