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Sweet Home has good day; Lockport girls win own event

Sweet Home was on fire on ice and on the track Saturday.

Randy DiNatale's goal with 4:33 left in double overtime helped the Panthers earn a measure of revenge against old friend Amherst as they advanced to the Federation Hockey Division II semifinals Saturday with a 4-3 win at Northtown Center in Amherst.

DiNatale pumped in a rebound of a John Rein shot after Connor Beaubet won a draw in the Tigers' zone and Mike Biggane passed it to the point.

At Fredonia State, Sweet Home's boys track team captured the Section VI Large School indoor title.

In hockey, Sweet Home, a No. 9 seed, will face No. 1 Kenmore East at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night in semis at Northtown Center.

The Panthers lost two years ago in the Division II final to then-No. 7 Amherst. It seemed the third-seeded Tigers would continue to have Sweet Home's number as they erased a two-goal deficit in the final 6:45 with Joe Kersten's goal with nine seconds left forcing overtime.

Sweet Home (8-8-1) didn't break after that as goalie Peter Brooks finishing with 31 saves.

Ricky Sacco, Biggane and Beaubet also scored for Sweet Home.

Kenmore East's explosive offense helped it overcome first-period jitters as the Bulldogs scored thrice in the final 3:10 of the period in a 7-0 rout of Hamburg. Dan Giliforte (three assists), Don Battista and Rob Burket scored during that span for the Bulldogs (17-2-1), who scored 99 goals in 14 small-school division games. Mike Davern made 19 saves for the shutout.


Indoor track

Wayne Gordon was a triple winner to help Sweet Home capture the boys Section VI large school team title with 92 points. Gordon won the 55 meters (6.51 seconds), the 300 (36.9) and was a member of the Panthers' triumphant 4x200 relay.

Kalen Sullivan of West Seneca West won the 1,000 and 1,600.

Amherst won the small school boys title with 80 points as Jailyn Twitty captured the triple jump (45 feet, 5 inches) and the long jump (22-11).

The Clarence girls edged Lancaster by two points to take the large school title, carried by their depth in running events. Kaitlin McCadden won the 3,000 and 1,500 races, leading a 1-2 finish with Katelyn Tresino in the latter event that proved to be the difference. McCadden also helped the 3,200 relay team triumph.

Kala Allen of Williamsville East tuned up for Thursday's Section VI State Qualifying Meet by winning the 55-, 300- and 600-meter races.

Williamsville South took the small school Section VI crown as Kailyn Arcury won the hurdles and 55-meter dash, and teammate Carolyn Hopkins won the 1,000 and 1,500 and was a member of the winning 3,200 relay.


Girls basketball

Lockport used a triangle-and-two on Shenendehowa's top players, Canisius-commit Emily Weber and Mary Kate Cusak, and rolled the dice. The Lady Lions' gamble paid off as they tuned up for the Section VI playoffs by winning their Kiwanis Tournament title, 47-38.

One day after watching the state's No. 10-ranked Class AA team hand News No. 1 Large School and state No. 11 Lancaster its first loss of the season, 71-51, Lockport held Weber and Cusak to 20 combined points. The Lions clogged the lane with their three 6-footers -- tournament MVP Marisa Guyton, Emma Sobieraski and Sara Franco, bolting to a 23-12 halftime lead. Guyton had 18 points and 14 rebounds.

In the consolation game, Samantha Wozniak became Lancaster's all-time scoring leader with a 20-point effort during a 55-23 rout of Olean. Wozniak broke the 33-year-old record held by Mary Jo Monnin when she canned a three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Wozniak, who is in her fourth varsity season, now has 940 points, four more than Monnin's total of 936.



Orchard Park senior Dominique Mecca earned five individual Section VI titles and set two records during the sectional rifle championships at Alden Middle School.

Mecca set sectional records with an aggregate total 290.18 points and with a score of 286.15 in the air rifle. She tied the section mark in kneeling (99.07) and also won the prone (98.08) and offhand (93.03). Mecca will compete in .22 cal team and air rifle competitions during the state meet March 3 at West Point.

Alden won the .22 cal team title (1,082.35), while Clarence took air rifle (1,101.17).