Kenmore West sophomore Lauren Bates earned her first sectional title on an eventful final day at the Section VI girls tennis championships Saturday.
Bates, who lost in the finals the last two years, defeated eighth-grader Tina Miller of Williamsville North, 6-1, 6-2, in the final at the Lakewood YMCA in Jamestown.
Rachel Stemerman of Williamsville South set a sectional record by earning her sixth straight trip to the state championships with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Chautauqua Lake's Meghan Raynor in the consolation match, which determines the section's third representative on the state team. Raynor became the first Chautauqua County singles player to make the semifinals since 1978.
Kenmore East will be represented at the state championships for the first time as the doubles team of Brittany Walters and Katie McInerney took first place by defeating Orchard Park's Alyssa Trampert and Julie Nicoll, 6-4, 6-2. Orchard Park will be sending two teams, as Brit Klotzbach and Lindsay Abramo earned the third spot.
Harvard Cup football
Hutch-Tech 14, Riverside 6: Sammy Smith started the game with a 93-yard kickoff return and gave the Engineers the winning score with a 9-yard run with 8:39 to play to hand Riverside its first league loss and help force a three-way tie atop the league standings.
Brian Burch's 42-yard off-tackle run set up the winning run for Smith, who rushed 20 times for 104 yards. Hutch-Tech (5-2, 5-1) had two goal-line stands, including one with four minutes left, while Greg Cherry had a key interception. Mike Williams tied the game for Riverside (5-2, 5-1) on a 71-yard pass play from Demario Caesar.
McKinley 20, South Park 14: The Macks (5-2, 5-1) rallied for all their points in the second half to beat the Sparks (4-3, 4-2). Randy Calloway (120 yards) scored on runs of 17 and 53 yards to give the Sparks a 14-0 halftime cushion. The second half was all Macks as Chris Camm had a 62-yard fumble recovery, Chris Pratt caught a 78-yard pass from Kenny Szymanski and Szymanski scored on a 1-yard run. Jerome Dixon had 12 tackles for McKinley.
Burgard 33, Grover Cleveland 8: Marcus Davis scored twice and the Bulldog defense intercepted four passes in a win. Elmira Burke had two interceptions while Matt Green and Dwayne Holley had one each. QB Dwayne Lewis connected with Matt Green on an 80-yard pass to highlight the scoring. Dominic Wilson returned a fumble 45 yards for the Presidents' score.
Seneca 26, Bennett 0: Aldo Williams scored twice and Michael Amos had eight tackles, an interception and a forced fumble as the Indians extended Bennett's winless streak to 26 games.
Monsignor Martin football
Cardinal O'Hara 53, Walsh 14: Freshman Reggie Garner ran for four touchdowns and 165 yards as the Hawks won their third straight and earned home-field advantage for the playoffs. Garner, who had just 12 carries, had touchdowns of 6, 53, 43 and 6 yards and also had seven tackles. Justin Vogt ran for a 10-yard touchdown and also returned an interception 45 yards during O'Hara's 33-6 first half while senior Mike Ryan led the defense with 16 tackles.
The Hawks (4-4, 3-1), who have won four of their last five, will meet the Eagles (6-2, 2-2) again at 2 p.m. Saturday at O'Hara.
St. Francis 28, Youngstown Chaney 7: Zak Kedron ran for 200 yards on 22 carries and scored three touchdowns (a 19-yard catch and runs for 61 and 19 yards) as the No. 1 large school Red Raiders (6-2) dominated the Ohio school. Quarterback Ilio DiPaolo also scored on the ground on a 1-yard run that gave the Raiders a 14-7 halftime lead. Kevin Rautenstrauch had 12 tackles and a fumble recovery in addition to 64 yards rushing on 10 carries and Chris Smith blocked a punt.
St. Francis, which outgained Chaney, 421-209, will host Canisius Saturday.
The Lockport boys and Olean girls claimed championships in the Clarence Fall Classic. Seventy-seven schools competed on the 3.1-mile course at Akron Falls State Park.
Lockport won the large school boys race by sweeping the top four spots. Mark Russell was first in 16:09, followed by John Haenle (16:23), Lyle Tolli (16:26) and Patrick Russell (16:27).
The Olean girls won the medium school competition thanks to Amber Sawaya (eighth, 20:52) and Nicole Caibi (ninth, 20:52). Jessica Ortman (Williamsville South) won the race in 19:56; Mia Symoniak of Amherst was second in 19:59. Shannon Crane (Lancaster) won the large school race in 19:07.
Peter Marlette had two goals and Kyle Winnick had a goal and an assist while Bobby Shuttleworth added to his Western New York career shutout record with 45 as Nichols beat Kiski (Pa.), 5-0, to advance to today's Independent Prep Schools League tournament final against host Western Reserve (Pa.).
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