Hamburg tops ranked lacrosse opponent
Pat Nowak scored his fourth goal of the game off a feed from Nick Wilcox with 5:26 left to give Hamburg an 11-10 victory over national No. 25 and previously undefeated Brother Rice of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Saturday night. Max Maxwell had three goals and three assists in the victory.
"I don't think there's been a bigger win than this on Howe Field, at least not in my tenure," said Hamburg coach Jerry Severino after the Bulldogs' triumph over the defending Michigan state champions. "After we scored it was five and a half minutes of terror back and forth. We each had multiple possessions and each team defended really well."
"Nowak had a breakout game with his four goals and the game winner. The key, I think, was [goalie Tom] Lipomi with 12 saves. Ryan Jurek was outstanding at faceoffs [11 wins]."
Another key to victory was the defensive work of Christian Hollfelder against Brother Rice's No. 1 offensive threat, limiting him to two goals and an assist.
Cheektowaga, Clarence take Depew titles
The Cheektowaga boys and the Clarence girls took home the team titles at Depew's Wildcat Relays Saturday.
Tim Whelan's victory in the 1,600 meters and relay triumphs in the 4x200, 4x400 and sprint medley led Cheektowaga to a 96-72 triumph over Clarence for the boys title. Alex Eaton of Clarence won the steeplechase in 10:33.7.
In the girls competition, Clarence (71) outpointed second-place Lancaster with the help of first places by Jacquelin Huben in the steeplechase (meet record 7:37.13), Kaitlin McCadden in the 1,500 (4:46.86) and the 4x400, 4x800 and sprint medley relays.
Two records for Lynch at Olean Invite
At the Olean Invitational, meet record times by Akeel Lynch in the 100 (11.18) and 200-meter (22.80) dashes led St. Francis to the boys large school team title. Lynch also ran on the Red Raiders' 400-meter relay team. St. Francis scored 120 points to edge host Olean's 116. The St. Francis 4x400 relay won in a meet record 3:27.89.
Randolph (126) beat out Holland (115) for the boys small school title. Chelsea Grupp won the 400, 200 and ran on the winning 400 relay to lead Holland to the girls small school title with 131 points. Maple Grove was next with 96 points. Freshman Mckenna Maycock of Randolph set a meet record in winning the long jump at 16-10. She also won the 800 and was second in the 400.
Starpoint ran away with the girls large school title with 114.34 points.
Lynch and Grupp won the Fay Cousens Most Outstanding Track Performance Awards. Mike Prevorse, who won the shot put and discus for Pioneer, and Bernice Dumbleton of Starpoint, who was first in the same events among the girls took the Cousens field event honors.
At the Dunkirk Invitational on Friday night, Andy Smigiera of West Seneca East was named the boys track MVP after he won the 100 (11.28) and 200 (22.64) and was fourth in the long jump. Brett Jones of Pembroke was field MVP after winning the triple jump (42-11 1/2 ) and finishing second in the high hump.
Girls track MVP was Lauren Reyda of Fredonia, who won the 1,500 with a current Western New York best time of 4:59.14. She also was second in the 3,000 and anchored the 4x800 relay to fifth place. Kaitlyn Lopez of Immaculata was girls field MVP after winning the long jump (17-8 1/2 ) and triple jump (30-1 1/2 meet record ).
T.J. Hornberger of Lake Shore won both the 1,600 (4:27.71) and 3,200 (9:48.80) in the boys competition.
Knaak hurls two no-nos for Albion
Jenn Knaak of Albion pitched back-to-back no-hit games Saturday as the Purple Eagles won the Webster Tournament in the Rochester area. Knaak, an All-Western New York Small School first team and All-Niagara-Orleans League first team selection last season, struck out 13 in an 3-0 victory over Spencerport and stopped Aquinas, 2-1, striking out 10. Aquinas got its run in the third inning on a leadoff, walk, infield out, passed ball and another infield out.
Knaak, a fifth-year player for Albion, is in only her second year as the No. 1 pitcher for for the Purple Eagles.
"She pitched for me a little before last season but we had a pretty good pitcher in Lindsey Colonna then," said Albion coach Gary Parisi. "She [Knaak] pitched for the Amherst Lightning and took pitching lessons in the Buffalo area.
"She has good command of her pitches and keeps the ball low and lets her defense to the work."
Knaak, who no-hit Akron in league play as a junior, is headed for St. John Fisher College in Pittsford to play softball.
Sarah Papponetti had two hits and drove in a run for Albion in the win over Spencerport. Knaak drove in a pair of runs herself in the championship game and Jessica Grimes contributed a pair of hits.
Clarence, OP win in baseball
Clarence avenged an ECIC I baseball loss to Lancaster, edging the Redskins, 3-2, behind the pitching of Mark Materise, who also had a home run and two other hits. ECIC I leader, Orchard Park (7-1) downed West Seneca West, 10-3, as Bubba Hollins, Jim Fitzgerald and Joe Mesi each had two hits. Kenmore West defeated rival Kenmore East, 8-1, in the Niagara Frontier League as Tyler Novo drove in three runs with three hits, Tom Ryan had a pair of doubles and winning pitcher Dan Faso went 2 for 3.