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High School Extra (Oct. 4): Niagara Falls scores soccer win

Falls kickers top N-WheatfieldA Niagara Falls soccer victory over Niagara-Wheatfield is so rare, Wolverines coach Anthony Kutis can’t remember the last.

“It might be the first time for the new Niagara Falls High School,” Kutis said.

Monday, Christian Meranto scored five minutes into the game and the Wolverines held on for a 1-0 victory over N-W, the first at least since 2009. The Falcons had won the previous 13 games in the rivalry according to available Buffalo News records.

Niagara Falls won despite playing a man short for the last 20 minutes of the game because a player received a red card.

Led by goalkeeper and sophomore defenders Adain Biggins and Joey White, the Wolverines held off their rivals the rest of the way.

The outcome left Niagara Falls at 4-7 in NFL play. N-Wheatfield is 6-5, 6-4 in the league.

Elsewhere in the NFL, Jack Strobel’s goal in the 18th minute gave Lockport a 1-0 victory over visiting North Tonawanda.

No. 1 Iroquois wins 10th game

It was news to Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline that his team (10-0) had moved up to the No. 1 position in this week’s Western New York Coaches Field Hockey poll after his Chiefs’ 3-0 victory over visiting Starpoint.

“Oh, good,” Tonsoline said. “Now, everybody will be after us.”

Iroquois got a some stiff resistance for more than a half from Starpoint. Sam Gaglio scored in the first half to give Iroquois the lead. Chantelle Gauthier tallied about eight minutes into the second half to give the Chiefs some breathing room and Hayley Fonfara completed the scoring. Goalie Abby Greier, who had allowed only three goals on 20 shots all season, registered the Chiefs seventh shutout of the season.

“Starpoint may not have the greatest record in the world but their kids played hard,” said Tonsoline, whose team will play road games at Williamsville North on Wednesday and Williamsville East on Friday before next week’s showdown with No. 2 ranked Williamsville South.

The North game will be played on the Spartans’ new artificial turf field.

“It takes a little while to adjust but our kids will be OK,” Tonsoline said. “They’re experienced. They played in three tournaments in Rochester on turf during the summer.”

OP spikers top Hamburg

No. 4 ranked Orchard Park took charge after splitting the first two sets with No. 7 Hamburg and defeated the host Bulldogs, 25-21, 21-25, 25-21 and 25-19.

“Hamburg played real hard,” said Orchard Park coach Matt Lexner. “We turned it around in the third set with four blocks and three aces and never looked back. That kind of busted it open.”

Sean Duffy and Paul Hackford led the Quakers’ block party and Matt Donahue and Hackford supplied the aces.

Hackford, a senior who grew 5 inches from the end of the 2015 season, had 40 assists for the winners.

Orchard Park (6-1 in ECIC I) had a big divisional match at home against Clarence (6-2) on Wednesday. The varsity match will be at 5 p.m.

Flames girls 9-0 in ECIC II

Birzon has 18 goals and six assists this season for East. Honors runners take team title

City Honors won the Varsity A-2 small schools race on Saturday in the 52nd McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park. Sophomore Cece Favorito of the Centaurs finished sixth, running sub 20-minute times on the 3-mile course. Junior Ryan James was 10th. Also medaling for Honors was Hannah Murphy. Sage Cihak and Chance Paulime anchored the victory.

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