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SHOSHO COMES UP ONE MATCH SHORT

Lyndsay Shosho fell short in her bid to win the singles title at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Tennis Championships.

The Williamsville East senior lost to Jenna Loeb of Ossining (Section I), 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-3, in the finals played Monday at the Eastside Racquet Club in Manlius, outside of Syracuse.

The doubles team of Rachel Stemerman and Emily McDonald of Williamsville South lost in the semifinals and finished fourth.

Shosho was leading the first set, 4-3, and serving at 40-15, but she ended up losing the game and the set. In the second set she won the tiebreaker, 8-6. Shosho fell behind, 2-0, in the third set and never recovered.

"There were a lot of momentum switches throughout the match," said Shosho. "I could have capitalized on a few more balls, but basically I gave it everything I had."

Despite the loss, Shosho had an amazing high school career. She won the Section VI title while in 8th, 9th, 11th and 12th grades and she reached the states five years in a row. Shosho said she verbally committed to Georgia Tech and expects to sign a full scholarship this week. The Yellow Jackets are coached by Bryan Shelton, who was ranked as high as 55th in the world and is known throughout the country, and Mariaan de Swardt, who has won numerous grand slam doubles titles.

"The best reasons are the coaches," said Shosho, who will study business management. "And the dorms are the Olympic dorms from the '96 Olympics. The dorms are amazing. And it's in Atlanta and there's so much to do."

Girls soccer

Class A quarterfinal: Jamie Dougherty scored three goals, giving her 42 for the season, and Kristina Kurpiewski also tallied three times as Grand Island shut out Lancaster, 11-0.

Katie Dowling scored with 1:36 left in overtime to lift Clarence to a 1-0 victory over Kenmore West.

Jenna Hoyt scored twice for Williamsville North in a 4-0 blanking of Lake Shore.

Cheryl Williams scored three goals and Amy Dziomba added two as Kenmore East got past West Seneca West, 5-1.

Class B quarterfinal: Lindsay McMahon and Jessica Holbrook each scored twice for East Aurora in a 5-4 overtime win over Amherst.

Emily Urbanczyk scored on a penalty shot with 2 minutes remaining and Jenna Gage made eight saves for her ninth shutout as Williamsville East beat Williamsville South, 1-0.

Natalia Crofut scored her 23rd goals and Taryn Shevlin added a second score just 50 seconds into the second half as Iroquois beat Starpoint, 2-1.

Melissa Balling scored with 5 minutes left and Katie Foels turned back 13 shots as Tonawanda edged Olean, 1-0.

Boys soccer

Msgr. Martin Association semifinals: David Carpenter scored two goals, one on a penalty kick, and Chris Billoni also found the back of the net as St. Joe's eliminated Timon/St. Jude, 3-0, in a game played at the Canisius College Demske Complex.

Joe Borgese scored the game-winner and John Rodgers also tallied for St. Francis in a 2-1 win over Canisius. St. Joe's and St. Francis meet for the title on Thursday at Canisius College at 7 p.m.

Field hockey

Class B quarterfinal: Kelli Johnson scored her 28th and 29th goals of the season and had two assists as Iroquois advanced with a 5-1 win over Williamsville South.

Class C quarterfinal: A.J. Downs scored three goals and Sara O'Connor added a pair as Wilson rolled over Holland, 6-0.

Cross country

Rachel McNamara of Nardin took medalist honors at the Msgr. Martin Association All-Catholic Championships. McNamara covered the 3.1-mile course at Delaware Park in 19:27. Nardin took four of the top five places to win the team title. The Nardin team, along with Liz Burns (Mount St. Mary), Candace Sonberg (Mount Mercy) and Katie Chown (Mount St. Mary), qualified for the Federation meet Nov. 17 at Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie.

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