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Posted 15 June 2019 at 5:31 pm

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Local GCC players earn All Conference honors

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 June 2019 at 5:30 pm

Contributed Photos Emily Kams, left and Bella Prest

Two local Genesee Community College softball players, Albion High graduate Bella Prest and Medina grad Emily Kams, have been named to the second team of the Western New York Athletic Conference All-Conference team.

Prest, a utility player who played in 28 games, hit .280 with 1 double, 2 triples, 1 home run, a .321 on base percentage and 9 RBI.

Kams, who pitched in 13 games registered 68 strikeouts and had an earned run average of 2.87. At the plate, she hit .246 with 5 RBI and an on base percentage of .348.

G-R League honors veteran Holley coaches

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 June 2019 at 5:26 pm

Contributed Photo – Two long-time Holley High coaches, Dan Orbaker and John Grillo, have been presented with the Geensee Region League’s Lifetime Achivement Award. Orbaker has guided the Holley boys varsity soccer team to numerous league and Section V titles and two two state championships. Grillo, who retired at the end of this past season, likewise guided the Hawks varsity wrestling team to numerous league and sectional championships. He has also had two individual state champions.

Albion U15 scores shutout victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 June 2019 at 9:16 am

Albion blanked Scottsville 5-0 at Wheatland-Chili Friday in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U15 Division game.

Albion jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead on a pair of goals by Olivia Bieber.

Second half goals by Taylor Soule, Abby Wittenberg and Olivia Krenning then put a lock on the victory as Albion improves to 3-1-1.

Amherst trims short handed M-L U15 squad

Contributed Story Posted 14 June 2019 at 9:04 pm

Playing with no substitutes, Medina-Lyndonville United U15 lost to Amherst 3-1 Friday night in a Buffalo and WNY Junior Soccer League game.

Amherst scored with two minutes left in first half but M-L pulled even when Jack Whipple scored directly off of a corner kick eight minutes into the second half.

However,  Amherst scored with 20 and 8 minutes left to claim the win

Kevin Travis made 8 saves in goal.for M-L which is now 1-1.

“Playing  with no subs and I think we just ran out of gas towards the end,” said Medina Coach Jeremy Leno. “It’s tough to single out any particular player for their effort last night because every one of the 11 played with passion and left everything they had on the field.”

Girls U18 Division
Leading by a narrow 1-0 margin at the half, Penfield went on to down Median/Lyndonville 3-0 Friday in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U18 Division contest.

Mustangs bow in state Class B semifinal

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 June 2019 at 6:01 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brian Fry slides into third after banging out a game opening triple during the Mustangs state semifinal loss to Schuylerville this afternoon at Broome Commnity College. The Schuylerville third baseman is Nate Preston.

Outscored 6-2 over the last four innings, Medina dropped a 6-3 decision to Schuylerville in the semifinals of the state Class B baseball playoffs this afternoon at Broome Community College near Binghamton.

Medina did get off to a lightning quick start with a run in the top of the first inning as Brian Fry ledoff with a triple and Nate Sherman followed up with an RBI single.

The Mustangs made it 2-0 in the top of the fourth inning as Sherman doubled and came home on a sacrifice fly by AJ Seefeldt.

Nate Sherman bangs out an RBI angle in the first inning to give Medina a quick lead.

However, the Mustangs got only two more hits and just one more run the rest of the way.

Schuylerville rallied into a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning on a wild pitch and a fielders choice play as a hit batter and a single set up the opportunity.

The Black Horses then grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fifth on a burst of three straight singles by Ryan Yandow, Colton Weatherwax and Nate Preston.

Medina though quickly battled back to retie the contest at 3-3 in the top of the sixth. Fry leadoff the inning with a double and two outs later Seefeldt reached on a single. Fry and Seefeldt then perfectly executed a double steal play with Fry scoring the equalizer.

The deadlock though did not last out the inning as Schuylerville quicky regained the lead for good at 6-3 on a huge two out, bases loaded double by Weatherwax in the home half of the frame. A walk, a single and an intentional walk loaded the bases setting up the threat.

Schuylerville pitcher Matt McCarthy then quickly closed out the victory by striking out the side in the top of the seventh. He finished with a total of 10 strikeouts, 5 hits and 2 walks.

“Our kids battled back to tie it up on a real nice double steal play but they had one more hit that we did,” said Medina Coach Jon Sherman. “They made the adjustment at the plate and got the big hit when they needed it.”

Defensively both teams turned big double plays in the first inning. First Schuylerville turned it from Brady Eugair to Christian Petralia to Alex Valee then Medina turned one from Seefeldt to Zach Fike.

In making just their second ever appearance in the state semifinals, the Mustangs finish the season with a school record mark of 21-3.

Medina’s Brian Fry slides into home in the sixth inning on a double steal to tie the game at 3-3. The Black Horses catcher is Paul Harshbarger.

Medina’s Zach Fike completes a double play as Schuylerville’s Paul Harshbarger dives back to the bag.

Play ball! Game gets underway for Medina in state semis

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 June 2019 at 1:57 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman: The Medina Mustangs baseball players and coaches stand for the national anthem before today’s state semifinal game in Binghamton against Schuylerville.

UPDATE 3:44 p.m.: Schuylerville wins, 6-3, over Medina to advance to the championship game.

UPDATE 3:38 p.m.: Medina down 6-3 after six innings.

UPDATE 3:33 p.m.: Chris Goyette on the mound for Medina in bottom of sixth with score tied at 3.

UPDATE 3:09 p.m.: Medina down 3-2 after 5 innings.

UPDATE 2:47 p.m.: Tied at 2 after 4 innings.

UPDATE 2:28 p.m.: 1-0 after three innings, Medina in the lead.

UPDATE 2:13 p.m.: Still 1-0 after two innings.

UPDATE 2:02 p.m.: Medina leading 1-0 after first inning. Brian Fry with leadoff triple.

BINGHAMTON –  Medina is the away team and bats first. Trevor Luthart is on the mound for Medina. He won 10 games so far this season with 96 strikeouts in 68 innings. (See video of him firing in a pitch during the first inning.)

The game was scheduled to start at 2, but was moved up to about 1:45.

Medina brings a school record 21-2 mark into the game while Schuylerville is 17-7.

Orleans Hub will post updates to game. Sports editor Mike Wertman and photographer Cheryl Wertman are at the game.

A contingent from Medina made the trip to Binghamton to cheer on the Mustangs.

Some young Medina fans are rooting for the team.

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It’s almost game time for the Medina Mustangs

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 14 June 2019 at 1:04 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman

BINGHAMTON – The Medina Mustangs baseball team takes infield practice just before 1 p.m. today.

Medina is in Binghamton for the Class B state semifinals against Schuylerville. The game starts at 2 p.m. at Broome Community College with the victor advancing to Saturday’s state title contest at Binghamton University.

Medina brings a school record 21-2 mark into its second ever appearance in the state semis. The Mustangs advanced by defeating LeRoy 10-2 in the Far West Regional.

Schuylerville, which is 17-7, is making its first ever appearance in the semis.

Orleans Hub will post updates to game. Sports editor Mike Wertman and photographer Cheryl Wertman are at the game.

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Community gives Mustangs a big sendoff

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 June 2019 at 7:18 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – With fire sirens blaring the community gave the Medina baseball team a big sendoff this evening as the Mustangs head for Binghamton and the state semifinals on Friday afternoon. Led by the Medina Police Department  the sendoff parade included fire trucks from Medina, Shelby, East Shelby and Ridgeway. The Mustangs will face Schuylerville in the Class B semis at 2 p.m.Friday at Broome Community College with the victor advancing to Saturday’s state title contest at Binghamton University. Click here to see a video of the team heading out of town with much fanfare.

Here Mustang players including Trevor Luthart, AJ Seefeldt, Xander Payne and Joe Cecchini load their gear onto the charter bus.

Mustang players here get together for a photo before boarding the charter bus. From left are Nate Sherman, Matt Saj, Trevor Luthart, Aidan Paul, AJ Seefeldt, Corey Saj, Austin Mosher, Joe Cecchini, Zach Fike, Xander Payne, Brian Fry, Chris Goyette and Tyler Chinn.

Hilton nips Albion Raptors in U17 soccer

Contributed Story Posted 13 June 2019 at 12:32 pm

In a sea-saw battle, the Hilton Heat edged past the Albion Raptors 4-3 Wednesday in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League U17 Division game.

The Raptors jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Abby Scanlan and Kendall Derisley but the Heat closed the gap to 2-1 at the half.

Hilton then moved out to a 3-2 lead in the second half but Albion battled back to retie the contest on a goal by Scanlan off an assist from Aly Knaak.

However, the last goal and the win belonged to Hilton which netted the game winner with 15 minutes to go.

The Raptors are now 1-1 in division action.