Schmidt joins 2,000 club
In this girls basketball season that’s featured several milestone moments, Thursday proved to be an extra special day for two recent All-Western New York honorees.
In Holland, returning All-WNY second-team pick Olivia Schmidt achieved something only 11 other scholastic female basketball players had done before her in Western New York when she surpassed 2,000 career points during Holland’s 61-42 triumph over visiting Tonawanda in ECIC IV.
Schmidt scored a game-high 29 points and drained the milestone basket around the five-minute mark of the second quarter on a three-pointer. She received a pass from Cassidy Slocum and buried the open shot.
The game was stopped at that point so that Dutchwomen officials could honor Schmidt with a special commemorative game ball.
“It’s really humbling,” Schmidt said. “I’m just happy a lot of my family and friends were here” to see this.
Schmidt now has 2,016 points in her six seasons for Holland (11-1, 8-0).
“Special kid,” Dutchwomen coach Dan Parker said. “To see her work as hard as she does and continue to develop her skill … when skill and athleticism meet up you can have a special player.”
Schmidt holds the career scoring mark in two sports at Holland. She has 173 goals in soccer and will play the sport at Division II Indiana Wesleyan. Depending on how she adjusts to college life, she might consider joining the school’s basketball program too as she was recruited by coaches in both sports.
“I’ve been blessed immensely,” said Schmidt, who also played on AAU basketball teams with All-Western New York alumni Mckenna Maycock, Chrisanna Green and Jenna Einick. “To do it for the town of Holland is really great too. The town has always given back to me and supported me.”
Martinsen nets milestone
Erica Martinsen became just the third player in Williamsville East Flames history to surpass 1,000 career points Thursday. The sophomore achieved the milestone in the third quarter on a three-pointer during Williamsville East’s 57-39 win over host Iroquois in ECIC II.
Martinsen, who came into the game needing 24 points to hit the 1,000, finished with a game-high 30 and is now averaging 29 points per game this year. She has 1,006 career points.
The others to score more than 1,000 in Will East history are Adrienne Roseti and Lindsay Brent back in 2000 and 2001. Brent is East’s all-time leading scorer with 1,503. Both played Division I basketball at service academies, Roseti at Navy and Brent at Army.
“Certainly it’s an important milestone,” Flames coach Chris Durr said. “For her to be able to do it as a sophomore ... we’re happy for her. She deserves it. She’s gotten better every year since her eighth-grade year.”
Martinsen, a third team All-WNY pick last year, had 15 points at half. East led by 13 at the break. The milestone basket came on a three-pointer from the right side. She also had seven rebounds and four assists.
“She’s becoming a complete player and growing into that leadership position,” Durr said.
The only major scoring record in Will East history Martinsen doesn’t own is career points. Martinsen holds program records for points in a season (463), points in game (40), three-pointers in a game (eight) and for the season. She already has 348 points this season for the Flames (10-2, 7-2).
North extends streak to 11
Williamsville North hockey’s unbeaten streak has come full circle. The Spartans extended their streak to 11 by beating Canisius, 5-2, in boys Federation play at Northtown Center.
Daniel Mosher scored North’s first two goals as it led 4-0 after two periods. Nick Troy, Matt Terrance and Zach Kurbiel also scored for the Spartans (10-3-1, 7-2-1), whose last loss came against Canisius in their third game of the season.
“When you get guys buying in and playing their roles, it’s pretty good,” North coach Bob Rosen said.
Catholic beats Nichols
Jaceary Menes flirted with a multiple-double for Niagara Catholic during its 63-53 triumph over Nichols in Monsignor Martin Association boys basketball.
Menes finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and eight steals, while Zach Socha added 12 points and 11 boards in the win.