Adirondack girls race to title
DEALING — Oriskany’s Meghan Carlo winds up and deals a pitch to a Belleville-Henderson batter during a Section III Class D first-round matchup in Oriskany on Thursday. Carlo got the win and also went 4-for-4 with four RBIs during Oriskany’s 10-1 victory. (Sentinel photo by Makenzi Enos)
CONNECTS — Oriskany batter Alyssa Balfe makes contact with the ball during Thursday’s Section III Class D first-round game against visiitng Belleville-Henderson. Balfe had two hits and two RBIs in the Lady Redskins’ 10-1 win. Oriskany will host McGraw in a quarterfinal game on Saturday at 1 p.m. (Sentinel photo by Makenzi Enos)
The Adirondack Lady Wildcats came out victorious as class champions, while Vernon-Verona-Sherrill and Holland Patent recorded top-10 finishes at the Class B-1/B-2 girls track and field championships at Marcellus High School on Thursday.
Adirondack tallied a team score of 125 points to win the Class B-2 title over runner-up Christian Brothers Academy’s 106 points and third place Lowville’s 85 points.
Holland Patent placed sixth in the Class B-1 team standings with 57 points, as VVS took seventh at 45 points. Cazenovia went on to win the championship with 165 points and Skaneateles was second at 88 points.
Freshman Meghann Tanner led the way for Adirondack in Class B-2 action with a victory in the 1,500-meter run in 5 minutes, 13.45 seconds while finishing as the runner-up in the 3,000 run and taking fifth in the 2,000 steeplechase. Adirondack junior Sierra Laveck also recorded a win in the discus throw at 96 feet, 5 inches and took fourth in the shot put along side teammate Kiana Adams in third. Adams was also fifth in the discus and fellow Wildcat Kalie Fiorenza was third.
Nicole Latvis was second in the 400 dash, and Autumn Poppleton finished fourth in the 400 dash and sixth in both the 100 and 200 dashes. Darien Rhone and Shannon Swierat were third and fourth respectively in the 1,500 run as well as fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 3,000 run. Rhone also finished fourth in the 800 run.
Adirondack teammates Jordan Case and Emily Belewich were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 100 hurdles, while Justine Lee and Emily Belewich were third and fifth, respectively, in the 400 hurdles. Maria Hennessey placed third in the outdoor pentathlon, as Erica Perry and Brooklyn Lee recorded fourth place results in the high jump and pole vault, respectively.
Adirondack relay teams also placed with Rhone, Swierat, Brooklyn Lee and Rita Stein taking second in the 3,200, as Latvis, Poppleton, Stein and Sears finished third in the 1,600, while Sears, Case, Justine Lee and Kathleen Kelpy raced to fourth in the 400 relay.
In Class B-1 action, Shay Callahan paced the HP Lady Golden Knights with a victory in the long jump on a leap of 16-11 and was in the top five in all three dash races with a third in the 400, a fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 100. HP sophomore Jessica Pinto was also sixth in the 200 dash.
Sophomore Harley Buczkowski was even victorious in the discus throw at 98 feet and was third in the shot put. Andrea Marfone was fourth in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 400 hurdles, as Marie Mueller took fifth in the outdoor pentathlon, Cheyenne Petrillo-Lavier finished sixth in the 2,000 steeplechase, and Alysa Hoffman captured sixth in the 800 run.
The HP 1,600 relay squad of Katie Hoke, Cassidy Hoke, Marfone and Hoffman was fourth, while the 3,200 relay group of Hoffman, Cassidy Hoke, Jaclyn Kimak and Caitlin Hilts finished fifth.
Tammy Beal claimed the lone VVS win while competing in the outdoor pentathlon. She was the winner in the event’s 800 run, 100 hurdles, the long jump and the shot put, while taking fifth in the high jump.
Fellow Lady Red Devil Lexi Kavanaugh was third in the 100 dash and fifth in the 200 dash, as Morgan Bernier picked up second in the 400 hurdles, Kayla Fazekas finished third in the high jump, Sam Netzband grabbed sixth in the shot put, and Maggie Curtis captured sixth in the 100 dash.
In relay competition, the 400 team of Bernier, Curtis, Kavanaugh and Kayla Prentice was second, and the 1,600 squad of Curtis, Bernier, Ronnie Judge and Anna Visalli picked up fifth.
Oriskany pounds Belleville
The Oriskany softball team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Section III Class D tournament with a 10-1 romp past visiting Belleville-Henderson in first round action.
The fourth-seeded Lady Redskins will next host No. 5 seed McGraw on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Meghan Carlo raised her record on the mound to 12-3 with the winning decision by giving up just three hits while also leading the way at the plate after going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and a run scored.
Jordan Sahl also hit 4-for-4 while adding an RBI and scoring three times, as Alyssa Balfe batted 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs. Shannon VanShufflin had two hits, including a double and three RBIs, Ashley Rueger hit a two-run single and scored, and Savannah Bixler picked up two singles and scored.
Oriskany’s record is now 16-4 on the season.
HP edges Skaneateles
In other section softball playoff action, Holland Patent picked up a 4-2 Class B first-round win over visiting Skaneateles.
The fourth-seeded Lady Golden Knights advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals and will host fifth-seeded Altmar-Parish-Williamstown with a starting time yet to be determined.
Madison Williams went 3-for-3 and added an RBI for the hosts, while Korey Bunal hit 2-for-3, and Alexis Sexton drove in a run.
Fallon Reinold moved her pitching record to 14-3 while fanning 13 batters on strikes and giving up five hits.
HP moves to 15-3 overall.
Rome falls in quarters
The Rome Free Academy boys lacrosse team suffered a 10-3 road defeat to No. 3 seeded Fayetteville-Manlius during the Section III Class A quarterfinals.
Sixth-seeded RFA ended its season at 11-6 overall, while the 14-3 overall Hornets will take on No. 2 Liverpool, which were 17-1 winners over Auburn in their quarterfinal game, on Saturday for the semis at Cicero-North Syracuse High School at 5:30 p.m.
Jake Gulla finished with a goal and an assist for RFA, as Devin Trifeletti and Randy Linderman each added a goal and Drew Hinman finished with two assists. RJ Ferrucci made 12 saves between the pipes.
RFA trailed, 3-1, at the half, before F-M scored four goals in the third quarter to pull away.
Area golfers miss cut
Several local boys golfers missed the cut during the first-round of the Section III golf tournament held at the Seven Oaks Golf Club at Colgate University as the field of 100 golfers was cut to 20 for Saturday’s final round and a chance of eight golfers to qualify for the state meet to be held at Cornell University’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Course June 3-4.
Missing the cut were RFA golfers Mike Vachereese and Joe Facciolo, who finished with 89 and 91 scores respectively, as Oriskany’s Steve McCorduck finished with a 99 round of golf, Adirondack’s Joey Pettinelli ended with a 91, and Camden golfers Austin Chandler had an 83 round and Seth Adams had a 86 score while representing the Blue Devils.
New Hartford’s Derek Bard was the top finisher of the day with a one-under-par 71 score to edge out the Christian Brothers Academy Jack Bellardini, who finished with a 72 round of golf.
Westmoreland falls in tennis
Three Westmoreland suffered first-round losses during the Section III boys tennis state qualifier at the Parkway courts in Utica.
Tyler Witter fell in singles competition to Christian Brothers Academy’s Colin Nardella on sets of 6-1 and 6-1, while the Bulldogs’ doubles duo of Zach and Tyler Dunning dropped to Clinton’s Nick DeYulio and Luke Lauchert on scores of 3-6, 6-3 and 6-1.
The three players finished the season with third-place finishes in the Section III Class C-1 Tournament earlier this week.