Fredonia girls down Olean
No. 1 small school Olean’s championship dream still lives, but its run at perfection is over.
Fredonia’s 20-8 fourth quarter completed a 61-55 comeback win over the host Huskies (16-1, 9-1) in CCAA I West girls basketball. Hannah Cybart (16 points) led the way for the Hillbillies (12-4, 8-2). Sara Pfeiffer had 25 to lead Olean.
Falls to host hoops event
Niagara Falls High School will host the “Battle at the Border” tripleheader on Saturday. The event features top boys basketball teams from Canada, several loaded with Division I talents, that will square off against top teams from New York. Admission is $5.
The event begins at 3 p.m. with Bishop Timon-St. Jude (11-7), winners of seven of its last 10 games, taking on Sir Allan McNab (25-7).
Niagara Falls (12-5) faces Father Henry Carr (25-1) in the final game of the day at 6 p.m. Vaughan (27-2) will also be at the event, taking on Rochester-Aquinas (16-2) at 4:30 p.m.
In boys basketball play Thursday, East rebounded from Tuesday night’s tough 80-78 overtime loss to McKinley by crushing Hutch-Tech, 87-37, in Yale Cup I. Willard Anderson Jr. led the Panthers with 26 points, while Justin Allen added 13 for coach Starling Bryant’s crew. East bolted to a 29-9 first-quarter lead and coasted.
Barker’s Nate Luckman hit a three-pointer to beat the buzzer and Wilson, 59-58, in the Niagara-Orleans League.
Immaculata lane queens
Immaculata and Mount St. Mary were the top two teams during the regular season and nothing changed during Thursday’s All-Catholic girls bowling tournament at Airport Lanes. The Bears captured the team title by amassing a winning score of 1,801 pins. Mount St. Mary took second with 1,738. Mount Mercy (1,655) and Sacred Heart (1,645) followed.
Those awarded All-Catholic honors based on season average included:
Mount St. Mary’s Molly Stonish (159.16), Mercy’s Kelly Thomas (148.25), Mount St. Mary’s Danielle Cunliffe (144.81) and Sacred Heart’s Isabella Panepinto (143.20). Elizabeth Acevedo (Mount Mercy) registered a 553 high series and Kelly Thomas of Mercy the high game (235).
In boys bowling, St. Francis set a Monsignor Martin record for wins in a season with 46, breaking the old mark of 43 previously set in 2010 by St. Joe’s.
The Red Raiders (46-2) beat Cardinal O’Hara 3-0 to claim another regular-season title. Christian Prechtel, who is averaging 221, led Frannies with a 255-670. Sam Petkovsky followed with a 267-624.
St. Francis returns to action at 9 a.m. Saturday at Airport Lanes in the Roy Sommer Tournament.
Daly heading to UB
Hamburg three-time All-Western New York girls soccer selection Kara Daly will continue her student-athlete career at the University at Buffalo.
The Bulls made the official announcement Thursday and with Daly they get a player who scored more than 100 goals in five seasons.