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February 10, 2009 - 11:12pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports, elba, alexander, pembroke, Notre Dame.

The Elba girls basketball team has  been a second half team all year, with several comebacks on their resume.

You can add another one as the Lancers had a very large fourth quarter to beat rival Notre Dame 53-48 Tuesday. The win wraps up the Genesee Region League Division II title for Elba, which is 13-0 in the league and 16-2 overall.

Notre Dame jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first quarter and had a 24-14 advantage at halftime. The Lancers chipped four points off the deficit with a 20-16 edge in the third quarter.

But as always, Elba's depth and pressure defense helped the squad to come from behind for the win. The Lancers scored 19 points while holding the Fighting Irish to just eight points.

"Our press just takes its toll on people as the game goes on," Elba coach Tom Nowak said. "We just have a lot of players and the ability to keep running them in and out and keep them fresh."

Missy Call hit two 3-pointers in the final period. Those six points were all she scored in the game.

Free throws have been the one weak spot for Elba this season, but the Lancers went 5-of-7 in the fourth quarter. Katie Newton hit a pair late and Rachael Cook put them up by 5 to ice the game with two at the end of the game.

Newton scored six of her eight points in the fourth and were led in scoring by Cassy Engle, who poured in 12. Cook had nine points with Katie Newton scoring eight and Sarah Schwartzmeyer pitching in six.

Jill Marshall led the Fighting Irish (11-2, 14-4) with 15 points, with Nichole Hart adding 12 points. Trisha Pike had 11 points and Liz Geandreau added eight points.

The Lancers also maintain the top seed in the Class DD sectionals. Jasper-Troupsburg is 16-1 and trailed Elba by just two seeding points coming into the game.

The Wildcats host Arkport Wednesday and should win, after thumping that team 67-31 earlier in the season. Elba has games with Lyndonville and Lima Christian remaining on the schedule.

"If we want to end up No. 1 we have to win out the rest of our games," Nowak said. "If we slip in a game, we could certainly fall to No. 2 or No. 3. If we would have lost tonight we would have fallen to third. But it was nice to come out and win the league. We were at that point and we wanted to do that tonight."

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Pembroke had the edge in every quarter and dropped visiting Oakfield-Alabama 57-39.

Katie Hackett and Nicole Sharick each had a big game, with Hackett scoring a game-high 18 points with five dimes, three steals and a block. Sharick had seven boards and three assists to go with her 10 points. 

Brynne Perfitt had 10 points with Hillary Bates and Sarah Scarbrough scoring nine points apiece for the Hornets (9-9).

The Dragons are now 10-8.

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The Trojans keep holding on to that top seed in Class C with a 57-32 victory over host Attica.

Finnish exchange student Anni Lehtola had a monster game, scoring 24 points with 11 boards and three steals. It was a big rebounding game for Alexander as Katie Kochmanski had 10 rebounds to go with her 10 points and three rebounds.

Chelsea Turcer was also in double figures with 10 points and Anna Dominick was close with nine.

Breanna Hummel had nine points and 10 rebounds to pace the Blue Devils, who fall to 1-18.

Margaret LaFleur pitched in seven points.

Alexander is now 12-4 and maintains a slim lead over Perry in the Class C sectional bracket. The Yellowjackets whipped Mount Morris 68-24 Tuesday.

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Holley trailed by a point when Emily Troup dropped in a 3-pointer with about a minute left, giving the Hawks a 51-47 win over Byron-Bergen.

Corrine Vanschoick had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Troup ended the day with 14 points as well.

Julie Brooks had 13 points for the Hawks (6-12).

Rory Partridge had 13 points for the Bees (9-8). Kayleigh Puma had 10 points and Kaylee Amesbury pitched in eight.

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Lyndonville disposed of Wheatland-Chili 51-32 as Molly Burgess scored 16 points and Ashley Mahnke had seven points and 13 boards for the Tigers (8-10).

Lauren Drago scored a game-high 18 points for the Wildcats (4-11).

February 10, 2009 - 10:18pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, Notre Dame, kendall.

The Notre Dame hockey team skated to a 3-3 tie with Brockport Tuesday night in a Monroe County League match.

Dylan Versage scored two of the Notre Dame goals while Thomas Dehr was busy in net, stopping 43 shots.

Dave Roberts scored twice for Brockport (10-9-4).

Notre Dame is  7-8-2.

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The Kendall boys basketball team was hanging with powerhouse C.G. Finney in the first half, but Finney had a huge scoring stretch in the third and fourth quarters to get a 65-44 victory.

Jamell Johnson scored 20 of his game-high 26 points after the break for the Falcons (19-0). Kendall was outscored 18-10 in the third quarter and 24-15 in the fourth.

Finney did a good job of holding Kendall star Josh Laureano in check as scorer as he managed just 13 points, but he did have a strong game with 15 rebounds and six assists.

Chad Bentley was the leading scorer for the Eagles (10-7) with 16 points. Colt Tooley added eight points.

February 10, 2009 - 8:40pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, Oakfield, alexander, Notre Dame.

Alexander's Kyle Woodruff and Oakfield-Alabama's Tim Smith shared the Players of the Week honors this week for Genesee Region League Division I.

Woodruff averaged 15.5 points, seven rebounds and two blocks as the Trojans beat Holley 65-62 and lost to Pembroke 75-37.  Woodruff reached the 30-point plateau in the win over the Hawks.

Smith had solid games in both of Oakfield-Alabama's victories last week. He had 14 points and four steals in a 65-43 win over Byron-Bergen and followed with a seven point, three steal effort in a 68-23 win over Holley. Smith totaled 21 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and seven steals in the victories.

Notre Dame's Kevin Francis had a huge scoring week to earn the honors for Division II.

The senior guard had 20 points, five rebounds, six assists and seven steals in a win over Lyndonville and followed with a 27-point, six rebound, six assist, nine steal performance in a victory over Kendall.

Notre Dame also had the Player of the Week on the girls side in Division II. 

Sophomore Liz Geandreau averaged a double-double in wins over Pavilion, Lyndonville and Kendall. She averaged 11 points and 10 boards in the victories.

Alexander's Anna Dominick wins the award for Division I as she scored a combined 27 points with seven assists and eight steals in wins over Pembroke and Holley.

February 10, 2009 - 7:29pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, Attica, sports, holley, wrestling.

 There are not any major changes in this week's New York State Sports Writers Association wrestling rankings.

Batavia is our highest ranked team in the small school division and remains at No. 17, even with a win at the Ken-Ton Tournament this weekend.

Attica dropped from No. 23 to No. 24 and Holley went down from No. 32 to No. 33.

Sectionals are being held this Friday and Saturday at Bath Haverling, Warsaw, Byron-Bergen, Wayne and Fairport.

February 10, 2009 - 8:16am
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, business, city council, construction, finance, Nation, stimulus.

Batavia's City Council voted in favor of a measure last night that would use $425,000 to "design work for a half dozen" infrastructure projects, WBTA's Dan Fischer reports. That investment of $425,000 is supposed to yield $4.5 million worth of construction, on projects such as: undersized water mains, waterline break history, inoperable valves, sanitary sewer line conditions and road conditions.

Fischer explains that the $425,000 would be part of the aid received by the city from the Video Lottery Terminal Aid that was received earlier this year.

Councilman Frank Ferrando is quoted in the Daily News this morning as saying: "If we can get $4.5 million to get jobs that we have to do and can get it for an investment of $425,000, I think we have to do it,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of money out there."

No one, however, explains how any of this would work. In fact, rather than explaining it, the article today in the Daily has only this to say:

It is a gamble. Assistant Manager Sally Kuzon said there’s no guarantee of the city actually getting the money from the state Economic Facility Corp. But spending $425,000 to design those six projects is a move toward it, she said.

It's a gamble!? So the city plans to gamble with gambling money. A little irony, perhaps. Furthermore, where did the state Economic Facility Corp. come from? No one is explaining this to us, folks. All we hear is Frank Ferrando saying: 'Hey, we can turn $425,000 into $4.5 million. Poof! We're rich and we have jobs. How can we not do this?'

What everyone has failed to note is that the hoped-for millions that would magically be available if only the city spent this $425,000 are part of the proposed economic stimulus package that just last night was the subject of a national news conference.

From a letter drafted by Assistant City Manager Sally Kuzon:

I have been monitoring the progress of the President's proposed Economic Stimulus Package over the last several weeks in an attempt to place the city in a competitive position to receive funding for infrastructure improvements.

Kuzon goes on to say that while there has been "tremendous debate" over just what will happen with the stimulus, she believes that "infrastructure improvements nationwide will have a prominent position within this initiative." In other words, the city should get it on it. We should submit "shovel ready projects" to the state's Economic Facility Corp., which will adminster the federal funds allocated to New York.

She continues:

Although there is a certain amount of uncertainty as to whether or not the programs will include loans or grants or whether the program will extend to projects not currently listed on the (Intended Use Plan); it is clear that only shovel ready projects submitted to the EFC will be considered for the current or future funding rounds. Based on this premise, I am recommending several projects for Council to consider submitting tothe EFC for economic stimulus funding.

We mentioned some of those projects above. The $425,000 requested by Kuzon would be used to design the projects and submit the designs to the state so that they would be eligible to receive the funding if and when it became available. However...

It is unknown at this time if the design phase or only construction cost will be eligible for reimbursement. If for some reason the city does not receive economic stimulus funding the projects will be designed and ready for construction as funds or grants become available in the future.

In a letter drafted to the City Council on Kuzon's proposal, City Manager Jason Molino writes: "The crux of this stimulus package is to get people back to work receiving pay checks; with $4,500,000 of infrastructure improvements that goal will be acheived."

Nowhere does anyone explain how these infrastructure improvements will acheive the goal of "getting people back to work." Kuzon never once takes up this issue in her letter, and nothing from Council addresses this either. We only hear people tell us: It will happen.

Molino justifies this use of these funds in this way:

Utilizing a portion of this years (sic) VLT aid to support the project design costs is both appropriate and realistic considering the City did not budget for this one-time revenue and these costs are one-time capital costs.

Council President Charlie Mallow can be heard in an audio quote on WBTA as saying that Batavia needs to do this. Otherwise, the jobs will go to New York City. He wrote to us in an e-mail this morning:

The action council took last night was about job creation right here in Genesee County, instead of New York City. Regardless of how we feel about the spending on the national level, we owe it to our residents to secure our share of this huge stimulus package. We are all going to pay for it whether we have enough foresight to act or not on a local level.

We're waiting to hear back on how this will create jobs. See below.

Click here to download the letters by Molino and Kuzon, along with descriptions of the infrastructure projects noted in the proposal.

Councilmen Sam Barone and Bob Bialkowski were the only two members of Council who voted against the measure, saying that the state aid could be used instead to reduce the city's deficit or for "future needs."

Updated (8:28 a.m.): Council President Charlie Mallow responded to our question of how this stimulus money would create jobs.

Any aid we receive needs to be spent on projects that are shovel ready and can break ground in 180 days. That means putting people to work this summer. Local construction workers would be the first ones to work or to keep on working. Then there is the trickle down affect with people who work driving trucks, making concrete, selling building supplies, laying pipe, and even restaurants the workers, etc. We as a local government decided to do what we needed to do so that our people would feel the benefits of these make work projects that will be going on around the country. I believe this depression era type projects will boost our economy up and out of the slump we find ourselves in.
 
If fully funded, these projects will rebuild parts of 11 streets in the city this year. These projects are for sewer, water, road surface and sidewalks, and most call for complete reconstruction. This work will be on top of the work being done on Walnut, Oak and the $150,000 of sidewalk repair already budgeted this year. There will be a lot of activity going on this summer to rebuild the city from the ground up.

Update (8:35 a.m.): A very timely headline in the Buffalo News this morning reads: New York loses millions in revised Senate stimulus bill. From the article:

Gone entirely is funding for higher education construction, which, under the House-passed version, could have meant up to $242 million for the University at Buffalo.

Similarly, the Senate eliminated funding for school construction. The House bill would have provided $31.9 million for the district of Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

Senators also halved a $79 billion fiscal stabilization fund for the states. While much of the aid to local school districts remains intact, the cuts included a $25 billion fund aimed at helping governors balance their budgets.

Will we see even more funds cut from the stimulus by the time it is passed?

February 10, 2009 - 12:02am
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports.

It was senior night in Batavia, and Marcus Hoy wasn't going to miss it.

The senior point guard was extremely ill with the flu all weekend and was hit-and-miss for Monday night's game against Brighton. But he managed to make it into school and then scored five points while handing out six assists helping the Blue Devils to a 63-49 win over the Barons.

 Hoy did not feel well during the game or after, but helped Batavia play some of its best defense of the season. The Blue Devils held Brighton to just five points in the first quarter and seven in the second.

The game was a blowout very early on as Batavia took an 11-2 advantage after the first six minutes of play. The defense was in the face of every Brighton shooter and the Blue Devils were physical in the paint, despite the small size, in that opening stretch.

Joe Schlossel, Marcus Hoy, Kris Bartz and Dakota Irvin all hit 2-pointers and Andrew Hoy drained a 3-pointer. Josh Budlong had a basket and Irvin added a pair of free throws to cap off the opening period.

Andrew Hoy got hot early in the second period and scored seven of his game-high 16 points in leading the charge to a 28-8 lead. The lead was a whopping 20 points at the break, with Batavia leading 32-12.

Marcus Hoy opened up the second half with a 3-pointer, then played sparingly the rest of the way.

Batavia did let up a bit in the third quarter, just finishing with a 20-18 edge, but the defense was back in the fourth quarter as the Blue Devils held Brighton to nine points.

Andrew Hoy also had seven rebounds, four assists and four steals to go with his 16 points and Schlossel pitched in 11 points and five boards.

Irvin added eight points.

Jawanza Longmire had 11 points for the Barons.

Batavia improves to 15-2 and is currently the No. 2 seed in the Class A2 playoffs. The Blue Devils have one more regular season game on Friday and then will be playing in the Monroe County Tournament, then sectionals.

February 9, 2009 - 6:15pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, restaurants, business, downtown, Pontillo's.

Many of us been have wondering about the fate of the Pontillo's restaurant in Batavia ever since the doors closed in November, followed soon after by the news that the business owes more than $112,000 in back state taxes. Few could argue that they had one of the best lunch buffets around.

Owner Sam Pontillo has been assuring people all along that the restaurant would open up again... soon... even if he had to find some other location in the city to do it. Initially, Sam told the Daily News that the restaurant was closing down for renovations and would re-open in a couple weeks. Of course, that didn't come to pass, and in the latest article in the Daily, he's quoted as saying: "people will be able to get a Pontillo's pizza in Batavia by April 1."

Sam's brother John Pontillo spoke with us by phone this afternoon. John is currently living and working at a country club in Minnesota, where he has been since his unceremonious dismissal from the family business by his two brothers, Sam and Paul, around this time last year.

Most of you will recognize the name John from what you have read in the Daily's coverage. Most recently, for example, Sam spoke of John when he told Joanne Beck that he "had to pay the tab of his brothers' neglect."

"They left an unpaid tab. Once again, I'm footing the bill," he said Thursday.

Those taxes were the responsibility of siblings John and Paul, who ran the Batavia Pontillo's Pizza & Pasta until Sam Pontillo closed it in early November, Sam said. He bought his current Le Roy Pontillo's site in 2007.

In every article in the Daily News, John has been accused by his brother Sam of being responsible for "neglecting" the finances and failing to pay the taxes for the business in Batavia. Sam also told the newspaper that he had no foreknowledge of the unpaid taxes.

That's just not true, John told us today. Sam knew about the tax problems all along, and this wasn't the first time that it happened, he said.

Back in 2006, both restaurants, in LeRoy and Batavia, were cited by the state for owing back taxes in excess of $350,000. At that time, Sam was in charge of all the operations, says John. "He was president of both locations."

Later on in 2006, it was decided that the Batavia and LeRoy locations would be incorporated seperately as Sam's Tomato Pies and LeRoy Dough Boys, respectively. On the articles of incorporation for the LeRoy restaurant, Sam is listed as owner and as president. His brother Paul is listed as secretary. As for the Batavia restaurant, Sam's mother, Elizabeth, is listed as owner, Sam as secretary and Paul as president.

John is nowhere named as an officer of either company. He insists that he was only ever a paid employee like everyone else who worked there. That he was fired so precipitously last February only attests to that.

"They say that it happened on my watch," said John. "I was never an officer of the company. I was just an hourly employee. That's all I ever was."

John could not comment in detail due to the pending litigation between the brothers to determine who will take over the Batavia restaurant. They are also waiting to execute the will of their mother, Elizabeth, which could help decide some of the details of who owns the rights to the name: Pontillo's.

John did say, however, that the brothers need to move fast to come to an agreement, because the mortgage company, which has not been paid since Novemeber, could foreclose on the property by the end of the month.

February 9, 2009 - 2:20pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

 Former Batavia Muckdog Ryan Howard cashed in big this weekend.

The 29-year old slugger that is one of the biggest names to ever have suited up for Batavia's New York-Pennsylvania League franchise inked a 3-year, $54 million contract extension on Sunday with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The two sides were far apart on contract negotiations so the move came as a surprise to many, and it looked like HOward was heading towards a second straight salary arbitration hearing on Friday of this week. 

But the Phillies bought out the final three years of Howard's salary arbitration eligibility and gave him the big contract.

"I'm happy to have this done and to know that I'll be in Philadelphia for at least another three years," Howard said in a statement. "Both sides are happy, and now I'm just focused on getting the season started and having fun."

Howard - the 2006 National League MVP - will make $15 million this season and his salary will jump to $19 million in 2010 and 2011.

The first baseman was a Muckdog in 2001 and hit six home runs in 48 games played.

February 9, 2009 - 9:38am
posted by Timothy Paine in batavia, genesee county, business, buy local.

Seaman's Hardware is Genesee County's oldest family owned business. I spent some time yesterday just browsing through the store and reliving my past. I remembered the many times I went with my Dad to the local Hardware store when I was little. I’d wander the isles just looking at all the things on the shelves and wondering what I could build with them. My Dad is a pretty handy guy, he did everything at home himself. He built a house, barns and sheds. He did plumbing, electric, roofing and mason work. I learned a lot from him, mainly that I prefer to write a check when my house needs repair. (I never was as good at it as he was).

I spoke with Jim Seaman about the history of the Hardware store. He said he is fourth or fifth generation. The reason for this is he can’t find any receipts from Charles. He has the paper trail for Ezra, Web, Gail and himself. Since he doesn’t have any paper evidence of Charles and the sales from the wagon he considers it a fourth generation business. What an enormous accomplishment to keep a family business a float for 134 years. Surviving the Great Depression and who knows how many recessions. Keeping a business in the family through two World Wars and numerous other ones. Just being able to operate any business in this State is remarkable. To keep one this long and under the same name is astonishing. While I was there customers came in one after the other. After every sale Jim came from behind the counter and asked every one how could he help them. Every person was given the same personal attention and guidance towards what they needed. As I walked around and looked at every shelf I was amazed about the shear variety of items they had. Everything from power tools to P-traps to canning pots to ping-pong balls. With my son being a new Scout I picked him up a compass and a pocket knife (he starts working on his whittling badge this week). Even though the store may not appear very large, they seemed to have anything you would expect at real Hardware store.  Through the years he has changed thigs only when his customers wanted it. After all, you don't mess with something that works. Over the years he has added outdoor equipment and tool rentals, maybe a few other things. But he has always stayed true to the old time true Hardware store. If you need it, he's probably got it.

I asked Jim what his theory on success is, and what has lead his business to such a long history in our County. He said his key has been, find out what customers want and make sure you always have it. He continued, offer them more than just a product at a reasonable price. Make sure you give them service and stand behind it. While I was there a gentleman came in for a special light bulb that he happened to be out of stock on. Instead of saying “I’m out of them” he said “I’ll have one for you tomorrow”. He’s right. That’s the difference between selling to a community and serving one. I encourage everyone to stop in and see Jim the next time you’re on Route 5 in East Pembroke. It’s a great place and the biggest example of why it’s good to shop local. You’ll never get Jim’s kind of service at a box store.  They're located at 2602 Main St in E. Pembroke. Ph# 762-9211.

     Seaman's Hardware (Est. 1875) is located on Rte 5 in East Pembroke (just west of Batavia) is Genesee County's oldest family owned business. Charles Seaman and his son Ezra were tin smiths who sold their wares out of a wagon. They eventually built a wooden structure and upgraded to the current brick building in 1916. Part of the original wooden structure is still attached.

I received a bunch of e-mails about businesses around the County. I can use a buch more! If you know a business that's been here a long time, let me know and I'll feature them. Send e-mail to:    [email protected]  Thanks!

February 9, 2009 - 7:57am
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, wbta, budget, city council.

Batavia's City Council will hold a public hearing tonight at 7 o'clock on the proposed budget for next year. Council has worked the property tax increase down to about 3 1/2 percent according to WBTA's Dan Fischer. Further budget cuts have reduced the increase to 2.17 percent. Water rates are slated for a 4 percent hike. That meeting will be at City Hall.

February 8, 2009 - 3:35pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, wrestling.

 It looks like the Batavia wrestling team is ready for the post season.

The Blue Devils traveled to Section 6 territory on Saturday and captured first place in the Ken-Ton Tournament.

Batavia scored 148.5 points to top host Kenmore West, which scored 125.5 points. Pembroke took third with 86 points in the 12 team field with 86 points.

Dylan Goodsell of Batavia won the Aggregate Pin Award as he rolled to the title at 215 pounds. He pinned Alex Fumerella of Kenmore West in the finals at the 5:34 mark.

Ryan Darch and Troy Ireland also won titles for the Blue Devils.

Darch won a decision in the 160 pound finals and Ireland pinned Kenmore's Joe Amoia in 3:23 in the 171 pound finals.

Adam Hill (119 pounds), Colby Sanner (125) and Graham Jensen (189) had titles for Pembroke.

February 7, 2009 - 1:04am
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, Oakfield, Notre Dame.

Brittany Wormley scored seven of her nine points in the first quarter as the Batavia girls basketball team jumped out to a 14-5 lead and went  on to beat Eastridge 63-41.

Brittany Mazurkiewicz scored 18 points with five steals to lead the Blue Devils (13-4) while Jaycee Shirk added 15 points and 10 boards.

Michelle Jordan added seven points.

Emily Piacentini and Kaela Trifiro had eight points each for Eastridge (7-8).

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Nichole Hart and Liz Geandreau were both in double figures as Notre Dame downed host Kendall 48-38.

Hart had 13 points and Geandreau added 11 for the Fighting Irish (13-3). Jill Marshall scored 10 points and Hannah Scott-McGrail added eight points.

Samantha D'Agostino had 12 points for the Eagles (5-11).

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Hillary Bates had a well-rounded game for Oakfield-Alabama as they thumped host Holley 44-16.

Bates scored 10 points and had six rebounds, four steals and four assists.

Brynne Perfitt was the leading scorer with 11 points and Christina Palillo added eight boards and five points for the Hornets (9-8).

Julie Brooks scored seven points for the Hawks (5-12).

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Byron-Bergen outscored Attica 14-4 in the third quarter and 13-2 in the fourth in picking up the 35-18 win.

Amanda Brown scored 10 of her 12 points in the third quarter and was assisted by Shannon Dilcher and Kayleigh Puma's seven points.

Nobody scored more than four points for Attica.

Byron-Bergen is 9-8.

February 6, 2009 - 11:14pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports.

Andrew Hoy continued his hot play and Batavia picked up an easy win over visiting Eastridge Friday night in a Monroe County League clash.

Hoy hit four 3-pointers and scored a game-high 24 points with seven assists to lead the Blue Devils to a 69-41 win over Eastridge.

Batavia had the advantage in all four quarters in the win and improves to 14-2. 

Marcus Hoy scored five points and handed out 13 assists and Joe Schlossel added 11 points.

Mike Lee pulled down seven boards and Robert Hoy added eight points for Batavia, which hit 11-of-23 3-point attempts.

Colin Sprague was the only double-digit scorer for Eastridge, scoring 10 points.

February 6, 2009 - 3:21pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports, elba, Oakfield, wrestling.

 The Democrat & Chronicle released its newest polls today and several of our local teams are listed.

The Batavia boys basketball team is ranked ninth in the large school poll while Oakfield-Alabama is ranked No. 10 in the small school version.

The Elba girls basketball team received a spot at No. 9 in the small school poll with Notre Dame also getting votes, but not making the list. Jasper-Troupsburg is one spot ahead of the Lancers, even though Elba is currently the No. 1 ranked team in Class DD with J-T coming in second.

Attica is tied with Letchworth at No. 4 in the small school wrestling poll, with Batavia coming in at six and Holley coming in at eight.

Batavia's hockey team did not crack the top 10, but did receive votes in this week's poll.

February 6, 2009 - 3:21pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, most viewed posts.

Most viewed posts for January:

• City Council officially gets out of the ambulance business, by Philip Anselmo

• Big changes could be coming in NYSPHSAA, by Brian Hillabush

• City poised to scrap county-wide ambulance service, by Philip Anselmo

• Now is the Time to Renew, by Patrick Burk

• Rural Democrats respond to Chris Lee's first week in office, by Philip Anselmo

• Caroline Kennedy reportedly withdrawing from Senate consideration, by Howard Owens

• Inauguration party Tuesday at TF Brown's sponsored by The Batavian, by Howard Owens

• Batavia wrestling coach chimes in on economic changes, by Brian Hillabush

• Consolidation: Five questions... Charlie Mallow, by Philip Anselmo

• Poll: Looking for a good cup of joe..., by Philip Anselmo

If you have a "favorite" post that maybe wasn't one of our most viewed for January, please add it in the comments section. This is a great way for folks to go back and check out what they may have missed.

February 6, 2009 - 12:55pm
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, restaurants, wbta, business, downtown.

A third restaurant in 30 days has closed its doors in downtown Batavia. Grugnale's Italian Deli on Jackson Street is shuttered today. A sign on the door states that the deli has closed temporarily while the owners seek out a new location, WBTA's Dan Fischer reports. "The owners there have said they hope to re-open the business," says Fischer.

South Beach on Main Street and Sallome's Deli on Oak Street have also recently closed their doors.

February 6, 2009 - 9:41am
posted by Tasia Boland in batavia, business, downtown, BID.

Don Burkel, Executive Director of the Batavia Business Improvement District (BID), said there is hope and incentive for future business owners and shoppers downtown. Burkel said some of the incentives currently in the works could include: a coupon book and a shop-and-dine night—during which downtown shoppers can get discounts at local eateries and find sales at local merchants. Businesses may also look to benefit from cooperative advertising with the media.

The BID continues to plan events coming up in March and April and has already confirmed the bands, the Formula and Ghost Riders to perform at Jackson Square this summer.

February 6, 2009 - 12:02am
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, Attica, sports, Oakfield, Notre Dame, Alabama.

Oakfield-Alabama led a night in which the Genesee Region League didn't have a final score within single digits.

The Hornets destroyed visiting Holley 69-23 Thursday.

Noah Seward had a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds with A.J. Kehlenbeck pitching in 14 points. and Tyler Tamblin finishing with nine. Sam McCracken and Tim Smith scored seven points each.

Holley didn't have anybody score more than Eddie Bauer's six points. 

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Kevin Francis must have had a good time proving that he is the top guard in the league. He scored 27 points and had nine steals as Notre Dame trounced host Kendall 80-46. 

Vinny Zambito had 12 points and both Greg Barr and Nick Wetherwax added 10 points apiece for the Fighting Irish (13-3).

Kendall star Josh Laureano only managed 15 points while getting help from Colt Tooley, who scored 13. 

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The first quarter was ugly, with both teams scoring just five points.

But Attica had a 13-7 second quarter lead and went on to beat Byron-Bergen 47-34 at home.

Tate Westermeier had 15 points and eight rebounds with Craig Wolfley adding six points and eight boards. Shawn Dupuis had nine points.

Byron-Bergen (3-12) was led by Tess Schramm, who scored six points.

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Phil Ostroski scored 18 points to lead Elba to a 55-44 win over visiting Wheatland-Chili.

Dan Ramsey and Sonny Giuliano both scored 15 points for the Lancers (9-7).

Andy Lund scored 12 points with eight boards for the Wildcats (3-12).

February 5, 2009 - 1:46pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, basketball, sports.

 Last time we updated the University of Rochester men's basketball team and Batavia graduate Mike Chmielowiec, they took third in the Chase tournament and Chmielowiec had injured his ankle in the previous game.

Now the senior is back at 100-percent.

But even that wasn't enough as the Yellowjackets gave up 57 points in the second half and lost to Emory College 83-74. Chmielowiec hit a key 3-pointer in the game that got Rochester back within three points at 70-67, but that was the closest the Yellowjackets got in the game.

Chmielowiec finished with 20 points.

Rochester is 13-5 and Chmielowiec leads the team in scoring with 19.9 points per game.  He also has 20 assists and and 18 steals to go with his 4.9 rebounds per contest.

February 5, 2009 - 12:56pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in batavia, sports, Notre Dame.

 When a team has a 3-17 record, that usually means that freshman get a chance to play a lot of minutes and they are building for the future.

The Rochester Institute of Technology basketball has that record and freshman Charley Scott-McGrail is definitely getting her minutes.

The freshman has played in all 20 games, getting one start, and is playing about 23.5 minutes per game.

McGrail - who was a two-time captain at Notre Dame - is scoring 5.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. She also has 16 assists, seven blocked shots and 10 steals.

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