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Medina youth wrestlers place in two tourneys

Contributed Story Posted 20 February 2017 at 11:05 am

Contributed Photo – The Medina Youth wrestlers competed in two tournaments this past weekend. Saturday, Dominick Callara, right, placed first and Luke Duffina second at the 2nd Annual Doug Lemcke Tournament at Hilton.

Contributed Photo – On Sunday 11 Medina wrestlers competed in the 4th Annual Youth Wrestling tournament at Pioneer. Trenton Morley won the tournament while Sawyer Kingsbury and Logan Gray placed second and Lex Gray third. Fourth place finishers included Drew Boardway, Seth Micalizio, Breydin Miller and Brandon Christiansen. Fifth place finishers were Bryden McMurray, Avion Johnson, and Landon Johnson. Pictured Front Left Lex Gray, Avion Johnson, Landon Johnson, McMurray, Morley, and  Micalizio. In back are Logan Gray, Kingsbury, Boardway,  Miller and Christiansen.

Albion to host sectional opening twin bill

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 February 2017 at 10:06 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Emily Blanchard and Brad Sanford and their Purple Eagles teammates will open Section VI Class B1 playoff competition at home in a doubleheader Tuesday.

Postseason playoff action will tipoff Tuesday as Albion hosts a Section VI Class B1 girl-boy doubleheader.

The No. 8 seed Albion girls team (11-8) will host No. 9 Springville (7-12) at 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal contest at top seeded Depew (15-5) on Thursday.

The Purple Eagles have been sparked offensively this season by Chanyce Powell, who is averaging 15.8 points per game, Emily Blanchard 9.5 and Caitlynn Snook, 6.5.

The No. 12 Albion boys squad (6-14) will host No. 13 City Honors (6-14) at 7 p.m. with the victor advancing to a second round contest at No. 5 Dunkirk (11-9) on Wednesday.

The Purple Eagles, who were given a big lift recently with the return of senior guard Tommy Mattison who missed most of the season due to an injury, have been led offensively by Kory Reynolds who is averaging 12.3 pmts per outing, Lamar Chambers 10.3, Mattison 8.5 and Chase Hall 8.0. Reynolda has also grabbed off 225 rebounds and Hall 118.

Tuesday will also feature a trio of Section V boys contests as No. 9 Lyndonville (9-11) visits No. 8 Honeoye (10-10) and No. 12 Kendall (5-15) travels to No. 5 Lima Christian (12-8) in Cass D1 and No. 13 Holley (0-20) visits No. 4 LeRoy (12-8) in Class C2, all at 7 p.m.

In Section VI Class B2 boys games on Tuesday, No. 10 Roy-Hart (6-14) hosts No. 15 Eden (3-17) at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to a Wednesday meeting with No. 7 Lafayette. No. 14 Akron (3-17) will also host No. 11 Oracle (5-14) at 7 p.m. with the victor advancing to a Wednesday contest at No. 6 Wilson (11-9).

In other Section VI girls contests on Tuesday, No. 7 Newfane (13-7) will host No. 10 Emerson (8-11) in Class B1 at 7 p.m. while in Class B2, No. 8 Akron (8-12) will host No. 9 JFK (5-15) and No. 11 Roy-Hart (5-15) visits No. 6 Southwestern (13-7), both at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, the No. 8 Kendall girls (9-11) will host No. 9 Naples (8-12) in a Class D1 game at 7 p.m..

The Lady Eagles have been led offensively this season by Taylor ReQua, who is averaging 8.1 points and has grabbed off 155 rebounds and Lizzie Rath who is averaging 7.5 points and has 133 rebounds.

In another D1 contests, the No. 14 Lyndonville girls (3-17) will visit Genesee Region League foe Notre Dame (14-6) while in Class C1, No. 13 Holley (0-19) visits No. 2 Gananda (17-3), both at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the No. 5 seed Medina girls (15-5) will face No. 4 MST Prep (8-3) at City Honors at 5 p.m.

Offensively, the Mustangs have been sparked by Je’ne Brown who is averaging 20 points per outing and Maddie Williams who is averaging 12.6. Brown has also grabbed off 224 rebounds, Molley Gross 129, Maddie Winters 129 and Williams 109.

On Friday, top seeded undefeated (12-0) Niagara-Orleans League champion Medina will host a Class B2 quarterfinal round game at 7 p.m. against the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 8 Gowanda (12-7) and No. 9 JFK (7-13).

The Mustangs, who are 16-4 overall, have been led offensively by Jalin Copper, who is averaging 21.4 points per game, Johnny Salone 12.7 and Izaiah Rhim 9.1 Cooper has also grabbed off 185 rebounds, Salone 155 and Rhim 146.

Medina 1 rallies for indoor soccer win

Contributed Story Posted 19 February 2017 at 5:55 pm

Rebounding from a 3-0 deficit, Medina 1 rallied to defeat MP Construction 10-6 this weekend in a Kenan Indoor Soccer League Senior Division game.

Medina 1’s offense was led by Steven Daskavitz with 4 goals and 2 assists. Adam Cifelli added 2 goals and an assist and Kaleigh Kuzma a goal and 2 assists. Andrews Houseman and Elian Gonzalex also each had a goal and an assist and Owen Frasier a goal.

Medina 1 is now 1-2.

MP Construction was led by Matthew Hess with 5 goals.

Nenni Sportsman Club 7, Medina 2 5
Medina 2 dropped a 7-5 decision to Tony Nenni Sportsmen Club to go to 1-1 on the young season.

Colby Albone had 2 goals for Medina 2 as Nick Guay, Nick Albone and Caelan Holland each had 1.

Mustangs earn No. 1 seed for Class B2 playoffs; Purple Eagles to host B1 twin bill

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 February 2017 at 5:30 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Izaiah Rhim and his Mustang teammates have earned the top seed for the Section VI Class B2 playoffs.

Undefeated (12-0) Niagara-Orleans League champion Medina has earned the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Section VI Class B2 boys basketball playoffs.

The Mustangs will host a B2 quarterfinal contest at 7 p.m. Friday against the winner of Wednesday’s opening round contest between No. 8 Gowanda and No. 9 JFK.

The No. 5 Medina girls squad will face No. 4 MST Prep at 5 p.m. Thursday in a B2 opener at City Honors.

The Albion boys and girls teams will open Class B1 competition at home with a doubleheader on Tuesday.

The No. 8 Albion girls team will host No. 9 Springville at 5 p.m. with the winner advancing to a quarterfinal round game at No. 1 Depew on Thursday. The No. 12 Purple Eagles boys squad will host No. 13 City Honors at 7 p.m. with the victor advancing to a second round game at No. 5 Dunkirk on Wednesday.

Also in the B1 girls playoffs, No. 7 Newfane hosts No. 10 Emerson at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the winner to visit No. 2 East Aurora on Thursday.

In girls Class B2 on Tuesday, No. 11 Roy-Hart visits No. 6 Southwestern with the winner to face No. 3 Wilson on Thursday. No. 8 Akron will also host No. 9 JFK.

In boys Class B2 competition on Tuesday No. 10 Roy-Hart will host No. 15 Eden and No. 14 Akron will entertain No. 11 Oracle, both at 7 p.m.

In a boys Class C2 quarterfinal, No. 6 Barker visits No. 3 Holland at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kendall girls to open sectionals at home

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 February 2017 at 5:22 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Taylor ReQua and her Lady Eagles teammates will open Section V Class D1 playoff competition at home on Wednesday.

Kendall will open Section V Class D1 girls playoff competition at home this coming Wednesday as the No. 8 seed Lady Eagles host No. 9 Naples at 7 p.m.

Kendall brings a 9-11 record into the sectionals while Naples is 8-12.

In another Class D1 opener, No. 14 Lyndonville will face a very familiar foe as the Lady Tigers visit No. 3 Genesee Region League foe Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Lyndonville, which lost twice to Notre Dame during the G-R season, is 3-17 while the Irish are 14-6.

In Class C1, No. 15 Holley visits No. 2 Gananda at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Holley is 0-19 and Gananda 17-3.

Section V boys playoff action gets underway on Tuesday with Kendall, Lyndonville and Holley all facing road tests.

In Class D1, No. 12 Kendall visits No. 5 Lima Christian and No. 9 Lyndonville travels to No. 8 Honeoye, both at 7 p.m.

Kendall brings a 5-15 regular season into the sectionals while Lima Christian is 12-8, Lyndonville 9-11 and Honeoye 10-10.

In Class C, No. 13 Holley visits No. 4 LeRoy at 7 p.m. Holley is 0-20 and LeRoy 12-8.

The pairings for the Section VI boys and girls basketball playoffs will be announced on Saturday.

Roy-Hart girls trim Barker; C-C downs Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 February 2017 at 10:33 pm

Avenging an earlier season 34-24 loss, Roy-Hart downed visiting Barker 46-39 this evening to close out the Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball season.

Maddie Fry scored 10 points to lead Roy-Hart’s balanced attack as Skyler Christopher added 8, Meghan Washington 7, Maddy Glena 6, Ellie Todd 4 and Ava Bligh, Rielly Albee and Delaney Draper 3.

Gabby Baker scored 11, Lydia Dewart 8 and Kylie Annable and Kylie Miller 6 for Barker.

Roy-Hart, which finishes the N-O season at 2-10, led 10-2 after one quarter, 22-13 at the half and 35-28 at the three-quarter mark.

Barker winds up N-O competition at 1-11.

Churchville-Chili 46, Albion 40

Trailing 19-18 at the half, Chuchville-Chili used a 21-17 third period scoring edge to key a 46-40 victory over host Albion in a regular season ending non league game.

Emily Blanchard scrored 14 and Chanyce Powell 13 to lead the way for Albion which trailed 39-36 heading into the final period.

Final N-O Standings
Wilson 11-1, Medina 8-4, Newfane 8-4, Albion 7-5, Akron 5-7, Roy-Hart 2-10, Barker 1-11.

Big Senior Night for Raiders, Luckman

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 February 2017 at 10:13 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Nate Luckman puts up a foul shot for his milestone 1,000th career point as his teammates stand up and cheer in the background. The action took place during the host Raiders win over rival Roy-Hart this evening.

Senior Night proved to be a special one for Barker as the Raiders not only downed visiting rival Roy-Hart 55-45 in the Niagara-Orleans League season finale but also had senior Nate Luckman surpass the 1,000 point career scoring milestone.

Luckman, who scored a total of 25 on the night including 14 of 16 from the foul line, netted his milestone 1,000th point on a free throw with 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Eddie Wasnock and Jake Arnold both chipped in with 11 points for the Raiders as Ryan Voss had 6 and Shawn Callaghan 2.

Barker’s Jack Hopkins tries to keep the ball inbounds against Roy-Hart defender Matt Borel.

Jacob Bruning sparked Roy-Hart with 24 as Brendon Hess added 11, DJ Davis 8 and Eric Fitch 2.

Up by 11, 44-33, at the three-quarter mark, Barker saw Roy-Hart rally back to within four, 47-43, with 1:16 remaining after a three-point play by Bruning and a layup by Davis.

However, the Raiders turned back the challenge with some clutch free throw shooting as Luckman went 6 for 6 and Arnold 2 for 2 in the final minute.

Roy-Hart had grabbed a 14-11 lead at the end of the first period as Bruning tallied 7 and Hess 4 for the Rams in the early going. Voss hit a pair of threes for Barker during that stretch.

Rebounding, Barker put together an 18-12 second period scoring edge to rally into a 29-26 lead at the half.

Wasnock and Arnold both had a two and a three and Luckman 7 points to lead that Raiders uprising. Bruning had 9 to keep the Rams close.

The Raiders then used a 15-7 third period scoring edge to extend the advantage to 11, 44-33, at the three-quarter mark. A layup and a jumper by Luckman, who had a total of 8 points in the period, and a rebound bucket by Callaghan capped off that surge.

Arnold and Luckman traded scores with Bruning and Fitch to open the final period and keep Barker up by 9, 47-38.

Roy-Hart did close to within four, 47-43, after the three-point play by Bruning and layup by Davis but the sharp free throw shooting by Luckman and Sullivan in the final minute locked up the victory for the Raiders.

In avenging an earlier season 60-54 loss, Barker finishes the N-O season at 5-7 while Roy-Hart winds up at 4-8.

Barker senior Nate Luckman receives a ball from head Coach Don Baker, left, and assistant Coach Michael Brooks after scoring his milestone 1,000th career point.

Newfane 64, Wilson 47
Newfane capped off a 10-2 N-O campaign with a 64-47 win over rival Wilson (7-5).

Caleb Russell scored 21, Al Kramp 10, Max Weber 8 and Sam Kline 7 for Newfane which led 28-20 at the half and 45-28 at the three-quarter mark. Justin Daul scored 15 and Steve Frerichs 10 for Wilson.

Final N-O Standings

Medina 12-0, Newfane 10-2, Wilson 7-5, Barker 5-7, Roy-Hart 4-8, Albion 3-9, Akron 1-11

Roy-Hart’s Brendon Hess puts a shot up over Barker’s Eddie Wasnock.

Roy-Hart’s Tim Moriarity tries to put up a shot against Barker defender Eddie Wasnock.

Adams will play soccer at Roberts Wesleyan

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 February 2017 at 6:13 pm

Contributed Photo – Kendall High senior Jacob Adams has signed a national letter of intent to continue his education and soccer career at Roberts Wesleyan College. He is shown here at the signing with his father, Thomas and his mother, Kelly, along with Kendall varsity soccer Coach Christopher Prokou. Adams led Kendall in scoring last fall with 30 goals and 7 assists and was named Genesee Region League Player of the Year. A three-time G-R All-Star honoree, he finished his varsity career with 67 goals and 24 assists.

Tigers trio qualifies for state championships

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 February 2017 at 6:37 am

Lyndonville’s senior trio of Jeff Gress Jr. (126), Dustin Joy (145) and Dustin Hinckley (160) have all earned wildcard berths for the upcoming state wrestling championships.

Gress and Hinckley both placed second and Joy third at the Section V state qualifier championships this past weekend.

Joy is 47-5, Gress 46-7 and Hinckley 37-5 on the season.

The state championships will be held February 24 and 25 at Albany.

Kendall rallies late to nip Notre Dame

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 February 2017 at 6:22 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Brandon Miller had the game winning point in Kendall’s narrow home court victory over Notre Dame this evening.

Putting together a clutch stretch run, Kendall rallied to edge past visiting Notre Dame 50-49 this evening in the Genesee Region League season finale.

A free throw by Brandon Miller with just two seconds remaining capped off Kendall’s dramatic 8-2 run to close the game and claim the victory.

Miller also had two baskets sandwiched around a three by Nate Warters during that last ditch  surge as the Eagles erased a 49-42 deficit.

Miller finished with a total of 14 points and Warters 12 as John Rath and Collin Lewis both added 8 and Ben Frasch 6. Miller also grabbed off 14 rebounds while Warters had 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

The contest sea-sawed back-and-forth as Notre Dame led 14-10 after one period, Kendall 26-22 at the half and Notre Dame 36-32 at the three-quarter mark.

Ryan Moffat scored 18 and Nico Zambito 10 to lead the Fighting Irish.

Pembroke 69, Holley 48
Pembroke closed out the G-R season with a 69-48 win over Holley as Ried Miano led the Dragons with 20.

Derek McArthur scored 17, Dylan Hillabush 13, Patrick Bower 9 and Andrew Moseman 7 for Holley. McArthur also had 8 assists and 5 rebounds, Bower 8 rebounds and Hillabush 7.

Pembroke held leads of 17-12 after one period, 32-20 at the half and 48-32 after three quarters.