After four trips to the New York State championships, the Lancaster girls volleyball team finally won the title that had eluded them for so long.
The Redskins put away XI-Ward Melville, 26-24, 25-20, 25-18, on Saturday to win the Class AA title at Cortland.
"I couldn't help but tear up when they were announcing the kids' names (after the match)," said coach Sue Pernick. "It was finally time to exhale. What a great bunch of kids to earn this with."
Four players were in double figures for kills: Lacey Severins (15), Stephanie Jansma (14), Lindsay Schlegel (11) and Amanda Dux (10). Jansma had nine aces.
The Redskins finished 23-0.
"The first game was key. It set the tone," said Pernick. "It was 24-24, we fell behind just trying to do too much. We got into a rhythm, stuck with the game play and ran our middle."
Class B: Eden fell to John Glenn, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16. Christine Henry had 11 kills, Tracy Henry had eight kills and Jodi Smith added seven kills.
NYSCHSAA: St. Mary's went 5-1 in pool play to earn the No. 1 seed in today's semifinals at Hofstra. Katie Schaller got 17 kills and Carly McNeil 14.
Intersectionals: Hamburg won its first intersectional title beating McQuaid of Rochester in a four-game Class A final in Cicero-North Syracuse. Hamburg went 5-1 in pool play to earn the No. 1 seed going into the final.
Against McQuaid, David Hatten had 65 assists and eight blocks, Jeff Hartman had 19 kills and Ryan Johnson had 17 kills and Nikolaj Prychodko had 13 kills with eight blocks.
"We were peaking at the right time," said Bulldogs coach Brian Carroll. "In the West Seneca West match we played pretty well and this tournament we kept the same level. David tore up every block. The whole match he kept putting the ball where the block wasn't. He had a field day."
Eden won its fifth Class B title in the past six years, dominating Victor of Section V, 25-15, 25-15, 25-12.
The contest was a rematch from last year, won by Victor in three games.
"These guys understood how it felt last year (to lose) and nothing was going to get in their way. We didn't give them many chances to get anything going," said coach Robert Pierce.
"All the things we've tried to execute all year long kind of came together. They were very solid, but something happened and we handled them."
Senior Chad Proudman had 19 kills and three aces for Eden (25-3). Sophomore setter Jake Waszak had 39 assists and three aces and junior Sam Beiter added eight kills and three aces.
New York State Championships: East Aurora's girls team came just one point short of winning the Class B team championship at Chenango Valley State Park. The Blue Devils were edged, 55-56, by Honeoye Falls Lima.
Jamie Rzepecki -- who covered the course in 19:33.2 -- led East Aurora to a 5-6-12-15-18 team tally. Honeoye Falls Lima's runners came 1-3-10-19-22.
East Aurora's other top finishers were Sara Mosser (19:42.1), Marla Kelley (20:22.6), Erin Crawford (20:38.3) and Tara O'Connor (20:50.6).
Lockport's bid to upset Fayetteville-Manlius for the Class AA boys title came up short as the Lions finished second to the top-ranked team in the nation.
Mark Russell (16:16.2) posted Lockport's fastest time.
Mike Deren (16:08.5) of Frontier finished fifth overall.
Section VI claimed the Intersectional title for the second year in a row bettering III-Syracuse, V-Rochester and II-Albany at SUNY Brockport.
Section VI took first place in four of seven events. Keith Stumpf of Williamsville South was a double winner, taking the floor exercise with a score of 9.55 and the high bar in 9.2. Section VI all-around champion Jarred Forman of Williamsville North scored 8.6 to win the parallel bars and Michael Maizel of Williamsville North won the pommel horse.
Stumpf was third in the all-around while Forman was fourth. Harrison Reisweber of Amherst was runnerup in the horse. Third places were earned by Brian Kent of Hamburg in the parallel bars and Jon Shelton of Hamburg in the high bar.
Far West Regionals: Williamsville North earned its second consecutive trip to the New York State final four by beating Penfield, 1-0, in the Class A final in Medina. It was the second year in a row the Spartans beat Penfield in the FWR.
Junior Claire Hourihan scored with 9:17 left when she caught a rebound off the goalie's pads and placed a push shot between the goalie's legs. Freshman goalie Nicole Lewis had six saves to earn her 13th shutout. . . . Amherst got goals from Emily Warren and MariJo Brunetto to beat Pittsford Sutherland, 2-0, for the Class B crown. . . . Holland was outshot, 24-5, in a 3-0 loss to East Rochester for the Class C title.