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Early goal keys Kendall girls to shutout victory in soccer sectionals opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2017 at 8:49 pm

A quick goal in the first two minutes sparked No. 4 Kendall to a 4-0 victory over visiting No. 13 Pavilion this evening in the opening round of the Section V Class D-1 girls soccer playoffs.

Michela Hanlon scored the early goal off an assist from Taylor ReQua to get Kendall off and running.

The Lady Eagles doubled their advantage before half-time as Madison Jacob scored at the 20 minute mark from Kayla Summers.

Kendall then put a firm lock on the victory with a pair of second half goals by ReQua 10 minutes in and by Abby Jenks nine minutes later off an assist from Hanlon.

Hannah Ulmen earned the shutout in goal making 3 saves.

Improving to 13-4, Kendall will next face  No. 12 Bishop Kearney, a 2-1 winner over No. 5 Naples, in the quarterfinals on Saturday. The Lady Eagles nipped Kearney 1-0 early in the season in the Kendall Tournament.

Albion sectional game to highlight busy four day stretch of postseason football action

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2017 at 7:30 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s JaQuess Harrison, shown here picking up yardage during the recent loss to Dunkirk, and his Purple Eagle teammates will look to avenge that setback when they visit Dunkirk on Friday night in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class B playoffs.

Local high school football fans can enjoy postseason contests each of the next four nights.

The feature game will be on Friday as No. 6 seed Albion visits No. 3 Dunkirk at 7:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class B playoffs.

This contest will be a rematch as the Purple Eagles dropped a narrow 18-15 decision to the Marauders two weeks ago in a key clash of unbeatens at Dunkirk for the B-2 Division title.

The sectional appearance will be the first for Albion since 2011 while Dunkirk is the defending Section VI Class B champions.

Both teams bring 6-1 season records into the contest as Albion is looking to keep the momentum from a 51-22 victory over rival Medina/Lyndonville while Dunkirk is looking to rebound from a 15-8 upset loss to rival Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton.

“The Dunkirk game was a great game. It was a tough one to lose but our kids came back strong against Medina and now they are now even more determined this time,” said Albion Coach Adam Krenning. “We know each other well now and we’re making some adjustments to what we saw. We just have to play hard and put up another good battle up front.”

Quarterback Bryce Pritchard, who has thrown for 7 touchdowns and run for 4, leads the Albion offense. Four of those TD passes have gone to Nate Moore and 2 to JaQuess Harrison who has also had a big season on special teams with 2 punt returns and 1 kickoff return for scores.

Ugene Harrison has led the Purple Eagles ground attack with 11 rushing touchdowns. He and Pritchard each had a TD run in the narrow loss to Dunkirk.

Quarterback Jaziah Rivera scored a pair of touchdowns for Dunkirk but it was workhorse running back Quantavis Kleckley with over 200 yards rushing and a TD who  really keyed the Marauders attack.

The victor will advance to a semifinal matchup against the winner of Friday’s No. 7 Depew (4-3) at No. 2 Cheektowaga (6-1) contest.

The other Class B quarterfinals will have No. 8 Pioneer (5-2) at No. 1 Lackawanna (6-1) and No. 5 Newfane (6-1) at No. 4 Maryvale (6-1). The sectional appearance is the first for Newfane since 1993.

Medina/Lyndonville hosts Alden in B Bowl semi

Thursday evening Medina/Lyndonville entertains Alden at 6:30 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Class B Chuck Funke Memorial Bowl.

The contest will also be a rematch as the Mustangs outlasted the Bulldogs 58-34 in a wild B-3 Division contest two weeks ago.

Quarterback Izaiah Rhim threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more during that high scoring contest.  He has a total of 13 passing touchdowns to six different receivers on the season including 4 to Jalin Cooper, 3 to Mason Lewis, 2 to Brendan Luthart and Brian Fry and 1 to DaRon Bellan and William Braswell. He has also rushed for 9 TDs. Braswell has also rushed for 5 touchdowns.

Medina/Lyndonvile brings a 4-3 record into the contest while Alden is 2-5.

The other semifinal will have Burgard (2-5) at Olean (2-4).

The winners will meet for the Class B Bowl title on October 26 at Pioneer.

Holley hosts Wellsville in C-1 Bowl semi

Holley will also be in bowl action as the Hawks host Wellsville at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals of the Class C-1 Connors and Ferris Bowl.

The Hawks bring a 3-4 record into postseason while the Lions are 2-5.

This will be the second postseason meeting between the teams as Holley downed Wellsville  27-12 in the semifinals of the 2014 Connors and Ferris Bowl.

The Hawks offense has been sparked by running back Camron Labarge with 8 touchdowns and quarterback Jeremy Mallett and funning back Jacob Affronti with 4 each.

Roy-Hart/Barker hosts East Aurora/Holland

The busy four days of gridiron action begins this evening when Roy-Hart/Barker hosts East Aurora/Holland in a matchup game at 6 p.m. at Middleport.

Medina spikers down Newfane

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2017 at 10:44 pm

Medina scored a four set 25-16, 17-25, 25-19, 25-20 victory over visiting Newfane this evening to finish the Niagara-Orleans League volleyball season at 7-3.

Faith Henning had 12 aces, Maddie Williams 7 kills, 5 aces and 12 digs, Je’ne Brown 7 kills and 6 digs, Camri King 6 kills, Elle Gross 5 aces, Leah Sheelar 4 aces, Grace Masse 11 assists and Alyssa Beyer 7 digs for the Mustangs.

Newfane finishes the N-O season at 2-8.

Wilson 25-22-25-20-25, Roy-Hart 16-25-13-25-22
Wilson (6-4) outlasted Roy-Hart (5-5) in a five set marathon as Izzy Dinse had 16 blocks and 7 kills and Raechel Blasius 5 kills and 18 digs.

Lyndonville spikers best Holley, Kendall wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2017 at 10:33 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Nicole Mrzywka and Lyndonville’s Carlie Russo go up against each other at the net during the host Lady Tigers win over the Lady Hawks this evening.

Finishing with a flurry, Lyndonville used a big fourth set surge to complete a 25-22, 27-25, 22-25, 25-9 victory over visiting Holley this evening in a Genesee Region League volleyball match.

Leading by a narrow 8-7 margin, Lyndonville began to pull away in the fourth set as Hannah Despard served up points 9-11 including a pair of aces and a spiking kill by Cassie Maynard.

Lyndonvlle got the ball right back on a kill by Alecia Hinkson and then Natalie Ostrowski broke the set wide open for the Lady Tigers by putting together a marathon run of 11 straight service points (13-23). She had two aces during that run which was highlighted by five kills by Hinkson giving the Lady Tigers a commanding 23-8 lead.

Hinkson then polished off the set and the match by serving up an ace for the final point.

Holley’s Jocelyn Chilton returns a serve.

Lyndonville also got off to a fast start jumping out to a 16-5 lead in the opening set as Paige Gardner served up points 1-7, Josephine Joy 9-11 and Miranda Lembcke 14-15 as Carlie Russo had two kills during that stretch and Lembcke and Maynard one each.

However, Holley came battling back to close the gap to one at 22-21 and again at 23-22 as Allison Howard served up points 8-11, Ava Kohut 14-15 and Cory Spychalski 19-21.

Lyndonville though turned back the challenge as Russo had a kill for point 23 and Joy a kill for the set winning 25th point.

Holley turned the tables in the second set building up a 16-8 advantage as Kelsie Johnstone served up points 5-9, Howard 11-13 and Kohut registered 3 kills.

This time it was Lyndonville’s turn to battle back as two kills by Russo, along with one each by Lembcke and Skyler Lear, combined with a four point runs of service points (15-18) by Lembcke helped to rally the Lady Tigers back into a 20-20 tie.

Holley went back up 24-21 on a pair of points by Kohut, including an ace, but Lyndonville quickly retied the set at 24-24 on a kill by Maynard and an ace by Ostrowski.

The Lady Hawks took their last lead at 25-23 on a kill by Nicole Mrzywka.

However, the last three points and the overtime set win belonged to Lyndonville as Joy served up the final two notching an ace for the set winner.

Holley though stayed alive in the match by rebounding for a win in the third set building up s big 20-12 advantage as Angela Weaver served up points 5-8 and Kohut 14-18, including a pair of aces.

Lyndonville did rally back to within two at 24-22 after a four point run by Ostrowski (19-22) but the Lady Tigers would get no closer.

The Lady Tigers though bounced right back to take the decisive fourth set keyed by seven spiking kills by Hinkson and the big string of 11 straight service points by Ostrowski.

Hinkson finished with a total of 9 kills for the Lady Tigers as Maynard had 5, Lembcke and Russo 4 and Lear and Joy 3.  Ostrowski led the way at the serve line with 6 aces as Despard had 4 and Lembcke and Joy 2.
Kohut had 5 aces and 3 kills for Holley.

Kendall 16-25-25-25, Pembroke 25-10-23-10
Kendall finished the regular season at 9-9 by downing Pembroke in four sets 16-25, 25-10, 25-23, 25-10 as Jenna Regan had 14 kills and 3 blocks, Sunni Brice 11 assists, Brittney Marks 7 digs and 5 assists, Jessica Coble 7 digs and 2 aces, Kelly Mayes 3 kills and Anna Oakley 3 kills.

Amanda Knauss had 8 kills, 7 aces and 2 blocks for Pembroke.

Byron-Bergen 25-25-25, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba 17-11-15
Lauren Burke had 9 kills and 19 aces, Madison Farnsworth 7 kills and 1 ace and Catherine Brumsted 3 aces and 2 kills to lead undefeated (12-0, 15-0) Byron-Bergen to a straight set G-R victory over Oakfield-Alabama/Elba (11-1, 14-2).

Lyndonville’s Skyler Lear spikes the ball as Carlie Russo and Hannah Despard back up the play.

Purple Eagles and Mustangs bow in boys soccer sectional openers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2017 at 9:35 pm

No. 8 Tonawanda nipped No. 9 Albion 2-1 and No. 6 Alden bested No. 11 Medina/Lyndonville 5-2 this afternoon in the opening round of the Section VI Class B-1 boys soccer playoffs.

Brad Sanford netted the lone goal off an assist from Kendyll Hadick for Albion which had trailed 2-0.

Trenton Jones scored both goals for Medina which trailed 4-0 at the half.

In Class B-2, No. 5 Roy-Hart won by forfeit over No. 12 Middle Early College which did not have enough players for the contest.

In a Section V Class D-1 opener No. 6 Fillmore blanked No. 11 Kendall 4-0.

In a Section V Class C-1 girls soccer opener No. 6 Pembroke nipped No. 11 Holley 1-0 in a shootout.

The contest went 0-0 after 80 minutes of regulation platt, two 10 minute overtime periods and two sudden death five minute periods setting the stage for the shootout which saw Pembroke outscore Holley 3-2.

Barker boys score sweep in N-O cross-country

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2017 at 9:14 pm

Barker defeated visiting Medina 28-31 and Roy-Hart 19-43 this afternoon to improve to 5-1 in Niagara-Orleans League boys cross-country competition.

Medina earned a split by downing Roy-Hart 23-36  to go to 3-3.

Medina’s Daniel Heil won the race in 17:02. His Mustang teammates, Aidan Cayea and Jack Hill, finished 4-5.

Barker’s Peter DiLorenzo finished second and Roy-Hart’s Ozzy Moore third.

In the girls race, Roy-Hart scored a sweep downing Barker 22-33 and Medina 18-37..

Medina again earned a split by besting Barker 27-30.

Roy-Hart’s Anna Rickard won the race and her teammate Kelsey Cimeny finished third.

Barker’s duo of Gabby Baker and Serina Harris finished 2-4.

The Newfane boys stayed perfect at 6-0 by defeating Wilson 21-38 and Akron 16-45.  Wilson bested Akron 21-40 in the other portion of the meet to improve to 4-2.

Newfane’s Sam Auernhamer won the race and his Panther teammates Colin McCabe and Allen Lingle finished 2-5.

Wilson was led by the 3-4 finish of William Schurzmuller and Nathanal Johnson.

The Newfane girls likewise stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by defeating Wilson 15-48 and Akron 20-39.
Akron improved to 4-2 by downing Wilson 21-38.

Akron’s Margo Henley won the race but the rest of the top five belonged to Newfane with the 2-5 finish of Kim Goerss, Vanessa Burkard, Nina Burkhard and Lydia Chunco.

Akron, Barker win to share field hockey title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2017 at 8:56 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Jayden Towsend battles for control of the ball with Akron’s Abby Stone during the Lady Rams narrow loss to the visiting Lady Tigers this afternoon.

Defending champion Akron edged past host Roy-Hart 1-0 this afternoon to earn a share of the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey title with Barker which romped past visiting Kenmore 5-0.

Akron and Barker finish the N-O campaign sharing the crown at 11-1.

Kayla Wdowka scored the game’s lone goal for Akron with just seven minutes remaining in the second half.

Roy-Hart goalie Jamie Bower had a huge game including stopping a penalty stroke early in the second half to keep the contest deadlocked at 0-0.

The Lady Rams finish the N-O season at 8-4.

Katrina Clare and Natalie Menz each scored a pair of goals and Jillian Moeller added one for Barker. Menz and Moeller also each had an assist for the Lady Raiders which led 4-0 at the half.

Cara Fox and Paige Sandolfini shared in earning the shutout in goal.

Kenmore finishers the league season at 1-11.

In the day’s other game, Medina edged past host Wilson 2-1 on goals by Grace Flores and Alexis Maines.

Medina and Wilson both finish the N-O season at 5-7.

Legion takes over Euchre League lead

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2017 at 9:54 am

Legion downed JR Wilson 50-20 Monday to move into first place atop the Medina Euchre League standings by a point over former front-runner Sacred Heart which defeated Vets Club 44-26.

Legion is now 118-92 on the young season. Sacred Heart is close behind at 117-93 followed by Vets Club 98-112 and JR Wilson 87-123.

League competition continues on October 23 with Legion at JR Wilson and Sacred Heart at Vets Club.

Mustang spikers down Lady Tigers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2017 at 8:16 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina senior Leah Sheelar returns service as fellow Mustang seniors Grace Masse and Alyssa Beyer look on.

Jumping out to big leads in both of the first two sets, Medina went on to defeat visiting Lyndonville 25-17, 25-16, 25-17 this evening in a non league volleyball match.

Medina built up an early 17-4 lead in the opening set as Faith Henning served up points 4-10 and Leah Sheelar 14-17. Je’ne Brown had 2 spiking kills and Alyssa Beyer 1 during that stretch.

Lyndonville did battle back to within four at 17-13 as Skyler Lear served up points 6-13, a run which was capped off by back-to-back kills by Alecia Hinkson and Cassidy Boyce.

However, Medina turned back the challenge on an ace by Grace Masse for point 19 and then kills by Maddie Williams for point 20, Beyer for 21 and Brown for 25.

Medina senior Faith Henning serves for a point.

Likewise in the second set Medina grabbed an early 13-5 lead as Brown had 3 kills and Williams 2 during that stretch.

Lyndonville though again came rallying back to cut the deficit to 13-10 as Lear served up points 7-10.

Again the Mustangs answered the challenge, this time with a key six point run of points by Williams (15-20), a run which included a pair of aces and upped the Medina lead to 20-10.

Beyer served up the final two points registering a ace for the set winner.

Leading by a narrow 9-8 margin in the third set, Medina pulled away to a 21-11 advantage as Williams served up points 10-12 (2 aces), Elle Gross 14-17 (3 aces) and Henning 19-21.

A three point run by Boyce (15-17) did pull Lyndonvile back to within 23-17 but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.

Brown had 6 kills on the night, Williams 3 and Beyer 2 for Medina while Cassie Maynard and Hinkson both had 2 for Lyndonville.

Williams also had 4 aces, Gross 3 and Henning 2 for the Mustangs and Natalie Ostrowski 2 for the Lady Tigers.

Both teams will be in action again on Tuesday as Medina hosts Newfane in a Niagara-Orleans League match and Lyndonville entertains Holley in a Genesee Region League match.

Kendall 25-25-25, Rochester Prep 10-21-13
Improving to 8-9, Kendall scored a straight set 25-10, 25-21, 25-13 victory over visiting Rochester Prep in a non league match.

Jenna Regan had 7 kills and 2 aces, Brittney Marks 6 aces and 4 assists and Shianna Patten 13 of 13 from the service line including 4 aces for the Lady Eagles.

Lyndonville’s Hannah Despard dives for a return as Alecia Hinkson backs up the play.

Soccer, football playoffs begin this week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2017 at 10:38 am

Football and boys and girls soccer sectional playoff action gets underway this week highlighted by a local rivalry contest and a key rematch.

The girls soccer sectionals action will feature a Medina/Lyndonville at Albion rivalry meeting in the opening round of the Section VI Class B-1 playoffs  at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The teams played to a pair of overtime contests during the Niagara-Orleans League season. Albion won the first 3-2 while the second ended in a 3-3 deadlock.

The rematch will have No. 6 seed Albion visiting No. 3 Dunkirk in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class B football playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  The Marauders nipped the Purple Eagles 18-15 two weeks ago in a key clash of unbeatens for the B-2 Division title.

Another gridiron rematch will see Medina/Lyndonville hosting Alden in the semifinals of the Class B Chuck Funke Memorial Bowl at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The Mustangs downed the Bulldogs 58-34 two weeks ago at Alden in a B-3 Division game.

The N-O field hockey season will wrap up on Tuesday as defending champion Akron and Barker both seek wins to earn a share of the title. Currently both at 10-1, Akron visits Roy-Hart (8-3) and Barker hosts Kenmore (1-10).

Weekly Schedule
Today
Girls Volleyball: Rochester Prep at Kendall, 5:30 p.m.; Lyndonville at Medina, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday
Boys Soccer Sectionals: Medina at Alden, 3:30 p.m.; Albion at Tonawanda, 5 p.m.; Middle Early College at Roy-Hart, Kendall at Fillmore, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer Sectionals: Holley at Pembroke, 3 p.m.
Field Hockey: Medina at Wilson, Akron at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; Kenmore at Barker, 5 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Newfane at Medina, Albion at Akron, Roy-Hart at Wilson, Holley at Lyndonville, Kendall at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Cross-Country: Medina and Roy-Hart at Barker, Newfane and Wilson at Akron, 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday
Football: East Aurora/Holland at Roy-Hart/Barker, 6 p.m.
Girls Soccer Sectionals: Medina/Lyndonville at Albion, Pavilion at Kendall, 6 p.m.
Field Hockey: Buffalo Seminary at Medina, 4:45 p.m.
Boys Volleyball: St. Francis at Lyndonville/Medina, 7 p.m.

Thursday
Football: Alden at Medina/Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Lyndonville at Kendall, Tapestry at Medina ,6:30 p.m.

Friday
Football Sectionals: Albion at Dunkirk, 7:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer Sectionals: Roy-Hart at Southwesterm, Eden at Wilson, JFK at Akron, 3:30 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Albion at Batavia, Holley at Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
Boys Volleyball: Lyndonville/Medina vs. Midlakes and North Rose-Wolcott at Midlakes

Saturday

Football: Wellsville at Holley, 1:30 p.m.

N-O Standings
Field Hockey: Akron 10-1, Barker 10-1, Roy-Hart 8-3, Wilson 5-6, Medina 4-7, Kenmore 1-10, Newfane 1-11
Girls Volleyball: Akron 9-0, Medina 6-3, Roy-Hart 5-4, Wilson 5-4, Newfane 2-7, Albion 0-9
Boys Cross-Country: Newfane 4-0, Barker 3-1, Wilson 3-1, Akron 2-2, Medina 2-2, Albion 1-5, Roy-Hart 0-4
Girls Cross-Country: Newfane 4-0, Albion 5-1, Akron 3-1, Wilson 3-1, Barker 0-4, Medina 0-4, Roy-Hart 0-4

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