Olean on defensive
Junior forward Will Bathurst had 23 points and 16 rebounds to earn MVP as the Olean boys basketball team beat Maple Grove, 79-37, to win the 22nd Olean Tip-Off. The Huskies (2-0) beat rival Bradford, Pa., in the first round, 65-32.
Olean was 0 for 10 from three-point range and 5 of 10 from the free throw line at halftime, but still held a commanding 41-17 lead. “I told the boys at halftime, you’re up 24 points because of your defense,” Olean coach Jeff Anastasia said. “Right from start of preseason practice we’ve been telling them defense will keep you in games when you’re not shooting well. The guys are buying into what we’re telling them.”
The tournament marked the season debut for Olean, which reached the state final four last year in Class B. They next play Canisius as part of the ECIC/Monsignor Martin Association Challenge on Tuesday at St. Mary’s.
Elsewhere, Jake McNamara was named MVP for his defensive play as Alden beat Iroquois, 63-59, to win the 14th Greg D. Martin Tournament. The Bulldogs rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to lead by as many as 11 points in the third quarter. Dylan Dussault led Alden with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs knocked off ECIC I Orchard Park in the first round.
Saenger ends strong
Junior Marissa Saenger of Clarence finished 25th among a field of the top 40 runners in the country at the Footlocker National Cross Country Championship held Saturday in San Diego. The race was held under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-60s over the 5K course at Morley Field in Balbao Park. Saenger ran an 18:18 while the winner, Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Ind., ran a 17:25.
“I never dreamed I would make it this far so I’m excited, and this has been a great experience,” Saenger said. “I didn’t race quite as well as I hoped. I started to feel really terrible about halfway through, but I’m really happy with how I did, and I had nothing left at the end.”
Kenmore West finished 5-0 to take first place at the 8th annual Warrior Team Tournament at Cheektowaga. Anthony Argentieri, Shane Currey, Mark Sticke and John Grasso were named to the All-Tournament team from the Blue Devils. Runner-up Niagara-Wheatfield finished 4-1 and landed Marcus Popp on all-tourney. The event drew a field of 10 teams.
• Jake Zaleski of Williamsville North won the 132-pound class to earn Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Wildcat Dual Tournament at Depew.
• Akron went 4-1 to place second at the Holley Duals. Named all-tournament were: Adrian Ross (5-0), Garrett Schultz (5-0), Johnny Fiebelkorn (5-0), and Matt Fiebelkorn (4-1).