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High School Extra: Heffler lifts Lew-Port

Heffler lifts Lew-Port

Nick Heffler was a dominant offensive player for Lew-Port as the Lancers defeated Niagara Falls, 5-3, in a Niagara Frontier League boys soccer match.

Heffler scored three goals and assisted on the other two by Josh Smith.

“Nick plays with a sense of reckless abandon,” Lew-Port coach Rick Sweeney said. “He’s fast. The ball explodes off his foot when he shoots. He goes in with no fear for any loose ball. He’s an aggressive, skillful player who plays fast.”

Zach Westadt and Geoffey Mencobella had strong defensive games for the Lancers, who improved to 2-0-2 overall.

Adam Rott scored twice for Niagara Falls, which fell to 0-4.

Lew-Port and Grand Island are the only undefeated teams remaining in the NFL after the Vikings defeated Kenmore East, 8-2.

Garrett Robinson had two goals and an assist for Grand Island (2-1-1 overall, 2-0 NFL). Troy Brady had two goals and Joe Boyko had a goal and an assist for Grand Island.

Lew Port hosts Grand Island at 6:30 on Wednesday.

In other NFL action, George Ciancio scored three goals as Kenmore West won its first game of the season, 5-1, over North Tonawanda.

Hoffmann ties record

Senior Justus Hoffmann tied a school record with five goals as Hamburg blanked Frontier, 6-0, in nonleague boys soccer. Senior Erik Szabala notched the other goal with two assists. Junior Zach Setera had the shutout thanks to the work of senior center back Will Smith as Hamburg (2-0) held Frontier to just one shot on goal.

“It’s good to stay unbeaten in front of a huge crowd and beat a town rival,” Hamburg coach Tony Schiappa said. “These players all know each other and it’s good to get bragging rights for another year.”

Newfane wins tourney

With three different goal scorers, Newfane took a 3-2 win over Wilson in the championship game of the Dan Durick Tournament.

Chad Gilson, Mateo May and Trevor Moreland scored for Newfane while Gilson was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

“He plays up top so we expect him to score,” Newfane coach Sean McDonnell said of Gilson. “But he not only scores, he opens up space for other guys.”

Newfane built a 2-0 lead and took a 2-1 lead into the half.

“We just had good ball movement and made the correct runs,” McDonnell said. “It was a great win, especially in the heat. It was tough for guys and guys came off the bench with some big minutes.”

Newfane improved to 3-0.

In the consolation game, Josh Bukowski scored three goals with an assist, helping Tonawanda to a 7-0 win over Springville.

Adam Moore and Jordan Kowalewski combined for the shutout.

Bukowski and Seth Kowsky were named to the All-Tournament team from Tonawanda while Nolan West was honored from Springville.