Saturday’s Williamsville South Invitational produced some of the best competition yet this spring in high school track and field.
It was especially so in the 200 where seventh-grade star Jada Kenner of Tapestry Charter (24.16 seconds) triumphed over Jenna Crean of Orchard Park (25.01) and Nia Stevens of Tapestry (25.54) was third.
Crean and Orchard Park teammates Leah Pasqualetti, Sara Puskar and Katelynn Hennessy, however, triumphed over Tapestry’s strong teams featuring Kenner and Nia Stevens in the 4x100, with a time of 48.71 to Tapestry’s 49.09. Then an Iroquois quartet of Nicole Koehner, Laina Caparaso, Logan Streety and Megan Quinn edged a Tapestry team that included Kenner and Stevens in the 4x400.
Kenner won the 100 and 200. Julie Peinkofer of Iroquois won the 100 and 400 hurdles.
Among the boys, Jake Kaminski of Cheektowaga doubled in the high jump and triple jump and Joel Nichols of Canisius won the 100 and 200.
Fifty-four teams took part in the meet, 28 boys and 26 girls. Orchard Park (100) triumphed by 41 points over second place East Aurora in the girls meet. Tapestry finished third 43 points behind. The Quakers’ (78) margin over runner-up Lancaster was only two points in the boys meet.
Gow’s Ogilvie in net final
Jude Ogilvie of Gow School, runner-up in 2018, and Matt Jackson of Canisius, who finished third a year ago, will play today for the Monsignor Martin Association boys singles tennis title at Chestnut Ridge Park.
Ogilvie, the No. 1 seed, advanced to the finals with victories over Hamzah Ahmed of Canisius (6-1, 6-0) and Jonathan Goodloe of Nichols (6-3, 6-3).
Jackson, the No. 2 seed who was All-Catholic in golf last fall, defeated Josh Schuler of St. Francis (6-3, 6-0), Canisius teammate Aidan O’Donnell, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 3 seed Cristobal Cuesta of Gow (6-3, 6-3) to advance.
John Collins and Brayden Bennett of Canisius, the No. 1 seeded pair, will face No. 2 Jack Schlehr and Rohan Kalra of Nichols in the doubles final.
Lew-Port wins Rao meet
Host school Lewiston-Porter and Royalton-Hartland finished 1-2 in both the girls and boys team scoring Saturday in the Pete Rao Memorial Track and Field meet.
Stephanie Frazier (100), Sophie Lindamen (100 hurdles), Elle Schultz (400 hurdles), Sophie Auer (pentathlon) were first-place finishers for Lew-Port.
On the boys side, doubles by Brett Teubner (100 and 200), and William Rickard (400 and 400 hurdles), Jake Fleck (pole vault and high jump), Joe Powers (shot put and discus) and victories in all three relays led Lew-Port to victory. The Lancers had a 109-point margin over runner-up Roy-Hart.
Payton Rowe won the 100 and 400 hurdles and anchored the winning 4x100 relay in leading Springville to the girls team title on Friday night at the Joseph Paterniti Memorial meet at Strider Field in Jamestown.
Double winners among the girls were Jericha Petrella of Dunkirk (400 and 200) and Samantha Gilbert of Falconer (long jump and triple jump).
The meet’s only triple winner, Dominik Thomas (100, triple jump and 4x100 relay), helped St. Francis to a second-place behind Southwestern in the boys meet. Cooper Pannes of Southwestern doubled in the shot put and discus and the Trojans had a second on the 4x400 relay.
Other double winners were Collin Barmore of Falconer (1,600 and 4x400 relay) and Bruce Baglia of Falconer (800 and 4x400 relay).
Winning pitcher Bruning hits walkoff HR for Roy-Hart
Winner Charlie Bruning not only pitched the nine-inning distance with 12 strikeouts, he hit a walkoff home run as Roy-Hart knocked off first-place Medina, 1-0, in Niagara-Orleans League baseball. Bruning allowed only four hits. Both of Medina’s loses in the league have been to Roy-Hart.
Trevor Luthart pitched 8.2 innings for Medina before he reached his pitch-count limit and was not involved in the decision. Luthart struck out 13 and allowed only two hits.
Flames win two in Mudville
Williamsville East, ranked No. 1 in the state among Class A teams, improved its record to 15-0 on Saturday with two wins in the Officer Joseph Corr Memorial Tournament at the Mudville Complex in Herkimer. The Flames defeated Thomas A. Edison of Elmira Heights, ranked No. 3 in the state in Class C, 8-1, then defeated Victor of Section V, 4-0, the top ranked team in NYS in Class AA. East won its tournament bracket and sophomore Summer Clark, who pitched a two-hitter against Victor and had two hits in the other game, was tournament MVP.