GI, Canisius reach final
It took some time for the Grand Island boys soccer team to adjust to its surroundings. Once the Vikings did, it was curtains for Sweet Home.
GI scored all of its goals in the second half to advance to the final of the Amherst Tournament with a 4-0 triumph against the Panthers on Thursday.
"It's a little shorter field than we're used to so it took a little adjusting getting used to it," GI coach Pete Kuehne said.
The games in this four-team tournament took place at the same time with Amherst's all-weather Dimp Wagner Field and the junior varsity team's grass field across the street serving as the venues. GI played on the JV field.
Bobby Ross scored twice for the winners, while Jeremy Figler earned the shutout.
GI will play Canisius for the title at noon Saturday. The Crusaders advanced with a 1-0 win over Amherst, which received 12 saves from goalie Joe Pittari. Kevin Brogan scored for Canisius (1-1). Chris Kuchta had the shutout.
OP girls volleyball beats Lancaster
If anyone ever asks Orchard Park's second-year girls volleyball coach Greg Lardo when was the last time the Quakers beat traditional Section VI Class AA and ECIC I power Lancaster, he won't have to spend too much time thinking about it.
That's because OP did just that Thursday night, rallying from two games down to beat the Redskins, 16-25, 18-25, 25-18, 28-26, 25-23.
"I don't think any of these girls were around to see Orchard Park beat Lancaster [in the past]," said Lardo, who didn't know when the last time OP beat Lancaster. "Just the mentality that we have now to get over that hump, now we can start working on getting better."
With the final game tied, 23-23, Orchard Park earned the final points on a Meghan Mankowski kill and a Lancaster hitting error.
Jen Karan had seven of her team-high 27 kills in the final game for the Quakers (2-0), while Mankowski finished with 17 kills.
Canisius volleyball opens new gym
The Canisius volleyball team will open the school's new Bernard J. Kennedy Field House with some international flair this evening.
The Crusaders, who have won nine straight Monsignor Martin Association championships, will take on Colegio San Ignacio from Puerto Rico at 5 p.m. It will be the first athletic contest in the Kennedy Field House, which was dedicated -- along with the Montante Academic Hall -- on Wednesday.
San Ignacio -- which will also be playing in Saturday's Eden Tournament -- is a brother Jesuit school to Canisius and its players will be staying with Canisius players during their stay. San Ignacio is also an outstanding volleyball program -- according to Canisius coach Tom Weislo, one of the team's players will be flying into Buffalo this morning after competing for Puerto Rico in the FIVB Boys Youth World Championships in Italy.
CCA soccer star is cooking again
Rachel Cook scored 42 goals as a sophomore last year. She's off to another sizzling start on the scoresheet as the Christian Central Academy junior scored four times during an 8-6 win over Cardinal O'Hara in Monsignor Martin Association small school girls soccer action.
Cook has seven goals in two games. Emelie Gidley scored twice in the win, while O'Hara's Leah McDonell had four goals.