MEDINA — After a 2012-13 season marked by an inability to fully come together as a unit on the court, the Medina boys basketball team wanted to demonstrate effective chemistry from the get-go this winter season.
Mission accomplished on Wednesday night. The Mustangs jumped out to a 46-13 halftime lead over Oakfield-Alabama and never looked back. Medina saw 11 players find the bottom of the net, and coach Tom Forrestel's squad cruised to a stress-free season-opening victory over Oakfield-Alabama, by a 71-43 margin.
"It was nice to see," Forrestel said. "I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this new group, but we executed our game plan very well. We built a nice lead with our defensive intensity, and we kept the tempo up. Our defensive pressure was very solid."
Multi-sport impact senior Munjie Brown had 16 points to share the scoring lead with sophomore Dylan Lewis, with the two combining to shoot five three-point baskets on the night. Senior Ben McPherson added nine points, while senior Kevin Arnold had eight, with junior point guard Jason Hellwig adding seven.
Senior Adam Hoot added four points, returning to the hardwood after leading the Medina soccer team to the Class B-1 title as starting goalkeeper.
Medina used a 28-4 advantage in the second quarter to pull away, after opening up an 18-9 edge at the end of the first. Oakfield-Alabama slowly cut into the margin as the second half moved along, but it was much too late. The damage had been done.
Medina moves on to face Burgard in a road contest this evening. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m., at the Burgard HS gym in the city of Buffalo.
Attica 50, Lyndonville 33
LYNDONVILLE — Attica jumped out to a 22-4 lead after the first quarter, and cruised from there to a 17-point victory over Lyndonville in a Genesee Region League contest on Wednesday evening.
Brandon Schoolcraft led the Tigers with 11 points, while Ty Hrovat added seven, as this pair of Medina/Lyndonville football standouts proved itself ready to go on the hardwood.
Attica led 28-13 at the half, and Lyndonville cut the margin to 34-24 after three quarters, but the Tigers couldn't complete the outside shot at a comeback.
Zack Kozma led Attica with 18 points on the evening.
Roy-Hart 55, Alexander 46
ALEXANDER — After earning its 100th consecutive win in Tuesday's victory over Attica, the Roy-Hart boys swim squad faced a stout test at defending Genesee Region League champion Alexander.
The match was close all night, but the Rams held tough and earned its 101st straight victory, in a non-league meet on Thursday evening. Roy Phipps won the 50 and 100 freestyle, Nich DiNardo won the 200 and 500 freestyle, and Lyle Wagner won the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke for coach Bruce Matthews' squad.
Matthews knew it would be a challenge, and he admitted to feeling some nerves the night before the meet.
"I didn't sleep too well last night," Matthews joked after his Rams earned the victory.
Roy-Hart improves to 3-0 in non-league play this season.
Barker 94, Notre Dame 65
BATAVIA — Three Raiders won individual races, as Barker improved to 3-0 on the winter season with a 29-point victory at Notre Dame-Batavia in a non-league meet on Thursday evening.
Casey Webb won the 50 freestyle for Barker, while John Stansbury won the 100 butterfly and Tim Flint took the 100 breaststroke.
The Raiders host HAC tomorrow, looking to make it four straight victories to start the season.
Byron-Bergen 74, Albion 52
BERGEN — Tim Blue won the 100 freestyle for the Purple Eagles, but Albion fell to 0-3 on the season with a tight loss at Byron-Bergen in a non-league meet on Thursday evening.
Bailey Maier emerged victorious for Albion in the 100 backstroke, and Morgan Seielstad won the 100 butterfly.
Roy-Hart 72, Alexander 22
ALEXANDER — Calee Coleman won the 200 and 500 freestyle, Lindsay Yates took the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the Lady Rams cruised to victory at Alexander in a non-league meet on Thursday evening.
Coach Bruce Matthews' squad improves to 3-0 this winter season, and will look to make it four straight tomorrow, in a home meet against Wheatland-Chili.
Barker 108, Notre Dame 55
BATAVIA — Brooke Targus won the 100 backstroke and 50 freestyle, as the Lady Raiders took an easy victory over Notre Dame-Batavia in a non-league meet on Thursday evening.
Renee Levy was also a double winner for Barker, emerging victorious in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Byron-Bergen 91, Albion 73
BERGEN — Brooke Wilson won the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle, but the Lady Purple Eagles dropped a tight decision at Byron-Bergen in a non-league swim meet on Thursday evening.
Elizabeth Furmanski won the 200 individual medley for coach Carlos Burroughs' Albion squad, and Olivia Neidert won the 500 freestyle, in an inspired effort across the board by the team.
Albion drops to 0-3 on the young season and will aim for its first victory tomorrow, in a non-league home contest against Notre Dame-Batavia.
Albion 46, Kendall 27
KENDALL — Coach Keith Piccirilli's Albion squad got its season off to a fine start with a 46-27 victory over host Kendall on Wednesday evening, in a non-league contest.
Ed Wolfe (170), Kollin Reynolds (195) and Austin Klein (285) all registered pins for the Purple Eagles, who also earned wins by forfeit in the 113, 126, 138 and 220-pound weight divisions.
Kendall earned four victories by pin as well, courtesy of Paul Urquhart (106), Riley Reis (132), Mason ReQua (145) and Justin Russell (152).
Justyn Haines earned a decision win at the 160-pound level for the Purple Eagles, who improve to 1-0 on the young winter season.