Lancaster girls hand North first loss
Freshman Grace Gabriel netted six goals and junior goalie Karli Pawlak made 16 saves as the Lancaster girls lacrosse team handed host Williamsville North (8-1) its first loss, 12-8.
Sophomore Allie Stewart had two goals and two assists. Pawlak has been starting since Brooklyn Schilling tore her ACL in the second game of the season on April 4. Lancaster started the season with three straight losses to Section V teams and a loss in triple overtime to Frontier. The Redskins are now 5-4.
"It was definitely big. They were undefeated coming in, and we knew they were a strong team, and we wanted to prove that we can play with the top teams in Western New York," said Lancaster coach Julie Buccieri. "It's not an excuse, we chose to play tougher competition, a lot of teams look at their record. Our goals are for where we are in a month from now. We want to be able to shine at the end of the season."
Lancaster built a 7-4 lead at halftime, but North came back to tie the game, 8-8. Gabriel scored the go-ahead goal from Stewart with approximately 10 minutes left.
Hannah Mong and Alyssa Ferenczy had four goals each as undefeated Williamsville South moved to 7-0 with a 13-3 win over Grand Island. Elizabeth Hughes had 12 saves in goal as the Billies continue to enjoy their best start in 17 years.
Clarence pulls out win at Jamestown
Nick Ferry had a two-out single in the top of the seventh inning to score Mark Armstrong as the Clarence baseball team beat host Jamestown, 6-5. Armstrong reached on an infield single. Bobby Florio had three hits. Clarence improved to 6-2 in ECIC I. Clarence built a 5-1 lead, but Jamestown tied it with three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.
"It seemed like we were cruising along and the next thing you know, it's tied," said Clarence coach Dave Smith. "Nick had a real nice at-bat. He battled back from 0-2. He worked the count, fouled a couple pitches back, and then came through."
Sophomore Tyler Mascio made his pitching debut a memorable one as Lake Shore edged Hamburg, 10-9, in ECIC II. Mascio, the team's starting shortstop, pitched two innings of scoreless relief after Hamburg's Peter Hogan blasted a three-run homer to make it a one-run game.
"I've been very reluctant to have him pitch, but it was kind of necessary today," said Lake Shore coach Bob Kowal. "He's the football quarterback, he's a tough kid, he's meant for a situation like that."
Jeremy Martin drove in three runs on two hits as the Eagles moved to 8-3 overall.
Orchard Park maintained its grip on first place in ECIC I with a 4-1 win over second place Frontier. The Quakers improved to 8-1 while Frontier slipped to 6-3. Matt McCormick went the distance, giving up three hits. Dave Crowley had three hits and Tom LaCongo two.
Grand Island remained tied for first place in the Niagara Frontier League with an 11-2 win over Niagara-Wheatfield. The Vikings and Niagara Falls are both 5-1. Dylan Kelly struck out nine in a two-hitter. John McGinty drove in four runs with two hits and Kevin Dobson had a 3-for-3 day with a triple.
Timon/St. Jude erupted for seven runs in the first inning of a 9-3 win over St. Mary's in the Monsignor Martin Association. The Tigers scored the seven runs on seven hits and two errors. Rob Milewski fanned eight and scattered six hits for the win. George Szezblewski had three hits and Quinn Danahy drove in a pair of runs. The Tigers (10-4, 5-2) will play Canisius on Wednesday at Delaware Park and again on Thursday at Cazenovia.
Moretta throws no-hitter for Frontier
Senior Sara Moretta pitched a no-hitter for Frontier in a 2-0 win over visiting Orchard Park in ECIC I softball. Coach Debbie Schruefer praised Moretta, her catcher Melissa Woods for calling a good game and her defense, saying Orchard Park is a good slap-hitting team.
The Falcons (3-3) scored both runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kim Lotocki singled, Caisey Lipka bunted her to second. Vanessa Bauch drove in Lotocki and Courtney Lipka drove in her sister Caisey.
Chelsea Calabro pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts as Olean moved to 7-0 with a 1-0 win over last year's Class B champion Falconer. Maddy Stavish and Rachel Painter had two hits each. The loss was the first in CCAA I for the Falcons (4-1).
Eighth grader Gianna Zarcone pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts as South Park moved to 5-0 in the Thompson Trophy with a 13-1 victory in five innings over McKinley.
Sophomore Linnea Pollock drove in eight runs to highlight Franklinville's 16-10 win over Westfield. Pollock had a home run and double among her three hits. Anna Ciesla fanned seven to get the win on the mound.
Pearce to sign with Syracuse today
Maryvale senior Mikayla Pearce will make it official today signing her national letter of intent to continue her track & field career at Syracuse University. The signing is scheduled for the school's Alumni Hall at noon.
Pearce has been one of Section VI best jumpers indoor and out for years. This indoor season she won the New York State title in the long jump at 19 feet 1/2 inch. She placed fourth in the triple jump at states in 37-2 3/4 .
This past indoor season she also broke her own Section VI records in the long jump and triple jumps. The long jump mark stands at 19-8. Her triple record is 39-0.75.
Benefit for Joe Corey is Thursday
The benefit for longtime basketball coach and mentor Joe Corey is Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Buffalo Airport, 4600 Genesee St.
Corey, recovering from major heart surgery and dealing with complications from prior illnesses, was the head coach at Baker Victory and was an assistant at Buffalo State, Erie Community College and Sweet Home High School.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or at joecoreybenefit.com. Sponsorships are available at the gold ($1,000), silver ($500) and bronze ($250) levels. Auction items are needed. To help with the benefit, contact Jon Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Corey Palumbo at Amanda923@verizon.net.
Checks can be made payable to: "Benefit for Joe Corey" and sent to Kavinoky Cook LLP, c/o Benefit for Joe Corey, 726 Exchange St., Suite 800, Buffalo, 14210.