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Monday, Nov. 23, 2015: Eden runs volleyball title streak to 7 years

   Leading off today: Eden won its seventh consecutive NYSPHSAA girls volleyball championship Sunday, beating Millbrook 25-19, 24-26, 25-11, 25-13 in the Class C final.

   "I know the kids were really nervous about this beforehand," coach Stephen Pierce told The Buffalo News. "They didn't want to be the ones where the streak ended. But I'm really proud of the way they handled it."

   After Millbrook squared the match, Eden broke to leads on 11-6 in the third set and then 8-0 in the fourth off Molly Breier's serve.

   "Really, it's not just expected, but it's the outcome that we want," sixth-year varsity player Meghan Ballou said. "We put a lot of work into this. ... I wish I could make the season longer, I really do. It's bittersweet."

   More girls volleyball: Owego won its second New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B title in the past three seasons by downing John Glenn 25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

   John Glenn was seeking its seventh state championship in program history, but the Knights dropped both games to Owego in Saturday's preliminaries.

   "We played defense today," Owego coach Brittney Race told the Press & Sun-Bulletin. "We had moments where we didn't, and that's kind of what happened in game two, but for the most part, we started to pass the ball. Because we did that, our offense took care of itself."

   Four players on this year's team were part of the state championship in 2013, including co-captain Kayla Snyder.

   "Two years ago, we were ecstatic," she said. "But now knowing that there's no next year and we can't come back and do it again, that makes it 10 times better."

   The the other finals:

  • Class AA: Connetquot swept Pine Bush 25-17, 25-16, 25-20.
  • Class A: After title-game losses the past two seasons, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake beat Walter Panas 25-16, 25-17, 25-19.
  • Class D: Portville outlasted Haldane in the day's only five-setter, 17-25, 25-18, 32-34, 25-18, 26-24.
   Long Island football: Quarterback Will Condron engineered four lengthy TD drives and halfback Khalil Owens rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns as Longwood beat Lindenhurst 44-14 in the Suffolk I final.

   Lindenhurst won 26-7 when the teams met Oct. 9.

   "We were undefeated and lost in heartbreaking fashion in last year's playoffs, and no one wanted to go through that again," Longwood tackle Matt Weiss told Newsday. "Somehow that loss to Lindenhurst earlier this year really woke us up. Today, we avenged that loss in a big way against a very good team."

   Longwood will meet Farmingdale for the Long Island Class I title Sunday.

   In the Suffolk III final, Sayville held East Islip to 174 yards off offense and defeated the Redmen 21-7.

   Junior QB Jack Coan scored all three touchdowns on short runs but was unable to connect for a score through the air for the first time this season.

   The Golden Flashes will face Plainedge in the Long Island Class III championship game Sunday.

   Monster performance: Here's Davien Kuinlan's stat line from Saturday's Nassau III football final: 484 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

   It added up to a 56-34 win for Plainedge against Glen Cove.


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  •    Kuinlan's 39-carry effort broke the Long Island yardage mark of North Babylon's Jason Gwaltney, who gained 467 yards on 43 carries against East Islip in 2003. Dale Ross of Westhill set the state record of 569 yards during a 2007 game vs. Marcellus.

       "I didn't realize it," he told Newsday. "The Long Island championship is what's on our minds. We have been a part of so many losses."

       Kuinlan had already pocketed the Section 8 record for single-game yardage 3:10 into the second half. That record was announced to the crowd. "I wasn't really listening, and I fumbled on the next play," Kuinlan said with a laugh.

       Saturday swimming recap: Long Beach and Pittsford ruled the day in the state swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College.

       Pittsford's 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays set sate records en route to victories. Senior Katie Smith anchored both teams, posting the day's fastest splits. The Notre Dame recruit set another state mark (:22.72) Saturday in the 50 freestyle prelims Saturday, then won the final Sunday in :22.77.

       Panthers junior teammate Lindsay Stone swam on the winning relays and won the 500 freestyle in a near-record 4:48.08.

       Long Beach juniors Margaret Aroesty and Kristen Romano each won twice and led the 200 medley relay to a triumph.

       Aroesty broke the state record in the 100 breaststroke in exactly one minute and went 1:58.45 to take the 200 IM. Romano topped the podium with wins in the 100 butterfly (:54.76) and 100 backstroke (:54.28).

       Boys volleyball: McQuaid and Brighton, Section 5 schools just down the street from each other, won NYSPHSAA championships Saturday at Suffolk County Community College.

       McQuaid beat Sachem North 25-23, 25-13, 25-19 in Division I. Brighton handled Hauppauge 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 in Division II.

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