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October 26, 2016 - 1:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, hockey.
Picture of Kourtney Kunichika from when she re-signed with the Buffalo Beauts in May. (She orgininally signed on with the team in 2015.)
Press release:
Kourtney Kunichika of the Buffalo Beauts (Women's National Hockey League) will be at the Falletti Ice Arena on Evans Street in Batavia from 6:10 to 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, to practice with our Genesee Amateur Hockey Association girls development team.
The public is welcome to watch the practice.
October 25, 2016 - 8:21am
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, pembroke, Dragons, modified, football.

The Pembroke football program looks to be getting stronger every year.

Under coaches Funke and Miano, the modified football team finished the season 7-0 with a win over the Wellsville Lions 42-0.

Outscoring opponents 284-6 over the 7 game stretch the Dragons held a 6 game shut-out streak.

The first drive of the first game they gave up 6 points and have locked it down since then.

More pictures from this game can be found at:


October 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
posted by Session Placeholder in sports.
Event Date and Time: 
November 5, 2016 - 10:00am

The fourth annual Traditional Martial Arts Association Tournament will be held at the Le Roy High School Gym Saturday, Nov. 5th, with eliminations starting at 10 a.m.
The tournament will consist of Sparring (point fighting), Individual Kata (forms), Team Kata, Weapons Kata, Self Defense, and MMA Grappling.

October 24, 2016 - 4:01pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, martial arts, Le Roy, news, Announcements.

Press release:

The fourth annual Traditional Martial Arts Association Tournament will be held at the Le Roy High School Gym Saturday, Nov. 5th, with eliminations starting at 10 a.m.

The tournament will consist of Sparring (point fighting), Individual Kata (forms), Team Kata, Weapons Kata, Self Defense, and MMA Grappling.

Tournament organizers are Soke William Cavalier (Livonia Tatsu Do School), Hanshi Dick Borrell (Borrell’s Karate Academy, Batavia), and Renshi Fred Merica (Le Roy Karate & Self Defense Center/ Main Street Fitness). All three have been close associates and tournament/ clinic organizers for the past 35 years.

John Ferrar from Bedroc MMA in Rochester will be sponsoring the MMA Grappling portion of the tournament.

Ages of competitors will start as young as 4 years old with no age limit. We have had competitors in the past well into their 70s. Divisions are broken down by skill level and age.

Spectators are welcome at $5 each and students at $4 each. To see a flier go to and click the link at top of page “November 2016 TMAA Tournament- Download Flyer” or call 585-414-3181.

There will also be a breaking demonstration at noon. They break everything from boards, bricks, coconuts, and Louisville Sluggers with their shins.

Anyone interested to help be a scorekeeper please call 585-414-3181 for more information, minimum -- 15 years old, no experience needed.

Tournament sponsors are:

  •     Northwoods Sporting Club / Le Roy 
  •     Chapin Manufacturers / Batavia
  •     Ben’s Appliances / Batavia
  •     Joe Spadaro / S&S Limo / Le Roy 
  •     Sport of Kings Restaurant / Batavia
  •     Cameron Construction / Le Roy
  •     Scofield Rolloff Services / Stafford
  •     Le Roy Karate & Self Defense Center / Le Roy
  •     Borrell’s Karate Academy / Batavia
  •     Livonia Tatsu Do Karate / Livonia
October 24, 2016 - 12:52pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

Jim Morrill Jr. was on fire at Batavia Downs Saturday night (Oct. 22) as he won seven of the 13 races carded and vaulted himself into the dash driving lead for the meet.

Morrill started early and was relentless as the night went on. He scored with Thunderbolt Jaxon ($4.80, 1:56.3), Outoftexas ($5.50, 1:55.3), Green Olives ($3.30, 1:56.2), Dodger Hanover ($2.80, 1:57.3), Littlebitaclass ($7.00, 1:54.2), Adversary Seelster ($3.50, 1:57.1) and Zipnthruthehall ($2.90, 1:57).

The current record for wins on one card at Batavia Downs is eight, set by Jim Morrill Jr. in 2005 and matched by John Cummings Jr. in 2006.

Beside his septuple successes, Morrill also had three seconds and a third among his 12 drives for the night and that added up to a .750 UDR for the evening.  

Morrill is currently ranked third in North America for UDR in 2016, sporting a gaudy .415 for the year. He has amassed 322 wins in 1,197 starts and earned $3,776,654 as a result to this point.

Photo of Littlebitaclass taking the lead with driver Jim Morrill Jr. at the reins.

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

The fifth win of the night for Jim Morrill Jr. was with Littlebitaclass who won the $10,000 Open pacing feature.

Claimed two weeks ago for $20,000 and victorious in each start since, Littlebitaclass left and out-legged China Dream (Shawn Gray) to the front shortly after they passed the quarter pole. From there, Morrill grabbed leather to settle the gelding until Knocking Around (Dave McNeight III) drew alongside approaching three-quarters.

When they tripped the timer in 1:25.2 at that station, Knocking Around took a half-length lead and appeared to have gotten the best of the leader. But Littlebitaclass gallantly fought back and regained a neck advantage by the head of the stretch. But Knocking Around would not go away and was joined in the fray by China Dream, who had gotten the trip and came up the passing lane. Flanked by adversaries on both sides, Littlebitaclass dug in hard and refused to lose, hitting the wire first by a mere head in 1:54.2.

It was the ninth win of the year for Littlebitaclass and it boosted his earnings to $52,201 for 2016. The 5-year-old gelded son of Santana Blue Chip is owned by Mike Torcello and trained by Gerry Sarama.

Trainer Alex Giuliani sent three winners postward while fellow conditioners Gerry Sarama and Mihajlo Zdjelar Jr. each doubled up.

As was previously mentioned, there is a new dash driving title leader at Batavia Downs in Morrill, who now tops everyone with 73 wins. Kevin Cummings, who was not in action Saturday, is tied for second with Drew Monti with 68 wins and Ray Fisher Jr. is a close fourth with 62.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 26) with post time at 6:15 p.m.

October 22, 2016 - 7:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Batavia Downs, harness racing.

(Photo of Who Says That with driver Shawn Gray.)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

On a night not fit for man nor beast, Shawn Gray and Who Says That overcame a day-long deluge of rain along with five fit female pacers to win the $9,500 Open mares featured pace at Batavia Downs on Friday evening (Oct. 21).

Gray took Who Says That off the gate and tucked her in fifth along the pylons and was content to sit off the pace to the half as My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) smoked that fraction in :57.4 over the rain-soaked track. At that point, Who Says That pulled and coaxed cover in the outer flow from last week’s Open winner, Dontch Remember (Jim Morrill Jr.) as the field passed the five-eighths marker and motored up the backside.  

When it became evident that Dontch Remember would not pace on, Gray tipped Who Says That three deep and proceeded to advance expeditiously. Fourth, third, second and finally first at the head of the lane; Who Says That splashed away from the competition and opened up a five length lead before hitting the wire a wrapped-up winner in 1:57.

My Tallia Ideal was second and the recently claimed Kaitlyn Akeeper (Kevin Cummings) brushed up to be third.

Although it was the first win for Who Says That ($10.60) since Aug. 10, it was also her eleventh win of the year overall. The 5-year-old Badlands Hanover mare has now earned $57,557 in 2016 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags Stable, Chris Shambo and Jack Rice. The winner is trained by Maria Rice.

Maria Rice had a very profitable night at Batavia Friday as she conditioned three winners on the card. Besides Who Says That, she also sent Southwind Serenity ($5.70) and Lucky Pablo ($3.50) to the winners circle. Shawn Gray scored a driving triple teaming all of Rice’s entries.

Ray Fisher Jr. also drove three winners, two of which were trained by John Hallett, who scored a stable double.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on tonight (Oct. 22) with the first post set at 6:15.

October 22, 2016 - 3:04pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, soccer, varsity, Boys, section sectionals.

Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer team's run came to an end today with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Campbell-Savona.







October 22, 2016 - 10:02am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, batavia, Batavia HS, news.


Wet and cold and a slippery pigskin defined much of Batavia's opening round game against University Prep at Van Detta Stadium on Friday night.

Batavia pulled out a win, 24-12, after falling behind in a first half 12-8 marked by four fumbles.

In all, both teams would combine for more than 10 turnovers on the rain-soaked night.

U-Prep held Batavia's season-leading rusher, Ray Leach, to less than 40 yards on the ground. He did score the opening touchdown.

It was a tough night for passing, and with Leach pretty well bottled up by U-Prep's defense, Batavia turned to QB Jerry Reinhart to run the ball. He rushed for 66 yards and two touchdowns.

The star of the night was likely Anthony Ray, who had 10 tackles and two sacks, including one for a safety.









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October 22, 2016 - 9:30am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, alexander.

Alexander roared out of the playoff gate with an impressive 53-0 win over Lyons in the first round of the Section V Class D tournament.

Dane Heberlein led the way for Alexander with 22 carries for 222 yards and four touchdowns. Chris McClinic added 109 yards and a TD on seven carries.

Senior QB P.J. Brennan scored a touchdown on the ground and was six for 12 passing for 109 yards and a two TDs. Brennan has tossed 18 touchdown passes on the year against only two interceptions.

Hauling Brennan's tosses for TDs were Dustin Schmeider and Job Smith.

Hannah Paolucci notched five extra points.

The Trojan defense recovered three fumbles on the night. Erik Scharlau blocked a punt and had five tackles. Schmeider had a sack and five tackles. Zack Jasen had six tackles.

The news wasn't as good out of East Rochester, where Le Roy fell 70-0 in its sectional playoff game. East Rochester's Cameron Cleveland rushed for 249 yards and six TDs on 13 carries. 

Game photos by Rick D. Franclemont.

October 21, 2016 - 9:05am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, pembroke, Notre Dame, news.

In Connors and Ferris Bowl play on Thursday, Pembroke notched one more victory for 2016, making it a total of four against four losses, by beating Notre Dame, 20-0.

In a rain-soaked game, there were only six pass attempts between the two teams, so the ground game dominated, and Pembroke dominated on the ground, with Zachary von Kramer rushing for 188 yards on 33 attempts and two TDs for the Dragons. Nick Clark added another 44 yards on a single run that went for a score. 

Jordon Weatherwax gained 51 yards on 16 carries for Notre Dame. 

Notre Dame's Caleb Wolcott led all defensive players with 12 tackles. Jim Zickl added seven tackles for the Irish.

For Pembroke, Von Kramer had eight tackles and Brian Seweryniak added seven and a sack. Jarrod Carrow had an interception.

In the area's other Connors and Ferris Bowl game, Perry/Mt. Morris beat Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 27-0.

Section V playoffs begin tonight. The #1 seed in Class B, Batavia, hosts University Prep, coming in at #8, at Van Detta Stadium tonight. Game time is 7 p.m. Alexander, the #1 seed in Class D, also has a 7 p.m. home game against Lyons. 

Pembroke/Notre Dame game photos by Rick D. Franclemont. 

October 20, 2016 - 10:31am
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, soccer, pembroke, news.


For the first time in program history, Pembroke's soccer team has advanced in sectional play, beating Cal-Mum on Wednesday night 4-0. The Dragons entered the tournament as the #2 seed. Jamil Marable had two goals while Spencer Cowell and Ryan Curtis each added a goal and an assist.




October 18, 2016 - 3:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, baseball.

Press release:

U.S. Baseball Academy is pleased to announce the return of Spring Training 2017 to its Batavia location. We have been in business for over 20 years, operating hundreds of camps around the country.

Our Spring Training 2017 program will be directed by Skip Sherman, head coach, Genesee Community College, with help from a staff of the top coaches in this area.  Proceeds from the program benefit amateur baseball in Batavia.

U.S. Baseball Academy is a national training program operating at nearly 220 locations across the United States. You can see our complete schedule at We generally draw from a 40-mile radius around each site, so this should be newsworthy throughout your circulation area.
The release below refers readers to our web site for further details and registration forms. Our registration process is handled online.
U.S. Baseball Academy
Midwest Baseball Academy Inc.
866-622-4487 x101

October 17, 2016 - 7:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Batavia HS, news, batavia.


The 15th Annual Batavia Blue Devil Athletic Hall of Fame dinner is Saturday at Terry Hills.

Social hour begins at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person.

This year's inductees are: Karen Thomas Dupuis, 1982; David Dedman, 1989; Christopher Kane, 1986; Frank Pontillo, 1991; Susan Salvador Tresco, 1986; and John McGowan Jr., 1995.






October 16, 2016 - 1:45pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, harness racing, Batavia Downs.

(Photo of BJ's Guy out front (#4), driven by Drew Monti.)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

Fresh off a win in the Yonkers preferred pace last week, BJ’s Guy shipped into Batavia Downs to take on the best local talent on Saturday night (Oct. 15) and went from worst to first in the $9,500 Open pacing feature.

Normandy Invasion (Jim Morrill Jr.) took a methodical stroll to the front off the gate and eventually opened up a two-length lead at the quarter in :27.2. Positions remained unchanged to the half in :55.2, when BJ’s Guy (Drew Monti) started up on the outside from last and prompted Brees Creek (Kevin Cummings) and China Dream (Shawn Gray) to pull in front of him, establishing a three-horse outer flow going up the backside.

When the group passed three-quarters, China Dream tipped three-deep and BJ’s Guy followed in step and they both began to chip away at Normandy Invasion’s lead. As they came off the turn and stormed down the lane, Normandy Invasion began to tire and China Dream got to the front, but BJ’s Guy brushed harder and overtook him in the middle of the track and got home first in 1:53.4. China Dream did hold on for second and Junior Pride (Ray Fisher Jr.) snuck up the passing lane to grab third.

It was the ninth win of the season for BJ’s Guy ($7.70) who has now earned $91,902 during the year for owners Blindswitch Racing Stable, David Sebolsky and Stanley Yoskowitz. The 7-year-old gelded son of Towner’s Big Guy is trained by Jose Godinez.

Jim Morrill Jr. won four more races on Saturday night and those wins pushed him into second place for the dash winning lead with 65 victories behind Kevin Cummings who has 68. The quadruple also gave him 12 wins in the last three nights of racing at Batavia.

Also on Saturday, Shawn Gray scored a driving hat trick while Drew Monti doubled up on the card.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Oct. 19) with post time set at 6:15.

October 15, 2016 - 11:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, oakfield-alabama, elba.


Oakfield-Alabama/Elba ruined an otherwise perfect homecoming night for Notre Dame to end the season by scoring 16 fourth quarter points to seal a 22-6 win.

It was the first win of the season for OA/Elba, so both teams finish the year at 1-6.

QB Reice Woodward was only 1-7 passing for one yard, but he gained 149 yards on the ground on 14 carries and scored twice. Tucker Bezon rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries.

For the Irish, Brendan Klotzbach was 10-16 passing for 107 yards.








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October 15, 2016 - 10:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, football.


  • In overtime, Le Roy fell to archrival Cal-Mum in the final game of the season, 30-22. Le Roy still makes sectionals, with a first ground game against East Rochester. Josh Laurie was 10-17 passing for 86 yards, gained another 21 on the ground. Dom Filio had 13 rushes for 22 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Boyce caught two passes for 55 yards, Nate Flint, five or 32 and Reece Tresco, three for 15. Justin DiFalco has 12 tackles and two sacks. (Game photos by David Boyce. (For more, click here))
  • Batavia won a triple-overtime thriller over Clyde-Savannah, 40-34, to finish the regular season at 7-0 behind big nights for Jerry Reinhart and Ray Leach. Reinhart was 18-26 passing for 321 yards and one TD. He also ran the ball into the end zone once himself. Leach, who sat out most of the first half, scored four times on 14 carries for 167 yards. Chandler Baker had 66 yards receiving and Andrew Mruczek pulled in passes for 100 yards. Anthony Ray led the defense with eight tackles and a sack.
  • In a matchup of undefeated Class D teams, Alexander prevailed over C.G. Finney, 48-7. Finney opened the game with a nine-minute drive for a score, but the rest of the game belonged to Alexander. Dane Heberlein had 11 carries for 141 yards. P.J. Brennan completed six of seven passes for 141 yards and four TDs with no interceptions. Derrick Busch had four catches for 111 yards and three TDs. On defense, Mitch Gordon had 16 tackles. Heberlein, 11, Zach Jasen, 13 and Ryan Mileham had five tackles and a fumble recovery. Erik Scharlau also had a fumble recovery. (Game photos by Rick Franclemont (for more, click here))
  • York/Pavilion fell to Canisteo-Greenwood, 20-34.
  • Pembroke beat Nichols, 42-22.







October 15, 2016 - 6:13pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, alexander, trojans, football, finney, varsity.

It was Senior night in Alexander Friday and the Alexander Trojans took the field against Finney/Northstar in a battle of the unbeatens.

Finney came out strong, running the ball on every play and moving the chains in small increments, eating up all but about 3 minutes in the first quarter when they finally punched it in.

The Trojans marched down the field and responded 2 minutes later with a Brennan to Schmeider pass for the score and then didn't look back.


Heberlein ran one in. Brennan hit Busch for another 3. McClinic took one almost 50 yards into the end zone. Paolucci hit the extra points.

As the offense was firing on all cylinders, the defense figured out the Finney misdirection plays and shut them down. 

More pictures can be found here:

Congratulations to the team and coaches on the first undefeated season in 39 years and special recognition to Seniors:

Dane Heberlein

Brian George

Derrick Busch

PJ Brennan

Ryan Mileham

Hannah Paolucci

Jacob Bykowski

Nic Caldwell

Zach Jasen

Kyle Perl

Josh Hylkema

Tommy DeSalvo

Dustin Scmeider

Ryan Dunbar

And the Senior Cheerleaders:

Sara Webster

Alexis Earsing

Alynn Franclemont

Dominique Mooney

Yahaira Brown-Diaz

Kaylee MacIntyre

(Hopefully I named everybody!)

On to playoffs....



October 15, 2016 - 1:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, Batavia Downs, harness racing.

(Photo of Noble Legend with driver Shawn Gray.)

By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

After finishing second in the top local trot twice last month, Noble Legend ($25.40) blew up the tote board along with his rivals in winning the $10,500 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 14).

After taking last week off, Noble Legend returned to the track with a new attitude and approach. Driver Shawn Gray sent Noble Legend right to the front and took no prisoners from there. He lead the troops by two open lengths through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.2 while the trailers were struggling to keep up.

At the top of the lane, Noble Legend was cruising under mild urging from Gray when Studio City (Dave McNeight III) who was second the whole mile, drifted off the pegs in an attempt to collar the leader. But all that did was allow BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) to slide up inside him and get into the action. Noble Legend trotted on to win in 1:56.4 by a length over the fast-closing BZ Glide and Studio City, who finished second and third respectively.

It was the eighth win of the season for Noble Legend who increased his 2016 bankroll to $55,983 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the 4-year-old son of Kadabra. 

In the co-featured $10,000 Open mares pace, Dontch Remember ($26.20) shook off a two-month winless streak and led the ladies wire-to-wire by gapped lengths to win her eighth race of the year in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4. Gerry Sarama trains the 6-year-old Western Terror mare for owner Mike Torcello.

Driver Jim Morrill Jr. continued his torrid pace at the Downs, winning another five races on the card. He scored with Love U Forever ($3.70, 1:58.3), The Bronx Bumper ($7.10, 1:58.4), Keystone Wild Card ($4.10, 2:02), Dontch Remember ($26.20, 1:54.4) and Son Of Nordic ($9.90, 1:58.3). The five wins and one second in eight starts gave Morrill a .694 UDR for the night.

Drew Monti had a driving double and Mike Ohol had two winners on the training side.

The dash driving leader board continues to be tight. Kevin Cummings, despite not visiting the winner’s circle on Friday, remains on top with 67 wins. Drew Monti is second with 62 and Jim Morrill Jr. vaulted into third on the strength of his performance with 61 victories.

Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 15) at 6:15.

October 14, 2016 - 4:31pm
posted by Billie Owens in baseball, sports, Team New Era.

Press release:

Team New Era will hold an open tryout to fill one, or potentially as many as two, roster spots on its 12U, 14U and 16U teams.

Interested players at those ages are welcome to attend either of the following free tryouts: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25th, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29th, at our Depew location training facility -- 3950 Broadway, Depew. For more information contact Rich Wozniak at [email protected] or 716-681-3001 or see

October 13, 2016 - 3:18pm

The Batavia Jr. Blue Devils Boys Basketball Saturday Program will be offered from Nov. 12 to Dec. 17 at John Kennedy School's gym. It is only open to boys in grades one through six who attend school in the Batavia City School District.

The Satruday program is FREE but there will be a fee for league play to cover the cost of uniforms/gym use, etc.

  • Grades 3-4 will meet from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Grade 5-6 will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Grades 1-2 will meet from noon to 1 p.m.

The program will focus on the offensive fundamentals of the game including shooting, passing, dribbling, and ball handling, with a major emphasis on shooting. There will be contests with full-court and half-court games.

Participants will have the option to join our youth league from January until early March. Practices will start after Winter Recess and will be held twice per week in the evening. Games are played on the weekends, either on Saturday or Sunday or both.

A parent or guardian must fill out an application that includes: name, address; age; grade; school; phone number; medical concerns; and signature.

If you want yopu child to play on one of the teams that competes in the league, which is for grades 3-6 only and runs January through early March, you will have to choose a jersey size -- Youth S-XL and Adult S-XL, and it is advised that you order a size up as they run small.

Batavia City Schools are not responsible for injury that may happen during the program.

Refer questions to Coach Jim Fazio at (585) 356-0901. Email:     [email protected]

Fazio is the Jr. Blue Devil youth director and he coaches current Blue Devil players.


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