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January 2, 2014

Reaching new heights

US&J Year End Part I

LOCKPORT —

It was an historic volleyball first for a city with an historic volleyball past.
Lockport High School’s boys volleyball team raised the bar in 2013, going undefeated in the Niagara Frontier League and going on to earn the school’s first-ever Section VI Class AA championship.
Head coach Joe Whalen’s senior-laden team and it’s exciting journey into new, unchartered territory has been selected as the Union-Sun & Journal’s runner-up local story of 2013.
A record seven players were named league all-stars after the Lions finished a program-best 25-4.
Senior libero Eamon Yates and junior hitters Brad Schneider and Jason Donorovich were named to the NFL’s First Team.
Unsung seniors Jack Whalen and Bryce Perry were named to the Second Team and seniors Shawn Moore and Jonah Ribbeck earned Third Team selections.
Among other top local sports stories in 2013, in January, opposing goalies in a federation Hockey League game are girls for the first time in history when Lockport’s Jillian Long stared across the ice at Niagara-Wheatfield’s Alexis Becker.
And there’s many changes to the face of Buffalo professional sports. To start the new year, the Bills fired Chan Gailey, then despite promising an “exhaustive search” for a new coach, quickly hired former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to take over. In February, the Sabres would fire coach Lindy Ruff after 16 seasons.
Royalton-Hartland senior wrestling standout Drew Hull won the state 145-pound title at the state meet in Albany. And March Madness it truly was for a local son, John Beilein, who advanced triumphantly to the pinnacle of his sport and the game of his life.
Those are just some of the many local triumphs and tragedies from the past year.
Here’s a look at the first six months of the 2013 calendar year. The second half of the local sports year will be featured as well as the 2013 Local Sports Story of the Year in Wednesday’s New Year’s Day sports section of the US&J:

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  • 140721 Canal Derby MAIN ART.JPG Medina man snags top prize

    A Medina man was the grand prize winner of a new fishing boat, motor and trailer at the 2014 Erie Barge Canal Fishing Derby Awards Banquet on Sunday at the Gasport Fire Hall.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140719 Bills Camp MAIN ART.jpg LHS grid Lions set to open at the Ralph

    The Lockport football Lions won't need to qualify for the sectional playoffs this fall in order to play a game at coveted Ralph Wilson Stadium — home of the National Football League's Buffalo Bills.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140719 Bills Camp SEC ART.jpg Bills will open camp Sunday

    Home-run hitters generally strike out a lot

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140718 Ennis MAIN ART.jpg Ennis earns five-year deal

    The Sabres re-signed center Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth about $23 million.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140716 Area Sports ART.jpg Taylor made victory in Florida

    Lockport heavyweight Joe Taylor improved to 6-0 as a professional by winning an IKF tournament last week in Florida.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140717 Together Again MAIN art.jpg Reed & Kelly: Together again

    Andre Reed will have his old signal-caller right there with him to celebrate in Canton.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140714 World Cup MAIN.jpg Goetzekrieg

    With two quick touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

    July 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140712 Bills Stadium ART.jpg Bills stadium report delayed

    A state-commissioned report that had been anticipated Friday identifying potential sites for a new Buffalo Bills stadium is now expected at the end of the month.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140709 Fish Derby MAIN ART.jpg Derby homestretch

    Leaders can't get complacent in the 2014 Erie Barge Canal Fishing Derby — especially when the North Carolinians roll in.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140709 World Cup ART.jpg Germany routs Brazil in historic WC semifinal

    Nobody ever expected this.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

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