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November 20, 2013

Lockport earns plenty of all-NFL recognition

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal


Dozens of Lockport High School athletes have earned postseason accolades from the Niagara Frontier League.
Just a week after going further than any other volleyball team in LHS history, head coach Joe Whalen’s NFL and Section VI-champion Lions got the good news that seven players were named league all-stars.
Senior libero Eamon Yates and junior hitters Brad Schneider and Jason Donorovich were named to the NFL’s First Team for boys volleyball. Seniors Jack Whalen and Bryce Perry were named to the Second Team and seniors Shawn Moore and Jonah Ribbeck earned Third Team selections.
Rounding out the NFL’s First Team were Grand Island senior Brock Tetreault, Niagara-Wheatfield senior Sam Mattheus, North Tonawanda senior Joe Piotrowski and NT junior Donovan Book.
Lockport senior middle hitter and National Anthem singer Brittany Sanford earned a First Team all-star nod in girls volleyball. The Lady Lions were coached by Kim Lockie.
Others named to the NFL First Team are Niagara-Wheatfield seniors Katie Mazierski and Kelsey Yates, NT juniors Gabby Hansen and Leanna Metzger, Niagara Falls junior Toni Polk and Kenmore West sophomore Dana Mancuso.
LHS seniors Morgan Boss and Megan Schneider were named to the Second Team and Lady Lions juniors Jordyn Kwoka and Alyssa Wagner were named to the Third Team for girls volleyball.
Five Lady Lions soccer players earned all-star selections from the NFL.
Senior midfielder Jill Golding, senior defenders Allison Sakowski and Rachel Herbst, junior keeper Jayme Wadosky and sophomore striker Gretta Dry were all named to the First Team from head coach Mike Finnerty’s two-time NFL-championship team. Dry, who broke the school’s single season scoring record, was named NFL Player of the Year for girls soccer.
Three more Lockport players were named to the NFL’s Second Team. They are seniors Kennedy Smith and Kasey Johnston and junior Kim Hamilton. LHS senior Michelle Hamilton and junior Miranda Kiff earned Third Team nods from the NFL.
Rounding out the NFL’s First Team for girls soccer are Grand Island’s Madisyon Pezzino, Marcy Barberic and Julia Kelly, Niagara-Wheatfield’s Danielle Chatten and Emily Belote; and NT’s Nicole Mallone and Lauren Testa
Lions senior Lukais Sciandra was named to the NFL’s First Team for boys soccer. Others are Ken West seniors Tom Todaro, Casey Morgan and Imran Ahmadi, Grand Island seniors Ryan Ross and Brentyn Mendel and juniors Joe Farrell and Justin Figler, Niagara-Wheatfield seniors Noah Askar and Nick Sperrazza and junior Jeremy Bari; and Ken East seniors Richie Brinkman and Jeff White.
Lockport senior Hunter Sherman and junior Maurice Channer were named to the NFL’s Second Team and senior keeper Bailey Reid was named to the Third Team for boys soccer.
Three Lady Lions swimmer earned individual First Team all-star nods in girls swimming. Katie Pollock earned an all-star selection in both 50-yard freestyle and the 100 free. Elizabeth Connolly is First Team in the 200 free and diver Julia Rose is First Team in diving. Also named to the First Team was Lockport’s 200 free relay quartet of Pollock, Elizabeth Connolly, Kristina Connolly and Roserita DiMillo and the Lady Lions’ 400 free relay foursome of Hana Snow, Pollock and the Connollys. The Lady Lions are coached by Larissa McKenna.
Rounding out the First Team in girls swimming are Ken West’s Julie Sagasta in both the 200 IM and 500 free, Jenna Roce in both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, Niagara-Wheatfield’s Bridgette Ehrmann in the 100 breaststroke and the N-W 200 medley relay of Ehrmann, Katie Wagoner, Santana Sawma and Sally Rozumalski.
Named to the Second Team in girls swimming from Lockport were Kristina Connolly (200 IM), Elizabeth Connolly (500 free), DiMIllo (100 breast) and Brianna Darnell (diving). Snow earned a Third Team nod in the 100 back as did Lockport’s 200 medley relay quartet of Snow, DiMillo, Katie Hansen and Sarah Yensan.
Lockport also dominated the NFL’s First Team in boys and girls cross country. Head coach Bob Eberhardt’s team posted seven harriers on the league’s top list. 
LHS seniors Mitch Loiacano and Dan Jones, along with freshmen Connor Doran and Adam Perilli, were named to the First Team in boys cross country.
Others named to the First Team are Niagara Falls juniors Anthony Hawthorne and Donny McCoy; and Grand Island senior Anthony Masiello. Also for the Lions, senior John Britt and freshman Dontay Gill were named to the Second Team and junior Dez Orsolitz was named to the Third Team.
On the girls side, LHS juniors Abbey Lang and Hannah Kurbs and Lady Lions freshman Sarah Kurbs were named to the First Team in girls cross country. Rounding out the First Team are Lewiston-Porter sophomore Amber Custodi, Ken West eighth grader Frankie Mercado, Grand Island senior Emma McIntyre and N-W senior Rebecca Rider.
Named to the girls cross country Second Team are Lockport freshmen Brenda Bartkowiak and Makayla Cole and eighth grader Gianni Kahle. LHS senior Erin Geier was named Third Team all-NFL.
Senior J.J. Napoli was named a First Team all-star in NFL golf. Head coach Dave Gilson’s Lions were NFL champs in 2013. Lockport sophomores Jack Igoe and Dom Morreale were named Second and Third Team, respectively.
Rounding out the First Team for NFL golf are Grand Island senior Kevin Borowicz, Ken East senior Ricky Shotwell, Niagara Faslls senior James Spanbauer, N-W senior John Anderson and NT junior Devin Donovan.
Six members of Lockport’s girls tennis team were named league all-stars. Earning a First Team nod at doubles was Lockport’s Morgan Haley and Kylie Kiah. Hayley Coakley and Maddie Stoness of the Lady Lions were named to the Second Team in doubles and LHS singles players Kathryn Krawczyk and Delaney Portka were named to the Third Team.