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High School Extra: Keem's 7 goals lead Panthers to share title

Keem's 7 goals lead Panthers to title share

Sweet Home's Noah Keem scored seven goals in a 9-3 triumph at West Seneca East, leading the Panthers (8-2-1) to a share of the ECIC II boys soccer title with defending champion Hamburg. Keem has 32 goals and 12 assists on the season.

Coach Scott Martin's team gained a piece of the championship when Hamburg (8-1-3) played a 0-0 draw at Iroquois.

Hamburg goalkeeper Zach Setera had his 10th shutout of the season as the Bulldogs earned their third straight title in the division with a roster comprised mainly of freshmen and sophomores.

"This one is the most gratifying for me," said Hamburg coach Tony Schiappa, who singled out senior defenders Sam Wright, Mark Sheehan, Ryan Sortisio and Matt Evenden for keeping the young team focused all season.

Until 2014, Hamburg had not won a division title since 1994..

East Aurora, Starpoint share ECIC III title

No. 3 ranked small school East Aurora clinched a share of the boys soccer championship in ECIC III with a 4-0 blanking of visiting Lake Shore.

Starpoint needed second half goals by Matthew Warner, Sam Wagner and Hunter Lemieux to nail down its share of the division crown title with a 4-1 victory over Depew.

Luca Borgese had given the Spartans the early lead in the sixth minute but Andreas Pyc evened things for Depew in the 28th minute and it was 1-1 going into the second half.

Matthew Warner scored before the first minute of the second half was over with Sam Warner assisting. A little more than seven minutes later Wagner scored off an assist by Drew Santangelo.

Senior midfielder Anthony Hernandez, who has 21 goals this season, scored all five for Maryvale in a 5-1 victory over visiting Eden in a nonleague match.

Neumeister four goals lead O'Hara

Junior Jacob Neumeister converted a penalty kick in the first half to give Cardinal O'Hara the lead. Then he scored three more in the second half as the Hawks fought off a Bishop Timon-St. Jude comeback to earn a 5-4 victory on Monsignor Martin Association boys soccer.

"It was a close, well played first 40 minutes," said Neumeister. "The game was blown open in the second half."

O'Hara never lost the lead but things got a little desperate as each side scored four goals in the final 40 minutes.

"It was a great team win," said Neumeister. "It's a huge confidence booster heading into the playoffs."

I-Prep girls win ninth in row

International Prep won its ninth straight in Radcliffe Cup girls soccer with a 4-0 triumph over Lafayette in Delaware Park. Adeika Santana scored twice for the Presidents who have not lost since opening the season with a 3-1 setback to Middle Early College.

ECIC I volleyball headed for big finish

Orchard Park celebrated Senior Night in boys volleyball by sweeping West Seneca West by the same 25-16 score for all three sets. Liberto Alex Alessi, one of the 11 seniors on coach Matt Lexner's roster had five aces in the victory.

"Alex really hit his service hard tonight," Lexner said.

Orchard Park and Clarence, both 8-2, are tied for second place in ECIC I behind Frontier (8-1). Clarence will face Frontier next Tuesday and Orchard Park will challenge the Falcons on Oct. 21 in an exciting finish to the division race. First, though, Orchard Park will host its own tournament starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The field includes Eden, Hamburg and Clarence.

"We are one of the oldest tournaments going. It started like in 1981," Lexner said.

Canisius spikers sweep St. Joe's

Canisius (20-2) finished  a six-set season sweep of rival St. Joe's in Monsignor Martin boys volleyball with a 25-14, 25-13, 25-20 win on the Marauders' home court.

"Our guys are always paying attention to this one," said Canisius coach Tom Weislo. "It doesn't take a whole lot to get them fired up."

Senior Chas Palka led the Crusaders, ranked No. 1 in Western New York, with 11 kills.

Canisius will be on the road in the Syracuse area this weekend for a match at Baldwinsville on Friday and Cicero North on Saturday.

Served with a smile

A strong service game helped Tonawanda sweep three sets from Lackawanna in ECIC IV girls volleyball, 25-20, 25-14, 25-15. Alyssa Prytula and Kristen Toth each had five aces and Caitlyn Vishion had four for the Warriors. Toth had three kills and four assists while Vishion contributed four kills and two digs.


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