Leading off today:
Park School, Buffalo's top-ranked boys Class A basketball team, was taken to double overtime Saturday before pulling away for a 105-96 win
over Bishop Kearney.
Jordan Nwora paced the Pioneers with 35 points, Kyle Harris scored 22 and freshman guard Noah Hutchins added 20. Quinton Rose led Kearney with 21.
Park, the Federation Class B champ last March, overcame a 69-58 deficit in the fourth quarter only to see Kearney tie at the end of regulation on a pair of free throws by Nahziah Carter (20 points) with 17 seconds to go. Kearney forced the second overtime when Shykell Brown made a 3-pointer with 34 seconds left in the first extra period.
A 3-point basket by Nwora started a decisive 7-0 run for the Pioneers in the second overtime.
It was the second tough loss of the week for Kearney (5-5). The Kings lost 86-81 to defending NYSPHSAA champ Shenendehowa, ranked seventh in the state in Class AA this week.
Spackenkill coach/ teacher dies: Spackenkill is mourning former varsity boys soccer and track coach Tony Kutch, who died Friday shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He had most recently been an assistant soccer coach and the PA announcer for basketball and football games.
Kutch's career as a physical education teacher in the district spanned four decades.
Bitterness remains: The lengthy fight over the mascot and nickname change for Lancaster's teams is nowhere close to over, as we were reminded last week. The Buffalo News reported that the former booster club is the source of the latest controversy.
According to the paper, former school board member Wendy S. Buchert filed a complaint with the district in August over the Lancaster Redskins Boosters Club's ability to make political contributions.