Brady, Birzon honored
Troy Brady of Grand Island and Marissa Birzon of Williamsville East were named Players of the Year by the Western New York soccer coaches at their annual awards banquet Tuesday night at Classics V in Amherst.
Frank Butcher of Grand Island was named boys Coach of the Year while Dale MacArthur of Allegany-Limestone and Chris Durr of Williamsville East shared girls coaching honors.
Kenmore East girls top West
It seems early in the season for an important league showdown against an archrival but that’s what the Kenmore East and Kenmore West basketball teams had to deal with Tuesday night on the Blue Devils’ home floor.
Kenmore East’s Bulldogs started off strong and went on to a 44-37 in a battle of girls teams with unbeaten records in the Niagara Frontier League.
Kenmore East took a 19-12 lead at halftime.
“We played good defense. We’re starting to jell,” said Kenmore East coach Jack Blanch. “Carianne McCarthy is only a freshman. She had just four points but played really good defense for us.”
Serena Sordetto led the winners with 13 points and eight rebounds. Kendall Mills had 12 and Kiaja O’Neil overcame first-half foul trouble to score 11 with six assists and five rebounds.
Samantha Britton stood out for Kenmore West with 20 points.
No sweep for Kenmore East in the girls-boys doubleheader, however.
Kenmore West’s boys opened a 20-4 advantage in the first quarter and went on to a 79-33 rout of the Bulldogs. Tyler Aquilina led the winners with 19 points, including five three pointers, and eight rebounds. Aaron Tucker had 18 points, football star Terrell Ford 12 and Tal James, 10 for West.
MEC, East win Cup openers
Middle Early College opened its Yale Cup League 1 season, handing South Park its first league loss in three games, 75-55. Fred Foster led the Kats with a triple-double – 17 points, 16 rebounds and 10 blocks. Lorenzo Truitt had 15 points and 16 boards while Joseph Staton had 18 points.
East began its Cup slate with an impressive 72-44 win over Burgard. Willard Anderson had 18 points, five assists and five steals for the Panthers.
Also, in League 1, Bennett edged Riverside, 57-54, with Derrick Bishop and Brandon Brown scoring 19 points each. Elbert Munn had 21 for the Frontiers.
Welch tallies 42
Dominick Welch hit for 42 points on 15 of 27 shooting as he led Cheektowaga to a 72-64 triumph over Pioneer in ECIC III. … Brothers Graham and Greg Dolan led Williamsville South to its second straight victory in ECIC II, doubling up Lake Shore, 62-31. Graham Dolan had 22 points while Greg had 13. … Ramah Lassiter scored 12 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter (9) and overtime (3) as Cleveland Hill (2-0 ECIV IV) defeated Lackawanna, 48-45. … Tyler Stapf had 13 points and 10 rebounds in Tonawanda’s ECIC IV opening win over Eden, 57-31. Cody Diaz was high scorer for the Warriors with 17 points. Andrew Bialy had 14 for Eden.
Andrew Austin had a productive night for Lockport with 27 points and five steals in the Lions’ 70-57 triumph over Niagara Wheatfield in the Niagara Frontier League. Austin scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter for Lockport (5-0 overall, 3-0 NFL).
1,000 for CCA star
Emily Miller scored her 1,000th career point for Christian Central Academy in a 70-18 nonleague win over Oracle Charter. Miller had 29 points, 10 assists and 12 rebounds in the victory.
Claire Wanzer scored 21 points in leading Amherst (2-0 ECIC III) over Cheektowaga, 54-41. Wanzer had five rebounds and six steals as well while Kasia Fisher scored 12 points with four assists and four steals for the Tigers.