Jan 22 area: Thorold hoops; Niagara JUEL; Niagara JUEL Prep; K of C Free Throw; Canucks hockey
THOROLD JUNIORS, SENIORS UNBEATEN
The Thorold Golden Eagles senior boys basketball team moved to 5-0 in Niagara Region High School Athletic Association play with a 90-45 victory over the Laura Secord Patriots.
Leading the way for the Golden Eagles were Colton Spencer with 22 points, Brayden Harrieta with 15 and Devon Maltby with 14.
The Golden Eagles junior boys squad is also 5-0 in league play following a 67-40 victory over Great Lakes.
Leading the way for the Golden Eagles were Mason Cooper with 16, Riley Burt with 14 and Connor Schuman with 11.
JUEL PREP MINES SILVER
Lead by tournament all-star Allison Addy, the Niagara JUEL Prep girls basketball team captured silver in the Canada Elite Under Armour Invitational.
Niagara went 3-0 in pool play defeating the Tri-County Thunder 63-37, Brampton Warriors 57-47, and Hamilton Transway 64-45. Niagara then lost 43-36 to Blessed Sacrament in the championship game, a game it trailed by three with less than a minute left to play in the game. In December, Niagara lost by 27 to Blessed Sacrament.
“It was a great effort by all players throughout the weekend as they adjusted well to the physicality of the high-paced, high-energy game,” Niagara head coach Sue Sentance said. “With a predominantly Grade 9 team, the pre-season tourneys have been valuable tools for the team as they get ready for their season opener on Feb. 3.”
Making up the team are Addy from Governor Simcoe; Megan Barker, Raegan Emonds and Ella Turner from Sir Winston Churchill; Thea Lawson from Notre Dame; Ella O’Connor from St. Francis; Tia Pucci and Kaelin Sutor from Blessed Trinity; Bianca Sestili from Denis Morris; Vienna Vercesi from A.N. Myer; Madalyn Weinert from Eden; and, Jordan Wilton from E.L. Crossley.
Leading scorers versus Tri-County were Addy (20), Weinert (12), Sestili (10), Sutor (7) and Lawson (6)
Top scorers versus Brampton were Brampton: Weinert (12), Sutor (10), Vercesi (10), Addy (9) and Lawson (7).
Top scorers versus Transway were Weinert (18), Sutor (14), Vercesi (11), Addy (10) and Lawson (7).
Leading scorers versus Blessed Sacrament were Weinert (11), Sutor (9) and Vercesi (5).
NIAGARA JUEL GOES 2-2
The Niagara JUEL girls basketball team went 2-2 and finished in third place at the Under Armour Canada Elite basketball tournament in Hamilton.
The Niagara squad, coached by Frank Keltos, lost 52-46 to the London Ramblers and 48-40 to the Kitchener-Waterloo Lady Soldiers before defeating the Barrie Royals 64-46 and the Brampton Warriors 56-48.
Team members are: Ally Sentance, Kaley DeMont and Olivia Krieger from Sir Winston Churchill; Tori DiDomenico, Molly Taylor and Emily Braun from A.N. Myer; Destiny Paquin and Emily Campbell from Centennial; Taylor Doyle from GFESS, Sydney Grummett from E.L. Crossley; Madison O’Brien from Blessed Trinity; and, Elle Cooney and Katumina Mansaray from Cardinal Newman.
K OF C FREE THROW COMPETITION
The Knights of Columbus is hosting its annual free throw competition this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.
The competition is open to all 9-year-old to 13-year-old boys and girls in St. Catharines.
Each competitor attempts 15 free throws and the top five finishers in each age group will advance to the district competition held at Holy Cross on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Between 200 and 250 participants are expected to take part in the event.
CANUCKS TOP HAMILTON
Zach Moore kicked out 36 shots to lead the Niagara Falls Canucks past the Hamilton Kilty B’s 5-2 in a Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, Golden Horseshoe Conference game Monday in Hamilton.
The win improves the Canucks record to 31-5-0-1 and moves them three points up on the St. Catharines Falcons for first place. The Canucks have played two more games.
Mitch Mendonca paced Niagara Falls with two goals while Nicholas Prestia, Eric Becker and Justin Randhawa added singles. Ben Evans chipped in with three assists.
Marino Moro and Tanner Brennecke replied for the Kilty B’s.
The Canucks host the Lockport Regals Friday.
The Canucks will play the St. Catharines Falcons Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Gale Centre in a makeup game from Sunday, Jan. 20.