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High School roundup: Williamsville North girls still undefeated

The perfect season continues for Williamsville North after the Spartans defeated Jamestown, 48-27, in the Section VI girls basketball Class AA quarterfinals.

With the win, Williamsville North improved to 21-0 and plays Clarence in Friday’s semifinal.

“Defensively we played pretty well but we missed a lot of easy buckets,” coach Bill Shaw said. “I thought we were a little tight tonight, but that’s understandable. They’re the No. 1 seed and haven’t lost and are a little on edge.”

Still Shaw thinks his team isn’t carrying too much pressure with the spotless record.

“They know it’s one-and-done and if they get beat a 20-0 season doesn’t mean a darn thing. I think we’ll be fine. The first one is always a tough game no matter who you play.”

Ericka Taplin led Williamsville North with 23 points.

The Spartans will play Clarence (14-7) after the Red Devils defeated Kenmore West, 51-39.

Molly Barden hit three three-pointers in the first quarter and scored 14 of her game-high 19 points in the first half. After the break, it was Sydney Cerza who netted 10 of her 14 points in the third quarter.

In the other semifinal it will be Lockport against Orchard Park.

The Lions advanced with a 48-37 win over Niagara Wheatfield. Lockport (14-6) used a 14-6 run in the first quarter to set the tone.

“It just gave us confidence offensively,” Lockport coach Karen Catalano said of the defense. “I felt like we had good ball movement and took the best shot they gave us.” Margretta Dry had 14 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists while Carissa DiTullio had seven points and eight assists.

Sam Fischer scored 12 points and Christie Witkowski had 10 as Orchard Park (15-6) advanced with a 42-29 win over Frontier.

Thomas heading to Wagner

It’s safe to say David Thomas is all in with his college choice.

When the 6-foot, 175-pound South Park senior and first team All-Western New York selection rattled off the reasons he choose to sign a full-ride football scholarship to Wagner, his mom interjected with other reasons why it was the right fit for the 17-year-old – including location.

Staten Island is way closer to Buffalo than say, Texas-El Paso. It’s also close to companies in the Big Apple where there potentially should be internship opportunities aplenty for her son.

Thomas made it official when he signed on the dotted line in the library at South Park on Tuesday morning.

“It feels like a dream come true – ever since I was 7 years old,” said Thomas, who helped the Sparks become the first Buffalo Public Schools football program to win a New York State Public High School Athletic Association title last fall. “Now that someone has given me the opportunity to do it. I feel like I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to. ... Now it’s just about keeping it going.”

A year after helping Canisius win the first state Catholic title, the speedy, hard-hitting transfer was a vital part of a history-making Sparks crew. He finished with 90 tackles, recovered five fumbles and forced four. He returned a fumble for a TD in the state semifinal win over Maine-Endwell that helped shift momentum in South Park’s favor. As a receiver, Thomas caught 40 passes for 1,055 yards, 12 TDs and rushed for three scores. He chose Wagner over the University at Buffalo, UTEP, Maine and Rhode Island.

Thomas isn’t the only one in his family to earn a full ride in football. His older brother, Mitch Thomas, an All-WNY first team running back in 2014 out of Canisius, just completed his first season at Edinboro in Pennsylvania.

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