Evangelista, Spernyak both win at Empire Games

Basketball - Six local basketball stars earned silver medals in scholastic action -- Zach Coleman, Connor Rogers, Elliott Boyce and Josh Williams on the men's side at Canisius College, Kelsey Mattice and Brittany Paul on the women's side at Niagara University.

Coleman was Central's leading scorer in three straight wins and pushed Central to a 16-point lead in the final against Hudson Valley. But he and Rogers (who also started all four games) fouled out in the second half and, without them, Central lost 92-85.

Mattice and Paul were steady contributors as Central won all three games before a 99-53 defeat to Hudson Valley in the finals, leading to another silver. Mattice scored 20 points in a win over Adirondack.

Liverpool graduate Tyler Ash and CNS alum Marybeth Egan led the Central open women's side to a 3-1 mark and the bronze medal as it beat Long Island 67-56 to earn third place. Jennifer Feher, who lives in Cicero, led Central in scoring three times during the tournament, including 21 points in an opening win over New York City.

Baseball - At one point during the ESG tournament, Central's scholastic team was 0-2. But it rallied for three straight wins to earn the silver medal, though a possible final with Long Island got washed out.

Five local players contributed to the silver, including Liverpool's Shawn Peake, whose double in the bottom of the eighth inning brought home the winning run in a 2-1 thriller over Western that put Central into the final before the rains hit.

Peake's Warrior teammates, Mike Parsons and Alex Caruso, both had solid tournaments, while North Syracuse native Matt Pirro pitched his way to a win over Adirondack and CNS's Joe Pokrentowski threw in relief during a victory over New York City.

Lacrosse - Joe Corapi had several key goals for the Central scholastic men's team at Canisius as it swept through five round-robin games, including an 8-7 overtime win over perennial favorite Long Island. In Sunday's final, though, Long Island got payback, edging Central 7-6 to seize the gold again and leaving Corapi to bring home a silver medal.

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