HIGH ROLLERS

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Kolacz sisters, Kayla and Alyssa, are headed to roller skating nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska.

NORTH TONAWANDA — A pair of Pendleton sisters are headed to the 2018 National Roller Skating Championships, July 22 through Aug. 4 in Lincoln, Neb.

Kayla Kolacz, a 2017 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and current Niagara University student, will represent the Rainbow Skating Club in North Tonawanda at the 2018 National Roller Skating Championship in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Her sister, Alyssa, a 2018 graduate of Cardinal O’Hara, has earned her way to the National Roller Skating Championships by winning three bronze medals in the Sophomore ladies figures, loops and combined figures.

Kayla qualified for the nationals by defending her title in the Sophomore Ladies Figures for the third consecutive year.

She is the first roller skater from the northeast region to have ever won the event three consecutive years. She also received silver medals in Sophomore Ladies loops and combined figures.

The girls are the daughters of David and Michelle Brown Kolacz of Pendleton.

This years Northeast Regionals took place in Tauton, Mass.

The girls, coached by their mother, train daily at Rainbow Roller Rink.

Canisius will play Villanova

BUFFALO — The Canisius men’s basketball team will meet defending national champion Villanova in its first game of the 13th annual AdvoCare Invitational, ESPN Events announced Wednesday.

The AdvoCare Invitational is scheduled to be played Nov. 22, 23 and 25 at HP Field House at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Canisius’ game against Villanova, which is set for Nov. 22 at 1:30 p.m., on either ESPN or ESPN2, will mark the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Golden Griffins play the defending national champion. In that season, Canisius played at Syracuse, and lost to the No. 17 ranked Orange, 87-70, in the Carrier Dome.

This year's Thanksgiving night match-up will be the 30th all-time meeting between Griffs and the Wildcats, and the first since March 17, 1994, when the two programs played in the first round of the 1994 NIT in Philadelphia.

With the full tournament bracket announcement on Wednesday, Canisius learned it will play Memphis or Oklahoma State on Friday, Nov. 23 at either 11:30 a.m., or 1:30 p.m. The Blue and Gold will face College of Charleston, Florida State, LSU, or UAB to close out the tournament.

The bracket-format tournament features 12 games over three days. Teams will compete once a day, advancing with a victory. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the 13th annual AdvoCare Invitational championship game on Nov. 25.

Fans can purchase official travel and ticket packages for the 2018 AdvoCare Invitational through Anthony Travel, the Official Travel Partner for the AdvoCare Invitational. To learn more about Anthony Travel's Official Travel Packages, visit anthonytravel.com/advocare-invitational.

The Griffs posted the ninth 20-win season in program history last year after the Blue and Gold went 21-12 overall to go with a 15-3 record in MAAC play. Those 15 league victories, a program record for conference wins in a season, earned Canisius a share of the MAAC regular-season crown, the program’s first since 1993-94.