Starpoint had three runners finish in the top 10 in winning the large school race Saturday at the Clarence Cross Country Invitational at Akron Falls Park. Paul Swartz of the Spartans was third, Ian Emerick was seventh and Matt Prohaska was 10th. Daniel Huben of runner-up Clarence won the race in 16:58.1.
Amherst placed third to lead local teams in the small school race. Seamus Degan of City Honors won the race by an 8-second margin as he finished in 17:09.5. John Panus of Olean was second and Adam Murphy of Amherst was fourth.
The Clarence girls finished in second place, two points ahead of Starpoint, in the large school race which featured 10 schools. Penfield of Section V won with 39 points and had the race winner with junior Katie Lembo in the fastest time of the day for girls in 18:27/2.
Junior Marissa Saenger of Clarence was runner-up in 18:52.2 followed by freshman Sophia Tasselmyer of Starpoint in 19:34.7. Katrina Patterson of Clarence crossed in 19:56.8 giving the Red Devils two runners in the top five.
The small school team title also went to a visiting team from Section V at Honeoye Falls-Lima took the crown with 46 points. Akron was second with 82 points and Mount St. Mary’s was four points back in third. Hannah Cole of HF-L won the race in 19:50.7. Emma Sullivan of Mount St. Mary’s finished strong in 20:21.2 followed by her teammate Hailey Gattuso in 20:40.0 Medina grabbed the fourth spot thanks to freshman Holly Heil in 21:00.
The pairings for the Section VI Tournament were released on Saturday featuring a field of 73 teams competing for titles in seven classes.
Grabbing the No. 1 seeds were: Clarence (Class AA), Williamsville East (A-1), Riverside (A-2), East Aurora (B-1), Lackawanna (B-2), Randolph (C) and North Collins (D).
The Tournament begins on Tuesday with pre-quarterfinal games in Classes AA, A-1 and A-2.
The defending champions are: Lancaster (Class AA), Iroquois (A-1), East Aurora (A-2), Medina (B-1), Akron (B-2), Holland (C) and North Collins (D).
Carissima Cutrona is in post-season mode. She scored all five goals in Williamsville South’s 5-1 win over Clarence in a nice tuneup for both teams. South (12-3-2) is the No. 2 seed going into next week’s Section VI playoffs where they will host No. 15 Sweet Home on Wednesday.
A field of 70 teams will compete for titles in five classes as the seedings were announced on Saturday. The No. 1 seeds are Orchard Park (Class AA), Williamsville East (Class A), City Honors (Class B), Allegany-Limestone (Class C) and Ellicottville (Class D).
The defending champions are Williamsville North (Class AA), Williamsville South (Class A), Newfane (Class B), Frewsburg (Class C) and Ellicottville (Class D).
West Seneca West is developing a fondness for tournaments hosted by Niagara Frontier League schools. The Indians came back to beat defending champion St. Mary’s, 18-25, 25-22, 27-25, to win the ninth annual Grand Island Tournament, topping a field of 12 teams. Earlier this season, West won the Lockport Tournament.
Junior middle hitter Nick Clancy was named tournament MVP as he helped change the momentum in the second game of the finals with a flurry of convincing kills for winners.
“He pretty much single-handedly got us back into it. We were down maybe 3-4 points and he got 3-4 kills in a row,” said West coach Brett Widman. “We like to go up there. There’s some competition and it’s not like the Eden Tournament where they bring in the best teams from Rochester. It’s nice to go to a tournament and get kids playing time, and at the same time compete.”
West will be idle until the start of the Section VI playoffs.
Named to the All-Tournament were Shaun O’Brien (West Seneca West), Taylor English (St. Mary’s), Jake Cannon (St. Mary’s), Drake Dejesus (Kenmore East), Colin McMahon (Grand Island).
• Canisius came back to beat Hamburg and take the title of the eighth annual Hamburg Tournament. The Crusaders dropped the first game, 25-23, before winning the next two 25-20 and 15-9.
Hamburg coach Brian Carroll said the first game was a toss-up and that the ball bounced his team’s way. The second game was tight through the first 17 points before the Crusaders prevailed. He said the third game was decided by the Canisius setter who set up his outside hitters for big swings.
Sophomore Trevor Gooch of Canisius was named tournament MVP. Named all-tournament were Mike Spangler (Lancaster), Jack Heary (St. Joe’s), Zach Schurr (Canisius), David Jepson (Canisius), Tony Guzzuttea (Hamburg) and Connor Crolikowski (Hamburg).