Another week, another impressive meet for the East Aurora cross country team.
Both Blue Devil teams won their respective races at the 16th Southern Tier Invitational at Allegany-Limestone -- with the girls cruising to victory despite running in the large-school division.
The event, traditionally held at St. Bonaventure, was moved because of on-going construction at Bona. Longtime Allegany coach, Bill Sprague, served as the official starter for the race, which typically attracts some of the top teams in the western part of New York and Pennsylvania.
The East Aurora girls, ranked first in the state in Class B, easily won the large school race by taking the top three places. Kristen Weberg had the fastest girls time of the day at 18:57, two seconds behind was Catherine Phillips and Megan Hulton had a 19:45.
The EA boys won the medium school race for boys with four runners among the top 10. Scott Anderson (16.38) had the fastest time of the day for the boys and was followed by Lyle O'Brien (second), Alex Weberg (fourth) and Kevin O'Connor (sixth).
In the boys large school race, Lancaster was the top team from Western New York, finishing second behind Elmira Free Academy of Section IV.
The Depew girls edged Dansville of Section V, 52-53, for the title of the medium schools. Jaime Wallace of Alden won the race in 19:31. The top finisher for the Wildcats was Angela Franjoine, who was second in 20:28.
The host Gators won the boys small division, edging Maple Grove by one point, 57-58. Jeff Rozzler of Maple Grove won the race in 17:10. Allegany-Limestone's top finishers were Bryan Legere (third), Brendan Green (sixth) and Matt Marino (eighth). Maple Grove ran to the small school girls title with Caroline Benson taking third in 20:56. The top Section VI runner was Megan Bischof of Allegany-Limestone, who placed second.
*Sisters Jamie (three goals) and Jenna (two) Raepple provided nearly all the scoring as No. 4 large school Grand Island remained undefeated in Niagara Frontier League play by routing Lew-Port, 6-0.
*Another Niagara Frontier League team had an impressive result as No. 4 large school Kenmore West played to a 2-2 tie at Gates-Chili of Section V (Rochester area).
*Matt Polowictz had both goals for the City Honors boys soccer team as the Centaurs recorded a quality nonleague win in beating St. Francis, 2-1.