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Four golds for Canisius

Three Canisius High eights won gold medals Sunday in the New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships in Saratoga Springs. In addition, a Canisius freshman four won gold, and a novice eight and freshman eight won silvers on Saturday.

The Crusaders’ second eight won its final in 5:45 while the 150-pound lightweight eight and the 160-pound lightweight eight also took the gold over the 1,500-meter course on Fish Creek.

The Canisius 160-pounders won in 5:16 and qualifed for the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., June 7-9. That crew comprised Benjamin Zabel (coxswain), Daniel Luongo (stroke), Sam Hausmann, Declan Albert, Joseph Ebner, Ryan Flynn, Michael Battaglia, Mark Saltarelli and Owen Ogiony.

The Canisius second eight (4:54.22) scored an impressive margin of more than 10 seconds over second place Fordham Prep of the Bronx in winning its event.

Rowers from St. Joe’s, Bishop Timon-St. Jude, Nardin Academy, Chautauqua Lake, City Honors, Nichols and the West Side Rowing Club participated in the regatta.

Nardin’s lightweight eight finished third in its event while St. Joe’s junior four with coxswain finished second (5:55.15) to Saratoga (5:49.22).

Iroquois crowned

Iroquois (2-0) was declared the winner of the rain-shortened Immaculata Softball Tournament. Grand Island (2-0) was second and Lackawanna (2-0) third. Saturday’s round was rained out and the tournament became a one-day event with each team playing two games and then the teams were ranked.

Iroquois pitcher Amanda Metz was named Most Valuable Player.