Grover holds off Hutch
Grover Cleveland barely managed to hold off a furious Hutch-Tech rally Saturday to win the championship game of the Presidents' Just Pizza Invitational, 74-70, at Grover.
Grover was led by tournament MVP Anthony Greene's 30 points and 11 rebounds. It was Greene who sealed the victory, too, making two free throws with seven seconds left after Hutch-Tech had sliced a 16-point margin to two. Lou Megna led Hutch-Tech with 23 points.
East Aurora, trailing by 48-42 entering the fourth quarter, tied the game on a basket by Ryan Higgins with 13 seconds left in regulation, then went on to a 78-73 overtime win over Pioneer in the third-place game. Higgins had 27 points and Dave Barnett 23 for the Blue Devils.
North wins Harvey title
MVP Ryan Young opened the fourth quarter with a layup and Alex Calderon followed with a three-pointer to help Williamsville North's boys basketball team pull away from pesky host Kenmore West, 59-45, in the Dick Harvey Tournament title game.
After Young and Calderon hit their shots to open the fourth, the Spartans went 10 for 12 from the line in the final quarter, including 6 of 8 in the final 1:30, to cruise after entering the final eight minutes with a slim 40-37 lead. West trailed by one at halftime.
Young, a 6-foot-5 senior, finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks after compiling 23 points, 13 boards and four blocks in a first-round win over Amherst. Mike Maritato hit two of Kenmore West's four three-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 14 points. West took a 9-4 lead by hitting treys against North's zone. Then North switched to man and was able to slow down the Blue Devils.
Schaffer leads N-W to title
Tournament MVP Michelle Schaffer led Niagara-Wheatfield to the championship of its Holiday Tournament with a 50-44 triumph over Newfane. Schaffer had 22 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals while teammate Kyrstin Lekki had 15 rebounds and 15 points. Margo Weber accounted for half of Newfane's points with 22, including four three-pointers. In dealing Newfane (4-1) its first loss, N-W also gained a measure of revenge as it lost to the Panthers, 53-48, in the final of the Wilson Tournament last weekend.
Lancaster strong in own meet
The host team made the strongest showing with four first-place finishes in the boys competition at the Lancaster Invitational indoor track meet.
Josh Martzlufft captured the 600 meters, Gino Bueno won the shot put, Gary Westburg the pole vault and Scott Pezdek the weight throw.
Williamsville North led the way in the girls meet with six first-place finishes including doubles by Ashley Redino, who won the pole vault and the 1,500 race walk, and Kim Berus, who ran to victory in the 1,500 and 3,000-meter events. Michelle Bauman won the 300 for the Spartans. Christina Irizzary cleared 29-1 1/2 to capture first in the triple jump.
Spartans in hockey final
Patrick Mulvihill scored twice and Brandon Komm stopped 30 shots as Williamsville North defeated Shenendehowa, 5-1, to reach today's championship game of the Shenendehowa Winter Classic. The Spartans will face LaSalle of Troy for the title at 11:15 a.m.
Kenmore East won the Franklin Academy Tournament in Malone by beating VII-Saranac Central, 6-4, to capture the total points tournament with 9 1/2 . Matt Meyer beat three defenders on a rush and fired a shot between the goalie's legs to break a 4-4 tie with 2:51 left. Bobby Kern had a hat trick for the Bulldogs (3-2), while Mike Vogel scored twice.
Kenmore West (4-1) secured a second-place finish in the event with a 6-2 win over X-Malone-Franklin as Mike Vasquez and Kyle Whipple each scored twice.
Spencerport wins tourney
Bryan Bourne was one of eight wrestlers from Section V wrestling-power Spencerport to go 4-0 as the Rangers captured the Cheektowaga Warriors Team Tournament by going 4-0 against Buffalo-area competition.
Spencerport beat Fredonia in the final for the title, while Cheektowaga finished third by beating East Aurora in the consolation.
Bourne is ranked second in the nation among 160 pounders as all of the wrestlers who went 4-0 in the event earned spots on the all-tournament team. Fredonia's Chris Conti (112), last year's 96-pound state champion, and Cheektowaga's Jared Messina (119) were among area participants to earn the all-tourney honor.