Lady swim Lions tame visiting N-W, Barker field hockey team suffers rare loss.
By John D'Onofrio Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
The Lockport boys varsity volleyball team remained undefeated in Niagara Frontioer League play Tuesday with a straight-set victory over visiting North Tonawanda.
The scores were 25-14, 25-20, 25-18.
Early on, the LHS front row attack showed why they are undefeated with solid pressure and successful kills, but the scrappy Lumberjacks would stay in the game with a winning strong side attack.
Game two was more competitive, partly due to some errant attacks that scored points for the opponents and the always frustrating miss serves. Lockport fought through some of their miscues to win the set.
Lions head coach Joe Whalen said John Traversone and Ryan Smorol came off the bench and played well.
“Traversone was solid in the backcourt and in the forecourt hitting well on the strong side. Smorol had some timely middle attacks to keep Lockport on track,” Whalen said.
In game three, Lockport's redwood middle hitter Jay Donorovich asserted his attack at the net, scoring three straight booming kills, leading Lockport victory.
The Lions improved to 10-0 in the NFL and 17-3 overall. LHS will travel to Niagara-Wheatfield on Thursday, and then to Kenmore East on Monday to finish their NFL regular season.
NT 3, Lockport 0
NORTH TONAWANDA — Hailey Bechtold recorded 9 kills and 9 digs for the Lady Lions, but Lockport lost on the road at NT, 25-17, 25-19, 25-21.
Thursday's non-league regular-season closer is a “Dig Pink Nght” fundraiser to benefit the Sideout Foundation.
Kathryn Krchniak added 9 digs for head coach Kim Lockie's Lady Lions.
Lockport 103, N-W 83
The host Lady Lions had four double individual winners Tuesday in Roserita DiMillo (200-yard individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Elizabeth Connolly (200 freestyle, 500 free), Kristina Connolly (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke); and Katie Pollock (50 free, 100 free).
Lockport's Brianna Darnell won the diving competition with 215.92 points.
Head coach Larissa McKenna's winners also swept the meet's three relays with DiMillo, Pollock, Kristina Connolly and Hana Snow winning the 200 medley relay, DiMillo, Pollock, Elizabeth Connolly and Katie Harmon winning the 200 free relay; and Harmon, Snow and the Connollys touching first in the 400 free relay.
Lockport won the junior varsity meet, 144-38.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Medina 19, Roy-Hart 37
Medina 24, Wilson 32
Wilson 23, Roy-Hart 32
MEDINA — On a pleasant fall Tuesday afternoon, the Mustangs turned in an inspired effort in a tri-meet sweep against Roy-Hart and Wilson, in Niagara-Orleans League competition.
Medina's Austin Heil led all runners with a time of 18:28, while the Mustangs' Dalton Cerbone came in second with a time of 19:08. Wilson's Wes Trank finished in third place.
Medina defeated Roy-Hart 19-37, and defeated Wilson 24-32. Wilson was able to earn a split by defeating Roy-Hart, 23-32.
The Mustangs move to 4-3 in league competition, while Roy-Hart drops to 1-6. The Lakemen are now 2-5.
Barker 15, Akron 48
AKRON — Barker's Sergio Cruz led all runners with a time of 17:25, as the Raiders won a dual Niagara-Orleans League meet on Tuesday afternoon.
Barker's Bryce Moeller took second, while the Raiders' Hayden Hathaway finished third. The best Tiger finisher was Tyler Gratz, who came in sixth overall.
Barker improves to 7-0 in the league, while Akron drops to 4-3.
Newfane 24, Albion 31
Newfane 16, CSAT 47
Albion 17, CSAT 46
AKRON — Newfane's Ethan Morgan led all runners with a time of 19:16, as the Panthers swept a Niagara-Orleans League tri-meet at Akron Falls Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Albion's Evan Pappalardo and Jason Downs took third and fourth place, respectively.
Newfane improves to 6-1 in league play, while CSAT falls to 0-7. Albion is now 4-3.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Roy-Hart 15, Medina 50
Roy-Hart 24, Wilson 31
Wilson 15, Medina 50
MEDINA — Medina's Holly Heil led all runners with a time of 21:45, as Roy-Hart earned a sweep of a Niagara-Orleans League tri-meet on Tuesday afternoon.
Roy-Hart's Chelsea Herriven came in second place, while Wilson's Victoria Couturier took third.
Roy-Hart improves to 3-4 in league competition, while Medina falls to 0-7. Wilson is now 3-4.
Akron 16, Barker 46
AKRON — The Lady Tigers' Eliza Papke led all runners with a time of 20:27, as Akron won a Niagara-Orleans League dual meet on Tuesday afternoon.
Akron's Margo Henley came in second with a time of 21:08, and the Lady Tigers' Kylee Schultz took third at 21:21.
Akron improves to 7-0 in league competition, while Barker drops to 5-2.
Newfane 22, Albion 37
Newfane 15, CSAT 49
Albion 20, CSAT 36
AKRON — Newfane's Kelly Buchnewetch led all runners with a time of 21:40, as the Lady Panthers swept a Niagara-Orleans League tri-meet at Akron Falls Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Kim Guerss of Newfane took second place, while Albion's Meredith Patterson and Hannah Wehling came in third and fourth respectively.
Newfane improves to 6-1 in league play, while CSAT falls to 1-6. Albion is now 3-4.
Roy-Hart 1, Newfane 0
NEWFANE — Kelsey Eldridge scored with 17 minutes remaining in the first half, as Roy-Hart earned a hard-fought 1-0 in a Niagara-Orleans League game on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, Roy-Hart earns its first league victory of the season, and coach Colleen Albee said it's a testament to the team's energy and work ethic throughout the afternoon.
"The girls played together, they were hungry and they went after it," Albee said. "We shut down Newfane's top scorer, Morgan Bedford, and we did a great job getting the ball upfield."
Haley Moore earned the shutout in goal for the Lady Rams, who improve to 1-10 in league play. Newfane drops to 4-6.
Ken East 1, Barker 0
TOWN OF TONAWANDA — Kaeli Mathias scored the lone goal for the Lady Bulldogs on Tuesday giving them the victory.
The loss was the first Niagara-Orleans League regular-season loss for the Lady Raiders in eight years, according to head coach Jeff Costello.