St. Francis track is dominant
The St. Francis boys track and field squad put on a dominant display on Wednesday, claiming 11 of 14 events to win the Monsignor Martin All-Catholic championship.
Led by double winners Akeel Lynch -- who won the 100 (11.1) and 200 (22.4) -- and Alex Schaffstall in the mile (4:33.20) and 2-mile (10:07.36), the Red Raiders captured their third consecutive title. Also, St. Francis 4x100 relay team of Lynch, Dominic Buccieri, Steve Kawalerski and Zachary Wells broke a 31-year-old league record by running a 43.5.
"We have over 20 seniors who are the backbone of our team," St. Francis coach Steve Otremba said. "Everybody just fit into their roles as a team and really put it all together."
Buccieri also captured the 400 meters in 49.9 while St. Joe's Dominic Kosar won the shot put (53-10) and discus (171-3).
"The one thing about our league is you can't take anything for granted," Otremba said. "The schools in our league have great athletes and are very competitive, but our kids are pretty battle-tested throughout the course of the season and all of that is to prepare for us to preform well at this meet."
Paige is Idaho-bound
Jaysean Paige, who starred in Western New York before moving to Kentucky for his senior season, is headed to the College of Southern Idaho, a two-year school, according to the Times-News of Twin Falls, Idaho.
Paige was The Buffalo News Player of the Year in boys basketball in 2011 after a season in which he led Jamestown to the Class AA state championship game. He transferred to Perry County Central in Hazard, Ky., late last summer.
Falls clinches NFL title
In baseball, Niagara Falls (15-1, 12-0) clinched the Niagara Frontier championship with a 12-2 victory over Kenmore East (6-11, 3-8), the Wolverines' first conference title since 2009. Joey Colosi tossed a complete-game two hitter with seven strikeouts for Niagara Falls.
Clarence's Zach Zabel finished 4 for 4 with three stolen bases, while Mark Materise tossed a complete game four-hitter in the Red Devils' 9-2, victory over St. Joe's.
OTC-Burgard in key game
The semifinals in the Buffalo Public Schools' Cornell Cup baseball will be set after today's game between Burgard and OTC Middle College. If OTC wins, it faces Hutch-Tech in Friday's semifinal at 3:45 p.m. at Delaware Park Diamond No. 2; if Burgard wins, I-Prep/Grover will advance.
The other semifinal is set and will take place today at 4:15 p.m. when City Honors meets da Vinci at Delaware Park Diamond No. 2. The championship game will be Saturday at McCarthy Park at a time to be determined.
Medina takes tennis title
The Medina boys tennis team won its first Niagara-Orleans championship since 2006 with a 4-1 triumph over Barker. The Mustangs are 10-1 with a match remaining against Roy-Hart.
"We've been close and finished second a few times," Medina coach Chris Horgan said. "This time, we pushed through."
Medina won five of six matches in straight sets with the lone loss suffered by Horgan's son, Chris, who had not lost a set this season and was 10-0 headed into Wednesday.
Dunkirk wins softball title
Dunkirk (14-1, 12-1 CCAA I) won its first division championship in four years as the Marauders beat Gowanda (8-11, 6-8), 12-2.
Anissa Williams went 4-for-4 with four runs but it was Brenda Labornge's triple that proved to be the game winner as Riverside (4-4, 4-4 Thompson Trophy) handed Lafayette (1-5, 1-5) a 14-5 loss.
Shelby Overturf's two-hitter and Shannon Gunnell's RBI double propelled Falconer (9-5, 9-5 CCAA I) to a 2-0 win over Olean (13-2, 12-2).