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2015-04-17 / Sports

Kelly, McGregor hope to lead Warriors back to Section VI B1 title

¦ Tonawanda drops monday’s game to Springville

The Tonawanda Warriors hope to rebound from an early exit in last year’s Section VI Class B1 playoffs.

Tonawanda lost to Depew but this year look to a couple of star talents to lead them back to the title game.

Cody McGregor will bat the lead off position, and will be an important player as he is near the top of the pitching rotation.

McGregor, a star wrestler and member of the soccer team, will play his final season with the baseball team before graduation.

McGregor is a three-year starter and was the teams second pitcher.

Returning to the lineup is Bret Kelly.

The power-hitting Kelly missed most of last year with a hip injury that severely limited hit hitting and running.

Now Kelly is fully healed and ready to take over as the teams third hitter in the lineup.

Kelly is a versatile athlete who can play catcher, outfield and as a utility infielder when needed.

Also returning for the Warriors is Garrett Gardner, Andrew Ball, Josh Large, Cody Diaz and Erik Ellman.

Diaz played catcher last year and was a strong pitcher.

Ball has a strong arm and will make an impact on the mound.

Gardner was a strong player last year and will look to improve upon his performance from last year.

Also on the team is Zach and championships.

Sikora makes his debut in the outdoor season in the 100, 200 and 400, and is coming off an appearance in the 300 at the indoor state meet.

Also contributing for NT include: seniors Jake Lowery (hurdles, jumps, sprints) and Sam Weglarski (high jumper, sprints); junior Connor Essenburg (mid-distance/distance); junior twin brothers Matt and Tyler Slominski (1,600, 3,200, 4x800 relay); and sophomore Ed Gath (sprints/hurdles).

Kibrick is expecting the boys team — 2-3 last year — to be competitive and finish at least .500 or better.

NT’s boys and girls teams opens their season versus Kenmore West at Crosby Field Wednesday.

email: pnagy@beenews.com

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