OP's Hoppy to Bucknell
Quarterback Kyle Hoppy of Orchard Park has signed with Bucknell University, and he's not just playing football.
The Patriot League school in Lewisburg, Pa., will give Hoppy the chance to play both football and baseball. Hoppy, a first-team All-Western New York football player, also was a second-team All-WNY selection in baseball last spring.
"I got the scholarship for football, but they're going to work with me and let me play baseball, too," Hoppy said. "I was kind of getting to the point where only things were happening with baseball schools -- but they said, 'We'd love to have you come down, you're our No. 1 recruit for quarterback. They knew I was really big on baseball and they said, 'We can work that out and you can come here to play both.' "
Bucknell contacted Hoppy in mid-December and he visited the school last month. Hoppy had interest from the University at Buffalo, Pittsburgh and South Carolina for baseball. Lafayette, Mercyhurst and Lehigh recruited him for football.
In other signing news:
*St. Francis is not only sending Delano Fabor to the University at Buffalo, Lucas Tasker will play at Cornell while Ozzie Lumpkin has signed with Division II Mercyhurst. Also, Red Raiders standout lacrosse goalie Jon Lawless will play at Division I Hobart.
*J.C. Tretter of Akron will also play football at Cornell, which recruited him as a tight end.
*Canisius will have a ceremony today for several players, including John Urschel (Penn State), Pat Wilson (University at Buffalo) and Steve Madlock (Mercyhurst).
Happy day in Clarence
Clarence felt like celebrating after a 3-1 win over Williamsville North in Federation hockey play Thursday.
"It was a great night for our kids," Clarence coach Rick Brooks said. "Williamsville North is an outstanding team. They seldom lose. We've struggled from game to game. For us to come in and knock off a great team is a huge night for us."
Reid Zaccagnino had two goals to lead the Red Devils, while Harrison Tivin had 40 saves.
Pollak hits 1,000
Junior guard Joelle Pollak became the fourth player in Kenmore East girls basketball history to reach 1,000 points. It came as part of a 23-point night, although Lockport came away with a 69-55 win. Pollak has 1,006 points in her career in the Niagara Frontier League.
Elsewhere, East had a big second quarter (27-8) in beating Riverside, 68-48, in Canisius Cup play. Co-Co Grasty led East with 21 points, while Tiauna Young had 17 points and 13 rebounds.
In an ECIC Interdivision game, Shaquita Smith hit a three-pointer with seven seconds left to give Amherst a 52-49 win over Williamsville East. Smith led Amherst with 15 points.
Eighth-grader Annie Berg sank two free throws in the final minute to ice Frewsburg's 43-40 win over Cassadaga Valley in CCAA II play.
In CCAA III, Sherman moved to 11-1 in the league with a 50-32 win over Ellicottville. Rachel Ottaway led Sherman with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
St. Mary's of Lancaster took a nonleague game from neighbor Depew, 57-54. Raeann Stillwell had 23 points for the Lancers and Victoria Fontana added 19.
*East Aurora wrestling alumni would ask coach Keith Maute all the time: "We never beat Iroquois -- can you beat Iroquois?"
Question answered. In the final bout of Thursday's nonleague match, Clark Doll's pin in 1:30 at 215 pounds gave the Blue Devils a come-from-behind, 34-31 win over their regional rivals. It is believed to be the first time EA has beaten Iroquois.
"It's the first time in a long time," said Maute, an assistant and former head coach who has been with the program for seven seasons.
EA, which beat league rival Eden to clinch the ECIC III title on Tuesday, also got victories from Dave Stoner (112), Matt Peters (119), Kevin Kot (125), Chris Wier (130), Zach Patenza (152) and Colin Palmer (160). Kot, the second-ranked wrestler in Western New York, earned a 3-1 decision over Iroquois' Joe Kalinka, who is an honorable mention.
*Williamsville South needed everything it had to wrap up the ECIC II girls bowling title at Transit Lanes. The Billies defeated Sweet Home, 5-2. Tricia Kent led Williamsville South with a high game of 233 and a 637 series. South had a total pinfall of 4,179 to set a school record.