Sports

South’s LeFevre tabbed Coach of the Year

All-Bee Girls Lacrosse

Casey LeFevre grew up hoping one day to coach lacrosse collegiately and, not that long ago, he actually did. The 2002 Orchard Park graduate, having previously coached at multiple levels and multiple schools in New York and Indiana, landed on the staff at Georgetown College, located outside Lexington, Kentucky. But then a funny thing happened: LeFevre, the 2024 All-Bee Girls […]

STATE CUP CHAMPIONS

– The U14 Amherst Rangers defeated the Clarence Inferno, 4-2, in double overtime in Cortland on June 2 to become State Cup champions. It is the third consecutive year the Rangers reached the State Cup finals but their first victory. The Rangers trailed the Inferno, 2-0, but later scored two goals, and regulation ended tied at 2. The Rangers won […]

First Team a mix of familiar, new names

All-Bee Girls Lacrosse

Unsurprisingly, given the success they’ve achieved individually and with their respective schools, several First Team honorees for the 2024 All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Team are repeat recipients of the honor. Not every First Teamer is a repeat selection, however, as four of the seven First Team selections were not all-stars of any level in 2023. Here’s a look at this year’s […]

Player of the Year Buccieri quickly climbing Lancaster’s ranks

All-Bee Girls Lacrosse

There aren’t many athletes who can say they’ve been a part of a program basically since their birth, but Lancaster freshman midfielder Claire Buccieri, the 2024 All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, can. Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri – Claire’s mom – vividly recalls her daughter being in a little yellow dress at a Lady Legends’ game in Rochester at […]

All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Team named; selection process explained

The Bee’s sports staff is once again proud to recognize some of the area’s top talent with the 2024 installment of the All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Team. Being selected for the All-Bee Girls Lacrosse Team is an honor that the recipients are proud to receive, not just because it looks good, but also because opposing coaches see how valuable a player […]

North track’s Kupchanko wins state title in girls 800


Melia Kupchanko’s goal going into last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Cicero-North Syracuse High School was to earn a state medal. The Williamsville North sophomore did a little bit more than that, as she won the Division I girls 800 meters in 2 minutes, 6.38 seconds. Kupchanko’s time is the second-fastest time in Section […]

North tennis coach’s pickleball career blossoming

East Amherst’s Cristen Kessler drafted by Kansas City Stingers

Cristen Kessler’s pickleball career continues to blossom. After helping the Austin Ignite win the inaugural regular season championship and take second at the end-of-the-season championship tournament of the inaugural National Pickleball League for pro players ages 50 and over, the East Amherst resident, Maple West Elementary math specialist and Williamsville North girls tennis coach was selected by the Kansas City […]

Level 5 Stumpf’s boys gymmasts win state championships

The Level 5 Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center boys teams competed in the 2024 New York State Men’s Gymnastics Championships held from March 15 to 17 at Bright Raven Gymnastics in Victor, New York. Level 5D1, 10-year-olds Jonah Manhart won the all-around state title with an overall score of 54.6. He also took second on high bar (9.2), pommel (9.55) and parallel […]

Level 9 Stumpf’s boys excel at state meet

The Level 9 Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center boys team took home the first-place banner at the 2024 New York State Men’s Gymnastics Championships held the weekend of March 15-17 at Bright Raven Gymnastics in Victor, New York. Level 9, 14+ years-old Kole Landis is the champion on floor (13), pommel horse (12.2) and rings (12.1). He took second on vault (12.65) […]

Level 8 gymnasts win state titles

The Level 8 Stumpf’s Gymnastics Center boys team took home the first-place banner at the 2024 New York State Men’s Gymnastics Championships, held from March 15 to 17 at the Bright Raven Gymnastics in Victor, New York. Level 8, 12–13-year-olds Zachary Lopez won a state championship on rings (12.1). He also placed second on pommel horse (12.9) and third on […]


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