> Top small schools to clash
One of the weekend's biggest football games takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday when No. 2 small school Olean (2-0) visits No. 1 Lackawanna (2-0) in a Class B South matchup. Olean's Justin George has thrown for a touchdown and run for three others, including a 16-yarder in the second overtime of Saturday's 27-21 win over Bradford, Pa. Lackawanna is perfect behind the running of Curtis Underwood, who has carried 31 times for 277 yards and four touchdowns.
> Virus fells St. Francis foe
St. Francis' game Saturday in Rockland, Mass., has been canceled due to a EEE virus alert in the area.
Rockland Board of Health agent Janice McCarthy said the Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently found one mosquito that tested positive for the EEE (Eastern equine encephalitis) virus and immediately suspended all outdoor recreational activities in the area.
St. Francis coach Jerry Smith said he checked with the Rockland coach about coming to Athol Springs to play the game or even finding a different venue in Massachusetts, but those options were not possible because the Rockland team can not practice until the health department gives the OK.
"It really wouldn't be fair because they can't even practice," Smith said. "We looked into other options, but everyone is playing this weekend."
> Chiefs pitch shutout
Iroquois' field hockey team combined early scoring and strong defense in a 2-0 ECIC win over visiting Lancaster.
Kelsey Ronan and Justine Jackson had first-half goals for the Chiefs. Goalie Taylor Steck and her defense did the rest as Steck needed to make only four saves in the game.
"Our defense was pretty solid," Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline said. "My defensive unit has been outstanding since the start of the season. We have three seniors out of four back there."
Tonsoline added that he was very happy to beat a strong Lancaster team in the early-season matchup. "This is a big game for us," he said.
> Stop right there
Iroquois' Alex Razzolini made sure that his boys soccer team would not go on a losing streak.
Razzolini had both goals in the Chiefs' 2-1 victory over Sweet Home on Wednesday. He helped Iroquois rebound from a loss to Williamsville East on Monday.
Mehdi Natarseh of the Panthers opened the scoring in the first half, but Razzolini tied it off a corner kick a few minutes later. Midway through the second half, the senior got the game-winner on a header.
Iroquois improved to 2-1-2, 2-1 in ECIC II. The Chiefs were the Class A second-place finisher in 2004, while Sweet Home is the defending AA champion.
> Youth is serving
It's rare for a freshman to play a key role on a varsity team. It's even more rare for a freshman to be a veteran.
Two such players had a key role in helping Williamsville North take a 3-2 win over Clarence in girls tennis. Jackie Mistretta and Andrea Lovrincevic combined on the first doubles' team to win, 6-1, 6-0.
Mistretta and Lovrincevic are both freshmen, but they were on the squad as middle school players in 2004. The Spartans 4-0 in ECIC Division I.
> Movin' on up
The Lancaster boys volleyball team has designs on moving up in the ECIC I standings, and it took a step in that direction Wednesday.
The Redskins (2-1) defeated West Seneca West, 25-10 and 25-13. Lancaster received some good work at the net from Dale Freier, who had nine kills in the match, and Joe Speyer, who had five kills in the second game.
The match was an example of the value of experience. Lancaster has 11 seniors on the roster, although it does start three underclassmen. The Indians, the defending champions in the league, lost 10 seniors from the 2004 team to graduation.