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By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, September 29, 2016

According to athletic director Rob Stewart, Nichols will play its regularly scheduled football game Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. to conclude a day of Homecoming hoopla at the school. The Vikings were forced to cancel last week's football contest due to injuries with left them with fewer than that state required 16... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, September 29, 2016

Steve Sabo may not be in his new coaching job as long as he was in his previous gig at North Tonawanda, but it will be up to him to give the Lumberjacks boys’ soccer program the same direction he gave the girls team for nearly two decades.That would be pointing upward, which is something the program needs since it... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, September 29, 2016

It’s hard to believe that scholastic football’s regular season is already past the half-way point. Opening weekend seems like it was yesterday, with St. Joe’s underclassmen playing a starring role in a nonleague win over reigning New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A champion South Park... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Hamburg High School Sports Legends Wall of Fame will induct its 2016 class Saturday at Michael's Banquets and Catering. This year's honorees include: Bob Orr, Don Quinn, Kirk McCreary, William Stetler, Barb Wachowiak, Chauvonne Senior, Chris Pieczonka, Anthony Costanzo and the 1962, 1963 and 1964 undefeated Track... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, September 28, 2016

City Honors midfielder Jenna Szopinski has been named National Soccer Coaches Association of America and MaxPreps High School State Player of the Week for New York. The NSCAA/MaxPreps selects boys and girls from states throughout the country for the  weekly honor. Szopinski shares the Centaurs’ lead in goals... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, September 27, 2016

(Through Monday’s games) 1. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. Lancers maintain flawless record after capturing Eden Tournament, but the tests continue with trips to Phoenix and New Jersey to participate in marquee out-of-state tournaments the next two weekends. 2. East Aurora cross country. The local teams that... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, September 26, 2016

Here is how The News voted in this week's football polls. LARGE 1. Canisius: Top-ranked team in the state hits the road for the first of five straight with rare meeting with Alden. 2. Lancaster: Beating Williamsville North is nice. But a win at Orchard Park would be nicer. 3. Orchard Park: I do love a good... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, September 24, 2016

There’s still a lot of season left for a Canisius team that feels like it has some unfinished business.But 55-13 will do, for now.The Crusaders gained a measure of payback against reigning Monsignor Martin Association postseason champion St. Francis on Saturday afternoon by turning what many expected to be an intriguing... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, September 24, 2016

  Did anyone see this coming? Canisius coach Rich Robbins didn’t. St. Francis counterpart Jerry Smith most certainly did not. Realistic fans? No way. Maybe the most die-hard of Crusaders fan envisioned an easy win Saturday during the rematch of last year’s Monsignor Martin Association championship... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, September 24, 2016

The tests will get tougher as the season goes on for Lancaster, but the Legends hope the rest of them go as well as Friday night’s physical challenge. In a clash between two of the top teams in Western New York, Lancaster didn’t just remain perfect on the season. The Legends did so in statement-making... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, September 23, 2016

The tests will get tougher as the season goes on for Lancaster. The Legends hope the rest of them go as well as Friday night’s. In a clash between two of the top three teams in Western New York, Lancaster remained perfect by handing previously unbeaten Williamsville North a 42-14 loss at Lancaster’s Foyle-Kling... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, September 23, 2016

Homecoming is Oct. 1 at Nichols, but will there be a football game? Athletic Director Rob Stewart says yes. It doesn’t change the fact that the Vikings have a numbers problem. Lack of players forced the school to make the painful decision of forfeiting its 1 p.m. Saturday contest against Marcus Whitman of Section... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, September 23, 2016

Longtime Kenmore West pilot Matt Chimera has been honored as New York State Coaches Association Softball Coach of the Year. Chimera has coached the program for 21 seasons, guiding the Blue Devils to the state championship in 2002. He has led West to more than 360 wins, 12 Niagara Frontier League titles, four Section VI... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, September 22, 2016

When Brave Williams was a sophomore playing junior varsity football, the nose tackle had a unique way of tackling ball carriers. He reached over blockers with his long arm and grabbed runners by their shoulder pads – stopping them in their tracks. To counter that, linemen started cut blocking Williams but soon... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, September 22, 2016

While most football games tend to take place Friday night during the season, that doesn’t mean all of a given week’s marquee games are played under the bright lights. This week’s a prime example. Saturday’s schedule is light with only 13 games on the docket. But what it lacks in quantity it makes up in quality... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

(Through Monday’s games) 1. St. Mary’s girls volleyball. Still perfect, although this shapes up to not only be a busy week but a potentially testy one for the Lancers with Orchard Park, Sacred Heart and the heavyweight Eden Tournament on the docket. 2. East Aurora cross country. Before it rained on the parade of... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Iroquois will hold its annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at the middle school auditorium prior to the Chiefs’ Homecoming Game at 7 against McKinley. The honorees include: the late Daryle Gustavel, Roxanne Slade – wife of Section VI Executive Director Timm Slade, Matt Mariacher, Tara Reimer and... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The 2015 New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A football championship-winning South Park team headlines the list of inductees into the South Park Sports Hall of Fame. The third annual ceremony is slated for 5 p.m. Oct. 22 at the high school. In addition to the entire team, coach Tim Delaney... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, September 19, 2016

The complete poll can be found here. Here’s how the News voted following Week Three’s games. Large Schools 1. Canisius (3-0): Passed first big test of season by rallying for win over defending state champion Aquinas. The physical and mental challenge continues Saturday in Monsignor Martin Association final... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Saturday, September 17, 2016

What happens when two of the best teams in the state get together for a football game? Lots of entertaining moments, from momentum-turning plays that make fans go “wow” to an outburst that produces a collective “whoa” − and the game’s turning point. The “whoa” moment enabled the Canisius Crusaders 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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