It was a busy day on the lacrosse fields of Western New York, with some teams doing some traveling to get in some quality nonleague competition.
On the boys side, St. Joe’s (11-4) earned a 7-5 win over Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse. Cole Campbell had three goals for the Marauders. C.J. Goss, a Canisius College commit, did a good job of guarding Michigan commit Alex Caulkins of CBA. The Brothers are considered one of the best teams in the state.
Clarence picked up a good win against visiting Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa., 13-4. Matt Wright had four goals for the Red Devils (10-3), while Colin Heim chipped in with a goal and three assists.
Hamburg had less luck with an out-of-town opponent. The Bulldogs dropped an 8-6 decision to V-Webster-Thomas. Jason Chiodo had two goals and two assists for Hamburg.
On the girls side, West Seneca East and West Seneca West played a classic back-and-forth contest between old rivals who are having excellent seasons. The Trojans came away with a 17-16 victory. Grace Vogel scored eight goals to lead WSE, which improved to 9-2.
Raiders get up and go
St. Francis had an early wake-up call for a 10 a.m. meeting with Orchard Park, and the Red Raiders came away with an 11-7 win in the top baseball matchup of the day. St. Francis received three hits from Noah Fleckenstein. The No. 4 Raiders moved to 9-0, while the Quakers are No. 7.
It’s time to have a little party at Kenmore West. The Blue Devils wrapped up their first Niagara Frontier League title since 1992 with a 7-2 win over Grand Island. Kenmore West improved to 10-3 in league play. Ben
Serrano went 3 for 3 with a grand slam, while Craig Mang went the distance on the mound with a five-hitter.
Legends keep rolling
In softball, top-ranked large school Lancaster used a three-run sixth inning to distance itself from Williamsville North in a 9-5 win. The Legends struck after the Spartans had back-to-back home runs from Emily Nicosia and sophomore
Allie Macon in the top half of the inning. Lancaster’s offensive outburst was sparked by Kara Paradowski, who drove home the first run of the inning with an RBI double down the left-field line. Paradowski scored on an RBI single up the middle by Christina Stasiuk.
Depew, the top-ranked team among small schools in the softball poll, swept a double-header from East Aurora, 2-1 and 1-0.
Kenmore West moved to 8-1 with a 12-2 win over Niagara Falls. Jess Leon had five hits and drove in three runs for the Blue Devils.
It’s DeRose vs. Dashkoff
The finals are set in the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association’s boys tennis championships. Ross DeRose of Nichols will take on Alexander Dashkoff of Canisius in the final. Each recorded an easy win in Saturday’s semifinals. The match will take place at noon on Sunday at either the University at Buffalo or, if it rains, as the Village Glen.
The doubles final, featuring teams from Canisius and the Gow School, will be on the same schedule.
Local rowers win
Mount St. Mary, the West Side Rowing Club and City Honors won events at the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga on Saturday.
Mount St. Mary won the Women’s Novice Eight Final 2, and the West Side took women’s Novice Eight Final 1. City Honors capture the Women’s Freshman Four Final 1. St. Joe’s finished second in the Men’s Freshman Eight, and in the Men’s Novice Four. Nichols came in fourth in the Men’s Freshman Four. The West Side crew had a third in the Men’s Novice Four. Nardin earned a third in the Women’s Novice Four, and in the Women’s Freshman Eight.