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High School Extra: Stegner Earns Honors

Orchard Park freshman Josh Stegner earned Swimmer of the Meet honors after the ECIC Class A swimming championships Friday night.

The Quakers won the Class A title with 419.5 points. Lockport placed second with 288 and Hamburg rounded out the top three with 282.

Stegner won the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:46.45, which qualifies him for sectionals.

He also won the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:53.99, again qualifying for sectionals.

Later, during the 400 Freestyle Relay, Stegner, Trevor Hoch, Patrick McCrone and Joseph Blake logged a time of 3:19.07, good for another Quaker first place finish.

Elsewhere, three brothers led Jamestown to a first-place finish in the 200 Relay.

Brennan, Matthew and Joseph Roehmholdt, along with Kyle Dean, logged a time of 1:29.91 for the Raiders.

Wilson wins N-O title

For the 10th time in 12 years, the Wilson girls basketball team is champion of the Niagara-Orleans league.

Wilson won its latest title with a 44-35 victory over last year’s champion Newfane.

With the win, Wilson finishes the season a perfect 12-0 in conference play.

“The teams in our league always play hard, and they really prep us for the playoffs,” said Wilson coach Brian Baker.

East breaks rivalry drought

For the first time since 2006, Williamsville East topped cross-town rival and ECIC II leader Williamsville South, 64-62.

That stat comes from the Billies’ record book, according to Flames’ coach R.J. Killinger.

East got out to a hot start and a 15-2 lead over their division rivals. Junior Kevin Early hit two 3-pointers to help build the lead.

The Billies came storming back soon after and cut the lead to four points by halftime.

South’s offense was propelled by senior Devin Degree. The guard was deadly from the outside and finished his night with seven 3-pointers and 23 points.

Switching to a “diamond and one” defense and putting 6-foot-1 sophomore Yusuf Hashmi on Degree was enough to stop the damage, said Killinger.

While the division crown is unlikely, East is looking towards the upcoming playoffs.

“The A-1 is wide open,” Killinger said.

MEC leapfrogs South Park

Middle Early College has moved into a tie for first place in the Yale Cup Division I standings with East.

The Kats topped the Panthers, 64-53, Friday night. With South Park’s loss to McKinley, the Sparks fall to third place in the division.

Devonte Prince led the way for MEC with 22 points. According to coach James Kane, though, the real story of the game was the Kats’ defense.

After he gouged MEC for 25 points and five 3-pointers in the teams’ last matchup, the Kats were able to frustrate East’s Danny Carter and hold him to 14 points.

As MEC looks to repeat as division champions, it’ll get two more Yale Cup I opponents for the next two games in South Park and I-Prep.

“We control our own destiny,” said Kane.

Two join 1,000-point club

Burgard’s DaJauhn William and Sweet Home’s Gina Fumerelle have each earned a spot in the 1,000-point club.

Williams punched his ticket on a 3-pointer as the Bulldogs knocked off last-place I-Prep, 57-51.

Described as a “cut and slash” player by first-year coach Shawn Edinger, the 5-foot-6 senior logged 21 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals in the win.

Fumerelle’s 1,000th point came on Thursday in a 57-36 win over ECIC II rival West Seneca East.

The senior racked up 26 points, including four treys, in the win.

Chamberland rolls 300

Ben Chamberland led the way for Clarence as the Red Raiders topped Starpoint Friday in ECIC bowling action at Clarence Lanes.

Chamberland rolled a perfect 300 game as part of a 756 series. He also threw a 251 and 205.

Frontier coach retiring

After 32 years, Frontier boys basketball coach Gary Domzalski is retiring, the school announced Friday.

Domzalski will be honored on the court during the Falcons’ 7 p.m. game against Lancaster on Feb. 13.

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