Baseball, volleyball titles highlight Purple Eagles year

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – The Albion girls volleyball team had plenty to celebrate this past season as the Purple Eagles captured the Niagara-Orleans League championship.

Albion enjoyed successful Niagara-Orleans League title quests during both the spring and fall seasons this year.

Posting a 12-2 record, Albion captured the N-O baseball championship this past spring.

The N-O championship was the second in a row and the fifth in the last six years for the Purple Eagles squad which was led by a quartet of four first team All-League honorees including catcher John Warne, pitcher Connor Barleben, first baseman Steven Stauss and infielder John Page.

Compiling a perfect 12-0 record, Albion captured the N-O volleyball championship for the second time in four years this past fall.

The Purple Eagles went on to score three straight sectional victories before bowing to Starpoint in the Class B finals.

Albion had Kelsee Soule and Sara Millspaugh earn first team N-O All-League honors and Chanyce Powell was a second team honoree.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Trey Hart, shown here sliding into third base, and his Albion High teammates claimed the N-O baseball championship for the second year in a row.

On the gridiron, Albion had a quartet of first team B-North Division All-Stars including Steven Stauss, John Warne, Ed Wolfe and Jon Trembley.

In wrestling, the Purple Eagles had a N-O champion in Aaron Burnside.

In track, Albion had a number of N-O League champions. Marquis Riddick was a quadruple winner taking first place honors in the long jump, 200, 110 hurdles and 400 hurdles. Abby Squicciarini was a double winner in the 100 and 200 as was Chanyce Powell in the long jump and triple jump. Justyn Haines and Brie Dixon also both won the pole vault and Eboni Taylor the 100 hurdles.

Former long-time Albion High football Coach Dick Diminuco, who guided the Purple Eagles for 30 years from 1979-2008, was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Hall of Fame. Diminuco led the Purple Eagles to 14 division and four sectionals championships.