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High School Extra (Oct. 12): Son of late golf pro wins ECIC boys title; Balling scores No. 100

Randall Shaw would have been proud.

The Orchard Park golf pro died suddenly at age 47 last November. Tuesday, Aidan, his only son, a freshman at Orchard Park High, shot 36 on the back nine at Sheridan Park for a round of 75 to win the ECIC Boys Golf League Individual Championship and Section VI Qualifier.

Shaw, 15,  had the best back nine score of the 84 golfers in the field after shooting 39 on the front.  Shaw wasn't the only underclassman to find success. The runner-up was sophomore Jake Roach of East Aurora/Holland with 40-38-77. Two other Orchard Park seniors came next -- Grant Merkel at 41-37-78 and Mitchell Smith.

All four made the ECIC All-Stars along with senior Mike Wells of Williamsville North (79), senior Jeffrey Coons of Lancaster (79), senior Derrick Hannitz of Lancaster (79), junior Kevin Halpern of Williamsville North (79) and senior Richy Felber of Clarence (79).

The top 24 golfers qualified for next spring's Section VI championship. Smith of Orchard Park and Lake Shore senior  Cary Ignaczak were exempt from qualifying as a member of the 2016 Section VI state team  but their finishes on Tuesday were good enough to make the sectional field without the exemption. Cameron Giancarlo of Iroquois earned the alternate designation for the sectionals.

Orchard Park had the strongest showing by far, qualifying five golfers for the sectionals. East Aurora/Holland had four qualifiers, Williamsville North and Clarence three each.

Led by co-medalist Matt Pawlak, and Nick Peters, Niagara-Wheatfield won the Niagara Frontier League tournament at Willowbrook Golf Course. N-W shot a 423 to finish 17 strokes in front of North Tonawanda (440). Kenmore West was third (447) and Kenmore East fourth (451).

Pawlak and Ben Shotwell of Kenmore East shared medalist honors at 82. Peters finished in a tie for third at 83 with Ben Kolbe and Jaxon Hummel of North Tonawanda and Chris McCullagh of Kenmore West. Jason Lupp and Tom Dugan of Grand Island and Sean Barrett of Kenmore East were next tied at 84.

Sapio leads OP swim over Clarence

A year ago, Orchard Park ended Clarence's seven-year undefeated streak in ECIC I girls swimming. Tuesday, the Quakers handed the Red Devils only their second dual-meet defeat since 2009, 104-82.

Senior Olivia Sapio won the 500 in a state qualifyiingtime of 5:09.21 and the 200 individual medley in 2:09.51. Katrina Wardner of the Quakers won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.03 and made the state cut in the 100 butterfly with her time of 59.49.

Orchard Park's 200 medley relay of Olivia Sapio, Wardner, Hallie Dueringer and Isabel Sapio won in 1:51.78, a state qualifying time.

The outcome gave the Quakers (8-0) a second straight ECIC I dual meet championship, and extended their division win streak to 16. Their last loss in the division was against Clarence in 2014.

"We have a lot of depth this year," said Orchard Park coach Bret Norvilitis. "We knew they would probably be ahead in the front end of the meet and then we would come on and that's actually how it played out."
Orchard Park moves in front to stay when Isabel Sapio, a sophomore, won the 100 breaststroke.

Joe's-Lackawanna draw 0-0

There wasn't much time for rest for the St. Joe's soccer team. The Marauders played the last game of the Super Monday quadrupleheader at Sweet Home on Monday night, then was back on the pitch on Tuesday afternoon against Lackawanna, ranked fourth among Western New York small schools. St. Joe's is No. 8 among large schools in the latest polls.
The Marauders and Steelers played to a 0-0 draw at St. Joe's Robert Scott Complex.

St. Joe's allowed only five shots on goalkeeper Carmine Tronolone and failed to convert a penalty kick in the first overtime. Also the Marauders hit five posts against the Steelers.

"They played a lot of people back," said St. Joe's coach Michael Thoin.

OP tops Lockport on the court

Lockport, missing two injured starters, was no match for Orchard Park in a battle of ranked boys volleyball teams Tuesday on the Quakers' home court. OP triumphed 25-18, 225-22 and 25-22.

"Two players is a lot in high school volleyball," said Orchard Park coach Matt Lexner. "We were a little flat coming off the holiday.

"We're 9-4 with two division losses but we're progressing," Lexner said of his team, the defending sectional Class A champions. "I think we're going to be in the final four for sure,"

Balling nets No. 100

Hope Balling of Tonawanda scored her 100th career goal in the 16th minute of the game and added two more in a 7-2 ECIC IV girls soccer victory over Eden. Balling got the ball from senior Sydney Taylor and put her shot from about 20 yards out into the top corner for No. 100.

In field hockey, Ciara Gregoire's goal with 3:52 left in overtime gave ninth-ranked Barker a 2-1 triumph over Roy-Hart in the Niagara-Orleans League.

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