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High School Extra: Vikings girls win lacrosse opener

Grand Island girls lacrosse coach Jenn Shalke has a senior-laden squad this season. Two of the 12 seniors on the roster, Marlie Hess and Alyssa Maxwell, scored three goals each Monday as the Vikings opened the season with a 15-3 victory over visiting Lockport on the turf field at Grand Island. Another three-goal scorer for Grand Island was freshman Abby Blair.

The Vikings were 13-5 last season when they finished second in the Niagara Frontier League and reached the Section VI Class B quarterfinals before losing to Williamsville South, 10-9.

"You never really know what’s going to happy the first game especially because the weather keeps you inside a lot," Shalke said. "It was great to come out and see the defense playing well and the offense clicking on all cylinders/ I hope we can keep playing with that intensity looking forward."

Next for the Vikings is a road game at Williamsville North on Thursday.

Ashley Whitehead scored five times for Sweet Home in an 8-5 opening victory over visiting Springville.

In boys lacrosse, Drew Hesse scored four times and Reed Minier had three goals and a pair of assists for Eden in a 14-6 triumph over visiting Iroquois in the season opener for each.

City Hall honors for Canisius

Canisius football will be honored by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday for winning its second state Catholic High School champions in three seasons.

The ceremony will take place in Brown’s office in City Hall, according to an announcement from the school.

Canisius captured the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association championship last December in comeback fashion over Cardinal Hayes of the Bronx, 50-44, at Fordham University in New York. Zeke Margaritis caught the winning touchdown pass of 17 yards from Jayce Johnson with 12 seconds left.


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