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Akron cagers upend Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 January 2020 at 9:36 pm

Akron bested visiting Lyndonville 38-30 this evening in a low scoring non league boys basketball game.

Adam Mietz scored 14 and Josh Mazza 10 to spark Akron which held leads of 18-12 at the half and 28-21 after three quarters.

Nate Dillenbeck scored 13 and Russ Stephens 11 to lead Lyndonville which is now 8-4 overall.

Dillenbeck and Stephens each scored 5 points in the early going to help Lyndonville grab a 10-7 lead at the end of the opening period.

However, Mietz answered with three threes in the second period to key a 11-2 Akron uprising which vaulted the Tigers into the 18-12 half-time advantage.

Notre Dame 86, Holley 59
Jumping out to a 47-22 half-time lead, Notre Dame went on to defeat visiting Holley 86-59 in a Genesee Region League contest.

Colin McCulley scored 24, Mark Sanders 19 and Gabe MacDonald 17 to lead the way for the Irish.

Carson Major scored 20, Broek Ostrom 14 and Cody Tanis and Jacob Norman 10 each for the Hawks.

CSAT girls down Medina; Kendall wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 January 2020 at 9:15 pm

Building up a 25-10 half-time advantage, CSAT went on to defeat visiting Medina 44-28 this evening in a non league girls basketball game.

Sarah Sones scored 8, Julie Porter 5 and Lily Carpenter 4 for Medina which next hosts Albion at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in a Niagara-Orleans League contest.

Kendall 38, Young Women’s College Prep 7
Kendall downed visiting Young Women’s College Prep 38-7 Saturday in a non league game.

Elizabeth Snyder had 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Kendall as Autumn Woodward added 8 points, Julie Coble and Britteny Marks 6, Julia Szczepanski 5 and Katie Pearson 3. Coble also had 11 rebounds and 3 steals.

Improving to 5-6, Kendall next hosts Attica at 7 p.m. Friday in a Genesee Region League game.

Late surge rallies Medina past Ken East

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 January 2020 at 8:51 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jarin Rhim puts up a shot over Kenmore East defender William Markott during the Mustangs win over the visiting Bulldogs this evening.

Putting together a big late surge, Medina rallied to down visiting Kenmore East 64-58 in a non league basketball game this evening.

Trailing by eight, 58-50, with just over two minutes to go, the Mustangs came battling back to outscore the Bulldogs 14-0 down the stretch and claim the win.

Back-to-back layups by Christian Drisdom ignited that decisive uprising.

Jarin Rhim followed up with a rebound basket before Tyler Chinn pulled Medina even at 58-58 with a layup off a steal with 1:30 to go.

The Mustangs finally regained the lead for good at 60-58 on a jumper by Nate Sherman with 35 seconds remaining.

A rebound bucket by Sherman an a pair of free throws by Jarin Rhim then capped off the dramatic rally.

Jarin Rhim finished with 16 and Brian Fry 11 to lead the Mustangs scoring parade as Joe Cecchini added 9, Chinn 8, Sherman and Drisdom 6 and Dontae Rhim and Matt Henning 4 each.

Amari Gordon scored 15 and Marcus Diaz 12 to pace Ken East.

Medina grabbed a slender 15-14 lead at the end of the first period as Cecchini had 7 and Jarin Rhim 4 in the early gong.

The lead then changed hands five times in the sea-saw second period which ended with Ken East holding a narrow 27-26 lead. Gordon, who had 6 in the opening period, added 7 in the stanza to lead the Bulldogs.

Medina though rallied back into an eight point, 43-35, lead by outscoring Ken East 17-8 over the first six minutes of the third period.

Fry had two threes and a layup off a turnover to spark that uprising which also included a three by Jarin Rhim.

Ken East though answered back with a 9-0 run to close the period on two threes by Diaz and one by Nick Kurucz to regain a 44-42 lead at the three-quarter mark.

A three by Jarin Rhim and a layup by Drisdom regained a 48-46 lead for Medina early in the final period but Ken East answered with a 12-2 to regain the lead for what proved to be the last time at 58-50.

Kurucz had a three and a two, William Markott a pair of baskets and Dominic Ferguson a three-point play during that Bulldogs uprising.

The last rally and the victory though belonged to the Mustangs as Chinn, Sherman and Drisdom each chipped in with 4 points and Jarin Rhim 2.

Now at 6-9 overall, Medina next hosts rival Albion at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

Urbanik pitches in Desert Classic

Contributed Story Posted 21 January 2020 at 9:56 am

Contributed Photo – Ed Urbanik of Lyndonville pitched in the Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Desert Classic in Palm Springs,  California for Team Victory this past weekend. He picked up two wins on the mound beating the 3n2 Rangers in the opening game 4-2 . He later came in relief in the semi finals to pick up a win against the Sacramento Royals 8-4. He also started the finals pitching 5 innings in a no decision. Team Victory lost to 3n2 in the finals 7-4. 

Section VI delays implementation of return to league based alignment for football

Contributed Story Posted 20 January 2020 at 4:57 pm

The Section VI Executive Committee met this morning to review the appeal filed by the Buffalo Public Schools (“BPS”) late Friday, January 17 relating to the January 3 decision by Section VI to return to league-based play for high school football beginning with the upcoming 2020-21 season, Section VI Executive Director Timm Slade stated this afternoon.

“Although the decision to return to league-based play resulted from a process that began in October 2019, Friday’s appeal marks the first instance where BPS has presented concerns to Section VI regarding this matter,” said Slade

“In its appeal, BPS identified a need for “clear guidance, feedback and input from critical stakeholders.”  Because scheduling efforts are already underway for the 2020-21 football season, the Section VI Executive Committee voted this morning to suspend any implementation of league-based play in order to allow for further communication, input and guidance with regard to this matter, while alleviating any disruption and uncertainty with regard to the upcoming football season” Slade added.

“As a result, Section VI high school football will continue under its federation-based alignment for the 2020-21 football season,” said Salde

“League-based play is the norm for the overwhelming majority of sports teams within Section VI, and more than 10 of the BPS’s other interscholastic sports teams continue to participate in league-based play within Section VI as they have for many years.  There have been long-standing issues raised by Section VI members about the negative impacts of the federation-based alignment for high school football, such as excessive travel time and costs, lack of consistent league rivalries and scheduling difficulties,” added Slade

Section VI President Adam Stoltman provided a further explanation of this morning’s Executive Committee decision:

“The decision to return high school football to league-based play was carefully considered and followed a transparent process through which all Section VI members were provided opportunities for input.  Returning high school football to league-based play would reduce travel time and costs for the 63 football teams in Section VI, and would also enhance league rivalries, increase the significance of games for playoff eligibility, foster increased attendance and facilitate long-term scheduling,” said Stoltman.

“Nonetheless, the Section values the perspectives and concerns that have been presented by the Buffalo Public Schools as a continuing Section VI member.  The Executive Committee believes that this morning’s action to delay any implementation of the return to league-based play will provide an opportunity to engage in on-going meaningful dialogue with the BPS, as well as the Section’s other members, and to ultimately ensure that a return to league-based play addresses the concerns of the BPS while enhancing the opportunities and experiences of the student-athletes who participate in high school football within the Section,” added Stoltman.

The proposed change would have seen the return of football as a league sport for the Niagara-Orleans League and Lewiston-Porter, which currently is a member of the Niagara Frontier League, had already petitioned to join the N-O for football only.

Today’s vote by the Section VI Executive Committee puts off any change back to a league alignment for football for at least a year.

Mustangs to host key basketball and wrestling contests this week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 January 2020 at 9:55 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Joe Cecchini, left, and his Mustang teammates will host rival Albion Friday in a key Niagara-Orleans League basketball game. Medina’s Noah Skinner, at right, and his Mustang teammates will host the annual Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

Looking to avenge an early season loss, Medina will host front-running rival Albion in a key Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball game on Friday.

Albion, which rallied to trim Medina 70-66 in the earlier meeting at Albion, sits atop the N-O standings at 7-0. The Purple Eagles  hold a game and a half lead over Newfane (5-1).  Currently at 3-4, defending champion Medina needs a win to regain the .500 mark in N-O action.

On Saturday, Medina will host the annual Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

The tournament, which is named in honor of Medina Coach Eric Gross’ father who was a long time supporter of the Mustangs wrestling program, will be the largest to date with some 17 teams expected to compete.

In girls basketball action, Lyndonville will host Holley on Wednesday and Medina will host Albion on Thursday.

Weekly Schedule
Boys Basketball: Kenmore East at Medina, Lyndonville at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; Barker at Byron-Bergen, Holley at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Medina at CSAT, Roy-Hart at Buffalo Arts, 6:30 p.m.

Girls Basketball: Holley at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Wrestling: Holley-Kendall at Roy-Hart/Barker, 6 p.m

Boys Basketball: Lyndonville at Oakfield-Alabama, Kendall at Attica, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Akron at Barker, 6 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Newfane, Albion at Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Swimming: Newfane at Albion, Akron at Barker, Medina at Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Wrestling: Wilson at Lyndonville, 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Albion at Medina, Barker at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; Newfane at Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Oakfield-Alabama at Lyndonville, Attica at Kendall, Barker at Holley, 7 p.m.
Wrestling: Alexander at Holley-Kendall, Lyndonville at Akron, 6 p.m.

Wrestling: Medina’s Gary Gross Memorial Tournament, 9 a.m.
Swimming: Albion at Akron, Medina at Barker, Newfane at Roy-Hart, 10 a.m.

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

G-R Standings
Boys Basketball
Division 1: Byron-Bergen 6-1, Oakfield-Albama 6-2, Attica 3-4, Pembroke 3-4, Alexander 2-5, Holley 1-7
Division 2: Elba 6-1, Lyndonville 5-2, Notre Dame 4-2, Wheatland-Chili 1-4, Kendall 1-6
Girls Basketball
Division 1: Byron-Bergen 6-1, Pembroke 6-1, Oakfield-Alabama 5-3, Alexander 3-4, Attica 1-6, Holley 0-8
Division 2: Elba 6-1, Wheatland-Chili 5-2, Notre Dame 4-3, Lyndonville 2-5, Kendall 1-5

Powell is a double winner for Brockport

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 January 2020 at 2:54 pm

Contributed Photo – Chanyce Powell

Albion High graduate and SUNY Brockport junior Chanyce Powell scored a pair of victories for the Golden Eagles indoor track team at the Ithaca College Quad Meet on Saturday.

Powell won the long jump with a leap of 5.2 meters and the triple jump with an effort of 11.18 meters.

Powell is majoring in Exercise Physiology.

The Golden Eagles track squad also includes two Medina High graduates, the brother and sister duo of Daniel and Holly Heil. Both are distance runners.

Daniel, a sophomore, is majoring in Accounting and Holly, a senior, is majoring in Psychology.

N-O mat kings crowned

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 January 2020 at 10:07 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Champions were crowned in 15 weight classes at the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League Tournament held on Saturday at Albion. Newfane, which took top team honors to lock up a seventh straight N-O title, led the way with seven individual champions. In front are Gavin Ciarfella (Roy-Hart/Barker), Andy Lucinski (Newfane), Adam Huntington (Newfane), Josh Cummings (Akron) and Amilcar Morales (Albion). In the middle row are Josh Everett (Newfane), Nik Voelker (Newfane), Ryan Nugent (Newfane) and Miles Hartway (Medina). In the back row are Ryan Yaeger (Akron), Simon Lingle (Newfane), Riley Black (Medina), Bryce Kelly (Albion) and Jaden Heers (Newfane). Missing from the photo is Noah Skinner (Medina). Ciarfella earned the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler award.

Hawks score three wins at Cal-Mum Duals

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 January 2020 at 9:10 pm

The Holley-Kendall wrestling team scored a trio of victories at the Caledonia-Mumford Duals today.

Holley-Kendall defeated Byron-Bergen 39-30, Wilson Magnet 65-6 and Lyons 66-0 but lost to Avon-Geneseo 56-30 and Cal-Mum 42-37.

Avon-Geneseo claimed the tourney title with a 5-0 record.

Holley-Kendall, Byron-Bergen and Cal-Mum shared the runner-up spot at 3-2 followed by Lyons at 1-4 and Wilson Magnet at 0-5.

Boys Basketball
The Kendall at Wheatland-Chili Genesee Region League boys basketball game was postponed due to the weather.