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September 1, 2011 - 6:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in racing, sports, Stafford, Jason DiSalvo.

On Tuesday, Jim DiSalvo invited me to his house on Fargo Road, Stafford, to meet his son, Jason, and Jason's racing team. I thought I'd get a picture and share a little bit about the great season Jason is having.

I set up a shot with a couple of bikes in the background and just as we were getting ready to make a photograph, Jason asked, "When will your picture run?" I told him, "probably tonight."

Well, that would never do. See that Triumph in the background -- the racing world didn't yet know that Jason would be running it this week at the final race of the season in New Jersey.

I agreed to hold the picture until the bike change was officially announced, and I also redesigned the shot to better include the bike in the picture.

This evening, the DiSalvo team officially announced that for the last race as well as next season, Jason will race a Triumph 675 Triple in Daytona Sportbike class races.

Jason said the team felt they would get great support from Triumph and he was excited about the switch.

Race 1 on Saturday will start at 2 p.m., and Sunday's race starts at 2:15 p.m.  Live timing for both events can be viewed at

Speed TV will air the races at 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Jason is currently third this season in points standing with three wins and four pole positions.

Pictured with Jason are Jordan Fielder, left, Bubba Evoy, Chase McFarland and Ronnie Saner.

August 29, 2011 - 5:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, sports, Wiener Dog Race.

It's official -- it's a tie.

Batavia Downs officials announced late this afternoon that, after spending hours reviewing all available pictures and video of the 2011 Wiener Dog Race, the final match ended in a dead heat.

Lindsay Ryan, owner of first-year runner Gordon, will receive $200 in free play at the casnio. 

After Sunday afternoon's race, when Jake Arnold, owned by Jane Smart, was declared the winner, Smart received the $200 in free play prize.

Hours after the race, evidence began to surface suggesting that Jake Arnold wasn't a clear-cut winner, leading Batavia Downs officials to delay certifying the race results.

A rematch is in the works, tentatively set for Sept. 24. Officials are waiting from confirmation from the Jake Arnold camp.

“It’s simply too close to call," said Todd Haight, general manager of live racing. “I know there is video out on the Internet that appears to show Gordon in front, but our official photo-finish camera shows both dogs hitting the line simultaneously. So in all fairness a dead heat was the right way to go.”

The rookie Gordon came a breath away from upsetting defending champion Jake Arnold.

In a statement released by Batavia Downs, Lindsay Ryan said, "We came to the dog races because we wanted to get my friend's mom, who has cancer, out of the house. We knew Gordon would run his heart out for her and he did. She had so much fun. I am so happy with how things turned out." 

August 29, 2011 - 9:38am
posted by Rick Franclemont in batavia, sports, raffle, livonia, Bulldawgs, Bulldogs, Grease Lightning.

The Batavia Bulldawgs Youth Football Team sold raffle tickets for a 2011 Johnny Pag Spyder motorcycle provided by Grease Lightning. The tickets were $40 each and only 150 were sold.

The winner was Chris Schafer of West Falls (He was not present.)

More pictures of the game can be found here.

August 28, 2011 - 8:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Batavia Downs, sports, Wiener Dog Races.

UPDATE 11:18 p.m.: Race results are under review.

For the third-straight year Jake Arnold bested a large field of eager wiener dogs -- and some not so eager -- to take the 2011 Wiener Dog Race championship title.

A large crowd of wiener dog race enthusiasts were on hand to cheer for their favorite hungry little dachshund.

Jake Arnold, a 4-year-old owned by Jane Smart, won the big race in a photo finish, beating out first-year entrant Gordon, owned by Lindsay Ryan, and long-time rival Rudy, an 8-year-old owned by Ron Schiller.

Rudy, a previous race winner, finished second ton Jake Arnold for the previous two years.

In all, 63 elongated canines raced at the Downs on today.

More photos in the slide show below (if you have trouble viewing the slide show, click here.) 

To purchase photos from this event, click here.

August 28, 2011 - 11:07am
posted by Rick Franclemont in sports, elba, Oakfield, pembroke, youth football, PYA.

Photos from the JV Youth Football game 8/27/11. Pembroke was the home team.

Minis: Pembroke 8, Oakfield-Elba 0

JV: Pembroke 36, Oakfield-Elba 6

All pictures from the event are available here for readers of The Batavian.

August 23, 2011 - 5:58pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, sports, pool, billiards.

Former Batavia resident Jeff "The Buddha" Van Buren has purchased the Gambler Pro Tour and is on the road following the pool-players circuit in order to visit billiard rooms and sign up players.

“The Gambler Pro Tour is positioned to elevate the sport of billiards to the next level," says Van Buren, in his press release.

The GPT has an ambitious plan for events to take place in Western New York, Northern Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

He says the tour will attract seasoned veterans and amateurs, as well as, reach out to those who are new to billiard competition. Coverage of the events will be taped and edited for local cable broadcasting.

The Gambler Pro Tour was formed last year by Dan Dennis. Two events were held in Florida and Georgia. Ten more were planned with 10K each in added money. In May of this year, Van Buren, with expansion on his mind, struck a deal with Dennis to purchase the tour. The transfer took place with Catherine Jenkins, of the Mt. Dora, Fla.,Chamber of Commerce, recording the transaction.

Room owners will not be required to add money for semi-pro events. Many events will have no added money. This will take the lure away for seasoned players and give amateurs a chance at cashing in on events.

According to Van Buren, Gambler Pro Tour is not seeking to compete with established pool tours and does its best not to enter markets where there is already a popular tour in place like the Lone Star Tour in Texas, Great Southern Billiards Tour, Joss Tour, Tiger SE Tour, and the newly formed Action Pool Tour.

Van Buren, who now resides in Fort Myers, Fla., is the commissioner of the Pool Hustler Series, and founder of the Shooters Tour that covered Upstate New York. In addition to owning a pool room, he operated the Shooters Tour for 10 years. It grew to 1,000 players holding 30 to 40 events per year with all sponsorships coming from outside of the industry. He was well-known for holding charity events, his favorite being the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

To find out more, phone Van Buren at 239-822-5255, email him at [email protected], visit online at

August 23, 2011 - 5:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, sports, fencing.

World-renowned fencing referee Jon Moss will be appearing at EnGarde:Batavia, a local fencing school located on Harvester Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday Aug. 27.

Moss, who holds the highest possible rating for a fencing referee, is a 42-year veteran of the sport.  He currently coaches at the University of New Hampshire and Tanner City Fencing Club and  serves as head referee at Fencing Officials Commission.

Moss will be on hand to certify perspective referees in the sport at the area’s only fencing school, which is owned and operated by Genesee County native, Colin Dentino. 

The sport of fencing requires skilled referees as the official is involved on every call and must adjudicate every action.

“It is vitally important that we train and maintain referees -- especially now since we are currently forming the Genesee Fencing League," Dentino said. "We’ll require skilled officials who are armed with the latest rules and guidelines."

After completing this clinic, and passing the referee exam, participants will be certified with the United States Fencing Association.

EnGarde:Batavia continues to grow since it opened its doors in the Artisan Center one year ago.  Besides the Jon Moss Referees' Clinic, EnGarde:Batavia also offers fencing camps and clinics for all ages/skill levels as well as their popular Molten Sword Tournament.

Dentino believes that fencing is underrated as a sport and has several benefits helping develop stamina, flexibility, strength, dexterity, hand/eye coordination, as well as physical and mental agility.

August 22, 2011 - 9:11pm
posted by Tom Tucker in sports.

2011 BCC Junior Golf Camp Championship Invitational Tournament Winners Left to right: Henry Pflaumer "A" Flight, Noah Hoy Championship Flight, Ryan Douglas "B" Flight, Matt Smith "C" Flight

On August 22nd, 2011 BCC hosted it's annual Junior Golf Camp Invitational Tournament. Participants were either winners of their Friday tournament at golf camp in July, or other skilled players invited by Mr. Tom Tucker , the BCC teaching professional who conducts the golf camp.

The tournament consisted of nine holes played from varying tees for the Championship, "A", and "B" Flights, and six holes for the Pee Wee's "C" Flight.

The weather for the tournament was ideal as players teed off under mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70's.

The Championship Flight saw two players separate themselves from the pack, as Anthony Monteleone and Noah Hoy finished in regulation tied at 39. On the one hole playoff, hole 9, Noah Hoy's drive lagged behind Monteleone's, and landed in a divot in the fairway. Undaunted, Hoy stuck his next shot close to the pin and made par, which held up to win the Championship flight.

In the "A" Flight, it was a two player race between the Pflaumer brothers, Henry and Ben, with Henry prevailing 44 to 48

The "B" Flight saw a dominant performance by Ryan Douglas as he carded a 48, his nearest competitor was Bryan Moscicki with a 63.

The "C" Flight, Pee Wee's, saw the tightest field grouping of the whole tournament, with only five strokes separating the entire flight. Faith Falkowski's bid to be the first female ever to win a flight was thwarted by one stroke as she carded a 58, and both Daniel Bowen and Matt Smith each shot a 57. A chip and putt playoff ensued on the BCC putting green, and Matt Smith edged out Dan Bowen for the win.

Long Drive winners were: Dan Bowen, Dawson Nelson, and Joe Falkowski

Closest to the pin winner was: Matt Genaway

Trophies were presented to flight winners in a brief awards ceremony following the tournament, and the three overall best tournament scores from the whites will have the option of representing Batavia CC in RDGA Junior Events in 2012.

The following players participated:

Pee Wee's "C" Flight, ages 7 - 9: Evan Cummings, Max Demare, Faith Falkowski, Daniel Bowen, Matthew Smith

Juniors "B" Flight, ages 10 - 12 with some younger players moved up: Noah Johnson, Emily Caccamise, Robert Stevens, Garrett Groff, Bryan Moscicki, Ryan Douglas, Dawson Nelson

Seniors "A" Flight ages 13-15 with some younger players moved up: Ben Pflaumer, Henry Pflaumer, Kyle Zimmerman, Michael Muehlig, Anthony Sweet, Adam McCoy

Super Seniors Championship Flight, age 16 and over, with some younger players moved up: Joe Falkowski, Erik Moscicki, Michael Simmons, Anthony Monteleone, Noah Hoy, Jesse Pflaumer, Matt Genaway


August 22, 2011 - 8:58pm
posted by Tom Tucker in sports.

2011 Batavia Country Club Junior Golf Camp

In July, Batavia Country Club conducted their annual 4 week Junior Golf Camp,
open to youth ages 7-9 for one week, then ages 10-15 for three weeks,  and a super senior division for players over age 15  and other qualified,  experienced   players.  The Super Senior format varied from the norm in that it entailed a 45 minute lesson at 7 am, then participants played nine holes each day with a nine hole tournament on Friday.

The camp is conducted by BCC Teaching Professional and GCC Golf Coach Thomas Tucker, details about the camp may be found at the BCC website,
Attendees for this year's camp were as follows:

Pee Wee Division ages 7 - 9 and first time golfers:

Daniel Bowen, Evan Cummings, Alexis Danosis, Maggie Demare, Max Demare, Faith Falkowski, JakeHume, Sarah Molnar, Anna Molner, Isabella Riner, and Matthew Smith

Junior Division ages 10-12:

Emily Caccamise, Ryan Douglas, Jay Lewis, Dylan Maier, Jonathan Slezack, Katie Slezack, Bryan Moscicki, Garrett Groff, David Purdy, Robert Stevens, Noah Johnson, Dawson Nelson, Andrew Pickard,Steven Farrell

Senior Division ages 13-15:

Bryce Rogers, Kyle Zimmerman, Adam McCoy, Michael Muehlig, Alex Scull, Matt Genaway, Michael Meuhlig, Anthony Sweet

Super Senior Division age 16 and up or high skill level:

Paul Ferraro, Zach Hohn, Noah Hoy, Anthony Monteleone, Erik Moscicki, Destry  Mullen, Jonathan Penepent, John  Sallome, Michael Simmons, Joe Falkowski, Adam Weaver

Priority Skill contests and other miscellaneous skills contests were held throughout each week for prizes, and a tournament was held each Friday, weather permitting.

Winners were as follows:

Pee Wee's
Friday Tournament Winner - First Time Ever Female Winner of the Friday Tournament - Faith Falkowski
Priority Skills Contests:  Dan Bowen, Evan Cummings, Maggie Demare,  Faith Falkowski (2), Jake Hume

Tournament Winners:
Week 1 - Bryan Moscicki
Week 2 - Adam McCoy
Week 3 - Matt Genaway

Priority Skills Contests:
Week 1 - Ryan Douglas (2), Emily Caccamise, Jay Lewis, Bryan Moscicki
Week 2 - Garret Groff, David Purdy (2), Robert Stevens
Week 3 - Brandin Reiner, Michael Muehlig, Bryan Moscicki, Kyle Zimmerman, Dawson Nelson

Friday Tournament  Winners:
Week 1 - Kyle Zimmerman
Week 2 - Adam McCoy
Week 3 - Matt Genaway

Priority Skills Contests:
Week 1 - Kyle Zimmerman (3)
Week 2 - Adam McCoy (3), Michael Muehlig
Week 3 - Matt Genaway (3),  Michael Muehlig, Anthony Sweet

Super Seniors - played 9 holes daily, Friday score counted triple
Weekly Scoring Average Winner:  Zach Hohn

August 22, 2011 - 4:07pm
posted by Tom Tucker in sports.

BCC Club Champion Winners, left to right: Marty Krause "Senior", Roger Stone "C", Wendy Caccamise "A", Roxanne Noeth "Ladies Champion" , Tim Tucker "Men's Champion", Dan Grastorf "A", Karen Pflaumer "B", John Pflaumer "B"

August 21, 2011 - 9:51pm
posted by Tom Tucker in sports.

Batavia Country Club 2011 Club Championship

BCC played its 2011 Club Championship on Saturday August 20th and Sunday August 21st, 2011.

Saturday was an All American day for golf, sunny skies and pleasant temperatures, in contrast to Sunday which was pretty much miserable with slightly cooler temperatures and medium to heavy rain throughout most of the day.

In the Men's Championship Flight, Tom Wescott clung to a one shot lead (73) over Tim Tucker (74) , and two shots over Taylor Squire (75) at the close of the day.

In the Ladies Championship Flight, Roxanne Noeth took a commanding lead over Katie Joslyn.

On Sunday, Tim Tucker shot a 77 to prevail over a hard charging Matt Smith, age 17, who shot a 74 on a day when that score seemed unlikely.

Tucker shot 151 (74 - 77) to best Smith's 155 (81 - 74). Smith has had little experience with club championship tournament play and it showed on the first day, but he bounced back nicely on day two.

Tucker, on the other hand, has had plenty of experience finishing in second place eight times over the years at the BCC Club Championship, and was happy to finally get the monkey - make that the gorilla - off his back and join the family on the BCC Wall of Fame. Tucker's brother Tom had won the BCC Club Championship once, and his father Tom, the teaching pro at BCC has won it twice.

A husband and wife were also keeping it in the family as John Pflaumer won the Men's "B" Flight and his wife, Karen Pflaumer, won the Ladies "B" Flight.

Roxanne Noeth had also won the Ladies Championship in the past and was looking to get back to winning form. She did just that, winning handily by shooting a pair of rock solid 83's (166) to defeat a game but overmatched Katie Joslyn.

In other Men's Flights, Dan Grastorf 166 (87 - 79) held off Craig Kurkowski 170 (89-81) to capture the "A" Flight; John Pflaumer dominated the Men's "B" Flight 162 (80 - 82) beating Ray Smith 177 ( 89 - 88) and Bob Reyes 177 (87 - 90); newcomer to the action Roger Stone tasted victory in the "C" Flight 199 (95 - 104) just nipping Bill Sutherland 203 (101 - 102). In the Senior Flight, Marty Krause 179 (88 - 91) defeated Frank Coppola 198 (97 - 101)

In other Ladies Flights action, Wendy Caccamise shot 187 (86 - 101) to better Nancy Powers 197 (98 - 99) for the Ladies "A" Flight; and Karen Pflaumer's 222 (110 - 112) edged out Chris Thompson 229 (112 - 117) for the Ladies "B" Flight.

After the tournament, the winners were escorted to the awards banquet and ceremony in the annual March of Champions to the tune of "When The Saints Go Marching In" by musician Don Allen.

August 20, 2011 - 1:25pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, elba, 5K.

This morning was the 2nd annual Elba 5K sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Elba.

The men's winner was Michael Richenberg, 21, with a time of 17:34. That's a new course record. Richenberg has run 21 5Ks this season and won seven of them.

The women's winner was Stephanie Schmidt, 18, with a time of 20:14.

Tom Rivers, Daily News staff writer and author of the book "Farm Hands"

Stephanie Schmidt

Michael Richenberg

August 16, 2011 - 8:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, sports, mancuso bowling center.

John Sisson, above, tries out the revitalized bowling lanes at Mancuso Bowling Center, behind T.F. Brown's, in Batavia.

All 24 lanes were screened (kind of like sanding) and recoated over the summer, according to manager Mike Sputore.

At one time, the Mancusos recoated the lanes only every few years, now they try to do it every year or two.

"We've noticed better scores with the more frequently we do it," Sputore said.

In an effort to spiff up the lanes even more, the walls have been repainted, the bowler's approach area resurfaced and many worn parts of the pin machinery replaced.

To help give bowlers a chance to try out the revitalized lanes, Mancuso's is offering $1 per-game specials from 4 to 9 p.m., Aug. 20 through Aug. 26.

Through August, Mancuso Bowling Center is open 3 to 9 p.m. and from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

August 16, 2011 - 11:58am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

Bob Matthews, who has always hated the idea of pro baseball in Batavia (I have no idea why), has a column in the D&C today lamenting the new rankings by Street & Smith of minor league cities.

Rochester has fallen to #20.  

But also bad in Matthews' mind is that Batavia came in fairly high among 241 cities ranked.

Batavia was No. 36. I have no idea why.

The baseball Muckdogs are the only pro team, they're operated by the Red Wings and they could be on shaky ground. Batavia ranked 42nd in tenure (for how long?), 81st in attendance (no way) and 98th in economy.

The full rankings can be viewed here.

Unfortunately, Street & Smith doesn't explain its attendance ranking, but it's probably based on a percentage of the host city's population, and with less than 16,000 people in the City of Batavia, the percentage for the Muckdogs is pretty good.

There are a handful of cities ranked above Batavia with only one sports franchise.

August 16, 2011 - 10:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, 5K, bergen.

Submitted by Eric Boyce:

Linus Chumba, of Nyack, wins the 20th annual Jenny Kuzma Memorial Bergen 5K by running away from the field on Saturday. 

Chumba led from start to finish and set a new course record with a time of 14:26. The pervious course record was 14:36 by Kyle Heath, of Syracuse. 

Chumba came from New York City in search of the Bergen 5K prize money the night before the race by bus, where he told the race director that he got less than two hours of sleep. 

On the women's side, Maegan Krifchin, a 2010 Syracuse graduate, won the race and also set a new course record by running 16:29, three seconds off of her fastest 5K time ever. 

Krifchin was the 4th-place finisher amid the 1st-place American at the Utica Boilermaker 15K race, which had over 11,000 runners.  

This year's race saw the top 50 finishers running 17:12 or faster. 

The Bergen 5K is one of the most competitive 5K races in New York State and had 260 finishers on Saturday. 

Results, videos and photos can be found at

August 14, 2011 - 5:12pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, pembroke, East Pembroke Mud Races, mud races.

A record number of entrants showed up for the East Pembroke Fire Department's annual mud races. It was a perfect day for mud racing and the action was non-stop.

Below, a slide show of additional photos from the event.  To purchase pictures taken by Howard Owens from this event click here.

Below, photos of the mud queen race and the winner (name not yet available) submitted by Destin Danser.


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