Buffalo Public Schools athletic director Aubrey Lloyd just notified me that two city schools have had to post forfeits in what is a very young football season.
Bennett has forfeited its impressive, season-opening 44-16 nonleague victory Saturday over Grand Island because it used an ineligible player. A player who had transferred from Lafayette participated in the game; while some of the player's paperwork had been completed, it had not been completed in its entirety, thus making him ineligible, Lloyd said.
The paperwork has been completed and the player is now eligible to compete in Week Two.
Lafayette has forfeited its Week Two game with Fredonia, which had been scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Friday at All High Stadium. That forfeiture is a result of the suspension of 12 players for academic reasons.
"We have to do things the right way," said Lloyd. "It was a great game for [Bennett] the kids to win, a morale booster, and they're turning things around with a new administration and a new coach -- but the kids have to be eligible."
Regarding Lafayette's situation, Lloyd said: "It's about academics, that's what we're here for. We all support the principal [Naomi Cerre]. Academics come first. Students need to know that. If they don't achieve certain grades, they can't play or will be put on probation."
This is certainly a bummer for Bennett after starting the season with such a good win, but it was a nonleague game so it doesn't affect their playoff chances. It was merely a clerical error, and the player is now eligible, so one would think there wouldn't be any issues going forward. The re-enthused Tigers should still optimistic about the season.
The news regarding Lafayette is not totally surprising, considering the on-again, off-again status of not just the athletic program but the school itself. Here's hoping that the students involved improve their academics and earn their way back on the field. The forfeit doesn't affect Lafayette's playoff status either; the Mighty Violets were already ineligible for the playoffs this year because it was added to the Section VI schedule well after the leagues and schedule were set up. Lafayette's athletic program was thought to be defunct following last season.
One aspect of Lafayette's forfeit this week that should be considered is that Fredonia is now without a game. I doubt they would be able to schedule some sort of contest at this juncture, and that is unfortunate for them.
Many a football coach has stressed to his team that players only have a certain number of opportunities to be a football player, to take the field with your teammates. In Section VI, the regular season lasts just seven weeks. Fredonia has unfortunately lost one of those opportunities due to a situation beyond their control.
Hello from Buffalo State and the second day of the best week of the high school sports year.
After a few minutes for a program upgrade, we're online for another tripleheader: the 5:30 B-2 semifinal between Niagara-Orleans rivals Wilson and Akron and two A-2 semifinals. East meets fellow Yale Cup-per Lafayette in the first game at 7 p.m. with Maryvale and ECIC III neighbor Cheektowaga getting together at 8:30.
East beat Lafayette in the regular season while Wilson and Maryvale both swept the season series from tonight's opponents, but wacky things have been known to happen at Buffalo State.
That being said, I'm going with Wilson in the first game.
5:31 p.m. This is when the game is supposed to be a minute in of real time. But we're two minutes in, with Wilson calling a timeout after Akron has taken a quick 6-0 lead with 6:08 left in the first quarter.
5:35 p.m. Akron coach Justin Gerstung calls a timeout with 3:41 left in the first quarter holding an 8-6 lead -- Brennan Moxham has swished two three-pointers for Wilson.
5:43 p.m. We are at the end of the first quarter and Akron leads Wilson, 11-8. Trevor Short has nine of Akron's 11 points.
5:47 p.m. Wilson coach Brett Sippel calls a timeout with 5:49 left in the second quarter and Akron having taken a 20-11 lead on a fast-break basket by Alec Short. Akron is fired up in its huddle. Wilson started slow against City Honors so maybe this is just how they roll.
5:51 p.m. N-O coaches like using their first-half timeouts. Akron gets one ahead, 22-15, with 3:34 left in the second quarter. I think maybe Gerstung used it just to protest a call he wanted on Alec Short fast-break attempt. I'll side with coach on this one but it's all part of the game.
5:58 p.m.We are at halftime and Akron leads Wilson, 27-22.
6:16 p.m. Akron calls a timeout with 4:04 left in the third quarter with a 33-26 lead. Trevor Short continues to score for the Tigers, often just too much to handle on drives to the basket and he's been nailing some fadeaway jumpers.
6:23 p.m. At the end of the third quarter, Akron continues to lead Wilson, 37-33. Moxham had a late three-pointer to answer one by Akron's Seth Goodier.
6:27 p.m. Wilson calls a timeout with 7:13 left and Akron's lead down to 37-35. Ethan Baker with a putback of a missed free throw opened the scoring. Trevor Short just got fouled hard by Wilson's Nate Meier and the officials do some talking to both players.
6:33 p.m. After a nice big rebound by Alec Short, Akron brings the ball upcourt and calls a timeout with 4:26 left and a 42-38 lead over Wilson. Nice back and forth going on between the school's fans, and I'm pretty sure Akron's outnumber WIlson's, student-section-wise.
6:36 p.m. Wilson calls a timeout with 2:53 left and the Akron lead now at 47-39. BIG three-pointer from Jon Rink for Akron as the Wilson defense sagged towards Trevor Short in the post. On the other end, Trevor Short jumped out to block a three attempt by Baker.
6:39 p.m. Timeout by Akron with 2:24 left and a 47-41 lead. Baker just scored inside and Wilson turned up the pressure on the inbounds.
6:43 p.m. Wilson makes its move to cut it to 47-46, but Alec Short nails a three-pointer from the left corner to give Akron a 50-46 lead. Wilson brings it up and calls a timeout with 36.5 seconds left.
(Sorry about the poor view of Alec Short's shot, on which coach Gerstung ran a nice screen on me).
6:45 p.m. Wilson cuts it to 50-48 on a Collin Okoniewski putback and Trevor Short is fouled with 18 seconds left and Akron leading, 50-48. Timeout, Wilson.
6:48 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Akron 51, Wilson 48.
Short hit one free throw, Moxham missed a decent look from the top of
the key for three; Alec Short was fouled with 5.7 seconds left and
Baker's desperation three missed.
And that's why they play the games. Back for the A-2 semifinals in a bit. Still sticking with my poll for the next two games.
7:09 p.m. Back in our press row saddle just in time for tip-off of East-Lafayette.
7:23 p.m.At the end of the first quarter, East has a 16-10 lead on Lafayette. The Panthers are looking good with Domonique Jackson back on the floor. His passing as is impressive as anything else -- the 6-4 senior has already had some nice setups.
7:29 p.m. Lafayette calls a timeout with 5:24 left in the second quarter. East leads, 19-13. I only saw the Mighty Violets briefly in a game at East, but they have some serious height and length in 6-5 senior Darius West and 6-5 junior Davone Ferguson, who has already put in a very nice looking fast-break dribble drive finish.
7:31 p.m. East's turn to take a timeout with its lead now 19-14 with 5:02 left in the second.
7:36 p.m. Lafayette needed a timeout and has one witih 1:49 left in the second with East now up, 30-21. Jackson just put on one of the Moves Of The Week right in front of me. He took on a close-guarding defender just inside midcourt, crossed him over so bad he fell over, then calmly stepped to the three-point line and swished a three. Whoa.
7:47 p.m. Sorry about a semi-delayed halftime update. Had to run to the car to get a very valuable cord to power the iPhone. I'd be dead without it. Thanks much to 8-year-old Wyatt Walker, one of Section VI's administrators here, for manning the door after my full-out sprint to the parking lot across Grant. Booyah.
At halftime, East leads Lafayette, 39-24. Deon Robinson hit a free throw with 3.4 seconds left after an intentional foul (he was dragged down after a steal in the open court), then he hit a buzzer-beating fling for a three-pointer and a great finish to the half for the Panthers.
7:56 p.m. Lafayette coach Karl Maggiore calls a timeout with 4:43 left in the third quarter and East now up, 44-26. The Panthers are just too much -- not just too athletic but too good defensively too unselfish offensively. They had a fast-break moments ago which went Deon Robinson to Tremmell Fisher to Robinson to Dale Gray for the basket. Almost too much passing.
8:03 p.m. Lafayette calls another timeout with 2:14 left in the third and East leading, 54-33. Jackson had a three-point play after a whirling drive through the lane, and Robinson had a layup after he slapped the ball away for a steal.
8:05 p.m. East coach Starling Bryant with a timeout with 1:05 left in the third leading, 54-36.
8:08 p.m. We are at the end of the third quarter and East leads Lafayette, 54-38. The Violets had a great finish to the quarter as West took a pass on a fast break and -- in traffic -- put down a serious two-handed jam. Very impressive.
8:23 p.m. East has put its subs in with 1:29 left and a 68-43 lead.
8:27 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: East 68, Lafayette 48.
Interviews and then some writing while I watch the Maryvale-Cheektowaga game.
8:51 p.m. Great start for Maryvale, which leads, 8-0, with 5:54 left in the first quarter, prompting a Cheektowaga timeout by first-year coach Pat Cullinan.
9:03 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Maryvale leads Cheektowaga, 15-10. Nice job by the Warriors to keep their heads in it with some active defense. The Flyers hit three threes in the first, including two by senior Matt Wendling.
9:12 p.m. Maryvale coach Mark Kensy calls a timeout with 4:43 left in the second quarter and holding a 17-13 lead as Cheektowaga has played some solid defense and is getting some offense going inside and on the boards.
9:36 p.m. Sorry. Second half has started. Maryvale led, 26-19, at halftime. I'm doing a lot of writing right now.
9:51 p.m. Maryvale 40, Cheektowaga 33 after the third quarter.
10:04 p.m. Story is done for first edition. Jeesh. Right on time. Cheektowaga just scored on a fast break to cut Maryvale's lead to 46-43 with 2:23 left. The lead had been up to 10 (43-33).
10:09 p.m. Wow. Cheektowaga just had a couple of chances to tie the game but the ball wouldn't go down. Maryvale leads, 46-44, with 24 seconds left and has called a timeout. Maryvale inbounding under its own basket.
(Note to self: Be sure to move the phone while you're watching these big plays -- although the perspective on the first jumper is pretty neat since all you can see are players looking at the ball in mid-air. Sorry about that.)
10:12 p.m. A foul by Cheektowaga, and another timeout by Maryvale before it inbounds the ball with 19.7 seconds left. Maryvale inbounding at the sideline in its backcourt, right in front of me.
10:15 p.m. A foul by Cheektowaga, one free throw made, one free throw missed for Maryvale's Bryce Shepard, and a fast-break basket by the Warriors. Maryvale leads, 47-46, with nine seconds left.
10:17 p.m. Foul Cheektowaga, one free throw made by Alex Wendling, Cheektowaga takes a timeout. There are 6.3 seconds left, Maryvale is up two (48-46) and may be up three after the second free throw.
10:19 p.m. Wendling's free throw fell and Cheektowaga's desperation three missed off the backboard.
Clutch job by Wendling. The way Cheektowaga was getting to the basket, a three-point game was a whole lot different than a two-point game.
We have a FINAL SCORE: Maryvale 49, Cheektowaga 46.
12:10 p.m. I love basketball. I love writing. I love the best week of the high school sports year.
But I think I hate sectional tripleheader nights. OK. Got that out of my system. So much action, so little time, so little space. I'll be adding some additional notes and quotes, the scorebooks and some videos here. If you're still out there now, they'll be on here when you wake up.
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Some thoughts on the evening ...
* Seeing Akron here tonight (after not seeing them during the regular season), I'm wondering where this team was all year. I guess the three-pointers from five different Wilson players was a difference, one that was cited by both coaches. Trevor Short, who Sippel called the best player in the N-O, was outstanding. It sure had to help playing at Buffalo State considering the success the Tigers had here last year. They sure looked comfortable while Wilson may have felt the pressure of living up to its ranking and beating Akron three times. Alec Short didn't have to hit as many threes as he did last year (he had a ton -- I've got to check the records) -- but the one he did hit was super clutch.
Akron and Cleveland Hill makes for a great matchup, I think. Who needs ranked teams? Both teams played extremely well and deserve the championship game. They both also brought a lot of fans so the energy level should be good in the first game of Saturday's quintuple-header. Tip-off is at noon.
* Game Two got out of hand because East is just too good. Lafayette knew this after losing to the Panthers in the regular season, and tonight's Panthers were back playing like the Panthers that Lafayette lost to in the first week of February. After that, East lost Domonique Jackson and some other players to academic suspensions and things became quite uncertain. The way East is playing they are going to be super-tough to beat.
There was a lot of moaning that the game wasn't fun to watch, but I starred plenty of plays in my notebook. Jackson, as I wrote, is an outstanding player because of his well-rounded play, including unselfishness and defense (several blocks). Deon Robinson had a clean, standing-still steal of a full-speed Lafayette player which turned into a fast break and a behind-the-back pass to Jackson for a finish. The Jackson killer crossover I wrote about already as well as the super-unselfish fast break by the Panthers and the Lafayette dunk.
I will admit that the blowout helped me get some work done, so maybe because I had other stuff to do it averted me from what obviously wasn't a close second half.
* Maryvale led the entire game against Cheektowaga, with the closest the Warriors getting the two-point deficit in the final minute. Warriors could never get over the hump thanks in large part to the shotmaking of Shepherd. Impressive showing from Cheektowaga and understandable how they were able to beat Amherst. Maryvale definitely makes you beat them. They just do not make mistakes.
I drove past Sweet Home earlier today and their electronic sign out front reads "Sweet Home is Shell Strong."
Tonight the school is holding a Coaches vs. Cancer
fundraiser during a girls-boys doubleheader -- the Williamsville East girls visit at 6 p.m., the boys' game that follows at around 7:30 p.m. is Chapter Two of the Sweet Home-Williamsville South battle, the first of which was won by host South last week.
The doubleheader honors "Shell Strong," the
initiative to support Jacob Shell, the 9-year-old son of Burnt Hills
football coach Matt Shell (Sweet Home has beaten the Albany-area school in the
last two state championship football games).
Read Kim Shell's touching journal about Jacob's battle with neuroblastoma. Deshanaro "Day-Day" Morris, who has been a fan of Jacob's for a while, is among those behind the fundraising effort.
I'll be hitting the road a little later on and will stop by Lafayette at East before heading to Sweet Home. Updates to come.
6:15 p.m. Here at East High and the hosts are dominating Lafayette, 47-23.
I'm off to Sweet Home.
7:08 p.m. I'm set up very nicely at a courtside table and I'll have updates throughout the night.
The electronic scoreboard outside is still going Shell Strong. I took a picture of it and that will be up soon.
They have already sold out of the Shell Strong orange T-shirts, complete with a Superman 'S' on the front. I am super-bummed I missed out on getting one of those shirts. Why orange? It's Jacob's favorite color.
It's a great scene. Fans of both teams are wearing the shirts, adults and kids, even the Williamsville South players just walked by in them. Just a great night here.
Everyone walking in gets a special edition roster sheet which has Jacob's story and some pictures of him on one side. The sheets are orange, of course.
There is also a huge banner that people are being encouraged to sign. It reads, "From our Sweet Home to yours." Great stuff.
At the end of the third quarter of the girls game, Williamsville East leads Sweet Home, 49-28. There is a good crowd here for the girls game and the parking lot is jammed already. The place should be packed for the boys game.
7:26 p.m. We have a final score from the girls game: Williamsville East 57, Sweet Home 40.
7:41 p.m. I just did my attempt at introducing a video that will be online later tonighthan.
7:47 p.m. We're about to start. An extremely fine National Anthem by members of the Sweet Home orchestra.
7:57 p.m. Williamsville South calls a timeout with 3:32 left in the first quarter and we're tied at 13-13. Nice job by Sweet Home to withstand an attack which included four straight three-pointers to start the game for South, which was up, 12-6, at one point.
8:09 p.m. At the end of the first quarter, Sweet Home leads South, 26-20.
8:21 p.m. With 3:58 left in the second quarter, Sweet Home leads, 32-27.
8:23 p.m. Sweet Home calls a timeout with 2:36 left in the second quarter. A Keron Briggs layup off a wild back-and-forth gave the Panthers a 34-27 lead.
Some tremendous action here, great environment, two top-notch teams going at it. A lot going on here trying to post stuff and keep track of the game. One thing worth noting -- D.J. Nettles is not in uniform.
8:30 p.m. We are at halftime and Sweet Home has a 39-38 lead. Joe Licata has 15 points (all on three-pointers) while Briggs has 13. Some great momentum bursts going back and forth -- Sweet Home had a 39-33 lead with about two minutes left in the quarter. Mark Coppola has been doing his usual outstanding orchestration.
8:48 p.m. With 4:01 left in the third quarter, Sweet Home has a 47-42 lead.
8:51 p.m. Sweet Home calls a timeout with South having taken a 49-47 lead with 2:37 left in the third. Coppola just scored on what centercourt described as a tough-as-nails left-handed drive high off the glass. Nice hoop, nice description.
8:57 p.m. Check out the coaching going on here as the third quarter winds down.
At the end of the third, South leads Sweet Home, 52-51.
9:02 p.m. Williamsville South calls a timeout with Sweet Home up, 57-56, with 5:01 left in the game. Just a tremendous couple of minutes there which you'll see later on video.
And here they are:
9:06 p.m. A timeout awarded to South after a scramble with South up, 58-57. South had a great basket out of the previous timeout (video below). There is 4:18 left.
9:11 p.m. A great little story here about sophomore Rashaun Crule, a junior varsity call-up for Sweet Home.
Denzel Kirkland went down with an injury and had to be taken off the floor for a few plays. He was fouled on the play in which he got hurt, so he was unable to hit the free throws.
Coach Paul Shintzius turns to the scorer's table where his JV coach is keeping the Sweet Home scorebook. "Can your guy hit these free throws?!" Schintz hurriedly asks. The JV coach says yes.
In walks Crule with 3:38 left in the game and Sweet Home down by three (60-57). If fans are looking over the roster they picked up on the way in, his name and number (No. 20) aren't even on it.
Let's go to the video clip:
Sweet Home trails by one (60-59). Nice job on the varsity, Mr. Crule.
Out of the timeout, South missed its next shot, Sweet Home missed in transition and South came back with a fast-break layup by Stasiak to go up, 62-59.
9:15 p.m. Sweet Home calls a timeout with 1:12 left in the game and South with a 65-59 lead. Erik Hansen just took the ball strong for a drive that put the Billies up by six. Hansen had a free throw for South's previous point.
9:20 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Williamsville South 65, Sweet Home 61.
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9:56 p.m. Whew. We've written a first-edition story for the paper, did a short video stand-up, got the box score in, talked to South coach Al Monaco and kept our extension cord plugged in.
Just a tremendous night here. The atmosphere was outstanding, the way it should be at all games. South made some key plays down the stretch to break away from such a close game.
I'll have more video clips while reporter Lauren Mariacher (who is editing her video on a laptop on the gym floor -- at least I have a seat :-) ) will have a video package up and running as soon as possible.
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10:59 p.m. It was great to have Jacob participate in the comments section below.
I need to pass along a handwritten note to Jacob that was left on the press table for me. It was obviously written by someone who follows the poignant diary kept by his mother, Kim.
"Please tell Jacob we are happy that he and Giraffey are reunited. Sweet Home hopes that we can bring a smile to him today. GO Jacob. be strong. Sweet Home is Shell Strong."
Not too many surprises -- maybe some surprising margins of victory. Some authoritative victories by Nichols, East, Jamestown, Olean and Southwestern. Some closer-than-expected wins for Niagara Falls and Grand Island.
A little experiment -- we're seeing how a post from the iPhone goes ...
(Blogger's note: we updated the post later with photos and videos and cleaned it up, but the experiment was successful -- we can blog right from the iPhone.)
6:42 p.m. I'm at Lafayette, where the host Mighty Violets lead No. 2 small school Middle College, 36-34, at halftime.
Lafayette's skinny gym is a serious home court advantage -- I'll have photos and videos showing how much.
Opposing teams hate the gym, and it's really not basketball that's being played, but I can't help but like the charm and quirks of the place. In addition to the wacko dimensions of the gym, the walls have been painted by coach Karl Maggiore with tributes to Lafayette greats and with sayings to help motivate the Mighty Violets. I did a story on the gym a few years ago when Lafayette had one of its best teams (which lost to Depew in double-overtime in one of the greatest sectional games I've ever seen). The Lafayette gym story is one of the most enjoyable stories I've ever done at The News.
Back to the game -- it's close, and I expected that. Since Middle College is a young program, this was their first trip to Lafayette. And the Mighty Violets are a good team which owns a victory over St. Mary's -- it's only loss was at Lew-Port very early on, and Lew-Port is doing just fine in the Niagara Frontier League.
At halftime, a witnessed a nice little scene -- Middle College coach Randy Rich and Davon Alexander talked with official Dave Hoch at midcourt. Alexander had just been hit with a technical foul by Hoch and coach and player were apologetic and were talking it over with Hoch, who fully explained why Alexander got T-ed up.
While I'm at it, Hoch has been in this gym before, and he's doing a great job here -- two good teams in a claustrophobic gym can lead to emotions getting out of control, but he and his partner have the game well in control.
I'm going to probably stay here before heading to Timon for its game with Canisius.
7 p.m. Middle College has a 49-45 lead after the third quarter. I might not have updates for a while because I'll be doing video.
Here's some of that video:
Alexander finds Darale Young for a nice short jumper and a 53-47 Middle College lead.
Justin Stokes with a steal and a layup as Middle College takes control of the fourth quarter, leading, 56-50.
Stokes scores while being fouled to put Middle College up, 57-53, with 3:06 left.
Young goes two-for-two to give Middle College the three-point advantage it would win the game by.
7:29 p.m. Middle College played good defense with Lafayette needing a three-pointer -- the Violets don't get up a good shot and the Kats hold on for a 61-58 victory.
Young (23 points), Alexander (20) and Stokes (18) accounted for all of the scoring.
Middle College was super-impressive to me in the fourth quarter with the discipline they played with and with their defense. Like I mentioned earlier, this gym has a tendency to lead to out-of-control games -- turnovers are almost automatic when you consider how slender the gym is how little room there is to manuever. The Kats did something I'm not sure I've seen much in the big games at Lafayette -- they maintained a deliberate pace (with Young doing a great job controlling it), and played tough defense that slowed Lafayette's ability to get the ball in positions to score. Just a very impressive win for the Kats.
After all, when the Kats walked into the place, Young turned to coach Rich and said, "Where's the real gym?" Rich, to his credit, did what many Yale Cup coaches have done in the past and held practices leading up to the Lafayette game on a court with rows of chairs set up where the Lafayette sidelines are.
On to Timon.
8:01 p.m. Arrive at Timon and see Canisius has 19-12 lead after one quarter. Canisius is looking very good and now has a 34-18 lead with three minutes left in the second.
A couple members of Prep Talk Nation are here and they're impressed with Canisius, while they say Timon has missed a bunch of free throws.
8:10 p.m. At halftime Canisius has a very impressive 43-23 lead. Blair Helton has 20 points, it was just announced. He had a ton in the second quarter. Crusaders putting forth a complete effort.
I'm surprised at the margin for sure; I think Timon might be feeling the bright lights for the first time - it's the Tigers' first big league game in a while, and there is a little pressure playing here at home before a near-full auditorium, featuring its rowdy fans -- nice job standing up the entire time. Hopefully the Tigers will find their form and make it more of a game.
8:35 p.m. Timon had better energy and hit some threes but Canisius still leads, 59-44, after the third.
8:49 p.m. Timon has it down to 66-56 with 3:18 left.
9:03 p.m. We are shockingly going to OT at 69-69!
9:18 p.m. Canisius wins by one at the OT buzzer on a driving layup by junior Aaron Nevins! Wow!
Canisius wins, 78-77. What a game.
Yes, I've got the winning basket on the iPhone and I'll post it ASAP.
Inspired by the showing of Section VI at the New York State Track and Field Championships in June, I decided to do a little microfilm research. For fun, let's try and find the results of every Section VI track meet starting from the beginning. But where is the beginning?
That would require finding out when Section VI was formed. And that would require cashing in a favor. An e-mail to Walt Eaton yielded a jackpot. The retired Assistant Executive Director of NYSPHSAA just happens to be working on a book on the NYSPHSAA.
"I am in the editing stages now for the entire history of the NYSPHSAA and hope to get a rough draft published in the next few months ahead," said Eaton.
Here's part of his e-mail replay. Check out what a major player the Buffalo City Schools were during those early years.
Thanks Walt! We'll look for your book here in Section VI, and I owe you a favor.
TIMELINE INTO THE CREATION OF SECTION VI
1921-22: Eight sections were created to form the NYS Public High School Association of Basketball Leagues - the Buffalo area was one of these Sections.
1923: The NYSPHSAA was formed to sponsor other sports - track and field, skating, swimming, tennis, etc.
Note: The Buffalo City Schools team won the first track and field State Championship held on May 30, 1923 at Union College, Schenectady.
1924: The NYSPHS Assoc. of Basketball Leagues merged with the NYSPHSAA. Lafayette High School won the first NYSPHSAA Basketball State Championship held at Syracuse University.
1925: The Buffalo-area team won the first Swimming State Championship held at RPI in Troy.
Oct. 1925: The doubles team from Hutchinson High School of Buffalo won the first State Championship in tennis held at Hamilton College in Clinton.
1928-29: Eight Sections were formed with the same boundaries for all sports. Section VI as we know it today was called Section VI.
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.
Lauren Nicole Mariacher joined The News in 2009 after graduating from the Columbia University School of Journalism. The Elma native and Iroquois graduate can usually be found on a sideline, capturing highlights for PrepTalkTV. She also hosts Prep Talk's weekly live show, with Keith McShea, as well as The News' live postgame Bills show — [BN]TheHuddle.