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High School Extra (Jan. 30): Roy-Hart streak at 125

Roy-Hart swim streak at 125

Roy-Hart swimming coach Bruce Matthews thought he might have a rebuilding task on his hands when the 2014-15 season opened.

“That’s kind of what we thought going in,” Matthews said Thursday night after the Rams boys extended their dual-meet win streak to 125 with a 100-51 victory over Akron. “We had a couple of close scrapes last year with our boys and we graduated a fair amount of seniors, but everybody worked hard and we came out very well in the end.”

The Rams (14-0, 10-0 Niagara-Orleans) wrapped up a ninth straight league championship with the victory. The Roy-Hart boys haven’t lost a dual meet since the 2006-07 season.

Thursday, Roy-Hart took first place in all 11 events. Three individuals were double-winners. Mason Sparks won the 200 freestyle (2:05.48) and the 500 free (5:54.04); Tanner Rees won the 200 individual medley (2:22.78) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.10), and Raymond Sack won the 50 free (24.95) and 100 butterfly (1:05.76). They swam on winning relays as well.

Other first-place finishers for Roy-Hart were Nate Mikoll in the 100 free (56.35) and Nap Maines in the 100 backsteroke (1:15.36).

Roy-Hart’s closest call this season was a one-point win over Alexander of Section V in a meet that went down to the final relay.

The Roy-Hart girls also won over Akron, 99-71, as Alex Hill (200 IM and 100 fly) and Lindsay Yates (50 free, 100 back) and Hannah Rausch (100 free and 400 freestyle relay) led the scoring.

The Rams swimmers will compete in the N-O league championships – boys on Saturday and girls next Tuesday – both at Newfane. There is no team scoring in the league meet.

McKinley gets by MEC

McKinley (13-2, 8-0 Yale Cup I), the No 2 ranked large school boys basketball team in Western New York, got a bit of a scare Thursday before pulling out a 70-65 victory over Middle Early College (10-4, 5-2 Yale Cup I).

The Macks trailed by one with two minutes to go before Devin Morris hit a three-point shot from the corner. Morris then fed Juwan Toliver for another three and a five-point lead. Shaquan Jones led McKinley with a career-high 24 points. He also had 11 rebounds.

No. 1 Canisius erased a 17-9 first-quarter deficit and went on to a 68-58 win over Archbishop Walsh in Olean. Junior Stafford Trueheart had 25 points for the Crusaders. Tavien Kemp led Walsh with 20.

In girls basketball, Cori Dickson’s three-point play with 35 seconds left gave No. 1 ranked Cardinal O’Hara a 51-48 victory at No. 10 Hamburg. Anndea Zeigler led the Hawks with 21 points, seven rebounds and two steals. … Junior center Jordan Heinold scored 32 points and pulled down 21 rebounds to lead Immaculata over Holland, 65-49. Heinold is 75 points shy of the 1,000 mark for her career.