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Soccer sectional pairings are set: Kendall girls seeded No. 2; Mustangs, Rams are No. 3 seeds

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 October 2019 at 5:41 pm

Defending champion Kendall will begin defense of its Section V Class D1 girls soccer title when the Lady Eagles host a quarterfinal game at 6 p.m. October 26 against the winner of Wednesday’s opening round game between No. 7 Finney and No. 10 Pavilion.

In the other local Section V girls playoff match ups, No. 4 Holley will face No. 13 Campbell-Savona in a Class C1 contest on Tuesday at a site to be determined and No. 11 Lyndonville/Medina will visit No. 6 Aquinas in a Class B1 contest on at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Section VI girls playoffs
Class B1
No. 9 Albion at No. 8 Maryvale, 6 p.m. Wednesday. The winner visits top seeded City Honors on Friday.
No. 10 Newfane at No. 7 Olean, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Class B2
No. 5 Southwestern at No. 4 Roy-Hart, 6 p.m. Friday
No. 11 Pine Valley at No. 6 Wilson, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday
No. 2 Akron will host the winner of the No. 10 JFK at No. 7 Falconer game at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Section V Boys playoffs
Class C1
No. 6 Holley vs. No. 11 Cuba-Rushford, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warsaw
Class D1
No. 5 Alfred-Almond at No. 4 Kendall, 6:30 p.m. Friday

Section VI Boys Playoffs
Class B1
No. 3 Medina/Lyndonville will host the winner of Tuesday’s game between No. 6 Lackawanna and No. 11 I Prep at 3:30 p.m. Thursday
No. 10 Albion at No. 7 Iroquois, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The winner plays at No. 2 East Aurora Thursday.

Class B2
No. 14 Akron at No. 3 Roy-Hart, 6 p.m. Tuesday
No. 10 Wilson at No. 7 DaVinci, 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at Riverside
No. 11 Falconer/Cassadaga Valley at No. 6 Newfane, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Highlights from the big rivalry game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2019 at 11:15 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Following Albion’s win over rival Medina/Lyndonville/Barker this evening, Purple Eagle team captains, from left, Brillance Johnson, Deyonci Farley, Cody Wilson and Michael DiCureia accept the “Doc’s Rock” trophy. The trophy is given annually to the victor in memory of Larry “Doc” Decker who coached and taught in both districts. Presenting the award were his son Brett, at left, and his wife Judy, at right.

Albion quarterback Thomas Furmanski and Medina/Lyndonville/Barker running back Bobby Geiger were presented with the Jeff Evoy Memorial Sportsmanship awards. The awards are given in memory of Evoy who was a teacher and coach at Albion and an administrator and superintendent at Medina. Presenting the awards were his daughter Kelsey and his wife Maureen.

Purple Eagles running back Deyonci Farley picks up yardage as Chris Johnson and Andrew Hill move in to make the tackle for the Mustangs.

Caleb Cudzilo returns the opening kickoff for the Mustangs as Zach Hill looks to make a block on the Purple Eagles Bailey Blanchard.

Purple Eagles down rival Mustangs

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2019 at 10:46 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Tyray White races up field as Medina/Lyndonville/Barker’s Andrew Hill closes in. The action took place during the host Purple Eagles win over the rival Mustangs this evening.

Building up a 17-0 half-time advantage, Albion went on to defeat rival Medina/Lyndonville/Barker 23-6 this evening in a regular season ending football game at Albion’s Spierdowis Field. (Click here to see Albion give Brett Decker “Doc’s Rock” for safe keeping at the coin toss.)

Albion took the lead for good by driving 88 yards for a touchdown on its first possession as Tyray White scored on a 6 yard run and quarterback Thomas Frurmanski added the extra point kick.

A pair of big 21 yard runs by White, along with a 14 yard run by Furmanski and a 13 yard Furmanski to Chris Shabazz pass completion, highlighted the drive.

The Mustangs then missed a golden opportunity to get right back in the game as they failed to capitalize on an Albion fumble at the Purple Eagles 8 yard line which was recovered by Emanuel Taylor.

The Mustangs were set back by a penalty on first down and the Albion defense then stopped the next four plays to get the ball back at their own 6 yard line.

Albion’s Kevin Hillman works to get away from Mustang defenders Caleb Cudzillo and Bobby Geiger.

“That was huge,” said Albion Coach Adam Krenning of the key defensive stand. “We turned the ball over a total of four times but the kids were resilient and our defense came up big. They’ve kept us in games all season.

The Albion offense then put together another long field length drive, highlighted by a 26 yard Furmanski to Kevin Hillman pass completion, a drive which produced a 20 yard Furmanski field goal and a 10-0 Purple Eagles lead.

(Click here to see Thomas Furmanski kick a FG for Albion to make the score 10-0.)

The Purple Eagles defense then stopped the Mustangs on downs at the Medina 41 and the offense was quick to capitalize.

Overcoming a holding penalty, a 22 yard Furmanski to Hillman pass and a 12 yard run by Brillance Johnson helped to move the ball to the 15. Johnson then swept around right end for the final 15 yards for a touchdown and Furmanski’s extra point kick made it 17-0 with 6:49 to go in the second quarter.

Albion again drove deep into Medina territory just before halftime as Furmanski completed passes of 17 yards to Shabazz and 14 to Hillman.

However, the Mustangs defense turned back that threat as Zach Blount came up with a clutch interception in the end zone.

(Click here to see Blount intercept Furmanski’s pass in the endzone to end the first half.)

The Mustangs defense then stopped two Albion drives in the third quarter, first on an interception by Brian Fry and later on a fumble recovery by Taylor and yet another at the outset of the fourth quarter on a fumble recovery by Bobby Geiger.

The Mustangs offense capitalized on that last turnover as Rodney Davis scored on a 1 yard run with 6:54 to go capping the 49 yard drive. A 19 yard pass completion from quarterback Chris Goyette to Dontea Rhim and  a 10 yard run by Taylor highlighted the drive.

Goyette was the third quarterback the Mustangs used as Brian Fry and Jarin Rhim both left with injuries.

Albion though got that one right back on a 3 yard touchdown run by White with 3:34 to go. Back-to-back runs by White of 18 and 15 yards ignited that 49 yard drive.

(Click here to see Tyray White score Albion’s last TD.)

Albion’s victory in the 122nd renewal of what is one of the state’s longest high school football rivalries, gives the Purple Eagles a 68-49-5 series lead.

The win also allows Albion to retain the “Doc’s Rock” Trophy which is given annually to the victor in memory of Larry “Doc” Decker who coached and taught in both school districts.

In addition, the Jeff Evoy Memorial Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Furmanski and Geiger. The awards are presented in memory of Evoy who served as a teacher and coach at Albion and as as administrator and superintendent at Medina.

Albion finishes the regular season at 6-1 and Medina/Lyndonville/Barker 2-5.

The Purple Eagles will next host a Section VI Class B quarterfinal round playoff game next Friday evening.

Akron 46, Roy-Hart 0
Akron blanked host Roy-Hart 46-0 in a C North Division game as Aidan Smith led the way with 5 touchdowns on a 75 yard kickoff return, a 17 yard pass reception and runs of 1, 28 and 15 yards.

Mustangs back Emanuel Taylor tries to go over Albion defenders Bailey Blanchard, Brillance Johnson and Deyonci Farley.

Lady Hawks, Mustangs score soccer wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 October 2019 at 10:32 pm

Holley closed out the Genesee Region League girls soccer season with a 4-0 victory over Attica this evening.

Olivia Radford scored two goals for the Lady Hawks as Sarah Harrington and Halee Passarell both added one.

Holley finishes the regular season at 9-5-2.

In other G-R games, Byron-Bergen edged host Kendall 2-1 and Notre Dame trimmed Lyndonville/Medina 2-1.

Alezya Brown scored the lone goal for Kendall which finishes the regular season at 13-3.

Miriam Tardy and Juliana Amesburg netted the Byron-Bergen goals.

Lilly Joe Carpenter scored the Lyndonville/Medina goal off an assist from Ella Lewis.

Boys Soccer
Medina/Lyndonville 3, Pembroke 1
Nathan Dillenbeck scored two goals and Dan Mandujano one for Medina/Lyndonville in the 3-1 non league win at Pembroke as the Mustangs finish the regular season at 14-2.

Wheatland-Chili 2, Holley 1
Kohl Morgan scored the goal for Holley which finishes the regular season at 6-3-1 in the league and 8-7-1 overall.

Medina, Barker score field hockey wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2019 at 9:56 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Lacey Kenward battles with Wilson goalie Sierra Shepherd working for the Mustangs first goal in a 2-1 victory this evening at Vets Park.

Medina edged past Wilson 2-1 at Vets Park this evening to finish the Niagara-Orleans League season in second place at 8-3-1.

Lacey Kenward scored the Mustangs winning goal in the second half off an assist from Hannah Kenward.

The teams played to a 1-1 tie in the first half as Emilee Muoio scored for Wilson and Lacey Kenward answered with a tally for Medina.

Wilson finishes the N-O season at 4-6-2.

Barker 2, Roy-Hart 0
Barker capped off a 12-0 Niagara-Orleans League field hockey championship season with a 2-0 win over Roy-Hart (6-4-2) this afternoon played at Williamsville East.

Both Barker goals came in the first half as Serena Harris scored off an assist from Katrina Clare and Natalie Bruning talked from Rachel Hurtgam.

The N-O title season is the third straight for Barker and the 16h in the last 20 years.

Kendall spikers rally to edge Albion in 5 sets

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2019 at 9:43 pm

Rebounding from a two set deficit, Kendall battled back to outlast visiting Albion 24-26, 21-25, 28-26, 27-25, 25-17 this evening in a regular season ending non league volleyball match.

For Kendall, Brittney Marks led the charge with 36 digs, 7 kills and 5 assists and Madison Shonitsky added 15 digs, 9 assists, and 8 kills. Autumn Woodward had 21 digs, Brianna Drennan 10, Olivia Caldwell 6, and Lauren Pilon 3. Karlee Robb added 7 aces and 4 kills, and Sara Mattle provided 5 kills and 5 aces.

“This was a great team effort to end the regular season for the Eagles. They fought hard in every set and earned the tough and well-deserved victory,” said Kendall Coach Morgan Marcello.

In two Genesee Region League matches, Alexander defeated Lyndonville 25-16, 25-14, 25-6 and Notre Dame downed Holley 25-10, 25-14, 25-12.

Byron-Bergen 25-25-25, Medina 15-11-7

Improving to 13-0 overall, Byron-Bergen celebrated Senior Night with a 25-15, 25-11, 25-7 win over Medina.

For Byron-Bergen,  Hannah Catalino had 4 kills, 3 digs, 2 aces and 3 assists and  Madison Farnsworth  15 kills, 3 digs and 1 ace.

Bees sting Purple Eagles; Lady Rams win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2019 at 9:36 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Angel Rosario battles for control of the ball with Byron-Bergen’s Sam Pringle who scored the first goal in the visiting Bees 5-0 win this evening.

A goal in the first minute and a half ignited Byron-Bergen to a 5-0 victory over host Albion in a non league boys soccer game this evening.

Sam Pringle scored what proved to be the game winner for the Bees just 1:26 into the contest.

Northstar 3, Kendall 1
Northstar scored two unanswered goals in the second half to earn a 3-1 win over host Kendall in another non league game.

Kendall had tied the game at 1-1 on a goal by Brian Gonzalez with only 8 seconds to go in the first half.

Kendall finishes the regular season at 7-7-2.

Girls Soccer
Roy-Hart 3, Tonawanda 1
Roy-Hart closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over host Tonawanda this afternoon in a non league girls soccer game.

Roy-Hart jumped out to a 2-0 lead at the half as Nadia White scored off an assist from Kara Choate and Brooke Livergood scored from Ceci Santo.

Choate then scored the Lady Rams lone goal in the second half.

In another non league contest, Keshequa blanked Albion 2-0 at Genesee Community College.

Tri County icers begin prepping for season

Contributed Story Posted 17 October 2019 at 3:26 pm

With a lineup which includes seven Orleans County players, the Tri County Midget (Yellow) team will begin prepping for the up coming Empire Amateur Hockey League season by visiting Webster on Saturday for a scrimmage game.

Tri County will have two Midget Division entries  this year, the Yellow team and the Green squad.

Tri County went 22-8-3 last year and captured both the regular season and playoff championships.

The Orleans County players on the squad include Patrick Ricker, Chase Froman, Jake Esposito, James Hapeman, Max Hapeman, John Pilon and Grant Moy.

Marking the 50th anniversary of a memorable Purple Eagles, Mustangs gridiron meeting

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 October 2019 at 12:16 pm

Contributed Photos – Neil “Ned” Parker boots a field goal out of the hold of quarterback Bruce Good during Albion’s memorable 9-0 victory over Medina in 1969, the last time the rivals met on Albion’s old Alumni Field.

Old Alumni Field was the site on a cold, drizzly Saturday afternoon 50 years ago that host Albion ended a 10 year long victory drought against rival Medina by a 9-0 margin.

That memorable 1969 contest was the last between the Purple Eagles and Mustangs on Alumni Field which is probably best remembered for its concrete bleachers built into the side of a nearby knoll.

The Alumni Field site is now occupied by a portion of the high school building and the boiler plant building. The current Spierdowis Field, which is named in honor of the long time Albion Coach Mike Spierdowis, became the Purple Eagles new football home in 1973.

Albion, which had lost 10 straight to Medina (1959-1968) claimed that elusive drought ending victory on muddy Alumni Field as Neil “Ned” Parker kicked a 28 yard field goal in the second quarter and quarterback Bruce Good ran two yards for an insurance touchdown in the third quarter.

Turnovers keyed both scores as the recovery of a fumbled Medina punt set up the field goal and a lost Medina fumble, which was recovered by Jerry Vandetti who returned it to the Mustangs 2 yard line, set up the touchdown.

Prior to that the Purple Eagles last win over the Mustangs had come in 1958 by a score of 26-0.

The coaching matchup that afternoon had first year Albion mentor Larry Graham facing John “Pinky”Loughlin who was in his 15th season at the Medina helm.

The victory earned Albion second place in the final Niagara-Orleans League standings at 5-1 behind only undefeated (6-0) champion Roy-Hart while Medina wound up at 3-3. The Purple Eagles only N-O setback was a narrow 6-0 loss to the champion Rams.

The Purple Eagles and Mustangs will renew their rivalry for the 122nd time at 7 p.m. Friday on Spierdowis Field.

Albion’s old Alumni Field with its concrete bleachers is shown here in a circa 1970 photo with a portion of the middle school visible at the right.

Lady Eagles post win over Lady Tigers; Mustangs blank Cal-Mum

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 October 2019 at 9:24 pm

Building up a 3-0 halftime advantage, Kendall went on to defeat visiting Lyndonville/Medina 5-0 this evening in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game.

Grace Levett opened the scoring for Kendall off an assist from Alezya Brown.

Hailee Mitchell and Lizzy Woodams followed up with goals before the opening half ended.

T’Mia Kitchings and Mitchell then scored in the second half for the Lady Eagles.

Katie Pearson made 2 saves to earn the shutout in goal.

Improving to 13-2 overall, Kendall next hosts Byron-Bergen in a G-R makeup contest at 5 p.m. Friday..

Boys Soccer
Medina/Lyndonville 2, Cal-Mum 0
Avenging an earlier season 2-1 overtime loss, Medina/Lyndonville scored twice in the second half to down host Cal-Mum in a non league boys soccer game.

Nathan Dillenbeck opened the scoring for the Mustangs off an assist from Cole Seefeldt on a corner opportunity.

AJ Seefeldt then scored an insurance goal as Evan Horn earned the assist.

Now at 13-2, Medina/Lyndonville next visits Pembroke in a non league game on Friday.

Alden 5, Holley 1

Kohl Morgan scored the lone goal for Holley in the Hawks 5-1 non league loss at Alden.