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Class of 2010 updates & tidbits: Two to the SEC

Our Class of 2010 college list has been updated with a ton of names, including a big bump to the list in girls volleyball (thanks to the coaches Pierce of Eden for that).

Here are some links and some info we received with the updates and that we came across in doing some research ...

* There are two big-time athletes to the big-time Southeastern Conference. Not bad, Western New York.

Kenmore West swimmer Marissa Dressel is swimming her way to Alabama while Eden volleyball standout Stacey Smith concluded a competitive recruiting process with a trip to Georgia.

* Nardin soccer goalie Tori Christ is headed to Ithaca's East Hill and Collegetown as she attends Cornell.

* Connolly Cup winner Zack Sopak of Southwestern will keep playing for coach Sirianni -- that's  Washington & Jefferson coach Mike Sirianni, the older brother of Trojans coach Jay Sirianni. See Sopak's signing in a Jamestown Post-Journal story and photo.

* Another of Eden's fab four seniors in volleyball, Katie Eschner, is headed to Roberts Wesleyan in suburban Rochester. 

* Check out the bios of Willie Ruiz of Canisius and Matt Fox of Maple Grove, who are both playing football at Robert Morris.

* Read up on five locals heading to Gannon football: Ian Kennedy, Bishop Timon-St. Jude; Keith Bykowski and Matthew Hornung, Cheektowaga; Ryan Sweet, East Aurora and Jeff Bellanca, St. Joe's (also baseball).

* Amanda Serafini of Frontier softball is off to Davis & Elkins in Elkins, W. Va. 

* Kyle McLain of Canisius will play baseball at Washington & Jefferson, which is ranked in the Division III top 25. 

* Jamie Nash of JFK will play softball atop South Hill with the Ithaca College Bombers, ranked in the Division III national top 25. 

Have an update to the list or information like is posted here? See the top of the college list page for guildelines and e-mail me. 

---Keith McShea

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Wrapping up the Section VI wrestling championships

Here are the Division I and Division II stories from the Section VI wrestling championship. And here are plenty of extras from the Division II meet Saturday night at Niagara County Community College. But first, a couple observations.

1. This was the second straight year NCCC served as host for the event, and it's a great venue. There's plenty of parking, and NCCC coach Eric Knuutilla (one of the nicest men you could ever meet) does a great job having the gym ready. The support staff, including announcers and officials, also do a good job of keeping everything moving as close to on time as possible.

2. Another thank you to Ross Conti, an assistant coach at Fredonia and committee member of the Wrestling Review of Western New York, the group that does such a great job seeding and ranking area wrestlers. Conti is a walking encyclopedia of wrestling knowledge.

112-pound champion Tom Page, Eden: Page moved ahead with a takedown in the second period to defeat teammate eighth-grade teammate Alex Smythe. Here's Page's father, also Tom Page, on what it's like for two teammates to wrestle each other: "It's extremely difficult because they're so familiar with each other's style. It's unfair to both, but some coaches say it's a privilege. I'm proud of both of the athletes, because they've done a fantastic job."

The elder Page said he wrestled both at 112 because they were the best at that weight class and deserved a chance to showcase what they could do at the sectional level. Nothing wrong with that logic.

119-pound champion Kevin Strong, Frewsburg: It's the second trip to states for Strong, who improved to 43-2 on the season. Here he is on his game plan from Saturday: "I was working on holding him down and taking it slow. Once I got my points I was very careful." Strong beat Newfane's David Ciaramella, 9-0.

125-pound champion Emory Rowe, Ripley: The smallest wrestling school in Western New York had two finalists, including one champion in Rowe. He scored a late takedown to earn a 5-3 decision over Jake Baer of Olean, a raw talent in just his third year of wrestling. Here's Rowe on the end of the match: "I was just looking for an opening and I saw him loosen up, so I dove for it and got it."

140-pound champion Devin Kramer, Depew: The Most Outstanding Wrestler of the meet scored three late points to break a 2-2 tie with Ben Haas of Salamanca and win his second sectional title (he won at 130 last year). The 130- and 140-pound divisions are packed with talented wrestlers. Kramer, a senior who is a member of the Cobra Wrestling Academy, is 36-4 on the season.

145-pound champion: Dominic Montesanti, Medina: Montesanti put forth a dominant performance despite being hampered by a knee injury. He's wrestling on a torn meniscus in his right knee. Here he is on competing hurt: "It's been a real bother, but it's my senior so I couldn't get surgery. It would put me out for the rest of the year. I have one last chance to be a state champion, so I have to tough it out."

Montesanti took sixth at the state tournament last year after dislocating his elbow and having to injury forfeit two matches at 140.

171-pound champion John Mistretta, Southwestern: Mistretta beat Greg Burroughs of Fredonia for the third time this season, never the easiest thing to do. Mistretta has a unique style that could make him a tough out at the state tournament.

189-pound champion Colin Palmer, East Aurora: Palmer is unbeaten on the season (24-0) after missing time early due to injury.

215-pound champion Pat Langworthy, Southwestern: Langworthy (33-6), a junior, won a wild weight class. Consider: the seventh seed, Panama's Cody DiDomenico, beat No. 2 Bashar Srouji of Lew-Port in the quarterfinals. Langworthy, the third seed, then beat DiDomenico. On the other side of the bracket, top seed Justin Taylor of Portville was upset by fourth seed Jake Eddington of Gowanda in the semifinals.

285-pound champion Theo King, Roy-Hart: King and 96-pounder Zach Bickle won titles for the Rams. Here's King on what he hopes it means for the Niagara-Orleans League school: "I hope it can inspire more people to come out for the team next year and continue to build the tradition of the program."

That's it for now, although we may have some video later of a few matches (if I can figure out the technology).

---Jay Skurski






Eden girls volleyball state championship poster page

Next up on your championship poster page lineup: Eden girls volleyball.

After six teams survived sectional, regional and state championship playoffs to win state titles, we at The News are honoring each champion with a poster page. They are similar to the pages we produced last year for the four football state champions.

The commemorative posters include photos, rosters, complete schedules and results and a summary of each team's road to the finals.

The pages started Saturday. There will be a team championship poster page in each day following, except for Wednesday (Bills poster day).

Also definitely check out the online end of things, where we have produced some awesome audio slideshows detailing the teams' run to the championships.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday: City Honors girls volleyball.
Sunday: Eden girls volleyball.
Monday: Randolph football.
Tuesday: Southwestern football.
Thursday: Sweet Home football.
Friday: North Tonawanda football.

All of the pages will also available for purchase at our buffalonews.mycapture.com site (which can also be accessed via the link to the audio slideshows above).

For a special 25 percent discount online, enter the code: preptalk. (cool code huh?)

This championship week also includes the boys basketball preview on Tuesday and the All-Western New York football issue on Saturday, Dec. 12. The All-WNY football issue will include not only the team, but the final polls, coach of the year award and all of the all-league teams.

---Keith McShea

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State championship poster pages open serve with City Honors volleyball

High school fans, make sure you check out The Buffalo News over the next week.

After six teams survived sectional, regional and state championship playoffs to win state titles, we at The News are honoring each champion with a poster page. They are similar to the pages we produced last year for the four football state champions.

The commemorative posters include photos, rosters, complete schedules and results and a summary of each team's road to the finals.

The pages start Saturday. There will be a team championship poster page in each day following, except for Wednesday (Bills poster day).

Also definitely check out the online end of things, where we have produced some awesome audio slideshows detailing the teams' run to the championships.

Here's the schedule:

Saturday: City Honors girls volleyball.
Sunday: Eden girls volleyball.
Monday: Randolph football.
Tuesday: Southwestern football.
Thursday: Sweet Home football.
Friday: North Tonawanda football.

All of the pages will also available for purchase at our buffalonews.mycapture.com site (which can also be accessed via the link to the audio slideshows above).

For a special 25 percent discount online, enter the code: preptalk. (cool code huh?)

This championship week also includes the boys basketball preview on Tuesday and the All-Western New York football issue on Saturday, Dec. 12. The All-WNY football issue will include not only the team, but the final polls, coach of the year award and all of the all-league teams.

---Keith McShea

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Awesome audio slideshows

Photographer Mark Mulville compiled some great photos, sounds of some of the voices that helped teams win state championships (and one of the voices that covered them) in some awesome audio slideshows about our state champions. There will be slideshows for all six state champions, corresponding with the six state championship pages we are producing.

---Keith McShea

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Who's going to win the Trench Trophy?

The finalists for the Trench Trophy, which honors the area's top lineman, are:

Troy Bigelow (Eden), Jasen Carlson (Southwestern), Dillon Gallagher (Williamsville South), Eric Harnden (Grand Island), Matt Hornung (Cheektowaga), Desmond Howard (St. Francis), Zach Marsh (Panama), Sean Mulhern (Riverside), Casey Shreve (North Tonawanda) and Kyle Shreve (North Tonawanda).

Tell us why you voted the way you did in the comments section below. Also, what do you think of the list? Who's not on the list that should be?

Remember to be RESPECTFUL of ALL of the players because they all had a great seasons.

I'll be keeping my thoughts to myself for now since we are deliberating the All-Western New York team.

The winner will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Lancaster Elks Lodge No. 1478, which is the sponsor of the award. It is located at 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster.

Reserve tickets are available by calling the Lancaster Elks at 685-1478 or by calling Carl Kuras at 698-1893. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will follow at approximately 6:30 p.m. The cost per ticket is $20.

As always, another great job by the Trench Trophy committee to honor high school athletes. This award is a result of a lot of people doing a lot of hard work and they should be commended for adding another tradition to high school football in Western New York.

---Keith McShea

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Trench Trophy finalists announced

The Trench Trophy Committee has announced its finalists for this year's award to the top lineman in Western New York.

Troy Bigelow, Eden
Jasen Carlson, Southwestern
Dillon Gallagher, Williamsville South
Eric Harnden, Grand Island
Matt Hornung, Cheektowaga
Desmond Howard, St. Francis
Zach Marsh, Panama
Sean Mulhern, Riverside
Casey Shreve, North Tonawanda
Kyle Shreve, North Tonawanda

Finalists will be honored at the annual Trench Trophy banquet on Dec. 9 at the Lancaster Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway, Lancaster. Tickets are available via reservation by calling the Lancaster Elks at 685-1478 or by calling Carl Kuras at 698-1893. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will follow at approximately 6:30 PM. The cost per ticket is $20.

---Keith McShea

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Live from the Class B girls volleyball championship: Eden sweeps to seventh title

GLENS FALLS -- About 11 hours after I closed up the laptop after football games in Rochester, I opened it again here at the site of the state volleyball championships.

Eden faces Westchester County's Hendrick Hudson (Section I) in this morning's 10 a.m. Class B state final at the Glens Falls Civic Center, where I've spent many a March for the state basketball tournaments.

I'm going to go with a live blog (below) during the match. I probably won't be able to do that for the Class C (City Honors) and Class D (Cattaraugus/Little Valley) finals -- but I'll have live updates on a "regular" blog.

The Class B opening ceremonies occurred at about 9:20 a.m. for the 10 a.m. match. A nice touch with the Olympic entrance music; only drawback is that not too many fans were here to see it. 

Click on the box below to monitor the match.

Afterwards, feel free to comment below.

Check out match point for Eden:

Here's a shot of Eden during the postgame ceremony -- sorry I didn't get an ideal team picture but it was hard to move around the Civic Center.

Eden about to receive its state championship medals. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

---Keith McShea

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Eden, City Honors, Catt/Little Valley volleyball to play for state titles Sunday

All three Section VI teams at the state volleyball final four have moved on to their respective final two.

Eden, City Honors and Cattaraugus/Little Valley will all play for state championships on Sunday after advancing in Saturday morning's pool play.

These results come thanks to the outstanding sports section of the Glens Falls Post Star (both in its sports section and volleyball blog).

Eden went unbeaten in six games of pool play, including a 25-15, 25-9 sweep of Hendrick Hudson. The matchup with Hudson was the last of pool play and was meaningless because both teams had already clinched a berth in the final. The teams will meet again at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Check out the Post Star's Class B live blog here 

City Honors also went unbeaten in six pool play games to move to Sunday's noon final against Section II (Albany area) champion Loudonville Christian.

Check out the Post Star's Class C live blog here.

Cattaraugus/Little Valley went 4-2 in pool play to earn a berth in Sunday's noon final against Thomas A. Edison of Section IV (Binghamton/Ithaca area). The teams split two games Saturday.

Check out the Post-Star's Class D live blog here.

---Keith McShea

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Fall sports head to state final fours

If you haven't seen them already, check out Pete Simon's front-page story on Grover Cleveland boys soccer and Mary Jo Monnin's wrapup of all of the non-football teams searching for state titles this weekend.

So who comes home with a plaque?

As always, let us know how and why you voted in the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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