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Funke to be honored at The Ralph tonight

The late Chuck Funke will be honored tonight as the Section VI football championships kick off at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

There will be a halftime tribute during the Class A game between Sweet Home and Williamsville South. The ceremony will be attended by members of Funke's family. The program is in Funke's honor, and the National Anthem for the Class A game (kickoff 8:30 p.m.) will be sung by Bonnie Zimmerman, a longtime member of the Section VI football championships committee with Funke.

It is certainly a fitting time to honor Funke, who was the Section VI football chairman for 26 years. He passed away the Wednesday before the season kicked off.

If you are going to what should be a tremendous Class A game tonight, make sure you halt your halftime conversations during the ceremony. For what Funke did for Section VI football and Western New York, he certainly deserves it.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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