St. Joe’s coach wins 300th
St. Joe’s boys basketball coach Mark Simon earned his 300th win in the Marauders’ 65-41 victory against I-Prep. St. Joe’s prevailed thanks to a big second quarter, outscoring the Presidents 26 to 12 in the frame.
“I look back over the 18 years at St. Joe’s and reflect on all the great players that I had the opportunity to coach,” Simon said.
Senior small forward Jack Capen led St. Joe’s with 22 points.
“He’s a three-year starting player now,” Simon said. “We have big expectations for him and he delivered tonight. He’s a big force on the offensive end.”
Girls hockey records broken
Williamsville’s Jenna Woods now has bragging rights over her assistant coach, Shauna Clair. Woods broke Clair’s program single-game goal record Friday, scoring five in Williamsville’s 7-2 victory against West Seneca/Hamburg/Eden.
Williamsville coach Rick Hopkins said Woods has scored four goals on a number of occasions, but he usually tells her to stop shooting to avoid running up the score.
Friday’s game was close enough for him to let the Williamsville South phenom loose.
Holly Schmelzer, who recently committed to play hockey at Plattsburgh, also etched her name into the record books.
She notched a program-record five assists in addition to her two goals.
Freshmen vital for Sciences
Davonte Gaines put up a double-double, totaling 19 points and 14 rebounds, in Health Sciences’ 65-57 victory against Dunkirk for the Lancaster Tip-off title.
Despite the senior guard’s dominance, coach Tyree Parker credited a pair of freshmen for pushing the team over the edge.
He said starting forward Donovan Miller (eight points) and key bench guard JaVaughn Jones (nine points) gave the team a spark and played like veterans. Jones was particularly vital once the Falcons got into foul trouble.
Dunkirk made a run in the second half, but the Falcons were able to hold on and move to 3-0 on the season.
“Guys played great team defense,” Parker said. “I was proud of our guys.”
OP beats St. Francis
Orchard Park boys basketball utilized stifling man-to-man defense in its 63-45 victory against St. Francis.
“We got in their faces a little bit,” Orchard Park coach Jim Gibson said.
The Quakers focused on defending the perimeter, only allowing one 3-point make to a Red Raiders team with shooting skill. On the offensive end, Orchard Park had four players score double-digit points.
Panama’s Ireland honored
Jerry Ireland of Panama received the eighth annual Excelsior Award from the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association. The award is given to a member of the Civil Service Employees Association in a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association school “who has helped promote and foster athletic spirit in their local school district as well as display extraordinary dedication and support of high school athletics in New York State.”
Ireland has done that during his tenure at Panama – from encouraging students to take part in sports whether it’s as an athlete or spectator. He announces football games during the fall and runs the scoreboard for the girls volleyball team. In the winter, he runs the scoreboard for the boys and girls basketball teams. He’s also the first base coach for the softball team and serves as travel coordinator for teams that reach championship games.
Teams roll at Kenmore East
Neither semifinal in the girls’ Kenmore East Tipoff was close, as the hosts defeated Hutch-Tech, 61-34, and Sweet Home downed Emerson, 65-34. Kenmore East senior forward Sarena Sordetto scored a career-high 32 points in the Bulldogs’ victory.
Crusaders off to good start
Canisius boys hockey moved to 1-0 with a 3-0 victory against Orchard Park. Goalie Alex Sabuda made 12 saves in the shutout effort.
West Seneca West earned its first win of the season against Starpoint, with Eli Khoury and Zach Lembke each scoring a goal and an assist.