Monsignor Martin bounces back
First place Monsignor Martin (8-2-0) avenged its lone loss in WNY Federation girls hockey with a 10-0 rout at West Seneca (6-2-2), spoiling the home team's first game in its own rink.
Taylor Bergman (Nardin) and Kristen Spulecki (Holy Angels) each had three goals for the winners while Rachel Ziarnowski (St. Mary's) had a goal and five assists. Morgan Haetich (Mount Mercy), Tara Barnhardt (St. Mary's) and Julia Duquette (Mount St. Mary) also scored for Monsignor Martin.
Emily Terranova (Mount St. Mary) made 10 saves in registering the shutout for coach Chris Malicki's team.
"It was a big win for us. They beat us New Year's Day, 3-2, on what we thought was kind of a fluky goal so the girls were pretty fired up," said Monsignor Martin team manager Ann Marie Gayeski. "There was a puck-drop ceremony and a lot of people there so it was kind of exciting."
Frosh guard helps Depew
Depew basketball coach Larry Jones never had started a freshman before Derrick Sekuterski. The first-year point guard helped direct the Wildcats to a 73-65 ECIC III victory over East Aurora.
Six-foot-5 Jaden Cotton was Depew's high scorer with 28 points and nine rebounds and Rick Anna had five steals to go with his 13 points, but Sekuterski is giving some offensive spark to the Wildcats, who hit a season high in points. He had 11 points and seven assists in the victory.
"We played St. Joe's earlier in the season and scored 26 points so this is an improvement. We scored 73 -- we gave up a few, too -- but we're starting to make some progress. It's a combination of things -- a little better shooting, a little better execution and a faster tempo.
"My freshman point guard is putting in a lot of minutes," said Jones, who admitted that putting his offense in the hands of a freshman makes him nervous at times. "I've started a few sophomores but never a freshman."
Depew, Maryvale, Amherst and Cheektowaga each have one loss in ECIC III in a tightly contested division. "It should be a great race right to the end of the division."
Elsewhere, Kole Gilchrist (23 points) and K.J. Zinermon (21) combined for 44 points to lead Sweet Home over Starpoint, 59-42, in ECIC II.
Jeru Molson's 14 points led five Cleveland Hill players in double figures as the Golden Eagles took a 65-53 ECIC IV victory at Lackawanna. Dondre Alexander paced the losing Steelers with 27.
Robbins leads Nardin
In girls basketball, Nardin outscored Williamsville North, 20-4, in the second quarter on the way to a 51-40 nonleague win. Brianna Robbins had 17 points for the Gators, but the real story was on defense where Nardin held North's All-WNY guard Corrin Genovese to two points through three quarters. She finished with eight.
Jontay Walton scored 15 points and Arianna Alizadeh Day had 13 points and 15 rebounds as Holy Angels evened its Monsignor Martin Association record at 2-2 with a 48-42 victory at Mount St. Mary. Sara DiPasquale had 14 points for the losing Thunder.