By David Yarger
Winter athletics are back in full swing at Niagara-Wheatfield High School after a short holiday break. Teams saw mixed results this past week, but the wrestling team, which has been the team of the winter, so far, continued its strong season.
The Falcons wrestling team finished second out of 38 teams at the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Classic at Niagara County Community College.
Justin and Warren McDougald continued their impressive seasons on the mat, as they clinched first place in the 132- and 145-pound weight classes, respectively. Josh Thibeault also added another championship to his resume, as he placed first in the 170-pound weight class. Also placing strong for the Falcons was Kevin Halford, third, 220-pound weight class and Mark Kuhn, sixth, 106-pound weight class.
The Falcons defeated Niagara Falls to clinch the Niagara Frontier League Wednesday night. For a full recap, visit https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2019/01/10/135443/n-w-wrestling-retains-niagara-cup-clinch-nfl.
The boys bowling team picked up a pair of wins this past week. The Falcons defeated North Tonawanda, 7-0, behind a high series (669) and high game (245) from Derek Carr. The team followed the victory with a 6-1 win over Grand Island. Evan Hardy led the team with a high series of 608 and high game of 226.
The girls bowling team was defeated, 6-1, by North Tonawanda. Hope Hill led the way with a high series 586 and high game of 224. Hill led the way again in a 5-2 victory over Grand Island, rolling a high series of 511 and high game of 200.
The bowling teams’ next matches are today versus Lockport.
After a loss at Lewiston-Porter, the boys basketball team rebounded with a victory over Grand Island. For a full report, see the front page.
The girls basketball team’s struggles continued this past week, as it dropped a pair of games.
The team dropped a 60-32 contest versus Lewiston-Porter. Jenna Bailey netted 12 points, while LeGary Jackson added 11 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Mackenzie-Mae Smith also pitched in 8 points and six rebounds.
In a 55-23 loss to Grand Island, Jackson finished with 10 points, five rebounds and six steals.
The girls next contest is at 7 p.m. versus Kenmore East.
The boys hockey team dropped two games versus stellar competition this past week. In a 6-1 loss versus McQuaid in Rochester, Caleb Lee scored the lone goal, while Peyton Siegmann made 42 saves.
In a 4-0 loss versus St. Joe’s, Siegmann faced shots constantly and made 39 saves.
The team will look to avenge the back-to-back losses, as well as an early season loss to Orchard Park, as the Falcons face the Quakers, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Niagara University.
The boys swimming and diving team split a pair of matches this past week – a 94-86 loss versus Grand Island and a 100-78 victory over North Tonawanda.
In the loss, Chris Dyer won the 50-yard free and 100-yard breaststroke; Joe Dyer won the 1-meter diving; Jack Baumann won the 100-yard free; and 500-yard free.
In the victory over the Lumberjacks, the team saw a plethora of winners. The 200-yard medley relay team of Chris Congi, Tom Peltier and Joe and Chris Dyer was victorious; Chris Dyer won the 200 IM; Joe Dyer won 1-meter diving; Joe Hahn won 100-yard free; Baumann won the 500 free; Joe and Chris Dyer, Ryan Wagoner and Baumann were victorious in the 200-yard free relay; Peltier won the 100-yard breaststroke; and the 400-yard free relay team of Dylan Loliger, Ben McKie, Hahn and Baumann was also victorious.
The boys’ next meet is at 5 p.m. Friday versus Lockport.