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High School Extra (Sept. 23): Canisius volleyball tops St. Joe’s; Nichols forfeits Saturday’s game

Canisius spikes St. Joe’s

Canisius’ busy week continues to be a flawless one as the Crusaders defeated rival St. Joe’s 25-12, 25-16, 25-11 in Monsignor Martin Association volleyball on Thursday at Canisius.

Chas Palka led the winners with 10 kills and five aces, while Devin Joslyn added 10 kills. Griffin Schmit had eight kills in two sets of action for the Crusaders, who leave Friday for Albany where they will participate in Saturday’s Burnt Hills Tournament.

Canisius (11-1, 2-0) began the week with a triumph at Eden.

“I think our guys were pretty motivated tonight,” said Crusaders coach Tom Weislo. “As a team we played very well. Always when you have St. Joe’s there’s a lot of passion, a lot of energy. Our guys were excited about the opportunity.”

Pezzino now at 204 goals

Madisyn Pezzino surpassed the 200 career goals mark as the Grand Island senior scored five times during the Vikings’ 8-1 win over North Tonawanda in Niagara Frontier League girls soccer.

Grand Island’s career goals leader, the Florida State-commit, now has 204. She needs 30 goals to match the state record set by City Honors’ Molly Petrucci.

Nichols forfeits game

According to a report in the Canandaigua Daily Messenger, Nichols has noticed Marcus Whitman of Section V that it has to forfeit Saturday’s football game due to numbers.

The 1 p.m. contest was supposed to be the Vikings’ home opener after three straight on the road to open the season. The team schedule at the Nichols website simply reads that the game has been canceled but doesn’t give a reason.

City Honors goes distance

City Honors was pushed to the limit for the second night in a row. And for the second straight match the Centaurs emerged victorious as they defeated host Depew 25-19, 15-25, 28-26, 20-25, 25-23 in nonleague girls volleyball on Thursday.

The Centaurs rallied from deficits in the third and fifth sets to pull out their second straight five-set victory. They won at Nichols on Wednesday.

Nashid Fulcher led City Honors (5-2) with 13 kills, five blocks and two aces.

Alena McKelvy proved to be an unsung hero. Down six points in the third set, she served up three straight aces to spark the Centaurs’ rally. The fifth set was rather tight the whole way but Depew had a 17-15 lead before Honors tied it. The Centaurs then tied it again at 20-20 before pulling away. Varsity rookie Kyra Wood, a 6-foot eighth-grader, made eight solo blocks and had two assists, while senior setter Jenna Balducci, who served as libero last year, finished with 32 assists in the triumph.

Coach Deborah Matos’ crew returns to action Saturday at the Victor Tournament.

I-Prep takes down Violets

In a battle between D’Youville Cup unbeaten, No. 1 small school I-Prep Grover improved to 6-0 in the Buffalo Public Schools league by defeating Lafayette, 4-1, in boys soccer.

Abdullahi Hussein scored three goals to lead the Presidents (7-1), who have won all their games since opening the season with a 3-2 nonleague loss at St. Joe’s. That’s the only game I-Prep has scored fewer than three goals. Pa Lu also scored for the Presidents, who return to action Friday against another tough league foe in Riverside (3-1-1).

In ECIC II, visiting Williamsville South surprised No. 5 Sweet Home, 3-2. Jared Burns scored twice, while Khalid Ghanim added a goal and an assist for the Billies (5-2-1, 4-1-1), who bolted to a 3-0 lead. Noah Keem had a goal and an assist for the Panthers (7-2, 4-2).

Akron wins at Roy-Hart

Roy-Hart played a good game but unbeaten Akron was slightly better as the Tigers held on for a 3-1 triumph in Niagara-Orleans League field hockey.

Abby Stone continued to have a big week as she scored twice to lead Akron (6-0). She scored five goals in two games this week.

Stone scored what proved to be the game-winner during the first half as the visitors led 2-1 at the intermission. It stayed that way until Stone scored in the closing minute.

Wells’ 33 leads North

In boys golf, Williamsville North senior Mike Wells shot a career best 3-under-par 33 at Glen Oak during the Spartans’ 242-257 triumph over Clarence. North is now 5-1.

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