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September 24, 2008 RSS feed / Sports

Back-to-back ECIC I champs dedicate season to late alum

North girls swimming

Williamsville North is probably the favorite to three-peat in ECIC I girls swimming for obvious reasons. More...

Amherst's Symoniak wins back-to-back invites

The Amherst Central girls cross country team, led by junior Brenna Symoniak, continued its winning ways last week. More...

East boys seek starters at bottom of lineup

The Williamsville East boys cross country team boasts two experienced, talented senior co-captains, Scott Ryan and Max Fogel, but only one other returning varsity runner in quick sophomore Vassi Vijayashanthar. More...

Sports brief

Williamsville East graduate Jenny Griffin scored the game-winning goal to help the Canisius College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over North Dakota on Tuesday, Sept. 16. More...

Sweet Home's Niblock off to fast start

A stress fracture in one of her feet left Katie Niblock unable to compete for most of her sophomore year but she's more than made up for it early in her junior year. More...

Sacred Heart's lineup loaded with talent

Sacred Heart Academy coach Kristy Michalek knew she would have a lot of strong swimmers returning, but she's not complaining about the 11 newcomers. Twenty-eight swimmers make up this year's Sharks' roster. More...

New swimmers stepping up for undefeated South

This year's Williamsville South girls swim team lineup looks a lot different from 2007. Lady Billies coach Richard Grampp said nine seniors graduated from last year who contributed greatly to the success of the team. More...

Sweet Home High School Homecoming - Sept. 20, 2008

Tailgate festivities were held before Saturday's homecoming game at the high school. Carmen Sibella, 16, of Kidzplay spins and paints a flying disk for Matthew Kennedy. More...

Big talent leads small Williamsville rosters

Boys Gymnastics

Williamsville South only fielded two boy gymnasts last fall and the Billies took second in the Section VI Boys Gymnastics League with an 8-2 record. This year, South once again has two gymnasts who can duplicate the same feat. More...

Amherst gets surprise turnout

As a sign of boys gymnastics growing in Amherst, coach Renee Kowalski had to inform Athletics Director Nancy Riccio that she needed to order more uniforms. More...

Sharks golf wins two of last three

The Sacred Heart Academy golf team went 2-1 in their last three matches. The Sharks defeated Immaculata, 145-227 (five holes due to darkness), on Sept. More...

South JV football downs Starpoint, improves to 2-1

The Williamsville South JV football team moved to 2-1 after beating Starpoint, 26-6. The South offense rolled up 26 first-half points. QB Jared Shatkin threw for over 200 yards and three touchdowns, two to Sam Divita and one to Sam Hasan. More...

North records victories over ranked opponents

Girls soccer

The Williamsville North girls soccer team picked up victories over two ranked teams last week. The Lady Spartans knocked off fourth-ranked Clarence, 3-2, last Tuesday at Clarence and third-ranked Grand Island, 1-0, on Friday at North. More...

Sweet Home boys soccer making huge strides

The Sweet Home boys soccer team has been on a roll. The Panthers (4-4-2, 4-1-1) are in third place in ECIC Division II behind Williamsville East and Williamsville South, who are ranked second and fourth in Western New York large school. More...

South holds off Starpoint, improves to 3-0

Williamsville South's perfect football season almost unraveled at Starpoint last Saturday but a huge defensive play improved the Billies' record to 3-0. More...

Amherst's comeback falls short

One yard separated the Amherst Central football team from an amazing comeback against Cheektowaga last Friday night at Dimp Wagner Field. More...

Fireman's Bowling

200 games, 550 sets AJ Swannie 238, 210 - 613; B. Stachowiak 225-610; M. Stafford 236 - 570; J. Abbarno 235; W. Loomis 215; B. Hitzges 214; M. Gaiser 210 - 567; R. Cumpston 208 - 554; J. Maine 205, 203 - 597; B. More...

St. Greg's wins league opener

St. Greg's Cougar swimmers start 2008 Newman league season with win. The St. Gregory the Great swim team secured a decisive 189-60 victory over St. Mary's of Swormville last Sunday. More...

Commandos lose opener

Williamsville Junior Football

The 105-pound Commandos lost their first game of the season Friday evening to the Grand Island Vikings, 12-6. Unfortunately, officiating played a part and the possible winning touchdown was mistakenly called back for the Commandos. More...

Amherst Skating Club's Zhang earns medals

Jennifer Zhang of the Amherst Skating Club placed second among 12 skaters in intermediate free skating and third among 14 skaters in the intermediate ladies short program at Skate Cleveland held Sept. 6-7. More...

Youth hockey results

The Amherst Lady Knights 14U travel hockey team defeated the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles, 4-3. Cassandra Hopkins (Sara O'Brien) scored in the first period. Later in the period, Racheal Ziarnowski (Quinn Patrick) scored on a breakaway. More...

Offseason work helps South

Cross country

All of the offseason conditioning is paying off for the Williamsville South boys and girls cross country teams. More...

North cross country teams fare well in recent action

Williamsville North's boys and girls cross country teams both ran exceptional races at the Don Hall Classic held last Tuesday at the Town of Cheektowaga Town Park. The North boys won the title with 25 points. More...

South field hockey defeats Class B champion Iroquois

The Williamsville South field hockey team avenged a loss to Iroquois in last year's Section VI Class B final with a 4-1 win last Friday at Iroquois. "The team was ready for the challenge," said South coach Mary Ferenczy. More...

Low roster numbers, experience comprise Sharks

It was like déjà vu all over again for Sacred Heart Academy cross country coach Rod Sarkovics. More...

Unfamiliar faces lead East

Girls swimming

Williamsville East has won the last six ECIC Division II girls swimming championships. If the Lady Flames are to make it a magnificent seven, they'll have to do it with some younger talent. More...

Lady Tigers make splash, win season opener

The Amherst varsity girls swim team opened its season with a decisive 115-55 win over Pioneer on Sept. 11 at Sweet Home. The Tigers won eight of 11 events. Three individual swimmers made sectional qualifying times. More...

Sweet Home leans on experience for success in pool

The goal for the Sweet Home girls swim team this fall is to qualify as many swimmers as possible for postseason competition. More...

South, East, Amherst lack depth

Girls gymnastics

Williamsville South has typically been a powerhouse in girls gymnastics but with the loss of their top two scorers from last year, it will be difficult to make that statement this fall. More...

Tragedy unites North gymnasts; intramural program helps Sweet Home's numbers

Whether the Williamsville North girls gymnastics team competes well or not this fall, there's no question that the Lady Spartans are unified. More...

SSPP Knights win swim meet

The SS. Peter and Paul Knights swim team defeated Mount St. Joseph Academy, 167-80, on Sunday, winning all three divisions. More...

South boys golf wins matches, gains confidence; East knocks off Clarence

It's been a long time coming but the Williamsville South boys golf team is finally in the win column. The Billies — 0-10 last year — defeated Sweet Home twice last week, winning 303-312, last Tuesday, Sept. More...

Sacred Heart volleyball evens league record, falls in Sweet Home semifinal

It was a good week for the Sacred Heart Academy girls volleyball team. More...

South beats North Tonawanda

Williamsville South's girls volleyball team improved to 2-3 with a 23-25, 25-19, 25-12, 25-13 victory over North Tonawanda on Sept. 15. Ali Gramza had 12 kills. Kristen Lynette added 14 digs. More...

East earns comeback league win against Hamburg

For a brief moment, Williamsville East's winning streak in ECIC Division II girls soccer was in jeopardy last Thursday at Hamburg but the Lady Flames prevailed, 3-2. More...

Amherst remains undefeated in ECIC III

The Amherst girls soccer team is still the queen of ECIC Division III this fall. The Lady Tigers, ranked seventh in Western New York large schools last week, improved to 5-0 in ECIC III and 6-2 overall with wins over Pioneer, 5-1, on Sept. More...

Second quarter outburst overcomes early miscues in Panthers' homecoming win

The Sweet Home football team is 3-0 and they haven't peaked yet. Take the Panthers' 29-14 homecoming win over Class A North divisional opponent Williamsville East last Saturday at Sweet Home. More...

High School Sports Scoreboard

Amherst Central Boys Cross Country — 18th at East Aurora Invitational, 498 Girls Cross Country — fifth at East Aurora Invitational, 225 Field Hockey — lost to Hamburg 2-1; tied Eden 1-1; lost to Iroquois 2-0 More...

Wolverines tame Spartans, 35-8

There aren't many positives Williamsville North can take out of their 35-8 loss to Niagara Falls last Saturday at North. More...

High School Sports Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 24 Field hockey: Holland at Amherst, 5 p.m.; Williamsville East at Starpoint, 4:45 p.m.; Williamsville North at Pioneer, 5 p.m.; Williamsville South at Orchard Park, 4:30 p.m. More...

TIP DRILL

TIP DRILL — Williamsville East's Mike Tombolesi touches the ball over the net in the Flames' 25-23, 25-20, 28-26, victory over Iroquois last Thursday at Williamsville East. Photo by Scott Schild Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com More...

Gliding Stars registration slated

Gliding Stars is holding registration and equipment fitting for skaters, parents and volunteers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion, Robbins Dr. Niagara Falls. More...