By Indrek Kongats
Last week, Ellicottville Central School teams began their playoffs for fall sports. The varsity football, boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball teams all had their first round of playoff games this past weekend.
Both boys and girls soccer lost their first round games by a score of 0-1. The boys played at Sweet Home against Pine Valley; the girls played at Dunkirk against North Collins in an exciting game. Robin Freaney, goalie for ECS, had four amazing saves before the fifth one slipped by her. That was the only goal either team scored. ECS had four good shots on goal as well, ending up 11-6-1 for the year.
In football action, the third-seed Ellicottville-Franklinville Titans upset second-seed Silver Creek-Forestville by a score of 56-33. Earlier in October, Silver Creek had defeated the Titans by one point, 27-26, so this victory was especially sweet. The 7-2 Titans will now meet the 9-0 Maple Grove Red Dragons, the number one seed who shutout Randolph 28-0. The Class D Section VI Championship game will be played Nov. 4 at the Bills’ New Era field, game time is 5 p.m. The Titans are ranked 7329 in the nation and 218 in New York State, compared to the Red Dragons that are 3872 in the nation and 83 in NYS.
In varsity girls volleyball, the fifth-seed Lady Eagles made it to the Section VI semi-finals, upsetting fourth-seed Forestville, three games to one with the following scores: 25-16, 20-25, 27-25 and 25-12. Ellicottville played North Collins, the number one seed, Nov. 1 at North Collins, but lost three games to one with the scores 25-20, 25-16, 20-25 and 25-18. Standouts for Ellicottville on defense were Mackenzie Czapla with 31 digs in the first two games alone, and on offense, Marissa Hamilton with seven kills in the first two games, who continued to spike the ball well in the rest of the games.
With everyone out except football, the boys of fall should have lots of fans to cheer them on in what will sure to be an epic game on Nov. 4. The weather forecast is partly cloudy, cool with a high of only 43 degrees and a mere 10 percent chance of rain. Come cheer on the Titans!