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Pelton paces Nichols runners

Sophomore Paige Pelton was the top finisher for Nichols, helping pace the Vikings to a win over Sacred Heart in Monsignor Martin Association cross country.

Pelton, a sophomore who transferred from East Aurora, ran the 3-mile course in 19:23.

"She's our top runner and it's been a big change for her," Nichols coach Roddy Potter said. "She went from a medium school with a very intense, state-ranked program to a smaller setting. She went from being the No. 4-5 runner to the No. 1 runner by a significant margin. She's learning how to be in a different role on the team and she's adapted well."


Wilson wins in OT

With two minutes left in overtime, Anjolie Plante scored on a breakaway to give Wilson a 3-2 win over Kenmore East in Niagara-Orleans League field hockey.

"It was a back-and-forth game," Wilson coach Alyssa Boron said. "It was really evenly played and both teams wanted it and we pulled it out in overtime."

Kenmore East (3-6-1) had a 2-1 lead when Kiersten Simmons tied the game, 2-2, with about five minutes left in regulation. Simmons finished with a goal and two assists for Wilson (3-6-1).


Coatsworth has 34 kills

Sophomore CJ Coatsworth racked up 34 kills to pace East Aurora to a five-set win over Depew in an ECIC III boys volleyball match.

"He did everything," East Aurora coach Chris Roth said. "Every time there was a bad pass, he was in on it. He was all over the place making plays."

Matt Dotterwich added nine kills and four blocks for East Aurora (4-4) while Bob Mascia had six kills.

Depew had taken a 2-1 lead but East Aurora came back to win the fourth game, 25-15, and then take the final game, 25-22.

"We executed a lot better in the last two games," Roth said. "The first few games we served some balls out and made a few mistakes but then we executed very well. It really was a good team effort and they worked hard to come back when they were down."


Ken West stays undefeated

It took an unusually long time for Kenmore West to earn a straight-set win over North Tonawanda in Niagara Frontier League girls volleyball.

After winning the first two games, 25-14, 25-15, the third game went well beyond regulation with the Blue Devils winning, 39-37.

"We seemed to be down by two to three points the whole third game," Kenmore West coach Kelly Strong said. "We had a couple of huge momentum swings with some big blocks and a couple of nice digs in the back row. The girls started to get fired up. Both coaches were out of timeouts and the girls were just playing, trying not to make a mistake and still play aggressive."

Taylor Lewandowski had 17 kills and 12 digs as Kenmore West improved to 9-0 in the NFL, 11-0 overall. Kaley Vazquez had 37 assists and 14 digs. Lauren Metzger had 11 kills for NT, which fell to 7-2 in the league.


Amherst to 'Pink the Pool'

The Amherst girls swimming team will pay tribute to four mothers who have battled breast cancer in 2008 by holding a "Pink the Pool" fundraiser at tonight's 6 p.m. meet against Iroquois at Sweet Home. The team will be selling pink "Lose the Fear" T-shirts and holding a silent auction.

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