Panthers sweep meet
Sweet Home had the home field edge at the Panther Invitational track meet on Saturday, and it put it to good advantage as the boys and girls teams both won championships.
In the girls competition, Sweet Home finished with 128 points. That was well ahead of Williamsville South (79) and Amherst (70).
Panthers’ winners included Tiana Luton (100 hurdles and 400 hurdles), Jessica Carter (3,000), Sam Peterman (1,500), Nerae Trueheart (triple jump), and Tirzah Peters (shot put and discus)
Miquela Hunter of Olmsted turned in an impressive performance in the 400-meter dash. Not only did the seventh-grader win, but she was the only runner to break one minute. She also won the 200-meter dash.
Among the boys, Sweet Home knocked off Webster Thomas of the Rochester area, 108-94. Williamsville South was third.
Panthers winners among the boys were Chris Nowak (1,600), Eric Johnson (400), Will Schultz (800), amd Kaleb Luton (triple jump).
Elsewhere, North Tonawanda’s trip for the Hornell Invitational track meet was a fruitful one, as the boys finished in second place with 90 points.
Ed Gath won the 110 hurdles in 16.4 seconds, and finished second in the 400 hurdles in 58.89. He earned MVP honors for the meet. Cody Sikora took the 200 in 23.1, and was second in the 400 at 50.25 in setting a school record in the process. Matt Flononski took the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:46.
Haskell wins a pair
Ally Haskell of Franklinville is practically a one-person pitching staff for the Panthers’ softball team.
Franklinville pitched both ends of a split double-header on Saturday. In one game, Haskell threw a no-hitter in a 4-0 win over Pioneer.
Haskell was one walk away from throwing a perfect game. She had the same stats in a game on Monday. Haskell struck out 13 in her third no-hitter of the season.
In the other game, Haskell threw a three-hitter in a 2-0 win over Section V’s Bolivar-Richburg. She struck out 14 and walked two. Abby McCoy went 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Jenna Hicks also drove in a run.
Elsewhere, Jess Weaver went the distance for Williamsville East in a 7-2 win over Lake Shore. Rachel Steffan had two hits including a two-run homer, and Christy Mack added an RBI off her two hits.
Crusaders on mission
Canisius and Orchard Park are two of the top baseball teams in Western New York. On Saturday, the Crusaders showed why they are highly ranked in the polls when they earned an 11-5 win.
Nate Mascellino allowed only three hits in six innings on the mound. Will Lawrence drove in three runs for Canisius, while teammate Matt Rowan had two RBIs.
The Crusaders moved to an impressive 15-1 for the season.
There were plenty of other nonleague games on Saturday’s schedule. Renato Quinones drove in three runs with a triple and a double to help St. Joe’s down Cheektowaga, 10-0, for another win for a Monsignor Martin team. Chris Gresham drove in three runs and Jordan Mackinnon allowed four hits in six innings of pitching to boost St. Mary’s past Frewsburg, 6-2.
The slugfest of the day took place on Williamsville East’s home field, as the Flames outscored Kenmore West, 13-9. Mike Steffan had a day to remember at the plate for Williamsville East. He hit two home runs and added a double to drive in seven runs. Steffan also scored three times. Anthony Hernandez had three hits and drove in two runs for Maryvale in a 14-5 win over JFK.
Johnny Sandstrom had three hits and Bryce Jackson struck out seven in picking up the win on the mound as Jamestown knocked off Dunkirk, 13-6.
Old friends square off
Charlie Warkenthien and Shawn Muldowney had been part of the boys lacrosse coaching staff at Clarence in the past. This year, they both moved up to heading coaching jobs – Warkenthien with the Red Devils, and Muldowney with Frontier. Therefore, it’s always interesting when their teams are matched up.
Warkenthien won Saturday’s round of the friendly coaching rivals. Clarence took a 9-7 win. Mike Dec had three goals while Ryan Fitzhenry added two goals and two assists.
Elsewhere, Orchard Park earned a nice win over Niagara Wheatfield by a score of 17-8. Kevin McParlane and Dan Kritkausky had five goals each for the Quakers.
In girls lacrosse, Gina Perna scored three goals while Mary Kate Musialowski had two goals and an assist in Sacred Heart’s 11-5 win over Buffalo Seminary. Lake Shore moved to 11-0 with a 15-2 win over Niagara Falls. Jalyn Jimerson and Ella Jimerson had four goals each.