The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

January 2, 2014

Medina-CSAT boys basketball postponed

Winter weather wreaks havoc on local sports scene

By Kevin Prise
Medina Journal-Register


With a winter storm descending upon Western New York, after-school activities at Buffalo’s Charter School for Applied Technologies were cancelled last evening, in the best interests of safety for its students.

Consequently, the Medina-CSAT boys basketball contest scheduled to take place last evening at CSAT was postponed. The postponement marks the second such occurrence this winter season for the two teams, as the Mustangs and Eagles were originally scheduled to face each other in a Niagara-Orleans League-opening contest back on Dec. 13.

So rather than having the opportunity to quickly resume their league slate on the first day of classes in 2014, the Mustangs are off until Tuesday, when they will travel to face Albion in a 7 p.m. start.

Medina coach Tom Forrestel said it was the first time in his decade-plus coaching tenure at Medina that he can recall this type of double postponement.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” Forrestel said of the postponement. “We’ve just got to go with the flow and start thinking about the next game. It’s an old cliche, but we’re just going one game at a time.”

In preparation for Tuesday’s contest against traditional league rival Albion, the Mustangs will practice today, Sunday and Monday, Forrestel said. Albion and Medina split the season series last year, and Forrestel is leery of Purple Eagles junior Manny Thompson, who he credited as a standout pressure defender who has a knack for using his quickness to maintain proper positioning while pressuring.

Medina is currently 1-1 in league play and 4-2 overall, coming off a second-place finish in last weekend’s Pendleton Lions Club Tournament hosted by Starpoint HS. After falling to Starpoint by a 42-38 margin in the tournament final, the Mustangs want to focus on offensive discipline in the next few practice sessions before league play resumes, Forrestel said.

“Our biggest red flag in the Starpoint game was a lack of discipline on the offensive end,” Forrestel said. “We didn’t move the ball well, and we didn’t take great shots.”

CSAT is 2-0 in the league, with wins over Albion and Newfane.

On the girls side of the hardwood, Medina returns to action tonight in a 5 p.m. home contest against Global Concepts Charter School of Buffalo. Under the guidance of coach Ken Haak, the Lady Mustangs earned their first victory of the 2013-14 season in their final game before the holiday break, a 41-29 home victory over CSAT.

Haak and his crew hope to carry the momentum into tonight’s matchup, with the chance to build a winning streak heading into the stretch run of league competition.

“We are just looking for consistency,” Haak said. “We have shown glimpses of what we can do; our task is limiting turnovers. We are a team filled with solid athletes that just needs experience.”

Haak noted that the Global Concepts squad, coached by Molly Brewer, is traditionally very well-coached and will surely arrive in Medina ready to play.

In other girls basketball action, Barker will travel to Wilson for a 6:30 p.m. matchup tonight, in a game that features the league’s two lone unbeaten teams to this point in the young season. Both teams currently boast 2-0 marks in league play — Barker with wins over Newfane and Akron, and Wilson with wins over Roy-Hart and Albion.

The Albion girls squad travels to Akron tonight for a 6:30 p.m. start, in a contest that was also originally scheduled for Dec. 13. The Albion boys will host Akron in a make-up game at 7 p.m., while the Barker boys will host Wilson at 6:30.

In high school wrestling action, the Medina team coached by Eric Gross is scheduled to compete in a weekend tournament at Niagara County Community College, which will be held today and tomorrow.