Niagara Gazette

December 20, 2013

HS SPORTS: Niagara Catholic wins at ECIC Challenge

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Catholic boys basketball team won a showcase game for the second time this season, beating Buffalo’s International Prep 62-57 on Thursday night at the ECIC Challenge at Canisius High School.

The Patriots (3-2) opened their season with a win over Grand Island in the Cataract Classic on Dec. 7 at Niagara Falls High School.

“We try to get in as many (showcases) as we can, especially locally,” said NC coach Eric Fields. “Anything that can get us some exposure and recognition.”

Andrew Adamson led NC on Thursday with a double-double, scoring a game-high 21 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. It was the senior forward’s second straight 20-point outing.

“He’s been aggressive in terms of getting his shot and going up strong for rebounds,” Fields said.

Senior Jonathan Jackson, junior Jake Socha and freshman Qeyion Williams filled out the stat book. Jackson had 16 points, six rebounds, six steals and three assists, while Williams had 12 points, six assists, four steals and three boards. Socha had only four points but added seven rebounds, three blocks, three assists and three steals.

”We played together,” Fields said. “Our guards got into the lane and we shared the ball well. We got some stops early and were able to get out and run.”

The Patriots take the court again Dec. 27-28 at the Christian Brothers Academy Tournament in Albany.

Will. South 70, Starpoint 49

Julian Mott, Ian Emerick, Christian Nodine and Brock Kroening each scored nine points for the Spartans (2-3, 1-2 ECIC II), who were done in by a 21-9 second quarter. Kroening added 11 rebounds while Nodine came down with seven.


Niagara Falls 54, Grand Island 31

Toni Polk had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds while Victoria Pryor led all scorers with 16 points for the Wolverines, who improved to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in NFL play for the second straight year. Ijo’Ana Laster added 11 points and nine boards in the win, while Dakaylah Winfield led GI (0-5, 0-3) with eight points.

Niagara Catholic 44, Buff. Seminary 36

Christina Schulte scored 13 points for the Patriots (4-1), who bounced back after their first loss of the season. Melissa Whisker added eight while Precious Adamson chipped in seven in the win, which gave NC a sweep over Buff. Sem. in two games.


North Tonawanda 4, Lew-Port 3

Marty Clark scored the game-winning goal and added two assists for the Lumberjacks, while Sam Rydewski found the back of the net twice and added a helper.


North Tonawanda 4, Niagara Falls 3

The Jacks (5-1) edged the Wolverines in points, even though Niagara Falls (3-3) outscored North Tonawanda in total pins, 3371 to 3336. Dillon Snopkowski rolled a 717 series for the Jacks, which included games of 254, 259 and 204.

Michael Blackburn and Nathan Fink led Niagara Falls with 608 and 607 series, respectively.

Lew-Port 5, Grand Island 2

Nick Nawrocki led the Lancers (4-2) with his 673 series that included a single game of 254. Colton McGraw had Grand Island’s leading single game with 223, while Randy Thomas had the highest series at 638.

Niagara-Wheatfield 5, Kenmore West 2

Collin Kitcho rolled games of 234 and 223 as part of a 649 series while Brian Churpita and Nate Maloney had series of 621 and 620, respectively, for the Falcons (6-0). Ken West’s (2-4) Jason Stopka rolled a 222, 236 and 219 for a 677 series to lead his school.

Overall, the Falcons knocked down 3626 pins while Ken West knocked down 3173.


Niagara Falls 7, North Tonawanda 0

Angela Gabriele led the Wolverines to a win over the Lady Jacks by 258 game and 646 series, while the team downed a total 3272 pins to North Tonawanda’s 2720.

Hailey Johnson rolled a 594 series for Niagara Falls. For North Tonawanda, Abbey Kieffer led with a 206 game and 533 series.

Grand Island 5, Lew-Port 2

Christina Sutton led the Vikings (5-1) with a 659 series, rolling games of 206, 227 and 226. Bonnie Chelikowsky rolled a 515 series.

For Lew-Port (0-6), Alexis Wade had the leading series with her 553, while Veronica Flynn had the highest individual game total at 199, part of her 532 series.

Lockport 6, Kenmore East 1

The Lions (3-3) knocked down a total 2924 pins while Ken East (1-5) dropped a total 2589. Lauren Pieroni led the winners with a 636 series that included games of 244 and 235. Kim Michalski led Ken East with a 227 game and 542 series.

Niagara-Wheatfield 7, Kenmore West 0

Marissa Stashak led the Falcons (4-2) with a 590 series that included a 229 single game. Julia Brown finished right behind her with a 214 game and 581 series. Emily Philips led Ken West (1-5) with a 481 series.