Gordon sets track mark
Saturday's Yale Invitational indoor track meet in New Haven, Conn., was a day to remember for Sweet Home's Wayne Gordon. The sprinter beat the entire field in the 55-meter race, setting a Section VI record of 6.53 seconds.
Also, turning in strong performances for Sweet Home were Pyzon Rivers on the boys side and Kia Robinson with the girls. Rivers took 13th in the 55-meter hurdles (8.26), while Robinson finished eighth in the shot put (31-8.25).
The West Seneca West girls also set a pair of school records. In the 4x200, Victoria Luongo finished 19th at 10:38.99. And in the shot put, Rebecca Hildebrand threw a 36-9.5. Also, the West Seneca West boys foursome of Austin Alvarado, Robert Battista, Joseph O'Mara, Kalen Sullivan took fourth in the 4x800 at 8:27.66.
Timon falls late in basketball
Jim Palano wants his Bishop Timon-St. Jude team to play the best. It'll breed a competitiveness players need down the road. In a cross-section nonleague game Saturday, that's precisely what Palano got against one of Rochester's best teams, Bishop Kearney.
And despite holding a decisive lead late, Timon fell, 48-46.
"They're a top team in Rochester, with Aquinas," Palano said. "We had the game. We had an eight-point lead with three minutes to go and kind of lost it."
The dagger was a three-pointer by Kearney's Antwoine Anderson with 30 seconds left that put his team up two. With the Timon defense packed in to defend Kearney's 6-foot-9 Chinoso Obokoh, Anderson was able to get off the long ball. At the other end, Kyle Kobis got a good look at a three, but couldn't connect. For Timon (10-3), the eighth-ranked large school, Kobis scored 20 points and Dave Scarcello added nine on a trio of three-pointers.
Despite the loss, Palano isn't discouraged.
"You're better playing better teams," he said. "You need the competition. It only makes you better down the stretch and into the playoffs.
"We played extremely hard. It was a very hard fought game, very scrappy. I thought we played outstanding defense. They did, too. Both teams forced a lot of turnovers."
Kearney (10-1) got 13 points from Obokoh.
In another Section V/Section VI clash, the No. 4 large school Canisius fell to Aquinas, 77-56.
Canisius (10-5) fell behind by 19 points at halftime and never caught up. In defeat, sophomore Aaron Nevins and senior Richard Walsh each scored 12 points. Five different players reached double figures for Aquinas (10-1).
McLaughlin keys Lancaster hockey
With Lancaster's boys hockey team missing several players, senior Tyler McLaughlin was forced to play every other shift. The Redskins had no other choice.
But the lack of manpower worked out just fine for the Redskins. McLaughin had six assists in a 6-3 win over Clarence at Northtown Center in Western New York Federation play. With five helpers coming on the power play, McLaughlin was in the zone all game.
"He saw the ice a lot and took advantage of it," Lancaster coach Kevin Miller said. "He got the puck on net a lot and was also able to find the open man in the slot. He had really good vision today."
Lighting the lamp for Lancaster (5-4) were Josh Grazer and Eric Fetes, who each scored twice.
As the standings heat up, Lancaster needed this win. In December, Clarence beat the Redskins, 7-6.
"When you get to this time of the season, every win is important," Miller said. "It's good to get two points on Clarence."
Territto's OT goal lifts Will East
Matt Territto scored in the first minute of overtime to give Williamsville East a 3-2 win over St. Francis in other WNY Federation hockey action.
Territto tied the score with six minutes left in regulation with Ben Sharf getting the assist on both the tying and game-winning goals for Will East (10-4-1).
"The kids kept battling," Williamsville East coach Mike Torrillo said. "We tied the game and got a little momentum off that goal and in the first shift of overtime scored the winner. It was a nice, hard-working play -- pass out from behind the net and one-time quick shot."
Elsewhere, Billy Moore and Matt Roberts each recorded a goal and an assist to lead Kenmore West (8-5-1) over Williamsville South, 4-1. And Timon (13-6, 9-1) knocked off Amherst, 4-2, as Quinn Danhy scored two goals. Amherst's T.J. Kaszulbski tied the school record for points with his goal.