Montroy, Shields lead Canisius
Canisius, the No. 4 large school in boys volleyball, got 15 kills from Joe Montroy and 42 assists from Tony Shields as the Crusaders swept No. 10 St. Francis in a Monsignor Martin Association boys volleyball game.
"St. Francis played solid defense, we were tight most of the way," Canisius coach Brian Lombardo said of the 25-18, 25-17, 25-19 victory at St. Francis.
"At times our blocks were too imposing. . . . We got a lot of blocks and broke them down on our serves," Lombardo said, referring to Brennen Brogan and Justin Josker, who had five blocks each. He also praised St. Francis libero Bob Waters, who "was digging a lot of balls and played a pretty good game."
Starpoint topples Lancaster
Starpoint, the No. 3 large school in girls volleyball, lost the first game, then bounced back to hand No. 1 Lancaster its second straight loss, 22-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-14.
"It's a big win for us. Beating the first-place team in Western New York is not too shabby," said Starpoint coach Sue Rexford.
"In the fourth game, I changed my line so our strong outside hitter, Allie Matters, would be defending against their strong outside hitter."
Matters finished with 11 kills and nine service points. Sam Palka had 11 kills while teammate Amanda Boron had 10 kills for Starpoint (7-0).
"It's our biggest win for this season and is definitely giving us confidence going into the second half of the season and toward the playoffs," Rexford said.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Kazmierczak got 35 assists and Chandra Roberson made nine kills as City Honors, the No. 1 small school, swept Williamsville South, 25-18, 25-15, 25-15.
Tartick's hat trick sparks win
Williamsville East's Jason Tartick scored three goals and Simon Park got a goal and two assists (on passes to Tartick) as Williamsville East (6-0-1), the No. 4 large school in boys soccer, beat No. 10 Sweet Home to sweep their two-game season series.
No. 3 large school Clarence (goalkeeper Ryan Ludwig) and No. 7 Lancaster (Bill Eberhardt) played to a 0-0 tie in their second meeting of the season. Clarence came closest to scoring but missed a penalty kick about midway through the second half.
Lancaster coach Joe Adamec said it was a "well-played game, not too aggressive, no major fouls . . . both teams played well and had their chances." Lancaster won the first meeting, 1-0.
Junior Muhammad Salah scored his league-topping ninth and 10th goals of the season to lead Lafayette (4-1) to its fourth straight win, a 6-1 rout of South Park in Buffalo Public Schools play.
Down by 1-0 at the half, Nichols (7-2-1) stormed back with two goals from Peter Marlette to beat Section V's Aquinas, 2-1. The game-winner came off a throw-in by Matt Winkel with about five minutes left.
And finally, a goal
Hamburg and West Seneca East's field hockey teams were scoreless and into overtime before junior Sarah Erickson scored the game's only goal for Hamburg (4-2-1) in a 1-0 victory.
Under Friday night lights
Friday night's football lineup is highlighted by undefeated and No. 1 large school Orchard Park at No. 8 Lancaster. In a Class B South matchup, Olean, the No. 3 small school, visits No. 4 Southwestern. Both teams are 3-1 overall, 2-1 in the league.