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High School Extra (May 11): Canisius rowers shine at Saratoga

Local schools shine in rowing

Three Canisius High crews won gold medals and a Mount St. Mary junior eight took first place, too, on the second day of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga.

The senior pair of Patrick Boyd and Daniel Jordan won their event in 6:18.3 for Canisius and two Crusaders eights also finished first.

The Canisius lightweight eight won in 4:54.3 ahead of second-place Chaminade (4:59.3). The Canisius boat included: Allan Collins, Michael Braun, Matthew Flejtuch, Dylan Sabuda, Casimir Garrison, William Sardinia, Pat Bohen, William Mangan and coxswain Benjamin Zabel.

The junior eight from Canisius also won in 4:44.4. That boat consisted of Max Tell, Zachary Sebastian, Daniel Wrafter, Nicholas Herzog, Brendan McGroder, MacKenzie Bass, Elliott Jerge, Alexander Levy, and coxswain Ryan Zuccala. A Canisius lightweight four of Noah Lieber, Matthew Borowiak, John Paul Kenney, George Korn and coxswain Seraaj Fayyaz won the petite final in that event.

Mount St. Mary, a West Side Rowing Club Campus team, won the girls junior eight final in 5:45.100.

Nardin finished third in the same event, out of ten competitors. Crews from St. Joe’s, Nichols, City Honors and the West Side RC also competed.

Metz lifts Iroquois in softball tourney

Amanda Metz of Iroquois pitched her third straight shutout Sunday to get the Chiefs to the championship game of the James “Ace” Morabito Memorial Invitational Tournament in Herkimer, but was the hard-luck loser to Valhalla of Section I, 6-2, in the title game.

With the championship game tied, 2-2, after seven innings, the International Tiebreaker rules went into effect. Under the tiebreaker the inning begins with a runner at second base. Valhalla broke through for a run then added three more tallies on a bases-loaded triple. Iroquois had two runners on base but an out at the plate and a pop-out ended the threat.

Metz, who threw two shutouts on Saturday, pitched a five-hitter with nine strikeouts in a 1-0 win over Valley Central of Section VI in the semifinals. She also went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Eight-grader Olivia Simon went 2 for 3 and scored the only Iroquois run.

Simon was 3 for 4 with a pair of runs in the championship game loss. Jamie Ward (2 for 3) and Metz (1 for 3) each drove in a run for coach Pete Tonsoline’s Chiefs.


Upon further review, Sweet Home’s 4x100 relay did not set the Section VI record in the event Saturday. As The Panthers’ winning time of 48.62 just missed the 48.13 posted two years ago at the Section VI meet by Lancaster.