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High School Extra (Sept. 20): Clarence dominates volleyball field

Best in the field

The Clarence girls volleyball team invited 11 other squads to its place for a Saturday afternoon tournament. You’d have to say the Red Devils weren’t exactly friendly hosts, at least on the court.

Clarence did not lose a set in taking the championship. The Red Devils beat Sacred Heart, 25-11, 25-11, in the finals.

Junior Meghan Neelon, set to go to the University of Alabama in two years, ran the offense from a setter position. She was named the competition’s most valuable player.

Karley King, an All-Western New York player last year, supplied spiking and blocking. Jaide Cummings of the Red Devils joined King on the all-tournament team. Others on that list were Katie and Jenna Sonnenberg of Niagara Wheatfield, Mia Wild and Clare Falkowski of Sacred Heart, along with Kaylyn Vaillancourt and Katie Meadows of Chautauqua Lake.

Clarence defeated Niagara Wheatfield in the semifinals, while Sacred Heart needed three games to down Chautauqua Lake in the same round.

In the Silver (consolation) final, Grand Island defeated North Tonawanda.

In the Starpoint Tournament, Sweet Home defeated Immaculata in two straight games to take home the championship. The Panthers had defeated Kenmore West in the maximum three games to reach the final.

The all-tournament team consisted of Chanyce Powell (Albion), Samantha Veronica (Kenmore West), Erica Bradley (Starpoint), Karly Kurkowiak (Immaculata), Claire Hiwiller (Sweet Home), and Rachel Reusch (Sweet Home).

Crusaders get road win

Weekends in September aren’t exactly a time to relax for the Canisius boys’ volleyball team.

They traveled to Virginia Beach, Va., on Saturday to take part in the Endless Summer Tournament. The Crusaders will return home with the championship trophy, as they beat Maury (Va.) in the final.

A busy schedule now often can prove beneficial down the road.

“That’s why we wanted to go this weekend,” coach Tom Weislo said. “The competition was good. We wanted to play some different teams, and the experience of traveling together always helps the players bond. It was pretty good.”

Griffin Schmit of Canisius was the most valuable player of the tournament.

“Griffin had a great tournament,” Weislo said. “That’s two MVPs in a row. He was the MVP last week in the Eden Tournament.”

The pace doesn’t let up this week. Canisius will play St. Joe’s on Thursday, and then will be in Albany on Saturday.

Closer to home, Grand Island overpowered St. Francis to take the Cheektowaga Tournament. It’s the third straight win for the Vikings in this annual competition.

Grand Island defeated Maryvale in the semifinals, while St. Francis knocked off Cheektowaga.

Starpoint earns win

You wouldn’t expect a blowout when two excellent teams are matched, even early in the boys’ soccer season. Sure enough, Starpoint improved to 5-0-0 in ECIC III by edging East Aurora, 1-0.

Max Balko scored the goal for the Spartans, while Dan Sgroi had the shutout. Each team is 6-1-1 overall, as the Blue Devils lost their first league game of the young campaign.

In girls soccer, Ashley Rackley scored her ninth goal of the season in Depew’s 1-1 ECIC IV tie with Alden .

Coming up aces

Nichols’ road trip to Rochester proved a good one on Saturday. The Vikings’ girls tennis team went undefeated in the HAC Tennis Invitational. The competition was hosted by Harley-Allendale Columbia.

Erika Cromwell, Lauren Cromwell and Gabi Kivovich all went undefeated for Nichols on the day.

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