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High School Extra (May 27): Davis ties ECIC track record

Sweet Home junior Nate Davis tied the ECIC record in the 200 meters with his time of 21.24 in his preliminary heat at the league championships. He tied the mark set in 1982 by Bennett’s Lamar Smith.

“I’m not stunned, I’m just stunned it was today,” Sweet Home coach Brian Lombardo said. “I thought the record was going to be in play in a couple weeks at the state meet. But he told me he felt really good after the 400 and wanted to run through the line. He did.”

The finals of the ECIC Outdoor Track and Field Championships are Saturday at Hamburg.

Track champions crowned
There were several final events on the opening day of the CCAA Track and Field Championships held at Dunkirk High School.

Cattaraugus-Little Valley took two titles in the girls events with Abby Gostomski winning the 800 and Bailey Gostomski winning the 3000.

Emilee Hanlon (Dunkirk) won the high jump; Kylie Schnars (Clymer-Sherman) won the long jump and Amber Morrison (Falconer) won the discus.

On the boys side, Maple Grove had two winners as Michael Peppy won the 3200 and Brad Benson the pole vault.

Drew Pownall (Frewsburg) won the 800; Kellen Martin (Cattaraugus-Little Valley) won the triple jump and Drew Jackson (Franklinville) won the shot put.

Haskell spins another gem
Junior Ally Haskell once again was dominant in the circle for Franklinville as the Panthers advanced to the Section VI Class D title game with a 6-0 win over Forestville in Friday’s softball semifinal.

Haskell pitched a complete-game one-hitter with 13 strikeouts.

“Forestville had a pretty good game plan. They tried to bunt her a whole lot,” said Franklinville coach Allan Dunlap. “Teams are trying to do that more and more. She’s pretty  hard to hit. She moves the ball well, hits her spots and pitches her breaking ball pretty well.”

Haskell has 13 career no-hitters.

Offensively for Franklinville (13-0), Katie Michaelis drove in three runs, going 2 for 3 with a home run.

The Panthers will play North Collins in the Class D finals on Tuesday.

Orchard Park advances
Megan Giese drove in two runs to help Orchard Park to a 7-2 win over Niagara Wheatfield in the Class AA softball semifinals. Giese went 2 for 3 with a double. Lily Wozniak (double) and Maddie Stewart each had two hits while Liz Lis picked up the win in the circle, allowing just three hits.

The Quakers (17-3) will face the winner of the other semifinal between Lancaster and Williamsville South scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Clarence.

Collura tosses complete game
Gavin Collura tossed a complete-game two-hitter as St. Joe’s advanced to the Georgetown Cup semifinals with a 4-0 win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude. Collura had 10 strikeouts in the win.

“He threw strikes,” St. Joe’s coach Paul Nasca said. “He had all his pitches working – fastball, change up, curveball – and he was able to locate them all in the strike zone. He had success in getting ahead of hitters all day long.”

C.J. Falk scored two runs, stole four bases and went 1 for 2 for St. Joe’s (14-7), which will face Canisius in a best-of-three semifinal series.

Local rowers to semis
Several boats from Western New York high schools advanced to semifinals at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championships in Pennsauken, N.J.

Advancing out of their heats on Friday were, from Nardin, the Girls Freshman 8+ and the Girls Varsity 4+, which won its heat; from St. Joe’s the Boys Freshman 8+ and the Boys Varsity Second 8+; from Canisius the Boys JV 8+, the Boys Lightweight 4+, and the Boys Lightweight Varsity 8+; from Nichols the Girls Lightweight 4+, which won its heat; and from City Honors the Boys Varsity 4+.

Softball championships today
The two Class C finals at Prommenschenkel Park in Dunkirk were rescheduled due to rain. Cassadaga Valley will meet Chautauqua Lake at 4 p.m. in the Class C-1 final while Portville will meet Maple Grove at 6:30 p.m. in the Class C-2 final.

Baseball semi suspended
The Class AA semifinal between Lancaster and Williamsville North was suspended in the bottom of the second inning. The teams will resume play at 2 p.m. today at Clarence.


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