Colleen Wirth had 15 points and Cayla Slade added 12 as the Iroquois girls basketball team won the Matt Colpoys Memorial Tournament for the first time. The Chiefs downed Sweet Home, 50-24, in the 25th edition of the annual event held Thursday at Kenmore West. The Colpoys family was there to present postgame awards.
In the consolation, Jessica Jolley had 14 points and Lauren Czarniak added 11 as Kenmore West won its first game, beating Mount Mercy, 45-37.
The event is named for Colpoys, one of five firefighters from Ladder Company No. 5 who were killed in the propane explosion at the corner of North Division and Grosvenor streets on Dec. 27, 1983. Colpoys was an official for boys and girls basketball, football and baseball. He served as a rules interpreter, negotiator and on grievance committees.
Iroquois has played in the tournament for the past six years. "It's a turning point for our program, this is a big win," said first-year coach Frank Payne. "We have a lot of respect for Matt Colpoys as an official and a firefighter."
The other firefighters who gave their lives were: Mike Austin, Mike "Mickey" Catanzaro, James "Red" Lickfeld and Tony Waszkielewicz.
The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Firefighters, the Buffalo Fire Department Federal Credit Union, the Ken-Ton Schools and the WNY Board of Women's Basketball. Proceeds assist female athletes entering high school and college. To date, $24,000 has been raised.
Emerling Ford Tournament: It was with a heavy heart that Cassie Smythe of the Eden girls basketball team was named MVP of the Ford Emerling Tournament. The Raiders won the event by beating Springville, 36-25.
Smythe, a senior guard, didn't play because she was attending her mother's funeral. Sandy Smythe died Monday.
"All the girls were playing for her, it was a very emotional game," said coach Marisa Fallacaro. "It wasn't our best game because we knew she was at the funeral. We're a very tight-knit family."
Jenna Phillips led Eden with 12 points.
Jordan Schenk had 24 points, mostly on fast-break layups, as West Seneca East picked up its first win of the season, 52-47, over West Valley in the consolation.
Emerling Ford Tournament: Devon Cooper earned MVP as Buffalo Arts beat host Springville, 55-44, to win the title. Cooper finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds. He was coming off a 17-point, 14-rebound effort in a first-round win over Gowanda.
CBA Tournament: Connor Rehbaum had a career-high 33 points in St. Joe's 73-66 loss to Christian Brothers Academy.
The Monsignor Martin Association moved to 8-0 with a 3-0 victory over Amherst/Sweet Home at the Northtowns Center. Holy Angels sophomore Rachel Ziarnowski had a hat trick while Christian Central sophomore Breanne Morabito had 24 saves in goal for the shutout.
Joe Shifflet Tournament: Dylan Cohen of Williamsville East was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the annual tournament held at Sweet Home. Cohen won the 125-pound class with a 5-1 decision over Emory Rowe of Ripley in the final. Niagara Falls won the title among 14 teams in the field. The Aggregate Pin went to David Ciaramella of Newfane.
Akron Tournament: Dale Wasielewski of West Seneca East earned Outstanding Wrestler at the 14-team event. Wasielewski won the 140-pound weight class. He also helped the Trojans win the team title by a four-point margin over Kenmore East.
The quickest pin was 15 seconds, recorded by Josh O'Connor of West Seneca West. The Aggregate Pin was won by Spencer Biondo of Williamsville South, who pinned three opponents in 3 minutes and 18 seconds.