Cousins connect for N-W
Cousins Elijah and Gehnew Printup combined for 15 points as Niagara-Wheatfield beat Williamsville North, 17-9, in a Class A boys lacrosse game on Friday.
Elijah had five goals and three assists while Gehnew added four goals and three assists. Pierce Abrams won 15 of 20 faceoffs and scored twice for the Falcons. The win was the sixth in a row for the Falcons (7-1) since a loss to Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse in the second game of the season.
Niagara-Wheatfield trailed early before finding its stroke. "We had a lot of shots. The offense kept firing the ball and eventually they started going in," coach Vince Schiffert said. "We kept saying, 'Keep playing.' Their goalie was making good saves. We've got a lot of good shooters, and they did start dropping."
The second annual Robert E. Rich Memorial baseball classic continues today at Dunn Tire Park. In Friday's first round, Bishop Timon-St. Jude advanced after beating Hutch-Tech, 13-0. Tom Dee drove in three runs with two hits and stole four bases. Starter Matt Dunford fanned nine in the win. Williamsville North edged St. Mary's, 7-5, behind two hits from Patrick Dwyer and two RBIs from Austin Benshadle.
Today, St. Francis and Frontier meet at 9 a.m. followed by Clarence versus Canisius at noon. The semifinals and finals are Sunday. Admission is free.
Blake Eaton of Allegany-Limestone is among the top seeds at today's 16th annual Olean Sports Boosters/Reid's Food Barn Track Invitational. A field of 52 teams is expected. Eaton is the top seed in the shot put and discus. He was named Most Outstanding in the field events last year. Also returning is Jon Ramsey of Holland, named Most Outstanding in the track events. Ramsey is the top seed in the 400 meters. Anna Holmes of Pioneer, named Most Outstanding in girls track events a year ago, is the one to beat in the 200 and 400.
Also in track, Crosby Field will host the ninth Kenmore Track Invitational at 9 a.m. . . . In softball, seven teams are still in the running for the title of the 25th annual Lady Jacks Invitational Tournament at the Edward Belbas Fields in North Tonawanda. The finals are at 7 p.m.
Gowen assists in lax win
The Lancaster girls lacrosse team managed to contain Amherst's Jodi Battaglia, but the same can't be said for Abbie Gowen.
With Battaglia, the school record holder for career goals, being face-guarded the entire game, Gowen erupted for a school record nine assists and four goals in a 15-2 win. The previous record for assists in a game was seven. "It was kind of unexpected," Amherst coach Janet Battaglia said of the lopsided score. "The girls put forth a great effort."
Daisy Tilin and Amy Simon joined Gowen in scoring four goals as the Tigers moved to 7-2 overall.
Etcetera . . .
In a battle of state-ranked teams, Cael Johnson pitched a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts as Frewsburg knocked off Silver Creek, 7-0, in CCAA II. Silver Creek is ranked No. 7 in the state while Frewsburg is No. 13 in Class C. Asa Johnson had a triple, a single and drove in two runs for the Bears (7-4, 5-0).
The Maryvale softball team made it six wins to start the season as freshman Brittany Koshofer pitched her second shutout of the season, a 5-0 decision over Cheektowaga in ECIC III. . . . Undefeated Cleveland Hill (8-0, 5-0) remained in first place in ECIC IV with a 4-3 win over Alden, 4-3. Jenna Andrzejewski scored the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.