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Kendall youths compete in state mat tourney

Contributed Story Posted 20 March 2017 at 11:30 am

Contributed Photo – These four Kendall Elementary students participated in the NYWAY State Youth Wrestling Tournament in Syracuse over the weekend.  They include, from left to right, Kindergartners Zach Eichas, and Andrew D’Agostino, and second graders Parker Denning and Brenden Eichas. Zach Eichas placed 16th in the D1 (6 & under) 55 lb.,  Andrew D’Agostino second in the D1 (6 & under) 50 lb.; Denning 11th out of 21 in the D2 (7 & 8) 55 lb. and Brenden Eichas 14th out of 21 in the D2 (7 & 8) 55 lb.  

Medina grads help key Pfeiffer lacrosse romp

Contributed Story Posted 20 March 2017 at 11:27 am

Medina High graduates Blade Garlow and Kyle Barna helped spark the Pfeiffer University lacrosse team to a 23-11 romp over Chowan over the weekend.

Garlow scored 6 goals and added 5 assists while Barna netted the three goal hat-trick.

Pfeiffer jumped out to a 4-2 first quarter lead as Garlow and Barna each scored a goal.

The Falcons then broke the contest wide open in the second period extending the advantage to 11-4 at the half.  Garlow netted 3 goals and Barns 2 to lead that uprising.

Repeat honorees head N-O All-League team

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 March 2017 at 9:38 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Je’ne Brown, left, and Albion’s Chanyce Powell are repeat honorees on the Niagara-Orleans All-League first team.

Four repeat honorees head the first team of the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League girls basketball squad.

That quartet includes seniors Rachel Senek and Kayla Neumann from champion Wilson, senior Chanyce Powell from Albion and junior Paige Emborsky from Newfane.

Senek, Neumann and Powell, in fact, are now all three-time first team honorees.

Medina sophomore Je’ne Brown, who was a second team honorees last year, completes the first team.

Contributed Photo – Paige Emborsky, Newfane

Interestingly that quintet features a trio of 1,000 point career scorers including Powell, Senek and Emborsky.

Senek scored a total of 476 points (20.7 average) on the season and had 165 rebounds, 113 assists and 108 steals while Neumann tallied 321 points (14.0 ave.) and added 148 rebounds, 107 steals and 79 assists.

Emborsky scored 367 points (16.6 ave.) and had 72 rebound,s 68 steals and 54 assists.
Powell, who missed several games due to a foot injury, had 206 points, 115 rebounds and 35 steals.

Brown set a new Medina school single season scoring record with 427 points (19.4 ave.). She also grabbed off 252 rebounds and had 29 steals.

The Newfane duo of senior Olivia Littman and junior Emily Foltz head the second team which also includes Albion senior Emily Blanchard, Medina sophomore Maddie Williams and Akron sophomore Darion Jonathan.

Receiving Honorable Mention were Neely Abrams and Helena Hill from Akron; Caitlynn Snook Sierra Chudy and Nikki Eldred from Albion; Emily Annable, Lydia Dewart, Gabby Baker and Haley Brown from Barker; Molley Gross, Emily Kams and Maddie Winters from Medina; Alexa Littman from Newfane; Ellie Todd and Meghan Washington from Roy-Hart and Jen Darlak, Emily Kelly and Shea Munnikhuyen from Wilson.

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Rachel Senek, left, and Kayla Neumann from Wilson.

Medina youth wrestler places at states

Contributed Story Posted 19 March 2017 at 9:40 pm

Contributed Photo – Dominick Callara

Medina sixth grader Dominick Callara placed 6th in the D4 (11-12) 65 lb. weight class at the NYWAY State Wrestling tournament held at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse this weekend.

Going 3-3, Callara won his first match by a narrow margin 3-1 against Zachary Kotsubka of the Tioga Tigers. In the quarterfinals he lost by tech fall 17-2 to Mike Manta of Barn Brothers Wrestling.

However, he bounced back with consecutive wins in the wrestle backs over Lucas Bertram of South Jefferson with a pin and a 8-2 decision win in a rematch against Kotsubka, before suffering losses to Dominic Attardi 10-2 of Victor and a pin by Avi Berg of Journeymen Wrestling .

“Dominick has wrestled very well this year. He had a tough group of kids in his weight class and placing at the state tournament is quite an accomplishment,” said Coach Jamie Duffina.

Pitch count will monitor high school hurlers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 March 2017 at 9:18 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Eddie Wasnock and his fellow high school pitchers will be playing with pitch count limits this season.

When the snow melts and the games begin in a couple of weeks area high school baseball teams, and their counterparts around the state, will find a new bit of strategy has been added to the sport as the state Public High School Athletic Association has approved pitch count regulations.

A part of Little League Baseball rules for some time, the new regulations set limitations on how soon a pitcher can return to the mound depending on how many pitches he throws in a game.

“The new pitch count action “is a giant step forward in doing our part to protect and support our student athlete baseball players,” said State Baseball Coordinator Ed Dopp when the regulations were passed by the State Executive Council in January.

The new regulations state that during the regular season a pitcher who throws from 1-30 pitches needs one night’s rest before returning to the mound. If he throws 31-65 pitches two nights rest are required, 66-95 pitches three nights and 96-105 four nights.

The limits are expanded a bit for post season competition which then has 1-40 pitch count requires one nights’ rest, 41-71 two nights, 72-102 three night and 103-125 for nights.

“It will be interesting. It will add a lot of strategy in how you use your pitchers,” sad Barker Coach Rob Mucha in summing up the feelings of area coaches.

That pitch count strategy certainly will come into play, not only for teams with limited pitching, but for all teams if weather postponements result in teams having to play three, four or more games in a week during what is already a condensed regular season which ends by mid May.

During games each team will be required to record pitches on an official state pitch count form. At the conclusion of the game the two teams will compare forms to make sure they are in agreement on the number of pitches each pitcher has thrown and the forms will then be signed by the coaches.  It will be the school’s responsibility to maintain all pitching records so that a pitchers availability can be checked by opponents at upcoming games.

The state regulations also impose strict penalties if they are not followed. The regulations state that violations will be treated the same as if a team used an ineligible player and the game will be forfeited.

Weather permitting local teams will begin trying out the new pitch count regulations when Medina hosts Pembroke on March 27 and Albion entertains Holley and Lyndonville visits Barker on March 31.

Medina indoor soccer teams battle to tie

Contributed Story Posted 18 March 2017 at 3:40 pm

Medina 1 and Medina 2 battled to an 8-8 tie today in Keenan Indoor Soccer League play.

Andrew Houseman started the scoring for Medina 1 just 15 seconds into the contest. Coby Albone responded for Medina 2 with 2 goals but Medina 1 answered right back with a goal by Kaleigh Kuzma to tie it up at 2-2.

The contest continued back and forth until it ended in a high scoring 8-8 deadlock.

On the day, Medina 1 scorers included Kuzma 2 goals, Houseman 1 goal 2 assists, Elian Gonzalez 1 goal 1 assist, Steven Daskavitz 2 goals, Adam Cifelli 1 goal 1 assist, Hannah Hamilton 1 goal 1 assist, and Owen Frasier 1 assist.

Medina 2 scorers included Albone with 4 goals, Nick Guay 3 goals and Caelan Holland 1 goal.

G-R caps cage season with sweep over N-O

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 March 2017 at 10:12 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – The girls squad scored an exciting 64-62 overtime victory igniting the Genesee Region League to a doubleheader sweep over the Niagara-Orleans League in the 18th annual Exceptional Senior twin bill Friday night at Medina. In the front row are Tatiana Draper (Elba), Carly Bogue (Elba), Lizzie Rath (Kendall) and Olivia George (Alexander). In the middle row are Alyssa Meyer (Attica), Meaghan Kogut (Elba), Daniela Volkmar (Kendall), Aubrey Lewis (Lyndonville), Emily Stenson (Attica) and Hailey Hubbard (Byron-Bergen). In the back row are Makenzie Muck (Lyndonville), Hannah Scarborough (Oakfield-Alabama), Emily Weber (Attica), Riley D’Alba (Oakfield-Alabama), Karson Richenberg (Byron-Bergen), Marissa Scharlau (Alexander) and Hannah Bowen (Notre Dame).

The G-R boys squad completed the sweep by downing the N-O 91-77 as a late 29-15 scoring surge keyed the victory. In the front row are Ryan Cansdale (Pembroke), Reice Woodward (Oakfield-Alabama), Eric Neace (Lyndonville), Henry Pflaumer (Elba), Tucker Bezon (Elba) and Jordan Miller (Elba). In the back row are Coach Matt Shay from Pembroke, Brian Burke (Byron-Bergen), Brandon Miller (Kendall), Corey Hydock (Lyndonville), Colin Noeth (Byron-Bergen), Owen Thompson (Attica) and Shane O’Hollaran (Elba).

The lineup for the Niagara-Orleans League girls squad included, in front, the Albion quartet of Nikki Eldred, Sierra Chudy, Emily Blanchard and Chanyce Powell. In back are Jen Darlak, Rachel Senek and Kayla Neumann from Wilson, Olivia Littman from Newfane, Molley Gross and Emily Kams from Medina, Emily Annable and Lydia Dewart from Barker and coach Lucian Price from Albion.

The N-O boys squad’s lineup included, in front, Lamar Chambers (Albion) and DJ Davis (Roy-Hart). In the middle row are Jake Arnold (Barker), Tyler Howard (Medina), Tyrellis Atkins (Medina), Albert Kramp (Newfane), Justin Daul (Wilson) and Nate Luckman (Barker). In the back row are Eddie Wasnock (Barker), Brendan Hess (Roy-Hart), Austin Ladd (Akron), Jonah Miller (Wilson), Kory Reynolds (Albion), Chase Hall (Albion), Caleb Russell (Newfane) and Coach Tom Forrestel from Medina.

Late surge powers G-R boys to win over N-O

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 March 2017 at 9:29 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Brandon Miller drives to the basket for the Genesee Region League between Niagara-Orleans League defenders Eddie Wasnock (Barker) and Brendan Hess (Roy-Hart) during the G-R’s win in the annual Exceptional Senior game this evening at Medina.

Putting together a big late scoring surge, the Genesee Region League downed the Niagara-Orleans League 91-77 in the 18th annual Exceptional Senior boys basketball game this evening at Medina.

Breaking away from a 62-62 deadlock, the G-R closed with a 29-15 scoring burst to snap the N-O’s four game winning streak in the series.

Kendall’s Brandon Miller scored 9, including a three, to lead the G-R’s decisive uprising which also included three baskets by Attica’s Owen Thompson, a pair of threes by Lyndonville’s Eric Neace and a three by Lyndonville’s Corey Hydock.

Medina’s Tyler Howard puts up a shot for the N-O against G-R defenders Eric Neace from Lyndonville and Reice Woodward from Oakfield-Alabama.

The G-R also got off to a fast start grabbing a 13 point, 18-5, lead at the outset as Thompson scored 7 points by Thompson and Elba’s Shane O’Hollaran  4.

Threes by Byron-Bergen’s Brian Burke and Pembroke’s Ryan Cansdale heaped keep the G-R up by 13, 28-15, before the N-O came storming back.

Ignited by a barrage of threes by Roy-Hart’s DJ Davis and Barker’s Nate Luckman, the N-O put together a huge 20-0 run. Davis opened that surge with back-to-back threes and capped it off with another while in between Luckman hit three straight long range bombs as the N-O rallied into a 7 point, 35-28, lead.

The N-O maintained a 4 point, 42-38, lead at the half.

However, the G-R wasted little time in rallying back into the lead at 47-45 early in the second half as Hydock hit back-to-back threes.

Momentum continued to swing back-and-forth as the N-O put together an 11-5 run, including a layup and a three by Barker’s Jake Arnold and a pair of layups by Luckman, for a 56-52 lead.

The N-O’s last lead came at 59-57 on a layup by Arnold as the G-R quickly answered with tallies by O’Hollaran and Oakfield-Alabama’s Rece Woodward for a 62-59 advantage.

A three by Akron’s Austin Ladd knotted the contest one last time at 62-62 but the N-O could not regain the lead as the G-R pulled away for the win with a 29-15 run over the final nine minutes.

Thompson finished with 18, Brandon Miller 16, Hydock 12 and Neace 11 to lead the G-R as Burke added 9, Woodward 8, O’Hollaran 6, Jordan Miller (Elba) 5, Cansdale 4 and Colin Noeth (Byron-Bergen) 2.

Luckman scored a game high 24 points and Arnold 12 for the N-O as Davis added 9, Chase Hall (Albion) 6, Lamar Chambers (Albion), Ladd and Justin Daul (Wilson) 4, Jonah Miller (Wilson) and Caleb Russell (Newfane) 3 and Kory Reynolds (Albion), Albert Kramp (Newfane), Tyrellis Atkins (Medina) and Eddie Wasnock (Barker) 2.

The G-R roster also included Tucker Bezon and Henry Pflaumer from Elba while the N-O lineup also included Medina’s Tyler Howard and Roy-Hart’s Brendan Hess.

The G-R victory cut the N-Os lead in the series to 12-6.

Lyndonville’s Eric Neace puts to a shot as Albion’s Chase Hall defends and Newfane’s Caleb Russell backs up the play.

Barker’s Jake Arnold puts up a shot over Lyndonville’s Corey Hydock.

G-R girls nip N-O in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 March 2017 at 8:41 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Chanyce Powell puts up a shot against Oakfield-Alabama’s Hannah Scarborough and Attica’s Alyssa Meyer during this evening’s Exceptional Senior game at Medina which saw the Genesee Region League edge the Niagara-Orleans League in overtime.

Making it two narrow victories in a row, the Genesee Region League nipped the Niagara-Orleans League 64-62 in overtime this evening at Medina in the 18th annual Exceptional Senior girls basketball game.

A layup by Alexander’s Olivia George with 12 seconds remaining in the overtime period provided the margin of victory for the G-R which also claimed a narrow 40-39 win in last year’s contest.

The N-O had pulled into a 62-62 tie on a three-point play by Medina’s Emily Kams with 1:01 remaining.

Lyndonville’s Makenzie Muck puts up a shot against N-O defenders Emily Annable from Barker and Kayla Neumann from Wilson.

The N-O’s last lead was 59-55 at the outset of the extra period after back-to-back layups by Albion’s Chanyce Powell and Wilson’s Kayla Neumann.

However, the G-R answered right back with a key 7-0 run ignited by a three by Attica’s Alyssa Meyer for a 62-59 lead and didn’t trail again.

The N-O sent the contest into overtime on a jumper by Neumann with 12 seconds to go which knotted the score at 55-55.

Back-to-back rebound baskets by Oakfield-Alabama’s Hannah Scarborough and Alexander’s Marissa Scharlau had given the G-R  55-52 lead with just under a minute to go.

Neumann had a total of 9, Kams 7 and Powell 6 in the second half which saw 5 ties and as many lead changes.  The G-R got baskets from 10 different players during that stretch.

The N-O grabbed a slender 26-25 lead at the end of the first half which featured 3 ties and 6 lead changes.

Powell sparked the N-O in the opening half with 11 while Meyer tallied 9 and Lyndonville’s Aubrey Lewis 5 for the G-R.

Meyer finished with a total of 15 as George added 9, Lewis and Emily Weber (Attica) 7, Lizzie Rath (Kendall). and Meaghan Kogut (Elba) 4, Tatiana Draper (Elba), Karon Richenberg (Byron-Bergen) and Carly Bogue (Elba) 3, Makenzie Muck (Lyndonville), Hannah Bowen (Notre Dame), Scarborough and Scharlau 2 and Hailey Hubbard (Byron-Bergen) 1.

Powell took game high honors for the N-O with 19 as Neumann had 13, Kams 12, Olivia Littman (Newfane) and Emily Blanchard (Albion) 5 and Jen Darlak (Wilson), Rachel Senek (Wilson), Sierra Chudy (Albion) and Molley Gross (Medina) 2.

The G-R roster also included Emily Stenson (Attica), Daniela Volkmar (Kendall) and Riley D’Alba (Oakfield-Alabama) while the N-O lineup also included Nikki Eldred (Albion), Emily Annable (Barker) and Lydia Dewart (Barker).

The G-R win cuts the N-O’s lead in the series to 11-7.

Medina’s Emily Kams looks to drive by Attica’s Emily Weber.

Kendall’s Lizzie Rath driver around Wilson’s Kayla Neumann.

Kendall, Holley tie in benefit basketball game

Contributed Story Posted 16 March 2017 at 9:37 pm

Contributed Photo – The rival Kendall and Holley faculty squads played to a 52-52 tie this evening in a special benefit basketball game. Here Kendall’s Jack Keenan drives in for a layup during the contest, proceeds from which will go to benefit Kendall High junior Payton Walters who was seriously injured during a youth hockey game in January.

Contributed Photo – Kendall’s starting 5 included Mark Driesel, Morgan Engelbert, Jack Keenan, Chris Prokou and Matt Zimmer.

Contributed Photo – Holley’s starting quintet included Matt Hennard, Emily Harms, Nick D’Amuro, Bill Silpoch and John Wharram.