Depew boys move to 6-0
The Depew boys basketball team added to its season-long winning streak, handing Niagara Catholic its first loss, 76-59, in the Monsignor Martin-ECIC Challenge hosted by St. Mary's.
Scott Jachimiak nailed four three-pointers in the first half as the Wildcats jumped to a 45-26 lead at the break. Paul Nieman added 14 points, eight rebounds and took two charges for Depew (6-0). The Big Red falls to 6-1.
Hamburg girls upend Flames
ECIC II has a new division leader in girls basketball. Hamburg defeated defending champion Williamsville East, 38-36, in a game coach Chris Mucica said was "intense from the tip to the buzzer." Katie Medina was 3 of 4 from the line in final minute to decide it. The Flames had ball with 4 seconds left and had a last-second running three-pointer go off the rim.
The rematch between last year's Section VI Class AA finalists, Jamestown and Lancaster, was decided in the final three minutes. Jamestown used a 12-3 run to pull away in a 50-40 win over the host Redskins in ECIC I. "You know what you're getting with them, they play hard, they're going to make you earn everything," said Jamestown coach Ken Ricker.
Lancaster led, 38-37, in the game's final minutes, when the Red Raiders' Yvette Hunter and Ashley Dupler scored on back-to-back layups and Diana DePane hit a three-pointer. Sophomore point guard Erin Cunningham was 5 fo 6 from the line in the final 1:10 when the Redskins had to foul.
Also in ECIC I, eighth-grader Corrin Genovese had 11 steals for Williamsville North in a 56-35 win over West Seneca West. . . . Lockport held Kenmore West to six points in the third quarter and went on to a 59-40 win in the Niagara Frontier League. Bridgette Burke poured in 30 points for the Lady Lions. . . . Joelle Connelly had 36 points, 22 rebounds and eight blocks as Pioneer downed Maryvale, 71-53, in ECIC III. . . . Tied at 38-38 after three quarters, Amanda Boron scored nine of her 24 in the fourth to lift Starpoint over Depew, 55-47.
Wrestling Classic takes hold
Four state champions are among the wrestlers who will compete today in the first round of the 22nd annual Jamestown Holiday Classic.
The field includes 38 teams from Sections VI, V and Pennsylvania. The state champs are Chris Conti (Fredonia at 112), Nikko Leitzel (Ridgeway, Pa. at 145), Bryan Bourne (Spencerport at 160) and Jerico Weitzel (189, Ridgeway, Pa., a transfer from Florida). Wrestling begins today at 2 p.m. Saturday finals for fifth place, third and first will be on three mats starting at 6:30.
Keenan Tournament opens
The inaugural Tom Keenan Memorial Basketball Tournament tips off today at Canisius. The event is named for the former Canisius coach who died at age 51 of cancer exactly three years ago tonight.
The Tournament features St. Francis Prep from New York City, where Keenan coached prior to coming to Western New York. Keenan coached Canisius for 10 years and had a 153-99 career record. Prep will play McKinley tonight at 6 p.m. followed by the V-Fairport versus Canisius game at 8 p.m. The losers play Saturday at 1 p.m. The championship game is at 3 p.m.
"Tom was my buddy," McKinley coach James Daye said of Keenan, the best man at his wedding. "When I started coaching at McKinley, I met him. He was an assistant at Niagara. He always did a great job with the kids. We would scrimmage each other. The games were always competitive. He taught me some things about the game and I taught him things."
Williamsville North won its first six hockey games this season, but its biggest win came Thursday when the Spartans knocked off defending Federation champion Kenmore West, 4-1. "It was something we talked about -- they're the defending champions and if you want to prove you're a good hockey team you've got to go out and beat them," said North coach Bob Rosen. North took a 3-1 lead with four minutes left on a goal from Pat Mulvilli.
Adrian Copeland scored twice as league newcomer Orchard Park picked up its first Federation win, 3-2, over Canisius.
Senior Justin Heftka had a 671 series to lead Canisius over Cardinal O'Hara, 3-0, in the position round of Monsignor Martin Association bowling at Thruway Lanes. Senior Mitch Schaefer of St. Mary's had the high game of the day at 267.