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Macks win league opener

McKinley, undefeated the last two years in the Yale Cup, opened defense of its title with a convincing 82-54 win over Burgard.

The Macks raced to a 23-10 lead after the first quarter. Varin Leonard led McKinley with 18 points and 10 rebounds. D’Andre Steward added 15 points and 10 steals.

Lafayette gave up 38 points in the fourth quarter, but still managed to beat Olmsted in its opener, 67-64. The Violets enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the game, but Olmsted used a full court press to get back in it.

With two seconds left, Lafayette had the ball out of bounds, but turned it over. Olmsted inbounded the ball, but missed a desperation three-pointer from the left wing.

Lester Diaz led Lafayette with 22 points and four steals. Adam Figueroa added 16 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter mostly on fast break layups.

All-State girls soccer

Section VI landed 25 players, six first teamers, along with the coach and player of the year in Class C, on the New York State girls soccer team, released by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

Sophomore Olivia Schmidt of Holland was named the Class C Player of the Year while her coach and father, George, was named a co-coach of the year. Olivia also earned first team All-State along with senior Cortnie Vaughn of Allegany-Limestone and senior Chelsea Grupp of Holland. The Dutchwomen won the state title in Class C.

Also making first team was senior Cailin Regan of Akron in Class B and sophomore Morgan Zlockie and Elizabeth Wendel of Ellicottville in Class D. Others cited were:

Class AA: Second team: Sydney Cerza-10 (Clarence), Merideth Licata-12 (Williamsville North). Third team: Lauren Fibich-11 (West Seneca West), Caitlyn Roberts-12 (Clarence). Sixth team: Megan Barry-11 (Williamsville North).

Class A: Second team: Carissima Cutrona-12 (Williamsville South). Third team: Kara Daly-10 (Hamburg). Fourth team: Monique Green-11 (Williamsville South). Fifth team: Bridget Scioli-12 (Williamsville East). Sixth team: Emily Opelinski-12 (Williamsville East), Sarah Donohue-12 (Nardin).

Class B: First team: Regan (Akron). Fourth team: Paige Buscaglia-11 (Akron). Fifth team: Val McNamara-12 (Nichols).

Class C: First team: Schmidt (Holland), Vaughn (Allegany-Limestone), Grupp (Holland). Second team: Emma Franczak-11 (Maple Grove), Janessa Annis-10 (Frewsburg). Third team: Kristen Heitzhaus-12 (Holland), Julie Barton-11 (Allegany-Limestone). Fourth team: Molly Zientek-10 (Holland).

Class D: First team: Zlockie-10 (Ellicottville), Wendel-12 (Ellicottville). Second team: Chantel Perez-12 (Ellicottville).

Close call for Sharks

Awilda Murphy made three free throws with 3.4 seconds left as the Sacred Heart basketball team improved to 4-2 with a 66-64 nonleague win over Mount St. Mary.

Murphy dribbled down on the left side and got fouled while attempting a three-pointer. She cashed them all. Maria Gabriele then stole the Mount’s inbound pass at midcourt to end it.

This is the third game Sacred Heart has won by two points or less. Murphy finished with 19 points and sophomore Sarah Young added 17 with 14 rebounds.

In what was a shootout, Nardin outlasted Christian Central, 78-70. Alyssa Lesakowski, a transfer from Kenmore West, netted 22 points with four three-pointers , and Leah Bellitto added 21 with eight rebounds.

“We both tried to push it,” said Nardin coach Joe Dougherty. “We shoot a lot of threes, today we hit nine of 23, you live by it, you die by it. Today we shot pretty well.”