Frontier wins showdown
It was No. 1 vs. No. 2 in boys volleyball with top-ranked Frontier coming back to beat Orchard Park, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-23, in ECIC I. Nick Smalter led the Falcons with 25 kills while Matt Taylor had 52 assists. The Falcons improve to 11-2 overall, 3-0 in ECIC I.
"It's always a heated match, both teams brought their A games," said Frontier coach Bill Faust. "We were up in the fourth game and Orchard Park fought us the whole way. We got a couple side outs Both teams get pretty pumped up for this match. Our defense picked up the last three games at the net and we were able to get some digs."
Panepinto does the trick
Jenna Panepinto had a hat trick as the Kenmore West girls soccer team beat rival Kenmore East, 6-1, in a much-anticipated Niagara Frontier League game played under the lights at Walter Kenney Field.
"Both teams get really pumped up to play," said West coach Jen Gilham. "It was a nice game for the community to come out and watch crosstown rivals play. It was an odd night due to the weather, but I'm glad we got it in."
Marissa Lombard scored the game-winner in the 25th minute as Hamburg edged Williamsville East, 1-0, in ECIC II. Lombard scored on a cross from Jesse Smith and she put the ball in with her left foot. Kaelyn Gamel was all over the field, especially as a central defender. Nicole Thiel had 11 saves for the shutout. The match was abandoned in the second half with 22 minutes left in the game due to the weather.
The NFL game between Grand Island and Lockport was suspended at halftime due to lightning, thunder and darkness. The teams were locked in a 0-0 tie.
Clarence hangs on, 2-1
The Clarence field hockey team made a pair of first-half goals stand up in a 2-1 win over Lancaster.
Giovanna Fafanello and Brittany Orrico scored for the Red Devils before halftime. Emily Brand, who carried the play in the midfield, had an assist. The Redskins answered in the second half.
Clarence (6-1) was coming off its first loss to Hamburg on Wednesday. Clarence coach Jessica Murphy said her team was challenged the entire game by Lancaster. She said her team was able to overcome early errors due to slow feet.
Caitlin Sickau scored twice and Alex Bednarz had the shutout as Eden evened its record at 3-3 with a 4-0 victory over Holland in the ECIC.
Six-pack for Lancaster
After losing its season opener to St. Francis, the Lancaster boys soccer team has won six straight, including Friday's 4-0 win over Iroquois. Aaron Crane, Tyler Meegan, Jesse Renaud and Jared Egger each scored in support of Billy Lanning's seven-save shutout.
"Everyone is stepping up and doing their part," said coach Chris Palmer. "They've been solid, and have stay composed. The play builds in the back and moves to the midfield. Everyone is getting involved. We're a much more balanced team this year than we were last."
James Kane and James Ritchie had two goals each as East Aurora moved to 5-0 in ECIC III with a 5-1 win over Depew.
Lockport wins in five
Danielle Donorovich had 20 kills and Patti Burdick added 15 digs as Lockport outlasted Kenmore West in five games in a Niagara Frontier League girls volleyball match.
In the fifth game, West led, 13-10, when the teams switched sides. Lockport rallied to make it 22-18. After a West timeout, the Blue Devils rallied to tie it 23-23.
"When it was 23-23, we just couldn't finish it," said West coach Kelly Strong. "It was a really good match. We just kept the ball in play and kept hitting it back to them, but eventually their big hitters got to us."
Rebecca Gourlay kept West in the match with 14 digs. Sarah Pray added four aces, 17 digs and 10 assists.
Today's cross country meets include the Western New York Officials Invitational at Beaver Island, the East Aurora Invitational and the Geneseo Invitational.
Defending champion North Tonawanda highlights a field of 22 teams for today's 24th Frontier Girls Volleyball Tournament starting at 8:30 a.m. Nine of the area's top 10 large schools will be there. Hilbert College and Orchard Park will serve as satellite sites.
Wilson holds induction
The Wilson Athletic Wall of Fame Committee will induct the Class of 2011 today at 6 p.m. at the Wilson Fire Hall. Tickets are $25.
The Class of 2011 includes the 1985 Championship Football Team, Anthony "Chip" Cipolla (1977), Brennan McAvoy (1992), Andy Wright (1995), coach: Geraldine Julias (volleyball), coach Larry Lash (girls/boys basketball and softball) and Richard J. Zipp (Retired Superintendent).