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A game between the top teams in Yale Cup I rarely disappoints. The games are marked by screaming fans, players laying it on the line, intense battles in the paint, quick transitions, and a whole lot of player pride from both teams. Some games go back-and-forth the entire way, while... Continue reading
Posted 2 hours ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Park's Derek Cheatom has been a standout. Photo by Buffalo News) Last year, Park entered the Monsignor Martin Association. In the offseason, the MMA changed its postseason format to hold separate Manhattan Cup tournaments for the large and small schools, coming off of a season when a small school, Nichols,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View From Centercourt
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Monday, February 23, 2015 MMA #4 seed vs. #5 seed play-in games at a neutral HS Class B - 6 pm Class A - 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Sectionals - Round One Wednesday, February 25, 2015 Sectionals - Round Two Friday, February 27, 2015 Sectionals - Quarterfinals Sunday,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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Last season, Jamestown's Zack Panebianco dialed up his game to a whole new level in the second half of the year, resulting in some classic performances in big games. There was the unforgettable 34-point night in the regionals against Greece Athena and the 31-point game in the state semifinal, among... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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The seventh state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA No teams ranked Class A Canisius #7 McKinley #9 Williamsville South #11 Amherst #13 Class B Park #4 Fredonia #16 St. Mary's #19 Class C Middle... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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Niagara Falls had been a ranked top ten large school all season, until late last week when the Wolverines dropped their first league game to unranked Kenmore West. On Saturday afternoon, I watched Timon battle at Canisius, leading at different points in the fourth quarter there. Based on that showing... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Timon made its case for a spot on my ballot with a strong showing at Canisius Saturday) As a pollster for the Buffalo News, I'm asked to send in my weekly ballots ranking the top ten large and small schools. The polls are based on games played through Saturday of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Jamestown faces Athena in a rematch of last year's Class AA regional. Photo by Scott Kindberg) Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week: Monday, January 26th Niagara Falls @ Timon - 6:30 pm Park @ Walsh - 6:30 pm Maple Grove @... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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Last year, Amherst won its third straight league title in ECIC III, despite dropping both regular season meetings with Cheektowaga. Then the Tigers dropped a third contest to the Warriors in the Class A2 championship. Last night, Amherst knocked off Cheektowaga for a second straight time this season, giving them... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(East's Damone Brown goes up inside against Middle College) One thing I've learned over the years from watching East play in the Yale Cup, they don't quit, and a substantial lead on them doesn't mean a whole lot. A couple weeks ago, the Panthers went into McKinley and nearly overcame... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(The entire Lancaster team shaved their heads for the cancer fundraiser 'Bald for Bucks') A lot of hard work over the last couple weeks, combined with an inspired performance from the boys varsity basketball team, made it a special night in Lancaster on Thursday. Senior class advisor, Lynne Ruda, organizes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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This was sent to me from the West Seneca East basketball team: The boys basketball team received some terrible news yesterday, that our assistant coach "Papa Lutman" has been diagnosed with leukemia. In order to help his family, our team would like to have a Leukemia Awareness night on February... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Matt Foster communicates with Greg Dolan during South's win at Starpoint) This season started out really well for Williamsville South. They opened the season with a nonleague win at district rival and the #6 large school, Williamsville North. They also took care of MMA large schools, Timon and St. Francis... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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The sixth state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA No teams ranked Class A Canisius #8 McKinley #11 Williamsville South #12 Amherst #14 Class B Park #5 St. Mary's #17 Fredonia #22 Class C Middle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Freshman Tyrin Lott #2 and junior Kam Rashada #3 have the Falcons back in the hunt) This post is a response to a reader who left me a question/comment in the comments section of my recent post 'Poll Ballots - 2015 - Week 4'. The comment was simply: No love... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(McKinley was this close with Canisius for 32 minutes at the MLK Classic) As a pollster for the Buffalo News, I'm asked to send in my weekly ballots ranking the top ten large and small schools. The polls are based on games played through Saturday of each week. Here's a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Amherst vs. Cheektowaga will be epic...again. Photo by Nick LoVerde) Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week: Monday, January 19th East vs. Franklin @ Monroe CC Park @ Rochester East - 6:30 pm Tuesday, January 20th Timon @ Nichols - 6:30 pm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Stafford Trueheart opens the 2nd half with a #BOOM at the MLK Classic) Canisius junior Stafford Trueheart got the second half of his Crusaders' epic battle with McKinley started they same way he ended the game - with a #BOOM! But everything that happened on Saturday evening in the headliner... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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On Friday night, Nichols visited St. Joe's for a league battle in the Monsignor Martin. The game was appealed to me as a good barometer of where both teams were. The Marauders were coming off great showings against Henninger, a top Class AA team from the Syracuse area, and against... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Canisius 74, McKinley 70 In the headliner of the MLK Classic, the Crusaders prevailed in an instant classic between two of WNY's premier high school basketball programs. LaTerrance Reed celebrated his 18th birthday with a team-high 22 points for Canisius. Stafford Trueheart scored 20 points, and Josh Huffman & Justin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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When two teams are fairly evenly matched, it's usually the team that works harder & gives the better effort that comes away with the victory. Last night in Lancaster, the Golden Eagles of Cleveland Hill visited St. Mary's for a nonleague matchup between a pair of top 10 WNY small... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(St. Joe's sophomore Naseer Jackson defends Starpoint's Ian Emerick) After coaching under Mark Simon for seven years, the last five years as the head coach of the St. Joe's junior varsity team, Ben Scaffidi took the head coaching position over at Starpoint in the 2012-13 season after a year behind... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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So I didn't pick Kenmore West at North Tonawanda as the "Game of the Week", but it did have it as one of the week's top battles to watch for. Thankfully, I ended up at the Lumberyard on Tuesday night, the nickname of the gym where the Jacks play ball.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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The fifth state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA No teams ranked Class A Canisius #10 McKinley #14 Williamsville South #18 Amherst #20 Class B Park #5 St. Mary's #17 Fredonia #24 Class C Middle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Here's the lineup for the two-day MLK Classic held at City Honors High School. Saturday's games are broken into two sessions, with separate admissions for each. Friday, January 16th Session I City Honors vs. Health Sciences - 4:30 pm I-Prep vs. Maritime - 6 pm Middle College vs. St. Francis... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at The View From Centercourt