Lockport doubles up
Lockport was the big winner with two titles at the Western New York Officials Invitational cross country meet, which was held Saturday at Akron Falls Park in Akron.
The Lions won the Boys’ Division I easily, finishing more than four minutes ahead of Kenmore West. Niagara Falls was third.
Lockport had the three fastest finishers. Connor Duran came in with a time of 17 minutes, 0.6 seconds to win by more than 20 seconds. Chris Sims and Scott Anderson were second and third respectively.
Grand Island captured the Division II title, topping Iroquois and Lewiston Porter. Tommy Appenheimer of O’Hara was the individual winner, edging Kyle Frascatore of Grand Island. Daniel Heil of Medina was third.
The Lions took the Girls Division I crown by about a minute over Kenmore West. Niagara Wheatfield was third.
Sarah Kurbs of Lockport led all finishers with a time of 20:57.9 seconds. Frankie Mercado of Kenmore West was second, followed by Morgan Rippe of Lockport.
Lewiston-Porter took home the Girls Division II title, beating Grand Island and Mount St. Mary. Sierra Wilson of Lew-Port won in 20:39.6, followed by Sylvia Denocke of Iroquois and Emily Booth of Hutch-Tech. In Girls Division II, Immaculata’s Rachel Luczak had the best time in the meet at 20:37.3 to lead her team to a win over Wilson.
In East Aurora, the Blue Devils invited 48 boys and girls teams to their house for the East Aurora Invitational … and beat them all.
In the boys competition, East Aurora had five of the first eight finishers to beat Fairport. Kenny Vasbinder finished first with a time of 14:38.3, about 30 seconds ahead of Peter Rindfuss of Hamburg.
On the girls’ side, the Blue Devils had four of the first nine finishers. That was good enough to top Pioneer. Sophia Tasselmyer led the way in 17:07.4, well ahead of teammate Maisy Webster (18:02.7).
Legends earn crown
Lancaster came away with the championship at the Sweet Home boys volleyball tournament. The Legends defeated Hamburg, 25-17, 25-18, in the final match to take the title.
Lancaster had defeated St. Mary’s in two sets in the semifinals, while Hamburg knocked off Clarence in three sets to advance.
Kenny Rudz of Lancaster was named the tournament’s most valuable player. Other on the All-Tournament team were Joe Degesare of St. Mary’s, Henry Payne of Clarence, Ryan Dils and Alex Andrzejewski of Hamburg, and Jay Baumann of Lancaster.
Elsewhere, Frontier captured the title in the Kenmore West tournament with a two-set win over the host school. Zach Gerken had seven kills and 12 assists in the final for the Falcons as he captured the Most Valuable Player honor. Teammates Owen Bean and Brandon Dunz also were part of the All-Tournament team.
Bulldogs make it seven
In boys soccer, Hamburg won its seventh straight game. The Bulldogs defeated a strong Sweet Home team, 2-0, in a matchup of squads that were both ranked in the area’s top 10.
Matt Evenden had a goal in the first half for Hamburg, and senior Max Bailey added insurance in the second half. Zach Setera posted his sixth shutout of the season.
The Bulldogs’ defense has allowed only one goal in the last nine games. Hamburg Tony Schiappa credits senior centerback Will Smith for some of that, saying that he’s become the defensive anchor for the team.