Leading off today:
Forward Ryan McDonald scored quick goals in the first and second period to spark West Genesee
to a 5-1 win over Saratoga in the Saturday semifinals of the NYSPHSAA boys Division I hockey tournament at HarborCenter in Buffalo.
Marshall Winn also scored twice for the Wildcats, but it was McDonald's goals 22 seconds into the game and 31 seconds into the second period that set the tone.
"We knew if we were scoring early and hard we could just control the game from there and keep it rolling," McDonald told Syracuse.com.
West Genesee will meet Mamaroneck in Sunday's final. The Tigers advanced by topping Pittsford 5-2 as Alex Ewald scored two first goals.
Ewald's second goal was the first of two Mamaroneck power-play tallies early in the third period.
"We just felt like we were going to win this game. I really can't describe it," Ewald told The Journal News. "There was no doubt in my mind that we were going to come out and have a strong game."
Ewald opened the scoring at 12:27 of the first period with a power-play goal he never saw.
"I just chipped the puck in deep and just tried to throw it on net on my backhand," he said. “I actually got laid out when I shot it so I had no idea where the puck went but my teammates started dogpiling on me."
Division II hockey: Skaneateles scored all its goals in the third period to rally past Pelham and reach the Sunday final.
Reggie Buell, Ray Falso and Reece Eddy connected to help the Lakers advance. Pelham lead after two periods thanks to Gibson Smith, who scored while the Pelicans were playing two men down following penalties.
Falso scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third, and Eddy added insurance by finding the open net while Pelham skated 6-on-4 after a Skaneateles penalty.
"They've been doing it all year, Skaneateles coach Mitch Major said. "These guys believe in themselves so much. ... I wasn't shocked, but I was happy that occurred, obviously."
In the day's last semifinal, Kenmore East scored six times in the first period and blitzed Lake Placid 11-0. A.J. Marinelli recorded a hat trick in the first period on the way to a four-goal, four-assist performance and linemate Trevor Pray scored three and set up three more. Anthony Tulipane tacked on two goals and two assists.
Kenmore East, which scored three times in 5-on-3 situations, held a 28-4 advantage in shots through two periods.
CHSAA girls basketball: Buffalo Sacred Heart earned its first state title since 1993, beating Manhasset St. Mary's 61-53 in Class A at St. John Villa High School. Sarah Young finished with 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 9-for-10 at the line.
Micaela Ryan (20 points) made three first-half 3-pointers to help build a 29-22 lead, but St. Mary's rallied in the second half as sophomore Kadaja Bailey (21 points) led the way. The Sharks outscored St. Mary's 24-14 in the fourth quarter.
Sacred Heart moves on to next weekend's Federation tournament in Albany.
The CHSAA Class AA rep will be St. Anthony's, a 57-43 winner of Monsignor Scanlan to capture its second trophy in three years.
Taylor Goode had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Friars, who started five Division I college signees. Jayla Jones-Pack had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Allyson Murphy added 11 points.
The Friars built on their 27-21 halftime lead quickly. Jones-Pack tallied a basket off a rebound and quickly the margin was 33-21.
Indoor track: It wasn't quite Beamon-esque, but it was still exceptionally good.