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Community shows love for Tom Drennan in fight against cancer

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2021 at 9:49 pm

‘He has a great heart and he would help anyone’

Photos by Tom Rivers

KENDALL – About 200 T-shirts were distributed this evening to show support for Tom Drennan, a retired chief deputy of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and longtime Kendall firefighter.

Drennan was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma and has completed two rounds of chemotherapy. He is awaiting a stem cell transplant and then faces more chemotherapy.

His friends – Steve Cooley, left, and Chris and Stacey Seefeldt – handed out the T-shirts this evening from the Kendall Elementary School parking lot.

Drennan is well-liked, especially in the Kendall community.

“Tom has been a great guy with the Fire Department and he was a great cop,” said Nathan Loescher, who was among the crowd who paid for a shirt as a fundraiser. “He has a great heart and he would help anyone.”

Loescher said he appreciated when the Kendall community rallied for his mother, when she had pancreatic cancer about five years ago. About 500 chicken barbecue dinners were sold to help her with her medical bills. “It was a huge help,” he said.

Kristen Ferris of Carlton also has felt the community support when there was cancer in her family. She wanted to help the Drennan family, and said Drennan has been a family friend her entire life.

The T-shirts include Drennan’s badge number of 145 on the front and the message “Team Drennan – You got this” on the back.

Besides the T-shirts, there was a basket raffle with the items sold with an auction through Facebook.

Chris and Stacey Seefeldt led the fundraising efforts, and managed to keep it a secret from the Drennans through a closed Facebook group.

The two families often go camping together, but that has been put off this year.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Prest

About 50 people walked from the school to Drennan’s home and surprised Tom and his wife Terri. They were presented with a check for about $11,000. A Kendall fire truck led the processional to the Drennan home.

People were eager to help the family while Drennan is off from working with Ludwick Paving & Concrete.

Terri Drennan, who works as the crime victims unit coordinator in Orleans County, posted on Facebook, thanking everyone for sending love, prayers and positivity.

“Finding out ALL OF YOU are supporting Tom’s journey means more than you can ever imagine…shirts, donations, baskets, cards, kind words…there is no way saying thank you can begin to capture how overwhelmed we are and how full our hearts are,” she said.

Kendall golfers down Pembroke to go to 3-1

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 May 2021 at 9:15 pm

Improving to 3-1, Kendall bested Pembroke 211-258 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League golf match.

Jake Esposito and Ryan Robinson both shot 49 to share medalist honors for the Eagles.

Esposito also took medalist honors on Tuesday with a 47 as Kendall downed Notre Dame 226-258.

Pfizer vaccine authorized for 12- to 15-year-olds in NY, ‘effective immediately’

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2021 at 8:43 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state has authorized use of the Pfizer vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds following the endorsement of the vaccine today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine has now been expanded to include people 12 and older, “effective immediately,” Cuomo said.

The CDC decision followed the federal Food and Drug Administration on Monday, which gave its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine to include people ages 12 to 15.

Dr. Howard Zucker, New York state health commissioner, and the New York State Clinical Advisory Task Force recommended the expanded use of the Pfizer vaccine.

“Children under the age of 18 now account for more than 20 percent of new cases in this country, and vaccine authorization for a younger population will allow the state to continue its tremendous progress towards winning the war against Covid,” Cuomo said in a statement. “More than 17 million vaccine doses have been administered in New York State to date.”

Lady Tigers rally to down Pembroke

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 May 2021 at 8:39 pm

Trailing 8-2, Lyndonville used a big seven run fourth inning rally to key a 14-10 victory over Pembroke this afternoon in a Genesee Region League softball game.

A two-run home run by Lorelei Dillenbeck along with two-run singles by Chloe Stinson and Brooke Robinson highlighted the decisive rally which also included singles by Addison Dillenbeck and Haley Shaffer.

Improving to 4-1, the Lady Tigers tacked on two more runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to close out the win.

Brynn Howell had 3 hits on the day for the Lady Tigers as Lorelei Dillenbeck, Robinson, Shaffer and Addison Dillenbek each had two.

Kendall 13, Wheatland-Chili 2

Lauren Pilon, Julie Coble and Ciera Kupferschmid each had 3 hits and winning pitcher Sara Mattle, Shelby Kruger and Emma Quintern each banged out 2 for Kendall in the 13-2 win at Wheatland-Chili.

Pilon and Kruger both had a pair of doubles. Pilon also drove in 5 runs as Mattle and Kruger each plated 2.

In the circle, Mattle scattered 6 hits and struck out 6.

Byron-Bergen 13, Holley 4

A big 9 run fifth inning keyed Byron-Bergen to a 13-4 G-R win over Holley.

Rachel Howard had 2 hits for Holley as Tia Hoffarth had an RBI double and Halee Passarell and Kayleigh Neale run producing singles.

Notre Dame 6, Medina 3

A four run first inning scoring burst, which included doubles by Sarah McGinnis and Sonji Warner, keyed Notre Dame to a 6-3 non league win at Medina.

Miriam Fike had a triple for Medina. Mustangs pitcher Bri Russell registered 9 strikeouts.

Holley and Kendall win in G-R tennis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 May 2021 at 7:42 pm

Holley bested Elba 4-1 and Kendall blanked Pembroke 5-0 this afternoon in Genesee Region League tennis action.

Straight set wins at first and second singles by Cavan Bennage and Cora Bennage led the wy for the Hawks.

Kendall was liekwise led by wins at the first two singles spots by Tory Raufeison and Devin Edick.

Holley 4, Elba 1

First Singles: Cavan Bennage (Holley) d. Christopher Olguin 6-0, 6-0

Second Singles: Cora Bennage (Holley) d. Emily Rowe 6-2, 6-4

Third Singles: Madison Harrington (Elba) d. Jalen Tette 6-0, 6-3

First Doubles Mason Neale and James Tette (Holley) d. Donovan Sherman and Jason Rowe 6-2, 6-1

Second Doubles: Kirsstin-Louisse Althoff and Ashanty Gonzalez (Holley) d. Amelia Brewer and Lucy LoBello 6-1, 6-1

Kendall 5, Pembroke 0

First Singles : Tory Raufeison (Kendall) d. Riley Martin 6-3, 6-0

Second Singles: Devin Edick (Kendall) d. Indigo Fox  6-2, 6-0

Third Singles: Joshua Esposito (Kendall) d. Jonah Martin 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

First Doubles : Kari Harrier and Tobias Passer( Kendall) d. Lily Martin and Isla Czechowicz 6-0, 6-0

Second Doubles: Eric Woodhams and Daniel Williams (Kendall) won by forfeit

Akron 5, Barker o

Defending champion Akron blanked Barker 5-0 to go to 2-0 in Niagara-Orleans League tennis competition.

Akron 5, Barker 0

First Singles: Will Chubb (Akron) d. Nathan Meza Ray 6-0, 6-0

Second Singles: Caleb Suckow (Akron) d. Matthew Ryan 6-0, 6-1

Third Singles: Samantha Niescier (Akron) d. Cameron Kiner 6-0, 6-2

First Doubles: Sean Brennan and Sean O’Shaughnessy (Akron) d. Ella Gooding and Keith Robison 6-3, 6-3

Second Doubles: Kaly Lin and Stella Van Wyk (Akron) d. Carla Stoloski and Thomas Jowdy 6-1, 6-2

Hawks rally in the 7th for win; Tigers romp

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 May 2021 at 7:35 pm

Holley-Kendall pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to nip Byron-Bergen 4-3 this afternoon in a Genesee Region League baseball game.

Broek Ostrom singled in the winning run for the Hawks after singles by Miles Lammes and Jared Strathearn and an intentional walk had loaded the bases.

Byron-Bergen had tied the game at 3-3 by scoring twice in the top of the seventh.

Earlier, the Hawks scored twice in the first inning on a two run double by Jorden Ostrander, which followed singles by Lammes and Braxton Zarpentine, and once in the sixth on an error.

Lammes finished with 3 hits and Zarpentine 2.

Jayden Gibaud picked up the win on the mound as he scattered 3 hits and struck out 13.

Holley-Kendall is now 3-2.

Lyndonville 34, Pembroke 1

Erupting for 11 runs in the first inning, Lyndonville went on to defeat Pembroke 34-1 this afternoon in a five inning G-R contest.

Lyndonville pounded out a total of 20 hits on the day including three each by winning pitcher Trenton Muck, Nathan Dillenbeck, Rolland Balcerzak and Jack Whipple along with two each by Casey Winiecki, Jacob Corser and Dylan-Burt Hodgins.

On the mound, Muck allowed 2 hits and struck out 12.

Now at 3-1, Lyndonville next visits Elba on Friday.

More banners of soldiers going up in Albion, Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2021 at 5:13 pm

Photo by Tom Rivers: This banner on East Bank Street in Albion shows the portrait of the late Donald O’Hearn, who served in the Navy during the Korean War.

ALBION/MEDINA – More banners recognizing soldiers from the Albion and Medina community will be put up in 2021.

Albion displayed 69 in the debut of the banners last year. There are 23 more going up for 92 total this year on Main Street, Bank Street and Route 31.

Albion Mayor Eileen Banker has been coordinating the effort. She would like to add more in 2022 and will promote that effort next February.

The banners are expected to be up until just after Veterans’ Day in November.

Medina is in its third year of the “Hometown Heroes” banners and this year will have 210 on display, including 131 new ones. Mary Woodruff, a Ridgeway town councilwoman, has spearheaded the effort.

“It’s building patriotism and celebrating the real heroes,” Woodruff said.

Families or loved ones of the soldiers pay the cost for the banners. The Department of Public Works in each village installs the banners.

DEC urges motorists to be careful of turtles crossing roads

Posted 12 May 2021 at 4:34 pm

Turtles will be on the move in May and June to lay eggs

Photo by Tom Rivers: This snapping turtle is shown last June after it managed to cross Route 31 in Fancher. Many snapping turtles were on the move crossing roads to find spots to lay their eggs.

Press Release, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today reminded New Yorkers that turtles are on the move in the months of May and June, and asked drivers to “give turtles a brake.”

In New York, thousands of turtles are killed each year when struck by vehicles while migrating to nesting areas. Increasing public awareness of turtles’ nesting behavior can help save this important species.

“A turtle’s shell provides good protection from natural predators, but it cannot protect a turtle from being hit by a vehicle while crossing a road,” Seggos said. “Vehicle strikes are a major cause of turtle mortality and New York’s native turtles are more active this time of year as they seek sandy areas or loose soil to lay their eggs, sometimes even near the side of a road.”

If a motorist sees a turtle on the road, drivers are encouraged to slow down to avoid hitting it with their vehicle. If the vehicle can safely stop, motorists should consider moving the turtle to the shoulder on the side of the road in the direction it was facing.

Motorists are advised not to pick turtles up by their tails to avoid injuring the turtle. Most turtles, other than snapping turtles, can be picked up by the sides of their shell. Snapping turtles have necks that can reach a long distance and have a strong bite, so if motorists try to help a snapping turtle, they should pick it up by the rear of the shell near the tail using both hands or slide a car mat under the turtle to drag it safely across the road.

DEC reminds people to never take turtles home. All native turtles are protected by law and cannot be kept without a DEC permit.

All 11 species of land turtles native to New York are in decline. Turtles are long-lived species and it takes many years for a turtle to reach maturity. Even losing one mature female can have a negative impact on a local population.

50 percent of adults vaccinated in NY; 30.7 percent in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2021 at 1:59 pm

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today highlighted a milestone in the state’s vaccination efforts against Covid-19.

The state is at 50 percent of adults who are now vaccinated, people 18 and older who have completed the vaccine series.

In Orleans County, 30.7 percent of adults 18 and older have completed the vaccine series, according to the state’s Vaccine Tracker.

In the state, 60.7 percent of those 18 and older have had at least one dose of the vaccine, which compares to 45.7 percent in the county who are 18 and older with at least one dose.

“Our continued progress on vaccinations is phenomenal and that’s a function of all the good work that our providers and volunteers across New York have done,” Cuomo said. “We are hitting critical milestones, but the rate of people coming in to get vaccinated has declined, and that’s troubling. We are especially focused on the youthful and the doubtful, and we are continuing to work with community leaders and pushing the message that everyone needs to get their shot because this vaccine is our key weapon in defeating this beast.”

GLOW counties

  • Genesee – 35.6 percent 18 and older completed vaccine series; 52.9 percent of 18 and older with at least one dose; 42.7 percent of overall population with at least one dose
  • Livingston – 37.6 percent 18 and older completed vaccine series; 51.9 percent of 18 and older with at least one dose; 43.3 percent of overall population with at least one dose
  • Orleans – 30.7 percent 18 and older completed vaccine series; 45.7 percent of 18 and older with at least one dose; 37.4 percent of overall population with at least one dose
  • Wyoming – 32.4 percent 18 and older completed vaccine series; 46.8 percent of 18 and older with at least one dose, 38.3 percent of overall population with at least one dose

Holley PD welcomes 3 new officers

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2021 at 1:38 pm

Provided photos

HOLLEY – The Holley Police Department recently welcomed three new police officers. They were sworn into their positions by Bob Barton, the acting police chief.

The top photo shows Chief Barton, right, welcoming Thomas Kirk to the Police Department.

Timothy Quatro shakes hands with Chief Barton.

Charles St. John is among the new officers with the Holley PD.

Supportive Care honors 2 for commitment to agency

Posted 12 May 2021 at 12:46 pm

Provided photos: From left includes Kellie Spychalski, CEO of Supportive Care of Orleans; Lynn Burgess, 2020 Business/Civic Award Winner; and Christine Fancher, Social Worker/Volunteer Coordinator.

Press Release, Supportive Care of Orleans

ALBION – Supportive Care of Orleans is proud to announce the following award winners for the year 2020 for both the Business/Civic Award as well as the Mary Janet Sahukar Award.

The 2020 Business/Civic Award was presented to Lynn Burgess of Lynn’s Salon in Albion. Lynn has been instrumental in helping support our Annual Spring Bouquet Sale for many years and never ceases to amaze the organization with her overwhelming support. Lynn has also been a strong supporter over the past several years helping contribute to many of our other fundraising events.

Pictured from left include Kellie Spychalski, CEO; Doug Miller, 2020 Mary Janet Sahukar Award Winner; and Christine Fancher, Social Worker/Volunteer Coordinator.

The 2020 Mary Janet Sahukar Award was presented to Doug Miller. Doug has been a part of many campus projects this past year including the expansion of the organization’s parking lot. He and his wife Sue donate large planters and flowers to the Martin-Linsin campus each year and they bring so much beauty to those who enter the front doors.

Doug has also been extremely instrumental in assisting the agency wherever needed, including his Board of Director duties with the organization. He has a kind, giving heart, and we are so very excited to share this aware with him.

Supportive Care of Orleans would like to again thank both Lynn Burgess and Doug Miller for their contributions and continued efforts to help support the mission of the organization.

Albion man, 62, charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing teen

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 12 May 2021 at 11:04 am

ALBION – An Albion man is facing attempted murder charges after allegedly stabbing a 17-year-old male in the chest in a domestic dispute on Tuesday night.

Isaiah Alexander

Isaiah Alexander, 62, of Albion allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old male in the upper chest area. While attempting to prevent further injury to the 17-year-old male, a 20-year-old female suffered a severe laceration to her hand, said David Mogle, Albion police chief.

Alexander has been charged him with one count of attempted murder, two counts of 1st-degree assault, one count of attempted assault in the first degree, and one count of endangering the welfare of child. Additional charges may be forthcoming, Mogle said.

Alexander was remanded to Orleans County Jail on $50,000 cash bail, $100,000 bond or $200,000 partially secured bond.

The Albion Police Department responded to Oak Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park for reports of a stabbing on Tuesday night. The Albion PD was assisted by the New York State Police and Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.

The 17-year-old male is expected to recover but was kept overnight in a hospital for observation, Mogle said. The woman was released last night from the hospital.

Medina HS recognizes Honor Society members from 2020 and 2021

Posted 12 May 2021 at 10:46 am

Covid shutdown cancelled last year’s induction ceremony

Press Release, Medina Central School

Provided photos: Seniors Evie Schultz, Ianah Drisdom and Corey Saj take the National Honor Society Pledge.

MEDINA – A distinguished group of Medina juniors and seniors were celebrated in two ceremonies at High School as they were inducted into the Arista Chapter of the National Honor Society.

In order to become a member, students must have a cumulative average of 90% or higher. They must also fill out an application and submit an essay to be reviewed by the faculty council made up of high school teachers.

Because of the school shutdown last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Principal Michael Cavanagh and the planning committee felt it was important to honor this year’s and last year’s honorees together.

“It is truly an achievement to make the National Honor Society,” said Mark Kruzynski, district superintendent. “I am especially proud of this group, because of all of the adversity that they have had to overcome because of the pandemic.  These students excelled whether learning remotely or in school, and they adapted to every situation.  Congratulations to all of our National Honor Society inductees.”

Two ceremonies were held on May 5, coordinated by National Honor Society advisors, Alissa Dunham and Samantha Rennie, with guest speaker, Jackie Gardner.  A community member who has been a leader in many organizations like United Way and GCASA, Gardner also has been involved in the American Bankers Association for 33 years.

Gardner has devoted her time to the Orleans County United Way for eight years and served and president and vice president. She also helped to co-chair the United Way Allocations Committee and is currently part of Leadership Orleans. In addressing the students, she talked to them about the four pillars of National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service and character and how to incorporate them into their lives now and in their future. She encouraged students to get involved in their community and wherever they go in the future. The school district would like to thank her for impact on their community.

Ianah Drisdom, a senior, is congratulated by her mother.

The ceremonies included excerpts from essays that students submitted with their applications for the National Honor Society.  The topics for these essays were: an adult that made the greatest impact on them, being an A student or the four pillars of the National Honor Society.  The ceremony was concluded with a candle lighting ceremony, the receiving of their gold cords from Assistant Principal Joel Reed and the reciting of the National Honor Society Pledge.

The new inductees include:

Seniors: James Bieliski, Arella Biesinger, Abigail Blount (Vice President), Tessa Boyce, Brooklyn Brown, Sophia Cardone (President), Emma Carson, Alwyn Cayea, Morgan Crossett, Ianah Drisdom, Carter Green, Devin Griffin, Alexis Hare, Makayla Heideman, Corinne Hill, Kylie Hinman (Social Chair), Bailey Jackson, Hannah Kenward (Treasurer), Carina Kingsbury, Emma Leonard, Madison Meyers, Abigail Neuman, Jaden Pencille, August Pietrafesa, Emma Roush, Jack Rutkowski (Secretary), Corey Saj, Evie Schultz, Emma Schwarzott, Sarah Sones, Madison Stewart, Ryan Taylor, Faith Ann Vanderwalker, Jacob Velesko, Sydney Watts and Amanda Woodruff.

Alexis Jones (Social Chair) and Micaela Erway (Vice President), graduates from the Class of 2020, also participated in the ceremony for the seniors.

Juniors: Dakota Alexander, Andrea Benz, David Berry, Suvi Biesinger, Thomas Burgess Jr., Lily Carpenter, Joseph Cecchini, Zachary Fike, Benjamin Griffin, Samuel Kingsbury, Kaylee Lacey, Drayven Oakes, Kristi Oliver, Xander Payne, Jaxon Phillips, Victoria Potter, Karina Rotoli, Charisma Roy, Willy Sanchez Cabrera, Aleena Silker, Willow Smith, Alexandria Strong, Kristen Trillizio, Emma Wagner, Hayden Woodroe and Megan Zakes.

Lyndonville High will induct its first Athletic Hall of Fame class on Sunday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 May 2021 at 9:12 am

Contributed Photos – Lyndonville’s 2011 baseball team will be among the first inductees into the Tigers new Athletic Hall of Fame. Team members included, in front, Joey Sukackas, Josh Brabon, Tanner Helsdon, Alex Rodriguez, Joe Burgess and Cody Buckland. In the second row are Coach Shane Price, Andy Hydock, Corey Nicholson, Brooks Boyle, Jared Preedom, Ryan Lilley, Travis Hall, Jimmy White, Ken Urbanik and Coach Mark Hughes.

Sunday will be a special day as some of the school’s outstanding sports accomplishments over the past seven decades will be honored as Lyndonville High will induct its first class into the Tigers new Athletic Hall of Fame.

The initial class includes one team, the 2011 baseball squad;three coaches – Arnie Hartsen, Fred Large and John Hayes; seven former student/athletes – Ron Mapes (Class of 1955), Jill Eppolito (Class of 1979), Tim Riemer (Class of 1985), Chris Hayes (Class of 1989, Sam Recco (Class of 2012) and Tony Recco (Class of 2015) along with a Special Contributor Maria Quintern (Class of 1986).

The 2011 Baseball Team

The 2011 Tigers diamond squad made history by becoming the school’s first team to reach the state semifinals.

In route to reaching the Final Four, the Tigers defeated Notre Dame 7-4 for the Section V Class DD title, Webster Christian 10-4 for the Section V Class D berth to the state playoffs and Pine Valley 12-6 in the Far West Regional. The Tigers bid for a spot in the finals was ended via a narrow 7-4 loss to Livingston Manor in the state semifinals.

Five members of the Tigers squad – Josh Brabon, Brooks Boyle, Andy Hydock, Ryan Lilley and Joe Burgess – earned Genesee Region League All-Star honors and Coach Shane Price was honored as both G-R and Section V Coach of the Year.

Coaches Fred Large, left, Arnie Hartsen and John Hayes

Coach Arnie Hartsen

Hartsen served the school district as a Physical Education teacher, Coach and Athletic Director from 1941-43 and 1946-1976) as he served in the Navy from 1943-46.

He guided the Tigers baseball squad to 13 Genesee-Orleans League titles and four Section V championships (1951, 1953, 1955 and 1959) compiling a career record of 326-147-2.

In the sectional finals his Tiger teams shared the crown with Clyde in 1951 after a 2-2 tie, defeated Naples 2-1 in 1953, Cuba 3-0 in 1955 and Belmont 14-1 in 1959.

Coach Fred Large

Large organized the Lyndonville wrestling program in 1963 and guided the Tigers to 14 Genesee Region League titles and five Section V Class championships (1975, 1984, 1987, 1993 and 1994). His 1975 squad had five individual Section V champions.

His Tigers squads at one stretch had a 46 match winning streak and overall he had a career record of over 250 wins.

He was inducted into the Section V Hall of Fame in 2005.

The gymnasium in which the Tigers wrestling teams now hold their matches is named in his honor.

Coach John Hayes

Hayes guided the Tigers baseball teams for 24 years (1979-2001) during which his teams compiled a record of 365-262 and won four Section V championships (1982, 1983, 1994 and 1996) and nine G-R titles (1982, ’83. ’83, ’88. ’89, ’95, ’96, 99 and 2000).

His 1982 team downed Cuba 2-0 to end Lyndonville’s 23 year long sectional title drought. The Tigers other three title wins were 10-0 over Pavilion in 1983, 2-0 over Hammondsport in 1994 and 1-0 over Fillmore in 1996.

The Tigers main gymnasium is named in honor of Hayes who also served as varsity basketball coach and Athletic Director.

Sam and Tony Recco

Sam and Tony Recco

The Recco brothers, Sam and Tony, made history when they both earned state wrestling titles on the same day in 2012.

Tony, then a freshman scored a narrow 1-0 win to capture the state 99 lb. title and then minutes later Sam, a senior, completed the brothers sweep with a 2-0 victory to capture the 120 lb. title.

Both five year varsity wrestlers for the Tigers, Sam compiled a career record of 188-34 and Tony a mark of 196-17.

Sam, who also placed sixth at the state championships in 2011, was a two-time Section V champ in 2011 and 2012.

Tony, who also placed third at the state championships in 2014 and sixth in 2015, was a three time Section V champion in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

They both went on to wrestle at Edinboro University.

Maria Quintern, left, and Jill Eppolito

Jill Eppolito

Eppolito likewise was a multi sport athlete in soccer, basketball and track during the early years of the Lady Tigers sports program.

In soccer she scored a school record 35 goals in 1978 and went on to become a Gold Medalist at the 1978 Empire State Games.

In basketball she was a three-time G-R and two-time Section V All-Star. She holds the school records for most points in a game (45 vs. Notre Dame in 1979), most points in a season (411 during the 1977-78 season) and most career points 1,037). She also had a school record 28.8 career scoring average.

In track she won the Section V Class D title in the 100 Hurdles in 1979.

Maria Quintern

Maria has served as shot clock operator and scorekeeper for over 35 years. She has been a volunteer scorekeeper for soccer, volleyball, basketball and baseball.

Lyndonville Athletic Director Jim Zeliff states that Maria “epitomizes the category of “Supporter” as she has attended almost every athletic event and volunteered her time for 30+ years. Her contributions are invaluable to the district athletic programs.”

Chris Hayes, left, Ron Mapes and Tim Riemer

Ron Mapes

Mapes was a multi sport athlete in football (1953-54), basketball (1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55) and baseball (1952-1955).

He compiled a 30-3 career record on the mound for the Tigers including a Section V and state record 8 no hitters as well as 19 shutouts and 9 one hitters. He registered 441 strikeouts and offensively had a career batting average of .392.

He hurled the Tigers to three playoff wins in both the  1953 and 1955 Section V title campaigns.

He went on to play professional baseball in the New York Yankees organization.

Tim Riemer

Riemer also was a multi sport athlete in soccer, basketball and baseball.

In soccer he scored a school record 39 goals his senior year and finished with a career total of 46.

In basketball he set a Tigers single game scoring record of 46 against Wyoming during the 1984-85 season. He scored 394 points that season and finished with a career total of 975.

In baseball he hit .462 his senior year with 12 RBIs and no strikeouts and .400 with 10 RBIs his junior year earning G-R All-Star honors both seasons as a catcher. He went on to play professional baseball in the Cleveland Indians organization.

Chris Hayes

Chris Hayes was likewise was a three sport standout in soccer, basketball and baseball.

He was a two-time G-R Al-Star in both soccer and basketball.

On the basketball court he had then school record totals of 478 points in his senior year and 1.012 for his career.

On the baseball diamond he was a four time G-R All-Star who had three no hitters, seven career shutouts and 32 career victories. He went on to play baseball at the University of Connecticut.

Will jury give defendants who stormed capital a break, believing they were brainwashed?

Posted 12 May 2021 at 8:05 am


As you know President Trump’s attorney Sydney Powell and Tucker Carlson took the same tact in lawsuits and claimed what they say is too outrageous to be believed.

Fox entertainment persuasion is now being used as a  defense by one of the criminals who broke into the capital. Unlike many, his defense is not that he legally obeyed a President’s orders.

This new defendant is claiming Fox brainwashed him into it. He therefore avoids having to show what President Trump’s orders actually were. The defense is called “Foxitis.”

Unlike the failed defense of “affluenza” which claimed people are too spoiled to understand the consequences of their actions, the symptoms of “Foxitis” include delusional thinking leading to the irresistible urge to follow the entertainers’ urgings to storm the Capitol.

It’s ingenious since it’s already known that Fox entertainers contributed to people taking the pandemic less seriously and that resulted in more deaths. Logically this defense could have “legs” with a similarly naive jury.

This is another interesting detour in the Trump, ultra-conservative media, propaganda axis which is using fear, lies, TV and social media to distort information.

Will a jury decide it’s enough to ignore the Rule of Law?

Conrad F. Cropsey