Weekly Feature

2013-07-10 / Sports

Memorable season for individuals and teams

Year In Review (Fall 2012)
by ERIC DEGRECHIE
Reporter


St. Joe’s running back Ilo Noble (above) runs past shouting fans on Oct. 27, 2012 during the team’s regular season finale against Canisius. The Marauders lost the rivalry game, 28-21. Kenmore East’s Matt Donn (8) and Kyle Patterson (11), in the photo to the right, attempt to block a player from Kenmore West in a boys volleyball match from September. St. Joe’s running back Ilo Noble (above) runs past shouting fans on Oct. 27, 2012 during the team’s regular season finale against Canisius. The Marauders lost the rivalry game, 28-21. Kenmore East’s Matt Donn (8) and Kyle Patterson (11), in the photo to the right, attempt to block a player from Kenmore West in a boys volleyball match from September. Each high school sports year is filled with its own unique storylines. While some of the athletes and coaches may have appeared in the headlines before, there are always enough newcomers to ensure the action never gets too predictable.

The 2012-2013 calendar year was no different from the first hot days of late summer football practice, through the cold nights at the hockey rinks of winter, before concluding on the wet baseball and softball diamonds of spring. This is a look back at some of the highlights from the fall.

Next week, we will review the winter and spring seasons.


Photos by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Photos by Patrick McPartland Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Fall 2012

Football

In early October, St. Joe’s did something no Monsignor Martin Association team had done since 2005 — defeated Aquinas of Rochester. The Marauders were able to end a 25-game winning streak by beating the Little Irish, 27-14. St. Joe’s improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1998 with the win. In his varsity debut at quarterback, junior Dennis Gilbert Jr. completed 10 of 15 passes for 122 yards and threw three touchdowns.

Also in October, Kenmore West won its fifth straight game over rival Kenmore East, 13-10, during the latter’s homecoming weekend. Junior running back Alex Price led the Blue Devils with 160 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

At the end of October, Kenmore East defeated Williamsville North, 21-6, in the Chuck Funke Memorial Classic Consolation Bowl Class A final. It was the first win in that game for the Bulldogs since 2007. Ken East running back Preston Smith led the offensive attack with 155 yards and two touchdowns.

In November, St. Joe’s was knocked out of the MMA playoffs by Bishop Timon-St. Jude, 27-10, in the semifinals.

St. Joe’s linebacker Rod Payne was named to the All-Bee Football First Team. Teammate Nigel Davis was named to the Second Team at defensive back.

Soccer

In October, the Kenmore East boys soccer team ended a six-game losing streak against rival Kenmore West with a 4-2 victory. Jeremy Wood, Pat Schroeder, Matt Cordovani and Zach Glaspy all scored for the Bulldogs.

St. Joe’s goalie Will Boerema was named an Honorable Mention on the inaugural All-Bee soccer team.

Volleyball

In early October, St. Joe’s ended Canisius’ 12-year Monsignor Martin Association winning streak. The Marauders won 24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 27-25 against the Crusaders, who had won 12-straight MMA regular season and playoff titles. Junior Richard Crumlish had 17 kills to lead St. Joe’s. Canisius got its revenge over the Marauders in the MMA final one month later.

In late October, the Kenmore East boys volleyball team knocked mighty Grand Island from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 3-1 victory. The Bulldogs would lose to Lake Shore in the Section VI Class B final.

In late October, Mount St. Mary Academy won the Monsignor Martin Association South Division title before exiting the playoffs with a loss to Nardin in the quarterfinals. Julie Fleming, Maddie Rossi and Mary Kate Ginnane were All-Catholic First Team members.

Girls Swimming

In early November, Kenmore West junior Jenna Rice qualified for the state championships with second place in the 100-yard backstroke at the Section VI championships.

Field Hockey

In late October, Kenmore tied Barker, 0-0, in Niagara Orleans action. It was the first time that the latter hadn’t won a league contest since Sept. 21, 2005 as Kenmore improved to 8-1-1.

Cross Country

In late September, Mount St. Mary Academy finished first in Division II at the Western New York Track and Field and Cross Country Officials Meet. Emma Sullivan, Hailey Rose Gattuso, Olivia Macdonald, Marissa Saber and Rachel Joachimi combined to run the 5,000-meter course in 67 minutes. Sullivan was also the recipient of the Art Reimer Memorial Award for fastest female runner of the day.

In early November, the Thunder won the All-Catholic team title for the first time in the school’s 85-year history. Sullivan and Gattuso finished first and second for the second straight year.

The duo, along with Olivia MacDonald, who finished seventh, earned All-Catholic First Team honors.

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