Williamsville East, St. Joe's win
The battle of unbeatens went Williamsville East's way as the Flames pinned a 4-3 loss on Sweet Home on Saturday in Western New York Varsity Federation hockey action.
After a scoreless first period, Williamsville East (4-0-1) scored four times over the next 16:03 to take control and then held on as Sweet Home's Ryan Marko scored twice to make things interesting. East killed off a Panthers power play to end the game.
"They had a couple chances at the end, but until the end I thought East was in control," winning coach Mike Torrillo said.
Anthony Clair recorded a goal and an assist for the Flames, while Alex Durinka, Andrew Ross and Colin Lucey also scored. Winning goalie Jarred Etengoff made 33 saves. Alex Esposito also scored and added an assist for Sweet Home (4-1).
Ron Femia scored off a scramble in front of the Amherst goal with 31 seconds left to propel St. Joe's to a 5-4 triumph. Jeff Amico added two goals and an assist for the Marauders (2-2-2, 2-1), who rallied from deficits of 3-2 and 4-3. Defenseman Ryan Grande's blast from the blue line tied the game, 4-4, with 4:30 left. Austin Blujus paced Amherst with a goal and two assists.
Rick Nawojski's goal with 1:32 left helped Lancaster (2-0-1) tie Williamsville South, 5-5. He also added two assists. Mike Bloom had two goals for South (2-2-1, 1-2-1), which failed to convert on an overtime power play.
Williamsville North shut out Troy-LaSalle, 4-0, to win the Shen Hockey Classic in Clifton Park. Kenny Joseph scored twice while Taylor Gahagen and Rob Eimer combined on the shutout.
Monaco triples his fun
Trey Monaco and his Frontier teammates had a Saturday fun day at the boys indoor track and field A/C Division meet at Fredonia.
Frontier finished first in seven of 15 events, paced by Monaco's triple-winning performance. Monaco won the long jump (18 feet, 4 1/2 inches), high jump (6-0) and triple jump (39-3 3/4 ), while teammate Cameron Gailson won the 55 hurdles in 8.43 seconds and helped the 800 relay team win in 1:43.9. Other double winners included Andre Salter of Kenmore East (600 meters and 1,600 relay) and Canisius' Brad Bogdan (3,200 and 3,200 relay).
In the girls meet, West Seneca East dominated by winning seven events. Leanne Skrabacz (600 and 1,000), Amanda Solly (1,500 and 3,000) and Natalie Dildes (55-meter dash and triple jump) won multiple events with Skrabacz and Solly also members of the winning 3,200 relay team with Lauren Nelson and Katie Bauer.
In the B/D Division boys meet, Lancaster's Jim Townsend set a Lancaster Field House record in the pole vault by clearing 14 feet. Greg Pivarunas of St. Francis won the 1,600 and 3,200, while Hamburg's Brian O'Shea won the long jump and the triple jump.
In the girls meet, Lancaster's Melissa Kurzdorfer (20-pound weight throw and shot put) and Lauren Campanella (long jump and triple jump) were double winners with Campanella also a member of the winning 800 relay team. Lancaster won six events.
Newfane's Brianna Steel won the 55 hurdles and triple jump and helped the Panthers win the 800 relay.
EA wins Cheektowaga Duals
East Aurora won the Cheektowaga Dual Tournament with a 4-0 record, beating Fredonia in the title match, 39-35. Matt Peters (103), Paul Peters (125), Nick Czapla (145), Jamie Ott (152), Dave Whitcomb (171), Tanner Kennedy (130) and Art Garvey (275) went 4-0 for East Aurora.
Iroquois' Matt Mariacher was named most outstanding wrestler among those competing in the 96- to 135-pound weight classes at the Attica Blue Devil Tournament. Mariacher went 4-0 with three pins, winning the 125-pound title with a 7-2 decision over Canandaigua's Daniel Mandara.