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October 18, 2011 - 11:16pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Men's Soccer.

The #5 Genesee Community College Men’s Soccer team defeated the number one team in NJCAA Division III soccer, Herkimer County Community College, 1-0 on the road on Tuesday afternoon.

The Cougars knocked off the number one team in the country primarily due to their defensive play. Ryan Fredal (Bloomfield Hills, MI ) played a solid game anchoring the defensive unit that kept Herkimer off the board for Genesee’s 10th shutout of the season. “It was his best performance of the year,” said head coach Ken Gavin.

An evenly matched, fast paced contest saw the only goal happen in the 34th minute of the first half. Josh Gray (Norwich, England) sent a nice cross into the middle for Declan Brennan (Dublin, Ireland), who directed a header by the Generals goalkeeper.

Both teams played a scoreless second half and Genesee was able to hold on for the 1-0 win. Jack West (Notts, England) made 3 saves in net for the Cougars.

The win comes over an impressive Herkimer program that has won the national championship seven times since 1994, their most recent coming in 2008.

Genesee hands Herkimer their first loss of the season (12-1) and will wait to see where they move to in the next NJCAA Division III National poll. The Cougars improve to 12-0-2 overall and will finish their regular season on Thursday, October 20th at 7pm when they host Bryant and Stratton College.

October 18, 2011 - 8:30pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, women's volleyball.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Volleyball team lost their first conference match of the season, falling in 4 sets to Niagara County Community College.

The Lady Cougars came out firing and took the first set 25-19. After falling behind early, Sabrina Wilhoite (Letchworth, NY) served to four straight points and Genesee did not trail again.

The second set was the turning point in the match. Close throughout, GCC had a chance at set point up 24-23 but could not convert. The Lady Cougars would face and survive three Niagara set points before the Lady Thunderwolves prevailed and won the set 29-27.

With the momentum from the second set, Niagara took the next two sets to put away the match, 25-16 and 25-21.

Maria Antsupova (Ozersk, Russia) lead the team with 55 digs while Kristie Barger (Lima, NY) added 40 and Paige Tilert (Derby, NY) chipped in with 35. Deliane Lessard (Rochester, NY) had 6 kills and 5 assists and Carrie Blunt added 9 kills.

The loss for Genesee is their first loss in the Western New York Athletic Conference (7-1). The Lady Cougars fall to 17-18 overall and will now move on to the WNYAC tournament beginning at 9am on Saturday, October 22nd.

October 18, 2011 - 4:48pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Women's soccer.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer team earned an impressive 3-1 road win at Herkimer County Community College on Tuesday afternoon. The Lady Cougars played what Head Coach Charlie Woods considered, “the best game of the season.”

The Genesee defense played very well, not allowing a Herkimer shot in the first half. Ali Cashmore (Akron, NY) put GCC out in front in the 18th minute when she scored at the penalty spot off of a nice pass from Jessica Laudico (Holley, NY). Marrissa Pecora (Penfield, NY) made it 2-0 in the 35th minute, cashing in on a nice cross from Katie Smith (Akron, NY).

A much more even second half of play resulted in a lot of back and forth action. The Lady Cougars were able to strike again late, when Laudico followed up her own shot to beat the Generals goalkeeper in the 78th minute. Herkimer broke the shutout with a late second half goal, but Genesee was able to hold on for the 3-1 win.

GCC improves to 8-9 on the season and have now won 3 straight. Their next match will be their final home game at 5pm on Thursday, October 20th against Bryant and Stratton College.

October 17, 2011 - 10:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Batavia High School.

With these photos, you are looking at the future of Batavia Blue Devils football, and from all appearances, it's a bright one.

The Batavia JV squad is undefeated on the season and going back to last year, when the team went 6-2, the junior Blue Devils have 13 straight wins.

All of this winning has come under Head Coach Brennan Briggs.

Briggs credits the players.

"We don't really have any superstars on the team," Briggs said. "They really work well together. They've bought in to what we've been teaching -- work hard, no excuses football."

The JV team beat Bishop Kearney on Monday night 47-14.

Assistant Coach Brandon Ricci said there are 10 to 15 players on the JV squad who are likely to make varsity next season, including some freshmen, and each of them could make a contribution.

"They might not take a starting job from a senior, but you won't be losing much when you put them on the field," Ricci said.

Next week, BHS JV plays Olympia and according to parents at the game, it will likely be the team's toughest challenge of the year. To reach 8-0, the JV squad will need to beat a team also looking to finish with an 8-0 record. The game is Saturday afternoon at Van Detta Stadium.

Here's how the team faired in its previous six games:

Game 1 @ Bath W 27-0
Game 2 @ Bishop Timon W 27-20
Game 3 vs. Livonia W 29-20
Game 4 vs. Le Roy W 30-12
Game 5 @ Elba-Byron Bergen W 48-17
Game 6 vs. Attica W 36-6

October 16, 2011 - 10:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports.

The Lancers had four chances to punch the ball in from the four-yard line for a game winning score, but the Attica Blue Devil's defense held firm and preserved the team's fifth victory of the season.

Attica won 14-8.

Attica, Elba/Byron-Bergen and Notre Dame all finish the regular season with 5-2 records and a three-way tie for second in the Genesee Region League.  Barker/Roy Hart (7-0), with its win Friday over Notre Dame, secured the league championship.

In Saturday's only local football game, the Lancers fell behind 7-0 in the second quarter when Zach Kozma picked off a pass from Elba's Zac Gillard and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown.

Elba pulled ahead in the third quarter on a block punt that Alex Jasinski carried 22 yards into the end zone. Zach Dubois ran the ball in on a two-yard conversion.

Attica's winning score came on a six-yard run in the fourth quarter by Brad Ruzewski.

Given an opportunity to tie the score (and pull ahead on a conversion), Elba had the ball on the four-yard line with 1:30 remaining in the game, but four run attempts failed. Attica's David Clark, who had 16 tackles on the day, came up big in the stand, making two key tackles.

On the day, DuBois had 86 yards on 23 carries. With those 83 yards, Dubois went over the 1,000-yard mark for his HS career.

Gillard completed four passes for 50 yards and Dan Ramsey had three catches for 47 yards.

On defense, Emeliano Acosta had two blocked punts. Tom Fowler had nine tackles.

For Attica, Earl Howard had 76 yards on 23 carries.

October 15, 2011 - 2:02pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Women's soccer.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer team rolled past SUNY Delhi 8-1 in a rainy and windy contest on Saturday morning at GCC.

Jessica Laudico (Holley, NY) scored early and often en-route to a hat trick in the rout over the Lady Broncos. Laudico’s first goal came in the 8th minute to give the Lady Cougars the early 1-0 lead. Her second goal came about six minutes later to increase the lead to two.

(Jessica Laudico scores her first of three goals in win over SUNY Delhi)

Genesee controlled the tempo throughout the match and scored the first 8 goals of the game. Katie Smith (Akron, NY) gave GCC a 3-0 lead scoring off of a nice assist from Ali Cashmore (Akron, NY) in the 24th minute. Laudico completed the hat trick with three minutes left in the first half and Emily Troup (Holley, NY) ended the first half scoring by beating the Lady Bronco goalkeeper with 48 seconds remaining, to give Genesee a 5-0 lead at the break.

Cashmore scored twice, in the 4th and 11th minutes, in the second half and Cady Hume (Batavia, NY) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Cougars in the 23rd minute.

Genesee improves to 7-9 on the season and will play at Herkimer County Community College on Tuesday, October 18th at 2pm

October 15, 2011 - 11:51am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports.

Barker/Roy Hart finished out a season in which it mostly dominated the Genesee Region League with another big win over Notre Dame on Friday.

The win cemented an undefeated season for Barker (7-0) and locked up the league championship.

The Fighting Irish, with the 44-14 loss, finish the season 5-2.

Notre Dame scored first on a 15-yard run by Nick Taylor, but Barker struck right back and took an 8-7 lead after a six-yard run by Austin Blackley.

Blackley led Barker's offense with 204 yards on the ground on 17 carries. He scored four TDs.

Notre Dame's only other score came in the fourth quarter on a one-yard run by Tim McCulley.

McCulley completed nine passes for 52 yards and had two interceptions.

On the ground, Notre Dame was led by Taylor (19 carries, 108 yards) and Andrew Mullen (nine carries, 73 yards).

On defense, Kyle Morse had 10 solo tackles.

Barker had 411 total yards offense, while Notre Dame had 269. Time of possession for ND was 32:18 minutes. Barker had the ball for 15:42.

Depending on the outcome of today's game between Attica (4-2) and Elba/Byron Bergen (5-1), the Genesee Region League could wind up with a three-way tie for second place, or with a win over Attica, Elba could claim second for itself. Game time is 1:30 p.m. in Elba.

In other Friday night action:

A dominating ground game helped Batavia (3-4) beat Bishop-Kearney (2-5) at BK.

The Blue Devils had a total of 326 yards on the ground, with C.C. Martinez leading the charge. Martinez carried the ball 34 times for 254 yards and four TDs.

James Soggs scored the Blue Devil's other TD on a 20-yard run in the 4th quarter.

On defense, Dameon Reeves and Soggs had a sack, Nick Canzoneri had a fumble recovery and Cody Gangarrossa added an interception.

Le Roy dropped to 3-4 with a 35-13 loss to Cal-Mum in Caledonia.

Tommy McQuillen rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries.

Alexander picked up its second win of the season, 22-6 over Oakfield-Alabama (0-7).

Alexander scored on a 47-yard run by Lucas Phillips in the first quarter and on seven-and one-yard runs by Mark Farnsworth in the second and third quarters.

O-A scored in the third quarter on a five-yard run by Curtis Dunlap.

For O-A, Tommy Manzella completed 26 for 214 yards. Dunlap had four receptions for 83 yards.

We don't currently have any information on the Pembroke vs. Holley game. Besides Attica at Elba, there are no other games scheduled today.

Sectionals begin next weekend.

October 13, 2011 - 3:14pm
posted by Rick D. Franclemont in sports, alexander, pembroke, modified football.

Tuesday the Pembroke 7th and 8th grade modified football team traveled to Alexander.  Unfortunately the the trip was not a lot of fun for the Dragons, as they lost to the host team 56-13.

More pictures of the game can be seen here.

The Dragons will host Attica at 9:30 AM on Saturday at Pembroke. 

October 11, 2011 - 9:31pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, Women's soccer.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer team lost to Jamestown Community College-Cattaraugus 2-0 on Tuesday night, falling to 5-9 on the season.

The Lady Cougars kept the 7th ranked team in NJCAA Division III off the board for the majority of the first half. It wasn’t until the 36th minute that Ashley Skelly gave the Jaguars a 1-0 lead, scoring on a breakaway. The score remained 1-0 into the half.

In the second half, Jamestown controlled the tempo by keeping play in GCC’s end. Goalkeeper Amanda Brown did a nice job in net to keep the Lady Cougars in the game. Skelly was able to beat Brown in the 23rd minute however, to give Jamestown-Cattaraugus a 2-0 lead, which they would hold on to for the win.

GCC’s best chance came late in the second half when Morgan Glover (Belmont, NY) fired a ball just inside the box off of a corner kick. Catching the goalkeeper out of position, it was a Jaguar defender that stepped in to make the save.

GCC falls a game below .500 in conference play (3-4) and will play at home on Saturday, October 15th at 11am against SUNY Delhi.

October 9, 2011 - 10:29pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, women's volleyball.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Volleyball team went 3-1 at the Hagerstown Community College volleyball tournament this weekend, losing only in their final match of the tournament to Rockville 22-25, 25-22, 21-25, 20-25.

Paige Tilert was named the tournament MVP. She ended the tournament with 84 digs, 17 aces and 9 kills. Named to the all-tournament team were Carrie Blunt and Sabrina Wilhoite. Blunt finished the weekend with 32 kills, 15 digs and 2 blocks. Wilhoite tallied 49 aces, 19 digs and 6 aces.

Maria Antsupova had a strong tournament with 105 digs, 17 aces and 16 kills. Kristie Barger added 95 digs, 16 aces, 3 blocks and 10 kills. Karin Davis lead the team with 62 assists and added 11 aces. Olivia Engel contributed 20 kills and 9 blocks, and Deliane Lessard had 59 digs, 32 kills, 15 blocks and 10 aces.

The Lady Cougars will host Niagara County Community College for their next match on Tuesday, October 18th at home at 6pm.

October 9, 2011 - 4:22pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports.

Elba/Byron-Bergen shutout Oakfield-Alabama 49-0. Zack Dubois ran the ball 18 times for 146 yards and two TDs. Zac Gillard completed eight of nine passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Matt Ramsey had three receptions for 105 yards and two TDs. Cody Naylor had a three-yard TD run. Tommy Manzella completed 12 for 128 yards for the Hornets. Ben Langdon had five receptions for 44 yards.

Several players had big games for the Lancers (5-1), including Gabe Stempin who had a 48-yard return on an interception. Andy Boyce had seven tackles, half a sack and a fumble recovery. Brandon Naylor had six tackles and twice was involved in sacks. Alex Jasinski had five tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Emiliano Acosta had five tackles, a sack, and half of another. O-A is 0-6 on the season.

Batavia HS lost to Wellsville on homecoming night 38-6. No stats are available for the game.

Le Roy fell to 3-3 with a loss to Letchworth, 42-7. Tommy McQuillen rushed for 123 yards on 19 carries, scoring the Oatkan Knights lone TD.

Genesee Region League leader Barker moved to 6-0 with a 36-14 win over Attica.

Alexander picked up its first win of the season over Holley by a score of 39-7. No stats are available for this game.

October 9, 2011 - 3:51pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports.

In a game in which Pembroke went into the second quarter with a lead and a chance to beat the always tough Fighting Irish of Notre Dame, the Dragons ended up 24 points off the mark.

The Irish dominated on offense and defense from midway through the second quarter, scoring three TDs in the second quarter and a TD and field goal in the third.

Brothers McCulley, Tim and Doane, led the Notre Dame (5-1) offense with Tim tossing four touchdowns and completing six passes for 187 yards. Doane had two TD receptions and gained a total of 101 yards.

Nate Woods also scored twice, once on a passing play and once on a running play. Woods had 75 total yards.

Andrew Mullen came up big on offense and defense. On offense, he scored on a 35-yard pass play, his only reception of the day, and on defense had 10 tackles. Nick Taylor, Nick Conklin and Doane McCulley each had eight tackles with Taylor adding a QB sack.

For Pembroke (2-4), QB Cody Bedard carried the weight of the offense after running back Wyatt Chittenden was injured early in the game.

Bedard ran the ball 33 times for 120 yards, including one TD run. He completed five passes for 51 yards and had one interception.

Luke Thomas and Steve Weaver had five tackes each for the Dragons and Zack Franclemont had the team's lone sack.

Pembroke's other TD was scored by Trevor Gray, who carried the ball twice for four yards.

Notre Dame had 309 yards total offense, to Pembroke's 227.

If you're unable to view the slide show, click here.

October 8, 2011 - 8:49pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in baseball, GCC, sports.

The second seeded Genesee Community College Men’s Baseball team came back after trailing 3-0 to win the Western New York Athletic Conference Championship, 7-3 over the number one seed Mercyhurst North East on Saturday evening at Dwyer Stadium.

Cougars starting pitcher Dan Sharpe (Youngstown, NY) allowed two runs in the first inning after giving up two hits and walking two. He allowed another run on two hits in the second inning before settling down.

Trailing 3-0 in the home half of the second inning, the Cougars responded by scoring two runs on RBI singles from Brandon Collins (Toronto, Canada) and Bryan Depew (Wellsville, NY). Zach Ranta (Stoney Creek, Ontario) tied the game at 3 in the very next inning when he scored on an errant throw after a base hit from Brian Nieves.

With a tie score, Sharpe settled in and did not allow a single hit after the second inning. He finished the game throwing 8 and 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits, struck out 5 and earned the win.

(Fauchedre Celestijn celebrates after hitting a three-run homerun in WNYAC Championship game)

GCC took the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh inning with an RBI single from Ramon Vega (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico) that scored Ranta to give the Cougars a 4-3 advantage. Fauchedre Celestijn (Willemstad, Curacao) followed with a three-run homerun to give Genesee a 7-3 lead, a lead they would hold on to for the win.

(The GCC fall championship baseball team)

The Cougars finish the fall season with 13 wins and 2 losses in conference play and earn their first fall title since 2009.

In the WNYAC semi finals, the GCC Men’s Baseball team defeated Erie Community College 5-1 to advance to the championship game.

Cougars starter Adam Pratt (Batavia, NY) threw 8 and 1/3 innings, allowing a run on 5 hits, struck out 7 and walked 3.

(Batavia High School graduate Adam Pratt pitches GCC into the WNYAC Championship game with a 5-1 win over Erie Community College)

GCC jumped out to an early lead when Tyler Koronas (Naples, FL) delivered an RBI singled that scored the lead off hitter Shakeel Newton (Christiansted, Virgin Islands) who reached on an error in the bottom of the first. Koronas would later scored on an RBI ground out by Brian Nieves (San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico) to give the Cougars a 2-0 lead.

The Cougars added a run in the 3rd, 5th and 7th innings and finished with 11 hits in the game. Fauchedre Celestijn went 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and Koronas finished the game going 2-4 with a run batted in and a run scored.

October 7, 2011 - 11:13am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, soccer.

The Genesee Community College Men’s Soccer team increased their unbeaten streak to twelve games with an 8-0 win over Jamestown Community College on Thursday night. The win also officially clinches the regular season Western New York Athletic Conference title.

The Cougars got off to a very fast start, scoring thirty seconds into the game when Sean Brettel (Welwyn City, England) beat the Jamestown goalkeeper. GCC scored six first half goals, including another one from Brettel in the 18th minute. Ryan Fredal (Bloomfield Hills, MI) Dominic Francis (Huddersfield, England), Sam Cassidy (Cork City, Ireland) and Theo Stamatopolous (Norwich, England) all added goals for GCC.

The second half was more of the same as the Cougars dominated play and controlled the tempo. GCC added two second half goals, including a second goal from Sam Cassidy.

The shutout is Genesee’s 8th clean sheet of the season. The Cougars improve to 10-0-2 on the year and will play again on Tuesday, October 18th at 4pm at Herkimer Community College.


(Photo: #14 Sean Brettel scores two goals in the Cougars 8-0 win over Jamestown Community College on Thursday night)

October 7, 2011 - 11:11am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, soccer.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Soccer team lost a tough 1-0 contest against Jamestown Community College on Thursday night.

Both teams played a physical match from start to finish. After a scoreless first half, JCC scored the game’s only goal in the 27th minute of the second half when Ashley Skelly found the back of the net. The Cougars best chance to tie the game came when a corner kick from Emily Troup (Holley, NY) traveled all the way through the goal crease, but could not be cashed in.

The Lady Cougars fall to 5-8 on the season and will play once again on Tuesday, October 11th at 7pm at home against Jamestown-Olean.

(Picture: The Lady Cougars huddle up in the second half of their 1-0 loss against Jamestown Community College)

October 7, 2011 - 11:04am
posted by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, volleyball.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Volleyball team cruised to a three sets to none win over Mercyhurst North East on Thursday night, winning 25-16, 25-17, 25-19. Paige Tilert, who entered Thursday night’s match ranked second in all of Division II in digs per set, lead the team with 28 digs and also added 4 kills. Maria Antsupova, who entered the match ranked 13th in Division II in digs per set, tallied 23 digs. Carrie Blunt lead the team in kills with 19 and Karin Davis chipped in with 16 assists. The Lady Cougars only trailed once in the match when they were down 2-3 in the open set. Sabrina Wilhoite served to the next six points and GCC did not trail again. GCC will travel to Maryland for the Hagerstown Community College Tournament. The two-day tournament will start on Saturday, October 8th and end Sunday, October 9th.

(Photo: Carrie Blunt goes up for the kill in GCC's 3-0 win over Mercyhurst North East)
October 2, 2011 - 2:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports.

Running back Zach Dubois helped carry Elba/Byron-Bergen to a 19-14 victory over Notre Dame.

Dubois had 152 yards on 23 carries, scoring three touchdowns.

Elba/BB (4-1) jumped out to a 12-0 first-quarter lead, with Dubois scoring on runs of three and four yards. The first TD followed a fumble by the Fighting Irish on the opening kickoff.

Sophomore Quarterback Tim McCulley was involved in both of Norte Dame's TDs, rushing three yards in the second quarter to score and tossing a third-quarter TD to Nick Taylor on a 10-yard pass play.

Dubois scored earlier in the third quarter on a 62-yard run, which proved to be the decisive score.

Tom Fowler led the Elba/BB defense with 15 tackles, including four for a loss. Alex Jasinski had five tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Cody Naylor had seven tackles and one sack.

The Lancers had 253 total yards compared to 173 for Notre Dame (4-1), however, time of possession was greatly in Notre Dame's favor, 29:59 to 18:01.

For Notre Dame, Nick Taylor had 61 yards on 16 carries. McCulley had 83 yards passing.

With Notre Dame's loss and Baker's 49-7 win over Holley, Barker is in sole possession of first place in the Genesee Region League at 5-0.

In other Genesee County football action:

Alexander fell to 0-5 with a 26-7 loss to Attica (4-1).  Lucas Phillips scored Alexander's lone TD, a 48-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Le Roy, now 3-2, scored 35 points in the second quarter on its way to a 62-26 win over Perry (1-4). Tommy McQuillen had 213 yards rushing on 18 carries, scoring six TDs. Andy Lowe completed all eight pass attempts for 136 yards and two TDs. Jeremy Poles had three receptions for 55 yards.

No stats are available on the following games:

Hornell beat Batavia 49-7; Pembroke beat Oakfield-Alabama 43-22.

October 1, 2011 - 7:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, baseball, sports, dwyer stadium.

Press release:

The Rochester Red Wings announced today that the New York Yankees Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, will play 37 of their home games at Frontier Field in 2012 while their ballpark in Scranton (PNC Field) undergoes a $40-million renovation.

Batavia’s Dwyer Stadium, home of the New York-Penn League short-season Single-A Batavia Muckdogs, who are managed and operated by Rochester Community Baseball, Inc., will host seven games.

“We are delighted to be able to bring these additional Triple-A baseball games to the fans of the Rochester and Batavia areas," said Red Wings President/CEO/COO Naomi Silver. "This expanded schedule will provide lots more opportunities for our fans to enjoy additional games during the upcoming season. We’ve put a considerable amount of time and effort into working with the Scranton ballclub to make this a reality.

“We very much appreciate the franchises in Rochester, Batavia, Syracuse, Buffalo, Lehigh Valley and Pawtucket welcoming us into their stadiums and hosting our SWB Triple-A team’s games next season. We will establish our base of operations in Rochester with more than half our home games played right there in Rochester.

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said: "This will be a very interesting experience for our players and we’re looking forward to having our highest-level prospects playing in front of the legions of Yankees fans all across Upstate New york and into Allentown and Pawtucket. In 2013, we will return to Scranton Wilkes-Barre to a dramatically rebuilt stadium which will be our Triple-A home for a very long time."

“We are all excited about this opportunity, but we are also aware of the challenges that are ahead of us as an organization. Without a staff like we currently have in place, we wouldn’t have been able to consider this opportunity. We feel there is no better place than Frontier Field for Scranton to play,” Silver added.

The International League has approved the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees plan to play all 72 of their 2012 home games at alternate locations while renovations to PNC Field take place this off-season.

International League President Randy Mobley said: "As the title of a current article in 'Baseball America' states 'Passion Runs Deep in Rochester.' There are many baseball-loving communities in Minor League Baseball, but there is none that has supported the game for a longer period of time or loves the game any greater than in Rochester. There may not be another community or organization in Minor League Baseball that could tackle this challenge in this manner.

"The International League is grateful to both the Red Wings and Muckdogs organizations for being the cornerstone elements in establishing a home base for the Scranton/W-B Yankees games in 2012."

For the last several weeks, SWB Yankees LLC and the International League have been working diligently on a final proposal to have Scranton/Wilkes-Barre play all their home games at alternate locations in 2012.

“From an economic development standpoint it will also be a home run for our community because it will create more jobs, fill more hotel rooms, and spur on more business in our community thanks to the Yankees and visiting teams being here for those additional 37 dates," said Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason.

"This should also be an economic boom for Batavia as well as a great opportunity for Muckdogs fans to see Triple-A baseball in their own backyard for the first time ever."

Scranton, for the most part, will make Upstate NY their home away from home in 2012. In addition to the 37 home games at Frontier Field, Scranton will play six home games in Buffalo, seven in Batavia, and 10 in Syracuse.

Scranton will also play eight games in Lehigh Valley and four games in Pawtucket.

“The International league has always prided itself in helping each other out when needed," Mason said. "The Scranton/W-B club needed a place to play and we were happy to come to their assistance along with our North Division partners in Buffalo, Syracuse, Pawtucket and Lehigh Valley. This is a shining example of the spirit of cooperation within the International League."

September 28, 2011 - 12:04pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, elba, alexander, Girl's Soccer, kendall.

Alexander moved their overall and league record to 7-0 on the season with a 3-1 win against Elba last Wednesday at home and following that up with a 3-1 win last night home to Kendall.

In the Elba match Senior Forward had 2 goals, one in each half, while Freshman Defender Sydney Breton picked up her first varsity goal late in the game to seal the victory.  Sophomore Forward Korie Leitten assisted on Pettys' first goal while Junior Midfielder Abby Shilvock assisted on the last 2 goals.  Sophomore keeper Jess DeAngelo made 3 saves in goal to pick up the win.

Last night Alexander welcomed Kendall to their field and came away with a 3-1 victory.  Senior Forward Julia Pettys converted passes from Freshman Midfielder Breyana Crawford and Junior Midfielder Becca Bykowski in the 1st half to stake Alexander to a 2-0 halftime lead.  Shortly after halftime, with Alexander struggling to get any sort of soccer going, Kendall sent a cross into the middle of the field.  Alexander nearly scored an own goal, but the ball came off the post right to a Kendall attacker who found the net to make it 2-1.  Sophomore Forward Lydia Spiotta converted a Pettys pass to make the score 3-1 later on in the match.  Sophomore keeper Jess DeAngelo had 4 saves in net to pick up the win.

Defenders Gabby Kwiatek (Junior), Sarah Loranty (Junior), Sydney Breton (Freshman), and Ashlee Wolf (Junior) all had strong games anchoring the back line and limiting what Kendall was able to do.

Thursday Alexander travels to Wheatland-Chili in a matchup of the leagues top 2 teams - Alexander is currently 7-0 in the league while Wheatland-Chili is 6-0-1.  Game time is 6:30pm.


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