Doran wins title
Saturday was the first big cross country day of the season, and several top teams gathered to see how they match up.
Connor Doran of Lockport was in good form at the West Seneca Invitational at Sunshine Park in West Seneca, taking the boys large school title. Ray Sambrotto of West Seneca East finished second. Penfield won the team competition, with all five of its runners in the top 20. Clarence was second, followed by Canisius A. Adam Czech of Alden won the boys small school championship. He finished ahead of Jacob Osswald of Cleveland Hill and Carl Farrell of Alden. Czech’s Bulldogs won the team title over Lewiston-Porter.
In girls large schools, Sammy Watson of Rush-Henrietta-V was the winner. Katrina Patterson of Clarence was second. The Rochester-area school also took the team title, followed by Clarence and West Seneca West. Sarah Golas of Alden won the small school race. She was ahead of Claire Skowronski of Lewiston-Porter and Elle Russell of Springville. Lewiston-Porter took the team title, beating out Sacred Heart and Springville.
Meanwhile, in the Maple Grove Invitational, Riley Jones of Pioneer took the girls A title. Maple Grove’s Carling Lockwood, Christina Peppy and Kristin Kelemen finished 2-3-4 respectively. The Red Dragons easily won the team championship, finishing ahead of Pioneer and Fredonia. Abby Gostomski of Cattaragus/ Little Valley was the girls B winner, while Silver Creek won the B team event.
On the boys side, Michael Peppy of Maple Grove won the A division crown. He finished ahead of Joe Gatti of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, which won the team title. Matthew Kruszka of Gowanda took the Class B race, and his team took top honors over Randolph.
Crusaders suffer rare loss
The Canisius volleyball team won’t duplicate its perfect record from 2015. The Crusaders lost to Penfield-V in two straight sets, 25-17, 25-21, in the finals of the Eden Pan Am Tournament. Canisius went 34-0 during a magical campaign last year.
Canisius had beaten McQuaid in the semifinals, while Penfield knocked off Fairport.
In the silver bracket, Clarence defeated Midlakes, 25-22, in the championship game. West Seneca West beat St. Mary’s for the title in the bronze bracket.
In girls volleyball, St. Mary’s of Lancaster beat Eden in straight sets to take the title of its invitational tournament. It’s the third straight title for the Lancers. St. Mary’s Jill Vitale had 103 assists in the event.
Maryvale captured the Cleveland Hill girls competition.
Panthers take tournament
In boys soccer, Newfane captured the championship of Lockport Tournament, blanking Starpoint, 2-0, in the final. Trevor Moreland was the tournament MVP, while Johnny Costanzo and Bobby Heers scored for the Panthers.
On the girls side, Aquinas-V defeated Newfane, 2-1, in the final of the Lockport competition.
Hollins leads Orchard Park
Some of the top girls tennis players in the area gathered for the Nichols Cup competition on Saturday. Orchard Park came away with the trophy. The Quakers finished ahead of Nichols and the Harley School (Section V).
Jesse Hollins of Orchard Park, the defending Section VI champion, was named the tournament’s MVP.