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Month: September 2018

Soccer, field hockey rivalries to highlight week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2018 at 6:07 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Rivals Holley and Kendall will meet in boys soccer at Holley on Tuesday. Here Holley’s John Mounts works against Kendall defenders Brian Gonzalez and Nick Richardson during the earlier season meeting.

Rivals Holley and Kendall will meet in boys soccer competition for the second time this season at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Holley in a Genesee Region League game.  Holley won the earlier meeting 4-2 at Kendall.

Rivals Akron and Barker will meet in a key Niagara-Orleans League field hockey matchup of defending co-champions at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Barker. Akron won the earlier season meeting over Barker 2-1 in overtime . The 6-1 Raiders and 6-2 Lady Tigers are both chasing 7-1 Roy-Hart in the tight three-way race for the N-O title.

Also in boys soccer, Albion (4-2-1) visits Newfane (4-2-1) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a key matchup of  two teams currently tied for second place and looking for a win to stay in the N-O title hunt. The Purple Eagles and Panthers trail front-running Wilson (5-1-1) by a game.

In girls volleyball, Medina will visit Lyndonville on Monday in a non league match and then visit Roy-Hart in an N-O contest on Thursday.

The N-O golf championship will be decided at the annual All-League Tournament on Tuesday at Willowbrook.

On the football field, Medina/Lyndonville/Barker faces a must win B2 Division  game at Lackawanna at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Mustangs are currently locked in a tight four-way battle for the B2 Division title. Undefeated Albion is currently leading the division at 4-0 while Olean is 3-1 and Lackawanna and Medina/Lyndonville./Barker both at 2-1. Therefore, a loss at Lackawanna would drop the Mustangs out of the title chase.

Albion will host Iroquois in a non league game at 7 p.m. Friday. At that same time Roy-Hart will host JFK in a C North game and Holley will visit Marcus Whitman in an 8 man contest.

Weekly Schedule
Boys Soccer: Global Concepts vs. Medina/Lyndonville, 5 p.m. at Lyndonville; Roy-Hart at Holley, Marion at Kendall, CCA at Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Holley at Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Medina at Lyndonville, Albion at Notre Dame, Alexander at Holley, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Kendall at Holley, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Roy-Hart at Barker, Wilson at Akron, 4:30 p.m.; Newfane at Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Field Hockey: Newfane at Medina, Barker at Wilson, Roy-Hart at Sacred Heart, 4:45 p.m.; Kenmore at Akron, 5 p.m.
Golf: N-O all-League Tournament at Willowbrook
Cross-Country: Roy-Hart and Wilson at Albion, Barker at Newfane, Medina at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
Boys Volleyball: SOTA at Lyndonville/Medina, 5 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Albion at Newfane, Wilson at Akron, 4:30 p.m.; Roy-Hart at Medina/Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Lyndonville/Medina at Wheatland-Chili, Kendall at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Newfane at Medina, Akron at Albion, Roy-Hart at Wilson, Lyndonville at Holley, Pembroke at Kendall, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Soccer: Medina/Lyndonville at LeRoy, Holley at Wheatland-Chili, Kendall at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Roy-Hart at Medina, Wheatland-Chili at Lyndonville, Byron-Bergen at Holley, Kendall at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 6:30 p.m.
Field Hockey: Medina at Kenmore, Roy-Hart at Newfane, Akron at Barker, 4:45 p.m.

Football: Iroquois at Albion, JFK at Roy-Hart, Holley at Marcus Whitman, 7 p.m.
Girls Soccer: Lyndonville/Medina at Holley, Kendall at Alexander, 6:30 p.m.
Girls Volleyball: Albion at Newfane, Wilson at Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Boys Volleyball: Sodus at Lyndonville/Medina, 6:30 p.m.

Football: Medina/Lyndonville/Barker at Lackawanna, 1 p.m.
Boys Soccer: Byron-Bergen at Albion, 10 a.m.
Girls Soccer: Albion at Wilson, Newfane at Roy-Hart, Barker at Akron, 10 a.m.

N-O Standings
Boys Soccer: Wilson 5-1-1, Albion 4-2-1, Newfane 4-2-1, Roy-Hart 3-4-0, Akron 1-4-2, Medina/Lyndonville 1-5-1
Girls Soccer: Albion 7-0, Wilson 5-1, Akron 4-2, Newfane 3-4, Roy-Hart 1-6, Barker 0-7
Field Hockey: Roy-Hart 7-1, Barker 6-1, Akron 6-2, Medina 4-4, Wilson 3-5, Kenmore 1-7, Newfane 0-7
Girls Volleyball: Akron 5-1, Roy-Hart 5-1, Wilson 3-2, Medina 2-4, Newfane 1-4, Albion 1-5
Golf: Medina 11-0-1, Akron 10-1-1, Wilson 8-4, Albon 6-6, Barker 4-8, Newfane 2-10, Roy-Hart 0-12
Boys Cross-Country: Barker 2-0, Newfane 1-0, Wilson 1-0, Akron 1-1, Medina 0-1, Roy-Hart 0-1, Albion 0-2
Girls Cross-Country: Akron 2-0, Medina 1-0, Newfane 1-0, Barker 1-1, Roy-Hart 0-1, Wilson 0-1, Albion 0-2

B2 Division Football: Albion 4-0, 5-0; Olean 3-1, 3-2; Lackawanna 2-1, 3-2; Medina/Lyndonville/Barker 2-1, 3-2; Depew 0-4, 0-5; Springville 0-4, 0-5

Medina band has top score for small schools at West Genesee competition

Staff Reports Posted 30 September 2018 at 5:48 pm

Photo courtesy of Medina Marching Band

CAMILLIS – The Medina Mustang Marching Band traveled to West Genesee High School in Camillus on Saturday for the band’s third competition this season.

Nine bands competed in four classifications while West Genesee performed in exhibition. In SS1, Medina took first place with a score of 80.85 followed by Central Square in second with 78.95, New Hartford in third with 77.0 and Mohonasen in fourth with 75.80.

In LS3, Rome Free Academy won first with 71.5 and Phoenix had the high score in SS2 with 70.50. In the National Class, Cicero North Syracuse earned first place with a score of 86.40 followed by Baldwinsville in second with 84.90 and Liverpool in third with 81.90.

The band continues to tweak the show each week in preparation for the state championships at Syracuse on Oct. 28. There are three competitions before the state championship. The next shows are Oct. 6 in Webster, Oct. 13 in Victor and Oct. 20 at Orchard Park.

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A special gift at Kendall’s Homecoming

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 September 2018 at 9:42 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Saturday’s annual Homecoming celebration at Kendall was a special one for members of the Eagles Class of 1988 as they donated three picnic tables to the school in memory of a trio of their deceased classmates – Pat Regan, Mike Hart and Kevin Banker. Their names are engraved on the tables. Shown here seated at the table at the left are the family of Kevin Banker including Heather Banker, Sharon Bennett, Urb Bennett, Meghan Snyder, Libby Snyder, Laura Snyder, Rebecca Banker and Bradley Snyder along with members of the Class of 1988 including Connie Herring, Patricia Urguhart, Doug Urguhart, Chris Stock, Michelle Barrett and Mark Porter. Seated at the table at the right are the family of Pat Regan including  Rosanne Regan, Heather Regan, Jenna Regan, Britney Regan, Kailie Regan and Marie Tisack along with the following members of the Class of 1988 Members of the class of 1988 Connie Herring, Patricia Urquhart, Doug Urguhart, Chris Stock, Michelle Barrett and Mark Porter. Editor’s Note: This article was updated to correct the last names for four of people in the photo.

A closeup view of the plaques honoring the deceased members of the Kendall Class of 1988.

Family of World War I soldier visits Legion Post in Medina that bears his name

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Descendants of James P. Clark, for whom the Butts-Clark American Legion is named, pose under his picture during a ceremony Saturday in honor of the 100th anniversary of the soldier’s death during World War I. Seated from left are Carol Clark, great-niece; Chere Bougard, great-niece, holding great-great-great-niece Roxa Paige, 3; and Sandy Bougard, wife of great-nephew Tom Bougard. Standing from left are great-great-niece, Jennifer Clark Page with children Daphne, 7, and Arthur, 19 months; Katherine and Randy Bougard, great-nephew; Barry Scolaro, husband of great-niece Chere Bougard; and Thomas Bougard, great-nephew.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 30 September 2018 at 9:06 am

MEDINA – Jennifer Clark Paige never knew her great-great-uncle Cpl. James P. Clark.

But on Saturday, she and her second cousin Chere Bougard of North Tonawanda had a hard time choking back the tears during a special ceremony honoring Clark at the American Legion Post on North Main Street .

“Although I never met him, he’s a hero and I would not be here without his sacrifice,” Paige said.

An honor guard from the Butts-Clark American Legion and Medina VFW offer a three-gun salute during ceremonies to honor Cpl. James P. Clark, who died 100 years ago Saturday while serving in World War I. In the background is bugler Russell Young, and standing at attention are Jim Freas and chaplain Dave Kusmierczak.

Cpl. James P. Clark was a Medina resident and member of Company F, who trained at the Medina Armory, along with his brothers Leslie and Seth.

All three were at the Hindenburg Line in France on Sept. 27, 1918, when James was shot and died.

“I had it in my mind we could go to France and visit the American section of Bony Cemetery, where Uncle James is buried,” said Chere Bougard, great-niece. “When it became apparent we weren’t going to get there, we started making other plans to memorialize him.”

About five years ago Bougard visited the Butts-Clark American Legion, which is named for Lt. John Butts and Clark.

She suggested to her second cousin, Jennifer Clark Page of Buffalo, about doing a ceremony in Medina, and Paige said, “Yes, yes.”

“We contacted the Post and they were more than welcoming,” Bougard said.

Glenn Whitmore, commander of the Butts-Clark American Legion Post in Medina, presents a coin given at military funerals to Chere Bougard of North Tonawanda, great-niece of Cpl. James P. Clark, who was killed in action 100 years ago and for whom the Post was named.

Saturday’s ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance and reading of the circumstances surrounding Cpl. Clark’s death by Cathy Fox.

“Today, Sept. 29, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of Cpl. James P. Clark’s death,” Fox said. “It is appropriate we gather to pay our respects to this young soldier.

“One-hundred years ago, Company F, 108th Infantry, which was made up of infantrymen from Medina and New York City, was part of one of the great offensive movements launched by American forces during World War I – to break through the German defenses at the Hindenburg Line. The object was Bony, France. That day, the attack began in the early morning hours and as the day progressed, they suffered heavy casualties. But, by 11 a.m. they had reached their goal.

“As the offensive progressed, the commanding officers of the unit were also lost. Cpl. James P. Clark of Medina assumed command of his unit at a moment when confusion could have overcome the men. For nearly 20 minutes, he urged his friends forward before receiving a gunshot wound to the chest. He died in the arms of his comrades. Of the 239 in Company F who had started the long march across the shell- and bullet-racked field, only 54 answered roll call after the engagement.”

Cathy Fox with the American Legion reads the story of Cpl. James P. Clark’s death during World War I during a ceremony honoring him Saturday at the Butts-Clark American Legion. At right is Legion commander Glenn Whitmore.

Cpl. Clark was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for “leading his men into effective action after all superior officers had been killed, and directing that action coolly and courageously.”

Fox explained that following the war, in early 1919 as the American Legion was becoming an official veterans’ organization, posts were being organized across the country. In Medina, the first step was deciding on a name for the new post, and it was a policy to name a post after a resident who had given his life for his country in the Great War.

This picture of the Clark brothers shows Leslie, 6; Seth, 4; and James, 2. It was provided by the family, who visited the American Legion Post in Medina Saturday on the 100th anniversary of James’ death in World War I. All three brothers were serving at the Hindenburg Line when James was killed.

Cpl. Clark was one of Medina’s first to die in France. The decision to name the post after him also honored his family, whose two other sons were wounded and able to return home.

Saturday’s ceremony then moved outside, where an Honor Guard from the American Legion and VFW gave a three-gun salute, followed by the playing of Taps by bugler Russell Young.

Legion commander Glenn Whitmore said it was a pleasure and an honor to have Clark ’s family there, as he presented Bougard with a coin which is given to a family at a military funeral. He also held up the Company F flag, under which Clark had served.

“We feel so honored to have the cooperation of these great people in Medina,” Bougard said.

“This has been very special,” Fox said.

Chere Bougard of North Tonawanda is solemn as the story of her great-uncle Cpl. James P. Clark’s death is read at the Butts-Clark American Legion Post on Saturday. Saturday marked the 100th anniversary of the soldier’s death at the Hindenburg Line.

From left, Glenn Whitmore, commander of the Butts-Clark American Legion Post; Jennifer Clark Page, great-great-niece of James P. Clark; Chere Bougard, great-niece of Clark’s; and Cathy Fox with the American Legion cut the cake during a ceremony Saturday to honor Clark, who died 100 years ago at the Hindenburg Line during World War I.

The Honor Guard from the VFW and American Legion in Medina pose with the family of Cpl. James P. Clark, who was killed 100 years ago Saturday during World War I, and for whom the American Legion is named.

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Albion, Oakfield/Elba split in youth football

Contributed Story Posted 30 September 2018 at 8:00 am

Contributed Photo – Aquil Gaffney throws a pass for the Albion Varsity Divison squad against Oakfield/Elba.

Albion blanked Oakfield/Elba 19-0 in the JV Division of the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA) Saturday.

A huge day on the ground from Makyell Walker helped Albion stay in a tie for 1st place.  Walker had 236 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on carries of 42, 49 and 91 yards.

On defense Walker, Wesley Olles and Raekwan Riley both had 9 tackles, Jairo Chavez 8 and Kwame Riley 7.  Nate Gibson and William Farnsworth had fumble recoveries.

In the Varsity Division game, Oakfield /Elba downed Albion 45-13.

Shakarion Drisdom had 46 yards rushing and Jacob Hughson 35, also had a 65 yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Albion.  Drisdom also had a TD pass to Sh’kwe Riley.

On defense Aquil Gaffney led the team with 5 tackles.

Local runners compete at McQuaid; Newfane boys and girls take 2nd

Photos by Tom Rivers: Robert Stevenson of Newfane was 20th overall out of 353 runners with a time of 16:43 during one of the races at the McQuaid Invitational. Austin Burkard of Newfane was close behind in 22nd place with 16:50.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 September 2018 at 11:26 pm

ROCHESTER – All of the cross country teams in Orleans County and the Niagara-Orleans League competed at the prestigious McQuaid Invitational today, with an estimated 7,000 runners at Genesee Valley Park.

• Barker was third out of 23 teams in Girls Unseeded Varsity A-3 (smallest schools), behind first place Harley-Allendale-Columbia, 85; and Silver Creek, 105. Barker had a score of 132. Barker’s top runner was Gabrielle Baker in 25th place out of 265 with a time of 20:35.

Alanna Holman of Albion came in 5th, the highest finish at McQuaid for a Niagara-Orleans runner.

Kendall also competed but didn’t have a full team. Emma Allen finished in 54th place as Kendall’s first runner with a time of 21:38.

• Barker, with a score of 382, was 8th out of 48 teams in Boys Unseeded Varsity A-3 (Smallest Schools). Maple Grove was the winner with 103. Oakfield-Alabama was second at 153. Barker was led by the 15th place finish of Peter DiLorenzo at 16:54. Zack Hall of Oakfield-Alabama/Elba won the race in 15:59, out of 364 runners.

Kendall fielded a team and came in 47th with a score of 1,265. Riley Hirschman was Kendall’s top runner and 210th overall with a time of 20:07.

Holley didn’t have a full team. Dylan Clemons was Holley’s first finisher with a time of 18:26, good for 86th place.

• Several Niagara-Orleans school competed in the Unseeded Varsity A-2 division of small schools. There were 39 schools in the girls race, with Akron in sixth at 265, Albion 10th at 291, Roy-Hart 17th with 444, Medina in 27th at 690, Wilson at 29th at 706.

Albion and the N-O League runners in the race were led by the fifth place finish of Alanna Holman (19:12), while Anna Rickard led Roy-Hart at 13th (19:27), Lauren Wagner of Akron was 19th (19:47), Sabrina Quiros of Medina was 108th (22:00), and Kylee Healy was Wilson’s first finisher and 104th overall with a time of 21:57. There were 365 runners in the race.

• In the boys small school race, Newfane with a score of 191 was second out of 47 teams, behind only Falconer. Wilson was 8th at 367, while Roy-Hart was 22nd with 619, Akron was 23rd at 634, and Medina was 43rd at 1,131. Albion didn’t have a full team.

The top finishers for each school include William Schwarzmueller of Wilson at 13th (16:32), Robert Stevenson of Newfane at 20th (16:43), Ozzy Moore of Roy-Hart at 30th (17:06), Casey Zuba of Akron was 43rd (17:20), Reuben Rivers of Albion was 53rd (17:31) and Cameron Castanon of Medina was 97th (18:02).

• The Newfane girls compete in the Girls Seeded Varsity A race of small schools. Newfane was second out of 16 teams with a score of 115. That was behind only Maple Grove at 80. Kim Goerss of Newfane was seventh overall out of 160 with a time of 18:49.

Ozzy Moore, center, was Roy-Hart’s fastest runner with a time of 17:06, good for 30th place out of 353 runners in the Boys Unseeded small schools race.

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Lady Hawks roll on with Homecoming win

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 September 2018 at 8:30 pm

Surging Holley celebrated Homecoming by making it five wins in a row as the Lady Hawks blanked visiting Attica 2-0 this evening in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game.

Both of the Lady Hawks goals came in the first half as Abigail Williams scored just two minutes in off an assist from Olivia Radford and Halee Passarell tallied at the 19 minute mark from Janne Grasshoff.

Sarah Klatt earned the shutout n goal.

With the victory Holley improves to 5-2-2 in the league and 7-3-2 overall.

Lady Raiders complete Pa. field hockey trip

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 September 2018 at 7:24 pm

Contributed Photos – Barker’s Rachel Hurtgam drives the ball up field during the Lady Raiders narrow 2-1 loss at Upper St. Clair, Pa. this morning.

Barker dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to host Upper St. Clair this morning as the Lady Raiders completed their two day, two game field hockey trip to Pennsylvania.

Katrina Clare scored the lone goal for Barker off an assist from Ella Gooding.

Barker also dropped the trip’s opener by an identical 2-1 margin at Mt. Lebanon on Friday.

Wilson 6, Sacred Heart 0
In another non league game, Wilson blanked Sacred Heart 6-0 as Anna Meyers scored 3 goals, Hannah Day 2 and Ivy Montgomery 1. Sierra Shepard earned the shutout in goal.

Ciara Gregoire carries the ball up field for Barker against Upper St. Clair.

Byron-Bergen shutsout Lyndonville/Medina

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 September 2018 at 7:12 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville/Medina’s Lily Joe Carpenter tries to go around Byron-Bergen defender Lizzie Donnelly during this morning’s Homecoming game at Lyndonville.

A quick two goal scoring burst late in the first half keyed Byron-Bergen to a 4-0 victory over Lyndonville/Medina this morning in a Genesee Region League girls soccer game at Lyndonville.

Breaking away from a 0-0 deadlock, Byron-Bergen got goals from Miriam Tardy at the 15 and 13 minute marks of the opening half to spoil the Lady Tigers Homecoming celebration.

Lyndonville/Medina’s Alana Drewery tries to kick the ball away from Byron-Bergen’s Kelsey Fuller.