Devon Patterson showed on Saturday what he can do when he is “amped.”
The Williamsville South junior not only shattered his own Section VI record in indoor track’s shot put event, he did so becoming the first thrower to crack 60 feet. Patterson let loose with an effort of 60-feet, 4.75 inches to run away with the high school division title at the fifth annual Rock N Roll Throw Offs in the Lancaster Fieldhouse. The annual event attracts the best in the shot put and weight throw from several states.
Patterson’s milestone throw came on his second attempt in the trials. He said the key was holding his position back a little longer as he’s gliding to help him gain momentum.
“I just hit it, and off it went,” said Patterson. “This is my favorite meet of indoor besides states. I’m always so amped. I was looking forward to this all week, and I’m happy that I threw 60.”
Patterson is No. 3 in the nation behind Braheme Days of Bridgetown, N.J. (69-0) and Dylan Dyke of Waverly, Ohio (64-0), according to milesplit.com.
WRESTLING: Akron, winner of the Niagara-Orleans League regular season title, added the league championship to its resume. The host Tigers trailed going into the final round, but Noah Karczewski (106), Matt Siebelkorn (113), Garrett Schultz (160) and Adrian Ross (170) won their weight classes for Akron.
Zach Bickle of Roy-Hart was named Most Outstanding Wrestler after he won all three of his bouts at 126 pounds. It was his fourth league championship.
Elsewhere, Falconer had five wrestlers reach the finals in winning the 15-team Salamanca Tournament. Brandon Muntz won at 126 and Kyle Ross took 138 for the Falcons.
HOCKEY: Freshman forward Ryan Coppins scored on a rebound with 13:53 minutes left as Canisius edged Clarence, 1-0, in a Federation hockey game at the Northtowns Center. George Munschauer took the shot from the right faceoff circle. Clarence goalie Devon Paluh made the save, but Coppins was there to put it in. Canisius goalie Connor Naughton had 30 saves.
Canisius, which had lost four of five, improved to 16-4 overall and 8-4 in the Federation. “Clarence had been playing well, this was a big win for us to get things back on track,” said Canisius coach Jason Bridge. “It was a very close game, very tight checking. Ryan worked hard to get in position, he crashed the net hard.”
Pat Roberts and Tyler McTigue scored two goals each as St. Francis used a run in the third period to beat neighboring Hamburg, 5-4, in a game played at the Hamburg Nike Base.
The score was 2-2 entering the third period when St. Francis scored three unanswered goals. Hamburg scored twice in the game’s last five minutes.
St. Francis coach Craig Fattey lauded his junior goaltender Tim Galley, who had 32 saves. “To me he was the star of the game of anybody on the ice. They had some power play goals so I can’t fault him on any of the goals, and he made some big saves, especially at the end of the game to help us win.”