Tigers diamond titles highlight Lyndonville’s year

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – The Lyndonville softball squad captured its first ever sectional championship. Here Maddy Boyle delivers a pitch for the Lady Tigers.

Making school history, the Lyndonville High varsity softball team captured its first ever sectional championship this past spring by nipping Romulus 6-5 in the Section V Class D-1 title contest after downing Arkport 9-1 in the semifinals.

However, the Lady Tigers bid for a spot in the state playoffs was spoiled by a 7-3 loss to Andover in the Section V Class D state qualifier.

Lady Tigers pitcher Maddy Boyle was named the Class D MVP while Lyndonville’s quartet of Katie Marek, Rebekah Hoffee, Alyssa Houseman and Madison Gardepe were all named to the Class D All-Tournament team.

Lyndonville had three players earn Genesee Region League All-Star honors including Houseman, Alex Harling and Hoffee.

The Lyndonville varsity baseball squad claimed its second Section V title in the last three years by nipping Fillmore 1-0 in the Section V Class DD finals after downing G-R League rival Notre Dame 7-3 in the semis.

The Tigers then defeated Whitesville 8-3 in the Section V Class D state qualifier but were edged out 3-1 by Pine Valley in the Far West Regional.

Lyndonville pitcher Justin Edwards was named the Class DD tourney’s MVP.

Lyndonville had a trio of players earn G-R All-Star honors including Eddie Silversmith, Edwards and James Ianni.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – The Lyndonville baseball team captured its second sectional title in the last three years. Here Chris Scroger slides into home for the Tigers during playoff action.

Lyndonville High golfer Patrick Hinkson had big year earning top G-R League honors and also capturing the Western New York Junior title.

The Lyndonville community also mourned the passing of former long-time Tigers coach Fred Large who organzied the school’s wrestling program.

On the wrestling mat, the Tigers had a Section V Class B champion in Tony Recco, who because of an injury, was unable to advance to defend the Section V and state championships he earned in 2012.

The community was also the site of the most unique sporting event of the year in June as the White Birch golf course hosted a pole vault competition featuring Olympic gold medalist Jenn Suhr and Janice Keppler of Medina who is ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Lyndonville High graduate Scott Bradley earned top honors in his age group at an Iron Man Triathalon competition in Florida.

The Lyndonville Tigers semi pro football team enjoyed a big 10th anniversary season. Notching nine wins in a row at one stretch, the Tigers captured the West Division title before losing in the Northeastern Football Alliance playoff championship game to the Troy Fighting Irish 29-22.