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High School Extra (April 24): Hamburg lacrosse beats Webster Thomas; St. Francis wins in Erie

Hamburg lax wins

Hamburg coach Jerry Severino looks for a challenging schedule for his boys lacrosse team. And that usually means three or four games each season against Section V opposition from Rochester.

Severino’s Bulldogs bagged a big win Saturday, holding on for a 16-13 victory at Webster Thomas. The Section V Titans are only 3-4 but their four losses have been to teams with a combined 27-1 record, including Hamburg’s 10-0 mark.

“We lost to this team in our backyard last year, and it was a really good win,” Severino said. Hamburg had a 13-8 lead going into the fourth quarter. “In the last seven minutes, they scored the last five goals when we were in the penalty box and just about exhausted,” Severino said.

All-American Evan Hollfelder led the Bulldogs with five goals and an assist. Brendan Ryan had two goals and three assists with a half-dozen clears to help preserve the lead.

Gage Schneider had four goals, Jason Chiodo three for the Bulldogs while defenseman Will Agate had six groundballs and guarded Thomas’ No. 1 threat.

Since 2005, Hamburg is 16-21 against Section V opponents and 2-3 versus Webster Thomas.

Raiders win in Erie

Jacob Victor drove in two runs with a single and Steve Mazzone followed with an RBI single in a three-run, sixth-inning rally that gave St. Francis a 6-3 victory over Cathedral Prep at Ainsworth Field in Erie, Pa. The Red Raiders are 9-1 with the only loss to St. Joe’s. Cathedral (7-2) had lost only to Trevor Browne School of Phoenix during a March trip to Arizona.

Nick Batchev struck out seven in pitching the St. Francis victory.

Coach Paul Bartell’s Red Raiders then triumphed over another Erie opponent, Strong Vincent, 5-1, behind the three-hit pitching of Mazzone, who struck out eight.

Three Olean marks set

Three meet records were set Saturday at the Olean Boosters/Rieds Food Barn Invitational.

Ashley Grazen of Lancaster won the girls 200 meters in a meet record 25.63 seconds. Steven Neumaier, also of Lancaster, won the boys 1,600 in a meet record 4:24.00. The third record was by Lancaster’s 4x100 relay of Dave Wolanin, Dave Farace, Jesse Kucewicz and Jake Valley in 43.88.

Lockport in the boys and Clarence in the girls took the team titles in the Niagara Falls Wolverine Invitational.

Lavette Warren (10.60 in the 100), Treston White (50.90 in the 400), Connor Doran (1:58.90 in the 800) Chris Sims (10:01.50 in the 3,200), Jeremiah Chandler (141-08 in the discus) and the 4x100 relay of Dante Mount, Warren, Tom Wendt and Kahlil James (43.20) were first-place finishers for Lockport.

Freshman Cristina Ray was the only first-place finisher for the Clarence girls. She won the 3,000 in 11:00.10.

Danielle Orie, a Nardin junior, won the 800 and 1,500, while Sarah Yensan was a double winner for Lockport (high jump, long jump) and Erin Lippa of Williamsville North won the discus and shot put.

Lancaster took the boys large school team title with 183 points while Clymer/Sherman/Panama collected 94 points for the small-school boys title. In the girls meet, Lancaster prevailed among the large schools with 181 points while Holland had 154 points to top the small schools.

Girls overall MVP Jenna Crean led Orchard Park to one team title and boys overall MVP Ethan Reimondo helped Hamburg to the other in the Dunkirk Invitational Track and Field meet on Friday night.

Crean, a freshman, won the 100 meters in 12.58 and 400 in 58.24 and was the lead runner in the Quakers’ victorious 4x100 relay, which won in 51.73. Alexis Zeigler, Julia Griffin and Lena Pasqualetti were the other OP relay runners.

Reimondo cleared 6-3, a meet record, to win the high jump and won the 110 high hurdles in 15.86 seconds.

Sophia Tasselmyer of East Aurora won the 3,000 in a meet record 10:11.93 and ran on the Blue Devils’ winning 4x800 relay along with Maisy Webster, Molly McLaughlin and Fiona Danieu.

Eric Bartnik was a triple winner in leading Cheektowaga to the boys team title and Emilee Hanlon and Savia Morland won twice to lead Dunkirk to the girls title in the Maroon Classic at Cheektowaga. Hanlon cleared 5-3 for a meet record in the high jump.

OP tops Gowanda

Orchard Park prepared for games against three ECIC I opponents this week with a 4-0 nonleague victory at Gowanda. It was Gowanda’s first loss.

Senior right-hander Bryan Somerville pitched a three-hitter for the Quakers. Kevin Koziol took a day off from catching and had two doubles and a single as the DH. Koziol’s two-run double got OP off, 2-0, in the third. He doubled and scored in the fourth.