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HAMBURG BOYS AND GIRLS LACROSSE START PLAYOFFS ON TOP is a very happy place to be this week.

As the home page of the Hamburg lacrosse program's Web site will tell you, both Bulldogs lacrosse teams have earned the top seed for this week's Section VI tournaments. The girls playoffs begin today while the boys start on Wednesday.

Both Hamburg teams put together impressive winning streaks this season. The girls won their first 10 games before finishing 12-2 and sharing the ECIC Division I championship with Clarence (12-2). The boys had also won 10 straight (before running into undefeated Orchard Park and a 19-3 loss Monday night). The boys earned the top seed by winning an overtime thriller with Amherst, 14-13, Friday in a rematch of last year's Class B final.

Hamburg will be trying to pull off the double-championship that Amherst won last year when its boys and girls teams both took Section VI Class B titles. For Hamburg, its girls team is in Class A while the boys are in Class B.

Resetarits No. 2 in the state

One of the major parts of Hamburg's success in recent years has been senior attackman Frank Resetarits, who is now second on the state's all-time goal list.

Resetarits has 263 career goals, second only to one of lacrosse's most famous names, Casey Powell. Powell had 292 at Carthage before going on to win a national title at Syracuse University.

Resetarits had six goals in a 19-0 win over Clarence May 9 to give him 246 and pass the 244 of Carthage's Ryan Powell, Casey's younger brother who also won a national championship at SU. Ryan Powell spent last season on injured reserve with the Buffalo Bandits and will play with brother Casey this summer for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.

Resetarits, who began the season 18th on the state's all-time list with 202 goals, had the game-winner in overtime against Amherst Friday. The teams could be headed for another showdown if they survive the section's most competitive class. Amherst beat Hamburg, 8-5, for the championship last season.

"Frank played really well -- you could tell that in crucial times he wanted the ball on his stick," said Amherst coach Stefan Henn. "I know he was waiting 365 days to play us again."

Signing on

Olean quarterback Brandon Kiffer will play football at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. Kiffer owns all career passing records at Olean, which won the last two Section VI Class B titles. Kiffer received an academic scholarship and two athletic grants to play for the Division II Greyhounds. . . . Heady guard Chris Casey of Williamsville East, a first team All-ECIC II pick, will play basketball at Swarthmore for the Division III Garnet Tide in the the Centennial Conference. . . . St. Francis soccer player Ben Loos, first-team All-Catholic for three straight seasons, will attend Houghton on a partial academic and athletic scholarship.

Rubin swims to U.S. Open

At the recent Speedo Championship swimming meet at the Nassau (L.I.) Aquatics Center, Amherst junior Mark Rubin swam a 20.93 in the 50-yard freestyle to qualify for the 2003 U.S. Open.

The U.S. Open, which will be held Dec. 4-6 in Federal Way, Wash., is one of the country's most prestigious meets and is considered a launching pad for the U.S. Olympic Trials. Rubin, swimming for the UB Amherst Swim Club, also posted personal bests in the 100 freestyle (46.14) and the 100 backstroke (52.28).

Show-stopping run by daVinci

This week's reason to keep sports in the Buffalo Public Schools: to allow the daVinci girls track team to try and continue a new streak.

DaVinci ended City Honors' six-year undefeated run in Buffalo Public Schools girls track with a 72-42 victory in the Scalp & Blade last week. Ashanti O'Steen (1,500; 3,000), Reynelle John (400, 800) and Mercedez Roper (100, HJ) were double winners for daVinci.

Around the tracks

Not only did Lockport's boys track
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team win the team titles at two major meets Saturday (Carl Roesch; Niagara and Orleans County), they had two runners bring home titles from down the Thruway. Sophomore Mark Russell won the 3,200-meter run (9:28.86) and younger brother Patrick was eighth (9:54.33) at the Eddy Meet at Union College in Schenectady. The Russells participated in the meet while they were on a family trip for the weekend.

West Seneca West saw two school records fall at the Cicero-North Syracuse meet Saturday: Stephanie Burt won the 200 in 25.54 (she also won the 100) and Katie Simon covered the 2,000 Steeplechase in a winning time of 7:30.36.

Junior Kaitie Johnson keeps blazing through the Starpoint record book. Last week she broke her own record in the 400 with a run of 58.7. Johnson owns the school records in the 100, 200, 400, 100H, 400H and is part of the record-holding 1,600 relay.

Orchard Park and Immaculata finished off undefeated league seasons last week.

Orchard Park won the ECIC I championship with a 88-39 defeat of Williamsville North. Immaculata track finished its Monsignor Martin Association Division II regular season undefeated with a 64-21 victory over Cardinal O'Hara. First place winners were: Melanie Janiga (long jump, triple jump); Kaitlin MacNeil (800 meters, 3000 meters); Sharranoda Rivers (shot put) Stephanie Worczak (discus), Angela Devlin (1,500), Kelly Bushen (400 meters).

There are sure to be more highlights during what amounts to league championship week on the track.

The All-Catholic meet is this afternoon at JFK, with winners moving to the state Catholic meet on Saturday in New York City. The Buffalo Public Schools' Scalp & Blade championships at Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion and the Niagara-Orleans meet at Barker both hold preliminaries today and finals Wednesday.

The Niagara Frontier League championships start Wednesday and finish Thursday at Lockport, starting both days at 3:30 p.m. The ECIC championships at Alden and the CCAA meet at Jamestown both start Friday and finish Saturday.

Call for officials

The need for officials has led the New York State Public High School Athletic Association to seek new recruits for all sports at all levels.

Those interested can call (518) 439-8872 or go to, click on "programs," then on "officials coordinating federation."

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