Top-seeded Barker advanced to the final of the Class C Sectional championships, but it certainly didn’t have much room for error. The Raiders hung on for a 1-0 win over East Aurora in a semifinal matchup played at Amherst on Thursday night.
Barker, which remained undefeated at 15-0-1, received its only goal of the game from Rebecca Stoloski. The junior tallied at 13:31 of the second half. Goalie Caitlyn Mason had the shutout, blanking the Blue Devils.
No. 2 Akron waits in the final, as the Tigers’ Molly Jennings had two goals in a 2-1 win over Wilson.
Nick Dumond had two goals, giving him 24 for the season, as No. 1 ranked large school Starpoint won the Class A-2 title with a 3-1 victory over Lew-Port. The sectional title was the first for the Starpoint program. The Spartans will play Williamsville South, a 1-0 winner over top-seeded Hamburg, for the overall Class A title on Saturday.
In Msgr. Martin Association play, Will Voerema had a shutout and Ben Galkiewicz scored goals in St. Joe’s 2-0 win over Nichols in the semifinal round. Next up is Canisius, which knocked off St. Francis, 3-1. Max Montante had two goals for the Crusaders.
The final will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Niagara University.
In Class A, Andy Fellner had five aces in Lancaster’s quarterfinal sweep of Niagara Falls. Next up is No. 3 Clarence, which won in three sets over Frontier. Matt Dempsey had 28 assists for the Red Devils. Orchard Park downed Kenmore West in three sets.
In Class B competition, Declan Pierce had 13 kills as No. 1 Eden defeated North Tonawanda in three sets. Grand Island and Hamburg also won quarterfinal matchups.
Meghan Neelon had 13 kills and Gabbi Pacatti added 14 digs as top-seeded Class AA Clarence won three straight sets from No. 5 Orchard Park.
In other sectional action:
Class A: Sweet Home defeated North Tonawanda while Williamsville East topped Williamsville North – both in four sets – to advance to the sectional final.
Class B-1: Williamsville South, the top seed, cruised to a three-set semifinal win over Iroquois. Next is Starpoint, 3-2 winners over Lake Shore.
Class B-2: Kelsee Soule had 13 kills and nine digs for No. 2 Albion’s three-set semifinal win over East Aurora, while Cheektowaga – led by Kelley Martin’s 12 kills – edged Depew in five.
In a matchup game, Kurt McGowan broke his own school record for most yards in a game with 268 as Kenmore East sent its coach, Matt Chimera, out a winner in a 39-32 victory over Medina.
Chimera, the Bulldogs’ head coach since 2000, has announced his retirement from coaching football. He will remain as Kenmore East’s softball coach.
The inaugural class of the Section VI Athletic Hall of Fame will be honored on Dec. 7 at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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