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High School Extra (Jan. 18): Cheektowaga surges to hoops win; Gengo wins it for Sweet Home hockey

Cheektowaga surges to win

Cheektowaga carried the momentum of its second-quarter rally into the second half Monday and went on to a 62-57 victory at St. Joe’s in a nonleague basketball game.

Trailing 26-18 in the second quarter, Cheektowaga coach Pat Cullinan called a timeout to settle his team down.

The Warriors than rallied to send the teams into the halftime break tied at 34.

Cheektowaga locked down its defense in the third quarter, limited the Marauders to one shot and got their fast break going. The Warriors outscored St. Joe’s, 26-12, in the third period.

A fast-break dunk by Cheektowaga star Dominick Welch sparked the Warriors. Welch, a junior, finished with 28 points and 16 rebounds. Stephan Parker, also a junior, had 19 points and 10 boards for Cheektowaga. Welch has 344 points and a 31.3 average for the season.

St. Joe’s, which had only two seniors among its six scorers in the game, was led by junior Naseer Jackson’s 19 points. Sophomore Jack Capen had 11 and senior Nicholas Motley 11 for St. Joe’s.

Cheektowaga (6-5) has an ECIC III home game Tuesday night against Pioneer before facing division leader and No. 3-ranked large school Amherst on Friday on the Tigers’ home court.

Heinold adds to record

Jordan Heinold added 19 points to her Immaculata career scoring record in the Bears’ 56-43 victory at Nichols in a nonleague girls basketball game. Heinold now has 1,383 career points for Immaculata (11-3).

Gengo nets winner

Tyler Edholm scored three times but it was Frank Gengo’s goal with 29.3 seconds left that gave Sweet Home a 6-5 WNY Varsity Hockey Federation Division 3-4 victory over Niagara Falls at Amherst Northtown Center. It was Gengo’s first varsity goal.

A glove save at the buzzer by Zachary Farkas saved the victory for the Panthers.

In Division 1-2, Jason Lucarelli and Owen Gonter brought Hamburg back from a 1-0 deficit and Joe Dubill added two scores, one an empty-netter, in the Bulldogs’ 4-1 victory over Orchard Park at the Hamburg Town Rink. Griffin Coppola stood out in goal for Hamburg.

Tom Radwan had the go-ahead goal in the third period for Bishop Timon-St.Jude in a 5-3 triumph over Frontier at Hamburg Town Rink.

On Sunday, Kenmore West (6-4) took over first place in Division 4 defeating Grand Island, 2-1, on Alex Militello’s goal early in the third period. Jon Reger had the first Kenmore West goal, and Ryan Mooney made 19 saves for the Blue Devils. Brandon Snyder scored for the Vikings.

Mat showdown date changed

The date of perhaps the most important dual match in the Niagara Frontier League and Western New York high school wrestling this season has been changed.

The match between Lockport and Niagara-Wheatfield will be held at 5 p.m. next Tuesday. It originally was scheduled for Jan. 27.

Niagara Wheatfield is ranked no. 1 in Western New York while Lockport is No. 2.

Niagara Wheatfield won the team title in the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials meet at Niagara County Community College on Jan. 9, winning individual titles and taking second in three other weight classes.

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