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High School Extra: Minnick, Izzo Athletes of the Week

Lockport diver Jake Minnick and Frontier girls basketball player Kennedy Izzo have been named the Prep Talk Athletes of the Week in voting for visitors to BuffaloNews.com.

Minnick, the defending Section VI champion, repeated as winner of the Lockport Invitational with a total of 498.20 on 11 dives. He received 50.2 percent of the vote.

Izzo averaged 21 points in two victories for the Falcons and became the second player in school history to surpass 1,000 points. She received 34.5 percent of the vote.

The weekly winners will be entered in the Prep Talk Athlete of the Year voting in the spring.

Voting is conducted on BuffaloNews.com, beginning each Monday. The voting concludes Thursdays at noon. To nominate an athlete for consideration, send an email to sports@buffnews.com.

Sweet Home thrower signs with Niagara
Sweet Home thrower Jadyn Wagner has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Niagara track and field team.

Wagner was the runner-up in the shot put and weight throw in the ECIC indoor championships this season and was the ECIC runner-up in the shot put and discus at the outdoor championship last spring and in 2017. Her top marks: 31 feet and a half-inch in the indoor shot put, 33-5ø in the indoor weight throw, 30¼ in the outdoor shot put and 110-9 in the discus.

“Jadyn brings a great personality along with a fierce passion for the sport,” Niagara coach Christine Kloiber said in a news release. “We were hoping she would feel at home here, as we felt she would be a natural match to our squad.”

Smith records triple-double
Cortinea Smith had 25 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds in Hutch-Tech’s 69-63 win against CSAT.

Smith is a pass first player and is currently averaging a double-double, according to coach Daniel Conley. Her 23.5 points per game is good for sixth in Section VI.

The triple-double wouldn’t have happened if teammate Brooke Lowry didn’t take a charge. It negated a CSAT basket with 30 seconds left in regulation forcing overtime.

Hot start key for Canisius
Canisius was hot from the tip as they pulled away from St. Francis in the first quarter, 23-6. Ultimately it would be the deciding factor in the 61-56 win.

St. Francis started slow but fought hard over the rest of the game, outscoring Canisius by 12 points.

“We made shots early on, [Ishmael] Fairclough made big plays for us tonight,” said Canisius coach Kyle Husband.

Fairclough finished with a game-high 14 points.

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