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March 13, 2018 - 8:10am


Head Coach Jim Fazio (far left) with Assistant Coach Mark Janes (far right) along with members of Batavia High School Girls Softball Team receive a check for $1,000 from owner Kathy Ferrara yesterday afternoon at Batavia's Original Pizzeria, Batavia. 

The girls did a great job promoting this event and in honor of International Womans Day on March 8th, Ferrara said she decided to match their fundraising efforts.

"I believe empowering women is important in our community and these young ladies represent a strong future, so I wanted to help them raise funds towards their trip," she said.

The team has been fundaising since December when they saw an opportunity to play ball in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and add games to their schedule in warmer weather.  

March 11, 2018 - 6:31pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports.

Chris Bardol of Brockport kept the hot hand for a second week as he registered an 834 series last Tuesday in the G&W Vending League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen.

Bardol topped the list of area high scores with games of 288-257-289. Last week, he posted a 776 series in the league.

Dave Emler of Rochester popped a big 278 game en route to a 759 series.

At Medina Lanes this morning, Jackie Jurinich came oh so close to perfection as she rolled a 298 game in the Sunday Roll-Offs League. The right-hander came a bit high on the final ball, leaving the 6-10.

For more high rollers in the Genesee Region, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the page.

Mike Pettinella's Pin Points column will appear on Thursday.

March 11, 2018 - 1:52pm


Franklinville Panthers led after the first quarter 18-8 by senior 5'10' Allyson Haskell. Elba's senior Emily Reynolds (pictured above) was held to just seven points on the night along with Leah Bezon (pictured below) guarding Danielle Haskell from Franklinville. The Panthers extended thier lead 32-17 at the half and continued the pace.

Second half Panthers had a lead as much as 29 points but Elba's strongest scoring fourth quarter came up short with a final of losing 60-40. Elba's Freshman Maddie Muehlig led in points for the lancers with 10 on the night, 0 for 6 from three-point range.  

Franklinville will play Edwards-Knox next Saturday, March 17th, at 2:15 p.m. in the Final four at Hudson Valley Community College.

Photos courtesy of David Zuppelli.


March 7, 2018 - 3:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, news, Notre Dame, elba.

One Genesee County girls basketball team is advancing to the regional playoffs and for another, its season is over following a pair of Section V consolidation games played Tuesday.

Elba beat Wheatland, 47-38. The Lady Lancers will play for the Far West Region Class D championship Saturday at Rush-Henrietta High School at 3 p.m. against Franklinville of Section VI.

For the Lady Irish of Notre Dame, their season is over after losing the Class C consolidation game (where Class C1's sectional champion plays Class C2's sectional champion for the right to play in the Class C Far West Regional game) to South Seneca, 61-41. For Notre Dame, Margaret Sutherland scored 18 points and Callie McCulley scored 16 points.

March 7, 2018 - 1:22pm

Press release:

Genesee Amateur Hockey Association is holding its Beginner Timbits Cross-Ice Jamboree at the Falleti Ice Rink from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. this Saturday. March 10th.

The “draft” has occurred and teams are set. Stop down and see these mighty little hockey players in action.

Please stop into Tim Hortons for a beverage and treats to thank them for the sponsorship of the Timbits Beginner Program.

March 6, 2018 - 8:00am
posted by Destin Danser in pembroke, basketball, sports.


The Pembroke Dragons lost its Section V Class C1 championship battle Monday at Blue Cross Arena to Northstar Christian, 80-72.

Reid Miano scored 17 points and had 11 rebounds. Lucas Kohorst scored 15, Jamil Marable, 13, Zach vonKramer, 12, and Ethan Stone, 10.

For Northstar, Mile Brown scored 39 points.




March 4, 2018 - 2:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, basketball, sports, news.


For the second time in two years, the Lady Lancers of Elba are the Section V Class D2 champions, beating Andover in a tight game, 47-42.

It was one of those games that could have gone either way until there were less than 10 seconds on the clock and Elba had possession of the ball.

Coach Tom Redband gave a lot of credit to the win to his lone senior on the team, captain Emily Reynolds. Reynolds was the tournament MVP, giving her back-to-back MVP titles.

"(The key was) having Reynolds in there as the two-time MVP," Redband said. "The girls were able to keep their poise and take care of the ball and get some stops on defense. If you’re going to win, you want to get those stops."

Reynolds said her role was to keep her teammates calm and remind them to "play Elba basketball."

"My heart was beating fast almost the whole game but I didn’t doubt my girls for one second," Reynolds said. "I had full confidence in us. We prepared really hard."

Championships in her junior and senior seasons means a lot to her, said Reynolds, who scored 23 points.

"I hold it really dear to my heart," Reynolds said. "All of these girls are my family and it means everything to be able to win and have another championship before I graduate. I don’t want my season to end. I want to extend it as long as possible."

Maddie Muehlig scored 11 points and hit five of six free-throw attempts, including two shots to help seal the win with less than a second left to play.

Leah Bezon scored six points.

Redband said he and the girls are proud to represent Elba.

"The girls do that tremendously," Redband said. "They play the right way. They’re good sports. They’re nice people. It means a lot to me."







March 4, 2018 - 1:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, basketball, sports, news.


The Lady Irish staged a dramatic second-half come back Saturday at Rush-Henrietta, overcoming a 13-point third-quarter deficit, to beat Letchworth 42-35 and claim the Section V Class C1 crown.

It came down to defense, said Head Coach Tom McCulley, whose team held Letchworth to nine points in the second half and prevented them from scoring for more than eight minutes at one point.

"That’s who we are," McCulley said. "Hard work and gritty and score enough on offense and turn it up on defense and make teams uncomfortable."

Callie McCulley's aggression, driving for layups, with Margaret Sullivan and Stevie Wilcox attacking the boards, combined with good shooting from the free-throw line helped turn the tide.

"We’ve preached all season long, rebounds and free throws," McCulley said. "The fundamentals of the game, when you’ve got evenly matched teams, that’s what it comes down to. A lot of these games come down to free throw percentages and who wins that battles on the boards."

He praised the hard work and fight put up by Letchworth. They came out of the gate aggressive and McCulley said that put his team back in its heels. When they were down by 13, he called a timeout and told them they needed to grind it out.

"I just told them you've got to contest every shot," McCulley said. "You’ve got to go after every loose ball. This is sectional finals. There’s no tomorrow if you don’t win today."

Callie McCulley finished with 15 points and was named tournament MVP. Stevie Wilcox and Margaret Sutherland scored eight points each. They were both named to the all-tournament team.

Perhaps overlooked in the accolades but not overlooked by her coaches and teammates, McCulley I said, is Morgan Rhodes, who scored nine points.

"Morgan is a spark plug," McCulley said. "I ask her to defend. I ask her to help with ball handling. She can knock down shots. She’s not afraid of the big stage and the big moment. She played huge the other night against Red Creek. She played huge for us tonight. She’s one of those unsung heroes of this tournament but coaches realize what she brings to the table."




March 4, 2018 - 12:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, basketball, sports.


Pavilion lost a Section V D1 championship game Saturday to Wheatland-Chili, 45-20. Pavilion was seeded #6 in the tournament and Wheatland was the #1 seed.

Kim Davis had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Golden Gophers. Lindsay Lowe was named to the all-tournament team. The game was played at Cal-Mum.




March 1, 2018 - 3:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Notre Dame, football, batavia.

Press release:

Notre Dame announces the hiring of Joe Zambito as their Varsity Football Coach replacing Rick Mancuso who retired to spend more time with his family.

He was a highly successful Genesee Region Football and Basketball Coach at Elba from 1999 through 2006. Zambito joined the Notre Dame coaching family in 2010 as a volunteer coach on Coach Mancuso’s football staff a position he held for the past seven seasons.

His relationship with the Notre Dame side of one of Section V’s biggest rivalries began a few years earlier in the fall of 2007 with the enrollment of his nephew Vincent (Class of 2011).

It continued for the next 11 years as nephews Gianni (Class of 2010 and a current Social Studies teacher at ND), Luca (Class of 2016 Valedictorian), Nico (Class of 2018) and cousin Anthony (Class of 2021) all made Notre Dame their high school choice.

During his eight-year stint as the head football coach, his Elba teams were recognized in both the GR and Section V as being physical, well-prepared and disciplined football squads. They excelled on the field winning 3 GR Championships and the 2005 Section V Class D Championship, an accomplishment that led to Zambito being recognized as 2005 Section V Coach of the Year.

He was also a very successful basketball coach winning GR championships in 2005 and 2006, and a Sectional title in 2005 when he was both the Section V and Genesee Region Coach of the Year. During his coaching tenure, his teams also earned numerous NYS Scholar-Athlete team recognition.

Zambito, who is employed as both Race Secretary and Track Announcer at Batavia Downs, holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Brockport. He is married to the former Kelly Degenhardt whose mother Anne Palmer (Degenhardt) is a 1966 graduate of Notre Dame.

When commenting on his appointment, Coach Zambito said,” I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes at Notre Dame to help them grow, progress and maximize their potential both on and off the field. Here Come the Irish!”

March 1, 2018 - 11:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, sports, basketball.


Oakfield-Alabama's fine season, which included 19 wins, came to a disappointing end Wednesday night in the Class D1 Section V semifinal playoff game against South Seneca.

The #4 seeded South Seneca knocked off the #1 seeded Lady Hornets 68-44.

Brianna Smith scored 16 points for O-A and Kylie Schlagenhauf scored 15.

In the girls' Class C1 semifinal, also played Wednesday night, Notre Dame beat Red Creek 52-48. 

Margaret Sutherland and Callie McCulley each scored 12 points, Natalie Thornton scored 11, Morgan Rhodes scored nine and Stevie Wilcox scored eight. Wilcox had 13 rebounds and Thornton had 10.

In girls' basketball tomorrow, Elba plays for the Class D2 championship in Gainsville against Andover at 6 p.m. 

Pavilion plays Saturday against Wheatland-Chili for the Class D1 championship in Letchworth at 8 p.m.

Notre Dame vies for the Class C1 championship in Rush-Henrietta at 3 p.m., Saturday, against Letchworth.

In boys' basketball, the lone Genesee County team still in the hunt for a sectional championship is Pembroke, who take on Northstar Christian for the Class C1 championship at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Blue Cross Arena.






March 1, 2018 - 8:43am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

The bowlers spoke and the Genesee Region USBC directors listened. And, as a result, the 12th annual GRUSB Association Tournament later this month includes a Scratch Division and a handicap base of 215 – down from 230.

Now, let’s see if the changes pay off in increased entries for the tournament, which is scheduled for March 16-18, 23-25 at Mount Morris Lanes (Team event) and Livingston Lanes in Geneseo (Doubles & Singles events).

Competition will take place in three divisions -- Open (men and women), Scratch (men and women) and Women.  In the Open and Scratch divisions, teams are comprised of five players; in the Women's division, teams consist of four players.

Handicap is set at 90 percent of 215 in the Open and 90 percent of 200 in the Women's.

Last year, the handicap base was at 230, and that drew complaints from the higher average bowlers who felt they were at a competitive disadvantage.

GRUSBC directors took that into consideration in lowering the base to 215 – and also brought back a Scratch division for those bowlers wishing to compete against other teams without handicap.

As of Wednesday, all squads are open except for the Team squad at 11 a.m. on March 18. The maximum number of team entries is 80.

Entry fees are $25 per person per event and $10 for optional All-Events.

A chart showing the current entries can be found at www.bowlgr.com.

To reserve your spot, call 585-861-0404 or send an email to [email protected].


Teams from Le Roy and Perry captured divisional titles at the GRUSBC Association Youth Team Tournament at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

In Division A, the Le Roy team of Trey Prevost, Tyler Klein, Aaron Leone and Samantha Hyde place first with a 2,531 score -- 90 pins better than the Medina team of Lorelei Sanders, Graceland Mahnke, Juliana Allis and Ryleigh Culver.

Ryan Bigsby, Tony Sprague, Sam Miller and James Townsend of Mancuso Bowlling Center placed third with 2,412.

In Division B, the Perry squad of Gavin Slocum, Brooke Jurek, Dennis Van Duser and Matt Hurlburt finished on top with 2,536 -- 90 pins better than the Mount Morris team of Alexis Patterson, Britney Rathburn, Brad June and Trenton Willis.

Kyle Regatuso, Ava Tortorice, Hannah McKenzie and Isabel Laney of Mount Morris Lanes placed third with 2,426.

Members of the first-place teams in both divisions earned $100 scholarships each, while the top three teams in both groups received trophies.


The 60-and-Over Senior Tour will be making a swing into Orleans County for a pair of tournaments in April.

Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion will host the tour’s seventh event of the season on April 8 and Medina Lanes will host tournament No. 8 on April 29. Check-in for both competitions is at 11 a.m. with bowling starting at noon.

According to tour director Tommy Kress, Oak Orchard Bowl proprietor Randy Hanks is putting money into the prize fund, which means that with 42 bowlers, the top prize will be $350.

The next 60-and-Over event is set for March 18 at Brockport Bowl with check-in at 11 a.m. and bowling at noon.


For the second straight Professional Bowlers Association tournament, the victor won all four stepladder matches en route to the title.

Last Sunday, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., defeated defending champion Jason Belmonte of Australia, 259-239, for the $40,000 first prize at the Barbasol PBA Players Championship in Columbus, Ohio, thwarting Belmonte’s bid for a record-tying 10th major championship.

To reach the final match, Smallwood downed Canadian Patrick Girard, 237-206, before edging Kris Prather of Plainfield, Ill., 236-235, and Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., 225-224.

Belmonte earned $20,000 while Kent took home $12,000, Prather $11,000 and Girard $10,000.

On Feb. 11, Matt O’Grady of Rahway, N.J., won the PBA Tournament of Champions on by sweeping all four finals matches.

The PBA returns to ESPN at 2 p.m. Sunday with the finals of the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship.

Live coverage of the USBC Masters is scheduled for 1 p.m. April 15 on ESPN.


Continuing their dominance of the tournament, Mickey Hyde and Tom Rohl joined forces with fellow LeRoyans Shayne Herold and John Lowe to win the Ron Riggi Memorial at Le Roy Legion Lanes.

The winners totaled 3,642 for three games to run away with the tournament by 117 pins over second-place Kevin Bienko, Dan Streer, Josh Shoemaker and Dana Voytovich of the Buffalo area.

First place was worth $900 while second place paid $450.

Hyde and Rohl also cashed with other teams, with Hyde placing third with Rob Sease, Norm Bialuski and Ryan Kretchmer, and Rohl placing fourth with Mark Brown, Matt Balduf and Scott Culp.

Herold won the singles event with a 968 score, good for $120.

Thirty-seven teams competed.


The Rose Garden I team of Bergen defeated Batavia Bombers, 13-6, at Mount Morris Lanes on Feb. 18 and now holds a 15-point lead over second-place Perry Bowling Center with four sessions remaining in the Genesee Region Youth Travel League.

Perry pulled into second by virtue of a 16.5-2.5 win over Batavia Strike Force, which dropped to third, tied with Batavia Thunder and three points behind Perry.

Individually, Matt Hurlburt of Perry led the way with a 245 game and 670 series while teammate Dennis Van Duser had 236 and Strike Force’s Skylar Laesser 233. Paige Snook of Oak Orchard Bowl led the girls with 209—532.

The league bowls this Sunday at Perry Bowling Center with the first shift at 12:30 p.m.


Entries are picking up for the 28th NYS Masters Championship this Saturday at Allie Brandt Lanes in Lockport.

Qualifying squad times (five games) are at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with one in five bowlers advancing from each squad to the head-to-head match play finals. First place is $2,500 and a free entry to the 2019 USBC Masters.

Genesee Region bowlers currently signed up are Curtis Foss of Medina at 9 a.m., and Jim Foss of Medina, Kevin Gray Sr. of Honeoye Falls, Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw, Aaron Verheyn of Medina and Frank Jarkiewicz of Byron at 12:30 p.m.

For more information and a tournament roster, go to www.bowlny.com.

To enter, send an email to [email protected].

On Saturday, March 10, Mancuso Bowling Center is hosting its annual King & Queen Mixed Doubles Handicap Tournament, with squad times at noon and 2 p.m.

Call 585-343-1319 for more information.

February 28, 2018 - 5:21pm


A tightly matched game #6 seed Batavia Lady Devils came out playing with heart and soul to the end versus #3 seed Honeoye Falls Lima last evening at Penfield High School. 

Batavia came out flat down by five points but Freshman Kenzie Reigle helped drive them to a 9-9 after the first quarter.

Second quarter Batavia went up on top leading by as much as four points 17-13 but HFL came to tie it before junior Jenae Colkey sunk a two-pointer to give Batavia a lead at the half 19-17.

Batavia came out of the locker increasing the lead by five points 23-18 but Freshman Hannah Selke hit four three-pointers in the quarter to help HFL carry a big lead 30-25 going into the fourth.

Batavia and HFL both exchanged fouls, lead changes and tied the game 36-36 until under two minutes left where Batavia came up short losing 45-40. 

HFL will play #1 seed Aquinas Friday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.

To view or purchase photos click here.







February 28, 2018 - 4:31pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba, news.


A big part of Elba's game plan going into Tuesday night's Section V semifinal playoff game against Romulus in Dansville was to stop point guard Mary Ellen Querrie.

That proved a tough task. Her leadership and her 19 points kept Romulus in the game up until the closing minutes.

"We had a tough time with her," said Head Coach Tom Redband.

Even so, Elba was able to regain the lead in the fourth quarter after giving it up in the third and held on to win, 58-55.

Redband said a lot of credit for the win goes to Leah Bezon. The freshman scored 18 points, which included hitting a trio of threes.

Romulus ran a press all night, which produced some turnovers, but Redband said Brynn Walczak, Isabella Riner, and Maddie Muehlig did an effective job of breaking it.

"Those three girls, specifically, did a good job," Redband said.

Walczak finished with 12 points, as did Muelig. Riner scored five.

Redband said after Romulus made its third-quarter run, "It was looking a little bleak for us," but the Lady Lancers held it together.

"Another key (to the game) for us was not getting down on ourselves," Redband said. "We had some an adversity. Romulus went on a good run and the girls stuck with it, made some big shots and didn’t give up."

Elba faces Andover on Friday at Letchworth for the Section V Class D2 championship. Game time is 6 p.m. 

Pavilion also has a Section V Class D1 championship game that night at Letchworth at 8 p.m. against Wheatland.

Semifinals tonight, Notre Dame plays Red Creek in Class C1 and Oakfield-Alabama plays South Seneca in Class C2.








February 27, 2018 - 10:18am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, pembroke, news.


For only the third time in program history, the Pembroke Dragons will play for a Section V boys basketball championship on Friday after beating Avon 65-50 in a semifinal game played last night in Warsaw.

"It’s a big deal for the program," said Head Coach Matt Shay. "Basketball hasn’t always something that the school has had a lot of success in, so it’s really exciting to see this group buy in and work and get that success."

On Friday, the Dragons fell behind in the second quarter but then went on a 14-0 run to close out the half and go into the locker room with a 10-point lead.

While Avon pulled close a couple of times in the second-half, Pembroke remained in control of the game.

"The lapses that I really didn't like were in the middle of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter whey they (Avon) started to make a run," Shay said. "They were making good cuts and we were caught sleeping, staring at the ball."

Shay said he was proud of Reid Miano's performance, who struggled to score in the first half but kept his head in the game and finished with 16 points on the night.

"We have so much depth and talent that we can survive if he doesn't have a great night," Shay said. "Some teams, their star guy starts off slow, they’re in trouble, but I really talked with him about just keep playing. You can be our best player and still not score. I’m so proud of him because at the end of this game, he didn’t do much in the first half, but in the second half, he really came alive."

Lucas Kohorst scored 20 points, Zach VonKramer and Ethan Stone each scored 10.

The Dragons, with a record of 23-0 is the #2 seed in the Class C1 bracket. On Friday, they play the #1 seed, Northstar Christian (22-1) for the championship at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.








February 25, 2018 - 7:21pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports.

Bowlers in the Sunday Roll-Offs League at Medina Lanes were in the groove this morning as nine members posted 600 series, led by Scott Allis, with a sparkling 824 set.

For the second time in four weeks, Allis, a 37-year-oid right-hander from Medina, hit the 800 mark. This time it was punctuated by a closing 300 game.

Ken Evans of Medina also had a 300 game in the league, and finished with a 736 series -- 11 pins less than Batavia's Gregg Wolff.

For all the rest of the scores and for highlights of other league bowling action around the Genesee Region, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page.

February 25, 2018 - 1:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame.


Notre Dame lost its home game Class D1 semifinal playoff game to Naples on Saturday, 72-59.

Nico Zambito scored 15 points for the Fighting Irish. Gabe Macdonald scored 14, and Ryan Moffat scored 11.  

For Naples, Evan Bay scored 20 and Cole Rathbon scored 18. Bay hit five three-pointers.




February 25, 2018 - 1:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, batavia, Batavia HS, news.


The #3 seed in Class A2, the Batavia Blue Devils, was up Saturday in a Section V playoff game played in Batavia, by the #6 seed, Honeoye Falls-Lima, 48-41.

While Batavia jumped out to a 17-7 first quarter lead, behind the hot hand of Tee Sean Ayala, who scored 13 of his 20 points in the first eight minutes, HFL seemed to have figured out how to slow Ayala down. HFL held Ayala to seven points the rest of the way.

Worse, the Blue Devils didn't score at all in the second quarter and were held to 10 points in the fourth quarter -- a quarter in which HFL seemed to find it impossible to miss a shot, scoring 17 points.

Naz Pratt scored nine points for the Blue Devils and Antwan Odom scored six.

Top scorer for HFL was Garret Ruff with 13.





February 25, 2018 - 12:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports.


Notre Dame beat Addison in a Saturday afternoon Section V girls basketball playoff game at Notre Dame.

The final, 45-31. 

Margaret Sutherland scored 20 points for the Lady Irish. Callie McCulley scored 13 and Morgan Rhodes scored seven.

Also, in girls basketball Saturday:

  • Byron-Bergen lost to Red Creek, 69-65. Emily Kaczmarek scored 17 points for the Lady Bees. Dana VanValkenburg scored 14, Kelsey Fuller, 12, and Julianna Amesbury, 8. For Red Creek, Katie Smith scored 19;
  • Elba beat Whitesville, 56-21;
  • Letchworth beat Pembroke, 56-40;
  • Oakfield-Alabama beat Cal-Mum, 56-31.


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