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High School Extra: Clarence girls golf streak hits 100

Clarence’s girls golf team won its 100th straight dual match on Tuesday with a victory over Williamsville South at the Brookfield Country Club.

The Red Devils’ streak goes back to the initiation of the varsity team in 2010. Clarence has never lost a dual match in the history of the sport at the school.

Coach Kori Grasha’s team might have hit the century milestone last week, but the match against Williamsville South was postponed because of the weather on Oct. 2.

The Red Devils were led by junior captain Alyssa Ballaro, a four-year member of the team. Ballaro was runner-up to Melanie Green of Medina in last spring’s Section VI championship.

Other members of the Clarence team are Emily Morelli, Rosalie Dinunzio, Victoria Leach, Annika Michel, Morgan Bartels, Larissa Whipple, Trista Short and Ryen Nazzaro.

Marathon match
Julia Laspro, at No. 2 singles, won a 2ø-hour match over Orchard Park’s Maya Clinard to clinch a 3-2 girls tennis victory for Clarence and wrap up the ECIC I division championship.

Laspro’s 7-4, 6-4 victory gave the Red Devils a sweep of both regular season matches against OP, after not having defeated the Quakers on the court since 2003. Clarence won their first meeting this season, 4-1.

Junior Madeleine Eiss defeated Kelly Barnes, 6-0, 6-4 at No. 1 singles for Clarence, and Madison Enser won at No. 3 over Madison Rozie, 6-0, 6-2.

St. Joe’s halts rival
Joe Fronczak scored both goals for St. Joe’s in a 2-1 Monsignor Martin Association soccer victory over Canisius. Freshman goalkeeper Kevin Andrews, facing the rival Crusaders for the first time, made seven saves for the shutout.

“Fronczak stepped up like he usually does against Canisius – soccer or hockey,” said St. Joe’s coach Bradley Devlin.

“Our defense was solid,” Devlin said. “Frank Pelicano at centerback and the guys in back of him were superb.”

Mount outshot, wins
Mount St. Mary had only three shots on goal and gave up 21, but scored a 2-1 victory over Sacred Heart at D’Youville College’s Dobson Field in Monsignor Martin girls soccer.

Junior Sarah Ginnane and sophomore Alexa Persico had the goals for the Thunder, who gained a split of their regular season games with the Sharks.

“We’re a very young team that is stronger on defense than we are on offense,” said Mount St. Mary assistant coach Tami Janoscko.

Gowanda forfeits
Friday’s Southwestern-at-Gowanda football game has been forfeited to Southwestern, Ken Stoldt, Section VI football chairman announced Wednesday. Southwestern will be awarded a 1-0 victory with a plus-20 for its point differential because Gowanda, due to a rash of injuries, will be unable to field the required number of 16 players for the game.

Another title for OP
Orchard Park captured a fifth straight undefeated season in ECIC I to wrap up another division title in girls swimming.

Coach Bret Norvilitis’ team defeated Hamburg, 133-43, on Senior Night on Tuesday to cap the season.

Snubbed, Lancers win
Despite winning three sets over No. 1 ranked large school Orchard Park and winning three other matches during the week, St. Mary’s of Lancaster fell from No. 1 to No. 2 in the Western New York Coaches’ Girls Volleyball Small Schools Poll this week.

Apparently the Lancers weren’t distracted by the slight. They scored a difficult four-set victory on Tuesday night over Eden, the No. 3 team in the poll, 25-23, 20-25, 25-9 and 25-12. Kelly Cleversley led the winners with 17 kills and 12 digs.

Barker hockey on top
Katrina Claire scored unassisted at 22:37 of the first half to give Barker a 1-0 triumph over Niagara-Orleans League rival Akron to clinch at least a tie for the league championship in field hockey.

Akron, which started four sophomores, three freshmen and an eighth-grader, was outshot 4-0 and had six penalty corners 10 for Barker.

Aubrey Monk scored on a corner in overtime to give No. 4 ranked Lancaster a 1-0 triumph at No. 8 Amherst. The Legends are 11-1 in the ECIC League.

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