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Alden’s Fox a true rifleman in near sweep of individual titles

A perfect shot prevented Noah Fox from bringing home every individual title at the state rifle championships at West Point. Still, winning four individual state titles is quite the impressive haul for the Alden junior.

Fox set a state record in hitting 294 out of 300 in the air rifle Saturday, breaking the old mark of 292. He also captured .22 titles in the prone (99.08), kneeling (95.03) and aggregate (285.13). He took second in offhand (91.02) as the winner hit the center of the target with the decisive shot to finish with a 91.03.

Alden finished first in the .22 as Fox, Mike McMurtree, Maggie Arnold, Isaiah Hart and Carl Aldinger finished with a combined score of 1,060.

Section VI as a team also took first in the .22 as Fox, McMurtree, Arnold, Hart, Rhianna Lichtenthal of Orchard Park and Jake Saeli of Clarence finished with 1,603.

Alden’s Fox, McMurtree, Arnold and Cailyn Bennett took second in air rifle with 1,100. Section VI also placed second as a team in air rifle (1,653.35).

Girls hockey

Nichols is one win away from winning its fourth straight North American Prep Hockey Association playoff championship as the Vikings edged Rothesay Netherwood School from New Brunswick, 2-1.

Lydia Gavner and Michele Robillard scored for Nichols (24-4-6) against RNS goalie Marlene Boissonnault, who played for the Canadian Under-18 women’s team last January at the world championships at Harbor Center.

Maddie Welch made 29 saves for the Vikings, who play Stanstead of Quebec for the title Sunday.

Girls basketball

Most of the Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball semifinal games were pretty much settled once the fourth quarter rolled around at Canisius College’s Koessler Center on Saturday.

All except the Class B semifinal between Nichols and Nardin. These drama queens came together to produce the nail-biting finish of the day as Nichols rallied for a 48-47 victory over the Gators.

Kellie Zugger’s layup in transition with six seconds left proved to be the winning basket for the Vikings (11-11), who will face Mount St. Mary for the league’s Class B title at 1 p.m. Saturday at Niagara University’s Gallagher Center.

Kendra Jones did a fine job controlling Nichols’ offense all game as her basket pulled the Vikings within 1, setting up for the big finish. After Zugger’s layup Nardin missed a runner at the buzzer.

Zugger finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Lindsay Hogan added 14 points and 10 boards for Nichols.

Mount St. Mary defeated Niagara Catholic, 67-32, in the other Class B semifinal as Julie Fleming and Meighan Murphy each had 11 points to lead a balanced Thunder attack in which 10 players contributed to the team’s scoring.

Molly and Katie Meegan each had nine points for the winners, who only led by eight at halftime but pulled away on the strength of a 29-6 third quarter.