Honors boys swim to title
City Honors swimmers won eight of the nine events to win the Buffalo Public Schools All-High Championship on Tuesday at City Honors.
Michael Licata (200 freestyle, 2:26.19, and 100 butterfly, 1:10.37) and Kameron Clouser (200 individual medley, 2:25.67, and 100 breaststroke, 1:10.72) each won two individual events and swam on City Honors’ victorious 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams. The Centaurs’ Hunter Thomson won the 100 free in 1:02.21 and Sam Anderson took the 100 backstroke in 1:14.08.
The medley relay of Tim Petrella, Clouser, Licata and Thomson won in 2:02.52 while the 200 freestyle relay of Anderson, Petrella, Licata and Clouser won in 1:49.12.
City Honors also took the 400 relay in 4:31.40. That unit was made up of Matt Mendoza, Petrella, Aaron Frick and Harper Scott.
Hutch-Tech freshman Aaron Jones took the 50 freestyle in 27.28.
City Honors amassed 385 points. Hutch-Tech had 308 while Olmsted was third among the nine schools competing with 262.
Close call for McKinley
McKinley (15-1, 10-0 Yale Cup) kept its Division I record unblemished – just barely – Tuesday night. After trailing most of the game the Macks got clutch play in the fourth quarter to triumph at East, 80-78.
“It was a war. Yale Cup basketball at its finest,” said a relieved Zaire Dorsey, the McKinley coach. “East doesn’t have an impressive record but one thing: They have coach Starling Bryant. He’s a very good coach. We beat them pretty handily (82-58) the first time but we knew they were going to be ready today and its a tough place to play in.”
East took a 56-51 lead into the fourth quarter before the Macks rallied with Shaquan Jones scoring 10 of his 20 points and Kesean Fisher seven of his 17 in the final period.
Keyon Johnson made two free throws with 2 seconds left to put McKinley in front for the last time.
Falls, Amherst clinch
With a lineup that included just one senior, Niagara Falls clinched the Niagara Frontier League championship with a 58-52 victory at Lockport. Senior Breon Harris had 17 points to lead Falls. The rest of the scoring was handled by juniors.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Jernard Jackson scored 20 points to go over the 1,000-point mark for his career at Lew-Port in a 56-35 win over Niagara-Wheatfield.
In ECIC III, TC Brown scored 32 points as Amherst clinched at least a tie for the division title, winning at Maryvale, 74-50. Amadi Ikpeze had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Tigers, 9-0 in the division with three league games left.
Zacc Kinsey scored on a drive with 4 seconds left to cap a 16-6 Jamestown run in a 62-60 win at Williamsville North, preventing the Spartans (12-2, 9-1 ECIC I) from clinching a tie for the division title on their home court. James Rojas led the Red Raiders with 29 points. Maceo Jack had 24 for North.
The Wilson girls nailed down a seventh straight league title and extended their Niagara-Orleans streak to 56 wins by defeating Medina, 56-30. On the boys’ side, Wilson spoiled visiting Medina’s perfect league record, handing the Mustangs their first loss in 12 league games, 75-64.