GI, Iroquois, Nichols win golf titles
Grand Island won the Niagara Frontier League golf tournament by a five-stroke margin Monday over runner-up Niagara-Wheatfield in the eight-team event at Willowbrook.
The Vikings, who carded a 525, were led by Darren Delsignore's 81. Alex Kammerer and teammate Alex Buerger of Niagara-Wheatfield shared medalist honors shooting a 79. Pierce Terrance of Kenmore East and T.J. Bullock of Niagara Falls were two shots back.
*Iroquois defeated Eden, 277-295, to capture its third straight ECIC small school South title. Jay Partridge of Eden took medalist honors with a 35 at Elma Meadows. The Chiefs had four of the top five finishers, including Kyle Kapturowski (36) and Brennan Fonfara (37). The Chiefs bring a 9-0 record into their last regular-season match Thursday against East Aurora.
*Nichols (11-0-1), winners of the Monsignor Martin Association, wrapped up its regular season with a 22-2 win over Park. Senior Chris Stegemann, who has been the Vikings' medalist in seven matches, shared the honors Monday with teammate Jon Clark as each shot a 36 at Crag Burn.
Stegemann and Ben Meyers have been the Vikings' top players all season, followed by Clark at No. 3 and the steady Charlie Stein at No. 4.
Nichols awaits next Monday's All-Catholic championships at Harvest Hills Golf Course in Orchard Park.
"On paper we should win the All-Catholics, but it's interesting because the boys have been playing nine-hole matches all season, and now they've got to hold it together for a full 18 holes," said Nichols assistant coach Frank Sacheli. "It's a fair test, a good test, the course is in great shape. You don't know how things will shake out. It's a difficult thing to do -- have everyone play their best on the same day."
Nichols girls soccer works hard for win
The Nichols girls soccer team completed a regular-season sweep of Mount St. Mary, 3-2, in the Monsignor Martin Association. The Mount jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the first half. Five minutes into the second half, Kaitlin Donahoe scored on a shot from around 25 yards out. Bri Smith scored to tie the game, and then with seven minutes left after a restart, Smith put the ball down and found Donahoe wide open at the 18-yard mark, and she scored the game-winner. Smith's goal was her 41st, tying her own single-season school record.
"The first time around the league it was pretty one-sided, but the second time around everyone is much better, especially Nardin, Sacred Heart and Mount St. Mary," said Nichols coach Larry Desautels. Nichols (14-1), the No. 1-ranked small school in Western New York, plays Holy Angels on Friday and Mercyhurst (Erie, Pa.) on Saturday.
Kenmore West and North Tonawanda played to a 0-0 tie in the Niagara Frontier League, but they won't have to wait long for the rematch. The teams are scheduled to meet again Friday at West. Goalkeeper Christina Sarokon (NT) and Melissa Pawlowski (Kenmore West) had the shutouts.
"We outshot them, we hit the post like five times, but that's the game of soccer," said West coach Jen Gilham. "They just kept shooting, they were connecting well, they were doing the right thing. It was still a great game."
The Blue Devils (8-0-2) are chasing league-leader Grand Island (9-0-1).
Dry delivers for Lockport boys soccer
Center midfielder Jay Dry scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season as Lockport edged Kenmore West, 2-1, in Niagara Frontier League boys soccer. "He usually sets people up, but even so, we were short-handed two players because of other reasons, and he stepped it up," said coach Jeff Hulshoff. "We needed someone to score."
The Lions (7-2-2) trail league-leader Kenmore East (7-0-3).
Starpoint moves to 12-0 in girls volleyball
Starpoint rebounded from a slow start and beat Clarence in four games to remain undefeated in girls volleyball. The Spartans (12-0) lost, 25-22, in the first game before coming back. "When you're coaching, you can see the momentum switch. It's nice to be on the winning side of that," said Starpoint coach Sue Rexford.
Veronica Crosby had 11 service points, 10 kills and 10 blocks.
Grand Island adds to win column
Grand Island beat Niagara Falls in five games, adding to a string of impressive boys volleyball wins in the last week. The Vikings handed Niagara Frontier League-leader Kenmore East its first loss, and then won the Kenmore West Tournament. "We're on a roll right now. This is where I thought we'd be by now," said coach Bill Schultz. Scott Holler had 15 kills and Jonas Stiglia added 14.
Nichols field hockey bounces back
Haley McNamara's first career goal was a big one as the Nichols sophomore scored on an assist from Lauren Basil in a 1-0 field hockey victory over Ridley College (Ont.). The Vikings (10-1) were coming off their first loss Friday, 2-1, to St. John's-Kilmarnock School (Ont.).
Schaper guest of honor at Tech reunion
Former players, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend a reunion to honor former Hutch-Tech coach Dick Schaper. The event is Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jack Devine's on Chippewa Street in Buffalo. Cost is $35. For reservations call Orv Cott at 812-7251 or Roger Brown at 435-4743.