Friday, June 29, 2012


Courtesy of the Syracuse Post-Standard

Lindsey Silfer of North Syracuse, NY has verbally committed to play softball at Canisius College beginning in the 2014 season.

Lindsey is a catcher and first baseman at Cicero-N. Syracuse, one of the best high school programs in New York State. If the school seems familiar, this is the team Tori Nappo's Clarence Red Devils faced in the recent New York State championship game. Lindsey had a great playoff run for the Northstars, hitting a seventh inning game winning RBI in a Class AA Region final game. She then hit a seventh inning game winning RBI in the State semifinal. She also drove home Cicero's only run in their loss to Clarence.

Lindsey had a great junior season for Cicero, resulting in her selection to the New York State Class AA team, and the All-Central New York team. In 27 games, she hit for a .443 average, including 11 doubles and 21 RBIs. She hit .400 in 2011. She is an outstanding athlete, also playing volleyball for the Northstars; she was selected All-CNY in that sport as well. She currently plays travel ball with the TC Tremors Gold.

Congratulations Lindsey!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

2012 All-New York State Softball Teams

New York State AA Player Of The Year Caitlin Attfield

Listed below are all the Section 6 players who were chosen to the 2012 All-New York State softball teams:


First Team
Caitlin Attfield (Niagara-Wheatfield)*
Tori Nappo (Clarence)
Alyssa Dewes (Clarence)

*Player of the year

Third Team
Katie Bull (Clarence)

Fourth Team
Emily Belfield (Lockport)

Sixth Team
Meagan Lewis (W. Seneca East)

Seventh Team
Shelby Donhauser (Kenmore West)

Co-Coach Of The Year
Todd Banaszak (Clarence)


First Team
Bridget Hogan (Hamburg)

Second Team
Yasmin Harrell (Cheektowaga)

Fourth Team
Sara Tauriello (Iroquois)

Fifth Team
Maria Gabrielle (Sacred Heart)
Jenna Allers (Williamsville East)
Ryleigh Fitzgerald (Lew-Port)


Second Team
Rachel Ziarnowski (Holy Angels)

Third Team
Khee Nance (Dunkirk)
Alayna Carlson (Dunkirk)

Fourth Team
Chelsea Calabro (Olean)

Fifth Team
Kim Rohe (Cleveland Hill)
Sarah Gorski (Depew)
Alison Benz (Mount Mercy)


Second Team
Samantha Mott (Frewsburg)

Third Team
Lauren Lubecki (St. Mary's)

Fifth Team
Lauren Nickerson (Maple Grove)


First Team
Frankie Costanzo (Niagara Catholic)

Second Team
Ryanne Dugan (Forestville)

Third Team
Hannah Renaldo (North Collins)
Cherish Pope (Forestville)

Congratulations to all!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Coach Rappl Speaks On Title IX Anniversary

Canisius softball head coach Mike Rappl recalls the early days of Title IX in this excellent audio interview. A pioneer in women's college athletics, he remembers doing everything in the old days, including driving the team to games!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Clarence Players Honored By NFCA

The Griffs' Tori Nappo repeats as first teamer

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released their all-star teams today, and New York State AA Champion Clarence High School was well represented.

Tori Nappo was again selected for the East Region first team. Catcher Alyssa Dewes and pitcher Katie Bull were chosen for the East Region's second team. These three Red Devils are now all eligible to be named to the NFCA's All-American teams, an honor bestowed upon Tori last year.

Congratulations Tori, Alyssa and Katie!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Highlights From Clarence's Historic Win

Tori Nappo ends her career by bringing her school its first State Championship in any sport. You'll see the future Griff's huge home run in these highlights from WGRZ.

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Tori Nappo ends high school career with two home run performance

Just in...

Clarence High School has won the Class AA New York State Championship with a 3-1 win over Cicero in Queensbury, NY.

Future Griff Tori Nappo had another big day, hitting a home run in each of the games (Clarence won the semi final game 9-5 over Macarthur), including a dramatic fourth inning blast that tied the championship game. Tori had four RBIs on the day. Moriah Harris hit the game winning RBI in the sixth inning vs. Cicero. Lauren Muni also hit a pair of homers for the Red Devils. Alyssa Dewes drove home the winner in the semi final, and hit for a double and triple.

(Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Tori Nappo Interview

Tori (on the left) and Maureen Rogers interviewed by the Buffalo News after Clarence's blowout Regional win:

Clarence And Hamburg Head To States

Future Griff Tori Nappo homers again for the powerful Red Devils

For the second consecutive game, Clarence's offense exploded for 18 runs, this time in the Class AA Far West regional against Section 5 Champion Pittsford, played Tuesday in Niagara Falls. 2011 All-American Tori Nappo had yet another great game, doubling home a couple runs, and hitting another playoff home run. Also homering for Clarence were Moriah Harris, who hit three the previous game; Maureen Rogers; and Niagara bound Ally Gay. The Red Devils have scored an astounding 66 runs in their last four playoff games. Katie Bull earned another win in the circle.

In the Class A Far West Regional, Hamburg continued their dream season with a 2-1 win over Section 5 Champion Pittsford-Mendon, a team that won the State title in '11. Bridget Hogan, the favorite to win Pitcher Of The Year, had a fabulous game in the circle, striking out 12 batters against a top rate opponent. She also provided the major offensive spark for the Bulldogs, putting them in front with a homer in the first inning, then driving home the winner in the fifth inning. Pitt-Mendon did not go down easy, but a great relay by Hamburg resulting in a tag by third baseman Allison Salerno ended the game.

In the Class B Regional, Cleveland Hill saw their great season come to an end with a 13-6 loss to Mynderse. It was the Lady Eagles' first trip to the Regionals, so they have a lot to be proud of. Ryan Betz finished her high school career with two homers in the game.

In the Class C Regional, Frewsburg beat Caledonia-Mumford 6-2 to earn their second consecutive trip to the State Championships. In Class D, Forestville saw their season end with a 7-2 loss to Batavia-Notre Dame.

The New York State High School Championships will be held this Saturday, June 9, in Queensbury, NY. Clarence will play Section 8 Champion General MacArthur. Hamburg will play the winner of the Regional between S. Glens Falls and Jamesville, which is being played June 6. Frewsburg will play Section 4 Champion Green.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Section 6 Champions

Future Griff Tori Nappo's homer got it started in Clarence's blowout win

Clarence 18 Niagara Falls 5
HRs: Tori Nappo; Moriah Harris (3); Alyssa Dewes; Lauren Muni

Hamburg 7 Albion 1
Allison Salerno 3/4, 3 RBIs; Bridget Hogan, 8 Ks

Cleveland Hill 7 Dunkirk 3
Emily Maziarz 3 run HR

Frewsburg 3 Portville 2
Sam Mott 12 Ks

Forestville 3 North Collins 2
Ryanne Dugan 15 Ks

Far West Regionals will be played on Tuesday at Niagara Falls and Monroe Community College.