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High School Extra (Feb. 5): Hoch leads OP swimmers

Orchard Park, East Aurora and Panama were the champions in the boys’ swimming class championships, held at three locations on Saturday. The Most Outstanding Performer in each class was Alec Hoch of Orchard Park in Class A, Seth Farrand of Olean in Class B, and Collin Webb of Barker in Class C.

In Class A, Orchard Park had plenty of depth in holding off Hamburg and Williamsville East. Hoch of the Quakers won the 50 and 100 freestyle and was part of two winning relay teams. Michael Mauer of Hamburg won the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.

In the Class B competition, East Aurora finished well ahead of the competition. The Blue Devils had 388 points, well ahead of Olean (275) and Williamsville South (233). Farrand of Olean won the 50 and 100 free (plus two relay titles), and Anthony Mariniello of Williamsville South captured the 200 and 500 free. Olean won the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay

In Class C, Panama held off Frewburg/Southwestern and Roy-Hart. Webb won the 50 and 100 free along with two relays. Austin Strong of Panama won the 200 and 500 free. Andrew Hamelink of Newfane took the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke.

Bradberry nets 38 for N-W

Jalen Bradberry isn’t too young to know how to make a three-pointer. The eighth-grader had 10 of them as he scored 38 points in Niagara-Wheatfield’s 66-65 loss to St. Francis of Ont. Bradberry hit six of his three-pointers in the fourth quarter as he gave a boost to his scoring average of 15 per game.

In girls basketball, top-ranked Cardinal O’Hara had an unsuccessful trip to Rochester, as the Hawks lost to Mercy, 78-62. Anndea Zeigler had 17 points for the Hawks, who had to play without standout guard Cori Dickson. Shilah Parker had 16 points for Cardinal O’Hara.

Clarence wins AA crown

Clarence captured the Class AA title, while Williamsville South won the Class A crown and Pioneer took Class B in the Section VI wrestling team championships held throughout the region. Falconer was the Class C winner, while Randolph took Class D.

The outstanding wrestler in Class AA was Justin McDonald of Niagara Wheatfield, while Anthony Robinson of Starpoint was picked as the best performer in Class A. Billy Seiders of Dunkirk won MOW honors in Class B.

Double win for Panthers

Sweet Home won both the boys and girls championships in Class B in the Section VI track and field team championships at Houghton College. The boys finished well ahead of Hutch-Tech, while the girls nipped Williamsville South.

The other boys winners were Class A’s Niagara Falls, which finished just ahead of Lancaster, and Class C’s Cheektowaga, which finished well ahead of runner-up Depew.

On the girls’ side, Lancaster edged West Seneca West by two points in Class A, while Dunkirk/Silver Creek took Class C over Cheektowaga.

Frontier girls finish first

The Frontier girls and the Webster Thomas (Rochester) boys won the team titles at the Roy Sommer Memorial bowling tournament on Saturday at the Tonawanda Bowling Center.

On the girls side, the Falcons finished ahead of West Seneca and Orchard Park. For the boys, Webster Thomas was ahead of Niagara Falls and Orchard Park.

Makenzie Yesis of Frontier had the top game (236) among the girls while Brittany McAndrew of Frontier finished with the best series (584). Among the boys, Jared Langfitt (254) and Anthony Allen (682) of Webster Thomas had the top game and series respectively. Michael Weber of St. Joe’s finished with a 604 series.

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