The first few weeks of the fall sports season has been exactly what we were all hoping for.
Finally getting back to a bit of normalcy.
Sure, we all miss the heck out of football and I am still scratching my head wondering why 38 other states are playing but we upstate New Yorkers have been put on hold until at least 2021.
But I am not here to talk any football right now. Those kids have been put through the ringer for sure, and it really is a shame.
I want to talk some soccer and cross-country.
Two sports that sometimes get put on the back-burner when football is king.
But not this fall, those sports, as well as girls tennis and girls swimming are the ones getting headlines right now.
The GLOW region has always hosted some of the top girls soccer programs in NYS, and this year has been no exception with some of the usual suspects in Avon (5-0), Wheatland-Chili (4-1), Geneseo (5-0) and Warsaw (3-1) all playing well early on.
But there are a few others that have earned their share of shining moments this fall including Holley (4-1), Byron-Bergen (3-2), Notre Dame (3-2), Pembroke (2-2) and OAE (2-2).
In fact, OAE’s signature victory was their 2-1 win over Wheatland-Chili on Oct. 13.
Heading into Friday’s games, Lyndonville’s Ella Lewis was the leading scorer in our area with 12 goals while Geneseo’s Lainey Scoville was second with 11 goals in just four games.
The Geneseo girls have been scoring goals (and points) in bunches with the senior Scoville (11G, 4A), freshman Morgan Walton (7G. 7A) and sophomore Bridget McMaster (7G, 4A) accounting for 25 goals, 18 assists for 68 points — all in just four games.
Geneseo played at home Friday night against Keshequa, who should’ve been their first tough test of the season but instead the Lady Devils won easily 5-0. Geneseo has outscored their opponents 33-0 this year.
Speaking of dominating on the pitch, no area boys soccer team has dominated the past 14 months more than the Keshequa program, coached by Ron Macomber Jr., currently has five players in the top 13 for local scoring leaders including No. 1 and No. 2 ranked Riley Rease (11G, 6A- 28 pts) and Jacob Schiano (10G, 4A- 24 pts) who have combined 21 goals and 52 points in their five games.
Keshequa (5-0) will take on undefeated Cal-Mum (4-0) Saturday night in Caledonia.
The Indians, who are in Class D this fall, and would have been a huge threat to win the program’s first-ever NYS soccer title, have outscored their five opponents 42-2.
Keshequa, Cal-Mum and Holley are still unbeaten heading into the weekend.
The Hawks are currently 4-0 on the season with impressive wins over both Attica and BB/Elba both by identical 1-0 victories. Kayden Servais leads the team with four goals.
Holley will be playing a big rematch with Attica next week on Wednesday, Oct. 21 in a game that will be played at Batavia High School with first kick at 4:30 p.m. Holley’s defense has allowed just four goals and just one goal in the past three games.
Fab-5 soccer rankings for this week.
Girls- 1) Avon, 2) Geneseo, 3) Wheatland-Chili, 4) Warsaw, 5) Holley.
Honorable Mention- Le Roy, Keshequa, York, Livonia, Batavia, OAE, Byron-Bergen.
Boys- 1) Keshequa, 2) Livonia, 3) Le Roy, 4) Holley, 5) Cal-Mum.
Honorable Mention- Avon, Batavia, LetSaw, Byron-Bergen/Elba, Attica.
Some interesting soccer match ups loom in the next few weeks....
Here are a few on our radar....
Warsaw at Avon (Oct. 22). Defending sectional champs will meet again after Avon’s 2-1 victory at Warsaw in the opener.
Wheatland-Chili at Holley (Oct. 22). Two of the areas top teams will meet in Holley in what is expected to be a measuring stick for just how tough the Lady Hawks are.
Attica at Alexander (Oct. 22). The Lady Devils earned the one goal victory at home last week so ‘revenge is a dish best served cold” when the Lady Trojans host their next door neighbors in the anticipated rematch.
Avon at Livonia (Oct. 24). Avon handed Livonia their worst loss in recent memory with a 6-0 shellacking just last week. There’s no doubt this one will be more competitive in Livonia.
HF-L at Batavia (Oct. 28). The Cougars got the narrow 1-0 victory at their place last week setting up the rematch at VanDetta.
OAE at Wheatland-Chili (Oct. 30). You know darn well that W-C head coach Gary Ward has had this rematch circled since he went home the night OAE handed his program their lone loss of the season. This will be a fun one to watch because that OAE squad is extremely gritty.
Attica at Byron-Bergen/Elba (Oct. 29). You can expect this to be a very physical match up between two of the GR’s top teams. Their first match up is today in Alexander and you can expect much of the same.
Livonia at LeRoy (Oct. 29). Livonia won the first match up on a header from Shawn Minnehan in OT. The Knights are waiting patiently for the rematch at Hartwood Park. Le Roy keeper Kenny Saunders is considered one of the top goalies in all of Section V.
Keshequa at East Rochester (Oct. 24). This will be a fun game and pretty much Keshequa’s only test of the regular season as the Indians head to Don Quinn Field to take on the Bombers in a rematch of last year’s Class C state qualifier won by Keshequa, 1-0. Both teams entered that game 19-0.
Le Roy at Letchworth/Warsaw (Oct. 31). The Knights got the 2-1 victory over LetSaw Thursday night as Jacob Williams was credited with holding one of the LCAA’s most dynamic players in Adam Grover to a single goal. Grover will no doubt be on a mission in the rematch.
Cal-Mum at Avon (Nov. 4). There’s something kind of neat about two, strong traditional football programs who have turned their soccer programs into highly competitive ones as well. This is a game a few years ago nobody cared about. They care now.
RUNNING LOW ON NUMBERS
Cross-Country seems to have lost numbers this season with several teams not having the amount of runners needed (5) to qualify for dual meets, possible invites and even sectionals.
Of all the LCAA/GR teams competing this fall, only a handful have both programs able to compete for a sectional title.
Those programs able to fill both a boys and girls roster include Notre Dame, Le Roy, Byron-Bergen, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, Livonia, Avon, Geneseo, and Dansville.
That’s just seven of the over 20 programs in the LCAA/GR.
Batavia, who competes in the Monroe County, also fields both programs.
As of press time, no LCAA/GR Cross-Country Championships have been officially scheduled although the AD’s and coaches I have spoken to are hopeful that it will take place on Nov. 14.
Whether it will be the LCAA/GR combined or both the LCAA and GR separately, that is yet to be determined.
Assuming they run that race together, here are some of the runners expected to make a top-10 finish.
Boys- Zach Hall (O-A), Mitchel Felix (Warsaw), Connor Domoy (O-A), Colton Yasses (O-A), Owen Hensler (Livonia), Christian Tewksbury (Livonia), Erik Schwab (Le Roy), Colin Farmer (Avon), Jaden Courtemanche (Avon), Thomas Welch (Avon), Andrew Ricupito (ND), Ben Skalny (ND), Zach Babcock (ND), Jordan Welker (ND), Sebastian Kitt (Pembroke), Nick Staley (Geneseo), Lincoln McGrath (B-B), Tyler Brabant (Cal-Mum), Jett Davis (Alexander), Cooper Davis (Alexander), Aiden Soggs (Le Roy),
Girls- Alexa Wolcott (Pavilion), Izzy Marzec (Avon), Catherine Staley (Geneseo), Jillian Genthner (Livonia), Cameron Rode (Livonia), Olivia Krebbeks (Livonia), Charlotte Blake (Le Roy), Ashley Totten (Le Roy), Grace Mileham (ND), Addy Capel (Geneseo), Mallory Rice (Geneseo), Maggie Bacon (Dansville), Leah Filter (Pembroke), Fanny Venegas (O-A), Kayla Harding (O-A), Jadyn Mullen (Alexander), Kaitlyn Geary (Avon), Joleigh Crye (Avon), Stephanie Onderdonk (B-B), Julia Schlenker-Stephens (B-B), Alaura Rehwaldt (B-B), Laurel Kania (Alexander).