Frontier wins clash of girls lax champs
In the showdown between last year's Class A and Class B Section VI girls lacrosse champions, it was Class A winner Frontier which held the advantage, beating Lake Shore, 10-7, in a nonleague game Monday.
Joelle Kaczmarek scored four goals with two assists while Erin Wilcox and Ashley Brandt-Hunter each had two goals.
*Defending Section VI Class C champ Amherst got off to a solid start with a 19-1 win over Springville.
*In Class B, Laura Messer had three goals and two assists while Kayle Marcott and Marissa Smith each had two goals in Niagara-Wheatfield's 13-11 win over over Williamsville East.
Double play keys Lancaster baseball
Some solid defense in the bottom of the seventh helped give Lancaster a 2-1 win over Clarence in its season opener in ECIC I. With one out and runners on first and third, the Clarence batter lined out to right fielder Ryan Bonosede. Bonosede then threw the runner out at the plate for the game-ending double play.
Joe Preziuso knocked in both runs for Lancaster while Ted Wilson pitched a complete game five-hitter with four strikeouts. Ryan Lawrence gave up just two hits for Clarence in the loss.
*Mike Kalen struck out 14 batters and pitched a complete game to pace Maryvale to a 3-1 win over East Aurora in ECIC III. Ryan Woody doubled for the Flyers.
*In ECIC II, Pat Quinn struck out 14 batters in a complete game two-hitter to pace Iroquois to a 14-1 win over West Seneca East. Phil Stolarski had three hits for the Chiefs.
*With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Steve Dziak struck out two of the three batters he faced to pick up the save for Frontier in a 6-4 win over Williamsville North in ECIC I. Blair Lakso pitched a one-hitter through six innings with eight strikeouts.
Big start to spring break
It was a dramatic day for local teams at the Mingo Bay Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C. as both Frewsburg and Niagara Falls had late game-winning hits.
Frewsburg's Thad Johnson had a walk-off home run for a 4-3 win over Lake City (S.C.). Johnson went 2 for 4 with three runs scored.
Meanwhile Chris Cardona had a two-run single in the seventh which gave Niagara Falls a 2-1 win over D.W. Daniel (S.C.).
Both teams continue play today in the four-day event.
Moretta paces Frontier
As far as season openers go, there were lots of positives for Frontier in its 9-0 win over West Seneca West in an ECIC Division I softball matchup.
Senior Sara Moretta picked up the win in the circle with six strikeouts while going 3 for 3 at the plate. Courtney Lipka went 2 for 4 for Frontier (1-0).
Big week for academic, basketball honors
It's a major week for high school honors in The News:
*Wednesday: The Winter All-Western New York Scholar Athlete poster page will feature athletes from across Western New York who exceled for their teams and in the classroom.
*Thursday: Keith McShea's Prep Talk column will include his season-ending Power 10 for boys basketball.
*Friday: On the Prep Talk blog, McShea's "How The News voted" post will reveal how he voted in the season's final boys basketball polls.
*Saturday: The annual All-Western New York basketball issue features a special wraparound poster page cover. The Allen Wilson Player of the Year for boys basketball will be announced along with the girls Player of the Year and the full All-WNY teams for boys and girls. Also included will be the final polls, league all-star teams and more.