By Todd Palmatier
The ECS girls’ and boys’ varsity bowling team has rolled into their seasons. The girl kegglers are off to a 6-6 start and led by Courtney Scanlon and Ashley Bognar, while the boys have yet to find the winning strike and are 0-12. This year’s team is being coached by Sandy Olson.
The girls’ modified basketball team is off to a 7-2 start under the direction of Coach Tammy Eddy. This is a combined team of seventh and eighth grade girls. They have beaten West Valley, Cattaraugus/Little Valley, Portville, Salamanca and Franklinville, with losses to Allegany-Limestone and Olean.
The girls’ varsity and JV basketball teams have yet to play their second game due to weather and cancellations, but they will be taking part in Franklinville this Thursday and Saturday, and then the Jock Shop holiday tournament over the Christmas break at Jamestown Community College.
The boys’ varsity basketball team has run their record to 2-2 with wins over Cattaraugus/Little Valley and a decisive win over Class B Southwestern, who earlier this season beat the Eagles by 30 points, the team has been led by junior Phalla Musall, sophomore Tommy Easton and senior Dylan Paprocki. The varsity boys will be playing in the Franklinville holiday tournament over Christmas Break as well.
The JV boys’ team has also run their record to 2-2 with wins over Cattaraugus/Little Valley and Fillmore. The team has been led by eighth graders Austin Grinols and Griffin Chudy in the scoring department and getting balanced play from Robert Sawicki and Cameron Eddy and Dylan Sherman.
The ECS alpine ski team will be fielding a team of six young skiers this year and their first meet will be Jan. 7 at Swain Ski Resort. The team is being coached again by Kelly Fredrickson. This is the second year for the team and the only one in the Southern Tier!
In youth sports over the weekend, the Ellicottville YMCA basketball teams finished 1-2 with the 8-9 year olds losing a hard-fought battle to Olean. The team was led by Logan Grinols and Owen Chudy. The 10-11 year old team lost a tough game and was led by Braedyn Palmatier, Wyatt Chudy, Jordan Grinols, Linnea and Leif Jimmerson, and Harrison Newark. The 12-13 year olds kept their record unblemished as they won again and were led by Mitchell Sexton, Evan Palmatier, Hunter O’Stricker and Steven Rowland.
The Ellicottville Youth Wrestling Club took to the tournament circuit over the past weekend and fared pretty well at the Salamanca tourney. Noah Morlock and Xander Ireland took second place overall in their weight class, while Zac Clark, Sean Crowley earned third places, and Aidan Harrington took fourth place, respectively in their weight classes. Noah Morlock also finished in second place on Saturday at the Conneaut Lake, Pa., tourney on Saturday.