Hawks’ Hemphill hits 1,000
Junior Summer Hemphill of Cardinal O’Hara (12-3, 5-0) reached the 1,000-point mark for her career Monday night in the Hawks’ 63-30 Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball victory over Mount Mercy. Hemphill came out of the game in the third quarter after her 14th point put her at 1,000 even.
“Summer’s been a big part of what we’ve been able to do this season,” said O’Hara assistant coach Dan McDermott.
It was a surprisingly easy and impressive win for the No.1 ranked large school team in the Buffalo News Poll against No. 5 Mercy (14-3, 4-2).
Amanda Zeigler had 17 points for O’Hara, which outscored Mercy, 36-8, in the two middle periods. “Our defense is what did it for us tonight,” McDermott said. “Zeigler did a nice job matching up against Emily Sheehan.”
No. 2 ranked Sacred Heart (13-2, 6-0) kept pace with a 61-35 victory at Park. Sarah Young had 17 points and Kathleen Ryan 14 for the Sharks. Seychelle Mikofsky led Park with 16 points.
Msgr. Martin clinches hockey
Monsignor Martin (9-2-1) wrapped up the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation regular season title and a first-round bye in the playoffs with a 4-0 triumph over West Seneca/Hamburg. Juliana Kersten (Sacred Heart) registered the shutout. The champions got goals from Fiona Danahy (Mount Mercy), Julia Ahr (Mount Mercy), Kaitlin Drew-Mead (Sacred Heart) and Bridgit Keane (Mount Mercy).
In WNY Federation boys hockey, Anthony Pontello scored on a slapshot from the point with a minute left in overtime to give St. Joe’s a 3-2 victory over Frontier. Despite a 53-16 shots advantage, the Marauders never led until Pontello’s screen shot eluded goalie Connor Harman.
Zaffram to UTEP; Yoder to Bona
Canisius senior linebacker and three-time All-WNY pick Brad Zaffram confirmed he has verbally committed to the University of Texas at El Paso.
He will sign his letter of intent Feb. 4 during the first day of national signing period for football.
“The coaching staff was up front,” Zaffram told the News when asked what he liked most about UTEP. “The facilities are top notch. The atmosphere around the college, I liked it.”
Zaffram made his official visit to the university last weekend. He said he will be a grey shirt, meaning he won’t enroll until Jan. 1, 2016. He’ll have four seasons of eligibility once he enrolls at UTEP, which is coached by Lockport native Sean Kugler.
• Amherst senior midfielder Kathryn Yoder signed with St. Bonaventure to play lacrosse. Yoder has been a four-year starter, Academic All-American and first team All-Western New York player for Amherst. In 2014 she had 27 goals, 24 assists and 52 ground balls for the Tigers and was selected for the first team U.S. Regional National team.