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Posted 23 January 2019 at 9:28 am

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RBM downed in outdoor hockey contest

Contributed Story Posted 23 January 2019 at 9:27 am

The RoyHart/Barker/Medina/Akron Club hockey team played their last away game of the regular season Tuesday evening dropping an 8-5 decision to host East Aurora- Holland on their outdoor rink.

Falling behind 1-0 after one period, Dylan Krzykowski (Akron) scored early in the second period for RBM with the assist going to Conner McNeil (Medina) to even the score.

RBM took the lead on a goal by Tagen Decker (R-H) with assists going to Michael Kuchey and Dominic Peracciny, both of Roy-Hart.

Again, EA-H tied the score, but RBM regained a brief lead on a score by Kuchey assisted by Peracciny and Reed Winslow (R-H).

EA-H scored quickly to end the period with a 4-3 lead.

RBM tied the game at the outset of the third period on Decker’s second goal on an assist from Winslow.

However, the home team then scored three quick goals in six minutes to put the game out of reach.

Peracciny tallied RBM’s final score assisted by Kuchey and Krzykowski.

EA-H had an empty net goal to finish the scoring.

RBM now begins a series of five straight home games to finish the regular season, beginning with a return game against East Aurora-Holland on January 30th at 8:40 p.m.

Mustangs to host annual Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2019 at 9:12 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Rashawn Bloom and his Mustangs teammates will host the annual Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday.

With the largest field of competitors to date scheduled to compete, Medina will host the fourth annual Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.

The tournament honors the memory of the father of Medina Coach Eric Gross who was a very active long time supporter of the Mustangs wrestling program.

Joining Medina in the large 14 team field will be wrestlers from Albion, Lyndonville, Roy-Hart, Lockport, Akron, Wilson, Lew-Port, Attica/Batavia, Alexander, Avon/Geneseo, Gilead, Churchville-Chili and Keshequa.

“It’s the largest tournament we’ve had,” said Coach Gross.

Medina’s Colby Petrie is a defending tournament champion.

Lyndonville posts narrow win over Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 January 2019 at 9:27 pm

Red hot 11 of 13 free throw shooting in the final period helped Lyndonville lock up a narrow 57-54 victory over visiting Akron in a non league game.

Leading 41-36 at the three-quarter mark, Lyndonville claimed the win as Nathan Hydock made 4 free throws, Zach Johnson 3 and Matt Hess and Nathan Dillenbeck 2 each in the decisive final stanza. Hydock had a total of 6 points during that stretch and Dillenbeck 5 including a 3.

Hydock finished with a total of 19 points, Johnson 15, Dillenbeck 11, Natan Poler 8 and Hess 4.

Jake Siska scored 19 and Adam Mietz 12 for Akron.

Lyndonville jumped out to a 14-8 first period lead as Johnson scored 6 and Dillenbeck hit a 3 in the early going.

The Tigers maintained a 27-20 lead at the half as Poler tallied 6 and Dillenbeck hit anther three in the second period.

Lyndonville held a 41-36 lead at the three-quarter mark as Hydock had a big 10 point third period.

Improving to 13-1, Lyndonville next visits Attica on Thursday in a Genesee Region League contest.

CSAT cagers edge past Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 January 2019 at 8:30 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Izaiah Rhim goes up for a rebound against CSAT’s Quincy Drake during the Mustangs loss to the visiting Eagles this evening.

A key scoring burst midway through the final period sparked CSAT to  a 50-46 victory over host Medina this evening in a non league basketball game.

Trailing 35-34, CSAT put together a 12-2 scoring surge to rally into the lead for good at 46-37  with less than two minutes to go.

Back-to-back threes by Jamyier Patton and two layups by Quincy Drake sparked that key uprising by the Eagles.

Medina did rally back to within two twice in the final minute and a half, first at 46-44 on a jumper by Nate Sherman, and again at 48-46 on a pair of free throws by Tyler Chinn but the Mustangs could not pull even.

Medina’s Nate Sherman looks to put up a shot as CSAT’s Xavier Alverez tries to block.

Two free throws by Daughlyon Willoughby with 12 seconds to go finally put a lock on the win for the Eagles.

Patton finished with a game high 25 points for CSAT including six threes.

Sherman scored 14, Izaiah Rhim 12, Chinn 10, Vincent Montague 7 and Brian Fry 3 for Medina.

CSAT grabbed a 10-7 lead at the end of the first period and maintained a narrow 17-15 advantage at the half on a late jumper by Patton.

Medina did build up a brief 15-12 lead late in the period after an 8-2 run on two layups by Sherman and one each by Montague and Rhim.

The Mustangs regained a seven point, 24-17, lead after opening the third period with a 9-0 run as Chinn netted 5 points and Sherman 4 during that stretch.

CSAT answered with an 11-0 run to regain a 28-27 lead as Patton hit two threes.

Medina though regained narrow 29-28 lead at the three-quarter mark on a layup by Rhim.

A jumper by Rhim kept the Mustangs up 35-34 with 4:45 to go in the final period but the Eagles answered with the decisive 12-2 run to regain the lead for good by a 46-37 margin with just under two minutes to go.

Now at 11-2, Medina next hosts Barker at 6:30 p.m. Friday in a Niagara-Orleans League contest.

Girls Basketball

CSAT 37, Medina 32

Building up a 18-13 half-time advantage, CSAT went on to defeat visiting Medina 37-32 in a non league game.

Camri King scored 16 to lead Medina as Maddie Williams and Tyesha Robinson both added 6 and Jarielys Flores-Medina 4.

N-O cagers to begin second half of the season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 January 2019 at 8:19 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brian Fry and his league leading Mustangs teammates will begin the second half of the Niagara-Orleans League season on Friday.

Currently holding a one game lead, three-time defending champion Medina will begin the second half of the Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball season by hosting Barker at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The Mustangs, who are 6-0 in the league and 11-1 overall, took over sole possession of first place by downing Wilson (5-1) 70-50 Friday night. The Mustangs also host former N-O member CSAT in a non league game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Undefeated N-O girls basketball leader Wilson (8-0) will host Akron on Thursday while runner-up Albion (5-1) hosts Roy-Hart.

In Genesee Region League boys basketball action, Lyndonville, which is currently tied for the Division II lead with Elba at 8-1, faces a good challenge on Thursday as the Tigers visit Division I runner-up Attica (5-3). The Tigers, who are 12-1 overall, also host Akron in a non league contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Weekly Schedule
Boys Basketball: CSAT at Medina, 6:30 p.m.; Akron at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Medina at CSAT, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Barker at Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Swimming: N-O Boys All-League meet at Akron, 5:30 p.m.
Wrestling: Holley-Kendall at Brighton, Lyndonville at Pavilion, 6 p.m.

Boys Basketball: Lyndonville at Attica, Kendall at Alexander, Holley at Wheatland-Chili, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Akron at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.; Medina at Barker, Roy-Hart at Albion, 7 p.m.

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

Girls Basketball: Medina at Tapestry, 1 p.m.
Wrestling: Medina’s Gary Gross Memorial Tournament, 9 a.m.

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

G-R Boys Basketball Standings
Division I: Alexander 8-1, Attica 5-3, Pembroke 5-4, Oakfield-Alabama 5-5, Byron-Bergen 3-6, Holley 0-9
Division II: Lyndonville 8-1, Elba 8-1, Notre Dame 4-5, Kendall 3-5, Wheatland-Chili 0-9

G-R Girls Basketball
Division I: Oakfield-Alabama 6-3, Attica 5-3, Pembroke 5-4, Alexander 4-5, Byron-Bergen 4-5, Holley 2-7
Division II: Elba 9-0, Notre Dame 7-2, Wheatland-Chili 6-3, Kendall 1-9, Lyndonville 0-9

Tri County icers blank Batavia

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 January 2019 at 10:03 pm

Pulling way in the second period, the Tri County Midget hockey team went on to shutout host Batavia 8-0 today to improve to 13-1-2 in the league and 14-1-2 overall.

David Archibald and Matt Nielson both scored 3 goals to spearhead the attack for Tri County as Chase Froman and John Pion each netted one goal.

Leading 1-0 after one period, Tri County scored three goals in the second period and four more in the third to claim the win.

Nate Hawkes earned his third shutout of the season in goal for Tri County.

Roy-Hart girls swim team looks to repeat strong All-League meet performance

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 January 2019 at 1:00 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kayla Hagen is one of six Roy-Hart swimmers who will be looking to defend league titles at Friday’s annual Niagara-Orleans All-League girls Individual Swim Championship meet at Newfane.

Last year Roy-Hart dominated at the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League girls individual swim championship meet winning six of 11 events.

Now, with all of the swimmers back from those six winning events, the Channel Cats are pointing to another big evening at this year’s All-League meet which will be held Friday at Newfane beginning at 5:30 p.m.

At last year’s meet for Roy-Hart, Amanda Hill doubled in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly and Kayla Hagen took both the 100 Free and 100 Backstroke.

Hill, Hagen and Jenna Heiser also teamed up with Holly DiMayo to win the 200 Medley Relay and with Madison Ohol to take the 400 Free Relay.

Newfane’s Lauren Gaughran, who was a double winner in the 200 Free and 500 Free, also returns as does Medina’s Hannah Heil who took the 50 Free.

The N-O boys All-League Individual championship meet will be held on Wednesday at Akron beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Albion’s Matt Kovaleski, who won the 100 Breaststroke last year, the only returning winner.

The Roy-Hart girls captured the N-O team championship this season by posting a 10-0 dual meet record. Last year the Channel Cats shared the title with Akron at 9-1.

The Albion boys likewise compiled a perfect 10-0 dual meet record to claim the N-O boys team championship.  Last year the Purple Eagles shared the title with Barker at 9-1.

Final N-O regular season team records
Boys: Albion 10-0, Roy-Hart 8-2, Medina 6-4, Akron 3-7, Barker 2-8, Newfane 1-9
Girls: Roy-Hart 10-0, Akron 7-3, Newfane 6-4, Medina 5-5, Albion 1-9, Barker 1-9

St. Mary’s nips RBM hockey team

Contributed Story Posted 20 January 2019 at 9:37 am

With many stores and even fast-food restaurants closed, the parents of the RoyHart/ Barker/Medina/Akron Club hockey team slogged their way to Cheektowaga Saturday night for a game against St. Mary’s of Lancaster. When it was over, RBM had suffered a 3-2 loss.

Dominic Peracciny (R-H) opened the scoring for RBM halfway through the opening period with an assist from Dylan Krzykowski (Akron).  Before the period was over, however, St. Mary’s had evened the score.

There was no scoring in the next period.

Early in the final period, St. Mary’s took the lead and added the game- winner before Krzykowski ended the scoring assisted by Michael Kuchey (R-H).

Now 4-7-1, RBM  next travels Tuesday evening for their second game at East Aurora’s outdoor rink, beginning at 8:40 p.m.

Mustangs lacrosse program is making an impact at the collegiate level

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 January 2019 at 12:28 pm

Contributed Photos Brendan Luthart, left, and Ben Austin are among former Medina High players now playing lacrosse at the collegiate level.

When Medina High senior Christian Silversmith signed a Letter of Intent last week to play lacrosse at Medaille College he became just the latest is a steadily growing list of Mustang stickmen to continue their careers at the collegiate level.

The Mustangs current alumni list now playing collegiate lacrosse includes Brendan Luthart, who is a freshman at St. Bonaventure, Jake Cotter, who is a sophomore at SUNY Brockport, Kyle Barna, who is a senior at Lake Erie College, Bryce Bellan, who is a senior at Houghton College and Ben Austin, who is a senior at Lenoir Rhyne College in North Carolina.

In addition, Tommy Zacher (Class of 2013) graduated last year from Canisius College after playing goalie for the Griffins for four years and Blade Garlow (Class of 2011) finished his career at Pfeiffer College in North Carolina with a school record for most goals in a season (67) and a career total of 118 goals.

“All of these kids were definitely the backbone of our team,” said Medina Coach Gordy Luthart. “They were the leaders. They did things in the off season to make themselves better. They had the work ethic and set the example for the other kids.”

That alumni group not surpassingly dominates the Mustangs single season and career record lists. Barna (Class of 2014) is Medina’s career points leader with 280 on 181 goals and 99 assists. Luthart (Class of 2018) is second with 273 points on 163 goals and a school record 110 assists. Cotter (Class of 2017) is in the third spot with 241 points on a school record 199 goals and 43 assists. Austin (Class of 2013) is fifth with 214 points on 133 goals and 81 assists and Garlow (Class of 2011) is sixth with 195 points on 131 goals and 64 assists.

“Their playing at the collegiate level really gets more exposure for Medina kids ” said Luthart. “As a program you develop a reputation that you can develop kids who can play at the next level and that’s really been nice to see. Hopefully it can continue. It’s all the credit though to those kids as they really have put in the work.”