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Early Bird greets record field

It will be a cold start to the 2007 track and field season as the eighth annual JFK Early Bird meet is held on Saturday. A record number of teams (34 boys, 31 girls) will compete in temperatures not expected to exceed 40 degrees. Last year, athletes took advantage of the warm temperatures to break 15 meet records. No one is expecting that this year.

For the first time, the field will be broken into large (800-up) and small (799-below) schools. The inaugural meet in 2000 had a field of 10 boys and 10 girls teams.

There will be 19 events for boys and 20 for girls. The meet begins at 9:45 a.m. A FAT system will be used.

St. Francis is the defending boys champion. The West Seneca West girls, winners of the team titles from 2000-2003, look to dethrone defending champion Rush-Henrietta.

It will be the first time JFK will use its new discus cage.

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Hamburg, Amherst fall in lax

Webster-Schroeder jumped to a 6-0 lead on its way to handing Hamburg its first loss, 14-8, in boys lacrosse. Hamburg designed several defenses to try and limit the possessions by the Warriors' Grant Catalino (headed to Maryland), but he still had four goals and an assist.

Senior midfielder Andy Herrmann was involved in Hamburg's first three scores and finished with two goals and one assist.

The Warriors' 5-0 record includes a 10-4 win over Amherst on April 3. Webster-Schroeder hosts Orchard Park on April 21.

"This is a very good Webster-Schroeder team, one of the best I've ever seen," said Hamburg coach Jerry Severino.

An undermanned Amherst girls lacrosse team lost to Fairport, 11-7. Abbie Gowen had four goals and two assists and Jodi Battaglia added three goals and two assists. Goalkeeper Ellie Polian had 12 saves for the Tigers (3-2), whose only other loss is to Liverpool.

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ACE tryouts April 17-18

Tryouts for the Niagara PAL/ACE All-Star Basketball Game will be held at Niagara Falls High School on April 17 (girls) and 18 (boys). Tryouts will begin at 5:30 p.m.

The all-star doubleheader will be played April 25 at Niagara Falls, beginning with the girls game at 6 p.m. Players trying out must be high school age and have competed at the varsity level last year. Admission is $5 with proceeds going to PAL youth programs.

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