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High School Extra (May 1): Quakers top visitors

Quakers are rude hosts

Penfield of Section V traveled a long way for a nonleague game in boys lacrosse, and returned home without a win. Host Orchard Park came away with an 11-7 victory.

Elsewhere, Evan Printup and Dakota Becker supplied all the offense that Niagara-Wheatfield needed in a 14-5 win over Williamsville North. Printup finished with four goals and an assist, while Becker had three goals.

In girls lacrosse, Emma Hubert and Kara Marzo took charge for Williamsville East in a 16-3 win over Sweet Home. Hubert had five goals and two assists for seven points, while Marzo scored four goals and an assist for five points.

Busy days for Trojans

Local softball teams have been playing a schedule that looks more like a major league baseball team’s than a high school squad.

“After tomorrow, we’ll have played in four of the last five days,” coach Rich Mattison of West Seneca East said. “We won the Depew Tournament Saturday, so they’ll have played seven games in seven days.”

The Trojans have thrived on the work. They held off Williamsville East, 3-2, on Thursday. Anilise Kelly threw a complete game with four strikeouts, while Rachel Funk added a two-run double.

“We’re still a young team, but we’re playing very good softball,” Mattison said. “Last year, in our first six losses, they all came by one run. We’ve turned things around a bit.”

Next up – West Seneca East has a key test on Friday against Starpoint.

“The first time we played them, we lost, 2-0,” Mattison said. “They scored two unearned runs. We’ve got to battle them. This time it will be at our place, which will help.”

Elsewhere, Kristen Koral’s first start was a memorable one for Williamsville North, as the Spartans beat Orchard Park, 10-8.

“In the bottom of the fifth, she hit a grand slam, and she had two RBIs in the second inning,” coach Rick Bubar said. “So she was 2 for 2 with a walk and six RBIs.”

It was a welcome win for Williamsville North, which climbed within a game of the .500 mark at 3-4 overall.

“We’ve been struggling,” Bubar said. “The ECIC I is outstanding this year. The top six teams are all good.”

Elsewhere, Alley Cutting pitched a no-hitter for Grand Island in a 2-0 win over North Tonawanda. She struck out seven and walked two. Scarlett Whitman was 2 for 3 with a double for the Vikings.

Cleveland Hill’s Emily Maziarz had a game to remember against Holland. She went 5 for 5 and hit for the cycle with a homer, two triples, a double and a single. Maziarz scored three runs and drove in six. Nicole Woodward threw a one-hitter for the Golden Eagles, striking out six.

Murphy looks sharp

Clarence boys tennis coach Alex Chambers had his first look this season at Sweet Home’s first singles player, Jonah Murphy. He was impressed.

Murphy defeated Clarence senior Zach Hynd in an excellent three-set match, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. But the rest of the Red Devils won their matches, so Clarence took an overall 4-1 victory.

“It was a great three-setter between two of the top singles players in ECIC,” Chambers said. “Jonah kept Zach moving, and hit some great cross-court winners.

“I saw Jonah in eighth grade. He had great potential then, but today he played just a tremendous match.”

Otherwise, Chambers was happy to see his team earn the nonleague triumph.

“We’re 4-5, 3-3 in the league,” he said. “We’ve had a tough schedule. We’ve played Nichols and East Aurora, who are usually good. Our league losses have been to Orchard Park and Williamsville South, who are traditionally strong.”

Cipolla fires a 74

Maren Cipolla of Nichols was in good form during a CISAA golf tournament in Gormley, Ont. You’d just never know it by talking to her.

“She shot a 74, but she said it was not a good day,” coach Ronald Montesano said. “She does that to take the pressure off. She’s a great competitor.

“Not only was she lighting it up there, but she was nice to everyone out there. It wasn’t all about her.”

Cipolla was the medalist in the win over five Canadian schools.

An excellent student, she is considering several potential top schools for college.

Nichols has one more qualifying tournament next week.

The league championship is a “one-day shootout,” in Montesano’s words, on May 20.