By Todd Palmatier
Well, sports at ECS are kicking into high gear and all of the fall sports teams have seen action in the past week.
In boys’ varsity soccer, the Eagles have paced their way out to a 2-1 record with wins over West Valley 5-1 on Sept. 9, with goals from Patrick McMahon Eagan (two), and Cole Lapi, Cameron Eddy and Matt DiDonato each chipping in one. The Eagles then faced the Gators from Allegany-Limestone on Sept. 10 and lost a hard-fought battle 2-1, with Patrick McMahon Eagan scoring the lone goal. The boys got back in the win column on the 13th with a 5-0 shutout over the Frewsburg Bears. The Eagles were led by Jack Haley and Robert Sawicki with two goals each and a score by Patrick McMahon Eagan.
In girls’ varsity soccer, the Lady Eagles finished the week 2-0, with wins over West Valley 4-0 and Arch Rival Randolph 1-0. In the West Valley game, the Eagles were led by senior Alexis Woodin with a goal and assist, Morgan Zlockie three goals and one assist, and Tarah Scharf two saves to preserve the shutout. On Sept. 15, the Eagles beat back the Cardinals of Randolph 1-0 on a game-winning goal by Jenna Aldrich. Tarah Scharf recorded her second straight shutout for the week.
The Lady Eagles JV soccer program finished the week 1-2 with a win over Fillmore 1-0 and losses to large schools Olean and Allegany-Limestone 4-0 and 6-0, respectively. Ande Wilson recorded the lone goal for the Eagles and Lisa Krotz had the shutout for the team in their lone win.
In girls’ modified soccer, the ladies are struggling to find the net and have started the season 0-3 with losses to Allegany-Limestone, West Valley and Randolph.
The Ellicottville-Franklinville varsity football program marched in and out of Falconer last Friday night with a 39-0 shutout over class C schools Falconer-Cassadaga Valley. The team was again led in the rushing department by senior Phalla Musall. Under the guidance of junior quarterback Tommy Easton, the offense never missed a beat and outrushed and passed the Golden Cougars. Seniors Ben Erickson and Callum Watt each scored for the team as well. The defense of the combined team kept the Golden Cougars under 100 yards of total offense and dominated the game from start to finish. Coach Bartoszek said the team is really beginning to gel and is coming into their own. He is proud of how these young men have come together and preformed. The boys take on Frewsburg this Friday night in Franklinville at 7 p.m.
In JV football, the team continued to win, as well, with a 6-0 win over Falconer-Cassadaga Valley with Caleb Palmatier scoring the lone touchdown with just under five minutes remaining in the game. The team moved the ball behind the stout running of fullback Griffin Chudy to the 1-yard line before Palmatier punched it home. The defense took over and ended the game on a Tyler Pitner interception on the 2-yard line. This was his second pick of the day. The offense was led by the two-headed attack of Austin Grinols and Brock Blecha, while the defense was led by Walter Woodarek, Sam Erickson and Billy Quinn. They take on Frewsburg next Monday in Frewsburg at 5 p.m.
The Ellicottville Little Eagles football program took on Franklinville this past Sunday and split the games between the two teams. The Pee Wee’s ran their record to 3-0 behind the running of Ryan DeKay, Christian Swalcy, and Caedon and Braylon Wyatt. The defense was led by Logan Grinols with two interceptions. The midgets lost a hard-fought battle in a 12-6 sudden death overtime loss, which snapped their 22 game winning streak. The Eagles were led on offense by Mitchell Gregory, Jordan Grinols and Nicklas Logel, while the defense was led by Steven Rowland, Hunter Bishop and Wyatt Chudy. The Eagles take on the Seneca Sachems this Saturday night at 6 p.m. on the Irving Reservation field.