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Three Genesee County high schools claim sectional titles in volleyball

By Howard B. Owens

Pavilion, Notre Dame, and Le Roy are all Section champions, having won their respective finals matches in Girls Volleyball.

Pavilion beat Cuba-Rushford three games to one for the Class D2 crown, and Notre Dame beat Charles Finney three games to two to win in Class D3.

The Class D wins sets up a consolidation game between Pavilion and Notre Dame on Tuesday at a location to be determined.

Le Roy beat East Rochester three games to two for the C2 championship. Le Roy will play Midlakes in a Class C consolidation game on Tuesday, location to be determined.

Batavia advances to semifinals in straight sets

By Steve Ognibene


Eighth-seed Batavia played first-seed School of the Arts Friday in Rochester for a Section V quarterfinal matchup. 

Batavia dominated the game-winning three straight sets 25-12, 25-10, 25-17.

Batavia stats:

  • Olivia Shell, 10 kills 8 digs 5 Aces
  • Ava Anderson, 9 kills 6 Aces
  • Emma Bigsby, 5 kills 7 aces 3 blocks
  • Sophie Fryer, 7 Aces 2 blocks
  • Ella Bromsted, 22 assists 4 aces 2 kills
  • Clara Wood, 2 aces 3 kills

Batavia advances to the semifinal round this Tuesday at Mercy in Rochester against third-seed Waterloo.  Game time 5 p.m.

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Photos by Steve Ognibene







BHS volleyball team raises $1,100 for Genesee Cancer Assistance

By Howard B. Owens


The Batavia High School volleyball team held their first "pink game" this season, raising $1,100 for Genesee Cancer Assistance.

"We just wanted to do this because it's something that stays in Genesee County, and it's really good to just have the money stay here and benefit our community," said team captain Olivia Shell.

Head Coach James Patric said he expects pink games to become annual events to benefit Genesee Cancer Assistance. There will be more advance planning next season, he said, with a goal of raising $3,000 to $3,500.

"It's amazing to have them want to reach out and do this for us," said Nickie Fazio. "This money is going to be so beneficial to our patients. We're just very grateful. And if they want to do this next year, we're more than happy to help them."


Batavia beats Eastridge in straight sets

By Steve Ognibene


The Batavia Blue Devils girls volleyball team beat Eastridge for the second time this season Tuesday evening, with scores of 25-11, 25-22, 25-23.

Olivia Shell led the Devils with nine kills, seven digs, and four aces.

Ella Bromsted had two kills, 18 assists, and three aces. 

Clara Wood had two kills, six digs, and two aces.

Emma Bigsby had four kills, four digs and two aces.

Ava Anderson had six kills, seven digs and four aces. 

"This team has taken the necessary steps to improve overall as a program and has been competitive all year," said Coach James Patric. "Our seniors and returning players set the goals for the team at the start of the season to compete for a Class B sectional championship.  We have been playing well in our recent games and have been peaking at the right time heading into sectionals.

The Blue Devils play their final regular season game tonight at home against HFL. Game time is 6:30 p.m. The game includes a first-ever teacher appreciation night.

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Photos by Steve Ognibene






Photo: Champion volleyball team celebrated in Le Roy

By Howard B. Owens


Le Roy High School's Section V champion volleyball team was presented with certificates from the Board of Education at the start of Tuesday's meeting honoring their accomplishment.

Photo submitted by Tim McArdle.

Photos: Elba wins first-round sectional volleyball match

By Howard B. Owens


Elba beat Marion in five sets yesterday at Elba in the Class D Girls Volleyball Sectional Quarter file.

Elba won the second, fourth, and fifth sets, 25-16, 27-25, and 25-10.  They lost sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-21.

Laci Sewar had six aces, six kills, and 16 digs.  Carolyn Sybertz, six aces, four kills, and seven digs.  Rachel Walls, eight kills and five digs.  Sydney Reilly, 35 digs and two aces.  Alexandra Belluscio, five kills, and two blocks.  Kennedy Augello, 19 assists.

Phots by Debra Reilly.





Undefeated in volleyball, Le Roy vies for sectional title

By Howard B. Owens


The Le Roy volleyball team plays for a sectional championship this afternoon at home against #2 seed Bloomfield after beating Wellsville in the semifinal on Friday night.

Le Roy won 25-13, 25-17, 25-12 and enters the final undefeated on the season.

Photos by Tim McArdle.




Volleyball: Le Roy notches seventh victory on Senior Night

By Howard B. Owens


Le Roy's volleyball team celebrated Senior Night on Friday both with a congratulatory celebration for the class of 2021 but also with a three-set victory over Haverling, 25-24, 25-10, 25-22.

The Knights are 7-0 on the season with three regular-season matches to go.

Seniors feted were:

  • Delcina Cassidy
  • Jillian Curtis
  • Delaney Ingles
  • Jamie Staba
  • Abbie Woodworth

Photos by Tim McArdle.






Knights win home opener in volleyball over Dansville

By Howard B. Owens


Le Roy won its home opener in volleyball last night over Dansville in four sets, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20 & 25-10.

Allie Ingles had 12 kills. Abbie Woodworth had 23 assists and Hailey Johnson had 15. Riley Wood led with 12 digs.

The Knights are now 3-0 on the season.

Photos and info courtesy Tim McArdle.




Pavilion student-athete at Elmira College earns spot in Empire 8 Conference

By Billie Owens


Submitted photo and press release:

Lukas Milligan, of Pavilion, was one of six Elmira College student-athletes recognized by the Empire 8 Conference.

Milligan (Class of '23), a volleyball player in Elmira's impressive rookie class, was selected to the Empire 8 All-Conference Second Team.

Milligan floored 125 kills with a 2.12 kills-per-set average, which was good for ninth in the conference. The Pavilion native and Pavilion High School graduate was deadly from the service line with a team-best 21 aces and set a single-match record with nine against Sage. On the other side of the ball, Milligan added a team-high 87 digs.

About Elmira College 

Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, and 20 Division III varsity teams. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships. The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the United States, which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon.

Le Roy advancing to finals in volleyball

By Howard B. Owens


The Le Roy volleyball team has a shot at a sectional championship this week after beating Holley in a semifinal match on Saturday.

The Knights are now 17-2 and will face Wellsville at 5 p.m., Wednesday, at East Rochester High School.

Photos and info from Tim McArdle.



Pembroke girls advance in sectional volleyball tournament

By Howard B. Owens

The Pembroke Girls Volleyball Team won their first-round playoff game Wednesday, beating Letchworth 3 sets to 1.

The win sends the Lady Dragons to a quarterfinals match against Bloomfield at Bloomfield at 6 p.m., Saturday.

Pembroke took the first two sets against Letchworth 25-21 each, dropped the third set 25-17, and won the forth and match 25-19.

Dekari Moss had 14 kills and seven digs; Oliva Mets, 17 assists; and Allie Schwerthaffer and Trinity Humel each had seven digs.

Byron-Bergen Volleyball teams get their hands dirty to help feed the community

By Billie Owens


Above: Byron-Bergen Volleyball players each hold one off the potatoes they personally cleaned and prepared at the annual “potato scrub.”

Submitted photos and press release:

Bergen -- One Saturday morning each September, the Byron-Bergen Girls Varsity and JV Volleyball teams meet in the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church parking lot at 9 a.m. There, they join other members of the community to wash, scrub, dry, sort, pack and load approximately 2,000 pounds of potatoes.

While many teams engage in community service fundraising, or awareness-raising, the “potato scrub” requires the team to get their hands dirty -- literally. The annual community service project began three years ago when Hannah Catalino, a then sophomore, approached her volleyball coach with an idea for an unusual community service project.

“There are a lot of ways athletic teams can be charitable and this one is not glamourous,” said Byron-Bergen Athletic Director Rich Hannan. “Every year these players tackle this project with good will and good humor and no fanfare. I am extremely proud of them.”

The "potato gleaning,"(correct, with a g) as it is officially called, is orchestrated by Stewart Freeman. He has worked with area farmers for the last decade to collect extra and post-harvest crops including potatoes, butternut squash, onions and cabbage. He stores the produce and makes deliveries to shelters, food pantries and local families.

“What we’re doing is helping people who can’t afford to buy food get the chance to eat,” said senior VarsityVolleyball player Cynthia Morse. “That makes me feel happy.”

The “scrub,” which the volleyball players take part in, is crucial to this process because as the soil is scrubbed from the potatoes, spoiled spuds are identified and sorted out. If bad potatoes are packed with good ones, they will contaminate the entire box, making the food inedible.

“We all participate, both Varsity and JV players,” Catalino said. “It’s a team bonding activity. We work together and get to know each other better while helping the community.”

Eventually, Freeman will deliver the potatoes that the volleyball players helped prepare to local soup kitchens and food pantries, including the Open Door Mission in Rochester, the Batavia Salvation Army, and local organizations that deliver food to veterans and community members in need.

Below: Byron-Bergen Girls Varsity Volleyball Coach Cindy D’Errico takes part in the annual “potato scrub.”


Pavilion splits pair boys volleyball games

By Howard B. Owens

Information provided by Ryan Paddock.

Pavilion/York beat North Rose Wolcott 3 sets to 1 in boys volleyball on Saturday.  The team then lost to Midlakes three sets to zero.

Pavilion/York is now 10-6 on the season.

Cameron Milligan sets single match & single-season records for the program against NRW with his 43 kills tallying 374 for the season. Both records were previously held by his cousin Luke Milligan. Luke continues to hold the career kills record with 1,313. Cameron added 18 kills against Midlakes to set his career mark at 796 and counting.

Stats vs. NRW:

  • Cameron 43 kills 23 digs 6 blocks 
  • Cole Tillotson 45 assists 4 kills 
  • Dan Nichols 9 digs 6 aces 

Vs Midlakes 

  • Cameron Milligan 18 kills 4 blocks 
  • Dan Nichols 10 digs 
  • Charlie Urbanczyk 5 digs 

Pavilion boys volleyball picks up two wins

By Howard B. Owens


The Pavilion boys volley team picked up two victories yesterday, first over Keshequa and then over Eastridge.

In game one, Pavilion won in three sets, 25-10, 25-12, and 25-16.

  • Josh Van Alstine with four kills and three digs
  • Alex Stalica with three digs and two aces
  • Cameron Milligan with 20 kills, eight digs, and 11 aces
  • Cole Tillotson with 20 assists and four kills

In game two, Pavilion/York beat Eastridge 3 sets to 1, 26-24, 25-14, 27-29, 25-15.

  • Cameron Milligan with 39 kills and nine blocks
  • Cole Tillotson with 38 assists, four kills and four blocks
  • Dan Nichols with 13 digs and two aces
  • Charlie Urbanczyk with seven digs

Pictures and info by Ryan Paddock.

Top photo: #11 Cameron Milligan with a kill between Eastridge blockers​.


#8 Cole Tillotson makes a leaping save in the second set against Eastridge.


#6 Ty Heineman with a kill.


#17 Dan Nichols serves to Keshequa in the second set.

Le Roy volleyball team wins 12 straight game

By Howard B. Owens


Le Roy's volleyball team is now 12-0 on the season after beating Brockport at home Wednesday night in three sets, 25-23, 25-17, and 25-17.

Next up for the Knights: The Waterloo Tournament on Saturday.

Photos and info courtesy Tim McArdle.




Pavilion beats Warsaw in three sets

By Howard B. Owens


In volleyball, Pavilion beat Warsaw in three sets on Wednesday. Set scores: 25-21, 25-18, 25-22.

Shannon Campbell had 20 assists. Addy Milligan had eight kills and four aces. Karlee Zinkievich had five kills and six digs. Lauren Kingsley had six kills and four aces. Paige Landers had five kills.

Photos and information by Ryan Paddock.

Top photo: Kodi Beehler serving in Set One.


Shannon Campbell with a backset in Set 2.


Lauren Kingsley up for the kill.


Paige Landers with defensive control of the net.

Pembroke volleyball team finishes second in Warsaw tournament

By Howard B. Owens


The Pembroke Dragons placed second in the Warsaw Volley Tournament over the weekend.

The Dragons beat Alexander in the semifinals but fell to Warsaw in the finals in three games. Dekari Moss and Olivia Metz were named to the tournament all-star team.

Pavilion defeats Dansville in volleyball match

By Howard B. Owens


In girls volleyball Monday night, the Pavilion Gophers defeated the Dansville Mustangs in five sets.

The scores were 25-17, 22-25, 25-18, 14-25, 25-9.

Lauren Kingsley had 16 kills and 3 blocks. Shannon Campbell had 27 assists, Addy Milligan had 11 kills and 12 digs. In the fifth set, Paige Landers had 13 straight service points including three aces.  

Information and photos by Ryan Paddock.

Top photo: #11 Addy Milligan goes up for a spike.


#3 Karlee Zinkievich of Pavilion bumps a return back to the Dansville Mustangs.

Alexander Girls Varsity Volleyball Team loses to Perry

By Billie Owens
From Sarah Sheffield:
The scores for the game Alexander High Schoool Monday (Sept. 9) were:
Perry 25-25-20-28-25
Alexander 23-22-25-25-11
For Alexander, Kiersten Przybylski had five aces, eight kills and 20 assists. Sam Sawyer had eight aces and seven kills for the match. Alexander is now 0-1 overall.
For Perry, Trinity Parker played amazing defense with five solo blocks as well as contributing three aces and five kills. Mercedes Alderman led the offense with eight kills, four aces, as well as 10 digs on defense. Leah Fisher continues to push herself to get 19 assists for the match. Perry is now 1-2 overall.


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