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High School Extra (Jan. 10): Niagara-Wheatfield wins NFWOA meet; Hamburg strikes twice

Falcons win NFWOA meet

First-place finishes by Justin McDougald at 99 pounds and Colin Goodrich at 170 led Niagara-Wheatfield to the team title Saturday in the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association meet at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn.

The Falcons also had three second-place finishers including Matt Cicco, who lost to Goodrich on a fall in 1:18 in the 170-pound final.

Wrestlers from Mexico of Section III (Syracuse area) walked away with the titles at 113, 120 and 126 pounds.

Defending state champion Kellen Devlin of Amherst won at 132 pounds with a 5-2 decision over Hector Colom of St. Francis.

Chautauqua wins at Ripley

Randolph led with five first places in the Ripley Invitational but Chautauqua Lake had more top four finishes (4-3-2-1) for overall team honors. The Thunderbirds also took the individual honors. Mark Ecklund, who won two matches by fall and the final with an 8-2 decision over Dominic Crouse of Sweet Home, was named Most Outstanding Wrestler. Teammate Bryce Rowe, the winner at 126 pounds was voted Fan Favorite.

Hamburg strikes twice

Hamburg teams are not making a lot of friends in Williamsville this weekend.

The boys hockey team played Williamsville North to a 2-2 overtime tie at the Amherst Northtown Center and the girls basketball team upset first place Williamsville East, 63-52 in an ECIC II game on the Flames’ home court.

Hamburg was 0-5-0 in Western New York Hockey Federation play while Williamsville North (5-2-0) had won five league games in a row and eight overall, so the Bulldogs’ tie came as a mild surprise. What’s more, the Bulldogs came back from a 2-0 deficit to tie.

Joshua Dake scored the first Hamburg goal on the power play with an assist by Jason Chiodo, and assisted on the second tally by Jason Lucarelli 27 seconds into the third period. Griffin Coppola made 31 saves in goal for the winners.

Daniel Mosher scored both North goals, one unassisted. Jared Cummins and Matt Jefferies had the assists on the other. Anthony Fiorella had 29 stops for the Spartans.

Coach Kelly Owens Hamburg girls basketball team (6-4, 3-2 ECIC II) jumped right into the thick of the division race with the victory over the Flames (8-1, 5-1 ECIC II). East had been ranked fourth in the most recent Buffalo News large school poll.

Hamburg senior guard Anna Chiacchia scored 31 points in the victory, four more than East’s sophomore standout Erica Martinsen.

“We’re a very young team but now I really think we are starting to play well together no matter what the combination,” Owens said. “The young kids are starting to give us good minutes off the bench.”

Chiacchia had eight rebounds while junior point guard Katie Villarini had eight points, seven assists and six rebounds.

Hamburg outscored East, 16-7 in the second quarter and took a 30-23 lead into the halftime break.

Cheektowaga hangs on

It was nonleague but Saturday’s girls basketball game between Cheektowaga and Cleveland Hill had an intense feel to it because of the closeness of the schools. Cheektowaga held off the Golden Eagles when Jayla James’ three-point try at the buzzer seemed on line but fell just short.

Cleve Hill rallied from a 40-29 deficit in the fourth quarter after Cheektowaga stars Kenetria Redfern (26 points) and Ranya Rumph fouled out. Sydney Turley led Cleve Hill with 20 points.

“We know each other and play together in summer leagues, so it was very competitive,” said Cheektowaga coach Justin Garbacz.

Immaculata had lost the last two times it faced Aquinas. Saturday, the Bears turned the tables on their Rochester opponents, 57-53, behind a 21-point performance from Jordan Heinold, who also had 14 rebounds. Hard-working Emil Chiavetta had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the victory.

Legends swim to win

Lancaster’s Jake Michalski won the 200 individual medley (2:08.9) and 100 butterfly (57.7), Trevor Wyse took the 50 freestyle (23.49) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.9) and both swam on two winning relays as the Legends won the team title for the eighth time at the 15th annual Jon Brockhurst Invitational Swimming and Diving meet at Lake Shore.

Lancaster took first place in nine of the 12 events in a field of nine teams. The Legends had 240 points to beat out second-place Lake Shore (209.5). The host team won the 200 freestyle relay. Dante Peters of Maryvale won the diving and Evan Fix of Alden took the 100 freestyle in 53.1

The meet is held in honor of a former Lake Shore swimmer and team captain who died in a 2000 car accident. His parents, Jack and Camille Brockhurst, travel from Florida each year to present the individual and team awards.