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Medina posts key win over Lyndonville to regain share of Midget 'A' lead

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 July 2014

Two big scoring innings powered Medina to an 11-1 victory over host Lyndonville this evening to move back into a share of the Lockport Midget 'A' League lead.

Breaking away from a 1-1 deadlock, Medina erupted for four runs in the third inning and six more in the sixth to move into a tie with Lyndonville for the league lead at 8-4.

Adam Hoot also had a big night on the mound for Medina giving up only two hits and striking out 13.

Medina moved on top to stay in the third inning on a three-run triple by Quentin Adkins and an RBI sacrifice fly by Connor Barleben. A walk, a fielders choice play and a single by Jason Hellwig loaded the bases to set up the threat.

Medina later broke the contest wide open in the sixth inning highlighted by a three-run triple by Barleben, an RBI double by Matt Riemer and a run producing single by Hellwig. Hoot helped his own cause by igniting that uprising with a double. Three straight walks then forced in the first run.

Hellwig and Riemer both finished with two hits.

Medina grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an error. Lyndonville quickly knotted the score in the home half of the first on hits by Eddy Schildt and Ty Hrovat but could not gain the lead.


Roy-Hart 3, Lockport 2 2

Trailing 2-0, Roy-Hart rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to nip visiting Lockport 2 3-2.

A two-run double by Austin Heschke highlighted that decisive uprising which also included a key single by Judd Jamieson who had two hits on the night.

Brad Wilson picked up the win on the mound scattering six hits and striking out three.


Roy-Hart improves to 5-7.


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All-State honors for Albion diamond duo

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Albion's duo of John Warne, left, and Connor Barleben have both earned Class A All-State baseball team honors.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 July 2014

Two key members of Albion's Niagara-Orleans League and Section VI Class A championship baseball team, the senior battery of pitcher Connor Barleben and catcher John Warne, have been named to the Class A team of the annual All State baseball squad.

Barleben was named to the third team and Warne to the sixth team.

Interestingly Barleben and Warne, who both recently earned first team All-Western New York honors, will continue to be teammates this fall as members of the Genesee Community College baseball squad.

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Connor Barleben


Barleben hurled Albion to three sectional victories posting an earned run average of just .328 with 26 strikeouts in 21 innings. He also hhit .312 with three doubles, one home run and five RBIs.

For the entire season, Barleben was 6-0 on the mound with 70 strikeouts in 44.3 innings with an era. of just .97. At the plate, he hit .406 with 11 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 31 RBIs.

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John Warne


Warne, a four year varsity starter at catcher, hit .533 in the sectionals with two doubles, one triple, one home run and seven RBIs.

On the season Warne hit .485 with 8 doubles, three triples, two home runs an 26 RBIs. Defensively, he had a fielding percentage of .995 and threw out eight runners and picked off six more.


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Albion wrestling camp action

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Youthful wrestling enthusiasts have had the opportunity to develop their knowledge, skills and techniques of the sport this week at the Wrestling Camp sponsored by the Village of Albion Recreation Department and held at the Albion High School. Here instructor Andrew Grillo watches as Jordan Wolcott and Jace Conn practice takedowns. The camp is for students in grades 4 through 12. Each session has included drill techniques, live wrestling and wrestling related games. Posted 24 July 2014


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Roy-Hart 1 scores Midget 'B' win


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 July 2014
Two-run scoring spurts in three consecutive innings earned Roy-Hart 1 a 6-3 win over visiting Lockport this evening in a Lockport Midget 'B' League game.

A two-run double by Aaron Metz in the third inning plated what proved to be the game winning runs for Roy-Hart which also scored twice in both the second and fourth frames. Metz also had a triple on the evening.

Joe Nolan earned the win on the mound allowing five hits and striking out 10.

Roy-Hart 1 improves to 5-4.

The other scheduled Midget 'B' game matching Roy-Hart 2 against Somerset was postponed.


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Medina U16 stickmen post road win


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 July 2014

Regaining the .500 mark at 2-2, Medina defeated the Buffalo Youth League team 7-4 at All-High Stadium this evening in a Western New York Summer lacrosse league U16 Division game.

Jake Cotter scored three goals while Mason Lewis and Brendan Luthart each netted two to lead the Medina attack.

Medina will now close out the season at Williamsville South next Wednesday.


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Medina U19 wins on last minute goal

Albion U14 boys squad romps

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Barry Rogenmoser heads the ball for Medina during this evening's U19 win over Amherst at Vets Park.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 July 2014

Scoring a goal in the final minute, Medina nipped Amherst 3-2 this evening in a Buffalo and Western New York Soccer League boys U19 Division game at Vets Park.

Thomas Goetze scored on a penalty kick with just under a minute to go to provide the margin of victory for Medina which improves to 4-3-2.

Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Medina rallied into a 2-1 advantage on goals by Anthony Pane and Goetze on a penalty shot.

Amherst answered with a penalty kick goal to retie the contest at 2-2 but Goetze's second successful penalty kick of the evening rallied Medina to the win.

Medina will close out the season at West Seneca next Wednesday.

In another U19 contest Holland defeated visiting Roy-Hart 2-0.


Albion 10, Mt. Morris/Dansville 1

Getting goal production from eight different players, Albion romped to a 10-1 victory over visiting Mt. Morris/Dansville this evening in a Rochester District Soccer League boys U14 Division game.

Noah Goudreau scored three goals for Albion as Jeffrey Sherwood, Daniel Sherwood, Jordan Jacobs, Bradley Sanford, Owen Foos, Kendyll Hadick and Hayden Pecoraro each netted one.


Devin Gaylord earned the win in goal as the quartet of Noah Duvall, Michael Keeler, Carson Trupo and Nate Smith anchored the defense.

Albion improves to 6-2-2.


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Albion gridders compete in 7 on 7 session


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 July 2014

Albion High gridders competed in a 7-7 competition at VanDetta Stadium in Batavia on Tuesday against Gates-Chili, Batavia and Elba/Byron-Bergen.

Quarterback Kyle Smith hit several different receivers for scores during the night including Desmond Blackmon, Trey Hart, Lamar Chambers and Kory Reynolds.


Dom DiCureia, Manwell Taylor and Manny Thompson also all had strong defensive sessions.


"I was very surprised at some of the young players we had tonight that made contributions offensively and defensively," said Albion Coach Gary Parisi. "We need to do these type of sessions to get our timing down."


The sessions happen every Tuesday and the final one will be next week. No equipment is used and it is a two hand touch contest with no contact.


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Outdoor high school wrestling tournament set for Barker Saturday


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 July 2014

Several decades ago professional wrestling contests at outdoor venues, including Medina's Vets Park, were a popular part of the area's summertime sports scene.

That idea of an outdoor wrestling competition will be renewed this coming Saturday with a tournament for high school age grapplers on the Barker High football field called the "Barker/Roy-Hart Battle for the Belt Summer Duals."

Six teams representing leagues or schools around Western New York (Section VI) will be entered in the competition which begins at 9 a.m.Those teams will the Niagara-Orleans League, Niagara Frontier League, Clarence, two from Williamsville/Tonawanda/Amherst and a team from the Falconer area near Jamestown.

All six teams will be in acton during each of the tournament's five rounds as three mats will be used across the football field.

"We want to give our Section VI kids some more competition," said Barker/Roy-Hart wrestling Coach Keith Jones who is organizing the event. "It's something I've aways wanted to do. There are a couple of other places around the state that hold outdoor tournaments like this. There will be many wrestlers who are state tournament representative and possible state champs who will be representing their teams."


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Kendall U14 wins on last minute goal

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Maddy Schuler, who scored both Kendall goals, brings the ball up field during tonight's game against visiting Spencerport.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 July 2014

Winning in dramatic fashion, Kendall scored in the final minute to nip visiting Spencerport 2-1 this evening in a Rochester District Soccer League girls U14 Division game.

Maddy Schuler scored with less than a minute to go, off an assist from Jenna LoSapio, to earn Kendall the victory.

Schuler also scored Kendall's first goal in the opening 10 minutes of the game off an assist from Taylor ReQua.

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Kendall's Katelyn Sidoti, right, fights for control of the ball.

"It was a great game," said Kendall Coach Jason ReQua.

The victory boosts Kendall's record to 5-2-4.

Kendall next hosts the Cobras at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the season finale.

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Kayla Summers kicks the ball up field for Kendall.


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Lyndonville tops Lockport 2 to regain Midget 'A lead as Akron upends Medina

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Lyndonville right fielder Aaron Burnside makes a diving catch for the final out of this evening's win over visiting Lockport 2.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 July 2014

Lyndonville used the combination of a 6-2 home field victory over Lockport 2 along with Akron's 6-3 upset win over visiting Medina this evening to regain sole possession of first place in the Lockport Midget 'A' League.

Lyndonville, which improves to 8-3, next hosts runner-up Medina (7-4) in a key contest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

In the other Midget 'A' contest, Lockport 1 rallied late to defeat Roy-Hart 9-4.

Lyndonville took charge at the outset scoring three quick runs in the first inning as Evan Milleville and Ty Hrovat had key hits.

Doubles by Michael Wells and Hrovat then keyed a two run third inning which also included a single by AJ Buckland.

Wells and Buckland both had two hits on the night.

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Austin Loyd delivers a pitch for Lyndonville

Austin Loyd went the distance on the mound for Lyndonville striking out seven. He capped off the win by retiring Lockport in order in the seventh on a strikeout, a groundout back to the mound and a flyout to Aaron Burnside who made a nice diving catch in right field to end the game.

A big five run fifth inning keyed Akron to the win over Medina.

Jake Cotriss and Matt Riemer both had two hits for Medina.

Roy-Hart led 3-1 after four innings but Lockport 1 rallied for four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to clam the win.

Roy-Hart scored three runs in the second inning as CJ Fitch and Brad Wilson had hits.

Cole Gregson also had a double for Roy-Hart which slips to 4-7.


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Jr. Wilson II wins by one again


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 July 2014

For the second week in a row Jr. Wilson II has scored a narrow one run victory in Medina Women's Softball League action.

On Monday night, Jr. Wilson II nipped Zambito Realtors 13-12 as a run in the seventh inning on hits by Audrey Woodruff, Audrey Schalck and Randi Maryjanowski provided the margin of victory.

Jr. Wilson II also had a key three run scoring burst in the sixth inning on hits by Laura Valley, Nicki Dresser and Jenn Thom.

Valley finished with a total of four hits and Dresser three as Betsy Fox, Thom and Rachel Preston each had two.

Ryin Moriarity and Britt Anderson both had three hits and Nicole Moore two for Zambito.


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Lyndonville downs Roy-Hart to regain share of Midget 'A' lead

Medina nips R-H in Midget 'B'

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Dominic DiCureia bangs out a hit for Lyndonville during this evening's Midget 'A' League win over visiting Roy-Hart.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 July 2014

Lyndonville posted an 8-2 victory over visiting Roy-Hart this evening to regain a share of first place in the Lockport Midget 'A' League.

Lyndonville and Medina are now deadlocked for first place at 7-3.

Lyndonville jumped out to a big seven run lead in the first two innings. Singles by Dominic DiCureia and Michael Wells highlighted a three-run first inning while doubles by Brandon Schoolcraft, Wells and Ty Hrovat keyed a four run second inning uprising.

Wells finished with three hits as Schoolcraft, DiCureia and Hrovat each had two.

Justin Edwards picked up the win on the mound striking out five.

Defensively, Hrovat and DiCureia teamed up with Chris Scroger to turn a double play in the sixth inning.

Roy-Hart's two runs came in the seventh inning as Ryan Metz and Austin Heschke had singles.

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Justin Edwards delivers a pitch for Lyndonville.

Midget B
Medina 3, Roy-Hart 1 2

Scoring two quick runs in the first inning, Medina went on to edge past Roy-Hart 1 by a narrow 3-2 margin at Gasport this evening in a Lockport Midget 'B' League game.

A two out, two-run double by Tyler Ames plated the runs for Medina after an error and a single by Tyler Howard set up the threat.

Medina's only other run came on a bases loaded walk in the fifth inning. Two more walks and a hit batter loaded the bases to set up the opportunity.

Quentin Adkins picked up the win on the mound for Medina allowing five hits and striking out seven.

Medina improves to 4-3 and Roy-Hart 1 slips to 3-4.


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Holley girls U16 squad rallies to tie

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Holley's Alexis Milazzo, left,drives the ball up field during this evening's tie game against visiting Honeoye Falls.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 July 2014

Rallying for a goal in the last five minutes, Holley settled for a 1-1 tie with visiting Honeoye Falls this evening to close out the Rochester District Soccer League girls U16 Division season.

Courtney Winkley scored the goal for Holley which had trailed 1-0 at the half.

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Holley's Brittney Shattuck, left, battles for control of the ball.


Finishing the season at 7-2-3 (24 points) Holley will now have to wait to see the result of Wednesday's Hilton Heat vs. Churchville Monarchs season finale to see if they finish first, second or third in the final standings.

Hilton is currently 7-2-2 (23 points) and Churchville 7-3-1 (22 points).

Holley needs Hilton and Churchville to tie in order to claim a share of the division title.

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Medina's Cora Payne, left, works the ball out of the defensive end during this evening's game against visiting Akron.


Akron 4, Medina 0
Building up a 3-0 half-time advantage, Akron went on to defeat host Medina 4-0 this evening in a Buffalo and Western New York Soccer League girls U15 Division game.


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Holley U16 girls gain share of div. lead


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 July 2014

Avenging an earlier season loss, Holley nipped front-running visiting Hilton 1-0 Sunday evening to move into a share of first place in the girls U16 Division of the Rochester District Soccer League.

Holley and Hilton are now deadlocked for the division lead at 7-2-2 (23 points) with just one game remaining on the schedule.

A goal by Anne Jewell with 10 minutes to go in the first half provided just enough offense for Holley to claim the win and avenge an early season 4-0 loss to Hilton.

Madison Papaj earned the shutout in goal as the Holley defense was also anchored by Heather Winkley, Jewell, Mikala Smith and Julia Smith.

Holley will now close out the season by hosting Honeoye Falls at 6:30 this evening while Hilton will wrap up the campaign against the runner-up Churchville Monarchs on Wednesday. Holley lost to Honeoye earlier in the season 2-1.


Boys U16
Victor 5, Holley 0

Victor put a lock on the boys U16 Division title by defeating visiting runner-up Holley 5-0 Sunday evening.

Victor improves to 9-1-1 (28 points) while Holley ends the season at 7-2-3 (24 points).


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Albion U17 girls squad competes in Brockport International Tournament

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Mariah Elsenheimer moves the ball upfield for Albion during a game Saturday against the Hilton Heat. Elsenheimer had Albion's lone goal in a game earlier in the day, a 1-0 win over Ottawa.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 July 2014

Facing top notch competition from both sides of the border, Albion's U17 girls team went 1-2 at the Brockport International Festival Soccer Tournament over the weekend.

Albion opened the tournament with a narrow 1-0 victory over Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Mariah Elsenheimer scored the lone goal.

Albion, which finished second in its division in the preliminary round, then dropped a 4-2 decision to the Hilton Heat. Emily Blanchard scored both Albion goals.

Albion then dropped a 2-0 decision to the top team in the other division, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

"The girls did very well," Albion Coach Paul Zeppetella said. "They played against division one level competition. I'm just very proud of our girls for what they accomplished at that level of soccer. It was great competition and great experience for them."

Emily Blanchard had two goals on Saturday against the Hilton Heat. The game was played during rain in Brockport.

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