Hutch Tech, City Honors win titles
The perfect seasons for Hutch Tech and City Honors ended in team cross country championships at the Buffalo Public Schools All High Meet on Thursday.
Senior Njegos Petrovic paced the Hutch Tech boys to their title by winning the individual title. He covered the 2.5-mile course at the Rose Garden in Delaware Park in 14:04.
He beat junior Kobrom Gebrhiwot of International Prep at Grover Cleveland, who finished second in 14:18.
Three of Petrovic’s teammates took first-team honors by finishing in the top seven – senior Jordan Green (14:19), junior Darryl Wilson (14:45) and sophomore Marc Parrilla (15:01).
City Honors took the girls team title with four runners on the first team, paced by eighth grader Natasha Panepinto, who was fourth overall in 17:02.
She was followed by junior Rachael Ruhland (17:16), eighth grader Hannah Murphy (17:22) and senior Anika Gannon (17:41)
Emily Booth of Hutch Tech won the girls individual title. The sophomore won in 16:22, beating junior Brittany Higgs (Olmstead), who finished 18 seconds later.
Medina wins, Albion earns upset
During the regular season, Medina led their league in scoring.
But they knew that goals would be more difficult to come by in sectional play.
The Mustangs got a goal from Brian Anderson in the 24th minute, his eighth game-winning goal of the season, to give Medina a 1-0 win over Alden in a quarterfinal Class B2 boys soccer matchup.
Anderson took a ball from Steven Anderson and placed the shot high to beat Alden keeper Austin Long.
“There were a lot of big saves on both ends. Both goalies stole the show,” Medina coach Steve Luksch said. “Austin made two breakaway saves. We knew it was going to be a tight game and that they were good defensively. We talked about not getting frustrated and to keep plugging away.”
Medina (13-3-1) advances to play rival Albion in Saturday’s semifinal at Hamburg.
No. 10 Albion is on a playoff run, beating No. 7 seed Burgard and upsetting No. 2 Bennett, 2-1, in double overtime.
“They’ve been playing really well and we know them really well,” Luksch said of Albion. “You can throw the stats out the window. Anything is possible and we will not take them lightly at all.”
Albion won its second playoff game with goals from Jacoby Miller and Connor McQuillan. Marcos Sanchez assisted on both goals.
Lackawanna still undefeated
Lackawanna remained undefeated as the Steelers blanked Eden, 2-0, in the Class B-2 soccer quarterfinals.
It was the seventh shutout for keeper Sammy Albakri as Lackawanna improved to 14-0.
Ali Shawish tallied his 38th goal of the season while Zaidan Mohsin also scored for the Steelers.
Lackawanna is ranked 16th in the latest New York State Class B rankings.
Girls tennis tournament starts
The Section VI girls tennis championships begin with first-round matches today at the Village Glenn.
Haley Hollins of Orchard Park kicks off the singles play with a noon match against Chlole Knapp (Jamestown). Nicole Kozinski (Clarence) plays in the 2 p.m. matches facing Samantha Kennedy (North Tonawanda). Kozinski was the sectional runner-up last year.
Hollins defeated Kozinksi, 6-3, 6-2, in the ECIC Championships.
Volleyball playoffs begin
Sectional play in girls volleyball begins tonight with prequarterfinal matches.
The seedings and tournament draw were announced late Wednesday.
Gaining top seeds were Clarence (Class AA), North Tonawanda (Class A), Williamsville South (Class B1), Depew (Class B2), Springville (Class C1), Cattaraugus/Little Valley (Class C2), Chautauqua Lake (Class D1) and Panama (Class D2).