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High School Extra (Sept. 16): Former Canisius star Stasio dies; Lancaster volleyball gets tough win

Former Canisius star Stasio dies

Longtime followers of Monsignor Martin Association basketball probably remember John Stasio, who died Sept. 7 at his home in Williamsville. He was 72.

Stasio, a member of the Canisius High Hall of Fame, was the first four-year varsity starter at the school and led the Crusaders to the Manhattan Cup as a junior in 1960 and the league championship in 1961. He averaged 18 points a game as a senior and was the first Canisius player to score 1,000 career points, reaching 1,001. Twice he made Burke League All-Catholic. He went on to play three varsity seasons at Xavier University in Cincinnati as a 6-foot-4 forward.

Stasio attended School 19 and began playing basketball at the West Side Boys Club.

“John grew up in my neighborhood,” said former Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello, who played at Cardinal Dougherty and Canisius College. “John and Charlie Mancuso and the older guys wouldn’t let me in their games. So I would just sit with my root beer and potato chips and watch them.” Stasio’s picture on the funeral prayer cards showed him dribbling a basketball and wearing No. 54 in a Xavier publicity photo.

That was ironic because, “John would always try to change the subject when people started talking about his basketball years,” said his longtime friend Maureen Eberl.

Elected to the Canisius Hall of Fame in 1987, Stasio was a financial consultant and vice president with Merrill Lynch for 39 years until he retired in 2007.

Tough win for Lancaster

Lancaster, ranked No. 3 among large schools in the latest WNY Coaches boys volleyball poll, had to gut out a five-set ECIC I match at Frontier Tuesday night to stay undefeated in division play.

The Legends won the fifth set, 30-28, to pull out a 3-2 victory before a good crowd at Frontier.

“The home crowd definitely helped,” said Lancaster coach Jason Stang. “Frontier always seems to get out a nice crowd to help their team.”

Jay Bauman had 20 kills and Alex Kostek had 52 assists in the victory.

“All the games were close, even the ones where the final score doesn’t look close,” Stang said.

Lancaster led 23-17 in the fifth set only to see the Falcons rally to tie it at 23.

“We had trouble with their serves but we had some key blocks late in the last set that might have been the difference,” said Stang, whose team’s only loss was to Canisius in tournament play.

Ziomek’s goal wins for N-W

Dylan Ziomek scored the game’s only goal at 1:47 and goalkeeper Tim Calkins made nine saves for Niagara Wheatfield in a 1-0 victory over Kenmore West in Niagara Frontier League boys soccer. Niagara Wheatfield (5-1-1, 4-1 NFL) is ranked sixth in this week’s WNY Coaches Poll. Kenmore West slipped to 2-3 in league play.

Evan Brason scored his second goal of the game in the 70th minute, giving Nichols a 2-1 victory over St. Francis in Monsignor Martin soccer. Brason’s goal snapped a 1-1 tie and gave the Vikings their first league victory of the season.

West Seneca West wins

West Seneca West won the first two sets, then had to go to a fifth set (25-17) to defeat St. Joe’s in nonleague boys volleyball. Ian Barker had 20 kills and four aces, while Cameron Bartus had 26 kills and two aces for West.

Albion sweeps Roy-Hart

Ranked sixth among small schools in this week’s WNY Coaches girls volleyball poll, Albion scored an impressive three-set sweep of Roy-Hart in a Niagara-Orleans League match. Kelsee Soule had 13 kills, 8 digs, an ace, 2 blocks and 2 assists for the Purple Eagles (4-0, 3-0 N-0) while Chanyce Powell contributed 12 kills, 6 digs, 5 aces and a block to the victory.

Barker field hockey is 3-0

Becky Stoloski scored two goals and Natalie Menz tallied once in Barker’s 3-0 Niagara-Orleans League field hockey victory over Newfane. The Raiders allowed only one shot on goal against Caitlyn Mason, who played the first 53 minutes, and Courtney Bodine, who played seven.

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