Niagara Gazette — In a wet, sloppy game during which each team had limited scoring changes, Grand Island goalkeeper Justin Sigler proved pivotal as he stopped a Niagara-Wheatfield breakaway with just five minutes remaining.
Troy Brady would then find Joe Farrell in overtime as the Vikings defeated the Falcons (11-3 NFL), 1-0. Grand Island (13-3, 13-1 NFL) captured the Niagara Frontier League regular season championship and earned the No. 1 seed heading into sectionals.
“We put in a lot of work this year and I don’t think anyone was really expecting us to win the league,” said head coach Chaz Bulera. “We proved them wrong.”
Bulera and his team doesn’t want this to be the highest point of the season as they look forward to postseason play to begin.
“We all know this is just a step and hopefully leads to better things in sectionals as No. 1 seed heading into next part of season,” Bulera said.
Lew-Port 4, Niagara Falls 0
Michael Skowronski, Ben Stayner, Alex Meith and Zach Rose each had a goal for Lew-Port (4-12, 4-10 NFL). Dante Aversa assisted on three of the four goals. Niagara Falls drops to 0-16.
Timon 2, Niagara Catholic 1
Devin DeFrank had the lone goal for the Patriots (3-9-1, 2-9 MMA). Aiden Gould and Eiki Sakugawa scored for Timon.
Newfane 4, Wilson 0
Chad Gilson had a goal and an assist for Newfane as goalkeeper Tyler Ribbeck earned the shutout.
Niagara Falls 3, Lew-Port 2
The Wolverines (4-11, 3-11 NFL) capped off their best season since joining the NFL with the 3-2 victory. Alexa Caputo had two goals, including the game-winner, and Maddi Chille added a goal. Justine Perreault recorded 14 saves in the victory.
North Tonawanda 2, Ken West 1
Nicole Mallone was a part of both Lumberjacks’ scores with a goal and assist in the victory.
Grand Island 4, Nia.-Wheatfield 0
Madisyn Pezzino scored twice off passes from Natalie Kaminski in the Vikings’ (12-1-3, 10-1-3 NFL) shutout victory. Julia Kelly and Carly Bernatovicz each added a goal. Nia.-Wheatfield falls to 8-5-1 in NFL play.
W. Sen. East 1, Starpoint 1
Emily Dumond scored Starpoint’s lone goal off a pass from Lexi Peters.
Holland 4, Tonawanda 2
ECIC IV’S leading scorer Olivia Schmidt proved to be too much for the Lumberjacks (11-1 ECIC IV), recording three goals and one assist. Kalyn Compeau and Hope Bolling each scored for North Tonawanda. Holland improves to 10-1 in ECIC IV with the victory.
North Tonawanda 3, Ken West 2
Joe Piotrowski led the Lumberjacks (7-4 NFL) with 10 kills and 17 assists in the 25-14, 17-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-20 five-set victory. Mike Awad and Max McCabe combined for 18 kills as well. Niko Mancuso and Adam Pray led Kenmore West (2-9 NFL) with seven kills and 26 assists respectively.
St. Joe’s 3, Canisius 2
Kyle Kirchberger had 21 kills and 10 blocks to lead St. Joe’s. Brad Kreppel was a force both offensively and defensively with 10 kills and 26 digs in the five-set victory.
Sacred Heart 3, Niagara Catholic 0
Catja Brusino had two kills and five digs in the Patriots’ loss, 25-4, 25-3, 25-7. Niagara Catholic falls to 2-16 overall and 0-13 in the Monsignor Martin Association. Tylerlynn Langer recorded one assist and had nine serve receives.
Wilson 3, Medina 0
Allie Bubar and Emily Lasher led Wilson’s offense with 13 and six kills respectively.
Starpoint 3, Amherst 1
Hattie Lasal facilitated much of the offense in Starpoint’s four-set victory with 25 assists. Julie Oswald had six kills.
Lockport 104, Niagara Falls 76
Kristina and Elizabeth Connolly each had two victories for Lockport (6-1) in its 104-76 victory over Niagara Falls (4-3). Megan Tatro, Hana Snow, Roserita DiMillo, Katie Harmon and Katie Pollock also had multiple wins for the Lions.
200 relay — Lockport (Hana Snow, Roserita DiMillo, Kristina Connolly, Elizabeth Connolly) 2:01.06; 200 free — Megan Tatro (L) 2:13.6; 200 IM — Kristina Connolly (L) 2:25.59; 50 free — Katie Harmon (L) 26.08; Diving — Brianna Darnell (L) 211.95; 100 fly — Jessica Evans (NF) 1:05.85; 100 free — E. Connolly (L) 1:00.01; 500 free — Katie Pollock (L) 5:39.08; 200 free relay — Lockport (Harmon, Pollock, Tatro, DiMillo) 1:49.20; 100 back — Snow (L) 1:07.59; 100 breast DiMillo (L) 1:14.63; 400 free relay — Niagara Falls (Susanna Mombrea, Madison Brundage, Allison Hubert, Catharine Boyle) 3:44.01.
Ken East 67, North Tonawanda 33
Anya Fike won both the 100 and 500 yard freestyle races for North Tonawanda in a losing effort. Alexandra McGee and Alexis DeLuca each won four races for Kenmore East.
200 relay — Ken East (Alexandra McGee, Emily Kahler, Haley Brucato, Isabelle Bertino) 2:10.82; 200 free — Alexis DeLuca (KE) 2:25.06; 200 IM — McGee (KE) 2:40.04; 500 free — Anya Fike (NT) 27.11; Diving — Jackie Bors (KE) 1:15.38; 100 free — Fike (NT) 1:02.21; 500 free — DeLuca (KE) 6:35.73; 200 free — Ken East (Emily Kahler, Haley Brucato, Margaret Brooks, DeLuca) 1:57.48; 100 back — McGee (KE) 1:11.44; 100 breast — Jenna Krull (NT) 1:22.42; 400 free relay — Ken East (Kahler, McGee, DeLuca, Bertino) 4:29.04.
Ken West 94, Nia.-Wheatfield 83
Kenmore West (7-0) won all 11 races against Nia.-Wheatfield (5-2). Jenna Rice, Sommer Stevens and Anita Alvarez each won individual as well as relay races for the Blue Devils.
200 relay — Ken West (Jenna Rice, Anita Alvarez, Katherine Sullivan, Sommer Stevens) 1:58.81; 200 free — Julia Sagasta (KW) 2:03.32; 200 IM — Alvarez (KW) 2:17.75; 50 free — Stevens (KW) 26.27; 100 fly — Rice (KW) 1:05.25; 100 free — Stevens (KW) 57.78; 500 free — Sagasta (KW) 5:20.95; 200 free relay — Ken West (Alvarez, Stevens, Sagasta, Brianna Garcia) 1:46.43; 100 back — Rice (KW) 1:02.46; 100 breast — Alvarez (KW) 1:10.69; 400 free relay — Ken West (Sagasta, Garcia, Sullivan, Rice) 3:53.89.