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Month: August 2013

It’s scrimmage Saturday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Medina hosts seven team event at Vets Park

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – TUNE-UP TIME: Medina running back Ty Hrovat (32) breaks loose for a good gain during scrimmage action against Elba-Byron-Bergen this morning at Vets Park.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – FLYING HIGH – Albion wide receiver Des Blackmon (9) goes high to haul in a pass during scrimmage action against Wilson this morning at Vets Park.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – OFFICIALS MEETING: Players from the seven schools competing in this morning’s scrimmage at Vets Park listen as officials explain rule changes for the upcoming season.

Tune-up action for the upcoming high school football season shifted into high gear as Medina hosted its biggest ever scrimmage, a seven team event, this morning at Vets Park.

In addition to the host Mustangs, the scrimmage field included teams from Albion, Barker/Roy-Hart, Elba/Byron-Bergen, Newfane, Wilson and Lew-Port.

“It’s a great day for Orleans County football. It puts football back on the map,” said Albion coach Tony Osburn. “It’s just a great opportunity to see a lot of different looks.”

Each team had the opportunity to run three offensive and three defensive series in 12 minute periods.

“It’s just a great learning environment,” said Medina coach Eric Valley. “It’s a great opportunity to see a lot of different offensive and defensive looks and see how we respond under game conditions.”

Medina will open the season against Amherst at 7:30 p.m. this coming Friday at Vets Park while Albion will visit Barker/Roy-Hart at 7 p.m. Friday at Middleport. Both games are B-North Division contests.

Holley, which begins Genesee Region League competition at Notre Dame of Batavia at 1:30 p.m. next Saturday, competed in a multi-school scrimmage today at East Rochester.

Dog days of summer hit Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2013 at 12:00 am

800 dogs compete next 2 days in AKC shows

Photos by Tom Rivers – There are about 800 dogs competing today and Sunday in dog shows at Bullard Park in Albion. The all-breed shows run from about 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. They feature purebred dogs and have attracted participants from many states and Canada.

Carl Liepmann, an American Kennel Club judge, checks Sedona, an English cocker spaniel owned by Mindy Bartholomew during today’s Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club show at Bullard Park.

Jesse James, a French bull dog owned by Penny Barber of Sanborn, is all smiles after winning his event at today’s Tonawanda Valley Kennel Club dog show at Bullard Park in Albion.

Melanie Whitehair and Libby, an English bull terrier, wait for their turn in the show ring at today’s dog show in Albion. Whitehair and her husband Ty are Kendall residents. They travel to 15 to 20 dog shows a year, including two in Europe.

Kendall Eagles have good returning nucleus

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo By Mike Wertman – EAGLE VETERANS – Leading Kendall into the upcoming soccer season will be this group of veterans. In front are Dave Hardenbrook, Riley Iqbal, Tyler Johnson and Justin Barrett. In back are Will Condo, Dan Miller, Mookie Nauden, Garrett Love and Tim Elphick.

KENDALL – Looking to bounce back from last year’s 4-6 Genesee Region League and 4-12 overall record, the Kendall Eagles boast a large contingent of returnees.

That veteran group includes seniors Tim Elphick (defense), David Hardenbrook (midfield), Tyler Johnson (defense), Garrett Love (goalie), Dan Miller (midfield), Alex Sutphen (midfield) and Richard Swift (defense) along with juniors Justin Barrett (forward), William Condo (defense), Mookie Nauden (forward) and Riley Iqbal (midfield).

“We expect to improve on our record,” said second year Coach Brian Duffy. “I feel more comfortable with a year under my belt. Defensively we should be solid. The key for us is we have to put the ball in the net. We had trouble doing that last year.”

Kendall opens the G-R campaign at Pembroke on Sept. 3.

The Eagles schedule is as follows:
Sept. 3 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – at Batavia, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – Albion, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 – at East Rochester, 7 p.m.
Sept. 25 – Medina, 5 p.m.
Sept. 28 – Pembroke, 3 p.m.
Oct. 3 – at Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 – at Holley, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 – Batavia, 5 p.m.
Oct. 9 – Attica, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12 – East Rochester, 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 – Holley, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 – Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.

Steampunk Fest features many daring feats

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

Arlowe Price, a self-described fourth-generation “circus freak performer” from Buffalo, blows fire from a flame held by Riley Schilacci. Price also chewed broken glass, set a mouse trap on his ear and tongue, and performed other outrageous stunts during the Steampunk Festival tonight at Leonard Oakes Estate Winery on Route 104 in Medina.

Riley Schillaci of Rochester swallows a flame during the Steampunk Festival tonight.

Troupe Nisaa, a dance group based in Batavia, performs a dance that combines tribal and Egyptian styles as part of the Steampunk Festival.

Waterport church rocks open mic

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

WATERPORT – Nicole Washington of Albion leads a group in singing “Let It Rise” during the first open mic at The Lord’s House on Route 279 in Waterport tonight. Washington’s 16-year-old daughter, Olivia, plays the keyboards in back.

Several singers took turns performing Christian-themed songs in the church, which opened in October last year in a former United Methodist building.

Washington and her husband David are co-owners of Godpazz. They would like to do more Christian-based open mic events at other venues in the area.

“People think church is just ‘Amazing Grace,’ but there is a lot more,” said Mr. Washington, a record producer. “We’re trying to unify the neighborhood.”

At the open mic events, he welcomes contemporary gospel, jazz, hip hop and country, which can all be done while spreading a Christian message.

Darneisha Thomas, 17, of Batavia brought many at the church to tears with her performance of “You Care For Me.”

Washington’s brother-in-law Eddie English is pastor of The Lord’s House. English and his congregation have continued to work on the building, which had been left vacant for many years. The sanctuary has been repainted, there are new chairs, lights, a chandelier, a ramp leading to the church and other improvements.

The congregation has doubled in size from about 25 when it was meeting in Albion a year ago to about 50 for Sunday services now.

The church wants to do more open mic events in the future, said Rose English, who works alongside her husband in the ministry.

She praised the singers who participated in the debut event tonight. One of the singers, Aretha Jackson of Batavia, sang a moving rendition of “Jesus Loves Me.” Jackson is blind and received a standing ovation.

Aretha Jackson sings “Jesus Loves Me.”

Holley Hawk booters look to keep soaring

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo By Mike Wertman – VETERAN HAWKS: Keying the fortunes for this season’s Holley boys varsity soccer squad will be these returnees. In front are Jon Bower, Gabe Mendoza and Ryan Camacho. In back are Brandon Moore, Jimmy Williams and Josh Porter.

HOLLEY – No less than seven returning regulars anchor the line-up for the Holley Hawks varsity soccer squad which went 7-3 in Genesee Region League action (13-4-1 overall) last year.

Senior midfielders Brandon Moore and Ryan Camacho, senior defender Jimmy Williams, junior forward Tyler Chmylak, junior midfielder Josh Porter, junior defender Jon Bower and sophomore forward Gabe Mendoza lead the way for Holley whose main losses to graduation were midfield/forwards Will Barniak (8 goals, 9 assists) and Sam Beadle (8 goals, 4 assists) along with defenders Jake Bower and Zac Clark.

Mendoza did lead the Hawks in scoring last fall with 10 goals and 4 assists and Chmylak netted 7 goals.

“We’re extremely young,” said veteran coach Dan Orbaker who has been guiding the Hawks for over 25 years. “We lost quite a bit to graduation but we’ve got some good kids back. It’s just that we’re young.”

The Hawks will open the season by hosting the annual Hawks Tournament on Sept. 5 and 7 with Roy-Hart, Newfane and Batavia in the field.

The Hawks G-R opener will be at home on Sept. 11 against Pembroke.

Photo by Mike Wertman – COACH’S CORNER: Coach Dan Orbaker, who has guided the Holley varsity squad for over 25 years, meets where with Hawks returnee junior Tyler Chmylak.

Holley’s schedule is as follows:
Sept. 5 and 7 – Holley Tournament, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 – CSAT, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 – Starpoint, 6:30 p.m.
Sep.t 25 at Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 – Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 – Attica, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 3 – at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Kendall, 4:30 p.m.
Pct. 7 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 – at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 11 – at Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 – at Kendall, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 – Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.

Mustang booters look to keep building

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – MUSTANG VETERANS : Ready to lead the Medina girls varsity soccer team into the upcoming season are these six veterans. In front are Liz Meyer, Taylor Miller and Emilee Austin. In back are Hayley Noreck, Max Wright and Kyla Leno.

Six returning starters anchor the lineup for the Medina High girls varsity soccer squad which looks to keep up the climb up the Niagara-Orleans League standings ladder.

Seniors Liz Meyer (goalie), Taylor Miller (halfback), Emilee Austin (halfback), Haylee Noreck (forward), Max Wright (defender ) and freshman Kayla Leno (halfback) lead the way for Medina which posted a 4-10 N-O record last season.

“It is a hard working group. The big key is we have to play hard and smart,” said coach Mike Lepkyj. “We have a short bench which is a concern but our summer teams did well which is a good sign and that definitely develops confidence in our players. I think we’re on the right track.”

Medina is slated to open the N-O season at home against Newfane on Sept. 3.

Medina’s schedule is as follows:
Sept. 3 – Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 6 – Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Albion, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 – at CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 16 – Wilson, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 – Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 – at Newfane, 10 a.m.
Oct. 1 – at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 – at Albion, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 – at Alden, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 – CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 – at Wilson, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 – Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 – at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.

Group enjoys Elm Park a century ago

Posted 30 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Vintage Orleans header

By Bill Lattin
Orleans County Historian

KNOWLESVILLE – This photo from around 1900 is thought to be of a church group from Knowlesville on a picnic at Elm Park, located at the east side of Oak Orchard Creek north of Medina. It was a popular spot at the time.

To the left is a picnic gazebo with a table and benches. Behind this is a swing set with chairs which must turn around the pole from which they are suspended.

A three-story treehouse appears in the tree along the shoreline. To the right a fountain sprays into a pool.

Albion investigating rash of burglaries

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 August 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION –  Police are investigating a string of burglaries the past two weeks in the village of Albion. Police Chief Roland Nenni advises residents to keep their doors and first-floor windows locked.

Residents are also urged to call 911 if they see suspicious activity.

“It’s very important to call while it’s going on,” Nenni said this morning. “People have observed suspicious activity and not called until the following day.”

The burglaries are taking place late at night and in the early morning hours. Burglars have cut out screens from windows to gain entry. In one instance, burglars removed an air-conditioning unit that wasn’t secure.

Village police have stepped up surveillance in recent days.

Nenni said burglars may strike outside the village as well.

“I have no doubt the suspects will go outside the village if they see an opportunity,” Nenni said.

Lyndonville spikers prep for title defense

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 August 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – SET FOR TITLE DEFENSE: Getting ready to lead Lyndonville into its Genesee Region League Division II volleyball title defense is this group of seniors. In front are Chelsey Silversmith, Abigail Feldman and Katie Marek. In back are Johanna Cuadra, Heather Mufford and Ashley Woodworth.

LYNDONVILLE – Facing a rebuilding project after losing six regulars to graduation, the Lyndonville Tigers are prepping to defend their Genesee Region League Division II volleyball title.

Seniors Abigail Feldman, Katie Marek, Chelsey Silversmith, Ashley Woodworth, Heather Mufford and Johanna Cuadra, along with junior setter Morgan Hungerford, anchor the Lyndonville lineup.

That contingent looks to fill the void left by the graduation of Keri Stillinger, Sierra VanWycke, Alex Harling, Alyssa Houseman, Elyssa Rodriguez and Jordan Dixon.

“I know it is a tall order to follow for sure but we are looking to repeat,” Coach Kevin Laskey said. “The girls are really stepping up so I’m very optimistic. If we stick to the fundamentals we can do it.”

The Lady Tigers open the season at home against Holley on Sept. 3.

Lyndonville’s schedule is as follows:
Sept. 3 – Holley, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 – Alexander – 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 7 – at Albion Tournament, 9 a.m.
Sept. 9 – at Oakfield -Alabama, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 – at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 – Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19 – at Holley, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 – at Attica, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 – at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 – Kendall, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 – Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 – Oakfield-Alabama. 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 – Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 – Holley, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 – Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 – at Kendall, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 – Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 – at Medina, 11:30 a.m.