Jacob Dantonio, a freshman at St. Mary’s of Lancaster, shot even-par 71 to win the Monsignor Martin Association boys league individual championship on Monday at the Springville Country Club.
Dantonio, the Buffalo District District Sub-Junior stroke play champion and runner-up in the BDGA match play tournament, was third last summer in the New York State Sub-Junior tournament.
In his round on Monday, Dantonio saved par with a difficult uphill putt on Springville’s 16th hole to protect his lead over second-place fininsher Owen Rooney of Canisius. Dyan Coyne, also of Canisius, was third followed by Anthony Tuber and Gabriel Schulefand of Nichols.
Three others made the Division A All-Catholic team, including Dantonio’s cousin, Tyler Dantonio, a sophomore at St. Mary’s. The others were Patrick Scherer of Bishop Timon-St. Jude and Steven Bleck of Canisius.
The top six finishers plus ties qualified for the All-Catholic team and the top four qualified for the State Catholic High School championship next spring in Poughkeepsie. Fifteen golfers qualified for the state meet based on season average.
Gannon Lux of Christian Central, Ethan Rossi of Gow, Kaden Lewis of Christian Central, Alex Acquaviva of Gow and Trace Klis of Cardinal O’Hara made up the Division B All-Catholic team.
Hat trick wins for OP
Sara Puskar scored at the final buzzer, her third goal of the game, to give 10th-ranked Orchard Park a 3-2 victory over visiting No. 8 Amherst in ECIC girls field hockey.
Amherst tied the game at 1-1 on Allison Thielman’s goal with 25:14 left in the second half and took the lead on Bridget Galvin’s goal at 20:28. However, Puskar tied it with 11:48 left.
Puskar, who also is a sprinter and the Section VI long jump champion for the Quakers in track and field, is a senior.
No. 1-ranked Williamsville East defeated Lancaster, 1-0, on Laura Kaplan’s goal.
Amherst, Nardin win
Amherst edged City Honors, 2-1, in nonleague girls soccer. Ryan Hesch and Mallory Grubb had the Amherst goals while Natalie Milne scored for the Centaurs in the second half.
Nardin edged Sacred Heart, 1-0, in a Monsignor Martin match that was resumed after it had been interrupted by a lightning storm last week. The Gators’ goal late was by Bridgid Molloy off a free kick.
No. 1 Clarence tops Legends
Taha Ahmed scored in the 57th minute for No. 1-ranked Clarence in a 1-0 ECIC I victory at Lancaster in ECIC I boys soccer. Massimo Battaglia assisted on the goal for the Red Devils (11-0-1, 9-0-0 ECIC I). Clarence had a slight edge in shots (8-7) and corners (7-5) against the No. 7 Legends.
A pair of goals by Ashkari Sadri and single goals by Ethan Ruggiero and Payton Maclean led No. 3-ranked Williamsville East to a 4-0 nonleague boys soccer triumph over Iroquois. Charlie Schatmeyer was in goal for the shutout while Tehan Beecher, Jake Townsend and Andrews Sharkey stood out on defense for the Flames.
47 goals for Kulniszewskis
Morgan Kulniszewski, a sophomore, scored four goals, and her older sister, Grace, a senior, scored once and had five assists for Iroquois (13-0, 9-0 ECIC III) in an 8-0 girls soccer win over Maryvale. Between them, the Kulniszewski sisters have scored 47 of the Chiefs’ 73 goals this season. Grace has 24 goals and 18 assists while Morgan has 23 goals and 13 assists.