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Kloof signs with Bonnies

St. Bonaventure's men's basketball team has completed its recruiting class with the signing of sophomore guard Carlon Kloof. The point guard is a native of Paramaribo, Suriname. The 6-foot-3 Kloof spent last season at Canarias Basketball Academy, a prep school in Spain's Canary Islands.


Local boats advance

Both the West Side Rowing Club and the Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association, the 1-year-old program based on Ohio Street, had boats in the finals at the 129th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ont. on Friday.

In the senior 64KG men's cox four final, the team of Daniel Luongo, Ryan Bartels, Greg Rusch, Alex Walters and coxswain Nick Breeser had a third-place finish with a time of 7 minutes, 27.11 seconds.

As for West Side, the team of John Paul Scaduto, Daniel Hays, Dalton Weir, Aaron Abruzzino, Austin Nguyen, Joel Almand, Michael McCabe, Timothy Jackson and coxswain MacKeever Craik combined for a time of 6:49.66, good for fifth place in the finals of the under-17 men's eight.

The only West Side boat to advance on day four of the event came in the under-23 men's four. The team of Andre Sauvageao, Keith Pfirrman, Chase Crimmen, and Jamie Hamp edged out a team from the University of Victoria Rowing Club by 0.67 seconds for a place in the event final.


Two school vets honored

Grand Island track and field great Stacey Schroeder-Watt and Section VI administrator Ronald Black were both inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Hall of Fame on Wednesday in Lake Placid.

Schroeder-Watt was a three-time state champion, two in shot put and one in discus, and has nine Section VI titles, five shot put and four discus. She still holds the state record in the discus (172 feet) and went onto become an All-American at the University of Florida.

Black served as the NYSPHSAA President from 2006-08. He also held the same position for Section VI for two terms.


Area teams divide games

It was a split for Buffalo on Friday at the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Hoops Festival, as the girls scholastic team knocked off Long Island, 65-46, but the boys team fell to Long Island, 70-57.

Grand Island's Cassie Oursler scored 14 points for Buffalo, while Samantha Wozniak of Lancaster was right behind with 13 to lead Buffalo to victory.

In the boys game, Buffalo led, 29-27, at the half. The score was tied at 41 with 11 minutes to go, but Long Island took control, going on a 15-0 run to cruise to the win.

Matt Hart (Canisius) had 12 points for Buffalo, including three three-pointers. Reggie Agbeko (St. Joe's) had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The BCANY event in Johnson City, near Binghamton, was created to help fill the void left by the cancellation of the Empire State Games.

The Buffalo boys team will play Mid-Hudson this morning at 10:30 followed by Hudson Valley at 1:30 p.m. The Buffalo girls will play Mid-Hudson at 9 a.m., then Hudson Valley at noon.


Youth hockey players needed

The Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles will hold open registration for youth players of all levels ages 4-14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the lobby of Dwyer Arena. Only new players are required to register in person. Birth certificates required and players should also register with USA Hockey before attending the registration. Call 465-1958 or visit

From News Staff and wire service reports