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High School Extra: Playoff action heats up in soccer

Kasey Hollins scored on a penalty kick in the fourth overtime to give Orchard Park a 2-1 win over Frontier in the Class AA girls soccer quarterfinals. Clarence dominated Niagara Falls, 9-0, to move on and face the Quakers in the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket, Erin Weir and Samantha Maghrak each scored twice in Niagara Wheatfield’s 4-1 win over Lockport. Next up is Williamsville North, which shut out Lancaster, 2-0. Brittany Paplham made seven saves. Class AA semis are Tuesday at Williamsville South.

No. 8 Albion took down the top seed in Class B-1 with a 3-1 win over City Honors. Mariah Plain, Brylie Hapeman and Claire Squicciarini scored for the Purple Eagles. Alden is their next opponent, as it won, 6-0, against I-Prep/Grover.

Kayleigh Daniels and Emily Foltz each had a goal and an assist in defending-champ Newfane’s 3-2 win over Springville. No. 6 Olean won in overtime, 4-3, at No. 3 Tonawanda. Class B-1 semis are Tuesday at Williamsville North.

In Class B-2, Akron, Southwestern and Wilson advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals at Williamsville North with easy wins. Kara Seguin scored five goals in an 8-0 Tigers win over JFK. The Trojans won, 5-1, against Roy-Hart, and the Lakewomen were 4-0 winners over Eden. No. 8 Fredonia upset top-seeded Olmsted, 2-0.

In Class C, Adrianna Carlson had all three goals for top-seeded and defending-champ Maple Grove in a 3-0 win over Randolph. The Red Dragons will face Silver Creek, which won, 2-1, against Portville.

Kaitlyn Higby and Alyssa Spring each had two goals in Allegany-Limestone’s 4-1 win vs. Falconer. Holland won, 3-1, against Cattaraugus/Little Valley. The semis are Tuesday at Dunkirk.

Blue Devils play spoiler

As the No. 7 seed in the Class A-1 boys soccer playoffs, Kenmore West is headed to the final. After upsetting No. 2 Williamsville East in the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils won a 2-1 game over McKinley. Senior Alex Fusani scored both goals for West, which will take on Grand Island Thursday at Sweet Home for the title. The Vikings won, 1-0, over Hamburg.

In Class A-2, Starpoint beat Pioneer by a score of 2-0. Matt Warner and Max Balko both scored in the first half off assists from Kyle Harrington. The Spartans face East Aurora, which were 4-0 winners over Lew-Port, in Thursday’s final also at Sweet Home.

Issa’s senior moment

Bishop Timon-St. Jude’s Luke Issa had a Senior Night to remember.

Issa scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over previously-unbeaten St. Mary’s of Lancaster, the No. 7 team in the latest small schools poll.

“It was huge,” Timon coach Zak Persichini said. “Luke is our only senior, and for him to go out like this to beat an undefeated team was huge. He’s our captain, our senior leader.”

The tally came midway through the first half off a corner kick by Tyler Huck. Ryan Gall earned the shutout for the Tigers, who open their Monsignor Martin playoff schedule at St. Francis on Monday.

Girls tennis semifinals set

The top four seeds in both singles and doubles advanced to Saturday’s semifinals of the Section VI Championships in girls tennis. Play starts at 3 p.m. at the Miller Tennis Center.

In singles, Orchard Park’s Madigan Hummelston faces Southwestern’s Mikayla Johnson, while Lancaster’s Paige Szymusiak takes on Clarence’s Madeleine Eiss.

Clarence’s doubles team of Chole Esch and Caroline Bolton will play Maple Grove’s Maddie Collins and Elise Swanson. Orchard Park’s duo of Lauren Karoglan and Zoe Watson face Niagara Wheatfield’s Jocelyn Fike and Nikki Kwiatkowski in the other semi.

The top three finishers in singles and doubles advance to the state championships next weekend in Latham, N.Y. (Albany area).

Field hockey playoffs open

Hamburg, Sweet Home and Starpoint opened up the Class B postseason in field hockey with prequarterfinal wins.

The Bulldogs beat West Seneca East, 4-2, behind a pair goals from Sam Waryk. The Panthers and Spartans shut out West Seneca West and Starpoint, respectively, by identical 3-0 scores.

Winners hit the road Monday for quarterfinal matchups against the top three seeds in the bracket: No. 6 Sweet Home at No. 3 Williamsville South, No. 7 Starpoint at No. 2 Williamsville East and No. 8 Hamburg at No. 1 Iroquois.

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