It doesn't take much research to pick a favorite in Friday's Class B girls race at the Section VI cross country championships at Elma Meadows.
After a season of dominating races, East Aurora sophomore Peggy Melonic is the clear choice to win her second consecutive title. A healthy Heather Cappello and her sister Lisa will contend for Starpoint.
At last weekend's ECIC meet at Alden, Melonic shattered the course record, finishing in 18:07. The previous record was 18:34 held by 1995 Orchard Park graduate Laura Hribik.
Among the Class A girls, Orchard Park's Michelle Daniels and defending champion Lindsey Jochum are favorites along with Lockport's Jen Marotta. Daniels set a school record at Alden with an 18:22. In Class C, junior Janine Emke of Randolph goes for her third sectional title.
In Class A boys, Todd Witzleben of Orchard Park defends his title with Kenmore West's Brendan Cameron looking for the upset. In Class B, Mike Ryan should lead the pack with Taylor Dewey of East Aurora close behind. In Class C boys, Dustin Thomas (Franklinville), Ryan Long (Silver Creek) and Sean Damon (Barker) will battle.
Flames, Warriors win swimming titles
Williamsville East and Cheektowaga captured girls swimming titles last Friday while remaining undefeated in their respective divisions.
The Flames handed Amherst its first league loss, 54-40, to win its fourth straight ECIC II title. The Warriors beat previously undefeated East Aurora, 66-36, for their second ECIC III crown.
The site and time for the meet that will decide the ECIC I title has been changed for the last time. Williamsville North and Orchard Park square off Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the University at Buffalo.
Park boys win IAC soccer title
The Park boys soccer team won its first IAC title since 1989, beating Christian Central, 5-1, at Erie Community College on Saturday. Junior Jonathan Leahy had four goals. Sophomore goalie Giorgio Panepinto had 12 saves. Park also won the regular season crown and finished with a 12-4-1 overall record.
Kenmore gymnasts set record
The Kenmore girls gymnastics team set a Section VI team scoring record with 170.85 points in a triangular meet with Lew-Port and Williamsville South. The old record of 166.50 was set by South in 1991.
Among Kenmore's high scorers were Lisa Laudan (vault, 9.0), Lindsey Marranca (floor, 9.1) and Stephanie Shapiro (floor, 8.9).Anastasi named Coach of the Week
Dave Anastasi of North Tonawanda was named Coach of the Week by the Buffalo Bills. Anastasi led the Lumberjacks to a 28-14 victory over previously undefeated Tonawanda in the 88th T-NT game.
Wilson running back Brandon Biro had his fourth three-touchdown game Saturday against Cardinal O'Hara . . . The Medina girls basketball team is looking for a non-league game. Contact Mike Schrecongost at 798-2710 . . . The Buffalo Seminary swimming team, in its inaugural season, won its first meet last week with a 48-46 victory over Villa Maria. Rachel Stecker won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle . . . At Saturday's ECIC cross country meet, Depew senior Erik Boccio ran a 16:45 race to break his personal best time in the 5K by 40 seconds . . . Depew is looking for a boys varsity swim coach, a modified swim coach and a boys indoor track coach. Contact Athletic Director Dan McGrath at 686-2432.