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By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, February 12, 2016

Whoa! Old man winter sure is showing his cranky side today. And what shaped up to be a busy, yet frigid Friday has turned into a head for shelter type of day. What we know so far is that the girls hockey Federation championship game between Monsignor Martin and Williamsville slated for a 4:30 start at Northtown... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, February 10, 2016

One would think Bill Shaw’s hair would look the part of coaching lifer by now, considering he’s been on the job since 1981.Shaw calls it great genes, what with his mother approaching 90 and healthy. There’s another reason, however, Shaw’s locks aren’t sporting various shades of gray or white.“The thing I... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Fredonia High School football program is still alive and kicking but with a twist.The school board voted 6-1 in favor of approving a plan to merge Fredonia’s program with the nearby Westfield/Brocton combined outfit Tuesday night. The only board member to vote against the merger was president Michael Bobseine.The... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Fredonia High School football program is still alive and kicking but with a twist. The school board voted 6-1 in favor of approving a plan to merge Fredonia’s program with the nearby Westfield/Brocton combined outfit Tuesday night. The only board member to vote against the merger was president Michael... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, February 9, 2016

1. Canisius boys basketball. In order to be the best, you have to beat the best. Only two losses to non-Western New York foes for defending state Federation Class A champions, despite close shaves against St. Francis and Bishop Timon-St. Jude.2. Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball. See above, although Hawks will pay the... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, February 5, 2016

When Park is lined up against an opponent that’s not Canisius, the Pioneers’ overall size is quite noticeable. It should be because the Pioneers have three players standing 6-foot-6 or better. Besides their nemesis, the News’ No. 1 Large School, there aren’t many teams with that many big men to match up with the... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Ben Holmes earned his reward for keeping the faith in his athletic gifts Wednesday. He’s not the only area talent who saw a scholarship dream turn into reality on National Signing Day, but the difference between the Orchard Park alumnus and fellow All-Western New York talent Matt Foster of Williamsville South is about... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hump day went from being memorable to unforgettable for Justin Jones. The Canisius senior turned his verbal commitment to play college football at Robert Morris into an official one by signing his letter of intent. That figured to be the highlight of his day, considering he suffered a severe ankle sprain in a loss... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Only two girls volleyball players from New York State made the PrepVolleyball.com list of 150 All-Americans for the just completed season. One of them hails from Eden. Junior Sam Burgio, the Gatorade State Player of the Year, made it onto the exclusive list for best in the nation. The Maryland commit finished the... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  Hump day went from being memorable to unforgettable for Justin Jones. The Canisius senior turned his verbal commitment to play college football at Robert Morris into an official one by signing his letter of intent. That figured to be the highlight of his day, considering he suffered a severe ankle sprain in a... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, February 3, 2016

John Starkey has seen the graduation and drop-out rate numbers at Lafayette High School among Latinos. The phrase “not pretty” would be an understatement because they are among the lowest in the nation with a 5 percent graduation rate among the school’s Latinos, ranking dead last in the country. It’s his job as... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The athletic director has made his pitch. The people have voiced their opinions. Now the rest is up to the seven members of the Fredonia School Board. Fredonia's football program, which has made four Section VI championship games and one state semifinal appearance since 1999, suddenly is on life support. It's only... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, February 2, 2016

All-world goalie Lauren Pray has graduated, and her girls hockey alma mater is now a merged outfit. Yet, one thing remains the same for the team formerly known as just Kenmore – it just knows how to win big games. Kenmore and its new partner, Grand Island, proved that Monday as the four-time defending Section VI... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, January 29, 2016

NIAGARA FALLS – Considering how unforgettable championship moments are, it’s kind of surprising LaSalle High School’s back-to-back state championship teams from 1995 and 1996 slipped through the cracks.Of, course there are reasons those Pat Monti-coached teams featuring two-time Buffalo News Player of... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, January 29, 2016

First team All-Western New York linebacker Justin Jones of Canisius High School announced late Thursday night via Twitter that he will play football at Robert Morris. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Jones made 75 tackles and three interceptions as he was just one of a three returning starters from the Crusaders' 2014 state... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For three quarters, No. 1 Cardinal O’Hara and No. 2 Sacred Heart each tried to impose its will on the other with modest success. When one seemingly was about to take control, the other fought back with great resolve.Then came the fourth quarter, and O’Hara broke out into its happy dance.The Hawks’... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, January 27, 2016

For a look at all of the teams in the final Power 10, see the photo gallery version of this story. One would think compiling the final Power 10 of the fall season would be a slam dunk. There are no easy decisions in this corner of the world, although experiencing championship glory and having defining moments are... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The start of the New York State Golden Gloves Tournament may just be days away, but that’s not stopping the organization from thinking about the future of boxing.The organization will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo River Works where it not only will introduce some of the participants in... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Summer Hemphill will live the Division I dream, yet the Cardinal O’Hara senior isn’t in any rush to go to college just yet.She likes playing for the Hawks, The News’ No. 1 Large School girls basketball team. She likes being a role model for her younger teammates, setting positive examples for them... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, January 25, 2016

Is Cardinal O’Hara being punished for having success in girls’ basketball?The Hawks, who have won three New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association titles and two New York State Federation Tournament of Champions titles in two classes over the last four seasons, think so. This corner believes the... 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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