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St. Mary’s volleyball stuns St. Joe’s

The St. Mary’s boys volleyball season got off to a memorable start with an upset of St. Joe’s, the No. 1-ranked team in Western New York. The unranked Lancers went four games before stunning the Marauders on their own floor in a Monsignor Martin Association match played on Monday. St. Mary’s senior Tyler English had 18 kills and sophomore Alex Hokaj added 10. “Tyler was hitting over the St. Joe’s blocks and was just overpowering today,” said coach Keith Koch.

St. Mary’s won the first game 25-18, but the Marauders came back to win the second 25-17. St. Mary’s won the third game, 25-23, and put the match away with a 25-15 decision in the fourth game. “We got up 5-1 to start the fourth game, and once we got that lead, we kept building on it,” said Koch. “During timeouts the kids were loose and joking around. They had a great opportunity, and they were confident they could get the job done.”

St. Joe’s golfers card win over Canisius

Whether he’s knocking down pins or knocking down putts, Kevin Bienko seems to be equally effective. The St. Joe’s golfer fired a 39 for nine holes on Monday at Sheridan to share medalist honors with teammate Joe Rinaldi in a 14.5 to 9.5 win over rival Canisius in Monsignor Martin Association golf.

During last winter’s high school bowling season, Bienko was runner-up in the New York State Catholic Championships held in Buffalo. He finished second in the state behind John McCormack, bowing in the final, 228-215.

“I don’t know why, but the skills [between the two sports] seem to translate over,” said coach Jack Herlan, now in his 11th season. “I know a lot of really good bowlers who are pretty good golfers too.”

The Marauders (5-2) and Canisius meet again on Thursday at Cherry Hill.

Amherst field hockey clocks close win

With just 5 ticks left on the clock, Amherst’s Mckenna Rushford scored the game-winning goal on an assist from Taylor Balser to give Amherst a 2-1 win over Iroquois in ECIC field hockey. “It was nice to see the girls continue to be poised and make good decisions throughout the game,” said coach Laurie LeGoff.

Lacey Woite scored from Rushford with 16:30 in the second half to tie the game. The Chiefs scored the first goal of the game at the 26-minute of the first half.

Holland’s last-second goal tops Eden

Corey Winter scored the winning goal with 35 seconds left as Holland defeated Eden, 1-0, to remain undefeated in ECIC IV boys soccer.

Hall of Fames for Lackawanna, Bennett

• The Lackawanna Athletic Department will hold its third annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. in the Boland Memorial Auditorium in Lackawanna High School.

The class of 2013 inductees are: the 1967 varsity football team, Dave May (1968), Lydia Fiore (1979), “Wild” Bill Pukalo (1969), the late Ray Rosinski (1956) and Chuck Threeths (1976).

• The Bennett Sports Hall of Fame inductions will be at 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. All Bennett alumni and friends are invited. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased in the school foyer at the Main St. entrance. The ceremony, which includes refreshments, a souvenir program, display boards, and video highlights, will be held in the school auditorium.

The Class of 2013 inductees are: Tom Angelo (1953), Al Berke (1958), Randy Clay (1972), Annulett Dillon (1994), Kenya Hobbs (1990), Tom McClain (1964), Valerie Propeck (1991), Frank Ralabate (1959) and Owen Tober (1969).