Thrilling volleyball final
Canisius defeated McQuaid (Rochester), 26-24, 23-25, 15-11, to capture the 38th annual Eden Pan Am boys volleyball tournament on Saturday. Canisius had defeated Fairport while McQuaid downed Eden in the semifinal round of the event.
The All-Tournament Team consisted of Charlie Desmond, Griffin Schmit (MVP) and Devin Joslyn of Canisius, Matt Buss of Frontier, Spencer Wickens and Erik Johnsson of McQuaid, Cal Nowicki and Declan Pierce of Eden, Chad Riordan of Fairport and Jack Bittker of Penfield.
Busy day for spikes
In girls volleyball, Niagara Wheatfield was the champion of the Sweet Home Invitational. The Falcons defeated Orchard Park in straight sets in the best-of-three final. In the silver division final, Gowanda defeated Chautauqua Lake in straight sets. Kalie Sonnenberg of Niagara Wheatfield was named the Tournament’s MVP.
In the Cheektowaga tournament, Southwestern swept Iroquois in straight sets to capture the championship. In the one-game semifinals, Southwestern beat Lake Shore while Iroquois edged Jamestown.
St. Mary’s rallied in the second game to finish a sweep of Penfield and capture the St. Mary’s Invitational. The Lancers, who beat Williamsville East in the semifinals, were led by Alyssa Zirnheld’s 11 kills and 12 digs.
Newfane runners shine
Sunshine Park in West Seneca wasn’t too sunny on Saturday, but it was crowded with runners as usual for the annual West Seneca West cross country invitational meet. The day turned out to be anything but gloomy for Newfane, which won both the boys and girls small-school championships.
In the boys’ event, the Panthers finished ahead of Barker and Alden to take the title. Samuel Auernhamer of Newfane finished first at the 5-kilometer distance with an impressive time of 17 minutes, 7 seconds on what must have been a muddy surface. In the girls’ race, Newfane had three of the top seven runners in beating Lewiston-Porter and Alden. The Panthers’ Kim Goerss won (19:53), with Nina Burkard fifth and Venessa Burkard seventh.
In the large-school race, Clarence captured the girls championship, topping West Seneca West and Penfield. The duo of Katrina Patterson and Liz Rott finished 1-2, with Patterson finishing more than a minute ahead of the field in 18:42.
On the boys’ side, Penfield’s trip from its home east of Rochester proved worthwhile with a victory over Lockport and Canisius. Connor Doran of Lockport (16:51) was the individual winner.
Elsewhere in cross country, Maple Grove was the top local finisher in the Red Dragon Invitational at Long Point State Park. The Red Dragons finished second to Central Catholic of Pittsburgh in the boys’ race and won the girls’ competition. Pioneer was second in the girls race. The individual winners were Owen Barber of Allegany-Limestone and Hope Pietrocarlo of Maple Grove.
I-Prep wins thriller
Sometimes it pays to stay for the entire game, as opposing to leaving early. Fans at the boys’ soccer game between International Prep and Riverside were reminded of that fact on Saturday.
Mugisho Bagalwa scored off a corner kick with about 10 seconds left as I-Prep took a 2-1 win. The winners, who also received a goal from Admed Hassoon, moved to 4-1-1 overall on the season, 4-0 in D’Youville Cup play.
Sharks still a bit better
The cast may have changed slightly from last year’s Msgr. Martin Association girls soccer championship game, but Sacred Heart and Nardin still put on a great show when the teams clashed again Saturday.
The Sharks earned bragging rights for the time being, winning by a 3-2 score. Annika Schneider had two goals, including the winner in overtime. Taylor DiMarco also scored for Sacred Heart, which pulled the upset in the 2014 final.