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Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018: Fairport boys post big volleyball victory

   Leading off today: Fairport won the 43rd Eden Can-Am boys volleyball tournament on Saturday in West Seneca, besting 23 other squads and establishing the Red Raiders as a threat to reel in the big prizes in the postseason.

   The tournament field included three state champions, seven sectional title winners and 13 sectional finalists from across the state last season.

   "It has always been a program goal to come to Eden and get a victory," Fairport coach John O'Dell said after his squad defeated Lockport 25-14, 25-21 in the final.

   Fairport defeated Frontier 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 in the semifinals. Lockport advanced by downing Clarence 25-20, 25-12.

   The Fairport trio of Seth Terzo, Kade Carlson and Ryan Parker made the all-tournament team.

   Cross country: We've seen slow starts in the past by Fayetteville-Manlius girls teams that ended up capping their season with one of the program's 11 Nike Cross Nationals championships, so there may be some reluctance to read too much into the results of the Chittenango Invitational.

   Still, Shenendehowa came away with an impressive victory in Race 1, scoring 43 points to defeat F-M (60) and Monroe-Woodbury (71). Claire Walters placed first in 17:50.7, but Shen placed Hannah Belleville (third, 18:57.1) and Jada Dennis (fifth, 19:10.4) in the top five.

   F-M stalwart Phoebe White, running without much of a base as she returns from an injury, was 20th and figures to post much stronger finishes as the season progresses.

And for what it's worth, Liverpool fared best in the girls meet merge after totaling 20 points in Race 2 on the strength of Madison Neuner (18:26.6) and Jenna Schulz (18:36.8) swept the top two spots.

    • The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys put on a show at the Guilderland Invitational as seniors Tyler Berg (14:32.29), Evan Brennan (14:32.45) and Aidan Gillooley (14:58.88) captured the top three places in the 2.86-mile race.

   The Spartans, who outscored Guilderland 20-39, won the past two NYSPHSAA Class B championships and the 2017 Federation title. They're returning six of their top seven runners from a season ago.

   One losing streak over: Freshman quarterback Masson Bell rushed for 275 yards and three touchdowns and also tossed two TDs to Jacob Scruton, leading Phoenix past Oswego 32-28 in football action Saturday.

   Both teams came in riding 18-game losing streaks. They are playing the 2018 season in Section 3's developmental league.


   Trailing 26-22 late in the third quarter, Oswego put together an 11-play, 60-yard scoring drive capped by Dylan Czuprynski's 5-yard TD pass with 8:48 left in the fourth football site

quarter. The Firebirds answered with the winning drive, capped by Bell's 24-yard TD toss to Scruton on a third-and-16 play.

   More football: K'myn Crumity carried 51 times for 259 yards for Greece Arcadia in a 14-7 victory over Penfield. ... Sophomore Tyler Szalkowski went 5-for-5 for 161 yards and three touchdowns as Aquinas built a 42-0 halftime lead and defeated Binghamton 49-7.

   In Friday action, Michael Briggs rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns as Thousand Islands beat Port Byron/Union Springs 52-12.

   Scoreboard: You can view the Week 2 scoreboard on our Road To Syracuse website.

   More reading: I stopped in at Victor High on Aug. 22 for their sports information night for athletes and their parents. The Blue Devils added a wrinkle to what's normally just a rehash of policies and procedures by inviting sports psychologist Jarrod Spencer to shed light on some of the mental factors that impede scholastic, college and pro athletes.

   I wrote about it in my weekly column on

   High-stakes thriller: Two of USA Today's top 12 football teams played a five-overtime epic in Washington, D.C., as No. 5 St. John's College edged No. 12 Miami Central 37-34.

   Junior wide receiver Rakim Jarrett made three touchdown catches in the game, including a one-handed grab of a 25-yard throw from Sol-Jay Maiva for the win after Miami Central had taken the lead with a field goal.

   The game lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes.

   Miami Central had forced OT with a last-second touchdown catch and 2-point conversion reception by Lexington Joseph.

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