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Western leads medal count after first day

PLEASANTVILLE -- Western leads with 29 total medals -- 11 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze. Next come Hudson Valley (23), Long Island (220, Adirondack (210, and New York City and Central (13 each).

ATHLETICS: There was a Western presence at the first podium of the Games as Jacquie Holmberg of Kennedy took the silver in the women's open discus with a throw of 39.51 meters. Ryan Pericozzi of Lancaster took the first gold for Western, winning the men's scholastic pole vault, clearing 4.45 meters. Taylor Eldridge of Buffalo took silver in the discus at 39.32 meters. Western also earned a handful of bronze medals: Falconer's Nick Kahanic in the shot put with 15.31 meters; Olean's Christopher Veney in the long jump at 6.55 meters; and Akron's Joseph Halleck in the hammer throw with 44.70 meters.

BASEBALL: The scholastic team dropped two Thursday: a 4-2 nail-biter against Adirondack and an 18-3 blowout to Central. Jamestown's Sebastian Bellitto pitched six innings and allowed four runs in the close loss.

BASKETBALL: In the women scholastic team's 68-56 victory over New York City, Jamestown's Erinne Cunningham, an All-Western New York selection, netted 20 points on three three-pointers, five field goals and a free throw. The women's open team also beat New York City, 78-68, and had four players in double figures, including Buffalo's Latasia Lee and Brittane Russel, and Amherst's Rachelle Matthys.

BOXING: Buffalo's Justin Keith got the silver medal in the scholastic light middleweight, losing a 3-2 decision.

CYCLING: Western took a 1-2 finish in the men's 10-mile time trial. Jay Joslyn of Grand Island, winner of two golds in 2006, nabbed first place in 20:46.46, while Mike Luther of Blasdell came home in 21:24.40. Western leads the regional standings in cycling, pairing the men with the women's fourth-, sixth- and seventh-place finishes from Traci Mariniello (Williamsville), Lucinda Grisold (Hamburg) and Shelley Isaacs (Buffalo), respectively.

FIELD HOCKEY: Pete Tonsoline is looking to extend his metallic collection. In his 17th summer as the Western women's scholastic field hockey coach, Tonsoline has been treated to six bronze- and two silver-medal finishes. But he's still missing that gold.

His squad's 2-0 victory over Adirondack provided a shimmer of hope.
Williamsville North teammates Nicole Lewis (seven saves in goal) and Chantae Miller (a goal and an assist) helped the cause.

GYMNASTICS: The scholastic women's all-around team took a first-place by Buffalo's Kaitlyn Lopez (35.375 points) and a second-place from Orchard Park's Erin Hamister (34.800) in the all-around individual competitions. . . . While no Western men medaled in the all-around individual competition, they placed fifth through eighth, good enough for the team as a whole to clinch the silver. Williamsville's Keith Stumpf took fifth with 52.900 points.

LACROSSE: The scholastic men's team crushed Adirondack, 11-6. Joseph Resetarits (Hamburg) and Kevin Lalley (Orchard Park) each had a hat trick.

SOCCER: New York City missed a penalty kick in the second half, allowing the Western men's open team to clinch the 1-0 win. University at Buffalo player Lee Catchpole scored the goal. Buffalo's Gavin McInerney had seven saves in goal. In scholastic men's competition, Lockport's Nathan Bechtold netted the only first-half goal as Western dominated Central, 5-1.

SWIMMING: James Losi of Amherst took silver in the men's open 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:03.07. . . . Paige Gutowski of Amherst clinched the gold in the women's scholastic 200-meter individual medley in a time of 2:29.57.

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING: Western swept all three medals in the figure competition.

Gold medalist Laurie Wakelam of Tonawanda just returned from Honolulu where she was a finalist at the U.S. Open. The silver and bronze medals were won by Tonawanda's Trisha Melber and Orchard Park's Jessica Grogan.

MEN'S TENNIS: Boris Borovcanin (Williamsville), Anthony Mazariegos (Orchard Park) and Matt Kane (Hamburg) were winners in scholastic men's team's victories over Long Island and Central. Mazariegos and Kane combined to win both their doubles matches while Borovcanin won his singles duel.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Miranda Podlas of Williamsville and sectionals semifinalist Monica Vieth of East Amherst went 1-1 in their singles matches, as did the scholastic women's team as a whole, beating Central and losing to Long Island.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL: After losing to Adirondack, the men's open team beat Central and Hudson Valley. The men's scholastic team, looking to capture its 12th straight title, beat Adirondack and New York City.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: Both Western women's teams mustered perfect records after one day of competition -- as expected.

e-mail: jfriedman@buffnews.com

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