Flames maintain hot streak
The Williamsville East boys soccer team has picked up where it left off last year and so has Jason Tartick. The Flames shut out Iroquois, 4-0, on Monday in an ECIC II contest that was a rematch of last year's Section VI Class A final. Tartick, who led the Flames with 24 goals last season, scored twice to bring his season total to six in five games. Goalkeeper Nick Salvatore earned the shutout.
"They are constantly surprising me," said East coach Ron Schumacher. "We graduated 12 seniors, but they are jelling together and playing good soccer. I told the guys we're just going to continue on, not rebuilding, and they are living up to those expections."
Clarence was feeling pretty good after jumping out to a 3-0 lead after the first 20 minutes against Williamsville North, but the Spartans clawed back before bowing, 3-2. "They really raised my blood pressure," said Red Devils coach Mike Silverstein. "We played so good in the first half and then we sat back a little bit."
Iroquois win goes beyond surface
The only thing Iroquois enjoyed more than playing on Amherst's new turf field was beating the Tigers, 1-0, in field hockey. "The field is beautiful," said Chiefs coach Pete Tonsoline. "It took us about a half to adjust. It's faster than natural grass, but slower than the real tight turf at Canisius." Denise Stelmaszyk scored the game's only goal 10 minutes into second half on an assist by Kelsey Ronan.
It's becoming obvious who the top scoring threat is on the Clarence field hockey team. For the third game in a row, Valerie Lazickas scored two goals, this time at the expense of West Seneca East in a 4-1 win.
(Volley)ball bounces Quakers' way
In a match dedicated to last year's seniors, Orchard Park beat West Seneca West in boys volleyball, 25-6, 25-12. West beat the Quakers in five games last year to win the Section VI Class A title. "We lost to them four times last year," said OP coach Matt Lexner. "I told them to keep what happened last year in the back of their heads and play hard. We played for the seniors who are gone today." Pete Freyer had 14 kills and Peter Clauss 36 assists for OP.
Lake Shore beat Ellicottville, 2-1, in girls soccer but there was still was a sense of relief from coach Jennifer Campovello. Ellicottville may be a Class D school, but it has won four of the last five New York State titles. "I'll take the win," said Campovello. . . . Luke Thies scored all five Holland goals in a 5-2 soccer win over Tonawanda. . . . A pair of sophomores combined on the winning goal as visiting Holland escaped Orchard Park with a 2-1 win in field hockey. Kim Flaig scored on an assist from Kacie George with 5 minutes left to provide the difference.