Town of Amherst sports teams post successful seasons
Teams won division, Section VI — and in a few cases, state championships — and several athletes qualified and won state titles in individual sports.
Here is a breakdown, by season, of how Town of Amherst teams and athletes fared.
Williamsville East’s girls volleyball team came the closest squad in the fall from the Town of Amherst to winning a state championship, losing in the Class A finals.
The Lady Flames also won their sixth straight ECIC II title, fourth straight Class A section title and third consecutive Far West Regional championship. East finished with a 19-2 record.
Mikayla Greenfield — East’s all-time assists leader — eclipsed 3,000 career assists during the season.
For the second consecutive year, Sacred Heart’s girls swimming team went undefeated in the Monsignor Martin Association regular season and repeated as All-Catholic champions.
Sacred Heart won seven of 11 events at All-Catholics. Abby Halsdorfer was named Most Outstanding Swimmer, winning the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle, and helping the Sharks win the 200 free relay with Emma Mc- Corry, Lillia Rubino and Thea Rubino, and the 400 free relay with Mc- Corry, Claire Mastrandrea and Lily Dimmig.
Dimmig also competed at the state meet in the 100 fly.
Williamsville East’s Jessica Shine won the 100-yard butterfly and broke the school record at girls swimming sectionals, and then lowered her school record in the event at the state meet and won the consolation “B” final. Shine was also MVP of the ECIC Division AA meet.
Williamsville North’s Monica McKie qualified in the 100 fly, marking the 30th time in 31 years North has qualified a swimmer to the state meet.
Amherst’s 400 free relay of Grace VanBuren, Carolyn De- Both and Paige Smith, and Caroline Smith also qualified for the state meet, as did Van Buren in the 50 and 100 free.
Sweet Home’s boys volleyball team captured the Section VI Division II-A title, its first sectional championship in 24 years.
In field hockey, Williamsville North three-peated as sectional champions in Class A, while Amherst won its fourth section title in five years in Class B. In the regular season, North snapped Iroquois’ 30-game win streak against Western New York opponents.
Williamsville North’s football team went undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 1996 and reached the Section VI Class AA final. Williamsville South won the Class “A” Chuck Funke Memorial Classic. Williamsville East reached the Federation playoffs for the first time since 2012.
At girls gymnastics sectionals, Williamsville South’s Gabbi Gare won vault and took third in the all-around, Williamsville North’s Madison Penetrante placed second in the all-around and North’s Zoe Kyriakopoulos qualified for the state meet on floor, bars and beam.
Williamsville North’s boys golf team won its seventh consecutive Williamsville Cup and its sixth ECIC North Large Schools title in the past seven years.
At the ECIC Championships, Sweet Home’s Tyler Edholm placed third overall with an 18-hole score of 77 on rounds of 38 and 39. Also qualifying for May’s sectionals from the Town of Amherst were Sweet Home’s Ryan Edholm and Alex Farkas, North’s Jacob Belote and Kevin Halpern, and Williamsville East’s Kevin Zhao.
Sacred Heart’s girls golf team went undefeated for the sixth consecutive season. Emily Kase shot an 84 and was named medalist at All-Catholics.
Williamsville South’s David Bergamasco and Sweet Home’s Ray Sambrotto qualified for the state boys cross-country meet. The Amherst boys and Williamsville South girls teams won at the Town of Amherst Championships.
Sacred Heart cross-country runners Brigid Christ and Alex Judge earned All-Catholic honors.
Williamsville East’s Olivia Bakshai and Williamsville North’s Courtney Kessler qualified for the Section VI girls tennis singles tournament. East’s Kareena Cheruvu and Richelle Yu, North’s Julia Behar and Emily Segal, and North’s Anupama Iyer and Cailey O’Connell qualified in doubles.
Teams that were sectional finalists included North football (AA); Williamsville East girls soccer (A); Williamsville North girls soccer (AA); Williamsville North boys soccer (AA); Williamsville North boys volleyball (Division I); Sacred Heart girls volleyball (MMA); and Williamsville East field hockey (Class B).
Winning division titles were: East girls soccer (ECIC II), East girls tennis (ECIC II), East boys soccer (ECIC II), East girls volleyball (ECIC II), North boys golf (ECIC North Large Schools), North field hockey (Class A) and Sacred Heart girls golf (MMA).
Tess Ford and Doug Kircher were named All-Bee Girls Soccer Player and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Sweet Home’s boys hockey team had an unbelievable postseason, culminating with the program’s first Division II state title in school history.
Sweet Home lost to West Seneca West, 2-1, in the Section VI Small Schools final, but still reached the state tournament due to receiving an at-large bid. Sweet Home went on to defeat West Seneca West, 7-5, in the first all-Section VI Division II state final.
Tyler Edholm scored three of the Panthers’ power play goals in the final and was named MVP of the Division II State Tournament.
Edholm, who will golf at Niagara University, finished as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 73 goals and 55 assists for 128 points. He also broke single season records for goals (36) and points (65).
Also winning a state championship was the Sacred Heart girls basketball team, who defeated St. John Villa of Staten Island, 62-49, in the Catholic High School Athletic Association Class A state final.
It was the Sharks’ fifth Catholic state title in program history. Sacred Heart also won in Class C in 1986 and 1987, Class D in 1992, and Class A in 2016.
Williamsville South’s girls basketball team, led by All-Bee Player of the Year Amari DeBerry, won the A-1 section title for the fifth straight year and reached the Class A state semifinals for the first time since 2015.
Amherst’s girls basketball team repeated as section champions in A-2. Coach Mike Chatelle repeated as All-Bee Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.
Williamsville South’s boys basketball team lost to West Seneca West, 97-95, in four overtimes in the Section VI Class A-1 final. Greg Dolan surpassed 2,000 career points in the game.
Dolan broke school records for single-game scoring (47), career scoring (2,019), rebounds (702), steals (384), games played (96) and games won (81).
Park’s boys basketball team won the Class A state and Federation championships.
Williamsville North boys basketball coach Chuck Swierski surpassed 200 career coaching wins and became the school’s all-time wins leader.
Christian Central Academy’s Josh Tyson eclipsed 1,000 career points.
Williamsville North gymnast Madison Penetrante broke the section record in the all-around and won a state title. Section VI took second in the team competition.
In indoor track, Sweet Home’s Nate Davis took runner up in the long jump at the state meet. He set the section record on his last jump at sectionals in 23 feet, 81/4 inches.
Also reaching the indoor state meet based on their performances at sectionals were: Sweet Home’s Caleb Nickens (boys weight throw, first); Anthony Williams (boys 55 dash, first); Eric Johnson (boys 55 dash); Kaleb Luton (boys triple jump, first); Ray Sambrotto (boys 1,600, second); Tommy Rivera (boys high jump, second, 6-1); Amaya Turnage (girls high jump, second); Eve Giancarlo (girls pole vault, third); Arleasia McGee (girls shot put, third); Lily Hayes (girls intersectional relay); Amherst’s Maxana Grubb (girls 600) and Jamillyah Mallory (triple jump); North’s Gabby Gaygen (girls pole vault) and Zac Chazen (boys pole vault); and Williamsville South’s David Bergamasco (boys 1,000), Amberlee Robertson (girls 1,000 intersectional relay) and Anisah Emerson (girls weight throw).
Sweet Home’s boys and girls indoor track and field teams both won Class B titles. It was the boys team’s seventh straight title while the girls team won its fifth straight title and sixth in the last seven years.
Williamsville East’s boys swim team went undefeated during the regular season. The 200 medley relay of Andrew Clough, Will Eaton, Michael Clough and Bryan Hong, and the 400 free relay of Hong, Eaton, Michael Clough and Andrew Clough won section titles.
At the state meet, Andrew Clough took seventh in the 500-yard freestyle finals in 4 minutes, 40.44 seconds, breaking his own school record, and also took 13th in the 200 free. Hong took 11th in the 50 free.
Andrew Clough was also named Most Outstanding Swimmer at the Class A Championships to help East win the Class A title for the first time in school history.
Amherst wrestler Calik Kennedy won the Division I section title at 285 pounds and placed fifth at the state meet. Williamsville North’s Vinny Catanzaro and Cam Walter won section titles at 138 and 195 pounds, respectively.
Amherst’s girls bowling team went undefeated and won the ECIC Large Schools North division and Section VI Class B titles for the first time in school history. Kelly Normandin qualified for the state meet.
The Williamsville East boys and Williamsville South girls bowling teams won at the Williamsville Cup.
Sacred Heart’s girls bowling team won All-Catholics. Liza Florczak was All-Catholic MVP.
The Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home girls hockey team reached the Western New York girls ice hockey final for the first time in school history.
Teams that were sectional finalists were: Williamsville North boys basketball (AA), Williamsville South boys basketball (A-1), Sweet Home boys hockey (Small Schools, although still advanced due to receiving an at-large bid to the state tournament), Williamsville North boys hockey (Large Schools) and Williamsville girls hockey.
Williamsville East’s baseball team, led by New York State Gatorade, All-Western New York and All-Bee Player of the Year Charlie Mack, won the ECIC Division II and Section VI Class A-1 titles.
Mack broke 16 school records over his six-year high school baseball career.
He was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round — 184th overall — of the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft. He recently signed a contract with the Twins last month for $500,000.
Williamsville North’s baseball team reached the Class AA section final for the second consecutive year.
Williamsville East’s softball team won the Class A-1 title for the third time in four years. The Lady Flames shared the ECIC II title with Williamsville South.
Sacred Heart’s girls lacrosse team upset Mount St. Mary’s for the Monsignor Martin Association championship, the squad’s first championship since 2014.
Amherst’s girls lacrosse team reached the Class C section final for the first time since 2016.
Williamsville East’s boys lacrosse team won the Williamsville Cup and reached the Class B section final for the first time since 2004.
Sweet Home’s Jonah Murphy won the ECIC boys tennis singles title for the first time and lost to North Tonawanda’s Greg Hastings in the section final.
Senior Jason Berkun and freshman Jerry Xiao became the first doubles team from Williamsville East to win a sectional title since Mark Farber and Holger Zwickau won in 1989. The duo reached the consolation semifinals at the state meet.
Steven Quinlivan and Sam Greco became the first doubles team from Amherst to reach the state tennis meet in six years after taking runner up in sectional doubles. They split in their two matches at the state meet.
Amherst and Williamsville East shared the ECIC II regular season title.
Sacred Heart’s girls tennis team went undefeated during the regular season and won All-Catholics.
Eliza Podlas won the All-Catholics singles title and Kelly Schomber and Ava Meller took third in doubles.
Sweet Home’s boys outdoor track and field team won its seventh straight ECIC II title. Nate Davis became the first male sprinter in section history to win the 200 four straight years.
Davis’ 200 time was one one-hundredth of a second off the section record of 21.34 that Davis tied last year. Bennett’s Lamar Smith previously set the record in 1982.
Davis also anchored the boys’ 4x100 relay to a winning time of 42.95 seconds.
The other three legs of the relay were Anthony Williams, Kyle Durwald and Tommy Rivera.
Davis also took third in the boys long jump, but qualified for the state meet due to reaching the state standard.
Also reaching the state meet from Sweet Home was Rivera, who won the high jump in a personal-best 6-3, and Luton, who won the boys triple jump in a personal-best 45-1.
Also qualifying for the state meet were Amherst’s Morgan Halt (girls Division I pentathlon), Maxana Grubb (girls 800 and 400) and Jamillyah Mallory (girls long jump and triple jump). Halt broke school records in the pentathlon (3,336) and 100 hurdles (15.39), and Grubb set the school record in the 800 (2:13.65).
At the state meet, Halt broke her previous school record with 3,387 points and took third in the pentathlon, and Grubb took sixth in Division I in the girls 800 in a personal-best time of 2:13.32 and 10th in the Division I girls 400 in 58.98.
Williamsville North’s Gabby Gaygen qualified for the state meet in the girls pole vault.
Williamsville South’s Amberlee Robertson, Molly Moore, Sarah Cook and Kayla Schmidt secured the team’s third consecutive section title in the Division I 4x800 relay in a season-best time of 9 minutes, 32.19 seconds. Robertson, Moore and Cook have all been a part of the past three section championships.
Sacred Heart’s 4x400 relay team of Lauren McCrea, Thea Rubino, Tierney Tumiel, Lizzy Ishwardas and alternates Rory Schaeffer and Ella Mazzara won an All-Catholic title and took fifth at the Catholic state meet.
Sweet Home’s Tyler Edholm took runner-up at boys golf sectionals. Edholm shot a 77 over the first 18 holes and added a 38 on the final nine to finish with a 115, tying him for second.
Sacred Heart’s Emily Kase shot 18-hole rounds of 83 and 85 for a two-day total of 168 to tie for 22nd overall at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Golf Championships. The 168 was the lowest total score of any golfer who competed from the Catholic High School Athletic Association.
At the same event, Williamsville East’s Amanda Gaffney shot 18-hole rounds of 86 for a two-day total of 172 and finished tied for 31st. Her total score was tied for third-lowest on the team. Section VI placed second overall in the inaugural team competition.
Kristen Dolan (Coach of the Year), Sweet Home boys hockey and Sacred Heart girls basketball (Team of the Year), Sacred Heart’s Kayla Blas (Female Athlete of the Year) and Williamsville South’s Greg Dolan (Male Athlete of the Year) earned 2017-18 Amherst Bee end of the sports year awards.