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Hawks’ Hillabush signs with Niagara U.

Contributed Story Posted 24 January 2017 at 5:45 pm

Contributed Photo – Holley High senior Dylan Hillabush has signed with Niagara University to play Division I Baseball for them next fall. He will receive a full scholarship. A left-handed pitcher,with a great pickoff move to first, and he throws in the mid- to upper-80s. He had 78 strikeouts last year and a .855 ERA as a junior for the Hawks.

Holley’s Papaj earns Silver Award Scholarship

Contributed Story Posted 24 January 2017 at 5:42 pm

Contributed Photo – Collin Papaj

Holley High senior Collin Papaj was recently honored with a Silver Award Scholarship from the National Football Foundation.

Out of the 30 senior football players that were invited to the National Football Foundation Scholarship Awards Banquet at Burgundy Basin he was one of eight to receive the scholarship.

He also received a plaque and shirt. His name will be put in the College Football Hall of Fame as a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete. Collin was awarded the scholarship based on performance in the classroom and on the field.

Collin played football for three years for Holley and had 117 carries for 850 yards, 7.2 yards per carry, and 7 touchdowns, with his longest touchdown run recorded at 83 yards. He was also selected to the Genesee Region League All-Star First Team.

“Collin deserves all the recognition he can get,” said Varsity Football Coach Wil Prince. “He is a great kid and very hardworking.”

Hearts get a little help to hike Euchre lead

Contributed Story Posted 24 January 2017 at 9:49 am

Front-running Sacred Heart combined a narrow 36-34 win over JR Wilson with Vets Club’s 37-33 victory over runner-up Legion Monday to extend its Medina Euchre League lead a bit to 8 points.
Sacred Heart is now 583-537, Legion 575-545, JR Wilson 561-559 and Vets Club 521-599 on the season.

League action continues on January 30 with Sacred Heart at JR Wilson and Legion at Vets Club.

Akron cagers top Albion for first N-O win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2017 at 10:12 pm

Snapping a season long six league game losing streak, Akron downed visiting Albion 33-25 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans boys basketball game.

The Tigers jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter advantage and went on to hold a 22-14 lead at the half over the cold shooting (9 of 54) Purple Eagles.

Derek Holtz scored 10 and Owen Hill 8 to lead Akron.

Lamar Chambers scored 8 and Kory Reynolds and Jaquess Harrison both had 5 for Albion.

Both teams are now 1-6 in N-O competition.

Albion next visits front-running (6-0) Medina at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Medina trio on Pfeiffer U. lacrosse squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2017 at 3:13 pm

Contributed Photos – Medina’s trio of Pfeiffer University lacrosse players include, from left, Ben Austin, Kyle Barna and Blade Garlow.

When the Pfeiffer University lacrosse team takes to the field this season Medina High will be well represented as three Mustang graduates are on the Falcons squad.

The Mustangs are represented on the North Carolina lax squad by senior midfielder Ben Austin, senior attackman Blade Garlow and sophomore midfielder Kyle Barna.

Austin, who has a career total of 23 goals and 18 assists, is majoring in Forensic Accounty, Garlow in Business and Barna in Sports Management.

The three are all in the top five among Medina’s career goal scoring leaders.

Medina, Albion to renew cage rivalry this week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 January 2017 at 9:43 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Rivals Medina and Albion will collide in both boys and girls basketball this coming week. Medina’s Je’ne Brown, left, and Albion’s Demetrius Gardner and their Mustangs and Purple Eagles teammates are prepping for the meetings.

The second half of the Niagara-Orleans League basketball season gets underway this week highlighted by a key matchup of rivals Medina and Albion.

Currently both the Medina boys and girls teams are in first place and undefeated at 6-0. The defending champion Mustangs boys squad holds one game lead over Newfane (5-1) while the girls team holds a one game advantage over defending champion Wilson (6-1) with Albion two games off the pace at 4-2.

The Medina boys will host Albion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Looking to play the spoilers role, the Purple Eagles bring a 1-5 N-O record into the contest. The Mustangs downed the Purple Eagles 70-47 in their earlier season meeting.

The Albion girls will entertain Medina at 7 p.m. Friday. The Mustangs nipped the Purple Eagles 48-45 earlier in the season.

The Medina wrestling squad also holds a special event this week, the annual Gary Gross Memorial Tournament on Saturday. The tournament is dedicated to the memory of Medina Coach Eric Gross’ dad who was a long time Mustangs fan and supporter.

The N-O swim season will conclude this week as Akron hosts the All-League boys meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Newfane hosts the All-League girls meet at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Weekly Schedule
Tuesday
Boys Basketball: Akron at Wilson, 6 p.m.; Albion at Medina, 6:30 p.m.; Newfane at Roy-Hart, Lyndonville at Wheatland-Chili, Pavilion at Kendall, 7 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Rochester Academy Charter at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Wrestling: Wilson at Lyndonville, 6 p.m.

Wednesday
Girls Basketball: Barker at Alexander, 7 p.m.
Wrestling: St. Francis at Barker/Roy-Hart, 5:30 p.m.
Swimming: Boys N-O All-League meet at Akron, 5:30 p.m.

Thursday
Boys Basketball: Lyndonville at Attica, Holley at Wheatland-Chili, Kendall at Alexander, 7 p.m.

Wrestling: Akron at Lyndonville, 6 p.m.

Friday
Girls Basketball: Roy-Hart at Newfane, Wilson at Akron, 6:30 p.m.; Medina at Albion, Attica at Lyndonville, Wheatland-Chili at Holley, 7 p.m.
Swimming: Girls N-O All-League meet at Newfane, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday
Boys Basketball: Rochester Academy Charter at Kendall, 2:30 p.m., Orchard Park at Medina, 6 p.m. Barker at Oakfeld-Alabama, 7:15 p.m.
Girls Basketball: Barker at Oakfield-Alabama, 5:30 p.m.
Wrestling: Medina’s Gary Gross Memorial Tournament, 9 a.m.

N-O Standings
Boys Basketball: Medina 6-0, Newfane 5-1, Barker 3-3, Roy-Hart 3-3, Wilson 3-3, Albion 1-5, Akron 0-6
Girls Basketball: Medina 6-0, Wilson 6-1, Albion 4-2, Newfane 3-4, Akron 2-4, Barker 1-5, Roy-Hart 0-6
Boys Swimming (Final): Roy-Hart 10-0, Albion 8-2, Barker 6-4, Medina 4-6, Newfane 2-8, Akron 0-10
Girls Swimming (Final): Newfane 10-0, Akron 7-3, Roy-Hart 7-3, Barker 4-6, Medina 2-8, Albion 0-10
Wrestling (Final): Newfane 10-0, Akron 8-2, 6-4, Barker/Roy-Hart 3-7, Wilson 3-7, Medina 0-10

Tri County posts key hockey win

Contributed Story Posted 22 January 2017 at 6:30 pm

Moving one step closer to clinching a berth in the upcoming state tournament, the Tri County Bantam Travel team posted a 10-3 victory over Fredonia Saturday in a Western New Work Hockey League game.

Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock, Tri County exploded for 6 goals in the second period to improve to 9-7-1 in the league and 11-13-1 overall.

Patrick Ricker scored 3 goals, Jeremiah Rausch and Mike Holding both added 2 and Dominic Viola, Jake Esposito and Luke Lach 1 each. Rausch also had 5 assists.

Tri County next visits Oleans on Saturday looking or a win that would clinch the tournament berth.

Batavia Ramparts streak snapped

The Batavia Ramparts Bantam A team visited Cheektowaga Friday evening for a crossover game and had their 15-0 record blemished with a 4-2 loss.  After falling behind in the first period 2-0, the team evened the score on goals by Nick Call and Alex Totten.  Cheektowaga scored in the third period to take a 3-2 lead and finished the scoring with an empty net goal to seal the victory.

On Saturday and today, the Ramparts played a home and home series with the Perinton Blades.

Saturday’s game ended with a 7-1 victory with goals by Totten (2), Call, Matt Frieday (2) Trevor Crawford and Derrick Fedus.  Zach Howard played an excellent game in goal for the Ramparts.

Today’s game in Batavia saw the Ramparts score 2 in the first and 5 in each of the other periods ending with a 12-0 victory.   Leading the way were Totten (6 goals), Jed Reese (3 goals),  and Dominic Peracciny, Nate Ryan, Max Hutchins each with a goal.  Frieday stepped in as goalie and recorded the shutout.

The Ramparts will complete the regular season next weekend with a Saturday evening game in Hamburg and the finale Sunday at home against Monroe County.

Tri County Pee Wee team has win, tie
Playing with only nine skaters, the Tri County Pee Wee team earned a win and a tie over the weekend in league action.

On Saturday, the team traveled to Batavia and capture a 3-1 win over the Ramparts. Maija Young led the scoring for the Eagles with the first 2 goals. Carson Bader added an empty net goal to solidify the win. Brian Hartman had a strong game assisting on both of Young’s goals.

On Sunday, the team hosted the Hamburg Hawks at SUNY Brockport. The back and forth battle ended in a 4-4 tie. As he did in Saturday’s game, goalie Hayden Watt was excellent in net making many key saves for the Eagles. Henry Schultz led the scoring with 2 goals. Will Kennard and Bader each added a goal. Josh Esposito had 2 assists. The strong defensive play and endurance of Brenna Munn, Abby IpenVanZeilen and James Ramsay served as the cornerstone of the weekend success for the Eagles.

N-O All-League mat kings

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 January 2017 at 2:35 pm

Contributed Photo – Champions were crowned in 15 weight classes at the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League wrestling tournament held Saturday at Akron. The champions, by weight class, included Andrew Lucinski (99 – Newfane), Ryan Nugent (106 – Newfane), Colby Petrie (113 – Medina), Jacob Sanborn (120 – Wilson), Brent Bachman (126 – Barker/Roy-Hart), Zach Brown (132 – Newfane), Tim Wells (138 – Albion), Johnathan Fiebelkorn (145 – Akron), Blake Aina (152- Albion), Robbie PeQueen (160 – Akron), Jacob Sarow (170 – Akron), Brady Jensen (182- Akron), Nick Fazzolari (195 – Barker/Roy-Hart), Ben Schwab (220 – Barker/Roy-Hart) and Ty Casinelli (285 – Newfane).

Panthers win tourney to retain N-O mat title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 January 2017 at 8:52 am

Newfane locked up a fourth straight championship by taking top honors at the Niagara-Orleans All-League wrestling tournament held Saturday at Akron.

Newfane, which went 5-0 in the dual match portion of the season, garnered 229 points to win the tournament.

Akron, which went 4-1 during the regular season, finished in second place with 183.5 points followed by Albion 154.5, Wilson 121, Barker/Roy-Hart 106 and Medina 65.

Newfane was led by a quartet of individual weight class champions including Andrew Lucinski (99), Ryan Nugent (106), Zach Brown (132) and Ty Casinelli (285).

In their title matches Lucinski pinned Medina’s Travis Wiseman in 5:38; Nugent pinned Akron’s Josh Cummings in 3:04; Brown pinned Albion’s Preston Flugel in 1:38 and Casinelli decisioned Wilson’s Frank Dispenza 4-3.

Akron likewise had four champions including Johnathan Fieblekorn (145), Robbie PeQueen (160), Jacob Sarow (170) and Brady Jensen (182).

In the finals Fieblekorn decisioned Newfane’s Charlie Johnstone 8-2; PeQueen scored a 16-0 technical fall over Albion’s Jessy Cruz; Sarow decisioned Newfane’s Julian Nixon 3-2 and Jensen decisioned his Akron teammate Millard Young 3-1 in sudden victory.

Barker/Roy-Hart had a trio of champions including Brent Bachman (126),  Nick Fazzolari (195) and Ben Schwab (220).

The title matches saw Bachman decision Newfane’s Nick Voelker 5-0; Fazzolari pinn Akron’s Greiner in 1:54 and Schwab decision Wilson’s Matthew Lange 4-0.

Albion had a pair of champions in Tim Wells (138) and Blake Aina (152).

Wells had a pin and a technical fall win before pinning Newfane’s Allan Lingle in 1:29 in his title bout. Aina registered two pins before scoring a narrow 7-6 decision win over Tyler Choate of Barker/Roy-Hart in the finals.

Rounding out the list of champions are Medina’s Colby Petrie (113) and Wilson’s Jacob Sanborn (120).

Petrie scored pins in his first two matches and then decisioned Newfane’s Josh Everett 5-0 in the finals. Sanborn decisioned his Wilson teammate 5-2 in the finals.

Newfane had five third place finishers in Adam Huntington (99), Camden Rowles (106), Luke Tice (113), Derek Holmes (120) and Jonas Cummings (138).

Albion had a quartet of third place finishers in Ugene Harrison (145), Sam Slick (170), Donamic Farley (195) and Myles Brewer (220).

The third place finishers also included Kevin Hoover (152), Anthony Dispenza (160) and Aaron Welch (182) from Wilson; Thomas Fischer (126) and Gage Baumier (138) from Akron and Da’John Brown (285) from Medina.

Lady Hornets down Purple Eagles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 January 2017 at 7:06 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Emily Blanchard goes up for a shot against Oakfield-Alabama defender Makayla Hilchey during the Purple Eagles loss to the host Lady Hornets this afternoon.

Oakfield-Aalbama used a 12-4 scoring edge over the final five minutes to claim a 56-47 win over visiting Albion this afternoon in a non league girls basketball game.

Leading by a narrow 44-43 margin, the host Lady Hornets closed with a surge on baskets by Makayla Hilchey and Brianna Smith along with 6 free throws by Kylie Schlagenhauf and 2 by Smith to improve to 12-1 on the season.

Smith finished with a game high 20 points and Schlagenhauf 13 as Lauren Reding added 10, Hilchey 6, Lakin Woodward 5 and Hannah Scarborough 2.

Caitlynn Snook scored 11 and Emily Blanchard 10 to lead Albion (8-4) which played without season long scoring and rebounding leader Chanyce Powell due to a foot injury. Janae Doty added 7, Sierra Chudy 6, Natalie DiCureia 5 and Nicole Eldred and Elisabeth Baker 4.

Albion’s Caitlynn Snook drives against Oakfield-Alabama defender Hannah Scarborough.

Traling 6-4 after a low scoring opening quarter, Oakfield-Alabama put together a 12-0 run to open the second period on two threes by Reding and three layups by Smith to take a 16-6 lead.

However, Albion answered with a 10-4 run to close the period and rally back to within 4, 20-16, at the half. Eldred, Chudy and Snook all had buckets during that stretch.

Albion quickly regained a 22-20 lead at the outset of what proved to be a sea-saw third period on two baskets by Snook and one by DiCureia.

In all there were 5 ties and 9 lead changes in the wild period which finished with Albion holding a slender 38-37 lead after a three-point play by Snook with eight seconds to go. Snook had a total of 7, Blanchard 5, Doty and Barker 4 and DiCureia 2 in the stanza.

The lead proved to be the last though for the Purple Eagles as the Lady Hornets opened the decisive final period with a 7-0 run, including a three and a two by Lakin Woodward and a layup by Smith, to move back on top to stay at 44-38.

Albion did rally back to within one at 44-43 with five minutes to go after a layup by Blanchard and a three by DiCureia. The Purple Eagles though could not pull even and in fact could not score again for over four minutes during which time the Lady Hornets built up a 50-43 lead.

Albion didn’t score again until Doty hit a three with just 25 seconds remaining to make it 50-46.

The Lady Hornets though closed out the win on 4 free throws by Schlagenhauf and 2 by Smith in the final 25 seconds.

Albion’s Elisabeth Baker puts up a shot as Oakfield-Alabama’s Brianna Smith tries for the block.