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Lancaster wins Sweet Home tourney

Bri Opera earned MVP honors and Emma Santoro was named all-tournament for Lancaster as the Redskins won the 12-team Sweet Home Girls Volleyball Tournament. Lancaster rallied to beat ECIC I foe Orchard Park in the final, 20-25, 27-25, 15-12. The Quakers eliminated defending tournament champion North Tonawanda in the semifinals while Lancaster advanced with a win over Sweet Home.

Also named all-tournament were: Delaney Laper (North Tonawanda), Sydney Wojek (Frontier), Jenna Reefer (Sweet Home), Kristen Stanek (Orchard Park) and Mary Ellen Gevic (Orchard Park).


Volleyball title is St. Joe's fourth

St. Joe's took two close games from Grand Island, 26-24, 26-24, to win the Cheektowaga Boys Volleyball Tournament. The Marauders trailed, 19-11, in the second game before rallying. It was the Marauders' fourth tournament title in a row.


MVP Wood leads Hamburg volleyball

Hamburg's undefeated record in girls volleyball now includes the title of its own tournament. Outside hitter Jessica Wood was named MVP of the inaugural Hamburg tournament, which drew a field of eight teams.

Hamburg coach John Crangle said Wood was recognized for her consistent serving and aggressive hitting. She finished the day with 14 kills and 32 assists.

The Bulldogs (3-0) beat Gowanda in the final, 25-16, 25-20. In the semifinals, Hamburg eliminated Cardinal O'Hara, 25-16 while Gowanda advanced with a 25-19 win over Falconer.

Named to the all-tournament team were: Alysia Porcq (Hamburg), Taylor Hite (Hamburg), Elizabeth Dates (Hamburg), Hunter White (Gowanda), Jennifer Stubbins (Gowanda), Shannon Gunnell (Falconer) and Kelsey Kobza (Cardinal O'Hara).


Maple Grove cross country sweeps

The Maple Grove boys and girls swept team titles at the Long Point Cross Country Invitational.

The girls took the top four places, scoring 21 points to better a field of 11 teams. Megan Marsh won the race in 19:29.21 and was followed by teammates Hope Pietrocarlo, Caroline Benson and Katelyn Benson. The Red Dragon boys scored 56 points, led by Corey Wefing's second-place finish. Nathan Smith of Pioneer was medalist in 16:29.08.


Wilson volleyball wins at Starpoint

Junior setter Lindsay Bryer and junior outside hitter Jordan Glosser were named to the all-tournament team as Wilson won the title of the inaugural Starpoint Girls Volleyball Tournament, which drew a field of 12 teams. The Lakewomen beat the hosts in the finals, 25-23 and 25-19.

"We put the ball down hard and they focused and we served well," said Wilson coach Jackie Benton. "There were several volleys that went back and forth, back and forth."

Wilson, 3-0 in the Niagara-Orleans League, is coming off last week's victory in the Albion Tournament.


Wmsv. South girls soccer downs Aquinas

Carissima Cutrona scored her seventh goal of the season and Rachel Cook netted her fifth as the Williamsville South girls soccer team beat visiting Aquinas, 2-1. Goalkeeper Lauren Haase had seven saves. Aquinas' goal came with 10 minutes left in the contest.

"Before the game I told them this team coming in, I believe they play one of the toughest schedules between here and Syracuse," said South coach Kevin McNamara. "The fact they drove here to play, that's a compliment to you guys. So when we go down the field, we need to step up. All I'm asking you to do is compete, and we competed."


Wilson Hall of Fame induction nears

The Wilson Athletic Wall of Fame Committee will induct the Class of 2011 on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Wilson Fire Hall. Tickets are $25. Contact Wall of Fame Chairman Charlie Jufer at 751-9341, ext. 183.

The Class of 2011 includes the 1985 Championship Football Team, Anthony "Chip" Cipolla (1977), Brennan McAvoy (1992), Andy Wright (1995), coach: Geraldine Julias (volleyball), coach Larry Lash (girls/boys basketball and softball) and Richard J. Zipp (retired Superintendent).