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Starpoint, Eden spike tourney wins

The Starpoint and Eden girls volleyball teams kept their outstanding volleyball seasons going at tournaments near and far.

Starpoint defeated Sweet Home, 25-19, 25-16, to win the North Tonawanda Tournament and remain undefeated (15-0). Junior Sydney Palka of the Spartans earned tournament MVP honors.

"She is just a general on that court, she hustles all over the place," said coach Sue Rexford. "She will get to any ball that a teammate puts up, even if it's a missed pass, Sydney will make a play out of it."

Starpoint survived Orchard Park, 31-29, to reach the final. Rexford said her team got off to a slow start against the Quakers, but eventually overtook them.

Sacred Heart won the Silver final and Hamburg won the bronze.

Named to the all-tournament team were: Samantha Palka (Starpoint), Kelsey Maving (Sweet Home), Bethany Fabian (Frontier), Kaley Vazquez (Kenmore West) and Sara Horvath (Immaculata).

Eden put the final touches on its fourth tournament victory by winning the 16-team Horseheads Tournament.

The Raiders beat Baldwinsville of Section III (Syracuse area), 25-8, 25-15, in the final.

Katie Eschner had eight kills and four blocks and Sally Schaefer had six aces and six digs in the final. The Raiders beat previously undefeated Harborfields of Long Island in the semifinals. Baldwinsville upset Long Island's John Glenn to advance.

*Eden has also won the St. Mary's, Frontier and Eden tournaments. The Raiders were coming off a five-game loss to St. Mary's earlier this week.

"We don't like to lose, but that loss to St. Mary's really helped us," said Eden coach Stephen Pierce.

"We were getting pretty unfocused. There really wasn't much to motivate us. We played well at the Eden tournament and played even better here."

The other Section VI teams in the tournament -- City Honors, Clarence and Lancaster -- failed to reached the gold bracket.

*The Nichols girls volleyball team swept Hutch-Tech, 25-24, 25-21, 25-16, in a nonleague match to finish the season 7-7; its the first .500 record for the Vikings in more than a decade.

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Boys volleyball

Orchard Park swept through all 10 of its games as it won its own tournament. The Quakers' Mike Stefani earned MVP honors as the Quakers beat Hamburg in the final, 25-18, 25-14.

Kyle Thompson and Alex Mendez of Canisius earned all-tournament team honors at the prestigious Midlakes Tournament, where Canisius toppled Burnt Hills of Section II (Albany area) in the semifinals but lost two games by a combined nine points (25-21, 25-20) in the final to the hosts from Section V (Rochester area).

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Cross country

Canisius finished fourth at the Section I Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls in what coach Brian Lombardo called the Crusaders' "best race as a team by far this season."

Canisius had 114 points, Haddonfield (N.J.) won with 58. Jordan Hamm led Canisius in seventh place at 16:41 while Barry Fitzgerald was 12th in 17:10.

Bowdoin Park will be the site of the Federation run.

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