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High School Extra: Iroquois field hockey posts comeback

After its 10-game win streak was ended by Lancaster last Friday on the game’s only goal with 14 seconds left in regulation, the Iroquois field hockey team came back with a 2-0 win over visiting Pioneer on Wednesday.

Quinn Wierzbowski scored in the first half and Hanna Grucz scored in the second for the Chiefs (11-3), the fifth-ranked team in Western New York. Madison Miranda has four saves for the shutout.

“We needed to bounce back from that loss,” said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline. “Playing home on grass we had a pretty strong game.”

Senior Liz Fonfara, the youngest of three sisters to play at Iroquois, was a standout, according to Tonsoline.

“I moved her from midfield to the front line and she was all over the field. She played a real strong game offensively.”
Iroquois has a big game coming up on Friday at No. 1 ranked Williamsville East on the artificial turf in East Amherst.

Wagner wins N-O golf
Ian Wagner, a senior at Medina, won the Niagara-Orleans League boys golf championship for the third straight year on Wednesday, shooting a 78 at Willowbrook Golf Course in the Town of Lockport.

Wagner, who won several times on the Western New York PGA Junior Tour and lost to Aidan Shaw of Orchard Park in a playoff for the Section VI championship at River Oaks last spring, edged teammate Aidan Paul for the title by one stroke.

Patrick Seeley was third at 84, as he led Wilson to the team title.

Wilson triumphed with a 463 total, 22 strokes in front of Medina (485).

Dalton Harlach of Newfane shot a hole-in-one on the 145-yard 12th hole at the Willowbrook south course. He used a 5-iron. Harlach finished with a round of 97, including 40 on the back nine.

No. 100 for Szablewski
Luke Szablewski scored his 100th career goal for St. Mary’s in a 4-0 boys soccer victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude on Wednesday in Lancaster.

Szablewski, a varsity starter for four seasons for the Lancers, has committed to Canisius College to play soccer. With three league games and playoffs left, the 6-foot-3 senior forward, has a career high 35 goals.

Last season, Szablewski was a first team All-Western New York small schools selection and an All-Catholic B Offensive Player of the Year.

Another All-WNY player, Ali Alomari of Lackawanna, increased his goals total to 40 for the season with three scores to go with two assists in a 6-2 ECIC IV victory over Alden. The Steelers (13-2) are ranked fifth in the WNY Coaches Small School Poll. They have completed division play with an 8-2 record and stand behind Eden (7-1-1), which won its league game over Holland, 2-0.

Eiss top seed in tennis
Madeleine Eiss, a junior standout for Clarence’s ECIC I championship team, has drawn the No. 1 singles seed for the ECIC Girls Tennis Championship which will open Friday morning at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville.

Paige Szymusiak of Lancaster is the No. 2 seed. Courtney Kessler of Williamsville North and Maria Roach of East Aurora are the next two seeds.

Kelly Barnes and Zoe Watson of Orchard Park were seeded No. 1 in doubles. No. 2 are Julia Laspro and Ava Casell of Clarence. Other top four seeds are Richelle Yu and Kareena Cheravu of Williamsville East and Maya Clinard and Mallory Musterait of Orchard Park.

NF field gets new name
In ceremonies at the school at 10 a.m. on Friday, the football stadium at Niagara Falls will be named in memory of the late Art Callendrelli, former teacher and coach in the school district.

His daughter, Ellen Latham, is dedicating the stadium in his name as part of her sponsorship of the For Our Kids and Yours program. A Niagara Falls graduate, Latham is founder of Orangetheory Fitness, which will sponsor performing arts and sports facilities at the school.

Frannies sweep St. Joe’s
In boys volleyball, No. 3 ranked large school Orchard Park swept three sets from Lake Shore, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, as Joe Nicometo led the attack with 19 kills. Nick Thomas had seven kills and an ace and Greg Jubulis had 27 assists. … Jack Rooney had 10 kills and two blocks and Mario Moretti had 21 assists and five kills as St. Francis (8-2) scored a 3-0 sweep of visiting St. Joe’s in Monsignor Martin. The scores were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-22.

Centaur girls win
Natalie Milne scored three times and had an assist and Sabrina Lonas had the other two goals for City Honors (7-5-1, 5-0 Radcliffe Cup) in a 5-0 triumph over McKinley at All High Stadium in a girls soccer game between Buffalo Public Schools teams. Milne has nine goals and 12 assists for the Centaurs this season.

Clarence streak at 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. The match was rescheduled from last week.

Coach Kori Grasha’s Red Devils were led by junior captain Alyssa Ballaro, a four-year member of the team. Other members of the team are Emily Morelli, Rosalie Dinunzio, Victoria Leach, Annika Michel, Morgan Bartels, Larissa Whipple, Trista Short and Ryen Nazzaro.

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