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SHOSHO GETS SECOND SHOT AT STATE TENNIS TITLE

Lyndsay Shosho is back in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls tennis championship match, and she's got a chance to exact some revenge.

Shosho, a senior at Williamsville East, will get a rematch against top-seeded Jenna Loeb of Ossining (Section I) for the state title at the Eastside Racquet Club in the Syracuse suburb of Manlius today. Loeb beat Shosho, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, in last year's finals.

On Sunday, second-seeded Shosho lost only two games in two matches. She beat fifth-seeded Dasha Cherkasov of Section I, 6-0, 6-1, in the semifinals after defeating seventh-seeded Katie Bramante of Section IV, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. After a first-round bye Saturday, Shosho beat Section II's Sarah Meyer, 6-0, 6-2, in the second round.

Amherst senior Kristin Ortman lost in the quarterfinals to Cherkasov, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4. Williamsville East sophomore Rachel DelPriore won her opening match -- over Amanda O'Hearn, 7-6 (5), 6-2 -- but then dropped a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 decision to Olivia Nix.

In doubles play, Emily McDonald and Rachel Stemerman of Williamsville South won two matches before losing in the semifinals. The Williamsville East duo of Sara Cornwall and Katie Legarreta and the East Aurora team of Tori and Kristianne Speller each won one match before being eliminated.

City Honors rowers finish second in Schuylkill

A four-oared woman's boat with coxswain from Buffalo's City Honors High School took second place in the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia on Saturday, the only boat from the West Side Rowing Club to medal.

The City Honors boat, which won the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh two weeks ago, finished second in the scholastic fours competition to Community Rowing of Boston. A second Community Rowing Boat took third in the 27-boat race. The winning time for the 2.6-mile race was 17:01, with City Honors finishing in 17:33.

Rowing for City Honors were Rebecca Kraus, Caitlin Flynn, Lydia Beebe and Alexis Northwood. Sarah Shapiro was coxswain.

Other Buffalo crews that rowed were Canisius High School, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Nardin Academy and West Side Rowing Club.

Hamilton overwhelms Lightning in second

The Buffalo Lightning dropped its 14th game of the season, as the Hamilton Kittys scored three goals in the second period en route to a 5-2 victory Saturday night at Hamilton, Ont.

Sal Gandolfo and Nick Catanzaro had the goals for Buffalo, which fell to 1-14-1.

The Lightning tries to regroup at home tonight against the Oakville Blades. Game time is 8:15 at the West Seneca Recreation Center.

Marine seizes the day in Washington marathon

WASHINGTON -- Farley Simon, a retired Marine who hadn't run a marathon since 1995, won the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday in a race dedicated to victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The 46-year-old runner from Honolulu was timed in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 28 seconds. The women's division was won by Lori Stich-Zimmerman in 2:48:13.

The 26th running of the race was dubbed "The People's Marathon" and featured 17,999 runners.

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