Stasiak defends ECIC golf title
Clarence senior Matt Stasiak needed three extra holes to win last year's ECIC Golf Championship. This year, he took an easier route, shooting a 1-under-par 70 to win by a comfortable five-stroke margin. The event, postponed twice by the October storm, was moved from Tan Tara in North Tonawanda to Springville Country Club.
The field of 79 golfers was greeted by the best weather it's seen in a month.
"Over the last year I've gotten a little better," said Stasiak. "I've worked hard on my game the last year, and it kind of showed today. The competition was just as strong. There are a lot of good players out there, but I'm playing a lot better than last year."
Stasiak shot 37 on the front, and his 33 on the back included birdies on Nos. 11 and 13. Stasiak said he led Rob Smith of Orchard Park by only a couple of strokes after 12 holes and that the birdie on 13 helped him pull away.
"He was very steady, that's typical of Matt," said Clarence coach Dave Johnson. "He's improved his putting so much this year. That's one of the keys. He always struck the ball well."
Stasiak has verbally committed to Miami University of Ohio, a Division I school in the Mid-American Conference. He said he's leading toward a major in business.
Stasiak also led Clarence to the ECIC team championship last week at Diamond Hawk in Cheektowaga, where he was medalist with a 36.
The top 24 among non-exempt players advanced to the Section VI Championships in May. Earning exemptions as members of last year's state team were Stasiak, Jake Katz of Williamsville North (76) and Justin Cardon of Williamsville East (92)
Smith of Orchard Park was runner-up with a 76 while Pat Sheedy of Clarence joined Katz at 76.
QB Murphy sets Redskin record
Senior QB Ken Murphy passed for 293 yards to break the school single-season passing record with 1,417 yards as Lancaster beat Jamestown, 34-6, in a Class AA South football game. The previous record of 1,396 was held by Tom Cybulski in 2005.
"He's just a quantum leap over last year," said coach Len Jankiewicz. "Certainly, his arm strength and height lent him to keeping us a one-dimensional club. Usually, we're running the ball in Lancaster, but with Kenny's tools, you have to use what he brings."
Tight end Dan Brownson had three TD catches, giving him 34 receptions this year for the 'Skins (4-4).
In a Class B consolation bowl, Chris Stoddard was 11 of 16 for 284 yards with two TD passes and scored a pair as Southwestern drubbed Akron, 42-0. Kyle Cashmore caught four passes for 92 yards, including a 52-yard TD.
Freshman lifts Lew-Port girls
With one minute left in the second overtime, freshman Jenna VanDusen scored her third goal of the game as Lew-Port outlasted Starpoint, 3-2, in a Class A girls soccer prequarterfinal. Ashley Harbison picked up the assist. Starpoint jumped to a 2-0 lead at halftime, but VanDusen led the comeback.
Williamsville South beat Tonawanda, 2-0, on goals by Brianna Zangara and Emily Nowak. The No. 10-seeded Billies take on undefeated rival Williamsville East (15-0) in Wednesday's quarters. East won big in its prequarterfinal, downing Maryvale, 8-0, as Rachel Piemonte, Jenny Griffin and Jessica Kowalski had two goals each.
Lindsay Henry had her 10th shutout in 18 games as Iroquois got three goals from Anna Blocho and beat Depew, 6-0,
Class AA: Jenna Rickan scored the lone goal as Kenmore West edged Sweet Home, 1-0.
Niagara-Wheatfield, 0-18 three years ago, continued to make strides. Ashley Beamish scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Sara Nearhoof as the Falcons advanced with a 2-1 win over host Lancaster.
Wmsv. South wins in strokes
Ashley Ferenczy, Liz Gengo and Elena Hodzic scored as Williamsville South beat Williamsville East in strokes, 3-2, in a Class B quarterfinal field hockey game. Rachel Dinunzio (her 17th goal) and Meagan Seward scored in regulation for the Billies.
Jessica Biedny scored 10 minutes into the second half as Clarence edged Hamburg, 1-0. The Red Devils earned a date with No. 1 seed Williamsville North on Wednesday.