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Vikings open with win

The football pads are put away for the winter and Tuesday night was the busiest night yet of the high school basketball season.

Grand Island opened its season in good fashion putting four players in double figures in a 72-65 triumph at Starpoint in a nonleague boys game.

Senior Ryan Ross led the Vikings with 22 points. Joe Kulikowski added 15, Jadon Wegrzyn added 14 and Derrick Schutrim 10 as GI broke away in the third quarter, outscoring the Spartans, 21-13, to take an 18 point lead. Alex Leubner led Starpoint to 19 while Christian Nodine had 16 and Julian Mott 14.

Kyle Bradley, a 6-foot-4 junior, had 20 points but despite his efforts Wilson was handled by Lew-Port, 52-36, in a nonleague opener for both teams.

Junior Tristan Boling’s 26 points led Tonawanda over Roy-Hart, 65-48, as the Warriors evened their record at 1-1 with the mnonleague victory.

Law leads Pioneer girls

In girls basketball, Jacque Law scored 28 points for Pioneer in a 48-41 ECIC III opener against Springville. The Panthers got away to a 14-4 start in the first quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way.

Mount Mercy won an opening round game in the West Seneca Tipoff Tournament, defeating West Seneca East, 60-35, as Emily Sheehan led the way with 16 points. The Magic will face with West Seneca West or Depew in the championship game.

Mount St. Mary’s defeated Kenmore West in a duel of Town of Tonawanda teams, 47-42, as Samantha Barry led the way with 13 points.

NT’s Behr opens with 710

Kyle Behr of North Tonawanda got his Niagara Frontier League bowling season off to a good start with a 266 game and 710 series in the Lumberjacks’ 6-1 win over Lew-Port.

Marissa Staschak of Niagara-Wheatfield shot 246-632 as the Falcons edged Lockport, 4-3.