It was more than just a senior night. For the Orchard Park boys volleyball team it was a chance to pay tribute to a former player and give back. Before the Quakers took the floor for their nonleague matchup with Eden on Wednesday the team honored former standout Peter Brady.
Brady, 19, fractured his C3 and C4 vertebrae in a swimming pool accident in May. He is paralyzed from his shoulders down. He played for the Orchard Park varsity team from 2008-10, and was an All-Western New York first team player his senior season.
“The boys and girls teams have been fundraising all season with bake sales, car washes, concession stands,” OP coach Walt Stefani said. “They were able to give him a check for a little over $3,000 to help defray his medical costs. I’m sure this is the same at other schools, but the kids at Orchard Park, they rally together and try to help whenever they can. In 2010, when Peter was on the team, they all rallied to support my wife who was diagnosed with breast cancer. With all the stuff you hear about teenagers, it’s good to hear about things like this.”
Brady also received a framed, autographed jersey from the Ohio State volleyball team on which his former teammate, Mike Stefani, plays. Brady was honorary captain for the night and got to cheer his alma mater on to a win.
The top large school in Western New York improved to 19-3 with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-10 victory over Eden.
Tyler Eagleton had 12 kills, Nolan McArdle 27 assists and Trey Cimorelli 13 digs for the Quakers.
St. Mary’s/Lancaster won its 23rd regular season championship in Monsignor Martin girls volleyball with a straight-set win over Immaculata. St. Mary’s finished the season 13-0 in league play. Ashley Drzymala had 12 kills and Leah Meyer added nine blocks in the win.
“Our teamwork and ball control have led to many scoring opportunities,” St. Mary’s coach Don Pieczynski said. “We have an abundance of good hitters and depth. It’s our ball control that makes it all possible.”
Junior Kaeli Mathias scored twice to help Kenmore to a 4-2 win over Akron in the regular season finale of Niagara-Orleans field hockey. With the two goals, she leads scorers in Western New York with 28 on the season.
Lindsey Palane scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with about 10 minutes left in the game as Kenmore finished the season 10-1-1, advancing to play Orchard Park in Class A of the Section VI tournament.
Jaime Garcia scored the game-winner as Alden earned a 2-1 win over Dunkirk in double overtime in the prequarterfinal round of the Section VI, Class B-1 playoffs. Alden improved to 9-8 as it advanced.
In A-1 prequarterfinals, freshman Jake Ratka scored and Mike Jusczack recorded the shutout as Starpoint blanked North Tonawanda, 1-0.
Also advancing to the quarterfinal round were Kenmore West, Lafayette, Tonawanda and Wilson.