Red Devils rebound
The matchup between No. 1 ranked Williamsville North and No. 3 Clarence figured to be one of the top boys’ soccer games of the year, and it was a good one – at least for the Red Devils.
Sam Sutherland had two goals to lead Clarence to a big 4-1 win over the Spartans. Chris O’Brien and Quinn Neelon also scored for the Red Devils, who moved to 12-1-1 on the season.
It was a nice rebound by Clarence, which suffered its only loss of the season to Williamsville North in a game last month. The rematch handed the Spartans their first loss of the season.
Another top-10 team among large schools, Lancaster, won a 1-0 decision against Orchard Park. Tyler Curry had the goal for the Legends, while senior Anthony Gallo picked up the shutout.
East Aurora, the No. 2 small school, picked up a 3-1 win over Cheektowaga in ECIC III. Bryce Schiltz had two goals and Pat Philips added a goal and an assist for the Blue Devils.
In ECIC IV, Lackawanna improved to 10-0 in league with a 2-0 win over Tonawanda. Ali Mosed earned his 11th shutout of the season in only 14 games. Abdul Albaneh and Ali Alquadi scored the goals. The Steelers are ranked No. 4 among small schools in the area. Anthony Gombos had the winning goal and Evan Kelly put one into the net for Eden in a 3-1 win over Springville.
In ECIC I, Frontier’s offense was working well in a 5-1 win over Jamestown. Ryan McGinty had two goals for the Falcons while Lorenzo Panerati finished with a goal and an assist. Cody Pool tallied for Jamestown.
In ECIC III, Maryvale rolled to a 7-1 win over Pioneer.
In D’Youville Cup action, McKinley blanked Riverside, 3-0.
Flames earn another win
It’s been a busy week for Williamsville East’s girls soccer team. The Flames, who defeated Iroquois on Friday night, went right back to work early Saturday afternoon. They picked up a 4-1 win over V-York. Tess Ford had two goals to lead Williamsville East, which is 12-2 overall.
Newfane passed one of its biggest tests of the season. The Panthers, ranked No. 2 among small schools, defeated Akron, the No. 5 team, by 2-0. Megan Knoll and Emily Foltz scored for Newfane, while Madalyn Traverse had the shutout. Newfane is 10-1 in the Niagara-Orleans league and 11-2 overall.
In ECIC III, Pioneer improved to 11-3 with a 4-2 win over East Aurora. Rachael Foote had the winning goal early in the second half, while Erin Byers supplied a goal and an assist. Jasmine Sims of the Panthers finished with four saves in 80 minutes.
In the Niagara-Orleans league, Kayla Neumann had a goal and two assists as Wilson improved to 8-5-2 in a 6-0 win over Barker.
Eden passes big test
Eden was taken to the limit in the championship match of the Frontier Tournament in girls volleyball on Saturday, but the Raiders came away with the title.
Eden, ranked second locally among small schools, defeated Williamsville East, 20-25, 25-17 and 15-8.
In the semifinals, Eden beat Lancaster, the No. 3 large school in the coaches’ poll, while Williamsville East (No. 2 large school) downed Sacred Heart (No. 4 small school).
The four other teams that reached the semifinals were Niagara-Wheatfield, Frontier Blue, Orchard Park and Starpoint. There was no all-tournament team selected.
In boys volleyball, West Seneca West ran into a good Spencerport team from Section V and fell in four sets.
Trevor Lane had 10 kills and three blocks for the Indians, while Zach Baxter had seven kills and two blocks, and Eric Jackson had six kills and three blocks. Spencerport improved to 12-1 overall.
Higgins, Robertson win
Five schools gathered at Grover Cleveland Golf Course Saturday for the annual Amherst cross country championships, and the victories went to a pair of Williamsville schools.
In the boys division, Williamsville South turned in a dominating performance in capturing the title. Harrison Higgins was first in 16 minutes, 25 seconds on the 3-mile course. He finished ahead of teammates David Bergamasco and Ori Rickler. In fact, the Billies had eight of the first 10 finishers. Amherst was second while Williamsville East was third.
On the girls side, Williamsville East took the team title over Sacred Heart and Williamsville South. Amberlee Robertson of Williamsville South won the race in 19:31, while Mikayla Bolles of Williamsville South was second and her teammate Olivia Norton was third.
Golf playoff set
The best boys golfers in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association will gather Monday for the league championship. The 18-hole event takes place at Fox Valley Country Club.
The top teams in Division A and Division AA will be considered the All-Catholic champions. In addition, the low six individual golfers (plus ties) will win All-Catholic honors. Golfers who averaged 40 and under for nine holes during the regular season will advance to the State Catholic Championships in Poughkeepsie in May. Six golfers from that competition will earn spots in the State Federation championship at Bethpage State Park on Long Island in June.
The regular season ended on Friday, and St. Joe’s (Division AA) and the Gow School (Division A) captured those titles.