by Todd Palmatier
After an exciting season of competition, ECS Eagles winter sports have come to an end and playoffs and states begin.
Senior standout Courtney Scanlon competed at state qualifiers for bowling last week and took home one of the six individual spots to compete in the state athletic girls bowling championships in Long Island for Section 6. The championships begin Saturday, March 1 in West Babylon, Long Island.
Scanlon threw a 534 series in the morning set and came back in the afternoon to bowl a 578 series, clinching the sixth and final spot on the team.
“I’m excited about going to states and glad to be representing Ellicottville Eagles and Section 6,” said Scanlon.
Scanlon has competed at sectionals for six years and is a four-time, 1st Team keggler in Division 3. She carried a 179 average for her senior year.
Gene Jankowski, CCA Division 3 league chairman, praised Scanlon saying she is one of the best bowlers we have had in Section 6 the past few years.
Sandy Olson, who has coached Scanlon since seventh grade, commended Scanlon on her improvement each year and knew she had the potential to make it to the states.
Skiers Head to Bristol
In high school alpine skiing, the Ellicottville Eagles did very well on their last meet at Kissing Bridge in Colden, N.Y.
In the girls’ race, Joran Lyford took home a second place and Shelby Toth finished third. Both have also qualified for the State Championships on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Bristol Mountain, near Canandaigua, N.Y.
In boys’ skiing, Alex Paddock took home a fourth place finish and has also qualified for the State Championships at Bristol Mountain.
The ECS community would like to wish these athletes the best of luck and hope they can bring home state titles!
Sectionals this Week
In basketball, both the boy and girls are deep in preparations for sectional playoffs this week.
The girls, under the direction of Chad Bartozek, take on Sherman Thursday night at Sherman at 7 p.m. The girls finished the season with wins over West Valley and Cattaraugus /Little Valley.
The boys’ basketball team finished up with a high seed in Section 6, Class D playoffs and will host Pine Valley for a third time. Both of the first two matchups were played with high intensity, each a knockdown, drag-out battle, with the Eagles prevailing in both games. The boys have the potential to go far in the playoffs if they are on their game.
Please come out Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at ECS to support the Eagles!