Purcell's number retired
The West Seneca West soccer family used the occasion of its game against rival West Seneca East to honor the memory of Ryan Purcell on Friday. While home on break from SUNY Fredonia last October, Purcell was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Seneca Street. Purcell, a 2011 graduate of West Seneca West High School, was in his first year at Fredonia, where he was a member of the track team. Purcell, 18, was a multisport athlete at West as well as an honor roll student who was awarded several academic scholarships.
In a pregame ceremony, Purcell's family, friends and former teammates joined the current soccer team on the field to retire his jersey.
Clarence swims past OP
The Clarence girls swimming team won nine of 12 events using its depth in the freestyle events to beat host Orchard Park, 103-89, in ECIC I. Junior Sydney Modeas won the 200 free and 100 breaststroke and was on two winning relays. Junior Dina Rommel won the 50 and 100 freestyle.
"They were pretty up for us and came out hard," said first-year Clarence coach Joe Zwierzchowski. "They touched us out in medley relay and we had to fight back. I think the turning point was when we went 1-2-3 in the 100 free. That was 13 points to three."
Clarence also went 1-2 in the 100 free and 1-2 in the individual medley.
Orchard Park's Andrea Ernst hit the state cut time in the 100 butterfly in 59.44. Sophomore Morgan Wellenzohn took first place in diving, scoring 224 points.
EA soccer pulls out win
Senior forward Jocelyn Ruhland continued her clutch play, scoring the game-winner with 3:04 left as the East Aurora girls soccer team beat Springville, 2-1, in ECIC III. East Aurora trailed 1-0 at halftime. The Blue Devils scored in the first three minutes of the second half to tie it. Ruhland also had the winner earlier this week against Amherst.
"She's turning into our go-to person," said coach Tom Cashmore, whose team moved to 7-0. "She's kind of an everything player. She's really moved forward as a senior."
Carissima Cutrona scored twice and Kim Brace had the shutout as Williamsville South beat Sweet Home, 5-0, in ECIC II. The Billies were coming off an overtime victory earlier this week at Hamburg. Cutrona scored the game-winner in that one.
Tavia Allen scored with 1 minute left on an assist from Olivia Binfield as Williamsville East nipped Hamburg, 2-1, in ECIC II. Goalkeeper Francesca Carra got the save as the Flames moved to 6-1-2.
Rachel Loecher scored the game's lone goal and Ally Dwyer earned the shutout as Sacred Heart improved to 4-0 in the Monsignor Martin Association with a 1-0 win over Mount Mercy.