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Lyndonville nips Honeoye in D1 opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 February 2017 at 10:08 pm

No. 9 Lyndonville outlasted host No. 8 Honeoye in a wild stretch run scoring battle to claim a 63-59 victory this evening in the opening round of the Section V Class D1 boys basketball tournament.

Lyndonville outscored Honeoye 27-23 in the hectic final period to advance to a quarterfinal round contest at top seeded York at 7 p.m. Friday.

Trailing 57-59, Lyndonville pulled even on two free throws by Corey Hydock with a minute to go.

The Tigers then regained the lead for good at 61-59 on a steal and layup by Jacob Hoffee with 17 seconds to go.

Eric Neace, who scored a total of 14 for the Tigers in the final stanza, then locked up the win with two free throws with two seconds remaining after a Honeoye turnover.

Neace finished with 19, Nathan Poler 17 and Zach Johnson 10 as Hoffee chipped in with 8, Hydock 7 and Matt Hess 2.

The tight contest saw Honeoye hold leads of 11-9 after one period and 28-28 at the half.

Lyndonville used an 11-8 third period scoring edge to rally into a 36-36 tie at the three-quarter mark.

“It was back and forth all the way. It was a great game,” said Lyndonville Coach Lee Dillenbeck. “It’s a big confidence booster for us.”

Lima Christian 98, Kendall 45
Roaring out to a 54-23 half-time advantage, No. 5 Lima Chrisitian rolled to a 98-45 win over visiting No. 12 Kendall in another Class D1 opener.

Jayson Faynor led Lima Christian with 42.

John Rath scored 12 points, Brandon Miller 10, Mickey Gardner 7 and James Longrod 5 for Kendall. Miller also grabbed off 9 rebounds and Longrod 8.

LeRoy 69, Holley 35
A 7-0 turnover aided run to close the first half helped key No. 4 LeRoy to a 69-35 win over visiting No .13 Holley in a Class C1 opener.

Holley trailed by just nine, 25-16, before LeRoy put together that key 7-0 run to open up a 32-16 half-time advantage.

LeRoy then used a 19-6 third period scoring edge to extend the lead to 51-22 at the three-quarter mark.

Dylan Hillabush scored 17 to lead Holley.

Purple Eagles oust Centaurs in B1 opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 February 2017 at 9:25 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Lamar Chambers goes in for a layup against City Honors defender Sabastian Flewellyn during the host Purple Eagles Class B1 sectional victory over the Centaurs this evening.

Albion’s Chase Hall puts up a shot over City Honors defender Kevion Taylor.

Turning back a fourth quarter challenge, No. 12 seed Albion bested visiting No. 13 City Honors 63-52 this evening in the opening round of the Section VI Class B1 boys basketball tournament.

Up by as many as 21 points in the third period, Albion saw City Honors rally back to within seven late in the final period.

However, the Purple Eagles countered with two free throws and a three point play by Kory Reynolds and a layup by Jaquess Harrison to close out the victory and advance to a Wednesday pre quarterfinal round contest at No. 5 Dunkirk.

Lamar Chambers finished with 15 and Reynolds 13 to lead the Albion offense as Harrison and Chase Hall both had 8, Shyheim Jakes 5, Bryce Pritchard 4, Tommy Mattison and Meach Gardner 3 and Liam Ward and Jacob Buzard 2.

Jaden Slaughter took game high honors with 21 and Amir Radford added 12 for City Honors.

Trailing 11-10 at the end of a sea-saw first quarter, which featured five lead changes, Albion put together a big 23-7 second period scoring surge to rally into the lead for good.

Threes by Chambers, Harrison, Pritchard and Jakes highlighted that decisive uprising which also included a pair of layups by Chambers along with jumpers by Gardner and Hall as the Purple Eagles opened up a 15 point, 33-18, half-time advantage.

Back-to-back threes by Mattison and Chambers to open the third period extended the Purple Eagles advantage to 21, 39-18.

Two more threes, by Chambers and Harrison, kept Albion up by 14, 49-35, at the three-quarter mark.

However, City Honors came battling back down the stretch. Getting 9 points from Slaughter, the Centaurs closed to within seven three times in the final two and a half minutes, ar 55-48, 57-50 and 59-52, but could get no closer.

The Purple Eagles finally put a lock on the victory as Reynolds made two free throws and a three-point play and Harrison a layup off a steal.

Albion’s Shyheim Jakes shoots over Centaurs defender Brendan Bulluck.

Albion girls surge past Springville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 February 2017 at 8:59 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Chanyce Powell puts up a shot over Springville defenders Alexia Sopko (10) and Carrie Dickinson (2) during the host Purple Eagles Class B1 sectional win over the Griffins this evening.

Albion’s Sierra Chudy drives by Springville defender Julia Krzemien.

Rebounding from an ice cold shooting first quarter, No. 8 seed Albion rolled to a 41-26 victory over visiting No. 9 Springville this evening to open the Section VI Class B1 girls basketball tournament.

Breaking away from a 3-3 tie after shooting a frigid 1 of 19 from the field in the first quarter, Albion put together an 18-8 second period scoring burst to move into the lead for good.

The Purple Eagles opened the decisive quarter with a 7-0 run highlighted by a three by Emily Blanchard and a layup off a steal by Chanyce Powell.

A three by Janae Doty, jumpers by Caitlynn Snook and Powell and a layup off a steal by Natalie DiCureia then helped to boost the Purple Eagles advantage to 10, 21-11, at the half.

Albion then put a lock on the win by extending the lead to 17, 32-15, at the three-quarter mark. Two jumpers by Sierra Chudy and a three by Nicole Eldred keyed that 11-4 scoring edge.

The Purple Eagles opened up as much as a 22 point, 41-19, advantage midway through the final period.

Blanchard finished with 8, Eldred 7, Powell and Snook 6, Chudy 5, Doty 3 and DiCureia, Sierra Newton and Elisabeth Baker 2 each.

Springville’s Julia Krzemien took game high scoring honors with 17.

The victory propels Albion (12-8)  into a quarterfinal round contest at No. 1 Depew at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Newfane 59, Emerson 34

Breaking away from a 19-19 half-time deadlock, No. 7 Newfane used 20 point scoring bursts in both the third and fourth quarters to key a 59-34 victory over visiting No. 10 Emerson in a B1 opener.

Paige Emborsky scored 22, Emily Foltz 15 and Olivia Littman 11 to spark Newfane which next visits No. 2 East Aurora on Thursday.  Emborsky reached the 1,000 point career scoring mark with a late three.

Albion’s Caitlynn Snook looks to go by Springville defender Alexia Sopko.

Medina youth cagers down Wilson

Contributed Story Posted 21 February 2017 at 12:13 pm

The Medina youth basketball team defeated Wilson 30-17 on Saturday to improve to 5-2 on the season.

Lavonn Guy led the scoring with 13 points. Hassan Barulich added 6, Aidan Pitts 4, Chris Johnson, Justin Pitts, and Josh Wilson 2 each, and Cayden Lilleby 1.

The Medina ‘B squad also played Wilson, falling by a score of 20-14. Aidan Paul led the scoring with 8 points, while Julio Doval added 3, Dominic Rosselli 2, and Hunter Stephens 1.

Hearts post key Euchre win over Legion

Contributed Story Posted 21 February 2017 at 10:11 am

Sacred Heart cut Legion’s Medina Euchre League lead in half by posting a 38-32 win Monday.

JR Wilson downed Vets Club 41-29 in the other match.

Now holding just a six point lead, Legion is 725-675 on the season, Sacred Heart 719-681, JR Wilson 700-700 and Vets Club 656-744.

League competition continues on February 27 with Sacred Heart at Legion and JR Wilson at Vets Club.

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.