Senior Nate Brawdy set Gowanda’s scoring record in the second quarter of the Panthers’ 60-44 win over Portville in a CCAA East 1 boys basketball matchup.
Brawdy, a four-year starter, scored 28 of his game-high 35 points in the second half. He had his second consecutive double-double, adding 15 rebounds and five assists to his credit.
The 6-foot-3 guard, who has led the team in scoring and rebounding the last three seasons, was coming off a record-setting performance in Gowanda’s last game on Dec. 22 at Roy-Hart, where he scored 43 points and had 31 rebounds.
JFK earned their fourth victory in ECIC IV play with a 67-64 win at Holland Thursday. Jake Braniecki had a double-double scoring 16 points to go along with his 13 rebounds.
Nick Baker led JFK with 19 points. Zack Manzella added 16 points and six rebounds for the Bears (5-2, 4-1).
Paul Nellis had a game-high 28 points for the Dutchmen (3-6, 2-3).
Tyler Tait scored 26 points helping Iroquois beat Springville in ECIC III action, 77-49.
Mason Goodridge had a game-high 24 points for the Griffins (3-4, 1-4).
CASH comes back to win in overtime
Charleigh Rondeau’s two-goal performance helped CASH (Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home) past Monsignor Martin in the Western New York Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation in overtime, 5-4.
Emma Faso opened the scoring in the first period before Monsignor Martin scored four unanswered goals, taking a 4-1 lead into the third period.
CASH then scored three unanswered goals in the third period to tie the game.
Rondeau, the leading scorer in the girls Fed, scored the game-tying goal with under three minutes left in the period. She would then score the game-winning goal 18 seconds into overtime. Madison Achtyl and Faso earned assists on the goal.
Faso, the second-leading scorer in the federation, had a four-point night (one goal, three assists).
CASH (24.5 points) is now half a point out of first place in the Fed after (Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park) tied with HEWS (Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca) Thursday, 1-1.
Sissy Harman made 69 saves for HEWS.
All-State Football teams released
A pair of Maple Grove football standouts were repeat first-team selections on the All-State Class D team released Wednesday by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Running back Nick Fabrizio and linebacker Zak Trim were named to the first team a year ago as juniors at linebacker and defensive line, respectively, and are joined this time around by senior linebacker Carter Russo as the three Red Dragons honored after finishing as the state runner-up for the second consecutive year.
Cheektowaga, Cleveland Hill, Lackawanna, Maryvale and Southwestern also placed multiple players on each of their respective first teams.
A total of 18 players from Western New York were named first-team All-State in Class B, C or D. There were 21 last year, seven in each classification. The NYSSWA will announce its Class AA and A All-State teams next Wednesday. The Warriors landed their quarterback on the Class B first team for the second year in a row. Junior KeShone Beal didn’t miss a beat in taking over for Eric Bartnik under center, leading the team to the state final four.
In Class C, Southwestern junior Cole Snyder moved up from second-team quarterback to first-team punter. Cleveland Hill’s Ryan Majerowski and Akron’s Jake Sarow were second-team linebackers in 2016.
Local coach earns nomination by NFL
West Seneca West head football coach Mike Vastola is one of 32 high school coaches nominated by the NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award, the NFL announced Thursday.
Coaches are nominated for the national award for their “character and integrity, leadership and dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.”
Vastola has led a culture change when it comes to football at West Seneca West. In his third year with the program, the Indians not only snapped a 12-year postseason drought but went a perfect 13-0 on their way to a NYSPHSAA Class A championship. Vastola was named the 2017 Buffalo News Coach of the Year and the Coach of the Year in New York by USA Today for guiding West to its first sectional, regional and state titles.
“I’d like to thank my staff, players, school community and family for all of their help in earning this achievement,” Vastola said. “It belongs to them as much as it does to me. Being mentioned in the same sentence as Don Shula seems ridiculous, and I’m very humbled to be nominated for such an honor.”
All 32 nominees are invited to the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando and will be recognized during the week leading up to the game on Jan. 28. The coaches will participate in a special coaches’ clinic, enjoy a VIP visit to Pro Bowl practices and attend the USA Football National Conference. Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school’s football program.
The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the Pro Bowl and will walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special that will air nationally on Feb. 3, the day before Super Bowl LII, at 9 p.m. on NBC. The winner is selected by a panel of 11 which includes Don Shula, Tony Dungy, Peyton Manning, Willie McGinest, Condoleeza Rice and Michael Strahan.
Many cancellations today
The majority of today’s scheduled games were cancelled Thursday with the anticipation of the extremely low wind chills and temperatures.