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High School Extra (Oct. 20): Quaker win sets up showdown

Orchard Park boys volleyball took care of business Wednesday night, sweeping three sets at Williamsville North (25-17, 25-11, 25-15) to stay in the picture for the ECIC I division title.

By winning, the Quakers assured that the winner of their match on Friday before what is expected to be a packed house at Frontier will gain a tie for the division title with Clarence, assuming the Red Devils win their match at Lancaster.

"Sixty-four out of the 75 points we scored were from our serve-block attack and that's pretty darn good," Orchard Park coach Matt Lexner said.

Dan Golding led the Quakers with 20 kills

"Dan is a first-year starter and tonight his 20 kills were by far the most kills we've had all season," Lexner said. "He's a late bloomer so let's hope he keeps going. He was just dynamite tonight."

Iroquois field hockey goes 16-0

Pete Tonsoline of Iroquois has been coaching varsity high school sports, both boys and girls, for 45 years but never had a 16-0 season until this year.

The Chiefs, ranked No. 1 in Western New York the last two weeks, completed a perfect regular season with a 6-0 victory at West Seneca West.

Senior Haley Fonfara and junior Sam Gaglio had two goals each in the victory.

"Fonfara has been lighting it up. She plays like a center. Gaglio is a left wing," Tonsoline said.

Fonfara, who has 15 goals this season, is being recruited for field hockey by Elmira College, where her older sister, Meghan, plays ice hockey.

"Sixteen and oh," said Tonsoline, who still teaches and is director of athletics at Iroquois. "I tell my girls it's unbelievable to do it. I've never been down this path before."

Iroquois, which lost to Amherst, 1-0, in last year's Class B sectional final, will host a quarterfinal game next Monday.

Williamsville South, tied with Pioneer at No. 3 in the rankings,  celebrated Senior Day for its field hockey team Wednesday and two seniors, Abby Ferenczy and Leah Czerwinski, had the most fun.

Ferenczy scored four goals and assisted on two others while Czerwinski had a pair of goals in a 6-3 victory over Orchard Park, giving South a 14-1-1 record in ECIC regular season play.

Ferenczy has 22 goals and six assists on the season. Czerwinski has 12 goals and two assists. Jess Peters scored all three Orchard Park goals.

Pioneer (14-2) finished its ECIC schedule with a 4-2 win over Williamsville North.

Defending soccer champs lose

Alex Fusani scored twice as Kenmore West scored the first big upset of the Section VI Class AA soccer playoffs, eliminating defending champion Williamsville North, 3-1. The Bulldogs came into the postseason with a 6-9 record and were seeded seventh. North, ranked fourth in Western New York and seeded second in Class AA, came in with a 12-2-2 overall record. The Spartans were undefeated until they lost their last three games.

Fusani and Scott Hanesworth scored first-half goals for Kenmore West.

Clarence, the No. 1 seed in Class AA and ranked second in Western New York boys soccer, won its sectional opener, defeating Frontier, 5-0.

Cam Law scored twice and assisted on a second-half goal by Chris O'Brien in the victory. Goals by Ross Showalter and Law put the Red Devils on top at the half, 2-0. Law made it 3-0 with Jake Bowman assisting in the 54th minute. Tallies by O'Brien and Daniel Rodriques completed the scoring.

Clarence will face No. 4 seed Orchard Park in a semifinal next Tuesday at Sweet Home. The Quakers edged Niagara-Wheatfield, 1-0, on Noah Taher's goal in the 63rd minute.

Lancaster, the Class AA runner-up in 2015, edged Lockport, 2-1,  on a goal by Kevin Loftus in the third minute of overtime. After a scoreless first half, Vito Fulciniti scored for the Legends in the 57th minute, but Joshua Sherman tied it for the Lions at 60:10.

Clarence, North Collins girls clinch titles

North Collins completed a 14-0 season in CCAA North girls volleyball, but needed four sets to finish off Gowanda, 25-15, 24-26, 25-17 and 25-15. Angela Filkov led coach Dave Burgstahler's Eagles with 31 assists and 15 digs.

It was the third division title since 2010 in girls volleyball for North Collins.

On Senior Night at Clarence, sophomore Jaide Cummings had seven kills and five aces as the Red Devils clinched at least a tie for the ECIC I girls volleyball championship with a 25-10, 225-16, 25-8 triumph over Frontier. Lancaster can tie Clarence for first by winning its final match Thursday night at West Seneca West.

"We graduate seven seniors but the future still is promising for us," Clarence coach Michael Meyer said.

One of the seniors is Emily Kuhn, who had five kills against Frontier.

"She has continued to improve in her role at outside hitter," Meyer said of Kuhn.

V-ball rivalry match goes to Kenmore West

Kenmore West won its cross-town rivalry match, sweeping Kenmore East for the second time this season.

"They've improved so much through the season," Kenmore West coach Kelly Strong said of the losing Blue Devils.

Senior Alyssa Battaglia led the Bulldogs with eight kills and three aces while Sammy Veronica had 26 assists, 14 digs and eight aces.

"Battaglia was super consistent," Strong said. "She had only four errors the entire match on 40 attempts to play the ball. We could always count on her to pick and choose the spots to get us kills."

A good crowd turned out at Kenmore West for the match and raised around $1,100 for Breast Cancer Awareness for Roswell Park in an event organized by the Booster Club and assisted by the Kenmore West players.

Gabbi Gare sets sectional gymnastics mark

Gabbi Gare of Williamsville South set a Section VI record with a 38.05 score in All-Around Wednesday in a triangular meet with Clarence and Williamsville East.

Gare's score topped the Section VI mark of 37.95 by Amy Cucinnota of Amherst in March of 2003.
Miranda Roberson, also of South, tied Cucinotta's record on Wednesday with her 37.95 score.
Clarence (160.95) topped the team scoring in the meet followed by Williamsville South (155.25) and Williamsville East (118.35).




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