RFA sweeps to crowns
SIDE BY SIDE — Proctor High’s Kierra Arthur, front left, and RFA’s Dana Husband race through the obstacles in the 110-meter high hurdles during a Tri-Valley League meet at the Stadium on Wednesday. Husband finished second to Arthur in a close finish.(Sentinel photo by John Clifford)
PASS IT ON — RFA’s Aleigha Hawkins hands off the baton to teammate Brianna Weir in the 3,200-meter relay race during Wednesday’s Tri-Valley League meet at the Stadium. Hawkins, Weir, Jas Meerdink and Tricia Loso went on to win the race to help the Lady Black Knights sweep to victories over Holland Patent and Proctor. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)
The Rome Free Academy boys and girls track and field teams both finished undefeated at 6-0 during the regular season and claimed Tri-Valley League titles along the way.
The RFA boys hit the road on Wednesday to beat both Proctor High of Utica, 82-59, and host Camden, 94-47, in a tri-meet while the girls host their own meet at the Stadium and defeated Proctor, 83-58, and Holland Patent, 101-40.
Connor Butters led the RFA boys with three wins at the Camden meet, including the 800- and 1,600-meter runs as well as the 3,200 relay with Benjamin Schmidt, Matt Silver and Jeff Brown. Silver also won the 3,200 race, and Brown claimed the 400 run. Jonathan was victorious in the 400 hurdles, Anthony Capron grabbed the pole vault, Robert Alder won the shot put and Ryan Mettot claimed the discus.
Camden had wins from Robert DeWolfe in the high jump and Dae’Shon Davis in the pole vault while also losing to Proctor, 92 1/2-48 1/2.
On the girls side, Katie Gotch set a school freshman record in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch to break teammate Dana Husband’s record of 5 feet set two years ago. Husband won the event at 5-4.
Mariah Mays won both the discus and the shot put, and Brianna Weir captured both the 800 and 1,500, and Allie Hawkins grabbed the 3,000 race. Hawkins and Weir also a part of the winning 3,200 relay team along side Jas Meerdink and Tricia Loso, as the RFA girls wrapped up their third undefeated season in four years.
Holland Patent had its lone win come from Kaitlyn Mytych in the pole vault at 7-6 while dropping to Proctor, 80-60, as well.
VVS trumps Whitesboro
In more track and field action, the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill girls team glided to a 86-54 victory over Whitesboro during a meet at the Ed Wadas Athletic Complex in Whitesboro.
Pacing their way to wins for the Lady Red Devils were Alexis Kavanaugh during the 100- and- 300-meter runs, Tammy Beal in the 110 high hurdles, Ronnie Judge in the 1,500 run, Anna Visalli took the 400 run, Morgan Bernier in the 400 hurdles, Sam Ernest in the long jump event, Kayla Prentice in the triple jump and Brianna Roscoe during the pole vault event.
Two losses for Camden
In other girls track and field action, the Camden girls team suffered a pair of losses to Oneida and New Hartford by scores of 84-57 and 110-31, respectively, during an invitational meet held at New Hartford.
Michaela Soules took second in the 400 run, as Amanda Relyea was second in the triple jump and Jenna Sherwood was second during the high jump event to lead the Lady Blue Devils at the meet.
HP wins home meet
The Holland Patent boys track and field team scored an 81-60 victory over visiting TVL foe New Hartford.
Elliot Connors grabbed a pair of wins during the long jump and pole vault events, while Erran Gates won the 400 run, Noah Roberts claimed the 400 hurdles event, Kevin Sidoran got a win in the 800 run, Aaron Constantini in the 200 run, Todd Stevens in the 3,200 run, and Joe Carrock during the high jump event.
The four-person relay team of Gates, Sidoran, Stevens, and Barrett Celecki won the 3,200 relay race, and the quartet of Gates, Roberts, Colton Paulo, and Michael Lynskey won the 1,600 relay event.
Riegler records no-hitter
Elizabeth Riegler threw a no-hitter and teammate Crystal Gydesen knocked two home runs as the Adirondack softball team finished with a 17-0 shutout over visiting Ilion.
Riegler struck out nine batters and walked only one en route to the no-hit victory to raise her record to 11-1.
Gydesen raised her season total to seven home runs on the season with a two-run shot in the fourth, as well as a three-run blast in the sixth for five RBIs and scored three runs to go along with her three hits. Aliza Mathis tallied three hits, while Katarina Candee, Lexi Charbonneau, Emily Lee and Miranda Crill all added two hits apiece for a total of 21 Wildcat hits.
The Center State Conference Division I match was originally scheduled to be played at Ilion but was moved to Adirondack due to poor field conditions.
Oriskany crushes Old Forge
In other softball action, Oriskany recorded 18 hits en route to a 18-3 CSC Division IV triumph over host Old Forge.
Meghan Carlo hit 4-for-5 with a home run and three runs scored for Oriskany, as Ashley Rueger connected with three home runs and scored four runs, as well. Shannon VanShufflin had three hits and scored twice, Jordan Sahl had two hits with a double, and Alyssa Balfe recorded two singles and scored three times.
Carlo also picked up the win on the mound as her record moves to 9-1 overall and 6-0 in the league.
Jessica Menges was 2-for-4 with an RBI and also took the loss for Old Forge.
Oriskany moves to 13-1 overall and 6-0 in league action.
Camden edges Jugglers
In TVL softball, Camden captured a 3-1 win over visiting Notre Dame of Utica.
Laura Ward doubled and scored a run for the Lady Blue Devils, while Aubrey Coon, Alyssa Connor and Emily Smith each singled.
Heather Beers was the winning pitcher while tossing a complete game and giving up no earned runs, two hits, three walks and striking out four.
VVS edges Proctor
The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill girls golf team completed a 223-268 win over visiting Proctor at Oneida Community Golf Course.
Amanda Snizek shot a 49 on the par 36 course as the VVS medalist, while Micaehla Shay added a 56 and Nicole Scotto hit a 58 as VVS moves to 6-1.
Samantha Bossone led 3-7-1 overall Proctor with a 62.
Blue Devils oust HP
In more girls golf action, Camden came out ahead of hosting TVL foe Holland Patent, 233-238, to even its record to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Hannah Hawkes nailed a 53 at Comroden Golf Club for Camden, as teammate Melisa Kirby shot a 54.
Holland Patent was led by Amanda Kahler with a 53. The Lady Golden Knights drop to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in league play.
Adirondack sweeps to wins
The Adirondack boys golf squad finished on top in their home meet by beating both Remsen and Oriskany at Woodgate Pines Golf Course.
The Wildcats finished with a team score of 178 for the win, as Remsen finished second at 180 and Oriskany took third at 191.
Michael Gardner led Adirondack with a 43 to tie for the second best score with Oriskany’s Steve McCorduck as Remsen’s Ryan Rybicki finished as the contest’s medalist with a 40.
Adirondack also had scores from Joey Pettinelli at 44, Josh Howland with a 45, and Max Laramie at 46.
Remsen’s Kyle Gargas tallied a 45, Ben Pirnie hit a 46, and Reiss Brand shot a 49.
Cory Giacovelli scored a 47 for Oriskany, as Jason Walter added a 48.
Adirondack stands at 7-3 overall, Oriskany goes to 3-6 and Remsen moves to 5-2.
In another boys golf tri-meet, Westmoreland was the runner-up in its own event by tallying a 173 score while Clinton won at 148 and Sauquoit finished third at 181.
Tyler Krebs was the Bulldogs’ top scorer with a 41 on the par 36 Westmoreland Golf Club course, as Clinton’s Nathan Hagstrom finished as the medalist after shooting for par. Toby Fitzgerald added a 42 for the 3-5 overall hosts, Kelley Citrin hit a 44 and Tyler Misiasczek nailed a 46.
Camden defeats HP
The Camden boys golf team scored their seventh victory following a 202-266 TVL decision over Holland Patent at McConnellsville Golf Club.
Seth Adams scored a 33 to lead 7-4 overall Camden, Austin Chandler finished with a 38, and Karl Kirch hit a 39.
Joe Vandreaser chipped in a 48 to pace 0-10 overall Holland Patent.
Bulldogs down Little Falls
The Westmoreland boys tennis team scored a 4-1 sets victory over visiting Center State Conference foe Little Falls to improve to 12-2 overall this spring.
Claiming singles victories for the Bulldogs were Tyler Witter with a 6-0, 6-0 win, and Ian Dunning, with a 6-0, 6-1 victory, while the doubles teams of Ryan Murphy and Scott Shanley, 6-2, 6-4, and Alexander Lallier and Moritz Zeman, 6-0, 6-4, both won their matches.
RFA beaten by Spartans
In more boys tennis, RFA suffered a tough 4-3 defeat against hosting New Hartford to fall to 4-5 overall this season.
Rome lost all their singles matches before the doubles teams of
Jacob Gosier and Michael Mellace, 6-3, 7-6; Dylan Furney and Evan Griffith, 7-6, 6-3; and Barry Li and Mark Fanelli, 6-3, 6-0, all recorded doubles victories in their respective matches.
New Hartford improved to 8-3 overall.
HP bows to Blue Devils
The Camden boys tennis squad swung their way to a 6-1 triumph over visiting Holland Patent.
Getting singles wins for the Blue Devils were Jesse Zavaro, Rich Price, Ryan Lisenko, and Zach Price, as the duo of Jordan Nuber and Charlie Price, and the tandem of Sam Wright and Ashton Snyder grabbed doubles wins. Camden improved to 3-6 overall.
John Cushman and Ian Hague claimed a doubles victory for the Golden Knights, who moved to 1-7 overall.