by Todd Palmatier

It’s been a busy couple weeks in Ellicottville Sports. In youth basketball, the Ellicottville Spurs finished a perfect 10-0 season in the 12-13 year old division at the Olean YMCA. The Ellicottville Knicks finished their season with a win to complete their season. This team has improved steadily over the past few weeks. The 8-9 year old Spurs also finished with a victory and completed an 8-2 season.

The SYA Basketball program kicked off this past week under the guidance of Shana Chudy and Phil Jimerson. While the Ellicottville 3-4 graders lost a tough battle to the Salamanca Warriors, the ECS 5-6 grade team pulled a tough-fought victory over the Warriors. The 5-6 Grade boys team will be competing in the upcoming Hill Warner Memorial Tourney in Geneseo.

The Ellicottville girls’ varsity basketball team has had a rough few games, losing hard-fought battles to Pine Valley, West Valley, Salamanca and Franklinville over the past few weeks. The team has been led by Marissa Hamilton, Alexis Woodin and Kara Conroy in the scoring and rebounding departments. The girls’ JV squad has been doing just the opposite; this team has been having their way with JV squads from those schools. The JV team has been led by 8th grader Evelyn Cortez, freshmen Jenna Aldrich and Madison Harris. The girls play back-to-back games Thursday and Friday against North Collins.

The boys’ basketball team has been enjoying some success over the past few weeks, finishing the four-game stretch 3-1 with victories over West Valley, North Collins and archrival Franklinville Panthers. After trailing the entire game against the Panthers, the Eagles won 53-49 in the last minute of the game. The team has been led by senior guard Cameron Wilson, Jr., Phalla Musall, and seniors Tanner Gregory and Dylan Paprocki, and sophomore Tommy Easton. Coach Dave McCann is getting his team ready for a return game with North Collins on Saturday and prepping for Section 6 playoffs in the coming weeks. The boys JV squad is playing strong, finishing 2-1. Their only loss to Franklinville, the JV team has been led by sophomores Robert Sawicki and Cameron Eddy, and 8th graders Austin Grinols and Griffin Chudy. Next, the boys will play away at North Collins this Saturday.

The ECS modified boys’ basketball team has kicked off their season with the 7th grade team finishing the first two games 1-1. This included a victory over Catt/LV and a tough loss to Franklinville. The team is led by Brennan Finn, Brenden Chudy and Steve Rowland. The 8th grade team finished 1-2 with a victory over West Valley and losses to Catt/LV and Franklinville. The team this year is being led by Noah Stuve, Jonah Rust, Deric Leiper, Parker Rieman, Mitchell Sexton and Evan Palmatier. Their next game is Friday at ECS starting at 5 p.m.

The Ellicottville ski team was in action last week at Holiday Valley. In the men’s giant slalom, Alex Paddock finished 2nd and Lucas Foster finished 9th. In the girls slalom, Joran Lyford and Shelby Toth finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The Ellicottville Sports Boosters have been continuing to work very hard for our student athletes and met recently. They are working on many new projects. They have already put up the school’s championship banners and are getting set to unveil the boys’ and girls’ basketball 1000 point scorers’ banners. Additionally, the Sports Boosters is looking into refurbishing or replacing the school mascot. In future fundraising efforts, they are looking at hosting an event this summer with either a DJ or live band. This event would also include a raffle and would likely be held at the Great Valley Fire Hall Playhouse. More details will follow in the coming months. The Booster Club will also be hosting their annual golf tournament this summer at Holiday Valley Resort. Please note that the Sports Booster Club is also actively setting up a scholarship for both a male and female student athletes to be awarded at graduation. The group’s next meeting is Feb. 17 in the ECS high school cafeteria. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend meetings. 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.

Baseball and softball seasons are right around the corner.