Veteran observers of the athletics scene at Cardinal O'Hara High, including retired athletics director Angelo Sciandra, don't remember the Hawks defeating Canisius High in any sport over the last 25 years or so.
Wednesday, the O'Hara boys track and field team, directed by co-head coaches Robert Cathcart and Dick Ward, defeated the Crusaders, 65-49, a huge win for the small school in the Town of Tonawanda.
O'Hara track is on an upswing even though the school lacks an up-to-date facility for the sport.
"It's a lot of running in hallways and around the parking lot," said Cathcart
Notable performances for O'Hara in the victory were turned in by sophomore Tom Appenheimer in the 3,200 (10:38), C.J. Masters in the triple jump (34-7) and the 4x100 relay of Long Luu, Joseph Bohlman, Isaiah Vivarette and Andres Picato.
Gasz's field of dreams
Jerry Gasz of Williamsville East has been coaching baseball for 49 years and he's the only coach the Flames have had since the school opened in 1975.
Finally, Gasz has an artificial turf for his teams to play on as East has its refurbished facility to play on.
"It only makes sense where we live," Gasz said after his Flames, the defending ECIC II champion defeated Starpoint, 8-5. The losing Spartans were ECIC III champion a year ago, but have moved up to ECIC II.
"We wouldn't have gotten this game in if we didn't have the turf field," Gasz said.
The Flames scored six times in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the Spartans, 8-5. Sam Pastore cleared the bases with a triple for the winning runs. Senior Charlie Mack went 4 for 4 for East and his brother Joey went 2 for 3. Tanner Gillis pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the win.
OP's Baxendale on a goal tear
Senior attack Morgan Baxendale, a second team All-Western New York selection last season, is on an early-season goal tear for Orchard Park's girls lacrosse team. After four goals in Tuesday's 10-9 win over West Seneca West, Baxendale scored eight and assisted on two others in the Quakers' 16-11 victory over Mount St. Mary.
Orchard Park goalie Madison Stevens had 12 saves in the victory on top of the 16 she registered against West Seneca West.
Junior Lois Garlow led Mount St. Mary basketball in scoring, but lacrosse is generally regarded as he best sport. She had eight goals in the loss for the defending Monsignor Martin Association champions.
OP is off to a 2-0 start and coach Bridget Callahan says: "We are very excited" about the prospects for the season. The Quakers have another tough game today, however, against West Seneca East.
In a cross-town battle between schools that won sectional girls lacrosse titles last year. Frontier defeated host Hamburg, 12-6. Taylor Gehen scored five goals and Haylee Tatar had two goals and three assists for the Falcons, who won the Section VI Class A title last year but has dropped down to Class B, which was won by Hamburg in 2017.
Gabby DeMeo, who plays defense in ice hockey, had two goals as an attack for Frontier and was very active around the crease with eight shots.
Frontier led, 7-3, at the half.
"It was a lot closer than the score," said Frontier coach Tim Myslinski. "There was a lot of physical play on both sides. The girls have played against each other for a long time and there is a lot of really good rivalry."
Eden softball has the talent
Eden softball coach Marisa Fallacaro has no shortage of standout pitchers. She has three good ones, she says.
One of the three, freshman Marissa Calloway pitched a no-hit game with 16 strikeouts for the Raiders in a 20-0 win over JFK on Wednesday in their ECIC IV opener.
Calloway, in her third varsity season, also bats cleanup for Eden. She went 3 for 4 and had six RBIs, including a grand slam homer. Senior center fielder Stella Bialaszewski was 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
Eden was unbeaten against Section VI opposition last season until running into Medina in the Class B sectional semifinals. The Raiders were ranked first in the final small schools poll.
"I think we are going to be really good this year," said Fallacaro.