Frontier sweeps Clarence
Working on fundamentals paid off for the Frontier girls volleyball team as the Falcons swept Clarence in three games in an ECIC I match.
“We’ve been practicing on improving our ball control, having better communication on the court,” Frontier coach Debbie Schruefer said. “The girls were talking more on the court and that led to better ball control and let them play more relaxed. ... Any time a team is talking, it helps the team play more relaxed. It’s difficult when the game gets close. They tighten up a bit and stop talking.”
Blocking was key for Frontier (4-4) as Amanda Michaels had nine blocks. Defensively, Lindsey Kaznowski added seven digs.
“Our front court defense and our blocking today was solid,” Schruefer said. “We focused on solid base position, pushing over the net and on the block staying out of the net.”
In other girls volleyball action, St. Mary’s/Lancaster swept Eden in three games for a non-league win.
Leah Meyer had 10 kills and Jackie Steck had nine for St. Mary’s, which improved to 24-2-1 overall.
“We have a lot of experienced club players who have actually played for both coaches involved in the game,” St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski said. “There’s a lot of rivalry between the two schools. Our kids were just a little bit older and more experienced than the players on the other side of the net this year.”
In Niagara Frontier League action, Niagara Falls pulled out a close four-game win over Lew-Port, winning 25-20, 25-20, 22-25, 25-19. Toni Polk had 14 digs and five blocks for Niagara Falls (4-4) while Julie Law had 14 kills and three blocks for Lew-Port (3-6).
Will North finishes 10-0
Freshman Ben Reichert shot an even round of 36 through nine holes at Westwood Country Club to help Williamsville North edge Williamsville East in ECIC North Large Division boys golf. With the win, Williamsville North finished 10-0 in the regular season, the first time the Spartans have gone undefeated.
“We have a great group of kids who have just played wonderful golf all season,” said coach John Burns. “We won our division last year and that carried over into this season. We returned seven starters from last year and it’s just been a wonderful year.”
The ECIC overall championship is Oct. 15 while the individual championship is Tuesday.
Zaccaria scores game-winner
Lorenzo Zaccaria scored with about 12 minutes left to give Kenmore East a 4-3 win over North Tonawanda in Niagara Frontier League boys soccer.
North Tonawanda took a 1-0 lead about 30 seconds into the game before Kenmore East tied the game, then went up 3-1. The Lumberjacks came back to tie the game, then Zaccaria scored on a cross by Ben Wise to give Ken East the win.
“We talked about trying to battle back and it’s nice to see the guys come back and win,” Kenmore East coach Rolfe Freidenberg said. “We’ve been telling them to work hard on the field and today is a good example of how their hard work can pay off.”
Kenmore East improved to 5-4 overall and 5-2 in league play.
In other boys soccer action:
• Grand Island improved to 8-3 overall with a 4-0 win over Niagara Falls. Justin Figler had the shutout.
• Musti Hissue scored three goals for South Park in a 5-1 win over da Vinci in D’Youville Cup.
• Brian Theuerkaug had a goal and an assist as Lancaster blanked West Seneca West, 4-0, in an ECIC I matchup.