NYS Far West Regionals set for Saturday

Photo contributions: BOB CHAVEZ, BILLY HEYEN, SUE KANE and PAUL GOTHAM

Five spots across five classifications in the upcoming NYSPHSAA basetball semifinals will be up for grabs when the NYS Far West Regionals take place on Saturday. Here is the breakdown of each contest:

CLASS AA

MCQUAID (21-2/Rochester City Athletic Conference)

vs.

FRONTIER (12-8/Eric County Interscholastic Conference Division I)

12:00 PM at LOCKPORT SPORTS ANNEX

How they got here: Top-seeded McQuaid beat Fairport (1-0), Hilton (5-2) and Penfield (7-1) to win their second sectional title in the last three years.

No. 5 seed Frontier beat Williamsville North (1-0), Jamestown (9-6) and Clarence (5-4) to win their first sectional title since 1993.

Trends: McQuaid has won six straight games. Frontier has won five games in a row.

Players to watch for McQuaid: Drew Bailey Sr. OF; Ben Beauchamp Sr. C, OF; Noah Campanelli Sr. INF; Tyler Griggs Sr. INF; Ryan O’Mara Sr. RHP, 1B and Hunter Walsh Sr. RHP.

Frontier: Matt D’Orlando Sr. LHP, 1B; Brian Norsen Sr. RHP, 1B; Declan Wyman Jr. OF

Coaches: Tony Fuller (McQuaid) and Mike Morlock (Frontier)

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS semifinal against the winner of Suffern (I) vs. the regional qualifier victor between Corning-Painted Post (IV) and Kingston (IX).

CLASS A

CANANDAIGUA (17-7/Monroe County Division II)

vs.

KENMORE WEST (20-2/Niagara Frontier League)

2:00 PM at DWYER STADIUM

How they got here: No. 3 seed Canandaigua beat Churchville-Chili (8-2), Irondequoit (4-0) and Greece Athena (3-0) to win their fourth straight sectional title. Canandaigua defeated Class A2 champion Pittsford Sutherland, 11-1, in the regional qualifiers behind Cooper Crunick’s second no-hitter of the season.

Top-seeded Kenmore West beat Grand Island (4-3), Williamsville South (4-3) and Niagara Wheatfield (5-3) to win their first ever sectional title. Kenmore West defeated Class A2 champion Iroquois, 8-3, in the regional qualifiers.

Trends: Canandaigua has won four straight games – all in postseason play. Kenmore West is on a 15-game winning streak.

Players to watch for Canandaigua: Cooper Crunick Sr. RHP, SS, C;  Michael Sculli Sr. LHP, CF; Seth Vigneri Jr. C

Kenmore West: Zac Boyes Jr. 2B; Jairo Santos So. SS; Rafael Smith So. P, UTIL

Coaches: Dale Werth (Canandaigua) and John Haynes, Jr. (Kenmore West)

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS semifinal against the winner of Roosevelt (IX) vs. the regional qualifier victor between Lakeland (I) and Maine-Endwell (IV).

CLASS B

LEROY (18-4/Livingston County Division II)

vs.

MEDINA (20-2/Niagara Orleans League)

3:00 PM at LOCKPORT SPORTS ANNEX

How they got here: No. 2 seed LeRoy beat Penn Yan (9-2), Dansville (8-4) and Wellsville (7-1) to win their second sectional title in three years. LeRoy defeated Class B1 champion Batavia, 5-3, in the regional qualifiers to avenge an 8-0 loss back on May 11th.

No. 3 seed Medina beat Charter School for Applied Tech (3-0), Newfane (6-0), Olean (12-1) and Albion (10-6) to win the Section VI Class B1 sectional title. Medina defeated Class B2 champion Royalton-Hartland, 15-4, in the regional qualifiers.

Trends: LeRoy is on a seven-game winning streak. Medina has won eight games in a row.

By the numbers for LeRoy: .300 batting average / 2.59 earned run average

Medina: .334 batting average / 1.46 earned run average

Players to watch for LeRoy: Ryan Friend Jr. C; Kenny Saunders So. INF, P; Tom Saunders Jr. P, OF, 1B; Reece Tresco Sr. 1B

Medina: Brian Fry So. SS, OF, RHP;  Trevor Luthart Jr. 1B, RHP; AJ Seefeldt So. 2B, SS

Coaches: Ieon Koukides (LeRoy) and Jon Sherman (Medina)

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS semifinal against the winner of Ogdensburg Free Academy (X) vs. the regional qualifier victor between Schuylerville (II) and Northeastern Clinton (VII).

CLASS C

GANANDA (18-4/Wayne County)

vs.

FALCONER (16-4/Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association West Division I)

2:00 PM at SUNY FREDONIA

How they got here: No. 2 Gananda beat Avon (3-2), Cuba-Rushford (9-2) and Warsaw (5-0) to win their first sectional title since 1999. Gananda defeated Class C2 champion Bolivar-Richburg, 5-1, in the regional qualifiers.

No. 4 seed Falconer beat Barker (6-1), Cassadaga Valley (8-1), Chautauqua Lake (1-0) and Frewsburg (4-2) to win their first sectional title since winning three straight from 1999-2001.

Trends: Gananda is on a seven-game winning streak. Falconer has won four games in a row – all in postseason play.

Players to Watch for Gananda: Jayden Castrechini Sr. C, UTIL, RHP; Luke Ciprich Fr. 2B, C, OF; Zach Ciprich Sr. RHP, UTIL; Tim McClare Sr. SS, RHP, C; Patrick Walsh So. P, 1B, OF

Falconer: Jacob Payne Jr. INF, P; Bobby Samuelson Sr. SS, P; Ben Schrader Sr. RHP, 1B

Coaches: Bill McClare (Gananda) and Chris Schrader (Falconer)

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS semifinal against the winner of Ticonderoga (VII) vs. the regional qualifier victor between Fort Plain (II) and Norwood-Norfolk (X).

CLASS D

HONEOYE (23-1/Finger Lakes West)

vs.

BROCTON (8-7/Chautauqua Cattaraugus Athletic Association West Division II)

11:00 AM at DWYER STADIUM

How they got here: Top-seeded Honeoye beat Batavia-Notre Dame (8-7), Bradford/Hammondsport (6-1) and Arkport/Canaseraga (4-2) to win their first sectional title since 2008. Honeoye rallied to defeat Class D2 champion Avoca, 6-5, in the regional qualifiers.

Top-seeded Brocton beat North Collins (7-0) and Sherman/Clymer (1-0) to win their second straight sectional title.

Trends: Honeoye has won six straight games. Brocton has won two games in a row.

Players to watch for Honeoye: Brett Higley Sr. INF, RHP; Tyler Rudolph Sr. 1B, 3B, RHP; Jared Walden Jr. INF, OF

Brocton: Darien Booker Sr. 1B, P; Ronald Brown Sr. SS, RHP, 2B; Michael Steward Jr. 3B, OF

Coaches: Casey MacClaren (Honeoye) and Robert Fetterick (Brocton)

What’s at stake: A spot in the NYS semifinal against the winner of Bolton (VII) vs. Lisbon (X).

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