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Finger Lakes Times   December 9, 2021

The expectations were as high as ever for the Lyons girls volleyball team prior to this 2021 fall season.

The rest of the teams in Wayne County were looking to dethrone the Lions from their league title earlier this year in the Fall II season.

After a season of great competition, the hard work paid as the Lions (21-2, 14-0) steamrolled their way to another league title and had six first-, second- or third-team all-league selections.

Lyons senior Morgan Verbridge was one of three Lions to be named to the first team and was named Wayne County Player of the Year.

Senior Karlee Kemp and junior Kara Stephens also were named to first team for Lyons.

After winning the league, the Lions advanced all the way to the Section V Class D2 semifinals before being beaten by eventual champion Pavilion.

Clyde-Savannah (7-7, 8-10) finished fourth in the league standings, and the Golden Eagles are represented by two first-team picks: senior Kelsie DiSanto and junior Jaida Larsen.

DiSanto and Larsen led the way in the Golden Eagles’ upset victory over East Rochester in the first round of the Class D1 sectional bracket. East Rochester had three more league wins than Clyde-Savannah in the regular season.

The Golden Eagles’ sectional run ended in the next round against No. 1-seeded Letchworth.

Combined, Lyons and Clyde-Savannah had 10 players named to the 2021 Wayne County Athletic Association All-League volleyball teams.

First Team

Morgan Verbridge, Lyons, Senior

Karlee Kemp, Lyons, Senior

Kara Stephens, Lyons, Junior

Kelsie DiSanto, Clyde-Savannah, Senior

Jaida Larsen, Clyde-Savannah, Junior

Kaidyn VanDelinder, Gananda, Senior

Julia Melnik, Gananda, Junior

LeBria Hickman, East Rochester, Junior

Carli Daniels, East Rochester, Sophomore

Emelia Adams, Williamson, Senior

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For Clyde-Savannah (1-1), Kelsie DiSanto slammed 7 kills. Riley Carr delivered 14 assists, 2 aces and 9 digs. Cailin Bloomer also had 9 digs.

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Danielle Taets stepped up her game on Saturday and walked away from the IHSA Class 1A State Track & Field Championships with two gold medals.

The Orion junior won both the triple jump and 100 hurdles titles at O’Brien Stadium. To add to her medal haul, she finished third in the 300 hurdles.

However, Taets wasn’t the only local competitor to home with a gold medal. Fulton junior Chloe Lindeman won the 1A shot put title.

Taets set herself up for a big day by being in the top three in all three of her events after Thursday’s qualifying. Still, she was amazed at her accomplishments.

“It’s kind of crazy to me; I never would have expected it coming in my freshman year of track,” said Taets. “It’s kind of unbelievable how much I’ve changed through freshman year. I’m hoping to keep getting better and better.”

Since being shut out in medals as a freshman, the sleek standout now has collected five medallions in the last two years. At the 2017 state meet, she was a triple jump runner-up and finished 7th in the 100 hurdles.

In this year’s 100 highs, she took the lead from the very beginning, not letting up until she crossed the finish line with a time of 14.72, just two-tenths of a second ahead of Arthur’s Kenli Nettles.

“When I pushed out, I felt really fast in the beginning,” she said. “I was just thinking to myself; I’ve gotta keep up this speed.”

As it turned out, the Class 1A triple jump competition turned into a Three Rivers Conference showdown between Taets and Fulton junior Daekota Knott. While Taets carried over her 38-foot qualifying leap from Thursday’s preliminary action, Knott improved 4.5-inches to 37-8.5, but remained in the silver medal position.

Taets made it to the podium in her third event, the 300-meter hurdles, taking third place in 46.03, with only .66 between her and the fourth place finisher.

Thanks to Taets efforts, Orion placed seventh in the team standings with 28 points – a total that included senior Alexandra Mack’s ninth-place finish (15.76) in the 100-hurdles.

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