Newfane surprises South
In its seven years playing in the Jolly Boys Tournament, Newfane had never won a game in the first round. That all changed in a big way Wednesday when the Panthers stunned Williamsville South, 65-62, to advance. Newfane plays St. Francis, a 59-45 winner over Williamsville North, for the title tonight at 7:30. Newfane outscored South, 19-8, in the third quarter and got 17 points from Justin Harvey to run its record to 2-0. Bryan Geise added 14 points with 10 boards and five assists.
One night after connecting for 28 points, Connor Keenan put together a 29-point effort as Williamsville East handed previously undefeated Clarence its first loss, 67-65, to win the Clarence Tournament. Keenan also grabbed 13 rebounds. Clarence (5-1) had four players score in double figures, led by Stephen Hughes with 19.
Canisius never recovered from a 13-0 deficit to start the game and lost to undefeated Tampa Jesuit, 71-60, in the first round of the fourth annual Father George National Jesuit Christmas Classic being played at Georgetown Prep in Bethesda, Md.
The event features eight of the top Jesuit teams from across the country. After the slow start, Canisius (3-3) played its opponent even over the final three quarters, but shot just 17 percent from the floor. Tampa (11-0) was 13 of 14 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Stan Wier had 40 points to tie a school record in East Aurora's 73-32 rout over winless West Seneca East in the consolation of the West Seneca Invitational. Wier now shares the record with Zach McTigue, a 2006 EA graduate. Sophomore forward Brendan Cox netted a career high 19 points with five assists.
Sacred Heart keeps winning
One night after beating Lockport, the Sacred Heart girls basketball team took care of another Class AA opponent, beating Clarence, 45-32, in the first round of the Orchard Park Tournament. LaTrice Hall had eight steals as the Sharks evened their record at 2-2.
Sam Shriber made a 15-footer with 1 second left as Alden beat Pembroke, 42-41, in the first round of the Alden Tournament. Miranda Daucher had a season-high 21 points and Emily Blood had 15 rebounds. The Bulldogs will face Depew tonight at 7:30.
Wmsv. East skates to win
Williamsville East forward Justin Goodman's power-play goal with 3:30 to play gave the Flames a 3-2 win over Orchard Park in the title game of the inaugural Williamsville East Holiday Hockey Tournament at Northtowns. David Paul and Cole Webner assisted on Goodman's goal, and Paul and Matt Territo also scored for the Flames (6-2).
Canal Crusade raises $5,500
Canal Crusade III was a stunning success for the third straight year as the boys swimming teams from Starpoint and Lockport joined forces Wednesday to raise money and awareness for the less fortunate.
Starpoint won the dual meet for the third year in a row, 107-63, as Matt Schutt, Luke Martinic and Alec Toth were a part of four wins each. The teams raised an estimated $5,500 and had 30 people donate during the blood drive portion of the event.
Proceeds will be donated to UNYTS, whose mission is to raise awareness of the need and benefits of organ, blood and tissue donations and transplants.
"It was a great all-around effort by both teams," said Starpoint coach Tim Menges. "The kids worked hard with the raffle and all the things that go with it. It's special for me because my father [Harold] is a 19-year heart transplant recipient."
The Canal Crusade has raised more than $14,000 in three years.