Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

September 11, 2012

Lockie girls volleyball era begins at Lockport High

Lady Lions regrouping in 2012 after losing all of their starters to graduation.

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal


It's a new era in more than one way for Niagara Frontier League girls varsity volleyball at Lockport High School.

Town of Tonawanda native and Kenmore West graduate Kim Lockie takes over as the new coach. The team she inherits is appropriately a new one as well, with six Lady Lions starters graduating last spring, including First Team All-NFL players Patti Burdick and Danielle Donorovich.

Lockie, a special education teacher at Anna Merritt Elementary School, inherits a young, but promising team led by senior co-captains Carly Kane and Sarah Mulvey. The rest of the LHS roster features six juniors and five sophomores.

Lockport finished 12-2 in the NFL last season and tied for the championship with Grand Island and North Tonawanda.

Among the key returning players are Brittany Sanford, who had a great season in 2011 and fellow junior Megan Schneider. Lockie said Sanford will move from middle to outside hitter in 2012 and Schneider has been converted to center mid. Also at the net will be junior Sara Franco, one of the school's top girls basketball prospects again this winter.

Three players are currently fighting for the libero starting position, Lockie said. They are Mulvey, junior Melissa Hook and sophomore Brigitte Orton.

“We're young and inexperienced, but we're hard working and we're committed ,” coach Lockie said. “Overall, we're a work in progress.”

Rounding out the Lady Lions' roster are juniors Candace Orton 11 and Kailyn Szymanski; and sophomores Hailey Bechtold, Faith Heal, Jordyn Kwoka and Alyssa Wagner.

The Lady Lions opened their NFL season Friday with a 3-0 loss at Niagara-Wheatfield. Following today's match at Kenmore East, their 2012 home opener is 5 p.m. Thursday against Niagara Falls.






9/7     @ N-Wheatfield     L-3-0

Today     @ Kenmore East     5 p.m.

Thur.     NIAGARA FALLS     5 p.m.

Sat.     @ Starpoint Tourney     TBA

Mon.     @ Kenmore West     5 p.m.

9/21     GRAND ISLAND     5 p.m.

9/25     @ Lewiston-Porter     4:30 p.m.

9/27     @ N. Tonawanda     4:30 p.m.

9/29     @ Eden Invitational     9 a.m.

10/1     N-WHEATFIELD     5 p.m.

10/3     KENMORE EAST     5 p.m.

10/5     @ Niagara Falls     4:30 p.m.

10/6     @ W. Seneca Tourn.     TBA

10/9     KENMORE WEST     5 p.m.

10/11     @ Grand Island     4:30 p.m.

10/13     @ NT Tourney     TBA

10/15     LEW-PORT     5 p.m.

10/18     N. TONAWANDA     5 p.m.

10/20     @ Will East     10 a.m.




Carly Kane     12

Sarah Mulvey     12

Sara Franco     11

Melissa Hook     11

Candace Orton     11

Brittany Sanford     11

Megan Schneider     11

Kailyn Szymanski     11

Hailey Bechtold     10

Faith Heal     10

Jordyn Kwoka     10

Brigitte Orton     10

Alyssa Wagner     10