McKinley, Lafayette, International Prep. Those teams keep knocking off each other in the D'Youville Cup League 1 among Buffalo Public Schools. Lafayette upset I-Prep which earlier had lost to McKinley. Hutch-Tech and Riverside are capable of upsetting any of the three.
Monday, McKinley defeated Hutch, 3-0, at All-High Stadium getting two goals and an assist from Isaak Sabtow and a goal and two assists from Zakaria Shiabi. Goalkeeper Ko Toe made seven saves for the Macks.
"It's very competitive. Everybody's got a chance right now," said McKinley coach Mike Sorrentino after his team's victory.
Aristole Muangala in the middle of the McKinley defense turned in a strong game as did Pueh Paw.
At Riverside, Harmar Sa scored twice and Theovie Louzala had a goal and two assists in Lafayette's 4-3 victory over the Frontiers. Ali Somo had a goal and an assist for Lafayette.
"We got off to a slow start. It was 2-2 at half then we put two in right away in the second half," said Violets coach Brad Brodnicki. Riverside scored with about seven minutes left to throw a little scare into Brodnick and his team.
Pioneer goal in OT ties East Aurora
Last week East Aurora dropped a 2-0 game at Pioneer on a pair of goals by Meghan Root. There was more disappointment in the return game Tuesday at East Aurora. The Blue Devils took the lead in the first overtime on a penalty kick goal by Maggie Crosson, but Erin Byers scored on a direct kick from 40 yards with two minutes left in the second extra periods to gain a 3-3 draw in the ECIC II showdown.
It was 1-1 at halftime after an own-goal gave the Panthers the lead before Maggie Crosson got her first of the game. Makenna Crosson gave East Aurora the lead, bue Root tallied her 23rd of the season on a penalty kick to make it 2-2.
"It was a physical game but very clean," said East Aurora coach Mark Nojaim.
Pioneer, ranked No. 4 among WNY large schools, is 9-0 overall and 7-0 in ECIC III. The loss dropped second-place and 10th-ranked East Aurora to 5-1-1 in the division and 6-1-2 overall.
No. 1 tops No. 1
If you go by the polls, there's no argument which is the best girls volleyball team in Western New York at this juncture.
St. Mary's of Lancaster, ranked No. 1 in the small schools poll, swept three sets from Williamsville East, the No. 1 ranked large school, Tuesday night on the Lancers home court. The scores were 25-13, 25-21 and 25-22.
Just as important as winning is getting senior Summer Slade back at her outside hitter position after she was forced to the backline with a badly jammed finger.
Slade had 15 kills and only two errors for a .492 hitting percentage in the victory. Jillian Vitale had 32 assists and libero Jasmine Brundige came up with 17 digs.
"It was good one," St. Mary's coach Don Pieczynski said of the victory. "We were pretty much hitting on all cylinders. Our passing was good. Our defense was good and Jillian set the table."
St. Mary's has a key Monsignor Martin match against Sacred Heart coming up on Thursday before heading to the Rochester area for Saturday's Victor Tournament.
"It's a busy week," Pieczynski said. "We go out and seek the best. That's the only way to stay on top."
25-year-old swim mark falls
Ann Girvin's pool record in the 100-yard freestyle had stood since 1992. Tuesday it fell, when sophomore Mary Brinker covered the distance in 54.70 seconds as the Blue Devils defeated Eden, 122-65, in their ECIC meet. Ann Girvin was a two-time state champion in the 100 and twice made All-American in the 50 freestyle before going on to Johns Hopkins University.
Brinker is the younger sister of East Aurora senior basketball standout Emma Brinker.