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Kenmore West stuns Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls sudden has company in first place in the Niagara Frontier League. Kenmore West knocked off the No. 2 large school Wolverines, 60-53, on Friday night to earn a season split.

Coach Mike Meetze said it's West's first win over Niagara Falls since the school merged with LaSalle in 2000. Both teams share 8-1 records.

The Blue Devils, ranked No. 6, lost to the Falls, 82-57, back on Dec. 20, but this time the ball bounced West's way. Martin Bailey had 19 of his 26 points to key a big second half.

"He put us on his back like a senior point guard should," said Meetze. "The game went back and forth in the second half, but we kept our composure."

West was 10 of 13 from the line in the fourth quarter. Mike Wilcox added 14 points for West. Jermain Crumpton's 19 points led the Falls.

Tommy Campion had 25 points and Kareem Walker added 20 as Jamestown held off Clarence, 68-59, in ECIC I. The Red Raiders improved to 12-1, 9-0. Stephen Hughes had a monster game for Clarence with 33 points, which helped bring his team within five points in the fourth quarter.

Brady Morrison scored 13 points to surpass 1,000 as Randolph beat Cassadaga Valley, 63-48, in CCAA II. Morrison becomes the fourth player in Cardinals history to reach the scoring milestone, and joins his brother, Blake, who is the all-time leading scorer with 1,440 points.


High-scoring duo leads North

The line with Emily Koestler and Sarah Scolnick continues to produce for the Williamsville girls hockey team.

The pair scored two goals and had one assist each as Williamsville moved solidly into third place in the Federation with a 5-2 win over Kenmore in a game played at the Northtown Center. Koestler a senior, now has 10 goals, while Scolnick, a freshman, sits at eight. The game was tied, 1-1, after the first period before Williamsville broke the game open with three goals in the second period.

"I told Sarah she played like a senior today," said coach Rick Hopkins. "Usually she's good for a breakaway or two a game. Her hands didn't let her feet down. She scored on two breakaways today. Sarah and Emily work well together and look for each other all the time."

Theresa Meosky had 15 saves.


GI, Lockport shine in NFL bowling

Grand Island's boys swept the high game and high series honors at Friday's Niagara Frontier League Championship at Manor Lanes. Sam Colao of the Vikings rolled a high game of 279 while Quinn Coraso had the highest series with a 656, winning by a three-pin margin.

Lockport's girls finished 1-2 for high game as Bridget Massiello rolled a 235 to edge teammate Lauren Pieroni by two pins. Emily Phillips of Kenmore West ran away with the high series as her 689 won by 55 pins.


Clarence swimmers beat North

One week after handing previously undefeated Orchard Park its first league loss, the Clarence swimming team was at it again. On Friday, the Red Devils knocked off unbeaten Williamsville North, 94-92, thanks in part to another clutch swim by its 400 free relay.

Last week Clarence edged Orchard Park, 94-91. Picked to finish in the middle of the pack this preseason, Clarence improves to 6-0 in ECIC I and 11-0 overall.

Clarence trailed by four points going into the 400 free relay, needing to take first and third, which it did. Ryan Saenger, Nate Kreher, Nick Hook and Kevin Kreher won the race in 3:19.34, shattering its season-best by nearly 5 seconds. Double winners for Clarence were Saenger in the 200 and 500 and Kreher in the 200 and 100 free.

Clarence got off to a nice start winning the 200 medley relay, but it trailed after North took 1-2-3 in diving and 1-2 in the butterfly. Clarence answered when Mike Le led a 1-3-4 finish in the breaststroke going into the final relay.


Will East pays tribute to Ernst

Williamsville East and Williamsville South did more than wrestle in an ECIC II match on Friday night. The contest at East was also its first: Williamsville Wrestlers Takedown Cancer event. South prevailed, 51-34. East's co-head coach Bert Ernst is a breast cancer survivor and the match was his last as he announced his retirement tonight after a 45-year coaching career.

"I think coach Ernst was very touched by the people who came back to support him, it certainly was a very emotional night. He's a class act and terrific coach," said South coach Chris Heximer. "I thought we had a nice crowd, it's always good to have a tight match, and was nice to bring the community together."

As a tribute to Ernst, the wrestlers from both teams wore pink socks while they were competing. All proceeds from the night will be donated to UBs Takedown Cancer event benefiting Carly's Club and the Jeff Parker Foundation.

UB coach Jim Beichner was there to accept donations from each team's booster club. Representatives from each Williamsville team will be at UBs dual meet Sunday to present the funds raised from Friday's match.


Football coaches announce clinics

Monday night football continues for Western New York's coaches with the offering of weekly clinics free to members of the WNY Football Coaches Association starting Feb. 6. Meetings are held at the Elks Lodge in Lancaster, 33 Legion Parkway at 7:30 p.m. Membership dues are $25 per coach or $90 for an entire staff. Cost is $10 per clinic for non-members.