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High School Extra: East Aurora cross country sweeps ECICs, Clarence's Eiss falls in state tennis prequarters

East Aurora seniors Ian Russ and Molly McLaughlin were the overall winners of the ECIC cross country championships at Alden High School on Saturday and in the process helped the Blue Devils repeat as Division 3 boys and girls team champions.

Molly defended her overall title with a time of 18:39.12, which edged out eighth-grade sister Megan McLaughlin by .63 seconds. Russ completed the 3.1-mile course in 15:26.25.

Individual titles also went to Orchard Park senior Cal Puskar (Division 1), West Seneca East senior Joshua Glaub (Division 2) and Depew senior David Russo (Division 4) for the boys. Girls individual titles were awarded to West Seneca West junior Anna Rybczynski (1), Pioneer senior Riley Jones (2) and Alden senior Sarah Golas (4).

Winning team boys titles were Clarence (1), Pioneer (2) and Alden (4). Additional girls titles went to West Seneca West (1), Williamsville South (2) and Alden (4).

The Section VI cross country championships are this Friday.

NFL champs crowned

Lewiston-Porter’s boys cross country team and Kenmore West’s girls team unseated defending-champ Lockport to win Niagara Frontier League titles at Beaver Island State Park.

The Lancers edged out Lockport by one point, 45-46, while the Blue Devils won by a wider margin over the Lions, 31-70.

The individual boys title went to Grand Island senior Ryan Buzby (15:55.8), who was followed by Lew-Port junior Andrew Perreault (17:11.4), Niagara Falls senior Kyle Campbell and Lew-Port freshman Justin Pavan.

Lockport freshman Sydney Nowicki finished first in the girls race in 18:43.8 and was followed by three Kenmore West runners in senior Frankie Mercado (20:36.4), senior Jessica Leone and freshman Laura Cohn.

Eiss falls in prequarters

Clarence’s Madeleine Eiss was the lone representive from Section VI to win in the first round of the NYSPHSAA girls tennis championships in Latham, N.Y. She beat Vestal’s Angelique deRourn 7-6 (4), 6-2 before losing in the prequarterfinals to Eastport South Manor’s Jackie Bukzin 6-0, 6-0.

Section VI singles champ Madigan Humiston of Orchard Park lost to Harrison’s Deana Giambo 6-3, 6-1 in the first round. OP’s Lauren Karoglan and Zoe Watson, who won the doubles title, lost to Jacqueline Grundfast and Ava Ghobadian of Warwick 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Dockery leads Vikings

Nichols and Mount St. Mary swept their respective opponents on Saturday in the Monsignor Martin girls volleyball quarterfinals to advance to this Wednesday’s semifinals at Sacred Heart.

The Vikings beat Nardin by close set scores of 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18. Amani Dockery led the way with 10 kills and three aces, while Rachel Robillard contributed with six kills.

The Tunder beat Cardinal O’Hara by set scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 27-25. Daniella Gugino had nine kills and three aces, while Lillian Mueller added eight kills and five.

OT winner for Gow

Gow won the IAC championship in boys soccer for the second straight year with a 1-0 overtime win over Park at the George J. Hartman Play Fields in South Buffalo.

Kiefer McNichols scored nine minutes into OT on a direct kick. He trapped the ball, turned and shot it low to the right side of the net from 15 yards away. Ruan Visser made eight saves in net for the shutout.

The Ravens play next Saturday against the Monsignor Martin small schools champ at Pierce Field.

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