Welch can’t stop Canisius
It’s tough for one player to defeat five in basketball. Dominick Welch gave it a try, though, when his Cheektowaga team played Canisius Friday night. The matchup came in the first round of the Tom Keenan Classic at Canisius.
Welch had 40 points in a losing cause as the Crusaders won their opener, 67-61.
Canisius got off to a great start, jumping out to a 22-8 lead after only a period. The Crusaders built up the margin to 41-18 at the half.
“We went a week later than everybody else, and our guys were ready to go,” Canisius coach Kyle Husband said. “But then we ran into the best player around. He sure showed that.”
Welch led his Warriors back into the game with his performance. Husband and his team couldn’t keep him off the scoreboard.
“We talked about a lot of things, but I don’t know how we executed them,” he said. “It was our first game, and we worked through a lot of kinks, but we didn’t do a good job on him – or maybe he didn’t allow us to do a good job on him.”
Austin James led the Crusaders with 21 points, while Ryan Bradley had 12.
Canisius advanced to Saturday’s final at 3:30 p.m. at its Kennedy Field House against Aquinas, which defeated Nazareth, 44-35, in the other first-round game. Cheektowaga will play Nazareth at 2 p.m. Saturday.
A pair of one-sided wins
St. Francis is hosting its own tournament this week, and the Red Raiders pounded West Seneca East, 82-34. Next up is V-University Prep, which downed Lancaster, 79-38.
In the Wilson Tournament, the host team beat Emerson, 55-52. Justin Daul had 15 points for the Lakemen, while Anthony Hunter scored 21 for the Eagles. Next up is Niagara Catholic, which beat St. Michael’s, 54-41. Thomas Owens had 22 points for the Big Red.
In ECIC II play, Williamsville South piled up the points in an 89-52 win over town rival Williamsville East. Greg Dolan had 23 points for the Billies, while Dakota Wiley scored 19. Amherst moved to 3-0 with a 75-50 win over Iroquois. The Tigers scored 29 points in the opening quarter to take a 16-point lead, and there was little drama from there. Da Shawn Hines had 21 points and five assists for Amherst, while Marcellus Cooper added 16 points, six rebounds and five steals. Tyler Tait had 14 points, with four three-pointers, for the Chiefs.
In ECIC IV, Cleveland Hill picked up its first win, a 51-45 triumph over cross-town rival JFK. Paul Woodward led the Eagles with 19 points, while Jordan Snyder had 13 points for the Bears.
In nonleague play, a 31-point second quarter essentially ended the suspense in Cardinal O’Hara’s 78-49 win over Fredonia. Jermaine Haynes had a career-high 31 points, with six three-pointers, while Justin Hemphill added 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Hawks.
Lions can roar with win
Lockport and Kenmore West split the Niagara Frontier League title in girls’ basketball this year. The Lions took the first step toward the top of the NFL this time with a 47-34 win over the Blue Devils. Kathryn Krchniak led Lockport with 11 points. Carissa DiTullio, who is coming off a championship season in cross country in the fall, added eight points. Alexis Rivera scored 12 points for Kenmore West.
Scoring was at a premium in Grand Island’s 25-24 win over Niagara-Wheatfield. Samantha Bailey led the Vikings with 11 points.
Elsewhere, Sacred Heart is making noises that it is ready for a good season. The Sharks won their second straight to start the year in a 51-44 victory over Mount St. Mary. Micaela Ryan scored 18 points to lead
Sacred Heart, while Siobhan Ryan had 11. Kelly Burns scored 16 points for Mount St. Mary in the nonleague matchup. Abigail Adams had 20 points for Nardin in its 45-39 win over Nichols.
St. Joe’s advances
In hockey, Trevor Conshafter had two goals as St. Joe’s romped, 8-2, over II-Saratoga in the opener of the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament. The Marauders had an edge in shots of 32-10 and they moved to 2-0-1.
Next up is Shenendehowa in the title game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Saratoga Springs.
Dominic Galenti had three goals as the St. Francis Federation team defeated Niagara Falls, 4-2, at Hyde Park Arena. Cody Felser added two assists. Goalie Vincent Vaccaro earned his second win with 14 saves.
Area’s best honored
Section VI inducted its third Hall of Fame class Friday night during a dinner ceremony at The Columns in Elma.
According to the Section’s website, the hall was established to honor athletes, administrators, coaches, officials or contributors who have provided excellent meritorious service.
This year’s induction class includes: Jeff Anastasia (Olean, coach), Harvey Austin (Emerson, athlete/coach), Jerry Baldelli (Frontier/Section VI, administrator), Tim Bergan (Ellicottville, coach), Jehuu Caulcrick (Clymer, athlete), Jim Conley (Newfane, administrator, contributor and coach), Dick Gallagher (contributor), Don Gilbert (Bennett, athlete/coach), Robert Hettler (Amherst, coach), Dave Hollins (Orchard Park, athlete), Wally Huckno (Jamestown, coach), Bob Lanier (Bennett, athlete), Larry Lash (Wilson, coach), Warren Spahn (South Park, athlete), Larry Veronica (Bennett, coach), Mark Ward (Ellicottville, administrator). Austin, Hettler and Spahn are being inducted posthumously.