Alden shooters on target, set record
The Alden rifle team broke its own ECIC and Western New York points record in a match Thursday by amassing 1,124 during a win over Orchard Park. OP finished with 1,027.
Maggie Arnold finished with 284 points, while Cailyn Bennett added 282 as the Bulldogs (3-0) eclipsed their previous mark of 1,114 set in 2012. Gabbey Meghan and Nick King also contributed to the record showing.
McKinley basketball beats Ken West
A back and forth middle-game proved to be quite the thriller during the final day of the Pastor-Cooper Showcase at Daemen College.
McKinley came out on top of that boys basketball clash, defeating Kenmore West, 55-52. Deon Spencer’s basket with 4 minutes, 42 seconds remaining broke a 46-46 tie, sparking a 5-0 burst by the Macks. He finished with a game-high 18 points while teammate and Jerry Cooper MVP of the game Davonti Wardlaw added 13.
Ken West led 27-25 at halftime as Tyler Aquilina scored nine of his game-high 20 points during the second quarter. The Blue Devils had the ball with under 30 seconds left down by three but the Macks played solid deny defense against Aquilina and Tal James (12 points), forcing someone else to attempt the missed game-tying shot.
Park, CCA post Pastor-Cooper wins
In the final contest of the Pastor-Cooper Showcase, Daniel Scott flaunted his skills. The 6-foot sophomore guard drained two three-pointers and threw down four dunks to lead Park to a 73-39 rout of East in the final game of the showcase.
Scott, who played last year for Christian Central, finished with a game-high 26 points as the Pioneers improved to 2-0.
Park pulled away with a 28-11 third quarter as it switched to a full-court man-to-man that enabled it to stretch a 32-22 halftime lead.
In an early Pastor-Cooper Showcase contest, Christian Central defeated JFK, 68-54, behind Josh Tyson’s 31-point performance to stake the Crusaders to a 37-20 lead at the break.
Elsewhere, Elliot Bowen had a very good gam for Ellicottville during the team’s 60-33 win over Allegany-Limestone in the first round of the Ellicottville Tournament. Bowen poured in a game-high 27 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked six shots and had five steals, while teammate Griffin Chudy added 13 points.
Lake Shore's White near milestone
Raeann White inched closer to a milestone, while Lake Shore remained unbeaten to start the season.
The defending Class A girls basketball champions cruised to a 69-27 win over Starpoint in an ECIC III clash.
White, a senior, scored 18 points and she’s now eight points shy of 1,000 for her career, which includes three seasons at Gowanda.
Shayla Scanlan scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season for Lake Shore (3-0, 1-0), which moved down into ECIC III this year after years of being in ECIC II. Lake Shore hosts Depew at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Alexis Campbell’s 22 points led Buffalo Arts past Mount St. Mary, 48-42. Arts used a 17-7 final quarter to rally for the win. Arts also received nine points from Gabreille Outling as it scored more points during the final eight minutes than it did during the entire first half.
Nothing like a rivalry game to bring out the best in an athlete. Senior Sydney Turley poured in a career-high 33 points to lead Cleveland Hill to a 48-41 victory at JFK in an ECIC IV clash between Cheektowaga neighbors.
OP, Falls bowlers shine
Orchard Park set two team records during a 5-2 ECIC boys bowling win over Frontier.
The Quakers set marks for four-man, three-game total of 2,933 pins and eight-man, six-game total of 5,310 pins. The top performers for OP included Kyle Couell 289-789, Colton Little 267-769, Nate Nahrebeski 257-709 and Thomas Klenke 248-666.
Matthew Bellavia bowled a 300 game during a 704 set for Niagara Falls in a 5-2 win over Niagara-Wheatfield in the Niagara Frontier League.
Flames skate past Ken East in OT
Williamsville East and Kenmore East have quite the boys hockey rivalry born out of the fact that the two Federation programs tend to meet for Section VI championships.
The Flames got the better of defending state champion Ken East as Eric Metz’s second goal of the game in overtime lifted Williamsville East to the 6-5 victory. Metz scored on the power play through a screen provided by Sam Pastore with 2:59 left.
That capped a back-and-forth game between the teams that saw Ken East race to a 3-1 lead only to see the Flames take a 4-3 lead. Russ Riggio tied the game at 5-5 with 2:12 left in regulation for the Bulldogs.
Finn Sayers also scored twice, while Mike Steffan had a goal and two assists for Williamsville East.
Williamsville, MMHSAA girls tie
In a battle between Western New York girls hockey powers, Williamsville and the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association team played to a 1-1 tie in a Federation contest. Williamsville remained unbeaten on the season as Jenna Piotrowski scored for the district outfit. Kaitlin Drew-Mead scored for the defending Federation champion MMHSAA team.