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Albion thumps Alden with 18 hit attack

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 June 2018 at 7:30 am

Pounding out 18 hits, Albion romped to a 17-1 victory over the host Alden Gold team Tuesday evening to improve to 4-0 in Tri-County Babe Ruth League action.

Thomas Furmanski had 5 hits, Drew Caldwell 4, Patrick Ricker 3 and Zach Colacecchi 2 to lead the Albion attack.

Caldwell had a two-run single in the first inning and a two-run double in the second as Albion tallied three times in both frames. He later banged out a two-run double to highlight a five run fifth inning.

Furmanski’s hits included a three-run home run in the sixth inning and a two-run double which keyed a four run seventh frame.

On the mound Bailey Blanchard struck out 8 over the first four innings and Kyle Woolston fanned 7 over the final three frames. They combined on a two hitter.

Albion next visits Alexander on Thursday.

Fast start powers Banes to 6th victory

Contributed Story Posted 19 June 2018 at 1:56 pm

Exploding for 9 runs in the first inning, Banes Machine Shop/Banes Plumbing went on to defeat Tats & Bats 22-9 Monday to improve to 6-0 in Medina Women’s Softball League competition.

Doubles by Hannah LaGrou and Connie Heschke highlighted the decisive first inning uprising which also included singles by Heschke, Robin Blaun, Kathy Allen, Jessica Carpenter and Jen Masse.

Keeping the momentum, Banes quickly tacked on 8 more runs in the second inning on a home run by LaGrou, a triple by Grace Masse, doubles by Carpenter and Heschke and singles by Patti Page, Sue Seefeldt, Jen Masse, Blaun and Kathy Allen.

LaGrou also had a home run and Allen a triple to key a 5 run third inning.

Heschke and Blaun both went 5 for 5 on the evening and LaGrou 4 for 4.

Kendall rallies to gain tie in U17 soccer

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 June 2018 at 9:17 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Kendall’s Elizabeth Woodams brings the ball up field during Monday’s game against the visiting Chili Select which ended in a tie.

Rebounding from a two goal deficit, Kendall rallied in the second half to earn a 3-3 tie with the visiting Chili Select Monday in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U17 Division game.

Chili scored in the final minute of the first half to take a 2-1 lead and then upped the advantage to 3-1 with a tally early in the second half.

However, Kendall came battling back first cutting the deficit in half on a goal by Alezya Brown and then netting the equalizer on a penalty kick tally by Julia Smith in the final minutes.

Brown also scored Kendall’s first goal early in the opening half which pulled the Crossfires even at 1-1.

Improving to 3-0-2, Kendall previous had defeated the Genesee Lancers 4-0, Batavia 2-0 and 1-0 and tied the Brockport Blizzard 0-0.

Kendall’s Grace Levett works to bring the ball up field.

Panthers duo earns N-O track honors

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 June 2018 at 9:12 am

Contributed Photos – Newfane’s Kim Goerss and Sam Auernhamer have been named the Niagara-Orleans League Players of the Year in track.

Newfane captured both the Niagara-Orleans League boys and girls track championships this season with perfect 6-0 records. The Panthers have now capped off that very successful season by having two of their top athletes, Kim Goerss and Sam Auernhamer, earn the N-O League’s Player of the Year honors.

Goerss, who went undefeated in league duel meets in both the 1500 and 3000, captured the N-O championship in the 800 and 1500. She placed fifth at the sectionals in the 800 and eighth in the 1500. She holds the school record in the 1500 with a time of 4:52.

Auernhamer, who holds the school record in both the 3200 (9:52.22) and the 3000 Steeplechase (9:48.48), went undefeated in the 3200 in league duel meets . He won the N-O championship in the 3200 and the 3000 Steeplechase and was a member of the winning 3200 Relay team. He placed second in the 3000 Steeplechase at the sectionals and eighth at the state meet.

Midget League has high scoring All-Star game

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 June 2018 at 9:06 am

Contributed Photo – Players and coaches from the winning Rotary/Sandstone/St. Mary’s All-Star game team meet here. In front are Blake Preston, and Tyler Seibert. Players standing are Jack Kinter, Xavier Byrd, Nick Martino, Nick Radder, Nolan Sullivan, Pom Siebert, Seth Krenning, Aaron Sugar, Jacob Edwards and Mason Giatino. Coaches are Chris Kinter,Josh Trapiss and Dan Bartlett.

Putting together a huge last inning rally, the combined Rotary/Sandstone/St. Mary’s team rallied for a 22-14 win over the combined Carlton/Barre/Vets squad in the annual Albion Midget League 12U All-Star game on Saturday.

Trailing 14-10, the winners erupted for 12 runs in the seventh inning highlighted by a grand slam home run by Jack Kinter, a home run and single by Xavier Byrd and a double by Nolan Sullivan.

Nick Martino then preserved the lead by registering three strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh to close out the wild win.

The Carlton/Barre/Vets team had grabbed the 14-10 lead by scoring 4 runs in the sixth inning on triples by Jason Conn and Josh Bovenzi along with singles by John Bianchi and Dylan Narburgh.

The Rotary/Sandstone/St. Mary’s squad had knotted the contest at 10-10 by scoring 3 times in the top of the sixth on hits by Nick Radder and Aaron Sugar.  Earlier, Radder had a two-run double and Blake Preston a two-run single to key a 6 run fourth inning uprising.

Byrd finished with 5 hits and Radder 4 for the winners while Brandon Nashburn had 3 and Narburgh and Conn 2 each for Barre/Carlton/Vets.

Medina booters score key win over Elite

Contributed Story Posted 18 June 2018 at 8:36 pm

Medina nipped the previously undefeated NY Elite 1-0 Sunday in a key Buffalo and Western New York Soccer League Senior Division game.

The Elite had possession most of the game, but Steven Anderson was able to score for Medina on an unsavable free kick that screamed into the top left corner of the net.

Moving back into first place, Medina improves to 5-0-1 while the Elite slip to 5-1-0.

Barre scores two Albion Midget League wins

Contributed Story Posted 18 June 2018 at 9:22 am

Barre downed Carlton 16-3 and St. Mary’s 12-11 this past week to improve to 5-3 in Albion Midget League competition.

Josh Bovenzi allowed only 4 hits and struck out 11 in six innings of work for Barre in  the win over Carlton.

At the plate for Barre, Bovenzi was 3 for 3. Nathan Gibson, Jason Conn, Jacob Neal, and Zach Vancott had 2 hits each.  Conn’s hits included a grand slam home run.

Dylan Narburgh went 3 for 3 for Carlton, including a double, and Dominic Jurs added the other hit.

Barre had another strong pitching performance against St. Mary’s as Conn struck out 13 over 5 innings and Bovenzi closed the game by striking out 3 batters in a row, stranding the tying and winning runs on base.

Gibson went 4 for 4, including two doubles for Barre. Bovenzi, Lucas Martin and Nick Harling had 2 hits each.

Nick Radder was 4 for 4 at the plate for St Mary’s with a home run that reached the 300-foot fence at St. Mary’s. He also had 2 doubles. Blake Preston added a triple.

Sandstone 7, Vets 4

Sandstone scored three times in the third inning on doubles by Seth Krenning and Nick Martino and then took the lead for good in the fourth on a two-run single by Krenning.

Vets closed to within one in the fifth on a two-run single by Brandon Nashburn but Sandstone got those back in the sixth as Elliott Trapiss doubled to help lock up the win. Earlier, Nashburn had a double to highlight a two-run third inning.

Krenning and Martino both had 2 hits for Sandstone as did Nashburn and Bryer Dysard for Vets.

Carlton 11, Sandstone 9

A big 8 run fifth inning uprising, which included hits by Dylan Narburgh and Lee Fleck, keyed the win for Carlton.

Sandstone scored 5 in the fourth as Martino had a home run, Cencere Lowe a triple and John Eibl a single.

Fleck and Caden Wilson both had 3 hits for Carlton.

Vets 7, Rotary 5

Nashburn had a two-run double and John Bianchi a two-run single to lead the way for Vets.  Nashburn also registered 14 strikeouts in 5 inning of work on the mound.

In the completion of a make-up game, Rotary edged Vets 16-15.

Albion rallies for U18 soccer victory

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 June 2018 at 9:19 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Brylie Hapeman looks to advance the ball up field for Albion during Sunday’s win over visiting Batavia as Lexi Wolck comes in to help.

Albion’s Abbie Pappalardo battles for control of the ball.

Coming from behind twice, Albion edged past visiting Batavia 4-3 Sunday evening in a Rochester District Youth Soccer League girls U18 Division game.

Albion first rebounded from an early 1-0 deficit to pull even on a goal by Abigail Scanlan.

Batavia though quickly regained the lead on a breakaway goal.

However, Albion came battling back again behind a big scoring burst by Brylie Hapeman.

Hapeman scored before half-time to pull Albion back to within one at 3-2.

She then completed her hat-trick with a pair of second half goals to rally Albion into the narrow victory.

Quinn McCue helped to anchor the defense for Albion which improves to 2-1-1.

Previously Albion had defeated Fairport 3-0, tied Canandaigua 2-2 and lost to Gananda 3-2.

Albion next hosts Caledonia at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Alyson Knaak works the ball up field for Albion as Pappalardo supports.

Nationals bow in Darien Tourney semis

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 June 2018 at 7:27 pm

The Niagara Nationals dropped a 14-4 decision to the Finger Lakes Falcons this afternoon in the semifinals of the Darien Lake Tournament.

Scoring in five different innings, the Falcons tallied 4 times in the second and five in the seventh.

Dave Belsito, Sam Murphy and Mitchell Holtz each had a pair of hits for the Nationals.

The Nationals advanced to the semis by blanking Team PAC 10-0 this morning as Trevor Luthart and Korey Canton combined to hurl a no hitter with 7 strikeouts.

Nate Sherman had 3 hits, including a double and 4 RBIs, to lead the way for the Nationals at the plate as Joe Dell’osi and Liam Ward both had 2 hits. Ward’s hits included a double.

The Nationals went 4-1 on the weekend.

N-O honors All-League tennis team

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 June 2018 at 9:19 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s first team honorees Patrick Sheelar and Madigan Lang.

Albion’s first team All League honorees Victor Benjovsky and Matthew Kovaleski.

Albion, Medina and Roy-Hart have each placed two players on the first team of the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League tennis squad.

The first and second singles duo of junior Matthew Kovaleski and Victor Benjovsky represent Albion.

Medina likewise placed its first two singles players in senior Andrew Fuller and junior Pay Paull  as did Roy-Hart in seniors Patrick Sheelar and Madigan Lang.

Medina’s first team representatives Andrew Fuller and Ray Paull.

Kovaleski and Sheelar are both repeat first team honorees.

Interestingly, Akron, which captured its first N-O title with a near perfect 11-1 record, has only one first team selection, junior Nate Chubb. The Tigers first singles player, Chubb, who earned the N-O Player of the Year honor, is now a three-time first team selection.

Rounding out the first team are Newfane junior Danny Dy and Wilson eighth grader Joey Moote.

Akron led the way on the second team with four honorees including seniors Brandon Meek and Skyler Earle, sophomore Morgan Wdowka and eighth grader Will Chubb.

The second team honorees also include Medina senior Toby Kiebala, Roy-Hart senior Evan Birkemeier, Wilson senior Kyle Lyon, Barker junior Zander Israel and Newfane junior James Leibring.

Albion had a trio of Honorable Mention selections including seniors Hailey Bader and Elliot Neidert and eighth grader Carson Bader.

Medina also had three Honorable Mentions players including Cody Leno, Andrew Houseman and Haylee Seefeldt, all juniors.

Completing the Honorable Mention list are juniors Mia Olear and Jacob Hecko from Wilson, senior Zach Lundy and sophomore Matt Pusateri from Newfane, senior Maggie Leeds and sophomore Harry Fitzgerald from Akron, junior Chris Young and sophomore Jacob Harris from Barker and junior Mason Collins from Roy-Hart.