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Medina swimmers split with Akron


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 December 2014

The Medina boys swim team romped to a 122-51 victory at Akron this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League meet.

Chase Pecoraro was a double winner in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke and Austin Heil in the 50 free and 500 free to lead the way for Medina.

Improving to 2-0, the Seahorses also had Austin Brown win the 100 butterfly, Daniel Heil the 100 backstroke and Derek Donley the 100 freestyle.

Akron did earn a split on the day by defeating Medina 91-79 in the girls meet.

Emma Gardner and Andrea Toussaint were both double winners for Medina which slips to 0-2.


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Kendall cagers down rival Holley

Lady Eagles complete sweep with win over Lady Hawks

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Kendall's Brandon Miller (50) shoots over a trio of Holley defenders including Nick Passarell (25), Chris Balys (10) and Joey DeFelice (5) during the visiting Eagles win over the rival Hawks this evening.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 December 2014

Jumping out to a 20-9 first quarter lead, Kendall went on to defeat host Holley 61-26 this evening in a Genesee Region League boys basketball game.

Mookie Nauden hit two threes and Evan Gaesser added a three and a layup off a turnover to spark Kendall in the opening quarter.

Nauden then hit another three while Will Condo chipped in with a layup and four free throws and Nick Manners a layup to help the Eagles extend their advantage to 31-18 at the half.

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Holley's Chris Balys (10) battle for a rebound with Kendall's Mookie Nauden.


Nauden finished with a game high 19 points, Condo 13, Jacob Ramsdell 7 and Brandon Miller 7, Justin Barrett 6, Gaesser 5 and Colton Breslawski and Manners 2 each for the Eagles.

Nauden also had 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals and Condo 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

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Kendall's Jacob Ramsdell (22) tries to shoot over Holley's Ian Penders (30).


Joey DeFelice scored 11, Josh Porter 8, Nick Passarell and Ian Penders 3 and Zach Vaccarelli 1 for Holley. Chris Balys also grabbed off 10 rebounds for the Hawks.

Kendall improves to 3-1 in the league and 6-1 overall while Holley slips to 0-3, 0-4.

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Holley's Nick Passarell (25) tries to block a shot by Kendall's Jacob Ramsdell.

Girls Basketball
Kendall 48, Holley 23

Kendall built up a 27-16 half-time advantage in route to scoring a 48-23 G-R win over visiting rival Holley.

Tania Arellano took game high scoring honors with 18 and Taylor Kingsbury tallied 15 to spearhead the Kendall attack. Both players finished with a double-double as Arellano also grabbed off 16 rebounds and Kingsbury 12.

Lizzie Rath added 4 points, 5 assists and 3 steals for the Lady Eagles.

Sam Barniak led Holley with 10 points.

Kendall improves to 3-2 while Holley slips to 0-6.


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Bees outlast Tigers in overtime


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 December 2014

In a wild free scoring overtime shootout, host Byron-Bergen outlasted Lyndonville 87-79 this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

Trailing by 15 at the half, Byron-Bergen came battling back to outscore Lyndonville 26-13 in the final period to knot the contest at 70-70 forcing overtime.

The Bees hit six three's in the decisive fourth quarter including the tying long-range bucket by Jordan Coffta with just one second remaining.

Keeping the momentum, Byron-Bergen then outscored Lyndonville 19-7 in the overtime period to claim the win.

Nick Hinkson scored 29 and Brandon Schoolcraft 20, both career highs, to lead the Lyndonville attack. Eric Neace added 12, Corey Hydock 7, AJ Buckland 5 and Eddie Schildt 4 for the Tigers.

Schoolcraft scored 8, Hinkson 7 and Buckland 5 to spark Lyndonville out to 22-12 first quarter lead.

The Tigers went on to hold leads of 43-28 at the half and 57-44 at the three-quarter mark. Hinkson tallied 7 in both the second and third periods.

However, the Bees barrage of six three's down the stretch keyed Bergen's big comeback.

The Bees improve to 5-1 while the Tigers slip to 2-2 in the league and 3-3 overall.


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Late Wilson surge trims Albion

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Albion's Justice Nauden (24) drives against Rachel Senek (43) of Wilson during the Purple Eagles home court loss to the Lakewomen this evening.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 December 2014

Five time defending champion Wilson needed a late scoring burst to key a 47-37 win over host Albion this evening in a season opening Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball game.

Albion pulled to within one twice in the fourth quarter, first at 33-32 and again at 35-34, both after baskets by Chanyce Powell. However, the Purple Eagles could not pull even as a combination of turnovers, cold shooting and an injury to Powell stymied Albion's comeback bid over the final three minutes.

Up by a slender 35-34 margin, Wilson put together a key 10-3 run, including baskets off turnovers by both Jodie Vincent and Kayla Neumann along with a layup by Zipporah Barrett, to pull away to a 45-37 advantage and put a lock on the win.

Rachel Senek finished with 14 and Neumann 12 for Wilson which led by margins of 12-6 after one period, 24-18 at the half and 30-28 at the three-quarter mark.

Justice Nauden took game high scoring honors with 19 and Powell added 10 for Albion.


Nauden tallied 8 in the third period to pull the Purple Eagles to within 2 at the three-quarter mark. Nauden then had 5 more and Powell 4 in the fins stanza to keep Albion close.

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Albion's Sarah Metzler (12) puts up a shot against Wilson's Megan DiLaura (34).


Newfane 52, Medina 39
Steadily pulling away, Newfane downed host Medina 52-39 as Katie Kneeland scored a game high 21 points to lead the Lady Panthers.

Kneeland, who also grabbed off 10 rebounds, scored 9 in the first period to get the Lady Panthers off and rolling.

Newfane held leads of 13-8 after one quarter, 26-15 at the half and 42-24 after three quarters.

Holly Heil scored 14, Molley Gross 10, Emily Kams and Maddy Winters 6 each for Medina.

Akron 27, Barker 25
Grabbing a 9-4 first quarter lead, Akron went on to edge past visiting Barker 27-25 as Maggie Kowalik tallied 10, Cailin Regan 6 and Ashley Mietz 4 to lead the way.

Melissa Grosshans scored 11 and Caitlin Mason 10 for Barker.

Roy-Hart 51, Oakfield-Alabama 47
A four point play by Rielly Albee followed by two free throws each by Taylor Fry, Kendra Hill and Ava Bligh keyed a 17 point fourth quarter surge for Roy-Hart which edged past host Oakfield-Alabama in a non league game.

Emma Lindke led Roy-Hart with 12 as Albee added 9, Hill and Sarah Duewiger 8 each and Fry 7.

Trailing 22-13, Roy-Hart used a big 21 point third period to get back in the game. Duewiger tallied 6, Fry 5 and Hill 4 to lead that surge.

Keeping the momentum, the Lady Rams then capped off the comeback win with the big 17 point fourth quarter.


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Medina cagers edge Newfane


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 December 2014

Trailing by one, Medina used a clutch late 7-0 scoring burst to edge past host Newfane 58-52 this evening in the Niagara-Orleans League season opener.

Down 50-49, the Mustangs scored seven straight points from the free throw line, three of which came after a pair of timely steals by Jason Hellwig, to rally into the lead for good at 56-50. Hellwig had four points and Brennan Zinkievich two during that rally.

Hellwig finished with a game high 22 and Tyler Ames netted 15 to lead Medina. Dylan Lewis added 8, Zinkievich 5, Devonte Howard 3, and Justin Morgan and David Garrow 2 each for the Mustangs.

Chad Gilson had 15 to lead the way for Newfane.

Medina jumped out to an 18-15 first quarter lead as Ames had 6 and Hellwig 5.

The Mustangs maintained leads of 29-24 at the half and 43-36 at the three-quarter mark before the sea-saw fourth quarter began.


Wilson 64, Albion 45
Trailing 16-13 after one period, Wilson used a big 27-14 second quarter scoring barrage to key a 64-45 victory over visiting Albion.

Kyle Bradley scored 17 of his game high 28 points to lead the Lakemen in the decisive period.

Clayton Stanton scored 11, Austin Loyd 10, Gary Moore and Manny Thompson 6 each and Alex Bison 5 for Albion. Loyd tallied all 10 of his points in the opening period to spark the Purple Eagles out to the early lead.

Akron 55, Barker 41
Drew Butler scored 20, including six three's and Brendan Weirheiser 10 to spark Akron to a 55-41 victory over visiting Barker.

Christopher Sweeney scored 12 Nate Luckman 8, Thomas Callaghan 7, Tanner Gregoire 6, Kyle Secore and Josh Mead 3 and Sean Benoit 2 for Barker.

Barker grabbed a 16-14 first quarter lead but Akron pulled even at 25-25 at the half and then used a 17-8 third period scoring surge to move out to a 42-33 advantage heading into the final stanza.


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CSAT bests Lady Rams; Lyndonville gives Notre Dame a scare

Roy-Hart boys edge host Eagles

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Roy-Hart's Emma Lindke (1) puts up a shot against Sarah Duewiger (21) of CSAT during the host Lady Rams loss to the Lady Eagles this evening.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 December 2014

Jumping out to a 14-0 lead at the outset, CSAT went on to defeat host Roy-Hart 47-34 this evening in the Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball season opener.

Jordan Fraiser scored 12 and Surenaty Davis-Paterson 10 set the pace for CSAT which led 16-7 after one period, 25-16 at the half and 36-21 at the three-quarter mark.

Emma Lindke took game high scoring honors for Roy-Hart with 17. Alex Hill added 8 and Taylor Fry, Sarah Bascom and Rielly Albee 3 each for the Lady Rams.


Notre Dame 39, Lyndonville 30

Turning back a fourth quarter challenge, Notre Dame trimmed upset minded Lyndonville 39-30 in a Genesee Region League game.

Trailing 31-19 at the three-quarter mark, Lyndonville rallied back to within four with two minutes to go in the final period but could not pull even. Rebekah Hoffee scored 7 points to lead the Lady Tigers rally.

"We played very well," said Lyndonville Coach Barry Webber. Defensively we played real well. We're gettinging there. I'm very proud of them."

Morgan Hungerford scored 10 and Hoffee 7 to set the pace for Lynodnville as Aubrey Lewis added 5, Chelsea Poler 4 and Jasmine Plummer and Mackenzie Muck 2 each.

Shea Norton took game high honors with 13 for Notre Dame which led 9-3 after one period and 22-11 at the half.


Boys Basketball
Roy-Hart 58, CSAT 55

Roy-Hart rallied from a nine point half-time deficit to defeat the host CSAT Eagles 58-55 in a season opening N-O contest.

Andy Xapsos scored 6 points and Chris Anderson 4 to lead Roy-Hart in the decisive final period which also featured a pair of key defensive plays by Nelson Andrade and Justin Heschke.

Xapsos finished with 25 points and Heschke 12 for the Rams which are now 3-1 overall.



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Lyndonville matmen pin Barker/R-H

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Lyndonville's Jeff Gress Jr. works for a pin over Aaron Miller of Barker/Roy-Hart during the visiting Tigers non league win this evening at Barker.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 December 2014

Eight pins powered Lyndonville to a 60-29 victory over Barker/Roy-Hart in a non league match this evening at Barker.

Jeff Gress Jr. (106), Tony Recco (126), Dustin Hinkley (132), Chris McDonald (138), Dustin Joy (145), Tom Follman (152), Devon Joy (160) and Frankie Carrasquillo all notched pins as the Tigers improve to 4-0.

Barker/Roy-Hart did jump out to an 18-0 lead at the outset on three forfeit wins.
However, Lyndonville answered right back with a pair of first period pins, by Carrasquillo in 1:06 over Kirk Fay and by Gress in :35 over Aaron Miller, along with two forfeits, to take the lead for good at 24-18.

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Brent Bachman of Barker/Roy-Hart in route to scoring a technical fall win over Lyndonville's Cullen Heveron.


Barker/Roy-Hart did close the gap to one at 24-23 after a technical fall victory by Brent Bachman but could not pull even.

Lyndonville then broke the match wide open with a barrage of six straight pins.

Again, a pair of first period pins, by Recco in 1:20 over Dan Wheeler and by Hinkley in :21 over AJ Schaffer, ignited that decisive uprising.

The Tigers string of pins kept rolling as McDonald scored a fall in 3:22 over Ryan Ulrich, Dustin Joy in :35 over Will Jensen, Follman in 3:15 over Dylan Mangan and Devon Joy in 2:29 over DJ Gardner.

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Lyndonville's Chris McDonald works for a pin against Ryan Ullrich of Barker/Roy-Hart.


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Roy-Hart, Newfane swimmers split


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 December 2014

Roy-Hart and host Newfane split in a Niagara-Orleans League meet this afternoon.

The eight time defending champion Roy-Hart boys scored a 111-58 victory as Ray Sack doubled in the 100 butterfly and 50 free, Elliott Spitzer in the 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle and Mason Sparks in the 200 and 500 free.

Andrew Hamelink doubled for Newfane in the 100 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

The five time defending Newfane girls gained the split by posting a 100-69 victory as Lydia Gaughran doubled in the 200 and 500 free and Allie DeBiase in the individual medley and butterfly.

Lindsay Yates was a double winner for Roy-Hart in the 50 free and backstroke.

The Barker at Albion meet was postponed due to pool problems.


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Akron grapplers down Medina

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Medina's Charles Beach works toward a pin over Akron's Jacob Clark during the Mustangs loss to the visiting Tigers this evening.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 December 2014

Seven forfeits, good for a total of 42 points, keyed Akron to a 62-21 victory over host Medina this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League wrestling match.

Bobby Geiger (106), Hunter Kruger (113) and Charles Beach (195) all registered pins and Joe Velez (126) added a decision win for Medina.

John Fieblekorn (120) and Connor Riggs both had pins and Jacob Sarrow (152) a technical fall win for Akron.

Akron is now 2-0 and Medina 0-2 in N-O competition.

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Medina's Bobby Geiger in route to scoring a pin for Akron's Thomas Fisher.

In other N-O action, Newfane defeated host Albion 71-9 and Barker/Roy-Hart bested Wilson 67-11.

Julian Nixon, Adam Nowicki, Paul Dunbar, Cyrus Simmons, Jake Kubala and Chris Johnstone all registered pins for Newfane which improves to 2-0.

Preston Flugel, Aaron Burnside and Blake Aina all had decision wins for Albion which slips to 1-1.


Brent Bachman (120), Andrew Schafer (132), Ryan Ulrich (138),Dillon Mangon (152), Joe Nolan (160), DJ Gardner (170), Jon Page (195) and Collin Anderson (285) all registered pins for Barker/Roy-Hart.


Holley 63, Kendall 19
Pins by Martin Beadle, Pat Purtell, Zach Day and Lucas Silvis led Holley to a 63-19 victory over host rival Kendall in a Genesee Region League match.

Paul Urquhart and Jeremy Browe both notched pins for Kendall.


Holley is now 1-1 and Kendall 0-2 in G-R action.


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Trojans romp past Hawks

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Holley's Joey DeFelice (5) drives to the basket past Alexander's Dustin Schmieder (12) during the host Hawks loss to the Trojans this evening.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 December 2014

Plagued by ice cold shooting and a rash of turnovers, Holley dropped a 47-15 decision to visiting Alexander this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

Trailing 16-7 after one period, Holley was blanked in the second quarter as Alexander built up a commanding 18 point 25-7 half-time advantage. The Trojans maintained a 23 point, 36-13 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Matt Genaway scored a game high 23 point to lead the way for Alexander, 15 of which came in the first half. Tyler Laird added 10 for the Trojans.

Joey DeFelice scored 6 and Zach Vaccarelli and Nick Passarell 4 each for Holley which also had Chris Balys grab off 10 rebounds.

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Holley's Josh Porter (2) rebounds against Alexander's Nate Henry (20).

Byron-Bergen 53, Kendall 42
Byron-Bergen built up a 27-18 half-time advantage and went on to defeat visiting Kendall 53-42 in a G-R contest.

Mookie Nauden scored 12 points, Will Condo 11 and Evan Gaesser 9 for Kendall which closed the gap to three in the second half but could get no closer. Nauden also grabbed off 10 rebounds and Condo 5.

Now at 2-1 in the league and 5-1 overall, Kendall next visits Holley on Friday.


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N-O cagers set to tip off 88th season

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Christopher Sweeney (3) and his Barker teammates will begin defense of their Niagara-Orleans League title on Friday. The Wilson girls team will likewise open their title defense on Friday.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 December 2014

The Niagara-Orleans League, one of Section VI's oldest, if not the oldest, is set to tip off its 88th season of basketball competition this week.

The boys openers will have Roy-Hart at CSAT on Thursday followed by Medina at Newfane, Albion at Wilson and Akron at Barker on Friday.

The girls lid lifters will have CSAT at Roy-Hart on Thursday with Newfane at Medina, Wilson at Albion and Barker at Akron on Friday.

The Barker boys and the Wilson girls teams are the defending champions.

The Barker boys squad ended a nearly 70 year title drought last fall when the Raiders captured their first N-O championship since the 1945-46 season.

However, four starters, including first team All-League honorees Jacob Haight and Mitch Luckman and second team selection Bryce Moeller, have graduated. Senior Christopher Sweeney, who earned second team All-League honors, is the Raiders only returning starter.

Wilson, which has won the N-O girls title the last five years in a row, was also hit hard by graduation including the loss of first team All-League honorees Emily Lasher and Dana Smith and second team selection Allie Bubar.

Interestingly, Wilson and Newfane are the only two of the original six member schools which have competed in the league continuously since the N-O's inaugural season of 1927-28. Wilson's first title came during the 1929-30 season and Newfane's in the 1945-46 campaign.

The other schools who took part in that first season included Barker, Lyndonville, Gasport and Middleport.

Middleport and Gasport merged in 1944 to form Royalton-Hartland while Lyndonville left in 1948 to join the then Genesee-Orleans League (now Genesee Region League) and Barker left for about a decade (1969 to 1979) to join the G-R before returning to the N-O in 1980.

When it was formed the N-O held competition in both boys and girls basketball. The girls competition continued until the late 1930's before it was reduced to intramural competition. It remained that way until the early 1970's when the Supreme Court's Title IX ruling (requiring equal collegiate and scholastic athletic opportunities for boys and girls) reinstated girls interscholastic sports competition.

The Middleport boys squad won the inaugural 1927-28 N-O title nipping Barker 21-20 in a special playoff game held at the Medina Armory after the two teams finished the regular season with identical 9-1 records.

The Newfane girls claimed the inaugural championship with an 8-0 record (Lyndonville did not have a girls team that season). The Barker girls squad also had a strong early run capturing three straight N-O titles from 1929-1931 while Middleport followed up with a title campaign in 1932.

The league quickly expanded to eight teams the following season (1928-29) with the addition of Holley and Youngstown. Interestingly, Holley, which competed in the league just that one season, captured the boys championship with a 14-0 record. Lewiston would replace Holley on the league schedule the following season (1929-30).

Lewiston and Youngstown both continued as N-O members until 1952 when they merged to form Lewiston-Porter. Lew-Port remained a member until 1961 when the Lancers left to join the Niagara Frontier League (NFL). The Lancers dominated that final decade in the N-O winning the championship eight out of nine years from the 1952-53 to 1960-61 seasons.

Akron joined the N-O at the start of the 1953-54 season, Medina in the 1955-56 season and Albion in 1961-62 replacing Lew-Port in the lineup.

Over the years the league's membership has also included Niagara-Wheatfield from 1958-59 to 1964-65 when the Falcons left to join the NFL and Starpoint from 1956-57 to 2003-04 when the Spartans joined the Erie County League (ECIC).

Interestingly, the league's membership for a period also included DeVeaux Military Academy of Lewiston from the 1944-45 to 1950-51 seasons. The Cadets captured the N-O title during the 1947-48 season, the only non traditional public school to accomplish that feat until the CSAT boys squad did it during the 2012-13 campaign.

The league has crowned a boys champion every year except during the 1942-43 season when play was curtailed because of war time rationing restrictions. Schools played informal schedules that season.

The N-O resumed girls basketball competition in 1975 with Newfane ironically again capturing the first title just as was the case during the league' inaugural 1927-28 season. The Lady Panthers in fact also claimed the crown in 1976 and 1977 before having that run ended by Medina in 1978.

Wilson's current run of five straight titles (2010-2014) is the longest string of championships since the N-O resumed girls varsity competition.


N-O Boys Champions by School
(cc = co-champs, tc = tri-champs)


Wilson (18 titles): 1929-30, 1930-31, 1939-40, 1940-41cc, 1943-44, 1946-47, 1964-65, 1965-66, 1983-84cc, 1984-85cc, 1990-91, 1994-95, 1995-96cc, 1996-97cc, 2004-05, 2009-10, 2010-11cc, 2011-12cc.


Medina (16): 1966-67, 1969-70, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1973-74, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1984-85cc, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1992-93tc, 1993-94cc, 2003-04cc, 2005-06cc, 2008-09cc.


Newfane (13): 1945-46, 1949-50, 1961-62, 1962-63, 1963-64, 1967-68, 1978-79, 1993-94cc, 2005-06cc, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11cc, 2011-12cc.


Starpoint (11): 1974-75, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1992-93tc, 1998-99cc, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04cc.


Lew-Port (8): 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1955-56, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61.


Akron (7): 1975-76, 1976-77, 1991-92, 1992-93tc, 1997-98, 1999-2000, 2008-09cc.


Middleport (6): 1927-28, 1931-32, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1937-38, 1941-42.


Lewiston (6): 1934-35, 1935-36, 1936-37, 1938-39, 1948-49, 1950-51.


Albion (5): 1971-72, 1982-83, 1983-84cc, 1996-97cc, 1998-99cc.


Roy-Hart (4): 1951-52, 1957-58, 1968-69, 1995-96cc.


Barker (3): 1940-41cc, 1944-45, 2013-14.


Holley (1): 1928-29.


DeVeaux (1): 1947-48.


CSAT (1): 2012-13.


Girls Modern Era (1975 to present) Champions by School
(cc = co-champions)


Newfane (16 titles): 1975, 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983cc, 1984cc, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989cc, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1999cc, 2006cc, 2007cc.


Wilson (10): 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012cc, 2013, 2014.


Starpoint (9): 1980, 1981cc, 1983cc, 1984cc, 1986, 1989cc, 1994, 1996cc, 1999cc.


Medina (7): 1978, 1979, 1981cc, 1995, 1996cc, 1997, 1998.


Albion (4): 2005cc, 2006cc, 2007cc, 2009


Roy-Hart (4): 1992, 2004, 2005cc, 2012cc.


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