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High School Extra (Sept. 13): O’Brien’s goal wins for No. 1 Clarence

O’Brien’s goal wins for No. 1 Devils

Chris O’Brien scored for Clarence in the 22nd minute and the Red Devils made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over visiting Lancaster in a battle of ranked ECIC I boys soccer teams. Sam Sutherland assisted on the goal.

It was the fourth straight win, second in ECIC I for Clarence, which is undefeated and ranked No. 1 among Western New York large schools. It was the first loss for No. 4-ranked Lancaster (4-1, 2-1).

Meanwhile, No. 3-ranked Williamsville North remained undefeated with a 3-0 win over Frontier. Justin Bonetto scored twice and Chris Stryker also tallied for the Spartans.

Austin Wild, Parker Welling and Nate Roberts each had a hat trick and Dave Mack scored twice and had a West Seneca West record six assists in a 16-0 rout at Jamestown.

In ECIC III, first-place Starpoint got on the board first on an own-goal early in the second half and added goals by Gird Ceno and Max Balko for a 3-0 triumph over visiting Cheektowaga. Anthony Hernandez assisted on Adam Meyer’s first half goal, then added three goals of his own in the second half for Maryvale in a 4-1 ECIC win over visiting Depew.

Joe Malinowski scored all four goals for Williamsville South in a 4-4 tie with visiting Iroquois in ECIC II.

I-Prep, Lafayette win city games

In D’Youville Cup League 1 play among Buffalo Public Schools, Abdullah Hussein scored twice and Pa Lu and Ahmed Hassoon also tallied for International Prep in a 4-0 win over McKinley at All High Stadium.

Lafayette kept pace with I-Prep, getting four of its goals from Theovie Louzala in a 4-1 win over Hutch-Tech.

Lockport takes NFL lead

Lockport lost the first set, but settled down to defeat North Tonawanda in four sets (27-29, 25-18, 25-14, 25-13) to take sole possession of first place in Niagara Frontier League boys volleyball. The Lions had handed defending league champion Grand Island a defeat in the regular season opener. Monday’s loss was the first for NT.

“We didn’t have any energy,” at the start, Lockport coach Liz Smorol said. “Then we finally started to settle down and play well, taking care of the ball.

Junior Jesse Donorovich led Lockport with 16 kills, six digs and three blocks. Sophomore Zach Schneider had 20 kills and 17 digs and middle hitter Trestan White had 13 kills.

“We’re a more mature team than last year. One more year of experience. They are a very coachable kids,” Smorol said.

Williamsville East needed five sets to defeat rival Williamsville North in a grueling nonleague match, 27-24, 20-25, 25-21, 18-25 and 15-8. Drew Elliot had 18 kills and Josh Weissert 33 digs for the Flames.

Lancaster wore down Frontier in the third set for a 25-20, 25-20, 25-13 sweep of its ECIC I girls volleyball match over the visiting Falcons. Alyssa Babinger led the Legends with nine kills while Katie Becht had five service aces.

Mackenzie Franks had 11 digs and 10 assists as Niagara Wheatfield improved its record to 3-1 by sweeping three sets from Kenmore West in Niagara Frontier League girls volleyball.

Birzon’s OT goal wins for Flames

Marissa Birzon scored her second goal of the game in the second overtime to give No. 3 ranked Williamsville East (3-0) a 3-2 nonleague win at No. 7 Amherst. Tess Ford scored the other goal for the Flames while Alexandra Bone had two assists. Goalkeeper Sarah Panepinto made nine saves in the win. Birzon has six goals and an assist in three games so far.

In field hockey, Pioneer, ranked No. 1 in the WNY Coaches, rolled to its third win without a loss, a 9-2 triumph over West Seneca East. Brittany Baker scored three goals and had two assists while Riley McMahon and Katelyn Slomba scored twice each for the Panthers.

No. 2 ranked Williamsville South shut out Starpoint, 5-0. Abby Ferenczy scored three times for the Billies.

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