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Eight teams play for trip to regionals

Three boys Section VI regional qualifiers and another in girls Class C will be decided in games Tuesday night. Each of the winners will move on to Far West Regional games against Section V (Rochester area) opponents this week.

Class A-2 champion Olean (18-4) will be shooting for its fourth straight trip to the regionals against Williamsville South (20-2) at 8:15 p.m. in the third game of the boys tripleheader at the Buffalo State Sports Arena.

Olean represented Section VI as the overall Class B champion the last three seasons. Six-foot-4 Chucky Martin (12.3) and 6-3 sophomore Ben Eckstrom (10.8) lead the Huskies.

Coach Gabe Michael’s South team made its way through the A-1 sectionals with victories over Grand Island, defending champion McKinley and North Tonawanda with senior forward Sam Castronova (15.6 points per game) and freshman guard Greg Dolan (13.2) leading the way.

Albion (13-9) will be at a height disadvantage against East High (14-9) in the Class B game at 6:45 p.m. The Purple Eagles will have to deal with East’s 6-8 Jovell Littlejohn, who has 46 blocks this season. Senior guard Percy Bryant (22.6 ppg), who also leads his team in rebounds, and 6-4 forward Damone Brown (13.5) are a standout pair for East. Austin Loyd is Albion’s top scoring threat.

In the Class C showdown at 5:15 p.m., Tapestry Charter of Buffalo (18-3) will face Middle Early College of Buffalo (16-5). DeJuan Owens (19.1) and JaQuoine Fogan (16) lead the Thunder Hawks.

Middle College has an imposing interior defender in 6-6 Lorenzo Truitt, who has 189 rebounds and 100 blocked shots. Senior forward Brian Johnson (18.1) and junior point guard Joseph Staton (17-3) lead the offensive attack for coach Randall Rich’s Kats.

Chautauqua Lake will shoot for its second straight Class C regional berth against Randolph at 7 p.m. at Jamestown Community College. Jenna Einink (17.5) and Ashton Albanesius (15.0) are standouts for the Lake Thunderbirds. Mckenna Maycock averages 27.7 points per game for Randolph.

Brown wins triple jump

Sadira Brown of Sweet Home captured the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship in the triple jump during Saturday’s state indoor track and field championships at Cornell University in Ithaca. Her leap of 38 feet, 11.5 inches was good for second in the Federation meet. Marie-Jose Ebweabile of New York City’s Benjamin Cardozo High won with a leap of 41-1.