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High School Extra (Sept. 24): Clarence soccer wins bragging rights

Red Devils top Quakers

Clarence and Orchard Park are two of the top-ranked boys soccer teams in Western New York so far this season, so it’s always an interesting matchup when they get together. The Red Devils have the bragging rights over the Quakers for the moment, as they came away with a 3-0 win.

Sam Sutherland and Ross Showalter had first-half goals for Clarence, and Nick Lunetta finished the scoring about five minutes into the second half. Dan Wilde had six saves in the shutout.

The Red Devils moved to 8-1, while Orchard Park dropped its second straight to fall to 4-3-2.

In Niagara-Orleans play, Trevor Moreland was a one-man gang for Newfane in its 4-0 win over Wilson. Moreland scored three goals and one assist. The Panthers moved to 9-0 on the season, 6-0 in N-O games.

Ah Lan had two goals for McKinley in a 5-2 win over Lafayette in D’Youville Cup play.

Lackawanna moved to 6-1 overall after a 7-0 nonleague win over Oracle. Abdul Albaneh had four goals for the Steelers while Admed Alawadi scored twice. Ali Mosed ran his shutout total for the season to five.

Lancaster pulls upset

One goal is sometimes enough to earn a memorable win in girls soccer, and that proved to be true on Friday. Amber Conklin scored the goal as Lancaster surprised Orchard Park, 1-0.

The Quakers came into the game ranked second among large schools in this week’s coaches poll. Stephanie Hernreiter made nine saves to help the Legends improve to 3-4 on the season.

Elsewhere, Tonawanda had a nice win in ECIC IV, knocked off Holland, 3-0. Taylor Hollock scored two goals for the Warriors, while Hope Balling had a goal and two assists. Haley Schoelerman recorded an impressive 15 saves in the victory.

Seven different players scored for East Aurora in its 7-0 win over Cheektowaga. In ECIC IV, Morgan Keppler had a hat trick to lead Eden to a 6-0 win over JFK.

Legends defeat Orchard Park

Lancaster took another step toward ending Orchard Park’s girls tennis reign in ECIC I. The Lancers knocked off the Quakers, three matches to two, at Orchard Park’s new facility.

A couple of sisters provided the winning margin. Seventh grader Emma Weidman and ninth grader Madison Weidman won the deciding second singles match.

“Last week we beat them at our home,” Legends coach Steven Insinna said. “It looks like we’ll win the division. We’re 6-0 in the division and 7-0 outside of it to be 13-0. We have four more matches, so it looks like the very worst we can do is tie for first place.

“This is a big deal. I’ve been coaching at Clarence or Lancaster for 12 years, and we could never beat them.”

Paige Szymusiak won at second singles, and Kat Budzich and Alyssa Kranz captured the first doubles match.

Shutout for Ellis

In field hockey, Amherst defeated Williamsville North, 2-0, in a battle of two teams ranked in the top 10 of the area coaches poll. The victorious Tigers were seventh, while the Spartans were sixth.

Casey Adimey scored the game-winning goal about 20 minutes into the first half, while Maddie Smith added some insurance in the second half. Goalie Julianna Ellis needed to make only two saves to earn a shutout.

Two other ranked teams met when Clarence defeated Williamsville East, 2-1. Mel Orffeo had 15 saves for the Red Devils.

Frontier wins in five

The top match of the day in boys volleyball was in Orchard Park, as two top teams from ECIC Division I met. Frontier came away with the five-set victory to stay undefeated in league play at 6-0. The Falcons are 8-1 overall.

Zach Gerken had 12 kills for Frontier, while Ben Taylor had 20 assists and Kurt Eschner finished with six digs.

Alden salutes its best

Alden will be holding its annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday at 6 p.m. in the High School auditorium, prior to the Bulldogs’ homecoming game at 7 p.m. against Canisius. The honorees include Andy Smith, Lisa (Glose) Glauser, Ken Kohl, Jay Meyers, and Carlissa Cole. Call athletic director Dan Kaplan at 937-9116, ext. 4148.

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