ROUNDUP: RFA’s Pugh equals school record in 55-meter hurdles in Class AA championships…

Rome Free Academy’s Imani Pugh tied a school record in the 55-meter hurdles Wednesday at the Class AA Section III Championships at the OCC Arena in Syracuse. The team finished third. The boys finished tied for eighth.

Pugh won the hurdles event in 8.67 seconds, tying the record set in 2005 by Danielle Washington.

Cicero-North Syracuse won the event with 165 points. RFA was third with 69. Utica Proctor was fourth with 47.

Pugh also finished second in the long jump. Her teammate Emily Toth-Ratazzi was second in the 1,500 meters and fourth in the 3,200 meters. Alex Tapia finished second in the 55 hurdles. Kaylee Bertini finished third in the high jump. Marlo Townsend finished fourth in the 1000 and 1500 m. Rylee Blush finished fifth in the pole vault. Jaylene Rodriguez finished fifth in the shot put. Malaysia Thomas finished fifth in the shot put. Katherine DeHimer finished sixth in the pole vault and high jump.

The RFA 3,200m relay team of Julissa Luciano, Toth-Ratazzi, Shavia Parry and Townsend finished third. The school’s 800 relay team of Johari Taylor, Bertini, Tapia and Pugh finished fourth.

Qualifying to compete in the Feb. 16 state qualifying meet again at OCC, Pugh in hurdles and long jump; Toth-Ratazzi in the 600s, 1000s, 1500s and 3000s; Townsend in the 1000s and 3000s; Bertini in the high jump; and Tapia in the hedges. The 800m and 3,200m relay teams also qualified.

Baldwinsville won the men’s event with 112 points. Proctor was sixth with 24 and RFA tied for eighth with 10.

Collin Gannon finished fourth in the 55 and 55 hurdles. Gannon qualified to compete in the state qualifying meet.

The RFA 1600 relay team of Kaden Elliot, Lucas Yanik, Gavin Civitelli and Philip Pociecha finished fifth.

In the Class A competition, the boys from Camden were sixth and Whitesboro ninth, with Jamesville-DeWitt winning. The Whitesboro girls tied for third and Camden finished 11th with JD also winning.

Oneida sweeps Clinton in Class B playoffs

The 11-seeded Oneida women’s volleyball team beat the six-seeded Clinton 3-0 on the road in the first round of the Section III Class B tournament on Wednesday.

Oneida won the sets 25-19, 26-24 and 28-26.

Katie Kinney had 13 kills and eight digs for Oneida. Kaydence Bouchard had eight kills and eight digs. Madison Zehr had 21 assists, eight digs and two kills.

Statistics for Clinton were not submitted.

Oneida (5-13) plays third seed Chittenango (13-3) on Saturday noon.

The VVS cross paths with General Brown

The Vernon-Verona-Sherrill women’s volleyball team swept General Brown 3-0 at home Wednesday in the opening round of the Section III Class B postseason tournament.

The five-seeded Red Devils won sets 25-12, 25-8 and 25-16 against 12th seed General Brown.

Statistics for VVS have not been submitted.

VVS (10-7) will play four-seeded Sherburne-Earlville (10-5) for a 6 p.m. start today.

The Bulldogs edged in the home playoff game

The Cooperstown women’s volleyball team took the deciding fifth set in a 3-2 victory at Westmoreland on Wednesday in the first round of the Class C Section III playoffs.

The teams alternated winning sets with nine seeds Cooperstown winning the first game 25-14 and eight seeds Westmoreland winning the next 28-26. Cooperstown won 25-8 then Westmoreland equalized again winning the fourth set 25-11. But Cooperstown won the final set 25-18 to win the match.

For Westmoreland, Sam Dee had five aces, four kills and a pair of digs. Mia Lazzara had four assists, three kills, three blocks and three digs.

Statistics for Cooperstown have not been submitted.

Westmoreland ends the season at 9-8.

CVA falls in the first lap

The Central Valley Academy women’s volleyball team lost their season opener 3-0 to fourth seed Sherburne-Earlville on Wednesday.

The 13th seed CVA lost the sets 25-11, 25-14 and 25-14.

CVA’s Scout Ludwig had seven kills, four digs and a pair of aces. Madeline Feldman had 19 assists, seven kills and two digs.

For Sherburne, Desirae Owen had eight kills, seven digs and four aces. Allison Henry had 24 assists.

RFA opens quickly, leading the Warriors

The FRG women’s basketball team led by 10 after a quarter en route to a 70-42 victory in the Tri-Valley League on Wednesday night on the road.

The Black Knights led 18-8 after one quarter and took a 35-20 advantage at halftime.

Amya McLeod scored a game-high 28 points for RFA. The junior fullback is the program’s third all-time scorer with 1,145 points. Lori Keys (1986-91) is second with 1,334 points.

Tailyn Frost had 14 points for RFA, including four three-pointers. Alysa Jackson had 11 and Mia Mirabelli scored 10.

For Whitesboro, Cecilia Lapertosa had a team-high 27 points. The RFA defense held all of its players to five points or less.

FRG, 13-5, visits TVL enemy Camden at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Whitesboro travels to New Hartford at 7 tonight in the league.

RFA wins Central State swimming and diving title

The RFA boys’ swimming and diving team won the Central State league meet after the results of the January 21 diving and January 28 swimming been combined.

The Black Knights got 476 points. Oneida was second (332), Utica Proctor third (327), Cooperstown fourth (290), Holland Patent fifth (243), Sherburne-Earlville sixth (160) and VVS seventh (72).

RFA’s Stone Mercurio won the diving event with teammate William D’Agata second. HP’s Jacob Jones finished third.

Andrew Hicks of Oneida won the 50 freestyle in 22.79 seconds. Hicks also won the 100 freestyle in 50.22 seconds. RFA’s Dominick Gratch was second in 50.23 seconds.

Ethan Schmitt of Oneida won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.60.

Gratch won the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.87.

RFA’s Joseph Keeney won the 100m butterfly in 59.09 seconds.

Roman Krupski of VVS won the 200 individual medley in 2:11.78.

RFA won the 200 medley relay in 1:50.15 with a team consisting of Cody Madonia, Gratch, Keeney and Tanner Brawdy.

RFA also won the 400m freestyle relay. The team of Brawdy, Keeney, Jack Anderegg and Gratch won in 3:36.39.

Oneida won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:36.07 with a team of Preston Hoang, Jack Capotosto, Schmitt and Hicks.

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