All-WNY football on Saturday
Last week, The Buffalo News honored 50 years of All-Western New York football selections. On Saturday, it celebrates the best of the 50th year.
The 2007 All-Western New York team highlights Saturday's year-end coverage of high school football. Coming in Saturday's editions are the All-WNY squad -- highlighted by pictures and capsules of the 25 players on the first team -- as well as The News' Player of the Year, the Western New York Coach of the Year, The News' final large school and small school polls as well as the leagues' all-star teams.
To review the 50th anniversary All-Western New York series, go to buffalonews.com/allwny.
Hoak wins in debut
Ed Hoak wasted little time earning his first coaching win with St. Francis as last year's Manhattan Cup runner-up opened the season by beating Maryvale, 78-55, in the first round of the Town of Hamburg Lions Club Tournament at Frontier.
"I'm 58 years old and it's my first varsity game," the Red Raiders' former freshman and junior varsity coach said. "I was just as nervous as the kids. It was a pretty emotional win."
Steve Ambrose, who missed football season while recovering from injuries sustained in a car accident last March, canned four three-pointers en route to a game-high 22 points.
Frontier used a 20-7 fourth quarter to beat town rival Hamburg, 50-46. Paul Hoffman had 16 points in the win as the Falcons shot 11 of 15 from the line in the fourth.
Amir Billups beat the clock and the Newfane Panthers in the first round of the Jim Walker Tip-off Tournament as Starpoint's senior captain canned a long three-pointer to complete a Spartans comeback, 50-48, at Lewiston-Porter High School.
Identical twins Kevin and Scott Whitehead both scored 13 points as Kenmore East gradually pulled away from Seneca, 62-53, in the Greg Martin Tournament at Iroquois. Bo Aquilla had 14 points, seven steals, seven rebounds and four assists as Alden beat host Iroquois, 66-50.
OP's Fairchild on target
Jill Fairchild was in the zone Thursday night as the Orchard Park senior missed just two shots in scoring a game-high 18 points to help the Quakers win the West Seneca West Tip-off Tournament with a 61-41 triumph over the hosts.
Fairchild averaged 18 points during the tournament to earn MVP honors. She canned 4 of 6 shots during a nine-point first quarter and made her final five shots, coming off an 8-for-16 performance in Tuesday's win over Amherst.
Clarence wins Fed opener
Derek Blanchard scored the game-winner late in the second period as Clarence won its Federation hockey opener, 2-1, over Williamsville South. Harrison Civin made 15 saves in goal.