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Good things come in threes for Williamsville North Trio of players net third title

Williamsville North has won three Section VI Class A titles in a row. This year it has three of the best players in Western New York.

Sophomore Chantae Miller, senior Claire Hourihan and junior Ainsley Stoll were named to this season's All-Western New York team.

Miller, who earned all-American honors earlier this month, is the only sophomore on the team. Miller and Hourihan are two of six returning first teamers.

Akron, Amherst and Iroquois each placed two players on the team, which is picked by a panel of area coaches.

Here's a look at the team:

Chantae Miller, Williamsville North: A who's who of Division I schools (like Michigan State, Wake Forest, Duke and Connecticut) are recruiting the all-American who is one of the best ever to play in Western New York. The sophomore mid-attack had 35 goals and 35 assists to give her career totals of 89 goals (13th on the state's all-time list) and 79 assists in a career that started in seventh grade. She has a great internal drive to match her sterling stick skills. Also plays basketball and lacrosse and holds a 94.5 academic average.

Claire Hourihan, Williamsville North: Senior midfielder and forward had 28 goals and 23 assists to help North to its first undefeated regular season and a 20-1 overall record. Scored 79 career goals. Two-time all-state first teamer will study marketing and play collegiately at Virginia Commonwealth, Fairfield, Bentley or Stonehill.

Ainsley Stoll, Williamsville North: Junior forward and midfielder had 15 goals and 18 assists and was voted the unsung hero for a loaded team. Three-year varsity player had a key assist in North's 3-1 sectional championship win over Sweet Home. Also plays travel soccer for Amherst Soccer Association. Already considering Lock Haven, Cortland and Virginia Commonwealth.

Katie Brown, Akron: Junior attack led the Niagara-Orleans League with 22 goals and nine assists in 14 games for the league champion Tigers. Three-year varsity player also made the Empire State Games team. Also plays softball and runs track while serving on student council and participating in marching band.

Kelsey McKeon, Akron: Senior center midfielder had 11 goals and 14 assists to help the Tigers to a 12-1-1 record atop the Niagara-Orleans League. Two-year member of Empire State Games team. Four-year field hockey player also plays basketball and softball. Member of school's art club and a lifeguard who will pursue art media at either Robert Morris or Mercyhurst on a partial scholarship.

Lindsay Bronnenkant, Amherst: Senior center halfback had four goals and 10 assists. She has captained Tigers to two straight sectional titles. "The most remarkable moment of our season was undoubtedly our playoff victory versus Iroquois," she said of the Tigers' stroke-off victory. "As it was the closest and most taxing game, its win granted the greatest sense of pride." National Merit Scholarship "Commended Student" is interested in pursuing secondary education major, perhaps at the University of Rochester.

Emily Warren, Amherst: Senior center midfielder had 36 goals and 25 assists to help the Tigers to their second straight Section VI Class B title. Was a first teamer last year as Amherst went to state championship game. Earned the team MVP award and was the leading scorer all four of her seasons. Considering early childhood development major at either Canisius, Daemen, Buffalo State or Mercyhurst.

Kelsey Ronan, Iroquois: Senior attack scored nine goals and 12 assists to help lead one of the best programs in the area. Balances field hockey and softball seasons with skiing as well as playing the trombone in the school band, maintaining an honor roll average (96 overall) each quarter of high school and working outside of school. Hoping to attend the University of Pittsburgh and major in biochemistry.

Jackie Reed, Iroquois: Ultraquick senior center halfback helped Iroquois to a school record 16 shutouts while helping out with a goal and eight assists. Two-time all-state and All-Western New York first team player was voted team MVP by her teammates. Headed to Mercyhurst College to study business.

Tara Schiltz, Holland: Senior midfielder returned to the All-Western New York first team after scoring 24 goals and recording a school-record 23 assists for the Dutchwomen. Headed to Central Michigan on a partial scholarship. A three-year team MVP in field hockey, she also won the award in basketball and softball and twice earned the school's female athlete of the year honor.

Brittany Coppola, Orchard Park: Senior forward and midfielder helped Quakers to 14 wins, none more gratifying for her than a 2-1 win over Iroquois in which she assisted on the winning goal. The Chiefs are coached by Pete Tonsoline, who coached Coppola at the Empire State Games for two years. Played 5 1/2 varsity seasons. Will study business and finance. Considering Siena, Monmouth, Cortland and Ithaca.

Lydia Goldstein, Royalton-Hartland: Six-year starter at attack amassed 75 goals and 40 assists after a senior season in which she had 27 goals and six assists. "This was Lydia's best year," said coach John Jablonski. "With her stickhandling and quickness to the ball she had an impact in the team's success each year." Two-time All-Western New York first teamer will study communications or advertising, perhaps at Marist or Penn State.

Jocelyn Montmarquet, Sweet Home: Senior center midfield and center back was team captain for the Panthers, scoring three goals and 11 assists and being credited with three defensive saves. National Honor Society member holds a 96.3 average and is considering Mercyhurst, Ohio University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Rochester Institute of Technology for interior design.

Rachel DiNunzio, Williamsville South: Junior forward and midfielder scored 15 of her team's 27 goals, including all four of the Billies' goals against Eden. Invited to National Futures Tournament and the Junior Olympics. Four-year varsity player was selected team captain as a junior. Her game and 96 average have already caught the attention of Brown, Kent State and RIT, among others.

e-mail: kmcshea@buffnews.com

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