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Mount Mercy upsets No. 2 Pioneer Recktenwald named MVP of tournament

Mount Mercy picked the perfect time to play a complete game as the Magic stunned No. 2 large school Pioneer, 74-45, to win the Pioneer girls basketball tournament.

The loss was Pioneer's first at home this season and snapped its 14-game winning streak.

The Magic's Meg Recktenwald scored 21 points and had a team-leading 12 rebounds to earn MVP of the 18th annual event. Caitlyn Heitzhaus added 11 points and made the all-tournament team.

"Our biggest challenge this year was putting together 32 minutes," said coach Bob Gainey. "The girls went into the game really confident and wanted to knock off the No. 2 team in Western New York and stop that big winning streak."

The Magic forced 14 turnovers and held a commanding 43-20 rebounding advantage. Pioneer falls to 17-2.

Elsewhere in girls basketball, Paige Golden's putback basket with nine seconds left lifted Albion to a 45-44 win over Roy-Hart.

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Indoor track

Brian Archie of Niagara Falls and Will Cole of Hamburg were triple winners and Evan Tsemblis of Grand Island was a double winner at the Indoor Track Team Championships at Fredonia. Archie won the 55-meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump. Cole took first place in the 55 hurdles, 300 and 600. Tsemblis ran 4:27.5 in the 1,600 to edge Zach Slawi of Dunkirk (4:27.7). He also won the 1,000.

On the girls side, Williamsville South placed in the top six in nine events to win the team championship. Freshman Kailyn Arcury went 8.15 in the hurdles, for the third best time in the state. Double winners were Kayla Allen of Williamsville East (600, 300), Jamie Raepple of Grand Island (55, triple) and Katie Niblock of Sweet Home (1,000, 1,500). Melissa Kurzdorfer of Lancaster went 47-11.75 to break her own state record in the shot put.

Jordan Hamm and John Urschel of Canisius took first places at the Catholic State Indoor Championships at the Armory in New York City.

Hamm, who finished in 4:17.58, ran a conservative first half of the race before making a solid move in the second half to gain some separation. Urschel had a big day as his 57 feet, 7 inches in the shot put was a personal best. He had four throws over 56 feet.

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Boys basketball

Pat Johnson, making a spot start, grabbed 11 rebounds and limited Riverside's points in the paint in Middle College's 72-60 win in the Yale Cup.

"He's a big strong kid [6-foot, 220], all muscle," said Middle College coach Randall Rich. "He played on the offensive line for Riverside's championship football team." Darale Young had 20 points for Middle College.

The teams are very familiar with each other as many of the Middle College and Riverside players were teammates in football. Among the players who scored, Isiah Jefferson (Riverside), Ira Watkins (Riverside), DeShawn Heard (Riverside) and Justin Stokes (Middle College) played football for the Frontiers.

Kevin Chillis had 28 points, seven steals and five assists as McKinley remained two games back of East in the Yale Cup with a 91-60 win over City Honors. The Macks' Mansa Habeeb had six points in the first quarter playing on a tender ankle.

Jake Maryniewski had 17 points and 12 assists as Depew beat Springville, 66-43, in ECIC III. The Wildcats were without senior guard Tyler Stevens, who is out with an illness. "He's been our best player of the last three weeks," said coach Larry Jones. "The big concern is playing Pioneer on Tuesday without him."

Stevens averages 17 points per game and is among the team leaders in several the other offensive categories.

Senior Ray Paul netted 21 points to surpasses 1,000 in his career as Barker beat Byron-Bergen, 43-38, in the inaugural Niagara-Orleans/Genesee Region Showdown. Section VI teams won four of the five games against their Genesee Region neighbors.

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Hockey

Senior forward Adam Hanley scored a short-handed goal to send St. Francis on its way to a 4-1 win over Sweet Home in a Federation hockey game at the Amherst Pepsi Center. Josh Kielich had a goal and assist for St. Francis (8-6-3). The Red Raiders lost to Sweet Home, 6-0, in the season's first meeting.

Gage Carrig had a hat trick, giving him 12 goals this season, as Timon-St. Jude beat Williamsville South, 4-2. Carrig scored the go-ahead goal in the third period on assists from Shawn Riccio and Dan Schieber before adding an empty-netter.

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Rifle

Alden swept the .22 caliber and air rifle to win the Section VI Rifle Championship at Alden Middle School. The Bulldogs' best .22 shooter was Mike Brice, who was fourth overall.

In the individual competition, Jarrid Pitcher of Orchard Park won the prone, breaking the Section VI record with a score of of 100.09, and he also won the kneeling. The previous prone record of 108 centers had been held since 2004 by Meghan Seitz of Alden.

Santino Mecca of OP won the offhand (91.02) and the overall (279.10).

In air rifle, Kim Hahn of Clarence shot a 281, one point off the Section record.

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