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Roy-Hart/Barker/Medina hockey team rallies late to win home opener over Lancaster

Contributed Story Posted 14 December 2017 at 10:08 am

Putting together a big final period scoring surge, the Roy-Hart/Barker/Medina Club ice hockey team won their home opener defeating Lancaster 6-4 Wednesday evening at the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport.

The Kuchey Brothers (Roy-Hart), Michael and Jason, spearheaded the attack by tallying a total of five goals.

Joe DiBenedetto (R-H) opened the scoring late in the first period, but Lancaster answered just two minutes later to tie the game on a goal with RBM two men short.

Just a few seconds later, Michael Kuchey scored a short-handed goal, but Lancaster again used the power play to tie the game 2-2 at the end of the period.

The second period saw Michael Kuchey give RBM the lead, but Lancaster scored two later in the period for a 4-3 advantage.

However, the final period was all RMB as Michael Kuchey scored two goals and Jason Kuchey scored one.

Now at 3-4, RBM’s next game is Saturday at 5:10 p.m. against Wilson- Newfane at the Cornerstone Arena.

Notre Dame cagers down Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 December 2017 at 9:58 pm

Jumping out to leads of 25-7 after one quarter and 46-20 at the half, Notre Dame went on to down visiting Lyndonville 77-39 this evening in a Genesee Region League game.

Spencer Misiti scored 19, including five threes, and Nico Zambito 13 to lead Notre Dame.

Nathan Poler led Lyndonville with 14.

Oakfield-Alabama 77, Holley 37
Oakfield-Alabama built up a 47-19 half-time advantage in route to posting a 77-37 G-R win over visiting Holley.

Patrick Bower scored 20 to lead Holley.

Medina grapplers nip Wilson on criteria decision; Albion edges past Roy-Hart/Barker

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 December 2017 at 8:42 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Spencer Rotoli works toward a major decision win over Wilson’s Josiah Carnegie in the final bout which earned the Mustangs a criteria decision victory over the Lakemen.

A win in the final bout earned Medina a narrow criteria decision victory over visiting Wilson this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League wrestling match.

Spencer Rotoli (285) earned a 10-0 major decision win in the final bout pulling Medina into a 40-40 tie.  The win was the eighth of the evening for Medina against just seven for Wilson earning the Mustangs the criteria decision victory.

Medina’s Da’Ron Bellan works toward a pin over Wilson’s Marcus Schwarczmueller.

Medina had built up a seven point, 29-22, advantage at one point after pins by Rashawn Bloom (106) in just nine seconds, Travis Wiseman (113) in 3:31, Colby Petrie (126) in 1:42 and Da’Ron Bellan (138) in 2:29 followed by a technical fall 20-5 victory by Joe Gates (152).

A decision win by Jeremiah Wiseman (170) and a major decision win by Elijah Sones (195) then off set Wilson pins by Drew Westmoreland (160) in 3:15 and Aaron Welch (182) in 2:25 to keep Medina up 36-34 with just two bouts remaining.

Wilson regained a 40-36 lead after a pin by Matt Lange (220) in 53 seconds.

However, the Mustangs answered back with the clutch major decision win by Rotoli to retie the contest at 40-40 earning Medina its eighth bout of the night and the criteria victory.

Luke Atlas (99) and Ben Wolfe (145) also both had pins and Jacob Sanborn (132) a major decision win for Wilson.

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

Albion 42, Roy-Hart/Barker 39
Pins by Cody Wilson (285) and Preston Flugel (145) along with an overtime decision win by Jessy Cruz (170) helped Albion edged past Roy-Hart/Barker in an N-O match at Barker.

Roy-Hart got pins from Colby Hancock (138), Andrew Schafer (152), Tyler Choate (160), Aiden Haley (182), Brett Rickard (106) and Trent Choate (113).

Albion is now 1-1 and Roy-Hart/Barker 0-2.

Newfane 45, Akron 27

A pin by Julian Nixon, along with wins by Andy Lucinski and Caleb Aurenhamer, helped key defending champion Newfane to a 45-27 victory over Akron.

Newfane is now 2-0 and Akron 1-1.

Byron-Bergen 74, Lyndonville 6

Six forfeits helped Byron-Bergen post a 74-6 win over visiting Lyndonville in a Genesee Region League match.

Albion girls top Arts for first victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 December 2017 at 10:13 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Caitlynn Snook puts up a shot against Buffalo Arts defender Keyira Rashada during the host Purple Eagles win this evening.

Combining a fast start with as strong finish, Albion downed visiting Buffalo Arts 36-31 this evening to snap a season opening two game losing streak.

Albion jumped out to a 9-0 lead at the outset on a rebound bucket and a jumper by Caitlynn Snook, a three by Janae Doty and a jumper by Natalie DiCureia.

However, Arts closed the period with an 8-1 run to slice the deficit to 10-9.

Keeping the momentum, Arts then took an 18-17 lead at the end of a sea-saw (2 ties, 3 lead changes) second quarter on a late three by Destiny Barber.

Back-and forth action continued throughout the third period with 3 more ties and 6 lead changes as Arts emerged with a slender 29-28 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Snook, who scored 5 points in each of the first two periods, added 6 more in the third to keep Albion close.

Regaining the momentum they enjoyed in the opening period, the Purple Eagles then reclaimed the lead for good by putting together a key 6-0 run in the first minute and a half of the final stanza.

That clutch stretch included a layup by Snook, a layup off a steal by Brylie Hapeman and a jumper by Sarah Gregori for a 34-29 lead.

Snook finished with a game high 18 points as Gregori added 5, Elisabeth Baker and Hapeman 4, Doty 3 and DiCureia 2.

Taliah Bush led Arts with 13.

Albion next hosts Medina in the Niagara-Orleans League opener at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kendall 37, Barker 32
Building up a 23-8 half-time advantage, Kendall went on to defeat visiting Barker 37-32 in a non league contest.

Jenna Regan scored 9, Lizzie Sutphen 8, Lyndsay Wright 7, Taylor ReQua and Brittney Marks 5, Katherine Pearson 2 and Brooke Lawson 1 for Kendall which improves to 3-0.

Hailey Brown led Barker with a game high 14 as Sydnie Luckman added 7, Kylie Annable, Serena Harris and Gabby Baker 3 and Kylie Miller 2.

Notre Dame 65, Lyndonville 41
Breaking away from a 10-10 first quarter deadlock, Notre Dame went to to build up leads of 22-13 at the half and 44-29 at the three-quarter mark in route to posting a 65-41 Genesee Region League win over host Lyndonville.

Callie McCulley led Notre Dame with a game high 21.

Ella Lewis scored 17, Savannah Poler 9 and Anna Lewis 7 for Lyndonville.

Boys Basketball
Newfane 66, Roy-Hart 37
Newfane bested visiting Roy-Hart 66-37 in the N-O League boys opener as Kyle DeVoogel scored a game high 28, Max Weber 15 and Brandon Gross 10.

Weber scored 10 in the second period to key a 19-12 run which vaulted Newfane out to a 32-22 half-time advantage.  DeVoogel then netted 12 in the third period sparking a 17-8 surge which upped the Panthers advantage to 49-30 at the three-quarter mark.

Jake Bruning scored 11 and Charlie Brigham 8 for Roy-Hart.

Albion’s Brylie Hapeman tries to dribble through Arts defenders Courtney Meridith and Taliah Bush.

Medina, Albion earn splits in N-O openers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 December 2017 at 9:37 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Ray Paull heads toward a win in the 100 Breaststroke during the Seahorses season opening home pool win over Newfane this afternoon.

Medina earned a split with visiting Newfane this afternoon in the Niagara-Orleans League swim season opener. The Seahorses won the boys meet 102-67 while the defending champion Lady Panthers posted a 106-63 victory.

August Pietrafesa was a double winner for the Medina boys in the 100 Free and 200 Free as Ray Paull added a win in the 100 Breaststroke.

Pietrafesa also teamed up with Mason Pecoraro, Hunter Heil and Dan Heil to win the 200 Free Relay and with Dan Heil, Jack Hill and Paull to take the 400 Free Relay. Hunter Heil, Paull, Hill and Pecoraro also combined to win the 200 Medley Relay.

Zach Lundy doubled in the 50 Free and 100 Back and Thomas Schultz in the 100 Butterfly and 500 Free for Newfane which also had Nick Connolly take the 200 Individual Medley.

Lauren Gaughran doubled in the 200 Free and 500 Free and Lauren Seymour in the Individual Medley and 100 Backstroke for the Newfane girls as Annemarie Aber took the 100 Butterfly and Erin Harrington the 100 Breaststroke.

The Lady Panthers also swept the three relays as Seymour, Harrington, Laura Dixon and Vanessa Burkard took the 200 Medley; Burkard, Aber, Gaughran and Meghan Mietlicki the 200 Free and Dixon, Aber, Mietlicki and Gaughran the 400 Free.

Hannah Heil doubled for Medina in the 50 Free and 100 Free.

The Albion boys likewise earned a key 95-75 victory at Barker. Thomas Furmanski won the 100 Backstroke, Matt Kovaleski the 100 Breaststroke and Sam Sanchez the 100 Butterfly.

Collin Webb doubled in the 50 Free and 100 Free and Adam Wagner in the 200 Free and 500 Free for Barker.

Barker earned a split by taking the girls meet 98-69 as Sara Gendrue doubled in the 50 Free and 100 Free and Natalie Menz in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Freestyle.

Rylie Lear won both the 200 Free and 500 Free and Michaela Pantano the 100 Butterfly for Albion.

In the other opener, Akron swept a pair of narrow wins over visiting Roy-Hart taking the boys meet 87-83 and the girls 86-84.

Andrew Buyea doubled in the 200 Free and 500 Free for the Akron boys as did Will Rickard in the 50 Free and 100 Free for Roy-Hart.

Madison Harris won both the 200 Free and 500 Free for the Akron girls while Kayla Hagan doubled in the 100 Free and 100 Breaststroke and Amanda Hill in the 200 Individual Medley and 100 Butterfly for Roy-Hart.

Holley grad eyes return to college court

Contributed Story Posted 12 December 2017 at 9:49 am

Contributed Photo – Nicole Blackburn

The Mary Baldwin College (Staunton, Va.) Fighting Squirrels basketball captain and last season’s MVP, Nicole Blackburn, wasn’t planning to spend the first 8 games of her senior season on the sidelines rehabbing her second knee surgery. But after tearing her left meniscus in practice at the end of October, she underwent surgery November 15th with Dr. George Godette at Augusta Health in neighboring Fishersville VA.

Previously Blackburn, a Holley High graduate, had ACL surgery in January of 2015 at U of R Center of Sports Medicine.

The Squirrels have struggled without their best post position player. They’ve dropped to 1-7 on the season without her. The primary weakness over this stretch has been losing the battle in the paint which is where Nicole makes her living. Blackburn is excited to be rejoining team practice when they come off Christmas break on December 27. Her first game back will be against her former head coach when they host Southern Virginia University December 30 in non-conference action.

Mary Baldwin’s first year head coach, Ross James,  knows the season could swing the other way when Blackburn returns. “Nicole is a young lady that embodies what it means to be a team first player.  She selflessly commits to the team on and off the court by setting  an example of servant leadership. Her court presence emboldens her teammates in practice as well as in games.  Nicole’s greatest strength as a leader is her steadfastness and her ability to optimize the potential of her teammates.”

Blackburn is confident that her team will make a run at the USA South Conference Play-offs during the second half of the season. Last season Nicole averaged 7.8 points along with 9.9 rebounds per game.

Hearts post key Euchre win over Legion

Contributed Story Posted 12 December 2017 at 9:37 am

Sacred Heart defeated front-running Legion 38-32 Monday to close to within one point of the Medina Euchre League lead.

JR Wilson and Vets Club played to a 35-35 tie in the other match.

Legion is now at 411-359 on the season followed closely by Sacred Heart at 410-360 with JR Wilson at 360-410 and Vets Club 359-411.

League competition continues on December 18 with Legion at Sacred Heart and JR Wilson at Vets Club.

Holley ends victory drought; Kendall wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 December 2017 at 9:20 pm

Snapping a long 25 game plus losing streak, Holley scored a basket in the final second to nip visiting Rochester Prep 54-52 this evening in a non league boys basketball contest.

Holley pulled even at 52-52 on a free throw by Nick Schutz with nine seconds to go. The Hawks then scored the game winner on a basket by Patrick Bower with just under a second remaining off a pass from Ryan Andrews.

Bower finished with a game high 28 points and Andrew Moseman 11 points and 10 assists.

Trailing 11-7 after one period and 29-23 at the hlf, Holley pulled even at 39-39 at the three-quarter mark.  Bower tallied 10 in the second period, 7 in the third and then 9 in the decisive forth stanza.

“We stuck in there,” said Holley Coach Wil Prince. “We’re very happy to get the win. It’s been awhile.”

Now at 1-3, Holley next visits Oakfield-Alabama on Wednesday.

Kendall 71, Barker 62
Nate Warters scored 26, Mason Kuhn 18 and John Rath 16 to spark Kendall to a 71-62 non league win over visiting Barker.

Warters scored 10 in the third period and 6 in the fourth as Derek Edick added 5 and Kuhn 4 down the stretch for the Eagles.

Kuhn also had 10 rebounds while Warters and Mickey Gardner both had 8 and Rath 6 assists and 4 steals.

Malik Smith scored 17, Zach Richbart 14, Evan Ecker 13 and Nick Brandt 10 for Barker which trailed 36-27 at the half.

Girls Basketball
Newfane 45, Wilson 38
Newfane defeated rival defending champion Wilson for the first time in 10 years by a 45-38 margin in the Niagara-Orleans League opener.

Trailing 35-34, Newfane closed with a flurry. A layup off a steal and a jumper by Emily Foltz ignited the Lady Panthers decisive rally which also included a three by Paige Emborsky and two clutch free throws by Alexa Littman.

Emborsky finished with 21 and Foltz 19.

Anna Frerichs led Wilson with 12.

Tapestry cagers down Medina; Albion bows

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 December 2017 at 8:57 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Jalin Cooper puts up a shot as Tapestry’s Ramel Robinson tries for the block. The action took place during the Mustangs home court loss this evening.

Pulling away with a key late third period scoring surge, Tapestry went on to defeat host Medina 70-60 this evening in a non league boys basketball game.

Leading by a narrow one point, 38-37, margin midway through the third period, Tapestry closed the stanza with a 12-4 run and Medina would get no closer than nine after that. A three by Tariq Eubanks followed by layups off steals by Mike Towns and Eubanks ignited that surge which vaulted Tapestry out to a 50-41 lead at the three-quarter mark.

Medina’s Izaiah Rhim goes up for a shot between Tapestry defenders Cameron Wilson (23) and Emanuel Truehart (21).

Keeping the momentum, Tapestry opened the final period with an 11-6 run capped off by a three by Anthony James to extend the advantage to 14, 61-47 with just under four minutes to play.

Eubanks finished with 23, James 17,  Emanuel Truehart 10 Towns 9.

Jalin Cooper took game high honors with 30 for Medina as Izaiah Rhim added 9, Brendan Luthart and Jorge Phillips 5, Mason Lewis 4, Alex Allis 3 and Trenton Jones and Nate Sherman 2.

Tapestry jumped out to a 15-8 first period lead but Medina cut the deficit to two, 15-13, at the outset of the second quarter after a pair of free throws and a three-point play off a layup by Cooper who had a total of 13 in the stanza.

The teams traded scores for most of the rest of the period as Tapestry maintained a six point, 34-28, lead at the break. James tallied 10, including a pair of threes, to lead the way during that stretch.

Medina came battling back by opening the second half with a 9-4 run, including 7 by Cooper, to slice the deficit to just one at 38-37.

However, Tapestry answer with the decisive 12-4 run to close the period and regain control.

Now at 0-3, Medina next opens defense of its Niagara-Orleans League title by hosting Albion at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

CG Finney 79, Albion 53
Jumping out to a 22-4 first period lead, CG Finney went on to defeat host Albion 79-53 in a non league game.

Deyonci Farley scored 15, Kevin Hillman 10 and Liam Ward 8 for Albion which trailed 38-21 at the half.

Tri County icers earn tie after wild 3rd period

Contributed Story Posted 10 December 2017 at 8:05 pm

All of the scoring took place in the final period as the Tri County Midget hockey team battled to a 2-2 tie with Batavia today at Brockport.

Tri County broke away from a scoreless deadlock when Patrick Ricker scored with 14 minutes remaining in the third period.

It was a sea-saw battle the rest of the way as tallies first by Batavia, then by Tri County and then Batavia again resulted in the tie.  Grant Moy netted Tri County’s second goal.

Nate Wildrick made several key saves in goal for Tri County which is now 0-5-2 on the season.

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