The Williamsville North boys hockey team is quite thankful about its performance on Thanksgiving weekend.
The Spartans wrapped up the title of the John J. Fromen Hockey Tournament on Saturday. They defeated V-McQuaid, 6-1, in the championship game of the competition, which was played at the Northtown Center.
“We scored 15 goals in two games, and we only gave up two,” coach Bob Rosen said. “We’re pretty happy.”
Brett Cardinia had two goals for Williamsville North, as he started the season’s statistics with some good numbers.
“He had five goals and three assists this weekend,” Rosen said. “He competes hard on pucks all the time. Andrew Bruno, his linemate, also had seven points in the tournament. They feed off one another.
They both played extremely well.”
The Spartans weren’t sure how good they’d be, with some good-sized graduation losses. The evidence so far indicates there may not be much rebuilding.
“We only have 10 kids that came back - five forwards, four defensemen and one goalie,” Rosen said. “The new kids are holding their weight so far. You don’t know what you’re going to have coming in, but they might be a little better than we thought.”
Elsewhere in hockey on Saturday, IV-Ithaca knocked off Williamsville South, 5-2. Six of the seven goals in the game were scored on the power play.
Anderson’s big game
In boys’ basketball, Willard Anderson had 25 points, eight assists and five steals for East in a 67-49 win over St. Paul (Ont.) in the Can-Am Shootout. Nichols blasted St. Michael’s (Ont.), 59-33
In the CCA Tip-Off Tournament, Cam Sionko - the event’s most valuable player - and Mario Wright both had double-doubles for Grand Island in a 69-46 win over Riverside. Gerald Bratton III of Riverside had 18 points. In the consolation game, Olmsted dropped Christian Central, 69-64.
Buffalo Science downed V-University Prep, 62-51, in the Buf-Roc Shootout. Albion wasn’t so fortunate with its Section V foe, losing to Finney, 68-51.
One from a dozen
The finalists for the 2016 Trench Trophy, which goes to the top high school football lineman in Western New York, were announced on Saturday morning. There are a dozen candidates for the honor:
Chauval Black of Dunkirk, Michael Carr-Johnson of Hutch-Tech, Nathan Emer of Iroquois, Tyler Grisolia of St. Francis, Preston Hutchinson of Franklinville/Ellicottville, Nick Jones of Dunkirk, Sean Kloss of Clarence, Daniel Kubik of Orchard Park, Jacob Luderman of Lancaster, Nathan Pawlowski of Cleveland Hill, Tyler White of Kenmore West, and J.B. Wilkes of Grand Island.
In addition, two underclassmen were selected in a separate category: Jeramiah Sanders of Bishop Timon/St. Jude, and Tariq Whitaker of Cheektowaga.
All of these players will be invited to the award banquet, which will be held in Lancaster on Dec. 7.