Eagles Sports Roundup
By Todd Palmatier
The girls’ varsity basketball team got back to work and finished the week 1-2, with a win over Cuba-Rushford Rebels in the Franklinville Holiday tournament to take home third place, and suffered losses to Salamanca and Holland, respectively. The team was led by sophomore Marissa Hamilton in the scoring department during the three games, earning her a spot on the All-Tourney team on the Franklinville team. Evie Cortez, Cheyenne Maybee and Courtney Charlesworth also contributed significant points during the three-game stretch. The Lady Eagles next play in the JCC Holiday Tournament on Jan. 2–3.
The boys’ varsity team also played in the Franklinville Holiday Tourney and did not fare as well, with a fourth place finish, with losses to Franklinville and Pioneer. The team was led by the freshman combo of Austin Grinols (8 points), Elliott Bowen (16 points) and Griffin Chudy (7 points). Senior Phalla Musall had 10 points in the loss versus Franklinville. The Eagles lost the consolation game against Pioneer, with points led by seniors Musall with 12 points and Kevin Bower with 6 points.
The basketball programs at ECS are dealing with not having a home for the 2014-15 season. However, they are adjusting well with a large fan base traveling to games to support the team, which is displaced due to the capital construction project. The teams will play all games away from ECS and will call West Valley and Franklinville schools home for their home games. They are also pressed into practicing in different schools, as well, and are alternating weeks in Limestone and Little Valley. They must travel by bus to each practice site, but the ride gives the teams some time with each other to build a “team first” attitude. To also build on the teams, both the girls’ program and boys’ programs have and will attend St. Bonaventure basketball games to camaraderie among teammates.
Little Leage Baseball and Softball Signups
ECLV Little League baseball and softball signups will begin in January 2015. The league is looking for volunteer coaches, umpires and officials. Also, the league is looking for corporate sponsors for the 2015 season. The cost to sponsor a team is $250, and this puts your company logo on uniform and helps buy uniforms for more than 350 area kids.