Flames reach A-1 final
Williamsville East (17-1) avenged its only loss in the regular season, taking out Hamburg, 1-0, in a Class A-1 girls soccer sectional semifinal at Williamsville North on Wednesday night.
Freshman Bella Buscaglia took a feed from Tess Ford and drove the ball to the far post 12 minutes into the game. Goalkeeper Sarah Panepento had four saves for East.
"Hamburg really took it to us in second half," said East coach Chris Durr. "Fortunately, our defense was able to hold them off."
The No. 2 seeded Flames had lost to Hamburg, 1-0, when the last met on Oct. 3. East defeated the Bulldogs by the same score in their first meeting on Sept. 27.
The Flames will meet No. 1 Grand Island for the championship at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Williamsville North. It will be the fourth year in a row East and GI have met in the sectionals. the Vikings won last year, 3-1.
Goals by Abby Blair and Jordan Pachla gave Grand Island a 2-0 win over Williamsville South.
No. 1 seed Pioneer and No. 2 East Aurora will hook up for the third time this season when they meet on Saturday in the A-1 final. Erin Beyers scored the winnng goal off a corner kick from Ashley Bliss to edge Starpoint, 1-0, at Williamsville North. Jasmine Sims was in goal for the shutout for the Panthers. East Aurora defeated Lew-Port, 3-2, on Maggie Crosson's goal four minutes into the first overtime. Grace Mooney had the assist. Makenna Crosson, Maggie's twin sister,scored the first goal for East Aurora, which twice had one-goal leads only to see the Lancers rally.
Pioneer defeated the Blue Devils, 2-0, during the ECIC III regular season and the teams tied, 3-3, in their other meeting.
Akron-Barker rematch set
Akron and Barker, who lost only to each other as they tied for the Niagara-Orleans League championship will resume their field hockey rivalry in the Section VI Class C championship game next Wednesday at Williamsville North.
Each scored a narrow semifinal victory on Wednesday at Clarence.
No. 1 seed Akron edged Holland, 1-0, on a blistering shot by Tigers All-Western New York star Abby Stone 17 minutes into the first half.
Barker's victory was even more dramatic. Lena Fazzolari scored her second of the game with just 13 seconds left to play for a 2-1 victory over Roy-Hart. The losing Rams had just five losses all season, all to Akron and Barker.
Scaffidi Award to House
St. Joe's three-sport star Garrett House has been selected as the 36th recipient of the Phil Scaffidi Alumni Scholarship Award.
The honor is presented to a St. Joe's senior who best exemplifies the spirit and sportsmanship of 1974 alumnus Scaffidi. The recipient must be a good citizen in the community and to his school.
House is a member of the Marauders' football, wrestling and lacrosse programs. He is a state Catholic champion wrestler and helped St. Joe's win its second straight Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association championship in lacrosse last spring.
“Garrett is the total package: a ferocious competitor on the mat, mentally strong, and a true gentleman of integrity,” St. Joe's wrestling coach Pete Kennedy said in a statement. “Though his accomplishments include a CHSAA state title and nearly 100 career wins, I am most proud of the character Garrett exhibits when results do not go in his favor – winning and losing with class.”
The scholarship was created in 1981 by friends and classmates of Scaffidi as a way of honoring the three-sport star's memory. A Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame member, Scaffidi passed away in March 1980 at age 23 after a 15-month battle with cancer.
Tomczak tops Catholic golf
Monsignor Martin Association tournament medalist Mike Tomczak of St. Francis will lead a 17-player contingent from the association to the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association championships next spring. The Monsignor Martin entry will be made up of 12 golfers who had a nine-hole stroke average below 40 in league matches this fall and four who had scores of 80 or below in Monday's championship at Tan Tara Golf Club.
Tomczak led the field with a 74 as hed led St. Francis to the team title in Divisiion A with 397 st rokes. Nichols was next, nine s trokes behind.
St. Mary's of Lancaster shot 467 to win Division B, 65 strokes better than Gow School.
In addition to Tomczak, the All-Catholic team consist of Matt Jackson of Canisius (76), Gabe Schulefand of Nichols (78), Mike Beecher of Canisius (78), Cavan Derrigan of Nichols(79), Andrew Darby of Nichols (79), Nikko Lazzara of St. Francis (79) and Mike Donner of St. Francis (79). They all qualified for the NYCHSAA tournament along with Dylan Angelo, Shane Broad, Connor MacDonald and Will Ritchie of St. Joe's, Jack Haxton and Noah Unger of St. Francis Matt Maouad and Jack Coyne of Canisius and Ryan Sheehan of Bishop Timon-St. Jude.
St. Joe's and St. Francis tied for the Division A regular season league title with 11-2 records.St. Mary won the Division B regular season at 8-5.
Mount St. Mary, Sacred Heart win
Ruth Riggie scored twice and Megan Persico had the game winner for Mount St. Mary in a 3-2 victory over St. Mary's of Lancaster in a quarterfinal game Wednesday of the Monsignor Martin Association A Division girls soccer playoffs. Sacred Heart defeated Mount Mercy, 4-0, in another quarterfinal.
No. 1 volleyballers win
No. 1 seed Williamsville East passed its first test of the Section VI girls volleyball playoffs, sweeping three sets from West Seneca East, 25-12, 25-15 and 25-13, in Wednesday's prequarterfinals. Ally Jozwiak had 12 kills and Makayla Greenfield set up 24 assits for the Flames.
Alden wins Matchup game
Bryan Cybulski passed for two first-quarter touchdowns and accounted for two more scores in the second half as he led Alden to a 42018 victory over visiting Springville in a Section VI Football Matchup game. Cybulski completed 9 of 16 passes for 159 yards including touchdown passes to Chrisstian Snell for 40 and 33 yards and to Riley Pastuszynski for 1. In addition he had a 24-yard touchdown run. Brandon Windnagle ran 95 yards for an Alden TD in the third quarter, part of his 154 rushing total. Snell had 96 yards receiving and scored on a 53-yard run, too. Zac O"Shei had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs, who finished 3-6. Springville ended up 1-8.