Depew's Wildcats went eight seasons without winning a game in the Section VI boys soccer playoffs. They ended the drought Tuesday with a 2-1 victory over Oracle/WNY Maritime in a Class B-1 prequarterfinal with Devin Connolly scoring both goals.
"It was our first sectional win since 2007," said Depew coach Scott Baun, who is in his second year as the Wildcats coach.
It was Oct. 23, 2007, be exact,when Depew edged Pioneer, 1-0, in a Class A first-round game. The Wildcats were eliminated in their next game, 4-1 by Kenmore East to begin the long dry spell.
Connolly scored his first goal in the opening minute, heading in a direct kick from junior Matt Wilson. After Oracle tied it, Connolly got the game winner hitting the open side after he was set up by a crossing pass from Ian Edbauer with 14 minutes left in the game.
Tyler Sodaro and Matt Budzynski split the goalkeeping for Depew with Budzynski shutting out Oracle in the second half.
It was the eighth shutout for the Wildcats. All but one of their victories were shutouts. They allowed just one goal in the other.,
Depew draws a tough assignment in the quarterfinals, No. 1 seed International Prep.
In Class C, No. 9 seed Maple Grove won at No. 8 Westfield, 1-0, on Caleb Foley's goal in the 37th minute.
Cesar Carlin scored the first four goals for sixth-ranked small school Wilson in a 5-0 Class B-2 prequarterfinal over Olmsted in Wilson. The Lakemen are the No. 3 seed in their bracket.
Clarence win knots ECIC I volleyball race
The last time Clarence won a division championship in boys volleyball was 1999. Coach Kevin Starr and his team are eager to finally put up another title banner in their home court and made a big step in that direction by winning a huge ECIC I showdown over Frontier, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-19. It left the teams tied for the division lead 9-2 with each having one division match to play. Orchard Park is next at 8-2.
Orchard Park has a match at Williamsville North on Wednesday then will face Frontier on Friday.
"I'm sure Frontier is disappointed right now," said Clarence coach Kevin Starr. "It was a great match. It's likely we'll be seeing each other down the line in the sectionals."
Henry Payne led Clarence with 21 kills and seven aces in the match. "But," Starr said, "he wasn't our only offense. Frontier was keying on him. Our setter Sean Tranadel moved the ball around just enouigh to other guys and we were able to get several kills from other players.
Outside hitter Tyler White had nine kills and Nick Ciraolo had four kills and three blocks.
Canisius, ranked No. 1 in Western New York boys volleyball, ran its overall record to 23-2 and its dual match mark to 13-0 with a 25-7, 25-15, 25-14 win over visiting St. Mary's of Lancaster. Chas Palka had 12 kills for the Crusaders. Canisius is 6-0 in Monsignor Martin Association matches.
In girls play, Haley Unverdorben of Portville collected her 1,500th career assist in the Panthers three-set sweep of Ellicottville.
Lafayette, Riverside advance
Although Olmsted and City Honors were eliminated, two other Buffalo Public Schools advanced in boys sectional soccer play.
Lafayette triumphed over Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, 6-1, in a Class Class B-2 prequarterfinal, at All High Stadium as Muhammud Fairus scored twice and assisted on another goal. Mohammed Bassam, In Seit, Bandan Gunung and Harmar Sa had the other goals for the Violets.
Riverside won its Class B-1 prequarterfinal over Springville, 4-0. Bawi Lian Khan scored twice for the Frontiers after goals by Pa Reh and Peter Massaqueli.
Kruger's goal wins for Lake Shore girls
Samantha Kruger scored the winning goal in the second half for Lake Shore in a 2-1 Class A-2 prequarterfinal win at Kenmore East. The Eagles were seeded ninth and East eighth in the bracket.
Grace Donovan scored twice and had two assists and Riley Riedel and Aussie Mariacher scored two goals each for No. 7 seed Iroquois downed Cheektowaga, 10-0, in the other Class A-2 prequarterfinal.
Niagara Falls and Lancaster were winners in the two Class AA prequarterfinals on the schedule.
Melanie Rott scored twice for Falls in a 3-1 win over visiting Lockport. Kaylyn Phillips had a goal and an assist and Carolina Orfano had five saves in goal for the Wolverines.
Molly Preston scored twice and had an assist for Lancaster in a 7-0 win over Jamestown. Six different players score for the Legends.
Akron field hockey wraps up 12-0 league season.
Akron, which moved up to No. 2 in the Western New York field hockey ranking in the latest poll, completed a 12-0 season in Niagara-Orleans League play, edging Roy-Hart, 1-0, on a goal from senior Abby Enfield. her sixth of the season. Junior Abby Stone assisted on the tally.
Goalkeeper Madison Krzykowski was called on for one save.
"Our defense was 'Tiger Tough' today," said Akron coach Mary Borden. "We allowed no open field shots on net and defended four penalty corners."
Borden was especially pleased with her backfield four of Cierra Janis, Olivia Diebel, Amanda Jeziorowski and Sydney Leeds. Diebel is a sophomore. The others are seniors.
Akron was 11-1 last season and went on to win the sectional Class C championship.
"We haven't been 12-0 in a long time," Borden said. "Now we turn right around and go into sectionals. It's anybody's run. Our league is getting much more competitive because of a lot of hard work coaches are doing. I'm proud of our program."
Sacred Heart wins swim title
They scanned the record books for the last 20 years and couldn't find the last time Sacred Heart won the Monsignor Martin Association girls swimming championship outright. Tuesday, coach Maggie Hamilton's Sharks clinched the league dual meet title with a 54-40 triumph over rival Nardin at Buffalo State's Kissinger Pool.
"It's been longer than 20 years. That's all we know," said Sharks coach Maggie Hamilton who directs the team along with assistant Anna Rubino.
Abigail Halsdorfer led the Sacred Heart victory, finishing first in the 200 individual medley (2:18.81) and 500 freestyle (2:18.81). Claire Mastrandrea (1:01.9) and Lily Dimmig (1:02.86) finished 1-2 for the Sharkes in the 100 butterfly. Other first place finishers for Sacred Heart were: Ashley Gizzo (100 free, 57.14), Savannah Revelas (100 breaststroke, 1:12.33) and the medley relay team of Haley Epstein, Revelas, Mastandrea and Lillia Rubino (1:56.67).
Nardin and Sacred Heart tied for the championship last year but Nardin won the All-Catholic meet. This year's All-Catholic meet will be Nov. 1-2 at Erie Community College.
Hamburg, Eden and Depew win in team tennis
Hamburg, Eden and Depew won the team championships when the ECIC and the Niagara Frontier League got together for their annual all-doubles format team tennis championships.
Hamburg (168 points) ruled the Gold Division while Eden (90) topped the Silver and Depew (95) topped the Bronze.
Orchard Park (Gold), Clarence (Silver) and Kenmore West (Bronze) were the host schools.