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MIDDLEPORT — “The Friendly Community” raised the bar on local youth football and giving back even higher Saturday with their first Cancer Awareness Games at Royalton-Hartland High School's Bruno Pacini Field.

Matt Passero eclipsed the 800 mark this week at Rapids Bowling Center, highlighting this round of submissions from the local lanes.

OSWEGO — A beloved Lockport priest who has dedicated his life to helping others was honored recently by the New York State Baseball Umpires Association as the top umpire in all of New York state.

AMHERST — Continuing a multi-year, multi-foot trend, placekicking miscues contributed to another University at Buffalo football loss.

It is Homecoming Saturday at UB Stadium, a welcome schedule occurrence for a Bulls team that has been victorious in both home games this season while going winless on the road.

PITTSBURGH — Conor Sheary scored twice against his old team and Carter Hutton stopped 26 shots in the Buffalo Sabres’ 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.

They're on opposite ends of a local map — one surrounded by water, the other dissected by it — but Grand Island and Lockport girls volleyball teams find themselves in almost identical situations heading to today's all-important Niagara Frontier League showdown at LHS.

The University at Buffalo football team’s endeavor to repeat as East division champion of the Mid-American Conference begins today in Miami, Ohio.

ORCHARD PARK — Cole Beasley knows little about the decades of dominance from the New England Patriots against his new team, the Buffalo Bills.

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BUFFALO — Even his induction Tuesday night into the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame won't make Burt native John Beilein a Golden Griffins fan again any time soon.

NEWFANE — Parents lucky enough to attend Newfane High School's annual preseason boys soccer parents/coaches meeting weren't exactly sure what to make of new Panthers' head coach Maria Taylor.

AMHERST — Coach Lance Leipold challenged the University at Buffalo football team to respond after being “punched in the mouth” in last week’s loss at Liberty.

LOCKPORT — The rule change that now allows high school athletes to play more than one sport in a particular sports season could easily have been written by Lockport High School senior Anthony Haak.

LEWISTON — The Lewiston-Porter school district had a grand unveiling of the Gary Raby Sr. Cross Country course Tuesday evening. The family of the late Lancers coach was in attendance to cut the ribbon on the course’s new sign, bearing the name of the man who was known as the “high five coach.”

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Wheatfield native Pete Stefanski came away from Ransomville Speedway's King of the Hill Weekend with two more wins under his belt.

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Niagara County Community College’s athletics department is getting a makeover.

The University at Buffalo football team is back on the road after an up-and-down upset bid in Happy Valley, continuing a non-conference slate of undulating difficulty.

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GRAND ISLAND — Despite the loss of two All-Western New York players, the young and the restless Grand Island Lady Vikings are looking like one of the teams to beat for the 2019 Niagara Frontier League title.

SARANAC LAKE — Middleport's Todd Vanderwalker and his daughter Faith Ann, 16, placed second recently at the 90-Mile Adirondack Canoe Classic in Old Forge and ending in Saranac Lake.

Lockport's intense effort was the same — the concentration, the drive, the communication, the teamwork. But gone to graduation are some of the greatest boys volleyball names in school history, young men who played at a height and skill level that will long be remembered and revered in Lions'…

Newfane native Scott Kerwin won the DIRTcar Sportsman Series Western Region event and Phil Vigneri III (Elba) won the 358 Modified Tour feature Friday night at Ransomville Speedway. The “Big R” kicked off the month of September with this special twin bill of series events presented by Stirli…

LOCKPORT — A long pass that was tipped by a Lockport defender fell conveniently into the arms of streaking Niagara Falls' receiver Faybian Prather and the junior took it in stride 68 yards for the tie-breaking, winning touchdown in Saturday's 26-20 Section VI Class AA football win over Lockp…

YOUNGSTOWN — Freshman midfielder Ella Rudney tallied two goals on Wednesday night and senior keeper Lydia Sweeney left her basketball at home and made some big second-half saves, sparking the visiting Grand Island Lady Vikings to a 4-1 win over Lewiston-Porter, topping Niagara Frontier Leagu…

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LOCKPORT — After outstanding Western New York baseball careers, Mike and Mark Sobieraski turned to umpiring.

Mat Williamson won his third Krown Undercoating Modified feature of the season and Erick Rudolph (Ransomville) won his second consecutive divisional title as Hy-Tech Concrete, WNY Heroes, National Maintenance Contracting Corporation, Lawns Unlimited, and Try-It Distributing (Busch Beer) pres…

ORCHARD PARK — David Andrews' uncertain status led the New England Patriots to fill a potentially sudden need at center by acquiring Russell Bodine in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Friday.

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BUFFALO — Velocity Aquatics, which includes several youth simmers from the Lockport area, recently sent 30 swimmers to this year’s Niagara Long Course Championship at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo, placing seventh out of 30-plus teams with a total of 1246.5 points.

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Christine A.Best, of Lockport, entered into rest October 10, 2019. Christine enjoyed playing cards, going to the racetrack, cooking and spending time with her family. Wife of the late Ronald L.Best who passed away in 1988. Mother of Annette (Lawrence) Stanton, Christopher Best, Bridget Best …

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 19th, 2019, at Mariners Landing, 1540 Frankin Street, Olcott, NY from 2 to 4 PM.

Christine enjoyed playing cards, going to the racetrack, cooking and spending time with her family. Wife of the late Ronald L. Best, who passed away in 1988. Mother of Annette (Lawrence) Stanton, Christopher Best, Bridget Best (Jessica Stanton) and Molly Best; grandmother of Larry II, Victor…

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