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High School Extra (May 26): Lancaster girls lacrosse reaches title game

Lancaster wanted another opportunity to play for a girls lacrosse sectional title. The Legends will get that chance after holding off Orchard Park, 15-11, in the Class A semifinal.

Lancaster will meet Frontier for the title on Thursday.

“I felt like we kept saying all season we want the opportunity to play for a championship again,” Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri said. “We know it’s going to be tough. Frontier is one of our biggest rivals. We know it will be a tough game. We want to do everything we can to be ready for Thursday.”

In their semifinal win, the Legends (13-4) were paced by five goals from Alyssa Markowski, then got balanced scoring with two goals apiece from Hannah Schmahl, Sam Marranca, Maddie Mazur and Paige Smyuziak. Payton Bulera made nine saves.

Lancaster will face an undefeated Frontier team which advanced with a 17-3 win over Clarence. Halee Tater scored three goals with four assists while Sam McIver made 16 saves.

Hamburg, NW advance
The title game for Class B in girls lacrosse will be a contrast of history. Hamburg has been in the championship game the last seven years and has claimed the sectional crown in five of the last six. They will meet Niagara Wheatfield, making its first appearance in the finals.

Hamburg advanced with a 12-7 win over Williamsville North. After a 4-4 first half, Hamburg (11-6) went up, 6-5. The Bulldogs then scored three quick goals, then added two more after a timeout for an 11-5 lead.

“I think honestly we were really getting the draw, winning the 50-50 in the circle and getting it down the field right off the draw,” Hamburg coach Katy Ryan said of her team’s response in the second half.

Meghan Maxwell scored four goals with two assists while Addy Wright had four goals.

Niagara Wheatfield (9-7) advanced to the Class B final for the first time with a 9-5 win over West Seneca West. Alonna Swanson had three goals and Alexis Ackerson had two to pace the Falcons.

“We lost to West Seneca West in the quarterfinals last year,” NW coach Kristin Janese said. “We only graduated four seniors from that team so last year was motivation for us this year.”

Mercado tosses shutout
Dylon Mercado pitched a complete-game shutout as North Collins won its Class D baseball semifinal over Pine Valley, 13-0.

The senior gave up just three hits as North Collins improved to 12-5.

"Dylon pitched at their place and threw a shutout in that game with 13 strikeouts,” North Collins coach Paul Kellner said. “We really do have four good arms and Dylon is my No. 3. I was just relying on the fact he pitch so well against them last time and he did the same for us today.

“He works fast, throws the ball over the plate and his breaking balls kept them off balance. The defense played well behind him, too.”

Brandon Cielinski had a two-run homer while Tanner Loretto had three hits.

North Collins will meet Brocton in the final after the Bulldogs beat Franklinville, 2-1.

Putney powers Clarence
Jack Putney drove in two runs with a 2-for-3 performance, including a home run, as Clarence won its Class AA baseball semifinal over Kenmore West, 9-2. Bennett Cavaretta had a home run while Andrew Lorenz was the winning pitcher.

The Red Devils (17-5) will face the winner of the semifinal between Lancaster and Williamsville North. That game was postponed due to rain and is scheduled for today.

Offense lifts Lancaster
Brett Beetow and C.J. Dirienzo powered the Lancaster offense as the Legends (16-1) earned a 10-2 win over Clarence in the Section VI Class A boys lacrosse semifinal. Beetow and Dirienzo each had three goals.

Nelson Logan scored six goals with five assists as Akron advanced to the Class D final with a 23-9 win over Gowanda.

Owen Hill had four goals and five assists as Akron improved to 16-1 overall, its only loss coming in nonleague match against Canisius.

Nate Maloney scored five goals to pace Niagara Wheatfield to a 13-8 win over Williamsville North in the Class B semifinal. Brandon Sveda added four goals.

Lockport wins NFL track
Lockport won both the boys and girls team titles at the Niagara Frontier League track meet. On the girls side double winners for the Lions included Kahniya James (100, 200), Carissa DiTullio (800, 1500) and Alex Criswell (shot put, discus). Christina Wende won the long and triple jumps for Kenmore West.

On the boys side, Connor Doran (800, 1600) was a double-winner for Lockport while Lewiston-Porter sophomore Andrew Perreault won the 3200 and steeplechase.

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