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The first state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA Jamestown #10 Class A Nichols #14 McKinley #17 Canisius #19 Class B East #9 Park #14 Fredonia #17 Class C Middle College #6 Silver Creek #11... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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I-Prep begins play each season in the Lockport Rotary Tournament. The other schools in that tournament are all successful large school programs. Despite being the only Class D school in the City of Buffalo, the Presidents were highly competitive in both games there to start the year, something that had... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Photo by Nick LoVerde) On December 2, 2014, I published a post called 'A Random Smattering of preseason thoughts'. One of the "random" things I wrote in that post was in excited anticipation of Amherst and Cheektowaga playing each other twice in ECIC III action. It simply read: Amherst @... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Qeyion Williams & Niagara Falls look like a top ten once again. Photo by Buffalo News) 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 don't start until next week, but who wants to... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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- As a tribute to one of my favorite players to watch from last season, Lafayette's Lester Diaz, Random Smatterings returns this season and will receive a little hispanic flare as I'll use Spanish to number them. Disfrutar de la temporada. - During the Pastor-Cooper Showcase, Holland senior Clay Lewis... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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(Tournament MVP Josh Huffman goes up strong in the final vs. MacNab) To honor the late Tom Keenan, the former Dean of Students and head basketball coach who led the team to three consecutive Manhattan Cup titles in the 90's, Canisius hosts an annual tournament in his name. The Tom... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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Competitive, intense high school basketball games are often won by the team that has a go-to player who can step up in a big spot and makes plays for his team. Other times you'll see a team prevail under those circumstances because they have a floor leader who steadies the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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Talking with Tapestry Charter head coach Darren Kresge following his team's victory last night, he referred to a four-year plan. Kresge is entering his third season as the varsity's head man, after a season as the programs JV coach. Many of the players on his roster have been with him... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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The sooner you get used to it, the better off you'll be. The problem is, it's a difficult thing to get used to. I'm talking about McKinley's pressure. You know it's coming. Everyone knows what the Macks bring...heavy pressure. From the opening tip to the final horn, they are flying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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In a ceremony on Friday, December 12, 2014, the Lackawanna School District and Athletic Department will be honoring Bill Bilowus for his tremendous contributions to Lackawanna athletics. The High School gymnasium will be named in his honor, The William J. Bilowus Gymnasuim. Coach Bilowus was the boys varsity coach at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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CSAT visited our hallowed vintage 1920’s gym for a non-league showdown. They prevailed 53-44 in a thrilling game going down to the final minute. Midway through the 4th quarter, Lafayette senior Julio Muriel sank a 3-pointer that made the score 39-38 CSAT, bringing the roof down for an enthusiastic capacity... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
* Updated for games through 12/17/14 ** League record followed by overall record Yale Cup I Middle College.........1-0 (3-0) East.........................0-1 (1-1) McKinley..................2-0 (5-1) Hutch-Tech..............1-1 (1-3) Bennett....................0-1 (1-2) South Park...............1-0 (4-2) Riverside..................0-1 (3-3) Burgard....................0-1 (1-3) Yale Cup II I-Prep.....................1-0 (3-2) Olmsted..................0-2 (1-2) Lafayette................0-1 (0-5) Buffalo Arts............1-1 (1-3) MST Seneca............2-0 (2-2) City... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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Williamsville North 66, Timon 50 Game MVPs - Maceo Jack (North), Tyler Ringwood (Timon) - Maceo Jack scored a game-high 26 points, four of which brought the crowd to a roar following a pair of power dunks. It was revenge for the Spartans, who lost their opener on the same... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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Another Pastor-Cooper Showcase is in the books and the 2014-2015 season is officially underway. After watching my first eight games of the season and a look at 16 different teams, here's a few thoughts from the action: - Everyone keeps asking, "what happened"? It's in reference to the Amherst/Kenmore West... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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The annual Cataract City Classic is held at Niagara Falls High School. Friday, December 5, 2014 Timon vs. Williamsville North - 5 pm Cardinal O'Hara vs. Liverpool (III) - 6:30 pm Niagara Falls vs. Vaughn (Ontario) - 8 pm Saturday, December 6, 2014 East Aurora vs. Liverpool (III) - 1:30... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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(Nichols celebrates its 2014 Manhattan Cup Championship. Photo by Buffalo News) Below, in this year's version of the Pre-View From Centercourt, you will find: - What's New - Returning 2014 All-Centercourt Players - Player Watch List for 2014-2015 - A League-by-League look at teams players - Coaching Changes - Classification... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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- How about Nichols vs. McKinley, followed by Amherst vs. Kenmore West to get the season going on Wednesday night at the Pastor-Cooper Showcase? Those could easily be four of the top 10 large schools in WNY this season. - Rotating the nights for the sectional semifinals last season was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at The View From Centercourt
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