> No. 1 North lax wins in OT
Williamsville North (5-0) did nothing but enhance its No. 1 ranking in the Laxpower.com girls lacrosse rankings Tuesday with an 8-7 victory over No. 3 Frontier on Emily Koestler's goal with one second left in the first half of the six-minute overtime.
"This was a really huge game for us against one of the top teams in Section VI," said North coach Jocelyn Hohman.
Koestler, the Spartans' captain, had four goals and a pair of assists in the victory, making a skillful charge up the field before finding the back of the net. Earlier in overtime, Katie Rupp scored for North to tie the game at 7-all.
"Katie's draw control the entire game allowed us to set the tempo," Hohman said. "We had strong midfield and solid defense from Elena Hingston, Michelle Gambacorta, Amanda Woods and Clare Ahern."
Senior Sara Rupp and freshman Katie Rupp had two goals each for the Spartans.
Lydia White scored four times for Frontier (2-1).
> Timon hits 18 goals again
The record may say 2-2, but Bishop Timon-St. Jude looks like a strong favorite to win another Monsignor Martin Association boys lacrosse title.
For the second time this season, the Tigers routed Canisius by a double-digit margin to go 2-0 in league play. This time it was 18-5. The talented Timon team overpowered the Crusaders, 18-2, earlier this month.
"This may be the most talented offensive team we've ever had, and they're young," said Timon coach Mike Burke. Three Timon players registered seven-point games. Sophomores Connor Fields and Layne Collins had five goals and two assists, while senior J.D. Record registered a pair of goals and five assists. Sophomore midfielder Adam DiMillo had three goals and two assists.
Timon has lost to Hill Academy in Toronto, 13-10, and to Southern Tier power Corning, 14-7.
> Clarence softball is 3-0
Clarence, last year's ECIC I co-champion and runner-up to Niagara-Wheatfield in the Section VI Class AA playoffs, is off to another strong start in softball, 3-0, behind senior pitcher Katie Bull.
Playing in chilly, blustery conditions Tuesday, the Red Devils outlasted ECIC I rival Orchard Park, 8-6. Clarence had 12 hits, four by Alyssa Dewes, who tripled, scored three runs and stole two bases.
Senior Tori Nappo, a returning All-Western New York first team selection, had two doubles and drove in two runs for Clarence. Maureen Rogers had a double for the winners.
Orchard Park scored all its runs in the first two innings. Then Bull, who has gone all the way in all three of the Clarence victories, shut out the Quakers the rest of the way. Bull was honored as Pitcher of the Year in ECIC I last season.
In an opening game of Thompson Trophy play among Buffalo Public Schools, eighth-grader Gianna Zarcone hit two home runs -- one a grand slam -- and drove in nine runs while going 4 for 4 for South Park in a 17-0 romp over Riverside. Zarcone, who was also the winning pitcher, did all that in only four innings as the game, the Sparks' opener, was stopped early. Kayla Hahn of Hutch-Tech struck out all nine batters she faced in an abbreviated 27-0 no-hit game against East. The game ended after three innings because of the league's "mercy" rule.
> Walk gives St. Mary's the win
J.D. Andreeson drew a walk with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth to bring in Lucas Schafer with the winning run for St. Mary's of Lancaster in a 2-1 win over St. Francis.
Schafer went the distance for the victory, allowing five hits. Al Kelly went 3 for 3 and scored the Lancers' other run. It was the Monsignor Martin opener for St. Mary's, which is 7-2 overall.