Hamburg, WSW win in hockey
Austin Bishop and Chris Moses had two goals and an assist each as Hamburg eliminated West Seneca East from the small school Federation hockey playoffs, 7-3. The Bulldogs (11-8-1) will face Williamsville East in the semifinals Tuesday.
Pat Ciancio scored twice and Brandon Bork added a goal and three assists as West Seneca West advanced with a 6-2 win over Williamsville South. The Indians (15-3-2) will face Sweet Home in the semis Tuesday.
Alden fires off Sectional title
Alden swept the .22 caliber and air rifle competitions at the Section VI Rifle Championships at Alden Middle School. The Bulldogs scored 1,089.32 in the .22, winning that title for the sixth straight year, and 1,108.35 in air rifle. Alden also won .22 and air rifle in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Individual Sectional champions were Mike Moore of Clarence in prone, Eddie Schmitt of Clarence in offhand, Alyson Sylvester of Alden in kneeling, Maxwell Arnold of Alden in aggregate and Sylvester in air rifle.
Several shooters qualified for the March 2 Rifle Regionals at West Point. Representing Section VI will be Arnold, Sylvester, Matt Schaefer, Connor Budziszewski, Katie Kaminski and Albert Boucher of Alden. This will be Sylvester’s fifth trip to the Regionals, a run she started in air rifle as an eighth grader.
All Stars joining the Alden group at regionals are Rhianna Lechthenthal (Orchard Park), Moore (Clarence) and Sarah Kaiser (Kenmore).
St. Mary’s/Deaf bows in final
The St. Mary’s School for the Deaf girls basketball team fell behind early and lost, 55-23, to the Rochester School for the Deaf in Sunday’s final of the Eastern Schools Deaf Athletic Association tournament in Providence, R.I.
Shakenya Ward-Brassell scored 13 points for Saints, who trailed, 24-3, after the first quarter. It was the Saints’ fourth straight appearance in the final.
In boys basketball, Craig Paige led four scorers in double figures as Niagara Catholic beat Walsh, 63-48. Andrew Adamson and Jonathan Jackson added 13 each for the winners. John Watson of Walsh led all scores with 22 points.