> Orchard Park girls are cool in the pool
In what is traditionally its toughest dual contest of the season, the Orchard Park girls swimming team won 10 of 12 events and beat Williamsville North, 65-36, in an ECIC I meet.
The Quakers' relays were so strong they finished 1-2 in the 200 free.
Senior Andrea Lehner shattered the North pool record in the 100 backstroke in 58.58. The previous mark of 1:00.21 was set by North's Tracy Rathke last year. "And she was just cruising," said North coach Doug Cassidy. "She was seven seconds ahead of the closest North kid."
Lehner also won the 200 free. OP's Hannah Whistler was another double winner, meeting the state cut time in the 50 free (25.07) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.95).
For North, Casey Matthews won the diving. Next week she plans on using some of her higher degree of difficulty dives. Related photo on B-7.
> A view from the Eden sideline
The fallout continues from Holland's 5-4 win over Eden on Thursday in boys soccer.
Holland coach Tim Kronenwetter thought Eden could have exercised better sportsmanship on a play late in the first half in which the Holland goalie got bumped and was feared injured.
Holland intentionally hit the ball out of bounds to give its goalie and the refs time to determine if he was hurt. On the change of possession Eden, instead of throwing the ball back to a Holland defender, went for the goal and scored.
That's not the way Eden coach Kevin Witman saw it.
"Coach Kronenwetter conveniently forgot to mention that it was 5-0 at that point," said Witman. "He saw me bring my keeper down to make the throw with 17 seconds left in the half. Did he think I was giving it back so he could put it in our empty net? Defend it next time.
"It's funny that coach Kronenwetter is worried about our lack of sportsmanship. We talked before the game and he told me how he is getting all kinds of compliments on his players' behavior and their sportsmanship. Yet his guys have piled up eight or nine yellows already this year, compared to our two."
* Sean Durfee's first goal of the season was a huge one. The Williamsville North sophomore scored 13 minutes into the second half in a 1-0 win over Orchard Park in ECIC I. The Quakers entered the game ranked No. 1 in the WNY coaches large school poll for boys soccer, while the Spartans (5-2, 4-1) were No. 2.
"It was a beautiful goal too, one of the best I've seen," said North coach Lee Ferenc. "It was one of those goals where time looks like it's frozen. It was just sick."
North goalie Tyler Cominsky had 12 saves.
> Williamsville North shines on defense
Chantae Miller and Ainsley Stol each recorded two goals as Williamsville North defeated Pioneer, 4-0, in field hockey. While being shut out, Pioneer had no shots on goal.
"My kids played very well. They were all over the field offensively and defensively," Williamsville North coach Kris LaPaglia said. "Not to give up a shot on goal, and no defensive corners, was just a great performance by the defense."
> Grand Island soccer passes tough test
Alicia Fisher scored two goals with an assist as No. 1 large school Grand Island blanked Kenmore West, 4-0, in Niagara Frontier League girls soccer. Allie Weiser earned the shutout as the Vikings held a 17-9 advantage in shots on goal.
"This has been the big one to get up for as far as the league is concerned," Grand Island coach Dave Bowman said. "They've given our team trouble in recent years."
Dana Szczepaniak and Catie Hilliard also scored.
> Lancaster girls volleyball finishes big week
The Lancaster girls volleyball team survived a five-game match to beat Sweet Home, capping a 3-0 week. The Redskins beat Clarence on Tuesday and Williamsville North on Thursday. "I think I'm more tired than the girls," said coach Sue Pernick.