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Alden girls down Roy-Hart

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 February 2020 at 9:24 pm

Alden trimmed host Roy-Hart 52-46 in a regular season ending non league girls basketball game this evening as the Lady Bulldogs finish at 13-7.

Shelby Wolf scored 16 to lead Roy-Hart as Ava Owens added 9, Miah Glena 6, Rileigh McCabe 5, Claire Halstread 4 and Renee Lehman 3.

In a Genesee Region League season finale, Pembroke downed Kendall 51-19.

Irish rally late to edge past Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 February 2020 at 9:14 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman — Lyndonville’s Nate Dillenbeck puts up a shot as Notre Dame defender Mark Sanders flies by to try to block. The action took place during the Irish’s win over the host Tigers this evening.

Avenging an early season (71-67) loss, Notre Dame put together a big fourth quarter rally to edge past host Lyndonville 48-46 in the Genesee Region League basketball season finale this evening.

Trailing by 11, 40-29, at the three-quarter mark, Notre Dame rallied to outscore Lyndonville 19-6 down the stretch to claim the win and earn Fighting Irish Coach Mike Rapone his milestone 700th career victory.

Three straight threes by Mark Sanders ignited the Notre Dame comeback and Gabe MacDonald followed with a layup to rally the Irish back to within two, 42-40, with four minutes to go.

Notre Dame’s Cody Henry drives by Lyndonville defender Casey Winiecki heading toward the basket.

A jumper by Nate Dillenbeck gave Lyndonville a little breathing room at 44-40 but Notre Dame answered right back with a three by Ryan Fitzpatrick followed by two clutch free throws by MacDonald to rally the Irish into a 45-44 lead with 58 seconds remaining.

The Tigers regained the lead for what proved to be the last time at 46-45 on a rebound basket by Nathan Hydock with 42 seconds to go.

However, the Irish answered back one last time on a layup by Cody Henry with 21 seconds to go to regain the lead for good at 47-46. Henry then scored the final point on a free throw with 2.9 seconds to go.

Sanders finished with 14 and MacDonald 12 to lead the Irish as Henry added 9 (click here to see a layup by Henry), Colin McCulley 6, Keith Szczepanski 4 and Fitzpatrick 3.

Dillenbeck had a game high 21 (click here to see 2 of Dillenbeck’s points) and Hydock 16 for the Tigers as Russ Stephens chipped in with 4, Noah Poler 3 and Casey Winiecki 2.

Turnovers and missed shots dominated the action in the first half which saw Lyndonville hold narrow leads of 13-9 after one period and 19-18 at the half.

Hydock scored 8 in the opening period on three layups and a rebound bucket and MacDonald netted 7 to keep the Irish close.

Lyndonville looked to be about to break the contest open in the third period as the Tigers outscored the Irish 21-11 to move out to an 11 point, 40-29, advantage.

Dillenbeck spearheaded that Tigers uprising with 12 points on two threes, two jumpers and a pair of free throws. Poler also hit a three to close the period.

However, Notre Dame came storming back in the decisive final stanza putting together a big 19-6 scoring surge highlighted by three threes by Sanders and one by Fitzpatrick.

Notre Dame finishes the regular season at 16-4 and Lynodnville 12-8.

Oakfield-Alabama 59, Holley 45
Building up a 36-17 half-time advantage, Oakfield-Alabama went on to defeat host Holley 59-45 in another G-R finale.

Kameron Cusimano scored 15, Joey Burdick 13 and Travis Wiedrich 11 to lead the Hornets.

Kohl Morgan had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Carson Major 10 points for Holley.

Notre Dame’s Gabe MacDonald puts up a shot as Lyndonville’s Nathan Hydock tries to block.

Purple Eagles romp in regular season finale

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 February 2020 at 6:00 pm

Albion capped off a 15-5 regular season by rolling past host International Prep 76-58 in a non league boys basketball game this afternoon.

Deyonci Farley scored 25, Liam Ward 18 and Kevin Hillman 14 to lead the way for the Purple Eagles as Bailey Blanchard added 6, Damion Lattimer, Michael DiCureia and Xavier Cornick 4 and Chrisitian Doty and Chris Shabazz 1.

Albion jumped out to a 15-8 first period lead as Farley and Ward both scored 5.

Hillman then scored 11 in the second stanza to help Albion up the lead to 38-20 at the half.

The Purple Eagles advantage ballooned to 23, 57-34, at the three-quarter mark as Farley erupted for 12 points in the third period.

Albion will next compete in the Section VI Class B1 playoffs beginning next week.

Fidanza and Wilson earn Wildcard berths to state wrestling championships

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 February 2020 at 5:46 pm

Cody Wilson and Mario Fidanza

Two Orleans wrestlers. Albion’s Cody Wilson and Lyndonville’s Mario Fidanza, both seniors, have earned wildcard berths to the upcoming state championships.

Wilson is the No. 2 wildcard entry at 285 lbs. while Fidanza is the No. 3 wildcard entry at 220 lbs.

Wilson will bring a season record of 26-3 and Fidanza a 23-2 mark into the state championship.

Wilson finished second at the Section VI state qualifier tournament last weekend as did Fidanza at the Section V state qualifier.

This will be Fidanza’s second trip to the state championships and the first for Wilson.

Niagara-Orleans League champion Newfane will have a quartet of seeded wrestlers at the state championships including Aidan Gillings (99), Andrew Lucinski (106), Ryan Nugent (145) and Jaden Heers (285). All four captured Section VI titles last weekend.

The state championship tournament will be held February 28 and 29 at the Times Union Center in Albany.

Fighting Irish down Lady Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 February 2020 at 9:54 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Ella Lewis puts up a shot against Notre Dame defender Lindsey Weidman during the host Fighting Irish win over the Lady Tigers.

Steadily pulling away, Notre Dame posted a 79-44 win over visiting Lyndonville this evening to close out the Genesee Region League girls basketball season.

Montana Weidman scored 23 and Amelia McCulley 20 to spearhead the offense for Notre Dame as Morgan Rhodes added 13, Maylee Green 11, Lindsey Weidman and Jewel Shenck 4 and Judah MacDonald and Sarah McGinnis 2.

Notre Dame’s Maylee Green grabs a rebound away from Lyndonville’s Lorelei Dillenbeck and Alexis Hughes.

Ella Lewis scored 17 and Karlee Rounds 12 to pace Lyndonville as Kaylee Nesbitt had 6, Savannah Poler 4, Lorelei Dillenbeck 3 and Ashlee Stephens 2.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 24-13 first quarter lead as McCulley scored 10, Rhodes 6 and Green and Montana Weidman 4 each.

The Fighting Irish upped the lead to 17, 44-27, at the half.  Montana Weidman scored 10, including two threes, and Green 5 in the second stanza.

Lewis scored 10, including a pair of threes, in the period for the Lady Tigers.

Notre Dame boosted the advantage to 22, 60-38, at the three-quarter mark. Montana Weidman had 6 and McCulley and Rhodes 4 each in the third period.

Notre Dame finishes the regular season at 13-7 overall and Lyndonville 8-12.

Oakfield-Alabama 47, Holley 27

Oakfield-Alabama completed a 13-7 regular season with a 47-27 G-R League victory over visiting Holley (2-18).

R-H/Barker/Medina score semi sweep

Contributed Story Posted 18 February 2020 at 9:49 pm

The Roy-Hart/Barker/Medina Club Hockey team completed a two game semifinal round sweep  over Eden/Lake Shore/Pioneer/Springville (ELPS)  by a score of 4-1 this past weekend.

The win propels RBM back to the sectional championship for the third year in a row, in their third year of existence.

RBM will face Jamestown in the championship game at the Key Bank Arena on Monday, February 24th at 4 p.m.

Three first period goals insured the semifinal win.

Dominic Peracciny (R-H) scored in the second minute of the game off a rebound from Jason Kuchey( R-H).

Three minutes later, Colin Dodge (R-H) scored.

Halfway through the period, with a two man disadvantage, Nick Wood (Akron) broke through the ELPS defenders for the short-handed score.

Wood found the net again in the second period to round out the scoring.

Andrew Warner again played a great game in goal.

The game was preceded by the Senior Recognition Night.  Honored were Nick Wood and Trevor Crawford of Akron, Jacob Harris and Mitchell Johnson of Barker, Jason Kuchey and Colin Dodge of Roy-Hart and goalie Andrew Warner of Tonawanda.

Legion, Hearts match winning Euchre scores

Contributed Story Posted 18 February 2020 at 8:06 am

Front-running Legion defeated Vets Club and runner-up Sacred Heart downed JR Wilson by the identical score of 43-27 in Medina Euchre League competition Monday evening.

Legion is now 768-632 on the season followed by Sacred Heart at 735-665, JR Wilson 707-693 and Vets Club 590-810.

League competition continues on February 24 with Legion at Vets Club and Sacred Heart at JR Wilson.

Tigers race to win over host Wildcats

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 February 2020 at 6:06 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Nathan Hydock grabs a rebound from Wheatland-Chili’s Brendan Moore during the Tigers win over the host Wildcats this afternoon.

Building up an 16 point half-time advantage, Lyndonville rolled to a 64-34 win over host Wheatland-Chili in a Genesee Region League make-up game this afternoon.

Nate Dillenbeck scored 19 and Nathan Hydock 14 to lead the way for the Tigers as Russ Stephens added 9, Noah Poler 7, Casey Winiecki 4, Anthony Moule, Jon Slingerland and Basil Cousins 3 and Devin Rounds 2.

Brendan Moore scored 11 and Brian Napier 9 to pace the Wildcats.

Lyndonville’s Basil Cousins looks to drive by Wheatland-Chili’s Amaar Kelly.

Getting excellent results from a stingy zone defense, Lyndonville held leads of 12-4 after one period, 25-9 at the half and 41-15 at the three-quarter mark.

Winiecki had a rebound basket and a layup off a turnover and Dillenbeck a three to spark the Tigers in the opening period.

Stephens then had two jumpers and a three and Hydock a three-point play in the second quarter.

Two threes by Dillenbeck and a three and a fast break layup by Poler highlighted the third period scoring.

Dillenbeck also hit two threes in the final stanza as Moule, Slingerland and Cousins each made one.

Lyndonville which next hosts Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the league finale, is now 8-5 in G-R action and 12-7 overall.

W-C, which finishes at home against Elba on Wednesday, slips to 5-14.

Pembroke 54, Holley 48

Pembroke scored the game’s last seven points to earn a narrow 54-48 win over visiting Holley in another G-R contest.

A three by Cody Tanis put Holley up 48-47 with less than a minute to go but Noah Godzala answered back with a three to regain the lead for Pembroke for good at 50-48.

Godzala finished with 23 points.

Carson Major scored 24 and Kohl Morgan had 12 points and 13 rebounds for Holley which led 30-26 at the half.

Pembroke is now 8-11 and Holley 2-17.


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Tri County hockey team has three win weekend to retain regular season title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 February 2020 at 7:22 pm

The Tri County Midget Division Yellow team scored a trio of victories this weekend to repeat as Empire Amateur Hockey League regular season division champions.

Tri County opened the busy weekend with a 5-0win over Rochester Chatterton on Friday.

Tri County jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Josh Wood and Patrick Ricker who also tallied in the second period. Third period goals by Ryan Wells and Chase Froman then capped off the win.

John Pilon earned the shutout in goal.

On Saturday, Tri County rebounded from an early 4-2 deficit to defeat Rochester Mackenzie 9-4.

Five second period goals including two by Ricker and one each by Corey Granby, Cam Smith and Froman erased that deficit. Two third period goals by Wells then locked up the win. Ricker and Grant Moy also scored in the first period.

Tri County completed its weekend sweep by downing Rochester Chatterton 9-1 today.

Ricker scored two goals in each of the first two periods and James Hapeman and Ian McGraw each netted one during that stretch to put Tri County in control 6-0. Froman added two goals in the third period and Ricker one.

Hayden Watt earned the win in goal.

Tri County finishes the regular season at 18-1-1 in the league and 23-2-2 overall.