By Todd Palmatier
The Ellicottville Eagles Girls Varsity & JV teams each played one game last week and both came home with victories on the North Collins court. The JV team was led in the scoring department by Jenna Aldrich, Madison Harris and Sierra Maybee, while Maybee led the team in double digit rebounds as well.
The Varsity team made quick work of North Collins with a 59-19 final score. North Collins had no answer for sophomore stand-out Marissa Hamilton who scored 28 of the team’s 59 points (and three 3-pointers). Hamilton was followed in the scoring department by freshman Evelyn Cortez with 9 points. Cheyenne Maybee led the team in the boards with double-digit rebounds on the night. It was the first time all season the entire varsity squad scored in the game. The Eagles now stand at 7-5 overall and 4-1 in league play.
The Eagles Boys Varsity and JV teams had two games apiece last week. The JV team split the week 1-1 with a tough-fought loss to the Fillmore Eagles of Section 5. The team was led by sophomore Austin Whitmer and Freshman Noah Stuve in the scoring department, while Jay Magera and Evan Palmatier led the team in rebounds.
The JV team returned to the court Friday night to take on North Collins and came away with their first win of the season, 36-34. The team was led in the scoring department by Whitmer with 16, Derric Leiper with 13 and Jonah Rust with 3 to help the boys secure their first win.
In Varsity action, the team finished the week 2-0 with wins over Fillmore and North Collins. The Eagles won 51-30 over Fillmore and was led by the freshman triple-threat – Elliott Bowen with 17 points, Griffin Chudy with 9 and Austin Grinols with 7. In Friday night’s match-up with North Collins, the Eagles won 70-42 and were led by senior Captain Phalla Musall with 17 points. Freshmen Grinols and Bowen each chipped in 12 points on the night, and junior Cameron Eddy helped the Eagles with 11 points on the night. The Eagles are now 8-6 overall and 3-2 in league play.
In boys’ modified basketball, the Eagles start the season with a 1-2 record. They lost their first two games to Portville and Hinsdale but won over West Valley. Eighth grader Steven Rowland has led the team in all three games, scoring 16, 18 and 17 respectively. He also contributed double digit rebounds in each game. In the Portville game, Mitchell Gregory chipped in 6 points, while in the Hinsdale game Niklas Logel and Brenden Chudy each chipped in 3 points. In the win over West Valley, Jordan Grinols helped the Eagles win with 4 points in the winning cause.
In youth basketball, the Eagles 5/6 Grade team played in a Cuba Rebels round-robin tourney and walked away the winners of the Large School division, with wins over Franklinville (48-36) and Allegany (46-41). The boys returned to the court in Allegany on Sunday afternoon and continued their winning streak by beating the Gators 37-33. The Eagles have this week off as they prepare for a busy tournament schedule in the month of February.
In Alpine Skiing, the Eagles are still enjoying great success on the mountain in the Giant Slalom. At Kissing Bridge, Hannah Doro finished first & Shelby Toth took home second. For the boys, Jesse Both took second, Alex Paddock finished third, Adrian DeOrbe took ninth and Lucas Foster and Victor Reiman came home in 10th and 11th respectively. Coach Kelly Fredrickson is happy with the Eagles performances this year.
By Todd Palmatier