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High School Extra (Feb. 14): Lancaster, Alden split rifle titles

Pair splits rifle honors

The results of the Section VI rifle championships at Alden High School on Saturday were something of a split decision.

Lancaster finished first in the .22 cal event with a team score of 1,054.33. The Legends finished ahead of Alden (1,049.21) and Clarence (1,045.16).

However, Alden won the Air Rifle competition. The Bulldogs had 1,094.27 points, ahead of Kenmore (1,089.29) and Clarence (1,050.14)

There were five individual disciplines, and Noah Fox – The Buffalo News’ Prep Talk Athlete of the Year in rifle last year as a junior – won three of them. He took the kneeling, offhand and aggregate titles, and finished second in kneeling and air rifle.

Kiersten Much of Lancaster won the prone event, and Morgan DiMaria of Kenmore won the air rifle competition.

Seven schools participated in the competition. Top finishers now advance to the State finals at West Point on Feb. 27. The full roster of the winning teams plus two other “all-stars” in each discipline will be allowed to take part.

A win for Wilson

In girls play, Wilson took a defensive struggle from Mount Mercy, 37-25. Rachel Senek led the Lakewomen with 13 points and had seven rebounds and seven steals. Leah McQuiller had 11 points for Mount Mercy. Wilson will play Cleveland Hill on Monday at noon.

Cleveland Hill and Amherst made the drive north for the Wilson Tournament, and the Golden Eagles returned with the 56-54 victory. Both have been ranked in The News’ polls this season.

Teams ready for playoffs

With the high school sectional pairings all set, a couple of nonleague games in basketball offered some tuneups for the postseason.

In boys play, West Seneca East defeated crosstown rival West Seneca West, 76-61. Ed Radka led the way for the Trojans with 21 points, while Dominic Farszmil added 12. Wil Cordero led all scorers with 29 points for the Indians.

Speaking of nearby opponents, Ryan Dils had 17 points to boost Hamburg past Frontier, 56-44. Kyle Ebert led the Falcons with 13 points.

Orchard Park had 13 players score points in an 80-58 win over Lackawanna. Kevin Looney led the Quakers with 12 points, while Noah Grabar had 11 for the Steelers.

In the Monsignor Martin Association, Jordan Nwora had 27 points for Park in a 92-38 win over Niagara Catholic. He received plenty of help from teammates Kyle Harris (16 points) and Joe Jones (14 points).

Champs up north

St. Joe’s had to go a long way to find a place that was even colder than Buffalo for a hockey game on Saturday. The Marauders found one in Massena, in the northern-most part of New York State. The high on Saturday was about -14 degrees. Still, the result warmed up St. Joe’s fans, who enjoyed a 7-0 win over Potsdam to capture the Massena Invitational Tournament’s championship. Timothy Zatkos had the shutout in goal, while Griffen LoVullo was one of the St. Joe’s goal scorers.

Schiavone nets winner

In WNY Federation hockey play, North Tonawanda defeated Sweet Home, 2-1. Anthony Schiavone had the game-winning goal, while goalie Nick Pryzybylski had 26 saves in the win.

Elsewhere, Jude Rajakrishnan had 25 saves for Williamsville East in a 3-0 shutout of Hamburg. Adam Batz and Nick Tracy had two goals each in Williamsville North’s 6-2 win over Niagara Wheatfield.

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