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Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018: Section 2 skiers win slalom championships

   Leading off today: Section 2 competitors swept the slalom races Monday on the opening day of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association skiining championships.

   Hunter Montgomery of Queensbury and Hannah Klingebiel of Schuylerville scored the sweep at Bristol Mountain after each finished fourth in the competition a year ago.

   Klingebiel turned in two dominating runs to win in a combined time of 1:39.16, more than five seconds ahead of Queensbury's Maddie Montgomery (1:44.33).

   "It feels amazing," Klingebiel said. "I've worked really hard this year and all my training has paid off."    In the boys competition, Hunter Montgomery posted a two-run time of 1:23.53 to hold off Pittsford's Max Hopfinger (1:24.14).

   "He was dialed in 100 percent," Queensbury coach Steve Jackson said. "He attacked both runs. Hunter took a very aggressive line and was able to stay ahead of it, but maintain his speed in both runs."

   Brighton freshman Grace Mattern became the first Section 5 skier since 2014 to win the individual nordic title at Gore Mountain. Mattern finished the 7.5-kilometer race in 20:23.0, with Honeoye Fall-Lima's Natalie Northrup second with a 20:59.7.

   Mattern was eighth and Northrup 22nd a year ago.

   "I was really tired and exhausted but I was excited because I knew I had a really good race," Mattern said.

   The boys winner was Scott Shultz in 26:27.0 for 10 kilometers.

   Boys hockey: Chace Woods scored both goals as Niagara-Wheatfield defeated Williamsville North 2-0 for the Section 6 Division I championship.

   Woods' first goal came with 5:50 left in the first period. His scond came on a penalty shot 3:46 into the third period. The Falcons' Peyton Siegmann turned aside all 31 shots he faced.

   Niagara-Wheatfield won its sixth championship in 10 seasons. Five of the finals have been against Williamsville North.

   "They all feel the same," coach Rick Wrazin said. "It's great to win them. It's great, the boys are speechless. It's awesome."

    • In the Section 6 Division II final, West Seneca West won its first title since 2013 by edging Sweet Home 2-1. Junior Noah Sobczyk made 30 saves, including a poke-check stop on a penalty shot with 5:00 left as the Indians protected a one-goal lead over the final 20:28.


   "Our goalie stood on his head and stole it for us," West Seneca West coach Kevin Rozo said. "Happy to be where we are. It wasn't easy. It was a heck of a battle."

    • In the Niagara Cup final in Western New York, Joseph Henry's goal with 1:35 sleft broke a tie as Lancaster St. Mary's defeated two-time defending state CHSAA champion St. Joe's 3-2.

   Henry's goal came seconds after goaltender Kyle Karoleski made a sprawling save to deny a two-on-none break by the Marauders.

    • Canandaigua won its first Section 5 championship since 2007 by edging Webster Thomas 4-3 in Division II as forward Alex Burley posted a hat trick for the second consecutive game.

   Burley scored the winner on a power play with :43 left.

    • Chayse Ierlan made 39 stops for his second consecutive shutout and Victor defeated Penfield 1-0 in the Section 5 Division I final. The Blue Devils have allowed only one goal in three postseason contests.

    • Senior forward Bryan O'Marra scored twice as Syracuse defeated Baldwinsville 4-2 for the Section 3 Division I championship. The Cougars improved to 19-2-1 and will face Niagara-Wheatfield in a state quarterfinal game on Saturday in Buffalo.

    • Jake Morin scored three goals and Johnny Malandruccolo posted a pair as Auburn downed Clinton 5-1 in Section 3 Division II.

   Girard's season over: Some 1,149 points after it started, Joe Girard III's junior season is over, evending one game short of the Section 2 Class B final.

   Girard scored 56 points, but third-seeded Schalmont upset No. 2 seed Glens Falls 87-82 at Cool Insuring Arena.

   Girard, the state's career scoring leader, has 3,306 points for his career. He finished the season one point short of averaging an even 50 points per game for the year.

   With Glens Falls hindered by foul trouble, Schalmont went repeatedly to Shane O'Dell, who finished with 39 points.

    • Masters defeated Knox 74-71 in the New York State Association of Independent Schools boys Class C final.

   Panthers junior forward Nicholas Rivera-Torres had 35 points and 11 rebounds.

   In the girls final, Dalton defeated Masters 49-34.

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