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High School Extra (Dec. 19): Niagara Catholic tops Newfane; Tapestry’s Carver on a roll

It’s Patriots’ Day

Niagara Catholic’s press enabled the Patriots to seize control with a 17-6 first quarter as they coasted to a 57-43 win over Newfane during the first of three boys basketball games at the ADPRO Public/Private Schools Challenge at Depew High School.

Game MVP Jaceary Menes had a fine all-around game for NC (4-3), recording eight points, six assists, five steals and four rebounds. Zach Socha finished with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds as he shot 9 for 12 from the floor. Imean Davis added 13 points for NC.

In the night’s second game, St. Francis scored the first 14 points and cruised to a 56-41 win over Depew. Bo Sireika led the way for the Red Raiders with 18 points.

Elsewhere, Jason Dowell of Emerson couldn’t be stopped anywhere, but he was particularly good from three-point range. Dowell had eight three-pointers on his way to a 37-point game as the Eagles blasted City Honors, 95-36. Dowell also had 15 rebounds and 11 assists as he recorded his third consecutive triple-double.

Khalil Horton hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for Lackawanna to send the game into overtime, and the Steelers dominated the extra session in beating Tonawanda, 46-39. Carlton Threeths had 22 points to lead the Steelers. Cody Diaz scored 21 points for Lackawanna.

Caver on a roll

Nia Caver looks to be in midseason form for Tapestry’s basketball team, even though the team hasn’t finished its first month of play.

Caver recorded her third straight triple-double in leading her team to a 35-32 win over Nardin.

“She was really good as a freshman, averaging 15 points per game,” coach Fran Snyder said about the junior. “She already has 800 points in her career. She’s not really a ballhandling guard, but she’s strong and fast. Nia is so athletic and strong. She’s a driver and a slasher.”

Caver, who checks in at 5-foot-9, now has a total of 45 rebounds in her last three games.

“Nardin had three big girls, but Nia got nine rebounds on offense and nine on defense,” Snyder said. “She just goes up and snatches the ball. Our team really isn’t that good, but she makes the other girls around her better.”

Grand Island lost its first game of the season after seven wins. The Vikings fell to Kenmore West (4-1), 45-37. Samantha Britton had 19 points to lead the Blue Devils.

Clarence went on a 22-6 run in the fourth quarter to pull out a nice win over Jamestown, 44-40. The Red Devils had only scored six points in the third quarter. Molly Barder had three three-pointers on her way to a 14-point game. Lauren Cullinan added 12 points and seven rebounds. Olivia Reinhardt led Jamestown with 11 points.

Lake Shore’s Jalyn Jimerson scored the game-winning basket with 24 seconds left to help the Eagles take a 61-59 win over Hamburg. Jimerson finished the game with 21 rebounds to go with her only basket of the game. Heather Haberman, who had 17 points to lead the Bulldogs, scored on a layup with eight seconds left to force overtime. Raeann White led Lake Shore with 25 points, while Tashawni Cornfield added 20 points.

Dudley takes over O’Hara

Shaquille Dudley has been promoted to head coach of the Cardinal O’Hara football team. The former defensive coordinator will replace Angelo Sciandra, the longtime coach of the Hawks, who is retiring from that position.

“I coached him when he attended O’Hara,” Sciandra said about Dudley. “He was a John R. Oishei scholarship winner, smart, bright, quiet and with a love and understanding of the game and was a great linebacker.”

Following his graduation from O’Hara in 2009, Dudley received a full athletic scholarship from the University at Buffalo, where he played linebacker for two years before transferring to Edinboro University. He continued his football career there.

In 2014, Dudley was hired by O’Hara as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach.

Blue Devils saluted

The East Aurora girls cross-country team was well represented when New York’s all-state in the sport was announced.

Fiona Danieu, Molly McLaughlin and Sophia Tasselmyer were picked for the first team in Class C.

In addition, Hope Pietrocarlo of Maple Grove was a first-team selection in Class D.

Six others made the second or third teams: Gracie Auer of Maple Grove (second team, Class D), Jayluh Cossin of Silver Creek (second team, Class D), Naomi Whistner of Williamsville North (third team, Class A), Samantha Peterman of Sweet Home, (third team, Class B), Nina Burkard of Newfane (third team, Class C) and Carly Lockwood of Maple Grove (third team, Class D).

Timon wins again

Bishop Timon-St. Jude stayed unbeaten (5-0-2, 3-0) with a 5-3 win over Orchard Park in WNY Federation hockey. Jake Gicaobello had two goals and an assist for the winners, while Tom Parshall had 29 saves.