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High School Extra (Jan. 6): Barker beats the buzzer, Wilson

Barker wins it at buzzer

Drama wasn’t confined to area roadways during Thursday’s blast of snowy weather.

The boys basketball contest between Barker and Wilson came down to a buzzer-beating shot with host Barker edging the Lakemen, 56-54, to remain unbeaten in the Niagara-Orleans League.

Jacob Arnold’s third three-pointer of the game won it for the Raiders (5-4, 2-0), who returned to the win column after four straight losses to teams from Section V. On the winning play, Arnold inbounded the ball with Wilson defenders keeping an eye on Nathan Luckman, who had six three-pointers during a 20-point effort. The Raiders Malik Pass returned the ball to the unguarded Arnold, who found nothing but net on the game-winning shot.

“Really good game tonight,” Barker coach Don Baker said. “It’s a shame either team had to lose.”

Eddie Wasnock had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Raiders. Justin Daul led Wilson with 26 points.

The contest was one of a few games played on a day in which most of the high school sports schedule got snowed out by Mother Nature.

Also in Niagara County, host Roy-Hart dropped 73-55 decision to neighbor and rival Medina (4-4, 2-0 in N-O). Jalin Cooper led the winners with 32 points.

Dunkirk coach honored

Dunkirk’s Mike Sarratori is this season’s Buffalo Bills nominee for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award.

Sarratori guided the 9-3 Marauders to their first Section VI championship and state final four appearance. He was selected for the honor based on character, leadership, dedication to the Dunkirk community and on-field success.

The list of 32 nominees from each NFL Team will be whittled down to two finalists during the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 with the winner being announced during the third quarter of the contest in Orlando, Fla.

“It’s special. What a big surprise,” Sarratori said. “It means I’ve been very blessed with good kids here the last couple of years and coaches. … I’m just very proud to represent the Buffalo Bills, the region and the city of Dunkirk. The city of Dunkirk came out (to New Era Field and Cicero-North Syracuse during the playoffs) and supported our team. This is a reward for them as well.”

Each nominee is invited to the Pro Bowl to watch practices, the game and take part in a USA Football conference. Nominees, finalists and the overall winner each receive monetary donations to their respective programs.

The winner will be recognized during a press conference and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors during Super Bowl week in Houston.

St. Joe’s blanks Clarence

Mark Gilbert’s goal with four minutes left in the first period held up for St. Joe’s, which defeated Clarence, 1-0, in a Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation boys contest at Northtown Center in Amherst.

Gilbert fired a shot into the top corner after receiving a feed from Mike Greco. Nico Pavicich outmuscled a defender to earn the secondary assist. That’s the only time the Marauders (9-1-1) beat Red Devils goalie Matthew Binkowski, who finished with 35 saves.

St. Joe’s counterpart Ben Weppner made 13 saves for the shutout, including a few tough ones.
The Marauders return to action at 8:30 p.m. Monday at HarborCenter where they face Kenmore East in a battle between reigning state champions.

Teddy bear picnic on ice

Williamsville North and Williamsville East boys hockey teams will be running a Teddy-Bear-Toss charity event
during their nonleague game at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 at Northtown Center in Amherst.

Regardless of who scores the first goal in the game, fans who have purchased bears are instructed to throw them on the ice. The bears will be collected with players from both teams delivering them on a to-be-determined date to youngsters at Women & Children’s Hospital.

Players from each team will sell Teddy Bears for $5 at school during each’s respective lunch periods Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

The money generated from the sale of the bears will be donated to Crisis Services.

Those who can’t get to one of the lunch periods who want to participate in this charitable endeavor can call 626-8542.

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