Here's what's going on at the Orleans County YMCA, with results and analysis from this past week's sporting events, courtesy of the Y staff.
Fall Indoor Volleyball
This week in A Division volleyball, Zacher Construction took on T-Shirts Etc. in a battle of blocks. Zachers took all three games with a score of 75-37. The best part of this match was the blocking battle between Loyd Denniston and Mike Krauss. They both matched up against each other and had a competition of who could stuff the other at the net the most.
The second match of the night was more of a digging contest than anything. With long volleys from the opening serve, the match between The A Team and Notorious D.I.G was a long one. Notorious claimed a 2-1 victory. Adam Tower had one heck of a game in a losing effort, as he showed great touch at the net with tips and ball placement.
In week six of B Division volleyball, two playoff preview matches were played; the first being Victorious Secret vs Bumpin Uglies. Last time these two teams met, VS came out on top with a 2-1 victory. This time around, VS came out strong and won all three games with a score of 75-38. VS was highlighted by James Tee’s laser precision. He was locked in all night, shredding through the defense led valiantly by Lindsay and Sommer Froman.
The second game of the night was a first-round preview of Cupcakes vs Bridget’s Bashers. Cupcakes suffered their first defeat of the season but still took the match 2-1 with a final score of 73-55. Bashers came out strong with block after block by the one-man wall that is Cory Lewis. In game two and three, Cupcakes took control and won both, thanks to the late arrival of Zach Beecher.
In C Division volleyball, Set on a Beach took on Misfits for the second time this season. Last time Misfits gave Beach a 3-0 spanking. This time was no different. Misfits came out hot and never let up, winning with a total score of 75-54. Paula Welker was a force all night with great passes, setting up all her teammates like she was a WNBA point guard.
The next match was number one team Main Liquor taking on Just Us. Main Liquor suffered a rare loss but still claimed the match 2-1 with a final score of 69-64. Main Liquor came out strong with a string of serves by Gary Moore, who zipped missiles past the defense for aces. Just Us battled back in game two and took it in thrilling fashion, but was unable to duplicate that result in game three.
In the last match of the night, Shnoogadooks had a rematch with Set on a Beach. Last week Beach got the best of them, but this time Shnoogadooks came out roaring with smash after smash. Beach couldn’t handle the bullets Joe Burgess was sending straight to the floor.
This week in the 4-6 year old age group, the teams were put together and proceeded to have one big game of fun. Doug Hale Jr. was the man of the match, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory. The goal was masterful, with a dribbling display any MLS player would be in awe of.
The 7-9 year olds saw a good game of soccer, as Ben Griffin led the way with two goals that put his team out in front. Griffin had a rocket-shot in the upper corner. Gavin Soule displayed brick-wall defense, but his team fell 3-0.
The main event of Saturday was the 10-12 year olds, who put on a show that many people would have bought tickets for. Olivia Carter led the Blue Devils in a back-and-forth game, as she put together an all-around game that scored high praise from her coach and team, helping stake her team to a 4-2 lead. With their backs against the wall and the clock ticking down, team Black Night came up clutch, with Cole Smith scoring the game-tying goal. With the game tied, the game went into its first ever shootout. Despite controlling the whole game, the Blue Devils caved under the pressure. The Black Night kept rolling, winning the shootout 5-3 for its first win this season!
This week youth basketball had a thrilling three games. First off, the 4-6 year olds were led by Zoria Stephens, who was hitting high percentage shots the whole game, including hitting five baskets in a row. Everyone was stunned by the level of play shown by the little one.
The 7-9 year old age bracket had a barn burner of a game, with a 20-18 score. Miya Goodale had many big buckets, as she showed off her Reggie Miller-like shooting stroke.
Finally the 10-12 year olds had a lopsided game of 35-15. Gracie Hughes was a dominate force that packed the paint, putting up a Tim Duncan-like game with the stat line of 15-10-5. Her towering height and basket skills were just too much for anyone to handle.
Adult Floor Hockey
The Y’s most intense sport, Adult Floor Hockey, headed into it its fourth week of action. The first game of the night was a grudge match, as Canal Country Artisans took on the Knights. Most of Artisans' players used to be Knights, so each team was out for blood. Artisans got the better of the Knights early on and went on to win, 10-4. Captain Tim Demmer led his team with two goals. He displayed animal-like instincts by knowing exactly where the blocked shot would end up, allowing him to get an easy putback goal.
The second game saw returning champion Barn Busters take on undefeated newcomer Drum Oil. Barn Busters went up early, showing their championship pedigree, but Drum Oil wasn’t fazed. In the third period, Drum Oil scored three quick goals to take the game 5-2. Barn Busters goalie Matt Webster had crazy saves, but it wasn’t enough to stave off Drum Oil’s high-powered offense.
The third game saw a last-second battle with Team RamRod vs. the Avengers. Chad Callard and Jeremy Bensley led Avengers' offense to a solid start but couldn’t keep the fire going. RamRod welcomed the return of Trevor Power, whose all-around game allowed his team to close the game out with three straight goals for a 4-2 victory.
In the last game of the night, Avanti’s took on Goal Busters. Avanti’s ripped open a quick lead and easily claimed an 8-0 win. CJ Lindsay of Avanti’s had a great game, going for two goals and making his presence known from the minute he stepped on the floor. Rich Nolan of Goal Busters provided stable defense for his squad, but couldn’t put it all together to keep them in the game.