For Akron junior Owen Hill, the numbers jump off the page
His incredible 58 goals this year have earned him All-American honors.
"Rolling, it's really coming together right now, first start of the season we took an L and we just took it from there and kept growing as a team.”
Thursday night, Owen and his teammates found themselves in some trouble, trailing in the fourth and final quarter of the Class D Section VI championship game
Then Owen turned it on, scoring three times and adding an assist. He was part of every goal in the fourth quarter, earning Akron their fourth straight Section VI.
"It's all about growing and getting better as a team, as a family.
"Owen is a phenomenal player, he adds such leadership and chemistry to the team and he's just an unstoppable force that you know, his goals, his stats, his faceoffs, it's all apart of the game concept."
Like his coach said, good luck winning a faceoff against Hill. He won about 80 percent of his attempts this year.”
"I started when I was little, I grabbed a stick and just took off with it. Didn't put it down, played every day. It's part of my heritage too, I just love it,"
Hill's journey is just beginning -- he's got big plans, and won’t stop until he achieves them.
"Just another guy trying to make his dream come true and what it is that dream? To play at the highest level I can, whether it's college and that's it, or professional."
#1 – Owen Hill, Akron Lacrosse
#2 – Emily Henrich, Orchard Park Rugby
Helped power OP to a 3rd place finish at the Rugby National Tournament.
“"Emily's outstanding performance at Nationals was a combination of the experience she has gained playing at the highest level as a member of the High School All American side and the passion/devotion she feels for her Orchard Park squad. Emily demonstrated incredible on-field poise, but also raised the intensity of her game to match the high quality of the competition featured at Nationals. I believe her leadership both on and off the field inspired the entire squad to play their best rugby, leading to the team's third place finish." – Lisa Henrich, Head Coach
#3 – Jack Lalley, St. Joe’s Lacrosse
Scored four goals and added two assists in the Marauders Monsignor Martin Championship victory, to propel the squad back to the state tournament.
#4 - Maeve Kearney, Mount St. Mary Lacrosse
Scored three goals including the game winner in the Monsignor Martin Championship game to lift the Thunder to a 7-6 victory over Buffalo Seminary.
“Maeve Kearney, Varsity Lacrosse, pushed through last week and came out on top when we needed her most during our semi-final and final playoff games. Last week, Maeve racked up a total of six points which included four goals and two assists. Maeve is the strongest crease roller on the team, and she used this to her advantage. Maeve also had one ground ball and one take away last week, as well. Our team was very proud of Maeve for stepping up and being the second highest scorer in the semifinal game and also scoring the game-winning goal of the championship." – Mackenzie Berger, Head Coach
#5 – Paul Kemsley, Lancaster Discus
took over the #1 spot in the Discus in the state, throwing 180 feet.
“He’s come a long way. Last year he only threw 119 feet, for him to make this jump, it’s an
enormous jump to 180 feet. It’s 60 foot jump in one season. That’s unheard of.”
#6 – Karsen Cotton, Depew Softball
Tossed a complete game to earn the win and power the Wildcats to the Class B Section VI title
over Medina with a 5-2 win.
#7 - Bryan Bizzaro, Olean Baseball
Took the hill and earned the win in the Huskies 9-2 win over Williamsville South to earn a spot in the Far West Regionals for the first time in school history.
“Bryan has pitched well for us all year especially in post season play. He mixes his pitches well and has
very good control. He also knows he has a good defense behind." – John Zambanini, Head Coach