Girls soccer teams forfeit games
Two Section VI girls soccer teams have been forced to forfeit games on the eve of the Section VI seedings meeting. The regular season concluded on Friday. The seedings meeting is today at Williamsville East.
Frontier forfeited eight games and Springville seven after a player from each team participated in a practice at Daemen College, as part of their official college visit. The Sept. 19 practice violated NYSPHSAA rules. Frontier had played eight games since and Springville seven. Springville self-reported the violation.
The forfeits will result in a lower seed for both teams, which could cost them home games.
Daemen is a member of the NAIA's American Mideast Conference. The 2008 season was the beginning of the fifth season for coach Hector Vasquez.
"College coaches get paid to know the rules. They should know the high school and the college rules," said Section VI girls soccer Chairman Chris Durr of Williamville East. "It's disappointing when kids have to pay for the mistakes of adults. You can't look the other way. A rule's a rule."
Expecting to grab top seeds at today's meeting are: Clarence (Class AA), Williamsville East (Class A), City Honors (Class B), Holland or Frewsburg (Class C) and Maple Grove (Class D). None of last year's class champions are No. 1 seeds. A field of 65 schools in five classes will compete for Section titles.
Williamsville North opened up a 2-0 lead before Williamsville East stormed back in the second half to salvage a 2-2 tie in an ECIC Interdivision game. Katy Griffin and Jordan Kowalski scored on free kicks for the Flames (16-1-1).
Clarence boys soccer goes 18-0
The Clarence boys soccer team capped off an 18-0 regular season with a 7-0 victory over Iroquois. Tyler Hammill had a hat trick and Nate Konitzer recorded the shutout for the Red Devils. "We were able to turn it up right away," said Red Devils coach Mike Silverstein. "The kids really wanted it and they came out to play right from the get-go."
Matt Campana scored a pair of first-half goals as No. 3 Williamsville North beat No. 2 Williamsville South in a nonleague game. Oliver Jackson and sophomore Jason Harris had assists while goalkeeper Andrew Calabrese had nine saves as the Spartans wrapped up the regular season 11-5-2.
Cross country film coming to WNY
The Long Green Line, a film about running, teamwork and life, is coming to Western New York. The Sweet Home Middle School auditorium will have an exclusive showing of the film on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.
The fee is $5. Proceeds benefit a registry at Roswell Park Cancer Institute established in the name of Stacey Scott, a Sweet Home graduate, who died this summer.
The Long Green Line documents the York (Elmhurst, Ill.) cross country team's attempt to continue its running success under legendary coach Joe Newton. It chronicles the 2005 season as the runners seek their record 25th state title in 50 years.
The movie is being brought to WNY through Charlie Kern, a 1987 Sweet Home graduate, who currently lives in Elmhurst. Kern still holds the Section VI record in the 1,600 meters at 4:13.07. Kern will do a question-and-answer after each showing. For more information call Kern at (630) 306-2986 or visit: www.longgreenlinemovie.com.
Teams having breast cancer benefit
The Lancaster and City Honors girls volleyball teams are co-sponsoring a Dig Pink Volleyball Match to benefit breast cancer research on Monday at 6 p.m. at Lancaster. The donation request is $1 per person. Money will also be raised at the concession stand. Proceeds will go to the Side-Out Foundation.
Williamsville South clinches title
Shannon Martin scored and Meg Hull had the shutout as the Williamsville South field hockey team edged Clarence, 1-0 to clinch the ECIC small school division with a 12-3-1 record.
Hamburg moved to 13-1-2 with a 3-0 win over Sweet Home. Meghan Smith had two goals and Kasey Schreiner earned the shutout for the Panthers, who wrap up the regular season with a nonleaguer on Monday against Kenmore East.