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Simmons lifts St. Mary's in basketball

When St. Mary's of Lancaster needed a bucket, Erik Simmons was there.

Simmons had a career-high 27 points to pace the Lancers to a 56-54 win over St. Francis in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball.

Simmons went 11 of 15 from the field and 4 of 4 from three-point range for the Lancers (8-6, 2-2).

"We basically rode Erik Simmons," St. Mary's coach Dan Gill said. "Whenever we needed a big basket he seemed to find a way to make it happen for us. He was consistent throughout the game.

"Any time you get a win in the Monsignor Martin, it's a big win. We have different guys stepping up each game and tonight was Erik's turn."

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Orchard Park hockey wins in OT

In Western New York Federation hockey, George Turco scored the game-winning goal at 2:30 of overtime to give Orchard Park a 2-1 win over Canisius. Turco scored from the slot off assists by Mike McParlane and Dan Murphy. Charlie Critkausky recorded 16 saves for the Quakers (4-4-1).

In prep hockey, it was a tough way for Nichols to end the weekend. After holding a 4-0 lead heading into the third period, the Vikings dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the California Stars U-18 team in the semifinals of the Northwood School Tournament in Lake Placid.

James Randaccio scored twice as Nichols built the lead, but slowly let it slip away.

Andrew Poturalski was named to the all-tournament team after netting four goals in the four-game weekend for the Vikings (14-8-3), who went 2-1-1 in the tournament.

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Townsend places second at Yale race

Cole Townsend, a senior at Canisius, placed second in the 3,000-meter race at the Yale Interscholastic Track Classic this weekend. Townsend finished in a time of 8:41.72, behind winner Liam Hillery of Smithfield, R.I., who won in 8:40.57.

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