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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 Scout.com. Also, long story on MLB.com, 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.

Stats:

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.

September 14, 2008 - 12:51am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The only goal of the game came in the 25th minute when Tim Voges scored of a header by Greg Kryman, who was the tournament MVP.

That goal by Batavia's boys soccer team helped the Blue Devils improve to 3-2 and win the Holley Tournament.

Defensive MVP Jordan Brown had nine saves for the shutout.

September 13, 2008 - 9:20pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 With Andrew Wright and Mike Dibble in the backfield, the Pembroke football team will keep defenders on their toes all season long.

Alexander had no answer for the two runners as the Dragons picked up an easy 56-13 win.

"We were fortunate to have Dibble and (Joe) Striegel last year," Pembroke coach Chip Foster said. "Now we add Andrew to the mix this year and we are liking that 1-2 punch. We will move Andrew around a little bit, but when you put them two in the backfield together, other teams don't really know what to do."

Wright's numbers were insane.

He only ran the ball eight times, but scored four touchdowns and finished with a whopping 165 yards.

Dibble had 10 touches, gaining 90 yards while getting in the end zone twice.

J.P. Phillips had 26 yards and a TD and David Kleckler went 2-of-3 passing for 110 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The game was a rout early as Josh Hanel had an interception and returned it 42 yards to the Alexander 5-yard line to start the game. Wright had the touchdown run.

Ben Marion, Matt Phelps and Sam Martino also had interceptions and Pembroke led 56-0 at the half.

Ryan Piechocki had a 37-yard touchdown run for the Trojans, who fall to 0-2.

Pembroke is now 2-0 and rolling.

"After the kids work in the preseason and play two games, it is great to be 2-0," Foster said. "Everybody wants to be back in the playoffs and Class C is so competitive that we want to have a home game. That is the kid's goal and they are working hard towards it."

September 13, 2008 - 7:30pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

Tonight's New York-Pennsylvania League championship series game is rained out and will be made up at 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Dwyer Stadium.

The Muckdogs lead the series 1-0 and if a third game is necessary, it will be played on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

September 13, 2008 - 5:38pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports, Notre Dame.

With the rain coming down in buckets Saturday afternoon, it was difficult for either the Notre Dame or Attica football teams to hold onto the football.

But on one key occasion, the Fighting Irish won the game because of the job of the long snapper, holder and kicker.

Matt Thompson's extra point in the final minutes wound up being the play of the game as Notre Dame edged visiting Attica 27-26.

Holder Kevin Francis had issues holding the placement on Thompson's two previous kicks - a shanked 42-yard field goal attempt and an extra point attempt which turned into a botched play.

But after Francis scored a game-tying touchdown with 2 1/2 minutes left, Rick Lair had a perfect snap to Francis, who placed the ball for Thompson, who cashed the game winning kick.

"I just knew I had to dry my hands, relax and get it down so Thompson could kick it," Francis said. 

Thompson has hit plenty of big kicks for Notre Dame in his high school career, but this ranks at or near the top for the junior.

"I had faith in Rick Lair and Kevin Francis," Thompson said. "I just went through my routine, followed through and made it. It was any other PAT. I knew what I was doing."

The kick was the biggest play, but there were several in the comeback effort by ND, one that could have possibly escalated the Fighting Irish into league title contenders. 

"In this league, any win is coveted," ND coach Rick Mancuso said. "The competition is very steep. We are very fortunte to have come out in the second half and put forth the effort we needed to do for the win. I'm very proud of these guys."

The larger Attica squad got a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Rollings to Brock Minnick early in the first quarter. After the extra point attempt was missed, Notre Dame answered back with a Mike Pratt 1-yard TD run.

Thompson added the extra point for the 7-6 lead.

Attica then started taking control of the contest.

Shawn Dupuis returned a punt 65 yards for a score, Luke Pariso intercepted a pass and Dave Jennings scored to give the Blue Devils a 20-7 halftime lead.

Pratt - who finished with 115 yards and three TDs on 22 carries - dove in from a yard out to start the second half after Francis returned the opening kickoff 60 yards.

Notre Dame got an intereception by Greg Barr and was off and running again. After Pratt ripped off a 31-yarder, Kevin Schildwaster dove in the end zone after finishing off an 11-yard scamper.

 

The rain had turned from a slight drizzle into a full-out downpour at this point.

This was when the extra point snap was bobbled and Thompson had to throw the ball way before the old "linebacker kills kicker" thing happened.

Attica and Notre Dame had some struggles until the rain started slowing down a little bit early in the fourth quarter.

Rollings had a 70-yard run on a quarterback keeper for Attica. Notre Dame was penalized half the distance to the goal line because of a facemask call.

On a first-and-goal at the 5, Andy Ruddock eased his way into the end zone. The conversion run failed and Attica led 26-20 with about 10 minutes left.

The two squads exchanged punts and the Fighting Irish started a drive with just over six minutes left on the clock at their own 42, knowing it was now or never.

Without a touchdown, they were going to fall to 0-2 and basically be eliminated from contention in the race for the Genesee Region League title.

There weren't any big yardage plays, but there were two big penalty plays on the drive.

Attica was called for pass interference after an incomplete pass on a fourth-and-3, then jumped offsides on the next play.

Junior quarterback Nick Bochicchio couldn't get a grip on the ball on a first-and-goal from the 9, but shoveled it to Francis, who took scored a touchdown that tied the game at 26 with 2 1/2 minutes left.

"It was raining the entire second half and we weren't throwing," said Francis, who caught six passes for 32 yards. "We tried to catch them off their feet. Bo didn't really throw it, it was like a baseball toss. I saw an opening and got in."

Thompson, who is a true kicker and attended several camps over the offseason, then drained the kick.

Attica did have a chance as Rollings tossed a 32-yard pass to Dupuis and then had a 10-yard run.

But an offensive interference call set up a fourth-and-very long, which was incomplete ending the game.

Bochicchio followed up his 27-of-34 for 182 yards performance in a loss to Pembroke with an 8-of-11, 66-yard day against Attica (1-1).

The Fighting Irish are now 1-1.

September 13, 2008 - 12:29am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The Batavia boys soccer team evened its record up at 2-2 with a 4-1 victory over Section 6's Newfane Friday afternoon.

The Panthers had actually opened the scoring with a goal in the first half, but the Blue Devils scored four times after the break.

Chris Grammatico scored twice with Ronnie Klinebach and Greg Kryman adding a goal apiece.

Boys Soccer

LE ROY 2, CAL-MUM 0: The Oatkan Knights recorded a third consecutive shutout and improve to 3-2 on the season.

Conor O'Halloran and Jim Mignano both scored a goal.

Phil Schwan had two assists.

Girls Soccer

 ALEXANDER 1, LYNDONVILLE 0: Rachel Pettys scored off a corner kick by Autumn Atkinson at the 30 minute mark of the first half for the only scoring of the game.

Hannah Wilson needed to make just four saves to get the shutout  as the Trojans improve to 2-2-2.

ATTICA 8, NOTRE DAME 0: Christina West banged out four goals for the Blue Devils in the blowout.

Kristie Melven, Angela Gilhoooly, Eliza Stringham and Chelsea Lynch also scored for Attica.

Notre Dame falls to 0-3.

Girls Volleyball

BYRON-BERGEN 25-25-25, OAKFIELD-ALABAMA 12-12-5: Sarah Hartman handed out 14 assists for the Bees, who are 6-0.

Jessica George had five kills and Danielle Hayes added four.

Katie Joslyn had three digs and two helpers for the Hornets (1-3).

NOTRE DAME 25-25-25, PEMBROKE 12-12-9: The Fighting Irish were led by sophomore outside hitter Liz Geandreau, who had eight kills, a block and a dig.

Kendra Wall added six assists for ND (4-1).

Pembroke falls to 1-4.

September 13, 2008 - 12:10am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 Travis Fenstermaker was one of the stars from last year's Le Roy football team, and one of the few to not graduate.

His experience and relationship with receiver Mike Humphrey is showing as he guided his squad to a second straight victory to start the season, beating visiting Letchworth 41-25 Friday night.

The senior quarterback completed 9-of-18 attempts for 145 yards, tossing a 28-yard pass to Humphrey, who finished with five catches for 118 yards. The dynamic passing duo hooked up on two touchdowns in a Week 1 win over Batavia.

Quentin Humphrey also caught a 5-yard TD pass.

Fenstermaker also had 13 rushing attempts for 62 yards, with a 1-yard TD plunge.

The Oatkan Knights rushed for 277 yards as a team, with Andrew Alexander leading the way with 144 yards on the ground.

Jon Casper rushed for two touchdowns and Tyrone Wyckoff scored once.

Letchworth quarterback Travis Tones started the game's scoring off with a 77-yard TD run in the first quarter and added an eight yard touchdown run later in the game. He finished with 96 yards on the ground.

Bob Sampson had two receptions for 82 yards and both Chris Nevinger and Quincy Pringle had a TD run each for the Indians (1-1).

Le Roy is 2-0.

September 12, 2008 - 11:42pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports.

The Alexander Girl's soccer team pushed its league record to 2-1-1 and overall record to 2-2-2 with a 1-0 win over Lyndonville at home on Friday.  Lyndonville battled tough but was unable to crack a stout Alexander defense throughout the game.

Alexander scored the games only goal with nearly 30 minutes gone in the 1st half as Sophomore Autumn Atkinson sent a corner in from the right side that hit a defender and came directly to Senior Rachel Pettys who fired the ball in the left hand side of the net for the 1-0 lead.  Alexander's defense of Sophmores Savannah VanSon, Claire Hartl, Senior Rachel Nielans, 8th grader Gabby Kwiatek, and Junior Leah Johnson made that lead stand up as Sophmore Hannah Wilson had to make just 4 saves to register her first clean sheet of the season.

Alexander Junior forward Anna Dominick had a strong game up top having two great chances on net, one in each half only to be stopped by the Lyndonville keeper each time.  Alexander had roughtly a 65-35 possession advantage throughout the game and it helped wear down a tough Lyndonville team.

With the win the Genesee Region Division I title still seems up for grabs with Pembroke, Alexander, Byron-Bergen, and Holley all remaining in the mix.

September 12, 2008 - 11:31pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 Oakfield-Alabama and Barker each came into Friday night's game with 1-0 records, but the Hornets showed everybody that last week's poor second half performance in a win over Elba/Byron-Bergen won't be a problem again.

O-A scored two points in the first quarter, 27 in the second, 13 in the third and 7 in the fourth, keeping the pressure on the Raiders for all four quarters.

Fullback Brad Riner and wingback Tim Smith both had huge games as John Dowd's run-heavy offense was unstoppable.

Riner had 16 attempts for 156 yards and three scores while Smith gained 127 yards with a touchdown on just nine carries.

Smith also returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown.

The Hornets best player that does the least amount of scoring actually put the first points of the game on the scoreboard. OL/DL Chris Williams tackled the Barker punter in the end zone in the first quarter for a safety.

Joe Natalizia had a touchdown run and Evan Kotarski's second fumble recovery of the game was in the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Derek Hicks added 10 tackles.

September 12, 2008 - 11:09pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The Batavia football team played like a team that should have won the game, but left the VanDetta Stadium field Friday night waterlogged with a heartbreaking 1-point loss.

Visiting Palmyra-Macedon scored and converted an extra point in overtime and the Blue Devils also scored, but a fumbled placement of the ball on the extra point wound up costing them the game.

For a program that is trying to turn the corner and start winning games, Friday night has to be one of those losses that the players put out of their minds. That's the best thing you can do after a loss this difficult to take.

"I don't know what other teams do, but we'll get back out on the field at 9 a.m. (Saturday) and get back to work, get ready for Waterloo (next week)," Batavia coach Dan Geiger said.

"I will tell (my teammates) to keep their heads up," Williams said. "Geneva went 0-2 last year and wound up being state semifinals. We have to keep our heads up and be ready for Waterloo."

Williams had just seven carries in the opening week loss to Le Roy, but was easily the best player on the field for both squads Friday night.

The senior had 17 rushes for 154 yards and four touchdowns, while intercepting a pass, stopping Pal-Mac on a key two-point conversion and recovering two fumbles.

It would be shocking if this game did not earn Williams Offensive or Defensive Player of the Week for Class B.

"This is definitely the best game I've played," Williams said. "I had a game last year where I came back from an ankle injury and scored three touchdowns. It wasn't just me tonight. D'Aurizio did his part in driving up the field. Coach told me to just use my speed and get to the outside."

Pal-Mac scored right away as Dave VanLaeken ran one in from five yards out.

Williams made his first significant mark on the game just one minute later when he ripped off a 62-yard touchdown run, bouncing to the outside and blowing past every defender.

"Coach told me to do what made me special and use my speed," Williams said. 

VanLaeken helped his squad take a 14-7 lead with a 9-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter.

The Blue Devils pounded out a 77-yard drive on their next possession as Geiger mixed the carries up with Williams and D'Aurizio each making big runs.

D'Aurizo finished with 17 carries for 94 yards.

Williams scored on a 5-yard scamper, with D'Aurzio punching in the two point conversion just before the half, making the score 15-14.

The score remained the same after the third quarter because Batavia stopped a big drive by Pal-Mac by causing a fumble.

But after penalties pushed the Blue Devils into a third-and-25 situation, Pal-Mac quickly scored when VanLaeken dove in from a yard out.

With the score being 20-15, P-M went for two.

Quarterback Pete Valade found Ben Zink with a pass at the 1-yard line and Williams made a two point saving tackle at the goal line.

It felt as if a Batavia victory was meant to be as Williams returned the following kickoff 78 yards for a score. The Blue Devils were stopped inches short on the two point conversion attempt and had a 21-20 lead.

D'Aurizio caused a fumble on Pal-Mac's next drive and Williams scooped it up and ran 36 yards, setting up a Joe Canzoneri 1-yard quarterback keeper for a TD. The extra point attempt was wide right and Batavia had a seven point lead.

Pal-Mac answered back with just seconds left on the clock.

It took less than three minutes to march down the field and VanLaeken scored again, this time from three yards out and just seven seconds left on the clock.

A too many men on the field penalty pushed the extra point attempt back five yards, but Nick Bauer hit the kick to tie the score at 27.

Batavia had one play to try and score but after Williams nearly broke away, he was stopped for a 20 yard run.

Keegan Kinslow had a 6-yard TD run in the opening possession of overtime, with Mauer hitting the kick to give Pal-Mac a 34-27 lead.

Williams then had a 17-yard scoring jaunt for Batavia in its possession, but with the rains getting heavy, the placement was fumbled and a pass attempt fell to the ground incomplete.

D'Aurizio led the defense with 12 tackles and Troy Ireland added 10. Joe Stachowski had six tackles.

 

(Note: no photos from the game because my camera got drenched and I lost everything)

 

September 12, 2008 - 10:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

Jermaine Curtis homered in the ninth inning Friday night to give the Batavai Muckdogs a 4-3 victory of the Jamestown Jammers in Jamestown.

The come-from-behind victor gives the 'Dogs a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three New York-Penn League championship series.

Trailing 3-2 entering the ninth inning. the Muckdogs got to Jammers closer Jared Yecker (nine saves during the regular season) for three hits and two earned runs, including Curtis' blast.

Start Scott Gorgen twirled six spectacular innings of shutout ball and left the game with the lead, but relief pitcher Ramon Delgado surrendered all three of the Jammers runs.  Because Delgado was still on the mound to open the bottom of the ninth, he gets credit for the win tonight.

Poetry reading pitcher Jason Buursma picked up his second post season save by retiring the final Jamestown hitter.

The long-time Western New York rivals meet again Saturday night at Dwyer Stadium for game two of the series.  Game time is 7:05 p.m.

September 12, 2008 - 6:20pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

Check out the site later tonight as I will have results from the Batavia High football game along with results from other area contests.

September 12, 2008 - 1:34pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in sports, Sleds of Stafford, snowmobile.

Don't forget! Sleds of Stafford Snowmobile Club will be holding the second annual Vintage Snowmobile and Snow Show Saturday at BW's Restaurant in Pavilion, rain or shine—and it's looking more like it will be rain. You can find BW's at 11070 Perry Road.

Admission is $2 per adult, and kids 12 and under are free. All proceeds from the event will benefit Mercy Flight. Register between 8:00 and 11:00am. Judging starts at 11:00am.

Check out the Sleds of Stafford Web site for all the details.

September 11, 2008 - 11:34pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

Le Roy's soccer team didn't get a win, but they didn't get a loss either.

The Oatkan Knights couldn't score a goal and finished with a 0-0 tie against Avon in a Livingston Conference matchup Thursday.

Megan Lowe had five saves for the shutout in goal for Le Roy (2-1-1).

Danielle Sancillo stopped 10 Le Roy shots for the Braves.

Here is some other high school action from Thursday:

Boys Soccer

WHEATLAND-CHILI 2, LYNDONVILLE 1: Garhett Varin assisted a goal by Brandon Callahan with eight minutes left in the game to give the Wildcats (7-0) the victory.

Greg Arlaukas also scored for W-C.

Cody Dix scored for Lyndonville (2-3).

BYRON-BERGEN 2, ATTICA 1: Cory Longhini kicked in the game-winning goal with 7 1/2 minutes left to pace the Bees (2-1-1).

It was his second goal of the game as he scored earlier, just 16 seconds into the game.

Wyatt Bush scored for the Blue Devils.

Girls Volleyball

PITTSFORD MENDON 25-25-25, BATAVIA 20-23-23: The Blue Devils lost a tight one. 

Fiona Wahlen had 15 digs and Becky Salisbury added nine for Mendon (1-2).

Batavia is 1-1.

September 11, 2008 - 10:25pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports.

When I first met Joe Zinni, he was a tall, skinny basketball player for Batavia High School, that was obviously not a top scoring option.

He knew his role on the court and basically wound up being an assistant coach on the floor for BHS coach Buddy Brasky.

He's turned that attitude into a coaching career.

Zinni will be an assistant women's basketball coach at Saginaw Valley State University this winter and will be responsible for recruiting, tape exchange, scouting, academic progress, strength and will have responsibilities during practices and games.

"I'm very excited for this opportunity, especially at such a young age," Zinni told me Thursday night. "I've worked under great people who have helped me get to where I am. My goal of making it to the Division I level is now realistic, so I will be working harder than ever to try and get there shortly."

Zinni was a forward at BHS, but will be working primarily with the guards at Saginaw Valley.

He landed this coaching job primarily because of his work with Genesee Community College last season.

The Cougars went 24-6 and wound up finishing as one of the top eight schools in the NJCAA Division II Nationals.

After graduation from Batavia, he spent 2002-2007 as an assistant coach at both the junior and varsity levels at his home school, working with the forwards.

Zinni assisted the 2005 Section 5 Class A championship winning team that made the state tournament for the first time ever.

He has worked as an AAU and RAP coach and was an assistant coach for the Western Regional boys basketball team at the Empire State Games the past two years.

Zinni is a 2006 graduate of Buffalo State College and also has an A.S. degree from GCC.

Here at the Batavian, we wish him the best of luck and know he is going to represent Batavia well as a big-time women's basketball coach.

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