Orchard Park was tabbed as the No. 1 seed for Class AA in the Section VI softball playoff seeding meeting Monday night.
The 14-3 Quakers will play Jamestown in the first round on Thursday.
In Class A1, No. 1 Williamsville East on Thursday will play the winner of today’s game between Kenmore East/North Tonawanda. Iroquois, the top seed in Class A2, on Thursday will play the winner of today’s game between Cheektowaga and Pioneer.
Olean is the top seed in Class B1 and will play either Tonawanda or Albion on May 30. Eden is No. 1 in Class B2 and will play the winner of Allegany-Limestone and Gowanda.
Chautauqua Lake is the Class C1 top seed and will play either Silver Creek or Falconer. Frewsburg is the top seed in Class C2 and opens against Cassadaga Valley.
Panama is the top seed in Class D and gets Clymer to open the first round.
Olmsted ends City Honors' win streak
City Honors' streak of 22-straight Cornell Cup baseball victories came to an end Monday with a 13-2 loss to Olmsted. The Owls scored nine runs in the first inning to break the game open.
Sophomore Caleb Sadato led the Owls (4-3, 4-2) with three RBIs and a stolen base. Pitcher Max Schmarder drove in two runs and got the win, striking out seven in five innings.
"I always felt we could beat them," said Owls' coach Jorge Koury." I think this is a big boost of confidence for our playoffs."
Olmsted came close to beating City Honors in their last meeting, Koury said, before the Centaurs pulled away. Both of Olmsted's league losses this season came against City Honors.
The Owls will play McKinley on Tuesday to wrap up the regular season. The Cornell Cup seeding meeting is scheduled for Wednesday night, and will determine if Olmsted will play Thursday or Friday in the playoffs.
Orchard Park boys tennis undefeated for 11th straight season
Orchard Park’s boys tennis team finished undefeated for the 11th consecutive season with a 3-2 win over Clarence on Monday. The Quakers have won 103 straight matches, according to coach Terry McMahon.
The victory gives McMahon 622 wins in his 43 years of coaching tennis at Orchard Park, per the NYSPHSAA record book. He previously coached football for 10 years.
"The kids play well," McMahon said. "The expectation is that they want to keep the streak going. Clarence played very well and almost knocked us off."
McMahon said the Quakers’ secret to success is a winning culture and a solid "partner-in-crime" in assistant coach Stephen Sayoc.
"He spends a lot of time with kids in the offseason. They're always mindful that the culture is that they expect to win," said McMahon.
Orchard Park will only lose seniors Patrick Scanlon and Declan Watson to graduation this year. Watson’s father, Matt, played tennis at Orchard Park under McMahon in the 1980s with Sayoc as his doubles partner.
Declan Watson’s doubles partner this season is Sayoc's son, Noah.
ECIC tennis sectionals begin Tuesday at Orchard Park's eight-court facility.
Clarence tops St. Joe’s
A six-run fourth inning powered Clarence to a 12-3 triumph over St. Joe’s in nonleague play Monday.
Leading 4-3, Will Hurwitz opened the fourth with a single. A series of walks and errors scored Hurwitz and five other Red Devil runners.
MSM falls in semifinals
Mount St. Mary’s first trip to the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association Class AA girls lacrosse semifinals ended on Saturday with a 13-12 overtime loss to Kennedy Catholic (Somers) at Holy Trinity High in Hicksville.
Emma Telesco scored five goals and Lois Garlow had three goals and eight assists.
The St. Francis boys finished 50.5 points ahead of St. Joe’s and the Nardin girls scored 70 points more than Sacred Heart in the Monsignor Martin track and field championships Sunday. The winning margins were incorrect in Monday’s News.