Lancaster boys win WNY Relays
It got a little chippy at Monday's Western New York Indoor Track Relays, but that was a good thing. The Lancaster boys only took first in one event, but still won the team title among 29 other schools at Fredonia State.
"The goal of any team, particularly in a relay format, is to kind of chip away," said Lancaster coach Kevin Carriero. "You try and score points in as many events as you can. You don't need to win, but what you need is to be in the hunt for it."
Lancaster scored points in nine of the 13 events to finish with 62 points. Jordan Kihl and Phil Lee combined to win the shot put relay for the Redskins. The real scoring came with five second places and one third.
Clarence was second with 40 points and Grand Island claimed third with 30. Chris Meyer and Nick Masiello were on GI's winning 4x800 distance medley.
Kenmore West's Nick Cahill and Alex Alloy combined to break the school record in the long jump and triple jump. St. Francis' school record in the sprint medley went down as Dom Mendola, Steve Kawalerski, Andy Hayes and Alex Schaffstall went 3:51.2.
The Niagara Falls foursome of Cordell Johnson, Dale Stewart, Flavian Sanders and Lindsey Travis won the double 4x160 and the 4x200.
Olean's Matt Allen equaled his season-best 13 feet in the pole vault. He nearly cleared 13-6, but his chest just grazed the bar as he went over it.
The West Seneca West girls won the team title by a six-point margin over Frontier in a field of 29 teams. The Indians took first place in the 1,500 thanks to Chelsea Needham and Chelsea Caballero while Natalie Barrea, Brianna Colello, Kristen Harrigan and Kelsey Travers won the 4x160.
Frontier hockey team making a run
Frontier made it two big wins in a row in the Western New York Federation, as it notched a 3-1 victory Monday over Orchard Park at Hamburg.
Matt Anticoli, who scored twice, provided the eventual game-winner by quickly answering Orchard Park's game-tying goal in the first minute of the third period. OP had tied the game with a goal 28 seconds into the third, but Anticoli scored on the power play 30 seconds later.
Matt Blattenberger made 32 saves. Anticoli also had an empty-net goal. Nick Nadrowski scored to give Frontier a 1-0 lead after the first. The Falcons (7-7-1, 5-3-1) moved into first place in Division I Saturday after a victory over Clarence.
"It was a big rivalry game and an all-around team effort," said Frontier coach Bob Klimowicz. "All special teams were solid and we're getting good overall scoring right now."
Kevin Meyers had 26 saves as Bishop Timon-St. Jude held off West Seneca West, 2-1, to win its seventh straight Western New York Federation game.
Mike Griffin scored what proved to be the game winner 2:12 into the 15-minute third period. West Seneca West scored with 1:40 left in the game and pulled its goalie but Timon held on.
Austin Castleberry's third goal in his hat trick for West Seneca East was the most important one, forcing overtime with five minutes left in regulation in what would be a 3-3 tie with Sweet Home.
Eric Mueller had two goals while Pat Dangler had three assists and Corey Sorrento made 28 saves to lift Canisius to a 6-0 victory over Clarence.
"It's a big win for us -- the boys really came out flying," said Canisius coach Mike Broderick, whose Crusaders (12-7-1) scored three times in the opening period. "Clarence had a couple of different looks early, but the boys took it in stride and stuck to our game plan."
St. Francis scored four goals in the second period on its way to a 5-0 shutout of neighbor Hamburg. Shawn Hanley scored twice and Bob Bloomfield had 12 saves for the Red Raiders (8-2, 14-3).
Mike Coyne and Rob Seiler each had two goals and two assists and David Whelan made 14 saves as Kenmore West (6-5-1) blanked St. Mary's, 9-0.
Frontier, Maryvale bowlers roll to wins
The Frontier boys and the Maryvale girls were bracket winners Monday at the Martin Luther King Classic at Thruway Lanes. Zach Miller, Aaron Buziak, Alec Brooks, Mike Harris and Chad Mee teamed up for the Falcons' win while Maryvale's team included Audrelle Gospodarski, Megan Koscinski, Jamie Michalenski, Morgan Walsh and Melanie Hannon.
Josh Barker of Tonawanda had the boys high game at 274. Michaela Murath and Gabby Damin of Clarence tied for the girls high game at 223.