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St. Joe's wins in Massena

Cole Schneider and C.J. Scherer scored a minute apart in the second period and Erik Hartrich made 26 saves as St. Joe's beat Massena, 2-1, in the championship hockey game of the Massena Tournament.

The Marauders (12-9-5) carried a 2-1 lead into the third and it stayed that way thanks to Hartrich, who turned away all nine shots he faced in the final 15 minutes. Ryan White, who scored twice in St. Joe's win over Seton Catholic on Friday, earned MVP honors.

Williamsville East clinched the Western New York Varsity Federation White Division title and a state playoff berth with a 3-1 win over Kenmore East. Alex Durinka and Anthony Clair each had a goal and an assist, while Jason Tartick also scored for the Flames. . . . Lancaster's big second period overwhelmed Frontier, 6-1. Adam Carbone scored twice and had an assist, while Andrew Klinn, Ryan Rogalski, Mike Shields and Rick Nawojski each recorded a goal and an assist for a Lancaster crew that scored four times in the second period. . . . Justin Kochan scored twice for Williamsville North in a 4-1 win over Williamsville South.

In girls action, Anna Whistler made 30 saves for Nichols (14-8-4) in a 3-0 loss to Noble & Greenough (Mass.), one of the top-ranked Division I prep schools in New England.

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Indoor track

Newfane junior Brianna Steel won the hurdles and the high jump, finished third in the long jump and earned Most Valuable Performer honors Saturday at the Section VI girls championship meet at Fredonia State. West Seneca West won the team title with 80 points, edging second-place North Tonawanda by 10.

Morgan Billi of West Seneca West won the long jump and triple jump, while NT's Casey Green won the 55 and 300 and also aided the winning efforts of the 800 relay team.

In the boys Section VI meet, Cory Pixley of Pioneer won the high jump, triple jump and long jump and took Most Outstanding Performer honors. Williamsville North captured the team title, receiving wins from Mike Dobmeier (3,200) and John Bauman (600).

The third All-Catholic girls championships was the closest yet, but the end result the same as Sacred Heart won the team title with 65 points, edging second-place Holy Angels by 12. Ali Jenkins led the way for Sacred Heart, winning the 55 and 300 events and was a member of the winning medley relay.

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Boys basketball

Niagara Frontier League: Byron Mulkey scored 12 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter to help Niagara-Wheatfield (10-8, 8-2) turn back visiting North Tonawanda, 56-45. Eighth-grader Aaron Davis led NT with 16 points.

ECIC Interdivision: Kenny Sweat (15 points) canned half of Lackawanna's 10 three-pointers as The News' No. 1 large school defeated host Hamburg, 87-55. LeSean Braxton had 21 points for Lackawanna (16-1).

Zack McTigue and Ryan Higgins each scored 14 points as host East Aurora (16-2), the No. 2 small school, pulled away from visiting Springville, 60-45. Dave Gernatt of Springville led all scorers with 18 points.

Nonleague: Walsh slowed down St. Mary's of Lancaster's Kufel brothers in a 55-52 win. Ryan and Eric Kufel combined for 21 points in St. Mary's 60-47 triumph over Walsh in January, but the Eagles limited them to 10 this time. Jon Reed (four steals) and Kevin Butler each scored 19 points for Walsh (12-10). Nate Casillo led St. Mary's of Lancaster with 17 points and nine rebounds.

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