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Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016: Eden advances; Pierce to step down after season

   Leading off today: Eden girls volleyball coach Stephen Pierce said Saturday his 28th season will be his last. But the Raiders have one more weekend ahead of them after advancing to the NYSPHSAA final four for the 18th straight season.

   Eden defeated Caledonia-Mumford, 25-9, 25-12, 25-18 in regional Class C action Saturday. Senior Sam Burgio, who will enroll at the University of Maryland in January, led Eden to its victory with 17 kills.

   "If she's not the best player in the state she's one of the two or three," said Pierce, the winningest girls volleyball coach in state history.

   More girls volleyball: All five Section 2 representatives, including reigning NYSPHSAA Class A champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, advanced to next weekend's final four in Glens Falls with victories Saturday.

   Burnt Hills advanced by beating Jamesville-DeWitt 27-25, 25-15, 12-25, 25-22.

   Hudson Falls had the most demanding match, outlasting Beekmantown in Class B, 18-25, 25-17, 18-25, 25-14, 25-23. Reagan Collier-Hogan had 20 kills along with 26 digs, and Bre MacDuff chipped in with 56 assists and 27 digs.

   Also advancing were Shenendehowa (Class AA), Galway (C) and Argyle (D).

    • Defending Class AA champ Connetquot advanced by beating Massapequa 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 for Long Island bragging rights. Massapequa, which had dropped only one set all season, never led after winning the match's first point.

   CHSAA title match: Lancaster St. Mary's won its 18th state Catholic crown with a four-set triumph over Kellenberg Memorial. The Lancers won by scores of 24-25, 20-25, 25-21, 25-15.

   The teams had split a pair of games in pool play.

   Caitlyn Meyer rolled up 52 kills for the tournament.

   Following up: The NJSIAA's Eligibility Appeals Committee will conduct a hearing Tuesday to continue sorting out the controversy last week that saw top-seeded Wayne Hills kicked out of the playoffs and then restored after a ruling by the state Department of Education.

   The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association meeting will include Wayne Hills officials and the family of the three players at the center of the transfer issue that's thrown the North 1, Group 4 football bracket into limbo.

  

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  •    If the committee finds the players are ineligible, as the NJSIAA declared on Tuesday, it can uphold Wayne Hills' removal five days after acting state Commissioner of Education Kimberley Harrington ruled that due process was not followed. Wayne Hills AD Rich Porfido called the incident "uncharted territory."

       The chain of events began Monday when Wayne Hills officials self-reported that brothers Hunter Hayek, Tyler Hayek and Jaaron Hayek might be ineligible after transferring in the fall of 2015 from a private school.

       More to come: We did a quick recap late last night of Saturday's cross country championships, followed by some highlights from Saturday's postseason soccer action.

       We'll be back Sunday afternoon to recap some football highlights. In the meantime, here's the rundown of Week 11 football scores as well as the compilation of how the state's ranked teams fared.


      
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