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Super win for Niagara-Wheatfield; Falcons face North for Division I title

Dillon Hayes put an end to a suspenseful game when he scored with 26 seconds left in overtime giving Niagara-Wheatfield a 4-3 win over Frontier in a Federation Division I semifinal hockey game played at the Northtown Center.

Hayes and Nick Matos were coming over the blue line when Matos slid the puck across to Hayes in the high slot. He beat the goalie with a quick, low shot.

The Falcons (15-5-2) will play defending state champion Williamsville North (17-2-3) for the Division I title as part of Super Sunday at the First Niagara Center at 3 p.m. Sunday.

"The Frontier team, they're just a good, hard-working team. they're tough on the wall, they play physical, have speed," said N-W coach Rick Wrazin. "They have a lot of the things we have. If you look over the course of the year, we're the top two scoring teams in the large school division. In certain aspects, we're a mirror image."

Matos opened the scoring only to have Frontier's Bob Piotrowicz tie the game 1-1 after one. Frontier scored a short-handed in the second by Jim Gleason. Just 45 seconds later, Hayes scored his first goal to tie it 2-2. N-W scored with 1:48 left in the second courtesy of Cory Becker. Gavin Evancho forced OT at 3-3 when he second 30 seconds into the third period.

In the regular season North won the first game 3-1 and tied N-W in the second, 4-4.

Meanwhile, Scott Sims had three goals and two assists and Brad Ferrell added a pair of goals as Williamsville North punched its ticket with an 8-2 win over Lancaster.

North was nursing a 2-1 lead when Sims and Adam Hepp scored short-handed goals to break the game open. Goaltender Jake Griebner had 30 saves.

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Basketball

Ryan Whelpley poured in a season-high 31 points giving him 2,279 in his career as Walsh (13-5) wrapped up the regular season with 71-48 win over Christian Central.

In girls basketball, Nardin beat Mount St. Mary, 38-32, to win its sixth game in the last seven starts. Katie Edbauer, Nicki Frantz and Alyssa Donnelly had eight points each.

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Falletta honored

Charlotte (Charley) Falletta a senior at Williamsville South, was recently named as a 2011 U.S. Youth Soccer Young Referee of the Year at the U.S. Youth Soccer Awards in Boston.

Recipients of the Young Referee of the Year awards are selected by the U.S. Youth Soccer Board of Directors based on their strong work ethic, knowledge of the rules and service as positive role models.

Since registering as a referee in 2008, Falletta, an honor roll student, has continuously tried to improve her skills.