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June 24, 2018 - 2:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in mma, Mixed Martial Arts, Batavia Downs, Ground Force Fights, sports.


In the main event at the "Throwdown at the Downs" mixed martial arts event, with 24 fighters on the card, Tom Shelby, of Le Roy, who came into the fight 2-0, was KO'd in the second round by Yuri Panferov.

Panferov, now 3-0, claimed the Ground Force Fights Cruiser Heavyweight title.

Shelby was hurt early in the second round when Panferov wrestled him to the mat against a cage wall and landed a couple of punches to Shelby's head (see two pictures below). Shelby got up and continued to fight but with less energy.

Panfervo landed a punch (above) that sent Shelby down and the referee immediately waved off the fight. Shelby was attended to by a ringside doctor and Mercy EMS personnel but walked from the ring on his own, bloodied but alert.

Paid attendance was 700.

UPDATE: The official results of the fights:

  • Gray Hendershott wins over Zak Sucharski by armbar in the Submission grappling match;
  • Jason Pilkenton over John Gear Gart via Round 1 TKO, 1:11 kickboxing match; 
  • Eric Bonner over Maxeron Dorn via unanimous decision;
  • Anthony Gugino over Kenny Hale via Round 1 Submission 1:17;
  • Brendan Kennedy over Steven Kleckler via Round 1 Submission 1:03;
  • Marcus Dunn over John Doyle via unanimous decision;
  • John Piersma over Benjamin Horton via Round 1 TKO 2:10;
  • Tim Cronk over Alex Carroll via Round 1 Knock Out :15 Heavyweight title fight;
  • Mark Murray over Bert Forney via Round 2 TKO 2:53 Lightweight title fight;
  • Jon Marconi over Travis Streeter via Round 1 Knock Out  :14 Super Heavyweight title fight;
  • Brad Vargasson over Matt Norstrand via Round 2 Submission 1:11 Middleweight title fight;
  • Yuri Panferov over Tom Shelby via Round 2 Knock Out 2:59 Cruiser Heavyweight title fight. 






Local favorite Matt Norstrand, who entered the ring at 3-1, before his Middleweight title fight against Brad Vargasson (5-4). Norstrand, who seemed in control of the fight during the first round, tapped out early in the second after Vargasson got him in a stranglehold (third photo below).





Mark Murray and Bert Forney. Murray claimed the Lightweight title.




John Marconi celebrates with his fans his KO victory seconds into the first round over Travis Streeter. Marconi is now 3-4 and the Ground Force Fights' Super Heavyweight champion. Streeter is 1-1.

June 23, 2018 - 10:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in muckdogs, batavia, sports, baseball.


The Batavia Muckdogs were down by six runs before their first hitter even stepped to the plate Friday night and over the course of nine innings the hometown team never could climb out of the hole.

The Muckdogs fell to 3-5 on the season with a 9-7 loss to Williamsport, now 5-3.

Starter Dakota Bennett, a 2017 11th round draft pick out of Somerville, Ala., lasted only two-thirds of an inning and took the loss in his first NYPL game.

Muckdogs Right fielder Jerar Encarnacion continued to tear apart NYPL pitching, raising his average to .514, second best in the league, with a 3-4 night. He scored two runs.

Big first baseman Sean Reynolds, who had the game-winning hit Thursday night, knocked one over the fence for the first time in the season in the seventh inning.

J.D. Osborne also had two hits and two RBI. He raised his average to .348.

The Muckdogs close out the homestand tonight against Williamsport. Game time is 7:05 p.m.


Bryce Howe, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, took over for Bennett in the first and pitched 3 1/2 innings, giving up one unearned run and four hits.




June 23, 2018 - 6:47am

Press release:

Join the Genesee County Parks along with the Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club and try out fishing at DeWitt Recreation Area today, June 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.! Perfect for beginners!

Program meets at Pavilion 3. DeWitt is located on Cedar Street, Batavia. Friendly guides will be on hand to assist you.

No fishing license required, this is part of NYSDEC’s Free Fishing Weekend!

Fishing tackle and bait provided by Smith’s Great Outdoors, formerly known as Hunters Landing. Fishing poles provided by Cabela’s of Cheektowaga or bring your own.

Kids up to age 16 can join the fun and get the chance to win a prize with the Kendra Haacke Memorial Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club!

Fishing Derby takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This program is FREE! Call 585-344-1122 register or walk-ins also welcome! See you there!

June 22, 2018 - 10:46am
posted by Andy Helwig in muckdogs, sports, baseball.

The Muckdogs scored their first walk-off win of the season this year over the Williamsport Crosscutters on Thursday night. Batavia did not score a run until the eighth inning when they were trailing 5-0.

Williamsport picked up an early lead by scoring two runs in the top of the first off of Alberto Guerrero, who would not earn a decision in his five innings of work. Williamsport logged another run in the top of the fifth when Keudy Bocio would hit a single up the middle to make the score 3-0 in favor of the visitors.

Dylan Cyphert would come on in relief for the sixth inning but would yield two runs in total, both coming in the sixth inning. Afterward, Cyphert would lock in for the seventh inning and shut down the Crosscutters' lineup. For the eighth and ninth innings, Jeremy Ovalle would come on to keep Williamsport at bay while the offense went to work. In the bottom of the eighth, Brayan Hernandez would extend his welcome party to Batavia by ripping a leadoff double.

Not long after, Jerar Encarnacion would scorch one of his four singles to center field, that would score Hernandez for the first run of the night for Batavia. The Muckdogs would load the bases up later in the inning, and Albert Guaimaro got hit by a pitch to bring in one more run to make it 5-2. The last of the three runs came when Denis Karas hit a sac fly to score Encarnacion to make it a 5-3 game going into the ninth.

Ovalle only faced four batters in the top of the ninth to finish his job and not allow any more runs to score for the Crosscutters. In the bottom of the ninth, Batavia would find themselves down to their final strike with Demetrius Sims standing on first base. Then, Encarnacion smoked a ball to right field to start the rally. Sims moved to third on the play, and Encarnacion would advance to second on a sloppy throw into the infield. JD Osborne followed up with a clutch two-run single that would tie the game. Guaimaro drew a walk to advance Osborne to second, which caused Mike Jacobs to go into his bench and bring out Harrison White to pinch run for Osborne.

Sean Reynolds was the next batter, who was 0-2 up to that point in the game. He hit a single to right field that sent a sprinting White to the plate and an off-target throw sent the Muckdogs into a celebration with the 6-5 walk-off win.

Batavia will face Williamsport again Friday and Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The Muckdogs will look to break a streak of Crosscutter starters not allowing a run over the last five games.

June 21, 2018 - 10:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in muckdogs, batavia, baseball, sports.

Press release:

The Muckdogs (2-4) dropped the third game in the series against West Virginia (2-4) on Wednesday night. The first two innings went as fast as the blink of an eye with neither team collecting a hit. In the third inning, however, that would change for the Black Bears.

West Virginia scored three runs in the third inning. The Black Bears loaded the bases in the top of the third with two outs, then Edison Lantigua ripped a two-run single to right field. Lantigua took a big turn at first base, and the ‘dogs tried to pick him off on it.

In doing so, the throw to first was wide and therefore scored the third run. After that bases-clearing single by Lantigua, it would take until the fifth inning for another run to cross the plate.

West Virginia manufactured a run in the fifth by bunting Michael De La Cruz to second. Afterward, he tagged up on a fly ball to right that almost got him thrown out by Jerar Encarnacion. Lantigua then ripped another single to the right side that scored De La Cruz and gave Lantigua his third RBI of the game.

The Batavia bats were held to minimal output through the first six innings, then the Muckdogs scored three in the seventh inning. Two runners found their way on by way of a walk (Sean Reynolds) and a single (JD Osborne). Then, in an attempt to break a skid that was 1-21, Gerardo Nunez made it a one-run game by sending a three-run shot over the left field wall to make the score 4-3.

Ryan McKay came in relief in the seventh inning and was excellent, striking out five in only three innings of work. He gave Batavia a chance at the comeback in the bottom of the ninth. A leadoff single from JD Osborne brought on Matt Brooks to pinch-run.

Unfortunately for Batavia, Harrison White hit a fielder’s choice to second that got Brooks out. After that, the early hero Gerardo Nunez grounded into a 6-3 double play to end the game.

Williamsport comes to Batavia for a three-game series from Thursday to Saturday, then Batavia travels to State College to play the Spikes for three games.

June 20, 2018 - 2:52pm

The Batavia Blue Devils Youth Football Camp will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17, behind Batavia High School, located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.

Time is 9 to 11:30 a.m. both days.

Cost is $40.

It is for students entering grades one through eight in the fall.

Hosted by Head Coach Brennan Briggs and the BHS Football staff.

Bring shorts, T-shirt, cleats and water bottle.

Register by July 5 to guarantee correct T-shirt size.

Make checks payable to:  Blue Devils Touchdown Club

Mail payment and the following information to Brennan Briggs, 103 Oak St., Batavia  NY 14020 OR  to: Batavia Middle School, 96 Ross St., Batavia NY 14020, ATTEN: Brennan Briggs.

  • Name of Camper
  • Camper is entering Grade ___
  • Emergency Contact Name and Phone Number
  • T-shirt Size: ADULT ___ Or  YOUTH ___

The camp will feature: speed challenge; flag football games at the end of each day; current BHS football players, as well as alumni will speak and work with campers; T-shirts distributed and pizza after Tuesday's camp.

Here's the breakdown of what will be taught for each position; all drills will be modified for age groups:

  • Quarterbacks -- Hand placement, 3-step, 5-step, footwork drills, throwing mechanics, and ball-handling drills;
  • Wide Receivers -- Stance, start, footwork drills, hand drills, route running;
  • Running Backs -- Stance, start, footwork drills, run blocking, pass blocking;
  • Offensive Line -- Stance, start, run-blocking drills, pass-blocking drills;
  • Linebackers -- Stance, start, footwork drills, tackling-form drills, run stopping, pass defending;
  • Defensive Backs -- Stance, start, footwork drills, man coverage, zone coverage, pass defending;
  • Defensive Line -- Stance, start, 1 v. 1 drills, speed and quickness off the ball.

The Batavia Blue Devils are 3-peat Section V Class B Champions.

June 20, 2018 - 8:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, baseball, muckdogs.


Photo submitted by Kayla McIntire.

Press release:

The Muckdogs dropped the middle game of a three-game set against West Virginia on Tuesday night by a score of 7-6. Batavia had a chance to either tie or win the game in the bottom of the ninth.

Humberto Mejia got his first start of the season with the Muckdogs on Tuesday. In his career, none of his starts with Batavia had gone longer than 3.1 innings. On Tuesday, he was able to get two outs in the fifth before he ran into trouble. Mejia ran into a slight hiccup when he gave up a solo home run to Johan Herrera to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead.

They would tack on three more in the third inning as well. Daniel Amaral would reach on an error, (one of nine combined in the ballgame) and would steal second to get into scoring position. Three straight RBI hits from Edison Lantigua (double), Lucas Mangieri (single), and Herrera (double) put West Virginia up 4-0 after three.

Batavia, in total, went 3-18 with runners in scoring position and left a season-high 12 runners on base. The Muckdogs wouldn’t score their first run until the fifth. Back-to-back singles to lead off the fifth inning from Igor Baez and Gerardo Nunez, who logged his first hit of the season on the play, and both would come around to score on the play.

A Ricardo Cespedes sac fly would score Baez, and an RBI triple from Jerar Encarnacion would bring in Nunez. On that triple, Encarnacion advanced his hit streak to five games. He’s had a hit in every game for Batavia this season. Ricardo Cespedes would do the same with a one-out single in the seventh.

The Black Bears scored one run in each of the seventh and eighth innings of the game to go in front 7-3 going into the bottom of the ninth for Batavia. Demetrius Sims led off the inning with a walk. Cespedes would get on base with the fifth error of the night by the Black Bears’ defense. Encarnacion bounced into a fielder’s choice that sent Sims to third but would cut down Cespedes at second.

Batavia had runners on the corners with one out. Sean Reynolds came into pinch-hit but would go down on strikes looking. Albert Guaimaro then reached on a throwing error that sent Sims home to make it a three-run game. Runners then stood on first and second with two outs.

Denis Karas hit a clutch two-out single that would plate two runs, making the Muckdogs’ deficit just one. Baez drew a walk to load the bases up again, with the tying run standing on third, and the winning run at second. Gerardo Nunez came up with two outs, but on a 0-2 pitch in the dirt, a controversial third-strike call was made on an appeal by base umpire Jae-Young Kim to end the Batavia rally.

The final game of the series comes on Wednesday night at 7:05. The Muckdogs will send LHP Logan Boyd to the bump for the rubber match. West Virginia has not announced their starter yet. Batavia then welcomes the Williamsport Crosscutters to town for a three-game series.

June 19, 2018 - 2:32pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, news, Oakfield, girls softball.
Submitted photo and press release from Scott Denny.
The Oakfield Gold team won Oakfield’s 10U Tournament in Oakfield on Saturday, June 16, in the finals against Oakfield’s Blue team 7-3.
The winning team won three games on their way to the championship.
The winning Oakfield Gold team members are: Cara Williams, Alea Groff, Ayva Matla, Abby Russell, Allie Williams, Milena Lindsley, Cali Cramer, Raine Denny, Rylee Denny, Emma Moeller, Marley Gorom, Tia Lindsley and Maria Snell. Coaches: Scott Denny, Aaron Williams and Craig Cramer.
June 19, 2018 - 1:08pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in muckdogs, baseball, sports.


The 2018 edition of the Batavia Muckdogs are looking like a team that can score runs in bunches after scoring eight runs or more in three of their first four games, including nine runs last night against West Virginia for a 9-6 victory in a soggy home opener.

The offensive onslaught was anchored by left fielder Michael Donadio, a native New Yorker, who was 2-4, including a fifth-inning homer (top photo) and three RBIs.

On a rainy Monday, which meant the game was delayed for more than an hour, the opening night crowd was smaller than expected at 835.

Still, NYPL President Ben Hayes was in good spirits before the game and said he's happy with the progress the local franchise, now league-owned, is making.

"I think things are going really well," Hayes said. "We focused on the getting the field in shape for the season, getting the lights changed out. We did some things in the clubhouses to get them ready. Talk to Mike (Jacobs), the manager, and he’s really happy with what he’s walked into."

Before the game, Wayne Fuller and Bill Dougherty were honored with a moment of silence. Memorial signs have been placed on the fence in right center and left center honoring their contributions to Batavia baseball.

Fuller was the longtime voice of the Muckdogs.

"His smooth tenor provided the soundtrack for so many summers of our lives here at Dwyer Stadium," said PA announcer Paul Spiotta. 

Dougherty was a historian of Batavia baseball: "A champion of our team and this community and a romantic defender of the underdog."

Starter R.J. Peach, from San Diego, got the win, going five innings and giving up seven hits and three runs.

Chad Martin pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

Jerar Encarnacion, from Bayaguana, Dominican Republic, was 2-4 and is currently the team's leading hitter with a .471 average.

Ricardo Cespedes, from the Bronx, also had two hits.

The Muckdogs are now 2-2 on the season and face 0-4 West Virginia again at 7:05 p.m., the second game of a six-game homestand, which includes three against  Williamsport.


First baseman Sean Reynolds bumps fists with two fans before the game.


Manager Mike Jacobs, middle.


Catcher J.D. Osborne runs onto the field prior to National Anthem with a young Yankee, one of Batavia's youth ball players.


Pitcher R.J. Peace


Jerar Encarnacion scores in the first inning.




West Virginia second baseman Melvin Jimenez with an errant throw in the third inning (which nearly hit the photographer).


Ricardo Cespedes


Denis Karas


Gerardo Nunez and Ricardo Cespedes collide chasing a pop-up in the seventh inning.

June 16, 2018 - 5:16pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, baseball, muckdogs.

Submitted by the Muckdogs:

The Muckdogs look to bounce back from a game-one loss in Auburn by a score of 5-1. Batavia squares off against the Doubledays for a three-game set before kicking off the home portion of the season at Dwyer Stadium for a six-game homestand against West Virginia and Williamsport. 

That was last night -- Batavia was 0-10 with RISP in their 5-1 loss last night to Auburn. The Muckdogs had bases loaded with no outs in the top of the seventh inning, but after a Nunez strikeout and a Sims lineout into a double play, the Muckdogs came out scoreless. 

This year’s team -- The Muckdogs Opening Day roster consists of 14 returning players from last year’s roster. Four players have made it up to full season-A (Boyd, Cespedes, Martin, and Torres). The roster currently consists of 14 pitchers, four catchers, six infielders, and six outfielders. 

Same Skipper -- Calling the shots this season will be second-year manager Mike Jacobs. Jacobs spent seven years in the bigs with Mets, Marlins, Royals, and the Diamondbacks. He clubbed 100 HRs in his MLB career, 32 of which came in 2008 with the Florida Marlins. He also tacked on 93 RBIs that year. His first year as a manager in Batavia saw the team go 30-45.

Some Superlatives -- This year’s players come in all shapes and sizes. The tallest being Sean Reynolds who towers at 6’7”. The shortest five check in at 5’11”. The youngest Muckdog is Dakota Bennett who is currently 18, and the oldest on the roster is Logan Boyd who is 24. 

Familiar Foes -- The Muckdogs and Doubledays will square off 13 more times this season, more than they will see any other opponent this season. 

Recent Roster Action -- C Jared Barnes was assigned to the GCL Marlins on June 16th. 

Marlins Update -- The Fish shut out the Orioles 2-0 last night in Camden Yards thanks to a dominant performance from Jose Urena. Urena went eight innings deep into the game only surrendering three hits and one walk.

June 14, 2018 - 1:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, baseball.

Press release:

Team New Era Baseball will hold tryouts for its fall elite travel baseball program for players ages 9 thru 17 on Friday June 22nd at our Depew facility, 3950 Broadway.

For more information or to register for a tryout, visit www.teamnewerabaseball.com.

For additional questions, contact Rich Wozniak at 716-681-3001 or [email protected].

June 14, 2018 - 12:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, sports, wrestling.


Alexander wrestler Nick Young has committed Gannon University in Erie, Pa., a Division II school.

Young had a career record with the Trojans of 218-29 and was 53-4 last season. He won a sectional title and was second at states. He is a four-time Genesee region all-star, four-time sectional champion, and four-time state tournament qualifier.

June 13, 2018 - 11:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in muckdogs, batavia, sports, baseball.


Here's a reason to come out to Dwyer Stadium to see the Batavia Muckdogs this season starting Monday: To see if Sean Reynolds can develop into a big, powerful Major League first baseman.

At 6' 7" and 220 pounds, Reynolds (top photo), a fourth-round draft pick last year from Redondo Beach, Calif., projects as a power bat in the middle of the Miami Marlins line up someday. He's not there yet, however, so he's back in Batavia for a second season to see if he can harness his big swing and make more consistent contact.

Muckdogs Manager Mike Jacobs (second photo) thinks Reynolds is one of the good reasons fans have to settle into a seat at Dwyer Stadium in 2018.

"Hopefully he continues to make strides," Jacobs said when asked to single out some of his best players. "He should be able to do some good things here."

He also likes what he sees in Demetrius Sims. Described in scouting reports as a shortstop with blazing speed, Sims is also in his second stint with Batavia but Jacobs said he should make games exciting for fans.

In all, there are nine players on the roster who are on a second tour with the Muckdogs, which Jacobs said is a good thing. It should mean better quality baseball.

"That's going to help the guys who are here for the first time," Jacobs said.

The pitching should be better and the defense should be better.

"The main thing is, they will be prepared to play every night," Jacobs said. "That’s for sure. We’re prepared to play fundamentally sound baseball and hopefully, the offense will take care of itself."

Among the returning players, for those who are fans of Ivy League baseball, is Harrison White, whose degree is from Yale and acquitted himself well in Batavia last season, hitting .280 with 21 walks, 12 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Also on the roster is Trevor Rogers, the Marlin's number-one draft pick in 2017. He's a 6' 6" left-handed pitcher but so far he's a Muckdog on paper only. He isn't in town yet and Jacobs said the way things work, just because he's currently listed on the roster doesn't mean he will wind up in Batavia.

For the returning players the changes at Dwyer, with the team under new ownership and management, is exciting, Jacobs said.

They noticed the changes as soon as they arrived at the ballpark.

"You want to be proud of where you play," Jacobs said. "You want to be proud of your facility. You want to be proud of your home every day. There’s still a long way to go but there are things in progress. They put a whole new infield in. It’s not quite to where we need it yet but it’s getting close. Like I said, they redid the clubhouse, cleaned it up, put in some new carpet, and some paint, and like I said, just watching the players walk in and look at that, they’re pretty excited just about that, so I think they’re excited to get going."

Game time Monday is 7:05 p.m.









June 9, 2018 - 9:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, softball, Kibbe Park.

Submitted by Mike Jamil:

Week 5 Coed Scores, updated standings, and Week 6 schedule...
Bomb Squad gets it's Tonya Harding impersonation on, treating 97 Rock like Nancy Kerrigan hitting Wesley with a car pre game. Though Wesley still turned out to be 97 Rock best hitter. No joke. Bomb Squad wins 15-3...
If you predicted mercy for the outcome of the 6pm game at Kibbe Park, you were Dead On accurate as Dead On Auto Body Repairs sends the Brew Crew to TF Browns early. Winning 18-3...
Saved By The Balls apparently was missing Zack Morris. They lose to YNGODESS 15-8...
Neither manager bothered to partake in the 8pm matchup. The inevitable happened and Toyota Of Batavia/ Southside Deli gets back on track winning 24-6 against Basic Pitches with their basic outcome...
In a family feud, Maskell's Rascals withstand the late attempted comeback by Abusement Park. They win 18-14...
Updated Standings
1. Bomb Squad 5-0 with 90 runs scored and 33 runs against...
2. Toyota Of Batavia/ Southside Deli 4-1 with 82 runs scored and 38 runs against...
3. Maskell's Rascals 3-2 with 63 runs for and 45 runs against... 
3. TF Browns Saved By The Balls 3-2 with 62 runs scored and 60 runs against...
3. Dead On Auto Body Repairs 3-2 with 80 runs scored and 79 runs against...
3. YNGODESS 3-2 with 53 runs scored and 52 runs against...
7. TF Browns Abusement Park 2-3 with 69 runs scored and 57 runs against...
8. 97 Rock 1-4 with 32 runs scored and 62 runs against...
8. TF Browns Brew Crew 1-4 with 49 runs scored and 111 runs against...
10. Basic Pitches 0-5 with 47 runs scored and 100 runs against...
Week 6 Schedule
Williams Park at 630 has Bomb Squad (home) vs YNGODESS
Kibbe Park at 6pm has TF Browns Brew Crew (home) vs TF Browns Abusement Park
Kibbe Park at 7pm has Maskell's Rascals (home) vs Toyota Of Batavia/ Southside Deli
Kibbe Park at 8pm has Dead On Auto Body Repairs (home) vs TF Browns Saved By The Balls
Kibbe Park at 9pm has 97 Rock (home) vs Basic Pitches

June 9, 2018 - 9:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in softball, sports, batavia, Kibbe Park.

Submitted by Mike Jamil:

Thursday Night Men's League Week 5 scores, updating standings, and Week 6 upcoming schedule...
Fava Brothers Lawncare Bad Boyz defeat Vinyl Sticks 25-15...
Fava Brothers Good Boys defeat Beer View Mirrors 17-5...
Tompkins Insurance of Batavia defeat U.S.P.S. 23-19...
Beers N Bombs defeat Master Batters 23-22...
Skyworks defeat Upstate Blazers 16-0...
Updated Standings
1. Skyworks 5-0 with 86 runs scored and 31 runs against...
2. Tompkins Insurance of Batavia 4-1 with 94 runs scored and 55 runs against...
3. Fava Brothers Lawncare Good Boys 3-2 with 77 runs scored and 63 runs against...
3. TF Browns Beer View Mirrors 3-2 with 69 runs scored and 61 runs against...
3. U.S.P.S. 3-2 with 73 runs scored and 74 runs against...
3. Fava Brothers Lawncare Bad Boyz 3-2 with 87 runs scored and 90 runs against...
3. TF Browns Beers N Bombs 3-2 with 71 runs scored and 85 runs against...
8. TF Browns Master Batters 1-4 with 90 runs scored and 98 runs against...
9. Vinyl Sticks 0-5 with 43 runs scored and 86 runs against...
9. Upstate Blazers 0-5 with 50 runs scored and 97 runs against... 
Week 6 Upcoming Schedule
Williams Park at 630pm has Vinyl Sticks (home) vs Upstate Blazers...
Kibbe Park at 6pm has TF Browns Beer View Mirrors (home) vs Tompkins Insurance of Batavia...
Kibbe Park at 7pm has TF Browns Master Batters (home) vs Skyworks...
Kibbe Park at 8pm has U.S.P.S. (home) vs Fava Brothers Good Boys...
Kibbe Park at 9pm has TF Browns Beers N Bombs (home) vs Fava Brothers Lawncare Bad Boyz

June 8, 2018 - 10:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in muckdogs, batavia, sports, baseball.


Andy Helwig, who will be the voice of the Batavia Muckdogs on WBTA this season, holds up the new road and home jerseys for the 2018 Batavia Muckdogs.

The season is just around the corner, with players reporting in about a week. The first home game is June 18 at 7:05 p.m.

June 4, 2018 - 3:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in terry hills, Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Classic, batavia, sports, golf.


Today, Terry Hills hosted the annual Jim Kelly Golf Celebrity Classic, a fundraiser created by the Buffalo Bills great to help support several children's' charities in Western New York.

Above Dean Cain, who played for the Buffalo Bills for a short time before launching an acting career that has included a role as Superman, talks with his golf partners for the tournament.


Dean Cain on the tee.


Willie Hutch Jones with fans. Jones played for the San Diego Clippers in the early 80s. He's originally from Buffalo and for the past 30 years has been director of the Willie Hutch Jones Educational & Sports Programs in Buffalo. The program's mission: "... to provide every child, at no cost, equal opportunities to engage in the highest quality program and to offer character building activities through academics, sports, and the arts."


Thurman Thomas


Thurman Thomas with his golf partners.


Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboys receiver, signs a Buffalo Bills cap for Luke Gutman.


LPGA professional golfer Cindy Miller.


Danielle Rotondo with actor Dennis Haskins.


Local golfers T.J. Woodward, Ray Tortorice, Tim Woodword, and Matt Meyer, with former Bills player Ed Rutkowski (center).


Danielle Rotondo with ESPN's broadcasting legend Chris Berman.


Chris Berman.


June 4, 2018 - 3:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in terry hills, sports, golf, news, batavia.


When Terry Hills Golf Course built the 14th hold more than 30 years ago, the green, on one of the course's signature holes, was mostly surrounded by water. To provide a bridge to the green, two telephone polls were placed across the water.

In the three decades that passed, the weather did its work on the wood, so last summer the bridge was removed.

This year a new bridge was installed, and with Jim Kelly on hand to cut the ribbon, it was officially opened.

Top photo: Mary Brown, Casey Brown, Danielle Rotondo, Jessica Ecock-Rotondo, Ellen Simkulet and Nick Rotondo.


Below, two photos provided by Terry Hills. First, Tom Brown walking across the telephone polls when first placed over the water. Second, Casey Brown walking across the first beam placed for the new bridge.




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