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Lancaster's Surdej siblings stand out in Section VI indoor meet

The Surdejs, brother and sister, ruled as throwers, Morgan Halt of Amherst took time off from basketball to win two events and seventh-grade phenom Jada Kenner of Tapestry Charter continued to stand out.

Those were some of the highlights from the Section VI Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Houghton College.

Natalia Surdej of Lancaster won the girls weight throw with a toss 54 feet, 4.75 inches while her brother Jonathan won the boys shot put with a heave of 60 feet, 8.25 inches.
Halt, a 5-foot-11 junior who averages 9.2 points game for Amherst's No. 2 ranked girls basketball team, won the 55 meter hurdles in 8.71 seconds then went airborne to capture the high jump at 5-4.
Kenner, who already has set national age-group records, won the 300 in 40.30 and ran the second leg in Tapestry's 4x200 relay, which won in 1:47.75, edging Orchard Park by .22.

Kenner wasn't the only young competitor to triumph. Freshman Megan McLaughlin of the Holland/East Aurora team won the 1,000 in 3.03.02. Another freshman Natalie Carter of Grand Island won the 1,500 race walk in 8:22.80.

Beside Halt, Amherst had a first-place finisher in Maxana Grubb, who took the 600 in 1:35.46 and ran on the Tigers' winning 4x800 relay.

There were no double winners in individual events on the boys side, but two Frontier runners showed their versatility.
Sophomore Brian Gleason of Frontier won the 1,600 then came back to run the lead leg on the Falcons' 4x800 relay which won in 8:31.20.

Joshua Peron, the Frontier anchor on that relay, won the 600 earlier in 1:24.69.

Lancaster led the scoring among large schools (Class A) with 122 points while Sweet Home (101) edged Hamburg (100) among medium schools (Class B) and Cheektowaga (131) led the small schools (Class C).

Orchard Park paced the girls' large school scoring with 119 points. Amherst led Class B and Holland/East Aurora topped Class C with 157.

Timon QB to Milford Prep

Bishop Timon/St. Jude quarterback Mitchell Theal announced Friday that he will continue his studies and football career at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y.

Theal passed for 2,068 yards, 17 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions in his Timon career. Tigers Coach and Athletic Director Joe Licata praised the 6-4, 180-pound Theal’s football intelligence.

"He’s one of the smartest quarterbacks in Western New York," said Licata.

Ryan’s 35 is career high

Siobhan Ryan of Sacred Heart scored a career high 35 points in a 71-60 nonleague victory over Hamburg.

Nichols upsets Canisius

In Monsignor Martin Association boys basket, Nichols upset Canisius, 67-58, on the Crusaders’ home court. Aidan Horan (10 rebounds 7 assists), Christopher Stineman (12 rebounds) and sophomore Jesse Adamu stood out for the Vikings.

Jermaine Haynes scored 22 points and Avion Harris had 16 and Jaedin Cottman 15 for Cardinal O’Hara in a 93-74 triumph over St. Mary’s of Lancaster. Luke Szablewski had 19 points for the Lancers.


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