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October 24, 2021 - 6:54pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling, Bennington Lanes, Genesee Region USBC.

Longtime bowler Charlie Say Jr. etched his name into the Bennington Lanes history book on Oct. 14 when he recorded the eight-lane center's first United States Bowling Congress-certified perfect game in the Thursday Night 4-Man League.

The 57-year-old right-hander – a member of the Say’s Small Engine team with his brothers, Jeff and Peter, and friend, Tony Stockus – rolled 12 consecutive strikes in the middle game of his series on lanes 5-6, using The Fix bowling ball by Radical.

A 175-180 average bowler, Say started with a 182 game.

He said he moved up a bit on the approach after that and got into a groove.

After the string of strikes reached nine, the nerves set in.

“I was OK up until then, but then I was really shaking,” said Say, whose previous string of strikes from the start of a game was seven.

He put the first two balls in the 10th frame in the 1-3 pocket, but the last one was pulled to the left.

“I thought I was going to get a split, but it turned out to be a solid Brooklyn strike,” he said.

Say finished with 160 for a 642 series. He said there have been a few 300 games in non-sanctioned leagues at Bennington Lanes but this was the first that will be certified by the USBC (qualifying him for a ring).

Bennington Lanes is part of the Greater Buffalo USBC.

In Genesee Region USBC action, Batavia left-hander Rich Wagner, who rolled an 899 series at Mancuso Bowling Center last season, added another 300 to his long list of honor scores this week.

Wagner posted his perfect game en route to a 783 series in the Wednesday Men’s Handicap League at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, where he is averaging 241 for 18 games this season.

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

October 24, 2021 - 6:18pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports.

Oct. 18-24, 2021

Tompkins Ins. Monday Night NFL
High Series

Nick Johnson 278--665
Josh Baker 253--638
Naomi Hyde 231--571`
High Games
Beth Hamilton 197
Mancuso Real Estate Doubles
High Series

James Townsend 269--717
Derek Leach 244--641
Jason Quilliam 230--640
Devon Leach 238--631
Brian Green 629
High Games
Chad Lillie 229-226
Jeff Pangrazio 221
Turnbull Heating Triples
High Series

Mike Pettinella 255--692
Marty Hein 235--653
Bill Lyons Jr. 236--626
Bruce Kraus 220--623
Matt DiMartino 243--622
Chris Bailey 609
High Games
Paul Spiotta 234
Roger Stone 234
Pat Potwora 224
Antique World Tuesday Coed
High Series

James Townsend 257--701
Shayne Herold 266--700
Bill Neubert 250--690
Mike Szatkowski 289--654
Ben Miles 250--626
Steve Krna 615
Alex Jarvela 221--605
Alex Morris 605
High Games
Ken Wilson 225
Wednesday Night Ladies
High Series
Darleen Balduf 242--589
High Games
Selina McJury 201
Alexis Green 194
Kim Williams 194
Georgene Della Penna 194
Rock Kraus 180
Tammy Fisher 190
Amy Kriger 189
Karin Bow 182
Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man
High Series

Geoff Harloff 278--736
Shayne Herold 267--733
Paul Spiotta 257--721
Mike Johnson 248--714
James Townsend 247--662
Mike Lambert 235--662
Matt Balduf 230--662
Devon Leach 266--657
Kyle Johnson 246--651
Alex Morris 244--639
Jeremy Vallance 246--634
Fred Gravanda 246--635
Gary Kuchler 233--627
Joe Watts 234--612
Marshall Merle 235--610
Alishia Foss 220--574
High Games
Sam Oddo 237
Chase Cone 220
County Line Stone/Mancuso's Trios
High Series

James Townsend 265--728
Geoff Harloff 261--705
Josh Elliott 248--695
Rick Underhill 247--692
Mark Brown 245--683
Tom Baker 248--671
Matt Balduf 229--651
David Williams 235--646
Alex Van Scoter 226--645
Jason Quilliam 243--636
Kyle Kraus 225--633
Fred Gravanda 224--631
Carley King 218--545
High Games
Brian Morey 237
Steve O'Dell 232
Roger Stone 223
Wednesday Men's Handicap
High Series

Rich Wagner 300--783
Tom Fluker 266--738
Josh Elliott 288--707
Jeff Parton 247--695
Frank Stumpf 278--695
Leon Hurd 248--654
Brandon Fisher 225--653
Pete Evinsky 235--649
Robert Gliwski 237--644
Harris Busmire 225--635
Larry Bateman 224--620
Ed Toscano 236--618
Matt Buckley 616
Nate Cordes 237--614
Rob Manners 608
Rodney Jopson 234--606
High Games
Nathan Cordes 234
Rich Wagner 228
Kevin Tobolski 225
Thursday Owls
High Series

Scott Gray 268--692
Dennis Meyer 251--680
Bob Van Dorn 247--659
Harris Busmire 232--658
Ron Lawrence 232--651
Tom Sardou 234--629
William Wood 623
Cory Russell 221--619
Kevin Gray Jr. 616
Wayne Blaisdell 226--609
High Games
Bill Neubert 237
Tom Barz 234
Mark Mack 226
Philips Bleier 222
Sneezy's Monday Night
High Series

Brandon Gurnsey 243--667
Shannon Parker 238--657
Kevin Miller 235--652
Bob Williams 237--646
Wayne Brett 226--629
Daryl Dillon 275--624
John Beadle 615
American Legion Thursday Men
High Series

John Lowe 249--687
Rob Panepento 269--661
Jerry Blair 237--660
Josh Cummings 232--648
Mark Calmes Sr. 241--644
Bud Prevost 626
Dick Cousins 623
Rick Rauscher 245--610
Kevin Donahue 605
High Series
Jerry Blair 651
Dick Cousins 635
Tim Thomas 256--635
Tim Penders 620
Ron Rauscher 612
Sunday Rolloffs
High Series

Jim Foss 232 245 257 734
Alex Allis 248 247 708
Mike Lavender 232 234 683
Buddy Foss 300 673
Hayden Allis 233 639
Peggy Allis 201 203 587
Amy Allis 208 555 
Rolloffs: 1st  Maddie White; 2nd Alex; 3rd Roger Allis; 4th Amy; 5th Peggy.

October 24, 2021 - 11:08am
posted by Mike Pettinella in Bowling, sports, Genesee Region USBC Masters.

Honeoye Falls’ Scott Culp and Medina’s Curtis Foss, two of the Genesee Region USBC’s most prolific bowlers, nailed down the top two spots on Saturday for the eight-game Peterson Point match play finals of the 59th GRUSBC Masters Tournament at Medina Lanes.

The final round, which features the eight bowlers who advanced through eight games yesterday, begins at noon this afternoon.

Culp, a former Masters champion, averaged 249.6 for his eight games – tallying 1,997 pins on 1,020 in the qualifying round and 977 in the semifinals – to earn the No. 1 seed.

Foss, who rolled a 300 game in the qualifying round, knocked down 1,931 pins – 1,005 in qualifying and 926 in the semis. Foss will be looking for his sixth Masters crown.

The semifinals featured the top 12 of the 42 bowlers who entered the tournament, with the top eight advancing to the round-robin finals.

Jim Pursel of Batavia also cracked the 1,900 mark, finishing with a 279 final game to grab the No. 3 seed. Pursel had 934 in qualifying and 978 in the semis.

Rounding out the finals’ field of competitors who will be vying for the $550 first prize are:

  • Geoff Harloff of Batavia, 959-917—1,876;
  • Hayden Allis of Medina, 963-900—1,863;
  • Jason Quilliam of Batavia, 897-927—1,824;
  • Jim Foss of Medina, 958-852—1,810;
  • Alex Allis of Medina, 901-882—1,783.

Missing out, but cashing, were Mark Brown of Attica (1,763), John Ross of Middleport (1,740), Matt Balduf of South Byron (1,735) and Devon Leach of Batavia (1,691).

October 24, 2021 - 10:30am
posted by James Burns in news, sports, boys soccer.


For the third straight year Batavia boys Varsity soccer took on Livonia in the Sec V B1 playoffs and for the third straight year they fell to them, tonight with a score of 3 to 1.  Batavia did put up a fight controlling the ball for some stints during the game. They did only managed only 5 shots on goal to Livonia's 21. 

Batavia's defense was very busy with 12 saves for the evening. Livonia kept the pressure up on the defense scoring quickly at the beginning of both periods. 

Congratulations to the Batavia Boys Varsity soccer team for a winning season.















October 23, 2021 - 5:00pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Notre Dame.


Senior running back Drew Edwards ran for two first-half touchdowns and junior quarterback Jimmy Fanara passed for four second-half TDs to lead the host Notre Dame Fighting Irish to a 41-0 victory over Clyde-Savannah in Section V Class D football action this afternoon.

The Irish, 3-5, handed the Golden Eagles their sixth shutout loss in seven games this season. Clyde-Savannah’s only win was a 7-6 decision against Cuba-Rushford/Hinsdale two weeks ago.

Notre Dame drove to the C-S 16-yard line on its opening possession but turned the ball over on a fumble into the end zone. The Irish made up for that miscue in short order when Edwards capped its next drive with a 19-yard burst off left tackle with 5:47 left in the first quarter (photo above).

Moments later, a high snap over quarterback Logan Massey's head resulted in a safety for the home team when Massey was able to cover the ball in the end zone.

The Irish scored again on the ensuing possession on a six-yard run by Edwards at the 2:30 mark of the opening period. Hayden Groff ran twice for 13 yards and Edwards broke off an 18-yard run to set up the TD. Junior kicker Brandon Carrick booted the point after touchdown to make the scored 15-0.

Notre Dame failed to score in the second quarter as a couple unsportsmanlike conducted penalties thwarted two drives.

While having success on the ground behind the offensive line of center Dalton Hamm, guards Mavrik Hall and Connor McWilliams and tackles Camden King and Joe Trewer, the Irish took to the air after intermission to put the game away.

Fanara hit Ryan Fitzpatrick from 21 yards out early in the third quarter to make it 22-0 (after Carrick’s PAT) and found Bryceton Berry from five yards out with 4:40 left in the period for a 28-0 advantage. A 34-yard pass from Fanara to Berry was the key play leading up to the five-yard TD pass.

The Irish closed out the scoring on a couple more TD passes by Fanara – both to senior Evan Cummings, from 10 yards out with eight minutes left in the game and from 10 yards out in the final minute. Groff had a 22-yard run en route to the first of Cummings’ scoring receptions.

Statistically, ND rushed for 291 yards and passed for 126 for 417 yards of total offense, while the Irish defense held C-S to 24 yards of total offense, including minus 58 on the ground.

Edwards carried 15 times for 114 yards and the two TDs, while Groff gained 75 yards on 12 carries. Fanara, the T.F. Browns Player of the Game, hit nine of 14 passes for 126 yards and the four touchdowns. Cummings caught four passes for 40 yards (and the two scores).

On defense, Conner McWilliams had seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack; Vin DiRisio had six tackles, a fumble recovery and gained possession for ND on a squib kickoff; and Edwards had six tackles.

Notre Dame Coach Joe Zambito said it looks like the Irish will be the No. 7 seed for the sectional playoffs, anticipating a game at Avon on Friday night although it is not official yet.

"We're going in with some momentum but it has been a very difficult year," he said. "I've never seen injuries like this -- losing three key two-way starters (QB/Safety Colin McCulley, LB/TE Cody Henry and LB/RB George Woodruff). But, maybe we can upset the apple cart next week."




Brandon Carrick kicks off for the Irish.


Anthony Fiorentino closes in on C-S runner Detrick Rose.


Lineman Joe Trewer, left, and LB Vin DiRisio pouncing on the ball for a fumble recovery.


ND records a safety.


Another TD for Edwards.


C-S quarterback Logan Massey was under pressure all game.


Before the game, the school recognized its seniors. Their posters were put up on the fence outside Bill Sutherland Field. From left, Drew Edwards, Colin McCulley, Conner McWilliams, Dalton Hamm, Evan Cummings, Vin DiRisio and Camden King. Photos by Jim Burns.

October 23, 2021 - 1:14pm
posted by Press Release in Batavia Downs, harness racing, sports.


Press release:

Top trotter Lougazi has been camera shy of late, not winning since September 17. But he smiled pretty for his picture on Friday night (Oct. 22) after capturing the $13,500 Open I Handicap trot at Batavia Downs.

As usual, Ray Fisher Jr. got away last with Lougazi and trailed the leading Barn Hall (Kevin Cummings) by 7-¼ lengths in the :27.1 first quarter. But Fisher was quickly out and moving with Lougazi at the three-eighths and slowly made his way up towards the leader. When the race reached three-quarters in a solid 1:26.4, Lougazi was within reach of Barn Hall and drew dead-even with him at the head of the lane. Heading for home he took the lead from Barn Hall and then held off a late closing Mugshots Bro (Jim Morrill Jr.) to win by ¼ length in 1:56.1. 

The sixth win of the year puts Lougazi ($6.00) over the $50,000 mark for the year for owner Mary Warriner. Ryan Swift trains the winner. 

Jim Morrill Jr. continued his torrid winning streak as he registered another grand slam at Batavia Downs. Two of those four wins just happened to come in the two co-featured trots.

In the $12,100 Open II Handicap, Morrill cleared the lead past the quarter with Party Boy Hanover ($7.70) and then ran off the screen, winning by seven lengths in 1:57.1, which was a new seasonal mark. 

Then later in the $11,250 Open III Handicap, Morrill left again with the veteran Noble Legend ($3.70), led every step of the way and then held off Simonthediamond (Dan Yetman) at the line to win by ¾'s of a length in 1:58.2. 

Both horses are owned by Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and both horses are trained by Maria Rice.

Morrill and Rice hooked up again to win with Americanisation (1:56.2, $17.40) which gave Rice the training hat trick. Morrill then finished off his four-bagger by winning with Graystonefastmyles (1:57.2, $2.40). 

With no single unique winning ticket purchased in the Jackpot Pick-5 on Friday night (Oct. 22), there will be a carryover of $11,214 for that bet in race nine when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Oct. 23). There is also a small but mentionable carryover of $349 in the Jackpot Pick-6 in race four. 

Free full past performance programs for the entire card -- that includes these races -- can also be downloaded at bataviadownsgaming.com under the live racing tab, where they can be found for every live night of racing at Batavia Downs.

Post time for the first race Saturday is 5 p.m.

October 23, 2021 - 12:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, elba, sports, football.


The Oakfield-Alabama/Elba Aggies wrapped up their regular season with a perfect 8-0 record on Friday with a convincing 58-14 win over Geneseo.

The Aggies sit atop Class D heading into the post-season.

Gaige Armbrewster rushed for 155 yards, scored twice, on eight carries.  

QB Bodie Hyde gained 122 yards on the ground, taking the ball into the end zone twice on six carries.  He was 1-1 passing with a 68-yard TD and notched 10 tackles on defense.

Also at QB, Kameron Cusmano was 3-5 passing for 65 yards and rushed for 39 yards on five carries scoring one TD.  On defense, he had nine tackles.

Connor Scott had a 68-yard TD reception.

CJ Gottler lead the defense with 13 tackles and a sack.  Ethan Cramer, nine tackles and a fumble recovery.

"We are very pleased with how the boys started this game," said Head Coach Tyler Winter. "From the first whistle, they executed at a high level and that did not waiver during the course of the game.  This was a good way for us to build some momentum heading into sectionals."

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.








October 23, 2021 - 10:09am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, football, sports, batavia.


The Blue Devils offense once again proved too much for an opposing defense as Batavia beat Wilson Magnet at home on Friday 42-20.

Cam McClinic scored two touchdowns on six carries for 42 yards. Jesse Reinhart rushed for a touchdown and toss one while going 5-6 passing.

Javin McFollins had a TD reception on two catches for 32 yards. Vincent Arroyo caught a 46-yard TD pass and Aiden Anderson caught a 25-yard TD pass.

On defense, Kaden Marucci had eight tackles. 

Other Friday games:

Alexander 10 over Cal-Mum/Byron-Bergen, 10-0.  Brayden Woods carried the ball 20 times for 51 yards.  Nick Kramer had 11 carries for 77 yards and a TD.  He was also 4-6 passing for 25 yards.  The Trojans finish the regular season 7-1.

Oakfield-Alabama beat Geneseo/Mount Morris, 58-14.

To view or purchase prints, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene










October 20, 2021 - 11:53am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, soccer, oakfield-alabama, elba.


The Oakfield-Alabama/Elba girls soccer team ran into a great goalie for Canisteo-Greenwood in their final game of the season leading to a 4-2 loss in a shootout.

The Hornets finish 9-7-1.

Goalie Lily Davis made three saves.

The CG goalie made 32.

Christina Bartholomew and Macy Altamirano made their kicks in the shootout.

Head Coach David Carpino said, "We dominated play and possession but ran into a solid goal keep and hit posts and just couldn't put one in."

Photos by Kristin Smith.




October 17, 2021 - 5:32pm
posted by Mike Pettinella in sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC.

Update: Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. (see below):

Genesee Region USBC bowlers produced a trio of perfect games and an 818 series in league competition over the past week.

Kevin Gray Jr. of Warsaw was on target at Rose Garden Bowl in Bergen, spinning the 818 on games of 279, 261 and 278 on lanes 7-8 in the Thursday Owls League. The left-hander is averaging 223 thus far this season.

All three 300 games came at Mancuso Bowling Center in Batavia, with James Townsend posting his in the Antique World Tuesday Coed League, Jeremy Vallance getting his in the Toyota of Batavia Thursday 5-Man (in a 767 effort) and Jason Quilliam notching his in the County Line Stone/Mancuso's Friday Trios League (in a 735 effort).

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

The first Genesee Region USBC tournament of the season is scheduled for Oct. 23-24 at Medina Lanes -- the 59th Masters, a scratch singles event.

An entry form can be found at www.bowlgr.com or on the GRUSBC's Facebook page.


Tom Allis, organizer of the Sunday Rolloffs League at Medina Lanes, reported this morning that Christopher "Buddy" Foss rolled his first 300 game yesterday in league competition.

"Buddy" is the son of Jim Foss, who recently assumed ownership of the 20-lane center on Maple Ridge Road.


October 17, 2021 - 11:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in oae, oakfield-alabama, elba, sports, football.


The Aggies played hard and came up an important win by just one point, beating Bolivar-Richburg 14-13 on Saturday.

For Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, Gaige Armbrewster rushed 15 times and gained 131 yards and scored once.  QB Bodie Hyde had 12 carries for 52 yards and a TD.

CJ Gottler had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery.  Ethan Cramer and Aiden Warner had ten tackles each.  Kameron Cusmano's six tackles including a game-winner when he pulled down the ball carrier on a two-point conversion with 45 seconds remaining in the game.

“This was the type of game we needed to find out if we could win or not," said Head Coach Tyler Winter. "Bolivar is a tough team and they played hard today.  Proud of our boys for being able to adjust and overcome some adversity.  It may not be pretty in the stat sheet, but a win is a win and this game is going to help us down the road.”

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.







October 17, 2021 - 11:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in football, sports, alexander.


The Alexander Trojans were once again dominant on a Friday night, beating York/Pavilion 43-0.

Alexander used nine running backs amassing 219  yards rushing on 30 carries.  Clayton Bezon had four carries for 61 yards and a TD. Nick Kramer, six carries for 48 yards and two TDs, and Braydon Woods gained 36 yards on seven carries. He scored twice. 

As a QB, Kramer was 7-7 passing for 98 yards including a 23-yard TD pass to Jake Laney.  Laney had four catches for 54 yards.

On Deffense, Kramer had five tackles.  Mason Bump had an interception.

Eric Cline was 6-6 on PATs.

The Trojans are now 6-1 on the season and have recorded four shutouts.

Also on  Friday, Pembroke beat South Seneca 24-8 in a  game that was called with 10:50 left in the second quarter. Caleb Felski gained 64 yards,  scored twice, on four caries. Tyson Totten rushed six times for 47 yards and a TD.

Photos by Philip Casper

Top photo: Nick Kramer QB #3, Jacob Laney TE #7, Gavin Smith-Crandall OL #72, Matt Jasen OL #56, On their way to the coin toss


Eric Cline K #9 with the kickoff


Gavin Smith-Crandall DL #72, and Scott Marzolf LB #66 with the tag team tackle


Jacob Laney DB #7 breaking through the line putting an end to the run

October 17, 2021 - 10:25am
posted by Howard B. Owens in gymnastics, sports.

Press release:

Team results:
1. Genesee: 116.9, 2. Corning: 115.55, 3. Penfield-Webster: 115.5
All Around results:
1. Anna Zahradka (Corning): 31.9, 3. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 29.95, 4. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 29.65, 8. Roan Finn (Genesee): 27.8, 10. Kori Radley (Genesee): 27.05, 13. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 26.3
Vault results:
1.Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 8.3, 5. Roan Finn (Genesee): 7.8, 9. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 7.6, 11. Kori Radley (Genesee): 7.25, 13. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 7.0
Uneven Bar results:
1. Anna Zahradka (Corning): 6.6, 3. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 6.1,  5. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 6.0, 6. Roan Finn (Genesee): 5.8, 10. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 5.45, 14. Kori Radley (Genesee): 4.2, 15. Aleisha St Clair (Genesee): 4.0
Balance Beam results:
1. Anna Zahradka (Corning): 8.3, 2. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 7.9,  3. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 7.8, 5. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 7.5, 7Kori Radley (Genesee): 7.1,  11. Roan Finn (Genesee): 6.3, 12. Aleisha St Clair (Genesee): 6.25
Floor Exercise results:
1. Anna Zahradka (Corning) & Audrey Stout (Penfield-Webster): 8.8, 2. Kori Radley (Genesee): 8.5,  3. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 8.05, 4. Roan Finn (Genesee): 7.9, 5. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 7.85, 12. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 6.35,  14. Aleisha St. Clair (Genesee): 5.1
Next meet: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 6pm at MCA Gymnastics against:

Pittsford & Corning.

October 17, 2021 - 9:27am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Downs, harness racing, sports.


Press release:

After scoring an eye-opening eight-length win last week, Stratosphere bounced right back and won again in the $13,500 Open I Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 16). 

Drew Monti sent Stratosphere off the car and got parked to the quarter in :26.4 before clearing the front. But after taking the lead, they backed off the half to :56.3 and from there had the upper hand. With McSpidey (Kyle Cummings) breathing down his back and Silver Beast (Jim McNeight Jr.) chasing on the rim, Stratosphere was unfazed while he stuck to his task, rounded the last turn, and cruised home to an easy 1-¼ length win in 1:54.1.

It was the second straight Open I win and fourth win in the last five starts for Stratosphere ($3.40) who now has seven wins and $50,978 in earnings for the year for his driver/owner Drew Monti. Darrin Monti trains the winner. 

Drew Monti also won with Apple Valley Art (1:56.3, $4.20) and Charmbo Orbit (1:55.1, $3.00) to end the night the leading driver with three wins. 

In the $12,100 Open II Handicap, Stranger Things (Shawn McDonough) sat second behind Mississippi Rabbit (Drew Monti) until the head of the lane where he dipped down, snuck up the passing lane, and brushed late to a ¼ length win in 1:54.3. 

Stranger Things ($6.70) is owned by Virginia Schoeffel, Kathy Schoeffel, and James Reuther and is trained by Angelo Nappo. 

McDonough ended the night with two driving wins as well as one training win.

Other horsemen having two wins were driver Kevin Cummings and trainer Jim Clouser Jr.

With no single unique winning ticket purchased in the Jackpot Pick-5 on Saturday night (Oct. 16), there will be a carryover of $9,927 for that bet in race nine when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Oct. 20). 

Free full past performance programs for the entire card -- that includes these races -- can be downloaded at bataviadownsgaming.com under the live racing tab, where they can be found for every live night of racing at Batavia Downs.

Post time for the first race is 5 p.m.

October 16, 2021 - 6:37pm

Batavia’s two high school varsity football teams recorded victories on the road Friday night.

In a game played at Depew High, the Batavia High Blue Devils of Section V defeated Clymer-Sherman-Panama of Section VI, 25-21, rallying to win when senior quarterback Jesse Reinhart hit Javin McFollins with an 11-yard touchdown pass with 4:11 left in the game.

Meanwhile, at Cuba-Rushford/Hinsdale, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish broke a five-game losing streak, upending the host Rebels, 33-14, in a Section V Class D matchup.

At Depew, Batavia battled back from a 21-13 deficit as running back Aidan Anderson scored on a 60-yard run early in the fourth quarter, setting up Reinhart and McFollins’ late heroics.

The Blue Devils were able to schedule the game against Clymer-Sherman-Panama, a strong Class D team, after its contest at Newark/Marion was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues with the home team.

Reinhart threw for three TDs – two to McFollins (11 and 88 yards) and one to Carter McFollins (18 yards). Anderson racked up 171 yards on 27 carries.

Batavia, 6-1, takes on Wilson Magnet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Van Detta Stadium.

ND 33, Cuba-Rushford/Hinsdale 14

Drew Edwards rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown in his debut as halfback and quarterback Jimmy Fanara completed 10 of 12 passes for 157 yards and two scores as Notre Dame raised its record to 2-5. Edwards had been the team's starting left tackle until moved to fullback the previous game.

Four of Fanara's completions went to Evan Cummings for 60 yards and Bryceton Berry caught two passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns.  Fanara also ran for a touchdown.

Hayden Groff rounded out the Irish attack with 57 yards on the ground and a TD.

The 33 points is one less than the team had scored over its first six games.

On defense, lineman Connor McWilliams came up with nine tackles, including five for a loss, while linebackers Vin DiRisio and Edwards were credited with eight and six tackles, respectively.

The Irish host Clyde-Savannah at 1 p.m. Saturday.

October 14, 2021 - 8:44pm


With all of their weapons on offense, the Batavia High Blue Devils have scored 36 touchdowns en route to a 5-1 record in Section V varsity football competition this season.

On 31 occasions, the Batavia placekicker has trotted out onto the field, looking to put the finishing touches on those scoring drives or spectacular plays that resulted in six points.


Batavia will be facing Clymer/Sherman/Panama, a Section 6 school, at 7 p.m. Friday at Depew High School to replace the previously scheduled game at Newark/Marion, which is unable to play due to COVID-19.


petry_1.jpgAnd, SHE has been successful on 28 of those point-after-touchdown attempts, proving herself as a valuable contributor to Coach Brennan Briggs’ team.

She is Julia Petry, (kicking above and photo at right), an 11th-grade scholar-athlete who has put in much time and effort to earn the right to wear jersey No. 40 on the otherwise 31-man Blue Devils’ squad.

“Julia does a very good job kicking PATs for us. She works hard at it and the hard work has paid off,” Coach Briggs said.

After being placed in concussion protocol due to an injury sustained when the team’s bus had an accident returning home two weeks ago, Petry has been cleared to play in this Friday’s game.

She said it was very difficult for her to have to watch from the bench last weekend when Batavia suffered a 27-26 defeat to visiting Honeoye Falls-Lima. The Blue Devils missed on two extra point attempts in that contest.

“Obviously, the whole game I was upset that I couldn’t play,” she said. “I was there on the sidelines, but I wanted to be out there.”

Petry’s journey to becoming Batavia’s varsity kicker (she also shares time on kickoffs) began at a young age, hanging out with older brother, John IV, and other boys when her mom, Jennifer, operated a child care center.

“Growing up I used to take my brother’s toys all the time and play with them,” she recalled. “My mom used to run a daycare center, so I always was around a lot of boys – and had this connection with them; I’ve always thought that I’ve had several older brothers because of that.”

Playing sports became a large part of her life and that continues as she participates in summer soccer and high school football, basketball and (boys) lacrosse. Previously, she was on the girls’ soccer team.

Last season, the 5-foot, 9-inch Petry was the placekicker for the Batavia junior varsity team.

“I kicked during the COVID year on jayvees,” she said, adding that last year was the only time she experienced the fact that football is a contact sport.

“There was one time last season at Livonia when there was a bad snap and it hit my knee, and I actually picked it up and tried to run with it,” she said. “Two Livonia guys just came at me (and tackled her). I actually got up smiling from it, and said, ‘Did you see that?’ Everybody on the sidelines was like, ‘Yeah, Petry!’

This season, she’s hearing the cheers from her father, John; mom, brother and a multitude of Batavia fans who have elevated her to heroine status.

“It definitely feels good,” she said. “There’s a little distance (between her and her teammates) because I’m here to kick. I’m not on the line or whatever. But overall, I feel part of the team -- the family and the community that we have.”

She said she credits Sam Watts of East Aurora, owner of Special Teams Academy, for “making me the kicker that I am.”

“He took me from soccer player to football player. It seems from the outside that they’re very similar but when you get down to the details, there are big, important changes,” she said.

Petry attended Watts’ three-day camp earlier this year and also has received instruction through group sessions. She said she practices what has been preached to her about technique and drills to increase leg strength.

“I use what he taught me every day,” she said. “A bunch of the warm-ups he gave me, I use them every day and incorporate them every day in practice. There’s one – called one-step where there’s one step between you and the ball and that’s a really good warm-up.”

She then shared her pre-kick routine and the way in which she approaches the ball.

“First, I just make sure I’m spotting where I’m kicking,” she said. “So, normally I’ll pick a tree or a branch or something that’s really noticeable so I can always find it; to visualize where I’m placing the ball through the uprights.”

When she takes steps to the side, she starts thinking, “OK, I need to take my jab step, which is my very first step (straight on as she approaches the ball), thinking of the things I need to do to be technically sound. Then, set-up. It’s always one breath, look up through where my target was, and then one breath on looking down.

“Then, I give (holder) Jesse (Reinhart) the cue and I’m gone. I don’t know how many people can hear it, but I’ll look at him and I’ll say, ‘Yeah or I’m good.’ Abel Hammer is the center – he’s been very consistent.”

Asked if Reinhart turns the ball so the laces are on the non-kicking side, Petry said, “We’ve tried to turn it, but sometimes there’s not enough time.”

Point-after-touchdowns are kicked from the 10 and with the 10 yards of the end zone, each one travels 20 yards to the goal posts. Her three misses this season were wide to the left, Petry said.

Briggs said he’s pleased with Petry’s technique and leg strength, also attributing her improvement to time spent at Watts’ camp.

“We have not attempted any field goals this season, but I see her moving the ball back during practice and she does well,” Briggs added. “I am not entirely sure what her range is but I think we could connect on a 25-yard field goal or so.”

Petry is a bit more confident than that, stating that a 30-yard field goal is within her range. On kickoffs, her deepest boot carried to the opposition’s 15.

Looking ahead, Batavia has two more regular season games before sectional playoffs and, beyond that, Petry hopes to be the team’s starting kicker next year, but understands there could be competition for the job.

She said she has thought about kicking in college.

“I know that I will have to work really, really hard to get there, but I also know – myself personally – that if I set my mind to something and I’m driven enough, I could do it,” she said. “Right now, I’ve been college hunting, but focusing on what school academically would be best for me.”

Petry has a 4.097 grade point average (97 on a scale of 100) and is looking to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. Along with her academics and athletics, she works 16 hours a week at McDonald’s.

All in all, she said she’s making the most of her football career, following in the footsteps of her dad and brother – both former Blue Devils.

“It has been quite an experience, and I’ve loved every moment of it,” she said.

Photo above by Steve Ognibene.

October 14, 2021 - 10:31am
posted by Press Release in Batavia Downs, harness racing, sports.


Press  release:

Jim Morrill Jr. remained flaming hot at Batavia Downs after he won four more races at the Genesee County track including both Open paces. Morrill’s torrid pace at the current meet accelerated over the last three days where he won 15 races out of his 26 starts at the Downs. Morrill currently has 80 wins this year at Batavia and just went over the half-million-dollar mark in earnings tonight.

The highlight of his evening came in the $13,500 fillies and mares Open I Handicap pace with Taupeka Jessie N ($3.00) who took the lead past the quarter, established a commanding 1-1/2 length lead by the half and extended that to 2-3/4 at the line where she won in 1:54.

It was the second straight win for Taupeka Jessie N who remains undefeated at Batavia for owners Vogel & Wags Nags, Team Rice Racing and Adelphi Bloodstock and trainer Maria rice.

Then in the $12,200 Open II handicap for distaff side-wheelers, Morrill grabbed the lines behind Vicious Circle ($2.10) for the first time and took full advantage of a class drop to also go gate to wire, heavily regarded at 1-9 and win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:54.2.  

Vicious Circle is owned by Rick Howles, Geoff Howles and Souren Hovsepian and is trained by John Hallett.

Morrill rounded out his grand slam with Southern Palms (1:58.1, $39.60) and Proudamericangirl (1:58.1, $3.30).

When live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Oct. 15), there will once again be two healthy carryovers available.

With no single unique winning ticket purchased in the Jackpot Pick-5 on Wednesday night (Oct. 13), there is a carryover of $8,212 for that bet in race nine and with the same situation occurring in the Jackpot Pick-6, another carryover of $1,957 will be in place for that wager in race four.

Free full past performance programs for the entire card -- that includes these races -- can also be downloaded at bataviadownsgaming.com under the live racing tab, where they can be found for every live night of racing at Batavia Downs.

Post time for the first race is at 5 p.m.

October 14, 2021 - 10:10am


Press release:

GENESEE AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION invites children to the Batavia Ice Rink on Evans Street on Saturday, November 6h for a Try Hockey For Free clinic as part of  Hockey  Week  Across  America.  Starting at 10:30 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. local youth, ages 4 to 9, are encouraged to experience ice hockey for the first time and learn the basic skills in a fun, safe environment.

“We look forward to welcoming families to Batavia Ice Rink to try our great sport of ice hockey” said Sharon Gray, Coordinator of the “Try Hockey for Free” event.  “Our goal is for these families to enjoy watching their kids learn new skills with big smiles on their faces.”

USA Hockey’s Try Hockey program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations with a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge. 

All your youngster needs is a helmet (bike or sports) and winter gloves.  Skates are available at the Rink and will be available Free of Charge through the Firland Rink Management Group. The GAHA organization does have some used hockey helmets available for the event as well as a few hockey sticks.

Players in attendance will be given a free hockey jersey to take home.

To register for this Try Hockey For Free event, please visit


Photo: File photo from 2013.

October 11, 2021 - 7:59pm
posted by Press Release in sports, Bowling, Genesee Region USBC.

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A $1,000 first prize, based on 80 entries, is being offered to the winner of the 59th Genesee Region USBC Masters Tournament, which is scheduled for Oct. 23-24 at Medina Lanes.

The scratch singles tournament features two four-game qualifying rounds on Saturday – at 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. The top 16 bowlers will advance to a four-game semifinal round at 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the top eight bowlers (eight-game totals) will compete in an eight-game Peterson Point match play finals starting at noon. In Peterson Point competition, points are awarded for winning a match and awarded (or deducted) for score in relation to 200.

The entry fee is $60. The top 16 will receive prize money.

To enter, contact Mike Johnson at 585-297-6040 or AJ Allenbrandt at 585-813-4465.

Two GRUSBC senior tournaments are set for November.

  • Oak Orchard Bowl in Albion will host the 36th Gladys Ford Memorial Women’s Senior Singles Tournament on Nov. 6-7 with squad times both days at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $30.

Bowlers will roll three games, with their choice of the day they wish to compete. Participants will be divided into six age classifications -- 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 & over.

  • Perry Bowling Center will host the 16th annual Senior Masters, a scratch singles tournament offering $350 for first place, based on 48 entries. The entry fee is $40.

Qualifying squads are at 1 and 3 p.m., with semifinals and finals to follow.

Entry forms for the tournaments can be found at www.bowlgr.com.

October 10, 2021 - 10:53am
posted by Press Release in sports, gymnastics.


Press release:
Team results:
1. Pittsford: 134.775, 2. Fairport:125.85, 3. Genesee: 113.6, 4. Corning: 111.75
All Around results:
1. Elizabeth Power (Pittsford): 35.5, 7. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 29.6,  9. Kori Radley (Genesee): 27.9, 10th. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 27.8, 12. Roan Finn (Genesee): 27.2, 13. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 25.35
Vault results:
1. Elizabeth Power (Pittsford): 9.35, 6. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 8.15, 8. Roan Finn (Genesee): 7.85, 9. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 7.8, 11. Kori Radley (Genesee): 7.7, 14. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 7.2
Uneven Bar results:
1. Elizabeth Power (Pittsford): 8.8, 9. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 6.1, 11. Roan Finn (Genesee): 5.8, 12. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 5.4, 13. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 5.2, 16. Kori Radley (Genesee): 4.5
Balance Beam results:
1. Katie Kull (Pittsford) & Elise Westrich (Fairport): 8.4, 2. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 8.3, 9.  Kori Radley (Genesee): 7.3, 11. Emily Salmonds & Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 6.6, 14. Roan Finn (Genesee): 6.2
Floor Exercise results:
1. Katie Kull (Pittsford): 9.325, 9. Kori Radley (Genesee): 8.4,  11. Emily Salmonds (Genesee): 8.0, 15. Roan Finn (Genesee): 7.35, 17. Haylie Leitten (Genesee): 7.05, 19. Gianna Trigilio (Genesee): 6.35,  20. Aleisha St. Clair (Genesee): 5.1
Next meet: 
Friday, October 15, 2021 - 6pm at MCA Gymnastics against:
Penfield-Webster & Corning.
Picture from left to right (Picture by Kati Finn):
Aleisha St. Clair, Kendall Chase, Emily Salmonds, Kori Radley, Gianna Trigilio, Haylie Leitten, Roan Finn, Kenedi Smith, Mikayla Yohon
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