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September 25, 2016 - 10:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, pembroke, alexander, Notre Dame.

C.G. Finney/Northstar 36 Notre Dame of Batavia 7

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Pembroke edged out Holley 34-26. (Photos by Rick Franclemont -- more here)

Alexander moved to 4-0 with a 46-0 win over Oakfield-Alabama/Elba. QB P.J. Brennan was 5-10 passing for 116 yards and three TDs. He had two carries for 20 yards and two TDs. Jacob Bykowski, 12 carries for 51 yards and one TD. Chris McClinic, six carries for 47 yards and one TD reception. Dustin Schmeider, two catches, 26 yards and one TD, and three carries for 53 yards and a TD. Derrick Busch, two receptions for 85 yards and a TD. Dan Heberlein, nine carries for 52 yards. On defense, Heberlein had one interception an three tackles. Job Smith, six tackles and a fumble recovery.

Notre Dame lost to C.G. Finney, 36-7.

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September 17, 2016 - 9:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, football, Notre Dame, pembroke, news.

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Through three quarters of football, Pembroke battled Notre Dame to a draw, but when Jake Weatherwax dashed into the end zone from six yards out with five minutes left in the game, the Dragons were unable to answer and fell to 1-2 on the season, 34-27.

It was Notre Dame's first win of the season.

The Dragons and Irish were pretty evenly matched throughout the contest, with each team averaging 5.8 yards per play on offense and only being a minute apart on time of possession for the game.

Weatherwax finished with 187 yards rushing on 29 attempts (he scored four times) and Pembroke's Zach von Kramer had 187 yards on the ground on 27 attempts, and he had two TDs. 

Pembroke's Reid Miano had 13 completions on 29 attempts for 209 yards and two TDs.

Notre Dame's Brendan Klotzbach was 8-19 in the air for 126 yards. He was intercepted once.

"Pembroke’s a great team," said Notre Dame Head Coach Rick Mancuso. "They’re very well coached and they have a couple of great athletes on that team. We knew we would have our hands full. Their quarterback threw the ball fantastic and Von Kramer is just a phenomenal running back. We had our hands full. There’s no doubt."

Von Kramer also caught a TD pass and gained 74 yards on three receptions.

Mancuso thought it was a great win for his team, which struggled a bit through the first two games of the season.

"I think we're getting better each week," Mancuso said. "We're not there yet, obviously, but I think the kids had a great week of practice."

Mancuso was impressed with the game Weatherwax had.

"Jake did a fantastic job," Mancuso said. "He's a gritty, hard runner. He makes great cuts. He reads the blocks. I thought he did a terrific job."

Defensively, Notre Dame played tough, but the team still has some holes to plug.

"Defensively, we brought it," Mancuso said. "We really worked hard this week on staying diligent to our plan and working hard and I thought the kids stuck with it. I thought they did a very nice job of executing."

Caleb Wolcott had 10 tackles and a sack. Brad Misiak had 10 tackles.

"We’ve got a lot to work on," Mancuso said. "I mean, they put up 27 points. I’m not ecstatic about that, but those are things we need to clean up and each week we’ll get better."

For the Dragons on defense, von Kramer had 12 tackles.

Four Notre Dame receivers had two catches each -- Ryan Moffatt, Nico Zambito, Misiak and Jordon Weatherwax. Moffatt gained 45 yards and Zambito gained 42.

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September 4, 2016 - 8:34am
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, Notre Dame, football, sports.

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The Alexander Trojans beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a Saturday night game played in Warsaw (because of renovations to Alexander's field) 45-15.

The Trojans scored all of their points in the first half and the Irish scored theirs in the second.

P.J. Brennan was 10 of 16 passing for 198 yards and three TDs and zero interceptions for Alexander. Derrick Busch caught three balls for 75 yards and two TDs. Dane Heberlein rushed for 61 yards on 11 carries and scored twice. Job Smith had 12 yards on three carries and scored. He also had two receptions for 26 yards and scored on a nine-yard TD pass. Chris McClinic caught two passes for 54 yards.

On defense, Eric Scharlau had three sacks and Zach Jasen had a sack and two tackles.

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August 30, 2016 - 10:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, Notre Dame.

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After graduating 15 seniors, Notre Dame's starting varsity will feature a lot of new faces, but Head Coach Rick Mancuso says his players are working hard and will be ready for Thursday's season-opening kickoff at Alexander.

"We have a good group of kids," Mancuso said. "We’re really happy with the effort. We just came off our scrimmage the other day. We’ve got a lot of stuff to clean up, but the effort that they’re putting in is good."

Brendan Klotzbach takes over at QB and a trio of players -- Jordan Weatherwax, Jake Weatherwax and Cam Clark -- will rotate through the backfield.

The offensive and defensive lines are strong.

"We're down in numbers, but what we have is quality," Mancuso said. "We’ve got lot of growing pains to get through to get up to speed as quick as we can."

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June 28, 2016 - 12:30pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, batavia, Notre Dame.

Press release:

For the ninth consecutive year, Notre Dame High School is ranked as the #1 secondary school in Genesee, Wyoming and Orleans counties, according to rankings announced last week by Buffalo Business First.

In addition, this is the ninth consecutive year that Notre Dame is included in the "Top 15 Percent" of all 136 secondary schools -- public and private -- in Western New York. And it is the 12th straight year that the Catholic school ranked in the publication's "Top 10" of WNY private schools.

Notre Dame, home of the Fighting Irish, offers a physically and emotionally safe learning environment that is welcoming to all, resulting in a graduation rate of 100 percent for the Class of 2016, with 97.4 percent attending college earning $4.6 million in scholarships.

The 2015-2016 academic year brought home 79th and 80th Sectional titles, in Ice Hockey and Softball, with 15 of 17 varsity level athletic teams achieving “Scholar Athlete” status as designated by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. This long-standing "Tradition of Excellence" continues with the most current Buffalo Business First rankings.

Now accepting applications for the ’16 – ’17 school year. Financial aid available, call today to discover the difference.

June 16, 2016 - 3:50pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Notre Dame, Milestones.

Press release:

Twenty-four students from across Western New York were the finalists for Outstanding Scholar Awards in Genesee Community College's Advanced Studies program. The awardees were honored at a ceremony and reception May 24 in the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee's Batavia campus.

Advanced Studies is part of the College's ACE Programs, or Accelerated College Enrollment, and allows high school students the opportunity to earn college credit from Genesee while attending class within their high school. High school teachers approved as Genesee adjunct faculty teach all Advanced Studies courses. Some of the most enterprising young students earn enough transferable Advanced Studies credit to enter their first year of college as sophomores. ACE Programs, in partnership with more than 50 local school districts, serves about 2700 high school students across Western New York each year.

The 24 finalists were selected from 129 semifinalists in the five subject areas of mathematics, science, social science, foreign language and English. As in years past, a committee of academic professionals from Genesee Community College selected the following award winners, listed by school within their subject areas:

ENGLISH

Noah Dobbertin -- Batavia High School (Genesee County) 

Kathleen Ferguson -- Dansville High School (Livingston County)

Jasmine Plummer -- Lyndonville High School (Orleans County)

Andrew Hollister -- Perry High School (Wyoming County)

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Lea Brown -- Batavia High School (Genesee County)

Abby Rice -- Kendall High School (Orleans County)

MATHEMATICS

Allison Herrick -- Pioneer High School ( Cattaraugus County)

Laura Karlnoski -- Alden High School (Erie County)

Luca Zambito -- Notre Dame High School (Genesee County)

Catherine Appleton -- Lima High School (Livingston County)

Xander Apicella -- Holley High School (Orleans County)

Andrew Hollister -- Perry High School (Wyoming County)

SCIENCE

Jaclyn Wallace Alden High School (Erie County)

Emily Sherman -- Notre Dame (Genesee County)

Xinyan Luo Lima -- Christian Schools (Livingston County)

Andrea Biernbaum -- Honeoye Falls -- Lima (Monroe County)

Meredith Patterson -- Albion High School (Orleans County)

Andrew Hollister -- Perry High School (Wyoming County)

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Ashley Dusza -- Alden High School (Erie County)

Madison McCulley -- Batavia High School (Genesee County)

Hannah Moriarty -- Keshequa High School (Livingston County)

Madison Greenwald -- Barker High School (Niagara County)

Kyle Thaine -- Albion High School (Orleans County)

Mikaela Nielson -- Wayland Cohocton High School (Steuben County)

"We look forward to recognizing our top students each year," said Ed Levinstein, associate dean of ACE Programs. "Not only are the students deserving of this recognition, but their teachers, counselors and administrators should be just as proud.

"They play a crucial role in helping us provide college credit opportunities in the high schools and these students have certainly made the most of them. My team and I are always proud to help students get a head start on their college careers while saving them substantial tuition in the process."

June 13, 2016 - 4:04pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, news, Notre Dame, batavia.

Connor Logsdon, a newly graduated senior from Notre Dame High School with an exemplary record of leadership and community service, has been selected to receive the William F. Brown Jr. Memorial Scholarship from The Jerome Foundation.

The $1,000 award was established in the spring of 2015 in memory of Brown, noted Batavia author, broadcaster and journalist, who died in November 2014 at the age of 91.

A former owner and president of WBTA Radio and longtime correspondent for The Buffalo News, Brown also was a charter member and trustee emeritus of The Jerome Foundation, a not-for-profit association that distributes funds to benefit United Memorial Medical Center and other entities.

The scholarship is awarded annually to a 12th-grader who intends to pursue at least a four-year degree in Journalism, Communications or Public Relations. The honoree must attend a high school in Genesee County and reside in Genesee County.

Logsdon served as class president and National Honor Society president at Notre Dame, where he compiled a 91 average while completing a dozen advanced placement courses. He will be attending Fairfield University in the fall, majoring in Public Relations through the Connecticut institution’s College of Arts and Sciences.

He was awarded the Bellarmine Scholarship by Fairfield University, a tuition award of $18,000 that is renewable for four years.

Logsdon has been active outside of the classroom, most notably for his role as volunteer coordinator for the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, a Batavia-based organization that oversees several events throughout the year to support families dealing with cancer.

The foundation was founded in 2007 in honor of Michael Napoleone, one of Connor’s best friends, who died at the age of 8 due to an aggressive form of blood cancer.

Logsdon has been recognized for his leadership skills with awards from Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley and Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer. 

He also participated in drama club, and the school’s mock trial program and volunteered at his church and for other community projects. A three-sport athlete, Logsdon received the Joe Zais Memorial Award for leadership in 2015 as a member of the Little Irish varsity football team.

 “Connor’s resume speaks for itself,” said Justin Calarco-Smith, president of The Jerome Foundation. “Both in the classroom and in the community, he is a proven leader.

“We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues a career in the Public Relations field. Without a doubt, Bill (Brown) would be thrilled with Connor’s selection.” 

June 6, 2016 - 8:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, batavia, news.

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Michael C. Napoleone was born May 13, 1998. He succumbed to Burkitt's Lymphoma in 2006. Had he lived, he would have graduated from Notre Dame High School yesterday with the Class of 2016. In recognition for his love of Notre Dame and the charitable work of his family through the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, Michael was granted an honorary degree, accepted by his mother, Laurie, and father, Mark, pictured with Principal Wade Bianco.

Notre Dame graduated 28 seniors yesterday in a ceremony held in the forum at Genesee Community College.

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Valedictorian, Luca Zambito.

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Salutatorian, Jack Sutherland.

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Connor Logsdon walking up to receive his diploma.

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Former Principal Joe Scanlan was honored for his contributions to the school.

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May 28, 2016 - 3:12pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, Notre Dame, batavia.

Press release:

Each year, GCASA Foundation awards two $1,000 scholarships; one to a Genesee County student and one to an Orleans County student. GCASA Foundation Scholarship was established to support the work of GCASA. The foundation board is committed to the scholarship program, created to help students who will study human services, counseling, or health services.

The committee selected Jessica Bukowski, a senior at Notre Dame High School as the award recipient for a Genesee County student. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Senate, and Mock Trial Team. She also is a competitive gymnast and member of the varsity swim, diving, softball, and cross-country teams. Jessica works as a gymnastics coach and is expected to graduate second in a class of 39 students.

In Jessica’s essay, she wrote, “I will study and perform the best I can in my education and then take what I learn to help make at least one person’s life better.”

Jessica plans to pursue a degree in Psychology at Canisius College.

Caitlin Malanowski, is an Albion Central School senior and the recipient of the award for an Orleans County student.

This year, the selection committee, comprised of two board members, Kathleen Maerten and James Morey, and one past board member, Jason Smith, decided to add an additional Director’s Choice scholarship award in the amount of $250 due to the exceptional applications received. The Director’s Choice scholarship was awarded to Albion Central School senior, Madeline Gibbs.

May 27, 2016 - 12:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in softball, sports, Notre Dame.

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With a 7-6 win over Lyndonville in the Section V Class D2 championship softball game yesterday, the Fighting Irish became Notre Dame's 80th girls team across all sports to win a sectional title.

Notre Dame took a 6-1 lead into the sixth, but Lyndonville put together a rally to tie the game. The Irish won on a walk to Jessica Bukowski with the bases loaded, bringing Callie McCulley in to score.

Photo submitted by Kathy Antinore.

May 12, 2016 - 4:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, schools, education, news, Batavia Kiwanis Club, Milestones.

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The Kiwanis Club of Batavia today honored a dozen students from Notre Dame High School today for academic and artistic achievement.

Receiving awards were: Ethan Osborne, Vocal Performance; James Farmer, Instrumental Performance; and Bryan Moscicki, who received the Citizenship Award.

The top academics in the senior class are Luca Charles Zambito, John William Sutherland, Emily J. Sherman, Jessica Lynn Bukowski, Nichol Marie Salvador, Emily Elizabeth Fischer, Joseph Thomas Bergman, Stephanie Lynn Pingrey, Cindy Sophia Skalny and Bryan Alexander Moscicki.

Several parents of the students also attended today's lunch.

Students from Batavia High School will be honored next Thursday.

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May 8, 2016 - 11:35am
posted by Howard B. Owens in baseball, sports, Batavia Rotary Club, Notre Dame.

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These photos are from game two of yesterday's Rotary Club Baseball Tournament, between Notre Dame and Attica.

Batavia beat Oakfield-Alabama in the first game, 6-2, then Attica beat ND 5-3.

Trevor Sherwood threw a no-hitter in the nightcap to give Batavia the championship with a 12-1 win over Attica.

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March 13, 2016 - 6:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in ARC, Notre Dame, pembroke, alexander.

(Submitted photo.)

Courtesy of our news partner WBTA:

The Genesee ARC awarded $1,000 scholarships on Saturday to each of three local students planning to pursue a career in the field of developmental disabilities.

Receiving the scholarships were: (seated on stage from left) Michelle Martinucci, Notre Dame High School; Hunter Marzlof, Alexander High School; and Alison Reiner, Pembroke High School.

The scholarships are named in memory of Mary Anne Graney, parent, educator, advocate and friend of the ARC. The scholarships are funded through the annual Mary Anne Graney Friends & Family 5K run.

Presenting the scholarships on Saturday were: Ted Graney, Mary Anne’s son, NYS Assemblyman Steve Hawley and ARC Executive Director Donna Saskowski.

February 26, 2016 - 12:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, hockey, sports.

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Notre Dame seems to be peaking at the right time, scoring goals in bunches in post-season play, sending them to a Sunday final against a team they've played close three times this season, but came up a goal short each time.

On Thursday at RIT, the Fighting Irish flicked in three goals in under two minutes to start the second period and lock down a playoff victory against Aquinas, 8-1.

All four of Notre Dame's lines scored at least one goal for the second straight game.

"This is a good sign at the right time of year," said Head Coach Marc Staley.

The game was scoreless for the first six minutes and Staley said some of his team's lack of offense can be blamed on nervousness. Aquinas had beaten Brockport earlier in the year, and one of Notre Dame's four defeats was a lopsided loss to Brockport.

There was also a "feeling out" period to start the game.

"I thought we came out a little nervous tonight, which is to be expected, but we rotate four lines and they rotate two lines, so we knew if we kept shifts short and made good line changes that eventually they were going to tire and that's exactly what happened," Staley said.

The three quick goals in the second were a boost of confidence and the 5-1 lead was deflating for Aquinas, Staley said.

"We don't give up a lot goals," Staley said. "There were only three games all year where we've given up four goals or more, so when we get up four, five to one, we can shut it down and teams know that."

The sectional title game against Geneseo is at 1 p.m., Sunday, at RIT. Geneseo has beaten Batavia three times this season, by scores of 6-4, 3-2 and 2-1. Staley said his team is eager to rise to the challenge of meeting a season-long nemesis in a title game.

"It's going to come down in the belief you have in yourself in the locker room, and I believe we've got that right now," Staley said.

Here's the scoring table for the game:

0 - 1 1 1   5:58  B.Moscicki  R.Webster  
0 - 2 2 1   6:49  P.Madafferi  M.Keeler  
1 - 2 3 1   9:51  T.KELLY  E.CLEMMONS  
1 - 3 4 2   0:30  R.Antinore  H.Toiviainen  
1 - 4 5 2   0:50  B.Misiak  E.Hutchins  
1 - 5 6 2   2:10  H.Toiviainen  R.Antinore  
1 - 6 7 2   9:52  R.Antinore  D.DAlba  
1 - 7 8 3   4:01  C.Clark  R.Webster  H.Toiviainen
1 - 8 9 3   9:25  D.Grimshaw  R.Antinore  

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February 22, 2016 - 5:58am
posted by Steve Ognibene in Notre Dame, hockey, sports, batavia, Batavia HS.

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In a hometown rival matchup the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (2nd seed) played the Batavia Blue Devils (7th seed) for the Section V quarter finals Saturday at the Faletti Ice Arena.

Batavia came out strong the first period to attack Notre Dame's Ethan Conrad but he held strong on Batavia's attempts. 

Late in the first period at 4:21, Notre Dame went on a scoring streak scoring three quick goals in three minutes. Brad Misiak scored the first goal from Cameron Clark, pictured below. Hayden Chamberland and Michael Keeler scored the second Irish goal 50 seconds later. Ryan Webster from ND, pictured above, scored the third goal with a minute left in the first period. Shots on goal were 15-6 after one period of play.

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The referees called no penalties in the first period when Notre Dame lead 3-0. During the second period, Batavia got physical with some interference and roughing calls that led to a power play goal by Ryan Webster just shortly after Peter Madafferi added one and the irish led by 5-0 midway through the second period.  

Both teams drew multiple penalties in this period as the game got more intense. Exchange student Henrik Toivianinen tallied the sixth goal with a minute left in the period, which became the final, 6-0. Batavia added seven shots to Notre Dame's nine.

The third period was very scrappy on both sides as frustrations mounted for Batavia. More penalties were added on both sides and the shots were 15-6 for a game ending 39-19 led by Notre Dame.

The Irish will move on to the semifinals this Thursday night at 7:30 versus Aquinas at the Gene Polisseni Center at RIT.

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February 18, 2016 - 10:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame.

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Sparked by a string of three-point buckets in the 2nd quarter, Notre Dame built an insurmountable lead over Fillmore in a first-round Class D Section V playoff game and ran away with the victory, 58-42.

Half of Fillmore's points came in the final quarter while Notre Dame rested some starters. Fillmore scored only eight, six and seven points in each of the respective first three quarters.

Tyler Prospero led the Irish with 19 points and Casey Midwick added 13.

In other local boys basketball playoff games Wednesday night:

  • Oakfield-Alabama beat Keshequa 65-51 to advance in Class C2. Ryan Douglas scored 18 points;
  • Pembroke, seeded #5, was upset by #12 seed Gananda, 38-37 in Class C.  Zach Von Kramer scored 11 and Reid Miano, 10.

In the girls games:

  • Alexander beat Red Creek 54-42. Stephany McBride scored 10 points;
  • Pembroke fell to Avon 17-26. Olivia Kohorst scored eight for Pembroke;
  • Notre Dame beat Addison 39-30. Rebecca Krenzer scored 12;
  • Cal-Mum beat Byron-Bergen 46-34. Dana Van Valkenberg scored eight points;
  • Oakfield-Alabama beat Cuba-Rushford 60-17. Brianna Smith scored 13.

Schedule:

  • Le Roy boys (12-8) vs. Wellsville (16-4), 7 p.m., Friday, at Wellsville;
  • Batavia boys (13-7) vs. Monroe (8-13), 4 p.m., Saturday, at Batavia;
  • Oakfield-Alabama boys (12-9) vs. Geneseo (16-5), Friday, time and place TBA;
  • Notre Dame boys (11-10) vs. York, Friday, time and place TBA;
  • Elba boys (18-2) vs. Webster-Christian (7-13), 7 p.m., Saturday, at Elba;
  • Batavia girls (17-2) vs. Eastridge (6-15), 7 p.m., Friday, at Batavia;
  • Elba girls vs. Belfast, 7 p.m., Friday, at Elba
  • Le Roy girls (8-12) vs. Attica (9-11), 2 p.m., Saturday, at Attica;
  • Notre Dame girls (14-7) vs. Cal-Mum (18-3), 2 p.m., Saturday, at Cal-Mum;
  • Alexander girls (15-6) vs. Letchworth (17-4), 5 p.m., Saturday, at Letchworth;
  • Oakfield-Alabama girls (15-6) vs. Lyons (12-8), 2 p.m., Saturday, at O-A;
  • Elba girls (12-8) vs. Belfast (13-7), 7 p.m., Friday, at Elba.

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February 13, 2016 - 7:50pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, Notre Dame, hockey, sports.

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Notre Dame beat Batavia 6-3 in a regular-season hockey game today at Falleti Ice Arena.

The hometown rivals will face off again next weekend in a first-round sectional playoff game.

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February 9, 2016 - 9:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, cheerleading, Notre Dame.

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Press release:

On Wednesday, February 3, the Notre Dame Varsity Cheerleaders took first place for Division II in the Genesee Region League Competition, hosted at Byron-Bergen High School. The 14-girl squad, coached by Megan McNally, competed against Elba, Kendall, Wheatland-Chili, and Lyndonville high schools.

It had been five years since ND Cheerleading last earned the Genesee Region League Title, and was an experience the entire team had been working toward. This goal was especially strong for senior captains Cindy Skalny and Shelby McGinnis. “This has been a dream come true for Shelby and me,” said Skalny, who has competed in four GR competitions to date.  “This win was a combination of all of our hard work and we did it!”

After coming off a less-successful competition at Victor the week before, the squad improved their routine score by over 20 points to solidify the League title. Their hard work is far from over though, as the team prepares for the Section V Competition held at RIT on February 27.

Scores:

Division I: Byron-Bergen 91.45, Attica 86.6, Holley 86.3, Pembroke 79.6, Alexander 67.5, Oakfield-Alabama 66.3

Division II: Notre Dame 81.15, Kendall 73, Wheatland Chili 66.8, Elba 66.25, Lyndonville 33.5

January 30, 2016 - 11:57am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, basketball, sports, batavia.

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In her basketball career at Notre Dame High School, Christina Volpe was a prolific scorer and a leader who helped her team to a state championship, but it was more than just her athletic success that left a lasting impact on the school, said Athletic Director Mike Rapone during a ceremony Friday to retire her number.

"She always had a quick smile, was always kind and found a great pleasure in helping others," Rapone said. "As special a basketball player as Christy was, she may have been a more special person. She will always be remembered fondly here at Notre Dame."

Volpe died of an apparent heart attack at age 34 in her home in South Carolina in October.

During her playing career at Notre Dame, Volpe scored 2,392 points, grabbed 1,365 rebounds and amassed an 83-consecutive game streak of double-doubles.  She was named to the Section V Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011. With Volpe on the court, Notre Dame won three consecutive Class DD Section V championships, and in 1999, the team won both the state championship and the federation championship and Volpe was named MVP of both tournaments.

Bill Wade, who coached Volpe's team, said the Notre Dame team is the only girls basketball team in Section V history to win a federation championship.

Rapone said Volpe inaugurated a tradition of excellence in girls basketball at Notre Dame that continues to this day. She inspired the next generation of girls to take up the game and play hard and work hard, leading to a second state championship under Head Coach Dave Pero in 2013.

"Along with the talent, she had an amazing work ethic," Rapone said. "She had a burning desire to realize her potential. As talented as she was, she constantly worked to get better. She spent countless hours in the Notre Dame and St. Joe's gyms fine-tuning her game."

Volpe taught her teammates that hard work wasn't just something you brought to the game, you brought it to the gym for every practice, Wade said. She came early, stayed late and made every drill count.

"That's how she became our leader," Wade said. "She led our team to greatness."

Through her example, she not only made her team better, she made her teammates better, both in the game of basketball and in life.

"You compete to beat your own numbers," Wade said. "That's what made us better and that's what made us cherish Christina Volpe. She taught her teammates so much and made her teammates lives better. She made her coach and her coaches better because of the person she was. Christina Volpe is not just a legendary player, she was a treasure because she made all of our lives richer."

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Bill Wade.

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Joining Rapone and Wade next to the lectern were members of Volpe's family and her former Notre Dame teammates.

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Prior to Notre Dame's game with Elba, the players wore T-shirts with Volpe's number and name.

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This tribute to Volpe will be hung in the entry hall of Notre Dame.

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Volpe's jersey will hang, framed, next to the scoreboard the rest of this season and next season.

January 26, 2016 - 11:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, Notre Dame.

Mike Rapone, athletic director for Notre Dame HS, has discovered some holes in the school records on who has won male and female Athlete of the Year awards. The school is planing to rennovate the display in the entrance hallway.

Rapone said he would like to properly recognize the achievements of each year's winner and is asking members of the community to help identify past winners where the records are incomplete. If you have the information for the years below, please e-mail [email protected].

Female Missing Years: 1957 / 1959 / 1961 / 1966 / 1973 / 1975 / 1976 / 1978 / 1980 / 1989 / 1992 / 1993 / 1995

Male Missing Years: 1956 / 1960 / 1961 / 1965 / 1966 / 1968

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