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High School Extra (Feb. 18): Lancaster's Mucha wins rifle title

Alden edged Lancaster, 1,114 to 1,107 to take the standing title at the Section VI rifle championships at Alden High School Saturday. Kiersten Mucha of Lancaster was the individual winner with a score of 290.

In three-position air rifle, Kenmore nipped Lancaster by a point in the team classification. Sarah Golas of Alden won three different individual titles, while Jessica Magavero of Clarence was first in prone.

The school team winners plus two all-stars in each category advanced to the state championships at West Point on March 4.

Kunnas breaks record

The area’s top track and field standouts had one more chance to tune up before the competition turns very serious in the coming weeks. The Varsity Select Meet was held at Fredonia State.

Among the boys, the highlight was provided by Anton Kunnas of North Tonawanda. He cleared 15-feet-3 in the pole vault to set a Section VI record. Kunnas, an exchange student from Finland who works with that country’s national youth team, ranks as one of the best in his speciality in the state.

Hamburg had a particularly strong day. Matt Hess won the 600 in 1:27.3, Jack Lacina took the 1,600 in 4:45.1, Dima Blundell captured the 3,200 in 10:17.4, Jeremy Herrington won the long jump in 19-9.5, and Alex Andrzejewski took the triple jump in 41-feet.

On the girls side, Clarence put up a good performance on the day. Mailey Geiger won the 55 Hurdles in 9.04, Katrina Patterson captured the 1,500 in 4:54.8, and the relay team of Lauren Biegner, Maggie Danzer, Gillian Fedor, and Mariah Plesh won the 4x800 in 10:33.3.

The Section VI championships will be held next weekend at Houghton College.

Fredonia wins handily

One of the best small school teams in girls basketball had to play short-handed Saturday. Franklinville lost Ally Haskell to an ankle injury early in the game. She did not score. Sister Danielle tallied 19 points, but it wasn’t enough as the No. 2 ranked Panthers dropped a 69-38 decision to Fredonia. Hannah Cybart led the No. 8 Hillbillies with 24 points and nine rebounds.

Williamsville South beat East Aurora, 63-39, to take the Lockport Tournament title. Amari DeBerry led the Billies with 21 points.

Lancaster advances

The Federation playoffs in boys hockey are underway, and Lancaster took a step forward. The Legends defeated Clarence, 4-2. Chris Blachowski had two goals for Lancaster.

Niagara Falls beat Orchard Park, 3-1, and Williamsville North blanked Lockport, 12-0.

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