Even though it was a nonleague encounter, it shaped up as the best girls volleyball matchup of the season Wednesday when Clarence, the No. 1 ranked large school team, took on perennial power St. Mary’s of Lancaster, ranked No. 2 among small schools. It was the first match between the school teams in 10 years aside from tournament play.
"It lived up to its billing," said Clarence coach Michael Meyer after his Red Devils outlasted the Lancers in four sets, 31-29, 17-25, 26-24 and 25-14.
"It was a slugfest," Meyer said. "They kept digging ball after ball and kept taking big swings. … It was fun volleyball to watch."
Jaide Cummings led Clarence with 15 kills and 18 digs while Izzy Kocz had four aces, 15 assists and 13 digs.
"Cummings set the tone with aggressive attacking and stayed with it the whole night," Meyer said of the Clarence senior. "Izzy’s a sophomore. She ran a really smart offense, spread the ball around, served tough and played great defense."
Clarence is 11-2 overall with one loss to Orchard Park in ECIC I and the other to Victor of Section V in a tournament last weekend.
Zayatz gets winner
Briana Zayatz scored with an assist from Erin Weir in the 16th minute and goalkeeper Hannah Wilson (four saves) helped preserve the 1-0 lead the rest of the way for Niagara Wheatfield against visiting Lockport in Sanborn.
The Falcons, ranked sixth among WNY large schools, improved to 9-1-1 overall, 7-1-1 in Niagara Frontier League with the only loss to first-place Grand Island (3-0).
Chiefs top No. 1 FH team
Opponents should have learned by now: Don’t sleep on Iroquois field hockey teams, especially on the Chiefs’ home field.
Quinn Wierzbowski scored in overtime Wednesday, her second
goal of the game, to give the No. 7 ranked Chiefs a 3-2 upset of No. 1 ranked Williamsville North in Elma. Riley DeGrace, who scored the
other Iroquois goal, assisted on the winner.
It was the sixth win in a row for Iroquois (7-2) after successive losses to Clarence and Eden. North suffered its first defeat after six straight wins.
NW to induct Kilgour and four others
Rich Kilgour, co-coach of the Buffalo Bandits, and former state wrestling champion Angelo Malvestuto are among those in the 2018 class of five to be inducted into the Niagara Wheatfield Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 3 in the school auditorium. The NW Hall was resurrected after being dormant for several years.
The other inductees will be: Rashad "Suga" Evans, UFC MMA champion, Caitlin Attfield, all-state softball player, and Kristen Donato, a state champion in track.
Scull among Springville enshrinees
Harry Scull Jr., Mark Vasiliauskas and Ann McMahon Johnston will be inducted into the Pop Warner Hall of Fame of the Springville-Griffith Institute before Friday night’s home football game against Albion.
Scull Jr. (Class of 1984) was a quarterback, linebacker and punter in football leading the team to a 6-2 record as a senior. Scull, who lives in Springville, has been a staff photographer for The Buffalo News since 1996. Vasiliauskas (1990), who now lives in Ohio, lettered as a quarterback and safety in football, as a second baseman in baseball and as the point guard in basketball. McMahon Johnston (1982) competed in basketball, tennis and track for the Griffins, leading the basketball team in rebounds and scoring as a senior.
Eden boys No. 1 NY
Eden is ranked No. 1 in the boys Division 2 four other Western New York school teams received top five rankings in the New York Volleyball Coaches Association Biweekly rankings.
Lockport was ranked second behind Fairport in the Boys Division 1.
In the girls rankings: Clarence is fourth in Class AA, Eden is second in Class C and Akron is fifth in Class C. Panama in Class D received honorable mention.