Sweet Home tops South

Beating your closest rivals on their home court with first place at stake. That’s a big win.

“It was a huge for us. It was the kind of hurdle we needed to cross heading into the second half of the season,” said Sweet Home coach Scott Martin after his Panthers defeated Williamsville South, 54-43, to remain unbeaten in ECIC II. The teams went into the game each with a 5-0 division record.

The Panthers got strong performances from usual high scorers Khalid Barnes (18 points) and Michael Torrillo (13), and Jordan Heine came off the bench and made a major contribution even though the 5-foot-5 sophomore did not score.

“He was outstanding defensively,” Martin said. “He really changed the complexion of the game in the third quarter and propelled our team to a double-digit lead. He was a real pest and very active against their guards and that can be frustrating.”

Cleve Hill wins in ECIC IV

Cleveland Hill (10-1, 6-0 ECIC IV), the No. 4 ranked small school in WNY, stayed unbeaten in division play with a 57-42 victory over visiting Holland. Junior Aaron Phillips led the Golden Eagles with 15 points and six assists. Jermaine Hairston had 12 rebounds while Richard Sotero and Jordan Park had 11 points each.

“Our defensive quickness is helping us and Phillips is doing a nice job on rebounds,” said Cleve Hill coach Jason Przybysz. “We have good leadership and a nicely balanced team.”

Maryvale outscored Cheektowaga, 43-20, in the middle two periods and went on to a 67-46 victory over the host Warriors in their ECIC III game. Maryvale (5-2) remained tied for second in the division. Max Aikin had 17 points and six rebounds in the victory while teammates Demetri McCallie chipped in with 14 points and Ed Smith had 10 to go with eight boards.

St. Joe’s tops Canisius on mat

St. Joe’s won 10 of the 14 weight classes in a 60-17 triumph over Canisius in Monsignor Martin wrestling.

“I was pleased with the way our guys performed tonight,” said St. Joe’s coach Pete Kennedy. “We had a number of first period pins to start off. Sophomore Dominic Caruso at 113 kind of got it rolling with a first period pin.”

Other winners for St. Joe’s were defending Monsignor Martin champions Travis Berube at 138 and sophomore Richie Jones at 152, Nick Custodi who won by fall at 126 and Jon Tabor on a fall at 170.

James Thomas (182), Mike Sharpe (195) and Solomon Renfro (220) won matches for Canisius.

St. Joe’s (5-7, 1-0) will face St. Francis next.

Antonio Perna registered a pin at 1:30 of his 132-pound match in Lake Shore’s 48-21 triumph over Pioneer as the Eagles improved their record to 5-0 in ECIC II and 25-3 overall.

Nick Fillar got Lake Shore off with a 5-3 decision at 106 pounds.

Historic 300 game for Streer

Dan Streer, a sophomore, bowled the first 300 game in the history of Iroquois boys bowling as the Chiefs rolled past Pioneer, 6-1, in their ECIC South Small Schools division match.