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Mapes was early mound ace for Lyndonville

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 June 2020 at 10:36 am

Contributed Photo – Ron Mapes

Over the past seven decades the Lyndonville High baseball program has had a string of strong starting pitchers, the first of which was Ron Mapes who hurled for the Tigers for four years from 1952-55.

Mapes, who posted a career record of 30-3, helped Lyndonville capture Section V championships in both 1953 and 1955.

In 1953 Lyndonville nipped Naples 2-1 in the title contest as Mapes hurled a three hitter with five strikeouts.

He then capped off his sparkling career by striking out 17 and allowing only three hits in Lyndonville’s 3-0 win over Cuba in the 1955 championship game.

During his career, Mapes pitched 8 no hitters which is still the Section V record. In addition to several other shutout wins he also had nine one hitters and one perfect game. He also struck out 441 of the 822 batters he faced.

Mapes’ success on the mound understandably attracted plenty of attention from major league scouts beginning in his sophomore year.

Following his sectional title win over Cuba, Mapes attended tryouts for a number of major league teams and ended up signing with the New York Yankees. He played one season (1956) for the Yankees St. Petersburg team in the Florida League.

Interestingly, the Section V record book also has the names of several other Lyndonville pitchers among its career leaders.

Rob Riemer (1982-84) is second on the career shutout list with 10 while Chris Hayes (1986-89) is tied for fourth with 7 and Terry Stephens (1993-96) and Jeremy Dracup (1998-99) are both tied for fifth with 6. Riemer had 5 shutouts during the 1984 season which is tops on the Section V single season list while Hayes is second with 4 in 1988.

Baseball program planned for ages 13-16

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 June 2020 at 8:20 am

Efforts are now underway to put together a program of organized baseball activity for interested Orleans County area players ages 13-16 this summer.

“Right now we’re just trying to gauge what kind of an interest there is among kids in the Orleans County area ages 13-16 to play 90 foot baseball,” said Greg Bennett of Albion who is trying to put the program together along with Chris Goyette of Medina.

“We’re asking anyone who is interested in playing to contact either myself or Chris by July 1,” said Bennett.

“We really need to see how many kids are interested as that will determine what kind of a program we can run,” he added. “Depending on the turnout it could be scrimmages or splitting the group up into teams. It all depends on the numbers. We’re looking to run a 4 to 8 week program but again that will be dependent on participation numbers.”

Bennett can be contacted by e-mail at or by phone at 585-429-0315. Goyette can be contacted by e-mail at cgoyette2113@gmail,com or by phone at 716-984-4790.

They are targeting to begin the program on July 6th which is the date Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that youth baseball, softball and soccer play can start.

Albion made sparkling sectional softball debut

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 June 2020 at 9:50 am

Contributed Photo – Veteran members of Albion’s 1985 sectional playoff team include, in front, Pam VanWycke, Tammy Prest and Betty Ann Smith. In back are Kim Prentice, Dedo Froman, Chris Snyder, Mindy Thompson and Barb Mayer.

Albion made its first ever appearance in the Section VI softball playoffs an impressive one in 1985 by reaching the Class B2 finals.

The Purple Eagles romped past Grover Cleveland of Buffalo 41-9 in their first ever sectional contest.

Kim Prentice pounded out six hits including a double, two triples and a home run and Betty Ann Smith added five including a triple and two home runs to lead the Albion offense.

Winning pitcher Chris Snyder, Tammy Prest. Barb Mayer and Mindy Thompson each chipped in with four hits and Pam VanWycke three. Snyder’s hits included a home run, Prest’s two doubles, a triple and a home run, Mayer’s a double and two triples and Thompson’s a double and a home run.

Keeping the momentum, Albion then edged past Eden 7-5 in the semifinals.

Breaking away from a 5-5 tie, Albion pulled out the win by scoring twice in the seventh inning as winning pitcher Snyder and Prentice both had clutch RBI doubles.

Prentice finished with three hits as Snyder and Prest both had two.

The Purple Eagles  had held leads of 3-0 and 5-3 only to see Eden rally into a tie on both occasions.

The victory propelled Albion into an all Niagara-Orleans League Class B2 title contest against N-O champion Starpoint.

The title contest, which was held at Medina’s Vets Park, was dominated by Starpoint pitcher Michelle Cyr who hurled a two hitter with 11 strikeouts in leading the Spartans to a 9-0 win over the Purple Eagles.

Breaking away from a scoreless deadlock, Starpoint scored the only two runs it needed in the fourth inning on a fielders choice play off the bat of Brenda Reinard and a single by Cyr.

Prest and Snyder had the lone hits for Albion which had also been blanked by Starpoint twice during the regular season by scores of 3-0 and 7-0.

However, the Purple Eagles could take some satisfaction as they lost to a Starpoint team which advanced all the way to the state finals.

The Spartans defeated Tonawanda 5-1 for the overall Section VI Class B title and then downed Chenango Forks 6-1 in the regionals and Massena 5-1 in the state semifinals before bowing 2-0 to Port Jarvis in the state title contest.

Albion earned its first ever sectional berth by nipping rival Medina 9-7 in the N-O season finale.The win also avenged an early season 9-6 loss to the Mustangs.

Block ‘M’ program honors MHS athletes

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 June 2020 at 9:54 am

The presentation of a number of special awards and scholarships highlighted the annual Medina High Block ‘M’ program which was held via a YouTube video on Tuesday evening.

The Babe Ruth Award was presented to seniors Nate Sherman and Hannah Heil and the Russell Houserman Award to freshmen Lydia Fox and Aiden Paul.

The Athlete of the Year Awards were presented to seniors Chris Goyette and Lacey Kenward; juniors Faith Ann Vanderwalker and AJ Seefeldt; sophomores Joe Cecchini and Lily Jo Carpenter and freshmen Gabe Mark, Rachel Hill and Madeline Satkowski.

The Mustang Heart Award was presented to Bobby Geiger and Margaret Klotzbach and the Fats Piedmont Fan of the Year Award to Mrs. Fran Heil.

Lacey Kenward received the Ossont-Decker Scholarship, Ian Wagner the Larry Decker Scholarship, Bobby Geiger the Beverly Sargent Scholarship and Nate Sherman and Margaret Klotzbach the Niagara-Orleans Dick Diminico Scholarship.

PONY Awards were presented to the following student/athletes and are listed here by sport:

Football – Brian Fry, Boys Soccer – Dan Mandujano, Girls Soccer – Miranda Zelazny, Boys Cross-Country – Arian Cayea, Girls Cross-Country – Ashley Woodroe, Boys Golf – Trevor Luthart, Girls Golf – Melanie Green, Fall Cheerleading – Lisa Shafer, Volleyball – Elle Gross, Field Hockey – Lacey Kenward.

Boys Swimming – Hunter Heil, Girls Swimming – Hannah Heil, Wrestling – Miles Hartway, Winter Cheerleading – Alexis Hare, Boys Basketball – Jarin Rhim, Girls Basketball – Faith Ann Vanderwalker, Unified Bowling – Gracelin Mahnke and Karina Beilan.

Baseball – Chris Goyette, Trevor Luthart and Nate Sherman; Softball – Lacey Kenward, Morgan Allis, Micaela Erway, Abi Neuman, Tessa Pecoraro and Grace Cook; Lacrosse- Wesley Hughes, Robert Geiger III, Caleb Boyce, Thomas Vasquez, Riley Black, Cooper Fearby and Colby Stephens; Tennis – Yulie Hinselman, Hannah Heil and Alex Hetrick; Boys Track – Hunter Heil, Lincoln Pace and Caleb Cudzillo; Girls Track – Olivia Carter, Kristiana Mitchell, Nodia Osby, Elliana Stewart, Ashley Woodroe and Miranda Zelazny; Unified Basketball – Jackson Tuohey and Josh Calus.

The link directly to the video is

Womens softball league targets opening day

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 June 2020 at 9:05 am

Providing Covid-19 restrictions continue to be eased as is expected, the Medina Women’s Softball League is targeting July 6 to open its season.

Currently Orleans County, which is part of the Finger Lakes Region for Covid-19 restrictions, is in Phase Three. The region is expected to move into Phase Four, which involves recreation and entertainment activities, shortly.

The league is looking to play a six week long regular season. Teams would play doubleheaders each week and there would be no playoffs this season.

The league is looking to have as many as 13 teams this season. Traditionally the league has split up its teams into two divisions for regular season competition.

The league schedule has not yet been finalized.

Previously Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that youth baseball, softball and soccer teams could begin playing on July 6.

Block ‘M’ program video will air Tuesday

Contributed Story Posted 22 June 2020 at 1:23 pm

The annual Medina High Block M athletic awards program will be shown as a video presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday on YouTube.

The link directly to the video is:

“The  video is an hour and 15 minutes long,” said Medina Athletic Director Eric Valley in announcing the time of the program. “So get comfortable, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!”

The awards to be presented will include the Babe Ruth Award, the Russell Houserman Award, the Athlete of the Year (by grade), the Fats Piedmont Fan of the Year as well as the Ossont-Decker, Larry Decker, Beverly Sargent and Niagara-Orleans Dick Diminico Scholarships.

Mustangs golfer helped Section VI team capture ’90 state links championship

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 June 2020 at 9:57 am

Contributed Photo – Jim Underdown holding his Niagara-Orleans League tournament championship trophy.

The spring of 1990 proved to be a very special one on the links for Medina High senior Jim Underdown which he capped off by helping the Section VI team capture the state golf championship.

Underdown fired a round of 78 on the opening 18 holes of the state tourney which was played at the Cornell University course helping Section VI stay within two points of the top spot.

A second round score of 90 by Underdown then helped the Section VI team claim the state title by a narrow two point margin over Section IV 930-932.

Underdown qualified for a spot on the Section VI state team by finishing in a tie for fourth place at the Section VI championships which was held at the Wanakah Country Club.

He fired a round of 80 over the first 18 holes which was good enough for a share of second place in the 76 player field.

In the final round, which was composed of the top 20 scorers from the qualifying round, Underdown carded a 42 over the nine holes to earn a share of fourth place and a spot on the state tourney team.

Underdown’s big senior year of golfing for the Mustangs started when he captured the Niagara-Orleans League Tournament title the previous fall.

A first team N-O All-League honoree, he shot a 79 over the 18 holes to win the tournament by one stroke over Akron’s Brian Salmon.

Youth baseball eyes getting games in this summer; soccer also now has the green light

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 June 2020 at 8:07 am

Since Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that youth baseball, softball and also now soccer teams can begin play on July 6 as Covid-19 restrictions ease plans are now being put together to get some local baseball games in this summer.

Those plans include attempting to set up a schedule of games for teams from the Medina, Lyndonville and Albion Leagues.

Medina LOYAL Baseball President Chris Goyette stated in a Facebook post Saturday that  “with the state now setting July 6th as the date to open up for baseball, we would like to get the word out to everyone and gauge level of interest in playing some organized baseball.

“Right now we are planning to set up a schedule of games with the  Albion and Lyndonville youth baseball leagues. The ages for which we are offering this for is going to be 7-12 based off May 1st birthdate.

“We are looking to run the program from July 6th  till end of August, with the potential to go well into September based on if LOYAL football proceeds with their season this year.

“If anyone has any questions regarding this potential baseball season feel free to reach out to me using my email. Also if you are definitely interested and would like your child  to participate please email me with you and your child name, child birthdate, and jersey size. My email is”

Soccer also hoping to get some competition in

Although the regions’ two main youth soccer leagues, the Buffalo and Western New York Youth soccer League and the Rochester District Youth Soccer League, both cancelled their seasons last month due to the Covid-19 Pandemic the Governor’s easing of restrictions as of July 6 now opens the door for some local competition.

“I think we can go out and do something to get the kids some competition,” said Carl Creasey who coaches the Albion Raptors girls soccer team which competes in the RDYSL. “We certainly need to be careful of everyone’s health and safety and the New York State West Soccer Association has issued guidance for teams. There are plenty of things in the guidance that are really easy to follow.”

“Practice and scrimmages are what we are looking to try to do at the start,” added Creasey whose is hopefull of being able to work with some other local teams to get in scrimmages or practice games.

“I think it is a possibility to get in some competition for the kids,” added Creasey who notes that getting insurance coverage and connecting with other local teams that might also be able play are the first steps for teams like the Raptors to take in order to be able to begin to practice and scrimmage.

Medina’s 1st Section VI diamond title season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 June 2020 at 8:38 am

Contributed Photo – The Medina Mustangs celebrating after capturing their first Section VI baseball championship, a 7-3 win over Grover Cleveland in the 1989 Class B2 title contest. In front are Coach Larry Schrader and Mark Greene. Standing are Eric Valley, Rick Majeski, Brian Fuller, Jerry Shaffer, Kyle Jones, Ryan Wilkins, Todd Bensley, Jim Snyder, Mason Moore, Jody Sargent, Russ Beyer, Shad Froman and Charlie Leonard.

A year ago Medina trimmed rival Albion 10-6 to capture the Section VI Class B1 baseball championship. The Section VI title was the third for the Mustangs the first of which came in 1989.

That spring the Mustangs downed Grover Cleveland of Buffalo 7-3 to capture the Section VI Class B2 championship.

That victory ended a 38 year postseason title drought for Medina whose only previous sectional title was a 2-2 co-championship with Geneseo in the 1951 Section V Class A final.

Mark Greene went the distance on the mound for the Mustangs against Grover Cleveland scattering six hits with seven strikeouts in the contest played at Hamburg.

At the plate, Greene, Mason Moore, Jim Snyder, Shad Froman and Brian Fuller each banged out a pair of hits.

Leading all the way, Medina jumped out to a quick first inning lead on a two run homer by Moore which followed a single by Snyder.

Medina upped the advantage to 5-0 by scoring three times in the third inning. Greene’s second double of the day ignited that uprising as the runs came home on an error and a pair of steal plays.

Grover did break onto the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the fifth inning on back-to-back singles and a two-run error. However, Greene bore down to get out of further trouble by retiring the next three batters on a strikeout, a pop out to Moore at shortstop and another strikeout.

The Mustangs though got those two tallies right back in the home half of the frame on an RBI single by Moore and an RBI double Froman.

However, Medina’s post season run came to an end in the next round as Dunkirk defeated the Mustangs 13-8 in the Section VI Class B title contest at Pilot Field (now Salen’s Field) in Buffalo.

Top seeded Medina advanced to the B2 title contest by downing Newfane 6-2 in the quarterfinals and Fredonia 4-3 in the semifinals, both at Vets Park.

Greene hurled Medina past Newfane limiting the Panthers to three hits and striking out five.

Medina again took the lead for good in the first inning on a two-out, two-run single by Ryan Wilkins.

The Mustangs doubled the lead with two runs in the fourth inning on a wild pitch and an error.

Newfane did cut the deficit to 4-2 with two runs in the sixth but Medina got those right back in the home half of the frame on an RBI double by Russ Beyer and an RBI single by Rick Majeski.

Medina then had a very close call in the semifinals surviving a half a dozen errors to nip Fredonia 4-3.

Snyder went the distance on the mound allowing only one hit and striking to 10.

Just as was the case in the quarterfinals Medina jumped out to a quick first inning lead on a two-run single by Moore.

The Mustangs added a solo run in the second inning on a fielders choice play off the bat of Charlie Leonard.

Fredonia picked up an unearned run in the fourth but Medina got that one back in the fifth on a well executed double steal play for what proved to be the game winning run and a 4-1 lead. Moore reached on a fielders choice and Brian Fuller with a double to key the threat.

Fredonia did cut the deficit to 4-3 by scoring a pair of unearned runs in the sixth off three Medina errors.

However, Snyder bore down to get the final out with a strikeout leaving two Fredonia runners stranded on base.

Fredonia did get the leadoff batter on in the seventh via a walk but Snyder retired the next three batters in a row on grounders back to the mound to lock up the victory.

Since that 1989 title campaign, Medina has captured the Section VI Class B championship two more times in 2003 and 2019.

Lyndonville presents athletic awards via video

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 June 2020 at 11:11 am

Capping off what has been unusual finish to the high school sports year,  Lyndonville High presented its annual athletic awards program today via a video.

Click the link to view the program:

The Coaches Award was presented to Evan Horn and Savannah Poler.

Mario Fidanza and Megan Krisher received the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award.

Krisher also received the “Bub” Meland Award and Horn the “Doc” Layer Award.

The Alfred L. Schmitt Memorial Award was presented to Oskar Heinsler and the Harold Dix Jr. Memorial Award to Nathan Dillenbeck and Ella Lewis,

The Mike Fuller Memorial Award was presented to Rodney Davis and the Paul Howell Memorial Award to Dillenbeck and Karlee Rounds.

The Trevor T. Cook “Unsung Hero Award” was presented to Jonathan Slingerland and Jenahlee Reimer.

The Lyndonville Varsity Club’s Tri-Athlete Award went to Horn, Devin Rounds and Slingerland.

The Lyndonville Sports Boosters “Unsung Hero” Award went to Heinsler and Krisher.

The U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award went to Nathan Hydock and Danielle Weldon and the U.S. Air Force Scholar-Athlete Award went to Devin Rounds and Faith Chaffee.

Senior Recognition Awards were presented to Madison Austin, Ethan Bowie, Faith Chaffee, Mia Dennard, Allyson Deslatte, Mario Fidanza, Morgan Forder, Nicholas Hartwig, Oskar Heinsler, Evan Horn, Nathan Hydock, Megan Krisher, Nathan Neace, Savannah Poler, Jenahlee Reimer, Devin Rounds, Riley Schmitt, Jonathan Slingerland, Cal Stinson, Trey Vercruysee, Adia Wachob, Danielle Weldon, Alyssa Winder and Kaci Wittmeyer

Section VI salutes senior baseball players

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 June 2020 at 8:45 am

Section VI officials are saluting the section’s senior baseball players in recognition of the season that was lost to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

“The Section VI Baseball Committee decided to put together a list that would honor our senior athletes. Our goal was to give our players something to remember, since they never got the opportunity to swing the bat one final time”, said Section VI Baseball Chairman Robert Parry.

In a message to the seniors Parry said, “success in athletics is measured in many ways. One is easy to see, it includes state championships, rivalry wins, and trophies in the case. But there is another measure of success, that is harder to count, but much more important — it is the person you have become. This will never be taken from you. Your training, your teammates and coaches and the years of dedication to your sport have changed you, they have made you men of character who stand ready to make a difference in the world. Hold on to that. Use this to fuel your fire – not put it out.”

The following is a list of the Niagara-Orleans League seniors by school with their future athletic plans.

Akron – Matt Murzynowski, Alfred State

Albion – Liam Ward, Niagara University; Thomas Furmanski, St. Bonaventure University; Patrick Ricker, GCC; Michael DiCureia, Alfred State; Michael Harling; Ryan Krenning; Kyle Hughson; Cody Wilson, Sacred Heart University; James Denoncourt

Barker – David Class

Medina – Trevor Luthart, SUNY Oswego; Chris Goyette, SUNY Cortland; Nathan Sherman, Canisius College

Newfane – Garrett Srock,: NCCC; David Bunn, Niagara University; Caden Gibson; Richie Stern, GCC

Roy-Hart – Reed Albee, Alfred State; Michael Huntington,  Alfred State; Noah Draper, NCCC

Wilson – Patrick Seeley, St. Bonaventure University; Thomas Baia, St. Bonaventure University; Declan Faery, St. John Fisher College; Bobby Atlas, Hartwick College; Julian Andreola, St. John Fisher College; Brayden Dunlap; Zane Feeley

Hickory Ridge has its first ace of the year

Contributed Story Posted 18 June 2020 at 7:42 pm

Contributed Photo – John Colsanti

Hickory Ridge recorded the first hole in one of the year on Saturday, June 13.  John Colsanti accomplished the feat when he aced the 18th hole using an 8 iron on the 148 yard hole.

It was Colsanti’s second hole in one at Hickory Ridge and third overall.

League Results

The weather has been cooperating and Hickory Ridge Leagues are playing their schedules on time.  While the men’s leagues are still establishing handicaps, the women’s league is going full steam ahead.

Taking low gross honors this week is Deb Wood with 46 with Brenda Powers close behind with 48.  Low net honors went to Jan Palmer with a 37.  Vicki Brawn had second low net with a 38.  Birdies were recorded by Brawn, Wood and Karen Berlew.

Standings for the ladies have Cheryl Ferguson and Vicki Brawn in first with 22.5 points,  Second place is held down by Deb Berkins and Patty Pfister close behind the leaders with 22 points.  Judy Schuth and Dianne Hennecky are in third place with 20 points.

Besides open play and the five leagues playing it will be a busy week at Hickory Ridge.  A new league kicks off this week on Friday Nights.  A mixed couples league will start the season with ten teams.  On Saturday a members’ tournament takes place with a scramble format.  Results from the new league and the tournament will be shared when available.

Medina adds East Aurora as 8th football game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 June 2020 at 12:44 pm

Medina will open the 2020 football season the same way it finished the 2019 campaign – by hosting East Aurora.

Medina Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach Eric Valley has announced that the Mustangs will host East Aurora as the new eighth game on the regular season schedule. The game will be played on Saturday September 5.

That weekend had in previous years by used for scrimmages. However this spring the New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted to give schools the option to add an eighth game or to scrimmage on that weekend.

Last fall East Aurora nipped Medina 21-19 in the season finale at Vets Park.

Albion will also be playing an eighth game that weekend as the Purple Eagles will visit Batavia on September 4.

The spring Barker swept both N-O track titles

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 June 2020 at 8:26 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Barker’s Caitlyn Mason and Casey Webb both scored All-League meet wins in 2015 when the Raiders captured both the Niagara-Orleans League boys and girls track titles.

It was just five years ago that the 2015 Barker track teams enjoyed a most memorable season as the Raiders swept both the Niagara-Orleans League boys and girls championships for the first time in school history.

The N-O title was the fifth in a row for the Barker boys and the historic first ever for the Lady Raiders.

Both teams went 6-0 in N-O dual meet competition.

Narrow wins of 74-67 over Medina and 72-65 over Wilson were the Barker boys squads’ closest calls.

A season opening 75-65 victory over defending champion Akron and a closing 75-66 win over Albion were the Lady Raiders closest calls.

The Barker boys scored a trio of wins at the All-League meet as Casey Webb capured the 400 Hurdles and Brett Holland the Discus. Webb also teamed up with Carter Pisarski, Jacob Arnold and Chris Sweeney to win the 3200 Relay.

The Lady Raiders likewise captured three events at the All-League meet. Caitlyn Mason won the Long Jump, Gabby Clare the 400 Hurdles and Kellsi Flegal the 200.

Lyndonville will have a virtual athletic awards program on Friday

Contributed Story Posted 17 June 2020 at 9:08 am

Lyndonville’s annual Athletic Awards program will be presented virtually this Friday.

The link to the video will be available on the Lyndonville Facebook page, Twitter and LiveFeed.

Athletic Director Jim Zeliff notes that among the awards that will be presented will be  the “Doc” Layer Award, The “Bub” Meland Award, the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award, the Trevor T. Cook “Unsung” Hero Award as well as many others.

He added that Individual awards will be handed out with other school awards early next week.  A specific date and time for award handouts will be posted in the near future.