by Todd Palmatier

The Ellicottville 5/6 grade boys’ basketball team, fresh off a 3rd place finish in the Seneca Nation CCC basketball season, took to the hardwood on Sunday, Jan. 11 to compete in a single-elimination tourney. They had a bye into the 2nd round where they were matched up against the Randolph Cardinals. The Eagles, led by Leif Jimerson and Clayton Rowland, raced off to a 12-2 lead, but Randolph fought their way back into the game. This is when Wyatt Chudy, Harrison Newark and Hayden Rust got hot and helped the Eagles to a 25-25 tie at the end of regulation play. The Eagles then ran off 8 straight points to beat Randolph 34-27 in overtime.

The team had some superb minutes on defense by Braedyn Palmatier, Xander Ireland, Liam Jimerson, Jamison Caldwell and Emilio Chavarria to help the Eagles to victory. The team took on a well rested CCC team in the semifinals but lost a hard-fought battle 37-32 to finish in 3rd place overall in the one day tournament. Congratulations to these boys!

The team plays in Cuba on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m., and then takes on Allegany on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. These young men will be participating in several tournaments over the next few months representing ECS.

In youth wrestling this week, ECS grapplers competed in the Falconer Falcons NYWAY tourney. Both Noah Morlock and Zac Clark finished 2nd in their weight classes, while Simon Clark had a good day winning two matches. Morlock is off to Canisteo and both Clarks will be in Randolph this week.

In boys’ basketball, the varsity team travelled to West Valley to host the West Valley Wildcats (although the game was played in West Valley, the Eagles were the home team due to construction at ECS). The Eagles beat back the Wildcats 65-47. The Eagles were led by the Freshman trio of Austin Grinols with 15 points, Elliott Bowen with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Griffin Chudy with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Phalla Musall chipped in 7 points. The Eagles are now 5-5 overall for the season. They take on Forestville on Friday, Jan. 16 and Pine Valley on Jan. 20.

In girls’ basketball, the varsity team took to the hardwood and won their games against the Pine Valley Panthers with a 43-31 win and West Valley Wildcats with a 43-24 victory. In the Pine Valley game, sophomore Marisa Hamilton led the team in scoring with 22 points, followed by senior Alexis Woodin with 8 points and 8th grader Linnea Jimerson with 6 points to lead the charge. Rebecca Hagon and Evie Cortez led the defense.

In the West Valley game, Hamilton had 18 points, Cortez had 9 points and Courtney Charlesworth, Cheyenne Maybee, Jimerson and Woodin each chipped in 4 points to pace the Eagles. The girls’ JV team lost to Pine Valley but won against West Valley. Sophomores Jenna Aldrich and Madison Harris led the team in scoring, while Sierra Maybee led the team with double digit rebounds in both games. Both the varsity and JV take on the Forestville Hornets in West Valley on Thursday, Jan. 15.