High School Sports: Area teams in the hunt

Gary Pinneo
Penn Yan's # 1 Austin Finger, Geneva's # 4 Tyler Tyson.

Boys Basketball

Penn Yan 57 Geneva 46

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball resumed Finger Lakes East League action Tuesday evening (Jan. 6) after the two week Christmas holiday break. The Orange and Blue cagers hosted an improving Geneva Panther team hoping to upset the high flying Mustangs. The game was nip and tuck through the first half, with the two teams tied at the midway break. But the Penn Yan five has proved to be tough down the stretch all season, and this evening would not be an exception. Penn Yan pulled away from their Ontario County rivals in the second half enroute to a 57-49 victory.

Junior Tanner Irwin enjoyed the hot hand in this contest, leading the rampaging Mustangs with 19 points. The win improved Penn Yan’s FL East record to 4-0. They are tied for first place with Newark. The Mustang’s overall record now stands at 7-1. They will travel to Palmyra Friday evening to take on a strong Red Raider team. Pal-Mac is 3-1 in FL East League play. It will be another tough challenge for the Mustang hardwood crew.

Pal-Mac 65 Penn Yan 59 (OT)

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s basketball team traveled to Palmyra on Friday evening for a Finger Lakes East showdown with the Pal-Mac Red Raiders. Both teams are battling Newark for supremacy in the FL East race. The big matchup did not disappoint. But unfortunately for the local five, the home team came out on top on the scoreboard. Pal-Mac defeated Penn Yan 65-59 in overtime.

The Red Raiders grabbed control of the game in the first half, racing to a 31 to 18 lead after two quarters. But the Mustangs made one their patented second half surges to pull even with their hosts 52-52 after regulation time had expired. Penn Yan outscored Pal-Mac 19-8 in the fourth quarter.

But Pal-Mac rebounded in the overtime stanza to snare the close win. The Red Raiders outscored the Orange and Blue 13-7 in the 5 minute overtime period.

Sean Emerson and Tanner Irwin shared top scoring honors for Penn Yan. They tallied 18 points each. 10 of Emerson’s points came from the charity stripe. Jacob and Ben Covert added 10 and 9 points respectively.

The loss was Penn Yan’s first in FL East play. They are 4-1 in the league and 7-2 overall.

Dundee 52 Red Jacket 30

The Dundee Scots boy’s basketball team returned to Finger Lakes West League action Jan. 7 with a game against the Red Jacket Indians on the road. The Scotsmen raced to a 18-9 lead in the first quarter and glided past the hometown Raiders 52-30. The win was Dundee’s 4th league victory in five tries. They currently are in second place in the FL West, a game behind first place Naples. The Scotsmen cagers are 5-2 overall.

Jarrett Butler notched 17 points to lead the Maroon and White scoring ledger. Bobby Strait added 12 points to the winning Dundee effort. Geordan Conyers scored 5 points and dished out 8 assists for Dundee.

Dundee 63 Marcus Whitman 46

In a big Finger Lakes West game played in Rushville Jan. 9, Dundee defeated Marcus Whitman 63-46. The Scots and Wildcats are fighting for the top spot in the league with H.A.C. The win solidified Dundee’s hold on second place in the West. They are 5-1 in league play and 6-2 overall.

Andrew Clark scored 14 points to lead the Scotsmen offense. Tyler Kelly added 11 points.

Girls Basketball

Dundee 75 Red Jacket 32

The Dundee Scots girl’s basketball team traveled to Manchester on Tuesday evening for a Finger Lakes West contest with Red Jacket. The Dundee five roared to a huge 27-3 lead after the first 8eight minute frame, and easily coasted to a 75.32 victory. The Dundee offense was in high gear in this game scoring 50 points in the first half alone.

Brooke Howell enjoyed a big night to lead the Scots to this league win. She scored 28 points, hauled down 17 rebounds, and blocked 3 shots. Teammate Tayler Morrison added 14 points and 3 steals. Dundee improved their record to 5-1 in the Finger Lakes West League.

Dundee 60 Marcus Whitman 22

The Dundee girls basketball team traveled to Rushville Jan. 9 to take on the Marcus Whitman Wildcats in a Finger Lakes West match. The Yates County five eliminated any doubt about the outcome early. They built up a big 28-7 lead in the first half and added 24 more points in the third quarter to put this game out of reach to the overmatched Wildcats. The win kept Dundee in second place in the league with a 6-1 record and just one game behind first place Romulus. The Scots are 7-1 overall.

Brooke Howell topped the Dundee scoring ledger with 18 points. Demi Battin added 14 points while Tayler Morrison contributed 12 points to the Scot scoring numbers. Paige Easling was a perfect 4-for-4 at the charity stripe.

Geneva 56 Penn Yan 29

It was back to FL East business for the Penn Yan girl’s basketball team after the extended Christmas holiday break. The Mustang five traveled to Geneva to take on the Panthers Jan. 7. Geneva jumped to a 30-17 first half lead and coasted to a 56-29 victory. The Penn Yan girl’s team is still searching for their first league win. They are 0-4 in the league and 1-6 overall.

Elizabeth Wunder led the Mustangs in scoring with 10 points. She also pulled down 5 rebounds. Sydney Bloom added 7 points and collected 3 steals.

Pal-Mac 48 Penn Yan 30

The Penn Yan Mustang girl’s basketball team continues to search for that elusive first win in the Finger Lakes East League. The Orange and Blue five were hoping the new year would bring a change of fortunes, but on Jan. 9 in Penn Yan, it did not happen. The visiting Red Raiders from Pal-Mac raced to a quick 16-3 lead in the first quarter, and waltzed to a 48-30 win over the hometown Mustangs. The loss dropped Penn Yan’s season record to 1-7. They are 0-5 in FL League play.

Sydney Bloom and Annie White scored 12 points each to lead the Mustang offense. Bloom converted four 3-pointers. Elizabeth Wunder added 7 points to the Penn Yan totals.

Boys Bowling

The Penn Yan Mustang boy’s bowling team continues to rule the local lanes in area high school bowling. The high-flying Mustangs collected two more team wins this week to improve their first place league numbers to 47-9.

Penn Yan 5 Newark 2

On Monday afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Newark, Penn Yan knocked off 2nd place Newark 5-2. The Mustang lanesmen collected 3036 total pins to Newark’s 2783 to gain the winning margin.

Bryce Johnson led the talented Penn Yan bowlers to this win rolling a 647 series with games of 206-205-236. Nick Johnson followed closely with a 642 (231-225-186). Jacob Whitford added a 573 (193-216).

Penn Yan 7 Marcus Whitman 0

Jan. 8 in Penn Yan, the Mustang keglers shutout their neighbors from Marcus Whitman 7-0. Nick Johnson lit up the Lakeside Lanes with a huge winning effort. He rolled a big 759 series including a match high single game of 278. Bryce Johnson added a 575 (194-187-195) while Jacob Whitford contributed a 541 to the Orange and Blue winning margin.

Dundee 7 Romulus 0

The Dundee Scots bowling teams entertained Romulus in Penn Yan on Monday afternoon. Both the boys and girls team shutout their across the lake neighbors 7-0.

The Scotsmen boy’s racked up 2100 total pins to just 1609 for Romulus. Ryan Goodman led the Scots with a 564 series (181-167-226). Devon Forman added a 501 (170-224). Dundee improved their record to 35-7 in the Finger Lakes West.

Girls Bowling

Penn Yan 7 Marcus Whitman 0

The Mustang girl’s bowling team shutout Marcus Whitman 7-0 at Lakeside Lanes in Penn Yan on Jan. 8. Courtney Ottaviano was the Orange and Blue’s top bowler with a 517 series (223-148-146). Kari Ayers contributed a 505 ( 180-165-160). With the shutout win, Penn Yan evened their season record at 28-28.

Newark 5 Penn Yan 2

Jan. 5 in Newark, the hometown Reds defeated Penn Yan 5-2. Emily Snyder rolled a 502 series to lead Penn Yan. Courtney Ottaviano added a 492 including a team high single game of 211. Kari Ayers rolled a 434 series.

Dundee 7 Romulus 0

The Dundee girl’s team also whitewashed Romulus 7-0. Laura Miller rolled a 477 (169-149-159) to lead the Scots. Ayla Lane contributed a 455 (180-155) to the winning Dundee effort. The Dundee Scots girl’s team is the top team in the Finger Lakes West with a 40-2 record.

Wrestling

Dundee

The Dundee Scots wrestling team competed in the Red Jacket Invitational Wrestling tournament over the weekend.  

Teams from Batavia, Brighton, Churchville-Chili, Dundee, Lyons, McQuaid Jesuit, Midlakes, Mynderse, Red Creek, Red Jacket, Sodus, Spencerport, Williamson, Wayne, Webster Shroeder, and North Tioga (PA) participated in this two day event at Red Jacket High School.

The Dundee grapplers fared very well in this well attended event. Dundee’s Damon Empson (132 lbs.) and Brennan Krall (152 lbs.) won championships in their weight classes. Both Scotsmen wrestlers registered pins in the championship matches. Dakota Hanes finished 2nd in the 182 lb. bracket. Thomas Fiorilla (138 lbs.) and Jeff Wood (220 lbs.) brought home third place finishes. Robert Petro (160  lbs.), Brad Smith (220  lbs.), and Lance Irwin (285  lbs.) registered fourth place finishes. In the 113 lbs. and 126 lbs. brackets, Dundee’s Jorge Marusarz and William Bowers finished in fifth place.

Penn Yan

The Penn Yan Mustang wrestling team competed in the prestigious Robert Bradshaw Invitational Tournament in Canandaigua on Friday and Saturday. Teams from Chenango Forks, Athens, Pennsylvania, Canandaigua, Fulton, Gates Chili, Geneseo, Greece, Hilton, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Irondequoit, Marcus Whitman, Newark, Pal-Mac, Penn Yan, and Webster Thomas competed in this high profile tournament. This is the 40th year for the Canandaigua Tournament, and is recognized as one of the top wrestling tourneys in the State. Penn Yan’s Cole Kirch finished second in the 132 lbs. bracket. Cassie Lafler garnered a sixth place finish in the 99 lbs. class. The Penn Yan team finished in 15th place overall, with 38.5 team points.