It’s that time of year when swimmers are making the transition from fast to faster. Saturday’s Section VI Class Championships at Maryvale showcased several competitors swimming season-best times and several more qualifying for states.
Class A: Clarence won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and Phil Manula won the 200 free to highlight the Red Devils winning the team title. Cameron MacDonald of Williamsville North was named MVP after he won the 50 and 100 freestyles and was on the winning 200 medley relay.
The medley relays from North and Williamsville East hit the state cut times. The top three finishers in the 50 – MacDonald, Connor Mergler of North and Brett Siskar of East – punched their ticket to states. Josh Miller of Niagara-Wheatfield went a season-best 53.53 to win the 100 butterfly and qualify. Williamsville East’s Bo Kim and James Jiang went 1-2 in the breaststroke.
Class B: Starpoint won Class B as MVP Alec Toth won the 200 and 500, hitting the state cut in each. Robert Luckman (100) and Alex Joslin (100 back) also won for the Spartans. They also took the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Jack Hughes and Robert Pim of Williamsville South took 1-2 in the 200 individual medley.
Class C: MVP Jordan Powers of Southwestern won the 200 IM and 500. Team champ Cleveland Hill crowned Bryce Bielanon champion of the 100 back. Lyle Wagner of Roy-Hart won the 100 fly and was also was on the winning 200 and 400 free relays. Tonawanda freestyler Jimmy Stuart won the 50 and was second in the 100, while Jamie Miller of Eden won the 100 and placed second in the 50.
Divers who qualified for states were: Travis Wright of Lake Shore, Ryan Monteleone of Lew-Port, Brent Carbone of Lancaster and Jaron Williams of Niagara Falls. Wright was the class winner scoring 472.30 for 11 dives.
Kenmore girls hockey debuts at states
Kenmore lost to Beekmantown of Section VII, 3-2, in the semifinals of the New York State Girls Hockey Championships in Canton. Kenmore was representing Section VI as the first girls hockey team to compete in a state championship.
Jill Battista scored in the first period for Kenmore to tie it 1-1. Shannon Munley added a goal with 8 minutes left to provide the final margin.
“That team is good, they outplayed us most of the game,” said coach Jeff Orlowski, whose team was outshot, 40-11. “They had three solid lines. I couldn’t name a star off their team, they worked really hard and were flying all over the ice.”
Kenmore (13-6-1) will join the other six schools in Section VI when the Federation playoffs begin on Monday at Northtown Center. Kenmore plays Lancaster at 6 p.m., Williamsville and West Seneca will face off at 7:30 p.m. and Orchard Park/Frontier plays Amherst/Sweet Home at 9 p.m. The semifinals will be Wednesday and the finals Friday.
• In Faribault, Minn., Nichols earned a split in the opening day of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Jamboree against two Manitoba-based teams filled with Division I prospects.
After dropping their early morning game to Shaftesbury, the second-ranked prep school in all of Canada, 3-0; the Vikings rebounded to beat Pembina of Manitoba 3-0. Freshman Michelle Robillard’s goal late in the second period broke a scoreless tie. Junior Madison Sansone scored twice in the third period and goalie Madison Welch made 27 saves as Nichols (26-5-1), which boasts five Division I recruits, beat a team with 11 D-I recruits. Welch didn’t allow a goal in five periods of work as she made 14 saves in relief in the Vikings’ opening game.
Nichols closes the total-points tournament with two games today against Shattuck-St. Mary’s.
Lancaster, Lockport meet Challenge
The Lancaster girls and Lockport boys won titles at the indoor track Team Challenge Championships at Fredonia. Sweet Home won the combined team challenge. Lancaster won five of the 16 events including the shot put, long jump, 55 dash, racewalk and 4x200 relay. The Lions won the long and triple jumps and 55 dash.
St. Joe’s hockey reaches Massena final
St. Joe’s beat Salmon River, 10-0, to advance to the final of the Massena Invitational. Mike Hubert and Zach Klapp had two goals each. Goalies Nick George and Matt Goss combined on the shutout. The Maruaders (21-2-1) play the host Red Raiders today at 1 p.m. for the title to close out the regular season.