Field hockey, cross-country titles highlight Barker’s year
The smallest of the Niagara-Orleans League schools, Barker made the biggest splash on the Empire State sports scene this past year as both the Raiders field hockey and boys cross-country teams competed at the states.
The Barker field hockey team first captured an eighth straight Niagara-Orleans League championship with an 11-1 record. The Lady Raiders then made it six straight Section VI titles with s 3-1 victory over Eden.
Keeping the momentum, Barker then won the Far West Regional by nipping East Rochester 1-0 to advance to the state Final Four for the third time in the last four years. However, the Lady Raiders big post season run then came to an end in a narrow 1-0 double overtime loss to Cazenovia in the state Class C semifinals at Cicero-North Syracuse.
The Barker boys cross-country team went 14-0 to claim the N-O championship led by the 1-2-3-4 finish of Sergio Cruz, Bryce Moeller, Hayden Hathaway and Casey Webb at the All-League meet.
The Raiders went on to win the Section VI Class D title and then placed third in the state Class C race held at Queensbury High.
The Barker golf team likewise captured the N-O championship for the second year in a row. Going 13-0-1 the Raiders were led by the All-League trio of Mitch Luckman, Brad Wilson and Alonzo St. Louis.
Also this fall, the Raiders versatile senior quarterback/running back, defensive back/kicker Jacob Haight earned first team All-Western New York football honors.
During the winter season, Barker emerged with two N-O All-League wrestling champions in Daniel Gardner and Brandon Alt.
In the spring, the Barker boys track team captured the N-O title with a 6-0 record. The Raiders were led at the All-League meet by double winners Jacob Haight (high jump, triple jump) and Jordan Bender (1600, 3200) as Brett Cole added a win in the 100.