Matteson at 999 wins
Marv Matteson has had a grand time being a coach for nearly 50 years, so it’s fitting he’s one win away from achieving a milestone that’s simply grand.
Iroquois batted around during a six-run first inning en route to pounding out 25 hits during a 23-0 ECIC II baseball win over West Seneca East on Tuesday.
The win is the 999th of Matteson’s coaching career across several sports. He has coached baseball, boys basketball and boys and girls cross country at Kenmore East and Iroquois.
The Chiefs go for Matteson’s milestone 1,000th victory at 5 p.m. Wednesday against visiting Williamsville South.
Matteson has won 379 baseball games, 331 basketball, 174 boys cross country meets and 115 girls races as a coach.
“I’ve been really lucky, I’ve been blessed,” said the 73-year-old Matteson, who has been coaching at Iroquois the past 15 years since retiring as a teacher in the Ken-Ton School District. “I’ve gotten along with every player (I’ve coached).
“This isn’t really a big deal to me. It’s cool, don’t get me wrong. … Basically, you have to live a long time to reach” 1,000 wins.
Tyler Napierala finished 3 for 3 with five RBIs, while Brent Reid also went 3 for 3 with five runs scored. Dave Shriver and JoJo Huber each had four hits. Evan Kaul tossed a complete-game four-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Iroquois visits Sweet Home on Friday and hosts Niagara Wheatfield at noon on Saturday to complete a busy five-game week.
Matteson won 804 times coaching Kenmore East teams, as the Bulldogs won two Section VI cross country titles, one baseball and one basketball title during his tenure at the school.
Matteson thanked his four daughters and wife of more than 50 years, Phyllis, for letting him coach.
“I just love being with kids,” he said. “I can’t stand being around people my age.”St. Joe’s lax edges Timon
In the 10 seasons prior to 2015, Bishop Timon-St. Jude defeated St. Joe’s 17 out of 18 games in their lacrosse rivalry. It included a 14-game win streak from 2008 to 2013.
Now the Marauders have won three in a row over Timon, including Tuesday’s 11-10 overtime victory at St. Joe’s.
Freshman Casey Kelly picked up a ground ball in front of the goal and scored with 2 minutes left in the extra period to give St. Joe’s the victory.
The victory left the Marauders with a 3-0 record in Monsignor Martin League play and a 3-4 overall mark. All of the losses came outside Western New York, to teams from Virginia, North Carolina, Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse and Pittsford from the Rochester area.
“We graduated 14 seniors but we’ve got good young talent,” said coach Peter Hudecki.
The rugged early schedule, Hudecki said, was designed to “get this really young team up to speed real quick.”
Junior Blake Zachau had five goals in Tuesday’s victory. Senior Carter Stefaniak, who is committed to Canisius, had three goals and two assists. Sophomore Trevor Folsom had 17 wins in 22 faceoffs and six ground balls.
Junior Kyle Clifford scooped up 10 ground balls. Freshman long stick midfielder Trevor Willett and sophomore C.J. Goss are other young players who are key performers.
“Our goaltender, Eric Deakin, had a lot of good stops and good passes on clears,” Hudecki said. Deakin, a senior, is headed for LeMoyne.
Rally wins for Hamburg
Hamburg pitcher Dan Reilly was working on a perfect game going into the fifth inning against visiting Williamsville East on Tuesday. Instead of a nice neat victory, the Bulldogs needed to push across a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 7-6 victory over the Flames in the ECIC I game.
Reilly had faced the minimum 12 batters through four frames.
“Then our infield started kicking the ball around,” explained Hamburg co-head coach Derek Hill. When it was over, the Flames had taken a 6-5 lead on a grand slam home run by Mike Steffan.
A three-run double in the third inning by Shawn Filas helped Hamburg build its 5-0 lead.
Austin O’Shei, who went 4 for 4 in the game, led off the bottom of the sixth and he scored what proved to be the winning run on a passed ball.
Reilly, who allowed only one earned run, got into trouble with one out in the top of the seventh and Jason Lucarelli came on to get the save for Hamburg.
Lancaster drops Hamburg
Hannah Nagowski led the way with seven goals for Lancaster in a 15-9 girls lacrosse victory at Hamburg on Tuesday night. Anna Orlando chipped in with three goals and an assist while Alyssa Markowsky and Jenna Hagan had two goals each. Lauren Jones made 17 saves for the winning Bulldogs.
Casey Villagomez and Hannah McCoy scored three goals each for West Seneca West in a 10-6 girls lacrosse triumph at Williamsville South.