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Posted 17 August 2019 at 5:55 pm

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Broncos down JV Hawks in season opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 August 2019 at 5:54 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina Broncos back Christian Moss breaks away from the Holley Hawks defense for a good gain during this afternoon’s JV Division game at Holley won by the Broncos.

A touchdown just before halftime keyed the Medina Bronocs to a 14-0 win over the host Holley Hawks in a Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) JV Division game his afternoon.

Quarterback Mackoy Hall hooked up with Jerrely Nealy for an 80 yard touchdown pass with just 45 seconds to go in the first half for the Broncos to snap a scoreless deadlock. Hall then passed to Colton Fletcher for the two-point conversion.

The Broncos added an insurance touchdown in the third quarter on a 27 yard pass from Hall to Travon Shine.

Holley drove inside the Medina 30 in the fourth quarter after a long pass completion from quarterback Alexis VanAmeron to Kyler Weitz but the Broncos defense turned back the challenge.

Holley Hawks back Michael Wells runs through a crowd to gain yardage.

Fast start sparks Stallions past Varsity Hawks

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 August 2019 at 5:50 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina Stallions back Jacob Rissew runs down the sideline for  good gain during this afternoon’s Varsity Division win over the host Holley Hawks.

Scoring twice in each of the first two quarters the Medina Stallions went on to defeat the host Holley Hawks 39-0 in a Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) Varsity Division game this afternoon.

Kaedon Cleveland and Jacob Rissew hooked up for a 26 yard touchdown pass to get the Stallions on the scoreboard. Justin Pitts then scored on a 34 yard run and Cole Callard added the extra point to give Medina a 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter,

The Stallions doubled their advantage to 26-0 at the half as Callard and Julian Woodworth combined for a 7 yard touchdown pass, Brandon Christiaansen added the extra point and then Cleveland scored on a 50 yard run.

Rissew scored for the Stallions in the third quarter on a 5 yard intercept return. Brody Fry then rounded out the scoring with a 35 yard fourth quarter TD run as Callard added the extra point kick.

For Holley, Destin Kuyal had an interception in the third quarter.

Holley Hawks quarterback Destin Kuyal breaks away from a tackler for good yardage.

Schools earn state academic/athletic honors

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 August 2019 at 3:38 pm

Five area high school athletic programs have earned New York State Public High School Athletic Association School of Excellence Awards for the 2018-19 academic year.

The honored schools include Medina, Roy-Hart and Wilson from the Niagara-Orleans League and Holley and Byron-Bergen from the Genesee Region League.

To earn the School of Excellence Award, a school must have at least 75 percent of its varsity teams qualify for and receive a Scholar-Athlete Team Award. A team must have its players have a composite academic average of at least 90 to earn the Scholar-Athlete Team Award.

Black Bears cut Muckdogs lead to a half game

Contributed Story Posted 17 August 2019 at 9:42 am

Contributed Photo – Julio Frias records one of his three strikeouts Friday night against West Virginia.

BATAVIA – The Batavia Muckdogs lead in the New York-Penn Pickney Division is down to a half game after a 9-3 loss to West Virginia on Friday night.

Batavia is on the road for three games starting today at Mahoning Valley. Then the all-star break before returning to Dwyer Stadium on August 22 to host State College.

Batavia’s Sean Reynolds blasted his 12th home run of the season on Friday and the 34th of his short minor league career in the fifth-inning in the loss.

J.D. Orr had two doubles and scored a run increasing his league-leading average to .379.

Harrison Dinicola hit his sixth double of the season while Dalvy Rosario had a RBI, and Andrew Turner singled in a run. Milton Smith II had the other Muckdog hit.

Julio Frias took the loss and is 4-3 on the season. He struck out three in four innings. Edison Suriel had six strikeouts in three innings of work giving up one run while Joey Steele struck out two in one inning and Evan Rebrand had two strikeouts without giving up a run in the ninth.

Batavia is 34-26 and West Virginia is 33-26.

Seven to represent Muckdogs at All-Star game

Contributed Story Posted 16 August 2019 at 7:29 pm

BATAVIA – The 2019 season for the first-place Batavia Muckdogs has been a special one at Dwyer Stadium. Now, add the all-star game to the memories.

The New York-Penn League has announced seven players will represent Batavia in the all-star game on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in Staten Island.

Nick Ready (third base), J.D. Orr (left field) and Troy Johnston (right field) were named starters. Milton Smith II (center field) and pitchers Julio Frias, Brock Love and Josh Simpson were also named to the team.

The all-star game is at 7 p.m. hosted by the Staten Island Yankees with gates opening at 3 p.m. There will be a home run competition between the New York City Fire Department and NYPD.

During the pre-game, the 2019 NYPL Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place with Batavia’s Gene Baker going in the hall with Bernie Williams, Jane Rogers and Josiah Viera.

Baker, who died in 1999, became the first African-American manager in organized baseball, when the Pittsburgh Pirates named him skipper of the Batavia club in 1961.

In 1963, he became the second black coach in the major leagues following Buck O’Neill by a half -season. He can also be credited with being the first black manager in Major League Baseball when he took over for ejected Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh on September 21, 1963. He was also the first African-American player to ever make the Chicago Cubs roster in 1953.

Section VI Hall of Fame to induct Colella

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 August 2019 at 9:57 am

Contributed Photo – Tom Colella

During the mid 1930’s Albion High had a string of outstanding football teams led by a very versatile player, Tom Colella, who earned the nickname “The Albion Antelope”.

Colella’s feats on the gridiron have earned him induction into the Section VI Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2019. The induction ceremony will be held in early December.

Previously Colella, who passed away in 1992, was inducted into both the Canisius College and the Greater Buffalo Sports Halls of Fame.

Colella’s efforts as a running back, defensive back, punter and kicker helped Albion compile records of 6-0-2 in 1934, 6-1 in 1935 and 8-0-1 in 1936, a season in which he had 22 touchdowns, 5 extra points and a total of 137 points.

In all over his varsity career, Colella had a total of 33 touchdowns and 203 points.

Colella went on to star at Canisius College where as a two-way player he was a three time Little All America team honoree.

He then went on to star for eight years at the professional level playing with the NFL Detroit Lions from 1942-43, the NFL Cleveland Rams from 1944-45, the Cleveland Browns of the All America Football Conference (AAFC) from 1946-48 and the Buffalo Bills of the AAFC in 1949. He had 21 interceptions during his three years with the Browns including a team leading 10 in 1946.

The Niagara-Orleans League will be well represented in the Section VI Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 which includes long time Barker coach and Athletic Director Bill Stedman, longtime Starpoint coach and Athletic Director Hal Rupert and the late Jan Williams from Akron who was a pioneer in getting the sport of field hockey going in Section VI. She founded the Akron program and guided the Lady Tigers to a number of N-O League and Section VI titles.

The Class of 2019 also includes a trio of Section VI athletes who went on to star in the NFL including Ron Jaworski from Lackawanna High, Joe Ehrmann from Riverside and Bill Bergey from Pine Valley.

Porter set for senior diamond season at UNOH

Contributed Story Posted 16 August 2019 at 9:53 am

Contributed Photo – Josh Porter

Looking to get back on the mound after missing a year due to illness, Holley High graduate Josh Porter is getting set for his senior year on the University of Northwestern Ohio baseball team, an NAIA Division 1 school.

A relief pitcher, he looks to get more time out of the bullpen to help his Racers team after sitting out the 2018 season due to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He had a 25 centimeter blood clot from his chest to his bicep of his pitching arm.

The staff at UNOH has changed him from an over the top pitcher to a sidearmer which will be something new to him this off season.

Interestingly, his pitching  coach is Sean Stanley a former Holley pitcher.

Before UNOH, Josh spent two years at Genesee Community College where in his sophomore year he ended up with the school record for most wins in a season.

Black Bears cut into Muckdogs’ division lead

Contributed Story Posted 16 August 2019 at 9:49 am

Outhit 15-9, the Batavia Muckdogs dropped a 10-4 decision to the West Virginia Black Bears Thursday evening in a New York-Penn League game at Dwyer Stadium to see their Pinckney Division lead reduced to a game and a half.

A five run third inning, highlighted by a two-run double and an RBI single keyed the win for the division runner-up Black Bears which improve to 32-26.

Dalvy Rosario and Troy Johnston both had 3 hits for the Muckdogs which slip to 34-25.

The Muckdogs host the Black Bears again this evening at 7:05.

Adams preps for junior season at Nazareth

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 August 2019 at 7:15 am

Contributed Photo – Jake Adams

Kendall High graduate Jake Adams is getting set for his junior soccer season at Nazareth College.

He had a team leading total of 8 goals and 7 assists last year for Nazareth and earned first team Empire 8 All League honors.

A Communication Sciences and Disorders major, he also plays golf for Nazareth.

A two time All-State honoree during his scholastic days at Kendall, he had a career total of 67 goals for the Eagles including 30 his senior year.