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Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017: Injuries, arrests shut down 2 volleyball teams

   Leading off today: The remainder of the girls volleyball season at two Buffalo schools has been canceled in the aftermath of a brawl in which five teens were arrested, The Buffalo News reported.

   Police said multiple students were injured Oct. 13 when a majority of the Emerson team was assaulted by South Park students outside the South Park gym. Police arrested five of the seven participants in the brawl that could be identified. A portion of the fight was captured on security cameras.

   School district spokeswoman Elena Cala confirmed that five teens, all athletes believed to attend South Park, have been suspended under the district's code of conduct. Cala said two Emerson players were injured.

   Police said one of the teens was taunting a female student and followed her outside the gym when she was leaving with her mother and sister. The situation escalated, leading to the teen punching, kicking and throwing the other girl to the ground. That led to the other teens joining the altercation, police said.

   All five students arrested were charged with second-degree gang assault as well ad child endangerment. Some face additional charges including inciting to riot.

   Boys soccer: Sophomores Sam Arrigo and Nate Wright did the scoring as eighth-seeded South Lewis knocked off top-seeded Cooperstown 2-0 in the Section 3 Class C quarterfinals.

   Cooperstown was ranked second in the state in Class C this week.

   Derek Crofoot stopped 10 shots for the shutout in the face of constant pressure. Cooperstown had nine corner kicks to none for South Lewis.

    • Utica Academy of Science has forfeited its 3-2 victory over Hamilton in a Class D second-round game played Wednesday. The forfeit was a result of a school issue and not a Section 3 violation, reported.

   Girls soccer: These qualified as upsets on paper ... but soccer is played on grass (or quasi-grass).

   Eighth-seeded Albion earned a 3-1 win in the Section 6 Class B-1 quarterfinals over top-seeded Buffalo City Honors as Mariah Plain, Brylie Hapeman and Claire Squicciarini scored for the Purple Eagles.

   In Class B-2, the eighth seed also prevailed over the top seed as Fredonia knocked off Olmsted 2-0.

   Coaching developments: Albana Gega will become just the third woman to be a head coach of a PSAL boys varsity basketball team when takes over at Thomas Edison High in Queens.


   Gega, who coached the JV team the past two seasons, starts behind the 8-ball. Tykei Greene, the team's top player, transferred over the summer to Long Island Lutheran.

   Besides Gega, Ruth Lovelace (Boys & Girls) and Anastasia Bitis (Maspeth) have coached boys squads in the league. Lovelace is still active with the Kangaroos; Bitis football site

departed over the summer after her fourth season to coach the woman's team at York College.

    • Eric Kizis was named Corning's varsity baseball coach after 10 years on the coaching staff. The former Corning East player takes over for Pete Graham, who guided the Hawks to a NYSPHSAA quarterfinal appearance in 2016.

   Kizis will also continue to serve as the school's bowling coach.

    • I saw a tweet from The Journal News this week that Horace Greeley had officially appointed Sarah Benis- chek to coach girls basketball. She pre- viously served as a Somers assistant under Kristi Dini.

   Boys basketball: Brooklyn H.S. of Law & Technology is shaping up to be a bear in the PSAL Class A ranks this winter. Point guard Larry Moreno became the third returning starter to commit to a Division I college when he opted for nearby St. Francis College this week.

   Mikko Johnson (St. Peter's) and Matt Scott previously made commitments.

   1960s pitching prodigy dies: Ed Barnowski, who led Mont Pleasant to an undefeated season in 1960 and later pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, died Tuesday in Naples, Fla., at the age of 74.

   He was the star pitcher for Mont Pleasant from 1959-61 and also played football there.

   Barnowski pitched briefly for the Orioles in 1965 and '66 before being derailed by injuries.

   The 6-foot-2 right-hander led the minor leagues in strikeouts in 1964 when he fanned 322 batters in just 222 innings for Class A Stockton of the California State League and pitched a pair of no-hitters. His best year was in 1966, when he went 17-8 in Triple-A with the Rochester Red Wings.

   Barnowski stayed in baseball for a time after his retirement and was general manager of the Rochester Red Wings in the 1970s.

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