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High School Extra (Sept. 29): Sweet Home soccer tops East; St. Mary’s wins in five sets

Sweet Home soccer tops East

Sweet Home stayed in the thick of the three-way race for the ECIC II boys soccer championship, edging Williamsville East, 1-0, on junior Patrick Hayter’s goal with about 17 minutes left.”

“We kind of knew if we let this one get away we were probably out of it,” said Panthers coach Scott Martin, whose team stands 5-2 in the division. East is 6-3 and Hamburg (4-1-1) is also in the picture.

Hayter’s score was “a real nice goal,” Martin said.

Outside defender Dan Danko carried it up the wing to striker Aaron Robinson and he played it across to Hayter. His left-foot shot from 22 yards went to the far corner. It was a great shot.”

Martin called goalkeeper Andrew Ciminelli, who made nine saves, “our most valuable player, hands down.”

“East had three really good chances and he robbed a kid, point blank, from about four yards out,” Martin added.

Tough win for Lancers

No. 1-ranked small school St. Mary’s of Lancaster, playing without its two best players, Summer Slade and Hannah Muller, and trailing 20-17 in the fifth set of a girls volleyball match in Rochester, was in trouble against Mercy. The Lancers rallied to win a grueling match, 23-25, 25-20, 26-28, 25-23 and 25-21.

“It was a nailbiter but we pulled it out,” said Lancers coach Don Pieczynski, who had to do a lot of lineup shuffling because Muller missed the match because of illness and Slade, the Lancers’ No. 1 outside hitter, had to leave early to attend confirmation class.

“You’d run out of paper with how many moves we made,” Pieczynski said. “We had to go three and four deep into the bench and the kids came through.”

Caitlyn Meyer led the Lancers with 22 kills while freshman Kelly Cleversley had six service aces.

St. Mary’s has a return match with Mercy next week, but first the Lancers will be off to Arizona to compete in the Nike Classic against a strong field which will include top teams from California and the Phoenix area.

The girls volleyball match between No. 1 large school Clarence and No. 4 Grand Island drew a “huge” crowd on the Vikings’ home court, according to Clarence coach Michael Meyer.

The visiting Red Devils scored an impressive sweep, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18 to disappoint the GI rooters. Meghan Neelon had nine kills, 12 assists and 11 digs to lead Clarence.

“They are a great defensive team,” said Meyer. “We are happy with the results.”

No. 6 ranked Clarence swept No. 9 West Seneca West in a match of ranked boys teams. Henry Payne had 21 kills for the Red Devils and Shawn Trznadel had 29 assists.

Quakers’ golf streak at 39

Orchard Park ran its ECIC Large Schools South Division win streak in boys golf to 39 matches with a 234-249 triumph over Lancaster. It gave the Quakers their fifth straight division title.

Mitchell Smith shot a 36 at the Orchard Park Country Club to lead the victory.

Akron wins on Cummings’ goal

Akron field hockey coach Mary Borden is relieved her Tigers won’t have to face Wilson again in the regular season in the Niagara-Orleans League.

“I always expect trouble when we play at Wilson and they were tough. Only we were tougher,” said Borden after Akron, ranked No. 4 in Western New York, edged the Lakewomen, 2-1, on a second half goal by senior Heather Cummings.

Senior Kaitlyn Gaik scored on a penalty corner to give Akron the early lead in the first half but Madeline Mokarski tied it in the second. Cummings’ goal came with about 7 minutes to go with Gaik assisting.

“Kaitlyn carried the ball a long way down the field,” Borden said. “Heather broke away and was one v. one on the goalie.”

Akron still has return games with Barker and Roy-Hart to worry about on the league schedule.

“There’s lots to be determined yet,” Borden said.

Canisius-Joe’s tickets go on sale

Tickets for the Oct. 15 Canisius at St. Joe’s football game are on sale at the schools. Tickets are $5 each and a sellout is expected. Purchase tickets at Canisius by contacting the school at 882-0466. Tickets are available at St. Joe’s in the main office between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM or you can contact the athletic office at 874-2224.

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