ecsBy Todd Palmatier

In boys basketball, the Eagles 5/6 Grade team took to the courts in the Hill-Warner Double Elimination Tourney held at Genesee Valley Central School in Belmont, NY. The Eagles finished 2nd overall out of 11 teams. The Eagles began the tourney with a dominant performance over the Cuba-Rushford team, leading from beginning to end with a double digit win. Leif Jimerson and Hayden Rust led the scoring while Harrison Newark led the Eagles with double digit rebounds. The Eagles next took on Immaculate Conception School of Wellsville, where Clayton Rowland and Wyatt Chudy shut down ICS’s two big men and led the team in scoring. Xander Ireland, Emilio Chavarria and Jameson Caldwell chipped in valuable points and rebounds. The Eagles then took on the Allegany Gators in the winners bracket and lost a 34-33 game in the last seconds on a layup at the buzzer.

In the fourth game of the day, the Eagles again took on ICS and dominated the game from beginning to end. The Eagles were led by Braedyn Palmatier and Liam Jimerson. That win over ICS took the Eagles into another match up with the Allegany Gators. The Eagles took the lead in the first half and held a 9-point lead going into the final minutes of the game, but after battling back and forth, they lost on a last-second basket by the Gators.

Coaches Phil Jimerson and Todd Palmatier praised these young men for their fight and told them that their hard work is paying off. The ECS basketball community has a lot of positive players coming into the school’s programs. Coach Palmatier said after 10 grueling hours of basketball, these boys were champions in our hearts. The Eagles move on to the Coudersport tourney on Feb. 28.

The Eagles varsity boys’ basketball team finished the week with a 1-1 record, winning a league match up over the Pine Valley Panthers on Saturday morning. Leading the way was freshman Elliott Bowen with 24 points and 14 rebounds and junior Jonas Hurlburt chipped in 7points for the Eagles. In Monday night’s match up with the Forestville Hornets, the Eagles played a back and forth game that saw both teams turn the ball over more than 25 times. The Hornets won a close 51-49 battle. The Eagles were led by Bowen 22 points and 16 rebounds and Griffin Chudy with15 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. The Eagles are now 11-7 overall and 6-3 in league play.

The varsity team next takes on North Collins to finish out the regular season on Thursday night in North Collins.

The Eagles boys’ JV basketball team lost both games this past week to Pine Valley and Forestville. In the Pine Valley game, freshmen Deric Leiper, Noah Stuve and Evan Palmatier led the Eagles in scoring, while in the Forestville game the Eagles were led by Austin Whitmer, Brennan Finn, Mitchell Sexton and Robert Neumann.

The boy’s modified basketball team won its fourth game in a row, defeating Allegany-Limestone38-32. The whole team put in its best defensive effort in the upset win. Leading the team in a strong rebounding game were Griffin Haley with 21 rebounds, Thomas Hackett with 9 rebounds and Steven Rowland with 8.  Rowland led the scoring attack with 18 points. Griffin Haley added 8 and Thomas Hackett chipped in 6.

The modified team defeated Portville Friday night 41-28 for its fifth straight win. Leading the scoring for the Eagles was Rowland with 20 points. Jordan Grinols had 7 points and Mitchell Gregory added 6. In the dominant rebounding game, the team was led by Haley’s 17 rebounds. Rowland added 8 and Brenden Chudy, Nik Logel and Thomas Hackett all added 5 boards in the win.

The Girls’ varsity basketball team had another good week 3-0 on the court as they beat West Valley on Friday night 57-26, Hinsdale on Monday night 49-26 and Forestville on Tuesday night 59-27.  This puts the Eagles 11-7 overall on the season and 7-3 in league play on the season. The Eagles were led offensively by Marissa Hamilton, Alexis Woodin, Evelyn Cortez and Linnea Jimerson, while the defense was led by Cheyenne Maybee, Caitlyn Golley and Courtney Charlesworth. The girls next take on North Collins Friday night which is also Senior Night.

The Ellicottville Youth Grapplers were in action over the weekend in Bradford, PA, with Noah Morlock coming home with a 1st place finish on Saturday. Simon Clark finished 4th in his weight class and Zac Clark, who did not place, had a very good weekend and was said to have wrestled his hardest matches of the year. Simon Clark returned to Bradford on Sunday and finished the day 4-0 to win his weight class.

The ECS Alpine Ski team has a meet this week to see which skiers will compete in the NY State Championships.

In youth football news, the Ellicottville Little Eagles’ Pee Wee head coach Brad Hurley retired after serving for 17-years in the role. As coach, he won the Super Bowls in 2006, 2011 and 2012 and also had three undefeated regular seasons. Hurley will now assume the role of President of the Cattaraugus County Midget Football League.

The Little Eagles and I, personally, would like to thank Hurley for all his hard work, dedication and commitment to Youth Football in Ellicottville. The Little Eagles are planning a retirement party for Coach Hurley in the near future. Again, thank you Brad, and good luck.