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High School Extra (Sept. 8): Will East beats rival in field hockey; McKinley volleyball rallies

Will East wins battle

Hayley Skidmore scored two goals with two assists to help Williamsville East to a 5-2 win over rival Williamsville North in field hockey action Wednesday afternoon.

The game was scoreless through the opening of the first half, then Williamsville East scored three quick goals to take a 3-0 lead into halftime.

Williamsville North responded with two quick goals to open the second with the Flames adding two goals for breathing room and their first win of the season.

“It was a nonleague game but it’s always fun to play a Williamsville school,” East coach Erin Rajczak said. “A lot of the girls play on a club team together. They all know each other off the field so they always get excited to play each other.”

McKinley rallies for win

After losing the first two games, McKinley rallied to win the next three and take their first volleyball match of the season against da Vinci, 19-25, 19-25, 25-12, 25-12, 25-19.

“If I could I’d highlight the whole team,” said coach Syble Smith. “To come back from losing the first two games to winning the whole thing in five, that was pretty special. They rallied together and played good defense. The serving was key. We dominated the serving in the last three games.”

This is Smith’s first year coaching McKinley.

“They’ve been practicing about two weeks and have come a long way in two weeks,” Smith said. “It’s good to see the girls happy about winning.”

Lackawanna inductees

The Lackawanna High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee announced its Class of 2016: John Novak (1931), Nick Stipanovich (1964), Donna Michalek (1978), Warren Miles (1993), Ray Blackburn (2005) and the 1978-79 boys basketball team, which was New York State Class AA champions.

The induction ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, in the Boland Memorial Auditorium before the Steelers’ homecoming football contest against JFK.

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