There was no one who could keep up with the Maple Grove cross country teams on Friday. The Red Dragons swept the boys and girls team title at the Chautauqua/Cattaraugus County Championship at Long Point State Park.
Junior Corey Wefing covered the 3.1 mile course in 16:22 to win the boys race by a 27-second margin. Freshman Hope Pietrocarlo won the girls race with 35 seconds to spare in 18:14.
With four runnners finishing among the top 10, it was easy to see why the Lady Red Dragons are the No. 1-ranked team in New York State in Class D. In fact, the 11-team field included four schools that are state-ranked. After Maple Grove, Fredonia is No. 3 in Class C, Sherman is No. 9 in Class D and Allegany-Limestone is No. 23 in Class C.
Maple Grove isn’t just fast, they’re young. Not only is Pietrocarlo a freshman, third place finisher Megan Marsh is also in ninth grade. Sixth place Taylor Norris is a junior as well as 10th place Caroline Benson.
• Freshman Brittany Higgs of Olmsted won the Purple and Gold Invitational in Cobbs Hill in Rochester, running 22.36 over the 3.1 mile course. Freshman Rachel Ruhland of City Honors was second in 22:41. For the boys, City Honors’ Shamus Degan finished fourth among approximately 75 runners.
CLASS B-1 QUARTERS: Christian Gayton, Collin Young, Alex Austin all scored as No. 3 Olean beat No. 6 Maryvale in penalty kicks.
Austin, also the Huskies’ keeper, made two saves in the PKs. The game ended 1-1 after overtime.
“I thought the teams were pretty equally matched,” said Olean coach Jim Charles. “We have to clean up some things up going up against some higher seeds like East Aurora, Albion and Newfane. We made some pretty big errors today. We had a guy today who is solid in the middle for us. We had to move some guys around. Eventually it worked out for us.”
No. 1 seed East Aurora roaded past Alden, 8-0 to earn a mathup on Monday against Albion. Kyle Kleckner and Eric Bischof had two goals each for the Blue Devils (17-0).
Brett Stern had a goal and two assists as No. 2 Newfane advanced with a 4-0 win over No. 7 Lafayette.
Sam Remley had a hat trick and Chris Reed the shutout as No. 4 Albion blanked Burgard, 8-0.
CLASS B-2 QUARTERS: Abdul Ali scored twice and Fuljo Nehmedovic had six saves to earn the shutout as No. 1 seed Lackawanna moved on with a 3-0 win over No. 8 Wilson.
Randy Mayer scored the only goal while Austin Medole recorded his ninth shutout of the season as No. 4 Akron downed No. 5 Eden, 1-0.
Nate Holler has two goals, including the game-winner in the second minute of overtime, as No. 6 Tonawanda advanced, 2-1, over No. 3 City Honors. Phil Giuga recorded the assist on the game-winner at the Warriors moved to 11-6-1.
CLASS C QUARTERS: Max Born had two goals as No. 1 seed Randolph (16-1) dominated No. 8 Portville, 6-0.
Matt Finley had the game-winning goal and David Peeviwiatr got the shutout as No. 11 Holland moved on with a 1-0 win over Allegany-Limestone.
MMA: Nate Rosenthal had three goals and Aiden Gould added two as Timon/St. Jude (6-0) beat O’Hara, 6-2, to win the regular season title in the Monsignor Martin B League. The playoffs in the MMA begin on Tuesday.
The Section VI Tournament is down to its final four in singles and doubles following Friday’s early rounds at the Lakewood YMCA in Jamestown.
No. 1 seed Brianna Gibbs of Williamsville East, last year’s sectional runnerup and this year’s ECIC champion. will play Rachel Mole’ of Frewsburg in one semifinal while Karli Hollins of Orchard Park takes on No. 2 seed Alana Danieu of East Aurora.
The doubles semifinals are down to No. 1 seed Shayleen Brennan/Nikki Legler (Orchard Park) vs. Elizabeth Rowan/Victoria VanEvery (Southwestern) and Grace Ruh/Taylor Sayoc (Orchard Park) vs. No. 2 seed Sarina Shah/Nicole Kozinski (Clarence) The semifinals and finals will be played today with spots to represent Sectoion VI on the New York State team up for grabs.