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Mike Wertman, Sports Writer


Front-runners score Euchre League wins


Contributed Story, Posted 3 March 2015

Front-running JR Wilson downed Sacred Heart 39-31 and runner-up Legion bested Vets Club 43-27 in Monday's Medina Euchre League action.

JR Wilson is now 809-731 on the season, Legion 791-749, Sacred Heart 765-775 and Vets Club 715-825.

League action continues on March 9 with JR Wilson at Sacred Heart and Legion at Vets Club.


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B1 semifinals up next for Mustangs and Purple Eagles on Wednesday

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Medina and Albion will both be competing in Section VI Class B1 semifinal games Wednesday evening at Buffalo State College. At left is Medina's Dylan Lewis and at right Albion's Manny Thompson.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 March 2015

It will be a big doubleheader for local basketball fans as Albion and Medina both compete in the Section VI Class B1 semifinals on Wednesday evening at Buffalo State College.

No. 4 seed Albion (11-9) will take on top seeded Burgard (14-6) at 5:15 p.m. No. 3 Medina (11-9) will face No. 10 Maryvale (12-10) at 6:45 p.m.

The opener will be a rematch as Burgard bested Albion 54-42 in the non league season opener.

The winners will advance to the B1 title contest at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Buffalo State.

Albion advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2004 by defeating No. 5 East Aurora on Friday in the quarterfinals while Burgrd bested City of Buffalo rival Bennett 65-53.

Medina earned its first berth in the semis since 2009 by downing No. 6 Tonawanda 52-39 in the quarterfinals Friday while Maryvale upended No. 2 Depew 49-47.

Albion's balanced attack has been led this season by Austin Loyd (12.3 point average), Clayton Stanton (10.5 ave.), Des Blackmon (9.9 ave.), Alex Bison (7.5 ave.), Manny Thompson (6.6 ave.) and Tommy Mattison (5.8 ave.). Stanton also leads the Purple Eagles in rebounds with 151 (8.9 ave.).

Jason Hellwig has led Medina this season with 324 points (16.7 ave.), 211 rebounds, 100 assists and 45 steals. Justin Morgan has 230 points (11.5 ave.) 70 rebounds and 53 assists for the Mustangs as Dylan Lewis has also averaged 8.6 points, Brennan Zinkievich 6.6 and Jalin Cooper 5.8. Cooper has also grabbed off 100 rebounds and Zinkievich 99.


It marks the first time since 2004 that Albion and Medina have reached the semis in the same year. The Purple Eagles lost to Maryvale 65-51 in Class A2 and the Mustangs bowed to Seneca 82-60 in Class B1 that season. The last time the two teams reached the semis in the same class was 1987 (Class B2).

Albion last advanced to the finals was 1982 when the Purple Eagles lost to Grover Cleveland 51-35 in the B2 title contest.

Medina's last appearance in the finals was 1977 when the Mustangs lost to Fredonia 69-44 in the Class B title game.

Albion's only Section VI title was earned in 1972 when the Purple Eagles nipped Salamanca 67-66 in overtime in Class BBB.

Interestingly, Medina's only Section VI title came just the year before, in 1971, when the Mustangs downed Starpoint 84-73, also in the Class BBB title contest.

In Class B2, Niagara-Orleans League champion No. 2 seed Wilson will face No. 3 Fredonia in the semifinals at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo State. The victor will face the winner of the No. 5 Buffalo East vs. No. 1 Cleveland Hill semi in the title game on Saturday at Buffalo State.


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Kendall to honor Bouie on Wednesday

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Roosevelt Bouie, shown here during his scholastic days at Kendall, will be honored by his alma mater this coming Wednesday following the recent retirement of his uniform number by Syracuse University.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 March 2015

Kendall High basketball legend Roosevelt Bouie was recently honored by Syracuse University with the retirement of his uniform number (No. 50) and now his hometown community and alma mater are set to add their congratulations to him for receiving this special honor.

Bouie will be honored at the high school this coming Wednesday evening in ceremonies being held in conjunction with the annual Kendall vs. Holley faculty basketball game.

Scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. the ceremony will include a video tribute to Bouie who will address the crowd. The faculty game is slated to follow at 6:45 p.m. with proceeds going to the Kendall and Holley community food pantries.

Bouie helped key a run of what turned out to be five straight sectional titles for Kendall during the mid 1970's and then starred for four years at Syracuse.

During his scholastic days at Kendall his Eagle squads compiled a overall record of 65-1 during his sophomore, junior and senior years, including registering 55 straight wins during one stretch.

The Eagles went 21-1 his sophomore year of 1974 and then 22-0 during both his junior (1975) and senior (1976) years capturing the Section V Class C title each time.

Bouie in fact was named the Class C tournament MVP each of those three years.

Kendall capped off the perfect back-to-back 22-0 seasons by defeating Mt. Morris 64-51 in the 1975 title contest and by downing H-A-C 73-55 in the 1976 finale.

In all, the Eagles ended up capturing the Section V Class C title five straight years from 1973-1977.

Bouie went on to Syracuse University where he teamed up with Louis Orr (who also had his number 55 retired) to form what became known as the "Louie and Bouie Show." They led Syracuse to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1977-80), the inaugural Big East Conference championship in 1980 and the first 100 wins of Syracuse legendary Coach Jim Boeheim's career.

Bouie, who scored 1,560 points for the Orange, still ranks No. 2 on the Syracuse all-time list in blocks with 327 and is 7th in rebounds with 987.


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Local NCCC duo earns All-Star honors

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
NCCC team members Tanisha Moyer from Albion, left, and Jesse DeWaters from Roy-Hart have earned Region 3 All-Star honors.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 March 2015

Two local sophomore members of the Niagara County Community College women's basketball team, Albion High graduate Tanisha Moyer and Roy-Hart grad Jesse DeWaters, have been named to the second team of the Region 3 All-Star squad.

Moyer averaged a team leading 15.9 points per game and also 8 rebounds per outing for NCCC. She has also been named to the Region 3 All-Tournament team.

DeWaters averaged 10.1 points, 8 rebounds and a team leading 5.4 assists for the Lady Thunderwolves.


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Notre Dame cagers oust Lyndonville

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Lyndonville's Eric Neace (23) goes up for a shot as Caleb Nellis (23) of Notre Dame tries to block during the Tigers sectional loss to the host Fighting Irish this evening.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 February 2015

Moving on top to stay with a big first period scoring burst, No. 2 seed Notre Dame went on to defeat visiting No. 7 Lyndonville 77-55 this evening in a Section V Class D1 quarterfinal round game.

Josh Johnson poured in a game high 31 points, including 13 in the first period, to spearhead the attack for Notre Dame as Luca Zambito added 14 and Caleb Nellis 10.

Eric Neace scored 23, Nick Hinkson 16, AJ Buckland 9, Eddie Schildt 5 and Corey Hydock 2 for Lyndonville.

Lyndonville did score the first basket of the game, on a layup by Neace, but Notre Dame answered with a key 14-0 run, to take the lead for good. Johnson sparked that uprising with 12 quick points including four layups, a jumper and a pair of free throws.
The Fighting Irish maintained a nine point, 18-9, lead at the end of the period.

Lyndonville's Nick Hinkson (12) grabs a rebound from Notre Dame's John Sutherland (32).


A three-point play by Nellis upped the Irish lead to 15, 24-9, early in the second period but Lyndonville answered with an 8-0 run, including a three and a layup by Hinkson, to cut the deficit to seven at 24-17.

But, as would be the case the rest of the game, when challenged Notre Dame answered right back, this time with a 10-2 run to close the period, and regain a 15 point, 34-19, advantage at the half. Two layups by Zambito keyed that uprising.

Lyndonville again closed to within eight, 36-28, early in the third period after a 7-0 run on a three by Hinkson followed by back-to-back layups by Buckland, but the Tigers could get no closer.

Lyndonville's Eddie Schildt (24) tries to block a shot by Caleb Nellis (23) of Notre Dame.


Once again Notre Dame answered the challenge, this time with a 19-10 run to close the period. Zambito hit two threes and Dylan Fix one to highlight that uprising which also included 6 points by Johnson and 4 by Nellis upping the Irish advantage to 17, 55-38, at the three-quarter mark.

The Irish quickly upped the lead to 20, 61-41, early in the final period and the Tigers could get no clot than 14 down the stretch.

Notre Dame now takes a 13-7 record into the D1 semifinals while Lyndonville finishes the season at 8-13.


The Irish also scored a 81-61 win over the Tigers during the Genesee Region League season.

Lyndonville's Brandon Schoolcraft (5) drives by Notre Dame defender John Sutherland (32).


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Recco places sixth at states


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 February 2015

Lyndonville High senior Tony Recco went 1-2 today to place sixth in the Division 2 (small schools) state wrestling champions at Albany.

Recco, who rebounded from an opening round loss to score a pair of consolation round victories on Friday, kept the momentum to begin today's competition.

Recco opened the day by pinning Roland Lapoint of Northern Adirondack (Section 7) in 4:49 but then dropped a 5-0 decision to Matteo DeVincenzo of Port Jefferson (Section 1). Finally, he dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to Hunter Dusold of Locust Valley (Section 8) in the match for fifth place.

Recco, who won the states his freshman year and placed third a year ago, finishes the tournament at 3-3.


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NCCC bows in regional semifinals


Contributed Story, Posted 28 February 2015

The No. 4 seed Niagara County Community College women's basketball team dropped a 85-52 decision to host top seeded Monroe Community College this afternoon in the semifinals of the Region III playoffs.

Albion High graduate Tanisha Moyer had 28 points and 8 rebounds and Roy-Hart grad Jesse DeWaters 9 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for NCCC.

NCCC, which trailed 38-22 at the half, finishes the season at 22-10.


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Recco scores two wins at states


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 February 2015

Staying alive in the battle for third place honors, Lyndonville senior Tony Recco scored a pair of consolation round victories this evening at the state Division 2 (small schools) wrestling championships at Albany.

Rebounding from an opening round 2-1 loss to Ryan Hetrick of Maple Grove (Section 6), Recco battled back to score a 15-0 technical fall victory over Jordan Sartin of Galway (Section 2) and a 5-0 decision win over Jon Lauricella of LeRoy (Section 5).


Recco is looking to keep the momentum and score three more wins on Saturday to earn third place honors for the second year in a row.

Lyndonville's other entrant, sophomore Jeff Gress Jr., was eliminated after decision losses of 11-2 to Jacob Nolan of Saranac (Section 7) and 7-3 to Vin Micelli of Port Jefferson (Section 11).


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Albion cagers advance to B1 semifinals

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Albion's Des Blackmon (21) puts up a shot as Joe Montgomery (33) defends for East Aurora during the host Purple Eagles sectional win over the visiting Blue Devils this evening.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 February 2015

Getting balanced scoring in every quarter, No. 4 seed Albion posted a 78-62 victory over visiting No. 5 East Aurora this evening in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class B1 boys basketball playoffs.

The victory propels Albion into the semifinals for the first time in 11 years. The Purple Eagles, whose last semi appearance was in 2004, will face top seeded Burgard, a 65-53 victor over rival Burgard, in the semifinals at Buffalo State at 5:15 p.m. March 4.

Austin Loyd took game high scoring honors with 19, including 5 threes, Des Blackmon added 18 and Clayton Stanton 11 to lead the offense for Albion. Tommy Mattison and Alex Bison both chipped in with 9, Manny Thompson 6 and Gary Moore and Corey Reynolds 3 each for the Purple Eagles.

"We had real good balance in every quarter," said Albion Coach Brennan Meakin. "We've got ton of guys who can score."

Albion's Alex Bison (23) drives by Josh Denz (13) of East Aurora.


Albion jumped out to a 17-12 first period lead as Loyd, Moore and Blackmon all hit threes.

The Purple Eagles then used a 23-13 second quarter scoring edge to boost the advantage to 15, 40-25, at the half. Loyd led that uprising with 8 as Blackmon had 5 and Thompson 4.

Albion maintained a 15 point, 58-43, advantage at the three-quarter mark. Stanton and Blackmon both netted 5 in the third.

The Purple Eagles capped off the victory with a 20 point fourth quarter including 5 each by Mattison, Loyd and Blackmon.

Albion's Austin Loyd (2) shots over East Aurora's Nick Montgomery (21).


Class B2
Wilson 58, Emerson 49

No. 2 seed Wilson bested visiting No. 7 Emerson 58-49 this evening in the Class B2 quarterfinals.

Kyle Bradley scored 22 and Evan Shank 16 to spark the Niagara-Orleans League champion Lakemen.

Class C1
Tapestry 81, Barker 39

Jumping out to leads of 22-8 after one quarter and 44-21 at the half, No. 2 seed Tapestry rolled to a 81-39 victory over visiting No. 7 Barker in a Section VI Class C1 quarterfinal.

Nate Lucklman scored 11, Thomas Callaghan 9 and Christopher Sweeney and Tristan Payne 6 each for Barker.


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Medina tops Tonawanda to gain semis

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Medina's Jalin Cooper (1) puts up a shot as Tonawanda's Larenz Jefferson (55) tries for a block during the Mustangs sectional win over the visiting Warriors this evening.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 February 2015

Advancing to the semifinals for the first time in six years, No. 3 seed Medina downed visiting No. 6 Tonawanda 52-39 this evening in a Section VI Class B1 quarterfinal contest.

Justin Morgan scored a game high 19 points, Jason Hellwig netted 14 and Jalin Cooper 11 to spark the attack for Medina which earns a spot in the semifinals for the first time since 2009. Dylan Lewis, Brennan Zinkievich, Tyler Ames and Tyler Howard each chipped in with 2 points for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs will face No. 10 Maryvale, which upset No. 2 Depew 49-47, in the semis at Buffalo State at 6:45 p.m. March 4.

Medina jumped out to a 12-4 first quarter lead as Morgan had a three and a two and Cooper a bucket and a three-point play.

The Mustangs maintained a 23-17 lead at the half as Hellwig had a three and a three-point play in the second quarter.

Medina's Jason Hellwig (2) puts up a shot.


Medina upped the lead a bit to nine, 31-22, at the three-quarter mark as Cooper and Zinkievich both hit jumpers and Hellwig added a rebound bucket in the low scoring third period.

Tonawanda did close the gap a bit to six, 32-26, early in the fourth quarter but the Warriors could get no closer.


Morgan answered back for Medina with a big burst of 11 points on three threes, two of which came back-to-back, and a layup to help vault the Mustangs out to a 15 point, 47-32, advantage with less than two minutes to go. Lewis also had a layup and Cooper a pair of free throws for the Mustangs during that decisive 15-6 run.

Medina's Brennan Zinkievich (20) brings the ball up court against Tonawanda defender Collin Smith (33).


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Lady Lancers eliminate Lady Tigers


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 February 2015

No. 2 seed Elba rolled to a 70-38 victory over visiting Genesee Region League foe No. 10 Lyndonville this evening in the quarterfinal round of the Section V Class D1 girls basketball playoffs.

Aubrey Lewis led Lyndonville with 12 points. Morgan Hungerford added 8, Mackenzie Muck and Chelsea Poler 6 and Rebekah Hoffee 4 for the Lady Tigers.


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Dundee cagers oust Kendall


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 February 2015

Leading by a narrow 23-18 margin at the half, No. 4 Dundee used a 17-7 third period scoring edge to key a 55-43 victory over visiting No. 5 Kendall this evening in the quarterfinal round of the Section V Class C2 boys basketball playoffs this evening.

Will Condo scored 16, Mookie Nauden 9, Evan Gaesser 8 and Jacob Ramsdell 6 for Kendall.

Ramsdell also had 8 rebounds and 3 blocks, Condo 6 rebounds and 3 assists, Gaesser 5 rebounds and Nauden 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Kendall finishes the season at 15-6


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