Williamsville East falls to champs
Williamsville East lost its first girls basketball game of the season, but no players were hanging their heads at the Flames' gym. They were 58-50 victims of Section V's unbeaten Honeoye Falls-Lima (5-0), the defending Class A state champions.
The players "did exactly what we needed them to do," East coach Chris Durr said. "They are excited about how we played and competed. . . . It was a tough nonleague game for us to play, and I think we played very well."
After trailing, 28-23, at halftime, Williamsville East (5-1) started the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 30-28 lead. The Flames were ahead, 39-36, after three quarters. But the tide turned in the fourth quarter, which Honeoye's Jessica Chapin opened with a three-pointer en route to her game-high 24-point performance. Megan Lankes led Williamsville East with 13 points.
Elsewhere in girls basketball, Caroline Hourihan scored a career-high 19 points for Nardin, but the Gators (6-1) didn't seal their 60-52 win over Nazareth of Section V until the final two minutes when Caitlin Grady made a left-handed layup and Kendra Brim nailed a three-pointer. . . . Samantha Marguccio scored 28 points and Alisa Bendelewski grabbed 10 rebounds as St. Mary's School for the Deaf beat Pennsylvania/Deaf, 43-30.
Orchard Park wins in Orlando
Orchard Park got hot in Florida as the Quakers beat Golden (Colo.), 66-51, in the Orlando Classic boys basketball tournament.
Coach Bob Rumschek said "it was a good game" once OP figured out the opponents' zone defense.
"We're not used to seeing a lot of zone," he said. "It took us a while to iron that out."
The Quakers' Craig Schulz (17 points) and Greg Michael (16) led all scorers, while Jordan Blair had eight points and eight steals. Next up for OP (2-0) is Unicoy, a Tennessee school with an 11-1 record.
In other boys games, Ellicottville's Tyler Dunne scored 14 points in a 70-40 championship game win over Otto-Eldred and was named Most Valuable Player of the Ellicottville Tournament. Jessie Klahn scored 11 points and Cash Kent pulled down nine rebounds. . . . David Jedynak (27 points) and Michael Lumley (19) helped St. Mary's School for the Deaf improve to 5-1 with a 59-56 win over Pennsylvania/Deaf. . . . Ryan Breier's 19 points and Mike Asbach's 16 led Grand Island's 48-28 romp over Portville in the Olean Tournament.
Zuch, Steel are triple winners
North Tonawanda senior Dan Zuch and Newfane junior Brianna Steel were triple winners at Saturday's A/D Divisional indoor track meet at Buffalo State.
Zuch won the boys 300- and 600-meter runs and was a member of the winning 800 relay team (with Ryan O'Lay, Curtis Monaco and Nick Fetterman). Steel won the long jump and high jump and anchored the 800 relay (with Katie Enderby, Carrie Gow and Jessica McCollum).
Brian O'Shea of Hamburg took the boys long jump and triple jump. Kenmore East's boys relay teams won the 1,600 (Dave Fleischmann, Tim Metivier, Andre Salter and Nick Fabozzi) and 3,200 (Zack Ball, Metivier, Jason Mazurowski and Charlie Higgins) races.
Sarah Vieth, a Lake Shore junior, won the girls 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs while Morgan Billi of West Seneca West won the 55-meter dash and the triple jump.
St. Joe's wins fifth straight
Lucas Marciori and Mike Playfair scored two goals each and Ron Femia notched four assists as St. Joe's won its fifth straight game, beating St. Francis, 3-2, in a Western New York Federation hockey game at the Amherst Pepsi Center.
Elsewhere in hockey, Sweet Home goaltender Derek Mohney made 24 saves in a 5-0 shutout against Kenmore West. Matt Stewart got three assists. . . . Frontier scored four goals in the third period to edge Section III's Fulton, 7-6. Josh Malthaner got a hat trick. . . . Alex Durinka's goal four minutes into overtime gave Williamsville East a 2-1 victory over Batavia of Section V in the championship game of the Batavia Tournament. . . . Vinny Scarsella, Matt Terreri and Ryan Mackey scored two goals each as the St. Francis Prep team walloped Proctor Academy, 10-4, in the St. Sebastian Tournament at Needham, Mass.
N-W wrestlers take third of 34
Niagara-Wheatfield took two runner-up awards and finished third of 34 schools in the Southern Tier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament at Fredonia State. Dubois (Pa.) and Spencerport took top team honors.
"We took third with the highest placing team from Western New York," said N-W coach Tim Lukasik. "Every year this is one of the toughest tournaments in the state."
Jake Koshinski (171 pounds) and Darren Sneed (189) made the finals in their weight classes. Three other Falcons -- Antonio Ventry (fourth in 96), Josh Sorley (sixth, 140) and Matt Schnittker (sixth, 160) -- won Scholar-Athlete awards for having the highest academic averages in their class.