Sweet Home's Rankin out for year
Terrell Rankin's basketball season started with so much promise Dec. 1 against Niagara-Wheatfield in the Sweet Home Tournament. It ended quite suddenly as the Sweet Home junior guard and 2004-05 ECIC I Player of the Year suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and cartilage in his right knee during that 75-37 win over the Falcons.
The 6-foot-2 Rankin, a fourth-team All-Western New York selection last year, scored 17 of his game-high 23 points in the first half but landed awkwardly following a layup attempt early in the third quarter. Last year he averaged 22 points and six rebounds in helping the Panthers win the ECIC I with a 13-1 mark.
"We feel for him," Sweet Home coach Paul Schintzius said. "He had a great summer and had improved his perimeter game. He's always been a slasher-type player. He spent so much time on it, I just know he was going to have a great year."
Rankin hopes to have surgery before Christmas, Schintzius said.
Grover, East Aurora to meet
Anthony Greene scored 14 of Grover Cleveland's 20 points during the final six minutes Thursday as the Presidents defeated visiting Pioneer, 81-65, in the Just Pizza Classic. Greene finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Cantrel Parrish had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Ron Malicki had 18 points for Pioneer.
Grover will face East Aurora tonight for the title, the Blue Devils advancing with a 70-59 win over Hutch-Tech. Paul Dudek scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in fourth quarter, mostly on post moves off entry feeds from Zack McTigue (four assists) and Dave Barnett (five assists) for East Aurora. Lou Megna and Julius Bryant each had 13 points for Hutch-Tech.
Matt Mohr hit a key three-pointer with a minute left to lead Maryvale to a 49-46 win over Williamsville North in a consolation game at the Al and Rose Pastor Tournament. Mohr's shot gave the winners a four-point lead. Santo Lamar led Maryvale with 23 points. Returning All-Western New York third-teamer Garrett Kensy of Maryvale, who was not expected to return from a broken ankle until January, played in the game and scored four points.
Dyrell Dolson, A.J. Roberts and Dave Viola scored 14 points each for Niagara Catholic, which held on for a 61-57 win over Seneca in the other consolation game.
Eden girls earn first win
Amber Levy (14 points), Sarah Bihl (10) and Stacey Gibbons (10) helped Eden earn its first win by handing Lackawanna its first loss, 52-37, in ECIC IV girls basketball action. Lackawanna's Angel Clark scored 16.
St. Mary's/Lancaster made 13 of 14 free throws in a 41-30 nonleague triumph over host Alden in nonleague action. Laura Pawlikowski went 8 for 8 from the line and finished with 14 points.
Five straight pins lift Newfane
Newfane literally pinned a defeat on St. Francis, 40-27, in a nonleague wrestling match. Rick Williams (119), Brad Martin (125), Steve Lovewell (130), Brad Worth (135), Jake Barone (140) all recorded consecutive pins to spark the Panthers, who won the Starpoint Duals last weekend.
West best in Kenmore hockey
The village brawl went Kenmore West's way as the Blue Devils defeated Kenmore East, 6-1, in Western New York Varsity Federation hockey action. Joe Porera scored twice for West, which improved to 2-0 in the league.
Sweet Home beat Williamsville South, 1-0, as Derek Mohney made 25 saves for the shutout. Ryan Marko scored the winner for the Panthers, who are off to their first 4-1 start.