Canisius spikers win tourney
Canisius rebounded from the only set it lost in the tournament and defeated host Burnt Hills in a boys volleyball tournament in the Capital area. After winning the first set, 25-20, the Crusaders fell, 25-23, in the middle set but clinched the title with a 25-15 triumph.
Coach Tom Weislo’s undefeated Crusaders defeated Suffern, Shenendehowa, Columbia from Section II in pool play before eliminating V-Brockport in the quarterfinals and II-Bethlehem in the semifinals.
Chas Palka of Canisius was tournament MVP. Dan Kane, Griffin Schmit also made all-tournament.
Clarence coach Kevin Starr believed his team had a “good shot” at winning the Sweet Home Invitational for the first time since 2010 because his Red Devils had defeated two of the stronger teams in the field, Hamburg and Lancaster, within the last week.
Sure enough, Clarence walked off with the championship trophy by defeating Hamburg, 25-9 and 25-17, in the final match.
Henry Payne led the Red Devils with 64 kills and a .496 hitting percentage while his brother Teddy stood out as well. Clarence setter Shawn Trznadel made the all-tournament team.
Lancers win Eden tournament
St. Mary’s of Lancaster, the No. 1 ranked small school in WNY, went 6-0 and defeated No. 1 large school Clarence and No. 2 small school Eden in the gold bracket of the Eden girls volleyball tournament.
Jamestown topped the host Eagles, rallying from a first set loss to win the gold bracket of the Lake Shore tournament. The Lancers were led by Summer Slade (41 kills .397), Caitlyn Meyer (35 kills, 9 aces), Gina Appenheimer (47 digs) and Jill Vitale (87 assists).
Hamburg leads soccer race
With a roster loaded with freshmen and sophomores, Hamburg wasn’t expected to defend the ECIC II boys soccer championship it won the last two years. However, here are the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-1, ECIC II) alone in first place in the division after Saturday’s 1-0 victory over visiting Williamsville South.
Senior captain Mark Sheehan scored in the 45th minute off a long throw-in by Justin Weiskerger with Gabe Mastrangelo assisting.
After Sheehan’s goal the Hamburg defense, led by Sam Wright, Matt Evenden and Ryan Sortisio, prevented the Billies from generating quality chances. Hamburg has defeated South eight straight times.
In ECIC I, No. 2-ranked boys soccer large school Williamsville North got three goals from Chris Stryker in a 5-0 triumph over West Seneca West. The Spartans (7-0, 5-0 ECIC I) and goalkeeper Donovan Reed still have not been scored on in division play.
Goalkeeper Carmine Tronolone had to make just four saves for St. Joe’s in a 3-0 Monsignor Martin win at Nichols.
Newfane knocks off Wilson
In girls soccer, Kayleigh Daniels assisted on a goal by Adelyn Burns then scored herself as No. 2-ranked small school Newfane defeated No. 5 Wilson, 2-0. Next for Newfane is a Tuesday home game against Roy-Hart, which edged Barker, 2-1, on goals by Madison Fry and Kaleigh Kuzma.
No. 1 Pioneer wins
Pioneer, 9-0 and ranked No. 1 in field hockey in WNY, got four goals from Brittany Baker and one from Kelsey Chai in a 5-1 triumph over Sweet Home.