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Albion, Medina compete at track invitationals

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2018 at 9:26 pm

The Albion and Medina track teams had a busy Saturday of competition at area invitationals.

The Purple Eagles competed at the Webster Invitational and the Mustangs at the Buffalo Invitational.

Tre Yaskulski won the 110 Hurdles and Bri Haines the pole vault to lead the way for Albion.

The Purple Eagles also had Yaskulski place third in the Triple Jump, Anthony Freeman third in the 400 Hurdles, Dominic Burton fourth in 400 Hurdles and fifth in the 110 Hurdles, Sophia Zambito fourth in the High Jump and Emma Mathes fifth in 800.

Dan Heil won the 800 and Devin Griffin the High Jump to set the pace for Medina.

The Mustangs also had Lincoln Pace place second in the Long Jump, Heil third in the 1600, Olivia Carter third in Long Jump, Triple Jump and 400 Hurdles, Connor Miller third in 110 Hurdles and Jack Hill fourth in the 1600 and fifth in the 3200.

Medina stickmen roll past Brockport

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2018 at 9:06 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Bobby Geiger brings the ball out of the defensive end during the Mustangs non league win over Brockport this evening at Vets Park.

Eight different players scored goals to lead Medina to a 15-7 victory over Brockport this evening in a non league lacrosse game.

Brendan Luthart scored 4 goals and Christian Silversmith 3 to lead the Medina attack as Zach Blount and DaRon Bellan both netted 2 and Mason Lewis, Chaise Prest, Ethan Leonard and Ian Joseph 1 each.

Medina jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead at the outset on 2 goals by Blount and 1 each by Silversmith and Luthart.

A tally in the final half minute by Lewis kept the Mustangs up 5-2 at the end of the opening period.

The Medina lead increased to 9-3 at the half as Luthart scored 3 goals in the second period and Bellan 1.

Two third period goals by Silversmith and 1 each by Prest and Bellan boosted the Medina advantage to 10, 13-3, at the three-quarter mark.

The Mustangs led by as much as 11, 15-4, with four minutes to go in the final period after goals by Leonard and Joseph.

Now at 3-2 overall, Medina next visits Gowanda on Tuesday for a Class D Division game.

Medina’s Christian Silversmith gets crunched while scoring a goal.

Roy-Hart ‘9’ wins Alexander Tournament

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2018 at 6:25 pm

Roy-Hart captured top honors at the Alexander baseball tournament today defeating Alden 11-6 in the semifinals and Perry 15-2 in the championship game.

Al Xapsos and Andrew Srock both had 3 hits and Charlie Bruning 2 for Roy-Hart in the win over Alden. Xapsos’ hits included a double and triple with four RBIs.

Ben Schwab picked up the win on the mound allowing no hits with 11 strikeouts in five innings of work.

Xapsos, winning pitcher Walker Samanka and Gavyn Boyle then each had a pair of hits, including a double, and Charlie Brigham a double in the victory over Perry.

Samanka registered 7 strikeouts in four and one-third innings of work on the mound.

Purple Eagles nip Lakemen

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2018 at 5:14 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Nate Fearby had the game wining single for Albion today in the Purple Eagles win at Wilson.

All of the scoring came in the late innings as Albion edged past host Wilson 3-2 this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League baseball game.

Albion built up a 3-0 lead by scoring once in the fifth on an error, once in the sixth on a single by Bryce Pritchard and then what proved to be the game winning tally in the top of the seventh on a double by Nate Fearby.

However, Wilson battled back in the last of the seventh cutting the deficit to 3-2 on a two-run double by Tanner Feeley. The Lakemen then got another runner aboard via a walk before the Purple Eagles defense got the final out on a popup.

Thomas Furmanski picked up the win on the mound for Albion allowing only 2 hits and striking out 12 over six and two-thirds innings.

John Bender went the distance on the mound for Wilson scattering 4 hits and striking out 13.

Albion improves to 3-1 in N-O action while Wilson is at 1-1.

Akron 6, Barker 1
Derek Holtz picked up the win on the mound for Akron in the 6-1 win over Barker allowing 3 hits and striking out 6 in five and one-third innings of work.

Brandon Orr and Jacob Cummings both had a pair of hits to lead the Tigers offense.

Akron improves to 3-0 while Barker slips to 0-5.

Kendall netters blank Alexander

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2018 at 1:10 pm

Kendall blanked Alexander 5-0 Friday in a Genesee Region League tennis match.

Nate Warters, Ryan Barrett and Matthew Murray all scored wins in singles competition for Kendall.

The Eagles also got three set wins from the doubles teams of Stephen Balka-Christopher Butlin and Tory Raufeison-Ken Harrier.

Mustangs edge past Panthers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 April 2018 at 1:02 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brandon Heschke slides safely into second base on a steal attempt as the ball gets away from Newfane shortstop Kyle Jurek. Second baseman Tyler Oudette moves in for the Panthers. The action took place during the Mustangs win over the Panthers this morning at Vets Park.

Hits and runs proved hard to come by as Medina edged past Newfane 2-1 this morning in a Niagara-Orleans League baseball game at Vets Park.

Improving to 3-2 in N-O action, the Mustangs had only five hits including two by Trevor Luthart and one each by Brian Fry, Nate Sherman and winning pitcher Zach Fike.

Fry’s hit, a third inning double, drove in Fike, who had singled, with Medina’s first run.

Brian Fry bangs out a double to drive in Medina’s first run.

The Mustangs later added what proved to be the game winer in the fifth inning on a fielders choice play off the bat of Sherman.

Newfane got the bases loaded in the third inning on consecutive singles by Jacob Weaver, Jarrett Gilson and Matt DiTullio but Medina got out of the jam on a groundout to second baseman AJ Seefeldt who threw to Fry for the forceout at second.

The Panthers later got runners to second and third in the sixth inning on a single by David Bunn and an error but again the Mustangs got out of the jam on a groundout to Seefeldt.

Newfane finally broke onto the scoreboard with two out in the top of the seventh as Caleb Auernhamer tripled and came home on a single by Gilson.

However, the Mustangs again got out of further trouble as relief hurler Brett Riemer registered a clutch game ending strikeout to preserve the narrow win.

Fike went five and one-third innings allowing 4 hits and striking out 4.  Riemer allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over the final one and two-thirds innings.

DiTullio went the distance on the mound for Newfane scattering 5 hits and striking out 6.

The loss drops Newfane to 0-4.

Medina girls down Albion; Holley tops W-C

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 April 2018 at 8:53 pm

A big nine run second inning ignited Medina to a 30-15 win over host Albion this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League softball game.

Camri King hit for the cycle with a single, double, triple and home run, to lead the Medina attack which also included 4 hits by Ryenn Oliver, 3 by Brandi Guild and 2 each by Ashlee Howell, Cora Payne, Lacey Kenward and Abby Neuman.

Brylie Hapeman and Lexi Wolck both had 2 hits and Natalie DiCureia a triple for Albion.

Medina is now 3-1 and Albion 1-3 in N-O action.

Holley 10, W-C 6
Madison Papaj had 4 hits, including a double and triple, for Holley in the 10-6 Genesee Region League win over Wheatland-Chili.

Winning pitcher Cassie Norman and Halee Passarell both had 3 hits and Madison Day 2. Norman and Day both had doubles.

In the circle, Norman struck out 6.

Kendall ‘9’ earns first victory in thriller

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 April 2018 at 8:13 pm

Surviving a big scare in the final inning, Kendall notched victory No. 1 on the young season by edging past host Byron-Bergen 7-5 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League game.

Byron-Bergen scored once and still had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh but Kendall got out of the jam as relief hurler Mason Kuhn registered two clutch strikeouts to preserve the Eagles win.

Kuhn also had a big day at the plate banging out 3 hits including a solo home run in the first inning.

Mickey Gardner earned the win on the mound for the Eagles as he allowed 3 hits and struck out 10 over the first five and two-thirds inning.

Kendall had a big five run second inning highlighted by a two-run single by Ethan Spalty and RBI singles by Jeremy Browe and Noah Rath.

Kendall is now 1-2 on the season which is marking the Eagles return to varsity competition after a two year absence.

Notre Dame 12, Lyndonville 4
Nine errors and 14 strikeouts proved to be a fatal combination as Lyndonville dropped a 12-4 decision to visiting Notre Dame in a G-R contest.

Notre Dame scored three quick runs in the first inning aided by three errors and later locked up the win with six tallies in the seventh, again aided by three errors.

Zach Johnson had a pair of hits for Lyndonville

Medina and Albion netters score wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 April 2018 at 7:51 pm

Close sets and matches were the rule as defending champion Medina downed visiting Newfane 4-1 1/2 this afternoon in Niagara-Orleans League tennis action.

Three set wins by Ray Paull at second singles, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 over James Liebring, and at first doubles by the duo of Andrew Houseman  and Kody Leno, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 over Matt Pusateri and Kaitlyn Klatt, highlighted Medina’s victory.

The Mustangs also got wins by Toby Kiebala at third singles, 7-5, 6-2 over Zach Lundy, and at second doubles by Haylee Seefeldt and Mark Barcena, 6-3, 6-4 over Alexa Littman and Erica Flagler.

Newfane got wins from Danny Dy at first singles, 6-4, 7-6 over Andrew Fuller, and at third doubles as Noah Everett and Ben Pusateri downed Jacob Houseman and Sophia Cardone 6-1, 6-1.

Medina is now 2-0 and Newfane 1-3.

Albion 4 1/2, Barker 1
Regaining the .500 mark at 2-2, Albion bested Barker 4 1/2-1

Victories at the first two singles matches by Matthew Kovaleski and Victor Benjovsky led the way for Albion.

The Purple Eagles also got wins from the doubles teams of Chase Froman-Nate Smith, Hailey Bader-Carson Bader and Josh Riley-Matt Rowcliffe.

Barker is now 0-2.

Akron 3, Roy-Hart 2 1/2

Akron (2-0) nipped Roy-Hart (2-1) in the other N-O match.

Singles wins by the trio of Nathan Chubb, Brandon Meeks and Will Chubb earned Akron the key early season win over Roy-Hart.

Roy-Hart swept the three doubles matches with wins by the duos of Cameron VanBuron-Evan Birkemeier, Noah Kindron-Mason Collins and Kayla Hagen-Jordyn Bobzein.

G-R League
Oakfield-Alabama blanked Holley 5-0 in a Genesee Region League match.

Mustangs down rival Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 April 2018 at 7:37 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Greeted by his teammates, Medina’s Brett Riemer touches home plate after belting a grand slam home run which highlighted the Mustangs win over Albion this afternoon at Vets Park.

Highlighted by a grand slam home run, Medina posted a 9-1 victory over rival Albion this afternoon in a Niagara-Orleans League baseball game at Vets Park.

Leading by a narrow 2-1 margin, Medina broke the contest open when Brett Riemer blasted a grand slam home run over the left field fence in the fourth inning to quickly up the advantage to 6-1.  A single by Matt Saj followed by two walks loaded the bases to set up the opportunity.

Trevor Luthart hurled a complete game on the mound for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs tacked on one insurance run in the fifth inning on a wild pitch and two more in the sixth on an error and a fielders choice play off the bat of winning pitcher Trevor Luthart. A triple by Brian Fry ignited that uprising which also included a double by Riemer.

Luthart went the distance on the mound scattering 3 hits and striking out 9.

Medina jumped out to an early 2-0 lead by scoring once in the second on a double by Zach Fike and once in the third on a single by Alex Allis.

Albion cut the deficit to 2-1 by scoring once in the top of the fourth as Thomas Furmanski singled and came home on an error.

However, the Purple Eagles could not cross home plate again and the Mustangs answered right back with Riemer’s grand slam in the home half of the frame to break the contest wide open.

Albion is now 2-1 and Medina 2-2 in N-O action.

Both teams will be in league action again Saturday as Medina hosts Newfane at 11 a.m. and Albion visits Wilson at 1 p.m.

In other N-O action, Wilson (1-0) defeated Barker (0-4) 11-1 and Akron (2-0) blanked Newfane (0-3) 10-0.

Three pitchers – Jackson Rotella, Steve Frerichs and Mac Musall – combined to hurl a two hitter with 12 strikeouts for Wilson. At the plate, John Bender banged out three doubles for the Lakemen.

Akron got a combined shutout pitching effort from the trio of Brandon Orr, Adam Mietz and Vince Strollo. Mietz, Mason Schultz and Derek Holtz each had a pair of hits for the Tigers.

Medina’s AJ Seefeldt tags out Albion’s Vincent Zona at second base.