Bishop Timon-St. Jude pounded on the door of the boys lacrosse State Catholic Championship for two years. The Tigers finally broke through Saturday.
Timon captured the Catholic state crown by winning a wild one over Iona Prep, 16-15, at Kellenberg Memorial High in Uniondale.
JD Recor scored the winning goal with 53 seconds remaining off a dish by Layne Collins. Iona Prep pulled within a goal with 9 seconds left, but the Tigers held on.
Timon advanced to the last two Catholic finals only to lose, including last year's setback to Holy Trinity. The Tigers appeared ready to cruise to the title this time, building an 11-4 lead in the third quarter before Iona rallied.
Timon rode the play of Adam Dimillo, who finished with five goals and three assists.
Tennis falls short
Three Section VI boys tennis players were eliminated from the state tournament at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.
Williamsville East's Mike Rusk and Lancaster's Mike Kranz both advanced and lost in the second round, while Lancaster's Brian Chowaniec had the difficult task of facing Section VIII's Josh Levine, the state's top-seeded player, and lost in the first round and lost, 6-1, 6-1, to the eventual champion. Rusk was beaten by Section I's Taiya Hamanaka, 6-0, 6-2, while Kranz fell to Section V's Quinn Gleason, 6-1, 6-4. Rusk lost in the second round of the consolation bracket to Section II's Robin Bose, 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles Clarence's Kevin Layer and Joe Gentile lost in the second round to Section V's Matt Renzi and Paul Barrett, 6-3, 6-3, while Orchard Park's Sawyer Dina and August Bruno and Amherst's Jacob Hofmar and Glennon Tyler Moore lost in the first round. Dina and Bruno fell in the second round of the consolation bracket, while Hofmar and Tyler Moore lost to Section V's Aaron Mevorach and Jordan Benjamin, 6-0, 6-1.
Teeing it up at states
Nine Section VI boys golfers, including sectional champion Ryan Kaufmann of Iroquois are competing today and Monday for the New York State Championship at Cornell. The first group tees off at 9 this morning.
Canisius moves on
Canisius' crew team moved on to today's final in one event of the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association National Championships in St. Catharines.
Canisius will compete in the junior four with coxswain.