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September 16, 2008 - 9:09pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports.

Alexander moved to 4-2-2 overall and 4-1-1 in the league with a hard fought 1-0 win over Attica at home on Tuesday.  Playing their 2nd game in two days Alexander looked a bit sluggish at times but battled their way throughout the game and came away with a 1-0 victory that took overtime to settle.

Alexander's defenders, Sophmores Claire Hartl and Savannah VanSon, Junior Leah Johnson, and 8th grader Gabby Kwiatek limited Attica to 8 shots on goal in the game.  All 4 defenders played all 100 minutes of the game today and also played all 80 minutes of the game yesterday and their efforts did not go unnoticed as they walked off the field tonight.

The only goal of the game came on a great individual effort by Junior forward Anna Dominick as she stayed with a ball, split three defenders and fired a shot into the left side of the net just inside the post with 5 minutes left in the 2nd overtime.  Alexander managed to kill off the rest of the clock and pick up their 3rd straight win, all by shutout.

Alexander is back in action Friday and Saturday at the Kendall tournament before their Monday and Wednesday matchups with Wheatland and Elba, the top two teams in Division II.

September 16, 2008 - 7:47pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The boys and girls Cross Country Teams are on a tear!!!!  The boys team improved to 7 - 0 on the season after crushing Byron Bergen (15-47), Wayland Cohocton (17-42),Mount Morris (15-50), and Cal-Mum (15-43).  The Irish finished 1 - 2- 3 in the race with Freshman Quin O'Connor winning his third race of the season in 17:25.  Kevin Pawlak was second man at 17:40 and Matt Jackson was third at 18:03.  Eric Shormann was seventh in the race at 19:09 and Nate Flumerfeldt was right on his heals with the same time for eighth place.  Other finisher for ND were:

Taylor Alexander 20:34 (14)

Marshall Argenta 21:01 (17)

Vince Stadler 21:24 (19)

Matt Sausner  21:47 (20)

Andy Fischer  21:53 (21)

Conlan Edwards 30:56  (37)

Ashley Calarco again led all girls in winning her second race of the season cruising a 20:55 on the Bergen course in leading the girls to a 3 -1 day (6 -1 overall).  The Irish beat Byron Bergen (26-29), Cal-Mum (15-50), Mount Morris (28-28--Nd gets win on sixth runner), and dropped to Wayland-Cohocton (29-26).  Jill Marshall ran strong for the Irish placing 6th in 23:07.  ND's sixth runner, Teresa Jackson broke the tie with Mount Morris with her 24th place finish beating Mount Morris' sixth runner with a time of 28:30.  Other ND finishers:

Meghan Zickl  24:50  (15)

Haley Alexander  25:15 (16)

Rachel Berggren  25:43  (19)

Tia Arnold  32:08  (29)

September 16, 2008 - 7:33pm
posted by chris freeman in baseball, Batavia Muckdogs, sports, dwyer stadium.

Hi i am Chris Freeman.  For the last four months I worked for the Batavia Muckdogs as an intern.  I was actually the PA announcer.  Eventhough, I was not being paid, I had such an awesome time at dwyer stadium.  I learned things like selling tickets, power washing and learning how to effectively speak into a microphone.  I felt like i was part of the Muckdog family although i was just an intern.

I would like to thank Travis Sick, Casey Freeman and Shirley Figueroa for always putting up with my work habits.  I learned alot from those guys.  Thank you for that.  I would also like to thank Big Dave for encouraging me to be an entertainer.  I will always remember this experience every time I go past Dwyer Stadium.  I had an amazing time there.  I dont care if the fans will ever remember me for when i announced in the year 2008, while wayne was on radio.  I just want the fans to remember one thing and that is " Thats another Turnbull K".

September 16, 2008 - 4:33pm
posted by Mary Emminger in sports, question.

I cannot seem to find any info on any of the BHS girls soccer events.  I think this is a great idea but I am interested in all of the local sports.  Did I miss it or is there no coverage?  Thanks

September 16, 2008 - 11:55am
posted by Brian Hillabush in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

The rumor flying around Dwyer Stadium during the playoffs about Batavia Muckdogs General Manager Dave Wellenzohn not returning for next year is true.

The Rochester Red Wings Managment, LLC and Wellenzohn just released a joint press release confirming that he will not be back in 2009.

"In order for the Rochester Red Wings to proceed towards branding our product in Batavia better, Dave and Rochester Community Baseball both recognize that we should have somebody with more Red Wings' experience running day-to-day operations," said Red Wings Chairman of the Board Naomi Silver.

Silver thanked Wellenzohn for the work he did over the winter to keep the organization together while the the New York-Pennsylvania League, the Rochester Red Wings and the City of Batavia worked to keep the team in Batavia.

Having a very short promotional season, Wellenzohn still managed to sell outfield signs to local businesses, bring in a staff to work games and had some unique promotions to help sell season tickets.

Both parties are leaving on good terms, according to the press release.

"I feel the experience I've gained during my time in Batavia will only help me down the road and I look forward to my next opportunity in professional baseball. The 2008 season was a great year in Batavia, with winning the New York-Penn League Championship, and I'm glad I had a chance to be apart of it," Wellenzohn said. 

"I have nothing but high marks for Rochester Community Baseball and have every confidence that they'll do a great job in Batavia, just like they have in Rochester."

Wellenzohn has already been in contact with several organizations about possible job opportunities. 

The 2008 NY-P League champions expect to announce their new front office staff sometime in the early fall.

September 15, 2008 - 10:27pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 The Caledonia-Mumford girls volleyball team took the first game over rival Le Roy 25-23, but the Oatkan Knights stormed back and took the next three sets 25-22, 25-19, 25-19.

Alyssa Lamkin had seven aces and seven kills for LR (3-2).

The Red Raiders fall to 1-4.

September 15, 2008 - 9:54pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 While every program in high school sports must deal with graduation every year, it seems like the Byron-Bergen girls volleyball team gets hit extremely hard every year.

At first it was Alyssa D'Errico, who went on to play at Penn State, where she has won a Division I championship. D'Errico led B-B to three consecutive New York State Public High School Athletic Association titles.

Last year it was Alannah Heale and Stacey Hahn graduating and going on to play in college.

But again, girls step up and now the Bees are 6-0 after cruising past Aquinas 25-14, 25-19, 25-23.

"All 12 girls on the team have really stepped up this year," said coach Kristen Partridge. "We had some very good players graduate, but somebody had to step up."

The biggest star B-B has this year is senior outside hitter Mary Cocking, who is a three-time Genesee Region League all-star and was an obvious choice as a team leader.

She led the way Monday with nine kills, six digs and three aces.

"The girls look to her as the leader on the court," Partridge said. "When she's up, they are up. When she's at her best, they are at their best. She is very experienced and a definite team leader."

With libero Krysta Lougheed missing time early in the season with a knee injury, Ali Phillips has filled in well for her.

She was a key contributer as well as Sarah Hartman, who handed out 16 assists with four aces. Kayla Konieczny had 14 kills in the impressive victory over Aquinas (2-3).

"(Aquinas) is stronger than they have been in the past," Partridge said. "They posted a good challenge and the girls played a good, well-rounded game."

September 15, 2008 - 9:36pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

Katie Joslyn served six aces and handed out four assists as the Oakfield-Alabama volleyball team took care of Wheatland-Chili 25-18, 25-22, 25-15.

MacKenzie Kehlenbeck had three aces with five kills for the Hornets.

Gina Grasso had five aces for the Wildcats (0-6).

O-A is now 2-3. 

September 15, 2008 - 8:44pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports.

The Alexander girls ran their league record to 3-1-1 with a 3-0 win over Oakfield tonight.  Their overall record moved to 3-2-2 in the process as well.

Alexander got out to a 1-0 lead early as Senior Forward Rachel Pettys finished off a play that came from Anna Dominick to Tessa Bigelow and was finished off by Pettys from 8 yards just over 90 seconds into the game.  Oakfield played inspired the rest of the first half and outplayed Alexander for large portions of the game as Alexander struggled to complete any passes.

Alexander came out after halftime and went right to work taking the kickoff right down the field.  After Oakfield cleared their zone Anna Dominick found Pettys on a through ball at midfield and Pettys went in alone and her shot went between the goalies legs and she finished it off as she followed her own shot to make it 2-0 75 seconds into the 2nd half.  Alexander controlled much of the play in the 2nd half but still struggled to move the ball thanks to some scrappy defense.

Alexander would tack on a late insurance goal as junior reserve midfielder Kat Schmieder found 8th grade midfielder Abby Shilvock and Shilvock tucked the ball into the right corner of the net to make it 3-0 with exactly a minute left in the game.

Sophmore goalkeeper Hannah Wilson made 4 stops in net for her 2nd consecutive shutout.  8th grade defender Gabby Kwiatek and Sophmore defender Claire Hartl lead the way in the back both pitching in strong games marking.  Sophmore midfielder Ashley Szymanski, called up from JV this week, contributed with some great passing.

Alexander is back in action tomorrow at home against Attica.  Alexander has a brutal stretch the next 10 days with todays game at Oakfield, tomorrow against Attica, Friday at Kendall, Saturday at Kendall against York or Albion, Monday against Wheatland, and Wednesday against Elba.

September 15, 2008 - 8:22pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 The Batavia girls tennis team is off to a hot start, improving to 4-0 with a solid 7-0 win over Greece Arcadia, which falls to 3-2.

Amy Schmidt had a 6-0, 6-1 victory at second singles for the Blue Devils.

September 15, 2008 - 6:28pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

Here at The Batavian, we would like to start posting bowling scores from area leagues. 

League coordinators please register on the Web site and feel free to post your league scores directly on the sports page after each night.

Registration is easy and only takes a couple of minutes and once you are signed up you only have to click Create Content on the left side of the page, change the category to sports and write the word "sports" in the Tags line.

Then post scores for any bowler that finishes with a single game over 200 or has a series of 600 or higher.

September 15, 2008 - 5:47pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

After the Batavia Muckdogs won the New York-Pennsylvania League championship Sunday night with a victory over Jamestown at Dwyer Stadium, the players all charged to the mound to celebrate the victory.

But that will be the only celebration that the team will be doing until the start of next year.

In a telephone conversation Monday afternoon, Rochester Red Wings Chairman of the Board Naomi Silver said that there are no plans for any parade or party to celebrate the title at this time.

"We will probably do a parade when the season is about to start next year," Silver said. "All the player personnel left this morning. There really isn't much we can do at this point."

September 14, 2008 - 9:44pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

In front of nearly 1,400 screaming fans, Adam Reifer struck out Justin Bass to secure the Batavia Muckdog's first league title since 1963 with a 9-3 victory over the Jamestown Jammers.

With the third strike of the third out in the top of the ninth, fans and players alike went wild as young men in red jerseys swarmed the field and piled on top of each other in front of home plate.  In the stands, fans screamed, hugged and high-fived.

Within minutes, league president Ben Hayes presented the championship trophy to manager Mark DeJohn.

The Muckdogs won game one of the three-game series in Jamestown on Friday night. Saturday's game was rained out.

The game was close up until the bottom of the eighth inning when the Muckdogs blew the game open by scoring five runs.

Jamestown had scored two runs in the top of the inning to make it 4-3.

Frederick Parejo went 4-4 and Shane Peterson picked up three hits.

The starter and winner was Hector Cardenas who went six innings and gave up only 1 run.

If it all turned out, we'll post some video from tonight later.

UPDATE:  I shot video with two cameras.  One was a little Flip so I could post something quickly.  That hasn't quite worked out. For some reason, YouTube keeps throwing an error when I try to upload it.  Google Video took it just fine, and you can view it here.  We'll see how it goes with the other video, which includes some interviews.

UPDATE II: Still having trouble with getting a video to upload to YouTube.  The quality of this on Google just isn't very good, but here's the longer video with interviews and such.

UPDATE III: Wow, I kept getting these upload errors, but all this time -- the first video did upload and process just fine.  Here's video #1 -- shot with the Flip just to get a quick video of the final out.  The second video finally did upload and is processing now.  I'll embed either when it's ready or later in the morning (late tonight now, so I might sleep in a bit).

UPDATE IV:  Ok, here it is ... the longer video with interviews (Ben Hayes, Dan Mason, Brian Paris and Bill Kauffman):

UPADATE V: Nice summary of the Muckdog's post season on Scout.com. Also, long story on MLB.com, with some nice quotes from Shane Peterson.

September 14, 2008 - 12:47pm

A brief look at the Genesee Region Girl's soccer standings through 9/14.  These standings are by points so they will not be 100% accurate or realistic because teams have played different numbers of points.

Division 1:

1 - Alexander (2-1-1)

1 - Byron-Bergen (2-1-1)

3 - Holley (2-2-1)

4 - Pembroke (1-0-1)

5 - Attica (1-1)

6 - Kendall (0-3)

Division 2:

1 - Elba (3-0)

2 - Wheatland-Chili (2-1)

3 - Lyndonville (2-2)

4 - Oakfield-Alabama (1-1)

5 - Batavia Notre Dame (0-4)

Elba knocked off Wheatland-Chili in the 1st week giving them the definite upper hand in the Division 2 reach.  Wheatland knocked off Holley on Friday and the cross-over games for Elba and Wheatland will definitely play a huge role in who ends up on top of this division.  Without a major mistake by both the other 3 teams should not challenge the top 2 teams in Division 2.

In division 1 Pembroke is technically in 1st being the only team without a loss in the league.  Alexander and Bergen have identical records and tied each other meaning they are neck and neck.  Holley lost to Wheatland on Friday putting them a step behind the top 3 at the current moment.  Elba and Wheatland will have a huge impact on who wins Division 1 as both should be able to compete with (and possibly beat) the top 4 teams in Division 1.  This is the first time in a number of years that Division 2 will have such a huge impact in the Division 1 title race.

Stats:

Goals - Clark (Elba) 9, Drage (Wheatland) 6 lead the way.

Assists - Marshall (Elba) 4, Smith (Wheatland) 3 lead the way.

The top 3 goalies in the league appear to be Wilson from Alexander, Brooks from Holley and Reeb from Pembroke.

The league races are shaking up to be very interesting.

September 14, 2008 - 12:51am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The only goal of the game came in the 25th minute when Tim Voges scored of a header by Greg Kryman, who was the tournament MVP.

That goal by Batavia's boys soccer team helped the Blue Devils improve to 3-2 and win the Holley Tournament.

Defensive MVP Jordan Brown had nine saves for the shutout.

September 13, 2008 - 9:20pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 With Andrew Wright and Mike Dibble in the backfield, the Pembroke football team will keep defenders on their toes all season long.

Alexander had no answer for the two runners as the Dragons picked up an easy 56-13 win.

"We were fortunate to have Dibble and (Joe) Striegel last year," Pembroke coach Chip Foster said. "Now we add Andrew to the mix this year and we are liking that 1-2 punch. We will move Andrew around a little bit, but when you put them two in the backfield together, other teams don't really know what to do."

Wright's numbers were insane.

He only ran the ball eight times, but scored four touchdowns and finished with a whopping 165 yards.

Dibble had 10 touches, gaining 90 yards while getting in the end zone twice.

J.P. Phillips had 26 yards and a TD and David Kleckler went 2-of-3 passing for 110 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

The game was a rout early as Josh Hanel had an interception and returned it 42 yards to the Alexander 5-yard line to start the game. Wright had the touchdown run.

Ben Marion, Matt Phelps and Sam Martino also had interceptions and Pembroke led 56-0 at the half.

Ryan Piechocki had a 37-yard touchdown run for the Trojans, who fall to 0-2.

Pembroke is now 2-0 and rolling.

"After the kids work in the preseason and play two games, it is great to be 2-0," Foster said. "Everybody wants to be back in the playoffs and Class C is so competitive that we want to have a home game. That is the kid's goal and they are working hard towards it."

September 13, 2008 - 7:30pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in Batavia Muckdogs, sports.

Tonight's New York-Pennsylvania League championship series game is rained out and will be made up at 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Dwyer Stadium.

The Muckdogs lead the series 1-0 and if a third game is necessary, it will be played on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

September 13, 2008 - 5:38pm
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports, Notre Dame.

With the rain coming down in buckets Saturday afternoon, it was difficult for either the Notre Dame or Attica football teams to hold onto the football.

But on one key occasion, the Fighting Irish won the game because of the job of the long snapper, holder and kicker.

Matt Thompson's extra point in the final minutes wound up being the play of the game as Notre Dame edged visiting Attica 27-26.

Holder Kevin Francis had issues holding the placement on Thompson's two previous kicks - a shanked 42-yard field goal attempt and an extra point attempt which turned into a botched play.

But after Francis scored a game-tying touchdown with 2 1/2 minutes left, Rick Lair had a perfect snap to Francis, who placed the ball for Thompson, who cashed the game winning kick.

"I just knew I had to dry my hands, relax and get it down so Thompson could kick it," Francis said. 

Thompson has hit plenty of big kicks for Notre Dame in his high school career, but this ranks at or near the top for the junior.

"I had faith in Rick Lair and Kevin Francis," Thompson said. "I just went through my routine, followed through and made it. It was any other PAT. I knew what I was doing."

The kick was the biggest play, but there were several in the comeback effort by ND, one that could have possibly escalated the Fighting Irish into league title contenders. 

"In this league, any win is coveted," ND coach Rick Mancuso said. "The competition is very steep. We are very fortunte to have come out in the second half and put forth the effort we needed to do for the win. I'm very proud of these guys."

The larger Attica squad got a 12-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Rollings to Brock Minnick early in the first quarter. After the extra point attempt was missed, Notre Dame answered back with a Mike Pratt 1-yard TD run.

Thompson added the extra point for the 7-6 lead.

Attica then started taking control of the contest.

Shawn Dupuis returned a punt 65 yards for a score, Luke Pariso intercepted a pass and Dave Jennings scored to give the Blue Devils a 20-7 halftime lead.

Pratt - who finished with 115 yards and three TDs on 22 carries - dove in from a yard out to start the second half after Francis returned the opening kickoff 60 yards.

Notre Dame got an intereception by Greg Barr and was off and running again. After Pratt ripped off a 31-yarder, Kevin Schildwaster dove in the end zone after finishing off an 11-yard scamper.

 

The rain had turned from a slight drizzle into a full-out downpour at this point.

This was when the extra point snap was bobbled and Thompson had to throw the ball way before the old "linebacker kills kicker" thing happened.

Attica and Notre Dame had some struggles until the rain started slowing down a little bit early in the fourth quarter.

Rollings had a 70-yard run on a quarterback keeper for Attica. Notre Dame was penalized half the distance to the goal line because of a facemask call.

On a first-and-goal at the 5, Andy Ruddock eased his way into the end zone. The conversion run failed and Attica led 26-20 with about 10 minutes left.

The two squads exchanged punts and the Fighting Irish started a drive with just over six minutes left on the clock at their own 42, knowing it was now or never.

Without a touchdown, they were going to fall to 0-2 and basically be eliminated from contention in the race for the Genesee Region League title.

There weren't any big yardage plays, but there were two big penalty plays on the drive.

Attica was called for pass interference after an incomplete pass on a fourth-and-3, then jumped offsides on the next play.

Junior quarterback Nick Bochicchio couldn't get a grip on the ball on a first-and-goal from the 9, but shoveled it to Francis, who took scored a touchdown that tied the game at 26 with 2 1/2 minutes left.

"It was raining the entire second half and we weren't throwing," said Francis, who caught six passes for 32 yards. "We tried to catch them off their feet. Bo didn't really throw it, it was like a baseball toss. I saw an opening and got in."

Thompson, who is a true kicker and attended several camps over the offseason, then drained the kick.

Attica did have a chance as Rollings tossed a 32-yard pass to Dupuis and then had a 10-yard run.

But an offensive interference call set up a fourth-and-very long, which was incomplete ending the game.

Bochicchio followed up his 27-of-34 for 182 yards performance in a loss to Pembroke with an 8-of-11, 66-yard day against Attica (1-1).

The Fighting Irish are now 1-1.

September 13, 2008 - 12:29am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

The Batavia boys soccer team evened its record up at 2-2 with a 4-1 victory over Section 6's Newfane Friday afternoon.

The Panthers had actually opened the scoring with a goal in the first half, but the Blue Devils scored four times after the break.

Chris Grammatico scored twice with Ronnie Klinebach and Greg Kryman adding a goal apiece.

Boys Soccer

LE ROY 2, CAL-MUM 0: The Oatkan Knights recorded a third consecutive shutout and improve to 3-2 on the season.

Conor O'Halloran and Jim Mignano both scored a goal.

Phil Schwan had two assists.

Girls Soccer

 ALEXANDER 1, LYNDONVILLE 0: Rachel Pettys scored off a corner kick by Autumn Atkinson at the 30 minute mark of the first half for the only scoring of the game.

Hannah Wilson needed to make just four saves to get the shutout  as the Trojans improve to 2-2-2.

ATTICA 8, NOTRE DAME 0: Christina West banged out four goals for the Blue Devils in the blowout.

Kristie Melven, Angela Gilhoooly, Eliza Stringham and Chelsea Lynch also scored for Attica.

Notre Dame falls to 0-3.

Girls Volleyball

BYRON-BERGEN 25-25-25, OAKFIELD-ALABAMA 12-12-5: Sarah Hartman handed out 14 assists for the Bees, who are 6-0.

Jessica George had five kills and Danielle Hayes added four.

Katie Joslyn had three digs and two helpers for the Hornets (1-3).

NOTRE DAME 25-25-25, PEMBROKE 12-12-9: The Fighting Irish were led by sophomore outside hitter Liz Geandreau, who had eight kills, a block and a dig.

Kendra Wall added six assists for ND (4-1).

Pembroke falls to 1-4.

September 13, 2008 - 12:10am
posted by Brian Hillabush in sports.

 Travis Fenstermaker was one of the stars from last year's Le Roy football team, and one of the few to not graduate.

His experience and relationship with receiver Mike Humphrey is showing as he guided his squad to a second straight victory to start the season, beating visiting Letchworth 41-25 Friday night.

The senior quarterback completed 9-of-18 attempts for 145 yards, tossing a 28-yard pass to Humphrey, who finished with five catches for 118 yards. The dynamic passing duo hooked up on two touchdowns in a Week 1 win over Batavia.

Quentin Humphrey also caught a 5-yard TD pass.

Fenstermaker also had 13 rushing attempts for 62 yards, with a 1-yard TD plunge.

The Oatkan Knights rushed for 277 yards as a team, with Andrew Alexander leading the way with 144 yards on the ground.

Jon Casper rushed for two touchdowns and Tyrone Wyckoff scored once.

Letchworth quarterback Travis Tones started the game's scoring off with a 77-yard TD run in the first quarter and added an eight yard touchdown run later in the game. He finished with 96 yards on the ground.

Bob Sampson had two receptions for 82 yards and both Chris Nevinger and Quincy Pringle had a TD run each for the Indians (1-1).

Le Roy is 2-0.

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