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High School Extra: St. Mary's girls win 16th NY Catholic volleyball title.

St. Mary’s of Lancaster avenged its only loss in pool play by sweeping three sets from Kellenberg Memorial of Uniondale in Saturday's  championship match of the 16th State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association girls volleyball tournament at St. Anthony’s High in Huntington Station. The Lancers retained the title they won last year when they defeated Kellenberg in four sets for the championship. It was the 16th state Catholic title for St. Mary’s and third in the last four years.

The Lancers triumphed, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20. In the final set it was a laser shot from the back row by Kelley Cleversley that sealed the win and ended any comeback hopes by the Firebirds. St. Mary’s won four of five matches in the tournament, defeating Mary Louis Academy of Queens and Kennedy Catholic of Somers, 2-0, in pool play and losing to Kellenberg, 25-20 and 25-19. The Lancers then defeated Mary Louis, 25-21 and 25-20, in the semifinals before taking on Kellenberg for the championship.

In overall statistics, Summer Slade had 53 kills for the Lancers and Hannah Mulhern had 39 and Cleversley 31. Jilliam Vitale had 136 assists and Jasmine Brundage 45 digs.

Ranked No. 1 in the Western New York coaches poll all season, St. Mary’s owns a straight set victory over the No. 1 ranked large school Williamsville East.

St. Mary’s of Lancaster avenged its only loss in pool play by sweeping three sets from Kellenberg Memorial of Uniondale in the championship match of the 16th New York State Catholic High Schools Athleticv Association girls volleyball tournament at St. Anthony’s High in Huntington Station. The Lancers retained the title they won last year when they defeated Kellenberg in four sets for the championship. It was the 16th state Catholic title for St. Mary’s and third in the last four years.

The Lancers triiumphed, 25-16, 25-20 and 25-20. In the final set it was a laser shot from the back row by Kelley Cleversley that sealed the win and ended any comeback hopes by the Firebirds. St. Mary’s won four of five matches in the tournament, defeating Mary Louis Academy of Queens and Kennedy Catholic of Somers, 2-0, in pool play and losing to Kellenberg, 25-20 and 25-19. The Lancers then defeated Mary Louis, 25-21 and 25-20 in the semifinals before taking on Kellenberg for the championship.

In overall statistics, Summer Slade had 53 kills for the Lancers and Hannah Mulhern had 39 and Cleversley 31. Jilliam Vitale had 136 kills and Jasmine Brundage 45 digs.

Ranked No. 1 in the Western New York coaches poll all season, St. Mary’s owns a straight set victory over the No. 1 ranked large school Williamsville East.

Canisius football gains final versus St. Joe's

Defending champion Canisius will meet St. Joe’s in the Monsignor Martin Association football championshipo game on Saturday at New Era Field.

The Crusaders coasted into the championship game with a 55-16 victory over Cardinal O’Hara at the Stransky Complex in West Seneca.

Canisius dominated the game from the outset and built a 48-0 lead on the outmanned Hawks.

The championship game will be the second St. Joe-Canisius meeting this season. The Crusaders won the regular season encouter, 55-16, at New Era on Sept. 22.

St. Joe’s won its semifinal on Friday night, defeating St. Francis, 18-13, at Polian Family Field in Athol Springs.

Steelers, Violets lose in soccer

The last two Section VI boys soccer teams in the State Public Schools playoffs bowed out Saturday.
Chazy of Section VII ended Lafayette’s state championship hopes in Class D, defeating the Violets, 4-0, in a semifinal game in Middletown.

Lackawanna fell to Ichabod Crane of Valatie in Section II, 2-1 in overtime in a Class B semifinal at Twin Towers Field in Middletown. It was only the second loss of the season for Lackawanna.

Coach Brad Brodnicki’s Lafayette team captured the first Section VI championship in the school’s long history.

Akron field hockey ousted

Akron, the Section VI Class C champion, was overwhelmed by Whitney Point of Section IV, 9-0, at nearby Maine-Endwell High. It was only the second loss of coach Mary Borden’s Tigers.

Xaverian of Brooklyn scored the winning goal with 10 minutes left and defeated Nichols, 2-1, in the CHSAA semifinal girls soccer game at Aviator Field in Brooklyn. Ally Elias scored early to put the Vikings in front, but Xaverian tied it with a goal off a corner kick before halftime.

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