> Nichols edges St. Joe's
It was a victory for the small schools in boys' soccer.
In a clash between Nichols, No. 1 in the small schools poll, and St. Joe's, No. 5 among large schools, it was the Vikings who had the edge, earning a 1-0 win.
Ben Walsh scored for Nichols midway through the first half. Peter Marlette recorded the assist while Rick Pierce picked up the shutout in goal.
The win kept Nichols undefeated (4-0-1 overall, 2-0 Monsignor Martin Association).
"It was our first home game of the year and I think that was a little bit of an advantage for us," said Nichols coach Don Wagner. "Certainly we knew this was a big game against a good team. We were up for the game as I'm sure St. Joe's was. It was just a very good contest and a very well attended contest. We had a really good crowd."
Meanwhile, Tonawanda upset host Wilson, 3-2, in overtime at the Wilson Tournament. Tonawanda was down, 2-0, but came back to send the game into overtime. John Taggart scored his second goal of the game 15 seconds into overtime for the win.
In the other match, East Aurora earned a 3-2 win over City Honors when Isiah Zacchigna scored with two minutes left in regulation.
> Lancaster girls get win
With two goals in the first half, Lancaster defeated defending ECIC I champion Williamsville North, 2-1, in girls' soccer action.
Brittany Heist and Barb Kilisze scored for the Redskins, who improved to 4-1 overall, 2-1 in ECIC I play.
> Bulldogs still undefeated
Kenmore East once again got the best of Kenmore West in boys' volleyball. The Bulldogs won in three games (25-17, 25-16, 25-20) over in Niagara Frontier League action. Kenmore East had already beaten the Blue Devils on Saturday in the finals of the Ken-Ton tournament. Ryan Murdie was the leading hitter for Kenmore East (6-0 overall, 4-0 NFL) with 14 kills while Eric Buggs had 40 assists.
> Niagara Catholic hosts soccer event
Niagara Catholic will host the first Ni-Cat Rising Stars Girls Soccer Invitational this weekend, featuring nine top teams from Western New York and Rochester.
Niagara Catholic opens the tournament at 4:30 p.m. today against Northstar Christian of Rochester. The showcase continues Saturday and Sunday at the Niagara Catholic High School field.
Other local teams competing are Grand Island, Nardin, Mount St. Mary, Williamsville North and Newfane. The other teams from Rochester are Aquinas and Greece Odyssey.
One of the featured games is Grand Island versus Nardin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Grand Island has made it to three straight state final fours in Class A, while Nardin is the defending Monsignor Martin Association champion.
Williamsville North, which advanced to the Section VI Class AA championship last season, will play Aquinas, which lost to Grand Island in last year's Class A Far West Regional, at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
> Coming attractions
Tonight it's the battle of the top two ranked small schools in area football action as No. 1 Lackawanna hosts No. 2 Olean at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday football features large school No. 9 Williamsville North at Niagara-Wheatfield at 2 p.m. while top-ranked large school Sweet Home is at Williamsville East.