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Kendall spikers win G-R opener


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 September 2015

Kendall opened the Genesee Region League volleyball season on a high note Wednesday outlasting visiting Wheatland-Chili in a five set marathon 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 26-24, 25-15.

Sarah Pearson had 10 service aces, 15 assists, 5 spiking kills and 5 digs; Chelsea Wright 7 aces and 10 digs and Alexis Payton 11 kills to lead the way for Kendall which erased a 2-1 deficit by winning the final two sets.

"It was definitely a great way to start the season," said Coach Morgan Engelbert. "A great and hard fought victory for the Eagles!"

Kendall next hosts Medina in a non league match on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

In another G-R opener, Oakfield-Alabama/Elba defeated Holley 25-22, 25-11, 25-12.


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Purple Eagles, Mustangs open football season at home Friday

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Albion quarterback Kyle Smith hands off to Tyler Rotoli during last Saturday's scrimmage which was a tuneup for the Purple Eagles home season opener Friday against Newfane at 7 p.m. Medina/Lyndonville also opens the season with a home game Friday against Lew-Port at 7:30 p.m.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 September 2015

High school football action gets underway Friday night highlighted by home games for Albion and Medina/Lyndonville.

Albion will host Newfane at 7 p.m. and Medina/Lyndonville will entertain Lew-Port at 7:30 p.m. at Vets Park in a pair of interdivisional contests.

Friday's other openers will have Barker/Roy-Hart at Tonawanda at 7:30 p.m. in an interdivisional game and Holley at Attica at 7 p.m. in a Genesee Region League contest.

Veteran quarterback Kyle Smith, a senior, leads the offense for Albion which also returns good experience in running backs Tyler Rotoli, a senior, and Tommy Mattison, a junior, along with senior wide receiver Trey Hart and junior Kory Reynolds at tight end.

The veteran trio of seniors Mike Laine and Nate Trembley and junior Jared Hollinger anchors the offensive line which also looks to include junior Jacob Buzzard and sophomore Caleb Pettit.

"I'm looking for us to execute at a high level," said Coach Gary Parisi. "We've been pushing them pretty hard and they've responded. They know what the coaching staff is trying to accomplish and they are responding."

Albion holds a 40-9-2 lead in the series with Newfane which began in 1954. The Purple Eagles downed the Panthers 42-6 last fall.

Mason Lewis, shown here looking for running room in last Saturday's scrimmage, and his Mustang teammates will host Lew-Port Friday.

Medina/Lyndonville will be utilizing a pair of quarterbacks in senior Tyler Valley and freshman Izaiah Rhim to lead the offense against Lew-Port.

On the ground the Mustangs are looking to a quartet of running backs including including senior Tom Follman and juniors Eric Neace, Jake Cotter and Dawson Joy while the receiving corps includes senior Dylan Lewis and sophomores Mason Lewis and Jalin Cooper. The tight end spot will be shared by a trio of players including Trent Cotriss and Gage Grabowski and Charlie Enderby, all seniors.

Up front, the offensive line looks to open with senior Baylee VerCruysee at center, seniors Charles Beach and Kalvin Packer at guard along with senior Noah Banazwski and junior Frank Carrasquio at the tackle spots.

"We're pretty well rounded," said Coach Eric Valley of his offense. However, against a Lew-Port squad which has a veteran quarterback and receiver and looks to be pass oriented Valley is concerned about the Mustangs defensive secondary which was hit hard by graduation.

"The key for us will be to put pressure on their quarterback and slow down their passing game," said Valley.

The Mustangs won last year's meeting 36-0 but the Lancers hold an 11-10 lead in the series which began in 1955.

Veteran quarterback Andy Xapsos, a senior, leads the offense for Barker/Roy-Hart which has good experience on the line in the senior trio of Joe Dimayo, Chris Anderson and Chris Steves.

"A big key is for us to get off to a strong start to get the momentum going for the season," said Coach Bill Bruning whose charges defeated Tonawanda 26-21 sat year.

Barker/Roy-Hart posted a 3-6 overall record last fall.

Heading into a challenging G-R opener at perennial power Attica, Holley will be relying on a large veteran contingent including quarterback Nick Passarell, wide receivers Zach Vaccarelli and Clarence Moyer, running backs Zach Day, Adam Stetzel, and Nick Schenk, tight end Ronnie DeWaal along with linemen Ross Pinson, Pat Purtell and Austin Vroman. All are seniors except Day who is a junior.

Attica holds a 13-0 series lead over Holley including a 42-0 win in last year's opener.


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Holley tops R-H in tourney opener

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Holley's Derek McArthur brings the ball up field against Roy-Hart's Jarrett Thompson during the host Hawks tournament semifinal win this evening.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 September 2015

Getting goal production from five different players, the host Hawks blanked Roy-Hart 5-0 this evening in the opening round of the Holley boys soccer tournament.

Holley grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by Chris Balys and Gabe Mendoza.

The Hawks then put a lock on the victory on second half goals by Andrew Cary, Derek McArthur and Xander Apicella.

Holley will now face Alden in the championship game at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Holley's Justin Parker tries to work around Roy-Hart defender Tim Moriarity.


Alden defeated Batavia 5-0 in the other semifinal.

The Lady Hawks tournament will get underway on Thursday with Greece Olympia facing LeRoy at 4:30 p.m. and Holley taking on Roy-Hart at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Hawks consolation and championship games will be at 4;30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.


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Newfane girls tip Albion in double OT

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Albion's Allie Page (6) works to advance the ball up field against Newfane's Erica Flagler during this evening's double overtime contest at Albion which was won by the visiting Lady Panthers.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 September 2015

In a tight sea-saw battle, Newfane scored late in the second overtime period to outlast host Albion 5-4 this evening in a Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer game.

Kayleigh Daniels scored the game winner for Newfane with 2:20 remaining in the second 10 minute overtime.

Both teams had scored once in the first overtime. Albion grabbed a 4-3 lead on a goal by Emily Blanchard with 8:28 remaining only to see Newfane answer right back to retie the contest at 4-4 on a tally by Kaylee Heschke with 2:51 to go.

The teams likewise traded goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation play which ended deadlocked at 3-3.

Albion regained a 3-2 lead when Mariah Elsenheimer netted her third goal of the night with 10:37 to go off an assist from Allie Page.

Newfane though quickly rallied back into a 3-3 tie when Erica Flagler scored with 8:29 remaining.

Albion had jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Elsenheimer scored with 12 minutes to go in the first half and again early in the second half, both off assists from Blanchard.

However, Newfane used a quick two goal scoring burst to pull even as Daniels tallied with 30 minutes to go in regulation time and Emily Foltz tallied just two minutes later and the sea-saw battle was on.

Newfane is now 2-0 and Albion 1-1 in N-O action.


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Medina golfers down CSAT


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 September 2015

Improving to 4-1 Medina bested CSAT 216-282 today in a Niagara-Orleans League golf match.

Ian Wagner took medalist honors with a 36 and Mike Cardone had a 40 to lead the Mustangs.

The loss drops CSAT to 0-4.


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Mustangs begin title defense with win


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 September 2015

Medina/Lyndonville opened defense of its Niagara-Orleans League boys soccer title with a 5-1 victory at CSAT this afternoon.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first half as Vassilios Bitsas scored from Brian Anderson, Nick Hinkson from Kristian Snyder and Zach Laird from Anderson.

Bitsas also scored in the second half from Anderson who then rounded out the scoring with a tally himself off an assist from Zach Harris.

"We got off to a quick start and played very well," said Coach Steve Luksch.

Medina/Lyndonville next hosts Albion at 4 p.m. Friday at Vets Park.

Albion dropped a 6-1 decision at Newfane as Kendyll Hadick netted the Purple Eagles lone goal off an assist from Hayden Peccoraro.

Chad Gilson scored in the opening minute for Newfane which led 5-0 at the half.

In the other N-O opener, Wilson blanked Akron 4-0 as Cody Secore had the three goal hat-trick.


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Northstar rallies past Lady Tigers

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Lyndonville's Aubrey Lewis battles for control of the balll with Northstar's Erica D'Ambrosio during the host Lady Tigers season opener this afternoon.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted  September 2015

Moving on top to stay with a goal late in the first half, Northstar went on to defeat host Lyndonville 3-1 this afternoon in a non league girls soccer game.

Lyndonville jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Aubrey Lewis but Northstar answered with a pair of tallies before half-time netting what proved to be the game winner with four minutes to go.

Lyndonville next hosts Notre Dame on September 9 in the Genesee Region League opener.


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Holley set to host soccer tourneys


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 2 September 2015

Holley's Woodlands Field will be a busy place the next four evenings as the Hawks boys and girls varsity soccer teams both host tournaments.

The semifinals of the boys tournament will get the action going this evening with Batavia vs. Alden at 4:30 p.m. followed by Roy-Hart vs. the host Hawks at 6:30 p.m.

The consolation and championship games will be held at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday.

The semifinals of the Lady Hawks Tournament will be Thursday with Greece Olympia vs. LeRoy at 4:30 p.m. followed by Roy-Hart vs. Holley at 6:30 p.m.

The consolation and championship games will be at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The tournament games are the season openers for both Holley teams.


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LeRoy booters top Kendall


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Breaking away from a 2-2 half-time deadlock, LeRoy used a 3-1 second half scoring surge to defeat visiting Kendall 5-3 this evening in a season opening non league boys soccer game.

Kendall stayed even at the half on goals by Jake Adams and Brandon Lewis.

However, the Eagles could score only once in the second half on a goal by Ben Frasch.

Kendall next visits Wilson Magnet of Rcohester on September 11 in another non league contest.


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Albion, Medina post links road wins


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Albion nipped Akron 246-248 at Dandee Farms and Medina downed host Barker 218-247 at Niagara Orleans this afternoon in Niagara-Orleans League golf action.

Patrick Ricker shot 44, Adam Sills 48 and Nick Penna 49 for Albion which regains the .500 mark at 2-2.

Brennan Murty took medalist honors with a 40 for Akron which slips to 0-4.

Medina improved to 3-1 as Ian Wagner earned medalist honors with a 37. The Mustangs also had Melanie Green with a 43, Mike Cardone 44, Andrew Fuller 47 and Trevor Luthart 47.

Brad Wilson had a 39 for Barker which is now 2-2.

Newfane improved to 2-1 with a 248-255 win over Roy-Hart at Shelridge as Aiden Herlan took medalist honors with a 44.

D.J. Davis shot 49 for Roy-Hart which slips to 2-2.


Defending champion Wilson stayed perfect at 4-0 by downing CSAT 221-282 as Nate Fox took medalist honors with a 41 and Jonah Miller had a 42.


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Albion spikers best Batavia


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Albion posted a straight set 25-17, 25-19, 26-24 victory over host Batavia this evening in a season opening non league volleyball match.

The Purple Eagles attack included Kelsee Soule with 11 spiking kills, 7 digs and 2 aces; Chanyce Powell 11 kills, 3 digs and 3 blocks; Meghan Hurley 3 kills, 2 aces and 16 assists; Kassidy Hastings 6 digs, 3 aces and 6 assists; Ashlee Bocach 7 digs and Emilie Barleben 1 kill, 2 assists and 1 ace.

In another non league match, Medina dropped a 25-7, 25-17, 25-16 decision at Byron-Bergen.

Emily Kams had 7 assists and 2 aces, Molley Gross 2 kills and 1 ace and Alyssa Beyer 3 kills for the Mustangs.


For Byron-Bergen, Lauren Burke had 17 assists, 5 aces and 3 kills, Anna Levchuk 6 aces and 3 kills, Bryanna D'Agostino 10 kills and 9 digs and Cora Ivison 5 kills and 5 aces.


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Wilson, Barker and Roy-Hart open field hockey season with wins

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Medina's Sarah Granchelli works to keep control of the ball against Wilson's Sara Kress during this afternoon's game at Vets Park which was won by Wilson.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Pulling away in the second half, Wilson romped to a 7-0 victory over Medina at Vets Park.

Wilson led 2-0 at the half on goals by JoJo Turvey and Alex Seeley.

Seeley then completed her hat-trick with a pair of goals in the second half which also included tallies by Caitlyn Starck, Rachael Cobo and Erin Boyle.

Barker 7, Kenmore 0

Defending champion Barker likewise held just a 2-0 half-time advantage over visiting Kenmore but came on strong in the second half to claim a 7-0 victory.

Lydia Dewart scored both first half goals for Barker.

The Lady Raiders then got two goals from Emily Annable and one each from Caitlyn Mason, Rebecca Stoloski and Emma Duffy in the second half.

Mason and Courtney Bodine shared in earning the shutout in goal.


 Roy-Hart 2, Newfane 1
Roy-Hart made first half goals by Delany Draper and Sydney Newton stand up for a 2-1 victory at Newfane.

Brenna Sheehan scored Newfane's goal late in the second half.


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Albion girls roll past Barker

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Albion's Mariah Elsenheimer winds up to take a shot by Barker defender Allison Buzzard during this afternoon 's game at Barker which was won by the Purple Eagles.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Exploding for eight goals in the first half, Albion rolled to a 10-1 victory over host Barker this afternoon to open the Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer season.

Emily Blanchard scored 4 goals, Mariah Elsenheimer 3 and Vivian Rivers 1 for Albion in the decisive first half.


Elsenheimer and Brylie Hapeman also each netted a goal in the second half.

Blanchard also had 3 assists and Katie Mann 2.

Malorie Gross scored Barker's goal.

Albion's Emily Blanchard looks to move the ball up field against Barker's Heather Potter.


Wilson 4, Akron 0

Wilson opened defense of its N-O title with a 4-0 victory over visiting Akron.

Wilson jumped out to a 3-0 first half lead on two goals by Jen Darlak and one by Kayla Neumann.

Lauren Courturier netted Wilson's lone second half tally as Emily Kelly earned the shutout in goal.


Newfane 10, CSAT 1
Newfane roared out to a commanding 7-0 half-time advantage in route to posting a 10-1 victory at CSAT.

Emily Foltz scored 3 goals and Kaylee Heschke 2 to spearhead the attack for Newfane which next visits Albion on Tuesday.


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Kendall girls shutout Attica


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Kendall opened defense of its Genesee Region League girls soccer title with a 4-0 victory at Attica this afternoon.

Kendall built up a 3-0 half-time advantage as Maya Rutland scored two goals, both off assists from Taylor Rutland, and Megan Hardenbrook tallied once as Maya Rutland earned the assist.

Taylor ReQua scored Kendall's lone second half goal off an assist from Jenna LoSapio.

Jenna Jacob made 4 saves to earn the shutout in goals for the Lady Eagles.

Kendall is now 2-0 overall.


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Nine returnees lead Roy-Hart spikers

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Anchoring the lineup for the Roy-Hart varsity volleyball squad will be this group of returnees. In front are Savoy Laubacker, Denise Ulrich, Morgan Mathews and DesRee Taylor. In back are Skyler Christopher, Brianna Brewer, Beatrice Bacon, Rebecca Albrecht and Olivia Vorholzer.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 September 2015

Bolstered by a large group of nine returnees, Roy-Hart's varsity volleyball squad is taking aim at improving upon last fall's 3-9 Niagara-Orleans League record.

The Lady Rams veteran contingent includes seniors Rebecca Albrecht, Savoy Laubacker, Morgan Mathews, DesRee Taylor and Denise Ulrich; juniors Beatrice Bacon and Brianna Brewer along with sophomores Skyler Christopher and Olivia Vorholzer.

"We do have some experience and we look to be a lot more competitive because we will be more match ready," said Coach Bill Holahan.

Roy-Hart opens N-O competition on September 9 at CSAT.

Sept. 9 - at CSAT, 6:30 pm.
Sept. 12 - at Albion Tournament, 8 a.m.
Sept. 15 - at Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 - at Newfane, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 - Cheektowaga, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 - CSAT, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 - at Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 - at Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 - Newfane, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 23 - at Wilson, 6:30 p.m.


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Roy-Hart girls down Medina in N-O soccer opener

Photos by Cheryl Wertman
Roy-Hart's Emma Lindke (9) battles for control of the ball with Medina's Morgan Roach.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2015

Displaying plenty of firepower, Roy-Hart opened the Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer season with a 7-2 victory over Medina this evening at Gasport.

Emma Lindke scored three goals and Amber Villella two to spearhead the Roy-Hart attack which also included goals by Kaleigh Kuzma and Ava Bligh.

Destiny Satkowski scored both Medina goals.

Medina's Destiny Satkowski works to gain control of the ball against Roy-Hart's Rachael Rausch.


Satkowski in fact gave Medina a quick 1-0 lead with a goal just four minutes into the contest.

However, Roy-Hart got right back in the game as Lindke scored two lightning quick goals within a span of just 22 seconds. She first scored on a penalty kick at 33:18 and then on a line drive shot at 32:56.

Medina did retie the contest at 2-2 10 minutes later on a goal by Satkowski but the Mustangs could not regain the lead.

Roy-Hart's Ellie Todd kicks the ball toward the goal as Allie Bensley(12) and Martha Gardner (3) defend for Medina.


Roy-Hart moved back on top to stay when Kuzma scored with 16:26 to go in the opening half.

Villella then gave the Lady Rams a 4-2 lead at the half when she tallied with 8:01 remaining.

The Lady Rams then pulled away down the stretch on late goals by Bligh, Villella and Lindke.

Roy-Hart next faces host Holley at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the opening round of the Lady Hawks Tournament.

Medina next visits Newfane at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Medina's Maddie Winters advances the ball up field as Roy-Hart's Ava Bligh moves in to defend.


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Roy-Hart golfers best Barker


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2015

Roy-Hart posted a 247-261 victory over Barker at Shelridge this morning leaving both teams at 2-1 in Niagara-Orleans League golf competition.
Murphy Lang took medalist honors with a 44 for Roy-Hart as Brendan Hess had a 48 and Justin Czaja a 49.

Brad Wilson led Barker with a 45.

N-O links action continues on Tuesday with Newfane at Roy-Hart, Medina at Barker, CSAT at Wilson and Akron at Albion.

N-O Standings: Wilson 3-0, Barker 2-1, Medina 2-1, Roy-Hart 2-1, Newfane 1-1, Albion 1-2, CSAT 0-2, Akron 0-3.


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N-O League soccer, field hockey competition is set to begin


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2015

Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer competition begins this evening as Roy-Hart hosts Medina at 6:30 p.m. at Gasport.

The other three league openers will be on Tuesday including Albion at Barker, Newfane at CSAT and Akron at defending champion Wilson, all at 4:30 p.m.

Wilson captured its third straight N-O title last fall with a 14-0 record as Akron finished in the runner-up spot at 11-2-1.

Wilson is led by a pair of returning first team All-League honorees in junior forward Emily Patterson (14 goals, 9 assists) and senior defender Zipporah Barrett. Junior midfielder Kayla Neumann (13 goals, 4 assists), a second team All-League pick, also returns along with midfielders Jen Darlak, a junior, and Leah Herman, a senior, who both received All-League honorable mention.

Akron is led by senior defender Ashley Mietz, who earned first team All-League honors, and senior midfielder Erica Papke (10 goals, 13 assists), a second team honoree.

Newfane, which finished in third place at 9-5, is led by senior midfielder Kaylee Heschke (12 goals, 18 assists), a first team All-League selection, and sophomore forward Kayleigh Daniels (16 goals, 6 assists), a second team honoree.

Albion, which finished in fourth place at 8-6, returns a pair of first team All-League selections in senior forward Mariah Elsenheimer (19 goals, 10 assists) and junior midfielder Emily Blanchard (17 goals, 11 assists).

Roy-Hart is paced by returning second team All-League honorees, senior forwards Emma Lindke (29 goals, 11 assists) and Amber Villella (17 goals, 8 assists).

Medina likewise returns two second team All-League selections in senior Emma Gardner and junior Kyla Leno (9 goals, 7 assists). The Mustangs also return honorable mention picks junior Martha Gardner and sophomore Destiny Satkowski.

N-O boys soccer action begins on Wednesday with defending champion Medina/Lyndonville hosting CSAT, Albion at Newfane and Akron at Wilson, all at 4:30 p.m. Roy-Hart, which draws the bye in league competition, will face host Holley in the opening round of the Hawks Tournament at 6:30 p.m.

Medina/Lyndonville, which went 9-2-1 last fall, to edge out Wilson (9-3), Newfane (8-3-1) and Akron (7-5) for the title, is led by a trio of returning first team All-League honorees including senior forward Brian Anderson (16 goals, 6 assists), senior midfielder Colm Cooper and junior midfielder Kristien Snyder. Senior midfielder Greg Husung and senior goalie Justin Morgan, who both earned second team All-League honors, also return as does senior defender Josh Klotzbach, an honorable mention pick.

Wilson is led by returning first team All-League honoree sophomore forward Cesar Carlin (20 goals) along with junior midfielder Joshua VanBuren and junior defender Josh LiPume, who were both second team honorees.

Setting the pace for Newfane are returning first team All-League honorees senior forward Chad Gilson (15 goals, 4 assists) and sophomore midfielder Trevor Moreland (9 goals, 13 assists).

First team All-League senior midfielder Bryan Whitbeck (9 goals) and second team senior forward Tristan Olszewski set the pace for Akron.

N-O field hockey competition also begins on Tuesday with Kenmore at defending champion Barker, Wilson at Medina and Roy-Hart at Newfane, all at 4:45 p.m., as Akron draws the bye.

Barker, which captured a ninth straight N-O title last fall with a 12-0 record, is led by returning first team All-League honoree senior goalie/midfielder Caitlyn Mason along with second team selections senior forward Erin Greenwald and senior midfielder Madison Greenwald as well as honorable mention picks midfielders Emma Duffy and Kelsie Engert and forward Rebecca Stoloski, all seniors.

Akron, which finished in the runner-up spot at 9-3, is led by returning first team All-League honorees sophomore forward Abby Stone and junior sweeper Cierra Janis. The Lady Tigers also return senior forward Saah Schultz, a second team honoree.

Wilson, which finished in third place at 8-4, returns a solid nucleus of first team All-League honorees forward Rachael Cobo and midfielder Courtney Wheeler, both seniors, along with second team selections senior defender Erin Boyle and junior midfielder Johanna Turvey.

Roy-Hart returns a first team All-League honoree in midfielder/defender Rielly Albee, a junior, as does Medina in senior midfielder Stella Russo.


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Medina spikers boast veteran squad

Photo by Mike Wertman
Providing plenty of experience the Medina varsity volleyball team returns this large group of veterans. In front are Alyssa Beyer, Abigail Maines, Meg O'Keefe, Liz Newman and Emily Kams. In back are Lexie Sargent, Cassie Sargent, Jene Brown, Molley Gross and Carley Schultz.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2015

Looking to keep the momentum from last year's second place finish Medina boasts a large contingent of returnees with which to challenge for Niagara-Orleans League volleyball honors this season.

Junior Emily Kams, who earned second team N-O All-League honors, and junior Molley Gross, who received All-League honorable mention, head that veteran group which also includes seniors Abigail Maines, Meg O'Keefe, Liz Newman, Cassie Sargent and Abi Smith along with juniors Lexie Sargent and Carley Schultz, sophomore Alyssa Beyer and freshman Jene Brown.

"We're excited," said Coach Tim Lincoln whose Mustangs went 8-4 in the league and 13-6 overall last season. "We've got plenty of kids with experience and they played in the summer league so we're looking for them to come into their own and have a good season."

The Mustangs are scheduled to open the season with non league matches at Byron-Bergen Tuesday and at Kendall Friday before beginning N-O competition at two-time defending champion Albion on September 9.


Sept. 1 - at Byron-Bergen, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 4 - at Kendall, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 9 - at Albion, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 12 - at Albion Tournament, 8 a.m.
Sept. 15 - at Wilson, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 17 - at Roy-Hart, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 19 - at Starpoint Tournament, 8 a.m.
Sept. 21 - CSAT, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Newfane, 6:15 p.m.
Sept. 29 - at Akron, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 1 - Albion, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Wilson, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 9 - Roy-Hart, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 10 - BNCC Tournament at West Seneca, 8 a.m.
Oct. 13 - Lyndonville, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 14 - at CSAT, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 16 - at Newfane, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 22 - at Tapestry, 6:15 p.m.
Oct. 23 - Akron, 6:15 p.m.


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Lady Raiders eye rebound season

Photo by Mike Wertman
Veteran members of the Barker girls varsity soccer team include, in front, Taylor Morris and Lindsey Williams. In the middle row are Sara Gendrue, Heather Potter and Alice Buzzard. In back are Abby Bachman and Maya Gooding.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 August 2015

Looking to improve upon last fall's 1-12-1 league record, Barker is prepping for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans soccer campaign led by a good nucleus of seven returnees.

The Lady Raiders veteran contingent includes seniors Lindsey Williams, Alice Buzzard and Heather Potter, juniors Abby Bachman, Maya Gooding and Taylor Morris along with sophomore Sara Gendrue.

"We've got a good group back and they are working hard," said Coach Brooke Beatty whose Lady Raiders open the season Tuesday at home against Albion.


Sept. 1 - Albion, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 - Roy-Hart 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 - CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Medina, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 - CCA, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 - at Wilson, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 - at Albion, 7 p.m.
Sept. 29 - at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 - Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 - Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 - Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 - at CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 -at Medina, 10 a.m.
Oct. 14 - Wilson, 4:30 p.m.


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Decker claims Shelridge club title

Contributed Photo
Brett Decker


Contributed Story, Posted 30 August 2015

Brett Decker captured the Shelridge Club championship Sunday edging out Ray Neuman on the first playoff hole.

Decker led the championship after both the first and second rounds. He opened with a round of 76 on Friday and then fired a one under par 71 on Saturday to take a 4 shot lead over Tommy Hungerford and a 5 shot lead over Neuman heading into the final round.

The lead was cut to 3 shots after the front nine today as Decker shot a 41, Neuman a 39 and Hungerford a 40.

Neuman finally rallied into the lead after a birdie on No. 15 as Decker bogeyed both No. 14 and No. 15. However, Decker pulled back even with a birdie on No. 16.

Decker and Neuman both made par on both No. 17 and No. 18 setting the stage for a playoff starting on hole No. 1. Decker made par on the hole to claim the title.

Decker and Neuman finished the 54 holes of regulation play with identical totals of 227 while Hungerford finished with a 230.

Rounding out the top five finishers were James Tee with a 235 and Mike Paul a 240.


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Veteran quartet leads Kendall spikers

Photo by Mike Wertman
This veteran quartet of Chelsea Wright, Lexi Payton, Sarah Pearson and Madison Rath will anchor the Kendall volleyball squad this season.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 August 2015

Led by a quartet of returning starters, Kendall is prepping for the September 2 Genesee Region League volleyball home opener against Wheatland-Chili.

The Lady Eagles veteran foursome includes senior setter Sarah Pearson along with junior outside hitters Chelsea Wright and Lexi Payton and junior middle hitter Madison Rath.

The Lady Eagles are also counting on a trio of upcoming juniors including Emily Mattle, Ruthie Seabolt and Jessica Makowski.

"With the returning players we have and the good kids coming up we hope to be really competitive," said Coach Morgan Engelbert. "I think we've got something really good going."


Sept. 2 - Wheatland-Chili, 5 p.m.
Sept. 4 - Medina, 5 p.m.
Sept. 8 - Holley, 5 p.m.
Sept. 9 - Webster Christian, 5 p.m.
Sept. 10 - at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 - at Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 - at Attica, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 - at Edison, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 22 - Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 - at Alexander, 5 p.m.
Sept. 26 - Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 30 - at Notre Dame, 5 p.m.
Oct. 5 - at Rochester Academy Charter, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 - Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 - Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 - Rochester Academy Charter, 5 p.m.
Oct. 10 - at Holley, 12 p.m.
Oct. 13 - at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 5 p.m.
Oct. 14 - Edison, 5 p.m.
Oct. 15 - at Wheatland-Chili, 5 p.m.


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Roy-Hart girls have early N-O opener

Photo by Mike Wertman
Veteran members of the Roy-Hart girls varsity soccer team include Hannah Dodge, Kaleigh Kuzma, Ava Bligh, Amber Villella, Emma Lindke, Sarah Duewiger and Rachael Rausch.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 August 2015

Roy-Hart will get the Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer season off to an early start by hosting Medina at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Gasport.

Anchoring the lineup for new Coach Rich Jennings' Lady Rams squad is a large contingent of returning starters including seniors Emma Lindke, Amber Villella, Hannah Dodge, Rachael Rausch and Sarah Duewiger along with juniors Kaleigh Kuzma and Ava Bligh.

Lindke and Villella both earned second team Niagara-Orleans All-League honors last fall while Bligh earned honorable mention.

Lindke led the Lady Rams in scoring with 29 goals and 11 assists while Villella had 17 goals and 8 assists.

Roy-Hart, which went 6-8 in the league and 8-9-1 will also be competing in the Holley Tournament on Thursday facing the host Lady Hawks.


Aug. 31 - Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 3 - at Holley Tournament, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 - at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 5 - at Holley Tournament
Sept. 8 - Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11 - at Wilson, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 - Newfane, 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 - Akron, 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 23 - at CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 26 - at Medina, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 - Barker, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 2 - at Albion, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 - Wilson, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 8 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 10 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 - CSAT, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 - CCA, 4:30 p.m.


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