Leading off today:
Forward Ben Woolingham scored four goals, including three in the first 19 minutes, to highlight Williamsville East's 6-0 win
over Williamsville South in boys soccer Saturday.
Woolingham was coming off a hat trick amassed in the first 15 minutes of a game nine days earlier and has 20 goals for the Flames, ranked 15th in the state in Class A by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Williamsville East's win and Hamburg's 4-0 victory vs. Sweet Home sets up a showdown between the two for the ECIC II championship Wednesday. Hamburg, which won their first meeting 1-0 leads the division with an 11-0 record. Williamsville East is 10-1 after six straight shutout wins in the aftermath of the loss to Hamburg.
Distance demons: Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland and Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga Springs repped New York in fine fashion in out-of-state cross country action.
Tuohy broke one of the more coveted course records in the Northeast that she didn't already possess by knocking more than a minute off the existing mark for the New Balance Shore Coaches Invitational in Homdel, N.J.
Her time of 16:21 for five kilometers crushed the 17:27.5 mark by Megan Venables of New Jersey in 2011.
As noted by Milesplit, Tuohy would have finished 17th in the boys' meet merge.
Running in the Great American Cross Country Festival in North Carolina, Chmiel ran to victory by nearly 45 seconds in 16:43.8 -- improving by about seven seconds from her win last year, down by about seven seconds and moving to third all-time on the course, where all-time Cornwall great Aisling Cuffe once won in 16:40.9.
Rauber romps: Sophomore Brooke Rauber of the host school breezed to the girls small schools title at the Tully Invitational, clocking 17:56.7 for 5,000 meters. Her course record performance was 2:49.6 ahead of runner-up Alexa Doe of South Jefferson.
More cross country: Matthew Payamps of St. Anthony's mastered the Sunken Meadow State Park course to the tune of a 16:30.89 clocking to win the top varsity race at his school's invitational. Colin Waters or Arlington, a likely contender for a NYSPHSAA championship on the same course next month, was second in 16:34.36.
East Aurora (110) won a tight race with Arlington (123) for team honors.
On the girls side, Suffern junior Mary Hennelly cruised home in 18:54.35 for individual honors while Arlington (88) fought off Sacred Heart Academy (89) and East Aurora (93) for the team title.
• Ryan Guerci of Nanuet threw down a crisp 15:20.0 in the Brewster Bear Invitational.