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Purple Eagles, Mustangs to host B2 Division games for Homecoming

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 September 2018 at 10:06 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Isaiah Callicutt, left, and Medina’s Brian Fry, right, and their Purple Eagles and Mustangs teammates will host B2 Division Homecoming games on Friday evening.

It is Homecoming week at both Albion and Medina and on the football field Friday night the Purple Eagles will host Depew (7 p.m.) and the Mustangs will entertain Olean (7:30 p.m.) in B2 Division games.

On Saturday, Roy-Hart will visit Cleve Hill at 2 p.m. in a C North Division game and Holley will travel to CG Finney for an 8 man contest at 4 p.m.

Albion has opened the season with three straight high scoring victories including 37-7 over Olean and 43-8 over Lackawanna in B2 action and 39-12 over Burgard in an interdivisional contest.

Quarterback Bryce Pritchard leads the Albion offense which has gotten rushing touchdowns from seven different players including 4 by Ugene Harrison, 3 by Pritchard and 2 by Brilliance Johnson. Pritchard has also thrown 3 touchdown passes including 2 to Nate Moore and 1 to Kevin Hillman.

Depew brings an 0-3 B2 record into the contest including narrow losses of 14-12 to Medina/Lyndonvile/Barker and 20-19 to Lackawanna as well as a 39-29 setback at the hands of Olean.

The Purple Eagles hold an 11-9 lead in the all-time series against the Wildcats including a 28-7 victory last year which snapped a five game Depew win streak in the series.

Medina/Lyndoville/Barker, which is also off to a 3-0 start, opened the season with a pair of narrow B2 wins, 14-12 over Depew and 28-24 over Springville, before besting Lew-Port 28-13 last week in an interdivisional contest.

Quarterback Isaiah Rhim has accounted for 9 of the Mustangs 10 touchdowns including 5 rushing and 4 passing.

Olean has rebounded from the 37-7 opening week loss to Albion to defeat Depew 39-29 and Springville 42-14.

The return of senior quarterback Alex Weakfall, who did not play against Albion, has been a big part of the Huskies surge. He had rushing touchdowns of 58, 53 and 60 yards and an 80 yard kickoff return for a TD against Springville and three rushing TDs against Depew including a 77 yard carry.

The Huskies hold a 2-1 lead in the short series against the Mustangs including a 17-6 Consolation Bowl win last year.

Roy-Hart will be looking to snap a season opening three game losing streak at Cleve Hill which is 2-0 in the C North Division and 2-1 overall.

Holley is looking to keep the momentum from last weekend’a wild 58-52 8 man football debut victory over Marcus Whitman when the Hawks visit GC Finney which lost to Oakfield-Alabama/Elba 46-30 in the opener.

Jacob Affronti scored 4 touchdowns, Cody Tanis 2 and Jamel Hildreth and Dalton Moyer 1 each for the Hawks in the win over Marcus Whitman.

Wilson golfers down Albion; Medina wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 September 2018 at 9:22 pm

Improving to 6-3, Wilson downed Albion (5-4) 257-267 in a Niagara-Orleans League golf match this afternoon

Sam Georgal shot 48 and Josh Sieder 49 to lead the way for Wilson.

Patrick Ricker took medalist honors for Albion with a 40.

Front-running Medina (8-0-1) bested Roy-Hart (0-9) 208-294 at Shelridge as Aidan Paul took medalist honors with a 35. Ian Wagner added a 38, Dylan Lonnen 42, Melanie Green 44 and Travis Stornelli 49.

In another N-O match, Akron 8-1-1) downed Barker (3-5) 239-247.

Barker’s Jake Harris earned medalist honros with a 41.

Purple Eagles spikers upend Mustangs; Roy-Hart hands Akron its first loss

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 September 2018 at 9:03 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Sierra Newton spikes as Medina’s Devin Griffin goes up for the block attempt. The action took place during the Purple Eagles win over the host Mustangs this evening.

Snapping a season opening four league match losing streak, Albion upended host Medina in straight sets 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League volleyball match.

Tralling 18-17, Albion rallied into the lead in the opening set as Ashlyn LeBaron served up points 18-20.

Aces by Ellie Gross and Kharise Johnson put Medina back up 22-21 but the final four points and the win belonged to Albion.

The Purple Eagles pulled even on a side out and then Sierra Newton served up the final three set winning points.

Keeping the momentum, Albion jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the second set as Emani Poole served up points 7-12, a run which included a pair of aces.

Kills by LeBaron and Newton helped keep the Purple Eagles up 17-8.

Medina did close the gap to two at 17-15 as Gross served up points 10-15, a run which included 2 kills by Je’ne Brown, who had a dozen in the match.

Albion though answered the challenge as Newton scored points 19-20 and Isabella Gibbs points 22-25 to close out the set.

Back to back aces by Poole then gave Albion a 17-12 lead midway through the third set.

Medina did rally back to within one three times at 22-21 after a pair of service points by Brown, at 23-22 after a kill by Gross and at 24-23 after a tip by Gross.

The Purple Eagles though again answered the challenge as LeBaron registered a block for the set and match winning point..

Poole, LeBaron, Newton and Natalie Lathrop each had 5 kills for the Purple Eagles balanced attack. Poole also had 6 aces and Newton 4.

“That’s what we need to win is good balance,” said Albion Coach Melody Beecher. “We’re getting there. I’m very pleased overall with our effort.”

The loss drops Medina to 2-2 in the league.

Roy-Hart 25-25-18-24-25, Akron 23-23-25-26-21
Roy-Hart moved into a tie for the N-O lead with defending champion Akron at 4-1 as the Lady Rams outlasted the host Lady Tigers in five sets.

Aspen Moore spearheaded the Roy-Hart attack with 31 kills as Alyssa Kubas and Ella Brown both added 5. Paige Dent had 20 assists and Kristina Burdick 15 for the Lady Rams.

Medina’s Maddie Williams tips the ball over the reach of Albion’s Ashlyn LeBaron at the net.

Albion’s Emani Poole spikes over Medina’s Camri King.

Kendall booters blank Lyndonville/Medina; Albion rolls to stay undefeated

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 September 2018 at 8:56 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall goalie Katherine Pearson stops a shot by Lyndonville/Medina’s Ella Lewis as T’Mia Kitchings moves in for the Lady Eagles. The action took place during the visiting Lady Eagles win over the Lady Tigers this afternoon.

Scoring a goal in each half, Kendall blanked Lyndonville/Medina 2-0 in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game this afternoon at Lyndonville.

Hailee Mitchell scored what proved to be the game winner for Kendall on a direct kick with 12:38 to go in the first half.

Both starting goalies, Kendall’s Katherine Pearson and Lyndonville/Medina’s Haylee Seefeldt, came up with big saves to stop breakaways in the opening half.

Kendall added a big insurance goal when Alezya Brown scored midway through the second half.

Kendall improves to 51 in the league while Lyndonville/Medina is 2-4.

Albion 6, Barker 0
Building up a commanding 4-0 half-time advantage, Albion went on to defeat host Barker 6-0 this afternoon to stay undefeated at 5-0 in Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer action (9-0 overall).

Claire Squicciarini scored the first 2 goals for Albion off assists from Brylie Hapeman and Abby Scanlan.

Goals in the final 10 minutes of the half by Hapeman, from Lexi Wolck, and by Scanlan, from Abbie Pappalardo, doubled the lead to 4-0.

In the second half the Purple Eagles got goals by Sarah Gregori, off an assist by Hapeman, and by Hapeman from Scanlan.

Akron 3, Roy-Hart 0
Akron boosted its N-O record to 3-1 with a 3-0 victory over Roy-Hart (1-4) as Natalie Karmazyn scored 2 goals and Jenna Robnett 1.

Wilson 2, Newfane 0
First half goals by Kenzi Beyer and Kaelin Faery earned Wilson (3-1) a 2-0 win over rival Newfane (2-3).

Holley 2, Pembroke 2
Goals by Olivia Radford and Rachel Killian earned Holley a 2-2 tie with Pembroke in another G-R contest.

Lyndonville/Medina’s Megan Krisher sends the ball between Kendall defenders Olivia Reed and Brianna Wakefield.

Kendall’s Madison Jacob advances the ball up field as Kaylee Nesbitt defends for Lyndonville/Medina.

Kendall booters rally for first win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 September 2018 at 8:49 pm

Snapping a season opening five game losing streak, Kendall rallied with a big second half to defeat visiting Pembroke 3-1 this evening in a Genesee Region League boys soccer game.

Trailing 1-0 at the half, Kendall pulled even on Dale Steffen’s first goal off an assist from Nate Warters.

Warters then put the Eagles on top to stay with a goal on a direct kick. He later tacked on a big insurance goal with four minutes remaining to put a lock on the victory.

Hunter Menze made 8 saves in goal for the Eagles.

Wheatland-Chili 2, Holley 1
Outshot 22-4, Wheatland-Chili emerged with a narrow 2-1 win over host Holley in another G-R contest.

Karl Biedlingmaier scored the lone goal for Holley.

Girls Soccer
Roy-Hart 2, Sweet Home 1
Kara Choate and Cecilia Santo each scored a goal for Roy-Hart in the Lady Rams 2-1 non league victory at Sweet Home.

Medina gets rare field hockey win over Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 September 2018 at 7:26 pm

Ending a 14 year drought, Medina scored a rare Niagara-Orleans League field hockey victory over Akron as the Mustangs posted a 2-0 shutout victory this afternoon at Akron.

Sarah Cochrane scored what proved to be the game winner with 30 seconds remaining in the first half and Grace Cook added an insurance tally at the 19 minute mark of the second half as the Mustangs claimed their first victory over the Lady Tigers since 2004.

Alissa Blount earned the shutout in goal.

“We had a real solid defensive effort,” said Medina Coach Amber Cleaveland. “It’s just extremely exciting for us.”

Medina improves to 3-2 and Akron slips to 4-2.

Undefeated (5-0) Roy-Hart remained in sole possession of first place with a 3-0 win at Wilson (2-3) on first half goals by Lexi Lovewell, Ashley Hill and Sam Choate. Jamie Bower earned the shutout in goal.

Barker stayed just a game off the pace at 4-1 with a 6-0 victory over Newfane (0-6) as Katrina Clare had 2 goals and Kaedynce Schumacher, Ciara Gregoire, Miya Goodale and Madison Gancasz 1 each.

Barker next visits Roy-Hart in a key contest at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and Medina hosts Wilson.

Purple Eagles surge past rival Mustangs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 September 2018 at 6:58 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Sam Sanchez goes after the ball as Caelen Holland of Medina/Lyndonville tries to kick it up field. The action took place during the Purple Eagles win over the Mustangs this afternoon at Vets Park.

A quick four goal scoring burst late in the second half rallied Albion to a 6-3 victory over rival Medina/Lyndonville in a Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer game at Vets Park this afternoon.

Trailing 3-2, Albion pulled even on a breakaway goal by Leonel Rosario with 17:22 remaining in the second half.

Ignited by that tally, the Purple Eagles quickly regained the lead for good at 4-3 when Nate Scanlan scored just 39 seconds later at 16:43 off an assist from Angel Rosario.

Albion’s Angel Rosario takes the ball up field as Jonathan Slingerland defends for Medina/Lyndonville.

Keeping the momentum, Albion upped its lead to 5-3 when Kendyll Hadick scored on a breakaway with 11:31 remaining.

The Purple Eagles then put a firm lock on the victory when Angel Rosario scored just 34 seconds later on a penalty kick with 10:57 to go to make it 6-3.

Albion also jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the outset as Thomas Hollenbeck scored just 10 minutes in on a breakaway.

Medina/Lyndonville answered right back with the equalizer just four minutes later as Nate Dillenbeck scored at the 26:04 mark and the sea-saw battle was underway.

It took Albion less than six minutes to get that one back as Hadick tallied with 20:47 to go off an assist from Hollenbeck to take a 2-1 lead at the half.

The outset of the second half saw Medina/Lyndonville come battling back as Evan Silversmith netted the equalizer at 33:04 and Casey Wineicki followed up with the go ahead tally at 22:31 for a 3-2 Mustangs lead.

The last surge and the victory though belonged to Albion as the Purple Eagles got four quick goals in a span of only seven minutes from Leonel Rosario, Scanlan, Hadick and Angel Rosario.

Albion improves to 2-1-1 in the league while Medina/Lyndonville slips to 1-3-1.

Medina/Lyndonville next hosts Wilson at 4:30 p.m. Friday while Albion entertains Roy-Hart at 7 p.m. Saturday.

In the the N-O games, Wilson (4-0-1) nipped Newfane (2-2) 1-0 and Akron (1-3-1) trimmed Roy-Hart (2-3) 3-2. Aidan Bligh and Jacob Fritton scored the goals for Roy-Hart.

Casey Winiecki winds up to take a shot on goal for the Mustangs as Harrison Brown defends for the Purple Eagles.

Jacob Fuller kicks the ball up field for the Purple Eagles as Nate Sherman moves in for the Mustangs.

Medina youth gridders bow

Contributed Story Posted 18 September 2018 at 6:41 pm

The Medina Broncos lost a 27-14 decision at Alden in the JV Division and the Medina Stallions were downed 25-0 at Batavia in the Varsity Division in Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) action Saturday.

In the Mini Division, Medina won by forfeit over Alden.

The Broncos got a 62 yard kickoff return and a 55 yard run for touchdowns by Trevon Shine. Chrisitan Moss added 60 total yards including a 30 yard pass reception from Cole Callard.

On defense for the Broncos, Moss, Shine and Trenton Morley each made 8 tackles.

Purple Eagle golfers best Panthers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 September 2018 at 8:51 pm

Albion downed Newfane 260-279 at Hickory Ridge this afternoon to improve to 5-3 in Niagara-Orleans League golf competition.

Patrick Ricker took medalist honors for Albion with a 42 as Nick Perry added a 49.

The loss drops Newfane to 1-8.

Lady Tigers rally for win; Kendall rolls; Albion scores victory over Lockport

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 September 2018 at 8:47 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville/Medina’s Anna Lewis advances the ball up field during this afternoon’s win at Lyndonville as Freda Peralta and Brenna Ilacqua defend for Oakfield-Alabama/Elba.

Rallying for a pair of second half goals, Lyndonville/Medina nipped visiting Oakfield-Alabama/Elba 2-1 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game.

Ella Lewis pulled the Lady Tigers even with a goal at 21:55 of the second half. She then netted the game winner with 11:09 remaining off an assist from Alana Drewery.

Haylee Seefeldt then made a couple of key saves in goal over the final 10 minutes to preserve the win.

The visiting Lady Hornets took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal by Dakota Brinkman.

Kendall 4, Attica 1
Jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead, Kendall went on to defeat host Attica 4-1 to improve to 4-1 in G-R action.

Hailee Mitchell put Kendall in charge early by scoring twice in the first 11 minutes,

The Lady Eagles later locked up the win on second half goals by Grace Levett and Abbi Jenks.

Albion 4, Lockport 1
Staying perfect at 8-0, Albion defeated Class AA Lockport 4-1 this evening in a non league game.

Albion jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead on goals by Abby Scanlan and Sarah Gregori, both off assists from Brylie Hapeman.

The Purple Eagles then locked up the win on second half tallies by Gregori, off an assist from Mariah Plain, and by Hapeman from Mayra Reyes-Rosario.

Holley 0, Notre Dame 0 OT
Unable to cash in on any of 39 shots, Holley played to a 0-0 overtime tie with visiting Notre Dame this evening in a G-R contest.

Sarah Klatt made 3 saves in goal for the Lady Hawks.

Paige McDonald of the Lady Tigers battles for the ball with Dakota Brinkman of the Lady Hornets.