RFA edged in title game of field hockey tourney
The Rome Free Academy field hockey team lost in the championship game of the annual Knight Time Classic, suffering a 4-2 setback to Section IV’s Whitney Point on Saturday at the Stadium.
Janeene Yates and Mackenzie Smith fired in the two RFA scores with both coming on assists from Sam Grunder. Amanda Collins scored all four goals to pace Whitney Point.
RFA goalkeeper Reanna Zappavigna made 12 saves in net, as Rome’s record evens at 4-4. Grunder, McKenzie Guy, Lindsay Nowicki and Meghan McCormick were all named to the all-tournament team.
Maine-Endwell of Section IV won the consolation game over Baldwinsville, 3-0.
Camden swept in tourney
In more field hockey action, Camden lost to Burnt Hills 5-1, in the consolation game of its O’Connor Classic. Bailee Barrett scored the lone goal off a helper by Bridget March in the second half. Goaltender Emily Collins picked up 13 saves while Camden went to 6-3. Cazenovia won the tournament by beating Fayetteville-Manlius, 2-1, in the title round.
Teams place at cross country meet
The RFA boys and girls cross country teams came away with solid finishes while South Lewis runner Victoria Campanian won the girls race No. 1 event for smaller schools during the 70th EJ Herrman Cross Country Invitational event held at Proctor Park in Utica. The RFA squads raced to eighth place finishes with scores of 186, respectively, amongst the larger schools, while Campanian took first overall with a time of 19 minutes, 35.7 seconds to lead the South Lewis Lady Falcons to a second place overall finish with 135 points.
In the boys No. 1 race, Adirondack finished second with 107 total points, as Holland Patent was fourth with 173 points, Oriskany was 15th with 435, South Lewis came in 18th with 454 points, and Westmoreland took 25th overall with 697 points. Fonda-Fultonville won the race with 80 points.
In the boys No. 2 race, Camden came in 17th place with 463 points.
During the girls No. 1 race, Adirondack came in fourth with 137 total points, as Remsen took sixth with 158 points, and Oriskany was 21st with 568 points. Sauquoit Valley won with 116 total points.
Leading the RFA Black Knights boys team was Erik Winberg’s ninth place finish, as teammates Ben Schmidt came in 22nd, and Matt Morse took 46th overall.
Allie Hawkins took 37th place overall to lead the Lady Black Knights, while Tricia Loso took 44th place, and Rylee Butters came in 50th overall.
Leading the Adirondack boys team was Mike White with an eighth place finish, while Meghann Tanner’s third place overall finish paced the Lady Wildcats.
Pacing the Holland Patent boys team was Barrett Celecki with a 14th place showing.
Leading the South Lewis girls’ squad along with Campanian was Christina Platt’s 10th place finish, as Sam Benzing took 37th overall for the boys’ squad.
Guiding the Remsen girls’ team was Makenna Cooley after a 12th place finish.
Brady Sanfilippo came in 66th place for the Oriskany boys team, as Beverly Gruet came in 63rd overall for the Lady Redskins.
Andrew Spagnuolo came in 50th place for the Camden boys’ team.
Kayla Lenahan took 39th overall for the Westmoreland Lady Bulldogs.
VVS downs Lowville
The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill boys soccer squad collected a 1-0 shutout victory over Lowville at the high school. Tim Beal put in a goal unassisted in the first half of play and that would be all the Red Devils needed to win. Goaltender Justin VanDuLuitGaarden recorded eight saves for 4-4-1 VVS.
RFA stopped by Nottingham
In other boys soccer competition, the RFA Black Knights suffered a 3-1 defeat from host Nottingham High in Syracuse. Paul Chilkotowsky knocked in Rome’s only goal unassisted. Goalkeeper Mark Fanelli and Spencer Kahler combined for nine saves.
Westmoreland bests Waterville
The Westmoreland girls tennis team claimed a 3-2 victory over hosting Waterville to move to 10-3 overall. Olivia Merrill paced the Lady Bulldogs with a singles win, while the tandems of Alyssa Bowers and Gabrielle Duell and Kia Barber and Blake Crandall scored a pair of doubles wins for the guests.