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Clarence wrestlers win Duals crown Hamburg gives ECIC draw with Catholics in basketball challenge

Clarence had three wrestlers go unbeaten en route to winning the St. Francis Red Raider Duals on Saturday, but the Red Devils' biggest triumph of the afternoon came courtesy of 145-pounder Chris Budzinski.

Although Budzinski didn't go unbeaten, his pin-fall victory in the final bout of the first-round showdown against St. Francis not only tied the match but gave Clarence the tie-breaker point it needed in a 40-39 win. The Red Devils earned the decisive point because they won more matches than the hosts (8-7) during their encounter.

Clarence then won its final three matches to earn the title, pinning a 42-36 defeat on Pioneer in the championship bout. Jon Denis (112 pounds), Josh Feiler (119) and Brian Cournan (152) each went 4-0 for Clarence. St. Francis finished third, but Red Raiders' 215-pounder and two-time All-Catholic Brendan Ring won all of his four matches via pin to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.

Niagara-Wheatfield 171-pounder and defending Section VI champion Jake Koshinski won his weight class at the prestigious 37-team Southern Tier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament at Fredonia. Unseeded Michelle Quiles of Fredonia finished second at 103 to become the highest female finisher in the history of the event.

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Boys basketball

The ECIC-Monsignor Martin Challenge ended in a 4-4 draw, as Hamburg clinched the tie by beating Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 48-39, in the final game of the event.

Chris Mims scored 10 of his game-high 24 points during the Bulldogs' 13-point fourth quarter. The other Hamburg points in the quarter came off of Blake McLimans' traditional three-point play that gave the Bulldogs a 45-39 lead with 30 seconds left.

"We got ahead and we were able to some how hold the lead," Hamburg coach P.J. Cauley said of the close game. "[The event] is good for Western New York."

Monsignor Martin schools won three of the first five games in this event.

After McKinley (3-1) found its shooting touch, the Macks were able to find consolation in the third-place game of the Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament. Chandler Williams' putback beat the buzzer and host Canisius, 58-57. Justin Young's sixth three-pointer gave Canisius a 57-56 lead with 26 seconds left, but Williams scored the game-winner after William Robinson (20 points) penetrated the lane. Young scored a game-high 24 points for Canisius (2-4), which drained nine three-pointers.

Defending Section V Class AA champion Fairport, which lost to Niagara Falls in last year's Far West Regional, 68-59, won the tournament title behind MVP Kyle Downey's 39 points in an 81-65 triumph over St. Francis Prep of New York City, which received 42 points from Mile Cavataio. The event was established to honor the memory of former Canisius coach Tom Keenan, who passed away three years ago after a long bout with cancer. Keenan coached at St. Francis Prep before his arrival at Canisius.

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Girls basketball

Senior Kendra Brim drained 11 of 16 shots en route to a game-high 32 points and also grabbed 14 rebounds and dished out three assists to lead Nardin past St. Francis Prep (NYC), 56-47, in the Keenan Tournament.

Immaculata (6-0) won its own Christmas Tournament by edging McKinley, 50-47, as Justine Smith finished with 14 points and 10 boards. Freshman Shaquita Smith led McKinley with a game-high 27 points.

East Aurora's inability to hit free throws (8 for 18) proved to be the difference in a 64-59 loss to Section V host Rochester School of the Arts. Ashley Gallagher had 18 points and six boards for EA. . . . Samantha Kopp's 25 points, 28 rebounds and seven blocks led Franklinville to the title over tournament host Bolivar-Richburg, 50-41.

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Hockey

Matt Bly's second goal of the game gave Kenmore East the cushion it needed to survive its Federation Hockey encounter with St. Francis, 6-5, at the Pepsi Center. Frank Briandi had a goal and three assists for the Bulldogs (5-3, 1-3), who were outshot, 35-20, but held on thanks to Joe Sparacino's 30 saves. . . . Lancaster and defending champion Kenmore West played to a 1-1 draw in a rematch of last year's Fed semifinal. Brian Inman scored in the first for Lancaster, while Nick Panepinto tied it in the second.

Nichols' girls team won the Deerfield Academy (Mass.) Tournament with wins of 7-0 and 5-0 over Milton (Mass.) and Trinity College (Ont.), respectively. Nichols outscored its four tourney opponents, 19-3, to improve to 12-1. Cassie Stein had a pair of goals in the win over Trinity with Cammi Abdel-Nabi posting the shutout. Bridget Smith earned the other shutout.

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