Clarence had been hosting the season-opening Clarence Boys Volleyball Invitational for the last 27 years, but never had won it. That all changed on Saturday.
Throughout the tournament coaches had been saying there were 8-10 teams out of the field of 16 capable of winning the title, but by the time the final rolled around, it was the Red Devils beating Hamburg, 25-23, 25-19.
Senior setter Skyler Reinhardt of Clarence was named MVP. “He moved the ball all over the place,” said Clarence coach Kevin Starr. “He was very creative with where he put the ball, we had hits from every part of the court. That made us more difficult to play defense against because we spread the ball around so much.”
Clarence advanced to the final by beating Lockport in the semifinals and winning its pool. It was the first time the Red Devils made the final since 1995.
Making the all-tournament team were Jack Whelan and Jason Donorovich of Lockport, Brian Castello and Trevor Gooch of defending champion Canisius, Patrick Stroh and Zach Werington of Hamburg and Brandon Hill of Clarence.
• Joe Zanelotti turned in a performance worthy of MVP as Williamsville South beat Grand Island, 25-17, 25-19 to win the eight-team, inaugural Maryvale Tournament.
South beat St. Mary’s to advance to the final while GI won its semifinal match over Kenmore East. Zanelotti’s teammates Christian Graziano and Anthony Podgorsak were named all-tournament along with Brock Tetreault and Brad Barelli of Grand Island and Tyler English of St. Mary’s.
West Seneca West wins Durick
West Seneca West beat Lake Shore, 3-1, to win the ninth Dan Durick Boys Soccer Tournament for the fifth time in six years. The event was the first played on the new turf field at Clint Small Stadium.
Indians captain Andy Bartz scored on a penalty kick and was later named MVP. West (2-0) beat the host Warriors, 6-0, in their first game on Friday.
Named all-tournament from West were: Jon Rehner, Adam Tobias, Hunter Mancuso and Jake Bradford. West opens league play on Tuesday when it hosts Clarence.
• Senior Bryan Daigler of Sweet Home was named MVP of the Coaches vs. Cancer/ECIC-NFL Challenge. A field of 14 teams participated in the fifth annual event. The ECIC went 12-0-2 over the course of the two-day event outscoring the NFL teams, 24-2.
Daigler had five goals and two assists as Sweet Home beat Kenmore West, 3-0, and Lew-Port, 4-0. The 28 varsity officials donated their game fees, which totaled over $2,300.
In girls soccer, Marissa Birzon had three goals as Williamsville East beat Newfane, 5-1, in the Cohocton Showcase. The Flames were coming off Friday’s 2-1 win over Brockport.