St. Mary’s makes statement
In a matchup between the area’s No. 1 large and top-ranked small school girls volleyball teams, St. Mary’s/Lancaster proved it is No. 1 overall.
Outstanding ball control by the Lancers led to crisp setting by Abby Salamone, who recorded 30 assists, in St. Mary’s 3-0 sweep over Williamsville North.
“This is the one we wanted,” Lancers coach Don Pieczynski said. “We knew we were the better team but we had to go out and prove it.”
St. Mary’s remains undefeated at 16-0 while the Spartans suffered only their second loss of the season.
Canisius volleyball spikes St. Joe’s
Roughly three weeks after seeing its more than 12-year unbeaten streak in the Monsignor Martin Association snapped by rival St. Joe’s, the Canisius Crusaders gained a small measure of revenge Thursday night, earning 25-19, 25-20, 25-27, 25-19 win on the Marauders’ home floor in boys volleyball.
David Jepson finished with 22 kills, Trevor Gooch added 14 and Ryan Costello added 33 assists for Canisius.
Hutch-Tech, City Honors reign
The Hutch-Tech boys and City Honors girls teams claimed the All-High Cross Country Championships.
Hutch Tech finished with 29 points followed by City Honors (41), Olmsted (122), Bennett (143) and McKinley (150). The City Honors girls team had 35 points followed by Hutch-Tech(43), da Vinci (74), East (143) and Bennett (203).
City Honors’ Seamus Degam was the top boys runner in 12:54, while Olmsted’s Brittany Higgs finished first for the girls in 16:57.
Lockport boys move to 16-0
Lockport, the area’s No. 2 large school boys soccer team, which has already wrapped up the Niagara Frontier championship, remains unbeaten at 16-0 after Alex Reid tallied a pair of goals in the Lions’ 5-3 victory over Kenmore East.
Newfane captured its first outright Niagara-Orleans championship in school history as Ryan Doyle cashed in the game-winner to lift the Panthers to a 3-2 triumph over Wilson.
In girls soccer, Orchard Park clinched its first ECIC title in five years with a 4-2 win over West Seneca West.
Southwestern rolls, 38-0
Noah Weinstein gained 170 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns, and Southwestern’s defense stood tall in the Trojans’ 38-0 shutout over Gowanda in the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic. Pete Trathen led the Trojans defense with 12 tackles.
Elsewhere, Kenmore East’s Kurt McGowen rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs, 27-12, victory over South Park.