Flames rebound with OT win
Defending Section VI Class A girls soccer champion Williamsville East lost once in overtime this week. Tess Ford made sure it didn’t happen twice.
Ford’s goal came in the fifth minute of the first OT via penalty kick as the Flames defeated Iroquois, 3-2. Audrey McNamara and Marissa Birzon also scored for Williamsville East (2-1, 2-1), which lost Tuesday in OT at Williamsville South.
“It’s been a long week with playing 100 minutes in two games but Iroquois played a great game,” Flames coach Chris Durr said. “At the end we had a number of opportunities. ... I thought it was another great soccer game.”
In another overtime game, Orchard Park won its first game of the season, beating West Seneca West, 1-0, on Aryana Dreyer’s goal off an Annie DeHaven assist four minutes into the first OT.
Amherst reaches final
Defending champion Amherst advanced to the final of its eighth annual boys soccer tournament Thursday with a 5-3 triumph over West Seneca East.
Dylan Moeser had two goals and two assists for the Tigers, while Nathan Woldu had two goals and an assist for the winners. Amherst plays Wilson for the title at noon Saturday. The Lakemen advanced with a 5-1 win over City Honors.
Miller, Kline join St. Mary’s
St. Mary’s has filled two coaching vacancies, hiring former Canisius High School bench boss Terry Miller as hockey coach and Jason Kline as girls basketball coach.
Miller inherits a program that went 4-12 last season but Miller brings a winning pedigree with him to the Lancers. He led the Canisius Crusaders to two Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation and two state Catholic championships during his nine seasons with the program.
Kline coached boys basketball for 14 years at Holland and West Seneca East, retiring in 2011.
Since then, he developed a girls basketball academy in the Southtowns. He also started the Southtowns Elite Travel Basketball League. Later this month he will be inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame.
Falls hangs on for grid win
Drew Spurback threw touchdown passes and teammate Lomax Barnes threw one, too, as Niagara Falls held off Hutch-Tech 27-22 in a nonleague football game at All High Stadium in Buffalo.
Hutch-Tech (1-1) reached the Wolverines’ 20 in the final minute, but Falls (1-1) forced a turnover to preserve the win.
Payne carries Clarence
Clarence coach Kevin Starr made no secret before the season that Henry Payne would be the key to the Red Devils’ offense.
The junior Division I prospect more than lived up to that billing Thursday night as Clarence pulled out a five-set victory over visiting Hamburg, 28-26, 23-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22. Payne finished with 41 kills as Clarence defeated last year’s Class B champion.