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April 18, 2018 RSS feed / Sports

Sweet Home boys tennis returns state qualifier

Sweet Home had not qualified a boys tennis player for the New York State Championships since 1994, but that all changed last year when Jonah Murphy placed third at the Section VI Championships.  More...

North seniors sign letters of intent

Williamsville North seniors Donovan Reed, Vinny Catanzaro, Rachel Juneau and Kevin Halpern took the next step in their athletic careers after signing letters of intent on April 11.  Reed and Catanzaro signed to play soccer and wrestle at Mercyhu More...

Amherst boys tennis returns entire starting lineup

Tigers shared ECIC II title with East

There is no shortage of depth on the Amherst boys tennis team. Tigers coach Paul Biddle said there are more than 43 tennis players who signed up to play either JV or varsity, which he said is unheard of since he started at Amherst in 2003. More...

Sports brief

The 34th annual Greater Buffalo Hockey Invitational, presented by Performax Hockey, is slated for April 26-29 at the Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Williamsville.  There are 12 skill divisions. More...

East boys tennis loaded with depth

Williamsville East’s boys tennis team finished 11-1 and tied Amherst for the ECIC Division II title last year. With the number of returning players, the Flames should once again be a contender for the division crown.  More...

Sports brief

The Bee now has a Twitter account dedicated solely to sports, @BeeSportsLive, where followers can catch up on stories they may have missed, see live tweeting from games where the reporters are in attendance and more. More...

Davis leads talented Sweet Home boys track team

Panthers have won past six ECIC titles

Sweet Home has fielded many tremendous boys outdoor track and field teams in recent memory, winning the past six ECIC Division II and ECIC Large Schools titles, but none might be as good as this year’s squad.  “We have a top-level ki More...

Sweet Home girls track has strength in numbers

The Sweet Home girls outdoor track and field team is full of talent and depth this season, which could mean bad news for its competition.  “The girls team is strong due to our depth with over 60 on the roster this year,” Sweet Home More...

Sacred Heart girls track loaded with depth

Squad has nine team captains

There will not be a shortage of depth on Sacred Heart’s girls outdoor track and field team this season.  More...

South girls outdoor track returns most of section champion relay

Williamsville South’s girls outdoor track and field team returns a strong group of athletes for this season.  Leading the way are seniors Amberlee Robertson, Molly Moore and Sarah Cook, who are three of the team’s four returning legs More...

South softball opens season with league wins

Williamsville South’s softball team opened the 2018 season with ECIC Division II victories over West Seneca East, 6-2, at home on April 11 and Sweet Home, 9-3, on the road Friday.  “Overall, it was a great start to our season,” More...

Hot Shots Girls Lacrosse Camp slated

Hot Shots Girls Lacrosse Day Camp will run for its 21st year July 23-26 at Amherst High School’s athletic fields on Westmoreland Drive.  Under the direction of Janet Battaglia, the camp is open to girls ages 4 to 17 regardless of ability o More...

Sports brief

The Just Show Up softball skills camp for all girls in kindergarten through eighth grade will be held from 9 a.m. More...

North softball opens season with shutouts

Williamsville North’s softball team, last year’s Section VI Class AA champions, opened the 2018 season with shutout home victories over Clarence, 6-0, on Thursday and Amherst, 1-0, on Friday.  North opened its scoring against Clarenc More...

South baseball hands Sweet Home its first loss

Sweet Home’s baseball team looked to remain unbeaten on the season against Williamsville South Friday, but the Billies had other ideas. More...

East baseball christens new turf field with win

Williamsville East’s baseball team opened the 2018 season with an 8-5 win over Starpoint on the Flames’ new artificial turf field.  The defending ECIC II champions did it the hard way, wiping out a 5-2 Starpoint lead in the bottom of More...

North downs East in lacrosse opener

Williamsville North’s girls lacrosse team opened the 2018 season with a 9-5 road win over Williamsville East on April 10.  The Lady Spartans led 5-3 at halftime and outscored the Lady Flames 4-2 in the second half.  More...

Victories improve East boys lacrosse to 5-1

The week back from spring recess was good for the Williamsville East boys lacrosse team.  The Flames improved to 5-1 with a 12-3 road win over Lockport, 12-3, on April 11, and home victories over Amherst, 13-2, on Thursday and Rush-Henrietta, 10 More...

North evens record against Frontier

Williamsville North’s boys lacrosse team bounced back from an 8-5 road loss against Clarence on April 10 with a 6-4 home win over Frontier on Friday.  The Spartans led 4-1 at halftime.  “It was a gritty game,” North coach More...

East’s Zimmerman, Shifflet sign letters of intent

Williamsville East’s softball program has produced many great players who have gone on to play in college since Chris Durr took over as head coach in 2012, but none have signed a national letter of intent with a Division I school until Veronica More...

North tennis begins life without reigning section champ

Spartans also debut new doubles teams

Williamsville North’s boys tennis team has a huge void at first singles with the graduation of two-time Section VI champion Harry Wang, but new first singles player Joe Baudo is not a pushover. More...

Sacred Heart girls tennis seeks postseason success

Squad has won past two MMA titles

Sacred Heart has won the past two Monsignor Martin Association girls tennis regular season titles, but the Sharks want to have a little more success for this season.  Coach Nancy Wingerter said team goals are to not only win the regular-season More...

South boys tennis lacks roster numbers

Billies will play all road matches

It could be a challenging year for the Williamsville South boys tennis team.  Not only do the Billies have a small roster of 11 athletes, including no seniors, they will have to play all of their matches on the road due to their courts being und More...

Hilbert College to host summer hoops camps

The Hilbert College boys and girls basketball teams will be holding summer camps.  The boys week of camp will be held June 24-28 and July 8-12. The girls camp runs July 15-19 and July 29-Aug. 2.  More...

THE NEXT STEP

— Sweet Home senior Christie Ackendorf, seated middle, signed a national letter of intent on April 11 to play volleyball at Fredonia State College. More...

Amherst girls track filled with returning talent

The Amherst girls outdoor track and field team had a great season last year, finishing second in ECIC Division III with a 4-1 record and crowning one Section VI champion.  Coach Jason Cyrek is hoping this year’s girls squad, which includes More...

East girls track focusing on individual improvement

The youth movement continues for the Williamsville East girls outdoor track and field team.  East coach Laura Spitznogle said of the 28 members on the team, there are no seniors, four juniors, 11 sophomores, 12 freshmen and one seventh-grader. More...

Amherst girls lax splits games

Amherst’s girls lacrosse team (2-1) earned a split in its games last week, losing to Frontier, 9-7, at home on April 10 and edging Williamsville North, 10-9, on the road Friday.  Amherst got off to a slow start against defending Section VI More...

Hard work, optimism characterize East boys track

This year’s Williamsville East boys outdoor track and field team is characterized by hard work, spirit and optimism, said coach Kurt Holme.  East will be led by senior co-captain Joe D’Amico, and junior Jameson Reid, who return from More...

North girls track blends experience, youth

Williamsville North’s girls outdoor track and field squad is a mixed bag of talent for this season.  The Lady Spartans return several accomplished athletes who have been with the program for multiple years, as well as sophomore, freshman a More...

North boys track is mixed bag of talent

There are many new faces on the Williamsville North boys outdoor track and field team.  Spartans coach Camp Leczinsky said more than half of the 65-man roster are new but are learning the sport and are responsive to trying different events.  More...

Miscues cost North baseball in league opener

Williamsville North’s baseball team was its own worst enemy in its ECIC Division I opener against Clarence on April 10.  The Spartans committed five errors in their 11-4 loss.  “We played a sloppy game,” North coach Max Zi More...

East softball wins home opener, falls to WSE

Williamsville East’s softball team christened its new turf field with an 11-2 win over Starpoint on April 11.  The Lady Flames built a 4-0 lead after the second inning and an 11-1 advantage after five.  “It was a good opening ga More...

Sacred Heart girls lax wins opening league games

Sacred Heart’s girls lacrosse team opened its season with victories over Mount Mercy, 17-2, on April 9 at Pierce Field and Buffalo Seminary, 10-6, on April 11 at its home field at Thomas Edison School in Tonawanda.  More...

Late rally lifts Amherst softball past Sweet Home

Amherst’s softball team won its opener against Sweet Home, 9-2, on April 11, but it was not easy.  The Lady Tigers trailed Sweet Home 2-1 after five innings and scored eight runs on five hits in the top of the seventh to secure the win.&nb More...

Sweet Home’s Culp scores game-winning goals

Matt Culp was the hero in the Sweet Home boys lacrosse team’s road wins over Williamsville South, 7-6, on Thursday and North Tonawanda, 6-5, on Friday.  The senior midfielder tallied from Joe Torrillo with 11 seconds left against South and More...