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Mike Wertman, Sports Writer


Numbers up for Albion swim squads

Photo by Mike Wertman
Ready to lead the Albion swim squads into the upcoming season is this veteran quartet of Morgan Seielstad along with, in back from left, Sarah Graham, Olivia Neidert and Elizabeth Furmanski.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 November 2014

A year ago the Albion boys swim squad struggled through an 0-10 Niagara-Orleans League campaign with a roster of only five swimmers. However, the Purple Eagles have already scored one major victory before this season even begins has their numbers have nearly tripled to a roster of 12.


"The better numbers are certainly encouraging," said Coach Carlos Burroughs.


Senior Morgan Seielstad, who placed second in both the 200 and 500 freestyle events at last year's All-League meet, heads the Albion boys returning quartet which also includes senior Tim Blue, sophomore Bailey Maier and freshman Tyler Kast.


The numbers are also up a bit to 14 for the Albion girls squad which is led by the veteran group of seniors Ashley Hapeman, Olivia Neidert and Xochiti Rosario; sophomores Elizabeth Furmanski, Mackenzie Luft and Clara Stilwell and freshman Rylie Lear.


"Our goals remain as they always have been to be competitive and have our swimmers improve throughout the year," said Burroughs.


Albion will have four non league meets against Genesee Region League foes before opening the N-O season on December 16 at Roy-Hart.


Albion's Schedule

Dec. 2 - at HAC, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 - Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 - at Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 - Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 - at Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 - Barker, 4 p.m.
Jan. 6 - Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 - at Medina, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 - Medina, 10 a.m.
Jan. 13 - Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 - Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 - at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 - Boys All-League meet at Newfane, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 - Girls All-League meet at Akron, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Girls N-O vs. G-R Crossover meet at Gates-Chili, 6 p.m.


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Seahorses have youthful squads

Photo by Mike Wertman
Getting set to lead the Medina High swim teams into the upcoming season are these veterans. In front are Krista Nellist and Alyssa Beyer. In the second row are Emma Gardner, Haylee Cogovan and Andrea Toussaint. In the third row are Nick Dieter, Austin Heil and Derek Donley. In the top row are Chase Pecoraro and Austin Brown.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 November 2014

Underclassmen dominate the lineups for both the Medina boys and girls swim teams as the Seahorses prep for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season.

Seniors Austin Heil, (3rd in the 50 freestyle, 4th in the 200 free at last year's All-League meet), and Austin Brown (3rd in 200 individual medley, 6th in 100 butterfly) and junior Chase Pecoraro (2nd in 100 backstroke, 5th in 100 freestyle) head a sizable veteran contingent for the Medina boys squad.

That veteran group also includes seniors Derek Donley and Nick Dieter, sophomores Kristian Snyder and Kevin Capstick along with freshmen Mason Pecoraro and Daniel Heil.

Donley, Brown, Chase Pecoraro and Austin Heil were members of the 200 free relay team which placed second at the All-League meet.

In all the Seahorses youthful 16 member squad includes four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, five freshman and one eighth grader.

Coach Aaron Moessinger's Seahorses posted a 5-5 N-O record last season.

Junior Emma Gardner, who placed 3rd in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events at last year's All-League meet, heads the veteran contingent for the Medina girls squad which also includes seniors Amanda McCauley and Krista Nellist, juniors Haylee Cogovan and Andrea Toussaint and freshman Alyssa Beyer.

The only other upperclassmen on the Seahorses squad are senior Adison Zavitz and junior Michaela Cardone as the 21 member team also has three sophomore, three freshman, six eighth graders and two seventh graders.

Coach Mary Dooley's Seahorses went 4-5-1 last year in N-O competition.
Medina will have four non league meets against Genesee Region League foes before opening the N-O season at home on December 16 against Newfane.


Medina's Schedule

Dec. 2 - at Wheatland-Chili, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 - Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 - Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 - Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 - at Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 - Albion, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 - at Albion, 10 a.m.
Jan. 13 - Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 - Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 - Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 - at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 - Boys All-League meet at Newfane, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 - Girls All-League meet at Akron, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Girls N-O vs. G-R Crossover Meet at Gates-Chili, 6 p.m.


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Shelridge completes successful season

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LONG-TERM LOYALTY-----Brad Balschmiter, veteran maintenance superintendent at
Shelridge, was honored this year for 30 years of unbroken certification by
the Golf Course Superintendents Assoc.of America. He attended a special
awards luncheon.  Balschmiter uses his "off season" period each year to
attend technical courses. Certified superintendents are required to get
150 hours of professional development every five years in their career.


Contributed Story, Posted 26 November 2014
Shelridge Country Club ended its 2014 season this month with an annual meeting that sent Matt Bush into his second term as president. Supporting Matt are John Grabowski as V-P, Steve Barnes as secretary and Marc Eglin as treasurer. Other board members for 2015 are Dave Bellucci, Elaine Casler, Rob Dennis (who has been golf chairman), Doug Beltz and Steve Lasch.


Reports were rendered on a successful 2014 club operation with favorable weather, an average of 225 members coming from Orleans, Niagara, Genesee and Erie Counties, and one major golf course improvement project --- an $80,000 program to totally rebuilt, reshape and refit the sand bunkers on the course. It is a 2-year project and first half has been accomplished.


The past season was marked by the resignation of Assistant Pro Dave Rose and efforts are under way by Head Pro Dave Green to secure a replacement. He is working through the Western N.Y. PGA apprentice-ship program.

 Contributed Photo
IMPROVED BUNKERS----An $80,000 program at Shelridge is aimed at
totally rebuilding all of the sand bunkers on the course and half were
completed this past season.  Drainage, design and all new sand are involved
and the local club reports great satisfaction so far.  Club President Matt
Bush, second from right, is shown as the 2-year project got its start. Shown with Bush are, from left, Shelridge Pro Dave Green, Golf Committee Chairman Rob Dennis and course Superintendent Brad Balschmiter.

The club has received notification from the Golf Course Superintendents Assoc. of America that the Shelridge “turf boss”, Brad Balschmiter, has attained a special honor level in his year-by-year program of study and self improvement.


Superintendents are required to put in 150 hours of professional development every few years and Balschmiter has now been certified by the association for 30 years. There are 1,500 certified superintendents as members.


“The Shelridge course played well this year,” said Pro Dave Green. “It keeps fooling visiting golfers who often come here thinking of it as an easy golf course; then they get a surprise.” Green said Shelridge now has reciprocal golf privileges with 16 other courses and welcomes a steady flow of visitors.


A final note provided by the board of directors reveals that there will be a complete change in the contract for the dining room and bar. The ownership of the Manhattan Restaurant in Lockport will take over the contract which has been held by Zambistro of Medina. Manager will be Kerry Holzman, familiar to club members as the previous bar manager.


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Veteran trio leads Lady Rams

Photo by Mike Wertman
This veteran trio of, from left, Taylor Fry, Emma Lindke and Kendra Hill, will lead Roy-Hart into the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League basketball season.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 November 2014

Looking to rebound from last year's 2-12 Niagara-Orleans League record, Roy-Hart is prepping for the up coming season led by a trio of returning starters including seniors Taylor Fry and Kendra Hill and junior Emma Lindke.

Fry and Hill both earned All-League honorable mention last year.

Coach Don Baker's Lady Rams lineup also includes seniors Faye Conley and Emily Faithlyn, juniors Rachel Rausch and Sarah Duewiger along with sophomores Rielly Albee, Ava Bligh and Alyssa Hess.

"The big things for us as usual are we want to press on defense and score in transition," said Coach Don Baker. "We will be small but we've got good quickness."

The Lady Rams will open the season at home on December 2 with a non league game against Lyndonville and then host their annual tournament on December 5 and 6. The N-O opener is slated for December 18 at home against CSAT.


Roy-Hart's Schedule
Dec. 2 - Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 and 6 - Roy-Hart Tournament
Dec. 18 - CSAT, 6 p.m.
Dec. 19 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Jan. 6 - at Albion, 7 p.m.
Jan. 9 - Medina, 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 - Akron ,6 p.m.
Jan. 16 - at Newfane, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 - at Wilson, 6 p.m.
Jan. 23 - at Barker, 6 p.m.
Jan. 26 - at Niagara-Whetfield, 5:30 p.m.
Ja. 27 - at CSAT, 6 p.m.
Feb. 3 - Albion, 6 p.m.
Feb. 6 - at Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 - at Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 13 - Newfane, 6 p.m.
Feb. 17 - Wilson, 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 - Barker, 6 p.m.


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Kendall cagers sweep opening twin bill

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Kendall's Tania Arellano goes in for a layup during the Lady Eagles season opening win over Rochester Academy Charter this evening.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 November 2014

Opening the season on a high note, Kendall swept to a non league doubleheader victory over visiting Rochester Academy Charter School this evening.

The Kendall girls scored a 48-34 win in the opener. The Eagle boys squad followed up with a 66-47 victory.

Taylor Kingsbury scored a game high 19 points and Tania Arellano netted 14 to spearhead the attack for the Kendall girls. Elizabeth Rath added 5, Sarah Gardner 4 and Kali Haskins, Taylor ReQua and Bridget Miller 2 each for the Lady Eagles.

Kendall jumped out to an 8-3 first quarter lead and boosted the advantage to 14-3 at the outset of the second period after a burst of three straight layups, two by Kingsbury and one by Arellano.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Kendall's Kali Haskins (5) battles for there ball with Taajah Smith (1) of Rochester Academy Charter.


The Lady Eagles maintained 10 point leads of 22-12 at the half and 31-21 at the three-quarter mark.

Rochester Academy did close to within six at 33-27 early in the final quarter after a three-point play by Taajah Smith and a three by Maia Duncan.

However, Kendall answered right back with a 13-4 run to regain a commanding 15 point 46-31 advantage and put a lock on the win. Kingsbury led that rally by exploding for 11 points on three baskets and a five for five effort from the free throw line.

The Lady Eagles will next host Holley on December 4 in the opening round of the Kendall Tournament.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Kendall's Mookie Nauden (44) looks to pass against Kenan Abram (35) of Rochester Academy Charter.


The Kendall boys were spearheaded by a quartet of double figure scorers as Mookie Nauden poured in a game high 20 points, Will Condo 16, Colton Breslawski 11 and Evan Gaesser 10. Nick Manners added 6 and Jacob Ramsdell 3 for the Eagles.

Getting baskets from five players, including a three by Gaesser and two jumpers by Nauden, Kendall jumped out to a 15-11 first quarter lead.

Rochester Academy rallied into a 23-19 lead midway through the second period but Kendall answered back with a 7-0 run on a layup by Breslawski and a three-point play and a rebound bucket by Condo to regain what proved to be a brief 26-23 lead.

The visiting Racers knotted the contest at 26-26 at the half on a three by Lakyll Hall at the buzzer.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Kendall's Colton Breslawski (25) shoots over Leslie Plaza (40) of Rochester Academy Charter.


Breaking away from a 30-30 deadlock early in the third period, Kendall finally took control for good by putting together a decisive 17-2 run.

Nauden had two layups and a three-point play to lead that uprising which also included two layups by Condo along with buckets by Breslawski, Gaesser and Manners vaulting the Eagles out to a commanding 15 point, 47-32 advantage.

Up by 13, 49-36, at the three-quarter mark Kendall maintained at least a 12 point advantage down the stretch as Nauden netted 6, Gaesser 5 and Breslawski 4.

Kendall next hosts Pembroke December 3 in the Genesee Region League opener.


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Euchre League leader bows


Contributed Story, Posted 25 November 2014

Runner-up Vets Club edged front running JR Wilson 37-33 to highlight Monday's Medina Euchre League competition.

Sacred Heart downed Legion 41-29 in the other game.

Jr. Wilson which still holds a 29 point lead, is now 304-256 on the season while Vets Club is 275-285, Sacred Heart 276-284 and Legion 265-295.

League action continues on December 1 with Vets Club at Legion and Sacred Heart at JR Wilson.


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Raiders prep to defend N-O title

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This group of seniors will lead Barker in defense of its Niagara-Orleans League basketball little this season. In front are Tristan Payne and Tanner Gregoire. In back are Christopher Sweeney, Josh Mead, Sean Benoit and Tom Callaghan.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 November 2014

Facing a bit of a rebuilding task having lost four of five starters to graduation, Barker is prepping to begin defense of its Niagara-Orleans League boys basketball title.

Senior guard Christopher Sweeney, a second team N-O All-League honoree last season, heads the Raiders veteran contingent which also has five other seniors who saw considerable playing time last season including Tom Callaghan, Sean Benoit, Josh Mead, Tristan Payne and Tanner Gregoire. Sweeney averaged 9.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season.

"We graduated talent and size but we've got a good group back who all played last year," said Coach Dave Carson whose graduation losses from last year's 14-0 N-O title squad include first team All-Leaguers Jscob Haight and Mitch Luckman along with second team honoree Bryce Moeller.

The Raiders squad also includes juniors Michael Snell and Kyle Secore and sophomore Nate Luckman.

"It will be a little different this year," said Carson. "We only have nine guys so it will be nine guys checking in. We will be doing a lot more subbing. It will be four guys in and four out. We don't have quite the size we did last year so I am really challenging them to be strong defensively and rebound."

The Raiders are slated to open the season with a non league home game against Kendall on December 5 and to begin their N-O title defense at home on December 19 against Akron.


Barker's Schedule
Dec. 5 - Kendall, 6 p.m.
Dec. 9 - at Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 15 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 - Akron, 6 p.m.
Dec. 23 - at Elba, 12:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 - at Medina, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 - CSAT, 6 p.m.
Jan. 13 - Albion, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 - Wilson, 6 p.m.
Jan. 20 - at Newfane, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 - at Roy-Hart, 6 p.m.
Jan. 27 - at Akron, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 - Medina, 6 p.m.
Feb. 6 - at CSAT, 6 p.m.
Feb. 10 - at Albion, 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 - at Wilson, 6 p.m.
Feb. 17 - Newfane, 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 - Roy-Hart, 6 p.m.


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Kendall cagers open season Tuesday


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 November 2014

The area high school basketball season gets underway Tuesday as Kendall hosts Rochester Academy Charter in a non league girls - boys doubleheader.

The Kendall girls will host Rochester Academy Charter at 5 p.m. with the boys contest to follow.

The Lyndonville boys basketball squad will get its season underway this coming weekend at the Warsaw Tournament.

Lyndonville will face Warsaw in the opening round at 7 p.m. Friday. Pavilion will take on Pembroke in the other semi. The championship and consolation games will be Saturday.


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Hawks return veteran group

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Holley Coach Matt Hennard meets here with several of the Hawks veteran players. From left are Josh Porter, Ian Penders, Andy Spychalski and Joey DeFelice.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 November 2014

A year ago Holley opened the boys varsity basketball season with only one senior, Corey Winter, in an otherwise underclassmen dominated lineup which endured a 3-16 learning campaign. Now, the Hawks are prepping for the upcoming season with a much more veteran laden line despite a couple of off season injuries.

The senior quartet of Josh Porter, Ian Penders, Andy Spychalski and Joey DeFelice anchors the Hawks lineup which also looks to include juniors Nick Passarell and Zach Vaccarelli and sophomore Chris Balys. Penders is sidelined due to an injury until early December while senior point guard Jon Bower is also out with an injury.

"Getting healthy and playing as a team are the keys for us," said Coach Matt Hennard. "The big thing is to work hard early, get stronger and stay competitive until we get our players back. We do have a lot more experience than when we started last season and we've got good numbers participating at the JV level so its exciting to be in that position."

Holley is slated to open the season at Northstar on December 2 and then begin Genesee Region League competition at home on December 5 against Byron-Bergen.

The season will also be highlighted by the Hawks hosting a Holiday Tournament on January 2 and 3.


Holley's Schedule
Dec. 2 - at Northstar, 7 p.m.
Dec. 5 - Byron-Bergen, 7 p.m.
Dec. 17 - Alexander, 7 p.m.
Dec.19 - Kendall, 7 p.m.
Dec. 30 - at Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 2 and 3 - Holley Tournament
Jan. 7 - Lyndonville, 7 p.m.
Jan. 13 - at Wheatland-Chili, 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 - at Elba, 7 p.m.
Jan. 21 - Attica, 7 p.m.
Jan. 23 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 - Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2 - at Pembroke, 7 p.m.
Feb. 4 - at Byron-Bergen, 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 - Pembroke ,7 p.m.
Feb. 10 - at Alexander, 7 p.m.
Feb. 12 - at Kendall, 7 p.m.
Feb. 18 - at Lyndonville, 7 p.m.


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Lady Tigers have new coach

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
New Lyndonville girls varsity basketball coach Barry Webber meets here with several of his players as the Lady Tigers prep for the upcoming season. In front are Aubrey Lewis, Gabby Dusett and Dianna Smith. In back are Chelsea Poler, Mackenzie Muck, Coach Webber, Jasmine Plummer and Leann Balcerzak.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 November 2014

With new Coach Barry Webber at the helm, the Lyndonville girls varsity basketball team is prepping for the upcoming Genesee Region League season.

The senior quintet of Morgan Hungerford, Chelsea Poler, Gabby Dusett, Rebekah Hoffee and Leann Balcerzak return to anchor the lineup for Lyndonville which also includes juniors Diana Smith and Jasmine Plummer along with sophomores Aubrey Lewis and Mackenzie Muck. Hungerford scored 125 points and grabbed off 160 rebounds for the Lady Tigers last season.

"They are learning a lot real fast and we looked good in our first scrimmage so I definitely feel we will be able to compete," said Webber who has coached varsity soccer and JV basketball at Roy-Hart. "It does come down to our post play and the girls we have there (Hungerford and Poler) are solid."

Interestingly, the Lady Tigers season opener will be a non league contest at Roy-Hart on December 2.

Lyndonville, which went 4-15 last year, will open the G-R season at Elba on December 4.


Lyndonville's Schedule
Dec. 2 - at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 - at Elba, 7 p.m.
Dec. 9 - Barker, 7 p.m.
Dec. 12 - Wheatland-Chili, 7 p.m.
Dec. 15 - Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 - at Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 - Holley, 5 p.m.
Jan. 7 - Rochester Academy Charter, 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 - at Kendall, 7 p.m.
Jan. 14 - at Attica, 7 p.m.
Jan. 16 - at Pembroke, 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 - at Holley, 7 p.m.
Jan. 22 - Alexander, 7 p.m.
Jan. 30 - at Byron-Bergen, 7 p.m.
Feb. 3 - Elba, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5 - at Wheatland-Chili, 7 p.m.
Feb. 11 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 7 p.m.
Feb. 13 - Notre Dame, 7 p.m.
Feb. 16 - Rochester Career Mentoring Charter, 5:30 p.m.


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