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High School Roundup: Section VI gymnasts triumph at states

Section VI took home the team title for the fourth time in the last seven years and MacKenzie Donner of Lancaster and Zoe Kyriakopoulos of Williamsville North won individual events in the State Public Schools Gymnastics Championships at Shaker High in Latham.

Donner, a senior, took the gold medal in floor exercise with a score of 9.50.

Kyriakopoulos, a freshman at South, won the vault with a 9.70 score.

Donner and Kyriakopoulos, the Section VI all-around champion, tied for second in the all-around competition with a 37.45 total score.

Section VI, which last won the team title in 2014, had 184.375 points to outdistance Section XI (Suffolk County), which had 181.85. Section III (Binghamton area) was third with 176.625.

Contributing to the team total were freshman Madison Penetrante of Williamsville North and junior Miranda Roberson of South. Penetrante was third on the bars with 9.45 and second on the balance beam with 9.275. Roberson as fifth in floor exercise with 9.3 points.

“It was a total team effort,” said Donna Aquino of Lancaster, the Section VI girls gymnastics chairman.

Besides her performance, Donner received the Sportsmanship Award for the Section VI team.

Girls basketball

Locked in a tight game with Mount St. Mary, Mount Mercy outscored the Thunder, 20-12 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 49-40 victory in a Monsignor Martin Association girls basketball A Division play-in game Saturday at Villa Maria College.

Junior Mallory Ashe led the Magic with 14 points while senios Olivia Balys and Leah McQuiller had 12 points each.

Molly Meegan led Mount St. Mary with 14 points.

Mount Mercy’s reward? A Tuesday night semifinal against powerhouse Cardinal O’Hara, the No. 1 seed and regular season league champion. O’Hara rolled over Mount Mercy, 82-30, on Wednesday night.

No. 2 seed Nichols will face No. 3 Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. on the other game Tuesday night.

In B Division, Buffalo Seminary, getting more than half its points from Burlow (14) defeated Christian Central, 25-16, and will face St. Mary’s of Lancaster in a 5 p.m. a semifinal on Wednesday at Villa Maria. The second game at 7 p.m. will have Nardin meeting Niagara Catholic.

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