OP golfers win team title
Senior Adam Patronik of Orchard Park and sophomore Ben Reichert of Williamsville North were co-medalists at 36 in the ECIC Team Golf Championship at Diamond Hawk in Cheektowaga.
Orchard Park won the overall team title in the nine-hole stroke play event as well as the Large School South crown as its top six players combined for 233. Orchard Park had four players shoot in the 30s: Adam Patronik (36), ECIC champion Erich Spitz (38), Zach Stebbins (38) and Todd Stebbins (39).
Williamsville North won the Large School North title led by Reichert. Starpoint won Small School North with Sean Brown shooting a 41. Eden took the Small School South title as Trevor Dobrzenski carded 39.
Another tie for St. Joe’s
Boys soccer games are supposed to last 80 minutes, but St. Joe’s must run off a different clock. The Marauders played their sixth consecutive overtime Monday, ending in a 0-0 tie with Nichols. St. Joe’s is 2-1-3 during the marathon stretch.
The tie gave Nichols (4-4-1) a home game for the first round of the Monsignor Martin playoffs. It was the third time the teams met this season. Nichols won the first, 2-1 in OT; St. Joe’s won the second, 2-0.
“The kids played wonderfully but couldn’t get a goal,” said St. Joe’s coach Mike Thoin. “We outshot them, 15-3, one of those has to go in, but it didn’t. Their goalie played excellent, but we had more than a handful of chances.”
St. Joe’s goalie Will Boerema kept Nichols off the board. .
• The Section VI Championships began Monday with nine prequarterfinal games. Action continues today with 10 prequarterfinals in Class AA and Class C.
In a game that went to double overtime, Starpoint beat North Tonawanda, 2-1. Ryan Schupp scored the game-winner on an assist by Tyler Valentine with 3:47 left in the second OT. It’s the second year in a row the Spartans have eliminated NT.
Sisters vs. sisters today
The Kenmore field hockey team (10-1) needs to beat Akron (8-3) today in a home game to share the Niagara-Orleans title with Barker (10-1).
The game will feature two sisters from Kenmore against two from Akron. Kenmore twins Kaeli and Brianna Mathias will face Claudia and Abby Stone of Akron. Claudia and Kaeli have been battling all season for the league scoring title. Claudia has 20 goals while Kaeli has 18.
Kenmore handed Barker its only league loss, 1-0, last week on a goal by Kaeli. The loss ended Barker’s 114-game undefeated streak in the league dating back to 2005. In the season’s first meeting, Kenmore beat Akron, 3-1. This is the last week of field hockey’s regular season before Sectionals begin Oct. 29.
• No. 1 ranked Amherst moved to 15-0 with a 4-0 victory over visiting East Aurora under the lights. Jane Edgington and Taylor Balser had one goal and one assist each while Megan Mallon and McKenna Rushford also scored. Yanna Boggio had her ninth shutout in 15 starts. The Tigers finish their regular season with Clarence on Wednesday.