OP lineman plans Senn off
Two-time All-Western New York lineman Mike Senn of the Orchard Park football team has verbally committed to SUNY Albany. He will sign a partial athletic scholarship in February.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman is graduating in January to get a jump on his college career. “I’ve been planning that since I was a sophomore. The plan was to play football and to get college started early,” Senn said on Monday.
He plans to major in human biology. The football team will try him at offensive guard. He played tackle for the Quakers. “The coaches were great and they were able to bring me in early. Some colleges couldn’t do that. They had my preferred major and it’s not that far from home,” he said.
• A pair of Niagara-Wheatfield athletes will sign their letters of intent on Wednesday in the school library. Robert McMicking will sign with the University of Tampa to play lacrosse. Marissa Watroba will continue her swimming career at Canisius College.
W.S. East wins in OT; Canisius 8-0
Bryan McManus finished off a two-on-one rush by putting in the rebound of a shot by Mike Benaquist with 45 seconds left in overtime as West Seneca East earned a 4-3 win over Williamsville East. It was the Trojans’ fourth straight overtime game but the first time they have won.
Benaquist scored the game-tying goal at 7:07 of the third period in a back-and-forth game that saw WSW race to a 2-0 lead only to see the Flames rally to take a 3-2 lead. Austin Bianchi had two goals and an assist for Will East.
Sydney Glynn made 31 saves for the win to improve to 2-0-2 on the season.
Senior forward Greg Marsch had a goal and an assist as Canisius beat Orchard Park, 4-1, in a Federation game played at Leisure Rinks. Goalie Connor Naughton had 44 saves. The Crusaders improved to 8-0.
“It’s been a mixed bag, we’ve had a couple games where we’ve blown teams out and some of the local teams – Frontier played us to a 3-2 game – and tonight’s game against Orchard Park, they’re well-coached and played tough,” said coach Mike Broderick.
Walton, Murphy lift Holy Angels
Jontay Walton had 25 points, six rebounds and five steals while Awilda Murphy added 14 points with five assists in Holy Angels’ 53-34 win at Wilson. The Angels move to 4-2 while the loss is the first of the season for the Lakewomen (3-1).
Olivia Schmidt had seven three-pointers in finishing with 26 points as Holland won its ECIC IV opener, beating Alden, 62-55.
Schmidt also handed out six assists and Jamie King grabbed 10 rebounds.