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Medina, Albion to renew cage rivalry this week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2017 at 9:43 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Rivals Medina and Albion will collide in both boys and girls basketball this coming week. Medina’s Je’ne Brown, left, and Albion’s Demetrius Gardner and their Mustangs and Purple Eagles teammates are prepping for the meetings.

The second half of the Niagara-Orleans League basketball season gets underway this week highlighted by a key matchup of rivals Medina and Albion.

Currently both the Medina boys and girls teams are in first place and undefeated at 6-0. The defending champion Mustangs boys squad holds one game lead over Newfane (5-1) while the girls team holds a one game advantage over defending champion Wilson (6-1) with Albion two games off the pace at 4-2.

The Medina boys will host Albion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Looking to play the spoilers role, the Purple Eagles bring a 1-5 N-O record into the contest. The Mustangs downed the Purple Eagles 70-47 in their earlier season meeting.

The Albion girls will entertain Medina at 7 p.m. Friday. The Mustangs nipped the Purple Eagles 48-45 earlier in the season.

The Medina wrestling squad also holds a special event this week, the annual Gary Gross Memorial Tournament on Saturday. The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Medina Coach Eric Gross’ dad who was a long time Mustangs fan and supporter.

The N-O swim season will conclude this week as Akron hosts the All-League boys meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Newfane hosts the All-League girls meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Weekly Schedule
Tuesday
Boys Basketball: Akron at Wilson, 6 p.m.; Albion at Medina, 6:30 p.m.; Newfane at Roy-Hart, Lyndonville at Wheatland-Chili, Pavilion at Kendall, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Rochester Academy Charter at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Wrestling: Wilson at Lyndonville, 6 p.m.

Wednesday
Girls Basketball: Barker at Alexander, 7 p.m.
Wrestling: St. Francis at Barker/Roy-Hart, 5:30 p.m.
Swimming: Boys N-O All-League meet at Akron, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday
Boys Basketball: Lyndonville at Attica, Holley at Wheatland-Chili, Kendall at Alexander, 7 p.m.

Wrestling: Akron at Lyndonville, 6 p.m.

Friday
Girls Basketball: Roy-Hart at Newfane, Wilson at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; Medina at Albion, Attica at Lyndonville, Wheatland-Chili at Holley, 7 p.m.
Swimming: Girls N-O All-League meet at Newfane, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday
Boys Basketball: Rochester Academy Charter at Kendall, 2:30 p.m., Orchard Park at Medina, 6 p.m. Barker at Oakfeld-Alabama, 7:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Barker at Oakfield-Alabama, 5:30 p.m.
Wrestling: Medina’s Gary Gross Memorial Tournament, 9 a.m.

N-O Standings
Boys Basketball: Medina 6-0, Newfane 5-1, Barker 3-3, Roy-Hart 3-3, Wilson 3-3, Albion 1-5, Akron 0-6
Girls Basketball: Medina 6-0, Wilson 6-1, Albion 4-2, Newfane 3-4, Akron 2-4, Barker 1-5, Roy-Hart 0-6
Boys Swimming (Final): Roy-Hart 10-0, Albion 8-2, Barker 6-4, Medina 4-6, Newfane 2-8, Akron 0-10
Girls Swimming (Final): Newfane 10-0, Akron 7-3, Roy-Hart 7-3, Barker 4-6, Medina 2-8, Albion 0-10
Wrestling (Final): Newfane 10-0, Akron 8-2, 6-4, Barker/Roy-Hart 3-7, Wilson 3-7, Medina 0-10