Section VI boys soccer chairman Art Jaspe and Section VI girls soccer chairman Chris Durr collaborated to come up with a unique format to this year's sectional finals: there would be three days of boys-girls doubleheaders at Amherst High for Class AA, A and B.
The events have worked out ideally, especially for three traditional soccer powers. Clarence, Williamsville East and East Aurora had both of their soccer teams advance to their respective finals, making the doubleheader doubly good for their fans.
"Can you imagine if the finals were in two different places, and fans had to choose?" said Durr, who is also the coach of the Williamsville East girls. "It works out for the teams -- because they're often the biggest supporters of the other -- as well as teachers, ADs, administrators and the families."
The Class C and D finals also feature one school with two teams participating -- Holland's boys and girls will compete for the C titles while Maple Grove's teams are both in the D finals. Fans from each school will be able to attend both games -- the C and D girls finals are at Pioneer this evening while the boys games are Saturday afternoon at Southwestern.
The Class B doubleheader is today at Amherst. The Class A girls (7 p.m) and boys (9 p.m.) have a late start on Saturday -- that's because the soccer games follow the field hockey championship tripleheader in the afternoon. The Class AA doubleheader is Monday.
So who's going to win?
As for the Monsignor Martin Association, yet another program is doubly present in the championships as Nichols is playing for championships in both boys and girls. There is a doubleheader of girls games before the boys final for a three-game lineup Sunday at Canisius' Clinton Road complex in West Seneca.
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