Led by Steven Neumaier’s victory in the 1,000-meter run, Lancaster athletes turned in the strongest Western New York showing in the New York State Public High Schools and Federation Indoor Track and Field championships on Saturday at Cornell University in Ithaca.
Neumaier, a senior who was ranked No. 1 in the state, ran to form, capturing the 1,000 in 2:29.48 on the track at Barton Hall. Jacob Johnson of Colonie was second, only .16 seconds behind Neumaier in 2:29.64.
Lancaster’s next best finish among the boys was Colin Blair’s second in the shot put, 60 feet, 5 inches. Blair’s effort was first among public schools athletes. Andrew Cannistraci of Iona Prep won the Federation title with a heave of 62-00.75
Desmond Nicholas, a senior from Canisius, was fourth in the 55 meters in 6.418. He was edged out of third place by .002 by Ramone Newland of South Shore, who was clocked in 6.416.
Jenna Crean, an Orchard Park freshman, turned in the best finish among the Western New York girls. She ran the 300 in 39.20 for second place behind Amanda Crawford of Paul Robeson (PSAL) but took the state public schools title. Liana Luton of Sweet Home was fifth in the Federation 55 hurdles, but first among public schools entrants.
Brianna McKenzie of Lancaster was third in the weight throw (47-9.50).
BOYS HOCKEY: Jeremy Ienco scored at 4:25 of the first overtime Saturday, giving St. Joe’s Marauders a 2-1 victory over St. Anthony’s in the state Catholic High School boys hockey championship game at Abe Stark Arena in Brooklyn.
Nicholas Carbone assisted on the goal which gave St. Joe’s its only lead in the game.
Greg Barnych scored with 1:23 left in the opening period to give St. Anthony’s the lead. St. Joe’s tied it with a goal by Griffen LoVullo with 48 seconds left in the second period.
St. Joe’s outshot the Friars 20-10 through two periods but still found itself in a tie game. Despite the shots advantage, the Marauders needed some stellar goaltending by Daniel Mikolajczak to keep it tied.
The Marauders finished the season with a 25-2-1 record under coach Richard Crozier. It was St. Joe’s fourth state Catholic championship in six years, but first since 2014.
BOYS BASKETBALL: Monsignor Martin Association champion Canisius will play for the state Catholic High School Athletic Association championship next Sunday after a 51-50 victory over St. Anthony’s on Saturday in a Class A semifinal in West Islip.
The Crusaders, who scored only four points in the second quarter, trailed, 25-18 at the half and 35-30 after three quarters. However, they rallied behind a 10-point fourth quarter by Stafford Truehart, who finished the game with a team-high 16 points.
Canisius had to overcome a hot shooting performance by Josh Nicholas of the Friars, who had 23 points, including a season-high five three-pointers
Canisius will meet New York City CHSAA representative Monsignor Farrell of Staten Island at 2:45 p.m. next Sunday at Villa Maria College.
CATHOLIC BOWLING: Dylan Greenauer qualified fourth with a 911 pinfall for four games to make the stepladder finals then was eliminated by No. 5 seed Connor Egan of Chaminade in the State Catholic High School Boys bowling tournament in West Babylon.
Chris Vietri of Holy Trinity defeated top qualifier Liam Mahoney of St. John the Baptist, 247-219 in the final.