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While there's no shortage of skilled players on the St. Mary's of Lancaster girls volleyball team, even the most talented crews need a difference-maker or two to take them over the top. The Lancers had three of them in seniors Jillian Vitale and Summer Slade and junior Hannah Mulhern. They all played vital roles in St. Mary's capturing its second straight New York State…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Canisius [8] 4-0 98 1 2. Park [2] 4-0 92 2 3. Niagara Falls (AA) 2-2 72 3 4. West Seneca West (A1) 5-0 56 4 5. St. Francis 4-2 52 NR 6. Williamsville South (A1) 2-2 49 6 7. Bishop Timon-St. Jude (A1) 3-1 34 5 8. Amherst* (A…

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Jerry Ireland of Panama received the eighth annual Excelsior Award from the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association. He was presented with the award during the state girls volleyball final four in Glens Falls last month. According to the release from the state, the award goes to a member of the Civil Service Employees Association in a New York State Publ…

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WILL SPRINGSTEAD Special to The News GLENS FALLS -- The dominance was the same, but the class was different. Portville won its first state girls volleyball title in Class C on Sunday at Cool Insuring Arena, defeating Millbrook 3-1 (25-9, 15-25, 25-13, 25-13). The Panthers' previous three state titles came in Class D, the last one in 2015. After splitting the firs…

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Section VI will be represented in the Class A, C and D girls volleyball finals, as all three schools competing in Glens Falls Saturday made it through pool play. Portville and Panama, the respetive Class C and D representatives, both went undefeated in pool play. Portville won all six sets, besting Pierson-Bridgehamton, Voorheesville and Millbrook. The Panthers will fac…

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The championship journeys for four volleyball teams from Section VI continue this weekend as they head east to compete in their respective state tournaments. The Williamsville East, Portville and Panama girls teams play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday and possibly Sunday, while the Eden…

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By Dave Ricci Spacial to The News It was a great day to be a Panther. Portville and Panama, which both go by the Panther nickname, officially punched their tickets to states when they captured Far West Regional titles during a girls volleyball tripleheader at Daemen College on Friday. Both teams will now advance to the NYSPHSAA tournament that will take place in …

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Penny Joseph's family had a sail boat, but she didn't get to travel through the waves on it too often. Yet, those few experiences on the open water piqued her interest, resulting in her joining the competitive sailing team at Buffalo Seminary. What does the freshman think about the sport after some extended exposure to it? "It's really fun. I like it here," said Jose…

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2016 champions: State – St. Mary's (Catholic High School Athletic Association), Eden (Class C, New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association), Panama (Class D, NYSPHSAA). Section VI – Clarence (Class AA), Williamsville East (Class A), Alden (Class B), East Aurora (Class B-1), Eden (Class C), Portville (Class C-2), Panama (Class D). Monsignor Martin – St. Mary's. …