No one can say that Ron Sporyz isn’t a dedicated coach.
The Frontier girls soccer coach was hospitalized on Thursday, but he personally called in the details of his team’s 1-0 upset win over Orchard Park. The Falcons were the fifth seed in the AA playoffs, while the Quakers were fourth. Taylor Gehen scored in the first five minutes for Frontier, and Frontier hung on from there.
Goalkeeper Brianna Stegmeier “definitely saved the game,” Sporyz said. “Basically, we played well in the first half, but they really took it to us in the second half.”
Stegmeier finished with 15 saves, a very high number in a shutout.
“It was a very unique game,” Sporyz said. “My athletic director,” Richard Gray, “ended up running the game. But he said the girls played very well. It sounded like quite a battle.”
Elsewhere in Class AA, Williamsville North had to go to overtime to defeat Lancaster, 2-1, as Candice Kasahara scored the game-winning goal.
Favorites do well in tennis
It’s two rounds down and two rounds to go in the Section VI tennis championships, which are taking place at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.
Georgianna Gens of Fredonia, Madigan Humiston of Orchard Park, Christina Stasiuk of Lancaster and Eileen Wang of Williamsville North reached the final four in singles on Friday. Humiston was the only one to lose a set in the quarterfinals, as she had a tough match with Paige Szymusiak of Lancaster. Gens plays Humiston and Stasiuk takes on Wang in the semifinals Saturday.
On the doubles side, four teams reached the semifinals: Lauren Karoglan and Kristen Zablonski of Orchard Park, Mikayle Johnson and Olivia Persia of Southwestern, Kate Budzich and Alyssa Kranz of Lancaster, and Courtney Kessler and Erin Lippa of Williamsville North.
The winners will be determined on Saturday, with the top three finishers earning tickets to the state championships next week in Port Chester, Long Island.
Clarence and Frontier finished in a tie at the top of the ECIC I boys volleyball standings. The Red Devils claimed a share of the title with a sweep of Lancaster. It’s Clarence’s first time at the top since 1999. Henry Payne had 25 kills and six aces in the win.
Frontier defeated Orchard Park in four tough sets. Brian Norsen had 11 kills while Zach Gerken had six kills and two aces for the Falcons.
McKinley wins in a romp
McKinley and Sweet Home looked like a good matchup in the Class A-1 boys soccer semifinals, but it turned out to be a mismatch.
The Macks ran away with a 6-1 win. Zakaria Shiabi and Isaac Sabtow had three goals each for McKinley.
Flames take ECIC crown
Chris Conrad is now one for one in divisional titles. His Williamsville East team wrapped up the ECIC II championship in boys volleyball with a straight-set win over Williamsville South. It’s Conrad’s first season as the coach of the Flames. Ali Khadra had 14 blocks for Williamsville East.