Academics come first
Matt Jeffries of Williamsville North had to leave the Spartans’ 17-7 victory at Amherst after the first half in order to take part in his induction into the school’s National Honor Society.
That was time enough for Jeffries, a junior, to score four goals in the Spartans’ fourth victory without a loss under first-year head coach Andy Behm.
Senior Thomas Crane added six goals and an assist in the victory.
“Thomas helped his own cause by winning all the faceoffs,” said Behm. “We’re trying to be a little smarter with the ball and that’s working out pretty well for us,” Behm said.
North got off to a 5-1 first-quarter lead over an inexperienced Amherst team that played three freshmen. It was 13-1 at the half.
North will put its unbeaten record on the line in a Class B League showdown at Hamburg at 7:30 on Friday.
St. Joe’s, St. Mary’s win
St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s of Lancaster were winners in Monsignor Martin baseball openers.
Will Frank pitched a one-hitter for five innings, striking out 12 Bishop Timon-St. Jude batters in a 12-1 St. Joe’s victory. Anthony Brophy hit a two-run homer for the Marauders..
Mitch DiPirro (3 RBIs)and Chris Gresham (3 RBIs) and Zack Penksa (2 RBIs) drove in eight runs in St. Mary’s 12-2 triumph over visiting Nichols.
Elsewhere, Lou Destino struck out 10 and allowed three hits in five innings and C.J. Gonzalez went 4 for 4 at bat in Lew-Port’s 14-4 victory over Kenmore West in Niagara Frontier League baseball.
Big win for Lake Shore
Sophomore Ivy Santana scored the game-winner with four seconds to play, her second goal of the game, to give Lake Shore (1-0) a 9-8 Class C league girls lacrosse victory at Amherst on Wednesday night. Amherst had defeated the Eagles three times during the 2015 season, including the Section VI class final.
Santana also had three assists for the Eagles while Jalyn Jimerson, another sophomore, had four goals and an assist. All-WNY goalie Jenna Haring had 16 saves in the victory while eighth-grader Noelani Cornfeld won five draws.
“Beating Amherst on the road was huge for us,” said Laurie Schultz, Lake Shore’s interim coach filling in for Hannah Wawrowski.
Clarence scored the first four goals of the game and went on to a 16-8 triumph over Williamsville South in its girls lacrosse opener.
Emiah Williams had five goals for the Red Devils while Molly Barden had four goals and a pair of assists. Midfielder Sidney Terza was another key figure in the victory with nine draw controls in addition to two goals and four assists. Barden, another senior, had eight ground balls for the winners.