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High School Extra (Sept. 18): St. Francis wins volleyball title

St. Francis keeps busy

It was a busy 24 hours for the St. Francis boys volleyball team, but it was a very rewarding time.

The Red Raiders, who were coming off a Friday win over West Seneca East, captured the championship of the Cheektowaga Tournament on Saturday. They beat Grand Island in the championship match in two sets.

“We played three different teams in pool play, and after you win you have to figure out who to play next. It’s pretty hectic,” coach Andy Lanigan said. “We started at 8:30, and were finished around 3:45. And this was just an eight-team tournament.”

The Red Raiders were coming off a win over Williamsville East, while the Vikings needed three sets to beat Cheektowaga.

“Sean Taggart probably was our go-to offensive guy,” Lanigan said. “He leads the team in kills, and he was awesome. Tom Hayes has really improved. He’s a lefty, and he’s one of the best right-side hitters we’ve had around here in a while. He played well defensively.”

Falcons win again

Niagara-Wheatfield took the Sweet Home Girls Volleyball Tournament for the second straight year. The Falcons defeated Kenmore West, 25-18 and 25-16, in the final.

Niagara-Wheatfield beat Frontier while Kenmore West knocked off Sacred Heart in the semifinals. Kalie Yates of the Falcons was named the Tournament MVP. She was joined by Jenna Sonnenberg on the All-Tournament team.

Canisius captures cup

In boys soccer, Canisius won its second Catholic Cup in three years. The Crusaders beat Bishop Kearney of Rochester, 7-0, in the championship game. They had defeated McQuaid in the first round.

JP Bobak had two goals and an assist for Canisius, while Max Montante added a goal and two assists. Bob Stroud needed to make only three saves for the shutout.

Elsewhere, Austin Knorz had two goals as Clarence knocked off Cathedral Prep (Pa.), 3-1.

Blue Devils double up

East Aurora won both the boys and girls large school titles in its invitational cross-country meet. The boys finished ahead of Orchard Park, while the girls finished ahead of Nardin.

Individually, Ian Russ of the Blue Devils was the boys’ winner, while Danielle Orie of Nardin captured the girls title.

Newfane keeps winning

In girls soccer, Newfane remained unbeaten in Niagara-Orleans play with a 7-0 win over Medina. The Panthers spread the offense around; Adelyn Burns and Makena Carpenter had two goals each, while Emily Foltz, Brianna Heers and Lila Maurer also scored. Madalyn Traverse had the shutout.

Pioneer’s Rachel Foote finished with four goals in an 8-0 win over Cheektowaga.

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