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M-L United U17 booters down Wilson

Contributed Story Posted 13 June 2019 at 10:34 am

Medina-Lyndonville United beat Wilson 9-1 Wednesday to improve to 2-0 in the U17 Division of the Buffalo and WNY Soccer League.

Dan Mandujano scored the first of his first of four goals just two minutes  into the game off an assist from Casey Winiecki.

Devin Rounds scored just moments later off a corner kick from Evan Harris.

Mandujano scored his second goal midway through the first half with an assist from Jon Slingerland and Nate Dillenbeck finished the half off with a penalty kick tally.

In the second half, Wilson scored just a minute in from a goal from Joe Moote.

However, M-L United came storming back with Mandujano scoring twice, Dillenbeck adding another and Sam Kingsbury and Jon Slingerland each chipping in with one.

Wilson Storm 4, M-L United U12 2

In another rain soaked soccer contest, the Medina-Lyndonville United U12 squad lost a 4-2 decision to the Wilson Storm.

Cole Callard scored both M-L goals.

Landan Costich played a strong game keeping the pressure on the Wilson defense.

Goalkeepers Brady Christiannsen and Camden Fike made numerous saves to keep Medina in the game.

G-R All-Star honors for Orleans quintet

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 June 2019 at 10:30 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Lyndonville’s trio of Alecia Hinkson, Stacy Buckland and Anna Lewis along with Holley’s Jocelyn Chilton have earned Geensee Region League softball All-Star honors.

Division II champion Lyndonville has a trio of Genesee Region League softball All-Stars in outfielders Alecia Hinkson and Anna Lewis and pitcher Stacy Buckland, all seniors.

The local G-R All-Star contingent also includes Holley senior catcher Jocelyn Chilton and Kendall junior shortstop Brittney Marks.

Brittney Marks is Kendall’s G-R All-Star.

Hinkson hit. 435 with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 29 RBI; Lewis .387 with 5 doubles, 3 triples and 17 RBI and Buckland .365 with 2 doubles and 1 triple. In the circle, she went 7-0 and had an earned run average of .228.

Chilton hit.368 with 2 doubles and 14 RBI and defensively had 27 assists and putouts.

Marks hit .456 with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 13 RBI and 21 runs scored.

Lyndonville also had a trio of players earn Honorable Mention including senior third baseman Cassie Boyce, freshman first baseman/pitcher Gracie Johnson and pitcher/shortstop Lorelei Dillenbeck who is an eighth grader.

Holley is represented on the Honorable Mention list by senior pitcher Madison Marsh and sophomore shortstop Halee Passarell and Kendall by first baseman Kelly Mayes and outfielder Anna Oakley, both seniors.

The first team also includes outfielder Lindsay Czechowski, catcher Jordin Cecere and infielder Kayla Yax from Alexander; catcher Kacey Pearce and outfielder Claudia Hardie from Attica; pitcher Kendall Phillips from Byron-Bergen; catcher Lauryn Engle from Elba; infielders Audrey Farrell and Callie McCulley from Notre Dame; infielder Caitlin Ryan and catcher Brianna Smith from Oakfield-Alabama; pitcher Allie Schwerthoffer, infielder Mackenna Johnson, outfielder Dekari Moss and catcher Sarai-Lynn Dixon from Pembroke and pitcher Nissa Burch from Wheatland-Chili.

Schwerthoffer was Named Player of the Year and Pembroke’s Ron Funke Coach of the Year.

The Honorable Mention selections also include: Mikayla Hickey from Alexander, Mary Weber from Attica, Abby Vurraro, Rebecca Velasco and Ally Ball from Byron-Bergen, Kelsea Augello and Madison Howard from Elba, Abby Pingrey from Notre Dame, Tori Mandel and Alison Woodward from Oakfield-Alabama and Casey Wurtz from Pembroke.

Albion blanks Kendall in U15 soccer

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 June 2019 at 8:48 pm

Jumping out to a 3-0 half-time advantage, Albion went on to shutout host Kendall 5-0 this evening in a Rochester District Soccer League U15 Division game.

Olivia Bieber, Stella Poler and Jamie Penna took turns scoring the first half goals.

Albion then put a lock on the victory as Allison Gibson and Charlie London both scored a goal in the second half.

Now at 2-1-1, Albion next visits Scottsville on Friday.

Roy-Hart holds Sports Award Night

Contributed Story Posted 12 June 2019 at 6:37 pm

Contributed Photo – The presentation of a number of special awards to seniors  highlighted Tuesday’s annual Roy-Hart Sports Award Night program. The senior honorees included, from left, Charlie Bruning  (Male Athlete of the Year), Maddie Fry (Female Athlete of the Year), Alexis Lovewell (Female Athlete of the Year), Jamie Bower (Wally Sidebottom Award), Jayden Townsend (Roy-Heart Award), Ashley Hill (Dan Seefeldt Memorial Award), Aspen Moore (Bill Holahan Coaches Award), Charlie Brigham (Stan Voss Memorial Award) and Hunter Pratt (Brian Weaver Memorial Award). Missing from the photo were Logan Morgan (Bruno Pacini Award), Karson Grover (Dan Seefeldt Memorial Award ) and Jenna Hesier (Brian Weaver Memorial Award).

Diamond wins for Orioles, Yankees, Blue Jays

Contributed Story Posted 12 June 2019 at 10:17 am

The Medina Bogan and Tuttle Funeral Home Orioles won Tuesday night 3-1 over the Roy-Hart Yankees in a close game to improve to 7-0-1.

Batting for the Orioles Anthony Reese who went 1-3 with a single, Steven Gobeli 2-3 with a single and a triple, Sawyer Lilleby 3-3 with a single and two doubles, Brennan Allen 3-3 with three singles, William Tagg  2-3 with a double and a triple.

The Woodroe Realty Medina Yankees improved to 10-0 by downing the Somerset Reds 16 – 1 Tuesday.

  Brody Fry Had a double and scored 2 runs, Jimmy Dieter 2 hits 1 RBI and scored a run, Cole Callard 2 hits, 2 RBI’s and scored a run, Tyler Allen a hit, 1 RBI, and scored 2 runs, Colton Smith 2 hits and scored 2 runs, Milo Vidovich a double and scored 2 runs, Timmy Vasquez a double and scored a run, Theodore Champney  a hit and scored 2 runs, and Joseph Reese and Aiden Wisniewski each added a run.

Fry allowed no hits over first 3 innings and had 9 strike outs,  Callard had 5 strikeouts over last 2 innings to finish game.

The Somerset Blue Jays bested the Lyndonville Tigers 6-3 Tuesday to improve to 3-2-1.

The Blue Jays offense was sparked by Cayvon Heigl  who went 2 for 2 with 2 runs, Grayson Prynn 1 for 1 with 2 runs,  Drew LaGreca 2 for 2 with triple, 2 runs and 2 RBI,  Kian Lawson 1 RBI and  Rory Harvey 1 for 2 with an RBI

Mustangs face state semifinal test Friday

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 12 June 2019 at 10:14 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman -Anchoring the Medina lineup at the plate heading into Friday’s state semifinal is this group of six .300 plus hitters. From left are Chris Goyette, Brian Fry, Zach Fike, Nate Sherman, AJ Seefeldt and Joe Cecchini.

Two teams seeking their first ever berth in the state baseball championship game will collide Friday as Medina takes on Schuylerville in the state Class B semifinals at 2 p.m. at Broome County Community College near Binghamton.

The victor will face the winner of the 5 p.m. semi between defending champion Center Moriches and Susquehanna Valley in the championship game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Binghamton University.

“It will be a great experience,” said Medina Coach Jon Sherman.

Medina, which brings a school record 21-2 mark into its second ever appearance in the state semis, advanced by defeating LeRoy 10-2 in the Far West Regional. The Mustangs previous semifinal appearance was in 2003, a 9-1 loss to Carle Place.

Medina catcher Austin Mosher is flanked here by starting pitchers Chris Goyette, left, and Trevor Luthart.

Schuylerville, which is 17-7, is making its first ever appearance in the semis and its first in the state playoffs since 2005, advanced by blanking Ogdensburg 4-0 in the Capital District Regional.

Not surprisingly for two teams which have both rattled off six straight playoff victories to reach the Final Four, the Mustangs and Black Horses have plenty in common besides similar nicknames mainly steady pitching and defense and timely hitting.

The Black Horses pitching and defense has been particularly stingy in postseason play having given up a total of only 4 runs in six games while the offense has scored 53.

The 4-0 win over Ogdensburg well reflects that as steady defense backed the 4 hit shutout pitching of junior Alex Vallee who had just 1 strikeout. At the plate, the Black Horses were led by junior Ryan Yandow who had an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run single in the fifth and senior Paul Harshberger who had an RBI double in the fifth.

Prior to that, Schuylerville defeated Northeastern Clinton 11-1 in the sub regional after defeating Mechanicville 12-3 for the Section II Class B title. The Black Horses first three sectional games were shutout wins 9-0 over Cobleskill, 10-0 over Catskill and 7-0 over Coxsackie-Athens.

Matt Saj, left, is a starter in the outfield for the Mustangs while Xander Payne has seen action both on the mound and in the outfield.

“They do seem pretty similar to us,” said Sherman. “We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We have to stay disciplined at the plate and make the necessary adjustments the second time through the order, keep getting steady pitching and make the plays defensively. And defensively I don’t think there’s a better combination around up the middle then we have at shortstop and second base with Brian and AJ. They are both silky smooth and offensively they can really hit.”

Medina’s road to the Final four, which was capped off by last Saturday’s 10-2 Regional win over LeRoy, has also included consecutive Section VI Class B1 wins over CSAT (3-0), Newfane (6-0), Olean (12-1) and rival Albion (10-6) in the championship game followed by a 15-4 win over defending champion Roy-Hart in the overall Section VI Class B title contest.

Medina’s very youthful and versatile lineup has been led on the mound by the trio of junior Trevor Luthart (10 wins with 96 strikeouts in 68 innings), junior Chris Goyette (4 wins, 57 strikeouts in 34 innings) and freshman Zach Fike (4 wins, 51 strikeouts in 26 innings).

When not on the mound Luthart plays first base, Goyette second or third and Fike first.

At the plate, the Mustangs have been led by  sophomore shortstop/pitcher Brian Fry (.507 average with 31 RBI), sophomore second baseman/shortstop AJ Seefeldt (.480, 41 RBI), Goyette (.378, 31 RBI), junior centerfielder Nate Sherman (.319, 27 RBI), freshman third baseman/outfielder), Joe Cecchini (.317, 19 RBI) and Fike (.302, 27 RBI).

Sophomore Austin Mosher handles the catching chores and senior Matt Saj rounds out the outfield. Senior Rickie Pitts, sophomores Corey Saj and Tyler Chinn, freshman Xander Payne and eighth grader Aidan Paul have also seen time in the outfield. Payne and Paul have also seen time on the mound.

“We’re young but we’ve got good experience,” said Sherman. “These guys, especially our core group, have played a lot of baseball. They’ve played in a lot of national level tournaments and have faced a lot of top level teams.”

Medina’s appearance will make the eighth time a Niagara-Orleans League school has reached the Final Four. The Wilson team in 1983 has been the only one to date to claim a state crown.

The previous N-O appearances were as follows:

1982 – Class C-D – Wilson – defeated Draper 13-8 in semis; lost to Little Falls 12-5 in the finals

1983 – Class C-D – Wilson – defeated Mattituck 4-3 in the semifinals; defeated Rome Catholic 5-2 in the finals

1996 – Class C – Wilson – lost to Catskill 5-4

1999 – Class B – Albion – lost to Johnson City 9-1 in the semifinals

2003 – Class B – Medina – lost to Carle Place 9-1 in the semifinals

2004 – Class B – Newfane – defeated Skaneateles 7-1 in the semifinals; lost to Windsor 10-4 in the finals

2018 – Class B – Roy-Hart – lost to Seton Catholic 7-1 in the semifinals.

Albion Raptors win U17 soccer season opener

Contributed Story Posted 11 June 2019 at 7:51 pm

The Albion Raptors blanked host Bloomfield 5-0 Monday evening to open the Rochester District Youth Soccer League U17 Division season.

Albion jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead o a pair of goals by Abby Scanlan, one coming off an assist from Aly Knaak.

Kendall Derisley, Claire Squicciarini and Kenzi Hapeman then took turns scoring goals in the second half. Brittany Spies-Hunt, Abbie Pappalardo and Scanlan earned assists during that stretch.

Kailey Merrill and Quinn McCue shared in earning the shutout in goal for the Raptors which next face Hilton on Wednesday at the Batavia Sports Park.

Banes scores softball win in the rain and mud

Contributed Story Posted 11 June 2019 at 3:56 pm

Playing in the rain and the mud, Banes Plumbing/Banes Machine Shop downed Kozy Kab 16-2 Monday evening in a Medina Women’s Softball League game.

Trailing 2-1, Banes took charge by erupting for 8 runs in the third inning on singles by Connie Heschke, Kathy Allen, Amy Allis, Robin Blaun and Lindsay Chatt along with doubles by Sue Seefeldt and Jami Chatt.

Banes then put a lock on the win by scoring 6 runs in the fourth frame on singles by Jen Masse,  Allen, Jami Chatt,  Allis and Blaun and doubles by Lindsay Chatt and Patti Page.

Jami Chatt finished with 3 hits, including a pair of doubles, as Blaun, Kathy Allen and Amy Allis each added 2 hits.

N-O honors All-League tennis squad

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 June 2019 at 10:16 am

Contributed Photos – Akron’s Nate Chubb and Will Chubb

Five schools are represented on the first team of the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League tennis squad.

Undefeated (12-0) champion Akron is represented by the brother duo of senior Nate Chubb and freshman Will Chubb who manned the first two singles positions for the Tigers. Nate Chubb is a four time first team honoree. The title is the second in a row for the Tigers.

Medina, which finished in the runner-up spot at 8-4, has placed the senior duo of Ray Paull and Haylee Seefeldt. Paull, who played first singles for the Mustangs, is a repeat first team selection.

Medina’s Haylee Seefeldt and Ray Paull

Albion likewise is represented by two players, senior Matt Kovaleski and freshman Carson Bader. Kovaleski is a three-time first team selection.

Rounding out the first team are Newfane seniors Danny Dy and James Leibring and Wilson freshman Joey Moote. Dy and Moote are both repeat first team honorees.

Roy-Hart led the way on the second team with five selections including seniors Cameron VanBuren and Mike Kuchey, juniors Colin Dodge and Jason Kuchey and sophomore Dominic Peracciny.


Albion’s Carson Bader and Matt Kovaleski

Medina is represented by the senior duo of Kody Leno and Andrew Houseman.

Completing the second team are Akron’s Morgan Wdowski and Wilson’s Nate Jaques, both juniors.

The Honorable Mention selections, listed by school, are as follows:

Akron – Micah Suckow (Sr.,) and Harry Fitzgerald (Jr.)

Barker – David Newton (Jr.)

Medina –  Jonathan Pietrafesa (Sr.), Ben Zakes (Jr.) and Carter Green (Soph.)

Newfane – Noah Everett (Sr.) Caitlyn Clack (Sr.), Abby Sapecky (Sr.) and Braden Serth (Jr.).

Roy-Hart – Aspen Moore (Sr.) and Kayla Hagen (Jr.)

Wilson – Cal Seeley (Sr.) and Jacob Hecko (Jr.)

Final N-O Standings: Akron 12-0, Medina 9-3, Roy-Hart 8-4, Wilson 6-6, Newfane 4-8, Albion 3-9, Barker 0-12.

Wilson’s Joey Moote along with Newfane’s James Leibring and Danny Dy.

Medina is second in 10U wooden bat tourney

Contributed Story Posted 10 June 2019 at 9:45 pm

This past weekend Medina placed second in Somerset’s annual 10u wooden bat tournament.  Medina won three of their 5 games beating Lyndonville twice and Wilson once and losing to eventual winners Somerset.

Leading the team at the plate were  Timmy Vasquez with eight hits and  Sawyer Lilleby, Hadrian Batista and Max Pilon each with seven.  Batista’s hits included a home run and Lathan McEwen-Miller had a big grand slam.

On the mound every pitcher did well.  Vasquez and Batista pitched in three games each.  Lilleby, McEwen-Miller, Joe Reese, Steven Gobeli and Shane Fearby also pitched well.

“These kids did better than I ever could’ve imagined.  They played their hearts out,” said Coach Matt Fearby.  “Of the 12 kids I had here nine of them are either 8 or 9 years old.  Playing with older kids, different rules, wooden bats.  These kids came out and played their game and played it well.  Thank you to all the kids for participating, coaches for helping me out and Medina LOYAL baseball for allowing us to play ball.”