Olmsted won its first Syracuse Cup co-ed swimming team championship ever among Buffalo Public Schools and ended City Honors long domination with a victory over the Centaurs and Hutch-Tech in a three-team meet at City Honors on Monday. The three teams went into the final dual meet of the season with 8-0 Syracuse Cup records. It was the first time City Honors did not win the Syracuse Cup since 1999.
It was the first time City Honors did not win the Syracuse Cup since 1999. Olmsted defeated Honors, 105-83, and Hutch, 122-60
Olmsted has competed for 12 seasons before getting its first title under coach Dave Kelly and his assistant Erin Sheehan.
Why did the breakthrough take so long? "City Honors is so tough," Kelly said.
Olmsted won the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay in school record times. The swimmers were senior Fiona Brownell, Kaleigh Ormond, Ashley Latchford and June Fortner. In addition, Brownell won the 50 freestyle; Fortner won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley; Ormond won the 500 freestyle and 100 back stroke, Latchford, an eighth-grader, won the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly. Mia Trietley won the 100 freestyle for Olmsted.
Among the boys, Olmsted had three first-place finishers -- sixth-year swimmer Lian Waters (500 freestyle), John Cardinale (100 backstroke) and Jackson Mitchell (200 freestyle.)
Middle College, East win in Yale Cup
Yale Cup League 1 leader Middle Early College and East, each 7-1 in league play remained locked in a tie for first place with victories on Monday.
Middle Early College used a balanced scoring to defeat Burgard, 59-45. The Kats had three scorers in double figures led by Shawn Goree's 13 points. Aziyon Clemons and Hakeem Dobbins had 10 points each for MEC. Although not in double-figures in points, Derrick Bishop made a huge contribution to the victory with a career-high 14 rebounds and nine assists.
Speaking of rebounds, Alijah Clark of International Prep at Grover pulled down a school record 27 and scored 26 points in a 69-39 defeat of Lafayette in League II. It was only the second league loss for the Violets.
Meanwhile East stayed tied for the League I lead with a 75-59 victory at Riverside. The Panthers (7-1) have lost only to Middle Early College in Cup play. MEC leads the league with an unbeaten record.
Junior guard Willard Anderson led the East victory with 29 points and 10 rebounds. He also had three assists and five steals. Senior forward Gerald Bratton had 18 to lead Riverside. South Park (6-1) stayed a half-game behind with a 67-50 win over Hutch-Tech, as Raymond Mushat led the way with 21 points.
Canisius back with a win
Canisius, coming off a week-long exam break, got back to business with an 84-48 triumph over Archbishop Walsh in Olean. John Collins, who did not start, scored a career-best 20 points for coach Kyle Husband's Crusaders. The routine victory allowed Husband to play his reserves liberally.
"He got his opportunity tonight and took advantage of it," Husband said of the junior wing player. "He shot the ball well." Collins had four three-pointers among his 20 points.
High scorer in the game was Walsh's Tavien Kemp, who had 30 points.
Canisius (8-5, 3-2 Monsignor Martin) will face St. Mary's on Wednesday and Bishop Kearney of Rochester on Friday.
"We've been off for nine days for exams," Husband said.
In Monsignor Martin Association girls plays, Nichols edged Park, 53-51, behind Imani Dockery's 22 points. Ronni Nwora had 16 for the losing Pioneers.
Steffan leads Flames' icers
In Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation play, Division 2 scoring leader, Mike Steffan of Williamsville East scored twice and assisted on two other goals and Ryan Mitchell scored t he game winner in a 7-5 victory over Frontier at the Hamburg Nike Base. Steffan had 14 goals and 14 assists for the Flames.
Elsewhere in the Fed, West Seneca East of Division 3 cashed in for three power-play goals in the third period and defeated Kenmore West (Division 4), 4-1. Danny Flynn, Connor Mentel and Tyler Arndt had the goals with the man-advantage in the third after the teams had played a 1-1 tie for two periods. Arndt scored twice for the Trojans. Tim Seyfang had the Blue Devils' goal in the opening period.