Prior to the start of the Williamsville North/Jamestown game, the sportsmanship pledge was read. Instead of the game announcer reading it, two different North cheerleaders took turns reading it. Is reading the sportsmanship pledge such a heavily sought after honor that they couldn't even narrow it down to just one guest reader?
In the current basketball polls for both the boys & girls, the #1 ranked small school beat the #1 ranked large school this season. I can't imagine that's been the case too many times before this year.
Silver Creek is the only remaining undefeated team from WNY and are tied for the state's second longest winning streak at 16 games.
McKinley is amidst a 23-game winning streak in the Yale Cup and three wins from finishing a second straight season unbeaten in league. The last time that happened was in 2005 & 2006 when Riverside won consecutive Yale Cups with undefeated seasons. Those Riverside squads also hold the record for the longest winning streak in Yale Cup competition at 34 games. The Macks would need to win out this season, and begin 9-0 in league next year to break that record.
Shoutout to the students at Nichols for the new student section known as Gang Green. The Vikings Class A Federation championship team of 2010 would have given that group plenty to chant about. The newly formed gang looks and sounds like they've been at it for a long time.
There has been some discussion in this forum as to the location of the Far West Regionals being moved from Blue Cross Arena to Gates Chili High School. I can confirm the regionals will be played at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday, March 9th, beginning at 12 pm.
For the second straight year, prior to Timon/St. Jude hosting St. Joe's, a gentleman sang God Bless America. He does an awesome rendition and much of the crowd in attendance joined in. Marauders head coach Mark Simon may have said it best at the completion of the song, simply stating "It doesn't get any better than that".
Olean's starters have seen the floor in the fourth quarter of a game just three times all season, in games against Canisius, Nichols, and Rochester East.
South Park's Tyrell Mitchell set the now single-game scoring mark for WNY this season with a 41-point outburst against Hutch-Tech.
Tommy Campion joined the 1,000 point club at Jamestown with a career-high 40-point performance in a win over Lancaster.
Sterling Taplin became the all-time leading scorer at Williamsville North, surpassing the previous mark of 1,318 set by Darren Brown in 1986. Just a reminder, he's still a junior.
In an effort to inspire a late rally from the Steelers against Cleveland Hill last week, a Lackawanna fan stood and repeatedly bellowed "Come on Lackawanna, Goonies never say die". He was ejected shortly after for pointing out the referees looked like brothers because they had the same hair.
Olean has two wins this season over large schools that are defending champions: Canisius (2012 Manhattan Cup champs) and Section V's East (2012 Class AA1 champions).
Of the 20 schools currently ranked in the large and small school polls, eight of them start at least three underclassmen: Olean, Jamestown, Williamsville North, East, Clarence, Nichols, Silver Creek, and St. Mary's.