Sacred Heart nets 4-3 win
Senior midfielder Remmi Zaephel took advantage of Mount Mercy not getting a good clear, picked up the ball and scored the game-winner as the Sacred Heart soccer team edged Mount Mercy, 4-3, in the Monsignor Martin Association.
“She definitely has a nose for a goal, and when we need a goal or a good shot, she’s someone we can count on to make that happen,” said fifth-year coach Amy Drozen. Zaephel dropped the shot into the far post over the keeper’s head for her fourth goal of the year. Also scoring were Kara SanLorenzo, Taylor DiMarco and Grace Windschitl.
Sacred Heart, the defending playoff champion of the MMA, improved to 5-4, with three of the losses coming in preseason tournaments. In the league they are 2-1 with the loss to Nardin. “The girls are keeping our record in perspective because we know we made a more difficult schedule to prepare for playoffs,” Drozen said. The Sharks’ next game in Monday against Nichols at UB’s Rotary Field at 4:30 p.m.
West takes match in five games
The No. 3-ranked West Seneca West boys volleyball team improved to 4-0 in ECIC I, but it needed to win a five-gamer against No. 9 Lancaster to get there. Evan Koehler had 15 kills and Dennis Ulmer added 10 for the visitors.
“We were not serving well all night and usually we’re a good serving team, but it was not going well,” said coach Brett Widman. “I think it was 20-18, and we still weren’t playing well and I put in” Steven Whitlow as a serving substitute “and he served five balls in a row that put Lancaster out of system where their hitting options were limited.”
• In a rematch of last year’s Section VI Class A final, Frontier beat Orchard Park, 25-14, 25-19, 25-16. Pete Lotocki had a big match for the Falcons. OP won last year’s title in a memorable five-game match at Lake Shore.
Clarence field hockey 6-0
The Clarence field hockey team ran its record to 6-0 with a 4-1 win over neighboring Lancaster in ECIC play. Kasey Thur had two goals and an assist and Tess Luzi and Maddie Mogavero also found the net for the No. 3-ranked Red Devils. Luzi leads the Red Devils with six goals while Thur has five.
Clarence is undefeated, but none of the wins have come against any ranked teams in the WNY Coaches poll. “Now we’re getting into the tougher part of our schedule,” said coach Beth Brawn. “The next three weeks we’re going to see if we’re deserving to be 6-0. Defensively we’re mostly solid and the last few practices been working on offense. This was the most goals we scored this year so it’s paying off.”
Midfielder Gigi Sasanello is having a big year. Brawn said she gives 100 percent and she never backs off. Clarence travels to No. 1 Iroquois on Monday at 4:45 p.m.
Cross country to remember Janes
There will be a moment of silence for Damon Janes at today’s East Aurora Cross Country Invitational. Athletes, coaches and parents have been asked to wear Brocton’s school color of green with the initials DWJ in memory of the Brocton junior who died three days after playing in a football game last weekend.
The East Aurora Boosters Club will be collecting donations at the concession stand.