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HS: Olean vs East Lived Up To The Hype

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Chad "Centercourt" Andrews

HS HoopsWe waited all season long for it.

Olean vs. East for the overall Class B title.

It was billed as the game of the year before the season even began.  After playing each other at Buff State in the three seasons prior, the final chapter of this four-year rivalry had to be written.  They were the only two schools to occupy the top spot in the small school poll this year. Certainly there were times this season when the case could be made for either team, times when each team played at such a high level, you were convinced they were the best.  I personally went back-and-forth on it – Olean…no East…wait, Olean has turned the corner…hold on, East has its chip back.

Tough for a game to live up to the kind of season-long hype it was given.  But just before tip, I looked around the Buffalo Sports Arena to see the place was full – a bigger crowd than even the Class AA final drew.  You could see the championship swagger in the eyes of the Olean players.  The chip on the shoulders of East’s players complimented the focused scowls on their faces.  There was an undeniable buzz in the air that happens before a special game.

It was a special game.  It lived up to all the hype and then some, creating more lasting memories.  The game of the year was just that – a thriller between #1 & #2 that wasn’t decided until after the clock showed all zeros.

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National Signing Day: Ollison Signs With Pitt

Posted on February 5, 2014 by Patrick Moran

Ollison

It’s National Signing Day for high school football stars ready to take their talent to the college level, and Western New York has a handful of NCAA Division 1 recruits ready to sign today.

Among them is Canisius running back Qadree Ollison, who has signed on to attend the University of Pittsburgh.  Ollison’s teammate, Augie Toris has committed to the University of Texas-El Paso.

Another catholic league high school star to ink a D-1 offer today is St. Joe’s Tyler Hill, who signed with Cincinnati.

Also signing today is the 2013 Buffalo News Player of the Year, quarterback Jake Sisson of Jamestown.  The Red Raider is signing with D-II Edinboro.

Congratulations to all future college athletes on officially continuing their education and athletics today.  We’ll have a few updates throughout the day on exactly who’s going where.

Snub Serves As Motivation For Chad Kelly

Posted on January 8, 2014 by Patrick Moran

Chad KellyClemson, coming off a BCS Orange Bowl win over Ohio State are one of the higher profile college football programs in the country. That’s of interest to many football fans in Western New York, of course because of the presence of Chad Kelly.  The former St. Joe’s high school star set state records his senior year and won the 2011 Connolly Cup (given to WNY’s best high school player) before eventually committing to the Tigers.

Kelly redshirted his first season in Clemson (2012) and after incredibly recovering from a torn ACL in the spring of 2013, played sparingly this past season behind senior star Taj Boyd and junior Cole Stoudt.  With Boyd graduating to the NFL Kelly is expected to compete with Stoudt for the 2014 starting job, and many think the gig will come to the less experienced but more overall talented and versatile Kelly.

Well, not so fast.

At least one publication dedicated to covering Clemson football doesn’t seem to agree. TigerNet.com has already posted an article more/less discussing next fall and breaking down positions that should provide competition.  Among those, obviously is quarterback.

The quarterback portion of the piece didn’t speak glowingly of Kelly’s chances of running the offense.

Snub Serves As Motivation For Chad Kelly – continue reading…

Ollison, Canisius Dominate To Win Catholic Championship

Posted on November 21, 2013 by Patrick Moran

OllisonCanisius Cruasders star running back Qadree Ollison is going to the University of Pittsburgh to play his college ball next year.  On Thursday evening at Ralph Wilson Stadium with a championship on the line, he had one more piece of high school football business remaining.

Ollison ran for 240 yards on 20 carries and scored five touchdowns as Canisius thoroughly dominated St. Joe’s, 41-7 to win the Monsignor Martin Association championship for a second consecutive season.

Ollison scored on long touchdown runs of 51 and 85 yards in the first half immediately after fourth down Crusaders defensive stops to break the game open before halftime. He finished an illustrious high school career with 4,147 rushing yards.

According to Canisius records, Ollison always seemed to save his best performances for bitter rival St. Joe’s.  In five career contests against the Marauders Ollison ran 104 times for 866 yards and 13 touchdowns, setting series records in all three categories.

He’s not just one of the 10 Connolly Cup finalists announced earlier today; the award given to Western New York’s most outstanding high school football player— he’s a prohibitive favorite.

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Canisus, Joe’s Advance To Catholic Title Game

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Patrick Moran

NigellllAs expected Thursday evening, the best two teams in the Monsignor Martin Association handled their business at Ralph Wilson Stadium . Canisius and St. Joe’s will battle one week from today in the same location with a championship on the line.

It’s a rematch from their regular season finale November 2.  On that day Canisius defeated the Marauders on the road, 21-0

Nigel Davis ran for 143 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the St. Joe’s offense, but it was the defense that really did a number on St. Francis as the Marauders advanced to the title game, 38-12.

Cordell Owens had 10 tackles and two sacks to key the St. Joe’s defense while Anthony Castellani had 10 tackles including a sack and John Schmitt contributed seven tackles with a sack.

St. Francis was held under 100 total yards.

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Record Setting Night As Jamestown Wins Class AA Title

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Patrick Moran

JamestownJacob Sisson is viewed as one of the best football players in Section VI and a genuine contender for the 2013 Connolly Cup, given to Western New York’s best high school football player.  Saturday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium in front of a boisterous crowd, miserable weather and with everything on the line, he showed anyone in attendance exactly why.

The Section VI record for passing yards in a game at Ralph Wilson Stadium was 325 set by Zach Lauriecella of Clarence in 2010. Sisson nearly beat that total—in the first half.

Sisson didn’t end up beating the Stadium passing record. He obliterated it.

Sisson hit on just 13-of-29 passes, but made almost all of them count in throwing for a Stadium record 402 yards as Jamestown cruised past Frontier, 42-7 in a contest that felt like a coronation of their enchanted 2013 campaign–all the while erasing the pain of losing title games at the Ralph the past two years.

While overall it was Class AA title No. 10 for the Red Raiders in 16, sixth-year head coach Tom Langworthy got to experience his first.

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Depew Ends Alden Run As Class B Champ

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Patrick Moran

DylanSekIt won’t rank as big an upset as Williamsville North ending Sweet Home’s six-year reign as Class A Section VI kings last night, but Depew will find the Cinderella glass slipper on their feet tonight just as comfortable.

Alden entered today as the three-time defending Class B champions and victors the past seven times they’ve faced Depew.  They’ll have to start working on a new winning streak next year as Depew stunned the Bulldogs, 28-26 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in front of a crowd that was raucous for both sides.

Trailing by seven at the half, Depew scored 21 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarter before withstanding a furious Alden that saw them come less than a half yard short of tying the game and quite possibly, sending things to overtime.

The fact the game came down to the last few minutes was surprising enough, let alone Depew winning. Alden entered the game as three-time defending Class B champion and a perfect 9-0 on the season, including a convincing 28-7 win against Depew in September.  Alden was ranked third in the state among Class B teams in the latest New York State Sportswriters Association Class B poll.

Someone forgot to tell the Wildcats them losing would be a formality to Alden’s four-peat. While Alden generated 487 yards of total offense, its defense was often at the mercy of Depew quarterback Dylan Sekuterski.

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HS Football: Clev-Hill Wins Class C Crown

Posted on November 9, 2013 by Patrick Moran

BrandonThomasCleveland Hill defeated Fredonia in a nail biter, 22-20 last year at Ralph Wilson Stadium. This year’s Class-C title rematch offered a bit less drama.

The Golden Eagles rode the wave of a ferocious hitting defense and forced three turnovers inside Fredonia’s 20 yard line en route to earning their second straight Section VI championship, 22-13.

“It’s a tremendous feeling… I mean back to back is so tough,” Cleveland Hill head coach Glen Graham said.  “Fredonia is an outstanding football team and an outstanding program. To beat them two years in a row…who would’ve thought. We did a great job today.”

Cleveland Hill converted the three Fredonia giveaways into 14 points.

Meanwhile senior running back Brandon Thomas pashed the offense by rushing for three touchdowns and 114 yards on 27 carries.

Like most great running backs, Thomas doled out the credit to the guys blocking in front of him.

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HS Football: Will North Stuns Sweet Home

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Patrick Moran

HughesOver the past six years the Sweet Home high school football team has been the absolute barometer for how Western New York programs are measured. Not only had the Panthers captured the previous six Class-A championships, they literally hadn’t lost to a Section VI team since falling to Grand Island in the 2005 title game—a ridiculous streak that reached 69 games entering Friday night.

Their unfathomable run of supremacy finally reached its conclusion—and against a most unlikely opponent.

While Sweet Home went 9-0 in 2013 and tore through nearly everyone in their path en route to a seventh straight Class-A title appearance, Williamsville North stumbled out of the gate with two losses before rebounding to win five of their next six to advance to the Class-A semifinals last week, where they beat Grand Island in overtime to move on to tonight’s championship.

It was the first time in school history the Spartans earned the right to play at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Boy did they ever make the most of it.

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HS Football: Randolph Routs Maple Grove In Class D Final

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Patrick Moran

MayockRandolph defeated Maple Grove convincingly at Ralph Wilson Stadium last year, 21-0 to earn the Section VI Class-D high school football championship.  In the rematch this time around, it was more of the same.

Maple Grove proved to be pesky for the Cardinals for most the first half, but Randolph dominated the second 24 minutes en route to a 35-12 victory for their second consecutive Class-D title, their third in five years and ninth in 13 tries at the Stadium since 1992.

Randolph senior quarterback Mitchell Mayock tossed three of his five completed passes for touchdown while senior workhorse running back Chris Doubek plowed his way for 154 yards on 31 carries and a touchdown.

Doubek has solidified himself as one of the best high school stars in Western New York. He’s up to 1,936 yards on the season and 27 touchdowns.

He’ll have at least one more game to add to his totals. With the victory Randolph moves on to Rochester next Friday to face Red Jacket, who defeated Clyde-Savannah at 5pm, with the winner advancing to the NYSPHSAA semifinals.

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Field For Section VI Title Games Set

Posted on November 3, 2013 by Patrick Moran

High-School-Sports3With the semifinals complete this weekend, the field for the Section-VI high school football championship games are now complete. Games will be at Ralph Wilson Stadium with two games (Class-D, Class-A) on Friday and the remaining games next Saturday.

Here’s a brief recap of this weekend’s action, mostly courtesy of Keith McShea and the excellent staff at the Buffalo News.

Class AA: Frontier earned a trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the first time since 1984 after knocking off defending champion Orchard Park on Friday night, 17-7.  The Falcons got a key 83-yard punt return for a touchdown by Paul Brinkel in the victory. They’ll face top-seeded Jamestown at the Ralph after Red Raiders pummeled Kenmore West, 69-14 behind 404 passing yards, five touchdown throws and two running scores by quarterback Jake Sisson.

Class A: Sweet Home will be going to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Class-A final after beating West Seneca East, 35-14.  They’ll go up against Williamsville North, who edged Grand Island Friday night, 14-7.

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Lynch, Kelly Play Roles In Big College Wins

Posted on September 7, 2013 by Patrick Moran

LynchSaturday afternoon turned out to be a notable day for a pair of former Western New York high school football all-stars saw significant NCAA action for the first time in their respective young careers.

Former St. Francis running back Akeel Lynch played a major role in Penn State’s second victory of the season while Chad Kelly, the gunslinger out of St. Joe’s saw his first game action for Clemson.

Penn State won their second straight game, defeating Eastern Michigan 45-7 in a lopsided score Lynch contributed to.

Lynch ran for 108 yards in 13 carries, including an 18-yard touchdown run to close out the scoring in the fourth quarter.

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T.J. Wheatley Introduces Himself To WNY

Posted on September 1, 2013 by Patrick Moran

Local high school football fans got a pleasant surprise when the Buffalo Bills hired Tyrone Wheatley as their running backs coach last spring. With the elder Wheatley came his two outstanding high school football playing sons, T.J. and Terius, both of whom have enrolled and are now playing at Canisius.

A junior, T.J. is one of the more sought after recruits in the region. He’s already been offered scholarships at several big-time college programs, including most recently the University of Florida.

Here’s a Youtube clip courtesy of PrepTalk TV via the Buffalo News that shows Wheatley (No. 9) going up against Williamsville South in a scrimmage Saturday afternoon. Watch the clip and you’ll know exactly why he’s highly touted.

I’ll tell you right now, folks, Canisius High School football is going to be a big ticket this year, and the Wheatley brothers, along with fellow D-1 prospect Qadree Ollision are big reasons why.

Canisius’ Ollison Checks In On ESPN Rankings

Posted on August 25, 2013 by Patrick Moran

As my bud Keith McShea of the Buffalo News pointed out via his Twitter account, highly touted Canisius High school running back Qadree Ollison checks in at No. 89 in ESPN’s top high school running backs in the nation.

Ollison has been heavily recruited over the past year and has been offered football scholarships by more than a dozen major Division 1-AA schools.  For his part, Ollison announced in June that he has narrowed his choice down to five colleges: Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

As a junior last year at Canisius, Ollison ran for a school-record 1,876 yards and found the end zone 26 times.  Ollison started making a big name for himself when as a sophomore he ran for over 100 yards despite not starting against St. Joe’s in a Monsignor Martin Association playoff game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Canisius is expected to have one of the top teams in New York State this season and have received recognition nationally. If you live in Western New York, Canisius is a ticket worth seeing in person and of course, Ollison is a big reason why.

South Park Football Star Charged With Murder

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Patrick Moran

HoweThe Buffalo News reports that an inner city star high school athlete has been arrested and charged with murder.  This is the second major crime involving a notable city of Buffalo high school athlete in less than four months.

The News reports that 17-year old Maurice Howie is being charged with the murder of taxicab driver Mazen Abdallah.  Abdallash was on duty in the early hours of March 6 and was allegedly murdered and found in the back of his cab on Norwalk avenue in Buffalo.

According to the News another arrest in this crime may soon be coming.

Howe was a standout quarterback at South Park high school and made the second-team Buffalo News All-WNY football team last year after finishing his 2012 campaign with 2,052 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. In doing so Howe became just the third quarterback in Western New York history to pass for at least 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons.

For a complete report on Howie’s arrest, click here.

Earlier in January, Riverside high school basketball star Justice Feggans was arrested and charged with several crimes, including robbery and battery of 96-year old Levi Clayton in the elder’s home.

(Photo courtesy Mark Adair)

HS Hoops: Canisius To Play For State Title

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Chad Andrews

High-School-BasketballAfter winning back-to-back Manhattan Cup championships last season, Canisius made the trip to Long Island, where its season was abruptly ended with a loss to St. John the Baptist.

Despite the graduation of First Team All-Centercourt guard Matt Hart, the Crusaders returned a bevy of talent and came back this season with expectations higher than ever and goals they were determined to accomplish.

It began with sweeping MMA rival St. Joe’s and finishing league play with no losses. Following that, Canisius set its sights on becoming the first team since the powerful Canisius squads of the mid 1990′s to win a third straight Manhattan Cup.  The next goal was to get out of the semifinal round and become just the third team since 2006 to represent the MMA in the Class A CHSAA state championship.

Canisius played a complete game and won all four quarters against Chaminade of Mineola, advancing to the CHSAA state championship with a resounding 84-66 victory at the Bernard J.Kennedy Field House on Saturday afternoon.

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HS Hoops: Five Section VI Champs Crowned

Posted on March 3, 2013 by Chad Andrews

High-School-BasketballSection VI Class AA Final

Jamestown 46, Niagara Falls 39

Losing three of the last four Class AA finals played against Niagara Falls seemed to have Jamestown on the defensive, which was not good news for the Wolverines.  The Red Raiders used a 2-3 zone against Niagara Falls and held the defending Class AA champs under 40 points, to win their third sectional title in the last four seasons.

Falls got off to a hot start against the zone and knocked down five of seven attempts from downtown in the opening quarter, including three straight to end the stanza on a 9-0 run to take an early 15-11 lead.  However, Jamestown stuck with its plan and became much more active in the zone for the remainder of the game. The top of the zone came out farther to contest perimeter shots, made possible from the interior effort of the Jamestown bigs.  Quinn Lee Yaw, Branden Kellam, Steve Carlson, and Jacob McBride were simply outstanding and kept the ball from even entering the post on many Falls possesions throughout the title game.

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HS Hoops: Lancers Ready For Postseason

Posted on February 20, 2013 by Chad Andrews

High-School-BasketballLast season, St. Mary’s closed out its season by avenging a league loss from earlier in the season against Walsh.  The Lancers took their MMA counterparts apart at the seams in the rematch and looked like a completely different team than they had in the first meeting.  That momentum carried into the Manhattan Cup playoffs, where St. Mary’s made a run all the way to the Manhattan Cup final for the first time in program history.

Following a major roster turnover and the graduation of all five starters, the Lancers were not expected to be major contenders again this season.  They’ve even spent the entire season ranked behind fellow MMA small school Nichols, who they fell to in the first matchup between the two.  However in the rematch this past Friday, St. Mary’s played its most inspired ball of the season, and routed the Vikings.  With one more game on tap prior to the postseason against another small school ranked in front of the Lancers all season, Cleveland Hill, we’d find out if St. Mary’s had turned the corner or just found the perfect storm on Friday.  By halftime, the answer had already been revealed – St. Mary’s is playing for keeps right now, so if you’re not, you’d best get out of their way.

Cory Kiebzak scored a game-high 15 points to lead St. Mary’s past Cleveland Hill, 65-53, in a postseason-prepping nonleague matchup.  The Lancers next face Nichols in the quarterfinals of the Manhattan Cup playoffs this Thursday night at Canisius High School.

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HS Hoops: Silver Creek Stays Unbeaten

Posted on February 9, 2013 by Chad Andrews

High-School-BasketballTalk to head coach Rob Genco and he’ll tell you. Speak with any of the players and they all say the same.  They don’t care who does the scoring, that’s Silver Creek’s mantra.  Get out in transition, move the ball with passes, and knock down shots.  The result is often a different leader in the box score each night.  It’s also not unusual to see all five starters in double figures.  That’s what we saw last night – a hot hand being fed by four other generous hands, and the hot hand feeding back.  As long as the rim gets filled, it’s all good.

Steve Marcey led Silver Creek’s balanced attack with a game-high 20 points, in a 66-40 win against Randolph.  With the victory, the Black Knights improve to 17-0 on the year and complete an unbeaten season in CCAA II.

In the early going, it was clear that Silver Creek’s focus was to contain Cardinals’ sophomore Bryce Morrison, who had gotten loose for 39 points on nine 3-pointers in the first meeting between the two.  Zed Williams began the game guarding him and sure enough, the first time he found any space, he popped a ’3′.  Randolph was a focused team in the opening quarter, moving the ball well and getting back defensively.  Despite a pair of treys from Marcey and three blocks from Black Knight’s 6-7 sophomore Bill Brooks, the Cardinals trailed just 14-10 after one quarter.

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HS Hoops: Olean Looks Ready For State Run

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Chad Andrews

HS HoopsImagine being the Olean Huskies.  After starting four sophomores and falling in the Class B state semifinal game last season, winning it all became the expectation this season.  High hopes for a team that still rolls out four underclassmen in the starting lineup, but even greater when you consider what they get to do to prepare.  Besides the 12 lopsided contests the Huskies are forced to endure (also known as the CCAA I league games), they had three competitive games on the season slate, spaced out from beginning-to middle-to end of the season.

We all know how the first two went – they hung on to claim a thrilling win over Canisius to start and lost to Nichols in a wakeup call without Sam Eckstrom over the holiday break.  The polish-up-for-sectionals game was a long roadie to face Section V’s perenial Class AA power, East.  Despite multiple schools around them postponing games due to weather, Olean wasn’t missing that game.  You see, Huskies love snow, and they also love winning.

Olean found the competitive game they were after last weekend, as they defeated Rochester’s East High, 70-65, in a back-and-forth affair that headlined the first night of the annual RAP (Rochester Area Players) Invitational.  The win was the second in as many tries this season for the Huskies, against large schools that were defending champions (Canisius 2012 Manhattan Cup & V-East 2012 Class AA 1 champs).

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HS Hoops: Jamestown Wins Crucial Rematch

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Chad Andrews

The first 60 seconds couldn’t have gone any better for the Spartans.  Junior sensation Sterling Taplin blocks the opening shot attempt of the game taken by Jamestown’s Tommy Campion.  David Berkun streaks the other way and Taplin delivers a pass in stride for the assist. After a stop, BANG, Taplin bombs a ’3′, and it’s 5-0 North.  Would this be another dominant showing from the Spartans?  Not if the Jamestown bigs had anything to say about it…and they had a lot to say.

The Red Raiders looked inside early, stayed with a good thing, and eventually pulled away from the Spartans, winning the highly anticipated rematch of ECIC I foes, 55-46.  If Jamestown wins the remainder of its league games, they would capture a third straight ECIC I title, lock up the top seed in Class AA, and avoid a potential semifinal game against top ranked Niagara Falls.

After the quick start from North, the Red Raiders scored eight straight in response,  taking the lead and forcing a momentum squelching timeout.  By the end of the first quarter, the teams were locked at 13.  Williamsville North sank three treys in the quarter (Taplin 2, Berkun), while Jamestown got 11 of its 13 points from the towering tandem of sophomore Brandan Kellam and junior Quinn Lee Yaw.

Aman Washington drained a pair from downtown for the Spartans in the second quarter, to offset another six points from Kellam.  The teams were still llocked in a tie, 21-21, until Tommy Campion scored his first points of the evening, a 3-pointer with just two seconds left in the half, to give Jamestown a 24-21 advantage at intermission.

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HS Hoops: Timon Too Much For Nichols

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Chad Andrews

After getting off to a great early season start and collecting a record of 9-1, including the attention-grabbing win over Olean, the Vikings were ready to find out where they stood in the Monsignor Martin Association.  Having already survived the trip to Walsh, Nichols entered what is probably the toughest place to play in all of WNY, Timon/St. Jude.  The Vikings left with their first resounding loss of the season, and a reminder of just how difficult winning in the MMA was going to be, especially against the big dogs.

Timon bettered its record to 4-5 on the season and showed continued improvement, as they disposed of Nichols, 82-59, to open league play with a win.  The Tigers only losses to WNY teams this season have come against McKinley in the season opener, and at Jamestown.

After a competitive start to the game yielded a 15-11 score after one quarter, the Tigers dialed up some defensive pressure and broke the game open.  During a five minute stretch in the second quarter, the Tigers went on a 16-3 run to and held Nichols without a field goal, to push the score to 33-16.  Donte Williams and Manny Welch scored all of Timon’s points during the run and combined for 20 of the Tiger’s 22 points in the quarter.  Williams, who finished with a game-high 24 points, did not play in Timon’s two-point loss at Jamestown two weeks earlier.

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HS Hoops: Clarence Settles Score With Spartans

Posted on January 4, 2013 by Chad Andrews

High-School-Basketball1Less than a month ago, Williamsville North visited Clarence and left with a resounding 67-44 win in its ECIC I opener.  Four days later, the Red Devils suffered a 17-point loss at Jamestown.  However, since beginning 0-2 in ECIC I, Clarence has won four straight, evened its league record to 2-2, and got even with the Spartans in Williamsville before a packed gymnasium.

Ryan Funk sank one of his four 3-pointers from the corner with 53 seconds remaining in the game to break a 74-74 tie and Tanner Schmidt insured a Red Devils’ victory with a blocked shot, as Clarence won a thriller over Williamsville North, 77-76.

An exciting and closely contested fourth quarter saw 13 lead changes and three ties over the final 5:41.   After a basket from Sterling Taplin put the Spartans up 71-69 with 3:03 to go, Bryan Jost answered from long distance to make it 72-71 Clarence.  North freshman Maceo Jack then converted a traditional three-point play, putting his team back in front, 74-72.

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HS Hockey: Lancaster Holds Off Will North Surge

Posted on January 3, 2013 by Charles Roberts

DiChristopherLancaster Redskins forward Manny Manns scored an empty-net goal at the 14:54 mark of the third period, securing a 5-3 victory over the Williamsville North Spartans in a Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation matchup at the Northtowns Center at Amherst.

The Redskins (9-0-1) had a 4-0 lead at one point in the third period, but the Spartans (3-7) took the game down to the wire.

After scoring three third-period goals, the Spartans had a power-play opportunity – for which goaltender Matthew Ladd retreated to the bench – with less than two minutes remaining, but Manns derailed the would-be comeback with his third point of the contest.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of what the boys accomplished tonight,” said Redskins coach Kevin Miller. “But certainly the third period is not what we expected, and it’s something that we’ve reiterated, so we’re fortunate to have pulled it out.”

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Local Hoops Star Charged In Deplorable Crime

Posted on January 3, 2013 by Patrick Moran

High-School-BasketballThis past November one of the more deplorable crimes in recent years took place when three teenagers severely beat and robbed a 96-year old man on the east side of Buffalo.    There was an arrest today and as things turn out, an accused perpetrator is one of Western New York’s biggest high school basketball stars.

As the Buffalo News reports, police have arrested 18-year old Justice Feggans in connection with the crime.  Multiple sources tell me the accused Feggans is the same standout senior basketball star at Riverside High School.

Levi Clayton, the 96- year old victim was beaten this past November by multiple teenagers, who also ran roughshod through the house in ruining parts of the structure and the majority of furniture, including two flat-screen televisions before taking a number items of value upon retreating.

Clayton is still in the hospital recovering from a broken jaw, among other injuries suffered in the attack.

The Buffalo News writes that according to police, Feggans may be a distant relative of the victim and knows the family. Also according to police Feggans has a history of criminal behavior, including an arrest for robbery the month before.

“Sadly, we all tried to help that kid,” said a former coach at Riverside.  “He, like so many before him think they got it all under control.”

As a junior last year, Feggans averaged over 22 points per game for Riverside and was named to the Buffalo Sports Daily All-Star Fourth Team. This year Feggans played as recently as December 27, scoring 16 points in a 61-56 loss to Cheektowaga. He was averaging 22.7 points in three games this season.

I’ll refrain from further comment without knowing more facts on the case, but to say this is sending negative shockwaves through the WNY high school sports scene is an understatement.







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