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High School Extra: Kenmore West completes furious comeback

Owen Green scored on the power play with less than four minutes to go in the third period to lift the Kenmore West (4-5, 4-4) boys hockey team to a 5-4 come-from-behind win and hand Williamsville East (4-1, 2-1) its first loss of the season.

The Blue Devils clawed back from a 4-1 deficit in the second period to score the game’s final four goals. Tim Seyfang got West on the board, while Michael Barker had a goal and Ethan Yotter added two, the second of which tied the game at 4-4 with about three minutes left in the second period.

Barker and Yotter each had two assists as well to cap what has been a nice week for the Blue Devils. The Flames are ranked first in the state and West Seneca West No. 3. Coach Robert Roszak’s crew beat them both in the span of six days.

“I can’t argue with the week we had,” Roszak said. “There’s not too many easy games in our division. The four games we’ve lost were pretty close, back and forth. There really isn’t a game anyone can mail it in because you’ll get beat.”

Lancers take tourney title

The St. Mary’s of Lancaster boys basketball team ran away from Depew to take the Depew Holiday Tournament title away the hosts with a convincing 66-37 victory.

Senior Christian Szablewski earned MVP honors for the Lancers with 18 points and 10 rebounds in the championship, as St. Mary’s (4-0) led 34-22 at the half and used an 18-4 third quarter to double up on the Wildcats (4-2).

Eric Brown and Brady O’Brien (11 points) took turns making it tough on Depew standout Chad Biersbach, who was limited to eight points.

“The whole game plan was to keep the ball away from Chad,” Lancers coach Paul Rath said. “He’s a great scorer, averages somewhere around 25 points per game, and we just kept denying him the ball to make it difficult.”

St. Mary’s Matt Ciezki scored eight points and was named to the all-tournament team along with Depew’s Biersbach and Jordan Ciesielski (15 points), Cheektowaga’s Rudy Bragg and City Honors’ Jaden Slaughter.

The Warriors beat the Centaurs in the consolation game, 62-46.

Elsewhere, Health Sciences won the St. Francis Tournament over the Red Raiders, 44-39.

St. Francis had a 24-18 halftime lead and led, 32-28 after three.

Freshman Ja’Vaughn Jones hit two free throws to put Health Sciences up, 40-39, with 2:40 left and the Falcons held on from there. Tournament MVP Davonte Gaines and Tayvion Nelson each scored 13 points.

Franklinville slays another

First Sacred Heart, now St. Mary’s of Lancaster. Not many girls basketball teams from the Buffalo area are going to want to see Franklinville anytime soon, but coach Allan Dunlap is thankful that they already did.

Nine days after beating the Sharks, 65-56, the Panthers took down the Lancers in the championship game of its Franklinville Tournament, 60-57.

“I’m so thankful they’re on our schedule because playing those teams is only going to make us better, plus it’s fun,” Dunlap said. “We’re undersized against both those teams. We had to play run and gun, and that’s what we do best.”

Franklinville held a 37-28 lead at the half but a 16-5 third quarter by St. Mary’s gave the Lancers a 44-42 advantage heading into the fourth.

“We can score in spurts but we can hit some dry spells too,” Dunlap said.

That’s when sophomore sensation Dani Haskell scored 11 of her 32 points, including two of her seven three-pointers, to lead the Panthers to the win. Classmate Abby McCoy added 16 points.

The Lancers were led by Caroline Zanghi’s 21 points and Myla Kline’s 11.

Radford records triple-double

Senior forward Master Radford scored 15 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked 10 shots for Bishop Timon-St. Jude in its 60-54 win at Section V’s Bishop Kearney.

“Master is our senior leader,” Tigers coach Jason Rowe said. “He stepped up on both ends of the court for us today. He stepped up like a leader should do.”

Juniors Alero World and Tahron Goudelock each added 10 points for Timon, which is out to a 6-1 start.

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