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Posted 22 May 2019 at 10:38 am

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Lady Tigers earn No. 1 seed for sectionals

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 May 2019 at 10:37 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Lorelei Dillenbeck and her Lyndonville teammates have earned the top seed for the upcoming softball sectional playoffs.

A near perfect 15-1 regular season record has earned Lyndonville the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Section V Class C3 softball playoffs.

The Lady Tigers will begin sectional competition at home at 1 p.m. Saturday against the winner of Thursday’s No. 9 Clyde-Savannah (4-14) at No. 8 Oakfield-Alabama (5-14) prequarterfinal game.

In Class C1, No. 11 Holley (4-14) will visit No. 6 North Rose-Wolcott (8-7) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with the winner to travel to No. 3 Williamson (14-3) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

In Class D1, No. 10 Kendall (5-11) will visit No. 7 Avoca-Prattsburg (9-5) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday with the victor facing No. 2 Honeoye (13-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Banes wins women’s softball league opener

Contributed Story Posted 22 May 2019 at 10:19 am

Scoring in every inning, Banes defeated Jr Wilson 16-10 in the Medina Women’s Softball League season opener on Monday.

Connie Heschke, Kathy Allen and Jami Chatt each banged out 3 hits and Patti Page 2 to lead the Banes attack.

Banes grabbed a 3-2 lead in the first inning on singles by Heschke, Jen Masse, Allen and Chatt.

A solo home run by Chatt in the third inning upped the lead to 5-3 but Jr Wilson scored three in the fourth to pull even at 6-6.

Banes regained the lead for good at 10-6 by scoring four time in the fifth on a double by Robin Blaun and singles by Allen, Chatt and Amy Allis.

Five more runs in the sixth on a double by Allen and singles by Heschke, Sue Seefeldt and Masse then put a lock on the win for Banes which next faces Orleans Vets on June 3.

M-L United U12 blanks Akron Predators

Contributed Story Posted 22 May 2019 at 10:16 am

Contributed Photo – Cameron Kenward drives in for an offensive attack for Medina-Lyndonville United U12.

Three players scored goals for the Medina-Lyndonville United U12 soccer team in a 4-0 victory over the Akron Predators Monday.

Cole Callard led the offense with 2 goals.  Austin Seefeldt knocked in 1 and Jimmy Dieter couldn’t be stopped to seal the victory with the final goal.

In goal, Brady Christiannsen shutdown the Akron attack with help from Trenton Morley on defense to shutout the Predators.

Next game will be June 3rd vs West Seneca Knights

Purple Eagles rally past Panthers

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 May 2019 at 9:38 pm

Albion rallied for a 7-5 victory over visiting Newfane this afternoon to finish the Niagara-Orleans League baseball season at 7-5.

Trailing 5-1, Albion pulled even by scoring four times in the fourth inning ignited by a single by Thomas Furmanski and highlighted by a two out, two-run single by Alex Gibson.

The Purple Eagles then scored the deciding runs in the fifth again ignited by a single by Furmanski and highlighted by a two out, RBI single by Gibson.

Furmanski finished with a total of 3 hits and Gibson 2.

Furmanski also pitched the final two innings allowing no hits and striking out 3.

Newfane finishes the N-O season at 4-8.

Tennis
Holley wins sectional quarterfinal
Holley edged past Alexander 3-2 this afternoon in the quarterfinals of the Section V Class C team championships.

Holley got wins at the first two singles positions by Aaron Strathearn and Cheyan Palmer and from the second doubles to team of Erik Balys and Cory Puente.

In the Section VI singles championships, Akron’s Nate Chubb won a pair of matches to advance to the semifinals.

Track
In a key regular season ending clash of unbeatens, Newfane defeated Akron 86-55 to capture the N-O league girls track championship.

Kim Goerss won the 1500, 3000 and 400 for Newfane as Gina Shorter doubled in the 100 and 200, Ashlyn Joseph the 100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles. and Mel Meyers the High Jump and Triple Jump.

Newfane finishes at 6-0 and Akron 5-1.

Medina ousts Newfane in Class B1 softball playoff opener; Tonawanda nips Albion

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 May 2019 at 9:22 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Brandi Guild turns a double play as Newfane’s Amanda Gagnon slides into second base. The action took place during the Mustangs sectional win over the Lady Panthers this evening at Vets Park.

Scoring in every inning, No. 5 seeded Medina romped to a 17-0 victory over No. 12 Newfane in the opening round of the Section VI Class B1 softball sectionals this evening at Vets Park.

The victory advances Medina to a quarterfinal contest on Thursday at No. 4 City Honors which defeated No. 13 CSAT 26-7.

Cora Payne hurled a two hit shutout for Medina with 9 strikeouts.

Cora Payne hurled a two hit shutout for the Mustangs.

Brandi Guild led Medina at the plate by banging out four hits including two doubles and a pair of triples. Morgan Allis and Ashlee Howell also both had two hits.

A third inning double play from Kenward to Guild to Brooklyn Brown highlighted the Mustangs defensive effort.

Medina scored a quick run in the first inning as Guild tripled and came home on a sacrifice fly by Lacey Kenward.

An RBI double by Allis and a run on a fielders choice play upped the lead to 3-0 in the second inning.

The Mustangs then began to pull away by scoring four times in the third inning on RBI doubles by Guild and Kenward, an error and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Brown for a 7-0 lead.

Medina capped off the win by erupting for 8 runs in the sixth inning  highlighted by a three run triple by Guild, an RBI double by Kenward and run producing singles by Camri King and Allis.

Tonawanda 8, Albion 7
In another Class B1 opener, No. 9 Albion dropped a narrow 8-7 decision at No. 8 Tonawanda.

Aly Knaak and Emani Poole both had 3 hits for Albion as Kendall Derisley and Brylie Hapeman both had 2. Derisley drove in a total of three runs and Poole two.

In a Class B2 opener Wilson defeated JFK 18-0.

Mustangs score win over Panthers in Section VI Class D lacrosse playoff opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 May 2019 at 6:58 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Mitchell Silversmith looks to work away from two Newfane defenders during the Mustangs sectional win over the Panthers this afternoon at Vets Park.

Getting goal production from nine different players, No. 4 seeded Medina defeated No. 5 Newfane 18-9 in the quarterfinal round of the Section VI Class D lacrosse playoffs this afternoon at Vets Park.

The victory sends Medina into a semifinal meeting at top seeded Salamanca on Thursday.

Medina’s Mark Reigle tries to defend Newfane’s John Sylvies.

Zach Blount scored 4 goals to lead Medina’s scoring parade as Cayden Lilleby and Chaise Prest both netted 3, Mitchell Silversmith and Tommy Vasquez 2 and Cooper Fearby, Daniel Mandujuano, Mark Reigle and Austin Lovewell 1 each.

John Sylvies took game high scoring honors for Newfane with 7 goals.

Medina jumped out to a 6-1 first quarter lead as Vasquez scored two goals and Lilleby, Blount, Silversmith and Prest one each.

Two goals each by Prest and Blount in the second period helped keep the Mustangs up by a 10-3 margin at the half.

Medina maintained a 13-5 advantage at the three-quarter mark after third period goals by Blount, Lilleby and Prest.

The lacrosse meeting was the first ever between the Mustangs and Panthers who are in their first season of varsity competition after several years at the club level.

The Mustangs are now 7-10.

Medina’s Chaise Prest takes a shot on goal.

Medina to host Newfane in lacrosse, softball sectional doubleheader on Tuesday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 May 2019 at 9:58 pm

Medina will play host to Newfane in an interesting Section VI lacrosse, softball playoff doubleheader on Tuesday at Vets Park.

The No. 4 seeded Medina lacrosse team will host No. 5 Newfane at 4:45 p.m. in a Class D quarterfinal contest.

It will mark the first ever lacrosse meeting between the Mustangs and Panthers who are in their first year of varsity competition. The winner will visit top seeded Salamanca on Thursday in the semifinals.

The No. 5 seeded Medina softball squad will then face No. 12 Newfane at 7 p.m. in a Class B1 opener. The victor will face the winner of the No. 13 CSAT vs. No. 4 City Honors contest on Thursday.

Medina defeated Newfane twice during the Niagara-Olreans League season by scores of 15-0 and 14-2.

In another Class B1 opener on Tuesday, No. 9 Albion will visit No. 9 Tonawanda at 4 :45 p.m. The winner will visit top seeded Olean on Thursday.

In Class B2, N-O champion Roy-Hart is seeded No. 2. The Lady Rams will face the winner of the No. 10 Southwestern vs. No. 7 Olmsted game on Thursday at Vets Park.

Also in Class B2, No. 6 Wilson will host No. 11 JFK on Tuesday and No. 4 Akron will host No. 5 Cleveland Hill on Thursday.

In Class C2, No .7 Barker visits No. 2 Maple Grove on Thursday.

Pitching keys Tigers, Rams to diamond wins

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 May 2019 at 9:10 pm

Pitching was key in local high school baseball action this afternoon as Lyndonville blanked host Elba 7-0 in a Genesee Region League game and Roy-Hart edged past host Wilson 3-1 in a Niagara-Orleans League contest.

Rolland Balcerzak pitched a one hit shutout with 3 strikeouts for Lyndonville which improves to 12-0 in G-R action and 14-0 overall.

Kane Flynn banged out 3 hits and Zach Johnson 2 to lead the Tigers at the plate.

The Tigers scored the only two runs they needed as it turned out in the first inning on a double by Flynn and singles by Nate Dillenbeck and Johnson.

Flynn followed up with an RBI double in the second inning and Matt Hess had an RBI single in the third following a double by Oskar Heinsler.

Noah Heinsler added an RBI double in the sixth and Flynn capped off his big afternoon at the plate with a two-run single in the seventh. A single by Balcerzak and a walk set up that  opportunity.

Lyndonville next visits Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Roy-Hart 3, Wilson 1
Walker Samanka hurled a 3 hitter with 8 strikeouts for Roy-Hart which finishes the N-O season at 9-3.

The Rams scored once in the second as Samanka singled and came home on a wild pitch and twice in the seventh on a wild pitch and an RBI single by Noah Hardy. Three straight walks with two outs loaded the bases to set up the threat.

Steve Frerichs pitched the first six and two-thirds innings allowing 3 hits and striking out 9 for Wilson which winds up the N-O season at 5-7.

Newfane 5, Barker 1

Cade Littman went the distance on the mound hurling a 4 hitter leading Newfane (4-7) past Barker (0-12) 5-1.

Garrett Srock and Matt DiTullio both had 3 hits for the Panthers as Littman and Hunter Jurek had doubles.

Wagner places second at golf sectionals

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 May 2019 at 8:59 pm

Contributed Photo – Ian Wagner and Medina Coach Rob Dennis

Medina High junior Ian Wagner finished second at the Section VI golf championships this afternoon to earn a berth in the upcoming state championships.

Wagner lost on the first playoff hole to Aidan Shaw from Oachard Park for top honors in the tournament which was held at River Oaks on Grand Island.

Wagner, who won the Niagara-Orleans League tournament last fall, and Shaw were tied at 4 over after 18 holes and at 7 over after 27 holes forcing the playoff for first place honors.

“Ian played great today,” said Medina Coach Rob Dennis. “I’m so proud of him.”