Feb. 13 Local sports: Rangers and DM basketball; Fairview bowling
BANTAM RANGERS TAKE GOLD
It was a pure gold weekend for the Meridian Niagara-on-the-Lake Rangers bantam boys basketball team.
The squad travelled to Guelph and returned CYO Knights Tournament champions after besting the host squad 57-40.
The Rangers’ road to the final included an opening game 29-24 win over Sarnia in a tight defensive struggle. Later that day saw the Rangers secure a narrow 56-52 victory over rivals Brantford, but not before withstanding a late-game surge by the opposing side.
In the Sunday final, the Rangers proved poor guests after opening up an eight-point first quarter lead over the hometown Knights and never looking back. Forward Owen Cuthbert and guard Anthony Price paced the Rangers scoring with 13 and 12 respectively.
“We are really proud of all these boys,” head coach Eric Weinert said, following the tournament medals presentation. “Almost half of them are new to organized basketball and the team’s development since September has been incredible.”
The win represents the Rangers’ second tournament medal performance this season after securing bronze in their own War of 1812 Tournament in Niagara-on-the-Lake in January.
Next action is the annual Blessed Sacrament Tournament Feb. 23 to 25 in Hamilton.
MUSTANGS UPSET REDS
The Saint Michael Mustangs raced out to a 21-5 first-quarter lead and never looked back as they upset the Denis Morris Reds 52-45 in quarter-final action in the Niagara Catholic Athletic Association senior boys basketball playoffs.
“They jumped on us right away and we worked hard, but couldn’t overcome that first quarter,” Reds coach Randy Conlon said. “We got it down to three in the fourth quarter, but it was simply too little, too late.”
The Reds managed to chip away at the first-quarter lead and trailed 37-26 headed into the half time break.
“We woke up a little bit in the second quarter and battled like crazy in the second half,” Conlon added. “I was pleased with our overall effort. The kids never gave up.”
Jomer Mateo led the way for the Mustangs with 19, followed by Dusan Krkljus, Oreyn Hall and Hayden Spelier, each with eight. R.J. Mateo tossed in six and Cole Callahan added three.
Leading the way for Denis Morris was Michael Conlon with 14. Noah Honsberger had a dozen, followed by Mitchell McArthur with nine. Michael Cassidy had six and Max Grant rounded out the scoring with four.
In other quarter-final action, Notre Dame knocked off Blessed Trinity 70-45 and St. Paul defeated Holy Cross 57-27. First-place St. Francis won by forfeit over Lakeshore Catholic.
On Wednesday, semifinal action has Saint Paul hosting Notre Dame at 3 p.m. and St. Francis will host Saint Michael at 4 p.m.
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Following are recent top tenpin and fivepin bowling scores, as submitted by the lanes and league secretaries:
Tuesday Morning Mixed: John Osborne 694, Harley Smith 627, Gord McCormack 597, Alida Manuel 505, Pat Weir 488, Diana Pierce 482.
Tuesday Afternoon Ladies: Sharon Walsh 519, Cindy Boles 507, Liseanne Beaudin 456.
Tuesday Night Men: Miranda Panas 632, Alex Panas 599, Stefani Rosa 599.
Wednesday Morning Ladies: Grace Beke 469, Darleigh 437, Sandra Plumb 432.
Wednesday Night Ladies: Colette Williams 511, Barb Colbey 494, Liz Champion 491.
Club Heidelberg: Ina Kuebeck 499, Janice Jones 451, Karla Gilmore 437.
Thursday Prime Timers: Dave Ryder 607, Harley Smith 581, Mike Johnson 557, Joyce Jenkins 576, Trish Game 553, Marg Millar 522.
Thursday Night Mixed: Group 1: Kyle Brown 723, Ralph Barmin 654, John Osborne 629. Group 2: Brad Fretz 702, Harley Smith 637, Joe Martin 576. Group 3: Sharon Walsh 508, Carman Winger 490, Jim Price 476. Group 4: Jocelyn Legros 480, Sue Bride 474, Nicole Bride 456. Group 5: Sylvia Pogrebski 412, James Cox 397, Diana Pierce 392.
Friday Night Mixed: Ron Verkuyl 620, Greg Panas 588, Steven Falk 586, Terri Panas 500, Sara Henderson 493, Cathy Thacker 457.
Youth: Preps: Rowen Squire 473, Ben Foster 408, James Weller 322, Ava Conway 453. Junior: Addison Nye 524, Cody Bride 427, Armen Menkemnian 404, Mya Conway 541, Sophia Beaudry 419, Kyra Lachapelle 235. intermediate: Wyatt Muzyka 496, Duncan Woods 337, Taylor Whitworth 415, Kayley Richardson 364, Kaitlyn Sider-Lafrance 234.
Monday Morning Men: Good: Harold Stubbert 513, Gary Ward 481, Trevor Arcand 474. Gooder: Ed Yuhasz 641, Joe Martin 569, Denys Peel 542. Goodest: Terry Krawec 712, Gord McCormack 686, John Osborne 623.
Monday Majors: Jeff Langelaan 735, Terry Krawec 703, Dave Brown 694, Jamie-Lynn Burse 636, Lisa Morabito 636, Sandi Burse 479.
Tuesday Prime Timers: Mahendra Thaleshvar 644, Martin Lanteigne 573, Norm Cooke 540, Debbie Davidson 610, Sheila Masters 562, Gaetane Papineau 488.
Tuesday Night Mixed: Brayden Girard 597, Jim Miller 541, Ken McKay 532, Angi Nesbitt 584, Lisa Loosemore 446, Mandy Jenkins 399.
Wednesday Morning Ladies: Muriel Estey 611, Sharon Allen 585, Karen Doucet 584.
French Club: Jacques Vaillancourt 736, Bob Walsh 565, Jean-Claude Aube 545, Pierrette MacDougall 469, Nicole Arseneau 459, Cecile Hungerford 453.
Friday 55 and Uppers: Terry Bird 487, Terry Davidson 477, Clive Ashby 460, Debbie Davidson 553, Dianne Siegel 453, Jackie Burton 401.
Youth: Little Tykes (one game): Hayden Squire 112, Duncan Hilborn 101, Gavin Messer 94, Aria MacFarlane 95, Madalynn Spence 91. Peewee: Liam Boles 365, Jaymes Messer 119, Katelynn Gough 292, katelynn Mitchell 249, Evelyn Hilborn 209. Bantam: Aaron Goertzen 444, Cameron Mitchell 438, Henry Soares Jr. 382, Erica Boles 398, Emma D’Aloisio 389. Junior: Nolan Currie 479, David McRae 440, Jacob Gough 407, Madyson John-England 576, Madison Crowthers 520, Olivia Prudhomme 488. Senior: Chanzen Krafve 508, William Cooper 448, Emma Morabito 451, Sarah Malott 389.
Sunday Sport: Lucas Hall 641, Scott Bartlett 597, Frank Johnson 466, Natalie Bennett 535, Noella White 529, Wendy Bonnette 519.
Monday 55 and Up: Bob Walsh 552, Reg Sonnenberg 546, Ian Smart 538, Toni Ball 499, Donna Potashnyk 496, Marilyn Goulding 468.
UNIFOR Retirees: Tom Astley 578, Terry Bryan 510, Mike Locke 461, Colleen Wiley 506, Alison Wills 442, Audrea Frizell 433.
Beaver Bowlers Club: Bill Weaver 685, Dick Mallory 533, George Brown 487, Erika Phair 489, Bonnee Brown 478, Jennifer Williams 461.