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High School Extra (May 30), East Aurora runners reign at ECICs

East Aurora runners reign at ECICs

Of the four finals contested on Friday during the first day of the ECIC Championships, East Aurora reigned supreme.

Blue Devils runners went 4 for 4 as distance runners Kenny Vasbinder and Sophia Tasselmyer each displayed great finishing kicks in earning triumphs at the two-day event contested at Maryvale High School.

Vasbinder won the 3,200 in 9:27.51 to hit the state-meet qualifying standard. He passed Lake Shore’s Cal Butlak just before the two reached the finish line. Tasselmyer won the 3,000 in 10:08.34 as she just finished ahead of Clarence’s Katrina Patterson.

“That’s one of the great things about the ECICs running the big schools and small schools together, there’s just such great competition,” EA coach Walt McLaughlin said. “It was a good day for our kids, some close races. It worked out in our favor. These are the main meets we’re training for. We’re very pleased with the results.”

Matt McLaughlin broke his Blue Devils record in the 800, posting a winning time of 1:55.58. The time bettered the state-qualifying mark he first hit two weeks ago at the Rush-Henrietta Meet. Molly McLaughlin won the girls 800 in 2:15.68 to hit the state qualifying mark.

EA thrower Morgan Palmer broke the school record with a discus toss of 111-02.

The meet concludes Saturday.

Other first-day winners included Frontier’s McKyla Brooks (long jump) and Rebecca Stiefler (discus), Hamburg’s Taylor Thurnherr (pole vault) and Lancaster’s Jake Valley (long jump) and Colin Blair (shot put).

All-star game to cap Cornell Cup season

Although there won’t be Cornell Cup playoffs to cap the Buffalo Public Schools’ baseball season, that doesn’t mean the slate is over.

There’s still one game and it’s the Cornell Cup All-Star Game, which will be played at 4 p.m. Friday at Johnnie B. Wiley Diamond. Teams consisting of players from the three Cornell Cup leagues will be divided into North and South All-Star teams.

The winners of the three Cornell Cup baseball titles this season were City Honors (Cornell Cup I), Burgard (Cornell Cup II) and Emerson (Cornell Cup III).

The Thompson Cup champion was Hutch-Tech.

Kessler shifts focus to state golf tourney

Williamsville North two-sport star Mike Kessler arrived in Ithaca in time to get in a nine-hole practice round late Friday and will participate in the state golf championships, which begin Sunday, according to Section VI chairman Nate Leary.

Kessler qualified for the state tournament in both tennis and golf last week, believed to be the first from the section to achieve the feat since 2001. He won his first-round match at the United States National Tennis Center in New York City on Thursday before bowing out.