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High School Extra (Oct. 16): East Aurora's Russ wins Bulldog Stampede at Alden

Ian Russ of East Aurora, who made a big impression with his victory in the race for middle schools at the McQuaid Invitational two weeks ago, added another triumph  to his collection Saturday. The East Aurora freshman cross country runner  won the  Annual Bulldog Stampede at Alden High, winning in 5 minutes, 8.9 seconds over the 3.1-mile course.

East Aurora teammate Pat Murray, a sophomore, was second in 5:18.2.

Despite the 1-2 finish by the Blue Devils, the team title went to Addison, a Section V school from Steuben County in the Southern Tier. Three Addison runners finished in the top seven led by third-place finisher Evan McIlwain (5:27.2).

East Aurora was second in the team scoring with 61. Host Alden was third at 133 and Barker  fourth with 152.

Clarence rebounds to win Orchard Park volleyball

After losing to ECIC I rival Orchard Park in pool play, Clarence came back to eliminate the Quakers and go on to win the Orchard Park boys volleyball tournament on Saturday.

Clarence defeated St. Francis, 25-8 and 25-16 in the final match after two victories over Orchard park, 25-22 and 25-20 in the semis. St. Francis advanced to the final with an impressive triumph over Eden, 30-28 and 25-21.

Tournament MVP Henry Payne led Clarence to the title.

Others on the all-tournament team were: Paul Hackford (Orchard Park), Drew Hesse (Eden), Sean Taggert (St. Francis), Tom Hayes (St. Francis), Sean Trznadel (Clarence and Tyler White (Clarence).

"We got better as the day went on," said Clarence coach Kevin Starr, whose team also split with St. Francis in pool play.

Clarence and Orchard Park split their ECIC I regular season matches, with each winning on the other's court. Each has a match against first-place Frontier coming up this week.

Henry Payne had 87 kills on the day and a .560 hitting percentage.

"That hitting percentage is pretty extraordinary considering he gets the majority of our swings," Starr said.

Trznadel had 112 assists.

"Sean got the ball to Henry a lot but he also move it around to other guys including Tyler White," Starr added.

White, who is only 5-foot-9, had 22 kills for the day.

Teddy Payne, a freshman and Henry's younger brother, had 25 digs.

"He's our most solid defensive player," Starr said.

Crusaders win on the road

Canisius made it a clean sweep of its two-day visit to the Syracuse area with a 25-21, 25-17, 25-15 victory at Cicero-North Syracuse after winning at Baldwinsville on Friday.

Chas Palka had 15 kills and Griffin Schmit 12 kills and three blocks for the Crusaders (23-2).

Portville wins NT title

Portville, ranked No. 3 among Western New York small schools in the latest coaches' poll, showed it could play with the big schools, too. winning the North Tonawanda girls volleyball tournament.

The Panthers swept through Kenmore West, Amherst and Williamsville South in pool play then won elimination matches from Lockport, Hamburg and finally Williamsville East to win the Gold Bracket.

Portville defeated East in a three-set final,25-21, 16-25 and 25-9. The Panthers put two players on the all-tournament team -- Sierra Kein and Haley Unverdorben.

Others on all-tournament were: Jenna Sonnenberg (Niagara-Wheatfield), Haley Hettenbaugh (Randolph), Lindsey Proctor (Grand Island), Micaela Ryan (Sacred Heart), Meg Seider (Hamburg), Kathryn Krchniak (Lockport), Abby Borkowski (Kenmore West), Bea Bacon (Roy-Hart), Lexi Novak (Wmsv. East) and Makayla Greenfield (Wmsv. East).


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