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Gordon doubles at Southern Tier Invite Sweet Home sprinter nears Section VI mark

Wayne Gordon has found his stride. The Sweet Home junior was a double winner Saturday at the Southern Tier Track and Field Invitational at Cornell University in Ithaca.

Gordon won the 55-meter dash in 6.58 and came from lane eight to win the 300 in 36.75. The Section VI record in the 55 is 6.54, held since 1974 by another Sweet Home standout, Joe Palmeri.

"All year long I know for a fact the Western New York record is kind of in the back of his mind," said coach Brian Lombardo. "He got into his pace and trusted himself to compete and that's all we're looking for this time of year."

Four girls took home first-place medals. Kailyn Arcury of Williamsville South won the 55 hurdles in 8.27 and Kala Allen of Williamsville East was the winner of the 600 in 1:40.88. In the field events, Rebecca Hildebrand of West Seneca West won the shot put in 34 feet, 8.50 inches and Sweet Home's Stephanie Izard cleared 5-foot-6 in the high jump.

Clarence's best finish was a second place by Megan Kaser in the pole vault, who cleared 11-feet.

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>Wrestling

Jim Kloc of Iroquois was named the Ilio DiPaolo Most Outstanding Wrestler at the 30th annual Niagara Frontier Officials Tournament at NCCC. Kloc was the champion at 145 pounds after pinning Phil Czapla of East Aurora in 3:24.

Pittsford of Section V won the team title in a field of 43.

The Jeff Bloom aggregate pin award went to Mike Pitz (112) of Williamsville North, who pinned six opponents in 10:07. Victor Schul of Starpoint (130 pounds) received the Tom Broad Outstanding Achievement Award.

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>Boys hockey

Nichols split two games on Saturday to earn a berth into the finals of the 10th annual St. Francis Prep Tournament. Nichols will play Ridley College today at 11:30 a.m. at Leisure Rinks.

In its first game of the day, junior forward Andrew Poturalski scored the game-winning goal shorthanded with eight minutes left to lead Nichols to a 3-1 win over New Trier (Ill.). Poturalski stole the puck at the blue line, skated around two players, and tucked the puck in the net. He also scored in the first period and now has 12 goals this season.

In its second game, Nichols lost to St. Andrew's (Ont.) 3-1. Ryan Stayner scored for the Vikings. Nichols (11-5-2) was one of three teams with a 2-1 record in the tournament. They advanced based on goal differential.

St. Francis also split its two games, beating St. Edward's, 3-1 and losing to Ridley, 8-5. Brenden Cullen had two goals in the loss.

* Connor Hagner scored both goals and Marc Mallare had 14 saves for the shutout as St. Joe's blanked V-McQuaid, 2-0. After a scoreless first period, Hagner scored on a power play with three minutes left in the second period. He added his second goal with four minutes left in the game. The Marauders improve to 11-3-1.

* In the Federation, Canisius beat Orchard Park, 4-2, behind a pair of goals from Matt Mahoney. Andy Robinson had the game-winner for Kenmore East in a 4-3 victory over Williamsville South. Niagara-Wheatfield handled Frontier, 7-2, behind a hat trick from Matt Schumate. Nick Matos added two goals and two assists.

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>Boys basketball

Connor Rehbaum scored the first nine points of the game on his way to totaling 27 as St. Joe's won its third in a row, beating Lockport, 77-56. Chad Kelly added 12 points and Jake Spitler had 12 rebounds as the Marauders moved to 8-4. They host St. Francis on Tuesday.

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>Swimming

Kenmore East won seven events, including all three relays, to capture the team title of the third annual Frederic J. Puff Memorial Swimming Invitational held Saturday at Cleveland Hill.

Nick Sereday won the 50 and 100 freestyles and was on both freestyle relays. Collin DeGuehery was on all three relays and won the diving. Kody Kopack of Kenmore West was a double winner, taking the 100 butterfly and 100 back. The event is named for the late son of longtime Cleveland Hill swimming coach Don Puff.