Nate Geary left no doubt as to who is the top diver in the ECIC.
The Lancaster junior dominated the event Saturday at the ECIC Championships at Sweet Home. Geary scored 517.00 for 11 dives to shatter the pool record of 413.45 he set last year. Geary's margin of victory was 291 points.
Senior Travis Martinez of Clarence broke two pool records to earn MVP among the 12 teams in Division AA. He went 1:59.95 to break his own record in the 200-yard IM, and he also set a new mark in the 100 butterfly (53.41).
Williamsville North won the Division AA team title highlighted by Michael Lin's wins in the 100 and 200 freestyles. North had a big day in the relays, breaking pool records in the 200 medley (1:41.80) and 400 free relay (3:19.60). Chris Deptula and Matt Krupp were members of both.
East Aurora won the Division A title by an 18-point margin, but it was Alden's Dan Szajta who earned MVP honors. Szajta won the 100 and 200 free. Another double winner was Mike Zittel of Eden (100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke).
The Section VI Girls Basketball Tournament hasn't started yet, and Pioneer has already had a call go its way.
The Panthers won a coin flip among three teams to get the No. 1 seed in Class A-2. The brackets for the 31st annual event were announced at Saturday's seedings meeting at Depew's Cayuga Heights.
Pioneer, Springville and Depew each finished 10-2 in their leagues and had the same number of power points and the same power rating. Three coins were flipped and the odd one (Pioneer) got the No. 1 seed and there was another coin flip for the other two. Springville got the No. 2 seed and Depew No. 3.
"There's always a lot of coin flips, because there's always ties, but I can't remember the last time there was a three-way tie -- especially for a No. 1 seed," said ECIC Chairman Chris Durr of Williamsville East.
Joining Pioneer as a No. 1 seed were: Jamestown (Class AA), Williamsville East (Class A-1), East Aurora (Class B-1), City Honors (Class B-2), Cassadaga Valley (Class C) and Sherman (Class D).
Lockport Tournament: Olean rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat short-handed Nardin, 58-51.
"We had a lot fewer turnovers, limited them to one shot -- it was just a few things we did," said Olean coach Martha Altmire. Brandy Wangelin led the Huskies with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Olean had no answer for Kendra Brim, who had 29 for the Gators.
Bridgette Burke had 21 points as Lockport advanced with a 52-37 win over Holy Angels. With the score tied at 30-30, the Lady Lions outscored the Angels, 22-7, the rest of the way.
Monsignor Martin Association: Allison Fretthold had 13 points and 10 rebounds as Mount St. Mary eliminated visiting Villa Maria, 71-35, in a Division II semifinal.
The game was the last in the history of Villa Maria, which will close in June.
ECIC I: Francisco Lantigua had 26 points and Mike Maisto added 25 as Jamestown rallied from a one-point deficit late in the third to beat Clarence, 88-72. Sophomore Greg Stevens had a career-high 27 for the Red Devils.
ECIC II: Mike Perillo had a season-high 19 points and Paul Evans had six blocks and 11 rebounds as Iroquois downed Amherst, 60-51. . . . Brian Wallden had 18 rebounds as Williamsville East cruised past West Seneca East, 74-39. . . . Blake McLimans had seven blocks and Kris Mims had six steals as Hamburg evened its record at 10-10 with a 64-47 win over Amherst.
ECIC III: Maryvale put the final touches on the school's first undefeated regular season beating Cheektowaga, 57-51. Garrett Kensy had 21 points and Matt Breenan grabbed 12 rebounds for the Flyers (19-1, 12-0). . . . Junior Chris Jones had a career-high 30 points, 23 in the first half, along with eight assists as Depew downed Starpoint, 79-57.
ECIC IV: Marcus Rivers had 20 points as Lackawanna beat Cleveland Hill, 96-55, to finish unbeaten in the league for the second straight year. . . . Craig Thompson scored with five seconds left as JFK edged Eden, 56-55. Tony Wojtusiak led the Bears with 23 points. . . . Paul Dudek's 20 points carried East Aurora to a 79-37 win over Holland.
Section VI Championship: Junior Rebecca Gerevics of Alden won three of the five events at Saturday's Championship at Alden. Clarence edged two-time defending champion Alden by a mere two points to win the team title. Out of 1,200 possible points, the Red Devils had 1,090 to Alden's 1,088.
Gerevics won offhand, aggregate and air rifle. Her effort was no surprise to coach Paul Borkowski, who noted she won four of the five events last year.
"She's able to really concentrate," he said. "I tell the kids they have to learn to shoot between their heartbeats. She does real well."
Vicki Brown of Kenmore East won the prone position and Lauren Pundt of Clarence took first in kneeling.
Advancing to the New York State Championship at West Point are Clarence's Bob Belko, Alison Lankes, Pundt, Krista Pundt, and Ryan Young and Alden's Gerevics and Ken Krueger.