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High School Extra (May 6): Medina's Cotter scores school record

Some athletes get to enjoy being a school record-holder in a particular area for decades.

Kyle Barna isn’t one of them. In fact, the Medina lacrosse standout once played with the new champion in goals in a career.

Jake Cotter is the new champion in this area. He had six goals on Friday as the Mustangs knocked off Wilson, 22-4. That brings his career total to 183 - two more than Barna.

“Jake is really a big strong kid,” coach Gordy Luthart said. “He’s a tremendous athlete a four-year varsity player. Jake is kind of a downhill dodger, with a great shot. Most of all, he’s a great kid.”

Cotter was a freshman when Barna was a senior. The old record-holder now plays college lacrosse at Pfeiffer College in North Carolina (Division II).

“Kyle and Jake were similar in size,” Luthart said. “They are both physical players who like to go to the net. They’re both tough.”

Medina improved to 9-3 overall, 7-2 in league play with the win.

“Things are goin’ good,” the coach said. “We’ve got some big games coming up with Akron and Eden. We’ll have to be solid.”

In other boys games, Orchard Park knocked off Section V’s Penfield, 15-10. In Class C, Amherst defeated Lake Shore, 15-5.

Turf proves useful

Orchard Park and Clarence were happy to play a girls lacrosse game on turf. The Quakers didn’t mind the raindrops as they recorded a 9-4 win over the Red Devils.

“It was pretty normal,” Orchard Park assistant coach Kristen McGuinness said. “It was a little slippery but the most part we were fine.”

The Quakers only had a 3-2 lead, but came out with a big second half to wrap up the win. Morgan Baxenbale had three goals and an assist for the winning side.

“Morgan is one of our attackers,” McGuinness said. “She has good control with the ball and has a good shot.”

Riley Johnson added a couple of goals and many faceoff wins, while Madison Stevens added 13 saves.

Lacrosse thriller

Niagara Falls got its girls lacrosse game in with Springville - even though it was played on grass.

“Their field was pretty good,” Wolverines coach Bill Schmidtke said. “The lines were faded out. I was surprised. I thought they might cancel it.”

The two teams played a terrific game, eventually won by Niagara Falls by a score of 17-16 in overtime. The Wolverines trailed by three goals with less than three minutes left. Niagara Falls tied the game with seven seconds left. Springville did get a shot on goal in the final moments that beat the NF goalie, but it was a split second too late to count.

Then in overtime, Kaylyn Phillips marched down the field and scored the last of her seven goals to win it.

“She is our all-time leading scorer; the program started in ‘09,” Schmidtke said. “She had 80 goals, and she’s done it in about two years. She only had six or seven as a sophomore. She’s a midfielder who creates chances.

“Kaylyn plays soccer as well, and she’ll play soccer for Daemen even though she’s more prolific in lacrosse.”

McKenzie Galvin of Springville became that school’s all-time leading scorer in the game.

In the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association, Sacred Heart picked up a 16-4 win over St. Mary’s of Lancaster. Carley Smith had five goals and three assists for the Sharks.

Dry enough to win

It was tough to find a baseball or softball field that could host a game on Friday. Somehow, North Collins and Ellicottville/Little Valley did it twice - and the results were quite similar.

In baseball, the Eagles pounded Ellicottville/West Valley, 16-1. Trevor Mercado picked up the win by allowing only two hits with 10 strikeouts in five innings; he also had two hits and drove in four runs. Harley Menhart and Brandon Zielinski also drove in two runs each.

In softball, the Eagles’ bats were really alive. North Collins improved to 10-3 overall with a 26-9 win over Ellicottville/Little Valley. Angela Filkov went 4 for 6 with a homer; Alexa English also had a round-tripper.

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