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High School Extra (May 28): Drive worth it for St. Francis’ Walter

Drive worth it for Walter

The pentathlon is a tough track and field event under normal circumstances. Add a nice eight-hour drive from Buffalo to the New York City area beforehand, and that makes it even tougher.

Yet Chris Walter of St. Francis overcame all that to take the CHSAA title on Wednesday. The state championship meet was held at Iona Prep, and Walter broke the school record with 3,374 points.

“In our league, we don’t compete in the pentathlon,” St. Francis coach Steve Otrenda said. “He did a pentathlon earlier in the year and scored 3,000 points. Chris came down here last week just to qualify.

“He improved in every event this time in the pentathlon. He should be ranked No. 1 in Western New York at it.”

It’s St. Francis’ first CHSAA champion since 2007. Walter, a senior, is going to Geneseo this fall. But there’s still an event coming up soon on his schedule.

“He goes to the Federation meet in about two and a half weeks,” Otrenda said. “It’s in the Albany area. We’re getting the details of when he’ll compete, because it’s a two-day” meet.

Thunder make some noise

Mount Saint Mary has won the Monsignor Martin Association regular season girls lacrosse title for the past four years, but hasn’t won the playoff championship since 2012.

Perhaps this is its turn to win.

The Thunder advanced from the semifinals on Wednesday with a 13-4 win over Sacred Heart. If Mount Saint Mary does take the title, Catie Meegan figures to have a role in the win.

Meegan, the team’s senior captain, scored the 100th goal of her career in Wednesday’s win. The midfielder, who will play at Mercyhurst next season, tallied when MSM was up, 3-1. The Thunder never looked back after that goal.

Meanwhile, Nardin took a 12-8 decision from Mount Mercy in the other semifinal. Lauren Wischerath had five goals and an assist for Nardin, while Ainsley Mann had a hat trick. MSM will play Nardin for the title on Friday at 4:15 at Nichols. The Thunder, which has reached the finals every year since 2005, won the two regular-season meetings between the teams.

Trojans finally win

The result of the B-2 baseball quarterfinal was worth the wait, at least for Southwestern.

The Trojans’ game with Akron was suspended on Tuesday after nine innings with the score tied, 14-14. On Wednesday, Southwestern came away with a 15-14 win in 10 innings.

There’s no time for winners to rest. Up next for the Trojans Thursday is a semifinal matchup with JFK, the second seed in B-2. In the other side of the draw, No. 1 Fredonia – the top-ranked small school in The News poll – hosts CSAT.

The semifinals will be held in other classes on Thursday afternoon as well. In Class AA, the four top seeds advanced. Williamsville North plays at top-seeded Orchard Park, while No. 2 Lancaster hosts Niagara Falls. Orchard Park is ranked first among large schools in The Buffalo News poll, while Lancaster is fourth.

In A-1, one side of the bracket followed form as No. 4 Williamsville East is at No. 1 Hamburg. On the other side, seventh-seeded North Tonawanda goes up against No. 6 Kenmore East.

The story in A-2 looks just like the tale at A-1. Top seed Olean goes against No. 4 Pioneer. Starpoint, the No. 6 team, faces No. 7 Amherst.

In B-1, there was plenty of damage done in the early rounds. No. 3 Springville is the top remaining seed; the Griffins will face No. 7 Maryvale. In the other semifinal, No. 8 Eden travels to the fourth seed, Medina.

In Class C, top-seeded Gowanda was the only one of the four top seeds to make it this far. Gowanda will host No. 5 Allegany-Limestone, while No. 6 Holland hosts No. 7 Frewsburg.

Finally in Class D, top-seeded Westfield will go up against Sherman, while No. 2 North Collins hosts Brocton.