Led by a record score by Williamsville North sophomore Zoe Kyriakopoulos, the Section VI girls gymnastics team swept first place in every event on Saturday and repeated as the champion in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet in Latham.
Kyriakopoulos’ score of 9.85 on the floor exercise broke the record of 9.825 set by Brittan Tassar of Section XI (Suffolk County) in 2009.
She also was first on the bars with a 9.55 score. Gabbie Gare of Williamsville South won the vault with a 9.7 score while Madison Penetrante of Williamsville North was first on the balance beam with a 9.6.
According to Section VI gymnastics chairman Joe Buscaglia of Starpoint, it’s the first time a team from the section swept all first places in the state meet.
Indoor track and field
Finnish exchange student Anton Kunnas of North Tonawanda and Lockport runner Tristen White produced the only first places for Section VI on Saturday in the New York State Public High Schools and Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island.
Kunnas cleared 15 feet, 6 inches to win the pole vault while White won the 600 meters in 1:21.18.
Sweet Home senior Christopher Nowak was second in the 1,000 meters in 1:27.20. Another Sweet Home athlete, Nathan Davis, finished third in the triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, one-half inch.
Junior Brianna McKenzie of Lancaster and senior Emily Marchitte of West Seneca West had the best showing among Section VI girls. McKenzie was second in the weight throw (55-3.50) and third in the shot put (41-1.50). Marchitte was second in the triple jump (37-11.50) and seventh in the long jump (17-11.50).
Jenna Crena of Orchard Park took third in the 300 meters in 39.82.
There will be at least one Western New York team playing in its own backyard when the New York State boys hockey final four comes to HarborCenter next weekend.
Williamsville North kept its hope alive for a fifth state Division I championship, defeating West Genesee, 3-2, on Griffin Green’s power-play goal at 3:20 of overtime at Shove Arena in Marcellus. Josh Surowiec and Daniel Mosher assisted on the game-winner.
The Spartans took a 2-0 lead in the first period on tallies by Andrew Bruno and Green, and it stood up until the final minutes. Jay Considine scored for West Genesee with 3:14 left and Dan Colabuto’s power-play goal with 1:13 knotted it at 2-2.
North will face defending champion Mamaroneck of Section I in the Division I semifinal on Friday night at HarborCenter.
In a Division II regional at Ritter Arena in Rochester, West Seneca East gave up four straight goals in the third period and lost to Brockport, 6-4.
Danny Flynn and Matt Benaquist scored for East in a 2-2 opening period. There was no scoring until Cameron Mentel gave the Trojans a 3-2 lead at 1:48 of the third. Walden Grady tied it for Brockport with 8:34 left and Peyton Young put the Section V team in front with 4:11 left. Young scored the first of two empty-net goals for Brockport before Tyler Arndt tallied the final goal of the game for West Seneca East with 9.5 seconds left.
Jagger Maving stood out in goal for the losers with 36 saves.
Kiersten Mucha set a state record with a 98.87 score in the kneeling position in the air rifle competition but the Section VI team was unable to unseat defending champion Section III (Syracuse area) in the NYSPHSAA field regionals at West Point. Section III had a total score of 1,739. Section VI was third with 1,710.
Defending schools team champion Central Square-III won again with 1,134 points. Alden was third with 1,115.
Mucha was fifth with a 286 score from the standing position and she finished second in firing from the prone position with 171 points.
Andrew Burckhalter of West Seneca West was the top individual bowler with a 275-1,356 series but otherwise it was not a good first day for Section VI in NYSPHSAA Bowling Championship at AMF Gates Lanes in Rochester. Eighth-grader Parker Flis bowled a 269 game for West Seneca West which finished seventh overall.
West Seneca West finished fourth overall in the competition among school teams representing 10 of the 11 sections in New York State. The Indians had 5,569 total pins. North Rockland of Section I by one pin over East Islip of Section XI, 5743 to 5742. The boys high single for the day was 279 by Brandon Indovina of East Islip.
In the girls school teams, Niagara Wheatfield was ninth with 4,427, well off the winning total of 5,661 by South Colonie of Section II. Marissa Staschuk was the high scorer for the Falcons with 1,042 for six games including a team high game of 214. Elena Carr of Hilton (Section V) had the girls high single, 249.
Sectional all-star teams will compete on Sunday.
Nick Rallo of Canisius fought his way to the top from the No. 4 slot in the stepladder finals to win the State Catholic High Schools boys bowling championship at Levittown Lanes on Long Island.
Rallo defeated No. 1 seed Tyler Cacioppo of Holy Cross, 234-203, in the final match after defeating Harris Mirza of Archbishop Molloy, 237-183, Ryan Reese of Cardinal O’Hara, 225-191, and Ryan Crapo of St. Francis, 248-101.
Rallo became the fourth Monsignor Martin Athletic Association bowler to win the state Catholic title in the last nine years. He follows Mike Shaw of St. Joe’s (2009), Stephano Cirrito of St. Joe’s (2011) and Reese of Cardinal O’Hara (2015).