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Romano, Section VI struggle

Andrew Romano's quest for the New York State Public High School Boys Golf Championship didn't go very far Monday.

Romano trailed the leader by one stroke after Sunday's first round with an even par 72, but the Depew senior soared to an 82 Monday and finished tied for 10th in the tournament with a 10-over 154 total in cool and rainy conditions at Cornell University's Robert Trent Jones Course in Ithaca.

Junior Derek Bard (New Hartford CS-Section III) won the individual title after shooting 3-under-par 69, the best round of the day Monday. Bard's 1-under total of 143 was five strokes better than the 148 of Ben DeForest (Rondout Valley HS-IX). Bard began the day three strokes behind DeForest, the first-day leader. Bard finished in fourth place in last year. Eighth-grader Dan Lapp (Trumansburg HS-IV) was third at 7-over-par 151 after his round of 76.

It was not a good tournament for the Section VI team, which finished ninth among 11 sectional teams. The Western New York entry -- the seven best scores out of nine counted in the team total -- shot a second straight 575 for an 1,150 total, 56 strokes in back of the winning team from Section VIII (Nassau County).

Emily Connors of Sacred Heart finished third with a round of 82 and the Monsignor Martin entry finished third behind Long Island (Rockville Centre Diocese) in the State Catholic High School girls golf championship on the par-72 at Eisenhower Park course in East Meadow.

The Buffalo area team shot 422, five strokes in back of the winners. Tina Chang of Long Island was the individual medalist with a 79.

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Crusaders medal twice

Canisius crews picked up a second and a third place in the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association regatta in St. Catharines, Ont., over the weekend. The Crusaders' senior four with coxswain finished second to E.L. Crossley of Font Hill, Ont., in one final, in 7:04.48, 4.48 seconds behind the winners. St. Joe's (7:06.14) was in third in the same event.

The Canisius varsity eight finished third in 6:06.88, 4.23 seconds behind first place Upper Canada College (Ont.). The Crusaders' junior four with cox took a fifth place.

Two crews from Holy Angels Academy also rowed in finals. The varsity eight was fifth in 7:29.21. The Angels had a seventh-place finish in the senior women's four.