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Torch passed at football banquet

As always, today's 24th Western New York High School Sports football awards banquet was an enjoyable event as the season's best were honored.

Dick Gallagher, the driving force and organizer of the banquet, has made an annual tradition of this year's seniors "passng the torch" to this year's juniors. The torch used is one Gallagher received after running a portion of the Olympic torch relay in 1996.

The torch is passed. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Representing the seniors on the left are: Tyler Stoldt, Mikal Coleman, Shamari Cheney, Glenn Gronkowski and Joe Licata; on the right are Okoya Anderson, Justin Burke, Chad Kelly, Michael Arcuri and Chris Driver.

The banquet also featured the debut of the Day-Day Morris Award, given in the name of former Sweet Home player DeShanaro "Day Day" Morris to a player for overcoming adversity and perseverence. Morris was on hand to present the award to Williamsville East's Sean McNamara who played football in his senior season after battling cancer.

Sean McNamara, Day-Day Morris, Dick Gallagher and John Murphy. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

A tremendous event continues. This can't be said enough: Western New York is fortunate to have Dick Gallagher.

---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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