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High School Extra (May 15): Nardin, Nichols claim state crew titles

Nardin and Nichols claimed rowing championships in the final day of the New York State Scholastic Championships at Saratoga on Sunday.

Nardin came in first by about 10 seconds in the Women’s Varsity Four - Final 1, while Nichols crossed the finish line first in the Mens Junior Four - Final 1.

Several other local boats cracked the top three in the annual competition.

St. Joe’s placed third in the Mens Varsity Eight - Final 1; Canisius was second in the Mens Lightweight Eight - Final 1; Nichols came in third in the Womens Lightweight Four - Final 1; Canisius took second in the Mens Juniors Eight - Final 1; and West Side Rowing Club took second in the Womens Junior Double - Final 1.

Overall, Canisius will send four boats to the national championships in Camden, NJ, later this month. Two qualified Sunday by finishing second, while the Men’s Lightweight Four and the Mens Varsity Four qualified earlier in the competition.

Nichols’ DeRose wins again

Ross DeRose is three for three when it comes to the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association’s boys tennis championship.

The Nichols junior knocked off Alex Dashkoff of Canisius, 6-2, 6-3, to take his third straight singles title. Matt Dukarm of Canisius defeated Jude Ogilive of Gow in the consolation final, 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles, Brahm Brooks and Evan Bray of Canisius defeated Jose Cuesta and Laurent Bernier of Gow to take the championship. Matt Jackson and Will Weimer of Canisius defeated Kevin Guo and Tony Yu of St. Francis, 6-2, 6-2, for the consolation doubles crown.

Matches were played at the Village Glen in Williamsville.

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