The pairings for the Section VI field hockey playoffs were released Friday. Williamsville North, Williamsville East and Barker are the No. 1 seeds in their respective brackets.
Williamsville North is in a familiar place as the top seed in the Class A bracket. The Spartans were the NYSPHSAA Class A runners-up last season after falling, 4-1, to Section IV’s Maine-Endwell in the state championship.
They’ll host the winner of No. 4 Orchard Park and No. 5 West Seneca West in the quarterfinals.
On the other side of the bracket, No. 2 Clarence gets the winner of No. 3 Lancaster and No. 6 Kenmore/City Honors.
The Red Devils’ lone loss this season came at the hands of Will North, a 4-1 loss on Sept. 25.
Jenna Cavalieri and the Flames will play the winner of No. 8 Sweet Home and No. 9 East Aurora in the Class B bracket while No. 4 Williamsville South will take on No. 5 Pioneer.
No. 7 Hamburg will travel to Lancaster to challenge No. 2 Iroquois while No. 3 Amherst takes on No. 6 Starpoint to round out the Class B quarters.
The Class C bracket features a host of Niagara-Orleans League rivalries. Top-seeded Barker will welcome No. 8 Newfane while No. 4 Roy-Hart challenges No. 5 Wilson.
No. 2 Medina and No. 7 Holland will play each other for the first time this season in the quarterfinals as will No. 3 Akron and No. 6 Eden.
The Tigers were the last Section VI team to win a Class C state championship, in 1992.
Prequarterfinal games will be held Monday with the quarterfinal round to follow on Thursday.
The championships are set for Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Alden High School.
Warriors win ECIC III
Cheektowaga clinched the ECIC III girls volleyball division crown with a victory over Lake Shore in three straight sets.
The Warriors won 25-17, 25-16 and 25-15.
Elsewhere, Williamsville South finished off its ECIC II slate undefeated at 12-0. The Billies defeated Amherst, 25-11, 25-16 and 25-16.
Madison Popielski had seven kills, 11 digs and an ace. Lucy Angrisano logged 12 digs for South.
Held picks Duquesne
West Seneca West’s athletics department announced that star midfielder Miranda Held will play Division I lacrosse for Duquesne in 2021.
Held racked up 36 goals in 18 games during her junior season. She added 26 assists for a total of 62 points.
She also won 55 ground balls and caused 19 turnovers for the Indians last season.
Held’s efforts earned her an honorable mention on the All-Western New York team announced last June.
"I'm very excited to become part of the Duq lacrosse family and play at the next level," Held said.
"They have a wonderful group of young women on the team and I am so thrilled to have been selected to become a part of it. I am really looking forward to experiencing what Duquesne has to offer me and my future."
In addition to lacrosse, Held plays basketball for West.
West beats East in five
Kenmore West and Kenmore East are ready to renew their rivalry on the gridiron Saturday, but East got a big win Friday on the volleyball court.
The two crosstown rivals played a heated match that took five sets to settle, with the Bulldogs coming out on top.
East took the first set, 25-18, before West roared back to take the next two, 25-21 and 25-22.
The visiting Bulldogs got the fourth set, 25-22, to force an even-closer fifth set.
East played West to a narrow 15-13 victory in the fifth set for the team’s second Niagara Frontier league win of the season.
Alex Simmons led the way for the Bulldogs with three aces, 10 kills and 10 blocks.
Jayden Sujka had six kills and four aces while Mike Greiner put up 30 assists, an ace, three kills and five blocks.
Sunset Stampede results
Pioneer and Orchard Park won the boys and girls varsity divisions, respectively, at the Sunset Stampede held at Evangola State Park.
Jerad Hediger won the boys race with a time of 16:47.56; Fellow Panther Brody Jones took second place with a 16:51.48.
Trent Wesley placed sixth with a 17:17.53 to round out the top 10 for Pioneer.
Sonya Krezmien of Springville won the girls race with a 19:40.02.
Orchard Park got top-10 finishes from Marin Bogulski (20:18.96) who took sixth and Noel Barlette (20:28.73) who placed seventh.
Elsewhere, Evan Hilbert and the St. Joe’s cross country team took first place at the Alexander Invitational held at Alexander High School.
Hilbert placed first with a time of 16:20 to lead the Marauders.