OP, North advance to field hockey final
Orchard Park came into Thursday’s Section VI field hockey semifinals having lost its last two meetings with Clarence. Only one of those defeats served as motivation for the Quakers, though, as they gained a measure of revenge Thursday while inching closer toward securing their second Class A title in three seasons.
Orchard Park defeated Clarence, 2-1, to beat the team that ended its season last year in the semifinal round. Penny Lenard, one of six returnees, scored the game-winning goal midway through the second half and also assisted on Molly Calpin’s first-half goal for OP (9-8).
“They beat us 4-0 at the beginning of the season but we remembered the game from last year because we were planning on going to the final,” coach Bridget Callahan said. “That was still fresh in our minds and our hearts. We weren’t going to have another repeat of last year.”
The Quakers will try to foil the repeat hopes of defending champion Williamsville North on Saturday.
The Spartans, cruised into the final with a 2-0 win over Lancaster. Jordan Cooper and Shannon Quinlan scored with Emma Roland notching two assists for North (11-5), which has seven returnees.
City Honors sweeps All-High meet
City Honors cross country had a big day, as the Centaurs’ boys and girls won the All-High team titles during Thursday’s meet at Delaware Park.
The boys ended Hutch-Tech’s 12-year championship reign, finishing with 36 points, three points better than Tech.
The Engineers’ Montaka Shad won the race, but City Honors had six place in the top 12 (4-5-6-10-11-12), with Patrick Sabato’s fourth-place finish leading the charge.
Cece Favorito led a 1-2-3 finish in the girls race for City Honors, which placed five in the top seven and seven in the top 12. Hannah Murphy and Ryan James took second and third, respectively.
The Centaurs finished with 18 points. Hutch-Tech followed with 52.