The Maine-Endwell wrestling team held a narrow lead Friday after the first day of competition in the 57th annual Windsor Christmas Tournament at Windsor High School.
The Spartans had 60 points, with Colonie second with 58 points and both Union-Endicott and Vestal tied for third with 55 points in the 29-team tournament. Defending champion Huntington was sixth (51) while host Windsor was 23rd with 15 points.
Wrestling resumes 9 a.m. today with the championship finals scheduled to start at 5.
All of the No. 1 seeds advanced to the semifinals, most with ease. One exception was Walton’s Dylan Wood, the top seed at 126 pounds who had to eke out a 6-5 decision over Unatego’s Austin Ryan in the quarterfinals.
Fourteen of the 15 No. 2 seeds also advanced to the semifinals, the lone loser was Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton/Harpursville’s Jaime Griswold, who was pinned by Susquehanna Valley’s Matt DePersis in 4:40 of their 145 first-round match. DePersis later lost to Waverly’s Kacey Madigan, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.
Among those to reach the semifinals were a trio of champions from last year, Waverly’s Ryan Wolcott, Norwich’s Tristan Rifanburg and Greene’s Christian Dietrich.
Wolcott, the defending 220 champion, won both his matches via first-period pins, while Dietrich — last year’s 170 champion — gave up three points total in his two victories at 182.
Rifanburg, the 132 champion last year, did not give up a point in winning his two 138 matches.
Johnson City 54, Greene 40: At Johnson City, Lucille Dellos scored 11 of her 19 points in the second half after the Wildcats jumped out to a 31-18 lead in the first half and kept the lead in double-digits the rest of the game in the first round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Lydia Ladd added 12 points for Johnson City (4-2) and Christina Carpentieri added nine. Jessica David had 15 points to lead the Trojans.
Seton Catholic Central 66, Sidney 36: At Johnson City, Lauren Miller scored 14 of her 21 points in the first half and the Saints cruised to victory in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Miller also grabbed eight rebounds, Christy O’Neil scored 12 points and Emily Gibson had seven points and six steals for Seton CC.
Kelsey Decker scored 13 points for Sidney, but had just three in the first half.
Chenango Valley 42, Ithaca 39: At Johnson City, Hannah Elliott had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds as CV held on to defeat Ithaca in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Ashleigh Weir added eight points for CV, which will face Binghamton today.
Maine-Endwell 58, Liverpool 25: At Johnson City, Daniella Dean scored a team-high 13 points as the Spartans cruised to victory in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Dean grabbed 8 rebounds, made 7 steals and added 4 assists for M-E, who outscored Liverpool in every quarter and held them to 8 second-half points.
Lauren Lameroux (12 points), and Carly Spera (9 points) also contributed for the Spartans, who play Greene today at 10:30 a.m.
Harpursville 61, Afton 33: At Harpursville, Miranda Drummond had a game-high 17 points and Shelby Medovich added 16 to lead the Hornets past Afton in the Harpursville Holiday Tournament.
Medovich scored 12 of her 16 in the first half as Harpursville (7-0) outscored the visitors 10-0 in the first quarter and led 29-13 at halftime.
Each team will play Oxford in their next tournament game, Afton plays today at 2:45 while Harpursville plays the Blackhawks on Monday at 2:45.
Union Endicott 76, Baldwinsville 66: At East Syracuse-Minoa, CJ Krowiak led all scorers with 31 points as the Tigers topped Baldwinsville in the first round of the Vince Celi Tournament. Krowiak scored 19 points in the second half, went 9-9 from the foul line and dished out a team-high 8 assists.
Osama Barwari added 12 points and 12 rebounds for U-E who improves to 5-0 this season. They advance to play in today’s championship game against host East Syracuse-Minoa, tipoff is scheduled for 12:45.
Josh Palmer Tournament: At Elmira, the Horseheads boys basketball team surpassed last season’s win total, moved into a tie for first place in the Southern Tier Athletic Conference West Division and gained a semifinal berth in the Jim Flynn National Division on Friday at the 15th annual Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic at Southside High School.
Nobody was more productive than 6-foot-4 junior forward Foster Clark, who scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half to lead the Blue Raiders to a 68-62 victory against previously unbeaten Elmira (4-1) in front of a packed gym.
The win moved Horseheads into a tie for first with defending champion Elmira in the STAC West and also was a big step in the Raiders’ goal to qualify for the Section 4 tournament.
“It was a big win for us,” said Clark, who also grabbed 12 rebounds. “We haven’t beaten Elmira in a long time, so it felt good to finally beat them.”
Horseheads (4-1) will face Jamestown at 6:45 p.m. Sunday in the semifinals. The 8:30 semifinal will pit Manhasset St. Mary’s against Don Bosco Prep (N.J.).
Jamestown was a 49-44 winner over Glasgow (Del.) in Friday’s first game. In the two late games, St. Mary’s beat Bishop Kearney, 68-66, and Don Bosco Prep beat South Shore, 62-40.
Sunday’s consolation games are Glasgow against Elmira at 3:15, and Bishop Kearney against South Shore at 5.
The four-day, 20-team tournament continues today with six games.