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Rain again wipes out high school sports slate

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 April 2017 at 3:39 pm

For the second day in a row rainy weather has wiped out the scheduled slate of area high school sports contests.

The rained out events include the three season opening Niagara-Orleans League track meets (Akron at Albion, Medina at Barker and Wilson at Roy-Hart), the Akron at Medina lacrosse game as well as the Oakfeld-Alabama at Lyndonville baseball and Lyndonville at Pembroke softball contests.

The Akron at Medina lacrosse game as been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Vets Park and will precede the 7 p.m. Wilson at Medina Jeff Evoy Memorial baseball game.

The Wilson at Roy-Hart track meet has been rescheduled for May 13 and the Medina at Barker meet for May 23.

The Lyndonville at Pembroke softball game is now slated for May 10.

In addition, the Albion at Wilson softball game, which was rained out Wednesday, has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday while the Wilson at Albion baseball game will be made up on April 24.

R-H grad plays key role for Herkimer softball

Contributed Story Posted 20 April 2017 at 1:17 pm

Contributed Photo – Taylor Fry

Roy-Hart graduate and Herkimer College sophomore Taylor Fry  is hitting leadoff and playing left field for the highly ranked Generals softball squad.

A Criminal Justice major, Fry is hitting .489 with 43 hits and 26 stolen bases for the Generals which are ranked second nationally.

This weekend Fry and her Generals teammates will be playing in Western New York as Herkimer faces Genesee Community College for a doubleheader at Batavia on Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. and Niagara Community College on Sunday for a twin bill at 12 noon and 2 p.m.

Herkimer, under Head Coach P.J. Anadio,  is 21-5 on the season.  The Generals have been the Mountain Valley Collegiate Conference Champions for 6 consecutive years, Region III Championships for the last 5 years, and have appeared in the last five NJCAA World Series. The Generals won the National Championship in 2013 and finished runner-up the past three seasons to Rock Valley, Illinois.

Medina grad scores 5 for Pfeiffer stickmen

Contributed Story Posted 19 April 2017 at 9:10 pm

Photo contributed by Pfeiffer University – Medina High graduate Kyle Barna scored 5 goals in the Pfeiffer University lacrosse team’s 18-9 regular season finale loss to Mount Olive today. Barna now has 50 goals on the season. Another Medina grad, Blade Garlow, had 3 assists in the contest. He has 30 goals and 27 assists to date. Pfeiffer next begins Conference Carolinas tournament competition.

Diamond contests get rained out

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 April 2017 at 7:10 pm

The old adage says April showers bring May flowers but for area high school baseball and softball teams the April showers like those which occurred this afternoon only means more postponements.

The Niagara-Orleans slate of baseball and softball contests including Roy-Hart vs. Medina, Albion vs. Wilson and Newfane vs. Barker were all washed out as was the Lyndonville vs. Pembroke Genesee Region League softball game.

Tigers open G-R track season

Lyndonville made its return to Genesee Region League track competition today after a three year absence as the Tigers faced Attica, Pembroke and Oakfield-Alabama at Oakfield.

Dustin Hinckley was a triple winner in the 100, 200 and 400 against all three opponents for the Tigers as Evan Horn took the long jump.

Mustangs to honor Evoy with special game

Contributed Story Posted 19 April 2017 at 9:37 am

Jeff Evoy

Medina will host  Wilson  at 7 p.m. Saturday in the 1st annual Jeff “Mucker” Evoy Memorial Baseball Game, in honor of the former superintendent who passed away from a rare form of cancer.

Evoy served as superintendent of the Medina Central School District for nearly five years before his passing June 24, 2016. Prior to that, he worked in the Pembroke Central School District as principal, and in the Albion Central School District as a teacher for many years.

Additionally,, he coached both high school and youth sports throughout his career, touching the lives of countless children in the three communities, as well as many adults who taught with and for him.

“A ceremony will be held shortly before the game to honor the beloved superintendent, and the Medina District invites the surrounding communities to come take part” said Eric Hellwig who is coordinating the event. “Any former colleagues from Albion and Pembroke, as well as colleagues from Medina will be asked to come down on the field in a display of the impact Mr. Evoy had on the lives of so many in the area. His wife, Maureen, and children, Sean and Kelsey, will throw out first pitches before the game.”

In 2016, a scholarship was established by his wife and children and donations from fans will help that scholarship fund.

The opponent for the game is also significant as Wilson Lakemen head coach Mark Kurtz was a childhood friend of Evoy’s and remained close with his friend right up until his passing. Coach Kurtz was hoping to find a way to honor Evoy’s memory and was more than happy to accommodate a schedule change in order to play the game on Saturday evening.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the scholarship fund but can’t attend the game may send a check to: Evoy Scholarship Fund, c/o Eric Hellwig, Medina High School, 2 Mustang Drive, Medina, NY 14103.

Medina tops Barker in N-O softball

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 April 2017 at 9:40 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Emily Kams slides into second base as Barker shortstop Alexis Stratton takes the throw. Morgan Szczepaniak backs up the play. The action took place during the Mustangs 25-2 win over the Lady Raiders this evening at Vets Park. Medina took charge at the outset scoring 9 runs in the first inning highlighted by a home run by Alisha Scroger and a double and triple by Destiny Satkowski.

Wilson netters blank Roy-Hart

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 April 2017 at 9:04 pm

Wilson shutout visiting Roy-Hart 5.5-0 this afternoon leaving both teams at 1-1 in Niagara-Orleans League tennis competition.

In scoring singles wins for Wilson, Joey Hecko defeated Patrick Sheelar 6-1, 6-4; Kyle Lyon downed Rachel Hutter 6-0, 6-2 and Mike Pazik bested Cameron VanBuren 7-5, 6-1.

In doubles competition the Lakemen had the duos of Alex Couturier – Mia Olear defeat Caleb Reith – Madigan Lang 6-4, 6-1; Joey Moote – Max Faery down Mason Collins – Bea Bacon 6-4, 6-2 and Sean Pazik – Allisa Smith top Isabel Keirn – Kayla Hagen 6-3, 6-1.

Big inning powers Lady Tigers to victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 April 2017 at 8:51 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Aubrey Lewis makes contact at the plate during the Lady Tigers win over visiting Attica this afternoon.

Makenzie Muck delivers a pitch for Lyndonville.

Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock, Lyndonville erupted for 7 runs in the third inning to key an 11-5 victory over visiting Attica this afternoon in a Genesee Region League softball game.

A three-run double by Brianna Paniccia and a two-run single by Anna Lewis highlighted the decisive frame for the Lady Tigers.

Lyndonville later put a lock on the win by scoring 3 runs in the sixth inning as Amanda Drown had a two-run single.

Paniccia finished with a total of 3 hits as Lewis, Drown and Cassie Boyce each had 2.

Paniccia drove in a total of 4 runs, Boyce 3 and Lewis 2.

Lyndonville, which is now 3-0 in the league, next visits Pembroke on Wednesday.

Eden stickmen hand Medina first loss

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 April 2017 at 8:23 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Coby Albone (24) comes around a pick by Christian Silversmith (5) during the Mustangs loss to Eden this afternoon at Vets Park.

Building up mush as an 8 goal lead, Eden went on to defeat Medina 13-7 in a key early season Class D Division clash of unbeatens at Vets Park this afternoon.

Improving to 3-0, Eden took leads of 4-1 after one period, 6-1 at the half and 9-1 early in the third quarter.

The Mustangs  cut the deficit a bit to 10-4 at the three-quarter mark after a late burst of three straight goals, 2 by Brendan Luthart and 1 by Jake Cotter.

Medina then closed the gap to 4, 10-6, early in the final period after back-to-back goals by Mason Lewis and Luthart but the Mustangs could get no closer as the Raiders answered with 3 straight tallies to lock up the win.

Luthart finished with 3 goals and Cotter 2 as Lewis and Coby Albone both added 1. Cotter netted the Mustangs lone first half goal.

Now at 3-1 in the division (4-1 overall), Medina next hosts Akron at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Tigers post diamond win over Rams

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 April 2017 at 8:11 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville first baseman Eric Neace gets the ball ahead of Roy-Hart base runner Matt Maines’ diving attempt to get back to the bag  during the Tigers win over the visiting Rams this afternoon.

Jumping out to a quick 4-0 first inning lead, Lyndonville went on to defeat visiting Roy-Hart 10-6 this afternoon in a non league baseball game.

A home run by Eric Neace ignited the Tigers big first inning uprising which also included singles by Mike Wells, Dawson Joy and Zach Johnson.

Jacob Hoffee delivers a pitch for Lyndonville.

A  sacrifice fly by Joy and an RBI single by Johnson plated two runs in the third inning upping the Tiger advantage to 6-0. A single by Neace and a double by Wells set up that opportunity.

Roy-Hart cut the deficit to 6-2 in the fourth frame on a two-run double by Austin Walker but the Rams could get no closer. He had 2 hits on the day.

Lyndonville got one of those runs back in the home half of the frame as Nolan Donald doubled and came home on a single by Neace.

A single by Cody Bentley and a sacrifice by Donald added a pair of runs in the fifth and a triple by winning pitcher Jacob Hoffee, followed by a single by Neace, added another tally in the sixth.

Neace had a total of 4 hits as Wells, Johnson and Bentley each aded 2.

Hoffee allowed 4 hits and struck out 7 in six innings of work on the mound.

Improving to 4-1, Lyndonville next hosts Oakfield-Alabama in a Genesee Region League game on Thursday.

Wilson 15, Akron 8

A three-run home run by John Bender in the first inning ignited Wilson to a 15-8 victory over Akron in a Niagara-Orleans League game.

Jonah Miller added 3 hits, including a double, as Wilson improves to 2-0 while Akron slips to 0-2.