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High School Extra (Dec. 23): Walsh pulls shocker

Walsh pulls shocker

Walsh recorded one of the first big upsets of the young boys basketball season. It defeated Nichols, 65-55.

“We had a great second half. We outscored them, 39-24,” coach Andy Moore of Walsh said. “The fourth quarter was huge. We got to the free-throw line 15 times in the quarter.

“Defensively we played pretty good in the second half. We played a lot of zone and took away their size. They are big - great size up front.”

Chris Churakos, a sophomore, led Walsh (7-2) with 25 points.

“He did a great job of taking the ball at them,” Moore said. “He was 7 for 8 from the line. He’s about 6-3, and he is deceptively athletic and really strong.”

Cam Lewis and Tanner Schmit led Nichols (5-2) with 12 points each.

They’ve been busy

Williamsville South isn’t playing a schedule straight out of the National Basketball Association. It only seems that way lately.

The Billies finished up their third game in four nights with yet another win, beating Cheektowaga, 63-55.

“It’s tough,” South coach Gabe Michael said about the schedule. “West Seneca East was tough on Friday, and we had Timon the next afternoon. We had to get ready for them without any practice.”

Greg Dolan had 18 points to lead the Billies (5-0).

“We have a lot of things to work on, but it’s nice to work on things when you are winning,” Michael said.

I-Prep/Grover had a close call in beating Lackawanna, 69-66. Xavier May had 18 points to lead the winners.

In the Depew Wildcat Tournament, St. Mary’s of Lancaster topped Depew, 52-37, to capture the title. Takal Molson of St. Mary’s was named MVP. In the consolation game, Alex Damiani had 18 points as Lancaster defeated City Honors, 73-52.

Holland turns it up

Holland’s girls basketball team looked as if it was in for a difficult night against Tonawanda. Then the second quarter began. Holland turned a 9-8 lead into a 36-14 margin at the half, and went on to win, 58-24.

“We were more aggressive going to the rim. We got some drives and kicks,” coach Dan Parker of Holland said. “Olivia Schmidt had 17 (of her 27) points in the quarter. We ramped up our pressure defense and got some turnovers.”

Holland has only lost once this season, and Parker is particularly happy about the way the team has blended together.

“Olivia had a bunch of assists,” he said. “We enjoy playing at a high tempo. We share the ball so well. No one is worried about getting the credit.”

Elsewhere, Amherst needed overtime to top Niagara-Wheatfield, 60-56. Claire Wanzer led the Tigers with 29 points, including three three-pointers.

Bailey Stayner scored with one second left to give Lewiston-Porter a 35-33 win over Newfane. Stayner led all scorers with 11 points.

Williamsville passes test

There’s a tie on top of the Federation standings in girls hockey. Williamsville picked up two points on Frontier/Orchard Park with a 2-1 win.

Olivia Rutkowski scored the game-winning goal for Williamsville, with it coming with just less than two minutes to go in the second period. Goalie Jenna Lukomski did the rest, finishing the game with 18 saves.

Williamsville moved to 4-1-1 in what coach Rick Hopkins says is a well-balanced group of teams this season.

“Three of our wins have been by a goal,” he said. “That’s how close the league is through six games.

“The season is going well for us. We had a tie with Kenmore to start things off, and we lost a one-goal game. We’re a young team with a deep roster. Jenna is a freshman, and we have some players without much experience on the varsity level. Some have played on travel teams.”

Maggie Fuzak had the other goal for Williamsville, while Jess Urbank scored for Frontier/Orchard Park (4-2-1).