First X-C title for Thunder

Emma Sullivan and Hailey Rose Gattuso led the way with a 1-2 finish as Mount St. Mary wrapped up its first Monsignor Martin Association championship in cross country with a 25-31 triumph over Immaculata at Ellicott Creek Park.

Sullivan, a senior, won in 19:56. Gattuso, a junior, was right behind her. Sophomore Olivia Macdonald was fourth. Freshman Marissa Saber was seventh and freshman Rachel Joachimi was 11th for the Thunder, which went 7-0 in Monsignor Martin dual meet competition. Next up will be the All-Catholic championships on Sunday, Nov. 4 at Elma Meadows.

It was the first meet held at Ellicott Creek Park, which is serving at Mount St. Mary’s home course for the first time. “There are a few hills and lots of mud, said Joe Evans, Mount St. Mary’s second-year coach. “There were mixed reviews but generally the coaches and runners think it will make a good course.”

Honors’ streak goes on

Who else but City Honors? The Centaurs won their 27th Buffalo Public Schools girls volleyball championship, wrapping up a 13-0 league season with 25-21, 25-13, 25-17 sweep of Hutch-Tech Tuesday. Honors is unbeaten in league play during its championship reign and has lost only two games in that time — one last season and one this season. Liberto Nadine Pershyn and setter Kathryn Conner are the only seniors on the City Honors roster. Pershyn has a 26 digs Tuesday. “She’s been a pretty steady player for us all season,” said coach Debra Matos, who took over as coach in 1995 and continued the league win streak begun under Drake Francescone.

Honors has enjoyed having a home court for the second season in a row, after years traveling to the opponents’ court.

“It used to be year-to-year to find a gym for practice, but these are pretty tough kids. They work hard and do whatever they have to do to get to practice,” Matos said.

Barker claims another N-O crown

Barker, second ranked in the Western New York Coaches Poll, clinched its seventh straight Niagara-Orleans League field hockey championship with a 2-0 victory at Roy-Hart. Sophomore Gabby Clare scored both goals, her ninth and 10th of the season, for the Raiders (13-0-1, 11-0-1 N-O). Barker has won 14 league titles overall and 14 sectional championships as well.

Clare’s first score came at 23:45 of the second half. “it was a beautiful goal, said Barker’s first-year head coach Jeff Costello. “it started with a long hit on the right side. Kayla Mohler passed to MacKenzie Strickland and a nice give-and-goal and Kayla made a crossing pass to the circle, and Gabby knocked it in.”

Freshman goalkeeper Caitlyn Mason registered the shutout without making a save.

“There was a lot of midfield play in the first half,” Costello said. “We kept chipping away in the second half and finally got into the circle and put some pressure on them.. I’m pretty excited now.”

Last time Barker did not win the N-O title was in 2005, but the Raiders went onto a sectional championship that year.

Barker figures to be the No. 1 seed in Class C for the Section VI tournament will probably will host Holland next Monday in the opening round.

Jon Seibert scored with 22 seconds left giving Iroquois a 1-0 victory over Medina-Lyndonville in their Class A-2 prequarterfinal. Seibert took a crossing pass from Austin Valvo and beat the goalkeeper to the far side. Matt Glowny made six saves for the Chiefs (4-12-1). Adam Hoot faced 12 shots in goal for Medina-Lyndonville.

“We were able to control the flow most of the game, but their goalie made some real fine saves to keep us off the scoreboard for a long time,” said Iroquois coach George Glinsboeckel.

In a Section VI Class AA prequarterfinal, Nick Notto scored 5:21 into overtime to give No. 9 seed Frontier a 2-1 win at West Seneca West. … Eric Bosburg, Joe Cordier and Tyler Mason scored in the shootout round and Lucas Cycon stopped three of the five shots he faced as Pioneer edged Cheektowaga, 2-1 in their Class A-2 prequarterfinal. Cordier tied the game in regulation for the Panthers when he scored at 19:39 of the second half. Khaled Numan-Ali and Nick Marchewka scored in the shootout round for the losing Warriors.

Hoffman shot wins for Eden

Eden girls soccer coach Jill Keller had to go deep into her roster in the penalty-kick shootout to decide Tuesday’s Section VI Class B quarterfinal at Falconer. Senior reserve Melanie Hoffman became the hero for the Raiders when she scored as the seventh shooter in the shootout, giving Eden a 5-4 triumph.

Catherine Mammoser scored in the first half and Maric Mellemseter had a second-half tally for Eden. Hanna Zittel assisted on both Eden goals.

With the score at 2-2, the teams played two 10-minute overtimes plus two 5-minute golden goal OTs but were unable to break the tie. Then came the shootout round. Courtney Cross of Eden saved three of the seven shots she faced before Hoffman ended it with the biggest goal of her career. Eden faces No. 1 seed City Honors on Friday. “Both teams were very physical and scrappy and the refs let them play. It was pretty intense,” said Keller, whose team will move on to face No. 1 seed City Honors in the quarterfinals Friday.

OP boys face Eden tonight

The top-ranked Orchard Park boys volleyball team hosts Eden tonight for Senior Night. The varsity-only match begins at 6. OP graduate Peter Brady, who suffered paralysis following a swimming pool accident in May, is expected to be there. The OP Volleyball Booster Club will present the family with a check for Brady’s continuing care.