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March 28, 2012 - 9:06pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, lacrosse.

The Genesee Community College men's lacrosse team traveled to Monroe Community College on Wednesday afternoon and came away with their fourth victory of the season, defeating the Tribunes 9-7.

The Cougars trailed 4-2 early in the second quarter before coming back and tying the game on a Jon Gill (Cattaraugus Territory) goal with about 30 seconds remaining in the half.

MCC scored two quick second half goals to reclaim the lead, but the Cougars' defense and goalie Pat McMahon (Amherst, NY) shut the door after that. Genesee's offensive comeback began after a Joe Pedro (Batavia, NY) goal that sparked five unanswered tallies, including goals from Connor Latimer (Whitby, ON) and Gaehnew Printup (Tuscarora, NY) and gave GCC a 9-6 lead.

Monroe scored once in the fourth quarter but could not find the back of the net after that.

McMahon made 18 saves in net and defender Dave Lehman (Edmonton, AB) had five take-aways. Rashad Brown (Lockport, NY) and Mike Breindel (Hamburg, NY) combined to go 10 of 18 on faceoffs.

Latimer finished with three goals and two assists, Gill tallied three goals and also had an assist and Printup and Pedro both finished with a goal a piece.

Genesee improves to 4-1 on the season and will host Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday afternoon at 1pm.

The Genesee Community College women's lacrosse team fell to Jefferson Community College on Wednesday afternoon, 19-2.

Jefferson recorded the first 16 goals of the contest before Anna Modera (Geneva, NY) scored her sixth goal of the season about eight minutes into the second half. Modera scored the Lady Cougars' second and final goal as well with just over 1:30 left in the game.

(#7 Anna Modera scores her seveth goal of the season as teammate Alicia Lewis #15 looks on)

Sarah Bosa (Buffalo, NY) made 13 saves in net. Jen Nelson recorded three ground balls and Karen Brennon caused two turnovers.

Genesee falls to 0-2 on the season and will host Niagara County Community College on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.

March 28, 2012 - 12:52pm

Press release:

Nikki Calhoun, a resident of Pavilion, announced today that she will be participating in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, Calif., on June 3rd in honor of a local blood cancer patient named Mary Beth Pelkey.

Calhoun has been approached by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Western & Central New York Chapter to join their Team in Training, which the society sponsors.

Team in Training (TNT), the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s  (LLS) leading endurance sports charity training program, has reached  a remarkable milestone of raising more than $1 billion to support blood cancer research and patient services.

Since its inception in 1988, when a team of 38 runners trained together for a New York City Marathon and raised $320,000, TNT has prepared more than 440,000 people -- approximately 40,000 participants annually -- to achieve their dream of completing a marathon, half-marathon, triathlon, century bike ride or hike adventure.

The enormous success of this program has helped make possible advances in blood cancer therapies and treatments that have prolonged and enhanced the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients.

This year’s honored patient, Mary Beth Pelkey, is a mother of four who has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

“Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s," Calhoun said. "I know what a struggle it is. I know how she feels. Whenever I feel too tired to get up and train or feel like I will never reach my fundraising goal, I remember what Mary Beth is dealing with. … It gives me motivation."

Nancy Hails, executive director of the local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society chapter, said “The Team in Training program is expected to raise approximately $500,000 this year in the Western and Central New York area to support blood cancer research and patient aid and services.”

Fundraising is a big part of the Team in Training program. When the fundraising goal is met, participants arrange to travel to their marathon site with arrangements made by the LLS. Calhoun explains that she has a goal of $3,000 to meet.

Persons interested in assisting Calhoun in reaching her goal in honor of Mary Beth Pelkey, may send a check or money order made payable to: “Leukemia & Lymphoma Society” and mail to P.O. Box 12, Pavilion, NY 14525.

You can also donate online at (Select Donate and search participant).

The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and improve the quality of life patients and their families.

If you would like to learn more about the Team In Training program, contact us at (716) 834-2578 or toll free at 1-800-784-2368. Or check out their website at

March 26, 2012 - 10:32pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, pembroke, mock trials.

After a couple of brushes with victory in the past couple of years, Pembroke's mock trial team finally came out on top, beating Attica on Monday evening in a match at the Genesee County Courthouse.

Pembroke scored 111 points in the two-trial match.

Judge Robert C. Noonan presided over the cases.

Pembroke will now move onto the regional competition at a time and place yet to be announced.

The Pembroke team is Patrick Burns, Dean Cullinan, Cale Fryer, Rachel Seweryniak, Joelle Fugle, Brett Jones, Andrew Reynolds, Brandon Kohorst, Ben Reiner, Christian Burn, Justin Sformo, Eva Reda-Kenrick, Sabrina Sanner and Karen Glomb.

The Attica team is Thomas Finnagan III, Cassandra McCulloch, Breanna Donnelly, Evan Reisdorf, Devin Tidwell, Naomi Lampke, Lauren Beatalan, Madison Cook, Kathrine Dusterhus and Hollie Seipel.

If you're unable to view the slide show, click here. To purchase prints of these photos, click here.

March 25, 2012 - 1:35pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Women's lacrosse.

The Genesee Community College women's lacrosse team dropped their season opener on Sunday morning, falling to the Community College of Baltimore County- Essex 20-6.

The Lady Cougars trailed by a goal early before Anna Modera (Geneva, NY) tied the game at one with her first goal of the season. After two straight Essex goals, Arielle Lambert (Caledonia, NY) kept Genesee close with a goal to cut the Lady Knights' lead to 3-2. Essex took control from there, scoring the final 11 goals of the first half and took a 14-2 lead into halftime.

The Lady Knights scored four more unanswered goals to start the second half before Modera ended the Genesee scoreless streak with her second goal of the game. She would add three more goals, but it was not enough as the Lady Cougars fall to 0-1 on the season.

Anna Modera #7 scores five goals in Genesee's season opener


Modera finished with five goals.

The Lady Cougars will play at home again on Wednesday when they host Jefferson Community College at 4pm.

March 22, 2012 - 12:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, pembroke, Notre Dame, mock trials.

Pembroke eked out a narrow victory over Notre Dame in the semifinals of the Mock Trial Tournament Wednesday.

The four remaining teams faced off in Warsaw.

While Pembroke won on points against Notre Dame (101 to 99), splitting the match 1-1, Attica beat Warsaw handily, 124 to 88, taking both sides (prosecution and defense) of the match.

Pembroke and Attica will square off at 5:30 p.m., Monday, in the Genesee County Courthouse with Judge Robert C. Noonan on the bench.

Which ever team wins Monday, it will be the first time in the history of the local tournament that a team other than Batavia won. Batavia went 1-3 in early competition and was knocked out before the quarterfinals.

The photos in this post are of the Notre Dame and Pembroke teams.

Notre Dame team members: Meghan Zickl, Anneliese Aliasso, Andrew Fischer, Matthew Sausher, Kendra Wall, John Lapple, Ariana Aliasso, Rosalie Mortellaro, Jake Krajewski, Brittany Perzia, Caleb Nellis, James Spear, Anna Arner, Natalie Mouton, Katie Fischer, Andrew Cheverie and Rosemary Fulmerfeld.

Pembroke team members: Dean Cullinan, Patrick Burns, Joelle Fugle, Cale Fryer, Rachel Seweryniak, Andrew Renolds, Brett Jones, Brandon Kohorst, Bea Reiner, Christian Burns, Eva Reda-Kenrick, Karen Globm, Justin Sformo and Sabrina Sanner.

Previously: Batavia knocked out of Mock Trial Tournament early; four teams left to vie for title

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March 21, 2012 - 10:16pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Men's Lacrosse.

The fourth-ranked Genesee Community College men’s lacrosse team cruised past Broome Community College on Wednesday night, defeating the Hornets 19-3 in their home opener of the 2012 season.

Coming off of their first win of the year against Finger Lakes Community College last week, the Cougars were on the board early when Connor Latimer (Whitby, ON) scored his 13th goal of the season to give Genesee the 1-0 lead. Gaehnew Printup (Tuscarora, NY) and Jon Gill (Cattaraugus Territory) followed with back-to-back goals to put Genesee out in front 3-0 with about five minutes gone by in the first quarter. The Hornets would fight back, scoring the next two goals to cut the GCC lead down to one before the Cougars took control of the game. Genesee scored the next ten goals of the first half, including a second from Latimer and Printup and a second and third from Gill, and held a 13-2 lead at the half.

GCC goalie #11 Pat McMahon makes one of his eight saves on Wednesday night against Broome Community College

The second half was more of the same as Joe Pedro (Batavia, NY) continued the Genesee scoring streak with an early third quarter goal that put the Cougars on top 14-2. Latimer scored his third goal of the game before Broome ended their scoreless drought and a 12-goal GCC scoring streak, tallying their third and final goal of the game. The Cougars would add one more third quarter goal and three goals in the fourth quarter and cruised to the 16 goal victory.

Genesee celebrates #10 Neil Kabesh's fourth quarter goal in a 19-3 win

Gill ended the night with five goals and two assists. Printup tallied three goals and four assists, Latimer netted three goals and also had an assist and Rashad Brown (Lockport, NY) was 13 of 15 on face-offs and also led the team in ground balls with nine.

Genesee split time between three goalies on the night. Pat McMahon (Amherst, NY) saw 30 minutes of action and stopped eight shots, Zack Wilson (Lewis Center, OH) played 15 minutes and made five saves and Brady Lawrence (St. Catherines, Ontario) also played 15 minutes and stopped the only shot he saw.

The Cougars improve to 2-1 on the season and will play next at Jefferson Community College on Saturday at 4pm.

March 20, 2012 - 10:03am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, mock trials.

A team other than Batavia High School has a chance to win the 2012 Mock Trial Competition for the Genesee area, and following a quarter-final round Monday night, four teams are left, including two from Genesee County.

Those remaining are Pembroke, Notre Dame, Attica and Warsaw. They will compete at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Warsaw County Courthouse.

It's the first time in the nine-year history of the competition that Batavia won't be among the semi-finalists.

In fact, the team that wins this year will be the first team in nine years not from Batavia to win.

The Blue Devils failed to even make the quarter finals.

A first-time quarterfinalist, however, was Pavilion, which had never won a trial before this year.

Pavilion has two new coaches -- Thomas A. Burns, a Batavia-based attorney, and Assistant District Attorney William Zickl Kevin T. Finnell.

The 2012 case involves an assault at a nightclub. The victim and the suspect were known to each other prior to the night of the attack. The victim bumped into the alleged attacker and spilled his/her drink. The suspect gave, according to witnesses, "a look that could kill." The victim was struck on the back of the head. The victim did not see the face of his/her attacker, but he/she believes he/she recognized the voice of the attacker singing a rap song about hitting a person on the head with a crowbar. The arresting officer is an admittedly rogue cop who works alone and uses his/her own investigative techniques. The cop previously Tasered and arrested the suspect on a case that was thrown out and for which the cop was disciplined and denied a promotion.

It's apparently a tough case for the prosecuting teams to win.

In mock trials, however, points are awarded on a number of factors and it's possible for the prosecution to lose the case but win on points, or conversely, the defense can lose the case and win on points.

The photos are of the Pavilion and Notre Dame teams.

Pavilion Team members: Joshua Yunke, Mackenzie Grasso, Tiffani Bragg, Hannah Smart, Gabrielle Henry, Heather Stefan, Austin Wolcott, Alexis Boundry and Sara Thompson.

Notre Dame team members: Meghan Zickl, Anneliese Aliasso, Andrew Fischer, Matthew Sausher, Kendra Wall, John Lapple, Ariana Aliasso, Rosalie Mortellaro, Jake Krajewski, Brittany Perzia, Caleb Nellis, James Spear, Anna Arner, Natalie Mouton, Katie Fischer, Andrew Cheverie and Rosemary Fulmerfeld.

Judges in the pictures are Eric, Adams, Jerry Ader and Micahel Mohun. Also judging during the quarter finals was William Zickl.

The finals will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Genesee County Courthouse with Judge Robert C. Noonan on the bench.

If you're unable to view the slide show, click here. To purchase prints of these photos, click here.

March 20, 2012 - 8:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports.

2012 March Madness 8TH Grade Champions
White team standing from left to right: Greg Mruczeck, Mike Rose, Matt Roach, Coach Alex Brasky, Xavier Green, Nashiem Harris, Coach Cam McDonald
Kneeling from Left to Right. Andrew Mruczek, Alex Candy, Tyler Prospero, Adonis Davis.

2012 Rochester Bash Tourney 8th Grade Champions
Blue team standing from left to right: Xavier Green, Terrell Mapes, Coach Alex Brasky, Jacob Schrider, Greg Mruczeck, Nashiem Harris
Kneeling from Left to Right. Mike Rose, Alex Candy, Tyler Prospero, Adonis Davis. Andrew Mruczek

Info and photos submitted by Joseph Prospero.

March 19, 2012 - 9:56am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba.

Cheering, chanting, hugs and tears of joy were all part of a big celebration in Elba last night as the Lady Lancers brought home their Class D State Champions trophy.

"It’s amazing," said Meg Stucko. "It’s like  the best day of my life. I never thought the whole community would come together like this. It’s really awesome."

The whole community could celebrate together because the community won together.

Head Coach Tom Nowak praised dozens of volunteers, from scorekeepers to parents who traveled the state to videotape potential opponents in tournament games, along with all the fans who turned out to support the girls.

“They say it takes a whole community to raise a child,” Nowak said. “It takes a whole community to raise a state champion.”

The celebration in the gym followed a lights and sirens escort by the Elba Volunteer Fire Department through the village.

MacKenzie Bezon, who was Most Valuable Player of the title game, was amazed by the public's response.

"I can’t believe our community did this," Bezon said. "It’s not like just we won the championship. It’s the whole town. I just can’t believe it happened. We’ve been working so hard. I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a dream."

Nowak said he was exceptionally proud that the Lady Lancers, who knew what to do, executed the game plan and their plays, and stayed in control.

"This is the most composed group of young ladies I've ever been associated with," Nowak said. "I was able to relax because I knew what they could do on the court."

After explaining the story because somebody told him recently "Coach, nobody is perfect," Nowak ended his remarks to thunderous applause when he said, "Right now and forever, these girls are a perfect 25-0."

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March 18, 2012 - 1:46pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba.

The Elba Lady Lancers finish out 2012 with a perfect 25-0 season and a state championship after a win at Hudson Valley Community College today.

Elba beat Argyle High School 48--34 to take the team's first-ever state title.

Yesterday, Elba beat #1 seed South Kortright in the Class D semi-final to move on to today's final game.

McKenzie Bezon was named MVP and Meg Stucko was named to the All-Star Team. Kelsey Bezon won the Sportsmanship Award.

March 16, 2012 - 1:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame.

Sackets Harbor beat Notre Dame today in the semi-finals of the boys basketball tournament in Glens Falls.

The final score: 50 to 40.

It's only the second loss of the season for the Fighting Irish, who won their first Section V title since 2001 and the Western Regional title.

March 14, 2012 - 4:20pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, hockey.

Genesee County will be well represented in the 8th Annual Scotty Bowman Showcase, a hockey tournament sponsored by the Buffalo Sabres, with five local players making the junior and senior squads.

Named to the teams are three players from Notre Dame High School-- Zach Blew, Tyler Kessler and Brett Perfitt -- and two from Batavia HS -- Tom Grammatico and Josh Marr.

The games will be played March 20 at First Niagara Center. Tickets for the event are $5.

The first game begins at 6 p.m. and pits all-star squads from Buffalo and Rochester made up of players in their junior year of high school.

The senior game is at 7:30 p.m. and the winner of that match will be awarded the Bowman Cup. Buffalo has a 6-1 advantage in the tournament.

All five Batavia-area players will be on the Rochester teams.

Scotty Bowman, a former head coach, notched more NHL wins than any coach in history. The coach will be on hand to present the Bowman Cup to the winning team.

Notre Dame Head Coach was also named a Bowman team coach.

March 11, 2012 - 1:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba.

The plan against Clymer, Elba Head Coach Tom Nowak said, was to play a fast-paced game and wear down the Clymer girls.

"We felt with them not having a lot of depth -- they didn't use a lot of depth during the season -- that we thought we would just try to up-tempo the game a little bit," Nowak said. "We thought that might create some turnovers and down the stretch maybe not be as effective on offense."

The strategy paid off and Clymer was just 3-14 from the floor in the final quarter, allowing the Lady Lancers to pull away with a 53-37 victory and a slot in the state Class D championship final four.

Clymer features some height and athleticism down front, and center Meg Stucko said the Lancers prepared well for what they were going to face.

"We practiced a lot all week for their forwards," Stucko said. "We kind of knew what they were going to do and what we were going to do, so we were ready for it."

Forced turnovers kind of told the story of the game, with Elba's defense taking the ball away a number of times, especially on transitions.

Nowak said, "that's kind of our bread and butter."

Elba is now 23-0 on the season and will face South Kortright (22-0), the state's top-ranked Class D team at 9 a.m. March 17 at Hudson Valley Community College.

"We’re all really excited because we all really want to go to state so bad," Stucko said. "That’s what we’re most excited about, just the chance to be in the state final four is really awesome."

Prints of photos from the game can be purchase by clicking here.

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March 11, 2012 - 10:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame.

Sparked by Tim McCulley, who scored 21 points, and Doane McCulley, who added 16, the Fighting Irish advanced to the state semi-finals Saturday with a win over Panama in a Western Regional Championship match in Buffalo.

Notre Dame won 62-51.

On Friday, the Irish will face Sackets Harbor in a state semi-finals match at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Photos from the game by Bare Antolos.

Top photo is of Doane McCulley.

Tim McCulley

Jared Thornton

Jared Midwick

Zach Hotze

March 10, 2012 - 6:27pm
posted by Billie Owens in sports, elba.

The Elba Girls Basketball Team won the Western New York Regional Championship match against Clymer High School this afternoon at Finger Lakes Community College with a final score of 53 to 37.

The Lady Lancers now advance to the state semi-finals in a game next week in Albany.

Pictures T/K

March 10, 2012 - 1:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame beat the Section VI champion, Panama, on Saturday by a score of 62-51 and will now advance to the state championship semi-final round.

Doane McCulley was named player of the game.

We anticipate having some pictures from the game to publish later.

March 4, 2012 - 8:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, elba, Notre Dame.

For the third time in three meetings in 2012, Notre Dame beat Elba in boys basketball, but this time the game determined the Class D1 Section V champion.

It's the first sectional win for Notre Dame since 2001.

"They all laugh at me because I always say, 'you gotta dance with the girl you brought,' " said Coach Mike Rapone. "That's an old-timers saying, but we're not going to change anything. We're going to do what got us here."

After two previous meetings, both teams had to make adjustments, Rapone said.

"I give Elba a lot of credit," Rapone said. "They knew what we wanted to do and took a lot away from us."

Notre Dame (20-1) took a lead early, and though Elba (18-3) was often nipping at their lead, it wasn't until 3:42 left in the game that the Lancers held a 40-39 lead.

But after Doane McCulley hit a lay up and Zach Hotze sunk a three-pointer, Notre Dame didn't look back, holding on for a 50-45 point victory.

Zach Hotze and Tim McCulley had 16 points each for the Fighting Irish. Jared Thornton added 12 points.

"We're fortunate we hit our big shots when we had to," Rapone said.

One of the goals of the Irish, Rapone said, was to take the three-point play away from Dan Ramsey, whom Rapone said is one of the most consistent three-point shooters in the section.

Dan Ramsey was held to eight points for the game.

For the Lancers, Matt Ramsey had 14 points, Mike Ramsey nine. Mike Ramsey added nine rebounds.

The historic back-to-back championship match-ups between Elba and Notre Dame, with the Elba girls defeating the Notre Dame girls Friday night, was big for both schools.

"I don’t think it gets any better in small-school basketball than Notre Dame and Elba," Rapone said.

It's been a fun season at Notre Dame, according to Rapone, between the two basketball teams and the hockey team winning its Section V championship last week (the Irish skaters lost a regional playoff game Saturday night).

"We have a lot of school spirit and it’s been the most amazing winter ever," Rapone said. "I mean, the girls play for a championship, the boys make that miraculous run in hockey, everybody’s on cloud nine."

The Irish will face DeSales in a regional playoff game on Tuesday night.

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March 3, 2012 - 10:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, elba, Notre Dame.

As we reported last night, Elba girls beat Notre Dame on Friday night, 44-33, to take the Section V title.

Photos in this post submitted by Bare Antolos.

Tonight, Notre Dame beat Elba for the boys Section V title. We'll have pictures and a story in the morning.

In hockey, Notre Dame lost their regional game tonight.

March 3, 2012 - 6:51pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Men's Basketball.

After earning a first-round bye in the Region III Division II Men’s Basketball tournament, the second-seeded Cougars traveled to Erie Community College on Saturday afternoon to take on a hot Mercyhurst North East team that upset Niagara County Community College on Tuesday night to advance to Saturday’s semi-finals.

Genesee jumped out to an early lead after a Kenton Chan-Man (Brooklyn, NY) three-pointer and two Kevin Nascimento (New York, NY) free-throws gave the Cougars a 7-2 advantage about four minutes in. Mercyhurst then made a 10-2 run to take the lead, but no team held a lead larger than five points during the first half. In total, there were nine lead changes in the opening twenty minutes, and the Saints held a 39-38 advantage at the break.

Mercyhurst took control of the game at the start of the second half. The Saints scored the first five points of the second twenty minutes before Deylon Bovell (Brooklyn, NY) hit his second three-pointer of the afternoon to draw GCC back within three. With a 44-41 lead, Mercyhurst then scored 16 of the next 20 points and opened up a 15 point, 60-45 lead with 14 minutes to play. The Saints held their largest lead at 16 when they led 66-50 with just over 12 minutes to go. Genesee made a push and cut the lead to single digits at 82-73 with four minutes to play, but the Saints capitalized at the free-throw line and held off the higher seed, winning 99-82.

(#1 Deylon Bovell led the Cougars with 25 points in Saturday's loss to Mercyhurst North East)

Genesee shot just 34 percent on the afternoon and were only 4 of 25 from three-point range.

Bovell led the Cougars with 25 points and also grabbed eight rebounds. Tyshawn Ferguson (Chicago, IL) netted 19 points and grabbed nine boards, Chan-Man added 14 points and Nascimento chipped in with 11 points.

Genesee ends the season with an 18-12 overall record and a 10-5 conference record. Mercyhurst North East will move on to face Erie Community College in the Region III championship on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.


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