For the fourth year in a row the Frontier boys volleyball team will be playing for a Section VI title.
The Falcons survived a close four-game match on Saturday to beat West Seneca West in a Class A semifinal. Erik Hatten had 24 kills while Jake Gleason handed out 46 assists. Tom Stoklosa added nine kills and four blocks. The Indians were the No. 1 seed and during the regular season shared the ECIC I title with Hamburg.
The Falcons won the title in 2010 and 2011, but lost to Orchard Park year. Frontier was the No. 5 seed after a 5-7 finish in ECIC I.
“We faced a lot of adversity and had some injury issues. I don’t think our record reflects who we are and how gritty of a team we have,” said coach Bill Faust.
Senior outside hitter Dylan Durni has had a strong year despite missing 3-4 weeks with a bad back. The Falcons have also had to deal with the loss of starting libero Peter Lotocki to a season-ending broken thumb. The last two matches Frontier has started a freshman at libero, Zach Gerken.
In the other Class A semifinal, Lockport beat Clarence in three games. The Lions needed a 29-27 score in the second game to complete the sweep.
Frontier (9-12) and Lockport will play for the Class A title on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Hamburg. Lockport won the NFL title this season with a 12-0 record.
“Lockport is very tall, very athletic. We’ll have to do a couple things well to get them out of their system,” said Faust.
Class B: Hamburg advanced in three games, beating Grand Island, 25-21, 25-16, 25-15 in the semifinals. Trevor Vail had four aces and Ryan Dils 25 assists for the winners.
Williamsville South came back after losing the first game 25-23, and took the next three to beat Eden in the other semi. Anthony Podgorsak had 21 kills and Joe Zanelotti 44 assists for the Billies (24-2). Eden went 12-0 to win ECIC III.
The Bulldogs will play Williamsville South for the title on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Hamburg is the No. 1 school in the WNY Coaches poll. South went 12-0 this season to win ECIC II.
Junior Drew Johnson scored on a free kick from 25 yards out as Timon/St. Jude beat Christian Central Academy, 1-0, to win the Monsignor Martin Association small school title at the West Seneca Soccer Complex. Johnson scored after a foul was called and he took the kick. He led the Tigers in scoring with 15 goals.
Timon finished the season 16-2 with both losses coming to CCA. “The kids were ready and they brought a lot of passion and were ready for the challenge,” said coach Tom Finn, “but to be honest a little of it was they wanted revenge for those two losses. CCA and Gow were very strong teams.
“They were glad when CCA won. They wanted the opportunity to play them again.”