By Todd Palmatier
The Ellicottville Eagles girls and boys varsity basketball teams finished their regular seasons with 12-7 overall records and 7-3 in league play. Both teams also secured 5th place overall seeds in the Section 6 Class D playoffs.
The varsity girls will take on the Sherman Wildcats at West Valley on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. The boy’s varsity team will take on North Collins on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Franklinville.
The Eagles programs were rewarded for their play this season in basketball when season-ending awards were announced on Sunday.
Eagles sophomore Marissa Hamilton was named league MVP for the 2014-15 season. She led the Eagles in scoring, rebounds and assists and scored over 325 points for the season. She’s well on her way to surpassing the 1,000 point mark in her junior season. Freshman Evelyn Cortez was named to the 2nd team all stars, while senior Alexis Woodin, junior Cheyenne Maybee and 8th grader Linnea Jimerson were all awarded honorable mentions.
The boys program also was well rewarded over the weekend as Eagles Varsity Coach Dave McCann was chosen as coach of the year for the 2014-15 season. Freshman Elliot Bowen and Senior Phalla Musall were 1st team all-star selections; Bowen led the Eagles in scoring and rebounding with over 200 points and rebounds for the season. Freshman Austin Grinols was chosen to the 2nd team all-stars, while freshman Griffin Chudy and juniors Cole Lapi and Jonas Hurlburt were honorable mention selections.
In youth wrestling, Simon Clark and Zac Clark both took 2nd place in their weight classes at the Bolivar-Richburg tournaments on Saturday. Zac Clark returned to the mat on Sunday in Newfane, NY, and again came home with a 2nd place finish. Noah Morlock is getting ready to participate in the Penn State wrestling tourney, and all three of these Grapplers are prepping for the NY State Youth Wrestling Championships in the coming weeks.
The first sign-up date for Little League baseball and softball in Ellicottville will be on March 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the ECS Elementary School foyer. Parents with first-time participants must bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate. The league is open to children from the ages of 4 to 16 as of their age on 12/31/2014. Please watch the ECLVWV Facebook page and the Ellicottville Times for more sign up dates as they are scheduled.
Ellicottville Businesses: If you would like to sponsor a Little League team, the cost is $250, which entitles you to place your company logo on the uniforms and will help purchase new equipment. The fee is tax deductible.