As if they needed any validation, Lockport’s Lions scored an impressive three-set sweep of visiting Canisius, in a battle between this year’s No. 1 ranked boys volleyball team and last’s year No.1. Canisius, ranked third in WNY, fell 26-24, 25-22 and 25-20, in match that drew a capacity crowd at Lockport.
"It was standing room only," said Lockport coach Liz Smorol. "It was absolutely packed. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that for a boys or a girls match."
Zach Schneider had 18 kills, five blocks and eight digs for Lockport while Jesse Donorovich had five kills three blocks and nine digs."
"The team was up for game but we had a little bit of a slow start," Smodol said. "We were down by seven points halfway through the first set but we began to chip away.
Despite the ranking and a 13-0 record, Lockport has some unfinished business in the Niagara Frontier League. They have a Friday match against Niagara Wheatfield and a match next Monday against North Tonawanda, which has lost only once in NFL play and is mathematically alive for the league championship.
OP trips N-Wheatfield
There was one minor seeding upset, otherwise the home-based favorites prevailed Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class AA boys soccer playoffs.
Chase Eagan scored both goals as No. 5 seed Orchard Park triumphed at Niagara Wheatfield in a minor surprise based on the seeding. Eagan scored in the 42nd minute
with an assist from Bryce Mateer. His second goal was assisted by Jimmy Doran in the 78th minute.
Frontier gave up an own-goal in the seventh minute gave Lancaster, ranked third in Western New York and seeded second in the playoffs, a battle. Owen Adamec got credit for the first Lancaster goal. Brandon Driscoll scored in the 24th minute and Jason Martin made it 3-0 in the 67thminute. Jonah Kozak scored the Frontier goal with Alex Hiam assisting.
Top ranked Clarence, the No. 1 seed in Class AA, had no trouble against overmatched Niagara Falls, 10-0.
No. 3 seed Williamsville North defeated Lockport, 4-1, under the lights at North.
The day's biggest upset came in Class A-1. Seventh seed Kenmore West won at No. 2 Williamsville East, 2-1, on goals by Alex Fusani. He scored in the 10th minute with Noah Fisk assisting. Glenn Wirth assisted on the other in the 65th minute.
Meanwhile, Grand Island, the No. 1 seed in A-1, survived with a 2--0 triumph over No. 8 Sweet Home. John Griffin had a goal and an assist for the Vikings and goalkeeper Steven Pufpaff had eight saves.
Flyers volleyers win
Wednesday was a successful day for both Maryvale volleyball teams. Coach Jon Bednasz's boys team, ranked fourth in Western New York, triumphed over No. 7 Orchard Park to run its record to 12-1 after sweeping the Quakers, 25-21,2 5-15, 25-20. Jordan Nosal led the Flyer swith six aces and four blocks while Nate Zawadzki had 23 assists.
"This team has been together for a couple of years," Bednasz said. "Last year we made it to the sectional final and returned almost everybody."
"Nosal is our bread-and-butter guy. Zawadzki is our setter. He runs our offense."
Another standout for Maryvale was outside hitter Tom Frain who had 11 kills.
The Maryvale girls, ranked sixth among WNY small schools, defeated No. 9 Alden, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, to go to 15-1 on the season. The Flyers can gain a tie for the ECIC III title with a victory over undefeated East Aurora on Friday.
Julia Carter, a four-year varsity player who this week committed to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, led the victory with 32 kills, six aces and three digs. Morgan Michalski had 27 assists, 11 kills and five digs. Both Carter and Michalski are senior setters/outside hitters. Sophomore Christie McGee-Ross had five kills, six digs and two blocks in Wednesday's victory.
Barker/Roy-Hart wins Match-Up game
Malik Smith (186 yards) and Aaron Curry (114), combined for 300 rushing yards between them as Barker/Roy-Hart defeated East Aurora/Holland, 38-14, Wednesday night in a Section VI Football Federation Match-up game. Smith gained his yardage in 19 carries, scoring on three run from inside the 10. Curry scored on a 2-yard run. Quarterback Paul Nellis passed for one touchdown and ran for the other for the losers.
Asquith to be honored
Longtime Pioneer girls soccer coach Frank Asquith will be honored at his final home game before retirement Thursday night when the Panthers meet Kenmore East in a sectional Class A-2 quarterfinal at 6 p.m.
Asquith’s team, led by Western New York goals and points leader Meghan Root, are the No. 1 seed in A-2. The Panthers captured the ECIC III regular season title with a 11-0-1 record.
Root has 43 goals and 12 assists for 96 points this season.
Many of Asquith’s former players will return to Pioneer to honor their coach.
Record for Castiglione
Mackenzie Castiglione set a Lancaster record by scoring 9.55 on the bar as the Legends (5-0) clinched the ECIC I girls gymnastics title with 174.35 points over Hamburg (160.40) and Williamsville North (147.25). The previous record on the bar was 9.50 set in 2012