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July 10, 2022 - 8:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, Buddy Brasky, Batavia HS.


Some of the best young basketball players in the region -- about 70 of them -- are participating in an annual five-week basketball camp at Batavia High School hosted by Coach Buddy Brasky.

The program runs from July 5 to August 8.

Brasky said most basketball camps during the summer last for only one week.  He favors five weeks because that gives the players more time to work on their skills.

"Repetition is the mother of learning," Brasky said.

Numbers are good in camp, he said, with 70+ kids. It’s about average compared to other years.

He's been hosting the camp for 25 years.

"I wanted to help raise the level of basketball in the glow region," Brasky said. "Plus I wanted a place where the best players in the area had a place to compete against each other throughout the summer. I expect the players that come to camp to significantly raise their skill level by the end of the camp, and to also raise their competitive spirit."

Assisting Brasky this summer are Matt Shay, boys Varsity coach at Pembroke HS,  Billy Truitt, former Division 1 and professional basketball player,  Tim Sullivan, well-respected skills instructor, and Tim Stevens, boys Varsity assistant coach at BHS.

Photos by Howard Owens





May 18, 2022 - 4:34pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in pembroke, pembroke hs, sports, United Basketball, basketball, notify.


Pembroke High School held a special "assembly game" of its United Basketball team against the Pioneer Panthers, of Section VI, on Wednesday afternoon.

Unified Basketball, sanctioned by the NYS High School Athletics Association and Special Olympics, brings together teams of students with disabilities and those without to compete regionally.

"The purpose of an Assembly Game is to help spread the word about Unified sports and encourage more involvement, as well as provide some student-athletes with a once-in-a-lifetime experience to compete before a packed gymnasium of their peers," said Principal Nathan Work.  "This is a pretty big deal in the world of Special Olympics and Unified Sports."

Pembroke won 44-38.








May 7, 2022 - 8:00am
posted by Press Release in Buddy Brasky, sports, basketball.


Press release:

Batavia High School Coach Buddy Brasky will hold a Basketball Training Camp at The Batavia City Schools this summer.

Brasky will be joined by Matt Shay, boys varsity coach at Pembroke HS,  Billy Truitt, former Division 1 and professional basketball player,  Tim Sullivan, well respected skills instructor and Tim Stevens, boys varsity assistant coach at Batavia HS.

Basketball Training Camp will be held from July 5th- August 8th.  There will be 2 sessions:

1. Monday/Wednesday from 10-12:30 and Friday from 11-1 for boys in grades 10-college.

2. Tuesday/Thursday from 10-12:30 and Friday from 9-11 for boys in grades 7-9.

This is a five-week program that will emphasize offensive skill development.  The program is open to boys grades 7 to college.  The cost for the program is $350.  For an application, email Buddy Brasky at  [email protected]

Photo: File photo of 2017 camp.

May 2, 2022 - 2:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in dave pero, basketball, sports.


Batavia resident, a former coach at Notre Dame, has announced new basketball clinics for children in kindergarten through their senior year in high school called Back to Basics.

For players K-2, 3-4, and 5-6, clinics will be Saturday mornings.

On Monday evenings, clinics will be held for players 7-8 and 9-12.

Clinics are $30 per session or $200 for all eight sessions.

Registration is open at www.basicbasketballclinic.com

I will have current high school and college coaches and players helping me," Pero said. "I'm really looking forward to it."

March 26, 2022 - 7:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, sports, basketball.


Elba Central School hosted  “Heroes and Hoops” Friday night in the high school gymnasium.  The game was a fundraiser for the senior scholarship fund.  The senior basketball athletes played against local service members.

Photos by Debra Reily. For more, click here.






March 25, 2022 - 10:54am
posted by Press Release in elba, sports, basketball.


Press release:

Elba Central School is excited to host “Heroes and Hoops” tonight at 6:30 pm.  This showcase game benefits the senior scholarship fund.  The senior basketball athletes will complete for bragging rights against local service members.  The guest coach for the Elba athletes is our very own Tyler Winter, who is also a championship Aggie football coach, while the coach for the Heroes team is renowned girls’ basketball coach, Kenzie Bezon.  Leah Bezon, former Lancer basketball all-star, will join Coach Kenzie Bezon.

There will be a three-point contest at halftime, along with a basket raffle and concessions.  Tickets are $5 each and are on sale in the Elba Central District office.  Seating is limited, so get your tickets now!  American flags will be given to the first 50 entrants to the game; doors open at 6:00.  

March 13, 2022 - 5:28pm
posted by Session Placeholder in sports, basketball.


Story by Mike Wertman/OrleansHub
Photos by Debra Reilly/The Batavian

Completing the sweep, the Genesee Region League boys likewise outlasted the Niagara-Orleans League 86-82 in overtime in the Exceptional Senior game this evening at Albion.

The N-O sent the contest into overtime on late baskets by Jarin Rhim (Medina) and Jahmeek Riley (Albion), the latter coming with just four seconds to go knotting the score at 72-72.

The G-R though claimed the win by outscoring the N-O 14-10 in the extra period as Zach Marscelli (Elba) had a two and a three, Gaige Armbrewster (Oakfield-Alabama) a pair of baskets, Kam Cusmano (Oakfield-Alabama) a bucket, and CJ Gottler (Elba) his fifth three of the evening.

Aiden Petrie (Roy-Hart) and Connor Gunby (Newfane) both had a pair of baskets for the N-O in the overtime.

The N-O held a slender 21-19 lead at the end of the first period but the G-R rallied into leads of 40-33 at the half and 57-51 at the three-quarter mark.

Gottler scored 11, including three threes, in the first half and Marsceill had a pair of threes in the third period for the G-R.

Vinny Buscarino (Roy-Hart) hit two threes in the opening period for the N-O as Tyler Gibson (Albion) and Brady Harrington Newfane had two baskets each. Harrington also scored 6 in the third and Riley 6 in the fourth.

Gottler finished with a game-high 17, Marsceill 14, Armbrewster 11, Kam Cusmano and Aaron Lund (Wheatland-Chili) 9 each, and Colin McCulley (Notre Dame) and Cody Henry (Notre Dame) 7 each to set the pace for the G-R.

Buscarino finished with 14, Harrington 12, Gunby 11, Petrie 10, Riley 10, Paul Smith (Wilson) 8, Gibson 7, and Rhim 7 to lead the N-O.

The N-O now holds a 12-9 lead in the series.





March 12, 2022 - 4:37pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame.



In a hard-fought girls basketball game in which neither team ever managed more than a four-point lead until the closing seconds, Notre Dame fell to Sherman in the Far West Regional Championship for Class D. 

The final score: 35-29.

Judah Macdonald scored nine points, Avelin Tomidy, eight, and Emma Sisson, five. Maylee Green scored three points and had eight rebounds.

For Sherman, sophomore Paige Grotto led the way, scoring 24 points and being a strong defensive presence.

For more photos, click here.









March 10, 2022 - 4:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, oakfield-alabama.


After a good run in 2021-22 that saw them secure another Section V title, the Oakfield-Alabama Hornets came up short in their attempt to make it to the state championships with a loss to Avon on Wednesday, 56-43.

No stats are available from the game.

Photos by Kristin Smith.  For more, click here.





March 10, 2022 - 1:20am
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, Notre Dame.



For the boys basketball team at Notre Dame, the season is over.

The Fighting Irish on Wednesday night dropped a Class D consolidation game to Prattsburgh-Avoca, 75-51.

Notre Dame's Jordan Welker led the game in scoring with 23 points.  Colin McCulley scored nine and Ryan Fitzpatrick scored seven.

For Prattsburgh, Pacey Hopkins scored 16 and Caleb Johnson scored 14.

But Notre Dame isn't done with basketball just yet this season. The girls team plays Sherman at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Rush-Henrietta for a Far West Regional Championship.

Photos by Pete Welker.





March 9, 2022 - 9:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Pavilion.



East Rochester's pesky defense managed to slow down what had been a hot Pavilion offense to start the game and the Bombers were able to pull away from the Golden Gophers for a 56-42 win in the Class C consolidation game tonight at Bloomfield High School.

The bombers converted multiple forced turnovers into points over the course of the game.

Pavilion's Lauren Kingsley led all scorers with 18 points while Samantha Lewis and Zarriah Eldridge both had 15 points for East Rochester.

For more photos from the game, click here.








March 8, 2022 - 12:45am
posted by Steve Ognibene in Notre Dame, basketball, sports.



The Lady Irish of Notre Dame faced Andover-Whitesville at Dansville High School on Monday night to see which Class D team will represent Section V the Far West Regional championship game this weekend and Notre Dame prevailed 38-34.

Andover led 10-9 by Vanissa Hall who scored 7 out of the 10 points in the opening quarter.

The Lady Irish went to work to take over the lead by one point at the half 17-16.  Emma Sisson, Maylee Green and Avelin Tomidy added points in the second quarter.

Hall was held scoreless in the next two quarters as the Irish played tough defense and offense against the junior star who averages 30 plus points per game.

Both teams were evenly matched but Notre Dame went ahead early in the fourth quarter on an 8 point run 32-24. 

Andover crawled back into it to come at times within three points but Emma Sisson created many free throw attempts and scored 6 for 8 late in the game to give the Irish the win.

Notre Dame plays in the Far West Regional this Saturday at Rush-Henrietta High school at 1pm.

To view or purchase photos, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene





March 8, 2022 - 12:41am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Pavilion.


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Pavilion and York have become quite the area rivalry, especially in girls basketball.

On Monday night in Letchworth, it was on full display as fans filled the house and kept the noise level at maximum volume through nearly all 32 minutes of hoops to see which Class C champion will move forward in the postseason.

Last year it was York that prevented Pavilion from winning a second consecutive Section V title (Pavilion, the C2 champs this year now have two trophies from the past three seasons) after Pavilion beat York twice in the regular season.  This year, York prevailed in regular season play but on Monday, when it mattered most, the Gophers were golden, coming out on top 40-28.

They next play East Rochester to see which Class C team will represent Section V against Section VI in the Far West Regional championship game.  The game will be played Wednesday at Rush-Henrietta.

Tonight, Lauren Kingsley was dominant scoring 16 points.  Kylie Conway scored 10 points and Karlee Zinievich scored even.

March 6, 2022 - 11:18am
posted by Steve Ognibene in sports, Pavilion, basketball.


The Lady Gophers reclaimed the sectional title from two years ago with a 46-42 victory over Gananda yesterday afternoon at Rush Henrietta High School. 

Shea Amberger lead the way with 17 points and Laura Kingsley came up big in the fourth scoring at some key moments when the Gophers needed it most.

“Being down by seven in the first quarter was not the opening game plan, we were happy to be going in to the half up two”, said head coach Ben Schwenebraten. Our defensive effort in the second quarter was very good, which allowed us to regain the lead."

At the half Pavilion had a two-point lead 21-19.

Karlee Zinkievich scored two three-pointers on the night of which one in the third help give Pavilion a narrow lead going into the fourth.

“Each timeout in the fourth, we reemphasized their defensive effort and to play with confidence on offense. It was important to take care of the ball against the press so that we could get a good look at the basket.”

The Panthers Kaylee Marah scored eight in the fourth and 15 points in the game but was not enough to come close at the end.  Also, scoring was Nadia Martznick with 14 points.

This is the Gophers' second title in the last three seasons.

To view or purchase prints, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene









March 5, 2022 - 8:51pm
posted by Philip Casper in sports, basketball, Alexander.


The Alexander Lady Trojans season ended with a tough 61-37 loss against the #1 seeded East Rochester Bombers in the Section V Class C1 finals, finishing with a 14-10 record.  

Alexander’s standouts include Natalie Whitmore sinking 8 out of 10 free throws, leading the team with 16 points, and Alyssa Kramer following up scoring 8 points.  

East Rochester’s Broker scored 34 points alone and was a thorn in the side of Alexander’s defense the entire game.  

Alyssa Kramer Kramer and Whitmore were honored after the game, being selected to the C1 all-tournament team.

Top photo: Melanie Pohl breaking through the Bomber’s defense



Natalie Whitmore​ reaching for a rebound 


Alyssa Kramer after a breakaway, completing a lay-up


Natalie Whitmore


Riley Powell putting defensive pressure on East Rochester


The Town of Alexander came to show their support for their team and Coach Hirsch


Natalie Whitmore and Alyssa Kramer, Section V, Class C1 All-Stars

March 5, 2022 - 8:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, Section V, sports, basketball, notify.
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Mike Rapone is going out as he came in, the coach of a team that won a Section V title.

He coached the 1981 champions and today, in the final Section V championship game of his career, the Fighting Irish seized the block again, this time keeping it away from cross-county rivals Elba with a 59-46 win.

The title is the 10th sectional title of Rapone's legendary career, a Section V record. It is win number 728 for Rapone, also a Section V record.

Leading the way for the champions was Colin McCulley, who scored 19 points. Jordan Welker scored 13, Ryan Fitzpatrick scored eight, Jimmy Fanara, seven, and Cody Henry, five.

For Elba, CJ Gottler scored 15 points, Zack Marsceill, 12, Scott Connor, six, and Jake Walczak and Mike Long, five each.


March 5, 2022 - 3:04pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, sports, basketball.


The Oakfield-Alabama Hornets had little trouble with Lyons at Victor Hight School on Friday on their way to a Section V Class C2 championship.

Final score: O-A 55, Lyons 29.

Kam Cusmano scored 18 points for the Hornets, with Gaige Armbrewster scoring 13 and Kaden Cusmano scoring 10.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.










March 3, 2022 - 7:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Section V, sports, basketball.


There are six Genesee County basketball teams competing for a coveted Section V trophy in five boys and girls basketball games this Friday and Saturday.

Here is the schedule:


  • Notre Dame (#2) vs. Filmore (#1), 8 p.m., at Letchworth, Girls Class D1
  • Oakfield-Alabama (#2) vs. Lyons (#1), 7 p.m., at Victor, Boys Class C2


  • Alexander (#7) vs. East Rochester (#1), 3 p.m., at Rush Henrietta, Girls Class C1
  • Pavilion (#1) vs. Gananda (#6), 1 pm., at Rush-Henrietta, Girls Class C2
  • Notre Dame (#1) vs. Elba (#2), 11 a.m., at Letchworth, Boys Class D2

Section V officials are expected sellouts at the boys games and tickets for the boys games must be bought in advance online.

Announcement from Section V:

 “Based on input from our membership, Section V will be utilizing digital ticketing exclusively for our boys’ basketball FINALS and the games played to determine who will represent Section V at regionals in Section VI.  Our championship games will be held at high school facilities which have limited seating capacity. There will be NO on-site tickets to purchase, and all digital tickets will be pre-sale only.  Section V will ensure that each program involved in the championship games have first priority for pre-sale tickets. About 24 hours prior to any championship game, any unsold tickets will be made available to the general public to purchase digital tickets. We look forward to providing our student athletes the opportunity to play for a championship in the presence of all their friends, families, and communities. All championship games will be live streamed and available to all for viewing at no cost.”

To purchase tickets, follow this link: https://gofan.co/app/school/NYSPHSAAV

March 3, 2022 - 3:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, basketball, sports.


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Pavilion's girls basketball team will get a third straight shot at a Section V title on Saturday after a come-from-behind win against Kendall on Wednesday.

Kendall made it tough on the Golden Gophers in the first half of the Class C2 semifinal at Honeoye Falls/Lima. 

Pavilion jumped out to an early 6-0 lead but Kendall's aggressive defense along with Pavilion's cold shooting held the team down to only five points scored over more than a 10-minute span, giving Kendall a 19-9 lead at the half.

But the Gophers came out of the locker room ready to take charge in the second half.

In the end, Pavilion came out on top 44-40.

Karlee Zinkievich scored 21 points for Pavilion. Lauren Kingsley, 14, and four blocked shots. Shea Amberger, three points along with six assists and seven rebounds. Paige Landers, five points and six rebounds.

Elizabeth Snyder led Kendall in scoring with 17 points. She also had 12 rebounds.

March 3, 2022 - 12:32am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Le Roy, le roy hs, sports, basketball.



The Oatkan Knights season came to a disappointing end on Wednesday with a 52-48 loss to Myderse Academy in the Class B2 sectional semifinal in boys basketball.

Merritt Holly, Jr., scored 22 points for Le Roy, and Fin Shelby scored 15.

Le Roy came into the game as the #2 seed and Myderse is the #3 seed.

Photos by Ed Henry.








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