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January 6, 2010 - 8:45am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, Pavilion.


Pavilion beat Batavia 52-25 in game two of the Batavia Rotary Girls Basketball Tournament last night at GCC.  Pavilion moves to 6-0.

For Pavilion, Amie Brooks scored 21 points. Danielle Tallo added 9.

For Batavia, Michelle Jordan scored 6 points and Lashonna Mims added 5.

More pictures after the jump:

January 6, 2010 - 8:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, alexander.


Notre Dame (7-1) beat Alexander 56-43 in game one of the Batavia Rotary Girls Basketball Tournament.

Liz Geandreau scored 16 points and had 11 rebounds for Notre Dame. Trish Pike had 12 points, five rebounds and three steals.

For Alexander, Anna Dominick scored 17 points and Chelsea Turcer added 11.

This was the first appearance for Alexander in the annual tournament.

More pictures after the jump:

January 6, 2010 - 7:50am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports.


During the half times of last night's Rotary Girls Basketball tournament, area elementary school-age girls played their own games. After the jump are more pictures from those games.

January 5, 2010 - 12:43am
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, sports, hockey, Ramparts.


It was a day of hard fought efforts for two Ramparts teams that got a shot at the championship game of the Batavia New Year's Eve Classic Tournament that was hosted at the Falleti Ice Arena.

ROCHESTER: 5  / BATAVIA: 4-----The Bantam travel team started out the day of championships facing off against the Rochester Youth AmericanIMG_1143.jpgs. Looking for revenge as the Amerks had defeated them just a day earlier, the Ramparts took the early lead online to find themselves in a in a scoring battle, being answered back right after they scored all their goals.

 Parker Brinkworth was one of the Ramparts that had a big day. He started off the scoring with an early goal off of a set up from Mason Versage. He then followed up and assisted on goals by Zack Laird and Evan Eckerson. Brandon Holley scored Batavia's last goal off of an assist by Nate Palmer and Sean Olin. Joe Ryan ended the game with an assist as well.

ROCHESTER: 1  / BATAVIA: 0----- The PeeWee travel team came out with a long fought effort against the Rochester Grizzlies. Ramparts goalie Matthew Anauo stopped 16 shots and looked like he was going to put the game into overtime as he stopped all the shots he faced up until 1:00 left in the game. The Grizzlies beat a defender on the blue line and fired a shot by Anauo to give the Grizzlies the last minute goal and the 1-0 victory. The Ramparts had 6 shots on goal.

January 2, 2010 - 9:57pm
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, sports, hockey, Ramparts.


Photo: Batavia goalie Jimmy Johnston makes a save against a Rochester forward

This year has started off on a good note for two of the IMG_1051.JPGBatavia Ramparts teams! They hosted the GAHA New Year's Eve Classic Tournament this weekend and both the Pee Wee Travel (11-12 year olds) and the Bantam III Travel teams both are headed to the championship game! 

The Bantam team will take on the Rochester Youth Americans at 11:30am tomorrow. They lost tonight to Rochester 4-2 in a closely fought game.

The Pee Wee team will face the Rochester Youth Grizzlies at 2:40pm tomorrow.

Both events are free to attend and are at the Falleti Ice Arena, which will have public skate in between the two games.

(Photos courtesy of Scott Grefrath)

December 31, 2009 - 1:33am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports.


For the sixth straight year, the Batavia High Blue Devils won the annual Batavia Lions Club Basketball Tournament, this time beating Notre Dame 66-33.

Josh Budlong had 14 rebounds as Batavia moved to 6-1. Andrew Hoy scored 12 points. Tom Rapone scored 10 points for Notre Dame. Gianni Zambito added 9 more.  Co Co Irvin was the tournament's MVP. He scored 15 points in the final.

AUDIO:  Post game chat with tournament MVP Co Co Irvin (mp3).

There are 46 more photos from tonight's final game after the jump:

December 30, 2009 - 2:02pm
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, notre dame high school, sports, High School.

The Fighting Irish are off to another championship game again after defeating Bishop Kearney/ East Irondequoit 5-2 in the first game of Brockport's Winter Tournament in ice hockey action.

The game began relatively even as it took two periods to get a score on the board as BK took the early second period lead with a goal by Brandon Brady just 1:43 into the period. That's when Notre Dame went to work and registered four goals just 1:02 apart. Dylan Versage and Beau Richter set up Jason Harasimowicz on the powerplay to tie the game at 1-1. Then just 16 seconds later, Harasimowicz and Ivan Madafferi set up Versage to give ND the lead. Their scoring still wasn't over. Just 23 seconds after that Phil Vigneri gave ND the third goal on a solo effort. Just 23 seconds after that Jack Nenni registered the fourth goal off of an assist from David Wolcott.

BK ended out the 2nd period scoring by putting the game at 4-2 with a unassisted goal by Shane Ashe.

With 5:26 into the 3rd period Josh Halle gave Harasimowicz the pass to give ND the final goal on the powerplay and to cap off the scoring at 5-2.

Tom Dehr made 16 saves for Notre Dame who improves their record to 7-2.

Brett Marrapese made 46 saves for Bishop Kearney who falls to 1-7.

The Irish will take on Brockport tonight at 7:00 in the championship game at the Tuttle Ice Arena in Brockport. Brockport defeated Spencerport last night 4-1 to advance to the finals.


December 29, 2009 - 2:28am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports.


Batavia will advance to the next round to play Notre Dame in the annual basketball tournament sponsored by the Batavia Lions Club. The Blue Devils beat Albion 63-55 and improved the team record to 5-1. Andrew Hoy scored 16 points. Justin Washington added 12 points and seven rebounds for Batavia. Co Co Irvin tacked on 13.

More pictures after the jump:

December 29, 2009 - 1:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, Notre Dame.


In the first game Monday night of the annual basketball tournament sponsored by the Batavia Lions Club, Notre Dame beat Perry 52-41.  The Irish are now 5-0. Vinny Zambito scored 19 points.

More pictures after the jump:

December 27, 2009 - 9:15am
posted by Russ Salway in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

I know its the last week of December and also the year! There is snow on the ground and were tucked between two holidays, Christmas and New Years. We couldn't be any further away from baseball!   This is why it's more important now than ever that we think about our Batavia Muckdogs and the upcoming 2010 season. 

The Rochester Red Wings have been operating the Muckdogs the last two seasons and have stepped up to the plate and will operate the team again in 2010. I say stepped up to the plate because for two seasons the Wings have lost  a lot of money operating the Muckdogs. This is a critical time for our team. The Wings came on board at the last minute a few years ago when we were about to lose our pro team.  They really saved our team.  If Hollywood was involved, they probably couldn't have written a script any better. 'A Small city franchise since 1939 on the brink of losing its only pro team when a neighboring big city franchise saves the team.  Then its a magical year where for the first time in 45 years that small city wins a championship!'  It was a magical season, but  now after two seasons of operating in the "red" , you have to wonder how much longer the Wings can keep the Muckdogs in Batavia!

I have spoken with several people involved with the Red Wings and they all want this to work in Batavia. This is where I ask you, the citizens of Batavia and Genesee County to step up to the plate and support our only professional franchise.  If every business in our area bought just one pair of season tickets, that would be enough to save the team! Just one pair! Its a tax write off for the business and in turn they can use the tickets for their employees and a gift to other businesses they work with.  

A summer night at Dwyer Stadium is so much more then a night out at a baseball game. Dwyer stadium is really the only place left in our County that people can gather together in a community atmosphere and visit with old friends while making new ones. I worked for a small business in Batavia on Main st. for years. I used to hear all the time how our community would gather together on a Saturday night on Main st. and visit with old friends while making new ones! Dwyer stadium is our last place like that!  I can't tell you how much fun the social aspect is at Dwyer!  Also the cost for a family of four sitting together on a summer night outside compared to a night of sitting in the quiet dark movie theater is no contest! The Muckdogs win in price and entertainment every time!

Batavia has had pro ball since 1939. The league we play in was born right here at the Hotel Richmond!  Yes it has grown and moved on to bigger markets like Staten Island, Brooklyn and Aberdeen. How cool is it hat Brooklyn comes to Batavia to play pro ball?  How cool is it that a parent can bring their kids to a game where they can watch future MLB stars in our own backyard?

There are bigger markets that would jump at the chance of having a pro baseball franchise in their city.  We are lucky to still have ours and its up to us, the citizens and businesses of Batavia and Genesee County to hold onto ours!  I hope you consider stopping down to Dwyer in the coming month, the first of 2010, to show Rochester and the New York Penn League that were serious about keeping our franchise for many years to come!

December 22, 2009 - 10:07pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, Notre Dame, High School.

It was a great night for the local goaltenders as both Brandon Corcoran of Batavia and Tom Dehr of Notre Dame posted shut outs in high school hockey matchups.

Notre Dame hosted Bishop Kearney at the Falletti Ice Arena and was able to post their sixth victory of the season by a score of 2-0. Freshman Tyler Kessler had a big night for the Irish as he registered both goals.

His first came with 1:59 remaining in the first period off of an assist from Brett Perfitt.

Kessler then gave Notre Dame the insurance goal with 9:45 remaining in the game with the assists being credited to Perfitt and Jack Nenni.

Dehr ended the game with 13 saves for the Irish (6-2) and his first shutout of the season. Brett Marrapese  had 39 saves for Bishop Kearny (1-6).

In the other matchup, Batavia traveled to Geneva where they skated to a scoreless tie.

Brandon Corcoran recorded his first shutout of the season by stopping all of the 23 shots he faced. Zach Koczent made 37 saves for Geneva. Batavia is now 3-3-1 while Geneva is 2-5-1.


December 22, 2009 - 4:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, Batavia Rotary Club, sports.


At it's weekly lunch today, the Batavia Rotary Club kicked off its annual girls basketball tournament. Coaches and team captains from Notre Dame, Batavia, Alexander and Pavilion were on hand for lunch and a visit from Santa (actually, two Santas).

Pictured above are Amie Brooks, Trisha  Pike, Shun-Della Williams and Anna Dominick.

More pictures from the afternoon after the jump:

December 20, 2009 - 8:50pm
posted by erin martin in youth, sports, Summer.
Event Date and Time: 
December 20, 2009 - 8:40pm to January 9, 2010 - 12:00pm

G.A.S.A. Soccer Registration 2010

Open registration at Richmond Memorial Library on Saturday January 9, 2010 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.  Come to the library and sign up to play summer soccer!  Sign-ups also can be done online at and additional information is also available on website.

December 20, 2009 - 8:13am
posted by Russ Salway in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

It only took Jess Todd a few years to make it from Batavia to St. Louis. He then was traded to the Cleveland Indians. The 2007 Muckdog is now on the same roster as former Muckdog catcher Lou Marson.  You just never know how fast their trip will be from the minors to the majors! Be sure to see future MLB players start out their professional careers. There is no better view then watching pro ball at Dwyer stadium. Both 6 game and 8 game packs are on sale now. Also you can even get a 4 game pack (good for any games even 4 single games) along with a Muckdog T-shirt and 2010 Game program for just $25.00. Check out this article on Todd and watch his Indian debut!

December 19, 2009 - 8:48pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, Notre Dame, High School Hockey.


The Fighting Irish had their eyes set on claiming the championship win in the Ice Devils' David M. McCarthy Memorial Tournament, but the Frontier Falcons had other plans, as they shutout Notre Dame 2-0.

The Irish came out flying and dominated most of the game by outshooting the Falcons 33-13. 

Falcon's senior forward Matt VanWagner scored the Falcon's first goal on the powerplay with about five minutes into the game. Matt Anticoli and Mike Dombrowski were credited with the assist. 

After many scoring chances for the Irish, they couldn't capitalize and the score remained 1-0 for the majority of the game. With 1:30 remaining in the game, Notre Dame pulled goalie Tom Dehr to add an extra skater onto the ice. With just 11 seconds remaining in the game, Falcon's forward  Josh Baker gave his team the insurance goal on the empty net to seal the tournament victory. 

Notre Dame is now 5-2.

December 19, 2009 - 8:35pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, high school sports.


The Ice Devils failed to make it into the championship game of their David M. McCarthy Memorial Tournament but that didn't stop them from playing full speed.

In the consolation game, Batavia's Phil Boyd put the Devils (3-3) onto the score board early as he recorded his first career high school goal on an unassisted play to start off the Batavia scoring drive. Junior forward Tim Finnell added Batavia's second goal halfway through the period on a play set up by junior defenseman Trevor Powers.

The Ice Devils weren't going to let down there. Senior forward Corey Kocent took advantage of a Batavia 5-on-3 powerplay by firing a rocket slapshot from the point to give his team the three goal lead. As the powerplay continued with Oswego skating a man down, Will Mulcahy made it a complete success by scoring again just seconds later. Finnell and Conor Holvey got credit for the assists on both goals.

Sophomore defensemen Blake Polito registered his first career goal just 1:30 seconds later to put the Devils up 5-0 and continue the scoring streak.

With under eight minutes remaining in the game, Oswego forward Tyler Grimshaw, took away the Brandon Corcoran potential shut-out by scoring Oswego's only goal of the game on the powerplay.

Freshman Nate Palmer decided it was his time to join Polito and Boyd and score his first career high school goal as well, as he netted Batavia's sixth goal to cap off the score at 6-1.

Batavia got to the consolation after being defeated by Notre Dame Friday by a score of 4-1. Oswego was defeated by Fronteir out of Section 6 by a score of 10-2.

December 18, 2009 - 11:26pm
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, Notre Dame, High School Hockey.


Photo: Batavia's Josh Marr (9), battles with ND's Beau Richter

It was a packed house for the Batavia Ice Devil's David M. McCarthy Memorial tournament at the Falleti Ice Arena Friday night, as Notre Dame came up victorious in one of the biggest cross-town games of the year.

The first period was full of hard hits and scoring chances for Batavia as they outshot Notre Dame 12-4, but the score remained as it started with neither team being able to capitalize on any chances. The second period was Notre Dame leading the shot board 8-7 and it looked as though the second period score would remain the same until Notre Dame was able to put the first score on the board. Forward Josh Johnson set up linemate Jack Nenni as he ripped the puck through the five-hole of Batavia goalie Adam Kurek with 1:50 remaining in the second period.

Notre Dame back out in the third period the same way they ended the second, with a goal, as Nenni and Tyler Kessler set up Brett Perfitt to give Notre Dame the 2-0 lead.

Batavia was not going to let down easy as forward Conor Holvey scored his second goal of the season off a Corey Kocent pass to put Batavia within a goal of ND with just over 8 minutes reamaining in the game but that would remain their only goal. "We came in knowing that one of the factors to beating Notre Dame is we had to beat their goalie (Tom Dehr)," says Holvey. He's a great goalie and contributes positively to his team every game.

Former Batavia forward, Dylan Versage gave Notre Dame the insurance goal with just over two minutes remaining. "It feels good to score against my old team. I am good friends with some of them and we have played together our whole careers so it was really fun," Versage says.

With about a minute left in the game, Batavia pulled their goalie in hopes to capitalize on the score board. Notre Dame forward Jason Harasimowicz had other plans as he scored from his own zone on a dump shot to secure the victory by the final score of 4-1.

"We came into this game the same as we always do and we look at this just like any other win," Versage says. "It definitely makes it more interesting being against our friends and rival but its still just another game and we have to play how we always do."

Notre Dame (5-1) will play against Fronteir in the Championship game tomorrow at 3:30pm at the Falleti Ice Arena, while Batavia (2-3) will play in the consolation game at 1pm against Oswego.

Fronteir (Section 6) beat Oswego (Section 3) to advance to the championship game by a score of 10-2.

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Photo: ND's Tom Dehr, stops a shot from Batavia's Will Mulcahy

 (Photos courtesy of Scott Grefrath)

December 15, 2009 - 3:40pm
posted by Russ Salway in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

muckdog_full_house.jpgThe Batavia Muckdogs have announced a ONE DAY ONLY SALE! The sale will be this Saturday from 10am - 2pm. They will have select caps and t-shirts marked at 2 for $20They also have some new merchandise in. Holiday Packs and Coupon Books will be available. If you spend $25 or more, you get a free gift and are entered into a drawing to win some autographed memorbilia. Come on down to Dwyer Stadium (299 Bank st.) this Saturday and take care of that baseball fan on your holiday shopping list! For more information you can call the Muckdogs at 585-343-5454!!!  Let's come on out and support Genesee Counties only professional  sports franchise!!!!

December 15, 2009 - 2:01am
posted by Timothy Walton in sports, High School Hockey.


The Ice Devils came out strong on Monday night at the Falletti Ice Arena in Batavia, for a Monroe County High School Hockey matchup, but couldn't hold on, as Brighton/East/HFL came up victorious. Brighton forward Andrew Schwingel scored the game winner late in the game to spoil Batavia's early 2-0 lead and to give Brighton their first victory of the season.

After an extended warm up due to referees failing to initailly show, Batavia came out flying and lit the lamp early. Batavia freshman forward Conor Holvey set up senior Will Mulcahy for his third goal of the season. Keeping the pressure on throughout the period resulted in many scoring opportunities for the Ice Devils, and eventually lead to Holvey scoring his first career high school goal. Senior Rob Henning was credited with the assist.

After finding themselves behind 2-0 in the third period, Brighton came back with a fight as forward James Spencer put Brighton on the board. The pressure didn't stop there as Brighton forward Jack Beers, tied the game at 2-2, only to be followed by Schwingel's game winner, giving Brighton the 3-2 victory off a Kevin Holly pass. Holly finished with two assists for the Barons (1-4-0-1). Batavia falls to 2-2 and faces cross-town rival Notre Dame High School Friday at 5pm at the Falletti Ice Arena. The matchup is the first game of Batavia's annual David M. McCarthy Memorial Tournament.


(Photos courtesy of Scott Grefrath)

December 6, 2009 - 4:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, sports, harness racing.


Press Release

Batavia, NY --- The 63rd season of live harness racing came to end on Saturday night (Dec.5) at Batavia Downs Casino before a large crowd,      thanks to some great weather, a super racing program and a very popular promotion.

“I can’t believe the numbers we did,” Mike Kane, Vice President of Live Racing said. “It was our second best handle of the season and you couldn’t find a seat in the clubhouse. The racing department put out a great card and the pick-6 promotion certainly brought people to the racetrack. It was definitely a great way to end the season."

The final racing program of the 2009 Summer-Fall meet featured three Open handicaps and three Open II events, with over $75,000 in purse money up for grabs.

Michael Scores does it again
One horse that will be sad to see the season come to a close is former Batavia Downs track record holder Michael Scores, who made it three in a row at the Genesee County oval, when he came from off the pace to win the $9,000 Open Handicap in 1:56.1. Once again Kevin Cummings was at the controls for Jim and Sandy Compton. Michael Scores, one of the most popular pacers to ever race in Western New York notched the 70th win of his career.

Light Headed best in Open Trot
Sam Caruso Jr. put Light Headed on the lead and they put up all the numbers en route to a gate to wire score in the $9,000 Open Handicap Trot. Light Headed a winner this season at Yonkers in 1:56.2 scored for the first time in Western New York for trainer Dennis Cummings and owners Tom and Sam Caruso Jr.
Memphis Glow upsets in Mares Open
Memphis Glow pulled off the shocker in the $9,000 Fillies and Mares Open Handicap when she exploded to command heading to three-quarters and never had an anxious moment winning by over 3-lengths in 1:56.4 at odds of 23-1. Ray Fisher Jr. was in the sulky for owner-trainer Larry Deyermand and Jay Ankeney.

One winner in the Pick-6 Contest
Nate Maniace of Batavia got 5 out of 6 correct and took home the $1,000 top prize in the pick-6 contest. Over 480 people participated in the must pay-out pick-6 contest that was sponsored by the Western New York Harness Horsemen’s Association. 

Pending New York State Racing and Wagering approval Batavia Downs Casino will reopen on July 26, 2010.

Batavia Downs Casino is open year around for Simulcast wagering from some of North America’s top tracks. The gaming floor featuring over 600 slot machines is open from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. daily.
Todd Haight
Promotional Marketing Specialist
Batavia Downs Casino




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