By Todd Palmatier

In girls’ varsity soccer, the young squad is proving to be hard to handle for some teams and is giving much larger schools a handful as well.

The girls beat back Franklinville on Sept. 17 with an 8-0 shutout. The team was led by freshmen Evie Cortez with 3 goals and an assist; Morgan Zlockie with 3 goals; and Jenna Aldrich and Allison Raecher with a goal; and Tarah Scharf and Courtney Charlesworth combined for the shutout. The girls lost a tough battle to class A Amherst on Sept. 19 with a score of 3-2 in overtime. Morgan Zlockie scored both goals and Scharf had 11 saves in the loss. The Lady Eagles lost a hard-fought 2-1 battle on Sept. 22 to Portville, when Zlockie scored the lone goal for the Eagles.

In JV girls’ soccer, the Lady Eagles finished the week 0-1-1, with a 0-0 tie to class B Springville and a 5-0 loss to class B Allegany as well. Coach Taylor said the girls are playing very hard and very competitive against these larger schools, and things look promising for the Lady Eagles soccer program.

In girls’ modified soccer, the team finished the week with a tie 1-1 with Franklinville.

In boys’ soccer, the varsity team finished the week 2-1 with wins over Franklinville and Randolph, and a 1-0 loss to Salamanca. In the 5-1 win over Franklinville, the team was led by Matt DiDonato, Patrick McMahon-Eagan, Jack Haley, Jay Borowiak and Robert Sawicki, all tallying a goal for the Eagles. In their 2-1 win over Salamanca, the Eagles’ scorers were Robert and McMahon-Eagan. The boys’ record stands at 4-2.

In varsity football, the combined team of Ellicottville/Franklinville/West Valley ran its record to 3-0 with a convincing victory over the Frewsburg Bears on Sept. 19. The team played stellar on both sides of the ball. The ground game was led by Phalla “The Cambodian Comet” Musall, who rushed for 238 yards on 28 carries and 3 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Tommy Easton also chipped in for 2 rushing touchdowns. The offense had over 400 yards on the night. Senior Callum Watt led the defense with 10 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. He also rushed for 56 yards from the fullback spot. Frewsburg was held to 80 total yards on the night with a minus 20 yards on the ground. The coaching staff challenged the team to get after it this week and step up and dominate. And that’s what these young men did. The team travels to Brocton/Westfield this Friday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

The JV football team travelled to Frewsburg Monday night and walked away with a 28-6 victory behind the rushing triplets of Austin Grinols (2 TDs), Griffin Chudy (1 TD) and Brock Blecha. The trio combined for well over 150 yards rushing as the Bears had no answer for the three backs. Caleb Palmatier was on point at the QB position, hooking up on a nice 20-yard pass to Dooley Brennen. The defense was stifling as well today, only giving up the one touchdown, but keeping the Bears to negative yardage overall. The 3-0 squad entertains Catt/LV at 6 p.m. next Monday night at Ray Gray memorial field on the ECS Campus.

The Ellicottville Little Eagles played the Seneca Sachems on Saturday night in Irving, N.Y. The Pee Wee team has run its record to 4-0. The defense held the Sachems’ offense to negative yards on the field and won the game 20-0. The Eagles were led by Logan Grinols, Ryan DeKay and Thomas Snashell. In the ground game, the offensive line held their own and Joshua Coolidge and Giancarlo Nuzzo led the push. The defense was led by Andrew Bolya, Brett Kryniski and Chuck Pfeffer. The Eagles’ white and blue teams, which are led by a group of first-year players, played an outstanding game on both sides of the ball.

The Midgets got back to their winning ways by beating the Sachems 23-6. The offense was led by Jacob Perkins, Jordan Grinols, Mitchell Gregory and Wyatt Chudy, while the defense was led by Griffin Haley, Emily Durandetto and Steven Rowland. Coach Tim Grinols challenged the boys and girls to step up after their first loss, and he stated the kids did just that and played tremendously. The teams square off this Sunday starting at 1:30 p.m. at Ray Gray Memorial field at ECS against Pine Valley.