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High School Extra: Akron swimmers end another impressive streak

First it was the Akron boys swim team on Tuesday that ended a long winning streak, Thursday was time for the girls squad to do so.

The Tigers handed Newfane its first loss in eight years, defeating the Panthers, 97-73.

Lexi Kramer was a quadruple-winner placing first in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, as well as the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays. Mindy Doktor earned first place finishes in the 50 freestyle and was also a member of the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

Private schools prevail

Niagara Catholic opened up the first night of the AdPro Sports Public/Private Challenge at St. Mary’s/Lancaster with a 70-67 win over Clarence. A steal by Mehki Starks in the final seconds prevented a three-point shot attempt by the Red Devils, sealing the game for the Patriots (4-1).

Justin Hemphill (22 points, 19 rebounds) helped Cardinal O’Hara defeat Niagara-Wheatfield, 62-42.

Park defeated Lackawanna in the nightcap, 80-57.

Haskells combine for 46

Franklinville sisters Ally and Dani Haskell combined for 46 points in the Panthers’ 65-56 win over Sacred Heart.

Ally Haskell scored 10 of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter, where the Panthers (2-0) outscored Sacred Heart by an 11-point margin, 20-9. Micaela Ryan scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half for the Sharks (3-2).

St. Mary’s/Lancaster’s Myla Kline continued on from her 26-point performance Tuesday with 25 points in Thursday’s nonleague win on Nichols’ home floor, 64-46.

Nichols names new coach

Nichols announced on Thursday that Brian Brazee would become the new baseball coach taking over for Bob Torgalski. Brazee has been an assistant coach for the Vikings since 2015. The Auburn native played four seasons at RIT, serving as a three-year starter and two-year captain. In 2013, after his senior season, he earned All-Region and All-Conference honors. Brazee is also currently the coach for Full Circuit Power’s 16-under travel team.

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