> Lockport gets a Devil of a jump
It hardly took any time at all for Lockport to establish itself against Kenmore West in a Niagara Frontier League boys soccer game on Thursday. Justin Shank scored 50 seconds into the contest as the Lions beat the Blue Devils, 3-0. Brian May added the other two goals in the second half, one coast-to-coast. Cory Brownsten had the shutout.
"That (early goal) really set the tone of the whole game," said Lockport coach Jeff Hulshoff. "Even the ref said it was one of the quickest goals he'd seen in a long time."
Lockport's win, along with Kenmore East's 2-0 victory over Niagara Falls, sets up Monday's showdown for first place. The Lions (6-1) host Kenmore East (6-0-1) at 4:30 p.m. for first place.
> Open and shut(out) case for Holland
Sophomore Ashley Wiskup earned her fourth shutout in eight games as Holland blanked Lancaster, 4-0, in ECIC field hockey. Wiskup had six saves. Tara Schultz scored both goals giving her a team-leading nine to go with her team-leading 11 assists. Holland is 6-1-1.
> Medina tames wind to defend title
Medina will get to keep the plaque it won last year after successfully defending its title at the annual Niagara-Orleans League golf tournament held at windswept Willowbook Golf Course in Lockport.
The Mustangs finished with 345 strokes bettering runner-up Albion by 27 shots. Steve Fisher of Barker was the medalist with an 80. Greg Parzych (Akron) was three shots back at 83 while Alex Misiti (Medina) came in at 85.
"It was a three-club wind," said Medina coach Dave Boice. "The wind was horrible. It was probably the worst conditions we ever played a tournament in."
> Mendola finds a home at striker
Kelly Mendola scored three goals, including the go-ahead goal in the first overtime as Kenmore East beat Niagara Falls in double overtime, 6-3.
"I had Kelly as a midfielder the last game and (today) I put her up on the striking line," said Bulldogs girls soccer coach Lisa Siegel. "She just went nuts, and her and the other girl (Alyissa Hulbert, two assists, one goal) just connected so many times."
> On target for St. Joe's in football
Burgard's secondary could be in for a long day when they travel to St. Joe's on Saturday for a 2 p.m. kickoff. St. Joe's quarterback Naaman Roosevelt has been getting better each week with his reads and moving the chains. He also has plenty of targets.
"I've never had this many wide receivers who can catch and run," said St. Joe's coach Bob O'Connor.
Roosevelt's favorite targets this season have been Domonic Cook, DeMario Johnson, John Greer, Devon Dawson and Phil Scaffidi.
The next two weeks will go a along in determining Lake Shore's (4-0) playoff future. The Eagles are at Iroquois (3-1) on Saturday and they host Hamburg (4-0) on Oct. 7.
Iroquois is coming off its first league loss at Hamburg. "I expect we're going into a buzz saw type of situation," said Lake Shore coach Bill Moore. "As far as athletes go, they probably have the best athlete in our division. That No. 7 (Kyle Shevlin) can run, kick -- he made a lot of big plays at the Stadium last year."
The Eagles are led on defense by linebacker Adam Brophy (12-15 tackles a game) and on offense by the much-improved running back, Hector Rosas (141.5 yards per game). "It's going to come down to whose defensive line plays better. No one with two losses is going to the state playoffs," said Moore.