Rome Lady Rebels shine in Utica
The Rome Lady Rebels eighth-grade AAU girls basketball team boasted an unbeaten 4-0 record to claim the championship at the Utica Lady Knicks Classic tournament over the weekend while the sixth grade squad finished 3-1 and the seventh graders went 1-3.
The eighth grade team’s victories came against the Utica Lady Knicks Maudo team, 36-14; the Seneca Blue Devils, 54-53; the Utica Lady Knicks Franklin squad, 51-40, and the Saratoga Sparks, 48-33. Leading scorers for the tournament were Tiana Pugh with 93 points, Miranda Gifford at 22 points and Sam Cataldo tallied 16 points.
The sixth graders had two victories against Catskill Mountains, 25-21 and 46-26, and a win over the Utica Lady Knicks Sook squad, 36-7, while taking their lone loss to Utica Lady Knicks Snyder team, 22-30. High scorers were Amanda Wilbert with 52 points, Serenity Redus at 22 points and Sidney Zegarelli with 21 points.
The seventh grade team was led by Tekitha Posey-Barry with 18 points, while Lindsay Dziedzic added 18 points and Kaylee Holmes put in 11 points.
Spangles squads post 2-2 records in tourney
The Rome Spangles sixth and ninth grade AAU girls basketball squads both finished 2-2 at the Utica Lady Knicks Classic over the weekend.
The ninth graders came up with wins over the Waterville Lady Huskies, 34-14, and the Brimington STNY Flyers, 42-30, and lost to Syracuse Shock, 46-38, and the Utica Lady Knicks, 49-10. Reilly Reinold had 25 points, and both Jessica and Alexandra Livery recorded 23 points apiece.
The sixth grade team scored victories over Catskill Mountain, 39-31, and the Utica Lady Knicks, 17-6, and suffered losses to St. Jefferson Lewis, 20-15, and the Lady Knicks, 34-22. Sherifa Taylor led the way with 20 points, Sharah Crockett had 15 points and Felicity Wright put in 10 points.
River Rats baseball sweep doubleheader
The Rome River Rats 12U travel baseball team hosted North Colonie Bison in a doubleheader on Sunday and won both games, 13-11 and 15-9.
Derrick Miller (1-1) batted 3-for-3 in the first game while hitting a double and also went the distance on the mound to claim the win. Ethan Williams hit 3-for-4, as Aaron Simons and Gino DeBlasiis added two hits apiece.
In game two, Shea Simons (1-0) was 2-for-2 and recorded the win on the bump. DeBlasiis had three hits, while Miller, Zack Taylor, Ryan Swavely and Jake Switzer all collected a pair of hits.
The River Rats’ record moves to 3-1 in the league and they will host a doubleheader on Sunday against the Queensbury Spartans with the first game starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Bobby Page Memorial Baseball Complex.