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WGR's full schedule of Friday night games

WGR's Web site states it will be broadcasting the following games on Friday nights:

Friday: East Aurora at Iroquois
Sept. 11: Williamsville North at North Tonawanda
Sept. 18: Depew at Maryvale
Sept. 25: Sweet Home at West Seneca East
Oct. 2: Orchard Park at Lancaster
Oct. 9: Iroquois at Williamsville South
Oct. 17 (Saturday): Kenmore East at Kenmore West

A quality lineup of games, and it's definitely cool to see high schools going primetime -- especially on a station where they high school sports talk has been quarantined to one hour on Saturday mornings for years.

Iroquois is a big winner with two games, but both are good matchups. The Monsignor Martin Association is a big loser with zero games, but it's somewhat understandable since there aren't any Friday nighters screaming for coverage. If GR is still doing games on Oct. 30, it might not be a bad, spread-the-wealth idea to go with the Monsignor Martin championship rematch of Canisius at St. Francis rather than a Section VI semifinal.

The list is a good mix of games, teams and areas, and it shouldn't be a surprise that the lineup consists of all Erie County teams other than just-across-the-bridge North Tonawanda. Randolph-Maple Grove is a great game for high school football fans, but GR wants to move the ratings needle, especially in a first-time venture like this.

---Keith McShea

WGR broadcasting EA at Iroquois on football's opening night

Anyone remember the last time a high school football game was given major-league, major-kilowatt treatment on Buffalo radio?

It's an intriguing question because WGR told us it will be broadcasting East Aurora at Iroquois at 7 p.m. on opening night -- Friday, Sept. 4.

---Keith McShea

East Aurora softball player goes south

Felicia Hulslander has plenty of softball ahead of her. The East Aurora High School graduate leaves next month for Division II West Liberty University in West Virginia. She will major in athletic training after signing a national letter of intent to play for the Hilltoppers.

Hulslander played for three seasons on the Blue Devils varsity. "She played a phenomenal first base her sophomore and junior seasons. When the team needed a shortstop this season, she stepped up and made the switch," said coach Dan Edholm.

Despite facing more difficult pitching after moving up to ECIC III, Hulslander had a big senior year. She led the team in batting (.380), hits (27), doubles (3), triples (4), home runs (2), walks (10) and assists (43). He made only 5 errors in 97 chances while playing shortstop.

She leaves EA having rewritten the softball record books. She ranks first in her career in the following categories: batting avg. (.444), hits (87), triples (11), home runs (5), runs batted in (47), and runs scored (57). She ranks second in doubles (13), stolen bases (35), walks (23), and putouts (302). She is tied for third all-time in assists (58). She was also a two-year captain.

--- Mary Jo Monnin

Maple Grove among NYSSWA's All-Sport champions

The New York State Sportswriters Association has come up with a great idea -- and some Section VI schools like Maple Grove are getting some all-around recognition because of it.

The NYSSWA today announced its inaugural All-Sport Championships, which measure New York State Public High School Athletic Association schools (that means no Catholic schools) by their across-the-board performances in state championships in all sports (boys and girls).

Maple Grove, which won the state football championship this year and advanced to the final four in boys basketball, shared the top spot in Class D with South Kortright. 

The only other two Section VI schools to make it into the top five were both in Class B: second-place East Aurora was just .33 behind Bronxville (37 points); Fredonia was fourth with 22 points.

Check out the NYSSWA's All-Sport Championships page, where it crowns Burnt Hills (which Sweet Home beat in the Class A football championship game) as its overall winner for amassing the most points. East Aurora's total was the fourth-highest overall.

There are breakdowns by boys and girls. For the boys, Orchard Park tied for first in Class AA, East Aurora was first and Southwestern tied for third in Class B and Maple Grove was first in Class D.

On the girls side, Class B East Aurora was second and Fredonia was fifth. Salamanca was fourth in Class C and Sherman was fifth in Class D.
 
---Keith McShea

Live from the state track meet: Four wins for Amherst's Fields

Ashley Fields stole the show on the girls’ side of the state track and field championships on Saturday.

The Amherst sophomore captured four golds -- two each in Division I and Federation. She broke her own Section VI record in the 200 meters with a time of 23.66. In that race, Fields made an improbable comeback on Columbus’ Whitney Fountain, who was a good five strides ahead of Fields with 50 meters to go.

With two years of high school still to go, Fields is the fastest girl in the state. “I was expecting this in maybe my junior or senior year,” Fields said. “Before this season, I was hoping to set PR’s and break school records -- not even the section record. I never would have thought I’d be a state champion in the 100 and the 200.”

Be sure to check out tomorrow’s paper for more on Fields’ miraculous day.

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As Fields caught her breath and soaked in a refreshing breeze from the mist fan near the finish line after winning the 100, she saw Nichols’ Adele Jackson-Gibson in the corner of her eye. Fields walked over and fist-bumped her fellow Section VI sprinter.

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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.

@KeithMcSheaBN | kmcshea@buffnews.com

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