By David Yarger
It's hard to believe the Niagara-Wheatfield athletics season is already through one month. The teams have reached homecoming week, which includes themed days, the always competitive pindodge game, powder puff football and, of course, the Friday night lights football game. With that, here's how the Falcons teams are shaping up heading into homecoming on Saturday.
The girls cross country team finished sixth last Saturday at the Penfield Invitational. Victoria Achtziger-Hughes continued her stellar season by finishing third out of 81 racers. She finished the 5K with a time of 21:39.52. Also racing for the Falcons, Sarah Pawlow and Julia Johnson finished with times of 24:28.95 and 24:59.31, respectively.
The boys and girls cross country teams also had a meet Tuesday versus Lockport and Niagara Falls.
Both cross country squads are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday versus Kenmore East and Grand Island at Beaver Island State Park.
Nothing new with the golf team. The team is still good. The boys are now 11-0 on the season after wins over Lewiston-Porter, Lockport, CSAT and Kenmore East.
In the victory over Lewiston-Porter, the team won 252-269. Anthony Delisanti medaled by firing a 3-under 33 at Tan Tara Golf Club. Delisanti led again in a 251-327 win over Lockport with a 38 at Lockport Town & Country Club. Lastly, versus CSAT, the team won 245-313. Nolan Codd medaled for the Falcons with a 39 at Beaver Island Golf Course.
The boys kept its win streak alive Wednesday at Brighton Golf Course versus Kenmore East - defeating the Bulldogs, 247-249. Delisanti medaled by shooting a 1-under 35. Codd also shot a 40 and Chris Cacciatore came in clutch late with a 41 to seal the victory.
The boys' following match is at 4 p.m. today at Kenmore West.
Girls tennis is off to a 10-0 start as well. This past week, the girls defeated second place Lockport, 4-1, and Niagara Falls, 5-0.
In the wins, the reigning First Team All-Niagara Frontier League first singles duo of Jocelyn Fike and Nikki Kwiatkowski stayed undefeated on the season with victories over Lockport (6-1, 6-1) and Niagara Falls (6-0, 6-0).
The girls also defeated Kenmore East, 5-0, on Wednesday.
Its next match is at 4:15 p.m. Friday at Kenmore West.
Boys soccer has a light week of action with just one game on the schedule since last week's publishing. The Falcons improved its record to 9-1 (7-1 NFL) with a victory over CSAT, 5-1. In the win, Andrew Ramballi scored twice, while Joe Timbello, Nate Hayek and Alexis Leon all added goals. Jacob Vallas added two assists, while Timbello, Leon and Austin Osetkowski added helpers of their own.
The boys defeated Lockport, 2-0, Wednesday. John Osetkowski and Tom Mueller scored in the win.
The Falcons next match is at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at Kenmore West.
The girls soccer team also played the same light week similar to the boys. The Falcons defeated CSAT handily, 9-0.
In the win, the Falcons stuffed the state sheet, as eight different girls scored. Erin Weir netted two, while Abby Mason, Jessica Maroney, Madison Evarts, Briana Zayatz, Andrea Efthemis, Alyssa Hartman and Cara Janowski scored.
Also, Evarts added three assists and Zayatz, Efthemis, Mackenzie Jacobs, Tara Perrault, Lindsey Hocking and Allie Dena had an assist apiece.
The girls also defeated Lockport Wednesday, 1-0. Zayatz scored the game-winning goal.
The Falcons next match is at 10 a.m. Saturday versus Kenmore West.
The boys football team received its first loss Friday from Jamestown. For a full recap of the game and a report on the team's Friday night lights homecoming game visit wnypapers.com.
The girls swimming and diving team is undefeated (4-0) to begin the year. The team defeated Grand Island, 103-67, Friday, and Niagara Falls on Tuesday. In the win over GI, the 200-yard medley relay team of Danielle Carlson, Abigail Potts, Hannah Seiler and Shannon Glor won the event with a time 2:04.96 - just under eight seconds fast than the runner up.
Also, Sarah Carlson scored a victory in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:30.05 - more than 11 seconds quicker than the runner up. Danielle Carlson and Glor finished No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle; Danielle also finished first in the 100-yard butterfly, with teammates Diega Ciraolo and Kathryn Shoemaker finishing second and third, respectively; Glor, Alyssa Hall and Amaya Springer finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard freestyle; Sarah Carlson won the 500-yard freestyle; and then Danielle Carlson, Glor, Springer and Maegan Mueller won the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The girls' next meet is at 5 p.m. Friday at Kenmore East.
The boys volleyball team had a tough test on its hands Monday night going up against Lockport, who is No. 1 in the NFL. The boys were defeated, 3-0. The boys were also defeated by North Tonawanda Wednesday. The team's following match is at 4:45 p.m. today versus Kenmore West.
Lastly, the girls volleyball team continued its unbeaten season with wins over Lockport and North Tonawanda Monday and Wednesday, 3-0. The victory extends the team's NFL record to 10-0 and gives them a season sweep of the Lions and Lumberjacks.
The Falcons' following match is at 4:45 p.m. today at Kenmore West.