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February 15, 2017 - 8:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, scoreboard.


Girls Basketball

  • Warsaw 34, Le Roy 37 – FINAL
  • Odyssey 41, Batavia 30 FINAL
  • Rochester Prep Kendall – not yet available
  • Geneseo 47, Pavilion 40 FINAL
  • Letchworth 35, Cal-Mum 33 FINAL


  • Churchville-Chili 6, Genesee Ice Devils 4 FINAL
February 11, 2017 - 2:47pm

The 21st annual bowling tournament known as the Betty Ellison Memorial "Strike Out" for Crossroads House will take place next weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday Feb. 17-19 -- at Mancuso Bowling Center, located at 214 Main St. in the City of Batavia.

This year it is dedicated in memory of Joe Gerace, longtime Crossroads House supporter and champion in community service and volunteerism.

Each five-person team fee is a total of $100 ($20 per person).

Lane times are: Friday at 6 p.m.; Saturday at 3 and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Secure registration and payment can be made at the Crossroads House website: (choose the Events tab).

Registration forms are also available at MBC or at Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., Batavia.

For additional information, call Cindy at 993-0584 or Tara at 409-0136.

February 11, 2017 - 9:24am
posted by Howard B. Owens in scoreboard, sports.


Boys Basketball 

  • Alexander 69, Attica 56 FINAL
  • Byron-Bergen 48, Holley 33 FINAL
  • Elba 71, Lyndonville 43 FINAL
  • Hornell 70, Le Roy 55 FINAL
  • Cal-Mum 91, Warsaw 41 FINAL
  • Mt. Morris 77, Pavilion 56 FINAL
  • Newark vs. Batavia – PPD due to weather

Girls Basketball

  • Pavilion 54, Mt. Morris 46 FINAL
  • Cal-Mum 47, Warsaw 34 FINAL
  • Hornell 73, Le Roy 38 FINAL


  • Victor 5, Notre Dame 0 FINAL
February 11, 2017 - 9:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, sports, basketball, news.


On Senior Night, with a girls and boys basketball doubleheader, Pavilion officially unveiled its new Golden Gophers logo, with their gopher mascot carrying the flag.

In the girls' game, Pavilion prevailed over Mt. Morris 54-46. Mt. Morris won the nightcap over the boys 77-56.







February 11, 2017 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, byron-bergen, bergen, byron.


Byron-Bergen's Brandon Burke scored his 1,000th point last night, becoming the first player at the school to hit that milestone in boys basketball. In a submitted photo, Burke is pictured with his family.

February 11, 2017 - 8:05am
posted by Destin Danser in alexander, Attica, sports, basketball.


In Friday night basketball the Alexander Trojans defeated rival Attical Blue Devils 69-56. Alexander pulled ahead from the beginning and never slowed down. Top scorers for Alexander were Matt Geneway with 20 points and Dustin Schmieder with 19 points. 

Photos by Destin Danser Photography. Click Here to view and purchase photos.



February 10, 2017 - 9:37pm
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, basketball, JV, Alexander Trojans, Oakfield Hornets.

Alexander Trojans 61 - Oakfield Hornets 40

The Trojans got off to a quick start and never looked back during their last home game of the season with the entire gym filled to capacity. 

Alexander ended the first quarter with a 19 point lead.

Coach Emanual  Williams said  "Tonight we finally played well from start to finish. After a disappointing loss last week, we bounced back with exceptional effort and energy throughout the entire game. I made adjustments with some players, we were well prepared, and we came out and gave a stellar performance on both ends of the court. Everyone played their role and the team was successful tonight."

Ryan Davis played a phenomenal game, going 7 for 7 from the field, 6 of 7 from the free throw line, and 14 rebounds with limited playing time.

Tyrone Woods was perfect at the free throw line, shooting 6 for 6 with a game high 6 steals in limited action.

Joshua Devries and Jacob Farnsworth played well in the fast break offense, with Joshua scoring 10 points and Jacob scoring 4 points respectively.

Dylan Busch chipped in with 6 points in the second half and was perfect from the free throw line.

For more pictures from this game and other games this season: Francletography

February 10, 2017 - 10:01am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, batavia, Batavia HS.


The Lady Blue Devils' record fell to 4-15 on Thursday night with a 42-53 loss to Wellsville. Batavia closes the season at home Tuesday, game time 7:15 p.m., against Odyssey.

No stats available for the game.







February 10, 2017 - 8:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in scoreboard, sports, Oakfield, pembroke, basketball.


Girls Basketball

  • Oakfield 40, Pembroke 30 FINAL
  • Alexander 44, Attica 35 FINAL
  • Byron-Bergen 59, Holley 25 FINAL
  • Elba 46, Lyndonville 35 FINAL
  • Wellsville 54, Batavia 43 FINAL
February 8, 2017 - 10:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in scoreboard, sports.


Boys Basketball

  • Cal-Mum 65, Le Roy 58 FINAL/OT
  • Perry 70, Pavilion 41 FINAL
  • Akron 39, Lyndonville 38 FINAL

Girls Basketball

  • Oakfield 61, Alexander 49 FINAL
  • Elba 33, Kendall 17 FINAL
  • Notre Dame 38, Wheatland-Chili 33 FINAL
  • Byron-Bergen 59, Pembroke 41 FINAL
  • Attica 65, Holley 20 FINAL
  • Batavia 50, C.G. Finney 15 FINAL


  • Notre Dame 2, Geneseo 1 FINAL
  • Aquinas 8, Genesee Ice Devils 0 FINAL
February 8, 2017 - 8:48am
posted by Destin Danser in Notre Dame, hockey, sports.


The Fighting Irish traveled to Geneseo Tuesday night to take on Geneseo-Livonia. Notre Dame dominated the first two periods, entering the third with a 2-0 lead. Geneseo rallied a comeback attempt in the third, but despite several scoring opportunities were unable to overcome the two-point deficit, leading to a 2-1 victory for the Fighting Irish. 

Photos by Destin Danser Photography. Click here to view more or purchase prints.



February 7, 2017 - 5:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in scoreboard, sports.


Boys Basketball 

  • Byron-Bergen 67, Holley 40 FINAL
  • Pembroke 59, Oakfield 57 FINAL
  • Kendall 55, Wheatland-Chili 37 FINAL

Girls Basketball

  • Pavilion 50, Honeoye 36 FINAL
  • Lyndonville 51, Rochester Academy 50 FINAL

Shaking out Stats and Scores from Monday in HS Sports

February 7, 2017 - 3:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, sports.

We've not reported on the dismissal of Rick Rapone as head coach of the Le Roy boys varsity basketball, a story first reported by Batavia's Best, in part because we wanted to try and get a better idea of what happened.

We checked with sources and couldn't get even a hint of what might have happened and the school never replied to an email seeking comment or even confirmation.

Today, another news outlet threatened to boycott coverage of the Le Roy High School athletic program because reporters and editors there feel the school district hasn't been forthcoming with information and they expect the school to apologize for firing Rapone.

Though some might like us to join such a boycott, we are not going to engage in such theatrics. 

  • First, we don't know what happened, and we're never going to know. The school district or the school can't tell us and it's unrealistic to demand such disclosure from administrators;
  • Second, while I admire many coaches in our community, and Rick Rapone always treated me well, The Batavian doesn't cover sports to highlight coaches. We cover sports to highlight players. It's about the kids, not the coaches, and I believe that's how Rick Rapone would want it as well.  

So, we will continue to cover Le Roy athletics in the same manner and frequency we always have (which is to make it part of our rotation of coverage of trying to provide some coverage to all the schools with our limited resources).

NOTE: As a matter of transparency, I read the column in question at about 12:30. There's a timestamp on it now that it was last updated at about 1 p.m.,  I posted this just before 4 p.m., but, frankly, did not think at that time to check to see if the column had been altered. The threat to boycott coverage has been removed.

February 7, 2017 - 9:03am
posted by Destin Danser in pembroke, Oakfield, basketball, sports.


The visiting Pembroke Dragons defeated the Oakfield Hornets Monday in a game that was hard fought to the bitter end. The first half ended tied at 26 and both teams traded baskets through the second half, leading to a 57-57 tie with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game. Pembroke went on to score two points with just over 20 seconds left on the clock, followed by a huge stop on defense to secure the Dragons' victory. 

Leading scorers for Pembroke were #15 Kyle Ludwig (pictured above) with 14 points, and #10 Ried Miano (pictured below) with 13 points. 

Photos by Destin Danser Photography. Click here to view more and purchase photos.



February 6, 2017 - 4:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in cheerleading, batavia, Batavia HS, news, sports.


Batavia High School senior Lexi Wahr took First Place in the individual routine competition this weekend at the Empire Cheer Competition. She competed against 15 other cheerleaders and had the highest all-around score. The individual routine is judged on jumps, dance and cheer.

Info and photo submitted.

February 6, 2017 - 2:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Ramparts, sports, hockey.


Press release:

The Batavia Ramparts Squirt Travel Hockey Team won Bronze competing in the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid this last weekend.

The team is made up of 9- and 10-year-olds from the Batavia area.

They include; Owen Bentley, Bronx Buchholz, Chase Cummings, Francesco Falleti, Jake Hutchins, Brady Johnson, Andrew Jursted, Orion Lama, Jameson Motyka, Sammy Pies, Evan Schwerthoffer, Anna Stevens, Justin Valyear, Noah Whitcombe and Mac Wormley.

The team is coached by Jeff Whitcombe, Pete Stevens and Chad Valyear.

On Friday, Feb. 3rd Batavia played the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks and won 9 to 2.

On Saturday, Feb. 4th Batavia played two games, the first one was against the Saugerties Mustangs and they tied 4 to 4. The second game of the day was against Sara Placid, which was also played to a tie of 2 to 2.

On Sunday, Batavia played the Cortland Flames and won 14 to 0.

The Batavia Ramparts completed round robin play and ended up tied for second place but lost the tiebreaker and ended in third place which set them up to play the fourth-place team in the Bronze Medal game. Batavia faced off against the Oswego Buccaneers and won 4 to 2, clinching the Bronze Medal for the weekend.

The Ramparts ended the weekend undefeated with a record of 3-0-2.



February 5, 2017 - 12:58pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, wrestling, alexander, byron-bergen, news.


Alexander's Dane Heberlein will have a chance to advance toward a third state title after beating Chase Runfola, of Letchworth, 8-6 in the 132-pound division of Class BB of Section V championship wrestling yesterday.

Heberlein was one of a dozen wrestlers from Genesee County to win sectional titles yesterday at the tournament hosted by Byron-Bergen, including four from Byron-Bergen and two others from Alexander.  

Below, after photos of Heberlein's match, Alexander's Nicholas Young defeated Canisteo-Greenwood’s Zach Flaitz, 7-3, and Byron-Bergen’s Chad Toal pinned Le Roy’s Andrew Englerth.

For more results, visit Batavia's Best.











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February 3, 2017 - 9:44am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, batavia, sports, soccer, news.


Maggie Cecere, who set a school record in her senior year in soccer, made it official yesterday by signing her letter of intent to attend Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

Kutztown is coming off a season where the soccer team was ranked #4 among Division II schools.

Photo: Zach, Kathy, Maggie and Peter Cecere; back row, Victor VanVliet and Roger Hume.

February 2, 2017 - 8:57am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Handicap bowling tournaments have much to offer in the way of competition, prize money, charitable fundraising, social bonding, etc., etc.

For those who run these events, however, the process of determining handicap – additional pins given to bowlers based on their averages – can be difficult and, at times, contentious.

Not only do tournament managers have to come up with a fair handicap formula (for example, 90 percent of the difference in the bowler’s average and 220) but they also have to be aware of bowlers who have compiled tournament scores and/or exhibit skill levels above and beyond their recorded league averages.

And, more importantly than awareness, tournament directors must not be afraid to adjust a bowler’s average when necessary in order to ensure the fairness of the tournament.

As someone who runs several tournaments each year, I adhere to the “big picture” philosophy:  It is better to possibly upset one or two people whose averages need to be adjusted (hopefully they will agree with the “rerate”) than to tee off the majority and destroy the tournament’s integrity.

In the course of promoting handicap regular and no-tap tournaments through this column, I take note of the variety of handicap formulas that are used.  The percentage varies from 70 to 100 percent, and the average base varies from 200 to 230.

A closer look at these handicap schemes shows that a tournament using 80 percent of 200, for example, favors the higher average bowler.

Most good bowlers today have 210, 220, 230 and even 240 league averages. When they bowl in tournaments with a 200 average base, they are getting free handicap pins in two ways – they’re not penalized for averaging over 200 and the bowlers averaging less than 200 are not receiving as many pins as they would have if the base was higher.

Thus, I am not surprised when the higher average bowlers continue to win and place high in these handicap tournaments.

Then there’s the “sandbagging” factor or the art of keeping one’s league average at a level less than the bowler’s true ability.

Tournament directors should be aware that they have the backing of the United States Bowling Congress to adjust (rerate) averages through Rule 17a and 319 of the USBC Playing Rules. And just recently, the USBC established an online directory of bowlers who already have been rerated, and welcomes tournament directors to submit names of bowlers who they have adjusted or rerated.

Per Rule 17a, information that can be used by tournament managers for average adjustment prior to the start of competition includes, but is not limited to:

-- Average bowled on a Sport/Challenge condition in a league was not marked as such;

-- Bowler has multiple league averages which are significantly higher, all with less than 21 games;

-- Bowler shows a big decrease in average in consecutive years;

-- Bowler has had his/her entering average adjusted by another tournament. lists averages for all USBC-certified bowlers, including those in leagues with less than 21 games (as long as the secretary of the league forwards these averages to their local association office). It is not uncommon to find bowlers who have much higher averages in leagues where they have bowled less than 21 games (the number primarily used for consideration in tournament play) than they do in leagues where they have bowled a full season.

Additionally, there are those who bowl in houses with tougher lane conditions and, generally speaking, their league averages prove to be less than their tournament averages.

Rule 319c requires tournament bowlers to report any previous average rerates or adjustments, whether the bowler accepted the adjustment/rerate or not, at the time of bowling.  If a bowler refuses an adjustment or rerate, he or she can appeal to the USBC Rules Department or choose not to bowl and, if applicable, receive a refund of his or her entry fee.

Tournament directors owe it to all of their bowlers to run the fairest events possible by carefully considering the handicap formula and by using the average adjustment/rerate tools at their disposal.

Through detailed record-keeping, sharing data with and obtaining data from local association officials, and utilizing the national rerate database, tournament managers will be better equipped to conduct fair and equitable tournaments.


February may be the shortest month, but there is no shortage of local tournaments scheduled over the next four weekends.

Feb. 11-12, GRUSBC Masters, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia

Batavian Paul Spiotta once again will be directing the Genesee Region USBC Masters, a scratch singles tournament featuring a four-game qualifier, four-game semifinals and (for the top eight finishers) eight-game Peterson Point finals.

Qualifying squad times (four games) are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the semifinals to follow. The top eight will return at 1 p.m. Sunday for head-to-head match play with bonus points awarded for victories and scores in relation to 200.

Scott Culp of Lima is the defending champion.  The lane condition will not be a “house” shot.

First place, based on 80 entries, is $500 plus a ring. One in five entries will cash.  To enter, contact Spiotta at 585-303-6458.

Feb. 17-19, Strike Out for Crossroads House, Mancuso Bowling Center, Batavia

The 21st annual Betty Ellison “Strike Out for Crossroads House” fundraiser has already sold out two of its four squads – on Friday night and at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Openings for the five-person team event do remain, however, for the 3 p.m. squad on Saturday and the 1 p.m. squad on Sunday.  The entry fee is $100 per team and all proceeds – there is no prize money – will go to benefit Crossroads House, a comfort home for the dying.

This year’s tournament is dedicated to the late Joe Gerace, a lifelong Batavian who organized many teams over the years.  Gerace passed away on Nov. 17 at the age of 80.

To enter, contact Tara Lowder at 585-409-0136.

Feb. 18, Valentines Luv’em or Hate’em Mixed Doubles, Medina Lanes

This is a man-woman doubles handicap event with a guaranteed first prize of $500.

Squad times are 1 and 3:30 p.m., with match play to follow. The entry fee is $55 per team.

Handicap is based on 80 percent of a 440 team average and the 10-pin rule is in effect, meaning that a bowler must use this season’s highest average if it is at least 10 pins more than the 2015-16 highest average.

To enter, call Medina Lanes at 585-318-4474.

Feb. 18-19, Nunda Fire Company Three-Person No-Tap, Letchworth Pines, Portageville

A $700 first prize (based on 40 teams) awaits the winner of this fundraising tournament that lists squad times are noon, 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The entry fee is $60 per team. An optional singles tournament and 300 game jackpot also are available.

Prize money will go to one out of every 10 entries. Handicap is based on 100 percent of 200, using last year’s highest USBC league average, with a maximum of 75 pins per game per bowler.

To enter, contact Dana Cotton at 585-261-5799.

Feb. 24-26, Ron Riggi Memorial Four-Person, Legion Lanes, Le Roy

Squad times for the 15th annual Riggi Memorial handicap event are 6:30 p.m. Friday, noon and 3 p.m. Saturday and noon and 3 p.m. Sunday.

First place, based on 40 entries, is $1,000. The entry fee is $100 per team. Handicap is based on 80 percent of 210 and the 10-pin rule is in effect.

Proceeds will go toward two scholarships in Ron Riggi’s name to a junior bowler at Legion Lanes and in Rochester.

To enter, contact Mark Brown at 716-474-7960 or Legion Lanes at 585-768-8597.


Three no-tap tournaments took place over the past couple weeks at area bowling centers, and here are the results of two of them.

The team of Aaron Verheyn, Jeanette Sease and Scott Allis captured the $500 first prize at the “Knock Cancer to the Gutter” event at Medina Lanes, posting a 2,600 score with handicap to edge the second place team of Jeremy Herman, Shannon Parker and Chris Bacon by five pins.

The top 10 teams earned prize money at the tourney, which raised several thousand dollars for the family of Shaun Ayrhart, who has an incurable brain tumor.

The foursome of Shayne Herold, Mike Hackett, Tom Rohl and Mark Brown split the $600 top prize at the Help-R-Heroes event at Legion Lanes in Le Roy. Twenty-one teams entered, raising $2,200 to support wounded soldiers returning home.

Calls and emails to obtain results of the Curt Haight Memorial four-person no-tap event were not returned.


Many area bowlers, especially those in the Warsaw and Bergen areas, will remember Ken Raley who passed away on Jan. 1 at the age of 73.

Raley managed the former Valley View Lanes in Warsaw in the 1990s, and in later years pushed through debilitating illness to bowl in leagues and tournaments at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

As I recall, he was proud of his golf simulator during his time at Valley View and would make an occasional trip to Mancuso’s in Batavia (when I was the manager there) to obtain a part for a pinsetter.

A Vietnam Vet, he was a unique and a bit eccentric individual, who often would display his gift of gab by sharing an amusing story.


The Genesee Region Youth Travel League is in action at 1 p.m. this Sunday at Mancuso Bowling Center.

Currently, Scopano’s I holds a 5 ½ point lead over Batavia Strike Force, with Perry Bowling Center another seven points back.

In recent action, Trevor O’Dell of Scopano’s led the way with a 253 game and 648 series while Corinne Saluste of Strike Force led the girls with a 204 game and 545 series.

The GRUSBC board of directors will be meeting at 1 p.m. at T.F. Brown’s on Sunday as well.


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