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Hutch-Tech wins title

Undefeated in dual meets this season and the winner in Thursday's championships, Hutch-Tech took the overall team title in boys cross country at the Buffalo All High Championships.

The Engineers won the championship meet with 26 points, besting City Honors, which took second with 38 points.

Seamus Degan of City Honors won the individual title at the championship meet, running the 2.5-mile course at the Rose Garden in Delaware Park in 13:30. Rhace Colon of Hutch-Tech took second (13:47) while Jamarr Chandler of Hutch-Tech was third (13:58).

On the girls side, Hutch-Tech won the All-High Meet but City Honors won the overall championship after going undefeated in dual meets and taking second to the Engineers in the final meet.

Verketa Barcero of Hutch-Tech took the girls individual title with a time of 17:10. Teammate Jenna Rossi was second (17:28) while Zoey Binder of City Honors was third (17:36).


Ken East upsets Lockport

Matt Cordovani scored early in the second half to give Kenmore East a 1-0 win over Lockport (14-1-1) in Niagara Frontier League boys soccer. John Becker recorded the shutout for Kenmore East (7-9).

"Lockport put a lot of pressure on us and we played really good defense and took advantage of the limited opportunities we had," Kenmore East coach Rolfe Freidenberg said. "Our goalkeeper made some really big saves in the first half and then our defensive backs did a nice job of keeping them out of our box and making them shoot wide."

Meanwhile, with three goals from Gian Sassi and one from Greg Summers, St. Mary's/Lancaster earned a 6-2 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude in boys soccer. With the win, the Lancers remained undefeated in Monsignor Martin Division A play while improving to 13-3 overall.

"Dan Moreno, our center midfielder, played excellent defense, as did our sweeper Simon Jacobsen," St. Mary's coach Al Franjoine said. "It was excellent defense today. They couldn't get by them."


Starpoint, Billies tie

The game went back and forth, from the opening kick to the second overtime session, and fittingly the game between Starpoint and Williamsville South ended in a 2-2 tie in an ECIC II girls soccer matchup.

The Billies took a 1-0 first half lead, but Starpoint (8-6-1) tied the game with about 12 minutes left in regulation on a goal from Lucy Lilienthal. The Spartans scored with about fives minutes left in the second overtime on Kristie Delabio's goal but Williamsville South responded a minute later to tie the game.

"I liked the way we put pressure on the ball and worked the ball up the field," Starpoint coach Beth Couch said. "The transition game was nice on our end. It was a really solid performance by the midfield. It was our last game of the regular season and it was a good way to end with a strong performance."

In a Buffalo Public Schools matchup, Kaela Clabeaux scored about 15 minutes into the second half to give Hutch-Tech a 1-0 win over Bennett.


Three-way tie in NFL

North Tonawanda defeated Grand Island, 17-25, 25-21, 25-18, 25-23, to create a three-way tie for first in Niagara Frontier League girls volleyball. NT, Grand Island and Lockport are all 12-2. Delaney Laper led the Lumberjacks with 22 kills and 25 digs.

"We came out firing on all cylinders and took the first game," Grand Island coach John Head said. "In the second half of the second game, Laper came on strong and their defense in particular started putting up more balls and they started to roll."

In ECIC I, Orchard Park played its second five-game match in as many days, this time beating Lancaster, 25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 14-25, and 25-15. Noelle Poloncarz had 37 assists for the Quakers (8-4).

"Our serving really pulled us through and helped us a lot with this game," OP coach Greg Lardo said. "We're a younger team with only one senior so it's hard to keep us focused for a whole game, but we've been working on it all season."


Defense keys Will East

When the Williamsville East boys volleyball team needed to solidify its backline, it called up freshman Dylan Cicero from the junior varsity. He's proved to be a help, notching 10 digs for the Flames in a four-game nonleague win over Maryvale.

"Since Dylan's call-up our back row has been solid," Flames coach Michael Braunscheidel said. "We were struggling with our back row passing and Dylan is able to be in the right position."

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