Lyndsay Shosho left no doubt who is the best girls tennis player in Section VI. The Williamsville East senior defeated teammate Rachel DelPriore, 6-4, 6-2, Saturday at South Towns Tennis Center to win the fourth title of her career. Shosho also won the sectional titles in seventh, ninth, 11th and now 12th grade.
"I just ran down a lot of balls and kept the pressure on her with aggressive groundstrokes," said Shosho. "I just focused and played point by point."
Shosho was up, 5-2, in both sets. Her 5-2 lead in the first quickly became 5-4 after she dropped consecutive games after leading them 40-love. In the second set, Shosho went up, 2-0, before DelPriore evened it. Shosho closed out the match winning the next four games.
The top three singles players and top three doubles teams advanced to the New York State finals being held Saturday through Oct. 29 in Syracuse. Shosho finished second in the state last year. She is ranked 58th in the nation in 18-and-under by the USTA. Shosho has narrowed her college choices to Georgia Tech, North Carolina or William and Mary.
Kristen Ortman of Amherst, who lost to Shosho in last year's final, finished third. Representing Section VI in first doubles will be Rachel Stemerman and Emily McDonald of South.
Msgr. Martin football
St. Francis 26, Canisius 14: QB Mike Radon was 12 of 18 for 204 yards and rushed 12 times for 91 yards as the Red Raiders (5-2, 1-0) opened defense of their League AA title with a win. Kyle Smith had five catches for 129 yards. Linebacker Greg VanRemmen had 11 solo tackles and 10 assists. Maurice Drewitt scored both TDs for the Crusaders (1-5, 0-1).
Nichols 14, Niagara Catholic 8: Andrew Brooker caught a 10-yard pass from Matt Lickfeld with 6 seconds left to make a winner of the Big Green (2-5, 2-1) on Homecoming. It was the second hookup of the game for the duo, which also combined on a 47-yard TD play in the third quarter. Brooker had eight catches for 150 yards. Joe Nigh scored for the Big Red on a 45-yard run in the third quarter.
St. Mary's 15, O'Hara 3: Ed Gryzbowski and Dan Lopez (161 yards on 21 carries) scored on the ground and Tim Miller kicked a 20-yard field goal for the Lancers (5-2, 2-0).
Burgard 28, Kensington 0: Tyshawn Hogan, Darrius Connor, Will McCaa and Adriene Dixon had rushing TDs as the Bulldogs, alone in first place, improved to 6-0. Andre Coleman led the defense with 12 tackles. McCaa finished with 125 yards on the ground while Conner had 102.
South Park 42, Riverside 0: James Henley ran for 214 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries as the Sparks rolled to a 22-0 halftime lead and a 4-2 record against the winless Frontiers.
Robert Turner rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown and added a 70-yard interception return for a score. Donald Millender had three sacks, while Jason Truman also ran for a TD for South Park, which totaled 366 yards rushing.
Hutch-Tech 22, Bennett 8: Farod Muhammod carried eight times for 162 yards and touchdowns of 7 and 85 yards as Hutch-Tech improved to 4-2 to keep pace with the upper half of the league. Rich Paris had eight tackles while Lou Marrero ran for a 4-yard TD for the Engineers; Roosevelt Williams had a 41-yard touchdown for the Tigers (1-5).
Grover Cleveland 18, Lafayette 14: Tyree Hunley returned an interception 40 yards, Dewayne Gray caught a 70-yard TD pass as time expired in the first half and Howard Van Ever had a 12-yard run to lead the Presidents.
Aquinas 49, St. Joe's 27: Nick Delagrange rushed for 143 yards and threw a TD for the Maraduers in a loss to Aquinas, which is ranked No. 4 in the state in Class A. Kevin Pope caught just two passes, but both went for TDs. Aquinas scored 21 points in each of the first two quarters for a 42-13 lead at the half.
Lindon Wilcox of Albion turned in one of Western New York's top performances on Saturday in the Clarence Fall Classic at Akron Falls Park. It was the largest field ever as 68 schools, with just under 1,300 runners, participated.
Wilcox had fastest time of the day for girls as she won the Class B race in 18:52. Danielle Green of Randolph took top honors in the Class C/D race in 19:33. The top local finishers in the boys races were: Mike Rizzone of Clarence who was fourth in the Class A race (16:29); Brad Heron of Sweet Home, second in Class B (17:02) and Brian Thierman of Allegany-Limestone, eighth in Class A (17:14).
Local team champions were: Albion (Class B girls) and Starpoint (Class B boys).
Scott Funke of Eden was named MVP as the Raiders beat Lake Shore, 25-21, 25-23, to win the title of the Orchard Park Invitational. Teammates Joe Klein and Dan Gwitt joined Funke as all-tournament team members.
Karen Stoklosa and Colleen Kiser earned all-tournament honors as Frontier won the North Tonawanda Tournament. After losing the first game, the Falcons came back to beat Orchard Park in the final, 21-30, 30-26, 30-22.
Lancaster won the 12-team Horseheads Tournament featuring some of the top teams in the state. The Redskins beat Eden, 30-27, 30-21, in the final and Sweet Home, 30-23, in the semifinals. Katie Yearly and Lisa Jaszka were named to the All-Tournament team.