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Dave Gerspach won't return to coach Sweet Home boys hockey

State championship-winning-coach Dave Gerspach will not return to pilot the Sweet Home boys hockey team, he said Tuesday night.
“I’ve had enough after 18 years,” he said, not offering another reason.

Gerspach leaves as Sweet Home’s all-time winningest coach. The pinnacle came in 2018 when he guided Sweet Home to the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Division II championship.

He guided the Panthers to two state final fours and one state quarterfinal appearance.

Sweet Home Athletic Director Marisa Dauria said the school will look to hire a coach before the start of the season on Nov. 11.

43 goals for Steelers’ star

Ali Alomari, the leading boys soccer goal scorer in Western New York this season, scored twice and assisted on two in Lackawanna’s 4-0 triumph over visiting International Prep in a Section VI Class B-2 prequarterfinal.

Alomari has 43 goals and 10 assists in 17 games. Ali Alhoqobie and Kamal Abdulla added a goal each for the ECIC IV champions.
In Class B-1, 12th-seeded Tonawanda edged No. 5 seed Burgard, 2-1, at All High Stadium. Ali Al-Haddad had the Burgard goal.

Pedro Pereira scored a pair of goals for Gow in a 7-1 victory over Archbishop Walsh in a boys soccer first-round game of the Independent Athletic Conference playoffs.

Central Baptist, the No. 1 seed, drew a first-round bye. Semifinal games in the IAC will be Thursday with the championship at 1 p.m. on Saturday on Pierce Field at Mulroy Park.

W. Seneca East advances

Carly Mann and Lindsey Garbacz each scored three goals in West Seneca East’s 9-1 win over CSAT in a Round One game of the Section VI Class A-2 girls soccer playoffs. Mann also had a pair of assists. Hallie Butler, Grace Garbatowicz and Marissa Havers had goals for the Trojans. Also advancing in A-2 was Starpoint with a 4-1 win over Lake Shore. In A-1, West Seneca West moved on to the second round with a 3-0 win at Sweet Home. Alexsa Morehouse scored in the first half and Sophia Bernardoni and Casey Gehen had second-half goals in the West Seneca West triumph. Jordan Brown earned the shutout with 11 saves.

Nichols in title game

Nichols advanced to the championship game of the Conference of Indepenct Schools Athletic Association of Ontario field hockey playoffs with a 3-0 victory over St. John Kilmarnock. The Vikings will face defending champion and No. 1 seed Appleby or Trinity College School for the title on Thursday.

Sophomore Emily Allen had a goal and assist for Nichols in the victory. Paige Gross, a junior, scored what turned out to be the winner and freshman Julia Peters also scored.

Thunder honor three

Three former Mount St. Mary athletes were inducted into the Thunder Sports Hall of Fame. Those honored were Emma Sullivan (class of 2013, cross country), Elizabeth Rossi (’09, lacrosse) and Ashley LaPorta Lorenzo (’08, softball).

Clarence v-ball tops Eden

Clarence, ranked second among WNY large schools in girls volleyball, defeated Eden, No. 3 among small schools, in three sets, 25-18, 25-11, 25-12. Olivia Walczak led the Red Devils with 13 kills and nine digs. Taylor Denall had six kills and five aces for the winners.

Hannah Tudor of Sacred Heart reached 1,000 digs for her volleyball career at the school in Monday night’s 3-1 loss to St. Mary’s of Lancaster. The Lancers, ranked No. 1 among Western New York Small Schools clinched the Monsignor Martin Association championship with the victory and added a 3-0 sweep of Mount St. Mary on Tuesday to complete a 12-0 league season. Marie Rhodes had 11 kills, Courtney Kurkowiak 20 assists and Madison Nuttle 10 kills for the Lancers.

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