Weiss earns wrestling honor at All-Catholics
Zach Weiss of St. Mary's of Lancaster earned Most Outstanding Wrestler honors Sunday at the Monsignor Martin Association All-Catholic Tournament at St. Francis.
Weiss, a 145-pounder, won all three of his matches, pinning top seed Jim McGrath of Canisius for the title in 3:27. Weiss also beat returning All-Catholic Tim Willson of St. Francis in the semifinals, 15-2.
The champions will vie for state Catholic High School Athletic Association championships Sunday and next Monday at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, L.I.
Dan Nichols of Canisius and St. Joe's Bergen Ackerman were involved in the most exciting match of the day, with Nichols capturing the 125-pound title via pinfall at 4:23. St. Francis 189-pounder Brian Haas and Canisius 140-pounder Mike Bielicki were selected as league co-MVPs. Haas, ranked first in his weight class in the Western New York Poll, is 32-2. Bielicki, an honorable mention in the poll, is 30-3.
Lancaster earns No. 2 seed for state playoffs
Lancaster clinched the second seed for the large school state tournament by closing the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation regular season with a 4-1 win over St. Francis at the Buffalo State Ice Arena.
Andrew Klin scored twice for the Redskins (10-3-3), while Dave Hoddick had a goal and an assist. Garrett Sokolowski also scored while Paul Dudish made 20 saves for the win. Lancaster's league cohort Williamsville North is the top seed in the state tournament.
Alex Esposito scored two goals to clinch the league scoring title, while Ryan Marko had two goals and an assist for Sweet Home in a 6-1 win over Frontier. Esposito won the title with 23 goals and 13 assists as the Panthers (10-5-1) clinched the fifth seed for the Federation playoffs. Marko finished second in the scoring race with 17 goals and 17 assists. Andrew Montanez finished with a goal and two assists, while Mike Cefalu had a goal.
Brian Dowd scored twice and Tom Barnes made 16 saves as Bishop Timon-St. Jude closed the regular season with a 5-1 win over Kenmore East. Mike Smith, Nick Simson and John Garvin also scored for the Tigers (7-3-6).
The Western New York Club League Large School matchup for Super Sunday at HSBC Arena will feature top seed Jamestown (16-1-1) against defending champion Niagara-Wheatfield (24-8-2) at 6 p.m. Both teams advanced to the final by eliminating their opponents in the best-of-three semifinals, 2-0.
The quadruple header of championship action at HSBC Arena begins at noon with Hutch-Tech playing McKinley for the Explorer League title, followed by Orchard Park-West Seneca East at 2 p.m. for the Southtown Club title. Cheektowaga plays Depew at 4 for the WNY Club Small School crown.
Nardin girls win, Falls' boys game canceled
Nardin shot 58 percent from the floor as all of its starters scored during a 63-32 rout of Holy Angels in Monsignor Martin Athletic Association girls basketball action.
Kendra Brim led the Gators (17-4, 12-2) with 23 points -- draining three treys -- while Natalie Hojancki added 10 points and seven assists. Sarah Sciarrino pulled down 12 rebounds. Nardin raced to a 21-7 lead in the first quarter to seize control. . . . Katie Keller scored 24 points and Elyse Monte added 21 as Sacred Heart (20-2, 13-0) remained unbeaten in the league with a 68-47 win over Mount Mercy. . . . Allison Fretthold scored 10 points and made seven steals, while Katie Carroll added 12 points for Mount St. Mary in a 55-41 win over Villa Maria.
Niagara Falls' boys game against Vashon of St. Louis at the Primetime Shootout in Trenton, N.J., was canceled due to the snow storm that hit cities along the East Coast. The Wolverines close the regular season at home Friday against Lewiston-Porter.
Yale Cup unbeatens Grover Cleveland and Riverside face one another at 3:30 p.m. today at Riverside.