GOWANDA - Two Southwestern lady golfers and one from Jamestown have advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships to be held at SUNY Delhi on June 13.
Leigh Yartz and Marissa DelMonaco of Southwestern and Kirstie Hanson of Jamestown advanced by virtue of their performances at the Section 6 state qualifier on Wednesday at Gowanda Country Club.
Yartz carded a 87 to be fourth among the nine that advanced, DelMonaco a 94 to place sixth and Hanson a 102 to wind up seventh. Chelsea Dantonio of Lancaster was the medalist with 77, Sarah Godfrey of Depew was second with an 81 and Alexis Kim of Clarence was third with an 85. Following Yartz in fifth place was Nicole Filipski of Lancaster with an 88. Jenna Stogsdill of Williamsville North was eighth with a 102 and Sam Stanford, also of Williamsville North, claimed the ninth and final place with a 102.
The first alternate was Helen Busch of Amherst, who shot a 103, and the second alternate is Samantha Gaffney of Williamsville East, who also delivered a 103.
Other area golfers who advanced, but did not qualify, were Marina Kessler of Fredonia with a 108, teammate Krista Wheelock with a 114, Meghan Gutzmer of Southwestern with a 114 and Emily Isaacson of Southwestern with a 117.
ORCHARD PARK - Bryce and Jack Payne of Panama advanced in doubles play at the Section 6 Tennis Tournament held at Southtowns Racquet Club on Wednesday.
The Payne brothers defeated Gregg Hastings and Joe Piotrowski of North Tonawanda, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round and now will meet Raj Bhayna and Matt Mangione in the next round.
Matt Johnson of Southwestern and Cooper Miller of Falconer had their singles matches suspended until 3 p.m. today because of league play at Southtowns.
Originally, action was supposed to be outside at Lancaster Tennis Club, but inclement weather forced them inside to the Southtowns.
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Johnson won in the opening match against Jack Quinlivan of Amherst, 6-4, 6-4, before meeting up with Mike Kessler of Williamsville North, who took the first game from Johnson, 6-3, and was leading in the second set when play was suspended.
Miller was victorious in the opening match by turning back Bryan Daigler of Sweet Home, 6-2, 6-1, to set up the battle with Andrew LeMar of North Tonawanda Miller lost to LeMar, 6-4, and trailed 1-0 when play was halted. LeMar captured his opening match by knocking off Vhi Wang of Olean, 6-0, 6-0.
Quinn White of Southwestern compiled a 1-1 record in singles, prevailing over Ranzi Tahouk of City Honors, 6-3, 6-4, and losing to Kim Kane of Hamburg, 6-0, 6-0.
In first-round doubles competition, Joe Bartelo and Tony Podgorsak of Williamsville South eliminated Wyatt Jackson and Mike Rensel of Panama, 6-0, 6-0; and Tommy Corraro and Wyatt Mock of Grand Island ousted Riley Beaton and Kyle Richardson of Maple Grove, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0.
The semifinals and finals will follow the suspended matches this afternoon. If the weather is good, they will be outside at Lancaster, but, if not, they will be inside at Southtowns.
Quinn White (Southwestern) d, Ranzi Tahouk (City Honors), 6-2, 6-4; Matt Johnson (Southwestern) d. Jack Quinlivan (Amherst), 6-4, 6-4; Cooper Miller (Falconer) d. Bryan Daigler (Sweet Home), 6-2, 6-1; Andrew LeMar (North Tonawanda) d. Vhi Wang (Olean), 6-0, 6-0.
Kim Kane (Hamburg) d. White, 6-0, 6-0; Johnson and Mike Kessler, susp.; Miller and LeMar susp.
Zander Korach-Dan Sreiklither (Orchard Park) d. Brayden Hawkins-Luke Earl (Olean), 6-0, 6-0; Raj Bhayna-Matt Mangione (Williamsville East) d. Jake Volz-Geoffrey Broadbent (Olean), 6-2, 6-2; Bryce-Jack Payne (Panama) d. Gregg Hastings-Joe Piotrowski (North Tonawanda), 6-2, 6-1; Tommy Corraro-Wyatt Mock (Grand Island) d, Riley Beaton-Kyle Richardson (Maple Grove), 7-5, 4-6, 6-0; Joe Bartelo-Tony Podgorsak (Williamsville South) d. Mike Rensel-Wyatt Jackson, 6-0, 6-0.