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High School Extra: Amherst wrestler Ryan Bitka stars at Knuutila Memorial

Ryan Bitka of Amherst, who won the championship match at 285 pounds, was the Outstanding Wrestler Award winner on Saturday in the Linda Knuutila Memorial meet at Niagara County Community College.

Bitka defeated Jaden Heers of Newfane on a fall at 5:49.

Willie McDougald of Niagara Falls won a 6-1 decision over Dylan Collins of Hamburg at 152 pounds. His cousin, Justin McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield won a 5-3 decision at 145 over Aiden Rabideau of Clarence. Another Niagara Wheatfield winner was Collin Coughenour at 126 pounds.

Williamsville North (Cameron Catrabone at 120 and Michael Cantanzaro at 132), Lancaster (Ryan Stancel at 182 and Codie Scotland at 195) and Grand Island (Adam Daghestani at 170 and Blake Bielec at 220) were other teams with two winners each.

Other winners were Travis Browning of Frontier at 99 pounds, Peter Gaglio of Iroquois at 106 pounds, Andrew Lucinski of Newfane at 113, Ryan Forrest of Hamburg at 138, Giovanni Schifano of Eden at 160.

Amherst boys basketball splits NC tour

Amherst’s boys basketball team (4-2) earned a split on its trip to North Carolina with a 55-44 victory on Saturday over Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. Jaylen Stewart led the Tigers with 29 points while Nick O’Neil had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Coach Chris Kensy’s Tigers fell to The Burlington School (10-4) in Burlington, N.C., on Thursday, 89-64. The team spent Friday visiting college campuses in North Carolina - Elon, Davidson, Wake Forest, North Carolina and toured Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke. Saturday night the team took in a Charlotte Hornets-Utah Jazz NBA game.

Lancers win at Depew

Luke Szablewski scored 20 points to lead St. Mary’s of Lancaster over East Aurora, 62-58, on Saturday in the championship game of the Depew Holiday Tournament. Will Covington had 21 points for the losing Blue Devils, who fell to 2-2 on the season.

Christian Pagano’s 19 points led Depew over Dunkirk, 68-37, in the third-place game.MVP Szablewski, Covington and Pagano made the all-tournament team along with Peter Duane of St. Mary’s, Drew Kenney of East Aurora and Christian Ortiz of Dunkirk.

Leif Jimerson scored 17 points to lead Ellicottville over Portville, 52-37 in the first of two afternoon games. It was the fifth win without a loss this season for the Eagles. Dalton Tobola had 13 points for Portville.

DeCerbo finals set

Ellicottville and Salamanca advanced to Sunday’s championship game of the Small School Division of the Joe DeCerbo Memorial Tournament at St. Bonaventure’s Reilly Center.

Salamanca, the defending champion, defeated Franklinville, 64-41, behind the scoring of Kameron Ramadhan (15) and Logan Frank (13).

Salamanca and Ellicottville will meet at 4:15 p.m. Sunday in the championship game of their division.

Olean advanced to Sunday’s championship of the Large Schools Division of the DeCerbo tournament, rallying in the fourth quarter for a 57-54 victory over Coudersport (Pa.). Wahcovi James led the Huskies with 24 points. Olean will face Bradford (Pa.), a 67-65 winner over Allegany-Limestone earlier on Saturday night.

Jamestown wins tourney

Jamestown defeated Fredonia, 68-39, in Saturday’s championship game of the United Tournament at Jamestown. Trey Drake scored 26 points and Demarri Jones had 23 for the Red Raiders (5-1). Tyler Putney led Fredonia with 15 points.
WS East wins rivalry game.

West Seneca East got a 17-point performance from Hailey Cenname and 12 by Sara Colby and defeated rival West Seneca West, 42-38, in a nonleague girls basketball game. Senior Meghan Gill had 17 points to lead the losing Indians.

Riley leads Crusaders

Jaden Riley scored twice, once with his team short-handed by two, and assisted on a goal, and Spencer Dileo had a goal and two assists for Canisius in a 6-1 WNY Boys Hockey Federation victory over St. Francis at the Buffalo State Arena. Jacob LaDuca, Nick Trapasso and Luke Braun also scored for the Crusaders.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Sweet Home tied the game with a goal with 2.2 seconds left in regulation and defeated North Tonawanda, 4-3, in overtime in Fed boys hockey.

Blake Russo scored twice and added an assist and Eric Abbate had a goal and two assists for the winning Panthers.

Ethan Bishara had a hat trick and Jack Vorreuter and Cameron Heim added goals for Clarence in a 5-3 Fed hockey victory over Orchard Park.

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