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High School Extra: Rodriguez-Spencer wins; Rosen inches closer to No. 400

Rodriguez-Spencer wins

Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer of Cheektowaga was named Most Outstanding Wrestler and first place finishes by Mitchell Seaver (99 pounds), Anthony Orefice (126), Marshall Taylor (220) and Marcelus Hinton (285) led Lockport to the team title in the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Meet at Niagara County Community College in Sanborn.

Rodriguez-Spencer won the 145-pound class by a technical fall over Kirk Feeney of Lockport, 24-9.

Maple Grove had two champions, Bradley Bihler at 120 pounds and Howie Nolan at 160.

Other individual winners were: Jemone Carter, Niagara Falls (106); Anthony Argentieri, Kenmore West (113); Cody McGregor, Tonawanda (132); Rocco Russo, Frontier (138); Ryan Kromer, Lew-Port (152); Richie Jones, St. Joe’s (170); Chris Wilms, Starpoint (182) and James Empfield, Lancaster (195).

Lockport had 214.5 points to lead the team scoring. Webster-Schroeder of Section V was next with 201, thanks to two second-place finishes and four thirds but no firsts. Lew-Port was third among the 25 teams with 157.5 points.

Rosen gets win No. 398

Bob Rosen of Williamsville North, who has the most wins among Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation coaches, earned his 398th coaching victory Saturday in a 6-3 triumph over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. With five games on the Spartans’ schedule over the next two weeks, Rosen figures to crack the 400 mark before the month is out.

Rosen, who has coached at North since the first year of the Federation in 1990-91, has more wins than any active high school hockey coach in New York State. the only coaches with more — Bill Plante (Salmon River) 553, Stan Moore (Massena) 522 and John Orlando (Suffern) 456 — are retired.

“I believe I’m the only coach left from the first year of the Federation,” said Rosen, an accomplished amateur golfer and financial planner who coaches hockey as a labor of love.

His teams have won four New York State Public Schools titles, the most recent in 2011. His current Spartans team is 4-1-1 in the Federation.

“We’re on the verge. If we could be consistent we could be a really good team. We’ve showed signs of being really good at times,” said Rosen, whose son Jake, a freshman, plays at Buffalo State. A daughter, Alexa, a sophomore, led the Buffalo Seminary field hockey team in scoring last fall.

Bryce Ferrel scored three times for Williamsville North in Saturday’s victory.

Seven Puff Meet marks fall

Daniel Dirrigl of St. Joe’s and Jordan Powers of the combined Frewsburg/Southwestern team each set two meet records in the Frederic J. Puff Memorial Swim Meet at Cleveland Hill.

Dirrigl won the 200 freestyle in 1:47.61 and the 100 butterfly in 53.87 for meet records while Powers won the 200 individual medley in 2:05.92 and the 100 in 49.30.

There were meet records set in all three relays. Lancaster won the 200 medley relay in 1:47.09. Frewsburg/Southwestern took the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.71 and St. Joe’s won the 400 freestyle in 3:30.50, all new standards for the Puff Meet.

Frewsburg/Southwestern led the scoring among the seven teams in the meet, picking up 300 points. Lancaster was second (286), followed by Amherst (232), St. Joe’s (227), Cleveland Hill (186), Alden (126) and Oakfield-Alabama (63).

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