by Todd Palmatier
Ellicottville Varsity Volleyball finished a fine season on the heels of their state title, although they lost in the semifinals to Randolph. They are only losing two players next year— seniors Courtney Scanlon and Kayla Dunkleman, who both put in great seasons for the Lady Eagles. The remaining squad will return for the 2014 season.
Ellicottville Varsity Football moved up a division this year from DD to D, and although they did not make it to Ralph Wilson Stadium this year, they had a lot of positives come out of the season. The Eagles, under their first-year coach, Chad Bartoszek, beat back some larger schools this season. The team played many of their games without key players who were injured, but still found ways to win or be competitive with larger teams. The outlook for football looks great as we move forward and continue to grow in popularity with the youth in Ellicottville. Senior football players Corey Tomblin and Dylan Paprocki were recognized by Section 6 and Cross Fit Football during two home games this year.
Ellicottville Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer teams both won Section 6 titles last Friday night.
The boys got the proverbial “monkey off their backs” and beat back North Collins 1-0 in Hamburg, behind Conner Greene’s lone goal. The teams move on to the Far West regionals this week. They will play against Jasper-Troupsburg in Rochester on Friday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. at Eastridge High School.
The Lady Eagles Girls’ Varsity Soccer team marched into Dunkirk last Friday night and beat Pine Valley 4-0 to advance to the Far West Regional Championships this week against the to-be-determined team from Section 5. Their game is also against Jasper-Troupsburg (Section V Class D Champions) this Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. at Amherst High School. When both teams win this weekend, they will compete in the State Finals.
In other Ellicottville youth sports this week, the EVL Wrestling program begins practice and is still looking for youth grapplers to join their program. Practices will be held at ECS during the week in the evenings. If interested, contact Frank Morlock at (716) 818-8233 or Nikki Clark at (716) 353-3907.
Ellicottville YMCA Youth Basketball started practice last week and games this past weekend at the Olean YMCA. The 8-9 year old boys came out victorious this week. The 10-11 year olds took a tough loss but played great and will build on what they learned playing older teams. The 12-13 team also won their first game this weekend. All three Ellicottville teams play this Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Olean YMCA.
In upcoming events, ECS Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball practices begin this week.
Mark your calendars for the ECS Sports Banquet on Nov. 25 at ECS.
The Ellicottville Little Eagles Football Banquet is this Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. at the West Valley Fire Hall.