On the second day of the new year, Solvay further established its credentials by making the short trip to Westhill and, leading from start to finish, earning a 71-56 victory over the Warriors.Much of it had to do with how the game started. Fueled by 12 first-quarter points from Justin Scott, the Bearcats jumped out 28-16 and, after the Warriors cut the margin to five, eventually built a 39-30 halftime advantage.All through the second half, Solvay thwarted Westhill’s many attempts to catch up, never letting the Warriors put together a sustained scoring burst. Tags: boys basketballMarcellusSolvayWesthill Part of it was Scott, who finished with 24 points, but another part was Jaimen Bliss steadily earning 17 points as Brock Bagozzi got 12 points and Elijah Wright added nine points.The Bearcats also contained Westhill’s 1,000-point scorer, Zach Brown, holding him to 11 points, though Elliott Rouse got 21 points and James Kelley contributed 19 points off the bench.On that same Thursday afternoon, Marcellus went to Cato-Meridian, and pulled away to beat the Blue Devils 69-54.Having not played a game in 13 days, the Mustangs had an up-and-down first half, ultimately trailing Cato 24-22. But with superior depth, Marcellus zoomed out in front in the third quarter and never looked back.Leading that charge, Jared Sammon put up a season-high 19 points and Matt Kershaw finished with 18 points. Luke Ingianni had nine points as Tristan Jarvi got six points.Two days later, at Oneida, the Mustangs looked to improve to 6-1, but instead saw its offense dry up in a 38-34 defeat to the Indians. Other than Kershaw’s 17 points, the team just made four other field goals.Jordan-Elbridge returned last Friday in the Fulton Savings Bank Tournament and held off Hannibal 65-60 in the first round,.This was largely due to Dakota Holbrook, who set a career mark with 31 points, many of them in the third quarter during a 23-8 run that erased a 32-27 halftime deficit.Some help came from Jeremy Meili, who gave J-E 11 points as Tyler Waldron got seven points. Hannibal got 17 points from James Somers and 16 points from Jack Smith.A 68-58 defeat to host Fulton followed in Saturday’s final, the Eagles not able to overcome a tremendous performance by the Red Raieders’ Seth Grimshaw, who piled up 35 points, including five 3-pointers.Holbrook, cooling off from his own big effort against Hannibal, had 14 points, with Alex Pond getting 11 points and Owen Barrigar adding 10 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Look anywhere in area high school boys basketball, and there’s reason to feel quite bullish about what might take place in 2020.Already, West Genesee is offering up a capable defense of its state and sectional Class AA titles with Bishop Ludden a worthy challenger, the Gaelic Knights moving to 7-1 on the season Sunday with a 57-37 win over St. Mary’s (Buffalo).And in Class B, Skaneateles, at 7-0, has risen to no. 7 in the state Class B rankings, with Marcellus and Solvay shaping up as prime contenders, too, for both league and sectional honors.
Pittsburgh running back James Conner (24) score his second touchdown of the first quarter in an NCAA college football game against Delaware on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh sophomore quarterback Chad Voytik expected jitters before his first start in three years.There were none. Maybe it’s because Voytik knew he had running back James Conner behind him and a massive offensive line in front of him. And Delaware did not.“We were all relaxed,” Voytik said. “We trusted in the game plan. Once we got the ball rolling, we were just playing a game.”More like dominating it.Conner rushed for 153 yards and four first-half touchdowns as the Panthers methodically crushed the overmatched Blue Hens 62-0 on Saturday. Conner scored on runs of 7, 8, 1 and 19 yards as Pitt posted its largest margin of victory in a season opener in over a century.“Before the game Chad kept saying ‘let’s make it easy, let’s make it easy,’” Conner said. “I wanted to make it easy for him.”Taking full advantage of a line that outweighed the Blue Hens’ front four by 50 pounds a man, the Panthers gashed Delaware for 409 yards rushing and scored touchdowns on each of their six first-half possessions.The only real scare came midway through the second quarter when sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd dislocated a finger on his left hand during a punt return.Boyd, who set school freshman records for receptions and receiving yards last fall, spent the second half watching from the sideline with his hand bandaged. Coach Paul Chryst believes Boyd will be available next Friday when the Panthers open ACC play at Boston College. Pittsburgh’s Tyler Boyd (23) returns a punt against the Delaware in the NCAA football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)Pitt will need Boyd if it wants to make noise in the wide-open Coastal Division. He caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Voytik in the first quarter, but his presence was hardly required on a day the Panthers dominated Delaware from the first snap to the last.Chryst helped turn Wisconsin into a scoring machine while serving as the Badgers’ offensive coordinator 2006-11 by relying on a massive line. Finally settled at Pitt, Chryst is in the process trying to make the same transformation with the Panthers.The early returns were promising. Pitt ran the ball 56 times and threw it just 14. That wasn’t exactly the way Chryst planned it, but after watching Conner run through gaping holes there was no need to get too deep into the playbook.“We were able to run the football,” Chryst said. “We didn’t really get put in a lot of tough down-and-distance pass game stuff. We didn’t just say, ‘Hey, let’s take this thing the next drive, let’s pound it. But if it’s going, you stay with it.’”Boyd ripped off a 34-yard punt return to set the Panthers up early, and Pitt’s first touchdown of the season provided a blueprint for what Chryst hopes his team looks like in 2014. The Panthers needed four plays to go 41 yards, all four plays handoffs by Voytik to either Boyd or Conner.Pitt’s second drive looked much like the first with a couple of short passes from Voytik sprinkled in. Boyd made a diving grab in the left corner of the end zone for Voytik’s first career touchdown pass and Pitt led 14-0 before the game was 13 minutes old.That was more than enough to end any thoughts of an upset. Chryst’s tenure with the Panthers began with a puzzling 31-17 loss to Youngstown State two years ago. Delaware, like the Penguins, are a respected Football Championship Subdivision program. Unlike Youngstown State, however, the Blue Hens ran into a team ready to play.Delaware managed just five first downs, turned it over three times and took just two snaps in Pitt territory until the fourth quarter.“Defensively, we really didn’t have a chance,” Blue Hens coach Dave Brock said. “We struggled to tackle those guys and got covered up by much bigger and stronger people. They were able to run the ball, but Coach Chryst certainly is a class guy. It could have been a lot worse than it was.”Delaware hoped to could hang around long enough to beat a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent for the first time since 2007 when current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was under center.It didn’t happen. Not even close. Pitt put together a 99-yard drive early in the second quarter that began with a nine-yard quarterback sneak from backup Trey Anderson, included a career-long 60-yard burst from Conner and ended with Conner bulling in from a yard out for the second of his four scores.While bigger challenges await, it was certainly a promising start.“Everybody on our team says we want to win an ACC championship, win 10 games,” Conner said. “There’s no better time than right now.”___Online: http://collegefootball.ap.org/
Imphal, Jan 8 (PTI) Bengaluru Hockey Association and Hockey Puducherry registered emphatic 15-0 and 13-1 wins respectively on the second day of the 8th Senior Mens National Championship here today.Central Secretariat, Chhattisgarh Hockey also won their matches.In the opening match of the day, Central Secretariat registered their second victory in as many days as they beat Assam Hockey 3-1 in a Pool A match.It was a closely fought first quarter of the match but Central Secretariat struck twice in the second quarter and then once again in the third to take a 3-0 lead.Assam Hockey, on the other hand, tried their best to make a comeback but were only rewarded with a consolation goal towards the end of the third quarter as captain Harvir Singh struck in the 44th minute.The match ended 3-1 in Central Secretariats favour with Dharambir Yadav (20), Thimmanna S. Puliyanda (27) and Shankar Patil (43) getting on the score sheet.In the following Pool C match, Chhattisgarh Hockey came back from a goal down to secure a 4-2 victory over Sashastra Seema Bal.In a Pool E encounter, Hockey Puducherry outclassed Goans Hockey 13-1. Hockey Puducherry scored early in the 2nd minute but their lead was cut short as Goans Hockey equalised two minutes later to make it 1-1. However, Hockey Puducherry showed their class from thereon as they scored 12 more goals to put Goans Hockeys defence through the mill in the latter three quarters of the match. Ayyaz Khan (4) scored for Goans Hockey while Hockey Puducherry scored through captain N Sellamuthu (9, 17, 44, 52, 57), R Ranjith (2, 5, 28, 29), T Arunkumar (28, 41, 53) and A Tamilarasan (33).advertisementIn another Pool E match, Bengaluru Hockey Association produced an emphatic display to defeat Hockey Bihar 15-0. HT Ramesh (5, 53, 55, 57, 59), Stalin Abhilash C. (27, 29, 39, 56), Manikanth Bejawad (12, 41, 48) and N Honnur Swamy (13, 22, 37) scored for Bengaluru Hockey Association.In the sub-junior nationals in Hojai, Assam, Hockey Rajasthan beat The Mumbai Hockey Association Ltd 2-0 in a Pool A clash.In another Pool A clash, Telangana Hockey lost 1-4 to Hockey Madhya Pradesh. In a Pool D match, Sports Authority of Gujarat ? Hockey Academy beat Hockey Gujarat 6-1. PTI AH AH