More than 200 varsity runners from about 30 schools competed in the 23rd West Seneca Cross Country Invitational at the 3.1 mile course at Sunshine Park on Saturday.
Lockport freshman Sydney Nowicki had the largest margin of victory of the four varsity races, finishing the large schools girls race in 19:11.01.
West Seneca West runners Emma Larkman, Anna Rybczynski, Allison Stainsby and Sarah Mruk finished in the next four spots to help the host Indians win the team title by a wide margin over Kenmore West.
Orchard Park senior Cal Puskar won the boys large schools race in 16:03.36, nearly 17 seconds ahead of second-place Ryan Buzby of Grand Island. The Quakers finished first as a team, followed by Lancaster.
Lew-Port junior Andrew Perreault came in first in the boys small schools race in a time of 16:55.17 to help the Lancers to a team title ahead of Starpoint.
St. Mary’s of Lancaster senior Libby Benzer finished first in the small schools girls race in 20:40.88. Sacred Heart took home the team title.
Orchard Park plays Clarence to a draw
After a scoreless regulation and first overtime period, Clarence and Orchard Park both scored a goal in the final five minutes of the second overtime to finish an ECIC I girls soccer battle in a 1-1 tie.
Junior Natalie Armon scored first for the Red Devils.
“It was a nice play,” OP coach Mike Graffeo said. “The first shot hit off the crossbar, and she followed it up and put the rebound in the top corner.”
The Quakers earned a corner kick a minute later. The ball came outside the box off a scramble and junior Julia Schurr hit a high-looping shot that the goalie got a piece of, but not enough.
OP’s Grace Fabian and Clarence’s Alyssa Lutz each had 12 saves in net.
“There were chances on both sides,” Graffeo said. “If I’m being honest, Clarence had the better of the play. There’s a reason they’re defending champs. Until a team beats them in sectionals they’re the top team.”
The Quakers (8-4-3, 6-3-2) are playing their best soccer of the season right now, going 4-0-1 in their last five games.
“I just hope we’re not peaking too early,” Graffeo said. “We’re playing better, with purpose, a little more offensive soccer and creating more chances. We hope to keep it rolling and hope it carries into playoffs.”
Marauders, Macks tie
In boys soccer, No. 3 large school St. Joe’s and McKinley played to a 2-2 draw in double overtime.
The first three goals of the game came within 9 minutes of each other in the first half. Oliver Wright scored first for the Marauders 25 minutes in. McKinley’s Zakaria Shiabi tied it up six minutes later, and Brandon Wisz put St. Joe’s back up on top three minutes after that. Shiabi scored his second of the game and 28th of the season in the 88th minute to even the score at 2-2.
Volleyball titles for Lockport, Mercy
The Lockport boys volleyball team defended home court to pick up its third tournament title of the season.
Setter Marc Bixby earned MVP honors, as the Lions swept Starpoint in the final and Maryvale in the semis.
Named to the all-tournament team were Lockport’s Sean Denniston and Zach Schneider, Starpoint’s Campbell Schoenfeld and Nico Zhilevich, Maryvale’s Jordan Nosal and St. Mary’s Eric Brown.
In girls volleyball, Mount Mercy beat Olmsted in three sets (18-25, 27-25, 15-12) to capture the title at the Cleveland Hill Tournament.
Elsewhere, No. 9 large school Kenmore West dropped the first set but won the last three to come out of No. 8 small school Mount St. Mary with a nonleague win. Set scores were 19-25, 25-23, 25-16 and 25-23.
Abby Borkowski had 17 kills, 21 digs and three aces, Chloe Moore had 15 digs and two aces, and Samantha Veronica had 32 assists and 10 digs for the Blue Devils, who are now 10-4 overall.
All-Catholic golf finals set
The All-Catholic Championships in boys golf is set for a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Tan Tara Golf Club on Monday.
The low six scores of the 18-hole event will be recognized as members of the All-Catholic team. It will also serve as a qualifier for the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association tournament in the spring.
The low nine-hole individual score heading into Monday’s action belongs to St Joe’s Dylan Angelo, with a 33. He has the lowest average in Division A with a 38. The lowest average in Division B belongs to Seiki Kawahara of Cardinal O’Hara with a 39.7.
There is at least one representative from Bishop Timon-St. Jude, Canisius, Cardinal O’Hara, Christian Central, Gow, Nichols, Park, St. Francis, St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s of Lancaster in the field of 60 golfers.