Williamsville South sophomore Joe Licata had three three-pointers, giving him 101 in his career, in a victory against Newfane in the Jolly Boys Tournament. Licata has had at least one three-pointer in all 28 varsity games he’s played. The win was No. 299 for Al Monaco, who goes for No. 300 tonight against Williamsville North.
Albertus Magnus girls triumph: Albertus Magnus beat Our Lady of Lourdes, 65-47, to win the Slam Dunk girls basketball tournament a day after rallying from 17 points down in the semifinals against Greece Athena.
Maura Power (14 points) made four three-pointers in the first half and Alaina Walker scored 21 points and made six steals.
Rough day for Big Apple teams: Wheeler (Ga.) dominated Boys & Girls, 78-53, in a quarterfinal at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.. Boys & Girls is ranked 13th in Class AA by the NYSSWA. Wheeler posted a 101-84 victory over No. 1 Abraham Lincoln last week.
Lamont Samuell had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Michael Taylor added 14 points and seven rebounds for Boys & Girls (8-3). Tahj Tate led the winners with 23 points, Wake Forest recruit Ari Stewart added 15 and North Carolina State recruit Richard Howell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
No. 18 St. Raymond's dropped a 63-43 decision to Word of God from North Carolina in the semifinals of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.
In the consolation bracket of the Tampa Hoops Classic , Clearwater (Fla.) beat Thomas Jefferson, 66-60, as Keith Spellman scored 36 points.
Two big names in football die: Americo "Ben" Bedini, who compiled a 95-7 football coaching record at Rye and Port Chester and was Iona College's first coach, died Sunday in Raleigh, N.C., The Journal News reported. He was 87.
In 1954, he took over a Rye team that had won 18 games in a row and extended the streak to 33. He also had another 33-game win streak in 1960. Bedini then moved on to Iona, where he guided the Gaels to a 9-0 record and a televised Bowl win over Kings College in 1967. Bedini also was an assistant at Fordham and an NFL scout working with Sam Rutigliano's Browns and Marty Schottenheimer's Chiefs.
Former Williamsville South coach Mike Kelly died Saturday at the age of 62. Hired in 1975, he spent 28 years serving as an assistant football coach, head coach and girls basketball coach. He also had coaching stints at Clarence, Williamsville East, West Seneca West, West Seneca East, Maryvale and Wilson.
"He was a very intelligent fella, a master of gamesmanship,” Chuck Huber, South’s football coach from 1975 to 1998, told The Buffalo News. “He could see things differently and bring that out in people. He was very good with words. He even used to write a column in the Amherst Bee under the pen name Mick Matthews and the kids never knew it was him.”