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Spartans advance in field hockey

Williamsville North's defense turned in a solid performance and Chantae Miller scored twice Saturday in a 3-0 victory over Ward Melville in the Class A semifinals of the New York State field hockey championships.

Today, the Spartans will face a supreme test against defending champion I-Lakeland.

The semifinal was continued from Friday when snow caused the suspension of play after the first 8:37 of the first half. The score was 0-0 when play was stopped.

Miller scored on a corner shot about three minutes after play was resumed Saturday.

Allie Ahern scored six minutes into the second half, deflecting Holly Flanagan's hard shot into the circle from about 35 feet. Miller added the third goal, her 41st of the season, with another assist by Ahern.

North goalie Nicole Lewis needed to make only two saves.

"Our defense kept Ward Melville out of our zone," said North coach Kris LaPaglia. "They played a strong overall game and supported each other very well."

North and Lakeland met in the 2003 championship game with the Lakeland team winning, 2-0.


Cross country

NORWOOD -- Jenna Hulton of East Aurora finished eighth overall and the Blue Devils were third in team scoring at the state Federation cross country championship at Bowdoin Park.

East Aurora (124 points) trailed Fayetteville-Manlius (26) and Saratoga (84) in the team scoring.

"The girls ran just as fast as the team that won it last year -- Fayetteville-Manlius, and they won the national championship," said assistant coach Marty McLaughlin.

East Aurora will compete next week in the state qualifier for one of two berths in the Nike Team Nationals over the same course.


Girls swimming

UNIONDALE -- Williamsville North senior Casey Matthews made it two state titles in a row and three in her career to lead the Section VI competitors in the state championship at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. She scored 538 points for 11 dives to win by an 18-point margin. Needing at least 46 points on her last dive, an inward 1 1/2 pike, she scored 63 points.

"As I was walking down to the end of the board I was thinking how this is my last state meet, there was so much I was thinking about," she said. "I just kind of blocked everything out. It's my best optional [dive]. I had a good feeling afterward."

Matthews had been chasing the state record of 561.8.

Kenmore West's Marissa Dressel took second in the 200-yard free and placed third in the 500 free.


Boys soccer

ONEONTA -- The run ended for Iroquois' senior-laden team with a hard-luck, 1-0 loss to Burnt Hills of Section II.

The Chiefs allowed just one shot in the second half but it went in the net. The tally, which came with 17 minutes left in regulation, sent Burnt Hills on to today's championship against Byram Hills-I. Overall, Iroquois had a 13-2 shots advantage.

"We thought there might have been a hand ball," said Iroquois coach George Glinsboeckel of the game-winner.

The Chiefs (17-3-2), started 11 seniors and had 19 on a team that set a school record for wins in a season.

"Five years ago, we also got as far as the state semifinal," Glinsboeckel said. "Six of this year's seniors had older brothers on that team."


Girls volleyball

GLENS FALLS -- Eden and Randolph will play for state titles today while East Aurora was eliminated. Eden beat Center Moriches, Voorheesville and Westlake in pool play and will face Westlake for the Class C title at 2 p.m. Heather Henry had 32 kills and seven service aces on the day for the Raiders (25-0).

Randolph went 4-2 in pool play and will face Haldane at 2 p.m. for the Class D crown. East Aurora, needing a split with Red Hook to advance in Class B, lost both games. Audrey Zimmerman had 24 kills for East Aurora.

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