EA deals Pioneer rare league loss
Pioneer is not going undefeated in ECIC III this season. The East Aurora girls basketball team, now coached by a familiar name, ended the Panthers' perfect run in the division with a 53-51 triumph Thursday. Pioneer had won the division the past three seasons without a league blemish.
Six-foot-1 center Emily Kasprzyk led the all-around team effort of the Blue Devils (2-2, 2-1) with 13 points, six blocks and five boards. East Aurora, coached by former boys pilot Gary Schutrum, received balanced scoring as nine players scored. Emily Nason added nine points as the Blue Devils did a good job of keeping the ball out of Mikaela Connelly's hands in holding her to five points, roughly half below her per-game average, with their trapping defense.
"It came together tonight," said Schutrum, who guided EA's boys team to two Section VI titles before taking last year off from coaching. "We're pretty young and they've been working very hard. It's very rewarding."
Shannon Rogers led Pioneer (2-3, 2-1) with 19 points. The Panthers canned a three at the buzzer for the final margin.
St. Joe's, North fit to be tied
Rich Crozier has coached plenty of games during his career at the Northtown Center of Amherst, but he was hard pressed to remember a time in which fans packed the feature rink to watch his St. Joe's team in action.
It should have been expected considering the Marauders and Williamsville North not only are longtime rivals in the Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation, but both entered Thursday night's clash before an estimated 1,800 as defending state champions.
The teams skated to a 2-2 tie as North's Ben Serro's "seeing-eye" change-up shot from the point 55 seconds into the third period was the final goal either team scored. North is the defending state Public Schools champion, going last season 24-0-2 with one of the ties against St. Joe's, the reigning state Catholic champion.
Will Magione and Matt Berke scored for St. Joe's. Scott Sims also scored for North.
St. Mary's takes Akron tourney
Tournament MVP Erik Simmons (17) and all-tourney pick Nick Johnson (10) scored all of their points in the first half to lead St. Mary's to a 57-42 win over Hutch-Tech in final of the Jack Silvernail Memorial at Akron.
Paul Rath came off the bench to score 11 points, while Devin Redden had 10 rebounds, six assists and played sound defense.
In nonleague action, Wilson trailed by 11 with 4:30 left but it turns out the Lakemen had a furious comeback in them as they scored the final 12 points to pull out a 60-57 win over Lew-Port.
Five different players scored during the run as Pat Diez's three tied it, 57-57, with 36 seconds left. Dustin Dilaura hit the front end of a one-and-one seconds later to give Wilson the lead for good. Wilson finished 21 for 27 at the line.
St. Joe's used its press to get the early 26-7 jump on nonleague guest East in cruising to a 73-53 win. Reggie Agbeko had 24 points and 13 boards, while Jaylen Morris had eight steals.
North secures pool record, win
Williamsville North set a record and secured a win in the same event Thursday as the Spartans defeated host Starpoint, 91-79, in a nonleague swimming showdown.
The North 400 relay team of Cameron MacDonald, Will Baker, Connor Mergler and Matt Berus won in a Starpoint pool-record time of 3:21.83. North, which also captured third place in the race, outscored the Spartans, 10-4, in the final event to secure the triumph. Berus also won the 200 free and 500 free for North. Matt Schutt of Starpoint won the 50 free and 100 free.