OP wins battle
The match lived up to its billing as the top two ranked boys volleyball programs in Western New York faced off in a non-league matchup. It was No. 1 Orchard Park outlasting No. 2 St. Joe’s in an epic five-set battle - 25-27, 26-24, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23.
“The first two games were back and forth and in game three we got our blocking going and took it to them,” Orchard Park coach Matt Lexner said. “I thought we’d pull away but St. Joe’s managed to dig everything in game four and extended points. In game five we were down, 18-13, and came back to win. We just stuck with what we do best and kept swinging and in the end it paid off.”
Kevin Donahue had 29 kills for the Quakers. Trey Cimorelli added 29 digs and Tyler Eagleton 23 kills.
Clarence clinches title
Clarence clinched the ECIC I boys soccer title Tuesday with a 4-1 win over West Seneca West. Brendan Law scored three goals as the Red Devils improved to 13-0 overall.
In other boys soccer games, Jared Keppel scored in the 96th minute to give North Collins a 1-0 win over Maple Grove in a battle of highly-ranked teams in the state. North Collins (10-1, 9-1 CCAA III) was ranked seventh in Class D in New York State. Ranked sixth in Class C, Maple Grove (11-1-1, 8-1 CCAA III) suffered its first loss of the season.
Newfane wins in OT
Alexis Moreland scored twice, including what proved to be the game winner, as Newfane defeated Albion, 3-1, in double overtime. Moreland now has 17 goals on the season as the Panthers improved to 10-2 in Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer.
Molly Petrucci scored four goals to help City Honors to a 15-0 blanking of Emerson in Buffalo Public Schools play. Petrucci, a freshman, now has 40 goals in eight league games.
Kaitlyn Simmons scored 1:43 into the second overtime to give Kenmore West a 3-2 win over Kenmore East in the Niagara Frontier League. Kenmore West improved to 4-9 overall.
Albion upends Barker
Albion and Barker boys cross country teams were tied, 28-28, but Albion’s sixth man, Marquisse Riddick, crossed ahead of Barker’s to give the Purple Eagles the win, It was the first time in four years Barker lost a Niagara-Orleans meet. Jordan Bender of Barker won the race in 16:58.