Tuesday night’s loss 57-45 loss at St. Francis in a Manhattan Cup play-in game was the last for St. Joe’s basketball coach Mark Simon.
Simon announced the news to his team after the loss to the Red Raiders to end an 8-17 season for the Marauders.
"After 18 years as the head coach of the Marauders and 44 straight years being involved in high school basketball as a player, official and coach, it is time for me to slow down and focus on some other things in my life," Simon said in a statement Tuesday night.
"I am forever grateful to everyone associated with St. Joe’s."
Simon has took over as coach in 2001 at the school and led the Marauders to five straight Manhattan Cup titles, starting in 2002.
He also guided St. Joe’s to New York Catholic State Championships in 2004 and 2006. Simon recorded his 300th victory this season.
"We want to thank Mark for his many years of dedication and his incredible commitment to our student-athletes," said St. Joe’s President Robert Scott.
Athletic Director Brian Anken also noted Simon’s significant impact at St. Joe’s stating: "In addition to elevating his players’ success on the court, he demanded positive attitudes and respect for others both inside and outside of the gym."
St. Francis held the Marauders to just two points in the first quarter, and led 26-15 at halftime. The Marauders rallied to draw within, 35-33, after three quarters.
Amiel Collins and Justin Poumpey led the Red Raiders with 12 points each. Joshua Palmer and Lucas Theisen had 10 each for the winners.
Jack Capen, a scoring standout in an other wise disappointing season for St. Joe’s, was held to 10 points. Keith Norward had 17 to lead the Marauders.
Chris Stineman scored 18 points for Nichols as the Vikings defeated Christian Central, 58-50, in another Manhattan Cup play-in game.
Upsets are few
There were only a handful of seeding upsets Tuesday night as play got under way in the Section VI boys and girls basketball playoffs with prequarterfinal and first-round games.
Fredonia, the No. 13 seed in the boys Class B -1 bracket, won at No. 12 Alden, 67-45, with Reid Tarnowski scoring 14 points to lead the point parade. Alexander Leigh had 14 for the losing Bulldogs.
Dajuan Williams scored 22 points and Brandon Myers had 18 points and 15 boards for Burgard in an 80-54 victory over Springville in another Class B-1 game. Mason Goodridge led the losers with 19 points.
In girls B-1, No. 10 Medina, a second division team in the Niagara-Orleans League, had a surpringly one-sided 69-15 win at MST Seneca, the fourth-place finisher in Canisius Cup play.
Alden, the No. 9 seed in Class B-1, scored a mild upset of No. 8 Tonawanda, 35-26, outscoring the Warriors, 22-9, in the second half after trailing 17-13 at the break.
Hutch’s Smith goes triple
Cortinea Smith had a huge performance in leading No. 5 seed Hutch-Tech over No. 12 West Seneca West in Class A-1. Smith scored 38 points and had 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Hutch-Tech had only eight points in the second quarter, but held the Indians to just eight points in each of the last two quarters.
In a nonleague girls game, Panama, the No. 2 ranked small school team in WNY and CCAA West II champion, tuned up for the Class D sectionals with a 36-35 win over Lancaster, the No. 2 seed in Class AA. Natalie Angeletti had 19 points for Panama.