Lake Shore dominates
Lake Shore wrestlers won five weight class titles and 160-pound champion Alex Smythe of Eden was named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Spartan Invitational Tournament on Saturday at Williamsville North.
Smythe won two matches by fall before defeating Matt Kellner of Williamsville North, 18-6, in the 160 final.
Dominik Thomas (99 pounds), David Killian (106), Freddy Eckles (126), Brian Dils (195) and Luke Catalano (285) were the champions from Lake Shore. Top-seeded Eckles won his championship match, 15-0, over Jesse Harrison of Frontier after scoring a fall in 1:31 over Najeeb Salih of Lackawanna.
Lake Shore amassed 170 points to 144 for second-place Frontier. Thirteen schools competed.
Other winners were: 113-Matt Canau (Williamsville South), 120-Abdul-Fatah Alshawai (Lackawanna), 132-John Fields (Williamsville North), 138-Joe Aronica (Frontier), 145-Lucas McKeever (Gowanda), 152-Cody Richter (Gowanda), 170-Preston Smith (Kenmore East), 182-Nick Allen (Williamsville South) and 220-Garett Knoll (Hamburg).
Two records for Boyd
Jack Boyd set two pool and meet records in individual events and anchored a record-setting 200 freestyle relay for Canisius as the Crusaders led the scoring in the Schenectady Invitational swimming meet. Luke Otto of Canisius also set a pool and meet record in winning the 100 breaststroke in 58.91.
Canisius had 381 points to outpace second-place Shaker with 340.
Boyd, who was named Swimmer of the Meet, had record times in the 50 freestyle (21.87) and 100 free (47.00). The Canisius 200 relay of Allan Collins, Andrew Wojtowicz, Otto and Boyd swam 1:30.12. The same foursome won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:18.31. Another first-place finisher for Canisius was James Pokornowski in the 500 free (4:51.84).
Lancaster swims to title
Lancaster took first place in nine of the 12 events to take the team title in the 13th annual Jon Brockhurst Swimming Invitational at Lake Shore. The Redskins’ Rob Nowicki won the 100 butterfly (57.53) and the 500 freestyle (5:22.65), and Trevor Wyse won the 200 individual medley (2:13.26) and the 100 breaststroke (107.78), and both swam on two winning relays. Lancaster had 341.5 points to top a field of nine schools. Lake Shore was second with 202.
Kuehlewind first in shot
First places by McKenzie Kuehlewind and Ashley Grazen helped the Lancaster girls team to a third-place finish among 55 schools at the Dartmouth College Relays in Hanover, N.H. Kuehlewind won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet 2¼ inches. She also was second in the 20-pound weight throw (47-9¼). Grazen won the 55-meter dash in 7.19 seconds. The 4x200 relay of Molly Scarpello, Grazen, Tiffany Cycon and Allie Mazur finished second in 1:48.58.
The Lancaster boys got school-record performances from Mitch Fuller and Tony DeYoung in finishing fifth among 61 schools. Fuller was second in the 55 dash in 6.64 seconds while DeYoung was second in the shot put at 57-2½. Brandon Sicurella was third in the shot (54-9½).
Mercy, Nardin win
Mount Mercy trailed most of the game and had to overcome a 31-point performance by Jordan Heinold of Immaculata to defeat the Bears, 64-59 in overtime in the championship game of the Waste Management Tournament game hosted by Pioneer.
Emily Sheehan led the Magic with 22 points, but Courtney Kaczor hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, then hit another three in the extra session. She finished with 11 points.
Rachel Favre’s three-pointer with about a minute left, her only basket of the game, snapped a 50-all tie and Nardin opened its Monsignor Martin Association league season with a huge victory, 53-52, over Sacred Heart. Each side missed one-and-one free throws in the final minute. Nicole Frantz and Leah Bellito had 12 points each to lead the Gators. Frantz had all her points in the first quarter when she hit four three-pointers.
“It’s the second time we beat them this year, 53-52. The first time was a non-league game,” said Nardin coach Joe Dougherty. “I’ve been here for years, and its the first year we’ve beaten them.”
St. Joe’s bounced back from its loss to arch-rival Canisius with an impressive 5-2 triumph over Niagara-Wheatfield in their Western New York Hockey Federation game at the Northtown Center. Peter Chopra made 21 saves for the Marauders. Matthew Barnaby Jr. had a pair of assists for the winners. … No. 2 ranked small school Olean traveled to Rochester and suffered a 64-59 defeat to Aquinas. The Huskies took a one-point lead into the fourth quarter, but were outscored, 22-16. Nick Schmidt had 20 points and eight rebounds for Olean.
‘Canes want Wheatley
Canisius junior tight end/defensive end Tyrone Wheatley Jr. has picked up another scholarship offer from a high-profile college program. According to Allen Trieu of scout.com, Wheatley has received an offer from Miami (Fla.) as a tight end.
Among other schools recruiting the son of Buffalo Bills running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley are Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse and Wisconsin.