Western New York girls tennis players traditionally have their hands full at the state championships. Such was the case this year as well, as all of Section VI’s players exited on the first day of competition.
Georgianna Gens of Fredonia was the only local player to advance to the second round of singles play in Port Chester. Gens defeated Jaqueline Bornt of Averill Park in straight sets, but then lost to Kimberly Liao of Commack in two sets.
Eileen Wang of Williamsville North, the Section VI champion, and Madigan Humiston of Orchard Park exited in the first round. Wang drew the seventh seed, Jackie Bukzin of Eastport/South Manor and lost, 6-2, 7-5. Humiston was beaten by Emily Stanley of Victor, 6-4, 6-4.
In doubles, Section VI champions Lauren Karoglan and Kristen Zablonski of Orchard Park fell to a team from Pittsford Mendon in Section V. Mikayla Johnson and Olivia Persia of Southwestern and Courtney Kessler and Erin Lippa of Williamsville North also were knocked out in the first round.
Nowak, McLaughlin win
In the ECIC cross-country championships, at Alden, Frontier (Division 1), Hamburg (2), East Aurora (3) and Alden (4) won boys team titles. For the girls, West Seneca West (1), Sweet Home (2), East Aurora (3), and Springville (4) were winners.
Chris Nowak of Sweet Home (2) was the first boy over the finish line, covering the 5-kilometer distance in 15 minutes, 57 seconds - 10 seconds ahead of Ray Sambrotto of West Seneca East. Other divisional champions were Grey Conover of Clarence (1), Pat Murray of East Aurora (3), and Adam Czech of Alden (4). Conover finished in 16:09 to beat Ken Abrahim of Williamsville North; Murray had a 16:37 time to defeat teammate John Lyons, and Czech came across in 17:36 to beat Bobby Adams of Alden.
Molly McLaughlin of East Aurora (3) was the overall champion of the girls race, coming in at 19:11. Second in her division was teammate Maisy Webster. The other division winners were Division 1’s Hannah Kennedy of Frontier (19:51, ahead of Anna Rybczynski of West Seneca West), Division 2’s Sam Peterman of Sweet Home (19:29, ahead of Riley Jones of Pioneer), and Division 4’s Sonya Krezmien of Springville (topping Sarah Golas of Alden).
In the Niagara Frontier League, Lockport enjoyed a double win in the championships at Beaver Island State Park in Grand Island. Connor Doran of the Lions won in 16:46, placing ahead of Ryan Buzby of Grand Island. Doran led the boys team past Grand Island and Niagara Falls.
Carissa Ditullio of Lockport won the girls race in 19:38, finishing about five seconds ahead of teammate Sydney Nowicki. The Lions beat out Kenmore West and Lewiston-Porter.
A Maple Grove double
Elsewhere in cross country, Maple Grove swept the boys and girls titles at the CCAA championships at Bemus Point Golf Course.
For the boys, Michael Peppy of the Red Dragons was the individual winner 16 minutes, 23 seconds. He finished ahead of Matt Kruszka of Gowanda and Peter Auer of Maple Grove. The Dragons’ five best runners all finished in the top 15, which was good for a win over Fredonia. Abby Gostomski of Cattaragus/Little Valley won the girls race in 19:19. She was followed to the finish line by Ava Crist, Christina Peppy and Grace Auer of Maple Grove. The Red Dragons beat out Fredonia for the team title.
CCA takes IAC title
Christian Central claimed the IAC boys soccer championship. The Crusaders defeated Gow, 2-1, in a game played at Niagara University.
Jonah Ewing scored the game-winning goal about 20 minutes into the second half, breaking a 1-1 tie.