Last season two of the highlights to the St. Francis basketball season were an overtime win over Park and a Manhattan Cup playoff victory over the talented Pioneers.
Wednesday night, Park went to Athol Springs and pinned a 57-43 defeat on the Red Raiders.
"It was the best defense we played, and that contributed to the win," said Rich Jacob, Park’s first year coach.
Daniel Scott and Quentin Nnagbo each scored 18 points for the Pioneers but Jacob considered the contributions of Noah Hutchins just as valuable.
The junior guard had 10 points but he quarterbacked the Park attack.
"He’s a great leader," Jacob said. "He has a high IQ for a basketball point guard. He really finds openings, shares the ball, get the ball in the right hands. When the game is on the line he’s under control."
Nnagbo had 14 rebounds for the winners, nine on the offensive end.
Lucas Theisen had 13 points for St. Francis while Dorion Ivey had 11.
Robinson’s goal wins for MMA
Senior Sophie Robinson scored the winning goal with 2:30 left in the third period in Monsignor Martin’s 4-2 victory over Williamsville on Wednesday at Amherst Northtown Center. The winners, who avenge their only defeat this season in Western New York Girls Varsity Hockey play, got an empty net goal by freshman Gracee Donovan with 20 seconds left.
Kayla Blas scored twice for the winners and assisted on Robinson’s winner for Monsignor Martin. Holly Schmelzer and Amanda Gaffney scored for Williamsville, which twice came from a goal down to tie the game
Sophomore Grace Harrington, who has taken over as the starting goalie for Monsignor Martin while Isabella Battaglia recovers from an injury, was in goal for the seventh straight game and made 29 saves.
Record night in Hamburg pool
Four Hamburg pool records were set Wednesday, three by visiting Williamsville East in a 57-40 ECIC boys swimming victory over the Bulldogs.
Andrew Clough of the Flames set records in the 200 freestyle (1:44.80) and 500 freestyle (4:46.29) while Michael Clough set a new standard in the 100 butterfly (52.85). Hamburg’s Michael Maurer had the fourth record with his 52.53 clocking in the 100 backstoke.
Timon names rowing coach
Jacob Jordan was named rowing coach at Bishop Timon-St. Jude, athletics director Joe Licata announced Wednesday.
Jordan has a proven record of success as coach of the University at Buffalo Rowing Club, the City Honors women’s varsity and the US Rowing Men’s U23 Development Camp at the West Side Rowing Club.