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Springville boys top Eden, improve to 8-8 (7-3 league)

The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity boys basketball climbed its way back to a .500 overall record with its latest triumph in ECIC Div. IV league play Tuesday night. The Griffins defeated Eden, 74-55, improving to 7-3 in the league and 8-8 overall. Springville has now won six out of seven games after starting the season 2-7. Mason Goodridge paced Springville with ... Read More »

SGI’s Leicht, Brown earn Sectional wrestling bids

Springville’s Quentin Leicht placed fifth in the 170-pound weight class, leading the Griffins’ wrestlers in the Section 6 Class B championships on Saturday in Cheektowaga. Leicht and teammate Nick Brown both qualified for the Section 6 Div. 2 tournament, where they will compete for a chance to make the state tournament. Leicht earned his fifth-place finish with a 12-2 major ... Read More »

Orchard Park hands SGI girls a 58-33 loss; Griffs visit Cleveland Hill on Friday

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Seventh-grader Mackenzie “Kenz” Owens currently leads the Springville varsity girls basketball team in scoring with 12.9 points per game. She scored 11 points in a loss against Orchard Park on Monday night and 17 in a victory over Holland Jan. 24.

The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity girls basketball team dropped a non-league battle with Orchard Park Monday night, 58-33. The girls were simply overwhelmed and didn’t play with enough toughness on the defensive end, coach Bob Gainey said. Despite being down 17 points at halftime, the girls won the third quarter by a point thanks to playing much harder on the defensive ... Read More »

Goodridge (33 points) lifts Griffs again in 69-56 win over JFK

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The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity boys basketball team won its second consecutive game Monday night, defeating visiting JFK 69-56. Senior Mason Goodridge, in his first game since scoring 41 points to become the school’s all-time leading scorer, added to his record with 33 more points and also led the team with four steals. Austin Boies added 17 points, six rebounds, four ... Read More »

Goetz takes home three golds from Bristol races

For the U16-19 races at Bristol, four Kissing Bridge girls came in the top 5, Grace Grancy, Hannah Goetz, Sydney Minier and Abi Fischer.

By Caitlin Croft The second weekend of U14 Excelsior Cup racing was a bit closer to home for most athletes. There were two Slaloms, one held at Kissing Bridge in Glenwood and the other held at Buffalo Ski Club. Mother Nature made for some interesting conditions both days. There was plenty of snow, which meant a soft track and made ... Read More »

Empire State Winter Games torch relay travels through Springville area

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The Empire State Winter Games torch was handed off to Jack Schleyer, of Springville, at Kissing Bridge Monday as part of the annual torch relay across the state.

By Kellen M. Quigley On its way to Lake Placid for the opening ceremony to the annual Empire State Winter Games (ESWG), the ceremonial torch began its several-hundred-mile journey earlier this week in Western New York. Heading out from Holiday Valley in Ellicottville on Sunday, Jan. 27, the torch passed through Springville Monday on its route to Kissing Bridge before ... Read More »

Goodridge’s 41 points pace Griffs over Lackawanna

Mason Goodridge poured in 41 points, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Springville-Griffith Institute boys basketball history in the process and leading the Griffins to victory over Lackawanna on Thursday. The Griffins topped Lackawanna, 65-61, avenging a 54-46 road loss from early December. It was first-place Lackawanna’s first loss in ECIC Div. IV league play and moved the Griffins (6-8, ... Read More »

Griffins wind down toward postseason swimming competition

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the Springville-Griffith Institute boys swimming and diving team visited East Aurora, who had previously clinched the Div. 3 title and celebrated 50 years in a row of winning its division. What turned out to be a loss to an extremely talented East Aurora team, was taken with great pride by the Griffins. Numerous best times and ... Read More »

MacQueen named National Outstanding Nordic Patroller for 2018

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Carrying her backpack filled with emergency supplies, MacQueen is shown on the Art Rosco Ski Trail, near Summit, at Allegany State Park.

By Deb Everts Mary MacQueen, patrol director and instructor for Allegany State Park’s (ASP) Nordic Ski Patrol, has been chosen by the National Ski Patrol to receive the “National Outstanding Nordic Patroller for 2018” award. She will be presented with the award at a ceremony held in her recognition at Allegany State Park’s Red House Administration Building, Jan. 26. MacQueen ... Read More »

Snowmobilers thankful that snow storm opened trails

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Snowmobilers are excited that last weekend's snow laid down a solid base to allow the region's trails to open.

By Rick Miller That collective sigh of relief heard across the region over the weekend was from snow-starved, die-hard snowmobilers hitting the trails for the first time this season. The general snowstorm that struck Western New York on Saturday left enough snow in its wake to open hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails in the surrounding area. Dozens of businesses ... Read More »

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