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Live from the boys soccer state championships

ONEONTA -- Hello there from the National Soccer Hall of Fame Complex, where East Aurora and Clarence will both be playing for state championships today.

East Aurora is playing Bronxville in the Class B final at 11 a.m. and Clarence is taking on Brentwood of Section XI (Suffolk County, L.I.) in the AA championship at 1 p.m.

Brentwood is ranked first in the country by while Clarence is 35th. The teams are also quite high in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings. In the national poll, Brentwood is 13th and Clarence is 17th. In the Region II (New York state) rankings, St. Anthony's of Long Island is first, Brentwood second and Clarence third. In the state sportswriters poll, Brentwood is ranked first in Class AA with Clarence second.

10:33 a.m. After watching five Far West Regional football games in the span of 24 hours at UB, I arrived in Oneonta about 12 hours after finishing my football stories last night.

It's quite cold and windy with some flurries floating around as we sit and type in our car. There doesn't appear to be power outlets available near the fields, so we'll have to use our battery sparingly -- I'll provide updates after the halves at the very least. We'll see.

11:41 a.m. It's halftime of the Class B final and Bronxville has a 1-0 lead. Senior Brian Rogers got in front of a clearing attempt by EA's Ben Kolich, then chased down the ball on the right side of the goal and banked it in off of goalkeeper Dan Coulter. Coulter was brought off his line on an initial long through ball on a Bronxville counter-attack.

It's been a back-and-forth half in which EA has had most of the play and most of the chances. Bronxville has proven very dangerous in counter-attacks.

It is COLD. And there's no power available. I had hope when I saw that they were running the scoreboard and PA operations at the scorer's table -- actually a picnic table. Then I followed the wires -- those mechanisms are being powered by a car battery.

12:34 p.m. East Aurora loses, 2-0. More coming later.

2:13 p.m. Clarence is trailing, 2-1, with 20 minutes left in the AA championship. Tyler Hamill scored in the first half for the Red Devils. Did I mention it is cold? I can't feel my fingers.

2:38 p.m. It's a final: Brentwood wins, 2-0. Brrrrrrrr.

6:42 p.m. Hello from my buddy's house in Rochester after the drive from Oneonta. Sorry about the lack of details, but there was no time to type, not that I could with my freezing fingers. My feet were literally numb on the walk to the car after the AA final. I had to fire up the car, turn on the heat and hit the road.

At halftime of the AA game, I wasn't able to update things because I was interviewing some EA players (thanks to coach Kevin Beale tracking me down after the B game's closing ceremony, which lasted well into the first half of the Clarence game).

Brentwood was quicker and more skilled than Clarence, which local fans know is saying a lot. It looked to me like a team that deserved its national rankings. The Red Devils certainly represented themselves well, however.

So did the Blue Devils. The second goal against EA was a byproduct of the Blue Devils pushing up late in the game. Bronxville was an extremely solid and composed squad with a stellar player up top in Rogers, who also scored the second goal.

More details to come in the story in Monday's paper -- which I'm sitting down to write right now.

---Keith McShea

Who's coming home with a state title?

Football, schmootball.

Nine Section VI fall sports champions are heading to state final fours this weekend. So who will come home with a state championship?

Click your way to the NYSPHSAA site for brackets, times, dates and matchups for the final fours. Here's a cool page devoted to the boys soccer championships from the host National Soccer Hall of Fame's site.

Let us know how and why you voted in the comments section.

---Keith McShea

More from the states & regionals

Here are some additional details from a tremendously busy weekend in fall sports (read the roundup from the paper here).

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It was a great day for Williamsville field hockey. While Williamsville North continued to show that it is one of the top programs in the state, Williamsville South enjoyed a return to the state final four.

South won its first Far West Regional game since 1998 by beating Eastridge, 2-1. The 1998 team was led by Julie Gentner, who attended Saturday's game at Brighton with her daughter, Ella.

Senior Ashley Ferenczy scored with seven minutes left in the first half on an assist from Shannon Martin to get the Billies in front. Sophomore Alison Ferenczy got what proved to be the winner with 23 minutes left with a tap-in after the ball had gotten behind and out of the sight of the Eastridge goalie. Eastridge's goal came with four minutes left on a scramble in front of the net.

Defending Class A state champion Williamsville North defeated Webster Thomas, 2-0, to advance to the state final four for the fourth time in the last six years.

North (18-1-1) went in front in the first half when Chelsea Smith scored on a rebound. The Spartans added their second goal with six minutes left when Allie Ahern scored off a corner. Holly Flanigan assisted on both goals.

North goalie Jess Wess had seven saves to shut out Webster (13-2-2).

"It was great for her to step up to this challenge today," said North coach Kris LaPaglia. "Both teams had multiple chances. She has to be really aggressive and came out and played the ball more than she normally does. She cleared the ball out so quickly she didn't give Webster a rebound shot."

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Not that they needed to prove it, but Eden showed yet another reason why it is one of the very best girls volleyball programs in the state when swept Palmyra-Macedon in the Far West Regionals -- without top player Heather Henry, a University of North Carolina recruit.

A loose ball found its way under her feet in warmups.

"She came down with a really loud thud," said coach Stephen Pierce. "Heather came down hard on the ball. She tried to play in the first game and she couldn't jump, so we yanked her."

Seniors Janine Benkelman (14 kills) and junior Katie Eschner (nine kills, seven blocks) were among the Raiders to stepped up as the team improved to 46-1.

"They [Pal-Mac] were a first-time team there. They were pretty tight," said Pierce. "They had a big crowd, but we took them out of it early."

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Salamanca kept its landmark season going, following its first Section VI title by improving to 19-0 with a sweep of Nazareth.

"They were the first team we didn't know anything about other than they are usually a very good team," said coach Tom Roof. "I figured if was can play defense, pass and get the ball to our hitters, we'll be in good shape. And that's the way it played out."

Ashley Abrams had 13 kills, Kaite Auge added 10 and Hannah Reynolds had eight kills and four blocks. Setter Brittany Haines had 39 assists for Salamanca, which has eight seniors among its 10 players.

The Warriors have won 18 of their matches via sweeps. Randolph was the only team to take Salamanca beyond three games, losing a five-set match.

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The Orchard Park boys volleyball team's perfect finish of 34-0 came thanks to top performances by top players Mike Stefani (hitting percentage of 70), Pat Schwagler (eight aces) and Tom Comfort in a championship sweep of Burnt Hills of Section II (Albany area).

"[Comfort] was at least something like 15 for 17 on the right side," said coach Matt Lexner. "When we got the ball to him, he'd be automatic."

As for his team, Lexner said: "They never cracked under any situation."

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The Clarence girls soccer program had a much closer call than its last trip to the Far West Regionals, when it lost a 4-0 game to Aquinas in 2006. The Red Devils fell in overtime to Fairport, 1-0.

"It was a nice goal on their part," said coach Tim Liffiton. "They crossed it from the left side of the field, the girl from the right side took it and it was a great shot by the kid. My goalie really had no chance."

It was the sixth straight shutout for Fairport, which last reached the semis in 1983.

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The Nichols girls soccer team will try to win the state Catholic championship at noon today at home when it takes on Long Island's Sacred Heart, which won the title three straight years from 2005-07. The Vikings reached the title game last year, losing to St. Anthony's, 6-2.

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Section VI's boys gymanstics team won the state regional title partly because of its performance in the high bar -- it swept the top four spots: Nathaniel Roberson (Williamsville South), J.Z. Zirna (Clarence), Eric Niedermeier (Clarence), Adam Arena (Clarence).

---Keith McShea & Mary Jo Monnin

Some quick notes on soccer (very quick for Clarence)

There were times Monday evening when I felt like I was watching fast-break basketball ... crossed with run-and-gun football ... crossed with a track meet.

In a soccer game.

That's how fast Clarence was playing on the artificial turf at Amherst High during their 3-0 win over Lockport. The Red Devils' skill and speed made for quite combination -- especially on the turf. Quick feet settling the ball, quick passes, long through balls and sprinters chasing them down.

"The turf totally favors us," said senior Ben Scalzi. "With our skill, turf is the right surface for us."

Clarence takes on Section V champion Webster Thomas tonight at 7:30 in the Far West Regionals, and it has to be an advantage that the game is back on the Amherst turf.

"We haven't played on turf, and I was worried we were going to be touching the ball too far in front of us and have it go out of bounds," said Clarence coach Mike Silverstein. "But we got a couple of practices in on turf. Tyler [Hamill] and Ben [Scalzi] and David [D'Amico] can just take off on this. What they can do on the turf is tremendous -- their skill really comes out on turf."

"We're so much faster on this than grass," said Hamill.

Three-time Section V (Rochester area) champion Webster Thomas will provide a serious challenge to the Red Devils, as all Section V soccer teams do in the regional round. Thomas beat Williamsville North last year on its way to the state finals.

Clarence is fifth in the Region II (New York State) of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, while Thomas is 10th. Clarence is also among other teams receiving votes outside of the NSCAA's national Top 25.

Not that those rankings mean that much, as Webster Thomas would tell you as quick as a Clarence fast break. Last year, Williamsville North entered the regional round ranked fifth in the country and first in Region II as it hadn't lost a game -- until a 2-0 loss to Thomas.

For what it's worth -- and it might not be worth much based on solely two games a year apart -- but the Clarence team I watched Monday was a much better team than the Williamsville North squad I watched beat Clarence in last year's final.

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Thomas might be saying: Not so fast, Clarence. Judging from the Democrat & Chronicle's game story about the Titans' Section V victory over Fairport, they can move the ball quite quickly as well.

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Speaking of the D&C, check out their Varsity Voices podcast as my fellow high schools/Empire State Games/auto racing reporting buddy James Johnson and Jeff DiVeronica size up what's going on a few Thruway exits away in Section V this week. Webster Thomas' soccer team is discussed, as are this weekend's football championships -- and of course, Section VI-ers will be interested in seeing who wins those games.    

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Back to that NSCAA national poll for a second. The No. 2 team is St. Anthony's of Long Island, which is Nichols' opponent tonight in the Catholic semifinals at Adelphi University.

St. Anthony's beat Chaminade in the Long Island final, 3-2. Check out what has to be one of the best unofficial sites for a high school in the state at

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Talk about double-takes. If you think you keep seeing the same schools in soccer this postseason, don't be alarmed.

Clarence (Class AA), East Aurora (B), Holland (C) and Maple Grove (D) all swept both the boys and girls Section VI championships and are competing in various locales in the regional round this weekend.

Nichols also won the boys and girls titles in the Monsignor Martin Association -- while the boys are on Long Island, the girls host the state Catholic semifinals Saturday and the championship on Sunday.

---Keith McShea 

Live from Clarence soccer's Class AA sweep

We're live at Amherst High's Dimp Wagner Field for the Section VI Class AA soccer championship doubleheader. Clarence is involved in both games, first taking on Williamsville North in a 5 p.m. start, followed by the Red Devil boys against Lockport at 7 p.m.

6:03 p.m. We're finally online from a very tiny press box but I'm not sure how often I'll be able to provide updates. We had to copy over the Williamsville North roster by hand because there are no programs at the Section VI soccer championships. Insert your own head-shaking expression of exasperation here.

We're about 15 minutes into the second half and the Clarence girls lead, 1-0.  Clarence got their goal with 6:32 left in what was an evenly-played first half. Junior Alexandra Rohloff scored off a pretty play off of a free kick. The kick came from about 30 yards out, was tipped on by a player around the 18-yard line to an open Rohloff, who rolled the ball into the left side of the net. I'll be getting the names of the other players involved in the play after the game -- it's tough to see those numbers from afar.

6:18 p.m. We've got less than 15 minutes remaining. Clarence just had a nice chance off of a free kick, but sophomore Laura Scalzi's header was tracked down by North senior goalie Courtney Ball.

6:22 p.m. We have a 1-1 tie with 13:13 left, thanks to some great hustle by North junior forward Kristi Putzig. Putzig chased a ball send ahead down the left side, beat out two defenders to get a foot on it just as Clarence goalie came to the edge of the box to try and get in front of it. Putzig's tip sent it past the goalie and enabled freshman forward Alexis Kroes to chase it down and touch it into an open net.

6:36 p.m. We're going to overtime. There will be two 10-minute sessions no matter if there's any scoring. If the game remains tied, there will be two five-minute sudden-death sessions. No real close calls in the last moments of regulation -- the most drama we had was a Clarence cross that was reeled in by Ball.

6:41 p.m. Overtime has started. There haven't been too many dramatic moments in the game -- perhaps because the teams know each other so well from their ECIC I battles. The marking has been quite good, with defenders disrupting any offensive chances -- they've gotten in the way of some often-fancy footwork by offensive players, stepped up to cut off passes or by made nice tackles.

6:46 p.m. We've had some good chances to start OT. North freshman Alexis Koral unleashed a nice, long shot from the left side that was reeled in by Clarence senior goalie Lisa Johnson, whose momentum took her bumping up against the near post after the catch with 7:10 left. North goalie Ball came across to track down a cross in front of the on-rushing Nicole Lauricella, who has been in the middle of some of the Red Devils' best opportunities. 

6:52 p.m. That's the end of the first 10-minute overtime session. We'll have a two-minute break. The play has gotten a bit more physical -- some good, tough soccer. Putzig was quite active toward the end of the session, sending some long balls across and into the box. One of them was similar to the play on which North scored, with Kroes running onto the ball, but Clarence's Johnson came up and kicked it away.

7 p.m. At the time the boys game was schedule to start, we've got about 4:30 left in the second overtime session. Johnson just made a very nice playwith about 5:15 left, stepping up to get to a bouncing ball at the right side of the goal -- just before Lauricella, bearing in on her, was able to get a foot on it.

7:04 p.m. Off of a throw-in with about 1:20 left, Clarence junior Alexa Krebs has a shot from the top of the box but it's lofted over the crossbar.

7:05 p.m. That's the end of the second 10-minute overtime. On to sudden death -- two five-minute periods, if necessary. Best chants of the night have come from the Clarence side. Many members of the North boys team have shown up to support their team, definitely a quality move; but one of their outbursts was answered with a "Fi-ve, O-ne!" chant from some Clarence fans. Clarence beat North, 5-1, in the sectional semifinals. Also, some of the North guys have painted their chests, another quality move that should definitely be commended. But that only led to some Clarence female fans to chant, "Put your shirts on!"

7:08 p.m. We're underway with sudden-death -- the first of potentially two five-minute sudden-death overtimes.

7:10 p.m. About halfway through the first session, Clarence's Krebs had a shot from the far left wing saved by Ball.

7:13 p.m. End of the first sudden-death overtime.

7:15 p.m. We've started the second sudden-death overtime. A pretty great crowd on hand as the fans for the boys game have arrived. Probably 600-750 people here.

7:18 p.m. North started the session by forcing two corner kicks, but both were cleared away fairly easily.

7:20 p.m. That's it. Pretty great, competitive game. And now it will be decided by a penalty kicks.

7:28 p.m. We have a FINAL: Clarence wins the shootout, 5-3. Clarence and Williamsville North are declared co-champions, with Clarence advancing to the state playoffs. Time to go get quotes.

7:57 p.m. After a postgame ceremony and coaches' talks, we're back in the press box, standing now in the back of the shed of a press box with our laptop on a desk. We've got Lockport local cable. Hey, I've got power and a place to type, so I'm good.

It's one down, one to go for Clarence. The Red Devil soccer program is trying to join East Aurora, Holland and Maple Grove by sweeping their classification's boys and girls soccer titles. Pretty amazing feat   

7:58 p.m. The boys final has kicked off.

8:06 p.m. The Clarence boys have taken a 1-0 lead with 31:21 left in the first half. After two close calls off of a free kick by the Red Devils, Alex Stephan gathered a clear near the 18-yard line on the right side, took a couple of quick steps in and let loose a missle of a left-footed shot to the near top corner that was knuckling as it soared over diving Lockport goalie Christopher Paradise.

8:07 p.m. Clarence comes right back into the Lockport end off of the kickoff and David D'Amico fires a low shot wide to the right.

8:15 p.m. Clarence now has a 2-0 lead with 23:14 left in the first half. Ben Scalzi neatly collected a ball at the middle of the 18, turned and blasted a right-footer to an unstoppable spot: it seared along the turf and caromed in off the left goal post. An awesome play.

8:21 p.m. Clarence hasn't had to show much on defense, but goalie Nate Konitzer just made two standout saves, one off a hard, low James May shot off a free kick, then he went up in the air big-time to snatch a ball away from trouble.

8:28 p.m. Scalzi was just sent speeding up the left side and got his tough-angled shot on net, but Paradise made the save with 11:30 left in the first half.

8:31 p.m. Paradise makes a save of a header off a corner kick -- the second of two straight Clarence corners.

8:33 p.m. With a little over seven minutes left in the half, Lockport junior scorer Matt McCoy goes after a loose ball in the box and goes hard into Konitzer, drawing a free kick for Clarence.

8:38 p.m. Paradise just made a nice stop of a nice play by Clarence with about two minutes to play before the half. Scalzi sent Tyler Hamill sprinting up the right side, but Paradise stepped out to cut down the angle and blocked the ball away.

8:40 p.m. It's halftime and Clarence leads the AA boys final, 2-0. This is the first time I've seen Clarence and they are living up to the hype -- they are fast, skilled and tough. Being on turf seems to be a major asset for the Red Devils, whose rushes upfield are like basketball fast breaks. I've got get my story together so the updates may be a bit slower the rest of the evening.

8:51 p.m. The second half is underway.

8:52 p.m. And here comes Clarence again. Hamill just split two defenders and got off a left-footed poke of a shot that went wide.

8:54 p.m. Kontizer comes off his line and goes airborne to grab a Lockport cross off a free kick with about 37 minutes left to play.

8:57 p.m. With 34 minutes to play, Paradise neatly stops a shot from the right side that was set up on a nifty free kick by Clarence in which a player ran over the ball and then received it on a run up the right wing.

9:01 p.m. With 29:55 left, Clarence nearly scored again by Hamill's shot in close sailed over the crossbar. The Red Devils seem on the verge of another goal.

9:03 p.m. Hamill just tried again with about 29 minutes to play, hovering and pestering a defender as he chased a ball into the Lockport end. Hamill somehow managed a foot on the ball but it rolled a few feet wide right. After the play, Hamill went down to the turf and Lockport's Jon Greig -- the defender who was trying to shield him off -- offered Hamill a hand to pick him up from the turf. Excellent sportsmanship in what has been a bruising, physical, entertaining game.

9:10 p.m. Clarence now has a 3-0 lead with 20:57 left to play. This was one of those fast breaks I was talking about. Derek Maier, a sophomore who came off the bench, went sprinting to midfield onto a ball down the left wing. He spotted Hamill doing his own dash on the other side of midfield and sent a pretty ball across and ahead for Hamill to burst after. Paradise came off his line, but Hamill got to the ball first -- near the 18 -- and put a perfect touch on a perfect pass and the ball went rolling to the open net.

9:31 p.m. This is your two-minute warning. The Clarence fans jammed into the bleachers are singing the goodbye song -- for the second time tonight.

9:32 p.m. Paradise made a great diving stop to his right on a hard, low shot by Hamill.

9:33 p.m. We have a FINAL SCORE: Clarence 3, Lockport 0. The Red Devils sweep Class AA.

---Keith McShea

Who will win soccer doubleheaders?

Section VI boys soccer chairman Art Jaspe and Section VI girls soccer chairman Chris Durr collaborated to come up with a unique format to this year's sectional finals: there would be three days of boys-girls doubleheaders at Amherst High for Class AA, A and B.

The events have worked out ideally, especially for three traditional soccer powers. Clarence, Williamsville East and East Aurora had both of their soccer teams advance to their respective finals, making the doubleheader doubly good for their fans.

"Can you imagine if the finals were in two different places, and fans had to choose?" said Durr, who is also the coach of the Williamsville East girls. "It works out for the teams -- because they're often the biggest supporters of the other -- as well as teachers, ADs, administrators and the families."

The Class C and D finals also feature one school with two teams participating -- Holland's boys and girls will compete for the C titles while Maple Grove's teams are both in the D finals. Fans from each school will be able to attend both games -- the C and D girls finals are at Pioneer this evening while the boys games are Saturday afternoon at Southwestern.

The Class B doubleheader is today at Amherst. The Class A girls (7 p.m) and boys (9 p.m.) have a late start on Saturday -- that's because the soccer games follow the field hockey championship tripleheader in the afternoon. The Class AA doubleheader is Monday.

So who's going to win?

As for the Monsignor Martin Association, yet another program is doubly present in the championships as Nichols is playing for championships in both boys and girls. There is a doubleheader of girls games before the boys final for a three-game lineup Sunday at Canisius' Clinton Road complex in West Seneca.

Check out the tournament schedules and results, make your votes and do your campaigning below in the comments section.

If you go out to a game, let us know what you thought of the action.

---Keith McShea

More from a busy fall playoff night

There was a lot on the line Thursday night in high school sports, from the Section VI boys gymnastics championship, to the ECIC girls swimming championships to several semifinals and quarterfinals across fall sports.

The volleyball title matches are set for the Section VI girls and Monsignor Martin boys after a busy night in gyms across Western New York.

There were several consolation round football games as well.

Here are all the scores, box scores and results.

Our High School Extra details the big games in girls soccer, but here are more details:

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Alexa Krebs and Alex Rohloff scored in Clarence's semifinal 2-0 win over North Tonawanda in which the Red Devil defense prohibited the Lady Jacks from getting a shot on goal.

That set up a final against ECIC I rival Williamsville North at 5 p.m. Monday.

"Kenmore [West] wanted to have the opportunity to repeat and we haven't been [to the finals] in a few years," Williamsville North coach Doug Kircher said. "We had to play a really good game and the kids rose to the occassion, stepped up and played well."

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While Class A finalist Williamsville East will be in its eighth final in the last nine years, it will be the first time for Amherst after the Tigers knocked off Grand Island, 2-1.

"We played well and we took care of a few things we wanted to do," Amherst coach Joanna Fildes said. "In the second half, they pushed forward but we cleared the ball and our defense played well. It was a good team win."

All the goals came in the first 12 minutes of the game. After Grand Island opened the scoring eight minutes in, GI tied it 20 seconds later on Allison Rogers' goal before Sarah Lasker scored what would be the game-winner.

Williamsville East avanced with a 2-1 win over Starpoint.

"We controlled play for the first half of the game, I think," said coach Chris Durr of East (19-1-1). "That was their first shot on goal that they scored on, a nice goal on a rebound, and it was a pretty even game from there. These semifinal games are always close, and Starpoint's a good team which has had a great year."

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After City Honors won the Buffalo Public Schools championship in girls soccer, coach William Cochrane lauded his seniors, and in particular, his captains.

"I would like to acknowledge and compliment our 12 seniors graduating at the end of the school year," he said. "All of them have been with the program for four years.

"My three senior captains -- Maddie Eberle, Sarah Hussein and Cara Petrucci -- exemplified daily everything that is right about high school athletics: Hard work, sportsmanship and collegiality."

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Check out the tournament schedules with results in soccer, volleyball and field hockey.

---Amy Moritz & Keith McShea

Web refresh

Just a little click of the refresh button as the high school sports playoff action is everywhere you turn:

** In case you missed it, has a new look. You can provide some feedback.

I like the new look, generally speaking -- and one of the best advantages is that it makes our high school scoreboard pages much easier to read.

** We also added some new links and tweaked our high school sports home page to adapt to the new look.

** Several of the links are to schedule/scoreboard pages for various fall sports. As the sectional playoffs get in high gear, we have a postseason page for each team sport as well as a blog post for predictions and discussion. Here they are:

-- Soccer: Here's the scoreboard and schedule while you can discuss the action on the blog whether you want to talk about the boys or the girls.

-- Volleyball: We have the scoreboard and schedule for both sides while there's a post for the girls and the boys.

-- Field hockey: Scoreboard and schedule and a post here on the blog.

-- Cross country: We've got a post for discussion -- check out the schedule at section6runs for the where & when.

** Today's High School Extra includes some key fall sports action as well as some notes about this weekend's football games.

** Don't forget to come up with your best bracket-busters in trying to predict the entire Section VI football tournament and to vote on the winners of this weekend's quarterfinals. The playoff schedule is here.

---Keith McShea

Boys soccer sectionals: Who'll score a title?

The Section VI boys soccer tournament schedule and seedings are out, with action beginning today with some first round games.

So which teams will be there come championship time? What are the upset specials? Who has the toughest or easiest road?

---Keith McShea

Girls soccer: Which teams will be at top of their class?

The Section VI girls soccer tournament schedule and seedings are out ...

So which teams will be there come championship time? What are the upset specials? Who has the toughest or easiest road?

Section VI had trouble sending in the boys tournament information. We'll post it (and have it in the paper) as soon as possible.

---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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