North girls, Clarence boys net wins
In a battle of No. 1-2 ranked large school girls volleyball teams, No. 2 Williamsville North beat No. 1 Orchard Park in four games. North dropped the first game, 25-16, and then made a change in its rotation and won the next three 25-21, 25-19, 25-21. North only missed three serves the entire match.
“We hit our spots, served the ball well and tried to take them out of what they like to do with their middle attack,” said North coach Keith Hopkins.
The win gives the Spartans a 9-1 record and puts them alone in first place in ECIC I. OP (9-2) won the first meeting, also in four games.
• The Clarence boys volleyball team handed No. 1-ranked Orchard Park its first loss in ECIC I. Chase Squires had 17 kills and Ted Okon 13 kills for the No. 8 Red Devils. Skyler Reinhardt had 40 assists. OP won the first game, 27-17, but Clarence stormed back to win the next three 25-21, 27-25, 25-23.
Wmsv. East boys soccer 15-0
The undefeated Williamsville East boys soccer team beat Akron, 5-0, in a game that was closer than the score.
“They are a good club, we just put it all together,” said Flames coach Jeff Librock, whose team is 15-0. “Our passing was good, our communication was great among the kids.”
Brandon Schick netted four goals. “He’s not just a guy hanging up front looking for goals,” said Librock. “He has 11 assists on the season. They marked him as most people have been doing, but Brandon finds a way to shake them.”
Clarence field hockey wins ECIC I
Clarence clinched the ECIC I field hockey title with a 2-0 victory over West Seneca West. The Red Devils (11-1-2) have not lost since Sept. 21 against Iroquois.
Kasey Thur and Givonna Fasanello each scored in the first half to help put away the Indians. Senior Courtney Stefaniak earned her fifth shutout.
“The last five minutes they had some nice moves in our zone and our defense held solid,” said first-year Clarence coach Amber Flint-Cleaveland. “Our defense has been solid the whole year. We’ve been very consistent on defense and in goal and on the forward line we have a lot of hot sticks right now.”
Nicole Fazzolari scored on a reverse tip-in on an assist from Cassidy Genco with 10 minutes left in the first half as Eden edged Williamsville South, 1-0. Nikki Nelson had the shutout, the fourth in a row for the Raiders (9-2-2).
Eden’s next big test is Monday when it travels to Williamsville North at 5 p.m.
“I don’t think we’ve beaten North in 10 years,” said Jen Carriero. “This would be big for my kids just to know they can play with the big schools, and schools that have gone to states and regionals.”
ECIC girls tennis down to elite eight
The ECIC Girls Tennis Championship is down to its final eight players following Friday’s first round. The semifinals and playbacks begin at 3 p.m. The finals are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The top two seeds out of a field of 27, Brianna Gibbs of Williamsville East and Alanna Danieu of East Aurora are still alive. Also vying for the title are: Amy Xiao (Williamsville North), Karli Hollins (Orchard Park), Haley Hollins (Orchard Park), Hayley Hofmar-Glennon (Amherst), Gillian Wittig (Depew) and Taylor Thormahlen (Lancaster). All eight have qualified for the Sectionals Oct. 26-27 in Jamestown.
Nichols girls soccer edges Nardin
Lauren Randaccio scored the game’s lone goal and Julia Corbett had the shutout as Nichols edged visiting Nardin, 1-0, in Monsignor Martin Association girls soccer. Nardin won the first meeting, 3-1.
The goal was set up when McKenna Geiger saved a ball from going out of bounds. She made a quick cross relatively close to Val McNamara, who flicked it across to Randacccio, who scored from about six yards out.
St. Francis wins event
St. Francis won the Dunkirk Cross County Invitational on Friday beating runner-up Fredonia by five points and third-place Dunkirk by seven.
Jacob Brown of Fredonia won the 3.1-mile race in 17:55. St. Francis had three runners finish among the top 10, including runner-up Jurek Lelonek in 18:08, Ben Brady in fifth place in 18:19 and Tim Bartnik in seventh in 18:30.