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Caz, other athletes medal at Empire Games

A host of local athletes made the 2 1/2 hour journey to the Buffalo area for last week's revival of the Empire State Games.

They joined thousands of other competitors from the Central, Western, Adirondack, Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island regions pursuing medals in more than 20 sports. Several of them got medals, too

Soccer - Cazenovia graduate Mackenzie Moore helped the Central open women's soccer team earn the silver medal at the Amherst North French Soccer Complex, the only Central side to reach the podium. Moore had the first goal in Friday's 5-1 romp over Adirondack, which led to Sunday's championship game, a 2-1 defeat to Western.

Chittenango goalie Brigid St. Leger started in the net of all three of Central's games, winning one of them (a 3-1 decision over New York City) and making 21 total saves.

Baseball - Vernon Verona Sherrill's Tyler Mautner helped Central's scholastic team overcome an 0-2 start to win its next three games, including a 2-1, eight-inning decision over Western that put Central in the finals.

Unfortunately, heavy rains at the Amherst Audubon Complex forced a cancellation of the rest of the tournament so, based on the standings, Mautner and Central took the silver medal as Long Island (5-0) won the gold.

Basketball - On the scholastic men's side at Canisius College, Oneida star Benn DeRocker saw action in all four games. Central won its first three contests to advance to Sunday's final against Hudson Valley, and DeRocker had 17 points in that game to lead Central.

But Hudson Valley rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit (helped by the fact that three Central players fouled out) to win 92-85, leaving DeRocker and his teammates to accept the silver medal.

Volleyball - Hailing from Hamilton, Kristin Fiorillo and Central's open women's team took the silver medal at University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena, finishing tops in round-robin play and making it to Saturday's title match before losing a close three-game decision to Western 25-23, 22-25, 25-19.

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