Share this article

print logo

High School Extra (April 23): Iroquois’ Matteson hits 1,000 career wins; Hagen strikes for Lancaster lax

Matteson hits 1,000

Iroquois baseball coach Marv Matteson can relax now. He’s reached 1,000 victories in his long career.

“I’m exhausted,” Matteson said after the Chiefs beat Sweet Home, 4-3, in 13 innings. “I hope the next thousand are easier.”

Matteson has coached baseball, basketball and cross country over the years, and discovered earlier this year that he was close to 1,000. Sweet Home made Matteson wait a while to get the milestone victory.

“We scored two runs in the first inning, and then two more in the 13th,” Matteson said. “We made every possible mistake. I thought they should fire me. But the kids got it done, and there were a lot of old friends who were there to see it.”

The veteran coach could see that his team was a little tight, understandable under the circumstances.

“I tried to tell them the game didn’t mean anything to me, but they knew I was lying,” Matteson said.

Brent Reid drove in the winning run for Iroquois.

Hagen strikes for Legends

A rule change was installed in girls lacrosse this season involving overtime. Games have gone from two three-minute periods to sudden death.

As of Friday night, Lancaster likes the idea, and Frontier doesn’t.

The Legends defeated the Falcons, 11-10, in overtime. The teams have squared off in the last four finals of the Section VI playoffs, so a close game was to be expected.

“It makes it really exciting,” coach Julie Buccieri of Lancaster said once she caught her breath. “We told the girls, it’s really going to show how much heart you have.”

Both teams had a chance to win in the early going but failed to convert. Then the Legends went to work.

“Olivia Potts drove the net and dished to Jenna Hagen, and Jenna put it in,” Buccieri said. “The fans made quite a roar.”

Hagen finished the game with three goals, while Anna Orlando finished with five scores. Lexi Rockey had four goals for Frontier.

Wasnock in command

Barker baseball coach Rob Mucha is in a very good mood these days – particularly when he sends Eddie Wasnock to the mound.

Wasnock was in great form once again, blanking CSAT, 6-0, on Friday as he continued his amazing run of pitching success.

“He throws a beautiful game,” Mucha said. “This is his third complete-game shutout in the Niagara-Orleans League. He has not given up any runs – not even an unearned run. He’s struck out 20, and gave up his first walk (Friday). He’s only given up 10 hits.

“It’s all pretty impressive. We haven’t had a pitcher like this before.”

Wasnock pitched a two-hitter in the win on Friday and struck out three.

“He throws a pretty good ball,” Mucha said. “He has excellent control. He has good offspeed pitches.”

Wasnock is going along so well, in fact, that his coach must resist the temptation to run him out to the mound too often.

“I keep a close eye on pitch count,” Mucha said. “I will pitch him on three days rest if the pitch count is low, but I try to give him four days rest.”

Elsewhere, Fredonia’s Jarod Burmaster threw a no-hitter in an 18-0 win over Dunkirk. Burmaster struck out 14.

Raiders take their time

St. Francis and St. Mary’s played a rematch of last year’s Georgetown Cup baseball final. The teams were a little late for dinner.

“It was a walk-fest at times,” St. Francis coach Paul Bartell said about his team’s 11-8 win. “It must have taken two and a half to three hours to play.”

The Red Raiders received a home run and three RBIs from Jacob Victor.