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High school roundup: IHC hockey posts impressive Section 3 triumph

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BALDWINSVILLE — The Immaculate Heart Central hockey team took another big step in program history on Thursday.

Skating in their second playoff game in as many years under head coach Randy Pound, the Cavaliers responded by posting a 4-2 triumph over Liverpool in a Division I sectional quarterfinal at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena.

Jordan Trudeau led the charge by scoring three goals, including a power-play goal and a short-handed tally, and goaltender Cole James made 24 saves for IHC (14-7), which advanced past the opening round of sectionals for the first time under the guidance of Pound.

Jake Renzi tallied a power-play goal and an assist for the Cavaliers, and Jared Pignone recorded two assists.

The Cavaliers will advance to play either West Genesee or Mohawk Valley, who play today, in a semifinal game on a date and time next week to be announced.

“They (Liverpool) had beaten us twice this season — in overtime and quite handily at our place,” said Pound, the seventh-year head coach at IHC. “But our kids were ready and they really showed up with a strong game. They have worked hard this season and it paid off tonight.”

Bobby Welch and Kyle Terzini scored for Liverpool (12-8-1), and Steven Kozikoski made 23 saves.

VOLLEYBALL

BEAVER RIVER 3, SANDY CREEK 2

Melissa Hunt finished with 15 kills and 33 digs to help power the No. 3 Beavers to a come-from-behind victory over the No. 5 Comets during the Section 3 Class C-2 final at Chittenango high school.

Beaver River won 18-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-20 and advances to play Class C-1 champion South Lewis for the overall Class C title at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same location.

“I can’t believe we won that,” Beaver River coach Gene Sundberg said. “It’s just incredible.”

The Beavers dug up a school-record 25 blocked balls. Sundberg wasn’t sure of the previous record but said he’d be surprised if it was half that many.

Anna Bush and Madison Compton generated 17 and 13 kills, respectively, and Malori Mattimore hauled in 13 service points, four aces, seven kills and 24 digs. Mariah Abel tallied 27 assists and 13 points, and Keanna Proulx distributed 17 assists for Beaver River (16-3 overall).

For the Comets, Kylee Martin registered 41 assists and seven digs. Grace Wallace and Kylie Hanni hit 13 and 11 kills, respectively.

“It was an awesome (match),” Sandy Creek Dori Hathway said. “It was a hard-fought battle that we lost, but it was a great sectional finale.”

McKenna Guarasce supplied 16 kills and five blocks, and Maddie Bush added 11 digs for Sandy Creek (14-4).

SOUTH LEWIS 3, HERKIMER 0

Chloe Stinebrickner hauled in 35 assists, 10 service points, three kills and five digs to help power South Lewis to its first sectional volleyball title in school history.

The second-seeded Falcons defeated the No. 5 Magicians, 25-10, 25-8, 25-17 during the Class C-1 final at Chittenango.

“We’re very happy, to say the least,” South Lewis coach Ashley Gino said. “It was really cool. There were definitely the initial cheers of happiness, and then it hit them and you could see it on their faces.”

Zoe Shepherd tallied 11 kills, and Marissa Brown supplied seven kills and three blocks. Alicia Andrews provided 17 points and 12 digs, and Jaedyn Ossont racked up nine kills, 15 points, three aces and 11 digs. Jayne Strigle led the defense with 29 digs for South Lewis (18-3).

Herkimer finished the season 15-5.

BOYS BASKETBALL

CANTON 50, GOUVERNEUR 45

Evan LaPoint scored 21 points as the No. 4 Golden Bears defeated the No. 5 Wildcats in a Section 10 Class B first-round game in Canton.

Canton (8-10 overall) will travel to face top-seeded Ogdensburg Free Academy in a semifinal at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The game was tied 21-21 at halftime, but Canton went on an 18-10 run in the third quarter to pull away from the Wildcats (6-12).

Scott Wight added 11 points for Canton. Curt LaPlant scored 17 points to lead Gouverneur and Devin Cox tossed in 16.

BRUSHTON-MOIRA 77, NORWOOD-NORFOLK 24

The No. 2 Panthers built a 42-6 lead by halftime to easily defeat No. 3 Norwood-Norfolk (3-16) in a Class C semifinal in Brushton.

Brushton-Moira (10-8) will face No. 1 Tupper Lake in the championship game at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 at SUNY Canton.

Adam Martin scored 27 points to lead the Panthers and Alex Burnett tossed in 18. Travis Gay led Norwood-Norfolk with nine points.

TUPPER LAKE 59, ST. LAWRENCE 29

The top-seeded Lumberjacks outscored No. 4 St. Lawrence Central 13-0 in the second quarter to build a 30-14 halftime lead and went on to claim a Class C semifinal in Tupper Lake.

Anson Gagnier scored 14 points to lead Tupper Lake.

Mitch Keniston tallied 12 and Roger Delair supplied 11. Josh White led the Larries (2-17) with eight points.

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