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September 24, 2021 - 11:09am
posted by Press Release in Notre Dame, basketball, sports, batavia, notify.


Press release:

Mike Rapone, longtime Basketball Coach at Notre Dame HS, has informed the school that the upcoming 2021-2022 season will be his final one at the helm of one of Section V’s most successful boys basketball programs.

His final season will be his 42nd Varsity season and 45th season coaching basketball at ND.

On March 3rd, 2010, he surpassed legendary coach Ed Nietopski’ s 545 career wins to become Section V’s All-Time winningest coach. Coach Rapone has a Varsity record of 708-208 (Winning percentage 77.3) while his JV record of 47-7 includes consecutive unbeaten seasons in 1979 & 1980.  Rapone coached teams won State Titles in 1992 & 2001, five regional titles, nine Section V titles (tied for the most all-time of any Section V coach), and 33 Genesee Region Division Championships.

He was inducted into the Section V Boys Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016 and Notre Dame HS Hall of Fame in 1996.

Winning the 2001 State Championship team provided one of the special memories of his distinguished coaching career as the roster included 11 players (of 13) that were sons of Coach Rapone’s Notre Dame High School classmate, his childhood friends or neighbors from LeRoy and included his son Mikey, his nephew and assistant coach Dave Pero’s son Jeff.

In the past 15 seasons, Coach Rapone feels blessed to have had the opportunity to work closely with his son Mikey watching him learn how to coach as he worked his way up from program assistant to JV Head coach to his current position as Varsity Associate Head Coach.  This experience and time together with his son have made coaching at Notre Dame even more fulfilling.

When asked about why now to retire, Coach Rapone commented. “I always said I would know when it was time to move on from the job that I love. Being a basketball coach here has been a big part of my life but it is time. Coaching at Notre Dame provided me with the opportunity to help young men learn how to compete and work as a team while personally growing and maturing as individuals. I take great pride in the adults my players have become.  Even though I will miss coaching, the time spent together with the team, and the thrill of competition, it is time for me to move on.”

The school will name Coach Rapone’s successor before the start of the upcoming season to ensure continuity and a smooth transition in the spring. Resumes can be submitted until Oct. 3 to [email protected] or [email protected]

Photo: File photo

April 12, 2021 - 11:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, sports, basketball, notify.


Tom Redband, head coach of Elba's Lady Lancers, which is coming off its fifth straight championship season, announced today that he and his assistant, Marci Redband, also his wife, are stepping down from their coaching positions.

The announcement:

Marci and I would like to announce that we are stepping down from the position of Head Coach/Assistant Coach of the Elba girls basketball program. While this is a very difficult decision due to our love and passion for Elba basketball, we have put a lot of thought into it, and Marci and I know that personally and as a family it is time and the right decision.

Marci and I are so appreciative of the opportunity we were given to lead these wonderful young women. We will cherish these times forever and want to thank all of the supporters from the bottom of our hearts for the positivity and trust. In due time, I look forward to personally thank each one of you. The people we have met and grown relationships with never would have occurred without this opportunity to coach this awesome team, it’s been wonderful.

Marci and I are looking forward to being positive and supportive of the new coach and all the young Lady Lancers we have worked with and will miss dearly. We will be cheering each one of you on and will always be here for you. We will be continuing our basketball training camps, so we won’t be too far away.

When I was given the opportunity to teach business at Elba as my first full-time teaching job and to coach the Lady Lancers, I knew Elba was special, but I didn’t know Elba was next-level special. Well, I know now, and it’s one of a kind. It’s so special and the kids mean so much to us, that of all places, I chose a smelly locker room to propose to Marci. We hope we served the kids and community with class, it was certainly our pleasure. In closing, Marci and I are Lancers for life, and that makes us proud.

For Elba, the past two seasons ended in wins but also disappointments. With a team led by Byrnn Walczak, Taylor Augello, Maddie Muehlig, and Leah Bezon, the Lancers had legitimate chances in each of the past two seasons to win state championships. The team was deprived of that opportunity by a global pandemic. Those four players all graduate this year.

Elba has a long history of basketball success. Tom Redband replaced Tom Nowak, who over 26 seasons amassed 587 wins, 10 sectional titles, and in 2012 a State Championship.

A new head coach has not yet been named.

Photo: File photo of Tom Redband in 2013.

March 14, 2021 - 2:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, oakfield-alabama.


Number 3 seed, at 10-2, Oakfield-Alabama knocked off #1 seed Cal-Mum, at 13-0, by a score of 55-50 to win Saturday's Class C2 Section V trophy at Cal-Mum.

Travis Wiedrich scored 20 points and Kaden Cusmano sunk a trio of three-pointers on his way to a 19-point game.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here, here, and here.







March 13, 2021 - 11:26pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Notre Dame, sports, basketball.


Notre Dame traveled to South Seneca today as the #2 seed in the Class D1 tournament, with two losses on its record, and proceeded to upset the unbeaten #1 seed 55-48 to win a Section V title.

The Lady Irish were once again lead by sophomore Amelia McCulley who scored 30 points.  Lindsey Weidman scored 14 points. Emma Sisson had 12 rebounds, Maylee Green, 11, Weidman, nine, and McCulley, eight.

Submitted photo.

March 13, 2021 - 11:14pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, sports, basketball.
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Five straight section titles are nice, Elba's players will tell you, but they also know there is a "what could have been" question that will forever remain unanswered.

If not for a coronavirus pandemic that wiped out the 2020 postseason and shortened 2021, ending the title push with a sectional championship, could the Lady Lancers have won one, maybe two state titles?

We will never know. But we do know Elba knocked off the #2 seed, Prattsburgh/Avoca,  in a pretty convincing fashion -- a team that regularly won by scoring 60 points or more per game while going 9-1 on the season. The game was never really close. The Lancers won 66-27.

It's the fifth straight Section title for Elba under Head Coach Tom Redband. 

On Saturday, Byrnn Walczak scored 22 points, Taylor Augello, 13, Maddie Muehlig, 12, and Leah Bezon, 9. Muehlig also had eight assists. Dakota Brinkman, who scored five points, had nine rebounds, Walczak, eight, and Augello, seven.

Walczak, Muehlig and Bezon have been part of all five title teams and Augello has been there for the last four. All four graduate this year.

Notre Dame won its Class D1 championship game, so with Elba winning class D2, in any other year, the two archrivals would faceoff in a division consolidation game to determine which team would represent Section V in a Far West Regional championship game. Not this year.

Photos by Debra Reilly.









March 12, 2021 - 3:09pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Pavilion, pavilion hs, sports, news, basketball.

A gas leak reported earlier today at Pavilion High School has been dealt with by RG&E and tonight's championship game between the Lady Gophers and York will start at 7 p.m. as scheduled.

March 12, 2021 - 9:39am
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, sports, basketball.


Kaden Cusmano exploded for 30 points Thursday night against Harley-Aliendale-Columbia to lead Oakfield-Alabama to a 80-57 win in the Class C2 Section V semifinal.

The win puts #3 seed O-A in the championship game on Saturday at Cal-Mum against Cal-Mum, the #1 seed at 13-0. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Gaige Armbrewster scored 20 points for the Hornets and Travis Wiedrich scored nine.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.






March 12, 2021 - 9:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, sports, basketball.


It was a big night for Brynn Walczak on Thursday and her 28 points helped propel the Elba Lady Lancers to a 68-42 win over Northstar in the Class D2 semifinal game at Elba.

Walczak also snagged 10 rebounds. 

Maddie Huehlig scored 10 points, Leah Bezon, nine, Taylor Augello, eight, and Dakota Brinkman, seven. Brinkman also had 10 rebounds, and Augello and Bezon, eight each.

Alavna Garwood scored 18 points for Northstar.

Elba, now 13-0, will host Prattsburgh/Avoca (9-1 and the #2 seed) at 7 1 p.m., Saturday, for the Class D2 Section V championship game.

Photos by Debra Reilly.






March 11, 2021 - 1:30pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, Pavilion.
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Lauren Kingsley came up big against Bolivar-Richburg to lead Pavilion to a 53-28 Class C2 semifinal at home on Wednesday night.

Kingsley scored 19 points.  

Karlee Zinkievich scored 13, Emily Kingsley, 11, and Shea Amberger, 8.

The Lady Gophers (12-0, #1 seed) will now face York, who started the tournament as the #7 seed at 7-3 and beat the #2 seed (Oakfield-Alabama) and the #3 seed (Dundee/Bradford) to advance to the championship game.

Game time tomorrow is 7 p.m. and the game will be played at Pavilion.

Also in girls basketball last night, Alexander lost to East Rochester, 63-34.

Tonight's games in girls basketball:

  • Elba hosts Northstar at 6:30 p.m., Class D2.
  • Notre Dame hosts Finney at 7 p.m., Class D1.
  • Batavia is at Midlakes at 6 p.m., Class B1.

In boys basketball tonight, Oakfield-Alabama plays Harley Allendale Columbia at HAC at 6 p.m., Class C2.

On Friday night, Notre Dame travels to Avoca/Prattsburgh to play for the Class D2 title and on Saturday, Batavia hosts Wayne at 6 p.m. in Class B1 for the championship.

March 10, 2021 - 3:24pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, Notre Dame, video.
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Notre Dame handily beat Alfred on Tuesday, 52-24, to advance to the semifinals of the Class D1 Section V tournament.

McCulley scored 22 points, hitting two three-point shots, and McGinnis scored 18, hitting a trio of three-pointers. She also had seven rebounds.

The Fighting Irish (10-2) will play C.G. Finney (11-2) at home, 7 p.m., tomorrow.

Tonight's schedule:


  • Bolivar at Pavilion, 7 p.m.
  • Alexander at East Rochester, 6 p.m.


  • Pal-Mac at Batavia, 6 p.m.
  • Notre Dame at Belfast, 7 p.m.
March 10, 2021 - 11:49am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, oakfield-alabama.


Oakfield-Alabama zoomed past Dundee on Tuesday night to win the Section V Class C2 quarterfinal by a score of 72-40.

Travis Wiedrich and Kaden Cusmano each scored 11 points. Ty Mott scored eight.

The Hornets (9-2, #3) will face Harley-Allendale-Columbia (10-1, #2) in a semifinal game at HAC at 6 p.m., Thursday.

Also on Tuesday, Pembroke lost to Avon, 58-53.

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.






March 9, 2021 - 2:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball, Pavilion.
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Pavilion advanced in the Class C2 Section V tournament Monday with a convincing win over Red Creek, 68-44.

Lauren Kingsley scored 16 points, Karlee Zinkievich, 14, Shea Amberger, 13, Emily Kingsley, 12, Paige Landers, 8, and Kodi Beehler, five. Lauren Kingsley completed a double-double with 10 rebounds and Zinkievich notched one with 13 assists. Kingsley also had five blocks. Zinkievich had four steals.

Or Red Creek, Isabella Wilbur scored 14 points and Mady Sanzotta scored 12.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., Pavilion plays Bolivar-Richburg in the semifinal game at home. Pavilion is the #1 seed in the bracket at 11-0 and Boliver is the #4 seed at 8-2.

In other girls games:

  • Alexander beat Marcus Whitman 40-35 (coverage)
  • Oakfield-Alabama lost to York 52-47 (coverage)

Tonight's games:

  • Romulus at Elba, 5:30 p.m.
  • Alfred at Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
  • Olympia at Batavia, 6 p.m.

In boys basketball:

Notre Dame beat Jasper 43-39

  • Batavia beat NE Douglas 56-38 (coverage)
  • WOIS beat Le Roy 60-56

Tonight's games:

  • Pembroke is at HAC, 6 p.m.
  • Dundee is at Oakfield-Alabama, 6 p.m.
March 9, 2021 - 11:29am
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, sports, basketball.


One of Oakfield-Alabama's most consistent scorers, Danica Porter, suffered an injury in the first half of Monday's Class C2 sectional quarterfinal against York, and while it's hard to say Porter's injury changed the outcome of the game, the shootout did go down to the final seconds. 

MaKena Reding scored 14 points, Brooke Reding 11, and Kelsey Schlagenhauf had eight points and 11 rebounds. Emma Wray scored eight and had nine rebounds. Porter had three points and three assists.

Sydnee Emerson scored 20 for York. Adison Plank scored eight.

The Hornets entered the tournament as the #2 seed at 8-3 and York was the #7 seed at 7-3.  

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more photos, click here.






March 8, 2021 - 10:13pm
posted by James Burns in Batavia Blue Devils, basketball, varsity, sports.

Senior guard Zach Gilebarto and senior forward/center Stone Siverling combined for 41 points tonight to lead Batavia High to a 56-38 victory over visiting NE Douglas in the opening round of the Section V Class B1 boys’ basketball tournament.

The victory moves the top-seeded Blue Devils, now 13-0, into the semifinals against No. 4 Palmyra-Macedon, a 53-44 winner over No. 5 Hornell. That game will be played at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Batavia.

Both teams struggled to find the range in the opening half as Batavia led 10-6 after the first quarter and 22-12 at intermission – the Blue Devils’ last three points coming on a long three-point shot by Gilebarto with 6/10ths of a second on the clock.

Batavia outscored NE Douglas 15-11 in the third quarter as Gilebarto hit two more three-pointers to go up 37-23. The Blue Devils stretched their lead in the final stanza as Gilebarto scored nine of his 21 points, including his fifth three-pointer.

Siverling was a factor in each quarter, scoring six, four, four and six en route to his 20 points.

Trynzeir Parker led NE Douglas, 4-7, with 14 points.

The other Class B1 semifinal on Wednesday will pit No. 2 Wayne, also 13-0, against No. 3 Livonia at Wayne Central.













March 8, 2021 - 10:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, livestream, video, basketball, Buddy Brasky.
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Interview with Buddy Brasky, Batavia Blue Devils Basketball head coach. We're going to talk about the boys' basketball team as the Blue Devils head into the postseason with an untarnished record of 12-0.

March 7, 2021 - 12:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in sports, basketball.

Here is the schedule for Genesee County teams participating in Section V basketball playoffs.

For the boys:

  • Batavia (12-0) vs. NE Doublas (4-6), 6 p.m., Monday, at Batavia HS, Class B1
  • Le Roy (6-4) vs. World of Inquiry (7-3), 6 p.m., Monday, at World Of Inquiry, Class B2
  • Pembroke (7-5) vs. Avon (9-1) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Avon, Class C1
  • Oakfield-Alabama (8-2) vs. Dundee (8-4), at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at O-A, Class C2
  • Notre Dame (5-6) vs. Jasper-Troupsburg, 7 p.m., Monday at Jasper-Troupsburg, CLass D2

For the girls:

  • Batavia (8-4) vs. Greece Olympia (3-7), 6 p.m., Tuesday, at Batavia, Class B1
  • Alexander (8-2) vs. Marcus Whitman (7-3), at 7 p.m., Monday, at Alexander, Class C1
  • Pavilion (10-0) vs. Red Creek (5-5), 7 p.m., Monday at Pavilion, Class C2
  • Oakfield-Alabama (8-3) vs. York (7-3) at 7 p.m. Monday at O-A, Class C2
  • Notre Dame (9-2) vs. Alfred Almond (3-5), 7 p.m., Tuesday at Notre Dame, Class D1
  • Elba (11-0) vs. Romulus (3-7) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Elba, Class D2

Ice hockey:

  • Notre Dame (7-3-1) vs. Pittsford (4-7-1) at 6 p.m., Tuesday at Batavia Ice Rink, Class A
March 7, 2021 - 8:14am
posted by Steve Ognibene in sports, Batavia HS, basketball, greece odyssey.


The Batavia Blue Devils boys squad finished their season in Greece Odyssey yesterday with a 77-36 win to finish undefeated in Class B1 of Monroe County division boys basketball. Batavia led the first quarter 19-10 led by Stone Silverling.  

In a strong second quarter, the Blue Devils poured in 25 points to lead at halftime 44-16 and never looked back. 

Stone Siverling scored 16 points, Zach Gilebarto, 14, Carter McFollins and Brandon Bartz, nine.

To view or purchase, photos click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene.




March 6, 2021 - 2:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in elba, sports, basketball.


Dakota Brinkman and Byrnn Walczak both scored 13 points Friday night in Alexander to help Elba to a 53-44 victory over the Trojans.

Laci Sewer, nine points, and Brinkman both hit a pair of three-point shots.

Maddie Muehlig scored seven points and Taylor Augello, six.

Walczak made it a double-double with 10 rebounds. Augello also had 10 rebounds.

For Alexander, Hallie Kramer scored 12 points and Natalie Whitmore scored 11. Ally Mileham scored 10. Whitmore had 10 rebounds and Melanie Pohl, who scored five points, had 11 rebounds.

The Lady Lancers finish the regular season at 11-0. Friday's win was the first time this year that their margin of victory was less than 10 points.

In other girls games: 

  • Pavilion beat Cal-Mum 43-23 (Pavilion also finishes the regular season undefeated at 10-0)
  • Le Roy beat Letchworth 53-33
  • Oakfield-Alabama beat Pembroke 49-43

In boys basketball:

  • Notre Dame beat Alexander 63-52
  • Oakfield-Alabama beat Pembroke, 68-51
  • Wheatland-Chili beat Byron-Bergen 68-57

Photos by Debra Reilly.




March 4, 2021 - 11:10am
posted by Howard B. Owens in basketball, sports, oakfield-alabama.


A well-balanced offensive game propelled Oakfield-Alabama to a 70-63 victory over Lyndonville on Wednesday.

Gaige Armbrewster scored 14 points, Ty Mott 13, Kyle Porter 12, Payton Yasses 11, Travis Wiedrich 10, and Kaden Cusmano 8.

Nathan Dillenbeck scored 21 points for Lyndonville.

The Hornets are now 7-2 on the season. 

In other boys basketball:

  • Alexander beat Kendall 71-45. 
  • Notre Dame beat Byron-Bergen 79-57
  • Holley beat Elba 74-68

In girls basketball:

  • Dansville beat Le Roy 76-20
  • Pembroke beat Akron 57-40
  • Alexander beat Kendall 60-34
  • Notre Dame beat Byron-Bergen 55-24
  • Pavilion (now 9-0) 47-29

Photos by Kristin Smith. For more, click here.









March 3, 2021 - 1:06pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in oakfield-alabama, sports, basketball.


On Senior Night, Oakfield-Alabama beat Lyndonville 58-39.

Danica Porter scored 15 points for the Hornets and Makena Reding scored 14. Porter hit five three-point shots.

In other girls basketball last night, Batavia beat Olympia 55-35 (click here for coverage).

In boys basketball:

  • Hornell beat Le Roy 57-52
  • Pavilion beat Mount Morris 50-39
  • Batavia beat Pembroke 72-40. The Blue Devils are now 11-0 on the season.

Photos by Kristin Smith.





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