A pair of Western New York golfers have advanced to the Federation champions by virtue of their fine play in Friday’s NYS CHSAA golf championship at the James Baird Golf Course near Poughkeepsie.
Jacob Mertz of St. Joe’s had the low score of the day with a 75. Mike Donner of St. Francis finished third in the event, while Matt Dukarm of Canisius is the first alternate.
The top six players overall qualified for the New York State Federation Championships on June 11 at Bethpage State Park Black Course on Long Island.
Harry Wang’s dream of winning a state boys tennis championship came to an end on Friday. The Williamsville North senior was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Sean Wei of Yorktown. He was the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
The other Section VI players were eliminated from the main bracket of the competition on Thursday.
In the second round consolation play in doubles, Noah Sayoc and Declan Watson of Orchard Park lost in straight sets, as did Jason Berkun and Jerry Xiao of Williamsville East.
Boats across the water
The Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association championships began on Friday in St. Catharines, Ont., and some Western New York athletes are crossing the border to compete. Heats were staged on Friday.
City Honors won a heat in the Junior Women Four with Coxswain, and finished second in the Senior Women Four with Coxswain and was third in the Senior Men Four with Coxswain. Canisius finished second in the Junior Men Four with Coxswain heat, and third in the Senior Men Four with Coxswain. St. Joe’s finished second in the Senior Men 72 kg Double. Mount St. Mary came in second in the Junior Women Four with Coxswain.
The competition attracts teams from throughout Canada, but is open to all high school students. It continues through Sunday.
The first Saturday in June is always filled with playoff action, and there are plenty of sports and venues on display.
• The Far West Regionals for baseball, which match the champions of Section V and VI, are quite scattered. The Class AA and Class B will be at Niagara Falls High School. At noon, Fredonia (B) takes on Livonia, and three hours later Clarence (AA) goes up against McQuaid. You’ll have to travel to see the Class B and D games, which will be played in Rochester’s Frontier Field. At 4:30 p.m., North Collins (D) plays Lima Christian. Then at 7, it’s Olean (A) against Sutherland. The final game will be a single contest at Diethrick Park in Jamestown, as Maple Grove (C) goes up against Sutherland.
• The FWR in softball has two games today, both in Prommenschenkel Park in Dunkirk. Portville (C) plays Bishop Kearney at 4 p.m., with North Collins (D) vs. Elba at 6.
• Girls lacrosse fans should get their fill of the game with four straight games at All-High Stadium. The lax-fest starts at 10 with Hamburg (Class B) against Canandaigua; at noon it’s Lake Shore (C) taking on Honeoye Falls-Lima; at 2 East Aurora (D) tries to add to its title collection against Palmyra-Macedon; and Frontier (A) finishes out the day at 4 against Pittsford.
• The boys’ FWR play at St. John Fisher near Rochester. The rundown: Orchard Park (A) takes on Pittsford at 10 a.m.; Hamburg (B) plays Victor at 12:30 p.m.; Grand Island (C) goes up against Palmyra-Macedon at 3; and Akron (D) will face off against Penn Yan at 5:30 p.m.
• The girls state golf championship begins at Bethpage State Park Yellow course in Farmingdale. The 36-hole event concludes on Sunday.
Playing with character
Here are the Section VI Sectional Lacrosse Final Character Athletes of the Game for this playoff season, sponsored by Intense Milk and Cross Training Athletics.
Girls: Taylor Ritts, Hamburg; Jocelyn Fike, Niagara Wheatfield; Denise Waterman, Lake Shore; Maddy Austin, West Seneca East; Maureen Bender, Eden; Fiona Kavcic, East Aurora; Maddi Mazur, Lancaster; Taylor Gehan, Frontier.
Boys: C.J. Dirienzo, Lancaster; Nick Bruce, Orchard Park; Joe Conti, Niagara Wheatfield; Jacob Smeader and Anthony Diamico, Hamburg; Zach Valvo, Grand Island; Josh Maloney, West Seneca East; Nelson Logan, Akron; Patrick Cuddihy, Eden.