The small school rivals tucked in the Niagara-Orleans League know each other very well. They’ve battled in field hockey for the past few years, and this season, it was Akron which kicked off the 2017 version of the rivalry with a 2-1 win over Barker.
Senior Abby Stone scored on a corner in the first half and Rebecca Breymeier made it 2-0 in second half.
Barker answered with a goal but Akron coach Mary Borden said her team “held strong. The play by our halfbacks the last 10 minutes was exemplary.”
Last year, Akron won the N-O title and notched two regular-season wins over Barker before the Raiders scored the upset in the Class C Championship.
“Our pre-game conversation was great,” Borden said. “We hoped for a good, respectable game that paid homage to field hockey and at the end of the game it was a good battle, plain and simple. We have the utmost respect for their program. They know our players well enough and we know about them. It was just good hockey, a good game to watch.”
Lanigan gets win 100
St. Francis boys volleyball coach Andy Lanigan notched his 100th career win as the Red Raiders swept Section V’s Lyndonville.
Josh Palmer had 10 kills and Adam Chapman seven aces in the 25-14, 25-13, 25-12 win. It’s the 11th season for Lanigan.
Clarence blanks Will North
Clarence scored twice in the second half for a key early-season win over ECIC I rival Williamsville North in girls soccer.
The Red Devils got goals from Emma Faso and Cassie Bykowicz in the 2-0 win, the first two goals Wiliamsville North has given up this year.
Clarence senior goalkeeper Grace Fabian recorded seven saves, including a key save late in the game on a corner kick that she punched away.
“I’m really happy with them,” Clarence coach Dave Stephan said of his team’s 4-1 start. “We graduated a lot of high-level players and this team is really stepping up. I think our league gets tighter this year. Everything is a little closer and I think everybody is going to be tight on scores.
“I’m just thrilled with the way we’re playing together, connecting the dots, and really looking for each other.”
The Class AA football game between Hutch-Tech and Jamestown was postponed after a prolonged series of lightning delays. The game was rescheduled for noon on Saturday at All-High Stadium.
South Park blanks Amherst
Daebeyon Humphrey three for 171 yards and three touchdowns as South Park blanked Amherst, 42-0, in a Class A football matchup.
Clarence Thomas had a combined 114 yards in rushing and receiving, including a five-yard TD run and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Humphrey.
Jeremiah Sanders had six tackles and two sacks while Jayon Renfro had eight tackles.
Cybulski explosive for Alden
Bryan Cybulski rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 177 yards and one score as Alden defeated Barker/Roy-Hart, 41-18, in a Class B-3 football meeting.
Brandon Windnagle (102 yards) and Colin Skowronski (85 yards) each rushed for a touchdown. As a team, Alden racked up 339 rushing yards.
Glenn Drew paced the defense with 11 tackles.
Johnson paces Roy-Hart
Jamesan Johnson had a hand in both goals for Roy-Hart in its 2-0 shutout of Wilson in Niagara-Orleans boys soccer.
Johnson scored with three seconds left in the first half to put the Rams up 1-0. Johnson then assisted on Noah Kindron’s second-half goal. Kodey Hayes recorded the shut out.
Abdullahi Hussein scored twice to lead International Prep at Grover Cleveland to a 2-1 win over Hutch-Tech in D’Youville Cup boys soccer. The game was called in the second half due to lightning. Hussein now has four goals and an assist for I-Prep (2-1-1).