(Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series previewing the Olean 1854 FC men’s amateur soccer team’s upcoming season. Today: Olean’s excitement for 2021 after losing last year due to the pandemic.)

ST. BONAVENTURE — By the time the final horn sounded in its 74-65 triumph over VCU in the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, this much was starting to seem true of the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team:

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. — When the ceremonial ribbon was cut prior to the first track and field meet at Oswayo Valley’s new surface on Tuesday, Bruce Kemp and the rest of the Shinglehouse community couldn’t help but feel gratitude.

I’ve never liked “shock jock” radio, those morning shows with multiple hosts spending four hours, with minimal rock music, trying to be funny, at the expense of others.

The day after St. Bonaventure won the Atlantic 10 Tournament over Virginia Commonwealth at Dayton and later that afternoon earned a No. 9 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, an enlightening experience unfolded.

Well, four days into NFL free agency, the Bills have been more active than might have been expected for a team up against the salary cap. They re-signed six of their own, adding four from other teams – two of whom create inherent questions – and making one trade.

ST. BONAVENTURE – The seeds for this were sewn on Jan. 18, 2020, inside the same building where the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team just laid waste to a pair of Atlantic 10 Tournament opponents:

For the second consecutive year, the Big 30 Senior Classic, a March basketball tradition in recent years, will not be held.

After Friday afternoon’s 75-59 Atlantic 10 quarterfinal loss to St. Bonaventure, Duquesne’s colorful and outspoken basketball coach, Keith Dambrot, had no trouble identifying the source of his Dukes’ defeat.

For St. Bonaventure basketball fans, the goal was to emerge from the Atlantic 10 Men’s Tournament with an NCAA bid in hand.

ST. BONAVENTURE — This was going to be about how the St. Bonaventure men’s basketball team made a meaningful season out of one that, back in December, was begging to be a disaster.

There was a time that my TV sports viewing habits included a liberal dose of tennis’ Grand Slam events: Wimbledon and the Australian, French and U.S. Opens.

(Editor’s Note: This is the third of a three-part series detailing Emporium native Nate Sestina’s basketball journey from Cameron County High School to the NBA G-League’s Long Island Nets.)

ST. BONAVENTURE — Coaches are creatures of habit and routine … especially on the collegiate and pro levels where there’s so much at stake.

(Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part series detailing Emporium native Nate Sestina’s basketball journey from Cameron County High School to the NBA G-League’s Long Island Nets.)

OK, so it’s the day before Super Bowl XLV when the Chiefs and Buccaneers meet at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This NFL season marks the 30th anniversary of the Bills’ first-ever Super Bowl appearance. After the 1990 campaign, the Bills and Giants qualified for game XXV at Tampa. Come Sunday, the Chiefs and Buccaneers will play Super Bowl XLV in that same Florida city, but this time a…