Dan Jackson earned MVP honors while leading Hamburg to a win over Lancaster in the finals of the six-team Hamburg Tournament in boys volleyball.
Jackson led his team in digs and his defense gave the Bulldogs a chance to win every game.
In the semifinal win over Lake Shore, Jackson had five digs in a row. Coach Brian Carroll said Jackson's play turned the momentum of the whole match, and carried his team into the finals. In the final the Bulldogs won 25-22, 25-21.
"It was probably whoever played more team defense -- that's what turned the match,," said Hamburg coach Brian Carroll. "We didn't finish first in our pool. Our team got better during the day."
The event was used by many teams as a tuneup for the Section VI Championship which begin on Tuesday with quarterfinal matches.
Scott Steiner of Williamsville South earned MVP honors as the Billies beat Maryvale in the final to win the third annual Grand Island Tournament.
Steiner finished the event with 107 assists and 33 kills. Two other South players were named to the all-tournament team: Frank Pieri (47 kills, 32 blocks) and Spencer McIntyre (32 blocks, 41 kills).
Class AA: George Tidno scored the game-winning goal in the 23rd minute of the first half as Niagara-Wheatfield held on to beat Orchard Park, 1-0, in a prequarterfinal game played at Wilson. Zach Trunzo had seven saves to earn his third shutout for the Falcons (7-8-1).
The Falcons play at No. 2 seed Clarence on Tuesday.
Jordan Pingitore scored the deciding goal in a shootout as West Seneca West ousted Sweet Home, 1-0. Kevin Meegan had the shutout for the Indians (6-6-1). West plays at Lockport on Tuesday.
Class A: Grand Island broke the school record for team shutouts with its 12th on Saturday beating Williamsville South, 2-0, in a prequarterfinal. The 2001 team held the previous record of 11. Ben Angelo recorded the shutout.
"It's more of my defense that eliminates the shots," said coach Peter Kuehne. "They step up and they wait for the opportunity and block shots. They step in front of shots." The defense has been keyed by seniors Kiel Clarke, Nick Shemik and Mike Asbach.
The Vikings will play at Hamburg on Tuesday.
Andy Schwert had three goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as No. 11 seed West Seneca East downed No. 6 Maryvale, 4-3. The goal was Schwert's 32nd of the season and came on an assist from Dave Diepela. Maryvale scored with three minutes left in regulation to force the extra session. The Trojans improved to 7-4-4.
Freshman Connor O'Brien, up from the JV, scored his first goal of the season, as Starpoint eliminated Amherst, 3-0. Goalkeeper Kyle Craig had 10 saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
Williamsville East moved to 11-0-1 with a 2-0 win over Lewiston-Porter. Tony Schiappa kicked a dead ball to Sean Langhain for the first goal 28 minutes into the first half. Colin Begy scored the second goal unassisted nine minutes into the second half. Brian Wallden picked up the shutout.
Class D: Zac Camarata scored the go-ahead goal with eight minutes to as No. 1 seed Panama beat Ellicottville, 3-1. With the goal, Camarata tied the school record for most career goals with 56. He shares the record with Andrew Fish from 2003.
The Panthers will play Brocton at Jamestown on Nov. 7.
Four quarterfinal games were played Saturday in Class B in the Section VI Field hockey tournament.
No. 1 seed Amherst held on to beat No. 8 seed Pioneer, 3-2, in a shootout in quarterfinal field hockey.
Christine Domres scored the deciding goal in the shootout. The teams played to a scoreless tie in regulation and two overtime periods. Abbe Hogle had 11 saves for the Tigers (10-2-1), who will play Medina on Tuesday in a semifinal.
Kaley Santoro scored on an assist from Kayla Evans with two minutes left in the first half as Medina edged Newfane, 1-0 in a quarterfinal. Jordan Kuhn had a shutout for the Mustangs, who will take on No. 1 seed Amherst on Tuesday.
Freshman Saye-lynn Noel scored in the middle of the second half as the Christian Central girls soccer team beat West Seneca Christian, 1-0, to win the school's first IAC Championship. Leanne Hoppe had the shutout.