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High School Extra (Sept. 28): Balance helps Clarence field hockey

Balance helps Clarence

Another balanced attack helped Clarence to a 4-0 win over Pioneer in ECIC field hockey. Four different players scored for the Red Devils with Morgan Berndt notching a goal and an assist.

“They’re just playing as a unit,” Clarence coach Gina Stephan said. “This game and most others, every goal is scored by someone else. We didn’t have anyone with multiple goals and no one with double or triple assists. They really use each other, work together and see each other.”

Jenna Frank and Quinn Laczkowski combined for the shutout as Clarence improved to 10-1.

“Our goalies are great but our defenders are making really good decisions in front of the net,” Stephan said. “They’re good at recovering, they’re behind each other, they use our midfield as well. They’re doing a great job of communicating what needs to happen and where people need to be.”

Meanwhile West Seneca West won, 1-0, over Amherst in a shootout. Katie Bohne recorded her sixth shutout for the Indians.

Jillian Blas had two goals and an assist as Lancaster (7-2) doubled up on Sweet Home, 4-2.

In a Niagara-Orleans matchup, Olivia Diebel scored twice with two assists as Akron blanked Wilson, 6-0. Alexis Bell also had a pair of goals for the Tigers (6-2).

O’Rourke scores for St. Mary’s

Shae O’Rourke scored for St. Mary’s Lancaster in a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart in Monsignor Martin girls soccer. Megan White recorded the shutout as St. Mary’s remained undefeated at 9-0 overall and 5-0 in league play.

Milnes power City Honors

City Honors remained undefeated with a 5-0 win over McKinley in Radcliffe Cup girls soccer. Natalie Milne scored twice and Ella Milne had a goal and assist as the Centaurs improve to 9-0 overall, 6-0 in league play.

Another shutout for Hohl

Seventh grader Nathan Hohl recorded his seventh shutout of the season as Frontier earned a 4-0 win over West Seneca West in ECIC I boys soccer. Four different players scored for the Falcons — Dan Fiutko, Alex Hiam, Matt Clifford, and Liam Walsh — while Jon Czajka had two assists.

Will North finds depth

Williamsville North’s girls volleyball squad was dealing with some nagging injuries. With a meeting against top-ranked Clarence on Tuesday, coach Keith Hopkins rested a few players. It was a chance for the Spartans to test their depth, and they came away with a five-game win over Sacred Heart in a non-league matchup.

Will North won 25-15, 19-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-14.

“This gave a chance for players to come through, gave some opportunities,” Hopkins said. “Some of our players are looking to step up and want to get a bigger role and now may challenge for a starting position.”

Courtney Herlen paced the Spartans with six kills and seven blocks.

St. Mary’s earns sweep

Kelly Cleversley had 16 kills and Jasmine Brundage 19 digs as St. Mary’s Lancaster swept Mount St. Mary in Monsignor Martin girls volleyball. The Lancers, now 6-0 in league play, won 25-20, 20-17, 20-15. Bridget Vogl added 12 digs for St. Mary’s.

In ECIC II, Rachel Steffan had 21 kills and Summer Clark 25 assists as Williamsville East beat Starpoint, 25-10, 25-13, 25-16.

Grand Island ran its record to 8-2 in the Niagara Frontier League with a 25-10, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18 win over Niagara Falls. Natalie Turck had 13 kills and five aces while Grace Karey had seven kills and seven aces.

Roberts leads Sweet Home

Sweet Home moved to 7-0 in ECIC II boys volleyball with 25-13, 25-23, 17-25, 25-22 win over Amherst. Anthony Roberts had seven kills and Matt Liska 17 assists for the Panthers.

In Niagara Frontier play, Chris Ferraro had eight kills and Zach Cramer 29 assists as Grand Island swept Niagara Falls, 25-11, 25-9, 29-15.

New shutout leader

Allegany-Limestone senior goalie Conner Golley set the Section VI shutout record on Thursday when the Gators blanked Portville, 3-0.

Golley has fared well against the Southern Tier rival as eight of his shutouts have come against Portville.

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