Fairport and Webster Schroeder were on the same court playing for a state title Sunday morning at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.
Just not against each other.
The two court setup allowed both Section Five teams to chase the ultimate goal of high school sports at the same time (and for both fan bases to cheer for their fellow Rochester school).
When it was over, they were celebrating together.
Class AA State Championship
Schroeder 3, Long Beach (VIII) 0
Schroeder did not face much difficulty earning the first state championship in program history.
The Warriors cruised through the first two sets taking them both 25-15. In the championship-deciding frame, Schroeder left no doubt with a 25-13 win.
It’s the Warrior’s third state title in the last two years, with girls basketball and softball both taking home titles. Schroeder senior setter Sarah Ferruzza played on all three teams. The NYSPHSAA does not have research on such feats. Considering the unlikelihood of any school winning state titles in three sports over three different seasons, Ferruzza must be in very rare company.
Class AAA State Championship
Fairport 3, Massapequa (VIII) 0
Schroeder got done with their match first. They asked the trophy ceremony be delayed so they could get behind the Fairport bench and cheer the Raiders on to their own title.
The Red Raiders had more trouble in their final. Fairport started fast, taking the first set 25-17. In a much tighter second frame, Fairport was able to come away with a 25-20 win. Fairport closed out the match in the third set 25-21. Kiera Cornman scored the championship winning kill.
It was a history weekend for Fairport with both the girls and boys teams winning state titles. The Red Raider boys won their championship Saturday afternoon an hour south in Albany.
It’s the Red Raiders first state championship in program history for the girls. Neither the girls or the boys teams lost a match all season.