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High School Extra: Three wins for Wende in WSW meet

 Christina Wende of Kenmore West was a triple winner on Saturday in the West Seneca West Early Bird Track Classic, which often is an early season preview of who will contend for sectional honors later in the season.

Wende won the 100 hurdles (16.24), the long jump (15-9) and triple jump (34.75).

Anna Rybczynski, running on her home track won the 400 in 1:01.07 and the 800 in 2:23.49 in leading the Indians to the girls team title.

There were two other double winners on the girls side. Eight-grader Jessica Whitfield of Grand Island took the 100 in 14.08 and the high jump at 4-6. Tapestry Charter’s star sprinter Nia Stevens won the 200 in 27.53 and ran the second leg on the Thunder Hawks’ winning 4x100 relay with Taylor Hunter, Mirielle Ngoopos and Nevaeh Parker. They won in 51.58.

Shea Warren of Park won the discus with a throw of 88-8 and was third in the shot put behind Maryam Akaic of Tapestry (33-0.75).

Junior Mark Marinelli of Kenmore West won the 110 (16.96) and 400 hurdles (1:02.03) in the boys meet at West Seneca West while Alex Leigh of Alden took the long jump (20-0.75) and triple jump (39.8.25).

Lancaster wins Depew meet

Lancaster led the boys scoring and Lew-Port topped the girls in the Depew Wildcat Relays on Saturday.

The Legends piled up points with victories in the 4x100 and 4x200 and the 1,600 sprint medley.

Although Lancaster won the 4x100 and 4x200 on the girls side. Lew-Port’s triumph in the distance medley and Lauren McGrath’s victory in the high jump (5 feet) helped the Lancers outscore the Legends, 67-53.

Ally Alvira of Cheektowaga won the long jump (16-1.5) and triple jump (32-2.5).

Quakers tops in Dunkirk

Orchard Park led both the boys and girls team scoring in the Dunkirk Track & Field Invitational on Friday night.

Cal Puskar (1,600, 800) and Robertino Mancabelli (110 hurdles and 400 hurdles) and Caden Jensen (shot put, discus) were double winners for the Quakers boys.

Nathaniel Davis of Sweet Home won the 100 and 400 meters while Josh Gabalski of St. Francis ran the lead leg on the Raiders’ 4x400 relay and won the 200 in 32.61.

Double winners in the girls meet were Rachel Donner of Iroquois (shot put, discus), Emilee Hanlon of Dunkirk (200, high jump). Sara Puskar won the long jump and led off Orchard Park’s winning 4x100 relay.

Two eighth-graders were individual winners -- Keegan Mancabelli of Orchard Park won the pole vault a 11 feet 6 inches while Megan McLaughlin of East Aurora won the 1,500 in 4:50.83.

Orchard Park had 121 points to lead the 17-team boys field with St. Francis next with 76.5.

The OP girls bested 15 other teams with 131 points. Iroquois was next with 97.5

100 goals for Logan

Nelson Logan of Akron scored three times, breaking the 100-goal career mark in a 13-7 boys lacrosse victory over visiting Lake Shore. The senior attack, who is committed to attending Limestone (S.C.) College, had 11 goals in a victory over Gowanda on Thursday and two goals and five assists in a triumph over West Seneca East on Friday.

"He’s been part of the group that’s been able to win a lot of championships for us," said Sundown. "We’re trying to make another run at a state title this year."

Logan has played on Akron teams that have won sectional championships the last three seasons.

Erie trip pays for WSE

Coach Sara Raniero took her West Seneca West girls lacrosse team to Erie, Pa. to watch former Indians stars Paige Cocina and Raelyn Tiberio and other Western New York women play for Mercyhurst College in a 12-9 victory Kutztown (Pa.). The team then went on to McDowell Prep and scored a 9-8 overtime victory over the Trojans on Payton Bernardoni’s goal with about a minute left in the second overtime. Abbie Lelito assisted on the winner. Kaitlyn Morris had three goals for West while goalie Taylor Schifano made 12 saves, including two point-blank stops with 4 seconds left in regulation.

Schneider get U.S. tryout

Zach Schneider, a first team All-Western New York selection as an outside hitter for Lockport’s Section VI Division I champions, has been selected to join the U.S. Boys Youth Natinal Team training camp on May 25 in preparation for the NORCECA Under 19 Continental Championship in Costa Rica June 4-10.

Schneider, a junior at Lockport, is among 20 athletes selected for a tryout in order to determin the final group of 12 for competition.

He had 232 kills and 32 blocks for the Lions last fall in dual match competition.


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