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High School Extra (Sept. 30): Clarence girls volleyball holds off OP; I-Prep wins 10th in row

Clarence holds off OP

Orchard Park has a young girls volleyball team full of potential, but Clarence made sure youth wasn’t served Thursday night.

The Red Devils, the top-ranked large school in Western New York, left OP with a straight-set victory but had to work for that 27-25, 25-19, 25-19 victory.

“Orchard Park is young but they’re good,” Clarence coach Mike Meyer said. “One of their strengths is defense but they’re a tough serving team. We played them on the road. They were ready to play.

“I’m very proud of the way my team responded. We started out slow ... but we came back and focused. ... It was a good match.”

Meghan Neelon led the Red Devils with 13 kills and 13 digs.

I-Prep wins 10th in a row

Ahmed Hassoon scored off an assist from Abdullahi Hussein as I-Prep/Grover defeated McKinley, 1-0, in D’Youville Cup boys soccer.

Rashid Put made six saves for the shutout as the Presidents improved to 9-0 in the league. They’ve won 10 straight since a season-opening one-goal loss at Monsignor Martin power St. Joe’s.

In a girls soccer clash between ranked teams, No. 1 Clarence routed No. 3 Orchard Park, 8-0, as Emma Faso recorded three goals and an assist, while Anna Davies had two goals and two assists for the Red Devils (11-1).

Nichols football to play

According to Athletic Director Rob Stewart, Nichols will play its regularly scheduled football game Saturday at 3:30 p.m. to conclude a day of Homecoming hoopla at the school.

The Vikings were forced to cancel last week’s football contest due to injuries that left them with fewer than the state-required 16 players to suit up on game day.

As of Thursday, he said Nichols had enough healthy players for the contest against Charles Finney of Rochester.

The game concludes a busy slate of Homecoming games (all levels) at the school. Boys soccer plays at 1:30, as does field hockey on the adjacent turf field. Girls soccer plays at 3 p.m. against Mount Mercy after field hockey’s nonleaguer against Akron. Football’s kickoff follows the boys soccer clash against Olmsted.

Birzon, Steffan selected

Williamsville East seniors Marissa Birzon and Michael Steffan have been selected to a one-year term on the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Two students from the 11 sections in the state are chosen for one-year terms (juniors have option of staying for two years) based on criteria including grade-point average, extracurricular activities and participation in sports. The committee discusses issues relevant to athletes. Birzon is the reigning Prep Talk Player of the Year in girls soccer, while Steffan is a standout in hockey and baseball.

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