Rankin finds his stroke
Terrell Rankin met the challenge of his coach Wednesday in the Ken-Ton boys basketball tournament. Rankin scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half as Sweet Home advanced with a 50-37 win over Kenmore East.
"I kind of challenged him at halftime to step up and take a leadership role offensively," said coach Paul Schintzius. "We need to really lean on him. It wasn't a pretty game, but at this point of the season we're just trying to figure out ways to win games."
A power outage at Kenmore East forced the game to move to Kenmore West.
Kris Boyes, son of Buffalo State Director of Athletics Jerry Boyes, led Kenmore East with 17 points, including 8 of 9 from the line.
Matt Brennan got hot at just the right time for Maryvale. Brennan scored nine of his 11 points in the third quarter as the Flyers beat North Tonawanda, 53-37, to win the title of the Maryvale McDonald's Tournament. Maryvale outscored NT, 17-2, in the third to erase a one-point halftime deficit. Tournament MVP Matt Mohr led Maryvale with 19 points.
In the consolation, All-Western New York soccer and volleyball players helped Lancaster beat Cleveland Hill, 77-36. Matt Brehm (soccer) had 14 points while 6-foot-5 Dale Freier (volleyball) had five blocks. Ken Murphy also netted 14 points and had 10 rebounds.
Brad Kujawa helped spot Depew to a 20-point halftime lead as the Wildcats beat City Honors, 69-52 to win the Depew Tournament. Kujawa had 13 of his 17 points in the first half and was later named tournament MVP. Eric Wild led Depew (8-1) with 19 points. . . . Milik Glenn-Black had 17 points and Ron Canestro and Mike White each added 16 more as Nichols ran its record to 9-0 with a 61-45 win over Lake Shore in the Timon Tournament. . . . Junior Matt Mara had a career-high 21 points as Niagara Catholic advanced in the DeSales Tournament with a 74-59 win over the hosts.
Hamburg girls carry on
Chris Mucica walked into a nice coaching situation at Hamburg and he'll be the first one to tell you that. The Lady Bulldogs are off to a 6-0 start following a 51-47 victory over Clarence in the first round of the Orchard Park Tournament. Junior guard Katie Medina tied her season high with 26 points.
"When your best workers are your best players, that makes any situation an easy one to come into," said Mucica. "The former coach, Scott DeJohn, laid a good foundation. A great deal of credit goes to what they did in the past."
Mucica also cited the senior leadership he has gotten from Liz Schappert, Brittany Hall and Alyssa Zemla. "We're hitting our stride. We still haven't played our best basketball," he said.
Sacred Heart has knocked off its two toughest league rivals in tournaments so far this season while moving to 7-0. The latest was a 54-28 triumph over Holy Angels in the Fredonia Tournament. Earlier this month the Sharks beat Nardin in the Al Pastor Tournament. Meaghan Daley led Sacred Heart against the Angels with 14 points and seven steals.
Kacie Miller hit a foul shot with four seconds left as Kenmore East pulled out a 43-42 win over host Orchard Park in the OP Tournament.
The Lockport girls bowling team looks to win its fifth title in a row today at the 27th annual Festival of Lights Tournament at Thruway Lanes.
Teams from the Niagara Frontier League swept both team titles last year as Kenmore West won for the first time by dethroning three-time defending champion Maryvale.
A field of 36 boys and 20 girls teams will participate.
Four boys and two girls basketball games will be played in the annual IABBO Tournament at St. Bonaventure. Olean takes on rival Bradford (Pa.) in a large boys game at 7:45 p.m. while the undefeated Jamestown girls play Olean at 12:45 p.m.