Leading off today:
Once on the brink of an early exit, Victor pulled it together on Friday and won its third NYSPHSAA Division 2 boys volleyball championship in four seasons.
The Blue Devils came back from a 24-23 deficit against Bellmore JFK to win their final game of pool play 27-25 and then swept the same opponent in the final 25-16, 25-19 and 25-19.
"Being one point away from being knocked out slapped everybody in the face," senior Brannon Perdicho told The Daily Messenger. "We realized we had to step it up. We came together and played as a team and it was beautiful."
Blue Devils junior Collin Mahan was selected MVP of the tournament after chalking up 12 kills in the final.
In Division I, Fairport earned its first volleyball crown with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-22 sweep of Sachem East at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Red Raiders defeated three-time defending NYSPHSAA champion McQuaid to capture its first Section 5 title earlier in the month.
Josh Holm, one of the team's 12 seniors, was selected the MVP.
U-E airs it out: Union-Endicott rode a 228-yard, five-touchdown passing performance from Joey Orlando to a 43-7 victory over Carthage in the NYSPHSAA Class A football quarterfinals.
After an opening three-and-out by Carthage, U-E drove five plays and 54 yards to an Orlando TD throw to C.J. Krowiak covering 29 yards.
Sammy Davis scored on a 7-yard run midway through the quarter and U-E closed out the scoring in the stanza on a flea-flicker, with Orlando (11-for-18) hitting Osama Barwari for a 58-yard touchdown pass and a 20-lead.
U-E moves onto the semifinals in Rochester against Williamsville North, a 23-20 victor over Eastridge.
The Spartans won their game as senior quarterback Ryan Majewski hit junior Zac Kelly for an 18-yard, go-ahead touchdown with :43 to play.
The Lancers scored to take a 20-16 lead with 3:06 to play, but Williamsville North responded by driving 81 yards in 11 plays, including three passes to convert third downs. The subsequent Eastridge possession ended when John Becht picked off a pass with :14.4 to go.
Williamsville North's Derick Isler ran 27 times for 231 yards and a TD.
Dominating performance: Randolph posted the most lopsided victory in more than two decades of Western Region quarterfinals, dominating Red Jacket 49-0 in Class D in Rochester. The Cardinals broke to a 28-o lead in the first half, outgaining the Indians 285 to minus-11.
"I don't care that it's a Class D school," Red Jacket coach Marc Vitticore told The Buffalo News. "I used to coach in 'AA' ball at Fairport for years, and that looks like a double-A team. So my hat's off to the Randolph players and coaches. I am humbled by that game, really proud just to be in that game with those guys."
Randolph senior running back Chris Doubek finished with 18 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns to up his season totals to 2,060 yards and 29 TDs. Mitchell Maycock finished 7-for-11 for 128 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing TD.
This is the fourth time the Cardinals have won their