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(Fredonia nearly upset Olean last week, while St. Mary's prepares for Walsh on Friday / Photo by Ron Szot) 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... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Kayson Hill and St. Mary's host the 'Game of the Week' / Photo by Karen Gioia) Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week: Monday, February 8th Park @ Aquinas - 6:30 pm St. Mary's @ Cleveland Hill - 6:30 pm Williamsville North... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View From Centercourt
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(Kyle Harris of Park drives when Timon's Juston Johnson defends / Photo by Larry Scheur) Rarely do you see a high school basketball team that boasts the size that Park has. With three of its players listed at 6-7 or taller, the Pioneers are intimidating enough as they warm up.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Roy-Hart's Chris Anderson goes to work in the paint against Newfane) Can you remember the last time Roy-Hart made an appearance at Buff State? I can't either. But the Class B2 school from the Niagara-Orleans league just might be ready for the big lights on Grant Street in Buffalo. After... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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VS. In 1980, The United States national team needed a "miracle on ice" to defeat the Soviet Union national team during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. When you look at the talent that Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino is bringing in to the country from Canada to play in... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Canisius' Stafford Trueheart is defended by Hunter Anderson of Park / Photo by James McCoy) At the end of the third quarter of the 'Game of the Week' with Canisius leading Park, 30-21, I received a text message from a friend - "First to forty wins?" If anyone reaches 40... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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After winning a third straight sectional title in Class AA and graduating perhaps the most celebrated senior class that Jamestown has ever said goodbye to, the 2016 season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Red Raiders. That's certainly what it looked like on paper and even on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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The eighth state rankings for the 2016 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 #3 Park #4 Amherst #8 Williamsville South #14 McKinley #20 Class B Olean #1 Walsh #11 St. Mary's... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(South's Jordan Buell launches a trey while guarded by North's Nick Maniscalco / Photo by Karen Gioia) 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 7 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Park and Canisius will battle again this Wednesday / Photo by James McCoy) Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week: Monday, February 1st Olmsted @ I-Prep - 6 pm Niagara Catholic @ St. Mary's - 7:30 pm Tuesday, February 2nd McKinley @... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Athena's Anthony Lamb stole the show at the RAP Showcase with 35 points, 20 boards, & six blocks / Photo by Mark Edinger) Greece Athena 71, Canisius 59 Game MVPs: Anthony Lamb (Greece Athena) & Stafford Trueheart ( Canisius) Point Totals Athena: Anthony Lamb 35, Kenny Speed 20, Nigel Scantlebury... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Canisius' Stafford Trueheart finished this play for the game-winner) Every season, the Crusaders put together one of the most challenging schedules you could logistically and realistically dream up. The defending Class A Federation Champions are currently amidst a stretch of games that have them facing six state-ranked teams in 18... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Canisius fans celebrate another victory for the Crusaders / Photo by Elliott Jerge) What a scene at Canisius last night with the Blue Crew out in full force on a Tuesday night. OK, that picture wasn't from last night. Full disclosure - I forgot to snap a picture during the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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The seventh state rankings for the 2016 the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA Niagara Falls #24 Class A Canisius #2 Park #3 Amherst #8 Williamsville South #14 McKinley #20 Class B Olean #1 Walsh #7 St. Mary's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(James Rojas & Jamestown earned a split with Lancaster following Monday's road victory / Photo by James McCoy) After opening league play this season with a big win in Jamestown, which ended a losing streak to the defending league and sectional champs that spanned longer than a decade, Lancaster was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Charles Debose and the O'Hara Hawks deserve a spot in the top 10 / Photo by Karen Gioia) 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Alex Damiani and Lancaster host Jamestown on Monday / Photo by Mark Mulville) Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week: Monday, January 25th Burgard @ Grand Island - 6:30 pm Jamestown @ Lancaster - 7:30 pm Cleveland Hill @ Depew - 7:30... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Stafford Tureheart was the difference for Canisius in its win at Park on Saturday / Photo by Elliott Jerge) As the big game was unfolding, giving those lucky enough to be in attendance the type of game experience that will be forever burned in their minds, one player's performance became... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Jaylin Rose, Nick Foster, and the rest of the Amherst Tigers smothered Cheektowaga from the word go / Photo by Emily Foster) When I wrote the season preview in November, I made certain predictions as to which teams would win postseason championships. One of the teams I pegged to make... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Maceo Jack splashes a '3' to open a 2nd half run for North) When I let Williamsville North coach Chuck Swierski know that I would be up to cover his Spartans' key game in ECIC I against Orchard Park on Wednesday night, he said "Wow, must be a big game... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Park's 6-8 sophomore, Joe Jones, has returned for the Pioneers / Photo by Larry Scheur) Park got off to an 11-0 start this season and is the top ranked team from Class A in NYS, according to the NYSSWA rankings. They have talented players at every position, and a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Dominick Welch sails to the basket at St. Joe's / Photo by James McCoy) Cheektowaga has one of the best players in WNY in Dominick Welch and some very athletic and talented pieces around him. Warriors' head coach Pat Cullinan puts together a tough nonleague schedule each year to get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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The sixth state rankings for the 2016 the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA No Teams Ranked Class A Park #1 Canisius #3 Amherst #10 Williamsville South #19 McKinley #24 Class B Olean #1 Walsh #9 St. Mary's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Takal Molson & #2 St. Mary's have a key game at #3 Walsh on Tuesday / Photo by Harry Scull) 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... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at The View From Centercourt
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(Round 1 is almost here - Canisius at Park on Saturday, January 23rd / Photo by Buffalo News) Here's a list of what I think are the top games to follow this week: Monday, January 18th Cheektowaga @ St. Joe's - 4:30 pm Tuesday, January 19th Health Sciences @ Tapestry... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at The View From Centercourt