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June 22, 2012 - 12:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports.

Former Batavia High School basketball player Jerry Smith is bringing blacktop basketball back to Williams Park with a 3-on-3 tournament June 30.

Williams said it's been a few years since the park hosted such tournaments, but he remembers them from his youth and thinks area players should get the same opportunity.

As many as 35 teams, or more, are expected to participate, coming from not just Batavia, Elba and Le Roy, but also Buffalo, Lockport, Perry, Medina and other towns in the region.

"It's some of the best competition around," Smith said.

The cost is $50 per team and teams can consist of as many as five players.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and play begins at 9 a.m.

For more information, call Smith at (585) 993- 3342 or email him at [email protected]

Proceeds will benefit Franchise Basketball of Rochester, an Amateur Athletic Union team and help send the team to Las Vegas in July for a tournament. Local team members include Jalen Smith, Tommy Prospero, Justin Washington and Jered Thornton.

Photo: Jalen Smith, Justice Fagan and Josh Johnson.

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."

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

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 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.

If you can't view the slide show below, click here.

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 - 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.

If you have trouble viewing the slide show, click here.

To purchase prints of the photos, click here.

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 2, 2012 - 10:00pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, elba, Notre Dame.

Intra-county rivals Elba and Notre Dame met in Letchworth tonight for a Section V title clash and the Lancers came out on top 44-33.

On Saturday, at 3 p.m., the Elba and Notre Dame boys teams will meet for the Section V title in Rochester.

As far as anybody knows, according to WBTA, it's the first time two schools from the same county clashed for a Section V title in both boys and girls basketball.

The Batavian will cover Saturday's game.

We expect some picture's from Friday's game later.

January 20, 2012 - 1:54am
posted by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports.

The Genesee Community College women's basketball team cruised to their first conference victory of the season, defeating Niagara County Community College 90-45 on Thursday night.

The Lady Cougars pounced early and did not let up. A 16 point first half from Chyna Lennox (Moseley, VA) helped pace a 50 point opening twenty minutes for Genesee, who out-rebounded Niagara 35-15 and took a 50-15 lead into the break.

(#14 Nanase Akagami connects on a three-pointer in GCC's win over Niagara CCC)

The Genesee lead never dropped below 25 in the second half, and the Lady Cougars had four scorers reach double figures. Lennox finished with a team high 23 points, Kayla Golden (Lackawanna, NY) added 11 points and 9 rebounds, and Chelsey Cole (Brockport, NY) and Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY) each finished with 10 points. Nanase Akagami (Japan) also came off the bench late and added a season high 9 points.

Genesee improves to 6-14 overall on the season and 1-1 in conference play. They will take the floor again next Thursday when they host Erie Community College at 6pm.



The Genesee Community College men's basketball team went to the wire with Niagara County Community College on Thursday night, but outlasted the visiting Thunderwolves to earn their second straight conference victory of the season, 82-80.

The Cougars played a back and forth start with a Niagara team who shot better than 53 percent from the floor in the first half. Kenton Chan-Man (Brooklyn, NY) was the only scorer to reach double figures in the opening twenty minutes, finishing with 11 points and going three of six from three point range. Genesee lead 41-40 at the break.

The Cougars opened up a 56-48 lead early on in the second half, but saw the lead vanish when Niagara converted on back-to-back three point possessions with about 15 minutes to play. Trailing 76-73 with five minutes remaining, Genesee came out of a timeout and got a Chan-Man layup to draw within one. A Michael Glenn (Fairport, NY) three pointer put GCC in the lead for good, as the Cougars came up with a game-winning defensive stop as time expired to move to 2-0 in conference play.

(#21 Michael Glenn finishes with a two-hand dunk in win over Niagara CCC)

Chan-Man finished with a game high 27 points. Glenn added 19 points and three assists and Deylon Bovell (Brooklyn, NY) ended with 10 points and a team high seven rebounds.

Genesee improves to 10-7 overall and will play again on Tuesday night when they host Jamestown Community College at 7pm.

January 6, 2012 - 12:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, pembroke.

The girls of the Pembroke High School basketball team were dressed in all pink uniforms Thursday night in front of a capacity crowd in their home gym.

The big turn out and the pink uniforms were part of a fundraiser called "Shooting for a Cure" to support breast cancer research

Proceeds are being donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The Walt Disney Company donated a family 4-pack of 3-day tickets to their Disney Orlando Parks (value of $1,000) as the grand prize drawing. The winner was selected at half-time of Thursday's game, but we don't yet have the name of the winner.

Bottom picture, Bryan Wittman, global VP of Special Events for Disney, team captain Randi Dellapenta, April McMillion and Buster Bison, mascot of the Buffalo Bisons.

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

To purchase printed copies of the photos from this event, click here.

December 12, 2011 - 10:56pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, basketball, sports, Lions.

The boys of the Batavia and Notre Dame high school basketball teams will battle over the coveted Lions Tournament trophy Dec. 28 at Genesee Community College.

The JV teams will face each other at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity squads will play at 8 p.m.

The Lions held their annual tournament dinner Monday night at Bohn's Restaurant.

Pictured are Lamar Mobley, of Batavia, and Doane McCulley, of Notre Dame.

December 10, 2011 - 9:43pm
posted by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports.

The Genesee Community College Women’s Basketball team dropped their first game in the 2011 Holiday Classic with a 75-49 loss to the Green Knights of the Community College or Rhode Island (CCRI).

CCRI started the game on a 16-4 run and Cougars were unable to overcome the pressure put on by the Knights. CCRI had a lead as big as 20 just mid-way through the opening half of play.  Freshman Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn) had a huge game for the Knights as she finished with27 points. Fellow Knight Cartrecia Ward (Boynton Beach, FL) came off the bench and chipped in 16 points  .

Leading the way for the Cougars was Carrie Blunt (Syracuse) with eight points and Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY-Eastridge) had six points for the home squad.

With the win, CCRI is 6-2 on the season and will take on the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves at 11am Sunday while the Cougars (3-10) will take on Community College of Allegheny County –South at 3pm Sunday afternoon at the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium on the Batavia campus of GCC.



The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Green Knights came into the nightcap of day one of the Cougar Holiday Classic at Genesee Community College Cougars and came out with a 76-70 victory over the host Cougars.

After going back and forth for the majority of the opening half, the eighth ranked Knights were able to pull out to a 41-29 lead at halftime.

The Cougars started to climb their way back into the game as they trailed by eight early on in the second half. GCC continued to dwindle the Knights lead but CCRI continued to answer every call the Cougars made. However with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Cougars were able to come back to tie the score at 61.

Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the game and CCRI sealed the deal by hitting foul shots down the stretch for their 10th win on the season.

The Cougars were led offensively by Kenton Chan Man (Brooklyn, NY) with 18 points, two rebounds and two assists. Dijon Wright (Philadelphia, PA) had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the host Cougars, who drop to .500 on the season with a record of 5-5.

The Knights were led offensively by Desmond Williams with 17 points and Anthony Henry had a double –double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for CCRI.

November 2, 2011 - 12:40am
posted by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports.


The Genesee Community College men’s basketball team took down Niagara College of Canada 85-76 on Tuesday night to start their season 1-0.
The Cougars were 4 of 9 from three-point range in the first half and shot better than 46% from the floor to take a 41-30 lead into the break.
Niagara came out strong in the second half going on a 7-0 run and cut the Genesee lead down to four. It was strong guard play that kept GCC out in front and in the lead for the remainder of the game, ending in a nine point win. Guards Kenton Chan-Man (Brooklyn, NY) and Kevin Nascimento (New York, NY) combined for 45 points, 24 of which came in the second half.
Chan-Man finished the night with a game high 25 points and Nascimento added 20. Tyshawn Ferguson (Chicago, IL) also netted double figure points with 14 and led the team with 9 rebounds.
(#2 Kevin Nascimento scores 20 points for GCC)
The win is not only the first for Genesee this year, but it is also the first win for interim head coach Terry George who is in his first season at the helm.
GCC will play on Friday night in the Bronx, NY when they take on Monroe College at 8pm.
The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team started their season off with a win on Tuesday night, defeating Niagara College of Canada 72-67.
The Lady Cougars started the game on a 10-2 run and took a 33-29 lead into the half. Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY) scored 11 of her 16 points in the first half to help give Genesee the halftime advantage.
GCC used a 7-0 run to start the second half to up their lead to eleven at 40-29 and did not trail during the final half. Despite being out-rebounded 54-49 in the game, the Lady Cougars took advantage of second chance opportunities. They scored 28 second chance points compared to Niagara’s 8.
Chyna Lennox (Moseley, VA) led the way for GCC scoring a team high 17 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Kayla Golden (Lackawanna, NY) and Carrie Blunt (Syracuse, NY) added 14 and 13 points respectively.
(#12 Chyna Lennox finishes a layup and scores a team high 17 points for GCC)
Genesee starts the season off 1-0 and will play again on Friday and Saturday in the Mohawk Valley Tournament.
March 8, 2011 - 9:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba.

Scoring droughts in the second and fourth quarters proved the Lady Lancers' undoing Monday night in Letchworth as Elba dropped a western regional playoff game to Whitesville, 50-40.

Elba jumped out to an early lead and played with confidence in the first quarter, but by the half -- after scoring only one basket in the first half of the second quarter -- was down 17-29.

With a fast start in the third quarter, Elba managed to briefly tie the game and ended the third down by one, 34-35.

Using a combination of fast breaks and defensive control of the boards, Whiteville (20-3) dominated the fourth quarter, however, to end Elba's season at 19-4.

Jamie Marshall had 8 points, Meg Stucko 8, McKenzie Bezon 7, and Marissa Pangrazio 6.

More pictures after the jump. To purchase these pictures, click here.

February 9, 2011 - 12:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba, Notre Dame.

For the second time this season, the Lady Lancers came up just points short against Notre Dame, dropping an emotional rematch in Elba, 43-40.

Notre Dame remains undefeated at 15-0 and Elba drops to 12-3.

The Lady Irish were led by Liz Geandreau, who scored 15 points with seven rebounds, and Riley Norton, 11 points and seven rebounds.

For Elba, Meg Stucko had 14 points and 16 rebounds and Racheal Cook scored 12 points.

To purchase pictures from this game (site template a little messed up right now, but site otherwise working) click here.

More pictures after the jump:

January 7, 2011 - 12:59pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, Batavia Rotary Club, sports.


Notre Dame entered the 4th quarter of the Rotary Club of Batavia Girls Basketball Tournament finals down by 8 points.

All night, Perry gave Notre Dame room for plenty of attempts, but the shots just weren't dropping. That all changed in the 4th quarter. Suddenly, whatever invisible shield had been keeping the ball out of the basket disappeared.

The Lady Irish scored 20 points in the 4th quarter, compared only six points for Perry.

Final score, Notre Dame 45, Perry 39.

Carly Pike had 19 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 steals for the Fighting Irish (8-0). Pike scored 13 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter.

In the consolation game, Alexander beat Batavia 56-52.

All-Tournament players: Cheslea Turcer, Alexander; Lisa Redband, Batavia; Karissa 
Schuster and Erica Miller, Perry; Riley Norton, Notre Dame; Carly Pike was named MVP.


Winners photo submitted by Tim Call.

More pictures after the jump, with even more available for purchase by clicking here.

NOTE: For Tuesday's games, I used the wrong pricing sheet for photo purchases. That's been corrected and those photos are available by clicking here.

January 5, 2011 - 10:48am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports.


Perry and Notre Dame will move on to a finals match in the 2010 Batavia Rotary Girls Basketball Tournament at GCC on Thursday.

Both squads won by big margins in first-round action Tuesday.

Perry beat Batavia High 50-31 and the Lady Irish overcame Alexander 60-44.

A few more pictures after the jump.  A total of 75 photos are available for sale by clicking here.


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