Ex-manager leads South
Leah Czerwinski spent last season as a manager for the Williamsville South field hockey team because of a knee injury. Billies coach Mary Ferenczy is happy to have her back in uniform.
“Let’s put it this way, she’s a better goal scorer,” Ferenczy replied when asked how good a manager Czerwinski was. Wednesday, the senior attack scored both goals in a 2-0 Homecoming Week victory over Amherst.
Ferenczy’s team (10-0-1) is ranked No. 2 in Western New York, but could ascend to No. 1 in the next Coaches’ poll.
Elsewhere in field hockey, Riley DeGrace scored twice as No. 3 Iroquois triumphed at Orchard Park, 4-0, while No. 6 Williamsville North defeated Clarence, 2-1, in overtime on Emma Roland’s second goal of the game 2 minutes into overtime.
Pezzino reaches 212 goals
Madisyn Pezzino scored four goals to move up to second place on the New York State girls soccer all-time list with 212 in No. 2 ranked Grand Island’s 5-0 victory over No. 6 Niagara-Wheatfield. Pezzino passed Brittany LaPlante’s total of 211 goals for Queensbury (2011-15). Molly Petrucci of City Honors (2010-15) holds the record of 234.
Some other Wednesday highlights:
• Backup setter Emily Pikacki played two sets and had 15 assists for No. 1 ranked (small school) St. Mary’s in a three-set girls volleyball sweep of Mount St. Mary.
• Garrett Robinson scored 5 minutes into the game and goalkeeper Steven Pufpaff and the No. 1 ranked Grand Island (11-0, 9-0) defense made it stand up the rest of the way in a 1-0 Niagara Frontier League boys soccer victory over Niagara-Wheatfield (5-4-2, 5-3-1 NFL).
• Each side won a set before No. 1 ranked Canisius locked up a four-set boys volleyball victory at St. Francis. It was the third Monsignor Martin Association win for the undefeated Crusaders while St. Francis suffered its first league loss. Chas Palka had 23 kills, Griffin Schmit 12 kills, 6 aces and 4 blocks and Kevin Joslyn 14 kills and three blocks for Canisius.
City Honors midfielder Jenna Szopinski was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America and MaxPreps State Player of the Week. Szopinski shares the Centaurs’ lead in goals (nine), assists (15) and points (33). She scored six goals and had three assists in a rout of da Vinci.
Eight individuals and the undefeated track teams of 1962, ’63 and ’64 will be inducted to the Hamburg High Sports Legends Wall of Fame on Saturday at Michael’s Banquets and Catering. Individual honorees include: Bob Orr, Don Quinn, Kirk McCreary, William Stetler, Barb Wachowiak, Chauvonne Senior, Chris Pieczonka and Anthony Costanzo. For tickets, call Scott Obenshain at 998-5662.
Wilson will hold its Athletics Wall of Fame Induction Dinner on Oct. 8 at the Wilson Fire Hall. Inductees include Doug Zipp (Class of ’83), Dennis Pollow (’05), Ron Kightlinger (’76), coaches Tom Covey (football) and Tim Schulz (baseball) and Gladys Freischlag (driving force for getting girls to play organized sports). For tickets ($30) and information call 751-9341, ext. 175.