The bottom of the Orchard Park lineup came through Monday to help the Quakers win their fifth straight ECIC boys golf team championship at the Sheridan Park Golf Course.
Sophomore Aidan Shaw, who was co-medalist with Andrew La Congo of East Aurora/Holland, shot 1-over par 37 on the front nine at Sheridan to lead the Orchard Park effort but the championship was decided by the Quakers' sixth man Matt Holowka, who shot a 42, and by eighth-grader Conor Balen and senior Matt Mikulec, who each shot 47.
Orchard Park, the ECIC Large Schools South winner, edged East Aurora/Holland 251-253 (Small Schools South) for the overall title in the four-way match that included only the championship teams of each of the ECIC's four divisions.
"Their top four guys beat our top four by eight strokes," Orchard Park coach Nate Leary said. However, the
Quakers made up that difference when they picked up 10 strokes with the fifth and sixth best scores.
Ben Spitz and Jackson Roskow shot 41 and seventh-grader Charlie Fischer had a 43 for OP.
Shaw had one birdie, on No. 2, and two bogeys in his round.
La Congo, the medalist in last week's ECIC individual championship at Sheridan, was followed by teammates Mitch Jeffe (38), Jake roach (38) and Matt Jeffe (41).
Williamsville North (Large Schools North), led by a rounds of 40 from Kevin Halpern and Collin Mack, was third with a 266 total. Starpoint (Small Schools North) was fourth with 293.
It was the 10th team title for Orchard Park, twice as many as the next school. Williamsville South and Clarence each have won ECIC titles.
"This wasn't my strongest lineup," Leary said. "We had three seniors last year and we have four guys who are brand new, in their first year of playing high school golf."
Fischer, Shaw, Spitz and Roskow all qualified for next spring's Section VI State Tournament qualifier. Shaw was the 2016 ECIC individual champion.
I-Prep girls complete 10-0 league season in soccer
Junior Leah Jasmine scored two goals and sophomore Lee Meh and senior Sue Meh scored single tallies as International Prep at Grover Cleveland clinched its second straight Radcliffe Cup B League championship among Buffalo Public Schools girls soccer teams.
The Presidents defeated Middle Early College, 4-0, at LaSalle Park to complete a 10-0 regular season. I-Prep was 9-1 last year, losing only to Middle Early College.
Coach Sean Martin's team now looks ahead to Friday's first round game in the Section VI Class B-1 playoffs against Alden. The No. 5 seeded Presidents will host the No. 6 Bulldogs at Riverside Stadium.
I-Prep goalkeeper Ayan Ali, a senior, recorded her eighth shutout of the season. The Presidents outscored their opponents, 36-2, in league play and their only losses came in two out-of-division games against Hutch-Tech of the Radcliffe Cup A League.
Iroquois field hockey clinches No. 1 Class B seed
Sam Gaglio scored her 18th goal of the season and Iroquois clinched the No. 1 seed for the Section VI Class B field hockey playoffs with a 1-0 victory onthe artificial turf field at Amherst. The sectionals will begin with prequarterfinal games on Friday.
"We had some chances but we didn't put the thing away," said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline. "The field was very fast and we weren't adjusting to the ball. We came out and adjusted and played very well in the second half."
The Chiefs closed the regular season with a 14-1-1 mark on top of the 16-0 regular season in 2016.
"We lost 11 girls from last year. To come back and go 14-1-1 is a tribute to our team," Tonsoline said. "I'm proud of what they accomplished -- so far.:"
Abby Greier registered her 10 shutout of the season for Iroquois, which lost only to undefeated Williamsville North and tied Williamsville East.
St. Joe's Hall of Fame induction will be Nov. 10
St. Joe's will induct an impressive group of former athletes into its Sports Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the school.
The individual inductees will include basketball and baseball standout Larry O'Connor (Class of '49), who went on to star at Canisius College where he set a single game scoring record of 42 points in a 1953 game against John Carroll in Memorial Auditorium; three sport athlete and All-Western New York and All-America lineman Kevin J. Brinkworth (Class of '59) who went on to the University at Buffalo; John D. Gibney ('74) and John Quinn ('74), two football linemen who went on to play at Colgate University. O'Connor died in 2013.
Two teams also will be honored: The 1972-73 Manhattan Cup champion basketball team coached by Dick Bihr and the 2009-09 and 2009-20 bowling team that won two Monsignor Martin Association championship and fared well against the best in the state in tournament competition. Among the members of the 1972-73 basketball team was the late Phil Scaffidi.
It will be the 24th annual induction ceremony honoring those "who have had a lasting impact on the legendary athletic program at the school." Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at www.sjci.com/SHOF.