Lions win soccer crowns
There was plenty of reason for celebration on Monday in Lockport as the girls and boys soccer teams clinched their respective Niagara Frontier League titles.
The Lockport girls won the program’s first NFL title with a 2-1 win at Grand Island. Gretta Dry scored the game-winner on an assist by Emma Yates. Grand Island scored first on a penalty kick in the first half. Lockport tied it three minutes into the second half on a goal by Kayla Guay.
The Lady Lions finished 12-0-1 in the NFL with the tie coming with Grand Island in the season’s first meeting.
When Mike Finnerty took over the program, his goal was to win the league within three years. Now in his third season, it’s mission accomplished.
“Our goal was to win a championship and it happened,” said Finnerty. “We had pretty good numbers returning and have been steadily getting better. We’re more of a possession soccer team, we don’t score a ton of goals, we move the ball around a lot and hold the ball as long as we can.”
For the boys, Bailey Reid recorded his ninth shutout in a 2-0 win over Grand Island. Josh Beshow scored just 1:10 into game, and Mike Ford followed with an insurance goal in the second half. The Lions are 12-0.
Elsewhere in boys soccer, Pioneer edged Springville, 2-1, in ECIC III as Tyler Mason had the game-winning goal and assisted on his team’s other score.
Broc Washuta scored the game’s lone goal as Lew-Port beat Kenmore East, 1-0, in the Niagara Frontier League.
Fonfara lifts Iroquois
Iroquois clinched the ECIC III field hockey title with a 2-0 win over visiting Starpoint.
Iroquois (13-0-1) needs to beat Williamsville North on Wednesday to secure the playoffs’ top seed.
Riley Fenn netted her eighth goal of the season in the first half to open the scoring for the Chiefs. It wasn’t until there was 5 minutes left that Iroquois scored again off the stick of Meghan Fonfara. It was her 24th goal of the season. Starpoint junior goalie Charissa Szpaicher kept her team in the game making approximately 25 saves.
“Fonfara was shooting rockets at this kid,” said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline. “We were generating a lot of offense, she [Szpaicher] could have easily stolen the game. She was phenomenal.”
North, Sweet Home net titles
Senior middle hitter Haley Adams had 14 kills as the Williamsville North girls volleyball team clinched at least a share of the ECIC I title with a 3-0 win over visiting West Seneca West. Andrea Kiely had 22 assists as the Spartans moved to 10-1. The title is the Spartans’ second in a row. North was coming off a four-game win over second-place Orchard Park.
North took over the top spot in the latest Western New York coaches poll, released today. The Spartans started the season at No. 1 before losing to OP in their first meeting in four games. The Spartans have to beat Clarence on Wednesday to secure the No. 1 seed in the Section VI Class A playoffs.
• Jenna Reeser had 21 kills and 23 digs and Rachel Reusch added 15 kills as Sweet Home clinched a tie for the ECIC II crown, beating Williamsville East in five games. The Panthers and Flames each finished 11-1.
Bondanza passes bar
Sophomore gymnast Courtney Bondanza of Lancaster scored a 9.50 on the uneven bars to break her year-old school record of 9.45 in a Section VI tri-meet with Orchard Park and Maryvale.
“She nailed it,” said Lancaster coach Donna Aquino. “She’s been doing this routine, she has a new dismount, she’s got some difficulty skills and she stuck the landing. It’s nice to see her rewarded with such a good score.”