Sharks’ Ryan hits 1,000
Micaela Ryan scored her 1,000th career point for Sacred Heart in Tuesday night’s 58-43 nonleague victory at Lake Shore.
Ryan needed only six points to reach 1,000 and got it in the first quarter. She did it in style, too, hitting a three-pointer.
Host Lake Shore made sure the game was stopped to mark Ryan’s achievement. She will be honored by Sacred Heart at the Sharks’ next home game next Tuesday against Frontier.
Ryan, a senior who has committed to Elon College in North Carolina, was a second-team All-Western New York and first-team All-Monsignor Martin Association last season. Her future college coaches from Elon were on hand to see Ryan hit the 1,000 plateau.
Micaela’s sister Sarah Ryan, a sophomore point guard, had 18 points in the victory.
It was the first win at Sacred Heart for new coach Cassie Owens. The Sharks lost their opener against a veteran Penfield team, a power in Section V. It was a moral victory considering it was an improvement over last season’s one-sided loss to the Rochester-area team.
Clarence opens with win
Williamsville East was riding high after winning the Lockport tournament last weekend, but Clarence spoiled the Flames’ home opener, winning in impressive fashion, 52-34.
“We knew they had some publicity coming in for winning that tournament and we looked at an opportunity for us to open the season on a good note,” said Clarence coach Doug Ratka.
“We took the lead halfway through the second quarter and I don’t think we relinquished that lead,” Ratka said.
Joe Olivieri and River Reinhardt had 16 points each for the Red Devils. Olivieri had 10 in the first half and Reinhardt 10 in the second.
“We hit eight threes in the game and got them out of their zone in the second half,” Ratka said.
Chris wins Kensy duel
Chris Kensy of Amherst coaching against his father, Mark of Maryvale, is old hat by now but it’s still unique.
The younger Kensy’s Tigers took a 24-9 lead in the first quarter and went on to a 68-58 victory over his dad’s Flyers Tuesday night at Maryvale.
“I played for him and coached with him and it’s exciting to go against him,” said Chris Kensy, who is in his ninth season at Amherst. “And he’s proud of the program we’ve build at Amherst.”
“It’s fun. It’s definitely unique. It’s more nerve-wracking for my mother.”
Sophomore guard Daesean Ashley (22 points) and juniors Jake Mullen and James Moore stood out for the Tigers.
“Mullen is kind of our defensive coordinator,” Chris Kensy says. “He and Daesan work well off each other and they are unselfish. Each had five assists tonight. James (Moore) had his first double-double (10 points and 15 rebounds).”
Ray Blackwell had 20 points to lead Maryvale.
Frontier wins Lions tourney
Kyle Ebert had 19 points and Brandon Dunz 10 for Frontier as coach Gary Domzalski’s Falcons won the Hamburg Lions Club Tournament with a 53-47 triumph over Lake Shore.
Ebert, a 6-3 swingman, scored nine of his points in the third quarter.
“They did a good job of denying him the ball and we put him inside and he took it to the basket well,” Domzalski said.
Brandon Dunz, a 6-6 junior, had 10 points for the Falcons, who start four juniors. Ebert is the lone senior starter.
Hamburg overcame a 23-point performance by Lackawanna’s Noah Grabar for a 64-59 win in the other tournament game. Junior guard Mark Henry led Hamburg with 21 points.
Kenmore West got a strong performance from Andrew Fron in a 68-59 nonleague victory over visiting Orchard Park. Fron had 20 points and eight rebounds for the Blue Devils.
“He played very well,” said Kenmore West coch Mike Meetze.
The Blue Devils made 18 of 21 free throws in winning their season opener. The losing Quakers are 1-1.
FLOP icers triumph
Mary Kromer scored twice, one an empty-net tally near the end, in a 4-1 victory by Frontier, Lake Shore, Orchard Park (FLOP) over Williamsville in the Girls Varsity Hockey Federation game at the Amherst Northtown Center. Brooke Becker and Keegan Shanahan had the other goals for the winners, who had a healthy 35-13 shots advantage. Ella Huntley scored for Williamsville. Maggie Spyche had 12 saves in goal for FLOP.
Charleigh Rondeau scored three goals and assisted on another for Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home (CASH) in a 7-2 victory over Kenmore/Grand Island at the Lincoln Ice Arena.
Samantha Czora, Casey Adimey, Jamie King, and Allison Greene had other goals for the winners. Abigail Blair and Carissa Buyea scored for K-GI.
Nichols goalie Robbie Nuchereno was called on to make 47 saves in the Vikings’ 3-0 loss to Ridley (Ont.) at Dann Memorial Rink.
Opfer to assist Lancers
John Opfer was named sports performance director at St. Mary’s of Lancaster. He will work with athletics to improve on-field performance the promote techniques to prevent injury.
A former University at Buffalo football player, Opfer has consideration experience in sports training. He is the owner of Proformance Sports Training, which operates out of the Amherst Northtown Center. He was strength coach at the UB and has worked with the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Indians and the University of Tennessee.