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Fredonia's Conti wins wrestling title A-1 girls final in hoops is all East; Pine Valley wins

Fredonia's Alex Conti is Western New York's only state wrestling champion this year.

The sophomore efficiently won all three of his matches at the state championships in Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, winning the 96-pound Division II (small school) championship by shutting out Brian Stevens of Holland Patent in Saturday night's state final.

Conti, who pinned Lansing's Kyle Dake in 4:21 in the semifinals, finished the season 38-4. Stevens had entered the final with a record of 40-1.

Two other Section VI wrestlers lost in state championship bouts.

Niagara-Wheatfield 171-pound junior Jake Koshinski (41-4) advanced to the finals in the Division I (large school) championships by beating Brian Gomez of Suffern, 4-0. Koshinski lost to undefeated Wayne senior Josh Patterson (48-0) in the final, 10-2.

Alden junior Jared Lemke (35-11) lost the Division II final at 112 to Alex Ekstrom of Palmyra-Macedon, 4-2. Lemke pinned Michael Gomez of Locust Valley with seven seconds left in the semifinals.

Iroquois senior twin brothers Lucas and Reece Mariacher had their title hopes end with semifinal losses. Lucas Mariacher lost in the Division I 135-pound semifinals to East Islip's Dave Ingram, 9-4, then lost two more bouts to finish sixth. Reece Mariacher was edged, 5-4, in the semifinals by Shenedehowa's Kareem Naguib and later prevailed in the fifth-place bout.

Southwestern senior Mike Bush lost in Friday's Division II 160-pound quarterfinals to finalist Paul Paddock of Warsaw, but he stormed through the wrestlebacks to finish third. Bush pinned three straight opponents before beating Tyler Flath of General Brown, 10-2, in the third-place match. Doug Bruning of Akron lost in the Division II semifinals at 275 but battled back to take third place.

Fourth-place finishers Derrick Adams of Medina (135), Vince Aris of Barker (140) and Rob Dahn of Fredonia (215) in Division II and Starpoint's Kyle Gibas (189) in Division I each won three matches Saturday before losing in the third-place bout. Barker's Mike Aris was unable to successfully defend his title at 130, falling in the semifinals and finishing fifth.

Other Division I place-winners were: Clarence's Dan Audy (fifth, 130) and Pioneer's Randy Colling (sixth, 215). Other Division II place winners were: Eden's Rob Broda (fifth, 103); Eden's Michael Bunn (fifth, 125); Ripley's Mike Gresh (fifth, 145); Falconer's Brian Gunnell (fifth, 171); and Roy-Hart's Steve Farrell (sixth, 152).


Girls basketball

Class A-1: Williamsville East and Kenmore East will meet in the championship game after using impressive second quarters to win Saturday's Section VI semifinals.

Junior Kaitlin Roseti (10 rebounds) scored 12 of her 19 points in the second half as top-seeded Williamsville East used a 14-2 second quarter to take control of its 45-32 win over Grand Island. Ashleigh Frieday had 13 points for Grand Island.

Meaghan Freund (17 points) and Shannon Nolan (15) led the way for Kenmore East in a 55-38 win over Bennett that was powered by a 15-2 second quarter. Sharea Alsqqaf scored 12 points for Bennett.

Class A-2: Albion's Lisa Skrypnik made it back-to-back, career-high scoring outputs with 26 points in a 64-53 win over Williamsville South that earned the Purple Eagles their first trip to the sectional championships. Madyson Lubba added a career-high 17 points for Albion (18-4), while Katie Ostroot led South with 25. . . . Michelle Spears (16 points, seven rebounds) helped Olean maul Maryvale, 69-37.

Class B-1: Molly Krauza had career highs with 26 points and 15 rebounds, and Alanna Klose scored 23 points to help sixth-seeded Fredonia win at second-seeded Newfane, 62-48. Krauza had 10 points in a 16-6 fourth quarter for Fredonia (11-8). . . . Sarah Soroka had 23 points and six steals, Ashley Gallagher had eight rebounds and Maggie Kroft had five steals as East Aurora thumped Alden, 63-22.

Class B-2: Jenn Thorpe had seven of her 15 points in a 16-7 first quarter, while Katie Landy had 12 points along with 17 of her team's 44 rebounds as Southwestern ran over top-seeded City Honors, 49-25. . . . Christina Peters had 12 points for Allegany-Limestone, which jumped to a 17-4 lead after one quarter as it blitzed Holland, 53-33.

Class C: Pine Valley, which moved up from Class D this season after winning three straight state championships, will play for the Class C title after winning a 52-48 thriller over Maple Grove. The Red Dragons erased an 11-point deficit by hitting four three-pointers in the fourth and took a 48-46 lead. Lindsay Foster tied the game on an 8-foot jumper, Jessica Farley's inside basket put Pine Valley ahead and Farley clinched the win with two free throws with seven seconds left. Brianna Colburn had 20 points and 10 steals for the Lady Panthers (20-3). . . . Ashley Bantelman had 15 points for Portville, which used a 16-5 third quarter to beat Franklinville, 44-33.

Class D: Clymer senior Karlie TeCulver had 24 points in a 74-26 romp over Ellicottville to give her 996 for her career. . . . Rachel Ottaway's 17 points led 11 scorers for Sherman in a 57-20 wipeout of West Valley.


Boys basketball

Senior David Jedynak had 35 points and 17 rebounds, while senior Ryan Koester contributed a season-high 12 points along with 10 rebounds as St. Mary's School for the Deaf won the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association title with a 61-58 overtime win over the Massachusetts School for the Deaf. The Saints (17-7) jumped to a five-point lead in overtime.


Boys hockey

Kevin English scored the game-winning goal on the power play with nine minutes to play to snap a 3-3 tie and give St. Francis a 4-3 victory over Gilmour Academy of Cleveland in the Midwest Prep League semifinals.


Girls hockey

Nichols split two games to finish its regular season 17-13-5 and 7-5 in the Canadian Independent Schools Athletic Association. Anne Morrow had two goals for the Vikings in a 4-0 victory over Trinity. No. 3 seed Nichols will host Lake Field at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the CISAA playoffs.

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