Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

High Schools

April 3, 2012

Poised for success

Lockport Lady Lions have high hopes on the softball diamond

LOCKPORT — With experience to spare, the Lockport Lady Lions are looking confidently to improve upon their runner-up finish a year ago in Niagara Frontier League softball.

Head coach Julie Kwoka’s senior-laden team returns more than half a dozen key components of last year’s 11-3 group that tied with Niagara-Wheatfield for second place in the NFL. That includes returning NFL First Team all-stars in senior center fielder Emily Belfield and senior catcher Nora Passuite.

Kwoka said these and six more seniors is a plus as the Lady Lions vie to top the Lady Falcons and defending champion Kenmore West in 2012.

“These girls are absolutely capable of challenging for the league title,” Kwoka said. “We played some good softball last year against some good teams, so we know we’re capable of playing well again and competing. We’re anxious and we’re confident. So many of these girls have played together in a variety of sports, so they work well together.”

Belfield, who will play Division I softball at St. Bonaventure next season, has been regarded as one of the NFL’s best players for at least the last two years, yielding a powerful bat and a big glove and arm.

“Without question, Emily’s one of the top players in the NFL. She tries hard, practices hard and plays hard,” Kwoka said.

“She’s a fierce competitor. If you beat her at something, she wants another turn.”

Passiute, who matches tremendous speed and quickness with toughness behind the plate, is a quality hitter as well.

“Nora has really developed into a hitting threat. She can slap and swing away from the left side. She’s so quick, she’s difficult to defend against.” Kwoka said.

Also returning are senior starters Patti Burdick (shortstop), Ashley Krywcun (third base), Kelsey Stamates (second base), Kassidy McFall (pitcher), and one of the league’s top first basemen, Kelly McKeever. Rookie senior Danielle Donorovich (right field) is no stranger to the sport, having played softball all her life locally and throughout the past summers.

Junior Allie Cavagnaro was a Third Team All-NFL selection a year ago and will start again in left field, though she can play multiple positions and is considered her team’s top utility player.

McFall, a right-hander, will start in the circle for the blue and gold. “She’s worked hard at her game. We just need to make sure we’re throwing the right pitch at the right time,” Kwoka said of her ace. Also pitching for the Lady Lions this year will be sophomore Megan Schneider, also a right-hander. Schneider pitched on the junior varsity Lady Cubs last season and has looked well so far in three spring scrimmages, Kwoka said.

Rounding out the LHS roster are juniors Shannon Krywcun (catcher, outfield), Kelly Anderson (catcher, first base) and Maddy Steen (infield) and freshman Jordyn Kwoka (outfield).

The Lady Lions open the Niagara Frontier League portion of their schedule at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday at Niagara Falls. Their NFL home opener is 4:45 p.m. April 19 against Kenmore East.

Other 4:45 p.m. home contests at LHS, along Locust Street, are April 25 (Lewiston-Porter), April 26 (Niagara-Wheatfield), May 4 (Niagara Falls), May 5 (Grand Island, 3:30 p.m.), May 9 (Kenmore West) and their NFL season finale on May 16 against visiting North Tonawanda.

Text Only
High Schools
  • 140418 Starpoint CP O'Donnell ART.jpg Grand Finale for Starpoint's O'Donnell

    The Spartans should be in position to make noise in what might be Western New York's toughest division.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416 LHS Softball ART.JPG Big week ahead for Lady Lions

    The Lockport Lady Lions softball team has plenty to look forward to next week when it resumes its 2014 Niagara Frontier League schedule in a big way, with five games on tap.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140410 LHS Track ART.jpg Track Lions sweep Niagara Falls

    Brittany Sanford was a triple individual winner on Wednesday, as the Lockport High School boys and girls track teams swept visiting Niagara Falls in the 2014 Niagara Frontier League track and field opener for both schools.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barker uses Wilson to beat Wilson

    Sophomore Brad Wilson sparked visiting Barker to an opening day 13-4 Niagara-Orleans League baseball victory over Wilson on Thursday.

    April 10, 2014

  • 140409 LHS Weather ART.JPG Weather or not

    Such is the current state of Lockport's unplayable athletic fields in the second week of April — a mixture of grass and soupy mud rendered useless by a late 2013-14 winter, melting snow and persistent rain.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140407 LHS GLax Prevue ART.JPG A league of their own

    The Lady Lions are ready to make some noise.

    April 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140404 LHS BTennis ART.JPG Net Lions open season next week

    Some key losses are offset by a number of key returners this spring on the Lockport High School boys varsity tennis team.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140403 LHS BLax Prevue ART.JPG Laxtrodinary Program

    What Scott Reddinger’s accomplished in less than 10 years it sometimes takes other schools and sports programs a lifetime to even dream of.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140307 PAL Winners ART.jpg DiMillo, Haight honored by PAL

    Lockport senior Roserita DiMillo and Barker senior Jacob Haight received Prep Athlete of the Year awards for Niagara County from PAL on Feb. 23.

    March 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140306 Wilson MAIN ART.jpg Lady Warriors run away with it

    Tonawanda saved its best for last Wednesday night, beating Wilson, 43-41, in overtime, to claim its first ever Class B girls basketball championship at Buffalo State College's Alumni Arena.

    March 5, 2014 3 Photos

Featured Ads
Community Events

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Front page
AP Video
Seasonal Content
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Seasonal Content
Helium debate
Section Teases

Seasonal Content

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.