Leading off today:
It took Niagara Falls exactly one boys basketball game to notch a quality win for its 2012-13 resume.
Vinzell Wakins tied the game with two free throws with 1.8 seconds left in regulation, and senior Jermaine Crumpton's 3-pointer jump-started the Wolverines in overtime to beat highly touted Bishop Kearney 52-47 at the Cataract Classic on Friday.
Crumpton finished with 18 points, and guard Ramir Burton scored 16 – 13 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime. Watkins had 13 points.
“I can’t take too many more games like this,” Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino told The Buffalo News. “I’m just really happy for the kids. We tried to take the four non-league games we had and load up our schedule with challenges, and they were certainly a challenge.”
Sweet Home opened the tripleheader with a 52-49 win in double overtime over Niagara-Wheatfield. Sophomore Jordan Heine's first field goal of the game, a driving layup with four seconds left in the second overtime, proved decisive.
Girls basketball: Maple Hill extended its winning streak against Section 2 Patroon Conference foes to 100 games Friday with a 36-26 win at Chatham. Bella Nelson scored 12 points to extend the streak that began Dec. 6, 2006.
The legend of Saniya Chong grows. The UConn-bound guard fouled out late in the third quarter, but not before posting 37 points, eight assists, eight steals and four blocks in a 95-88 win over visiting Archbishop Molloy.
Cheserek repeats: Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict’s Prep School in Newark, N.J., successfully defended his title by winning the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego on Saturday.
Cheserek covered 5,000 meters in 14:59 to become the fourth boy to win back-to-back titles. Sean McGorty of Fairfax, Va., who led most of the race, finished second in 15:05.
Sophomore Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka, Ind., won the girls race in 17:25 despite suffering an early fall. New Yorkers Katie Lembo (Penfield, 18:05), Marissa Saenger (Clarence, 18:18) and Megan Reilly (Warwick Valley, 18:26), finished 21st, 25th and 31st, respectively.
Milestones: West Genesee's Frank Colabufo picked up his 300th coaching victory in hockey with a 4-0 win Friday over Cortland-Homer. Colabufo’s teams have won five straight Section 3 championships and seven overall, plus NYSPHSAA Division I championships in 2001 and 2010.
John Glenn girls basketball coach Andy Athanas earned career win No. 300 with a 45-39 win over Comsewogue on Thursday. Athanas has coached 25 years at Glenn, which is the two-time defending Section 11 Class A champion. Glenn won NYSPHSAA and Federation Class B titles in 2005.
Shrouded in mystery: Thursday's girls basketball game between Newburgh Free Academy and Washingtonville was postponed due to an unspecified practice issue with the NFA team, The Times Herald-Record reported.
"We had a number of days in a row where we were unable to practice," Newburgh AD Jack Mager told the newspaper.
Newburgh did not practice Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. The team did meet for a practice Tuesday at Mount Saint Mary College without school officials or coach Rich Desiderio present, and players approached there by the paper declined to comment.
Desiderio and Mager said practice resumed Thursday.