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Roy-Hart spikers cap 10-0 N-O title season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2021 at 8:57 pm

Roy-Hart scored a straight set 25-23, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Newfane this evening to complete a perfect 10-0 Niagara-Orleans League volleyball championship season.

Alex Stern had 5 kills, 2 blocks and 1 ace; Sam Albright 5 kills and 3 aces and Ava Brigham 7 kills, 4 aces and 2 blocks for Roy-Hart which won all 10 of its N-O matches in three straight sets.

Medina tips R-H in N-O field hockey finale

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2021 at 6:21 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina goalie Arianna Bloom makes a save on a shot by Roy-Hart’s Sydney Rhinehart during the Mustangs win over the host Lady Rams this afternoon.

One goal proved to be just enough to earn Medina a 1-0 victory over host Roy-Hart this afternoon in the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey season finale.

Iyla Lilleby scored the Mustangs lone goal, her 20th of the season, late in the second quarter.

Arianna Bloom made seven saves to earn the shutout in goal for the Mustangs.

Medina, which finishes the N-O season at 8-4, is 11-4 overall heading into Wednesday’s non league regular season finale against Sacred Heart.

Roy-Hart finishes the N-O season at 6-6.

Barker 6, Newfane 0

Alexis Weeks scored two goals and Mia Herman, Miya Goodale, Rachel Sutter and Alexa Zglinicki each netted one to lead Barker to a 6-0 win over Newfane capping off a 9-3 N-O season for the Lady Raiders.

Roy-Hart’s Cheyenne Stilwell drives the ball up field between Medina defenders Emma Wagner and Adeline Castricone.

Vets Park to host soccer doubleheader Tues.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2021 at 10:36 am

Medina’s Vets Park will host an opening round sectional soccer doubleheader on Tuesday.

At 3:30 p.m. No. 7 seed Medina/Lyndonville will host No. 10 Tapestry in a Section VI Class B1 boys playoff game.

Then at 6 p.m. No. 8 Lyndonville/Medina will entertain No. 9 Greece Odyssey in a Section V Class B1 girls playoff contest.

In other schedule changes for Tuesday, No. 3 Roy-Hart will now host No. 14 Salamanca in a Section VI Class B2 boys playoff game at 4 p.m. and No. 9 Kendall will face No. 8 Bolivar-Richburg at 5 p.m. at Attica in a Section V Class C2 girls contest.

Bills honor Geno Allport as Fan of the Year

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2021 at 5:46 pm

Contributed Photo – Geno Allport is congratulated by his son Tre and Albion youth football players after receiving word that he has been honored as the Buffalo Bills Fan of the Year.

Western New York to be sure has a legion of ardent Buffalo Bills fans and there is probably none more so than Albion’s Geno Allport.

He’s a fan that the Bills look at as very special as the team has selected Geno as the Buffalo Bills Fan of the Year.

“It definitely caught caught me off guard. It’s very humbling,” said Geno whose family has had Bills season tickets for nearly 50 years.

“My son Tre apparently sent in a nomination for the Buffalo Bills NFL Fan of the Year. And I was surprised by the Buffalo Bills, family and friends on Thursday night with this news,” he added.

“This to me is a Family of the Year award. Our parents got their season tickets back in 1974 (which is why 74 is on the jersey). This is about all of us,” said Geno who for many years has very active as a coach and commissioner of the Albion youth football program, a member of the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) Executive Board and the NFL’s USA Football program for youth..

He notes that with this honor he was asked by the Bills what he was doing in February? “I said hopefully watching my team. And they told me, I was receiving 2 tickets to the Super Bowl. So, my son Tre and I will be heading out to Los Angeles in February. Hopefully our Bills will be playing and more that day!” he said.

“I’ve been very fortunate in life to be a part of great families. My Allport family, my Albion Purple Eagle football family, my Vertus (the High School in Rochester where he teaches) Warriors family and of course, our Bills family,” he added.

Soccer sectionals set to begin Tuesday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2021 at 5:38 pm

Section V and Section VI soccer playoff competition will get underway on Tuesday while the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey and volleyball seasons will both wrap up early this week.

Weekly Schedule
Football – Akron at Medina, 7 p.m.
Field Hockey – Medina at Roy-Hart, Akron at Wilson, Newfane at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball – Medina at Akron, Roy-Hart at Newfane, Albion at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.

Section VI Boys Soccer – Tapestry at Medina/Lyndonville, 3:30 p.m., Albion at Maryvale, 5 p.m.; Salamanca at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.; Newfane at Alden, 5 p.m.; Akron at Fredonia, 7:20 p.m.
Section V Girls Soccer – Greece Odyssey at Lyndonville/Medina, 6 p.m. at Vets Park.; Alexander at Holley, 6 p.m.; Kendall vs. Bolivar-Richburg, 5 p.m. at Letchworth.
Field Hockey – Akron at Kenmore, 7 p.m.
Volleyball – Akron at Medina, 6:30 p.m.

Section V Boys Soccer – Perry at Kendall, Holley at East Rochester, 6:30 p.m.
Section VI Girls Soccer – Depew at Albion, 3:30 p.m.; Akron at Alden, 5 p.m.; Newfane at Falconer/Cassadaga Valley, 6 p.m.
Volleyball – Newfane at Akron, 6:30 p.m.

Football – Albion at Medina, Lake Shore at Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville, 7 p.m.

Medina to host Akron on Monday in key showdown for C North Division title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2021 at 4:07 pm

The division title and a high seed for the upcoming sectional playoffs will be on the line as defending champion Medina hosts Akron in a key C North Division contest at 7 p.m. Monday at Vets Park.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina quarterback Xander Payne.

Medina is 4-0 and Akron 3-0 in C North competition. The Tigers also have one more division game to play against Cleveland Hill on Friday while the Mustangs will close out the regular season by hosting rival Albion that same evening.

Akron’s offense is led by quarterback Travis Fry who has passed for 563 yards and 9 touchdowns and rushed for 343 yards and 4 TDs.

Randy Hibbard is the Tigers leading rusher with 578 yards and 9 touchdowns while Chris Bergman is the leading receiver with 18 catches for 348 yards and 6 TDs.

Medina’s offense is likewise led by quarterback Xander Payne who has passed for 946 yards and 17 touchdowns including 5 to Greg Thompson, 4 each to Joe Cecchini and Jarin Rhim, 3 to Iverson Poole and 1 to Cayden Lilleby.

The Medina ground attack has been led by Poole with 357 yards and 4 touchdowns, Noah Skinner with 355 yards and 3 TDs and Robert Arnold with 178 yards and 3 TDs.

The teams have played three common division opponents. Against Newfane Medina won 40-0 and Akron 22-21; against Wilson Medina won 44-13 and Akron 38-20 and against Tonawanda Medina won 62-0 and Akron 20-14.

The Mustangs hold a 40-17-5 lead in the all-time series with the Tigers.

C North Standings: Medina 4-0, 6-0; Akron 3-0, 5-1; Wilson 2-2, 4-3; Cleve Hill 2-2, 3-4; Newfane 1-3, 3-4; Tonawanda 0-5, 0-7

Albion scores two youth football wins

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2021 at 9:23 am

Contributed Photos – The Albion Mini squad quartet of Landyn Galligan, Matthew Schomski, Traper Croft and Heyden Almonte team up to make a tackle during Saturday’s game.

Albion took two out of three games from Newfane in Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) competition on Saturday.

Beginner Division
Newfane 15 Albion 0

Camden Holt had 79 yards rushing, Jayce Torres 12 and Harrison Froman had 9 yards for Albion.

The Albion defense was led by Holt with 11 tackles, Jayden Russo 4, Torres 4 and Liam Saporito 3.

Jonah Elsenheimer picks up yardage for the Albion JV squad.

The Beginner Eagles finish the season at 4-4.

Mini Division
Albion 14 Newfane 0

Another huge defensive game by the Mini Eagles who only allowed 49 points this year. Landyn Galligan had 14 tackles, Anthony O’Neal 10, Michael McElwain 5, Heyden Almonte 5, Traper Croft, Brycen Potter and Gavin O’Bracta 4 each.

Almonte and Galligan both had 60 yards touchdown runs. Giovanni LaMartina caught a PAT from Croft.

The Mini Eagles finish the season at 5-3.

JV Division
Albion 19 Newfane 6

Jonah Elsenheimer had a big day on offense for Albion with 120 yards passing and a touchdown and 81 yards rushing with 2 TD’s. Rocco Sidari also had a 39 yard TD reception, Jack Conn 41 yards receiving and Luke Bedford 33 yards. LJ Simmons had 40 yards rushing, Sidari 17 yards and Boe Preston 14 yards.

Chris Almonte led the defense with 12 tackles and a sack. Sidari 5 tackles, Bedford and Thailer Seibert 3 each. Stryker Sanders had a sack, Seibert a fumble recovery and Edwin Dudley had 2 pass deflections.

Albion will be the #3 seed in the playoffs and take on #2 Attica on Saturday.

Playoffs will be in Medina on the 23rd. The semifinal round Schedule will be as follows:

9 a.m Varsity – #2 Medina vs #3 Batavia
11 a.m. Varsity – #1 Newfane vs #4 Holley

1 p.m. Mini – #2 Pembroke vs #3 Attica
3 p.m. Mini – #1 Batavia vs # 4 OAE

5 p.m. JV – #2 Attica vs #3 Albion
7 p.m. JV – #1 Batavia vs #4 Pembroke

Beginner Championship on the 30th
#1 Barker RH vs #2 Medina

Mustangs to open soccer sectionals at home

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2021 at 4:06 pm

No. 7 seed Medina/Lyndonville will host No. 10 Tapestry in the opening round of the Section VI Class B1 boys soccer playoffs at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Mustangs, which defeated Tapestry 4-0 in a non league game during the regular season, bring a 10-5-1 record into the sectionals.

The winner will visit No. 2 Lew-Port in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.

Also in Class B1, No. 13 Albion will visit No. 4 Maryvale on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

In Section VI Class B2 openers on Tuesday No. 3 Roy-Hart will host No. 14 Salamanca/Cattaraugus Little Valley at 6:30 p.m., No. 11 Newfane will visit No. 6 Alden at 5 p.m. and No. 9 Akron will visit No. 8 Fredonia at 7:30 p.m.

In Class C, No. 4 Wilson will host No. 5 Chautauqua Lake at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Section VI Girls Soccer pairings
In a Section VI Class B1 girls playoff opener, No. 7 Albion will host No. 10 Depew at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will visit No. 2 East Aurora on Friday.

In Class B2 on Wednesday, No. 12 Akron visits No. 5 Alden at 5 p.m. and No. 11 Newfane travels to No. 6 Falconer/Cassadaga Valley at 6 p.m. No. 3 Roy-Hart will host the winner of the Newfane-Falconer game on Friday.

In Class C, No. 4 Wilson will host No. 5 Randolph on Friday.

Section V Boys Soccer Pairings
In a Section V Class C1 opener No. 10 Holley will visit No. 7 East Rochester at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will visit No. 2 Williamson on Saturday.

In Class C2, No. 6 Kendall will host No. 11 Perry at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will visit No. 3 HAC on Saturday.

Section V Girls Soccer Pairings
In a Class C1 opener No. 5 Holley will host Genesee Region League foe No. 12 Alexander at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In Class C2 No. 9 Kendall will face No. 8 Bolivar-Richburg on Tuesday at a site to be determined. The winner will visit top seeded York on Thursday.

In Class B1, No. 8 Lyndonville/Medina will host No. 9 Greece Odyssey on Tuesday at a time to be determined. The winner will visit top seeded Palmyra-Macedon in the quarterfinals.

Maritime bests Albion to grab B North lead

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2021 at 12:49 pm

Scoring in every quarter, Maritime rolled to a 38-8 victory over visiting Albion this morning to take over the B North Division lead.

Maritime is now 5-0 an Albion 4-1 in B North competition.

Maritime jumped out to a 16-0 lead in a penalty filled first half on a 6 yard touchdown run by Damion Littleton and a 31 yard TD pass from quarterback Montrice Webster to Addison Copeland.

The Falcons lead soared to 30-0 on a 10 yard TD pass from Webster to Jameer Thomas in the third quarter and a 5 yard scoring run by Marques Miller in the final period.

Albion’s lone touchdown came on a 48 yard pass from quarterback Amari Jones to Javon Jones with 8:15 to go in the fourth quarter.

The Falcons though answered right back with a short TD run by Nyjuan Littlejohn and a two-point conversion  to boost the advantage to 38-8.

The Purple Eagles defense had two turnovers, a pass interception by Javon Jones and a fumble recovery by Ellwood Hafner.

Maritime will close out the regular season with a B North game at Lew-Port and Albion will wind up with an interdivisional game at rival Medina, both Friday evening.

Medina tops Barker in N-O field hockey in OT

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2021 at 12:43 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Iyla Lilleby, shown here during an earlier season game, scored the game winner for Medina in OT at Barker this morning.

Ending a long 16 year drought, Medina bested host Barker 3-2 in overtime in a Niagara-Orleans League field hockey game this morning.

Iyla Lilleby scored the game winning goal for Medina seven and a half minutes into the 10 minute overtime period off an assist from Penelope Schalck.

The victory was Medina’s first over Barker since 2005.

Lydia Fox and Baileigh McAdoo each scored a goal for Medina during regulation time as did Keira Dalton and Rachel Sutter for Barker.

The contest was tied 1-1 at the half.

The Lady Raiders had nipped the Mustangs 1-0 in their earlier season meeting.

Barker is now 8-3 and Medina 7-4 in N-O action.

Medina will visit Roy-Hart and Barker will host Newfane on Monday to close out the N-O season.


Warriors post B North win over Silverbacks

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 October 2021 at 11:46 pm

Trailing 14-0 at the half, Roy-Hart/Barker/Lyndonville ended up dropping a 28-6 decision at Cheektowaga this evening in a B North Division game.

Drew Sandolfini scored the lone touchdown for the Silverbacks which lost five turnovers, three inside the Warriors 20 yard line.

The Warriors improve to 2-2 in the division (2-4 overall) while the Silverbacks slip to 0-6.

Lyndonville posts volleyball win over Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 October 2021 at 9:41 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Karlee Rounds spikes the ball as Albion’s Samantha Rogers goes up for a block attempt during this evening’s non league match at Lyndonville.

Lyndonville bested visiting Albion in four sets 25-15, 18-25, 25-15, 25-16 in a non league volleyball match this evening.

Gracie Johnson had 3 service aces and 5 spiking kills, Lorelei Dillenbeck 7 kills and 6 assists, Ashlee Stephens 11 assists and 2 kills, Addison Dillenbeck 5 aces and 5 kills and Haley Shaffer 3 aces and 12 digs for Lyndonville.

Shaffer served up eight points in a row (6-13) and Addison Dillenbeck scored a total of six (2-4, 22-24) in the first set to help get Lyndonville rolling.

Maya Knaak scored seven points (2-3, 14-18) in the second set to help pull Albion even. She had a total of 5 aces in the first two sets.

In a Genesee Region League match Kendall defeated Oakfield-Alabama 25-16, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21.

Albion’s Maya Knaak spikes down the line for a point.

Medina tops Wilson in N-O field hockey

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 October 2021 at 9:03 pm

Medina downed host Wilson 5-1 this afternoon to improve to 6-4 in Niagara-Orleans League field hockey competition.

Iyla Lilleby and Baileigh McAdoo each scored two goals and Lydia Fox one to lead the way for the Mustangs.

Front-running Akron (10-0) downed Newfane (2-9) 4-0 in a game halted by bad weather in the second half.

Roy-Hart improved to 6-5 with a 5-1 win at Kenmore (4-6) as Cheyenne Stilwell scored three goals and Justine Laverty two.

Ties cap regular season for Mustangs, Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 October 2021 at 8:56 pm

Medina/Lyndonville and host Akron played to a 0-0 tie in a regular season ending Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer game that was halted in the second half by bad weather.

The Mustangs finish the N-O season at 6-3-1 and the Tigers at 4-4-2.

In a non league game, Kendall rallied to earn a 1-1 tie with visiting Northstar.

Colby Hughes pulled Kendall even with a second half goal off an assist from Riley Robinson.

Jorden Ostrander made 9 saves in goal for Kendall which finishes the regular season at 7-7-2.

Holley was also involved in a 1-1 tie with Bishop Kearney in a non league game.

Cameron Bates scored the goal for the Hawks.

Girls Soccer

Kendall 5, Northstar 1

Alezya Brown scored 3 goals and Ava Quintern had 2 goals and an assist for Kendall in the 5-1 non league win over visiting Northstar.

Kendall finishes the regular season at 7-8-1.

Barker boys score two N-O cross-country wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 October 2021 at 8:17 pm

Barker swept to a doubleheader victory this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League boys cross-country make up meet.

Finishing the regular season at 5-1, Barker defeated Albion 19-40 and Akron 20-43. Akron gained a split on the day by downing Albion 19-40.

Akron’s Will Chubb won the race with Barker’s Mason Allee Castro second and Albion’s Reuben Rivers third.

In the girls meet, Akron defeated Barker 22-35 and Albion 21-40 to finish the regular season at 4-2. Barker downed Albion 21-37 in the other portion of the meet.

Akron’s Lauren Wagner finished first, Barker’s Mikala Woock second and Akron’s Kaila Scczygielski third.

Boys Standings: Newfane 6-0, Barker 5-1, Medina 3-3, Roy-Hart 3-3. Akron 2-4, Wilson 2-4, Albion 0-6.
Girls Standings: Newfane 6-0, Wilson 5-1, Akron 4-2, Barker 3-3, Medina 2-4, Albion 1-5, Roy-Hart 0-6.