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High School Extra (Jan. 31): Sweet Home relay sets record

Sweet Home relay sets record

Sweet Home’s 4x800 relay team of Will Schultz, Chris Nowak, Kevin Terranglin and Mitch Daddario broke the Section VI record in the event during the first day of the Virginia Tech Invitational in Blacksburg, Va.

The foursome finished the race in 8 minutes, 3.52 seconds to eclipse the old mark of 8:05.75 set in 1978 by Williamsville North. The relay placed second.

Schultz ran his leg in 2 minutes flat to give the Panthers a legitimate chance at history.

“It was one of our goals, but it’s never a foregone conclusion,” Sweet Home coach Brian Lombardo said. “It’s never easy. It’s something these guys can take pride in and talk about 15-20 years from now. It really is something they can hang their hat on. Someone will break it eventually … but they’ll always share that memory.”

Tiana Lauton set the school record in the 55 hurdles, finishing 14th in 8.06 seconds to break the 8.07 set in 1994 by Lisa Kragbe.

N-W comes of age vs. Ken West

Back in December, Kenmore West crushed Niagara-Wheatfield so badly that beatdown was just one adjective one could use to describe that boys basketball game.

That embarrassing loss seems like so long ago now as the Falcons gained a measure of revenge on their home court Friday night, repelling the defending Niagara Frontier League champion Blue Devils, 52-51.

Nathan Williams capped a nice game by slashing through the lane and scoring the winning basket on a layup with 3 seconds left. Ken West called timeout but failed to get off a final shot.

The win is N-W’s sixth in its last eight games following a 1-6 start to the season that included a 72-32 bludgeoning at Ken West.

“I’m just so proud of these guys,” Falcons coach Erik O’Bryan said. “They knew West is a very good team. We knew deep down the game shouldn’t have been like it was last time.”

Williams finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nathan Nielsen recorded 20 points and six assists for the Falcons (6-8, 3-6).

Terrell Ford led Ken West with 17 points. His layup with 13 seconds left gave the Blue Devils, who had trailed by four with 24 seconds left, a 51-50 lead.

Dramatic endings galore

Late-game dramatics also took place in Maryvale, but it was ECIC III guest Depew pulling out the close one, 42-40. Tyler Anna’s putback off a Dylan Sekuterski miss with 3 seconds left won it for the Wildcats. Thirty-seven seconds earlier, Colin Gemerek canned a three-pointer to tie it for Depew.

Elsewhere, Ben Walters’ three at the buzzer won it for Starpoint as the Spartans beat visiting Sweet Home, 59-56, in overtime in ECIC II. Brock Kroening led the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds, while Walters finished with 17.

Davon Jones hit the winning basket with 18 seconds left to cap Seneca’s 53-51 comeback win over Olmsted in Yale Cup II.

Nichols holds on vs. St. Mary’s

Chris Miner scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, Will Johnson had 18 points, draining five three-pointers, as Nichols (13-6, 6-2) beat visiting St. Mary’s, 68-58, in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball.

That production helped offset a whale of a game by Takal Molson of the Lancers (12-5, 4-3), who finished with 38 points.

North girls edge Will East

One of the drawbacks of coaching for so many years at Lockport was that the Lions didn’t have a rival, ex-coach Bill Shaw said.

That’s not the case with Shaw’s current team as his Williamsville North Spartans jumped out to a big lead, fell behind late but rallied to beat host Williamsville East, 43-40, in a nonleague girls basketball contest.

With nothing but village bragging rights on the line, the Spartans went home happy after Ericka Taplin’s basket and two Natalie Hazzan free throws with 40 seconds left gave them a 43-40 lead. Will North then got a couple of stops at the end to improve to 10-2.

“The rivalry is real,” Shaw said of the North-East rivalry in Williamsville. “The kids, I think, play a part. One of those things where it doesn’t matter what the records are it’s going to be a tight game and that’s how things turned out.”

North got off to a great start thanks to a defense that limited Will East star Erica Martinsen to one first-half point. She and the Flames figured out ways to shake loose of the Spartans in the second half, rallying from a 22-13 halftime deficit to take the lead late. Martinsen finished with 20 points.

Taplin proved to be the difference-maker in this, as she finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds for North. “When she dominates we win,” Shaw said of Taplin.

Frontier/OP wins in 4 OTs

Emily Dellaneve’s goal 38 seconds into the fourth overtime propelled Frontier/Orchard Park into the Section VI girls hockey semifinals with a 2-1 win over West Seneca/Hamburg. With the win, Frontier/OP faces Williamsville at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Northtown Center in the second semifinal. The other semi features Lancaster/Iroquois against Kenmore at 4 p.m.