Tags: ESMF-Mfield hockey F-M had planned on a busier schedule last week, but heavy rains postponed a Wednesday game against Cortland and affected other contests, too.It was still chilly Friday afternoon when F-M hosted Cazenovia, but the Hornets handled those conditions and earned a 2-0 shutout over the Lakers.Though Cazenovia, who shared the OHSL regular-season title with Weedsport, had long stretches where it contained F-M, the Hornets still broke through with goals by Lucy Fowler and Sofia Melfi, with Nora Wilson picking up an assist. ESM, meanwhile, enters the Class B sectional tournament as a top seed. As with Class A, it’s a five-team field, with the Spartans waiting to see if no. 4 seed Whitesboro or no. 5 seed New Hartford wins on Wednesday afternoon.Then ESM will play that survivor next Tuesday in the semifinals at Central Valley Academy, where no. 2 seed and defending champion Holland Patent takes on no. 3 seed Cortland. As with Class A, the finals are Nov. 3 at VVS.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story With all of the regular-season work done, field hockey teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa are ready to tackle their respective Section III playoff brackets, each of them as no. 1 seeds.The Hornets are headed directly into next Monday’s semifinals, where it will face the winner of an opening-round game between no. 4 seed Baldwinsville and no. 5 seed Auburn.The other semifinal will pit no. 2 seed Rome Free Academy against no. 3 seed Cicero-North Syracuse, with the finals set for Nov. 3 at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.
Saint Etienne have joined Bournemouth and Brighton in the race for Dijon striker Lois Diony.The Frenchman caught the eye in Ligue 1 last season after finding the net 11 times and also weighing in with eight assists.Dijon are well aware of the growing interest in the 24-year-old and they will let him go if someone meets their £13million asking price.Earlier on in the summer Bournemouth had been linked with Diony, while more recently he has been on the radars of Brighton and Birmingham City.And now, according to Le Progres, the striker is also being courted by Saint Etienne.The French club are making a big push for Diony and it is claimed he could sign for them within the week if talks continue to accelerate. 1 Dijon striker Lois Diony scored 11 goals and claimed eight assists last season