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September 19, 2008 - 2:25pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, football, sports.

 I just wanted to leave a reminder that I will be at the Waterloo at Batavia game tonight, so please check back shortly after the end of the game for complete coverage as well as results from other area games.

September 18, 2008 - 11:49pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 Julie Brooks didn't need much help, but she got plenty.

The Holley goalie earned her fourth shutout of the season, helping the Hawks improve to 3-2-2 with a 7-0 drubbing of Notre Dame Thursday.

Emily Troup had a hat-trick and pitched in with an assist, giving her nine goals and three assists this season. Hannah Page pitched in a pair of goals and a pair of helpers.

The Fighting Irish fall to 0-6.

September 18, 2008 - 10:07pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, soccer.
Batavia's boys soccer team is moving in a good direction under coach Nate Korzelius, but had a bit of a set-back Thursday.
The Blue Devils stumbled to a 1-14-1 record last year as Korzelius took a year haitus from the job, but have gotten back on track and came into Thursday's game with a 3-3-1 record.
But Way-Co surprised Batavia as Jeff Smythe kicked in the winning goal with 19 minutes left in the contest, giving the squad a 4-2 victory.
James Pero and Greg Kryman had the Blue Devil goals.
Way-Co is 2-5.
September 18, 2008 - 8:19pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The Le Roy girls soccer team improved to 5-1-4 as Brittany Luckey scored two goals and assisted on the other two.

The Oatkan Knights smoked Letchworth 4-0.

Mandy Migano and Kristi Miller also scored.

September 18, 2008 - 6:24pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia country club, sports, golf.

Here it is, my first video!

I went out to Batavia Country Club Wednesday morning to talk to some folks about playing after the warm weather goes away.

September 18, 2008 - 12:36am
posted by Brian Hillabush in football, sports.

 Elba/Byron-Bergen (1-1) at Attica (1-1)

7 p.m. Friday

The Blue Devils lost a lead to Notre Dame last week and are probably going to be looking for a chance to make a statement.

Attica's Andy Ruddock has had two solid rushing weeks and will probably be the focal point of this contest.

If the Lancers are able to hold him in check, Brandon Rollins has demonstrated an ability to both run and throw the football. He had a couple of long scrambles against the Fighting Irish last week.

Elba/Byron-Bergen is a team on the rise, but will struggle in this road contest.

The rushing game is E/BB's best shot to win the game as Zach Green and Brandon Spurling have to get going early. Green rushed for 101 yards in the Lancers' 24-16 victory over Holley last week, with Spurling rushing for nearly 200 yards in a loss to Oakfield-Alabama in the opening week, then 60 more yards in Week 2.


Alexander (0-2) at Oakfield-Alabama (2-0)

7 p.m. Friday

The Hornets feel like they can beat every team in the league by 80 points - and why not.

The running game has been nearly perfect - minus a couple of turnovers last week - and is proving to be unstoppable. Tim Smith has put up absolutely sick numbers as a wingback and special teams player, and Brad Riner has quieted criticism that he wasn't big enough to be a fullback.

O-A was cruising past Elba/Byron-Bergen before taking the starters out in the second half, allowing the Lancers to start making a comeback with their first team players.

Barker had no such luck as O-A pounded them 49-0.

Alexander hasn't had much to be excited about on the field thus far, but with new coach Dave Radley, a new staff and many new starters, it's going to take time.

A bright spot has been the play of Ryan Piechocki, who has ran the ball well, including a 40-yard TD run in a loss against Pembroke last week.


Le Roy (2-0) at Wellsville (1-1 )

7:30 p.m. Friday

Travis Fenstermaker to Mike Humphrey for a touchdown - Le Roy fans are getting used to hearing that  as the two started getting hot last postseason and have continued into this year, hooking up on three TD passes so far.

Fenstermaker is very possibly the best small-school quarterback in all of Section 5.

He has the ability to take over a game with his feet, but also throws a pretty ball. It would be hard to argue against him being the best player in Livingston Conferece Division II after the first two weeks.

The Oatkan Knights have also had superior running by Andrew Alexander and when he's not in the game, Tyrone Wyckoff has shown that his ability is just as good. He would be a great featured back on almost any Section 5 team.

Wellsville typically is one of the weaker teams in Livingston, but started off the season with a 32-7 win over Bolivar-Richburg in the opening week. Then they got destroyed by Cal-Mum.

But a 1-1 start for the squad is pretty good, so Le Roy will be careful not to make any early mistakes that could start the ball rolling towards an upset.


Waterloo (0-2) at Batavia (0-2)

7 p.m. Friday

It really sucks to have your heartbroken. I'm sure that many people reading this can sympathize with that.

The players on the Batavia football team had their hearts ripped out by Palmyra-Macedon last week worse than anybody could imagine.

Pal-Mac came back to score with seven seconds left in regulation before scoring and hitting the extra point in overtime. Then Batavia scored, and missed the extra point. It really doesn't get much harder to take than that.

But when you are 0-2 - with both games at home - there is no excuses, especially when 0-2 Waterloo comes to town.

If the Blue Devils lose Friday night, you can basically forget about making the sectional tournament. 

Coach Dan Geiger and his players are well aware of this, so expect a huge effort.

Rob Williams didn't touch the ball much in the opening week, but after switching his number from No. 1 to No. 30 last week, he blew up like not many players I've ever seen.

He had 17 rushes for 154 yards and four touchdowns, recovered two fumbles, had an interception and had a key stop on a two-point conversion.

It is an abomination that he didn't earn either Offensive or Defensive Player of the Week for Class B.

Anthony D'Aurizo has been one of those backs that you can rely on to just pound the ball up the gut and get the tough yards and when defenses focus on him too much, watch out for Williams.

Quarterback Joe Canzoneri did get banged up a bit last week, but should be back for this week and I wouldn't be shocked to see him put up some passes.

Waterloo has been nowhere near as competitive as Batavia, so if this game isn't a blowout, it is not good for the Blue Devils.

If it is a loss, it is catastrophic.


Pembroke (2-0) at Holley (0-2)

1:30 p.m., Saturday

The Dragons have plenty of star power.

That program typically has a lot of players that can get the job done on both sides of the ball, but I'd imagine David Kleckler, Andrew Wright, Mike Dibble and Ken Babcock are a lot of fun.

I actually hope to make it out to this game to see these guys play.

I'm going to make the very early prediction that Wright and Babcock will be the best 1-2 combination during the basketball season, and I'm saying that those two are also big member of the football squad.

Wright's numbers were beyond stupid-crazy last week.

Who the heck gains 185 yards and scores four touchdowns on just eight carries? Wright that's who. He did it in a 56-13 win over Alexander last week.

Babcock hasn't put up any huge numbers yet, but he will. He is fighting O-A's Noah Seward as the top tight end in the league and he plays in an offense that isn't afraid to throw the ball.

Holley didn't have a varsity football team last year and it's going to take some time.

But they put up a valiant effort against a fast Elba/Byron-Bergen squad last week and only lost 24-16.

I haven't seen the Hawks, but I hear they run a lot of single wing, so it will be a lot of fun to see what they do with it, especially against a team that can contend for the Class C title.

Guy Hills is the name, if you are looking for a star on Holley's roster.


Notre Dame (1-1) at Barker (1-1)

1:30 p.m. Saturday

Barker has the reputation of playing everybody tough. They beat Holley in Week 1, but got spanked by Oakfield-Alabama in Week 2.

They are hosting a Fighting Irish squad that is pumped up after beating Attica last week and will give a great effort.

But Notre Dame should be the easy favorite.

Coach Rick Mancuso has done a great job of mixing the pass and the run as Nick Bochicchio was the star in a Week 1 loss against Pembroke, connecting on 27-of-34 pass attempts, while allowing running back Mike Pratt to go off for 115 yards and three touchdowns last week.

You can't predict what to expect from this squad week-to-week on the offensive side of the ball.

Barker is making a lot of strides under coach Bill Bruning, but is fighting numbers like a lot of smaller schools are.

You can basically throw the Week 2 loss against O-A right in the garbage, but you will get a better idea of what potential this team has when you look at the 25-14 Week 1 win over Holley.

Greg Brown had a special performance, scoring twice and rushing for 136 yards. Big man Ray Paul is also a factor in every game.


September 16, 2008 - 9:09pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports.

Alexander moved to 4-2-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the league with a hard fought 1-0 win over Attica at home on Tuesday.  Playing their 2nd game in two days Alexander looked a bit sluggish at times but battled their way throughout the game and came away with a 1-0 victory that took overtime to settle.

Alexander's defenders, Sophmores Claire Hartl and Savannah VanSon, Junior Leah Johnson, and 8th grader Gabby Kwiatek limited Attica to 8 shots on goal in the game.  All 4 defenders played all 100 minutes of the game today and also played all 80 minutes of the game yesterday and their efforts did not go unnoticed as they walked off the field tonight.

The only goal of the game came on a great individual effort by Junior forward Anna Dominick as she stayed with a ball, split three defenders and fired a shot into the left side of the net just inside the post with 5 minutes left in the 2nd overtime.  Alexander managed to kill off the rest of the clock and pick up their 3rd straight win, all by shutout.

Alexander is back in action Friday and Saturday at the Kendall tournament before their Monday and Wednesday matchups with Wheatland and Elba, the top two teams in Division II.

September 16, 2008 - 7:47pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The boys and girls Cross Country Teams are on a tear!!!!  The boys team improved to 7 - 0 on the season after crushing Byron Bergen (15-47), Wayland Cohocton (17-42),Mount Morris (15-50), and Cal-Mum (15-43).  The Irish finished 1 - 2- 3 in the race with Freshman Quin O'Connor winning his third race of the season in 17:25.  Kevin Pawlak was second man at 17:40 and Matt Jackson was third at 18:03.  Eric Shormann was seventh in the race at 19:09 and Nate Flumerfeldt was right on his heals with the same time for eighth place.  Other finisher for ND were:

Taylor Alexander 20:34 (14)

Marshall Argenta 21:01 (17)

Vince Stadler 21:24 (19)

Matt Sausner  21:47 (20)

Andy Fischer  21:53 (21)

Conlan Edwards 30:56  (37)

Ashley Calarco again led all girls in winning her second race of the season cruising a 20:55 on the Bergen course in leading the girls to a 3 -1 day (6 -1 overall).  The Irish beat Byron Bergen (26-29), Cal-Mum (15-50), Mount Morris (28-28--Nd gets win on sixth runner), and dropped to Wayland-Cohocton (29-26).  Jill Marshall ran strong for the Irish placing 6th in 23:07.  ND's sixth runner, Teresa Jackson broke the tie with Mount Morris with her 24th place finish beating Mount Morris' sixth runner with a time of 28:30.  Other ND finishers:

Meghan Zickl  24:50  (15)

Haley Alexander  25:15 (16)

Rachel Berggren  25:43  (19)

Tia Arnold  32:08  (29)

September 16, 2008 - 7:33pm
posted by chris freeman in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports, dwyer stadium.

Hi i am Chris Freeman.  For the last four months I worked for the Batavia Muckdogs as an intern.  I was actually the PA announcer.  Eventhough, I was not being paid, I had such an awesome time at dwyer stadium.  I learned things like selling tickets, power washing and learning how to effectively speak into a microphone.  I felt like i was part of the Muckdog family although i was just an intern.

I would like to thank Travis Sick, Casey Freeman and Shirley Figueroa for always putting up with my work habits.  I learned alot from those guys.  Thank you for that.  I would also like to thank Big Dave for encouraging me to be an entertainer.  I will always remember this experience every time I go past Dwyer Stadium.  I had an amazing time there.  I dont care if the fans will ever remember me for when i announced in the year 2008, while wayne was on radio.  I just want the fans to remember one thing and that is " Thats another Turnbull K".

September 16, 2008 - 4:33pm
posted by Mary Emminger in sports, question.

I cannot seem to find any info on any of the BHS girls soccer events.  I think this is a great idea but I am interested in all of the local sports.  Did I miss it or is there no coverage?  Thanks

September 16, 2008 - 11:55am
posted by Brian Hillabush in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

The rumor flying around Dwyer Stadium during the playoffs about Batavia Muckdogs General Manager Dave Wellenzohn not returning for next year is true.

The Rochester Red Wings Managment, LLC and Wellenzohn just released a joint press release confirming that he will not be back in 2009.

"In order for the Rochester Red Wings to proceed towards branding our product in Batavia better, Dave and Rochester Community Baseball both recognize that we should have somebody with more Red Wings' experience running day-to-day operations," said Red Wings Chairman of the Board Naomi Silver.

Silver thanked Wellenzohn for the work he did over the winter to keep the organization together while the the New York-Pennsylvania League, the Rochester Red Wings and the City of Batavia worked to keep the team in Batavia.

Having a very short promotional season, Wellenzohn still managed to sell outfield signs to local businesses, bring in a staff to work games and had some unique promotions to help sell season tickets.

Both parties are leaving on good terms, according to the press release.

"I feel the experience I've gained during my time in Batavia will only help me down the road and I look forward to my next opportunity in professional baseball. The 2008 season was a great year in Batavia, with winning the New York-Penn League Championship, and I'm glad I had a chance to be apart of it," Wellenzohn said. 

"I have nothing but high marks for Rochester Community Baseball and have every confidence that they'll do a great job in Batavia, just like they have in Rochester."

Wellenzohn has already been in contact with several organizations about possible job opportunities. 

The 2008 NY-P League champions expect to announce their new front office staff sometime in the early fall.

September 15, 2008 - 10:27pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 The Caledonia-Mumford girls volleyball team took the first game over rival Le Roy 25-23, but the Oatkan Knights stormed back and took the next three sets 25-22, 25-19, 25-19.

Alyssa Lamkin had seven aces and seven kills for LR (3-2).

The Red Raiders fall to 1-4.

September 15, 2008 - 9:54pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 While every program in high school sports must deal with graduation every year, it seems like the Byron-Bergen girls volleyball team gets hit extremely hard every year.

At first it was Alyssa D'Errico, who went on to play at Penn State, where she has won a Division I championship. D'Errico led B-B to three consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association titles.

Last year it was Alannah Heale and Stacey Hahn graduating and going on to play in college.

But again, girls step up and now the Bees are 6-0 after cruising past Aquinas 25-14, 25-19, 25-23.

"All 12 girls on the team have really stepped up this year," said coach Kristen Partridge. "We had some very good players graduate, but somebody had to step up."

The biggest star B-B has this year is senior outside hitter Mary Cocking, who is a three-time Genesee Region League all-star and was an obvious choice as a team leader.

She led the way Monday with nine kills, six digs and three aces.

"The girls look to her as the leader on the court," Partridge said. "When she's up, they are up. When she's at her best, they are at their best. She is very experienced and a definite team leader."

With libero Krysta Lougheed missing time early in the season with a knee injury, Ali Phillips has filled in well for her.

She was a key contributer as well as Sarah Hartman, who handed out 16 assists with four aces. Kayla Konieczny had 14 kills in the impressive victory over Aquinas (2-3).

"(Aquinas) is stronger than they have been in the past," Partridge said. "They posted a good challenge and the girls played a good, well-rounded game."

September 15, 2008 - 9:36pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

Katie Joslyn served six aces and handed out four assists as the Oakfield-Alabama volleyball team took care of Wheatland-Chili 25-18, 25-22, 25-15.

MacKenzie Kehlenbeck had three aces with five kills for the Hornets.

Gina Grasso had five aces for the Wildcats (0-6).

O-A is now 2-3. 

September 15, 2008 - 8:44pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports.

The Alexander girls ran their league record to 3-1-1 with a 3-0 win over Oakfield tonight.  Their overall record moved to 3-2-2 in the process as well.

Alexander got out to a 1-0 lead early as Senior Forward Rachel Pettys finished off a play that came from Anna Dominick to Tessa Bigelow and was finished off by Pettys from 8 yards just over 90 seconds into the game.  Oakfield played inspired the rest of the first half and outplayed Alexander for large portions of the game as Alexander struggled to complete any passes.

Alexander came out after halftime and went right to work taking the kickoff right down the field.  After Oakfield cleared their zone Anna Dominick found Pettys on a through ball at midfield and Pettys went in alone and her shot went between the goalies legs and she finished it off as she followed her own shot to make it 2-0 75 seconds into the 2nd half.  Alexander controlled much of the play in the 2nd half but still struggled to move the ball thanks to some scrappy defense.

Alexander would tack on a late insurance goal as junior reserve midfielder Kat Schmieder found 8th grade midfielder Abby Shilvock and Shilvock tucked the ball into the right corner of the net to make it 3-0 with exactly a minute left in the game.

Sophmore goalkeeper Hannah Wilson made 4 stops in net for her 2nd consecutive shutout.  8th grade defender Gabby Kwiatek and Sophmore defender Claire Hartl lead the way in the back both pitching in strong games marking.  Sophmore midfielder Ashley Szymanski, called up from JV this week, contributed with some great passing.

Alexander is back in action tomorrow at home against Attica.  Alexander has a brutal stretch the next 10 days with todays game at Oakfield, tomorrow against Attica, Friday at Kendall, Saturday at Kendall against York or Albion, Monday against Wheatland, and Wednesday against Elba.

September 15, 2008 - 8:22pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 The Batavia girls tennis team is off to a hot start, improving to 4-0 with a solid 7-0 win over Greece Arcadia, which falls to 3-2.

Amy Schmidt had a 6-0, 6-1 victory at second singles for the Blue Devils.

September 15, 2008 - 6:28pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

Here at The Batavian, we would like to start posting bowling scores from area leagues. 

League coordinators please register on the Web site and feel free to post your league scores directly on the sports page after each night.

Registration is easy and only takes a couple of minutes and once you are signed up you only have to click Create Content on the left side of the page, change the category to sports and write the word "sports" in the Tags line.

Then post scores for any bowler that finishes with a single game over 200 or has a series of 600 or higher.

September 15, 2008 - 5:47pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

After the Batavia Muckdogs won the New York-Pennsylvania League championship Sunday night with a victory over Jamestown at Dwyer Stadium, the players all charged to the mound to celebrate the victory.

But that will be the only celebration that the team will be doing until the start of next year.

In a telephone conversation Monday afternoon, Rochester Red Wings Chairman of the Board Naomi Silver said that there are no plans for any parade or party to celebrate the title at this time.

"We will probably do a parade when the season is about to start next year," Silver said. "All the player personnel left this morning. There really isn't much we can do at this point."

September 14, 2008 - 9:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

In front of nearly 1,400 screaming fans, Adam Reifer struck out Justin Bass to secure the Batavia Muckdog's first league title since 1963 with a 9-3 victory over the Jamestown Jammers.

With the third strike of the third out in the top of the ninth, fans and players alike went wild as young men in red jerseys swarmed the field and piled on top of each other in front of home plate.  In the stands, fans screamed, hugged and high-fived.

Within minutes, league president Ben Hayes presented the championship trophy to manager Mark DeJohn.

The Muckdogs won game one of the three-game series in Jamestown on Friday night. Saturday's game was rained out.

The game was close up until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Muckdogs blew the game open by scoring five runs.

Jamestown had scored two runs in the top of the inning to make it 4-3.

Frederick Parejo went 4-4 and Shane Peterson picked up three hits.

The starter and winner was Hector Cardenas who went six innings and gave up only 1 run.

If it all turned out, we'll post some video from tonight later.

UPDATE:  I shot video with two cameras.  One was a little Flip so I could post something quickly.  That hasn't quite worked out. For some reason, YouTube keeps throwing an error when I try to upload it.  Google Video took it just fine, and you can view it here.  We'll see how it goes with the other video, which includes some interviews.

UPDATE II: Still having trouble with getting a video to upload to YouTube.  The quality of this on Google just isn't very good, but here's the longer video with interviews and such.

UPDATE III: Wow, I kept getting these upload errors, but all this time -- the first video did upload and process just fine.  Here's video #1 -- shot with the Flip just to get a quick video of the final out.  The second video finally did upload and is processing now.  I'll embed either when it's ready or later in the morning (late tonight now, so I might sleep in a bit).

UPDATE IV:  Ok, here it is ... the longer video with interviews (Ben Hayes, Dan Mason, Brian Paris and Bill Kauffman):

UPADATE V: Nice summary of the Muckdog's post season on Also, long story on, with some nice quotes from Shane Peterson.

September 14, 2008 - 12:47pm

A brief look at the Genesee Region Girl's soccer standings through 9/14.  These standings are by points so they will not be 100% accurate or realistic because teams have played different numbers of points.

Division 1:

1 - Alexander (2-1-1)

1 - Byron-Bergen (2-1-1)

3 - Holley (2-2-1)

4 - Pembroke (1-0-1)

5 - Attica (1-1)

6 - Kendall (0-3)

Division 2:

1 - Elba (3-0)

2 - Wheatland-Chili (2-1)

3 - Lyndonville (2-2)

4 - Oakfield-Alabama (1-1)

5 - Batavia Notre Dame (0-4)

Elba knocked off Wheatland-Chili in the 1st week giving them the definite upper hand in the Division 2 reach.  Wheatland knocked off Holley on Friday and the cross-over games for Elba and Wheatland will definitely play a huge role in who ends up on top of this division.  Without a major mistake by both the other 3 teams should not challenge the top 2 teams in Division 2.

In division 1 Pembroke is technically in 1st being the only team without a loss in the league.  Alexander and Bergen have identical records and tied each other meaning they are neck and neck.  Holley lost to Wheatland on Friday putting them a step behind the top 3 at the current moment.  Elba and Wheatland will have a huge impact on who wins Division 1 as both should be able to compete with (and possibly beat) the top 4 teams in Division 1.  This is the first time in a number of years that Division 2 will have such a huge impact in the Division 1 title race.


Goals - Clark (Elba) 9, Drage (Wheatland) 6 lead the way.

Assists - Marshall (Elba) 4, Smith (Wheatland) 3 lead the way.

The top 3 goalies in the league appear to be Wilson from Alexander, Brooks from Holley and Reeb from Pembroke.

The league races are shaking up to be very interesting.


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