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New Book Shines Spotlight on South Park Football Team and Coach; Book-signings Planned

New Book Shines Spotlight on South Park Football Team and Coach; Book-signings Planned

Two book-signing events celebrating the release of “A Spark: The Tim Delaney Story,” by author John M. Davidson, will take place later this month in South Buffalo. 

Published by No Frills Buffalo and featuring a foreword by former Buffalo Bills great Mark Kelso, “This book perfectly captures exactly what a true high school football coach is supposed to be, and how Tim Delaney embodies it,” said Buffalo radio and television personality and former high school football coach Sal Capaccio. “The fact that Tim was able to win a state title, given the circumstances and constraints he’s faced, is a great example of perseverance for the very young men he’s coached. And the fact that he did it in his native Buffalo, at his alma mater South Park High School, makes this story even more amazing and special.”

West Seneca West, Lancaster Football Honor Perillo in Alumni Night Game

West Seneca West, Lancaster Football Honor Perillo in Alumni Night Game

West Seneca West’s football program takes pride in recognizing some of its most memorable alumni each fall.  But one special honoree is selected for recognition at the annual Alumni Night game.

West Senior will honor Matt Perillo at this year’s Alumni Night, set for Friday, Sept. 7, when West’s Indians take on the Lancaster Redskins. Perillo, a 1983 West graduate, was a high school football and basketball official for Section VI prior to having his lower legs amputated after he became ill with septicemia, a blood disease caused by bacteria.

Now a Lancaster resident, Perillo was an easy choice as this year’s Alumni Night honoree, according to West varsity football coach Joe Cantafio.

 “Matt was without a doubt one of the best officials in Section VI in my mind,” Cantafio said. “He truly is a great inspiration, and I can’t think of a better alumnus to dedicate this year’s Alumni Night to.”

Coaches vs. Cancer Game to Raise Funds for Jimmy V. Foundation

Coaches vs. Cancer Game to Raise Funds for Jimmy V. Foundation

West Seneca’s modified basketball teams will take a shot at fighting cancer this winter. The boys and girls teams will participate in the second annual Coaches vs. Cancer event tonight, Friday, Jan. 6 at West Middle School, 395 Center Road, West Seneca.

The fundraiser will feature a doubleheader between cross-town rivals West Seneca East and West Seneca West. The girls will compete at 4:30 p.m. and the boys’ game will follow at 6 p.m.

Coaches vs. Cancer will also include fan challenges at intermission, face painting and plenty of school spirit. Last year’s event drew nearly 500 spectators, so the student athletes and coaches are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

“That makes it a truly unbelievable showcase of the West Seneca’s middle school student athletes,” said Jason Overton, East modified boys basketball coach, who encourages the community to attend the event.