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May 18, 2017 - 4:09pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, news, muckdogs.

Press release:

Single-game tickets for all 2017 Muckdogs’ home games go on sale Monday, May 22nd beginning at 9 a.m. at the Dwyer Stadium Box Office, over the phone by calling (585) 343-5454 or online at Normal box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The same great, affordable ticket prices are back again in 2017. Tickets range from $8 for box seats to just $7 for adult General Admission tickets and $6 for kids and senior General Admission tickets.

During the season, the ticket office opens on game days at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday and closes at the end of the fifth inning. On Saturday and Sunday, the ticket office will open at 10 a.m. and close after the fifth inning.

Season tickets, coupon books, ticket packages, and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit or call (585)343-5454 and press zero, Monday through Fridayfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Muckdogs open their 2017 home schedule on Monday, June 19th vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. In addition to their Pinckney Division rivals, the Muckdogs will welcome the Boston Red Sox (Lowell) and the Houston Astros (Tri-City) farm teams to Dwyer Stadium in 2017.

May 17, 2017 - 9:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in GCC, softball, sports, batavia.


Batavia's two girls 12U fast-pitch softball teams got to play for the first time yesterday on the field at Genesee Community College, which Coach Matt Landers said was a real treat for the girls.

Sophia Papponetti got the win on the mound for the Batavia Black squad, with Emma Bigsby taking the loss Batavia Yellow. Landers said it was a close game until the sixth when Batavia Black broke open the game to secure a 19-11 win.

Submitted photos and information.




May 15, 2017 - 4:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, news, sports, golf, Mercy Flight.

Press release:

Hackers for Helicopters, a fundraiser for Mercy Flight Inc., will be held on Monday, June 5 at Batavia Country Club, located at 7909 Batavia-Byron Road in Batavia.

Cost is $100 per golfer and includes:

-- 18 holes of golf with cart

-- Lunch and beverages

-- Dinner and a one-hour open bar

-- Commemorative gifts

-- Door prizes and more

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is 11:45 a.m.

Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and awards.

Mercy Flight Inc. is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization that provides air and ground medical transportation for those in need.

For sponsorship information, please call (716) 626-5808 or visit

May 15, 2017 - 3:54pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Announcements, sports, Batavia Cheerleading.
Press release:
Batavia Cheerleading will be hosting its annual Summer Youth Cheerleading Camp from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4th, and on Saturday Aug. 5th from 9 a.m. to noon at VanDetta Stadium in Batavia, weather permitting (If it rains we will be in Robert Morris gymnasium.).
The cost is $40 per cheerleader (ages 4-13 welcome!) and we will learn cheers, jumps, stunts and basic tumbling skills as well as a routine that demonstrates all of our skills learned. Parents are invited to attend a performance at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5th at VanDetta Stadium.
All cheerleaders who participate will receive a T-shirt, snacks on both days and pizza lunch on Saturday prior to our big performance. We are also hosting the youth camp participants during half time at the Blue Devils first home opener game on September 8th.
Register today! Please submit Name, Age, T-shirt size, emergency contact name and phone number and email address. Please send cash or check to Batavia City Schools, Attention: Cheerleading, 260 State St., Batavia, NY 14020.
Email [email protected] for any additional questions!
May 15, 2017 - 11:17am
posted by Howard B. Owens in softball, sports, batavia.
The New Batavia Softball League's Week 2 Wednesday Night Coed Recap...
Game 1
(Home) Wii Not Fit (2-0) 0,1,0,4,2,0,1
(Away) TF Browns Blind Squirrels (1-1) 1,0,0,4,0,0,2
G. Hodges 1-4
C. Dowling 2-4 1rbi
E. Davis 1-3 1rbi
Chas 1-3 1rbi
J. Stymus 2-3
M. Dwyer 2-3 1rbi
N. Gaudy 3-3 1rbi
C. Hall 0-3
P. Mutter 1-2 2rbi
J. Palazynski 1-3 1rbi
D. Gioia 1-2
D. Coley 0-2
R. Sumeriski 1-3
J. Dykstra 3-4
J. Janes 0-4
C. Harrington 1-3 1rbi
M. Jamil 1-3 1rbi
A. Ford 1-3
J. Lee 1-3 1rbi
H. Dempsey 1-2 1rbi
M. Greene 1-3 1rbi
J. Petry 1-3
P. Fava 3-3 2rbi
Neither team played to the level of their potential tonight as Wii Not Fit wins again 8-7. Dowling hits a walk off blast to break the 7-7 tie in the bottom of the 7th after D. Coley pulls himself during clutch time after his 0-2 night at the plate in prior at bats. Jamil let his team down at the plate big time tonight, owes his team after this loss in a friendly rivalry game. Very tight game all the way through. Wii Not Fit (2-0) faces The Misfits (0-2) at 6pm next Wednesday night at Kibbe Park in Batavia….
Game 2
(Home) The Misfits (0-2) 2,0,1,1,3
(Away) The Gallaghers (1-1) 1,3,6,6,3 mercy
B. Whitehead 1-3
S. Curry 1-1
J. Maskell 2-3
D. Dioguardi 2-3 1rbi
M. Ayers 1-1 2rbi
T. Williams 0-2 1rbi
J. Potter 1-2 1rbi
D. Pirincci 3-3 1rbi
C. Weibel 1-3
K. McGill 1-2 1rbi
TJ Sauka 4-4 6rbi
S. Prusnowski 4-5 2rbi
Tom Sauka 3-5 2rbi
L. Tillery 1-3 2rbi
A. Prusnowski 3-4 1rbi
M. Saxman 4-4 1rbi
T. Sanchez 1-3
J. Santiago 3-3 3rbi
J. Vasi 0-3
D. Uline 4-4 3rbi
Recap- The Misfits struck early with Steven Curry adding to his league high taking walks total. In the first inning Dio and Ayers each drove in 2 out runs. They unfortunately started to fade away as The Gallaghers started to steam roll. Top through bottom they just kept torturing the ball. TJ Sauka with a career game looked like with his 6rbi. The Gallaghers (1-1) have a double header next Wednesday starting at 8pm against 97 Rock (1-1) and then following at 9pm against The New Batavia Softball League sponsored Slap Nut Magoos (0-2). The Misfits (0-2) hope to rebound against the gritty team called Wii Not Fit (2-0) at 6pm. All games at Kibbe Park….
Game 3
(Home) 97 Rock (1-1) 2,2,9,3
(Away) T.N.B.S.L Slapnut Magoos (0-2) 0,1,0,0 mercy
L. Phillips 2-3 2rbi
N. Cummings 2-3 1rbi
S. George 3-3 3rbi
B. Welker 0-3
D. Marshall 3-3 2rbi
D. Cummings 2-3 1rbi
D. Cervone 1-1 2bi
D. Ball 2-3
S. Krna 3-3 3rbi
J. Quinn 2-2 2rbi
K. Cervone 1-2
S. Cofta 0-1
L. Eley 0-2
A. Nichols 0-2
H. Rascoe 2-2
M. Taylor 0-2
C. Rolle 1-2 1rbi
B. Burg 0-1
C. Densmore 1-1
K. Rowland 0-1
J. Petry 0-1
Recap- Watching this game what comes to mind for the Slapnut Magoos was that they may actually be a team full of Mr. Magoos. I now know why they coined themselves what they did. It was their first game of the season but they had to have been using rusty bats or something in this one. The game was close before the first pitch was thrown at least. 97 Rock did just the exact opposite of that ending it quickly. Individual players from 97 Rock had almost as many hits as the entire Magoo squad combined. 97 Rock (1-1) will play the Gallaghers next Wednesday night at 8pm as T.N.B.S.L Slapnut Magoos (0-2) also play The Gallaghers (1-1) but this one starts at 9pm. Kibbe Park is where the action all takes place….
Game 4
(Home) Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (2-0) 1,0,5,1,5,4 mercy
(Away) T.N.B.S.L Slapnut Magoos (0-2) 1,4,0,0,1,0
D. Leach 3-4 2rbi
T. Maurer 1-4 2rbi
M. Funke 4-4 1rbi
J. Huertas 4-4 5rbi
A. Paige 1-4 1rbi
V. Thomas 1-4
M. Good 2-4 1rbi
V. Redman 3-4 2rbi
C. Spurling 3-3
B. Spurling 1-3 2rbi
S. Cofta 2-3 2rbi
L. Eley 0-4
A. Nichols 2-4 2rbi
H. Rascoe 2-3 1rbi
M. Taylor 2-3
C. Rolle 2-3
B. Burg 1-3
C. Densmore 1-2 1rbi
K. Rowland 0-2
J. Petry 2-3
T.N.B.S.L Slapnut Magoos at least made it to the 6th inning in this one. Actually had a lead twice against Allstate who as of now is looking like the team to beat. Well balanced attack from everybody on Allstate. Little sister Crystal looks to be trying to teach older brother Brandon how to hit the ball without forcing people already on base out. Three and four hitters Funke and Huertas went a combined 8-8 this week driving in a lot. That's not going to happen next week when Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (2-0) play against TF Browns Blind Squirrels (1-1) at 7pm. T.N.B.S.L Slapnut Magoos (0-2) will go against The Gallaghers (1-1) at 9pm in hopes of playing to their capabilities.
May 15, 2017 - 11:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in softball, sports, batavia.
The New Batavia Softball League's Week 2 Thursday Night Coed Recap...
Game 1
(Home) Balls Deep (0-2) 3,1,0,0,0
(Away) TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-0) 5,8,1,2,0 mercy
D. Uline 3-3 1rbi
A. Lewter 2-3
K. Dougherty 1-2 2rbi
Zalar 1-2 1rbi
C. Sponholz 0-2
Czworka 1-1
R. Lundy 0-2
J. Santiago 0-1
Jonny 0-2
TJ Henderson 0-2
J. Marucci 0-1
Nick 3-3
Jake 1-2 2rbi
B. Scheurlein 3-3 2rbi
T. Ray 3-3 3rbi
Tenney 2-3 2rbi
Perl 2-3 1rbi
Luke 2-3
T. Rarick 1-3 2rbi
M. Francis 0-3
Bud 2-3
Radka 1-2 3rbi
R. Mcdonald 2-3
Swim 2-3 1rbi
Both teams scored a bunch in the first inning which ended 5-3 for the away team. They sustained as the home team fizzled out. Balls Deep were chasing many softballs hit deep in this one. Lots of action by two highly respectful teams. Next Thursday night at 7pm TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-0) will face the U.S.P.S (1-1) in a rematch of the semi finals last year in the playoffs. High profile game there. Balls Deep (0-2) will try to turn their luck around as they take on TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (1-1) at 9pm. All games are at Kibbe unless informed otherwise due to weather…
Game 2
(Home) U.S.P.S (1-1) 2,0,3,2,1
(Away) TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (1-1) 7,8,0,0,9 mercy
A. Ernst 3-3
Khalid 2-3
R. Lehner 3-3 2rbi
M. Pullyblank 2-3 1rbi
J. Bieber 2-3 2rbi
B. Kotarski 2-3 1rbi
R. Neth 0-3
AJ Osterman 0-2
J. Cordeiro 1-2
N. Bonner 1-2 1rbi
Carl 1-2 1rbi
G. Cassidy 4-5 6rbi
J. Cooper 4-5 3rbi
J. Dykstra 4-5 2rbi
C. Densmore 2-4 3rbi
R. Sumeriski 4-4 1rbi
K. Oklevitch 1-4
A. Oklevitch 2-3 2rbi
D. Dioguardi 2-3 1rbi
M. Greene 3-4 2rbi
M. Jamil 3-4 4rbi
After this game, the members of Commissioner's Crew are not anticipating receiving their mail after delivering 24 runs against the respected U.S.P.S. The away team started the matchup out by stamping a 7 spot after batting around and never looked back. TF Browns Commissioner's Crew (1-1) will take on Balls Deep (0-2) next Thursday at 9pm as the U.S.P.S (1-1) will face TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-0) at 7pm…
Game 3
(Home) U.S.P.S. (1-1) 13,1,2 mercy
(Away) TF Browns Master Batters (1-1) 0,0,0,0
A. Ernst 3-3 2rbi
Khalid 2-3
R. Lehner 3-3 3rbi
M. Pullyblank 3-3 4bi
J. Bieber 3-3 1rbi
B. Kotarski 2-3 2rbi
Carl 1-3 1rbi
J. Cordeiro 1-2
AJ Osterman 1-2 2rbi
R. Neth 2-2 1rbi
N. Bonner 1-2
B. Whitehead 0-2
TJ Sauka 2-2
Tom Sauka 0-2
E. Kitanik 0-2
B. Adams 0-2
A. Prusnowski 0-1
S. Curry 0-1
N. Cook 0-1
D. Pirincci 1-1
J. Burdick 0-1
The U.S.P.S takes out their earlier frustrations on the Master Batters early and end the game fast. Pirincci does continue his hot streak this week hitting a triple with one out in the third inning but couldn't score to avoid the shutout gem pitched by Bieber. Lehner and Pullyblank deliver 7 of the 16 runs scored in this one. The U.S.P.S (1-1) takes on TF Browns Beers N Bombs (1-0) next Thursday at 7pm while the TF Browns Master Batters (1-1) look to rebound when facing Fava Brothers Lawn Care (1-1) at 6pm…
Game 4 Thursday Night Men’s League
(Home) Cummings/Lee (1-0) 1,3,2,6,6,3,1
(Away) Fava Brothers Lawn Care (1-1) 1,1,3,2,6,1,0
Dave 3-6
N. Cummings 3-4 2rbi
S. George 3-6
J. Olszewski 4-6 2rbi
D. Cummings 5-6 5rbi
D. Marshall 2-5 2rbi
J. Quinn 5-5 4rbi
J. Lee 4-5 1rbi
B. Burg 3-4 5rbi
Z. Ewert 1-4 1rbi
J. Muoio 3-5 3rbi
M. Mcmurray 0-2
S. Varnell 1-3 1rbi
N. Cavalieri 3-4 1rbi
M. Badami 1-2 1rbi
D. Crofts 0-2
Pat Fava 2-3 3rbi
R. Dumohowski 1-2 2rbi
J. Jackson 1-3 1rbi
Phil Fava 3-4 1rbi
J. Diehl 1-3 1rbi
In a high scoring action packed game Fava Brothers Lawn Care fall to Cummings/Lee by a touchdown and two point conversion 22-14. Doug Cummings I would assume needed medical assistance getting out of bedFriday morning after all the swinging and running he had to do. He combined with Quinn and Burg drove in as many runs as Fava Brothers Lawn Care did. Fava Brothers did answer back with 6 runs in the 5th to extend the game with a Pat Fava bases clearing triple in the mix. Unfortunately, Pat would kill the 6th inning rally hitting into an inning ending double play taking the wind out of their sails against Closing Pitcher Jarad Lee. No clutch gene. Cummings/Lee (1-0) will go against TF Browns Commissioner’s Crew (1-1) at 8pm and Fava Brothers Lawn Care (1-1) will face TF Browns Master Batters (1-1) at 6pm next Thursday night at Kibbe Park.
May 15, 2017 - 8:47am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports.


The Genesee Region USBC bowling association inducted Robert J. "Bob" Foss Jr. posthumously into its Hall of Fame at an awards banquet Saturday night at Batavia Downs Gaming. Representing him are, from left, his brother, Jim, and children Cassidy and Curtis. Foss won many tournaments, including the GRUSBC Masters and Memorial Scratch Eliminator. He died last October at the age of 55. For more, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this website's home page.

May 13, 2017 - 11:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, Oakfield, sports, baseball, news.


There was no rain today, but there were a few tears. There were also memories and smiles as Coach Dan Gilbert was honored by his former colleagues and players in a ceremony on the field where he won games and molded men for more than a decade.

The ballpark will now be known as the Daniel Gilbert Memorial Field.

Gilbert passed away March 1 at the age of 47.

"It’s with mixed emotion that I say I’m the varsity baseball coach here at Oakfield-Alabama this year," said Nathan Klos, who took over the varsity team this season after Gilbert's passing. "On one hand, it’s a dream come true for me to come home to the program that built me and that has a great tradition in this community. On the other hand, Dan and I were supposed to coach these boys together this year."

The stories Klos told during his remarks were the stories that perhaps encapsulate the impact Gilbert had on the community. Gilbert became his P.E. coach when Klos was in the first grade and taught him sports and fitness until fifth grade. Klos spent his middle school years looking for ways to impress Gilbert, hoping it might serve him well when his turn came to play varsity baseball.

Gilbert put him on the varsity squad just before the end of the regular season in Nate's sophomore year and it was Klos who came to bat in a Section V playoff game with the game on the line, down by one run, runners on first and second, and on a 3-2 pitch, Klos delivered the decisive base hit and won another Section V championship for the Hornets.

Klos said it was the biggest highlight of his baseball life, and one made possible, because he knew, he said, that Gilbert believed in him.

Klos, Brandon Hall, and James Patrick all said Gilbert was the kind of coach who made great players better and elevated the lesser athletes into top contributors. He had a way of making every player believe that he believed in him.

"He got the very best out of every single us one of us," Hall said. "He focused hard and had more determination than any player actually on the field."

Patrick said Gilbert taught him how to be a family man and how to be a coach.

"One thing that is always in our lives that shows today is the support we have for each other because of an amazing man," Patrick said. "He was a loyal, hard-working guy who believes what is right is right and what wrong is wrong and he always treated kids fairly."

Gilbert was a 1987 graduate of O-A and returned to the school after college to be a teacher's aide and Special Ed instructor. After a stint in another job, he returned and became a teacher and coach.  

He loved baseball and his former players described a man who knew the game better than anybody they've met. That passion, they said, came through.

Sue Gilbert said the family will always be grateful for the day in his honor and the field that will carry on his memory.

"Our hope is that all who knew Dan will remember the passion he had for life," Sue Gilbert said. "Whether he was teaching his students, coaching his players or loving and caring for our children, he stayed true to what he believed -- the belief that every child had the potential to be great. Dan had a passion for helping each child become just that, through hard work, determination and drive. His students and athletes overcame obstacles and learned to believe in themselves."

Such a humble man, Superintendent Mark Alexander suggested, might not expect a day like today.

"I’m not sure how Dan would feel about the celebration here today, but he’s earned it and it’s well deserved," Alexander said.

Hall, who played for Gilbert from 1989 through 2003, thought maybe Gilbert was looking down on the day and making sure just this one time, rain didn't ruin something good.

"There’s only two times in all the years I played for him where I seen him upset," Hall said. "That was my freshman year after we lost in a torrential downpour. We had a stellar team and we would have went to states that year. The second time was my senior year, the day we got rained out at states. We were fired up and he was more fired up than anybody. I was watching the weather forecast this week and saw it was going to rain and I thought, ‘you know what, there ain’t no way he’s going to let that happen.' The two times I seen him the saddest was then. He ain't going to let that happen to us today and sure enough," he said as he held his palm skyward, "look."


Mark Alexander, superintendent


Jeff Schlagenhauf, athletic director



Brandon Hall presented Sue Gilbert with a plaque he made to commemorate the day.


James Patrick




Sue Gilbert

May 13, 2017 - 7:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Empire Cup College Showcase, soccer, sports, batavia, news.


Thousands of people -- high school soccer players, coaches, officials, and parents -- are in Batavia this weekend for the Empire Cup, a soccer showcase that gives high school players from throughout the Northeast a chance to play against other top players and display their skills for college recruiters.  

In the parking lot were license plates from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ontario, Canada, and, of course, New York.

Players were at both the Batavia Sports Park on State Street Road and at Genesee Community College.

The event brings an estimated $500,000 into the local economy. The Empire Cup is supposed to go for two weeks, but the boys' event was rained out last weekend.








May 10, 2017 - 2:35pm

Press release:

Representatives from Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation (WROTB) announced Tuesday that wagering at WROTB locations on Saturday’s Kentucky Derby was its highest total ever at $2,031,741, beating 2014’s record handle.

Handle was up over $200,000 over last year’s handle -- a 12-percent increase. Batavia Downs Gaming also posted a record gaming handle of $3.5 million for the day.

“This was an incredible day of wagering," said WROTB President Henry Wojtaszek. “We at WROTB want to thank our patrons for coming out to our branches, EZ bets, Batavia Downs and for using our online service Batavia

"We appreciate their patience on our busiest day. We could not have pulled this off if it wasn’t for our dedicated OTB branch and Batavia Downs staff, who worked tirelessly on Derby Day. We send congratulations to all our winners including the 34 patrons who hit the Trifecta and to the person who hit the $75,000 Superfecta.”

Derby wagers placed just at Batavia Downs Gaming totaled $91,330, an increase of nearly 58 percent over last year. Wagering using, WROTB’s online website, on the Derby was $98,352.50, a record. Batavia signed up 720 new accounts on Friday and Saturday, also a new record.  Buffalo ranked #4 in the country in terms of Derby viewership.

“It’s exciting to see that interest in the Kentucky Derby is alive and well in Western New York, “ said Todd Haight, general manager of Racing at Batavia Downs Gaming. “We had a record number of attendees at our onsite party.

"We’ll have another party for the Preakness with live mutuels sellers, food, free play and a complementary Preakness wager like we had for the Derby.”

The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, is scheduled for 6:48 p.m. on Saturday, May 20.

About Batavia Downs/WROTB

Owned and operated by 15 Western New York counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation is a public benefit corporation with headquarters in Batavia, NY. WROTB owns and operates 19 branches, as well as Batavia Downs Gaming, a standard bred racetrack and gaming facility. Since its inception, Western Regional OTB has generated over $215 million in operating and surcharge revenues to the taxpayers of those participating municipalities.

May 5, 2017 - 10:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in baseball, sports, batavia.

Press release:

The Batavia Rotary Club 19th Annual High School Baseball Tournament scheduled for Saturday, May 6, has been canceled due to unplayable conditions caused by this week’s rain.

Due to scheduling conflicts the tournament, which features Batavia, Notre Dame, Oakfield-Alabama and Attica high schools, could not be rescheduled this season. This is third time in the tournament’s 19-year history that weather has forced cancellation with no games played in 2004 and 2014.

May 5, 2017 - 10:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Empire Cup College Showcase, sports, soccer, news.

The 2017 Empire Cup College Showcase is a two-weekend event a big financial boost to the local tourism industry, but a week of rain, some of it heavy at times, has saturated playing fields and forced the cancellation of this weekend's games.

As for next weekend's games, that depends on the weather.

"We've got to hope for a couple of dry days this week," said Kelly Rapone, director of tourism for the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce.

Over two weekends, more than 3,000 soccer players from all over the Northeast were expected to fill up local hotels and eat at local restaurants, but that $1.1 million of expected economic impact has been cut in half.

Everybody, from the hoteliers to the event's hosts to the participants are hugely disappointed by the rainout, Rapone said.

The event is a chance for top high school players to showcase their talent for college recruiters and give them a chance to play against some of the other top players in the Northeast and Canada.

This weekend, the boys' championship games were scheduled to be played. Next weekend, girls' games are scheduled.

May 1, 2017 - 12:07pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in tourism, business, batavia, sports.

Press release:

The 2017 Empire Cup College Showcase has teamed with Elite Tournaments and U.S. Youth Soccer Region 1 to bring the Eastern Regional League to Batavia. Over the next two weekends (May 6-7 and 13-14) Genesee County will host more than 3,000 soccer players, plus coaches, families and fans, as the tournaments are played at the Batavia Sports Park and Genesee Community College fields.

Historically this tournament draws teams from throughout New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Canada. With this new partnership, the event has shown significant growth and the influx of visitors and the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce estimates that this event will create an economic impact of more than $1.1 million during the span of the two tournament weekends, from both hotel stays as well as visiting local restaurants and shops. The tournament will generate more than 1,200 room nights at area hotels.

This tournament invites all USYSA and U.S. Club Soccer affiliated boys and girls U13 through U19 teams to participate. Players not only get the opportunity to play with and against the top teams in Region 1; they also get the chance to showcase their abilities and talents to recruits at the collegiate level.

The Genesee County Visitor Center will be open to assist visitors in finding local destinations by providing the new dining guide, maps, visitors guide and area coupons from participating merchants.

April 29, 2017 - 7:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, Oakfield, sports, baseball, little league.


The Oakfield-Alabama Little League kicked off its 2017 season today with a parade down Main Street in the Village of Oakfield.

Opening ceremonies also commemorated the lives of Dan Gilbert, James "Beef" Soggs, and Brayden Salvaterra.

Gilbert, baseball coach at Oakfield-Alabama High School and longtime active supporter of Little League, passed away March 1.

Soggs, dedicated to youth sports in Genesee County and a coach in Batavia, was also remembered as part of the moment of silence before the first game.

Brayden was just two weeks shy of his 6th birthday when he died unexpectedly and of a cause that has never been determined. He loved baseball and he and his dad were the third in line for Little League sign-ups for this season. 

His coach -- he played on the Washington Nationals each of the past two seasons -- Normand Fluet, purchased a bench and the Town of Oakfield installed it overlooking one of the T-ball fields with a commemorative plaque.

"The final product is full of memories and certainly ensure that Brayden’s memory is going to live on forever," said League President Andy Merkel.

"One of the things that is great about the Oakfield and Alabama communities is that Little League is a big part of it," Merkel added. "I grew up playing in the Little League program, most of the coaches grew up in the Little League program, most of the parents grew up in the Little League program, and it’s great to see the people from throughout the community who maybe don’t have a connection any longer, don’t have a child or relative playing, but they still come out to support our program, have a hot dog and watch a baseball game. It means a lot to have that community support."












April 28, 2017 - 12:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, softball.

Submitted info:

Wednesday Night Coed Softball Game 1 results and box score...
TF Browns Blind Squirrels (away)- 3,3,3,1,0,3,1
The Misfits (home)-                          0,0,3,0,0,1, mercy
Final 14-4 (away)
R. Sumeriski 4-4 3rbi
C. Harrington 2-4 2rbi
A. Ford 1-4
J. Dykstra 2-4 1rbi
M. Jamil 4-4 2rbi
L. Leto 2-4 2rbi
J. Janes 2-4 2rbi
J. Lee 2-4 1rbi
H. Dempsey 2-3
J. Petry 0-3 1rbi...
B. Whitehead 2-3
M. Ayers 2-3 1rbi
C. Weibel 0-3
J. Potter 0-3
S. Curry 2-3
K. McGill 0-3
D. Pirincci 3-3 1rbi
M. Greene 1-3 1rbi
J. Maskell 0-2 1rbi...
The New Batavia Softball League's Coed season begins at Kibbe Park and so do the hopes for 7 teams as they chase the championship trophy. Game 1 unfortunately was over before it started as the TF Brown's Blind Squirrels (1-0) reassure The Misfits (0-1) that the team name does fit in a 14-4 final. Proud of every player on both sides. Fun natured trash talk amongst many friends and some new faces have joined which we are always proud to have. TF Brown's Blind Squirrels (1-0) will be visiting against Wii Not Fit (1-0) Wednesday May 3rd in a rivalry game starting at 6pm. Kibbe Park is where all the games will be held.
Wednesday Coed Week 1 game 2 results and box score...
Final 19-11 (away) Kibbe Park
Allstate (away) 0,0,3,6,7,3,0
97 Rock (home)0,1,0,1,6,3,0
D. Leach 2-4 2rbi
T. Maurer 1-5 1rbi
J. Huertas 5-5 4rbi
T. Lazik 3-4 3rbi
R. Funke 2-4 1rbi
A. Page 0-2 1rbi
D. Callahan 3-4 1rbi
C. Spurling 1-3 1rbi
M. Funke 3-4 2rbi
V. Redman 3-4 1rbi
B. Spurling 2-2 2rbi...
L. Phillips 2-3
N. Cummings 3-4 2rbi
S. George 2-4 1rbi
D. Cervone 2-4 2rbi
D. Marshall 3-4 3rbi
D. Cummings 2-4 1rbi
J. Quinn 1-3 2rbi
D. Ball 1-4
K. Cervone 1-4
T. Quinn 1-3

Game 2 of opening night was a pretty high scoring afair that started off slowly as the rust was getting removed from the off-season for these teams. Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (1-0) spread the wealth with everybody batting in at least one run in their matchup against the respected bunch from 97 Rock (0-1) who made a push later but it was too much to overcome. Andrew Steinbrenner's Allstate (1-0) next week go on to face The New Batavia Softball League's sponsored Slapnut Magoos (0-0) starting at 9pm. 97 Rock (0-1) will be also facing The New Batavia Softball League's sponsored Slapnut Magoos (0-0) as they come off their needed bye week right into a double header to catch up. Start time 8pm at Kibbe Park.

Wednesday Night Coed Week 1 game 3 results and Box Scores...
8-7 final (home) Kibbe Park
The Gallaghers (away)0,1,0,2,2,2,0
Wii Not Fit (home)       0,0,6,0,1,0,1
N. Gaudy 2-4 
C. Dowling 4-4
E. Davis 1-3 1rbi
M. Dwyer 3-3 3rbi
J. Stymus 1-2 1rbi
G. Hodges 2-3 2rbi
J. Palaszynski 1-3
V. Redman(roster sub used) 1-3
P. Mutter 1-3
D. Gioia 1-3
N. Nicometi 1-3 1rbi
D. Coley 1-3...
TJ Sauka 1-4
T. Sanchez 1-4
Tom Sauka 2-4 2rbi
T. Towner 1-4
L. Tillery 2-3
J. Marucci 2-3
A. Prusinowski 1-3 1rbi
M. Saxman 3-3 2rbi
J. Martinez 2-3 2rbi
J. Vasi 0-3... (illegal lineup! no more than 3 males in a row)
Now the final game of our opening night for Coed softball under the lights at Kibbe Park Wednesday's turned out to be the game of the week. Absolute prime time deserving. Wii Not Fit (1-0) jumped out to a five run lead after The Gallagher's (0-1) scored first. The Gallagher's then chip, chip, chipped away to tie the game as Wii Not Fit stranded the bases loaded with only one out in the sixth inning. Tom Sauka hit a triple in the top of the seventh inning to avenge a bad news bears base running blunder earlier in the game, but would not get any further. Wii Not Fit the home team with last ups loaded the bases again with one out and M. Dwyer delivered a walk off high sacrifice fly as The Gallagher's could not get out of the bases loaded jam this time. Wii Not Fit (1-0) will be looking at their first loss of the season as they take on the TF Brown's Blind Squirrels (1-0) next week at 6pm. Very fun and entertaining opening night of sofbtall at Kibbe Park.
April 27, 2017 - 2:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, alexander, batavia.

Submitted photo and press release:

Last month, the Genesee Amateur Hockey Association held its Beginner Timbits Cross-Ice Jamboree at the Falleti Ice Rink.

For the event, Coach Jim Kujawski divided the 60 plus Beginners into six teams featuring the Blue Line Bandits, Orange Blaze, Purple Rhino’s, Yoda Force, Rowdy Red Rascals and The Avengers.

The teams played three “cross-ice” (Benches to Bleachers) against one another. The games were 16-minutes long with 4-minute shifts. A great time was had by all.

At the beginning of the Jamboree each player’s name was announced as they came onto the ice and they lined up for the National Anthem sung live by Shawn Calmes, of Alexander. They were so in the moment and so excited to begin play.

The players range from age 3 to 14 and their hearts are 100 percent into the learning to skate if needed; and then into developing hockey skills. Coach Kujawski and his team of on-ice helper coaches and dads as well as several GAHA student on-ice helpers follow USA Hockey’s American Development Modules (ADM) and you can experience each player’s development week after week.

The bleachers were packed with parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, as well as cousins and friends. At last count there were 375 spectators for this Jamboree. The space along the boards was also filled to capacity. Everyone was into the games.

The GAHA Beginner Program is sponsored by Tim Hortons’ who provided the jerseys and also provided refreshments for the players and family after the event.

GAHA offers this program in two Sessions – Session I begins the first week of October and has 15 on ice sessions; and Session II begins the first week of January and also has 15 on ice sessions. Players are encouraged to attend both sessions.

If interested, you can contact Sharon Valyear-Gray, the Beginner Player coordinator, at [email protected]

April 27, 2017 - 8:57am
posted by Mike Pettinella in news, sports.


The New York State USBC championship tournaments are taking place in Tonawanda (Women) and Endicott (Open), and 22 teams from the Genesee Region -- 19 at the Women's tournament and three at the Open tournament -- are among the participants.

To see who is hitting the road over the next several weeks, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of this page for Mike Pettinella's final bowling column of the 2016-17 season.

April 27, 2017 - 8:53am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

With the major tournament season upon us, bowlers are traveling far and wide in an attempt to capture a slice of the hundreds of thousands of dollars up for grabs.

Nationally, the United States Bowling Congress Open Championships run through July 15 at South Point Bowling Plaza in Las Vegas, and the USBC Women’s Championships continue through July 9 at Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge, La.

(The 2018 USBC Open Championships are scheduled for the Oncenter in Syracuse, but that’s a story for a future column).

In New York, the 93rd NYS Open Championships started last weekend at Ideal Bowling Center in Endicott, near Binghamton, and continue for three more weekends, skipping Mother’s Day weekend of May 12-14.

And the 81st NYS Women’s Championships are in the middle of a five-weekend stay at Tonawanda Bowling Center.

Three Genesee Region USBC teams are entered in the NYS Open Championships – J.E. Currier I and J.E Currier II, captained by Bruce Kraus of Corfu and Roger Stone of East Pembroke, respectively, and the Pretty Birds team captained by Mike Johnson of Batavia.

The Currier teams compete this weekend in Team, Doubles, Singles and All-Events, while Johnson’s team is scheduled for the last weekend, May 19-21.

At the NYS Women’s Championships, 19 teams of bowlers from the Genesee Region USBC are among the 405 teams entered. Only the Syracuse, Rochester and Johnstown local associations have more teams than the GRUSBC contingent.

The GRUSBC teams entered are as follows:

Creekside Construction and Rebels (Bonnie Willey, Geneseo); Huber Farms (Debbie Huber, Attica); Cartwright Racing, Just Us and Wiltsey Girls (Dawn Luckenbach, Caledonia); Crawford’s (Tiffany Crawford, Albion); Star Theatre (Lois Furioso, Wayland); Dogwood Florist (Cheryl Robson, Dansville); Burgio Tire & Co. (Lois Preston, Albion).

Also, MJ Graphics (Mary Jean Durfee, Attica); Thing I and Thing II (Roxanne Clar, Avon); Three Mrs. & A Spare (Amanda Quait, Nunda); Ubi Caritas and Friends (Susan Boring, Albion); Strike Out Cancer (Judy Bzduch, Perry); North Pole (Darleen Balduf, South Byron), and Medina Ladies (Jackie Jurinich, Medina).

You can find complete standings and updates for the NYS Open and Women’s Championships at the NYS USBC website –


While tournament bowling may be all “fun and games” for the competitors, those managing these events are faced with the sometimes difficult task of determining entering averages that truly reflect a bowler’s ability.

Bowlers establish their averages by competing in leagues and, normally, tournaments use a bowler’s highest average over a period of time -- ranging from last season to three seasons ago -- based on at least 21 game in a particular league (although some tournaments are now using 12-game averages).

At one time, all averages were treated equally, regardless of whether a league bowler was competing in a bowling center where it was hard to post high scores for a variety of reasons (by design, improper lane maintenance or too much/too little oil on the lanes).

Several years ago, the USBC implemented “Sport” leagues featuring oil patterns that took away the wall of oil in the middle of the lane that makes it easy to hit the pocket.  With that, leagues were categorized as either Standard (or House) or Sport.

The USBC also established a Sport league conversion scale which gave tournament managers a tool to adjust a bowler’s average. For example, an average of 192 in a Sport league converts to 216 – a number that represents the bowler’s “house shot” average.

Earlier this week, the USBC introduced a third league designation – Challenge – which is meant to take into account leagues that are bowled on lane conditions that fall between Standard and Sport conditions. As in the case of the Sport league, a Challenge conversion chart will be posted on the USBC’s website –

In announcing the move, USBC Executive Director Chad Murphy said many bowlers compete in leagues that are not designated as Sport, leagues where tougher oil patterns are used and where oil patterns are changed periodically over the course of the season.

 “A thorough examination of bowlers who have competed in both Standard and Challenge leagues showed a discrepancy that needed to be addressed,” Murphy said. “The data showed us that using a Sport conversion for some leagues might not be appropriate, but the averages of bowlers competing on certain conditions did warrant a conversion to ensure they are not gaining an unfair advantage when they compete on Standard conditions.

“This is part of our ongoing commitment to ensure the averages of all bowlers accurately reflect a bowler’s ability.”

Starting with the 2017-2018 season, when a league submits its certification, the league secretary must choose one, and only one, of three lane condition options – Standard, Challenge or Sport.

Standard will be for leagues conducted on traditional house conditions, Sport will be for true Sport leagues, while Challenge will be for leagues that use a variety of difficult patterns but are not classified as Sport-only leagues.

The USBC also is looking at data to determine a league’s lane condition designation. Leagues with an average difference of 20 or more pins when compared to a Standard league still will be considered Sport.  Leagues with an average difference between 10-19 pins will fall into the new Challenge condition.

Leagues from the 2016-2017 season will be moved into the appropriate lane condition designation based upon final averages and an analysis, and those leagues will be notified they have been moved into a new classification.

I applaud USBC management and staff for their efforts to create a fair tournament playing field. I hope we will see further measures – possibly a bowling center rating system and stiffer penalties for “sandbaggers” and those who report incorrect averages – down the road.


Congratulations to Vincent Mack of Perry and Cory Hyde of Mount Morris on their entrance into the “300 circle” earlier this month.

Mack, 49, posted his perfect game on April 7 in the Friday Nite 4 League at Perry Bowling Center. Using a Storm IQ, the 194-average bowler finished with the 300 for a 695 series.

Hyde, 35, used a Columbia Ransom Demand to shoot 300-193-209—702 in the Sunday Night Mixed League at Mount Morris Lanes on April 16. He has a 184 average.

For a list of all honor scores in the GRUSBC this season, go to


Genesee Region USBC members planning to attend the association’s banquet/hall of fame dinner have until May 1 to make their reservations by sending an email to [email protected] or [email protected].

The dinner is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 13 at Batavia Downs Gaming on Park Road.

Tournament champions, scholarship winners and Hall of Fame inductee Robert Foss Jr., who is being enshrined posthumously, will be honored.

Tickets are $25, with GRUSBC directors, league secretaries and Hall of Famers receiving a 50 percent discount. No reservations will be taken after May 1.

This is final column for the 2016-17 season. Thank you to all of the businesses who have supported this column. To them and our readers, have a great summer and hope to be back in September.

April 26, 2017 - 6:41pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Alabama, sports, little league, news.

From Andy Merkel, president, Oakfield-Alabama Little League:

This Saturday, April 29, will be Opening Day for the Oakfield-Alabama Little League.

There will be a short parade beginning at 9 a.m. at the Oakfield Fire Department, walking on Albert Street to the town park and ball fields on Drake Street.

Participants who'd like to be in the parade are asked to assemble at the fire hall at 8:30 a.m.

Opening day ceremonies immediately follow the parade. At that time, teams, coaches and the Board of Directors will be announced.

This year, a special moment of silence will be held in honor of Coach Dan Gilbert, who recently passed away, and who was instrumental in the OACS baseball program as well as Little League. Also, a bench will be dedicated to a young player who passed away suddenly earlier this year.

Games will kick off at 10 a.m.

April 26, 2017 - 5:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, track and field, byron-bergen, alexander.

In track and field yesterday, Alexander beat Byron-Bergen 83 2/3 to 57 1/3 in boys and 72-69 in girls.

Boy's results:

Long Jump


Brandon Burke


Triple Jump


Brandon Burke


Shot Put


Paul McDermott




Zach Jasen


Pole Vault


Justin Hannan


High Jump


Brandon Burke




Anderson Bradshaw,

Ben Slenker,

Bryce Davis,

Trevor Zauner








Terrez Smith




Trevor Zauner




Chris McClinic,

Terrez Smith,

Job Smith,

Tyler Cook




Job Smith












Tyler Cook




Trevor Zauner




Phelps, Gardner, Swaps, Burke


Girls results:

Long Jump


Olivia George


Triple Jump


Kelsey Mauer


Shot Put


Olivia George




Nicole Hume


Pole Vault


Reanne Dressler


High Jump


Lauren Hume




Dressler, Fuller, Gonyea, Caballero




Hailee Lowe




Olivia George




Lauren Hume




Hailee Lowe, Hannah Cline, Macie Riggs, Lauren Schmieder




Olivia George




Morgan Fuller




Siomara Caballero




Miriam Tardy




Katie Rebmann




Caballero, Dressler, Rehwaldt, Gonyea



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