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Month: August 2018

Lady Hawks nip Lady Eagles in overtime

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2018 at 11:05 pm

Oakfield-Alabama/Elba edged past visiting Kendall 4-3 in overtime this afternoon to open the Genesee Region League girls soccer season.

Isabella Riner scored the game winner for the Lady Hornets with two minutes to go in the second 10 minute overtime period. It was her second goal of the game.

The teams had traded goals three times during regulation time.

Alezya Brown scored all 3 Kendall goals as Lizzy Woodhams picked up the assist on the first two tallies.

Holley Tournament
Greece Olympia nipped Holley 1-0 in the championship game of the Lady Hawks Tournament.

In the consolation game, Midlakes shutout Roy-Hart 3-0.

Newfane 8, Barker 0
Newfane blanked Barker 8-0 in a Niagara-Orleans League game as Taylor Heschke had 4 goals and 2 assists, Rachel Chunco 2 goals, Madalyn Traverse a goal and 3 assists and Lila Maura a goal.

Mustangs edge past Wildcats in B2 opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2018 at 10:44 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina/Lyndonville/Barker quarterback Izaiah Rhim breaks loose to score the winning touchdown in the victory over Depew at Vets Park this evening as Zach Johnson blocks.

Two long touchdown runs by quarterback Izaiah Rhim, along with a pair of extra point kicks by Matt Hess, provided just enough offense as Medina/Lyndonville/Barker came from behind twice to edge past Depew 14-12 this evening in the B2 Division season opener at Vets Park.

Matt Hess kicks the second of his two extra points for the Mustangs.

Depew jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead as quarterback Joe Pagano scored on a two-yard run just 2:22 into the first quarter.

However, the Mustangs battled back to take a 7-6 lead as Rhim scored on a 58 yard run in the opening minute of the second quarter and Hess tacked on the all important extra point.

The Wildcats capitalized on a botched Mustangs punt attempt to regain a 12-7 lead on a 7 yard touchdown run by Alex Neu  late in the second quarter.

The Mustangs though again rebounded to retake the lead for good at 14-12 on a 53 yard touchdown run by Rhim with 7:37 to go in the fourth quarter. Hess again added the extra point kick.

The Mustangs defense then came up with a big stop forcing a Depew punt and the offense did the rest running on all but the last 48 seconds. A big 38 yard run by Brian Fry down to the Wildcats 5 yard line highlighted that late drive which stalled out on downs at the Depew 1 after a pair of 5 yard penalties stymied the advance.

Medina next visits Springville next Friday night.

William Braswell picks up yardage for the Mustangs as Sean Miller comes in to defend for Depew.

Fast start powers Purple Eagles past Huskies

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2018 at 10:38 pm

Exploding out to a commanding 30-0 halftime advantage, Albion went on to defeat host Olean 37-6 this evening in the B2 Division season opener.

Albion jumped out to a 13-0 first quarter lead on touchdown runs of 29 yards by Brilliance Johnson and 12 yards by Ugene Harrison along with an extra point kick by Alex Rustay.

Keeping the momentum, the Purple Eagles upped the advantage to 30-0 at the half on second quarter touchdown runs of 2 yards by Michael DiCureia and 7 yards by Johnson along with a 14 yard field goal and two extra point kicks by Rustay.

Nate Moore scored Albion’s lone second half touchdown on a 24 yard pass interception return. It was his second interception of the evening as Matt Kovaleski and Tyray White each had 1.

Harrison and Jessy Cruz led the Purple Eagles defense with 9 tackles each.

Albion quarterback Bryce Prtichard completed 12 of 19 passes for 222 yards as Matt Kovaleski hauled in 7 of the aerials for 129 yards.

Albion next hosts Lackawanna next Friday evening.

Gowanda/Pine Valley 38, Roy-Hart 7
Building up a 20-0 halftime lead, Gowanda/Pine Valley went on to defeat host Roy-Hart 38-7 in a season opening C North Division game.

Gavyn Boyle scored Roy-Hart’s lone touchdown on a 5 yard pass reception from quarterback Charlie Brigham as Charlie Bruning added the extra point kick.

Albion girls score key win over Akron

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2018 at 6:53 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Alexis Creasey brings the ball up field against Akron defenders Julia George (19) and Danielle Bellis (9) during the Purple Eagles key win over the host Lady Tigers this afternoon.

A quick two goal scoring burst in the first eight minutes ignited Albion to a 4-1 victory over host Akron this afternoon in a key early season Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer game.

Abby Scanlan scored just 1:43 in and Brylie Hapeman followed up with a tally six minutes later, off an assist from Kendall Derisley, to give Albion the quick 2-0 lead.

Albion’s Abby Scanlan goes high to try and stop a pass by Akron’s Morgan Wdowka.

The Purple Eagles upped the advantage to 3-0 before halftime as Scanlan scored again at the 19 minute mark, again off an assist from Kendall Derisley.

Akron cut the deficit to 3-1 when Jenna Robnett scored 15 minutes into the second half but the Lady Tigers would get no closer.

Albion got that one back when Kendall Derisley scored with 12 minutes remaining to make it 4-1 and put a lock on the Purple Eagles victory.

Sydney Mulka made no less that 10 key saves in goal for Albion with 8 of them coming in the second half when Akron turned up the offensive pressure.

The Purple Eagles defense was anchored by Paige Derisley, Aly Knaak, Sarah Gregori and Leah Pritchard.

Albion improves to 2-0 in N-O action while Akron slips to 1-1.

The Purple Eagles next compete in the Kendall Tournament on September 6 and 8 facing the host Lady Eagles in the opening round.

Albion’s Kendall Derisley battles with Akron’s Danielle Robinson for control of the ball.

Diversity has been key part of country for centuries

Posted 31 August 2018 at 3:07 pm


Some of those who have played “ball” say sports helps unite our Country, while others who really haven’t, attempt to use it to divide us.  So … are we proud of the Country we are and always have been, or are we intent on denying reality and making America into something it is not and never has been?

When Captain John Smith arrived in Jamestown (circa 1607) Native American people dominated the North American continent. Remember the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy in what is now New York State? By that time, much of our southwest was already settled by Spanish-speakers. As I recall, we took that area from Mexico in 1848. Some thought we did so to protect the institution of slavery. The Fugitive Slave Law had a similar intent.

By 1619 the first African slaves were brought here against their will. Thomas Jefferson, the author of The Declaration of Independence and our third president, reportedly had several children by Sally Hemmings, one of those slaves.

The point is that what is now the United States has always been diverse. And those whom some find undesirable today—often due to where they come from—are just the latest in a very long line of supposed misfits who do not belong here. Earlier it was the Irish, the Chinese, the Italians, and the Poles, among others, whom some thought should have stayed home, rather than dig ditches, build buildings and do that Transcontinental Railroad “thing”.

Wishing isn’t going to change the reality created by our origins.  This country is—and has ALWAYS been—diverse. Denial won’t change that.

Those who have been involved in sports don’t usually ask what country his/her ancestors came from when a goal gets scored or a shutout is thrown.

Sincerely yours,

Gary Kent


Medina golfers best Newfane

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2018 at 2:59 pm

Completing a 3-0 week, Medina downed Newfane 212-360 in a Niagara-Orleans League golf match this morning at Shelridge.

Ian Wagner took medalist honors with a 39 for Medina which improves to 3-0-1.

Aidan Paul added a 40, Melanie Geen a 43 and Trevor Lthart and Dylan Lonnen 45’s for the Mustangs.

The loss drops Newfane to 0-4.

Many Democrats who praise McCain today opposed him in 2008

Posted 31 August 2018 at 2:55 pm


John McCain was certainly a maverick and attempted to reach reconciliation between the parties. I noticed praise being issued by his Democratic friends.

These same friends filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Concord New Hampshire in 2008 challenging his eligibility to be president. The lawsuit was based on McCain wasn’t a natural born citizen since he was born in the Panama Canal Zone, therefore ineligible to be President.

It is amazing to me how the swamp operates, best of friends one day while filing lawsuits challenging an American hero’s citizenship.

Ed Urbanik


Many reasons why Cuomo shouldn’t be re-elected

Posted 31 August 2018 at 2:52 pm


The phrase you have to get echoing through your head like a repetitive song from now till November 6 election day is “Cuomo’s got to go.” Why has this man not been indicted?

Testimony from corruption trial convictions point right to Cuomo. A look at the trial testimony and you would have to illiterate to not see that Cuomo is guilty as sin. Why should he be indicted? Joe Percoco, Sheldon Silver, Alain Kaloyeros and Dean Skelos. Percoco is Cuomo’s former campaign manager, close confidant and surrogate brother. State Assembly and Senate convicted criminals Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos were referred to each other by Cuomo as the “Three Amigos.” The trial testimony all points to Cuomo.

Convicted former SUNY Polytechnic Institute president Alain Kaloyeros, a main architect of Coumo’s economic development efforts, was involved in a bid rigging scheme with several construction executives who were Cuomo donors. Sworn testimony leads to Cuomo. Executives from LP Ciminelli and COR Development were directed to donate to the campaign by Tom Howe, a co-conspirator who pleaded guilty to eight felonies. The Buffalo Billion is Cuomo’s personal pet project. Cuomo disbanded the Moreland Commission ending corruption investigations. Many convicted yet King Cuomo remains untouched.

Assemblyman Hawley and Senator Ortt, where are the demands that this governor be indicted?  The STAMP project is a failure and a letdown to our community. Start-Up NY – another failure. The Buffalo Billion is a failure, to name a few. Billions wasted on failed economic development schemes. Billions wasted on green energy schemes and windmills no one wants.

The Nanny State on the march each and every day. Insane regulations and taxes driving out Baxter and a decades-old salvage operation in Middleport. Recent causalities of his policies.

The story of people and businesses leaving repeats every day all over this state. Cuomo and everything he stands for is just plain immoral. He was a failure at HUD and is in a big part responsible for the economic meltdown of 2008.

Progressive policies fail over and over no matter where they are tried. This man is worse than his father was and that was pretty bad. His comments “America was never that great” are words from a silver spoon elitist that never worked a real job in his life. Our beautiful NY State will never see the bounties and be the economic engine it once was with this man at the helm.

One more term and it’s over for this state. There are so many more reasons why Cuomo’s got to go. Demand to your elected representatives that Cuomo be indicted. Get out this November 6th and vote Republican for Marc Molinaro to turn this state around. Vote King Cuomo out of office.

Paul Lauricella


Gaines candidate welcomes support at Republican Primary on Sept. 13

Posted 31 August 2018 at 2:40 pm


My name is Joseph Gangi Jr. I am on the ballot in the September 13th Primary for the Republican nomination in the Town of Gaines. This is going to be for the open councilperson seat in the General Election this November.

I had the pleasure of meeting many of our town residents from all political affiliations even before I decided to run for the Town Board. I wish I could have knocked on all your doors but that was not feasible so, I have to rely on the people I have met and the people who know me to share my message and to tell you about me.

I am 55 years old. I will be retiring this January 2019 from the City of Rochester Police Department where for 30 years this December I have worked. I have worked not as a sworn officer but as a civilian employee and for the last 12 years, I have been the Police Department’s Quartermaster. That is the supply person for the majority of items used by the department from uniforms to paper. A highly regarded position that requires a high level of trust and integrity, 2 qualities I am proud to say I possess. I have been responsible for budgets and have had to be fiscally responsible in spending.

It took me 45 years to find and marry my best friend Michelle. I am a devoted husband, father, now frandfather and friend. Most Sundays you will find me worshiping at Albion Free Methodist Church. I am the Orleans County Amateur Radio Emergency Services Coordinator for ARRL. In the event of an emergency where conventional communication is unavailable, myself and a group of volunteers are available to assist our greatly appreciated men and women Emergency Responders if need be to pass along information. I am also founder and former president of the Community Amateur Radio Club.

I have outlined my goals and objectives on agriculture, growth, spending and taxes. Out of those, the two topics that residents have great concerns about are spending and taxes. There was also a third topic that was brought to my attention that I didn’t realize was a concern and that is being available to voice concerns other than at the Town Board meetings once a month.

Let me address these so you fully know where I stand.

• Spending – I can assure you that I will not vote to spend one dime of our town’s money unless I fully understand why we are spending it and does it benefit our town as a whole. I will not be pressured or intimidated by anyone to take action. I will work and answer to you, our town residents. I will take the time to do the best I can and research these matters first so I can make a logical informed decision. We are not a wealthy town and we need to be extremely fiscally responsible with our town’s money that has been entrusted to the town board to oversee and spend “Responsibly.”

• Taxes – Unfortunately, sometimes a raise in taxes is inevitable. I cannot promise anyone that taxes will not raise but what I can promise is I will look at all avenues to make it as minimal as possible.

• Availability – I didn’t realize this was a concern until I started speaking to you. So here is my answer to this … I think there is a misconception that serving on a Town Board is simple and it’s only a one day a month commitment. How far from the truth that is. No one, I don’t care who you are, is elected to a position and is immediately anointed with all the knowledge and education to fulfill that job. If given the honor to serve on our Town Board, I will take the time to gain knowledge and become educated on being a newly elected official. There are classes that are offered and I will be there.

If given your trust to sit on the Town of Gaines Board, I plan to make myself available to our residents twice a month either by email or phone, whichever way is best, at the time so you can voice your concerns and after speaking to you, I will raise your concerns to our Town Board. I cannot promise that all concerns will be acted upon, I will not be sitting there alone but at least you know that you will be heard and you will have a voice with me.

There was a lot to read here. This election to some is small but to me, it’s one of the most vital elections this town has coming up. This board seat will require objectivity and conscience, two more qualities I can assure you I possess.

Come out September 13th and vote for me to be your nominee. Do not vote for me because we are friends, I don’t want that. I want you to vote for me because you believe I will do my best to represent your voice.

Peace and God Bless,

Joseph Gangi Jr


Medina will provide free breakfast and lunch to all students this school year

Posted 31 August 2018 at 1:43 pm

Press Release, Medina Central School

MEDINA – The Medina school district is pleased to announce that it will be providing free breakfast and lunch to all students in 2018-19 through implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the National School Breakfast/Lunch Program.

The CEP program provides the opportunity for schools in high poverty areas to provide two nutritious meals every school day, while eliminating the stigma for those students previously identified as “low income.”

The CEP began in 2011 with three states piloting the program and then became a nationwide program in 2014. To be eligible for CEP at least 40 percent of students must be identified as “directly certified” for free meals without a meal application through programs such as SNAP, TANF and Medicaid. Medina school district has met this eligibility guideline.

Some families will still be asked to complete an Alternate Income Form to account for those students who are not directly certified. However, completing this form will have no impact on receiving free meals. This income information will allow the district to continue to maximize its funding through state and federal programs and grant opportunities.

“We are excited to offer CEP to our families,” said Superintendent Mark Kruzynski. “Research shows that when students eat healthy meals each day, their academic performance improves and they are in a much better place emotionally and socially. When the opportunity came up for us to participate in CEP, we took it as another chance to level the playing field for all of our students to give them all the best chance to succeed.”

If you have any questions regarding this new program, please contact your child’s school or the Business Office at 798-2700.

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