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By Miguel Rodriguez » Sunday, August 28, 2016

Who’s who: The 17-team class consists of two divisions. Class A South includes the Bennett Tigers, Hamburg Bulldogs, Iroquois Chiefs, Lake Shore Eagles, McKinley Macks, Riverside Frontiers, South Park Sparks, West Seneca East Trojans, West Seneca West Indians. Class A North features the Amherst Tigers, Grand Island... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, August 27, 2016

Who’s who: The 18-team class consists of three divisions. Class B East includes the Albion Purple Eagles, Alden Bulldogs, Depew Wildcats, Lackawanna Steelers, Medina Mustangs, Roy-Hart/Barker Raiders. Class B West features Burgard Bulldogs, Cheektowaga Warriors, Lewiston-Porter Lancers, Maryvale Flyers, Newfane Panthers... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, August 26, 2016

Who’s who: The 11-team class consists of two divisions. Class C North includes the Akron Tigers, Eden/North Collins Raiders, Cleveland Hill Eagles, John F. Kennedy Bears and Wilson Lakemen. Class C South features the Allegany/Limestone Gators, Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley Falcons,... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, August 25, 2016

Who’s who: The eight-team class is one single division. The teams are Cattaraugus/Little Valley Timberwolves, Clymer/Panama/Sherman Wolfpack, Franklinville/Ellicottville Titans, Frewsburg Bears, Maple Grove Red Dragons, Portville Panthers, Randolph Cardinals, Silver Creek/Forestville Black Knights. Alignment shift:... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, August 25, 2016

2015 champions: Orchard Park (Section VI, Division I), Williamsville North (Section VI, Division II), Canisius (Monsignor Martin). 2015 All-WNY underclassmen: Griffin Schmit-11 (Canisius), Henry Payne-11 (Clarence). Tough act to follow: How does Canisius follow up perfection? “I don’t know if we can top last... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, August 25, 2016

2015 champions: Clarence (Section VI, Class AA), Williamsville East (Section VI, Class A), Iroquois (Section VI, Class B), Eden (Section VI, Class C), Portville (Section VI, Class D), St. Mary’s (Monsignor Martin). Eden and Portville won state titles, St. Mary’s lost in the state Catholic semifinals, and Clarence... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, August 25, 2016

2015 champions: Williamsville North (Section VI, Class AA), Grand Island (Section VI, overall Class A), Iroquois (Section VI, Class A-2), East Aurora (Section VI, overall Class B), International Prep/Grover (Section VI, Class B-2), Allegany-Limestone (Section VI, Class C), Ellicottville (Section VI, Class D), Canisius... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, August 25, 2016

2015 champions: Clarence (Section VI, Class AA), Williamsville East (Section VI, Class A), Wilson (Section VI, Class B), Allegany-Limestone (Section VI, Class C), Ellicottville (Section VI, Class D), Sacred Heart (Monsignor Martin Large Schools), St. Mary’s (Monsignor Martin Small Schools). Wilson lost in the state... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ben Holmes is not going to play for Stony Brook. The former Orchard Park quarterback, who signed with the Division I-AA school last winter but never enrolled, said Wednesday night the assistant coach who played a big role in convincing him to go to the school is no longer with the program. Holmes, who will attend Erie... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lack of numbers has resulted in the sacking of Lake Shore’s junior varsity football program for one season. Eagles Athletic Director Daryl Besant informed The News of the decision Wednesday afternoon, as the need for bodies at the varsity level has resulted in not enough remaining to field a junior varsity team. State... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer vacation ended Aug. 15 for the area’s scholastic athletes. Now it’s the fans’ turn to return to the stands. It’s hard to believe but the fall season kicked off a with a boys golf match Tuesday. Friday there’s a smorgasbord of games to choose from, with boys volleyball getting into the swing of things... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 22, 2016

Scrimmage Saturday means Week One is almost here. The teams won’t be keeping score when they buckle their chin straps at the end of the week. They won’t be opening too much of the playbook for fear of revealing too many secrets. But Scrimmage Saturday offers teams a chance to hit and tackle someone on another... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, August 18, 2016

Anndea Zeigler will have a chance to play basketball in college before family and friends, and she couldn’t be happier. The Cardinal O’Hara star and two-time All-Western New York first-team selection has verbally committed to continue her career at Canisius College. The 5-foot-8 Zeigler, the Monsignor Martin... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Anndea Zeigler will have a chance to play basketball at the next level before family and friends and she couldn't be happier. Cardinal O'Hara star and two-time All-Western New York first-team selection has verbally committed to continue her career as a student-athlete at Canisius College. The 5-foot-8 Zeigler, the... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

First team All-Western New York kicker Blake Haubeil of Canisius High School has been selected to the USA Today Preseason All-USA Team. Haubeil, the Ohio State commit, booted a 61-yard field goal last season and connected on 33 of 35 extra points in helping the Crusaders to an 8-3 record. He drilled the decisive extra... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Canisius will host a signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Kennedy Field House for three basketball players who helped the Crusaders win back-to-back New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association Class A championships. Allen Wilson Buffalo News Player of the Year Stafford Trueheart, the state Class A... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Everyone starts the season with a clean slate. That’s among the reasons the opening day of practice is a beautiful thing.It’s especially true when you are part of a football team trying to make up for a lost time. In Eden/North Collins’ case, the Raiders are trying to make up for a lost season.They took a big step... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 15, 2016

Making a run through the Southtowns and our next stop Springville where the  Griffins were hard at work during second of two sessions Monday. Springville is coming off 7-1 season in which it lost in Class B semifinals to eventual Section VI champion Cheektowaga. While Monday is first team practice for the season,... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 15, 2016

One cannot help but appreciate the honesty of Orchard Park senior running back Josh Dahl. He didn't mince words when describing how he and his Quakers teammates felt heading into last year's opening day of football practice. They were ticked that they had failed in 2014 to win the Section VI title at The Ralph, OP's... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, August 15, 2016

School may still be out of session but summer vacation is officially over for student-athletes across Western New York. Monday marks the first official day scholastic teams can start practicing for the fall season in all sports, including the area's 72 football programs. Lake Shore is believed to be one of the first to... 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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