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January 22, 2022 - 7:07pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Batavia Notre Dame United, Section V hockey.


With two games against highly-regarded Victor scheduled over the next two weeks, there’s no better time than now for Batavia Notre Dame United to show that it can compete – and defeat – the elite teams in New York State.

Coach Marc Staley’s squad took a giant step forward this afternoon, playing probably its most complete game of the season, en route to a 7-1 victory over visiting Canandaigua Academy in Section V hockey at the Batavia Ice Arena.

“Actually, I think this whole week – we knew this was going to be a big week with three games in five nights,” Staley said. “So, we set a goal to try to win them all. And, we did that.”

United, winner of four of its last five games (the other was a tie against Williamsville East), raised its record to 9-4-3 with a dominant performance against the Braves, who drop to 4-10-1.

BND got goals from six players as its sharp passing and fast pace resulted in a 46-15 shots on goal advantage.

The home team controlled most of the action and, while not tested as far as quantity of shots, United’s senior goaltender Courtney Schum came up with some sparkling saves before giving way midway through the third period to freshman Frank Falleti Jr.

Falleti returned to the ice for the first time since suffering a leg injury in the team’s opening game.

Jameson Motyka led the way with two goals. Other scorers were Zack Eschberger, Gavin Schrader, Bryce Feldmann, Brady Johnson and Gino Falleti.

United took a 1-0 lead at 9:02 of the first period when Motyka deflected a shot by Noah Hudson past Canandaigua goaltender Charlie Fuller. Schum turned away Alex Chen’s attempt in front of the net to keep the Braves off the board.

Eschberger made it 2-0 just 14 seconds into the second period with an unassisted goal and it stayed that way until Schrader tipped in a shot by Eschberger with 3:22 remaining. Josh Barnes beat Schum to her stick side at the 1:50 mark to cut the lead to 3-1, but BND responded in short order as Motyka converted a pass from Johnson with :23.9 on the clock.

The third period was all United as it outshot Canandaigua, 18-5, scoring on a shorthanded goal by Feldmann at 13:38, and even strength goals by Johnson and Gino Falleti at 11:06 and 10:20, respectively.

“Looking back at this past week, I think we got better every period,” Staley said. “We gave up only 15 shots tonight, which is our lowest total of the year. And I'm really pleased with the way that we're starting to commit in our own defensive zone.”

BND has flexed its muscles on offense all season, but now is starting to put it together on the defensive end as well.

“We know that teams are going to have to score a lot to beat us, but if we can keep teams to one, two, or even three goals, we're going to have a really good chance of winning every night,” Staley added. “But, in terms of a full 51 minute game, I think we played pretty darn well for 48 of those 51 minutes.”

Staley said the development of “a real legitimate third line” with Gino Falleti, Addison Warriner and Ryan Whitcombe is key to the team's success.

“What that does is it gives our top two lines a little more rest so they can play faster,” he said. “We have destroyed teams in the third period this year. We saw this against Greece the other night where we came back, against Williamsville East and we had a really strong third period tonight. When we can run three lines and keep our average shift length under 45 seconds, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.”

Looking ahead, BND hosts Victor at 6 p.m. on Thursday and McQuaid at 6 p.m. on Feb. 1 before traveling to Victor for a 5 o’clock game on Feb. 3. United wraps up the regular season at home against Geneseo/Avon/Livonia for a Senior Night contest at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Sectional competition gets underway on Feb. 15.

Staley said Victor will present United’s toughest tests of the season.

“They’re ranked No. 2 in the state, undefeated going into today’s match against Orchard Park, another unbeaten team,” Staley said. (Orchard Park came out on top in that game by a 3-0 score.)

When asked if his team can knock off Victor, Staley quickly responded in the affirmative.

“Right now, with our team, the way we're playing, I would put this team up against anybody,” he said. “We’re staying out of the penalty box … and we we’re one-for-one on the power play tonight. When you're executing on specialty teams and you're getting some goaltending and you have three lines that you can run up front, that’s a really good recipe for winning hockey games in high school.”

Photos by Howard Owens. Top photo: United goalie Courtney Schum makes the save.


Jameson Motyka, who scored two goals, controls the puck for BND.


BND's Addison Warriner battles for the puck.


Motyka leads the rush down the ice.


A stick goes flying as Canandaigua's Brayden Crouse applies a check.


Battling along the boards.


United's Bryce Feldmann and Schum combine to keep the puck out of the net.


Schum reacts after sweeping the puck away.


Zack Eschberger slips past the Braves' defense to pursue the puck.

Photos by Howard Owens.

January 21, 2022 - 2:48pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, elba, pembroke.

The Lady Lancers defeated the Lady Dragons on Thursday night 59-44.

Dakota Brinkman scored 17 points for Elba and Laci Sewar scored 15 points.  Sewar had 11 rebounds and Brinkman 10.

For Pembroke, Ellie Peterson scored 15 points.

Also in girls basketball:

  • Byron-Bergen beat Alexander 43-34
  • Kendall beat Notre Dame 33-19

There were no local boys' basketball games on Thursday.

January 21, 2022 - 11:36am
posted by Press Release in sports, Batavia HS, track and field, batavia.


By Head Coach Nicholas Burk:

So far the Batavia indoor track team has had a very competitive season in the Monroe County league this winter.  Both the boy's and girl's teams have had solid performances across the board and are gearing up for the Championship meets in the final month of our season.

On the boys' side, the Blue Devil throwers have once again asserted themselves as a force to be reckoned with.  Currently Batavia has four of the top ten performances in the Shot Put with Senior Austyn Fernandez currently seeded 2nd (43'-7"), Senior Dan Saeva seeded 3rd (42'-0"), Junior Parker Kleinbach seeded 5th (41'-6"), and Senior Abel Hammer seeded 7th (40'-5") in our A2 Sectional classification.  In the Weight Throw Batavia has six athletes with current top ten performances listed.  Senior Luke Geiger is seeded 2nd (49'-9"), Austyn Fernandez is seeded 3rd (49'-2"), Abel Hammer is seeded 4th (48'-8"),  Dan Saeva is seeded 6th (45'-11"), Junior Matthew McWethy is seeded 8th (44'-1"), and Parker Kleinbach is seeded 9th (43'-3") in class A2.  The top 16 in each event will qualify for the Sectional meet later this winter, so the Blue Devils will be well represented in these events.

The Batavia boys are off to a great start in the distance events as well with five athletes currently having Class A2 top ten performances.  Junior Cody Harloff is ranked 5th in the 1600m (4:49.26), 6th in the 600m (1:30.58), and 5th in the 1000m (2:47.05). Junior Nate Canale is ranked 4th in the 1000m (2:46.89), 6th in the 1600m (4:49.26),  and 6th in the 3200m (10:50).  Sophomore Donavin Solis is ranked 5th in the 600m (1:30.34), while Senior Carter Havens is ranked 10th in the 600m (1:32.81) and Junior Dom Grillo is ranked 10th in the 3200m (11:01.65).  Junior Noah Pickard is currently ranked in the top 16 in the 1000m and the 1600m and will contribute in our team's relays this season.  All of our distance athletes have been putting in the work and are committed to success in the final weeks of our season.  They are a tough and competitive bunch and I'm excited for their progress.

The Sprint crew is very young but has had some tremendous performances so far this season.  Junior Fabian Vazquez is having an incredible season to date with the current fastest time in Class A2 in the 55 Hurdles (8.21).  He is also currently seeded 4th in Long Jump (20'-5"), and 8th in the 300m (37.56).  Junior Ifran Armstrong is seeded 4th in the 55 Hurdles (8.77) and Senior Jesse Reinhart is seed 10th in the 55 Hurdles (9.59).  Jesse is having a tremendous season in the High Jump as well, currently seeded first (6'-0") as the defending champion.  Carter Havens is seeded 6th in the Triple Jump (38"-11") and 10th in the Long Jump (18'-11"), and Junior Lucas Crater is currently seeded 8th in the High Jump (5'-8").  In the Pole Vault , Batavia has five athletes currently seeded in top 10 led by Senior Noah Burke in 2nd (10'-6"), Junior Tyler Umlauf in 3rd (10'-6"), Sophomore Owen Halpin in 6th (9'-0"),  Freshman Cooper Konieczny in 8th (8'-6"), and Freshman Trevor Tryon in 10th (8'-0").  Other Sprinters that are contributing and will be vital for our team in relays at our championship meets are Juniors Aidan Anderson and Mekhi Pask-Richardson, and Sophomores Parris Price and Cole Grazioplene.

The Girls Indoor Track team is also having much Success this winter... Our top individuals are spread amongst the different events and we have exhibited significant improvement through the first half of the season.  Freshman Campbell Riley is having a great season and is currently ranked 2nd in the 1000m (3:13.24), 3rd in the 600m (1:43.12), 4th in the 3000m (11:37.73), and 3rd in the 1500m (5:15.67).  These are tremendous results so far and she will be vital to our team's success at the end of the season.

Our Throwers are led by Senior Emma Radka who is currently seeded 1st in the Shot Put (31'-0") and 6th in the Weight Throw (27'-9").  Not to be outdone, Freshman Zenallah Simmons is ranked 2nd in the Weight Throw (31'-3") and 6th in the Shot Put (27'-3").  The Girls and Boys Blue Devils throwers are amongst Section V's best every season under Coach Dan Geiger.  They will have ample opportunities to score in our big meets!

Other Girl runners who have top results are Freshman Nicole Doeringer who's seeded 7th in the 600m (1:48.85), and 6th in the 1000m (3:20.17).  Junior Abby Moore is seeded 7th in the 55 Hurdles and Izzy Scott is seeded 6th in the 3000m (11:51.17).  Also, Kayleigh Mayeu is currently seeded 5th in the 1500m Racewalk (8:55.30).

In the field events, Sophomore Isabella Walsh is ranked 4th in High Jump (4'-11") and 8th in Triple Jump (29'-1").  8th Grader Ella Shamp is ranked 9th in the High Jump (4'-7").  Senior, Gavin Konieczny is the defending Sectional Champion in the pole vault and is looking to repeat this season while currently ranked 2nd in our class for Sectionals (8'-6") and is also ranked 10th in Triple Jump (28'-4"). Junior, Sydney Konieczny is ranked 6th in Triple Jump (29'-7").

Additional girls who will contribute this season in our relays are Seniors Makayla Andalora, Noelia Ventura,  Olivia Hussar, and Doreace Higgins, Sophomore Jadyn Boyce, Freshman Leigh LeFevre, and 7th grader Mallory Boyce.  Our girls team has shown quality effort each day in practice and has been improving all season long.  They will be very competitive in our championship meets to close out this winter season.

The 2021/22 Blue Devil Indoor Track team is a very strong and balanced group and have shown the ability to compete with any team in the Section.  Coming up on the schedule in the next few weeks are the Monroe County Championships on January 29th and The Sectional Championships on February 19th.  All updated results can be found at: http://www.yentiming.com/

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Photos by Steve Ognibene







January 21, 2022 - 8:19am
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, notify, Batavia Notre Dame United, Section V hockey.

bnd_united_logo.jpgA clutch save by senior goaltender Courtney Schum triggered the game-winning goal by junior center Cooper Hamilton with 1:32 left to play Thursday night to give Batavia Notre Dame United a 5-4 victory over Greece Storm in Section V hockey at the Batavia Ice Arena.

The win lifts BND to 8-4-3 going into a home contest at 3 p.m. Saturday against Canandaigua Academy, while Greece drops to 6-7.

The deciding sequence began with a faceoff to the left of Storm goaltender Kaden Fioreca with 1:55 on the clock. BND won the draw but Greece’s Aidan Candalari gained control and started down the left side of the ice.

It quickly became a 2-on-1 situation with Candalari passing the puck to Brent Shallenberger, who flew in all alone from the right side. Schum was equal to the task, however, sliding to her left to stop Shallenberger’s shot.

United’s Bryce Feldman gathered the rebound after knocking Shallenberger off the puck and tipped it out to teammate Jameson Motyka, who advanced it to Hamilton.

Hamilton, back in action recently after suffering a collarbone injury in BND’s first game of the season, gained a head of steam, veered to the right toward the Greece goal and beat Fioreca to his glove side.

Greece immediately pulled Fioreca for an extra attacker but was unable to score against United, which actually misfired on three shots at the empty net.

BND opened the scoring on Noah Hudson’s first goal of the season (assisted by Motyka) three minutes into the game but the Storm responded with three goals in a span of three minutes and 10 seconds – the first by Candalari and the next two by Spencer Griffin.

The score stayed at 3-1 until just 25 seconds remained in the period when BND senior forward Gavin Schrader stole the puck, made a nifty move past a Greece defender and fed Brady Johnson who scored a shorthanded goal, his 12th of the season.

BND scored the only goal of the second period, this one coming with 16 seconds left when, again, Schrader controlled a loose puck and fed it to Johnson, who beat Fioreca. Zack Eschberger also picked up an assist.

The visitors regained the lead early in the third period when Griffin won a faceoff and got it to Candalari for his second goal of the game.

United tied it up at 4-4 with 5:30 remaining when Schrader rushed past the Storm defense and flipped a backhand shot past Fioreca for a power play goal. Schrader now has 25 goals and 25 assists.

Fioreca stopped 44 of 49 shots, many of them at close range, while Schum turned away 22 of 26 shots, including a couple in a two-minute span just before thwarting Shallenberger.

January 20, 2022 - 6:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, batavia, Batavia HS, basketball.
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The Blue Devils hung tough with Livonia through 32 minutes of basketball on Wednesday evening but came up a bit short in a 52-49 loss.

Batavia is now 3-8 on the season and Livonia is 5-7.

Carter McFollins scored 22 points for Batavia.

Also in boys basketball on Wednesday: 

  • Elba beat Kendall, 62-51
  • Pembroke lost to Wheatland-Chili, 51-48
  • Oakfield beat Lyndonville, 79-50

In girls basketball, Pavilion beat Le Roy 54-37.

January 19, 2022 - 4:52pm
posted by Press Release in batavia, genesee county, sports, youth, community, Batavia Soccer Club.

Press Release:

Is your child interested in playing one of the most popular sports in the world?  Are they looking to get out of the house this summer and spend time with their friends?  Are they looking to meet new friends and improve their physical fitness?  If so, soccer may be the perfect summer sport for them!

Batavia Soccer Club has served Genesee County for over 40 years.  We have soccer programs available for every age – from 3+.  No prior soccer experience is necessary. All practices are held on our beautiful fields at the Batavia Sports Park on Bank Street Road in Batavia. Parking, concessions, and bathroom facilities are available at the fields. 


Please visit our website at www.bataviasoccerclub.com for details on our programs for each age group. 

2003 – 2013 birth years:  1/28/22 registration deadline

2014 – 2019 birth years:  3/20/22 registration deadline


Sign up now to reserve your spot and get ready for your best summer ever!

January 19, 2022 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in alexander, Notre Dame, sports, basketball.
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The Lady Trojans, entering the game at 6-6, did more than upset the 8-2 Lady Irish on Tuesday. Alexander dominated.

At no point in the four quarters of basketball played in Alexander did Notre Dame seriously threaten the Alexander lead.

The final score helps tell that story: 49-35.

For Alexander, Alyssa Kramer scored 19 points. Emma Kramer scored seven and Melanee Pohl scored six.

For Notre Dame, Lyndsay Weidman scored 14 and Emma Sisson scored 12.

Also in girls basketball on Tuesday:

  • Elba beat Kendall 54-42. Dakota Brinkman scored 18 points, Laci Sewar, 12, Kennedy Augello, 10, and Halie Deville, eight. For Kendall, Elizabeth Snyder scored 17.
  • Attica beat Byron-Bergen 54-53.

In boys basketball, Le Roy beat Pavilion 57-32


January 18, 2022 - 10:45pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Batavia Notre Dame United, Section V hockey.

Senior winger Gavin Schrader scored two goals and assisted on another to lead Batavia Notre Dame to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night over Geneseo/Avon/Livonia in Section V hockey at Wilson Ice Arena in Geneseo.

Schrader tallied both of his goals in the third period for United, which took a 4-0 lead into the final stanza. The section’s leading scorer, Schrader now has 24 goals and 23 assists.

Jameson Motyka had a goal and an assist to raise his season totals to 12 and 18, respectively, while Ronin Hofmaster had a goal and two assists and Brady Johnson chipped in with a goal and an assist.

Hofmaster has nine goals and 19 assists and Johnson has 11 goals and 15 assists for United, now 7-4-3.

Cooper Hamilton registered three assists, Zack Eschberger had two assists and Addison Warriner scored a goal – the first of the game at 5:29 of the opening period.

Senior goaltender Courtney Schum stopped 26 of 28 shots.

For G/A/L, 2-10, Christian Rumfola and Derrick Wigley scored.

United hosts Greece at 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Canandaigua at 3 p.m, Saturday at the Batavia Ice Arena.

January 17, 2022 - 8:40am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Jan. 10-16, 2022

Monday Independent Ladies
High Games

Michelle Krtanik 195
Terry Saluste 193
Mancuso Real Estate Doubles
High Series

Derek Leach 246--685
Jason Quilliam 268--635
Brian Green 237--635
Mike DeVay Jr. 233--631
Tom Hahn 606
James Townsend 223--604
Lemar Leach 602
Turnbull Heating Triples
High Series

Mike Johnson 257--713
Rick Saunders 256--686
Mike Pettinella 259--657
Nick Johnson 234--619
High Games
Kevin Huston 225
Bill Lyons Sr. 223
Wendy Morse 193
Tuesday Night Coed
High Series

Steve Krna 276--744
Ben Miles 246--642
Chase Cone 243--631
Marshall Merle 603
High Games
Knute Carlson 234
Ron Sprague 232
Gary Brennan Jr. 222
Marc Wilder 222
Wednesday Night Ladies
High Series
Darleen Balduf 267--629
High Games
Tammy Fisher 181
Kim Williams 180
Wednesday Night Misfits
High Games
Michael Donahue 243
Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man
High Series

Chase Cone 279--725
Matt Balduf 256--715
James Townsend 264--706
Derek Leach 278--700
Mike DeVay Jr. 237--693
Alex Morris 246--684
Jeremy Vallance 247--681
Mike Lambert 230--675
Josh Elliott 257--643
Brian Green 224--637
Marshall Merle 634
Gary Kuchler 247--629
Eric Davis 237--625
Mike Johnson 232--625
Jim Pursel 233--620
Nate Balduf 231--619
Geoff Harloff 601
Devon Leach 247--600
Alishia Foss 202--558
High Games
Brian Dilcher 242
David Hall 231
Fred Gravanda 226
Marc Wilder 223
Corey Winters 223
County Line Stone/Mancuso Trios
High Series

Jim Pursel 290--732
Fred Gravanda 276--731
Chase Cone 245--723
Scott Shields 238--696
Tom Baker 242--696
Jason Quilliam 267--686
Brian Morey 278--642
Josh Elliiott 237--638
Alex Van Scoter 247--631
Tom McJury 238--628
Geoff Harloff 223--612
Ryan James 609
Roger Stone 223--605
Kathy Trigilio 197--558
High Games
Bruce Kraus 242
David Williams 223
Wednesday Men's Handicap
High Series

Rich Wagner 266--744
Jason Gallo 268--645
Scott Gibson 241--640
Leon Hurd 245--640
Frank Jarkiewicz 235--638
Nathan Cordes 256--633
Laurie Morgante 278--632
Jeff Parton 236--623
Josh Elliott 231--611
Jim Pursel 606
Jerry Harding 602
High Games
Bob Cassidy 235
Jeremy Vallance 221
Stephen Manczak 220
Thursday Owls
High Series

William Wood 252--706
William Yates 245--681
Cory Russell 242--662
Bob Van Dorn 232--638
Bill Neubert 244--636
Frank Jarkiewicz 258--625
Steve Krna 266--611
Tom Sardou 227--610
High Games
Dennis Meyer 237
Mark Mack 224
Harris Busmire 221
Frank Stumpf 221
Sneezy's Monday Night
High Series

Bill Logan 237--689
Josh Bowman 254--681
John Beadle 237--653
Brandon Gurnsey 232--652
Greg Daniels 231--621
Reid Cole 616
Ricky Daniels 248--612
High Games
Kevin Miller 243
Rex Snyder 236
Chris Bowman 235
Bob Williams 233
American Legion Thursday Men
High Series

Rick Howe 663
John Lowe 253--651
Tim Penders 238--620
Jeff Butler 252--611
Mickey Hyde 234--607
High Games
Ron Grant 226
Sunday Rolloffs
High Series

Roger Allis 267 734
Jim Foss 265 706
Shannon Parker 264 670
Hayden Allis 231 662
Richard Culver 267 640
Mike Schepis 257 639
Jason Mahnke 223 636
Buddy Foss 232 627
Bruce Kraus 245 627
Gregg Wolff 256 607
Amy Allis 201 548
High Games
Cory Winters 233
Eric Kraus 223
Josh Adams 222
Rolloffs -- Group 1: 1st, Roger Allis; 2nd, Schepis; 3rd, Foss; Group 2: 1st, Maddie Whiteman; 2nd, Winters; 3rd, Adams.

January 13, 2022 - 1:18pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, elba, oakfield-alabama.


The Oakfield-Alabama Lady Hornets are no longer among the undefeated after being defeated Wednesday by the Elba Lady Lancers 42-38.

For Elba, Dakota Brinkman scored 10 points and both Laci Sewar and Adrianna Long scored nine points. Long hit a pair of three-point shots.

For O-A, MacKena Reding scored 11 points and Alea Groff scored 10.  Kelsey Schlagenhauf scored seven points to go along with 13 rebounds. Caitlin Ryan had 12 rebounds.

The Hornets are now 10-1 and Elba is 5-4.

In other girls basketball games:

  • Pavilion beat Notre Dame 52-26. For Pavilion, Karlee Zinkievich scored 16 points, Lauren Kinglsey, 15, along with nine rebounds, eight blocked shots, and five steals. Shea Amberger had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
  • Lyndonville beat Alexander 65-61. 

In boys basketball:

  • Batavia fell to Brockport, 51-41. For Batavia, Javin McFollins and Tanner Mountain each scored 12 points.
  • Le Roy beat Letchworth 58-37

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.




January 12, 2022 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, sports, elba, basketball.


The Oakfield-Alabama Hornets are 10-0 on the season after beating Elba on Tuesday 64-53.

For the Hornets:

  • Kam Cusmano, 22 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks
  • Kyle Porter, 16 points, 6 rebounds
  • Gaige Armbrewster, 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists
  • Kaden Cusmano, 10 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks

For Elba:

  • Zach Marsceill, 21 points
  • Angelo Penna, 17 points

Also in boys basketball on Tuesday:

  • Notre Dame beat Pembroke, 74-66
  • Holley beat Byron-Bergen, 61-51

In girls basketball:

  • Pavilion beat Mt. Morris 67-12. Lauren Kinglsey scored 16 points, along with eight rebounds, five assists, and seven blocked shots.  Shea Amberger notched a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Karley Zinkievich, 14 points, and Paige Landers, 10 points.
  • Attica beat Pembroke, 52-42. For Pembroke, Elle Peterson and Allie Schwerthoffer each scored 10 points, with Schwerthoffer snagging 12 rebounds.
  • Spencerport beat Batavia 60-26.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.






January 12, 2022 - 9:15am

In an intersectional battle between teams with similar records, Batavia Notre Dame United and the visiting Williamsville East Flames played to a 3-3 overtime draw Tuesday night at the Batavia Ice Arena.

Brady Johnson’s goal with 7:01 remaining in the third period lifted United to the tie in a game that saw the home team outshoot their Section VI opponent by a 41-26 margin.

BND, now 6-4-2 in Section V, has a week off before facing Geneseo/Avon/Livonia at 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at Wilson Ice Arena on the Geneseo State College campus.

The game-tying play developed when Johnson gathered the puck at the blue line and moved it to Jameson Motyka who raced down the left side of the rink. Motyka then made a nifty backhand pass to Johnson, who beat Williamsville East goaltender Luke Fryling. Andrew Kasmarek earned an assist.

Both teams scored a goal in each of the three periods.

Johnson opened the scoring just 1:57 into the game when he rebounded a shot by Vin DiRisio. Gavin Schrader also picked up an assist on the play.

Three minutes later, Peter Nostrant scored the first of his two goals for the Flames, 5-4-2, by slapping the puck past United goalie Courtney Schum after being left alone in front of the net.

The visitors took a 2-1 lead 13 seconds into the second period as Caden Cavalieri scored on a rebound of his initial shot, but Motyka tied it up at the 13:01 mark by converting a rebound off a shot by teammate Ronin Hofmaster. Johnson also picked up an assist on the play.

Nostrand’s goal 4:17 into the third period came after teammate Ryan Ljiljanich won a faceoff to give the Flames a 3-2 edge.

United applied a lot of pressure on the Flames’ defense at the end of the third period and into overtime but was unable to put the puck past Fryling, who withstood four United power plays throughout the contest.

January 11, 2022 - 1:29pm


The owners of Livingston Lanes & Pub in Geneseo, a 16-lane establishment that is part of the Genesee Region USBC association, are in the process of installing string pinsetters – an investment approaching $250,000 they say is being made to keep the bowling center open for the foreseeable future.

The timing of the change, however, is resulting in the disruption of several leagues at Livingston Lanes that are certified by the United States Bowling Congress.

Since string pinsetters – yes, the bowling pins are attached to strings connected to a mechanical device that interfaces with the computerized scoring – have yet to be recognized by the USBC, averages of the bowlers in the affected leagues will be “final” as of the last time they bowl on the standard AMF pinsetters.

Dana Carson, one of four men who own the business, said they had hoped to wait until after the traditional league season, which ends in April, but were subject to the installers’ (QubicaAMF) work schedule.

“Unfortunately, with the timing of everything, it is midseason, but we weren't able to choose our time,” he said. “So, with COVID and getting employees to work and the subcontractors involved, there's a lot of different variables going on. So, again, unfortunately for the league bowlers, we had to do it now.”


Carson said he and his partners have been concerned about the costs involved in keeping the current pinsetters running efficiently and have discussed removing the lanes and going in a different direction with that space. Previously, they spent a couple hundred thousand dollars in renovating the concourse, restaurant and bar area.

“They tell us that because of the mechanic and the parts issues that there is a long-term savings,” Carson said. “But with the initial investment, we figure it is the best fit for our open bowlers and our league bowlers right now … a way to speed up the pace of play.”

Bill Little, district sales manager for QubicaAMF, said string pinsetters require very little maintenance, eliminate the need for a mechanic and save considerably on electricity costs.

Little, whose office is in Philadelphia, spoke with The Batavian last week while overseeing the installation, which is expected to be completed sometime next week.

He said that Livingston Lanes is the seventh bowling center in his region to switch from conventional to string pinsetters.

“These machines, on average, will run about 7,000 frames per stop, where your traditional free fall machine may run for around 1,000 frames per stop,” he said. “So, you're not going to have as many mechanical breakdowns. Anybody that works in the bowling center on the staff can be trained on how to do all the maintenance that is involved -- how to repair them and how to work on them."


He said the system includes an app on cell phones where a person can download something called Tech Wizard, which will notify via a text message when there’s a problem with a lane.

“It will say, ‘Hey, lane seven has this problem.’ They’ll acknowledge it on their phone and then they’ll have the ability to look at what to do on the phone as they’re walking back to the machine,” he said. “It will show them a video, give them the ability to write notes and the ability to see what tools they need – and there are only six tools required to work on these machines.”

Little said the process calls for completely removing the old pinsetter and installing QubicaAMF’s Edge string pinsetter, which have very few moving parts. He said the equipment is a redesign of an old German machine that has been in existence for about 40 years.

While the initial cost is comparable to a free fall pinsetter, the maintenance costs are much less, he said.

“They cost only $12 per year per machine in electricity and the two 24-volt DC motors only run when there’s a call to action for the motor to run … not continuously like they do on these machines now,” he said. “And the parts’ cost savings is tremendous. You don’t need to spend $500 per machine per year on parts.”

The Edge string pinsetters are designed for competition, Little said.


“This is not an arcade game. It’s a very authentic experience to free fall. The back and the kickbacks are all black so you don’t really see the strings that much,” he said. “And the pinfall is very similar in some of the tournaments that we had and some of the tests that we've had with people bowling on them -- especially PBA (Professional Bowlers Association), male and female. That pin difference is like 1.3 pins (per game).”

Little noted that the pin itself is the same pin as used in conventional pinsetters “except it has three holes drilled at the top to put the string on it.”

“Other than that, it’s the same bowling pin – weighing 3 pounds, 6 ounces to 3 pounds, 8 ounces.”

The USBC Equipment & Specifications Team has been conducting tests on string pinsetters and is not at a point where it is ready to certify them for competition. Talk out of USBC headquarters in Arlington is that when they are certified, it would likely be a separate division along the lines of Standard, Challenge and Sport condition levels that exist today based on how the lanes are oiled.

After its most recent study in September 2021, the USBC identified several factors affecting pinfall, including string length, pin curtain, ball stop cushion and kickback thickness.

Adjustments were made to the string length, pin curtain location and ball stop cushion until results approached those of free-fall machines, and a design of experiment was conducted to identify the best combination of these properties to reduce the rate of splits being converted due to interference from the strings.

Videos on YouTube show a bowler converting the 2-8-10 split, for example, by hitting the 10 pin and seeing that pin bounce out of the pit to hit the 8 into the 2. That’s something that would never happen on conventional pinsetters.


It’s practically a certainty that the USBC will certify string pinsetters – likely before next fall – to avoid the possibility of losing out on membership revenue.

For bowlers seeing string pinsetters coming into their “houses,” especially in midseason as is the case in Geneseo, decisions on whether to bowl on the new apparatus or to quit have to be made.

Carson, a retired Geneseo Police Department officer, said he hopes that his bowlers will understand the situation at Livingston Lanes and keep bowling.

“We’re looking forward. People get second and third chances out here, but we’re looking for people to give us just one chance,” he said. “We’ve done a lot already. When COVID first shut us down, we decided to do a major renovation for the bar and restaurant. That’s two major projects that we're able to do as a small business during COVID. So, I think people and I think our league bowlers will appreciate that.”

Click HERE to watch the video summary of USBC's second research report on string pinsetters from September 2021.

Photo above: Bill Little, district sales manager for QubicaAMF, displays a string pin and mechanism that controls it, while at Livingston Lanes in Geneseo last week.


Little points to a box containing a string pinsetter that will replace the conventional AMF pinsetters at the Geneseo bowling center.


The remodeled concourse at Livingston Lanes. The bar/restaurant is located behind the windows in the background. Photos by Mike Pettinella.

January 10, 2022 - 4:07pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC, Letchworth Pines.

top_two_scratch_memorial_1.jpgBatavian Devon Leach’s gutsy move toward the end of the title match of Sunday’s 68th Genesee Region USBC Scratch Memorial Tournament paid off in the best possible way as the 28-year-old right-hander defeated LeRoyan Tom Rohl for the $700 first prize.

Down by 13 pins after seven frames – and just coming off a split – Leach went into his bag for a different ball and proceeded to roll three consecutive strikes en route a 203-174 victory at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.

“I had been using the (Global 900) Honey Badger Extreme until then but figured it was time to switch to the (Storm) UFO Alert,” said Leach, who captured his first scratch singles tournament by running the table in the five-bowler stepladder finals.

Entering as the No. 4 seed after posting 822 in the four-game semifinals on the difficult Autobahn “Sport” condition, Leach turned back Mike Malone of Dansville, 236-176; Adam Philp of Batavia, 198-195, and Brett Van Duser of Perry, 192-154, before facing Rohl.

Rohl dominated the 15-bowlers semifinals, recording games of 198, 254, 241 and 231 for a 924 series – 93 pins better than Van Duser’s 831. The lefty’s chances for victory against Leach were thwarted, however, by splits in the final two frames.

Still, the two-time GRUSBC Masters champion, earned $360 for his efforts.

Leach, who bowls in four leagues, made headlines earlier this season with an 802 series in league play at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia. He is part of the large Leach and Bacon bowling family, but took up the sport in earnest only about eight years ago.

He is employed at Oldcastle Bonsal American concrete factory in Batavia.

Van Duser, proprietor of Perry Bowling Center, finished in third place, earning $280, while Philp took home $240 and Malone won $220.

Philp, who led the 12:30 p.m. Saturday four-game qualifying squad with 837, needed a double in the 10th to defeat Leach, but left the 2-pin after getting the first strike.

Shawn Hurlburt of Freedom, who led the 10 a.m. Sunday qualifying squad with 839, placed sixth, good for $150, and defending champion Jake Rosenbeck, who was second on the Sunday qualifying squad with 823, finished seventh, earning $140.

Other cashers were Mickey Hyde of Le Roy, $135; Brian Weber of Perry, $130; Scott Culp of Honeoye Falls, $125; Brady Weber of Perry, $120; Anthony Drum of Dansville, $115; Mike Pettinella of Batavia, $110; Austin Hawker of Geneseo, $105, and Mel Helms of Nunda, $100.

Helms led the 4 p.m. Saturday qualifying squad with 843 and earned a $25 bonus as the overall high qualifier.

The tournament drew 66 entries. Five bowlers advanced to the semis from the first squad, four from the second squad and six from the third squad.

The GRUSBC will be running a handicap doubles no-tap tournament on Feb. 19 at Mount Morris Lanes. An entry form can be downloaded from www.bowlgr.com.

Submitted photo above: Mike Pettinella, GRUSBC association manager, presents the first place check to Devon Leach as runner-up Tom Rohl looks on following Sunday's Scratch Memorial Tournament at Letchworth Pines in Portageville.


Scratch Memorial finalists, (from left) Tom Rohl, Brett Van Duser, Adam Philp, Devon Leach and Mike Malone.

January 10, 2022 - 2:24pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Batavia Notre Dame United, Section V hockey.

Batavia Notre Dame Head Coach Marc Staley believes his United varsity hockey team is prepared to make a strong push over the last eight games of the Section V regular season.

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our 13th game and it’s the first time all year that we’re healthy, so I think we’re ready to put it together,” Staley said today, two days after United’s 4-2 victory over Western Finger Lakes Panthers at the Batavia Ice Arena.

The win over WFL – Staley’s 150th in nine-plus seasons behind the Notre Dame (and now merged program) bench -- raised BND’s record to 6-4-2 entering Tuesday’s home game (6 p.m.) against Williamsville East.

“The way I look at the milestone is that I’ve stuck around long enough to compile that many victories,” said Staley, who has a 150-128-6 record. “I’m thankful for the kids that have played through the years. I’ve been able to watch a lot of great hockey players. It’s been rewarding, challenging and, at times, stressful.”

Staley said that this season’s six victories have meant more to him because of the merger of the Batavia and Notre Dame programs.

“For quite some time I felt that our kids were at a disadvantage playing against the Rochester teams by being split up,” he said. “We’re seeing mergers in Rochester, too, and I’m just glad that we were able to do this.”

As far as his future, he said he wants to keep coaching “for as long as they’ll have me,” with a goal of being able to coach his son, Luke, who will be entering seventh grade next fall.


Batavia Notre Dame came into its first season as a combined unit with high expectations with a roster loaded with skilled players at all positions. Offensively, United hasn’t had too many problems putting the puck in the net – five players have at least eight goals each -- but has been hampered by inconsistency on the defensive end.

On Saturday against WFL, United held the Panthers to just 15 shots on goaltender Courtney Schum and killed four of five penalties – an encouraging sign, Staley said.

“We’re working to correct things defensively – limiting shots, limiting chances and being in better position,” Staley said. “Now, with Cooper (Hamilton) back from injury, we are looking at moving Zack Eschberger to defense as he is just a versatile player.”

Hamilton, a junior center, suffered a collarbone injury in the season opener and returned to action on Saturday, picking up an assist.

Staley said he plans to put him on a top line with senior wingers Gavin Schrader and Vin DiRisio while wingers Ronin Hofmaster and Jameson Motyka will skate with freshman center Brady Johnson on the team’s other high-scoring line.


schrader_1.jpgSchrader (photo at right), with a goal and two assists on Saturday against WFL, now has 103 points in his high school career – 54 goals and 49 assists. This season, he has 22 goals and 21 assists, and – according to the Pointstreak website, is the leading scorer in Section V.

“Gavin is one of those generational type talents,” Staley said. “You rarely find someone his size (6-foot-4) that can skate as fast as he can and is as strong physically as he is. Beyond that, he’s become mentally tougher as a senior.”

Motyka had a goal and two assists – upping his totals to 10 and 16, respectively – while Eschberger and Johnson had the other goals. DiRisio has 11 goals and 12 assists; Hofmaster has eight goals and 16 assists, and Johnson has eight goals and 13 assists.

Defensive standouts thus far this season include senior Andrew Kasmarek, junior Noah Hudson and sophomore Orion Lama.


United has been without starting goaltender Frank Falleti Jr. since its first game due to a right foot injury but senior Courtney Schum has performed admirably in his place.  Falleti, a sophomore, skated for the first time last Friday, Staley said, but it is unclear if he will make it back this season.

“We not rushing him; he’s got two more years ahead of him and we don’t want to risk any further injury,” Staley said. “We’re supremely confident in Courtney. We feel she has the ability to lead us down the stretch.”

Following tomorrow’s game, BND will be off for a week. It has a Jan. 18 game at Geneseo/Avon/Livonia before ending the regular season with a five-game homestand, including two games against powerful Victor with McQuaid Jesuit, another tough opponent, sandwiched in between.

File photo by Steve Ognibene.

January 10, 2022 - 12:26pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC.

Right-handers Curtis Foss of Medina and Geoff Harloff of Batavia rolled 800 series this week in Genesee Region USBC league bowling action.

Foss, 34, posted 258-260-289--807 in the Sneezy's Monday Night League at Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion and now has about three dozen 800 sets over the past 16 plus years.

For Harloff, 46, his 802 series in the County Line Stone/Mancuso's Trios League on Friday night is his first United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned 800. His games were 255-288-259.

Also in the Friday league, Jason Quilliam of Batavia started with 298 en route to a 750 series.  Josh Elliott and Alex VanScoter had big nights with 777 and 768, respectively.

For a list of high scores, click on the Pin Points tab at the top of the home page.

January 10, 2022 - 11:53am
posted by Steve Ognibene in sports, Batavia Ski Team, alpine ski, Section V.


The Batavia Ski Team competed Saturday in their first race of the season at Swain Ski resort.  In Giant Slalom the girls team was led by sophmore Lily Wagner who finished 17th overall with a combined time of 1:51:07.  

In Slalom, Sophia Minuto was the top skier finishing 17th with a time of 1:11.15.  Abby Bestine and Quinn Woeller also were the teams finishers.

The boys top finishers were Ben Stone in 25th in GS with a time of 1:45.77. Ethan Bradley finished 25th in Slalom with a time of 1:09.71.  

There was thick fog at the start of the race but conditions were good overall for the first race of the season said head coach Matt Holman.

The teams next race is this Wednesday night.  Start time 5:30p.m.

To view or purchase photos, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene





January 8, 2022 - 6:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, Notre Dame, oakfield-alabama.


The Hornets stayed undefeated at 8-0 on Friday after beating Notre Dame 62-45.

For Oakfield-Alabama:


  • Gaige Armbrewster, 31 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 1 block
  • Kam Cusmano, 18 points, 16 rebounds, 2 blocks
  • Kaden Cusmano, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks

For the Fighting Irish:

  • Jordan Welker, 16 points
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick, 10 points
  • Cody Henry, 10 points

Notre Dame is now 7-3 on the season.

Also on Friday in boys basketball:

  • Le Roy beat Rochester Prep 80-41.  Merritt Holly, Jr. scored 34 points, Finn Shelby, 15, and Mitchel Hockey, 14.
  • Pavilion lost to Livonia, 6-41.
  • Alexander lost to Wheatland-Chili, 59-42
  • Byron-Bergen beat Kendall, 74-54
  • Elba beat Attica, 65-51

There were no local girls games on Friday.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.








January 6, 2022 - 2:29pm
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Notre Dame came back from a first-half deficit, down 20-16, to beat Le Roy 42-33 to capture the 2022 Batavia Rotary Club Girls Basketball Classic championship.

It's the 15th time in 31 tournaments the Lady Irish have taken home the trophy.

Avelin Tomidy scored 14 points and Juda Macdonald scored 10 for Notre Dame.

For Le Roy, Lindsey Steffenilla scored 11 points.

Tomidy won the Christina Volpe MVP Award.

The rest of the all-tournament team:

  • Jaimin Macdonald, Batavia
  • Karli Houseknecht, Pembroke
  • Kenna Mckenzie, Le Roy
  • Maylee Green, Notre Dame
  • Lyndsey Steffenilla, Le Roy

Lyndsey Wiedman won the Ray Shirtz Service Above Self Award.

Past champions:

  • 2021 No Tourney
  • 2020 Batavia
  • 2019 Batavia
  • 2018 Notre Dame
  • 2016 Batavia
  • 2015 Batavia
  • 2014 Notre Dame
  • 2013 Notre Dame
  • 2012 Batavia
  • 2011 Notre Dame
  • 2010 Notre Dame
  • 2009 Batavia  
  • 2008 Batavia  
  • 2007 Pavilion 
  • 2006 Notre Dame
  • 2005 Batavia
  • 2004 Notre Dame
  • 2003 Notre Dame
  • 2002 Notre Dame
  • 2001 Batavia
  • 2000 Cal-Mum
  • 1999 Notre Dame
  • 1998 Notre Dame
  • 1997 Notre Dame
  • 1996 Notre Dame
  • 1995 Pavilion
  • 1994 Pavilion
  • 1993 Gates-Chili
  • 1992 Byron-Bergen
  • 1991 Attica
  • 1990 Attica

Past MVPs:

  • 2020 McKenie Reigle, Batavia
  • 2019 Bryn Wormley, Batavia
  • 2018 Stevie Wilcox, Notre Dame
  • 2017 Gillian Flint, Cal-Mum
  • 2016 Tiara Filbert, Batavia
  • 2015 Tiara Filbert, Batavia
  • 2014 Laurie Call, Notre Dame
  • 2013 Riley Norton, Notre Dame
  • 2012 Tiara Filbert, Batavia
  • 2011 Carly Pike, Notre Dame
  • 2010 Nicole Hort, Notre Dame
  • 2009 Jaycee Shirk, Batavia
  • 2008 Annie Palermo, Batavia
  • 2007 Hannah Norton, Pavilion
  • 2006 Heidi Norton, Notre Dame
  • 2005 Amanda Page, Batavia
  • 2004 Katie Francis, Notre Dame
  • 2003 Ashley Napoleone, Notre Dame
  • 2002 Marie Stressing, Notre Dame
  • 2001 Jen Batchellor, Batavia
  • 2000 Kelley Sullivan, Cal-Mum
  • 1999 Christina Volpe, Notre Dame
  • 1998 Christina Volpe, Notre Dame
  • 1997 Christina Volpe, Notre Dame
  • 1996 Christina Volpe, Notre Dame
  • 1995 Taya Blanton, Pavilion
  • 1994 Taya Blanton, Pavilion
  • 1993 Naima DeLain, Gates-Chili
  • 1992 Melody Hutchinson, Byron-Bergen
  • 1991 Lynn Jensen, Attica
  • 1990 Jenny Acquard, Attica
January 5, 2022 - 4:08pm


Notre Dame will get a chance to play for another Rotary Club crown at 7:30 p.m. tonight at GCC after beating an aggressive Pembroke Lady Dragons team on Tuesday for a 49-34 victory.

The Lady Irish were led by Emma Sisson with 13 points, Mayee Green, 12, and Lindsey Weidman, 10.

For Pembroke, Karli Houseknecht scored 16 points.

For more game photos, click here.







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