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High School Extra (May 1): Big day for Lancaster and Starpoint track, Canisius baseball and Lake Shore girls lax

Legends boys win at Depew

Niagara Falls won two sprint relay titles, but Lancaster’s strength in the throws and jumping events enabled the Legends to walk away with the team title in the 25th annual Depew Wildcat Relays on Saturday at the Constantino Athletic Complex. Lancaster had 73 points to 51 for the Wolverines.

In the girls’ meet, Lancaster won three relays and the team shot put, but Starpoint piled up enough points in the jumps and throws to edge the Legends, 59-55, for the team title.

The Falls’ 4x200 relay of Taria Taul, Roshain Wallace, Isaiah Billips and Rodney Barnes won in 1:30.5. Taul, Wallace and Barnes ran on the Wolverines’ victorious 4x100 unit which was anchored by CheKore Moore and won in 43.4.

Lancaster won the 4x400 relay with the team of Tyler Compo, Parker Myers, Connor Fuller and Jesse Kucewicz finishing in 3:30.0. Niagara Falls was second in 3:34.9. The Legends also triumphed in the long jump when Jake Valley finished first in 22-0.5 and Cal Hoag was fourth with a leap of 20-1. Lancaster also won the shot put behind Collin Blair (first, 58-1.5) and Connor Stusienski (third, 49-2.).

Sam Wray of Starpoint threw the discus 188-11 to lead the Spartans to the team title in that event with a combined 447-3.

Kathryn Vogl of St. Mary’s won the girls triple jump with a leap of 34-3, but a second place by Bella Corkery and fifth by Sam Shea gave Starpoint the team title, good for 10 points in that event. The Spartans also won the team discus with a third, eighth and 10th place finishes. Second place in the long jump team event contributed to Starpoint’s 18 points in the jumps. Lancaster won the girls high jump with a combined height of 10 feet, 2 inches.

Jones leads Holland win

Zachary Jones won the 110 (15.29) and 400 (55.24) hurdles and the long jump (20-7) in leading Holland to the boys team title and hurdles victories by Tiana Luton led Sweet Home to the girls crown in the West Seneca West Invitational meet. Freshman Nia Stevens of Tapestry Charter won the 200 and 400 and was second in the 100.

There were meet records in 15 of the 18 boys events and 15 in the 19 girls events.

“Definitely the best weather we’ve had,” said Pete Szymanski, the West Seneca West coach.

Title tops Canisius week

A week doesn’t get much better than this for Canisius High baseball.

The Crusaders capped a week which included a two-game sweep of St. Joe’s and a victory over Cardinal O’Hara by winning the Aquinas Tournament in Rochester on Saturday behind the pitching of Mike Gabriele and Dan Dallas.

Gabriele struck out 12 Bishop Kearney batters and scored two runs himself in an 8-1 Canisius victory in the first game. Jordan Kowalski drove in two runs for the Crusaders.

In the championship game, Dallas pitched no-hit ball for five innings and struck out nine in an 8-2 Canisius victory. Gabriele and Andrew Slattery had two hits each in the victory, which improved the Crusaders’ record to 12-1 for the season.

Call it a triple-double.

Griff Demayo went 3 for 3, all doubles, and drove in three runs for Hamburg in a 10-0 ECIC I victory at Jamestown. Austin O’Shei joined in by going 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Garret Baugher went 2 for 3 and stole three bases for the Bulldogs.

Lake Shore rolls on

Large school or small school, it seems to make no difference to the Lake Shore girls lacrosse team.

The Eagles of the Section VI Class C League, dominated Class A Frontier, 19-4, Saturday to run their record to 8-0. Jalyn Jimerson, Ivy Santana and Shayla Scanlan scored four goals each for Lake Shore. Santana also had six assists.

Depew, Frontier triumph

Depew and Frontier each swept through three opponents to win their brackets Saturday in the Wildcat Softball Tournament at Depew. The host Wildcats topped West Seneca West, 11-2, in one championship game behind the pitching and hitting of MVP Karsen Cotton. Frontier defeated Niagara Wheatfield, 13-1, in six innings in the other bracket final behind the pitching of MVP Emily Johnston, who had a pair of hits in the title game. Chelsea Simmeth hit a two-run homer for the Falcons in a 6-1 win over Alden in the second round of bracket play.

Honors in title game

City Honors will meet host Cardinal O’Hara Sunday for the championship of the Sean Patrick Scott Tournament.

The Centaurs (10-2) edged Depew, 4-3, behind the pitching of Sam Battaglia, who threw four innings of relief for the win. Kevin Sanders drove in Andrew Rose with the winning run in the top of the fifth inning. Leo Herzberg went 2 for 3 for Honors.