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Veteran quartet to lead Hawks diamond squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 March 2017 at 7:53 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Anchoring the Holley baseball squad’s lineup will be this quartet of veterans including Dylan Hillabush, Sam Lammes, Patrick Bower and Collin Papaj.

A strong veteran nucleus up the middle will anchor the lineup for Holley this season as the Hawks look to defend their Genesee Region League Division I baseball title.

That veteran quartet includes junior catcher Patrick Bower, senior pitcher Dylan Hillabush, junior shortstop Sam Lammes and senior center fielder Collin Papaj. Bower and Lammes will also see action on the mound.

Hillabush and Papaj both earned G-R All-Star honors last spring. Hillabush also received second team Class B All-State honors.

“With the new pitch count regulations it will be a bit of a challenge if we get into a three or four game week but we’re looking to do well,” said Coach Jason Cole.

The Hawks have an all Holley roster this season after combining with Kendall last spring. This year Kendall is fielding only JV and Modified teams with plans to resume varsity competition next year.

Holley is scheduled to begin G-R competition at Lyndonville on April 5.  The Hawks schedule will also feature games a the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach over the Easter holiday break.

Schedule

April: 4 – at LeRoy, 4:30 p.m.; 5 – at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.; 6 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 10 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 18- vs. Greece Odyssey at Myrtle Beach; 19- vs. Atlantic County Institute of Technology at Myrtle Beach; 25 – at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 4:30 p.m.; 27 – Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.; 28 – Wheatland-Chili, 4:30 p.m.

May: 1 – Alexander, 4:30 p.m.; 2 – Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 4 – Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.; 8 – Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 9 – at Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.; 12 – Lyndonvlle ,4:30 p.m.; 13 – at Notre Dame ,4:30 p.m.; 15 – Barker, 4:30 p.m.

Medina wrestling club completes season

Contributed Story Posted 24 March 2017 at 8:44 am

Contributed Photo – The Medina’s Wrestling Club has ended its season after 15 weeks of practice and tournaments. In the front row are Liam Castricone, Brady Christiaansen, Trenton Morley, Dominick Callara, Brennan Allen, Brandon Brueckner, Lathan Miller, Gauge Moore, Lex Gray, Luke Duffina, Cole Herman, Aidan Gamet and Jacob Duffina. In the second row are Coach Jeff Kingsbury, Conor Crandall, Laurence Williams, Mila Molina, Logan Gray, Landon Johnson, Seth Micalizio, Jayden Travis, Tyler Allen, Joshua Hilobuk, Aidan Oberther, Morgan Zeiner, Ahlyssah Miller and Coach Jamie Duffina. In the third row are Drew Boardway, Roosevelt Mitchell, Sawyer Kingsbury, Breydin Miller, Dawson Carpenter, Rashawn Bloom, Kole Campbell, Bryden McMurray, Joshua Watts, Brandon Christiaansen, Alexander Cowan, Caiden Class and Coach Matt Caldwell. Absent from the photo are Elayna Velez, Chrystian Velez, Tyler Wittcop, Avion Johnson and Justin Holmes. “The wrestling club continued to grow this year with almost a third more participants than last season,” said Coach Jamie Duffina. “The program focuses on teaching basic folk style moves and fundamentals in a fun and healthy experience while developing sportsmanship, character, and leadership skills in our youth. The wrestlers were given the opportunity to practice against one another in drills and live wrestling situations as well as a combined practice with the Lyndonville Wrestling Club. More of our wrestlers entered tournaments this year than in the past couple years and fared very well often placing and bringing home a trophy, medal, or t-shirt. These kids have impressed the coaching staff with their growth on and off the mat this year.”

Veteran pitchers will lead Barker

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 March 2017 at 8:14 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Barker’s large contingent of returnees includes, in front, Shawn Callaghan, Jake Hurtgan, Chauncey Mckee, Devon Mangan and Cam Fox. In back are Eddie Wasnock, Kyle MacDonald, Ryan Voss, Collin Webb and Josh Richbart.

A trio of veteran pitchers anchors the lineup for Barker as the Raiders look to challenge for Niagara-Orleans League baseball honors this season.

That veteran trio includes seniors Eddie Wasnock and Ryan Voss along with junior Collin Webb.
Wasnock, who also plays first and third, earned first team N-O All-League and first team Class C All-State honors last spring. Webb, who will be the Raiders starting centerfielder when not pitching, also earned first team N-O All-League honors. Voss looks to man the second base spot when not on the mound.

“Pitching as always is the key and our pitching should keep us in games,” said Coach Rob Mucha.

The Raiders also return a veteran catcher in senior Devon Mangan, a three year starter.
The Barker roster also includes seniors Shawn Callaghan (outfield), Dan Engert (infield), Cameron Fox (designated hitter), Jake Hurtgam (outfield), Kyle MacDonald (outfield), Josh Richbart (first base), Darek Uschold and junior Austin Sullivan.

“We have a lot of options and the ability to shuffle our lineup defending on who is pitching,” said Mucha. “Our pitching is a strength but with the new pitch count regulations we’re also putting more emphasis on our defense. We’re looking for our pitchers to keep the counts down and throw strikes so the defense has to be solid. Improving our offense will be a big key and I’m more excited about the potential of our offense than I have been in many years.”

The Raiders went 8-6 in N-O action last year and advanced to the Section VI Class C finals.

“That is definitely something for us to build on and the kids are looking to do that,” said Mucha of the Raiders strong sectional run.

Barker is scheduled to host Lyndonville on March 31 in the non league season opener and then begin N-O competition at Medina on April 3.

Schedule

March: 31 – Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.
April: 3 at Medina, 7 p.m.; 5 – Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; 6 – at Alexander, 4:30 p.m.; 7 – at Albion, 4:45 p.m.; 11 – at North Collins, 12 p.m.; 12 – at Pembroke, 1 p.m.; 13 – Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.; 17 – CSAT, 4:45 p.m.; 19 – Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 21 – at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 24 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 26 – at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.; 28 – Albion, 4:45 p.m.
May: 1 – Medina, 4:45 p.m.; 5 – at Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 8 – Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 10 – Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 11 – Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.; 15 – at Holley, 4:30 p.m.

Section VI finalizes football schedule

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 March 2017 at 7:13 pm

Given final approval by the Executive Council on Tuesday, the 2017 Section VI Football Federation schedule will find Albion and Roy-Hart/Barker opening at home and Medina/Lyndonville on the road when the season opens on September 1.

Albion will open its schedule in the new Class B2 Division by hosting Springville, Roy-Hart/Barker will entertain Akron in an interdvisional game and Medina/Lyndonville will visit Burgard in another interdivisional contest at Riverside High in Buffalo.

Albion and Springville will be joined in the B2 Division by Dunkirk, Olean, Depew and Fredonia/Westfied/Brocton.

The Purple Eagles will host Olean on Sept. 29 and will visit Depew on Sept. 8, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton on Sept. 15 at Brocton and Dunkirk on Oct. 6.

Albion will host rival Medina on Oct. 13 to close out the regular season.

Medina/Lyndonville and Roy-Hart/Barker will be joined in the new B3 Division by Newfane, Alden, Tonawanda and Lackawanna.

Medina/Lyndonville will host Newfane on Sept. 15, Lackawanna on Sept. 22 and Roy-Hart/Barker on Sept. 29 . The Mustangs will visit Tonawanda on Sept. 8 and Alden on Oct. 6.

Barker’s B2 schedule will include a Thursday contest at Alden on Sept. 7 and a Saturday contest against Newfane at Barker on Oct. 7.

The Section’s 18 Class B schools have been split into three six team divisions by enrollment for this season. The B1 Division will include East Aurora/Holland, Pioneer, Cheektowaga, Burgard, Lew-Port and Maryvale.

Albion’s Schedule

September: 1 – Springville, 8 – at Depew, 15 – vs. Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton at Brocton, 22 – Roy-Hart/Barker, 29 – Olean.

October: 6 – at Dunkirk, 13 – Medina.

Medina/Lyndonville’s Schedule

September: 1 – vs. Burgard at Riverside, 8 – at Tonawanda, 15 – Newfane, 22 – Lackawanna, 29 – Roy-Hart/Barker.

October: 6 – at Alden, 13 – at Albion.

Roy-Hart/Barker’s Schedule

September: 1 – Akron, 7 – at Alden, 15 – Tonawanda, 22 – at Albion, 29 – at Medina/Lyndonville.

October: 7 – vs. Newfane at Barker, 13 – Lackawanna.

Lady Rams return veteran softball lineup

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 March 2017 at 6:47 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Roy-Hart’s large veteran contingent includes, in front, Samantha Choate, Jamie Bower, Ashley Hill, Jayden Townsend, Maddie Fry and Lexi Lovewell. In back are Katelin Corra, Maddy Glena, Kayla Brown, Delaney Draper, Rielly Albee and Brianna Brewer.

League champs in 2015 and runners-up last year, Roy-Hart returns its roster virtually intact with which to make another strong run at top Niagara-Orleans League softball honors this season.

Roy-Hart’s underclassmen dominated returning contingent of starters includes seniors Rielly Albee (outfield) and Brianna Brewer (outfield/catcher); juniors Kayla Brown (shortstop), Delaney Draper (second base) and Maddy Glena (first base); sophomores Lexie Lovewell (pitcher), Maddie Fry (catcher) and Jamie Bower (third base) and freshman Samantha Choate (pitcher). The Lady Rams also return junior Katelin Corra along with sophomores Jayden Townsend and Ashley Hill.

Brown and Fry both earned first team N-O All-League honors last spring while Glena was a second team selection. Bower, Lovewell and Choate all received Honorable Mention.

“They can all play,” said Coach Larry Lash. “They know a lot of softball and they have played a lot of softball. The keys for us will be to stay healthy and to play together.”

Roy-Hart went 11-3 in N-O competition last spring finishing behind champion Akron at 13-1.

The Lady Rams are scheduled to begin N-O competition at home against Barker on April 5.

Schedule

March: 28 – at Niagara Falls, 4:45 p.m.; 31 – at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
April: 3 – Lockport, 4:45 p.m.; 5 – Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 6 – Medina, 4:45 p.m.; 8 – at Alexander, 1 p.m.; 11 – at Elba, 1 p.m.; 12 – Albion, 4:45 p.m.; 13 – North Tonawanda, 1 p.m.; 17 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 19 – at Medina, 4:45 p.m.; 20 – at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 22 – at Kenmore East, 1 p.m.; 24 – at Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 26 – at Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 28 – Newfane, 4:45 p.m..
May: 1 – Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 3 – at Albion, 4:45 p.m.; 5 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 12 – Akron at Barker, 5 p.m.

Barna, Garlow spark Pfeiffer to lacrosse win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 March 2017 at 9:47 pm

Medina High graduates Kyle Barna and Blade Garlow combined to score a total of 12 goals today sparking the Pfeiffer University lacrosse team to a 16-11 victory over Lees-McRae.

Barna batted a total of 7 goals and Garlow 5 along with 3 assists.

Garlow scored twice and Barna once in the opening period to help spark Pfeiffer out to a 5-1 lead.

Barna then scored two goals in each of the last three periods while Garlow netted one in each period.

Mustangs have new coach, youthful squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 March 2017 at 9:57 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Veterans Brett Riemer and Quentin Adkins meet here with new Medina varsity baseball Coach Don Baker as the Mustangs prep for the upcoming season.

The accent is on youth as new Medina varsity baseball Coach Don Baker and his Mustangs prepare for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season.

Baker, who previous coached the Roy-Hart varsity squad for many years, has guided the Medina JV team the past couple of seasons.

Looking to rebound from last year’s 5-9 N-O record, the Mustangs returning contingent includes seniors Quentin Adkins (pitcher/infield), Matt Hann (outfield/catcher) and Chase McAdoo (infield/outfield); juniors Alex Allis (catcher/infield) and Brett Riemer (infield/pitcher); freshmen Nate Sherman (first base/pitcher) and Trevor Luthart (outfield/pitcher) and eighth grader Brian Fry (second base/shortstop).

The Mustangs roster also includes another freshmen, Chris Goyette (infield/pitcher/catcher) along with juniors Owen Frasier (outfield) and Trenton Jones (outfield).

“We definitely will be a young group but we have good pitching,” said Baker. “We have a good nucleus The key will be to play good defense and get better as the season goes on.”

The Mustangs graduation losses include catcher Justin Morgan, infielder/pitcher Tyler Ames and outfielder Jared Zinkievich. Morgan and Zinkievich were both first team N-O All-League honorees.

The Mustangs are scheduled to host Pembroke in the non league season opener on March 28 and begin N-O competition at home against Barker on April 3.

Schedule

March: 28 – Pembroke, 4:45 p.m.; 30 – Maryvale, 4:45 p.m.; 31 – Williamsville South, 4:45 p.m.

April: 3 – Barker, 7 p.m.; 5 at City Honors, 4:45 p.m.; 7 – Akron, 5 p.m.; 10 – City Honors, 12 p.m.; 12 – Newfane, 7 p.m.; 17 – Batavia, 4:45 p.m.; Roy-Hart, 7:30 p.m.; 21 – Albion, 4:45 p.m.; 22 – Wilson, 7 p.m.; 28 – at Akron, 5 p.m.

May: 1 – at Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 3 – at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 5 – at Roy-Hart, 7:30 p.m.; 8 – at Albion, 4:45 p.m.; 10 – at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 11 – at Byron-Bergen, 4:45 p.m.; 12 – at Batavia, 4:30 p.m.

Tri County icers earn split at Falls Tourney

Contributed Story Posted 21 March 2017 at 7:36 pm

The Tri County Bantam Travel hockey team went 2-2 this past weekend at the Niagara Falls Championship Cup Tournament.

Tri County opened with a 3-1 victory over Southtowns as Mike Holding scored 2 goals and Jeremiah Rausch 1.

West Seneca then downed Tri County 4-1.  Rausch netted Tri County’s lone goal.

Rebounding, Tri County bested Canandaigua 5-2 as Alonzo Storey and Rausch each scored 2 goals and Patrick Ricker 1.

Tri County then dropped an 8-2 decision to Amherst in the semifinals as Holding and Jake Esposito each netted a goal.

Tri County finishes the season with a 15-18-2 record.

Mustangs, Panthers head N-O All-League basketball squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 March 2017 at 9:49 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Jalin Cooper, left, and Johnny Salone represent Medina on the first team of the Niagara-Orleans All-League squad.

Champion Medina and runner-up Newfane have both placed two players on the first team of the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League basketball squad.

Medina, which posted a 12-0 record to capture a second straight N-O title, is represented by junior Jalin Cooper and sophomore Johnny Salone.

Newfane, which went 10-2 in N-O competition, has placed the junior duo of Max Weber and Kyle DeVoogel.

Barker senior Nate Luckman completes the first team.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Nate Luckman, Barker

Cooper and Luckman, are both repeat selections while Weber and DeVoogel were both second team honorees a year ago.

Cooper tied a Medina single season scoring record by tallying 458 points (20.8 average). He also grabbed off 207 rebounds and had 66 steals and 58 assists.

Salone scored 284 points (12.9 ave.) and had 174 rebounds, 70 steals and 28 assists.

Luckman, who surpassed the 1,000 point career scoring milestone late in the season, had 487 points (221.1 ave.) as well as 115 rebounds, 70 assists and 50 steals.

DeVoogel scored 378 points (18.0 ave.) and also averaged 4.6 rebounds and 4.5 steals while Weber tallied 320 points (15.2 ave.) and averaged 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Wilson’s senior duo of Justin Daul and Connor Seeley head the second team which also includes Albion senior Kory Reynolds, Medina sophomore Izaiah Rhim and Roy-Hart junior Jacob Bruning.

Daul scored 262 points (12.4 ave.), Seeley 241 (11.4) and Bruning 323 (15.3 ave.). Reynolds had 260 points (12.3 ave.), 235 rebounds, 39 assists and 37 steals while Rhim had 197 points (9.0 ave.), 167 rebounds, 107 assists and 37 steals.

Receiving Honorable Mention were Mason Schultz and Derek Holtz from Akron; Lamar Chambers, Tommy Mattison, Chase Hall and Tanner Ferris from Albion; Eddie Wasnock, Jake Arnold and Austin Sullivan from Barker; Vincent Montague, Brendan Luthart, Mason Lewis, Alex Allis and Tyrellis Atkins from Medina; Caleb Russell, Connor Hill, Chad Dunbar and Brandon Gross from Newfane; DJ Davis and Brendan Hess from Roy-Hart and Jonah Miller and Steve Frerichs from Wilson.

Contributed Photos – Max Weber, left, and Kyle DeVoogel from Newfane

Euchre League front-runners post wins

Contributed Story Posted 21 March 2017 at 9:42 am

Front-running Legion downed JR Wilson 48-22 and runner-up Sacred Heart bested Vets Club 42-28 Monday in Medina Euchre League competition.

Now in front by 19 points, Legion is 887-793 on the season while Sacred Heart is 868-812, JR Wilson 833-847 and Vets Club 772-908.

League competition continues on March 27 with Legion at JR Wilson and Sacred Heart at Vets Club.