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FOUR FROM NICHOLS NAMED FIRST TEAM IN FIELD HOCKEY THREE SECTION VI CHAMPIONS PLACE 2 EACH

Nichols was ineligible for the Section VI Playoffs, but the undefeated Vikings did not go unrecognized on the 1990 Coaches All-Western New York field hockey team.

Four players from Nichols are on the 12-player first team, selected by a panel of area coaches. Section VI champions Orchard Park, Williamsville South and Akron all placed two players. The first team consists of five seniors, three juniors and four sophomores.

Playing as an independent, Nichols finished 16-0-1, outscoring its opposition, 70-4. The only blemish was a tie with Akron, later avenged by a 4-0 victory.

Nichols was represented on the first team by forwards Aaleya Ko-reishi and Annabel Hong and defenders Jodi Priselac and Jessica Baird.

Koreishi had 20 goals and 10 assists this season, while Hong had nine goals and 16 assists from the right wing. At link, Priselac had 16 goals and nine assists. Baird, a halfback, was a key cog in a defense that posted 13 shutouts.

Also at forward are Orchard Park's Ellen Yemma and Amey Hutton, Akron's Debbie Bower and Sweet Home's Nicole Marabella.

Yemma and Hutton scored the goals in Orchard Park's regional victory over Shaker. The Quakers finished 16-2, losing to Sidney, 1-0, in double overtime in the state Class A semifinals. For the season, Yemma had 17 goals and 14 assists. Hutton had 10 goals and five assists.

Bower paced Akron with 29 goals and five assists as the Lady Tigers advanced to the regionals. Marabella had 20 goals for Sweet Home (11-5-1), which dropped a 1-0 decision to Orchard Park in the sectional Class A final.

Also on defense are Akron's Robbyn Peterman, Williamsville South's Carrie Fridmann and Medina's Trista Nicosia.

Peterman contributed five goals and nine assists as Akron (13-4-2) posted 13 shutouts. Fridmann had eight goals and four assists at center halfback for the Lady Billies, while Nicosia solidified the defense for Medina, which dropped an overtime decision to South in the Class B semifinals.

Nicosia, whose only goal of the season was a penalty shot that beat Wilson and preserved the Mustangs' perfect record (12-0) in the Niagara-Orleans League, added five assists.

The goaltender is Williamsville South's Shannon Finnerty, who allowed 11 goals in 19 games and recorded 12 shutouts.

Hutton, Yemma, Koreishi, Marabella, Fridmann and Nicosia all played on the Western Region team that took a bronze medal in the scholastic women's division at last summer's Empire State Games at Syracuse.

All but Marabella participated on the Western team that finished 5-0-1 in the U.S. Field Hockey Association tournament last month at Cocoa, Fla. Hutton scored four goals in the tourney.

NFL hoop tourney to open

The third annual Niagara Frontier League Kickoff Invitational boys basketball tournament opens tonight at 7:30 when Niagara-Wheatfield hosts A.N. Meyer of Ontario, one of five Canadian teams in the field of 16.

Grand Island won last year's tournament with a dramatic 69-68 victory over LaSalle that snapped the Explorers' 46-game winning streak against Western New York competition.

Friday's five matchups are: Grantham (Ont.) at LaSalle, Beamsville (Ont.) at Niagara Falls, Kenmore East at Lewiston-Porter, St. Catharines (Ont.) at Lockport and Governor Simcoe (Ont.) at Grand Island. All start at 7:30 p.m. The first round closes Saturday with Kenmore West at North Tonawanda and Nichols at Tonawanda in 2:30 p.m. starts.

The second round is next Wednesday, the semifinal round Dec. 14 and the championship game Dec. 19. All teams will play on those dates with consolation brackets for early-round losers.

Wrestling publications on sale

Reference books for the college-bound wrestler are the results of a six-month project by the Wrestling Review of Western New York.

The 228-page Wrestling Map Directory provides detailed maps to every school in Section VI -- and many neighboring ones in Section V and Pennsylvania -- that offer varsity wrestling. The 120-page College and University Directory gives information on every two-year and four-year college in the nation with the sport.

"We had two goals," said Bill Hein, publisher of the Wrestling Review. "It's our goal to increase the number of spectators, especially parents. And we also want to give the students a game plan to help them find out about colleges that offer wrestling."

The map is available for $6 and the college directory for $9.50. Write to the Wrestling Review at 1285 Main St., Buffalo, 14209.

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