by Paul Peck, Buffalo Sports Page

For the first time in school history, Pioneer has a Connolly Cup winner.  Running back/linebacker Mike Rigerman won the 47th annual award on Saturday.  The winner was announced at the annual banquet at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell.

Rigerman was a dominant player this season.  He ran for 2,116 yards and 29 touchdowns.  Rigerman for for over 200 yards in a game five times.  He scored five touchdowns twice.  Against Maryvale, Rigerman ran for 320 yards.

The Panthers finished 9-1 this season.

Rigerman was one of ten finalists for the award, given to WNY’s best high school football player.

Mike is hoping to continue his football career in college, and list UB as his first choice.

Buffalo Sports Page is proud to partner with WNY Athletics for the best high school coverage in Buffalo.  WNY Athetics has extensive coverage of the Connolly Cup available here.



Paul Peck

Paul Peck is sports broadcaster with over 25 years experience in TV and Radio. He served as sports anchor, reporter, and producer at WIVB for 24 years. In that role, he covered all four Buffalo Bills Super Bowls, the Buffalo Sabres in the Stanley Cup Finals, the NCAA Basketball Tournament and the Daytona 500. He has been the Voice of the UB Bulls Football for 17 seasons, in addition to host of Bulls Athletics TV & Radio shows. Peck also served as the sideline reporter for the Buffalo Bills Football Network, host of the bowling show "Beat The Champ" and announces college basketball for ESPN 3 and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel. He has also been the Master of Ceremonies for the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, one of the largest sports banquets in WNY.

Paul is also involved in the local business community, having been a financial advisor at AXA Advisors, and is currently the Vice President of Sports Development at VSP Graphics Group.

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