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Barker girls rally past Holley

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 January 2020 at 9:40 pm

Rebounding from as much as a 16 point first quarter deficit, Barker battled back to edge past visiting Holley 43-39 this evening in a non league girls basketball game.

Trailing 20-4 after one period and 26-17 at the half, Barker rallied back to within two, 33-31, at the three-quarter mark.

The Lady Raiders then outscored the Lady Hawks 12-6 in the final period to claim the win.

Sydnie Luckman scored 17 to lead Barker as Sarah Outten added 9 and Serena Harris 7.

Olivia Radford took game high honors with 20 for Holley.

Oakfield-Alabama 60, Lyndonville 33
In a Genesee Region League game, Oakfield-Alabama downed Lyndonville 60-33.

Newfane 45, Roy-Hart 44
Newfane edged past visiting Roy-Hart 45-44 to improve to 6-1 in Niagara-Orleans League competition.

Paige Littman scored 17 and Rachel Chunco 8 for Newfane which led 29-16 at the half.

Rileigh McCabe scored 15, Ava Owens 12 and Shelby Wolf 11 for Roy-Hart.

Alexander 57, Holley-Kendall 29
Alexander downed Holley-Kendall 57-29 in a Genesee Region League wrestling match.

Tristyn Moyer (126) had a pin and Jacob Silpoch (160) a technical fall win for Holley-Kendall.

Panthers top Rams to close in on N-O lead

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 January 2020 at 9:28 pm

Newfane downed host Roy-Hart 61-46 this evening to pull to within a half game of Niagara-Orleans League leading Albion which dropped a 70-59 decision at rival Medina.

The victory improves Newfane to 6-1 while Albion is 7-1.

Josh Everett scored 17, Garrett Srock 12 and Sam Capen 9 to spark the Panthers which led 31-20 at the half.

Rhett Goodwin scored 12 for Roy-Hart which slips to 2-6.

Akron 76, Barker 33
Akron closed to within two games of the N-O lead as the Tigers improved to 4-3 with a 76-33 win over Barker.

Jake Mazza scored 21 and Adam Mietz 19 for Akron which led 44-12 at the half.

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

Mustangs hand Purple Eagles first N-O loss

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 January 2020 at 8:42 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brian Fry drives in for a layup as Albion’s Deyonci Farley tries to defend during the host Mustangs win over the rival Purple Eagles this evening..

Avenging an early season loss (70-66) Medina handed rival Albion its first Niagara-Orleans League loss as the Mustangs downed the visiting Purple Eagles 70-59 this evening.

Albion slips to 7-1 in N-O action while Medina regains the .500 mark at 4-4.

Nate Sherman scored  game high 23 points and Brian Fry had 16 to lead the Medina attack as Joe Cecchini chipped in with 8, Jarin Rhim 7, Tyler Chinn 6, Dontae Rhim 5, Christian Drisdom 3 and Matt Henning 2.

Liam Ward netted 15, Deyonci Farley 14 and Bailey Blanchard 13 to set the pace for Albion as Anthony Freeman added 6, Xavier Cornick and Elijah Lloyd 4 and Chris Shabazz 3.

Medina’s Dontae Rhim tries to go up for a shot as Albion defenders Anthony Freeman and Xavier Cornick go up to block.

Medina jumped out to  a seven point, 18-11, first quarter lead as Sherman hit two threes and Fry one.

The Mustangs extended the lead to 12 three times in the second period before Albion cut the deficit in half, 37-31, at the half after back-to-back late threes by Farley and Freeman.

Sherman and Fry each had a three and a two in the period for the Mustangs as Jarin Rhim added a pair of layups and Drisdom a 3.

Putting together a 10-4 run at the outset of the third period, which included two buckets by Sherman and one each by Chinn and Jarin Rhim, Medina moved back out to a 12 point, 47-35, lead.

Albion though again came battling back, this time with an 8-0 run on tallies by Farley, Cornick, Blanchard and Shabazz to slice the deficit to just four, 47-43.

Medina though gained a little breathing room as a layup by Sherman and a free throw by Fry put the Mustangs up by seven, 50-43, at the three-quarter mark.

Keeping the momentum, the Mustangs then opened the final period with a key 8-0 run which included a three by Fry and rebound buckets by Sherman and Cecchini, to extend the advantage back out to 15, 58-43, with 5:20 remaining.

Back-to-back threes by Blanchard and Freeman briefly pulled Albion back to within 10, 59-49, but Sherman answered with a three-point play and then a layup to quickly vault Medina back out to a 15, point, 64-49, advantage with 2:45 remaining.

Albion did cut the deficit to nine, 65-56, with 1:33 remaining after  7-1 run which included a layup and two free throws by Farley.

However, the Purple Eagles would get no closer as a rebound bucket by Cecchini with 1:16 to go which put Medina back up by 12, 68-56, put a lock on the victory.

(Click here to see a video of Albion’s Liam Ward going in for a layup.)

(Click here to see a video of Medina’s Brian Fry hitting a 3 pointer.)

Albion’s Liam Ward goes up for a shot as Nate Sherman and Joe Cecchini defend for Medina.

Medina to host Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament on Saturday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 January 2020 at 9:00 am

Boasting its largest field to date, Medina’s annual Gary Gross Memorial Wrestling Tournament will be held on Saturday.

A total of 18 schools will be represented in the tournament which is named in honor of Medina Coach Eric Gross’ father who was a longtime supporter of the Mustangs wrestling program.

Perennial powers Fredonia, Niagara-Wheatifled, Pioneer and Newfane from Section VI and Spencerport from Section V head the tournament field which, in addition to the host Mustangs, will include Albion, Holley-Kendall, Lyndonville, Roy-Hart/Barker, Akron, Addison, Amherst, Auburn, Avon/Geneseo, Grand Island, Lew-Port and Lockport.

The tourney is scheduled to get underway at 9:15 a.m.with the finals expected to begin around 5 p..m.

Lyndonville, Kendall bow in road contests

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2020 at 10:12 pm

Lyndonville and Kendall both dropped decisions on the road this evening in Genesee Region League boys basketball action.

Oakfield-Alabama defeated Lyndonville 74-51 and Attica downed Kendall 67-53.

Joey Burdick scored 14, Gauge Ambrewster 11 and Kameron Cusmano and Kaden Cusmano 10 each to spark a balanced attack for Oakfield-Alabama which held leads of 18-11 after one period, 39-26 at the half and 62-40 at the three-quarter mark.

Russ Stephens scored 22 and Nate Dillenbeck 15 for Lyndonville. Dillenbeck scored 7 in the second period and Stephens 11 in the third.

The Hornets are now 7-2 in the league while the Tigers are 5-3 and 8-5 overall.

Leading by a narrow 44-42 margin after three  quarters, Attica outscored Kendall 23-11 in the decisive final period to claim the win.

Ayden Goll scored 23, including 19 in the second half, and Frankie Bisceglie 17, including 9 in the final period, to lead the way for Attica.

Derek Edick scored 23 and Mason Kuhn had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kendall which led 17-13 after one period and 30-25 at the half.

Attica outscored Kendall 19-12 in the third period to rally into the 44-42 lead heading into the decisive final stanza.

Lyndonville wrestlers down Wilson

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2020 at 9:59 pm

Contributed Photo – Lyndonville’s Sebastian Temich works toward a pin during the Tigers victory over visiting Wilson this evening.

Making it five wins in a row, Lyndonville posted a 48-31 victory over visiting Wilson in a non league wrestling match this evening to improve to 8-3 overall on the season.

Pins by Sebastian Temich (126), Brennon Munn (138) highlighted the win for Lyndonville.

The Tigers also got decision wins by Connor Bell (120) and Maddox Stirk (182).

Lyndonville’s other 30 points came via five forfeit wins.

Wilson got pins by Jacob Stephenson (106), Cameron Guy (145) and Xavier Fitzgibbons (195).

Allen Schultz (132) and Trent Kenny (160) both added technical fall wins and Ben Woertkoetter a decision win for the Lakemen.

Lyndonville will next compete in Medina’s Gary Gross Memorial Tournament on Saturday.

Albion girls down Medina; Barker tops Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2020 at 9:39 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Aly Knaak puts up a shot over Medina defender Sarah Sones during the Purple Eagles win over the host Mustangs this evening.

Trailing after each of the first three periods, Albion used a 14-5 fourth quarter scoring edge to earn a 37-29 win over host Medina in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game this evening.

Trailing 24-23 at the three-quarter mark, Albion regained the lead for good at 30-24 by opening the final period with a 7-0 run on a layup by Honesty Little, a jumper by Melissa Robinson and a three by Paige Derisley.

A layup by Aly Knaak and a free throw by Derisley kept Albion up by six, 33-27, with less than two minutes to go.

A layup by Little, which put the Purple Eagles up by eight, 35-27, with just 1:10 to go then put a lock on the win.

Derisley finished with 15 and Little 11 to lead Albion as Knaak added 5 and Ryan Olles, Abbie Pappalardo and Robinson 2 each.

Sarah Sones led Medina with 12 as Janiyah Holloway added 7, Gracie Hughes 4 and Anya Bloom, Nodia Osby and Faith Vanderwalker 2 each.

Medina held narrow leads of 9-7 after one period and 16-13 at the half as Sones and Holloway each scored 6 in the half. Derisley scored 8 during that stretch for Albion which was blanked from the field in the second quarter.

Medina maintained a narrow 24-23 lead after three quarters but the Mustangs could not score from the field in the final period until the last minute.

Both teams had 11 field goals but Albion won at the free throw line making 12 of 15 compared to 5 of 12 for Medina.

Albion improves to 6-2 in the league as Medina slips to 0-8.

(Click here to see a video of Albion’s Honesty Little making a rebound basket at the near end while Medina’s Sarah Sones makes a shot at the far end.)

Medina’s Sarah Sones puts up a shot against Albion defender Quinn McCue.

Barker 36, Akron 27
Avenging an earlier season 10 point (65-55) loss, Barker bested Akron 36-27 as Sydnie Luckman scored 18, Serena Harris 5 and Courtney Hillman 4. Luckman also grabbed off 10 rebounds.

Jessee Jonathan scored 9 and Ella Hill 8 for Akron.

Breaking away from a 25-25 deadlock at the three-quarter mark, Barker claimed the win by outscoring Akron 11-2 in the final stanza as Luckman led the way with 7.

Barker is now 3-5 and Akron 2-6 in N-O action.

Roy-Hart swimmers sweep Medina; Albion splits with Newfane in N-O meets

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2020 at 9:16 pm

Undefeated (9-0) Roy-Hart downed visiting Medina (3-6) 110-60 this afternoon to put  a lock on outright possession of a third straight Niagara-Orleans League girls swim championship.

The Channel Cats were led by a trio of individual event double winners as Kayla Hagen took the 50 Freestyle and 100 Free, Mandy Hill the 100 Individual Medley and 100 Breaststroke and Anna Rickard the 500 Free and 100 Backstroke.

Hannah Heil won the 200 Free and Amanda Woodruff the 100 Butterfly for Medina.

Completing the sweep the undefeated (9-0) Roy-Hart boys team, which had already locked up the N-O crown, downed Medina (5-3-1) 116-54.

Will Rickard doubled in the 50 Free and 100 Free and Carter Green in the 200 Free and 500 Free for the Channel Cats.

Chris Goyette won the 200 Individual Medley and Hunter Heil the 100 Butterfly for Medina.

The Albion boys improved to 6-2-1 by defeating Newfane (3-6) 69-15.

Ryan Krenning doubled in the 50 Free and 100 Free and Chase Froman in the 200 Free and 500 Free for Albion which also had Sam Sanchez win the 100 Butterfly, Thomas Furmanski the 100 Backstroke and Jacob Coolbaugh the 100 Breaststroke.

In the girls’ meet, Newfane (6-3) downed Albion (2-7) 65-13.

In the other meet, Akron defeated Barker 84-66 in the boys’ competition and 71-48 in the girls’

N-O Standings
Boys: Roy-Hart 9-0, Albion 6-2-1, Medina 5-3-1, Newfane 3-6, Barker 2-7, Akron 1-8
Girls: Roy-Hart 9-0, Akron 7-2, Newfane 6-3, Median 3-6, Albion 2-7, Barker 0-9

N-O League holds Cheer competition

Contributed Story Posted 23 January 2020 at 12:03 pm

Contributed Photo – Members of the Niagara-Orleans All-League Cheer team includes Brieonna Hanes and Katelyn Beach from Albion, Danielle Robinson and Emily Wood from Akron, Gillian Hinkley and Mia McCollum from Newfane, Emma Gast and Kaelynn Gibbs from Wilson and Alexis Hare and Alexis Jones from Medina.

Five schools took part in two divisions at the annual Niagra-Orleans League Cheer competition held last evening at Akron.

Wilson won the Small Group (less than 15 cheerleaders) with Medina second, Albion third and Akron fourth. Newfane, which earned the overall Grand Champion award, was the only team in the Large group (more than 15 cheerleaders).

The first team All-League Cheer Team that was selected include  Brieonna Hanes and Katelyn Beach from Albion, Alexis Jones and Alexis Hare from Medina, Danielle Robinson and Emily Wood from Akron, Gillian Hinkley and Mia McCollum from Newfane and Emma Gast and Kaelynn Gibbs from Wilson. Hinkley was named N-O Player of the Year for Cheerleading.

Holley-Kendall wrestlers down R-H/Barker

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 January 2020 at 9:32 pm

Holley-Kendall downed Roy-Hart/Barker 48-34 in a non league wrestling match this evening at Middlleport.

Pins by Jayden Pieniaszek (138), Dawson Custer (152) and Jakob Silpoch (160) led the way for Holley-Kendall.

The Hawks wins also included a technical fall by Antonyo Geska (126) a major decision by Frank Golisano (170) and a decision by James Fox (106).

Nico Cacique (285), Quinn Brown (120) and Colby Hancock (145) all registered pins and Gavin Ciarfella (99) had a major decision win for Roy-Hart/Barker.