The young, but promising Lockport boys and girls bowling teams dropped their 2013-14 Niagara Frontier League openers to Niagara-Wheatfield on Tuesday at Brad Angelo Lanes.
The defending league-champion Falcons beat the Lions, 7-0, winning the pin count by 3,711 to 3,179
Collin Kitcho led the winners with a 246 single and 698 series.
Freshman Zach Wilkesmore topped head coach Marion Singleton’s Lions with a 217 single and 612 three-game set.
In girls action, the Lady Falcons slipped by the Lady Lions, 4-3, winning the pin count by a narrow 3,055 to 2,947 margin.
Marissa Staschak led the winners with a 246-632. Lockport was led by junior Lauren Pieroni with a 211 single and 596 series.
Singleton’s Lions were 5-9 in the NFL a year ago, while the Lady Lions were 11-3. Lockport’s girls finished tied for second with North Tonawanda in the league, while Niagara Falls took the 2012-13 NFL championship.
Key losses to graduation are NFL individual champion Kelly Masiello, a First Team All-NFL bowler and Brittany Wright, who’s still active in local bowling circles. Wright was a Second Team All-NFL bowler last year.
Freshman Jared Swift is one of the most promising blue and gold keglers this season. Other key returners on the boys side are sophomore John “J.J.” Ritz and freshmen Wilkesmore and Tyler Nolte.
Among the key returners on the Lady Lions’ roster are Pieroni and senior Katie Bars.
Rounding out the LHS boys roster are seniors Christopher Hermann and Ryan Lambert, junior Christopher Williamson, freshmen Ian Brant, John Pelletier and Zach Wilkesmore, eighth graders Thomas Loveric and Damien Mault; and seventh grader Brandon Pardee.
Rounding out the LHS girls roster are juniors Patricia Dudkowski, Melanie Fonner, Savannah King, Marisa Metzger and Samantha Walton; eighth graders Rebecca Albright and Jordan Hausler; and seventh graders Hannah Clayton, Samantha Jaeger, Aimee Jo Maskell, Alexia McDonald, Alexandria Ritz and Emily Swendsen.
Lew-Port 52, Wilson 36
YOUNGSTOWN — Jernard Jackson (13), Zach Keegan (12) and Colton Stallard (10) each scored in double figures for the Lancers (1-0) in Tuesday’s non-league, season-opening win over Wilson (0-1).
Kyle Bradley led all scorers with 20 points for the visiting Lakemen.
Grand Island 72, Starpoint 65
GRAND ISLAND — Ryan Ross led the Vikings (1-0) in Tuesday’s non-league win with 22 points. Joe Kulikowski added 15 for the winners, while Derek Schutrum chipped in with 10 points and a dozen blocks.
Alex Laubner netted 19 and Chris Nodine added 16 for the Spartans (0-1).
Cleve Hill 73, Roy-Hart 67
MIDDLEPORT — It was a track meet from the get-go on Tuesday evening, with Roy-Hart and Cleveland Hill running up and down the court and putting up points in bunches. The Lady Rams took an 18-point halftime lead, 42-24, before Cleveland Hill mounted a frantic late-game rally.
Unfortunately for coach Don Baker and the Roy-Hart squad, Cleveland Hill came up with a few big plays late that pushed the verdict in the Lady Eagles’ favor. Cleveland Hill junior Sydney Turley made a brilliant up-and-under move for a basket with 32 seconds remaining to give her team the lead, and the Lady Eagles held on for a 73-67 victory in the non-league season opener for both teams.
“We had some foul trouble in the second half, and we sent them to the line a bit too much,” Baker said. “We’ve got to do a better job at rebounding and boxing out, and we need to limit our turnovers. But for the first game, it was pretty well-played.”
Barker 27, Kendall 21
BARKER — Making a quick turnaround from field hockey season, the Barker girls basketball team opened its season strong with a 27-21 comeback win over visiting Kendall on Monday.
After being shut out in the third quarter to fall behind by a 15-13 margin, the Lady Raiders came up big with a 14-point fourth quarter to pull away for the victory. Olivia Denny and Cailtyn Mason led Barker with eight points apiece, while Morgan Brown added four.
Kendall’s Nicole Browe provided the only scoring of the third quarter with a three-pointer, after Barker had opened up a 13-12 advantage at halftime. Browe led all scorers with 11 points.
Kendall took a 20-19 lead midway through the final quarter on a three-pointer by Shelby Reis, but the Lady Raiders quickly responded to take the lead for good on a two-point jumper by Melissa Grosshans.
Barker is now 1-0 on the season, and coach Jeff Costello’s squad is off until its Niagara-Orleans League opener against Newfane a week from Friday.
Lockport 3, St. Francis 2
Nichols 7, Lockport 2
The Lockport ice Lions split two games at the 2013 Nichols Thanksgiving Tournament.
Head coach Rick Eberhart’s Lions recorded a stunning second-game comeback victory over St. Francis.
Leading the way for LHS with a total of four tournament points was team captain Conner Haseley, setting up Brad Niedzialowski for the game-winner for a total of two tournament goals.
The Lions lost Game 1 to Nichols, trailing by just 2-1 until the last seven minutes of the game.
“It was a stellar effort where the boys gave 100 percent, but in the end, their efforts caught up with them and exhaustion set in,” Eberhart said.
Lockport’s two goals came from John Ottaviano and Kellen Corallo, with assists to Dan Morreale and Conner Haseley.
In their second tournament game, Lockport was again losing 2-1, when they saw opportunity and scored two goals on short-handed St. Francis with 1:30 left in the third period to win it.
“The boys were down a goal and responded to the challenge well. They did a great job of buckling down and staying out of the penalty box, really capitalizing on the power play” Eberhart said.
The Niedzialowski brothers were a powerhouse, scoring the three goals between them. Ryan scored the first goal of the game and Brad scored two, including the game-winner. Assists came from Conner Haseley, asst. captain Will Lions and Ryan Niedzialowski.