Last week, The Salamanca Press introduced a new feature, ‘SHS Standout Performers of the Week.’ This space aims to highlight notable achievements by Salamanca High School athletes. The Press welcomes suggestions from all high school sports, which can be sent to sports editor Sam Wilson at This week’s honorees, from the week of April 30 - May 5:

Neland Cummings


Boys Tennis

Neland Cummings, a singles player for coach Rich Morton’s Salamanca boys tennis team, won twice at first singles on Tuesday, May 1, in a doubleheader at Dunkirk. With a pair of victories, 10-2 and 10-0 over the Marauders’ Jordan Cooley, Cummings improved to 5-4 on the season.

On Thursday, the Warriors visit Cassadaga Valley for a doubleheader to close the season. Salamanca finished the league season with a match at Jamestown on Monday and finished a suspended match against Southwestern.

Lauren Crouse-Ruiz


Girls Track & Field/Lacrosse

Lauren Crouse-Ruiz continued her throwing dominance for coach Laurie Lafferty-John’s Salamanca girls track and field team under assistant/throwing coach Eugene Oyer. On Tuesday, Crouse-Ruiz won the shot put (28-feet-6-inches) and discus (75-feet-5-inches). She entered the season seventh on the school’s all-time shot put record list.

Crouse-Ruiz also plays goalie for the SHS girls lacrosse team, which hosts Springville Wednesday. The SHS track team plays host to Gowanda on Thursday.

Kamryn Cook



Playing CCAA East I’s first-place Olean Huskies, Salamanca’s Kamryn Cook reached base three times on Monday, April 30, in Olean. Cook recorded two walks and had a single in a loss for the Warriors.

Salamanca’s seven seniors under new coach Keith Jones get their Senior Night on Monday against Silver Creek at Prospect Elementary. Seeking their first win, the Warriors have a busy, playing at Randolph (Tuesday), at Gowanda (Wednesday), at Allegany-Limestone (Thursday) and hosting Olean (Friday).

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