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Month: December 2014

Barker cagers end long title drought, field hockey, X-C teams keep rolling

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

2014: The Year In Review

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Bryce Moeller (13) and his Raider teammates ended the school’s nearly 70 year long Niagara-Orleans League basketball title drought by capturing the championship with a perfect 14-0 record.

Ending a nearly 70 year long drought, the Barker High boys varsity basketball team compiled a perfect 14-0 record to capture the Raiders first Niagara-Orleans League title since the 1944-45 season.

The Raiders were led by seniors Jacob Haight and Mitch Luckman, who both earned first team N-O All-League honors, senior Bryce Moeller and junior Christopher Sweeney who were second team selections and senior Hayden Gooding who was an Honorable Mention pick.

Barker in fact compiled a 19-0 record before bowing 62-48 to Silver Creek in the semifinals of the Section VI Class C-1 playoffs.

In the fall, both the Barker field hockey and boys cross-country teams extended their N-O and Section VI title reigns.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Melissa Grosshans (23) and her Lady Raider teammates successfully defended their Section VI Class C title with a win over rival Akron. The Lady Raiders also successfully defended their N-O title.

The Barker field hockey team compiled a perfect 14-0 record to claim a ninth straight N-O championship. The Raiders two wins over runner-up Akron by margins of 1-0 and 4-0 highlighted that title campaign.

The Raiders went on to win a seventh straight Section VI Class C title by nipping Akron 2-1 in the finals.

However, the Lady Raiders bid for a return trip to the state final four was ended in the Far West Regional as East Rochester edged past Barker 1-0.

Barker had seniors Gabby Clare and Melissa Grosshans both earn first team All-Western New York honors.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Sergio Cruz, shown here in the lead at the All-League meet, helped lead the Raiders to a successful defense of both their N-O and Section VI Class D titles.

The Barker boys cross-country captured the N-O championship for the second year in a row and the sixth time in the last seven years by romping to a 42 point victory over runner-up Albion at the All-League meet held at Lakeside Beach State Park.

Barker junior Sergio Cruz repeated as the All-League meet’s individual winner to lead the Raiders which also had Doug Bachman, Jack Hopkins and Dustin Walters sweep the fourth through sixth spots and Casey Webb and Christopher Sweeney take the eighth and ninth spots.

Barker then successfully defended its Section VI Class D title by besting runner-up Maple Grove.

The Raiders went on to finish a close second (74 points to 80) to Beaver River at the state championships as Cruz earned All-State honors with a top 20 finish. It marked the seventh straight year that Barker has finished in the top three at the state meet.

Albion baseball and volleyball teams enjoy two title seasons

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

2014: A Year In Review

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Dominic DiCureia gets an out at second base during the Purple Eagles Class A2 title win over Springville. The Niagara-Oreans League champion Purple Eagles went on to also claim the overall Section VI Class A title.

Both on the baseball diamond and the volleyball court Albion High teams captured a pair of championships this past year.

Compiling a 13-1 record, the Albion varsity baseball team captured the Niagara-Orleans League championship for the third year in a row.

Keeping the momentum, the Purple Eagles went on to claim the Section VI Class A crown. Albion first defeated Springville 8-3 for the Class A2 title and then nipped Starpoint 2-1 for the overall Class A championship and a berth in the state playoffs.

The Purple Eagles bid for top state honors though was dashed in the Far West Regional as Section V champion Pittsford Sutherland rallied in the final inning to nip Albion 3-2.

Two Albion seniors, pitcher/shortstop Connor Barleben and catcher John Warne, both earned first team All-Western New York honors and were also named to the Class A All-State squad.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion volleyball players had plenty of reason to celebrate as the Purple Eagles captured both the N-O League and Section VI Class B-2 titles.

The Albion varsity volleyball team made it two straight 12-0 N-O championship years.

The Purple Eagle spikers likewise kept the momentum by registering three straight set victories in a row to claim the Section VI Class B2 title. Albion bested Cheektowaga in the title match.

However, Albion’s bid to gain a berth in the state playoffs was ended as eventual state champion Williamsville South defeated the Purple Eagles in three straight sets for the overall Section VI Class B title.

A trio of Albion players earned Al-WNY honors including junior Kelsee Soule (first team), sophomore Chanyce Powell (second team) and junior Meghan Hurley (Honorable Mention).

The spring season also saw the Albion girls track team’s 400 meter relay team of Kayla Doyle, Abby Squicciarini, Mariah Elsenheimer and Chanyce Powell place first at the Section VI small schools championships and third at the state small schools championships.

This fall the Albion boys soccer team avenged a pair of regular season losses by upsetting rival Medina/Lyndonville 1-0 in the semifinal round of the Section VI Class B1 playoffs. The Purple Eagles then bowed to top seeded East Aurora in the title contest.

This is the first in a series of stories that will appear today and Thursday reviewing the top area school and community sports events from this past year.

2014 Person of the Year: Volunteer Firefighter

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers – Two firefighters battle smoke at a fire on Phipps Road in Albion on Sept. 19.

They will respond within minutes when a house is on fire, cars collide, or residents need help, whether it’s a heart attack, a senior citizen who has fallen or a basement that is flooded.

The 500 active volunteer firefighters make a world of difference in Orleans County and then do it without collecting a dollar for their efforts.

Firefighters were called to a house fire in Eagle Harbor after midnight on April 20, which was also Easter morning.

Orleans Hub frequently posts photos of firefighters in action at fires. But that is only a small fraction of their effort. There are numerous other calls each day for issues ranging from abdominal pain, fire alarm, overdose/poisoning, vehicle fire, “unknown problem/man down,” fainting, sick person, cardiac arrest, breathing problems and many other issues. And that’s only in the past few days.

These calls come at all hours of the day. Firefighters will respond in the middle of night and then go to work on little to no sleep.

Albion Fire Department Captain Jared Hapemen, right, and his brother Jason pump out a basement on West Academy Street in Albion after the ice storm hit the area last December.

There are 12 fire departments in the county and they will repsond to nearly 8,000 calls this year.

They will answer calls when it’s 90 degrees out on a major holiday or they will be out in sub-freezing temperatures for hours on end.

It was 2-below zero on Jan. 3 when fire tore through a farmhouse on East Barre Road in Barre. Several fire departments were on the scene for hours.

All the local fire departments are staffed by volunteers, except Medina Fire Department which has 13 full-time paid staff, as well as two temporary paid positions.

Medina is the primary ambulance provider for the western end of the county, and increasingly handles calls in eastern Niagara and central Orleans. The paid Medina firefighters are also trained to handle the ambulance calls. Those firefighters essentially cover their own salaries with the revenue they bring in through the ambulance calls. They join volunteers on many calls.

Two Carlton firefighters face a house engulfed in flames on Nov. 7 on Kent Road.

There is a lot of talk these days about shared services and local municipalities needing to work together. The local fire departments have been a model of cooperation for decades. They join in mutual aid and work together without egos getting in the way.

They save lives and property. They save taxpayers lots of money.

They make our community stronger through their commitment to caring for neighbors.

Lyndonville firefighter Ashton Lang meets with elementary students on Oct. 7 during a fire prevention program at the school.

They teach children about fire prevention, knowledge that no doubt keeps many fires from ever starting.

Firefighters treat each other like family, looking out for one another especially during a time of need.

When Jon DeYoung, deputy fire chief at Clarendon was battling colon cancer for the second time, firefighters in the East Battalion did a boot drive on Sept. 20.

In the above photo, his son Jon DeYoung Jr. accepts money from a motorist in the boot drive at the intersection of routes 31 and 237. Firefighters collected funds for DeYoung while he was receiving treatments at the Cleveland Clinic.

DeYoung has been a long-time leader for the Clarendon Fire Company, earning respect and admiration in the community, said Fire Chief Bob Freida.

“He’s an outstanding person who wouldn’t think twice about helping someone else in the community,” Freida said at the boot drive.

John L. Miller returned as a Shelby volunteer firefighter on Dec. 11 and also returned to work as an emergency medical technician with Mercy EMS in Batavia. He thanked the firefighting family for helping during his recovery from a serious car accident on Aug. 1.

When John Miller, the EMS captain in Shelby, was seriously injured in an August car accident, Shelby firefighters helped care for his children and provided meals for his family during his recovery. Miller, 36, returned to work and active service with the fire department in mid-December.

“As far as being a fire company, we’re a family at Shelby,” Miller said. “I knew I had a long road ahead of me, but I had a great group of friends with me along the way.”

Firefighters train for all kinds of emergencies. Each year they put in about 10,000 hours of official training for fire and EMS.

The photo above, shows firefighters from Barre, Shelby and Ridgeway dousing a live fire training trailer owned by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The trailer simulates a fire at an ethanol tanker.

Firefighters do a lot of other work in the community. In Medina, they collect and deliver toys to about 100 families each holiday season in a project coordinated by the Medina Area Association of Churches.

In above photo, firefighters from Ridgeway, Shelby, East Shelby and Medina all volunteered on Dec. 20 to deliver boxes of toys to families and food to senior citizens.

Firefighters also add energy and a presence to local parades, including the Nov. 29 Parade of Lights in Medina, when several local departments decorated big fire trucks in Christmas lights. East Shelby firefighters, including fire chief Mike Fuller (right), dressed as reindeer for the parade.

Photo courtesy of Rocky Sidari, Albion fire chief

The mutual aid network spreads beyond Orleans County. When Buffalo was hit with two monster snowstorms last month, 60 firefighters spent several days in the Buffalo area, helping stranded motorists and responding to other emergency calls.

Firefighters used all-terrain four-wheelers to check on stranded motorists in Lackawanna in the above photo. They took motorists to a fire hall in Lackawanna.

In all of these ways, and many more, Orleans Hub thanks firefighters for giving so much of themselves to their neighbors.

I’d also like to thank the fire police for letting me get close to some of these scenes. One of the long-time firefighters, Richard Cary of Holley, died unexpectedly on Nov. 27 at age 73. He volunteered for decades with the Holley Fire Department, most recently with the fire police. He is pictured above, center, on Route 31 just west of Holley. The road was closed on April 23 for several hours after an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rolled over.

Cary and all of the firefighters are role models for community service.

Nursing home sale expected to be finalized on Friday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Most of the staff at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center are expected to stay as the ownership shifts from the county to Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC.

ALBION – The county-owned nursing home will soon be under the direction and ownership of a private company. The deal will be finalized on Friday with the sale retroactive to Thursday, Jan. 1, Orleans County Legislature Chairman David Callard said today.

He said nursing home residents and the public will see little changes in the staff. They should see investment and an improved facility over time, he said.

“I think it will be a seamless transition,” Callard said. “I expect we’ll see improvements quite readily.”

The County Legislature formed the Orleans County Health Facilities Corporation in 2013 to handle the sale of the nursing home. That corporation on Feb. 6 accepted a $7.8 million offer from Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC. That company also recently purchased three Catholic Health facilities in Buffalo. It will operate The Villages under Comprehensive at Orleans LLC.

The effort to sell the 120-bed publicly owned site was bitterly fought by many residents in 2013. The CSEA union also opposed the sale, expressing worry about residents in the nursing home and the 135 CSEA members who work there.

Cindy Troy, president of the union, said she has been encouraged by Comprehensive so far. The company is honoring the seniority of county employees in the nursing home, and not making veteran workers start at year-one pay levels.

“That’s wonderful,” Troy said. “It was unexpected.”

The employees are expected to stay in the CSEA union. Comprehensive has already presented the employees with a proposal for raises and benefits, Troy said.

The benefits aren’t as good as employees received through the county, but Troy said it’s a good offer for the workers.

“I’m pleased so far,” Troy said. “It’s going to different, and it won’t be as good as it was, but it’s not as bad as we expected.”

Some of the employees opted not to continue working at the nursing home and a few others have retired. But Troy said the majority of the employees will be back in 2015.

“People are scared and nervous, but they love their people there,” Troy said.

She expects some of the services will be restructured and the site will operate with a few less workers than under county control. She worries most about the loss of accountability by not having the site publicly owned.

“It’s change, but let’s be hopeful,” she said. “We’ll have to see how things go.”

Comprehensive reached a deal with the county in February, but then had to go through the New York State Department of Health licensure process to operate the site in Albion.

County leaders pushed to sell the nursing home after years of deficits. Legislators forecast the site could require taxpayer subsidies at $2 million or more annually.

With the nursing home out of the budget, legislators in 2015 put more money in for bridges, culverts and infrastructure work, while cutting taxes by 1.5 percent. The tax rate fell from $10.11 in 2014 to $9.89 per $1,000 of assessed property in 2015.

Soccer, basketball titles highlight Kendall’s year

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

2014: The Year In Review

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Taylor ReQua (10) and her Lady Eagle teammates captured both the Genesee Region League Division I and Section V Class CC titles.

For the second year in a row the Kendall High boys and girls soccer teams both captured Genesee Region League championships.

The Kendall boys posted an 8-0-2 record to retain the G-R title. The Lady Eagles compiled a 13-1-1 record to repeat as G-R Division 1 champs.

The Lady Eagles went on to to capture a Section V title for the first time in 11 years by outlasting Caledonia-Mumford 2-1 in double overtime. That dramatic win, on goals by Maya Rutland and Taylor Rutland, avenged a narrow 1-0 loss to Cal-Mum in the 2013 title contest.

However, the Lady Eagles dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to Avon in the Section V Class C state qualifier.

The Kendall boys were ousted in the Class C2 semifinals by Keshequa in a penalty kick shootout.

Both soccer teams had a player earn major post season honors as Maya Rutland and Jake Adams were named to the All-Greater Rochester and All-State squads.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Isaiah Brown (55) and his Eagle teammates ended the school’s decade long drought by capturing the G-R championship.

The Kendall boys varsity basketball team also ended a decade long title drought as the Eagles captured the G-R Division 1 title. The Eagles closed the regular season with a six game winning streak to clam the crown with a 12-4 record.

On the track, the Kendall girls 400 meter relay team finished second at the state small schools championship. That quartet included Maya Rutland, Taylor Rutland, Jaimie Smith and Taylor ReQua.

At the Section V Class C meet, in addition to the relay win, the Lady Eagles also had Maya Rutland win the 100 and Taylor Rutland the 200.

On the links, Kendall won the G-R League tournament and Evan Gaesser captured the individual title. Gaesser went on to also win the Section V Class C Tournament and placed fifth at the Super Sectionals to earn a spot on the Section V team which competed at the state championships.

On the baseball diamond, No. 10 seed Kendall upset three higher seeds (5-2 over No. 7 Dundee, 8-0 over No. 2 East Rochester and 6-3 over No. 3 Mynderse) before bowing 3-0 to No. 4 Avon in the Section V Class CC championship game.

New Year will start with snow

Staff Reports Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

3 to 6 inches of snow headed to Orleans

Photo by Tom Rivers – Medina City Hall is decorated for the holidays. This picture was taken on Dec. 27.

Orleans County will bring in the new year with some snow. The National Weather Service has issued a Lake Effect Snow Advisory until 10 a.m. Thursday.

The Weather Service says 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall, mainly in southern Orleans County and in Monroe County, southwest of Rochester.

Winds are also forecast at 15 to 20 miles per hour, which combined with snow could limit visibility to less than a half mile at times, the Weather Service said.

There may be difficult travel conditions tonight. “Conditions will vary greatly in and out of lake effect snow bands which are developing off Lake Erie,” the Weather Service said.

State approves $1M in grants to canal towns, but nothing for Orleans

Staff Reports Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Canal towns in New York will receive nearly $1 million in grants for community development projects, according to the latest round of funding approved for Regional Economic Development Councils.

Not a cent of the $955,343 in grants will make it to Orleans County.

Each project will work towards enhancing and beautifying both the New York State Canal system and the Canalway Trail, two essential recreational and economic resources for millions of New Yorkers and visitors throughout the year, the Canal Corp. said in a press release on Tuesday.

“The historic Canal system and Canalway Trail generate billions of dollars in economic activity across upstate New York each year,” said New York State Thruway Authority Executive Director Thomas J. Madison. “I commend Governor Cuomo and the Regional Economic Development Councils for acknowledging the economic and recreational value of New York’s Canals and Canalway Trail and providing generous aid to help communities expand and improve their connection to these extraordinary resources.”

Orleans was left out of the funding mainly because the municipalities didn’t apply for any canal-related projects.

The Canal Corporation awards will support the following projects:

• $71,400 awarded to the Waterford Canal Harbor Visitor Center for dock and promenade repairs. Located at the confluence of the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers, the Visitor Center has been one of the most celebrated public places on the NYS Canal system. This restoration project will consist of repairing existing infrastructure, upgrading the existing shower facilities, and replacing water proof decking.

• $125,000 awarded to the city of Rome for Canal Park Navigation Center improvements. The installation of new boat docks, accompanied by renovations to complete bathroom and shower washrooms in the Navigation Center, will help the city of Rome become a premier tourist and boater destination along the Erie Canal.

• $150,000 awarded to the Town of Rotterdam for the Rotterdam Junction Bike Path Railway Tunnel. This project will work towards beginning to fill the trail gaps of the Erie Canalway Trail and the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. Currently, trail users have to exit the trail and travel along Route 5S before reentering the path on Iroquois Street to avoid any safety hazards. The 105-foot bike path tunnel will help to address these safety concerns by extending the bike path in this location to eliminate the threat of injury or harm to any trail users. The tunnel will also act as an emergency culvert in the event that a storm similar to Hurricane Irene was to occur.

• $150,000 awarded to Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper for the Scajaquada Creek Paddlesport Launch Micro-Park in the City of Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood. The grant will be used to complete Phase 2 of the Scajaquada Creek Paddlesport Launch Micro-Park. The project is located along a key gateway to the City of Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood on Niagara Street and an inlet of Scajaquada Creek, just before the creek joins Black Rock Canal. The second phase of this project builds on previous efforts to restore the waterfront brownfield, expand waterway access points along the Niagara River Greenway and Blueway Trail, improve opportunities for recreation, help make connections to nature in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood and revitalize a key gateway to Black Rock.

• $45,000 awarded to the City of Syracuse for Canalway Trail route signage. The grant will be used to designate the currently unsigned route of the Erie Canalway Trail through the city of Syracuse, with connections to existing sections of the trail in the Town of Camillus to the west and the Town of Dewitt to the east. The selected signage will help to improve trail visibility and the overall safety of trail users. This project also includes portions of Milton Avenue, Erie Boulevard West, Franklin Street, Water Street South, Beech Street and East Genesee Street. Additionally, this project will connect with the Erie Canal Museum in downtown Syracuse.

• $30,000 awarded to the Village of Montour Falls for a trail connection project. This grant will fund the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Catharine Creek, a boardwalk that will connect to the Catherine Valley Trail and a walking trail. When constructed, the bridge will be able to connect residents and visitors to the Catharine Valley Trail system, helping to create a multi-modal system for bicyclists and pedestrians. The bridge will also connect to the village parks in Montour Falls from the trail and provide safer access for pedestrians to cross NYS Route 14 to the state trail, helping to create a healthier and safer trail system while revitalizing towns and villages along the continuous 12-mile trail.

• $98,943 awarded to the Town of Stillwater for a Champlain Canal connector project. The historic Saratoga Battlefield Champlain Canal connector project represents the connection of a comprehensive trail network by the Town of Stillwater supported by the Stillwater Trail Feasibility Study, Saratoga National Historic Park, the Open Space Institute and Saratoga County. This 1.13 mile trail segment connects the Town of Stillwater’s trail system to the south, with the Battlefield Park trail system to the west and the Old Champlain Canal trail system to the north.

• $150,000 awarded to the historic Seneca Knitting Mill to transform into the Center for Great Women. This grant will help transform and reuse the empty and dilapidated Mill into the Center for Great Women, which is the headquarters of the National Women’s Hall of Fame. This phase of the project will include selective demolition, construction, interior build-out and site work on the first floor of the Mill. These essential renovations will allow for the National Women’s Hall of Fame to move from its original location to a newly renovated and more spacious building. Located within the Seneca Falls Heritage Area along the south shore of the Seneca-Cayuga Canal, the new building will be considered a national destination, providing a great depth of historical insight while showcasing the amazing stories of the National Women’s Hall of Fame inductees. The completion of this project will attract many visitors to the area, as well as above and beyond to other tourist destinations in the Finger Lakes region.

• $50,000 awarded to the Fairport IDA for the expansion of the Thomas Creek Wetland Walk. Located on the north side of the Erie Canal and south of an active rail line, all 13.2 acres of the site are owned by the Fairport IDA. This grant will provide funding to help expand connections to the Canalway trail, construct observation points, improve educational and interpretive signage and compliment related improvements throughout the nature site.

• $50,000 awarded to the Village of Pittsford for the construction of a Bicentennial Pavilion. This grant will help to construct a commemorative Pavilion on an existing concrete dock along the Erie Canal waterway in honor of the upcoming bicentennial of the Erie Canal. This construction marks the last major component of revitalization along the Canalway trail at Schoen Place. The Pavilion will overlook the canal and be compatible in scale and design with the extant structures in the surrounding Warehouse District. An informational sign will be included on the interior of the proposed structure that will contain historical information pertaining to Pittsford’s prestigious canal history. This renovation project will help further highlight the historical features of Schoen Place, which has been designated a historic area by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

• $75,000 awarded to Schenectady County for a Canalway Trail repaving project. Approximately 1.25 miles of the Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail, also known as the Canalway Trail, will be repaved from the exit 26 bridge to Lock 8 in the Town of Rotterdam. This project works hand in hand with a recent Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) project that was completed this summer to repair heaved and cracked section of the trail as well as to replace drainage pipes. The repaving work will assure trail users 20 to 30 years of good trail conditions. Additionally, this project complements the County’s project to reconstruct the trail crossing at NYS Route 5S.

New track, wrestling title take year’s spotlight at Holley

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

2014: The Year In Review

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s new track facility opened this past spring. Here Monica Merlau of the Hawks runs a leg of the meet opening 3200 relay during the inaugural competition.

Holley High’s athletic facilities got a big boost when the Hawks new all weather track opened this past spring.

On the track, Holley’s Martin Beadle won the 1600 and steeplechase at the Genesee Region All-League meet. He went on to win the steeplechase at the Section V Class C meet and took second in the 1600 at the state qualifier.

Holley track Coach Art Goldstein was inducted into the Section V Track and Field Hall of Fame.

On the mats, the Holley wresting squad captured the G-R title for the 21st time in the last 25 years. A narrow 35-33 win over Alexander clinched the title for Holley which earlier in the season posted a key 42-29 victory over Byron-Bergen.

At the state qualifier, the Hawks had Beadle and Kevin Avery both place fourth.

Jim Ferris was inducted into the Holley Sports Wall of Fame.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Brandon Morrell and his Hawk teammates captured the Genesee Region League championship.

Medina QB stars at All America game

Contributed Story Posted 31 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Contributed Photo – Medina’s Jason Hellwig (12), who helped lead the North squad to a win at Tuesday’s National Underclassmen All-American game, meets here with Damien Dozier, a 3-star commit to Marshall University, from Virginia Episcopal High. Dozier is the son of former Buffalo Bills linebacker Damien Covington and was born in Buffalo.

Medina High senior quarterback Jason Hellwig helped lead the North squad to a 9-0 victory at the National Underclassmen All-American game Tuesday night at Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Hellwig completed 6 of 10 passes for 85 yards and had a 1 yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the only TD of the game.

Selected as one of the four North team captains, Hellwig had the most completions and most yards of the six quarterbacks on either team.

This was the first win for the North squad after three straight losses.

“We’re pretty proud of Jason, and it was a fun night,” said his dad Eric Hellwig. “We had 21 other family members down here with us, so he really put on a show.”

The game is available on replay at

Hawks nip host Tigers in thriller on a three at the buzzer for first win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2014 at 12:00 am

Lady Hawks complete sweep with win over Lady Tigers

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Nick Passarell (25) , who hit the game winning three at the buzzer, here puts up a shot over Lyndonville’s Corey Hydock (34) during the Hawks win over the host Tigers this evening.

A dramatic long range three at the buzzer off a turnover earned Holley a thrilling 42-41 victory over host Lyndonville this evening in a non league boys basketball game.

Chris Balys stole an errant Lyndonville pass at midcourt and passed the ball to Nick Passarell who let fly with a 30 foot plus shot that found nothing but net as the buzzer sounded earning the Hawks their first victory of the season after four losses.

In the opener, the Holley girls also notched their first victory of the season by trimming Lyndonville 30-27.

Joey DeFelice scored a game high 16 points and Passarell finished with 12 to lead the Holley offense. Zach Vaccrelli added 6, Ian Penders 3 and Balys 3 each and Josh Porter 2 for the Hawks.

Eric Neace scored 11, Nick Hinkson 10, AJ Buckland 8 and Brandon Schoolcraft and Eddie Schildt 6 each for Lyndonville.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eric Neace (23) drives by Holley’s Ian Penders (30) and Zach Vaccarelli (15).

Lyndonville grabbed a 22-18 lead at the end of a foul filled first half which saw Schoolcraft tally 6, Hinkson 5, Neace and Schildt 4 each and Buckland 3.

DeFelice netted 8 during that stretch to keep Holley close.

Lyndonville upped the lead to nine at 27-18 at the outset of the third period after a three by Hinkson and a layup by Buckland.

However, Holley came battling back to within one at 32-31 after a 13-5 run which included three buckets by Vaccarelli along with a layup and a three by DeFelice and a layup by Passarell.

The Tigers did finish the period with a three point, 34-31, lead after a late layup by Hinkson.

A layup by Schildt put Lyndonville up by five, 36-31, at the outset of the final period. The Tigers then got two buckets by Neace to offset Holley tallies by DeFelcie and Passarell to maintain a five point, 41-36 advantage wit less than two minute to go.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Eddie Schildt (24) goes up to block a shot attempt by Ian Penders (30) of Holley.

Holley though again came battling back.

Balys hit a three with 42 seconds to go to cut the deficit to two at 41-39.

The teams then traded a couple of turnovers in the hectic final half minute before Passarell made the dramatic long distance three at the buzzer, off the steal by Balys, to give the Hawks the wild win.

The loss drops Lyndonville to 3-4.

The Hawks next face Northstar at 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the Holley Tournament.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Sam Barniak (30) goes up for a shot over Lyndonville’s Mackenzie Muck (30) during the Lady Hawks win over the host Lady Tigers this evening.

Girls Basketball

Holley 30, Lyndonville 27
Sam Barniak poured in game high 19 points to lead Holley to the narrow 30-27 win over Lyndonville.

Jade Underwood added 7 for the Hawks as Tabitha Swift and Makenzie Ferranti each had 2.

Aubrey Lewis scored 8 and Morgan Hugnerford 7 for Lyndonville which also had Chelsea Poler with 4 and Rebekah Hoffee, Mackenzie Muck, Jasmine Plummer and Leann Balcerzak with 2 each.

Holley grabbed a narrow 9-8 lead at the end of the first period which saw Barniak scored 7. Lewis netted 6 during that stretch to keep Lyndonville close.

Second period baskets by Balcerzak, Muck and Poler helped Lyndonville rally into a 14-13 lead at the half.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s Morgan Hungerford (33) takes a shot between the Holley duo of Emily Bailey (24) and Jade Underwood (40).

The advantage sea-sawed back into Holley’s favor in the third period as 7 points by Barniak helped rally the Lady Hawks into a 22-16 advantage at the three-quarter mark.

Lyndonville pulled back to within two at 24-22 midway through the final period after a jumper by Plummer but the Lady Tigers could get no closer.

Underwood countered with a big three-point play to give Holley a little breathing room and Swift followed up with a bucket to up the Lady Hawks advantage to five at 29-24.

Hungerford hit a jumper with 30 seconds remaining to pull Lyndonvile back to within three at 29-26 but the Tigers could manage only one more free throw over the final half minute.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Holley’s Emily Bailey (24) tries to knock the ball away from Lyndonville’s Gabby Dusett (22).