Wrestlers left out in the cold
Friday's weather forced eight of the ECIC's 28 schools from participating in the ECIC Wrestling Championships being hosted by Clarence.
Wrestlers at Orchard Park, Hamburg, West Seneca East, West Seneca West, East Aurora, Frontier, Springville and Holland were not able to compete in the first round of the event when their schools canceled after-school activities.
The ECIC committee didn't have a lot of time to consider its options. Weigh-ins were scheduled for 2 p.m. As of 11 a.m. only Holland had sent notification it wasn't coming. At 11:30 a.m., only two schools were out. But by 1 p.m. the number swelled to eight.
Clarence Athletic Director Greg Kaszubski said the ECIC Committee, chaired by Dennis Bauer, eventually decided to move forward with a 20-team event.
They considered trying to fit the meet in one day, but the state has a limit on how many matches a wrestler can compete in per day. They also considered moving the tournament to Saturday-Sunday, or trying to push the tournament back a week, but neither option was workable.
"Twenty of 28 teams coming is certainly enough to still be a quality meet," said Kaszubski.
Not competing in ECICs does not preclude a wrestler from participating in the Class Championships Feb. 4-5 or the Section VI Championships Feb. 12.
While Jamestown's basketball team was forced to postpone its trip to Williamsville North, the wrestling team made it to Clarence. The difference was the wrestling bus left at 11 a.m. while the bus carrying the basketball team was scheduled to leave at 3 p.m.
Lash joins state softball Hall
Larry Lash, one of the state's winningest softball coaches, has been named to the inaugural New York State Softball Hall of Fame Class of 2012.
The former Wilson and current North Tonawanda softball coach is part of a class of 11 former players and six coach/contributors. The induction is scheduled for June 2012 at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer.
Lash started the Wilson softball program in 1974. In 33 seasons he compiled 444 wins, second-most in Western New York behind Tom Murphy of North Tonawanda and fourth most in the state.
Lash led Wilson to seven Niagara-Orleans League titles, six Section VI championships and one state title. When Wilson won the state crown in 1986, it became the first Section VI program to win a state championship. He is also a past Section VI softball chairman. In 2008 the Wilson school district named its softball field for Lash.
Lash was responsible for compiling and publishing the Weekly State Softball Rankings for more than 20 years.
McKinley girls move to 5-0
Erica McDaniel extended her string of double-double games to five as she led McKinley to a 51-44 win over Bennett in a Canisius Cup girls basketball game. McDaniel finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Macks, now 5-0 in the Canisius Cup. Mone Gaymon had 12 of her 14 points in the third quarter. Coach Dave Sardo inched closer to the 200-win milestone as Hutch-Tech had little trouble dispatching winless Lafayette, 61-16, in the Canisius Cup.
Sardo stands at 195 career wins in his 15 seasons in the Canisius Cup, having coached Traditional from 1996-2004 before taking over at Tech (6-4, 5-0). Brittnee Perry had 12 points to lead Hutch-Tech, which had 10 players score.
Sara Calistro (10 points) was one of 10 scorers as No. 3 large school Sacred Heart moved to 8-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association with a 64-10 domination of Buffalo Seminary.
Taylor James netted 18 points as Olmsted had a 14-0 run in the second quarter on its way to a 57-16 win over Middle College.
Rock 'N' Roll Throw Offs today
The third annual Rock 'N' Roll Throw Off are today at the Lancaster Field House starting at 2 p.m. This throws-only meet features high school, collegiate, open and masters competition in the shot put and weight throw.
Lancaster provides a state of the art field house as well as an NCAA official cage. An advanced sound system creates a loud atmosphere to create energy and deep throws, much like the Milrose Games.
In past years the event brought 2004 and 2008 Olympian AG Kruger, Thomas Jacob Freeman, and No. 5 in the U.S., shot putter Sheldon Battle along with Bryan Vickers of Ashland Elite.