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High School Extra: City soccer teams advance to sectional finals

Boys soccer teams from the D’Youville Cup will have a shot at sectional titles next week after picking up semifinal wins Saturday.

Defending Class B champ I-Prep/Grover overcame an early two-goal deficit to pick up a 4-3 win against Newfane in the B-1 semis. Abdullahi Hussein scored twice for the Presidents to break 2-2 and 3-3 ties. The first came in the 38th minute, and the game-winner came in the 65th minute.

Lackawanna, the defending champ in Class B-2, was a 2-1 winner over Olean in the other B-1 semi. Ali Alomari scored both goals, the second in the 79th minute on a penalty kick. The Steelers lost to I-Prep in the overall Class B final last year.

In Class B-2, Riverside picked up its second straight upset with a 3-0 win over Southwestern. Freshman Van Zahmung scored twice. The Frontiersmen play Olmsted, which beat top-seeded Burgard, 5-2.

In Class D, Lafayette dominated North Collins, 6-1. Mee Reh had three goals and In Seit had two for the Violets. Dawson Chase scored twice in Pine Valley's 2-1 win over Ellicottville.

Frontier tops Canisius volleyball

Frontier’s boys volleyball team, ranked sixth in the latest coaches poll, beat No. 3 Canisius in three sets to capture the championship of the Hamburg Tournament on Saturday.

The Falcons dropped the first set, 25-22, but came back to win the last two by scores of 28-26 and 15-12.

“It was very competitive from both teams,” Frontier coach Bill Faust said. “I really thought in game one we hung with them. I told my guys that we’re running with them, we’re right there. Game two our defense did a real nice job. We took a lot of that momentum into game three. We had an early lead, Canisius made a little run but we hung on.”

Match point was decided on a kill by 6-foot-7 junior Brandon Dunz, who came from his outside hitter position to the middle on a play that the Falcons also ran for a big point in the second set. Denz earned MVP honors.

“He had a real nice day today,” Faust said. “He can hit it hard. We’re just working on the other parts of his game. When we needed him to terminate and get a kill, he came through.”

Frontier juniors Brian Norsen and Ben Taylor were named to the all-tournament team, as were Troy Gooch and Brian Herrmann of Canisius, Jacob Couzins of Hamburg and Keith Norward of St. Joe’s.

Bulldogs win volley tourney

The Hamburg girls volleyball team won its second straight tournament Friday night with a title in the Southtowns Tournament.

After beating Williamsville East last week in the final of the North Tonawanda Tournament, the Bulldogs beat Orchard Park in three sets.

Hamburg’s Meg Seider was named MVP, while teammate Kailee Herbst was named to the all-tournament team along with Frontier’s Amanda Crafts, Lake Shore’s TaShawni Cornfield, West Seneca East’s Sarah Eisenmenger and Orchard Park’s Elizabeth Chow and Katelynn Hennessy.

Orchard Park, East Aurora swim to ECIC titles

Orchard Park won the Class AA title, while East Aurora captured the Class A title at the ECIC girls swimming championships at Clarence.

The Quakers didn’t win any events in the meet, but they did come in third in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay, and Carissa Jantzi finished second in diving.

The Blue Devils came in first in four races: the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay, 200 free (Mary Dunbar) and 100 butterfly (Shelby MacSwan).

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