Anchored by a good veteran nucleus Roy-Hart is looking to keep the momentum from last season which saw the Channel Cats capture the Niagara-Orleans League boys championship and the girls finish in the runnner-up spot.
The boys squad, which went 10-0 in N–O competition, is led by seniors Jake Hagen, who placed third in both the 100 and 200 Freestyle events at the N-O All-League meet, Charles Rickard (3rd in Breaststroke, 5th in 50 Free), Chris Ulrich (4th in 500 Free), Zach Livergood (5th in Backstroke) and Jay Heideman (6th in 200 Free) along with juniors Andrew Ossont (3rd in 50 Free and 5th in Breaststroke) and Max Stern and freshman Sean Labiak (5th in 500 Free).
Mandy Hill, who won both the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Free at the All-League meet, heads the veteran group for the girls squad which went 8-2 finishing second to undefeated (10-0) Akron). That veteran contingent also includes seniors Brooke Livergood (4th Breaststroke) and Molly Russell (5th Backstroke) along with juniors Alexis Seib (5th 50 Free) and Nadia White (6th 50 Free and Breaststroke) and sophomores Sophia Santella and Julie Miles.
“Medina should be our toughest meets for the boys and Akron for the girls,” said Coach Dottie Barr. “We just have to go into every meet really mentally focused.”
Roy-Hart will tune-up for the December 14 N-O opener at Newfane with a pair of meets against Genesee Region League foes. The Channel Cats will host Wheatland-Chili this Friday (5:30 p.m.) and then visit HAC on Dec. 7 (:30 p.m.)
Albion Purple Eagles
The accent is on youth for the Albion swim squads.
The veteran group for the Purple Eagles girls squad, which is looking to improve upon last year’s 2-8 N-O record, includes senior Emily Harling; junior Clara Bolton; sophomores Devynn Pearles, Hannah Pahura, Autumn Flugel, Mia Olles, Julia Fuller and freshman Willow Gaines.
The boys squad, which went 4-6, returns seniors Jacob Foote, Declan McCue, Dallas Ecker and Jeff Brown along with sophomores Mason Giattino, Finn McCue and Joel Stack and freshmen Matthew Kania, Leo Bolton and Seth Krenning.
Albion, which will host Barker in the N-O opener on Dec. 14, will host Attica this Friday (5:30 p.m.) and then visit Wheatland-Chili on Dec. 7 in non league tune-up meets.
Light on veteran experience and with new coaches at the helm Medina and Barker will both open the girls basketball season by competing in the Kendall Tournament on Thursday and Saturday.
Thursday’s opening round will have Barker vs. Holley at 6 p.m. followed by Medina vs. Kendall at 7:45 p.m. The consolation and championship games are scheduled for 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday.
The trio of seniors Lily Carpenter and Aleigha Mitchell and sophomore Iyla Lilleby provide the veteran experience for Medina which is coached by Connie Heschke.
The Mustangs underclassmen dominated lineup also includes juniors Stella Poler, Rylee VanNostrand, Dani Williams, Phallon Rivera, Hilda Santiago-Bautista, Tatyana Baity, Aries McMurray and sophomore Chloe Anelli.
“We have only two seniors so it is a young group but they are looking promising,” said Heschke. “The main thing now is getting them working together and get a team chemistry.”
Barker likewise has only two veteran returnees, seniors Trinity Parfinski and Alyssa Thompson.
The Lady Raiders are also looking to seniors Cloey Sanders and Hannah Fiacco and junior Mia Herman.
“It’s a really young team so it will be a building year for us,” said Coach Jim Bachman who guided the JV team last year.
Snapping a season opening three game losing streak, the Roy-Hart/Barker/Medina club hockey team defeated visiting West Seneca 9-2 on Sunday.
Andrew Vaeth opened the scoring in the first two minutes assisted by Lawson Wallworth (R-H). Later in the period, Dayton Ruppel (Akron) scored assisted by Joel Harris (Barker). Harris then added his own goal with an assist from Lucius Wagner (Medina). Ruppel then scored again to give RBM a 4-1 lead at the end of the period.
In the second period, Ruppel tallied his second unassisted goal of the game, followed by Harris with his second goal from Ryan Mettler (R-H). Harris followed that with an unassisted tally. Ruppel then scored his fourth goal of the game giving RBM a commanding 8-2 lead going into the final period.
Ruppel did the only scoring in the third period with assists from Harris and Wallworth.
RBM’s next game is Sunday at Leisure Rink against Orchard Park at 6 p.m.
Two local players, Kendall senior T’Mia Kitchings and Roy-Hart senior Kara Choate, have earned spots on the All-State girls soccer squad.
Kitchings has been named to the Class C third team and Choate to the Class B fourth team.
Kitchings, who is a two-time Genesee Region League All-Star, had 11 goals and 2 assists on the season.
Choate, who has also been named to the All-Western New York second team, had 38 goals and 9 assists this season as she helped lead Roy-Hart to a second straight Niagara-Orleans League title and a first ever Section VI Class B2 championship. A three-time first team N-O All-League honoree she was also named N-O Player odf the Year.
Wilson sophomore Leia Cloy earned fifth team Class C All-State honors. A two-time first team N-O All-League honoree, she had 16 goals and 11 assists this season.
Byron-Bergen had two Class C All-State selections as Mia Gray was named to the first team and Brooke Jarkiewicz to the second team. Gray, who was named G-R Division I Player of the Year, had 27 goals and 17 assists this season.
Anchored by a large group of a dozen returnees, the Kendall girls basketball team is looking for a strong season in the Genesee Region League competition.
Seniors Libby Snyder, who earned G-R All-Star honors last season, and Alezya Brown, who was an Honorable Mention selection, head Kendall’s veteran contingent. Snyder scored 113 points and grabbed off 127 rebounds last season.
That veteran group also includes seniors T’Mia Kitchings, Julie Coble, Grace Levett, Grace Robinson, Kailie Regan, Julia Szczepanski, Sara Mattle, Marah Woodward, Emma Allen and junior Lauren Pilon.
“We’ve got depth and we’re huge,” said Coach Jeff Parizek. “We’ve got our top eight kids back so I’m looking to play 10 kids regularly. We have plenty of depth, good size and all of that experience is definitly a plus.”
The Lady Tigers will open the season by hosting the Kendall Tournament on December 2 and 4. The first night matchups will have Holley vs. Barker followed by Kendall vs. Medina. The Lady Eagles G-R opener will be at home on Dec. 10 against Pembroke.
Holley’s squad numbers only seven including seniors Adriana Botello, Tatum Gagne and Harleigh Andrews along with juniors Sara Kingdollar and Tia Hofforth and sophomore Sam Bates.
The Lady Hawks graduation losses included Halee Passarell and Hayley Skidmore.
Underclassmen will dominate the lineup for the Albion girls basketball team which will begin tuning up for the Niagara-Orleans League season by hosting Lyndonville in a non league contest on December 2.
The Purple Eagles return a quintet of veterans including seniors Abby Scanlan, Sydney Mulka and Aurora Serafin along with junior Olivia Krenning and sophomore Madison Hughson which will anchor the squad.
The Purple Eagles main graduation loss was Honesty Little who earned second team N-O All-League honors.
“It will be a young team again,” said Coach Lucian Price. “We will really need our returning kids to step into bigger roles.”
Albion, which went 5-6 in N-O competition last season (7-8 overall), will open the league season at Newfane on January 4.
In between the Purple Eagles also have non league games scheduled at Byron-Bergen on Dec. 7, at home against Notre Dame on Dec. 9, at Elba on Dec. 18 and at home against Oakfield-Alabama on Dec. 20.
Anchored by a strong nucleus of six returnees, the Lyndonville girls basketball team is looking for a strong run during the upcoming Genesee Region League season.
The Lady Tigers veteran contingent includes seniors Ella Lewis, Gracie Johnson, Brynn Howell and Karlee Rounds along with junior Lorelei Dillenbeck and sophomore Ashlee Stephens.
Lewis averaged 12.7 points and earned G-R All-Star honors and Dillenbeck, who averaged 11.0 points, received Honorable Mention.
The Lady Tigers lineup is also bolstered by the addition of junior Haley Shaffer and freshman Addison Dillenbeck.
“They have a lot of heart and a lot of potential,” said Kate Draper who is co-coaching the team with Lee Dillenbeck. “They are working hard and they are hungry. I’m really excited about the season as they really have a lot of great potential.
The Lady Tigers will tune up for the December 10 G-R opener at Wheatland-Chili with non league contests at Albion on Dec. 2 and at home against Barker on Dec. 8.
On this Thanksgiving Day several local High school teams have much to be thankful for after enjoying very special fall sports seasons.
The Medina football team not only captured two C North Division and Section VI Class C championships during this calendar year but also earned the Mustangs first ever berth to the state playoffs.
Compiling an 18-1 overall record for the year the Mustangs went 7-0 during the spring season which was a makeup for the Covid-19 Pandemic wiped out the fall 2020 campaign. The spring was capped off by a 21-13 win over Southwestern in the Class C title game at Vets Park.
Keeping the momentum, the Mustangs went 11-1 this fall repeating as C North champions with a 5-0 record and as Section VI Class C champs by scoring a snowy 58-6 win over Fredonia at Highmark Stadium. The Mustangs then made their historic state playoff debut dropping a narrow 26-24 decision to East Rochester/Gananda.
Roy-Hart enjoyed an outstanding trifecta Niagara-Orleans League title season.
The Rams repeated as both N-O boys and girls soccer champions. The boys went 9-1 and the girls 7-1.
The Rams had a strong postseason run advancing to the Section VI Class B2 finals where they dropped a 2-0 decision to Lackawawana.
The Lady Rams went on to capture the first sectional title in program history by tying Fredonia 1-1 in double overtime in the Class B2 final. The Lady Rams advanced to the Class B state qualifier game by besting Fredonia 4-2 in a shootout. The Lady Rams then lost 5-1 in the Section VI Class B state qualifier to B1 champ Lew-Port which went on to reach the state finals.
The Roy-Hart girls volleyball team captured their first N-O title since 2009 by compiling a perfect 10-0 record.
Roy-Hart also had the N-O’s Player of the Year in all three sports including Peter Martillotta (boys soccer), Kara Choate (girls soccer) and Samantha Albright (volleyball).
The Lyndonville volleyball team compiled a near perfect 7-1 record to capture the Genesee Region League Division II championship.
The Lady Tigers team balance was shown as they had four players earn spots on the G-R All-Star squad. Lorelei Dillenbeck, Haley Shaffer and Addison Dillenbeck all earned All-Star honors and Gracie Johnson was an Honorable Mention selection.
During last season’s most unusual Niagara-Orleans League swim campaign of “virtual” meets caused by Covid-19 restrictions, the Medina boys squad posted its best record in over 15 years as the Seahorses went 8-2 finishing in the runner-up spot behind undefeated (10-0) champion Roy-Hart.
Looking to keep the momentum, the Seahorses return a strong nucleus led by seniors Issac Pace, who won both the 50 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke in the All-League meet competition, and Michael Marker, who won the 100 Butterfly and placed 4th in the 100 Backstroke.
The Seahorses other veterans include seniors Ben Griffin (4th in 100 Free and 200 Free), Jaxon Phillips (5th 200 Free and 6th Backstroke), Xander Payne (5th in 50 Free and 100 Free) and Cole Seefeldt (6th Breaststroke) along with juniors Mason Moreland (Individual Medley), Austin Tompkins (Butterfly, Breaststroke), Bryson Costich (Butterfly), Jackson Moreland (Backstroke) and sophomore Caiden Class (6th 500 Free).
“We’ve got a good group back so we’re hoping to contend,” said Coach Aaron Moessinger.
The Seahorses will prep for the December 14 N-O opener at Akron by hosting HAC on Dec. 2 (4:30 p.m.) and visiting Byron-Bergen on Dec. 7.
The accent is on youth for Medina girls squad
A quartet of veterans anchors the lineup for the Medina girls squad’s otherwise youthful lineup
Junior Maddy Satkowski, who placed 4th in both the 100 Free and 200 Free at last season’s All-League meet competition, heads that quartet which also includes senior Kaylee Lacey (500 Free), sophomore Madisynn Stanton (Backstroke) and freshman Sophia Goyette (100 Free).
“We’re very young so it will be a growing year for us,” said Coach Taylor Schaal.
The Seahorses key losses from last season’s 6-4 team include Brooklyn Brown (2nd Butterfly and 3rd IM), Amanda Woodruff (3rd 50 Free and 5th 100 Free), Corinne Hill (5th 500 Free) and Gracie Cogovan (5th Breaststroke).
Having lost four starters to graduation, the Lyndonville boys basketball team faces a bit of a rebuilding task this season under new Coach CJ Knight.
Senior Noah Poler is the lone returning starter for the Tigers which also return seniors Trenton Muck and Mason Nicholson.
The Tigers are also counting on the trio of junior Ian Mank and seniors Roman Heinsler and Jack Whipple.
“We’re looking to play a hard pressure defense and off of that run a transition offense,” said Knight. “We’re looking to play everyone with a tenacious mindset.”
The Tigers graduation losses included starters Nathan Dillenbeck, Casey Winiecki, Russell Stephens and Anthony Moule.
Dillenbeck scored 278 points to finish his career with a school record 1,156 points. Stephens scored 178 points and grabbed off 140 rebounds.
Lyndonville will prep for the December 6 Genesee Region League home opener against Wheatland-Chili by visiting Akron in a non league contest on Dec. 1.
Breaking away from a 1-1 tie, St. Francis used a 3-1 second period scoring edge to key a 5-2 win over visiting Roy-Hart/Barker/Medina Sunday in a Western New York Club Hockey League game.
Ryan Mettler and Ethan Nicosia each scored a goal for RBM. Lucius Wagner, Gavin Heideman and Richard Keppler all had a hand in dishing out assists.
Now at 0-3, RBM will next host West Seneca at 2:40 p.m. Sunday at Lockport.
For Albion and their Niagara-Orleans League counterparts the 2020-21 wrestling season was a most unusual one to be sure as due to Covid-19 restrictions wrestling in Section VI became a spring sport.
And since Erie County teams (including Akron) were still unable to participate due to tighter restrictions in that county, the May-June season saw the remaining Niagara-Orleans League and Niagara Frontier League teams along with Starpoint combine for an informal league so teams could get in some 10 matches.
Now, providing no further Covid-19 problems arise, the N-O is preparing to begin a full regular season in mid December.
Albion will begin tuning up for the league campaign by hosting Alexander at 6 p.m. December 1. The Purple Eagles will also host Byron-Bergen on Dec. 8 and compete in the Byron-Bergen Tournament on Dec. 4 and the Lyndonville Tournament on Dec. 11 before beginning N-O competition at rival Medina on Dec. 15.
The Purple Eagles return a large contingent of veterans including seniors Dayne Aina, Angel Cruz, Robert Dysard, Alex Hafner, Ellwood Hafner, Jr. Morales, Cade Wolcott, Bryce Froman and Blake Stornelli along with juniors Andrew Uderitz and Bryden McMurray.
“We’ve got a good group of kids back,” said Coach Pat Uveino. “We have high hopes. We’ve got good experience as a lot of these guys have been with us a long time. The boys are excited so we’re looking to hit the ground running.”
Albion’s N-O home opener will be on Dec. 22 against Newfane. The remainder of the N-O schedule will have the Purple Eagles hosting Roy-Hart/Barker on January 5, visiing Akron on Jan. 12, hosting Wilson on Jan. 19 and then hosting the N-O All-League Tournament on Jan. 22.
Three Niagara-Orleans League players have been named to the All Western New York boys soccer small schools team.
The trio includes Medina senior goalie Zach Fike, Roy-Hart junior forward Peter Martillotta and Akron junior defender Caleb Suchow.
Fike, a repeat selection and a two-time first team N-O All-League honoree, made 154 saves and registered 8 shutouts. He finishes his career with a school record total of 27 shutouts.
Martillotta, the N-O Player of the Year and a two-time first team All-League honoree, had 21 goals and 10 assists as he helped lead Roy-Hart to a second straight league title.
Suchow had 3 goals and 1 assist as he anchored the Tigers defense.
Unable to overcome a rash of costly mistakes, Medina dropped a narrow 26-24 decision to East Rochester/Gananda in the Class C Far West Regional championship game this afternoon at Williamsville South High School.
A lost fumble at the Medina 30 yard line on the very first snap of the game set what proved to be an ominous tone for the Mustangs.
The turnover ended up putting Medina into a quick 6-0 hole as the Bombers, aided by a pass interference penalty, scored 10 plays later on a 6 yard touchdown run by Adrian Letta.
In fact two of the Bombers other three touchdowns in the contest also came as the result of Medina special teams miscues, one on a punt return and the other on a kickoff return.
“We just had too many breakdowns, just too many mistakes,” said Medina Coach Eric Valley.
Medina did battle back to knot the score at 6-6 on a 5 yard touchdown run by Noah Skinner three minutes into the second quarter. A big 61 yard pass completion from quarterback Xander Payne to Jarin Rhim down to the Bombers 5 set up the tally.
However, as was the case all afternoon, the Mustangs were unable to tack on the the extra points as a penalty proved costly.
The Bombers used up most all the rest of the second quarter with a lengthy 18 play, nine minute long drive which reached the Medina 5 yard line before it was halted by the Mustangs defensive unit via a pass interception by Greg Thompson in the endzone as the half ended deadlocked at 6-6.
The scoring really picked up in the third quarter as the teams traded a pair of scores leaving the contest re-knotted at 18-18 heading into the decisive final period.
Medina grabbed a 12-6 lead with 4:43 to go in the quartrer on a 1 yard touchdown run by Skinner. Runs of 11 yards by Thompson, 11 and 9 by Skinner and 7 by Payne highlighted the drive which was set up by another pass interception by Thompson at midfield.
However, the lead lasted only two minutes as the Bombers answered right back with a 1 yard TD run by Letta following a big 39 yard run by Gilbert Chaunsey.
The Mustangs again regained the lead at 18-12 on a 5 yard touchdown run by Skinner with just 21 seconds to go in the quarter. A big 39 yard Payne to Thompson pass completion down to the Bombers 5 set up the opportunity.
However, once again the Bombers answered right back this time just eight seconds later as Manuel Sepulveda returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown to retie the contest at 18-18.
The Bombers then regained the lead for good two minutes into the final quarter on a 1 yard touchdown run by quarterback Carter Lathrop. Jeremy Blanchard returned a very short Medina punt back to the Mustangs 1 yard line to set up the score.
The Bombers then got the only two-point conversion of the day on a run by Caleb Carpenter for the deciding two points and a 26-18 lead.
The Mustangs again came battling back on a 10 yard Payne to Thompson touchdown pass with 7:45 to go to slice the deficit to 26-24. However, the Mustangs were unable to retie the contest as the two-point conversion attempt again failed.
Payne had big pass completions of 35 yards to Thompson and 30 yards to Cayden Lilleby and Skinner had a 11 yard run to highlight the drive.
The Medina defense then stopped the Bombers next series forcing a punt as Ollie Wilson and Roosevelt Mitchell came up with a key tackle for a loss on third down.
The Mustangs took over at their own 14 with 2:44 remaining but were able to make only one first down.
“We just didn’t get enough opportunities and that is much to their credit,” said Valley of the Bombers ability to control the ball.
The Bombers took over on downs at the Medina 22 with 1:44 to go and were able to run out the clock and advance to next Saturday’s state semifinal with a 12-0 record. The Bombers will face Chenango Forks a 41-21 victor over Skaneateles in the Central Regional.
Medina, which was making it first ever appearance in the state playoffs finishes with an 11-1 record.
Three local players have earned spots on the Section V girls soccer All-Tournament teams.
Holley sophomore Emma Brady has been named to the Class C1 All-Tournament team. She scored 11 goals and had 4 assists on the season.
Kendall seniors T’Mia Kitchings and Alezya Brown have both been named to the Class C2 All-Tournament team.
Kitchings had 11 goals and 2 assists and Brown 10 goals and 3 assists on the season.