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By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 10 March 2014
Champions Kendall and Barker have both placed two players on the first team of the inaugural OrleansHub All-Area boys basketball squad.
Kendall, which captured its first Genesee Region League Division 1 championship in 13 years, has placed senior center Garett Love and junior guard Mookie Nauden.
Barker, which captured its first Niagara-Orleans League championship since 1945 with a perfect 14-0 record, is represented by forward Jacob Haight and guard Mitchell Luckman, both seniors.
Medina senior Munjie Brown rounds out the starting five while Albion senior Ryan Fannin earns sixth man honors completing the first team.
Haight, a four-year varsity starter who became Barker's career scoring leader during the season, averaged a double-double with 360 points (18.0 ave.) and grabbing off 200 rebounds (10.0 ave.). He also had 85 steals, 84 assists and 37 blocks.
Luckman, a three-year varsity starter, scored 289 points for a 14.4 average and had 85 rebounds and 42 steals.
Love averaged 10.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 assists for Kendall.
The Eagles playmaking guard, Nauden averaged 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.2 steals.
Brown also averaged a double-double for the Mustangs scoring 253 points (15.3 ave.) and grabbing off 182 rebounds (11.4 ave.). He also had 43 steals and 40 assists.
Fannin scored 151 points for a 10.7 average and grabbed off 113 rebounds for the Purple Eagles.
Barker, which finished the season with a 19-1 record, has also placed two players on the second team in senior center Bryce Moeller and junior guard Christopher Sweeney.
Kendall likewise has a pair of second team honorees in senior center Isaiah Brown and junior forward Will Condo who handles the sixth man role.
Roy-Hart senior forward Alex Stoddard and Holley senior forward Corey Winter round out the second team.
Moeller scored 193 points (9.6 ave.) and had 144 rebounds, 76 blocks, 26 steals and 25 assists.
Sweeeny had 194 points (9.7 ave), 87 rebounds, 45 steals and 30 assists.
Brown averaged 8.7 points, 8 rebounds, 2.75 blocks and 1.5 steals.
Condo averaged 7.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.7 steals.
Stoddard also averaged a double-double on the season with 389 points (19.4 ave.) and 204 rebounds (10 ave.) He also had 46 assists and 26 steals.
Winter, the only senior on the Holley squad, averaged 10.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per outing.
Earning honorable mention on the All-Area squad are Medina junior Jason Hellwig, Albion junior Des Blackmon, Holley junior Joey DeFelice, Lyndonville senior Patrick Hinkson, Barker senior Hayden Gooding, Kendall seniors Alex Sutphen and Devin Appleton and Roy-Hart senior Cody Breedlove and sophomore Andy Xapsos.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 9 March 2014
Two local members of the Niagara Community College women's basketball team, Roy-Hart graduate Jesse DeWaters and Medina grad Alba Perez, have earned spots on the Region III All-Star squad.
DeWaters, who averaged 11.6 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists per game, has been named to the second team.
Perez, who averaged 8.6 rebounds and 7.8 points is a third team selection. She has also been named to the Region III All-Tournament team.
NCCC also had the Region III Player of the Year in Jaclyn Welch who averaged 18.7 points, as well as a first team All-Star selection in Kristen Ripson who averaged 16.9 points and 11.6 rebounds.
In addition, NCCC Coach Nate Beutel, a Starpoint High grad, was honored as Region III Coach of the Year.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 March 2014
Division 1 champion Kendall has placed two players on the Genesee Region League boys basketball All-Star team.
The Eagles are represented by senior center Garett Love and junior guard Mookie Nauden.
Love averaged 10.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.5 assists per game this season.
Nauden averaged 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.2 steals per outing.
Kendall also had senior Isaiah Brown earn honorable mention. He averaged 9.7 points, 8 rebounds and 2.75 blocks.
The Holley duo of senior Corey Winter, who averaged 10.6 points and 9.7 rebounds, and junior Joey DeFelice, who averaged 9.5 points, also both earned G-R honorable mention.
Lyndonville senior Patrick Hinkson, who averaged about 8 points per outing, likewise was an honorable mention selection.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 March 2014
Holley senior Nicole Blackburn has earned Genesee Region League All-Star honors.
Blackburn had 194 points, 122 rebounds, 35 assists and 34 steals on the season.
The Kendall girls squad had seniors Nicole Browe and Shelby Reis earn G-R honorable mention. Browe had 111 points, 84 steals, 67 assists and 49 rebounds and Reis 101 points, 61 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals.
Lyndonville seniors Jenna Castricone and Autumn Nesbitt also both earned honorable mention. Castricone had 126 points, 69 rebounds and 35 steals and Nesbitt 70 points, 35 rebounds ad 26 assists.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 March 2014
Coming from behind with a huge second half scoring burst, the Niagara-Orleans League make it seven straight victories over the Genesee Region League by winning the 15th annual Exceptional senior basketball game between the two leagues 96-77 this evening at Albion High.
Trailing 48-40 early in the second half, the N-O put together a key 17-5 scoring burst to rally into the lead for good at 57-53.
Two baskets by Barker's Jacob Haight, along with one each by Albion's Connor Barleben and CSAT's Alex Santos, ignited that uprising. Roy-Hart's Alex Stoddard followed up with six straight points on two layups and a rebound bucket and Haight capped off the flurry with another layup.
Barker's Mitchell Luckman then took charge of keeping the N-O on top as he erupted for 12 points including two threes, a layup and four free throws boosting the lead to 76-65.
The G-R did close to within four at 79-75 but could get no closer as two buckets by Haight and a three and a jumper by Medina's Cedric Griffith helped lock up the victory for the N-O which takes an 11-4 lead in the series.
Luckman finished with a game high 18 points as Stoddard and Newfane's Josh Kneeland both netted 12, Haight 11 and Griffith 10.
The N-O attack also included Santos with 8, Barleben 6, Da'Ron Woods (Roy-Hart) 5, Bryce Moeller (Barker) 4, Ryan Fannin (Albion) 4, Darrell Wesley (CSAT) 2, Kevin Daunce (Wilson) 2 and Hayden Gooding (Barker) 2.
Wheatland-Chili's Howard McClendon had 15 and Byron-Bergen's Dajuandrick Gardner 14 to lead the G-R as Zach Kozma (Attica) added 9,Collin Lewis (Pembroke), Hunter Spotta (Oakfield-Alabama) and Austin Cansdale (Pembroke) 8 each, Garett Love (Kendall) 6 and Alex Sutphen (Kendall) 4.
Spiotta, Kozma and Cansdale each had two threes and Lewis one to help spark the G-R out to a 43-40 half-time advantage.
Kneeland had 8 and Woods and Haight 5 each for the N-O in the first half.
The G-R upped the lead to 48-40 at the outset of the second half on a pair of buckets by Gardner but the N-O answered with the decisive 17-5 scoring surge sparked by Haight, Luckman and Stoddard, to regain the lead for good.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 7 March 2014
Leading by a narrow three point margin at the half, the Genesee Region League used a big scoring burst to open the second half keying a 59-47 victory over the Niagara-Orleans League in the 15th annual Exceptional Senior girls basketball game between the two leagues this evening at Albion High.
Up 23-20, the G-R put together a 26-10 uprising over the first 11 minutes of the second half to take control.
Lyndonville's Jenna Castricone ignited that decisive uprising with a burst of seven straight points on a rebound bucket, a layup and a three-point play.
Holley's Nicole Blackburn helped to cap off that surge which vaulted the G-R into a commanding 49-30 lead, with a six point spurt on two baskets and a three-point play.
Castricone had 10 of her game high 14 points and Blackburn 8 of her 10 in the second half.
The N-O could get no closer than 12 down the stretch as a basket by Kendall's Shelby Reis and a free throw by Blackburn closed out the G-R 's victory.
Notre Dame's Laurie Call also hit double figures with 11 for the G-R as Lydia Spiotta (Alexander) added 7, Abby Kamszy (Attica) 5, Chance Alexyn (Pembroke) 5, Michaela Hale (Oakfield-Alabama) 3, Reis 2 and Breanna Johnson (Pembroke) 2.
The G-R lineup also included Kendall's Nicole Browe.
Akron's Tobie Abrams led the N-O in scoring with 12 on four threes. Inez Sullivan (CSAT) added 8, Taylor Miller (Medina) 6, Julia Atwater (Barker) 5, Kaylee Stoelting (Wilson) 5, Gina Henley (Akron) 4, Claire Puff (Newfane) 3, Oliva Denny (Barker) 2 and Jennifer Komosinski (Akron) 2.
Call tallied 6 and Castricone and Spiotta 4 each to help the G-R grab the 23-20 half-time advantage.
Sullivan had 6 and Miller, Henley and Stoelting 4 each for the N-O in the opening half.
Despite the loss the N-O still holds a 9-6 lead in the series.
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 March 2014
The 15th annual Niagara-Orleans League vs. Genesee Region League Exceptional Senior basketball doubleheader will be held on Friday at Albion.
The girls game is scheduled for 5 p.m. to be followed by the boys contest at 6:30 p.m.
Local players on the N-O squads will include Ryan Fannin and Connor Barleben from Albion, Cedric Griffith and Taylor Miller from Medina, Alex Stoddard and Becky Harnish from Roy-Hart along with Jacob Haight, Mitchell Luckman, Bryce Moeller, Hayden Gooding, Olivia Denny and Julia Atwater from Barker.
The G-R squads include the following local players: Alex Sutphen, Garett Love, Nicole Browe and Shelby Reis from Kendall, Nicole Blackburn from Holley and Jenna Castricone from Lyndonville.
The N-O holds a 10-4 lead in the series against the G-R in the boys game and a 9-5 lead in the girls contest.
Last year the N-O boys made it six wins in a row with a 53-43 victory while the girls completed the sweep with a 64-55 win.
Section Vi Class B Final
Niagara-Orleans League and Class B2 champion Wilson dropped a narrow 43-41 overtime decision to Class B1 champion Tonawanda Wednesday at Buffalo State College to earn the Section VI Class B berth to the state playoffs.
Emily Lasher had 17 points and Kaylee Stoelting 12 for Wilson which led 14-11 at the half.
The contest was tied at 36-36 at the end of regulation time.
Contributed Story Posted 6 March 2014
Spring Indoor Volleyball
This week in volleyball, undefeated streaks were put on the line as underdogs took on championship favorites.
We will start off on with our C division where our first match was Sets on a Beach vs. Just Us. Sue Miller and her son Jake continued to dominate as Beach took the match 2-1 with 67 to 67 score. Jen Arnett had solid play digging some of the power hits Beach was throwing at them but it wasn’t enough to lead them to victory. In our second match favorites Main Liquor took on Misfits in a thrilling match. Nicci Moore was the star of the match. She was setting all her teammates and making sure everyone was involved. Her play helped push her team to victory, as they took it 3-0 with a score of 78-64.
Over to our B division where teams finally got to play in our newly renovated gym. In our first match defending champs Cupcakes smoked Dem Apples 3-0 with a score of 75 to 42. Sparked by the return Steve Crane, Cupcakes got the lead and never looked back. Dem Apples just couldn’t compete, despite Beth Schoeberlein’s best efforts.
Our next match was Baxter taking on Bridget’s Bashers, with both teams playing double headers. Bashers came out strong in all 3 games and never lost control as they breezed to victory with a 3-0 win with a score of 75-55. Missy Carter played strong but Cory Lewis and Tammy Boring’s fantastic play was too much for the newly formed team.
The next match pitted Eddie’s Block Party vs Bridget’s Bashers. Team captain Eddie Bower lead the charge with help from the Welker boys Riley and Zach as they towered over Bashers 3-0 with a score of 75 to 54. In our final match of B division undefeated Victorious Secret took on Baxter. With the return of Sam Roskowski to the team, Secret was firing on all cylinders as they took the match 3-0 with a score of 75-47.
Finally in our A division Bumpin Uglies took on Zacher Construction in back and forth beating. In every game Bumpin Uglies took the lead to start off with but failed to stay strong with Zachers as Ben Wadhams destroyed an absurd amount of balls to keep his team from dropping a game. Zacher took it 3-0 with a score of 75-57.
In our second match SWAT Team took on T-Shirts Etc. Dennis Phillips of SWAT was NBA Jam on fire this match, blocking everything that was hit at him. He frustrated T-Shirts with his height the whole match. That lead to them victory 3-0 with a score of 75-46.
In our final match Mustangs took on SWAT Team, who again powered through the match. It seemed like each member of SWAT was taking turns making plays as Steve Crane started consecutive runs with his jump serves. Mustangs fought valiantly but lost 2-1 with a score of 70-57.
Youth Floor Hockey
Youth floor hockey games started with teams finally getting to compete against one another. In our 4-6 age group respected teams battled as Julia Sentella was flew around the floor and tallied the only goal as her team won 1-0.
In our 7-9 age group Tony’s Terrors took on Tim’s Titans. Thanks to the combined effort of the Moreland twins the Terrors were able to win 5-0. In their next match Tony’s Terrors took on Sara’s. The game went back and forth but Tyler Chraston was too much as he pitched his second shutout with a 1-0 win.
In 10-12 age group. The Red Rockets took on Black Bears. Zach Offerman had a stellar game as he got everyone involved and lead his team to victory 5-3. Offermann was dishing passes to open teammates like Ovechkin. Alex Gagliardi did a fantastic job in goal for the Bears but it just wasn’t enough.
Youth Flag Football
In flag football this week, our 4-6 year olds had a great game. The two teams battled but in the end it ended a tie 21-21 with Seth Krenning scoring the game tying touchdown. In our 7-12 group Cole Callard lead his team to victory by lighting up the scoreboard with 3 touchdowns himself, as his team charged to victory 35-21.
Adult Floor Hockey
In our second week of adult floor hockey Knights took on their old rival Gator Gang. Gang was originally from Knights so tension were high. Adam Dunn led the charge with his team The Knights. Jack Kingdollar was on his game though as Gator Gang squeaked out the victory 6-4.
Next up was Roberts Farm debuting against runner up Team RamRod in a thrilling game. Leads were exchanged back and forth as Team RamRod won 6-5. Despite injury, Camron Rossow came back to help will his team to victory, but sadly it wasn’t enough for our storybook heroes.
In our final game Avengers took on No Names. No Names destroyed 12-3 in dominating fashion. Kory Bedford had a great game as he lead his team in scoring with a hat trick. Will anyone be able to stand up to these giants?
By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 6 March 2014
Six repeat honorees head the annual All Orleans County wrestling team as selected by the coaches.
Lyndonville's Tony Recco (113), Medina's Brennen Callara (106) and Kendall's Mason ReQua (145) along with the Holley trio of Nick Shenck (120), Martin Beadle (138) and Kevin Avery (152) are the repeat selections.
Recco, who went 48-4 on the season, earned first place honors at the Section V Class B Tournament and Section V state qualifier and went on to place third at the state championships.
Callara, who went 22-8, won a Niagara-Orleans League title and then placed second at the Section VI Class C Tournament and fifth at the Section VI state qualifier.
ReQua, who placed third at the Class B Tournament, went 37-7 on the season.
Shenck was 35-12 and placed third at the Section V Class BB Tournament.
Beadle, who placed third at the Class BB Tournament and fourth at the Section V state qualifier, finished with a 46-4 season and 143-34 career record.
Avery, who finishes the season at 41-8 and 136-54 for his career, placed second at the Class BB Tournament and fourth at the state qualifier.
The All-County squad also includes Justyn Haines (160), Ed Wolfe (170), Aaron Mulroy (182), Kolln Reynolds (195) and Dylan Burkhardt (220) from Albion; Paul Urguhart from Kendall; Joe Velez (113), Ben Howell (145), Charles Beach (195) and Kalvin Packer (220) from Medina.
Also Jeff Gress Jr. (99), Chris McDonald (126), Dustin Joy (138), Devon Joy (145) and Tom Follman (152) from Lyndonville and Brandon Morrell (99), Ryan Camacho (145), Lucas Silvis (220) and Jake Bailey (285) from Holley.
Haines placed third at the N-O All-League championships and fourth at the class sectionals finishing with a 19-14 season record.
Wolfe went 20-14 on the season and placed second at the N-O and fifth at the class sectionals.
Mulroy who took second at the N-O and fourth at the class sectionals went 24-10.
Reynolds who earned a N-O championship and placed fourth at the class sectionals was 22-12.
Burkhardt who went 21-10 placed second at the N-O and sixth at the class sectionals.
Urguhart placed sixth at the Class B Tournament and went 26-16 on the season.
Velez, who went 26-9 on the season, placed second at the N-O, third at Class C and fifth at the state qualifier.
Howell, who placed second at the N-O and sixth at Class C was 18-13.
Beach, who placed third at both the N-O and Class C tournaments, was 18-11.
Packer, who went 10-6, placed third at the N-O and fifth at the Class C tourney.
Gress, who went 39-8 placed second at the Class B tournament and fifth at the state qualifier.
Dustin Joy, who won a Class B title, went 33-15.
McDonald went 25-15 on the season.
Devon Joy, who placed fourth at Class B and third at the state qualifier, went 40-16.
Follman, who was 40-11, placed third at Class B and sixth at the state qualifier.
Morrell, who went 36-11, placed third at the Class BB Tournament.
Camacho, who placed fifth at BB, was 20-9.
Silvis, who went 39-10, placed fourth at BB.
Bailey went 28-13 on the season.
Rounding out the All-County squad is the honorable mention trio of Dan Flanagan (Holley), Mark Washington (Kendall) and Aaron Burnside (Albion).
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