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NT volleyball stays unbeaten

First place was on the line in Niagara Frontier League girls volleyball and Lauren Metzger would not be denied.

The North Tonawanda outside hitter had 27 digs and 13 kills in the five-game win Monday over host Lockport.

"She literally covered the entire floor," Lockport coach Liz Pitts said of Metzger. "They passed a lot better and were consistent, and we were very up and down."

The Lady Jacks improved to 6-0 while Lockport fell to 4-1.

Senior Hannah Herc had four aces and six kills while Annie King had eight digs as Eden moved to 18-0 with a three-game win over St. Mary's.

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Pioneer weathers storm

Visiting Pioneer beat West Seneca West, 1-0, in an ECIC field hockey game that was shortened 12 minutes by severe weather.

"I've never seen rain like this in my life," said Pioneer coach Jenna Landahl. "I give the kids a lot of credit. It was like a monsoon."

Freshman Jessica Wittmeyer scored a first-half goal on an assist from Jessica Franklin. Katelyn Lounsburg earned her third shutout as the Panthers evened their record to 4-4.

Landahl said everyone agreed to shorten the 10-minute halftime and begin the second half right away because the girls were getting cold.

"We got lightning and the first clap of thunder and the officials said, 'We're outta here,' " said Landahl. "It was beautiful when we left Pioneer. This was ridiculous."

Iroquois beat East Aurora, 4-0, in a game that was called with five minutes left. "Water was starting to collect on the field. It was the safe thing to do," said Iroquois coach Pete Tonsoline.

Diana Bernal had a pair of goals for the Chiefs (7-2), giving her six for the season while Sam Takac had the shutout.

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Canisius adds to shutout total

The Canisius soccer team beat visiting Timon/St. Jude, 4-0, winning its fifth straight shutout in the Monsignor Martin Association.

In fact, the Crusaders have shut out their opponents in seven of the team's nine starts. A pair of 1-0 losses to V-Aquinas are the only goals the defense has yielded all season.

"I thought our defense would be pretty decent. Our problem has usually been trying to score goals," said coach Sam Belsito.

Ryan Burkard, Will Koessler and Connor Dodge are three of the Crusaders' returning defenders. Goalkeeper Chris Kuchta has four shutouts and Max Kild three.

The game against Timon was called about halfway though the second half because of the weather. "A fence had blown down, there were tarps all over the place, it was crazy out there," said Belsito.

Canisius (7-2) travels to rival St. Joe's today at 4:30 p.m.

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Iroquois to enshrine three

Iroquois will induct three new members onto its Athletic Wall of Fame on Friday at 5 p.m. in the Middle School auditorium. The ceremony will precede the Chiefs' homecoming football game against Sweet Home at 7 p.m.

The Class of 2009 includes Archie O'Bryan, a teacher/coach from 1974-2008. His basketball teams won seven ECIC titles and one Section VI championship. He's the school's winningest basketball coach at 238 and also coached two levels of football and softball.

Laura Quick-Lisitsky '88 was a basketball and track athlete. She was the first female at Iroquois to attempt the pentathlon.

Lawrence Maroney '00 was a member of the Sectional volleyball team in 1999 and a member of two ECIC championships teams.

In track, Maroney was New York State runner-up in the high jump and still holds the school record in the event at 6-foot-8. He was first team All-Western New York in volleyball and basketball.

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