Falls' Flynn nominated
Jonathan Flynn of the Niagara Falls basketball team has been nominated for one of the 24 spots on the McDonald's All-American team. Flynn is among 2,500 male and female nominees but is considered a strong candidate to make the team. Final rosters will be announced on ESPN in February.
The 30th annual game will be played March 28 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky., and broadcast live on ESPN. Flynn, a 5-foot-11 senior point guard, averages about 30 points and five assists for the Wolverines, who host North Tonawanda tonight at 7.
Rankin hits 1,000 points
Terrell Rankin surpassed the 1,000-point mark for Sweet Home in a 68-58 win at Lancaster. Rankin, a senior who sat out nearly all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, now has 1,015 points after an 18-point effort. "He's come back his senior year and is doing an outstanding job for us," said Sweet Home coach Paul Schintzius.
Lackawanna grabbed sole possession of first place in ECIC IV with a hard-fought 50-41 win over East Aurora. Marcus Rivers made five free throws in the game's final minute to secure the win for the Steelers (8-2, 5-0). The last lead for the Blue Devils (8-4, 5-1) was 34-33 in the fourth quarter. Ryan Higgins led EA with 15 points.
"They played hard and made some baskets in first half and kept us off balance," said Steeler coach Tim Foley. "In the second half we kind of picked up the pace, picked them up full court and forced them into rushing shots. The Kids took the game into their own hands and realized what was at stake."
Nate Ennis scored all 12 points after halftime as Lockport beat Kenmore East, 60-45.
Jamestown's Dominique Kendrick broke the single-season school record for three-pointers he set last year. Kendrick hit three for the Red Raiders (11-1, 6-1) in a 66-50 win over Clarence to give him 50, one more than his total from last year.
Pioneer picked up its fifth win without a loss in ECIC III with a 61-55 win over Starpoint. Ron Malicki had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks while Lucas Haskell added 20 points. . . . Michael Lumley poured in 35 points and had 19 rebounds as St. Mary's School for the Deaf beat Gow, 63-44.
OP-North game suspended
An injury to two Orchard Park basketball players resulted in the suspension of Thursday's ECIC I contest with Williamsville North.
With the score tied, 35-35, with 1:49 left in the third quarter, seniors Jim Brewer and Andy Buyea collided while going after a rebound. While ambulance personnel strapped both players onto immobilizing back boards, the coaches agreed to suspend the game.
Both players was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Brewer was treated for neck injuries and was released. Buyea was kept overnight for observation. The results of a CT scan were negative.
"Both teams were pretty shaken," said North coach Chuck Swierski. "I talked to [OP coach] Bob Rumschik and we agreed there were more important things to do than finish the game."
Sweet Home hockey is 7-0
Sweet Home remained undefeated in Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation play after using a big second period to skate past Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 7-2. Mike Campise scored twice while Ryan Marco had a goal and three assists for the Panthers (10-2, 7-0), which took control with a 4-0 second period.
Defending Federation champ Kenmore West moved over .500 in league play with a 3-1 win over Orchard Park. Scott Moser (two goals, assist) and linemate Mike Vasquez (goal, two assists) led the offense for the Blue Devils (11-4-1, 4-3-1) while Bob Corbett made 17 saves.
Kenmore East used a 4-1 third period to come from behind and beat St. Francis, 5-3. Kyle Wagner scored the game-winner on the power play before Brett Marcotte added an empty-net goal in the final seconds.
Eric Charlton scored twice while Jay Hall made 13 saves as Williamsville East moved to 8-1-1 in the Federation with a 4-0 win over Amherst.
Some key early league matchups tonight include these tip-offs in the city: large school powers collide when McKinley plays at Grover Cleveland at 5:30 p.m. while a great small-school game has Niagara Catholic at Nichols at 7:30 in the Monsignor Martin Association. . . . The Lockport girls basketball team puts its undefeated league record (5-0) on the line when it travels to Kenmore East tonight at 7 p.m. . . . Lancaster's Alumni Wrestling Night has been rescheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. against Orchard Park. The event was postponed on Wednesday when Jamestown schools were closed due to a snowstorm. Before the match members of the alumni will present coach Dennis Beck with a commemorative plaque recognizing him as the winningest coach in Western New York history.