by Todd Palmatier

The Southwestern Youth Association basketball program 3-4 graders won a tough battle to the Salamanca Warriors Green Team, the ECS 5-6 grade team pulled a tough-fought victory over the Warriors. The Ellicottville 5-6 grade girls’ team won their first game over the Salamanca Warriors’ Pink team 22-20. The team was led by Jillian Tomsick, Brooke Eddy, Ainsley Watt, Sadie Boyla and Evelyn Nuzzo. The 5-6 grade boys’ team will be competing in the Hill Warner Memorial Tourney next weekend in Genesee, N.Y.

The Ellicottville girls’ varsity basketball team beat back the North Collins girls team on back-to-back nights in Ellicottville and in North Collins. The team was led by Kara Conroy and Marissa Hamilton at home and on the road as well. The team beat back Forestville in Forestville this week as well.

The Girls’ Senior Night is on Feb. 14 at ECS. The ECS Sports Booster Club will be unveiling the girls’ 1000-point scorers’ banner that night. Please come out for this great evening! The girls’ 1000-point scorers are Amy Reed, Kylie Lindell and Janae Hamilton.

The boys’ basketball team finished the week 1-1 with a win over North Collins and a home loss to Forestville. The team’s season is winding down and plays a grudge match this Friday night in Pine Valley. The boys are asking their fans and families to make the trek to Cherry Creek for the game.

The Eagles Boys’ Senior Night is next Thursday, Feb. 13 and the ECS Sports Booster Club will be unveiling the boys’ 1000 point scorers’ banners that night, and they are hoping the scorers on the banner can make it back for this event. The boys’ scorers are Bob Emke 1958, Kenneth Hinman 1963, Colman Roach 1988, Robert Reed 1992 and Matt Linsler 1996.

The Ellicottville modified boys’ basketball team has taken some tough losses this past week to large schools Portville and Allegany/Limestone.

The ECS ski team was in action last week. In the men’s giant slalom, Alex Paddock finished 3rd and Lucas Foster finished 7th. In the girls’ slalom, Joran Lyford and Shelby Toth finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, at Kissing Bridge.

The next Sports Booster Club meeting is Feb. 17 in the ECS high school cafeteria. Anyone interested in attending meetings is encouraged to do so. Current members would like to extend many thanks for those who have continued to help in the operation of the concession stand at all basketball games. Parents of the student athletes have helped tremendously at every game, including the selling of 50/50 tickets. Again, thank you to everyone who has helped!

Little League baseball and softball will be holding it 2014 organizational meeting in the coming weeks and is looking for volunteer coaches and umpires. If you are interested in coaching a team in the Ellicottville, Little Valley or Cattaraugus area, please contact Todd Palmatier at (716) 244-0964. You can also contact him on the ECLV Facebook page as well.