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Canisius crews win

Three crews from Canisius High were among the winners Sunday in the annual John Bennett Regatta at the West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo.

The Crusaders took first in the men’s varsity four plus coxswain (5:36.24) and men’s junior varsity eights (5:09.15) and men’s lightweight four-plus (6:14.83).

Twenty-six clubs from Western New York, the Rochester area, Ontario, Ohio and Pennsylvania took part in the largest regatta of the year at West Side.

Upper Canada College of Toronto won three events including the men’s varsity eight race (5:19.00).

Branksome Hall of Toronto, Steel City RC (Verona, Pa.), Our Lady of Mercy (Rochester) each had two wins in the finals. Brighton RC, Fairport RC, Grimsby, Ont. Secondary, Notre Dame College of Welland, Ont., Shaker Heights (Ohio) and Sir Winston Churchill Secondary (St. Catharines, Ont.) all had a win apiece.

Nichols School, Mount St. Mary Academy, Nardin, City Honors, St. Joe’s were other local crews that rowed.

In the varsity eight race, Canisius was third in 5:27.29, 7.29 seconds behind first place Upper Canada. St. Joe’s was fourth in 5:29.77.

Local scholastic crews will compete next weekend in the New York State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga. The West Side will hold its Fontana All High Regatta on Memorial Day, May 25.

City Honors wins tourney

Samantha Caico pitched City Honors (6-1) over CSAT, 10-0, in the championship game of the Sean Patrick Scott softball tournament at Cardinal O’Hara. Jenna Balducci led the Centaurs at the plate with two doubles and two RBIs.

Pioneer defeated Cardinal O’Hara, 10-4, in the consolation final.

Depew defeated O’Hara, 6-0, in the baseball championship game of the Sean Patrick Scott Tournament.

Barker star to St. Lawrence

Melissa Grosshans, a first team All-State, All-Western New York and Niagara-Orleans League performer in field hockey, will continue her career at St. Lawrence University. As a Raider, Grosshans was a member of four league, five sectional and three Far West Regional championship teams. She also played basketball and softball at Barker.

“She’s a player who makes herself and her teammates better in practice and in the offseason,” Barker coach Jeff Costello said. “Her contributions to Barker’s success are immeasurable.”