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(Stafford Trueheart lowers the #BOOM on Scotia as Canisius advances to the Fed final / Photo by James McCoy) On Sunday, I watched two undefeated teams, Scotia-Glenville and Greece Athena, battle for the NYSPHAA Class A State Championship. The two entered the game 1 & 2 respectively in the NYSSWA... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The View From Centercourt
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High school basketball players interested in improving their game through a quality learning experience provided by former Division I players will want to read the information below. Former UB standouts, Tony Watson and Will Regan have started Pro Training Mini Camps - a skill development program focusing on shooting, ball... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The View From Centercourt
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MONSIGNOR MARTIN ASSOCIATION Class A Player of the Year: LaTerrance Reed - Canisius, 12 All-Catholic Stafford Trueheart - Canisius, 11 Chris Miner - Nichols, 12 Cam Lewis - Nichols, 12 Marcell Davis - St. Joe's, 12 Kordell Holness-Lightbody, St. Francis, 12 Derick Simpson - Timon, 12 Class B Player of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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The 14th state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA Aquinas #6 Jamestown #17 Niagara Falls #28 * Class A Greece Athena #2 Canisius #5 Williamsville South #10 McKinley #13 Olean #23 Amherst #28 * Nichols... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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** Link to Brackets Central ** You think it's easy to come up a top 60? How about about separating it into a top 25 first? Give it shot. Five teams, with five players on each team, and another 35 players for honorable mention. In about three weeks, the 5th... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Jamestown's Zack Panebianco scored 65 points in his last two regional appearances / Photo by Harry Scull) Class AA: Aquinas 76, Jamestown 70 Aquinas: 17 - 20 - 16 - 23 = 76 Jamestown: 15 - 17 - 20 - 18 = 70 FG%: Jamestown 60.5, Aquinas 53.7 3-Point %:... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Section VI All-Tournament Teams are selected based on games played during the semifinal and championship rounds of sectionals, and do not include crossover or quarterfinal rounds. Click here to see All-Tournament Teams from other sections, or to view the playoff brackets fro every section in NYS. You will also find... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Fred Foster of Middle College with the #BOOM of the year / Photo by Harry Scull) Tuesday night at the Buff State Sports Arena, three games determined regional qualifiers for Classes A, B, & C in the final boys high school basketball games played in WNY this season. Williamsville South,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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The 13th state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA Jamestown #16 Niagara Falls #28 * Class A Canisius #5 Williamsville South #8 McKinley #13 Olean #21 Amherst #25 (tied w/ Chaminade) Class B Park #8... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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CHSAA State Semifinal: Canisius 74, Chaminade 67 After completing a third straight undefeated regular season in the Monsignor Martin and capping it off with a Manhattan Cup Championship on Wednesday night, Canisius kept the winning going with a victory over Chaminade in the CHSAA state semifinal. The Crusaders will now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
Class AA Final: Jamestown 48, Niagara Falls 38 Zack Panebianco and Stephen Carlson each scored 16 points, leading the Red Raiders to a three-peat in Class AA and the fifth sectional title in six seasons. Jamestown never trailed in the defensive struggle that was tied late in the first half,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Fred Foster helped lead Middle College to a 4th straight Section VI title) Class C1 Championship: Tapestry 64, Silver Creek 61 The most competitive game of the evening ended in a jubilant celebration for the Thunderhawks, as they pressed and attacked their way to their first Section VI title. Tapestry... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Amherst & Cheektowaga played another epic classic at Buff State / Photo by Harry Scull) In each of the past three seasons, Amherst & Olean have reached the Section VI Final on Championship Saturday at Buff State. But they've never faced each other in that game, because the Huskies were... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Stafford Trueheart gets loose for the Manhatan Cup Champs. #BOOM / Photo by Joshua Koester) Coming into this season, two teams were viewed as the favorites to come away with the Manhattan Cup - the defending champs & the team they upset to earn the chance to win it. After... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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I was told at the start of last season that Park could win the Manhattan Cup. At the start of this season, I was nearly guaranteeing it. The Park Pioneers joined the Monsignor Martin Association at the start of last season and immediately made waves, before bowing out to eventual... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Jovell Littlejohn helped lead East back to a 5th title game in six years / Photo by Harry Scull) Tuesday night at Buff State saw three more teams advance to Section VI championship games. Below are recaps of the two Class B2 semifinals and the first Class AA semifinal: Fredonia... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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The twelfth state rankings of the season have been released by the NYSSWA. Below are the WNY teams that made the cut: Class AA Jamestown #17 Class A Canisius #5 McKinley #7 Amherst #12 Williamsville South #14 Class B Park #9 Fredonia #11 Cleveland Hill #19 Class C Middle College... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(Graham Dolan had one of several standout performances for South / Photo by Dave DeLuca) All season long, it seemed they were on a collision course to meet up in the Class A1 Final. They've been the only two teams from Class A1 that were ranked in the top five... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Local AAU team, the Buffalo Stampede, has officially partnered with Adidas-Ohio, to form WNY Team Adidas Elite - Stampede, the newest franchise on the Adidas Elite circuit. They are currently looking for the best young talent in the Buffalo area, hoping to have them playing in their backyard this summer.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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(It's championship week in WNY! / Photo by Dave DeLuca) 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 Sunday of each week. Here's a look at how... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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The Manhattan Cup Finals are set: Wednesday, March 4th - 7 & 8:45 pm Class B Final: (1) Park vs. (2) St. Mary's Class A Final: (1) Canisius vs. (2) Nichols Click here to see the Manhattan Cup Playoff Bracket Below are recaps of each semifinal game: Nichols 66, Timon... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Monday, March 2nd Class A1 Semifinals at 6 pm & 7:45 pm #1 North Tonawanda (15-4) vs. #4 Sweet Home (10-9) - The Jacks finished as co-champs of the NFL with Niagara Falls, the Panthers tied for 3rd in ECIC II - NT is led by Chris Woodard & Ryan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Midway through the opening stanza of the Class A2 quarterfinal between Lew-Port and Cheektowaga, the Warriors had raced out to a 13-point lead. It would ultimately be the margin of victory that would send the defending sectional champs back to where they claimed last year's prize, Buff State. But before... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Below are links to each bracket, along with some other postseason-related content: WHO DESERVES A SPOT ON ALL-CENTERCOURT? Manhattan Cup Playoffs Class AA Bracket Class A1 Bracket Class A2 Bracket Class B1 Bracket Class B2 Bracket Class C1 Bracket Class C2 Bracket Class D Bracket Far West Regional - 2015... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at The View From Centercourt
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Last night at City Honors, I was asked prior to tip if that was City Honors or Maryvale in the white shirts? I pointed to City Honors and said they're wearing white. Then the person pointed to the crowd and said he was referring to them. I looked up and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2015 at The View From Centercourt