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High School Extra: LaCongo wins ECIC golf with 72 at Sheridan

Junior Andrew LaCongo shot 1-over-par 72 Tuesday to win the ECIC Boys Golf League Individual championship at Sheridan Park Golf Club.

LaCongo, who attends Holland Central School but competes for the combined team representing East Aurora and Holland, shot even par 36 on the front nine and 1-over 36 on the back nine at the Town of Tonawanda layout.

It's not quite Augusta National, where LaCongo competed in the national Drive Chip and Putt in March of 2016, but it's a championship of one of the premier events of the fall scholastic golf schedule in Western New York. LaCongo finished ninth in the 14-15 age bracket at Augusta after he won the regional at another famed course, Oakmont in Western Pennsylvania.

A left-hander, Congo finished two strokes in front of East Aurora/ Holland teammate Jake Roach (40-34-74). Tyler Edholm, a senior from Sweet Home, was third 38-39-77. Another East Aurora/Holland golfer, Mitch Jeffe, was fourth with 40-38-78.

Those four plus Joe Tempski (Frontier), Justin Gugliuzza (Clarence), Brian Beck (Hamburg) and seventh-grader Charlie Fischer (Orchard Park) made the All-ECIC All-Star team. Four all-star teams also were decided for each of the four ECIC golf leagues.

The top 26 finishers are eligible for the Section VI State Qualifier next May 21. Trevor Gehen of Frontier, the 27th-place finisher, is the alternate.

Violets clinch tie for boys soccer cup

Back in the day, Lafayette turned out athletic powerhouses in many different sports. Now the West Side school has another team to be proud of.

"Soccer is the main thing now," said coach Brad Brodnicki Tuesday after his boys soccer team clinched at least a tie for the D'Youville Cup League I championship with a 2-1 victory over McKinley. Lafayette (9-3-1, 8-1 D'Youville Cup) has one league game left to play against Riverside to clinch its first outright D'Youville Cup since 2003.

Theovie Louzala, who played after missing all but two games with a hamstring injury, scored to tie the game for Lafayette at 1-1 with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Yeremia Mbungelwa tallied the winner midway through the second half and the Violets' defenders held off the Macks the rest of the way.

"My two solid guys were Eid Dirir and Hassan Siddiq," Brodnicki said. "Siddiq is a midfielder, our main guy in the middle."

"They were more on us in the first half, shooting from distance and missing," Brodnicki said. "We kind of reversed it in the second half."

Barker wins field hockey shootout

Casey A'Hearn scored the deciding goal in the shootout to give No. 6 ranked Barker a  2-1 field hockey victory at Roy-Hart to stay tied for first place with No. 5 Akron in the Niagara-Orleans League. Ashley Hill gave Roy-Hart the lead with a goal at 8:05 of the first half. Katrina Clare tied it for Barker at 4:55 of the second half.

Barker defeated the Rams, 4-1 in their first meeting but Raiders coach Jeff Costello was not looking for an easy victory. "We knew it would be difficult for sure," Costello said. "Although we won the first time by a larger margin it was well contested and they carried a lot of the play."

Barker has a game at Wilson and a home game against Kenmore left in its league schedule. Akron will be home to Medina and visit Roy-Hart next week. Akron rolled over last-place Newfane, 12-0, on Tuesday as Rebecca Breymeier scored four times and Alexis Bell, Courtney Johnt and Abby Stone had two goals each for the Tigers.

OP girls top Clarence in swimming

Orchard Park versus Clarence used to be one of the highlight dual meets of the ECIC girls swimming season but the Quakers seem to have taken over, at least temporarily, winning the last three meetings.

Eight-grader Ella Michulek won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and junior Isabelle Sapio was first in the 200 individual and 100 breaststroke (1:10.71) as Orchard Park defeated the Red Devils, 126-60. Orchard Park (7-0) been undefeated in ECIC I dual meets the last three seasons under coach Bret Norvilitis. The Quakers have one dual meet remaining, at Hamburg on Friday.

"It was a very satisfying meet," Norvilitis said.

The Quakers won the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. The freestyle relay of Marissa Carrig, Halle Dueringer, MacKenzie Fisher and Katie Jones won in 1:42.70, just one second off the state cut time. Michulek, Sapio, Paige Salmon and Jones made up the medley relay which won in 1:54.06, also close to the state cut.

Canisius volleyball downs St. Joe's

Canisius battled through a tough first set, 25-23, then won the next two, 25-15 and 25-14, for a decisive volleyball victory at St. Joe's.

"It's always an intense atmosphere when we go to St. Joe's," said Canisius coach Tom Weislo. "St. Joe's played well in the first set, but we were able to overcome and play real efficient in set two and three and got back on track."

Senior Troy Gooch had 18 kills and two aces to lead Canisius, which is 17-4 overall and 6-0 in Monsignor Martin Association and assured of at least a tie for the league championship. Junior Brian Herrmann had 31 assists.

"Matt Donnelly added 11 kills and a couple of timely blocks," Weislo said. "Our seniors did a nice of of coming through when we needed them."

Canisius will play St. Mary's on Thursday then head to the Syracuse area for matches against Baldwinsville on Friday and Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday, two of the better teams in Section III. Canisius defeated both on the road last season.

Flames clinch fourth straight in ECIC II

Williamsville East wrapped up its fourth straight ECIC II girls soccer championship with a 2-0 triumph over visiting Starpoint and the Flames may have more in the future.

Bella Buscaglia, who is only a freshman, scored both goals for coach Chris Durr's Flames. The assists on both were by an eighth-grader Emma Scalione. Goalkeeper Sarah Panapento, who is a senior and three-year starter, made three saves for her seventh shutout of the season.

OP's Humiston is girls tennis winner

Madigan Humiston of Orchard Park outlasted Madeleine Eiss of Clarence in a three-set final match to win the ECIC girls tennis singles tournament over last weekend at the Village Glen Tennis Center in Williamsville. Humieston triumphed 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

"Madigan is undefeated throughout our season and never stops fighting for every point in every match," said Orchard Park coach Terry McMahon. "As captain of our team, she has grown into a great leader for our girls to look up to."

Eiss of Clarence is only a freshman.

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