It had to be a lot of fun driving home from Rochester in Orchard Park's bus on Saturday.
Seated among the boys and girls in maroon cross country uniforms were the overall male and female winners from the prestigious McQuaid Jesuit Invitational.
The Quakers' Todd Witzleben, a junior, used a strong kick in the last 100 yards to win the boys unseeded Class A race in 15:43 at Genesee Valley Park. Sophomore Michelle Daniels won the girls unseeded Class A race in a personal record 18:03.
The 3.0-mile race attracted over 5,000 runners from seven states and Canada. Over 225 high schools participated.
Joining Witzleben and Daniels as a first-place winner was Starpoint senior Heather Cappello, who won the seeded Class A-1 race in the fastest time of the day among girls: 17:36.
The Starpoint boys were led by Mike Ryan, who finished third in the seeded Class A-1 race in 15:25. Taylor Dewey of East Aurora was second in unseeded Class A-2 in 16:08.
Frontier volleyball bumps Sweet Home
Frontier has figured out something that has eluded girls volleyball teams for years -- how to beat Sweet Home. For the second year in a row, the Falcons beat the Panthers in an ECIC I match. Last year's victory snapped Sweet Home's 18-year league winning streak dating back to 1978.
Senior setter Brooke Obad had an 8-point serving string in the first game. Senior Allison Clark and junior Dana Czerwonka combined for 15 kills in the match which ended 15-9, 15-7. Middle blocker Katie Hummel and back-row player Carrie Borowski also helped make the difference.
The Falcons are the No. 1-ranked large-school team in WNY. Their good fortune continued over the weekend as they won the 16-team Frontier Invitational. Mt. Mercy won the silver division and Williamsville South took the bronze.
Countdown to Connolly Cup
Three players from the Harvard Cup were among those cited this weekend by the Connolly Cup committee: Brandon Hawkins (Seneca), Keenan Jackson (Hutch-Tech) and Ron Carr (Kensington).
Other players were: Scott Finn (Lockport), Larry Crofts (Forestville), Jesse Fanton (Hinsdale), Paul Paddock (Cattaraugus), Travis Maxwell (Dunkirk), Wade Turner (Lackawanna), Jim Nowaczewski (JFK), Chuck Fortuna (Allegany/Limestone) and John Dibarbieri (Portville).
ECIC golf tourney nears
The ECIC golf tournament is Monday at Transit Valley County Club with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Seventy golfers from 21 ECIC schools will be trying to make the 21-player Section VI team.
The Section VI Tournament will be in the spring at Chautauqua CC. Qualifiers will automatically make their respective division all-stars teams.
Lockport football coach honored
Bob Casler of Lockport has been named coach of the week by the Buffalo Bills. The award, sponsored by the Bills and the NFL, recognizes outstanding coaching performances during the 10-week high school season.
Lockport scored four unanswered touchdowns on its way to a 35-21 win over North Tonawanda in the Federation Division I game.
Week 1:Gene Masters Grand Island
Week 2:Pat Aroune Iroquois
Week 3:Bob O'Connor St. Joe's
Week 4:Bob Casler Lockport
Starpoint's John Donner has held the Section VI single-game rushing record in football (431 yards) since 1989. The Section V record fell on Saturday when Warsaw's (Class C) Adam Webster rushed for 389 yards on 39 carries in a 36-26 win over Dansville . . . After a five-year absence, field hockey has returned to Buffalo Seminary. The Sirens' first home game is today when Amherst visits Larkin Field (Forest and Lincoln Parkway) for a non-league contest at 4:15 p.m. The team dropped field hockey in 1992 to start volleyball . . . Grand Island soccer player Jill Conover has 30 goals in nine games. Olean's Julie Smith scored her 100th career goal on Saturday during a 3-0 win over Fredonia. She has 21 goals for the season.