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By Miguel Rodriguez » 12:39 AM

DUNKIRK – It’s not ideal scoring just once a game, but Depew would be in favor of a first-to-score-one-run rule wins in softball, considering the success the Wildcats have had in those types of contests this postseason. Eden, on the other hand, is a fan of the score early-and-often method of winning. When the two... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » 12:36 AM

At last, the wait is over. Section VI released its football schedule for the coming season Wednesday, and the highlights include three Week One nonleague games featuring public schools against private schools, two teams playing on four night’s rest and other unusual nonleaguers. Defending state Class A champion... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Section VI Football Federation has released its schedule for 2016. The entire schedule is here. Some of the highlights: Week One features a Catholic-Public schools doubleheader at All High Stadium Friday, Sept. 2 with St. Mary's facing Hutch-Tech at 4 p.m. and defending state champion South Park hosting St.... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Isaiah McDuffie plans to attend a college in the Atlantic Coast Conference but will now attend Boston College instead of Syracuse. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound McDuffie made the announcement on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon after informing the masses late Tuesday that he had changed his mind about attending Syracuse, which... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt in an email informed the News that the section hopes to release the 2016 football schedule by 3:30 p.m. today and by Thursday morning at the latest. One thing we do know is the division alignments. Class AA will be a six-team North Division and a five-team South. Williamsville... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, May 24, 2016

All of the wrestlers honored during Monday’s 21st Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Awards Dinner had burning desires to win during their high school careers.Only one of them, though, has captured national and state championships.That was Kellen Devlin, who received this year’s Ilio DiPaolo Award. Devlin capped his sterling... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Thursday, May 19, 2016

When folks started congratulating Alexis Kim as she walked off the 18th green after sinking a spectacular 20-foot putt for par, the Clarence junior figured the acknowledgement was for a well-played round. Not once did she envision they were applauding the champion. That changed once she and her two playing partners... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

St. Joe's lacrosse has been one of the better programs in the area the past few seasons. Some of the players who have helped the Marauders rise signed letters of intent Wednesday at the Kenmore Avenue school. Eric Deakin will continue his career at Division II LeMoyne. Regarded as the best goalie in the area the past... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

When folks started congratulating Alexis Kim as she walked off the 18th green after sinking a spectacular 20-foot putt for par, the Clarence junior figured the acknowledgement was for a well-played round. Not once did she envision they were applauding the champion. That changed once she and her two playing partners... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2015 undergraduate state champions: Division I – Sam Wray-11 Starpoint (discus). Division II – Alex Dildy-10 Bennett (100).2015 undergraduate Section VI champions: Division I – Lavette Warren-11 Lockport (100), Jake Valley-11 Lancaster (long jump), Jeffrey Menya-11 Niagara Falls (110 and 400 hurdles), Steve... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hailey Rospierski already has shown she’s pretty good at clearing hurdles. She has the state championship in the event to prove it.Yet, the Alden senior cleared perhaps the biggest potential one of her life just after the November Storm of 2014. Around that time, the normally energetic two-sport athlete started feeling... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2015 underclassmen state champions: Division II – Hailey Rospierski-11 Alden (100 hurdles), Taylor Hunter-9 Tapestry (4x100), Nia Stevens-8 Tapestry (4x100).2015 underclassmen Section VI champions: Division I – Lynda Brundige-11 Hutch-Tech (200), Kyri Jackson-11 Niagara-Wheatfield (100), Jenna Crean-8 Orchard Park... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, May 17, 2016

It would be easy to assume Ben Reichert had an off day just by looking at his scorecard. But that thick piece of paper sometimes hides the truth. The fact is the Williamsville North senior golfer played pretty well Monday and once again showed he is in a class of his own. During a Section VI boys golf state qualifier... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Monday, May 16, 2016

If anyone got really excited about the possibility of the Section VI Football Federation finally being unveiled today when Clarence tweeted its schedule to the masses earlier, contain yourself. Section VI Chairman Ken Stoldt said all teams received rough drafts of the potential official schedule this morning, They have... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, May 13, 2016

Sweet Home senior Tiana Luton has the top performance in the pentathlon in the country, according  to MileSplit USA. Luton, the future Michigan Wolverine, posted a score of 3,529 points Thursday at the Depew Steeplechase and Pentathlon Invitational. Luton, who placed third at nationals last March, compiled 910 points... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Friday, May 13, 2016

Tryouts for the BCANY boys basketball team that will participate in the Summer Hoops Festival this summer in Johnson City will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 24-25 at Amherst High School. The tournament is Aug. 5-7 but practices will be Aug. 1-4. For more information... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Buffalo News Football Player of the Year Tyree Brown announced via Twitter through the South Park football team account that he will attend St. Lawrence in Canton. St. Lawrence is one of the top academic universities in the country, as USA Today in 2014 rated it as fourth in highest paid graduate in liberal arts,... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2015 postseason champions: Class AA – Orchard Park (state champion). Class A –Starpoint. Class B – Alden. Class C – Chautauqua Lake. Class D – Pine Valley. Monsignor Martin – St. Mary’s of Lancaster. The gauntlet class: Alden returns eight from last year’s state Class B semifinalist but recent history... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Maple Grove and Chautauqua Lake are going their separate ways for varsity football in 2016 as the former’s School Board opted to end the merger between the programs for just this season.The vote to split came as a result of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s executive committee’s decision to... Read More

By Miguel Rodriguez » Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Larry Lash has won more than 500 softball games during his coaching career, is in two halls of fame and has a field named after him in Wilson.If it seems like the 68-year-old has had a long, distinguished career, it’s because he has. If it seems like it’s on the verge of coming to an end, check yourself. 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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