Jay Sirianni, who has chalked up one of the best records in Western New York, has stepped down after 12 seasons as head coach of the Southwestern football team.
The school board unanimously accepted the resignations of Sirianni and assistants Aaron Rounds and Kevin Salisbury at its March 24 meeting. No successor has been named.
Sirianni was 101-26 and helped lead Southwestern to consecutive state championships in 2008 and 2009, part of a Section VI run of four state championships in those two consecutive seasons. The state titles were part of a 38-game win streak for Southwestern, which is tied for 18th-longest in state history. The Trojans also were runners-up to Dobbs Ferry in the 2011 state championship.
Sirianni, also a longtime voter on The Buffalo News small school poll, helped the Trojans in the 2014 Class C title game, in which they fell to Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake.
Sirianni comes from a football family. His brother Nick is the quarterbacks coach of the San Diego Chargers and brother, Mike, is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College in Pennsylvania.
Sirianni will continue to teach social studies at Southwestern. He left the door open to return to coaching in the future.
“It will be tough next fall but its something I’m at peace with right now,” Sirianni told Stu Boyar of Channel 2.
He gave a desire to spend more time with his family as his reason for stepping down.
Vikings girls avenge loss
A 13-9 loss to Williamsville South knocked Grand Island out of the 2014 Section VI Class B girls lacrosse playoffs. Tuesday the Vikings got some revenge, defeating the Billies by the same 13-9 score.
Senior Jordan Verost led Grand Island (2-1) with six goals while senior Sierra Brooks scored three times.
“Jordan was our second-leading scorer last year,” said Vikings coach Jennifer Schalke. ”We have high expectations and hope to get a playoff run going this year.”
Hamburg off and rolling
Hamburg, which hasn’t lost to a Section VI boys lacrosse opponent since 2011, got the new season off to a good start Tuesday night with a 13-2 victory over visiting Sweet Home.
Junior Evan Hollfelder, who is a team captain and already has verbally committed to Mercyhurst, had three goals while senior attack Andrew Rettig had three goals and senior attack Jim Duffy had two goals and three assists.
“We have eight seniors and our junior class is very strong,” coach Jerry Severino said.
Elsewhere, Michael Tierney and Pat Crangle each scored a pair of goals and Jack Seminara had five assists for Canisius in an 8-3 triumph over Aquinas of Rochester.