Buffalo junior swimmer Noah Butler is fighting a battle both in and out of the pool as his mom, Marie, is living with terminal Stage IV bone cancer. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)


A dejected Jon Jansson (left) of Robbinsdale Cooper soaks in defeat after Bison senior Brandon Schreifels (right) records a two-point takedown in sudden death overtime to win the 182-pound match by a score of 11-9. Buffalo defeated Cooper 64-9 at the Robbinsdale Cooper Quadrangular held Thursday, Jan. 22. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)


Buffalo players (left-right) Ashley Effertz (7), Ali Klein (14) and Madi Jewell (5) celebrate a goal earlier this season at the Civic Center. The Bison clinched their third straight conference title thanks to a 4-2 road victory on Friday, Jan. 23 at Princeton. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)



STMA sophomore Nick Putnam is checked along the boards by Bison senior captain Gunnar Goodmanson during the second period of Saturday’s 6-5 overtime win for the Knights. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)


Bison senior Carolyn Feddema (left) attacks the hoop against two Elk River defenders, including 6-foot-2 Elk center Abi Scheid. The Bison dropped a 52-43 home game Saturday, Jan. 24 to the Elks. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)


Bison senior Taylor Spier (left) is guarded by Cambridge-Isanti’s Devin Malik. Spier scored 10 points in a 57-53 home victory on Tuesday, Jan. 27 over the Bluejackets. The victory came on the heels of a 52-41 road loss on Friday, Jan. 23 at Monticello. (Photo by Rob LaPlante)


Bison eighth-grader Kylie Perz saw varsity time in Buffalo’s road loss on Thursday, Jan. 22 at Chisago Lakes. Perz finished first in the Beam and tied with junior teammate Mallorie Habisch for first in the Vault. (File photo by Rob LaPlante)


BHS junior Josh Polzin plays Lance Corporal Dan Harper, who loses a brother who was killed in his barracks while serving in Iraq. Harper has to make the decision if he should stay home in Texas, or return overseas. (Photos by Rob LaPlante)


Buffalo JV Team One took second place at the Knowledge Bowl Meet on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Big Lake High School. Pictured (left-right): Kris Hamann, Adriana Weiss, Travis Holden, and Tyler Dirks. The team also placed fourth on Saturday, Jan. 17 at St. Francis. (Photos by Doug Voerding)