Kenmore West clinched a tie with Lockport and North Tonawanda for the Niagara Frontier League championship Wednesday night with a 74-44 victory over visiting Niagara-Wheatfield.
"I checked the record books all the way back to the ‘50s and there never has been a three-way tie for the league championship," said Kenmore West coach Mike Meetze. "It’s probably because of the unbalanced schedule we have in the league."
Niagara Frontier League’s nine members play 14 league games each. To play each team home and home would require 16 games. Kenmore West met North Tonawanda and CSAT only once each. The Blue Devils’ losses were to Grand island, Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda. West swept both games against Lockport, which swept both games against North Tonawanda. Kenmore West last won the NFL in the 2013-14 season.
Meetze’s team is looking at being the No. 3 seed in Class AA for the Section VI playoffs which begin next week. That would mean Kenmore West plays a home game.
Sophomore Dylan James had 14 points and Tyler Aquilina 13 to lead Kenmore West. James also had eight rebounds. Aquilina did not play in the fourth quarter after the Blue Devils had built a 58-30 lead.
"We started off a little nervous," Meetze said. "They hit four threes in the first quarter. In the third quarter we settled down. We had a 17-3 run that was the difference. We started rebounding, running and floor and got layups."
Dominic Welch scored 41 points, four under his personal high, in leading Cheektowaga over Lake Shore, 71-48. The Warriors can tie East Aurora for the ECIC IIi championship with a victory at home against Depew on Thursday afternoon. Welch had 11 rebounds four assist s and two blocked shots. He hit 5 of 10 from three-point range and 15 of 26 shots overall.
With four asswies, Greg Dolan tied Phil Stasiak's school career record of 234 in leading Williamsville South over Sweet Home, 84-48, to clinch a tie with Amherst for the ECIC II championship. Dolan had 20 points to lead the Billies. Dakota Wiley added 16 for the winners.
Lancaster clinced a tie for the ECIC I title, putting 12 players in thesc roing in a 68-35 victory over visiting Frontier. Noah Speyer had 14 points and Vito Fulciniti 13 for the Legends.
Jamestown clinched its share of the ECIC I title, its seventh in a row, with a 77-59 win at Williamsville North as James Rojas scored 27 points and had 10 rebounds.
Caver scores 48 for Tapestry
Nia Caver scored 48 points, a Tapestry Charter single-game record, in the Thunder Hawks’ 72-61 victory over visiting Roy-Hart in a nonleague game. Caver broke the record of 42 she set Jan. 25 against Niagara Catholic. The 5-foot-9 senior went into the game averaging 23.5 points. Besides her scoring she contributed 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots. Caver scored 26 of her points in the second half, 19 in the third quarter. She is 10 points shy of reaching the 1,500 career mark heading into the Section VI playoffs.
DiPaolo Award applications sought
Applications are being accepted from now to March 17 for the Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Award, which offers recognition and financial aid to a deserving college-bound athlete who has become an accomplished wrestler through dedication, skill and sportsmanship while maintaining scholastics and citizenship. The recipient is encouraged, but not required to wrestle in college. The scholarship will be awarded to a college-bound high school senior from Section VI who has been an active member of an interscholastic varsity wrestling team for at least one year. Other criteria include academic and extracurricular achievement. The application musts be completed and mailed by March 17, 2017 to: Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship, c/o John DiBlasio, 4325 Woodside Road, Lawtons, NY 14091. Applications are available online at iliodipaolos.com. Any questions call 532-2664.
Presentation of this award will be made during the media/celebrity reception to be held May 22 at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave., Blasdell.