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Nichols, St. Francis advance

The Nichols and St. Francis Prep hockey teams advanced following Friday's first round of the St. Francis Prep Tournament, an eight-team event being hosted at Leisure Twin Rinks.

Nichols scored three goals in each of the first two periods on its way to a 7-3 win over Wyoming Seminary (Pa.). Matt Benedict had one goal and two assists while James Randaccio and Andrew Poturalski had a goal and an assist each.

St. Francis Prep shut out St. Michael's College of Toronto, 3-0.

Nichols and St. Francis Prep play two more games today. Nichols (10-5-2) takes on New Trier (Chicago) at 10:30 a.m. and St. Andrews College (Aurora, Ont). at 7:45 p.m. St. Francis plays St. Edward's (Cleveland) at 10 a.m. and Ridley College (St. Catherines) at 6 p.m.


Freshmen lead Holy Angels

A pair of freshman guards delivered for Holy Angels in a 65-29 win over Mount Mercy in a Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball game. Jontay Walton had 11 points and six steals and Awilda Murphy added 10 points with six assists.

Sarah Kichman had 14 points as Portville moved to 5-0 with a 44-41 win over defending Section VI Class C champion Frewsburg in CCAA II.

Chelsea Beecher had 15 points and eight rebounds as Albion edged Roy-Hart, 45-43, in the Niagara-Orleans League.


Officials wrestling at NCCC today

The 30th Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament concludes today at Niagara County Community College.

The finals are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Thirty-eight teams are participating, making it the largest high school wrestling tournament in Section VI and one of the largest in New York State.

Six of the top 10 Division 1 ranked schools will be competing including No. 1 Iroquois, No. 4 Niagara Falls and No. 5 Niagara-Wheatfield, the defending champion. Seven of the ranked Division II teams will be competing include No. 2 Roy-Hart, No. 3 Lew-Port and No. 4 Newfane.

The Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association annually donate its time to both officiate and organize the tournament with proceeds going back to Section VI high school wrestling.

At 4:30 p.m. today the NCCC Thunderwolves, coached by Eric Knuutila, will host Mercyhurst in a NJCAA contest.

The Ripley Wrestling Invitational concludes today with the finals scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Participating teams are: Cassadaga Valley, Chautauqua Lake, Dunkirk, Maple Grove, Panama, Ripley, Randolph, Sweet Home, Westfield, six teams from Pennsylvania and one from Ohio.


XC runners named all-state

Chad Maloy of Springville and Nick Orlowski of Alden are among 18 cross country runners from Western New York who have been named to the All-New York State team by the NYS Sportswriters' Association. Maloy and Orlowski were the only Section VI runners named to the first team.

CLASS AA: Second team: Cole Townsend (Canisius). CLASS A: Fifth team: T.J. Hornberger (Lake Shore). CLASS B: First team: Chad Maloy (Springville), Nick Orlowski (Alden). Third team: Alex Gonzalez (Dunkirk), Kevin O'Connor (East Aurora), Sean Phillips (East Aurora). Fourth team: Ryan Koch (Depew), Adam Murphy (Amherst). Fifth team: Gene Barriott (East Aurora), Brandan Keany (East Aurora). Sixth team: Alex Weberg (East Aurora). CLASS C: Second team: Eddy Pfeil (Roy-Hart). Third team: Frankie Pfeil (Roy-Hart). Fifth team: Jeremy Rushok (Akron). CLASS D: Second team: Tyler Scheving (Barker), Corey Wefing (Maple Grove). Fourth team: Jonathan Bender (Barker).


Girls puck drop in West Seneca

The West Seneca varsity girls hockey team will celebrate its inaugural season on Monday with a puck drop ceremony at 5:15 p.m. at the West Seneca Town Ice Rink, 1250 Union Road.

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