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Nichols wins a Classic

Will Regan earned MVP honors as the undefeated Nichols boys basketball team shook off a flat start and beat Cardinal O'Hara, 74-64, to win the Cole's Classic at McKinley.

"He's great at getting offensive rebounds and putting them back up, and he doesn't turn it over once he gets it," said Nichols coach Greg Plumb.

Regan had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Vikings (8-0). Tom Ruffino scored 22.

Orchard Park gained sole possession of first place in ECIC I with a 58-53 win over Sweet Home. Both teams entered the game 3-0. Andy Buyea had 19 points for OP and Greg Michael added 15 points and had five of his nine rebounds in the fourth. Kyle Perla had three steals in the fourth.

Superintendent Dr. James Williams and Buffalo native Bernard Tolbert, vice president of security for the NBA, were on hand Wednesday at McKinley as Mayor Byron W. Brown officially announced details about the fourth edition of a junior varsity tournament.

The Byron W. Brown Holiday Hoops Classic will run today through Saturday and feature 12 city schools in three divisions. Three championship games will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the Machnica Community Center, 1799 Clinton St.

"I started this 'Hoops Classic' as a way to showcase the up-and-coming talent among the city junior varsity high school basketball teams," said Mayor Brown, who began the tournament while he was serving in the New York State Senate. "With 12 teams competing this year . . . it's the best JV talent in the City of Buffalo."

The tournament begins today at Machnica with games at 4 and 5:30 p.m., and there are four games from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

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Albion's streak ends

It had been 91 straight meets since Albion lost in the Niagara-Orleans coed swimming league. Akron ended that streak, which also included seven straight league titles, 49-45.

The teams entered the final event, the 4x400 free relay, tied at 42-42. Akron finished first and third to clinch the meet.

Akron coach Dick Beyer said he was so confident his team was going to win the event, "I would have bet my house and my land. I had my four best people in the 100. We won by half the length of the pool."

The 400 foursome of sophomore Eric Kowalik, freshman Peter Sowinski, senior Robert Buyea and senior Matt Laurienzo touched in 3:40.61.

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Beck ties mark

Lancaster beat Sweet Home, 48-14, in an ECIC I wrestling match, giving coach Dennis Beck a share of the Section VI record for most career wins with 334. He's tied with retired Niagara-Wheatfield coach Armand "Ace" Cacciatore. The Redskins are at Williamsville North on Friday.

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