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Local trio on NCCC softball squad

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Local players on the Niagara Community College softball team include, from left, Morgan Bedford, Newfane, Olivia Herman, Medina and Jordan Beutel, Newfane.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 March 2015

This spring's Niagara County Community College women's softball team roster includes a trio of former Niagara-Orleans League players.

That trio includes Medina sophomore utility player Olivia Herman, Newfane sophomore utility player Jordan Beutel and Newfane freshman third baseman Morgan Bedford.

Bedford had a big 5 for 5 day at the plate including a home run and 5 RBIs in NCCC's 26-12 romp over Dundalk College on Saturday during the Lady Thunderwolves Maryland trip. Beutel also had 4 hits and drove in 5 runs in the contest.

NCCC is now 2-2 on the young season.


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Veteran laden Lady Rams softball squad eyes N-O title repeat

Photo by Mike Wertman
Defending co-champion Roy-Hart's large contingent of returnees includes, in front, Brianna Brewer, Faye Conley, Rachael Rausch, Lindsay Yates and Taylor Fry. In back are Kayla Brown, Hannah Rausch, Ashley Bower and Madi Hiddie.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 March 2015

Last spring Roy-Hart shared the Niagara-Orleans League softball title with Akron at 12-2. Now, with no less than nine regulars back in the lineup, the Lady Rams are in a solid position to make a strong run to retain that title.

Pitcher Taylor Fry and shortstop/pitcher Ashley Bower, both seniors who earned first team N-O All-League honors, head that large veteran contingent which also includes freshman outfielder Kayla Brown, who earned second team All-League honors, along with third baseman Madi Hiddie and centerfielder Lindsay Yates, both seniors who received All-League Honorable Mention.

The returnees also include senior infielders Hannah Rausch and Faye Conley, junior outfielder Rachael Rausch and sophomore catcher/outfielder Brianna Brewer.

"I'm excited. We have a very good group this year," said Coach Larry Lash.

The Lady Rams roster also includes senior Delaney O'Shea, sophomore Rielly Albee (infield), freshmen Maddy Glena (first base) and Delaney Draper (infield) along with eighth graders Maddie Fry (catcher) and Alexis Lovewell (pitcher/infield).

"The league will be good this year as there is a lot of pitching coming back but I'm really excited about the potential of our group," said Lash whose Lady Rams are scheduled to begin defense of their N-O title on April 9 at home against Barker.


Roy-Hart's Schedule
March 30 - at Kenmore West, 4:30 p.m.
March 31 - Lockport, 1 p.m.
April 1 - at Lew-Port, 1 p.m.
April 3 - North Tonawanda, 1 p.m.
April 6 - Batavia, 1 p.m.
April 7 - at Niagara Falls, 4:45 p.m.
April 9 - Barker, 4:45 p.m.
April 13 - at CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
April 15 - at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
April 17 - at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
April 20 - Albion, 4:45 p.m.
April 22 - Medina, 4:45 p.m.
April 27 - at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
April 29 - at Barker, 4:45 p.m.
May 1 - CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
May 4 - Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
May 6 - Akron, 4:45 p.m.
May 8 - at Albion, 4:45 p.m.
May 11 - at Medina, 4:45 p.m.
May 13 - Newfane, 4:45 p.m.


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Veteran quartet leads Lady Raiders

Photo by Mike Wertman
Leading the Barker softball squad this season will be this veteran quartet of Mary Rounds, Melissa Grosshans, Erika Moeller and Destinee Hillman.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 March 2015

Led by a quartet of returning starters, Barker is looking to improve upon last spring's 8-6 Niagara-Orleans League (10-7 overall) softball record.

Junior pitcher Erika Moeller, who earned second team N-O All-League honors, heads that foursome which also includes senior shortstop Melissa Grosshans, senior third baseman Destinee Hillman and junior first baseman Mary Rounds.

Moeller registered 86 strikeouts and had an earned run average of 1.63 last season as opposing batters hit only .173 (39 of 264) against her.

Hillman, who earned N-O All-League Honorable Mention, hit .309 last season with 21 hits.

"Those four will be the key for us," said Coach Bill Moeller. "We've got such a solid core we should win our fare share of games."

The Lady Raiders also return varsity experience in seniors Chelsea Stratton and Ann Buffington along with junior Courtney Bodine who will be taking over new defensive roles in the infield and outfield.

Juniors Kelsie Engert, Gabby Wasnock and Haley Stansbury look to platoon at positions in the infield and outfield.

Two new comers to the varsity, freshmen Kylie Miller and Haylee Muzzillo, look to play key roles for the Lady Raiders at catcher and pitcher respectively.

Barker is scheduled to open the N-O season at defending co-champion Roy-Hart on April 9.


Barker's Schedule
April 7 - at Lew-Port, 4:45 p.m.
April 9 - at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
April 11 - at Alexander Tournament
April 13 - at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
April 15 - Akron, 4:45 p.m.
April 17 - Medina, 4:45 p.m.
April 18 - CCA, 11 a.m.
April 20 - at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
April 22 - at Albion, 4:45 p.m.
April 24 - CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
April 25 - at Lyndonville, 3 p.m.
April 27 - at Elba, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 - Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
May 1 - Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
May 4 - at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
May 6 - at Medina 4 p.m.
May 7 - Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
May 11 - Albion, 4:45 p.m.
May 13 - CSAT, 4:45 p.m.


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Mustangs return veteran squad

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Anchoring the lineup for Medina this spring will be this group of returning starters including Matt Riemer, Josh Scroger, Shane Freeman, Jason Hellwig and Justin Morgan. Missing from the photo is Devonte Howard.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 27 March 2015

Coming off back-to-back second place finishes, Medina is looking to a large veteran contingent to help key another run at the Niagara-Orleans League baseball title this spring.

Pitcher/ first baseman Matt Riemer and outfield/pitcher Josh Scroger, both seniors who earned first team N-O All-League honors last season, head Medina's veteran group.

The Mustangs returning starting contingent also includes DH/outfielder/second baseman Shane Freeman who earned second team N-O All-League honors, junior catcher/pitcher Justin Morgan who received Honorable Mention, senior shortstop/pitcher Jason Hellwig and senior third baseman Devonte Howard.

Medina also returns varsity experience in sophomore outfielder/pitcher Quentin Adkins, junior outfielder/shortstop/pitcher Tyler Ames, senior outfielder Lawson Fenton, senior third baseman/catcher Kyle Herman and senior outfielder/pitcher Brennan Zinkievich.

Rounding out the squad are juniors Gage Grabowski (third base), Brad McPherson (outfield) and Jared Zinkievich (outfielder) along with eighth grader Izaiah Rhim (second base/pitcher).

"We have as much depth as anyone at the pitching position and we should be good defensively. We have no holes on defense," said Coach Eric Hellwig. "It really depends on how we hit. Hopefully we can hit and score better than last year."

Medina posted a second straight 10-4 record in N-O competition last year losing twice to both champion Albion and Roy-Hart.

Medina is scheduled to open the N-O season at Newfane on April 9 and then host Albion on April 13. The Mustangs have four non league tuneup contests scheduled (weather permitting) before opening the N-O season beginning at Lyndonville on April 1.


Medina's Schedule
April 1 - at Lyndonville, 1 p.m.
April 2 - Williamsville South, 4:30 p.m.
April 4 - Batavia, 2 p.m.
April 7 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
April 13 - Albion, 4:30 p.m.
April 15 - at CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
April 17 - Barker, 4:30 p.m.
April 20 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
April 22 - Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 - Wilson, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 - Newfane, 7 p.m.
May 1 - at Albion, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 - CSAT, 4:30 p.m.
May 6 - at Barker, 4:30 p.m.
May 8 - Akron, 4:30 p.m.
May 11 - at Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
May 14 - at Wilson, 4:30 p.m.
May 16 - at Batavia, 2 p.m.


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Four Medina teams earn state scholar/athlete honors

Photos by Mike Wertman
GIRLS SWIMMING - Compiling a composite average of 95.435, members of the Medina girls swim squad have earned a New York State Public High School Athletic Association Scholar/Athlete Team Award. In front are Morgan Roach, Sarah Cochrane, Ashlee Howell, Rebecca Lunden, Abby Griffin, Madison Kenward and Cora Payne. In back are Michaela Cardone, Haylee Cogovan, Krista Nellist, Amanda McCauley, Alyssa Beyer and Emma Gardner. Posted 26 March 2015

BOYS SWIMMING - Members of the Medina boys swim squad have compiled a composite average of 92.997 to earn a NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete Team Award. In front are Dan Heil, Ian Joseph, Jack Hill and Powell Stephens. In back are Austin Brown, Derek Donley, Henri Courdent, Kristian Snyder, Kevin Capstick and Elijah Sones. Missing from the photo is Austin Heil.

GIRLS BASKETBALL - Compiling a composite average of 93.042, members of the Medina girls basketball squad have earned a NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete Team Award. In front are Nicole Blount, Davina Birch and Allison Bensley. In back are Madeline Winters, Emma Ambrose and Molley Gross. Missing from the photo is Rowan Hamner.

BOYS BASKETBALL - Members of the Medina boys basketball squad have compiled a composite average of 92.651 to earn a NYSPHSAA Scholar/Athlete Team Award. In front are Brennan Zinkievich, Tyler Ames and Jason Hellwig. In back are Aaron Feltz, Brad McPherson and Justin Morgan. Missing from the photo is Dylan Lewis.


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Albion softball squad has new coach

Photo by Mike Wertman
New Albion varsity softball Coach Cathy Schmitt meets here with veteran members of the Purple Eagles squad. In front are Natalie DiCureia and Ashlee Bocach. In the middle row are Isabella Prest, Andrea Aman, Olivia Prest and Kassidy Hastings. In the back row are Ellen Narburgh, Meghan Hurley, Savannah Allen, Kelsee Soule and Coach Schmitt.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 26 March 2015

Anchored by a large nucleus of veterans and with new Coach Cathy Schmitt at the helm, the Albion girls softball squad is prepping for the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season.

The Purple Eagles veteran contingent includes seniors Savannah Allen (first base) and Andrea Aman (outfield); juniors Meghan Hurley (pitcher), Ellen Narburgh (infield/pitcher), Kelsee Soule (catcher), Olivia Prest (catcher/infield), Kassidy Hastings (pitcher) and Ashlee Bocach (catcher/infield); sophomore Isabella Prest (catcher/outfield) and freshman Natalie DiCureia (infield).

"The girls are working hard and the returnees we have, and the knowledge of the game that they have, is huge for us," said Schmitt who takes over the helm from Gary Parisi after serving as an assistant coach for several years.

Soule, a three year starter at catcher, who earned first team N-O All-League honors for the second time last spring, will be sidelined for at least part of the season due to off season shoulder surgery.

Hurley and Bocach both earned N-O All-League honorable mention last year.

Albion, which went 4-10 in N-O competition last spring. has four non league contests scheduled (weather permitting) before opening the N-O season at home on April 9 against Wilson.

Albion's Schedule
March 30 - Lyndonville, 12 p.m.
April 2 - Cheektowaga, 4:30 p.m.
April 6 - Kenmore East, 4:45 p.m.
April 7 - at Lockport, 4:30 p.m.
April 9 - Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
April 11 - at Batavia, 11 a.m.
April 13 - Medina, 4:45 p.m.
April 15 - at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
April 17 - CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
April 20 - at Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
April 22 - Barker, 4:45 p.m.
April 24 at Akron, 4:45 p.m.
April 27 - Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
April 29 - at Wilson ,4:45 p.m.
May 1 - at Medina, 4:45 p.m.
May 4 - Newfane, 4:45 p.m.
May 6 - at CSAT, 4:45 p.m.
May 8 - Roy-Hart, 4:45 p.m.
May 11 - at Barker, 4:45 p.m.
May 13 - Akron, 4:45 p.m.


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G-R cage coaches in benefit contest


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 March 2015

After four months of leading their teams from the sidelines, Genesee Region League boys basketball coaches will be taking to the court themselves Thursday in a benefit contest.

It will be the G-R Division 1 coaches vs. the G-R Division 2 coaches at 7 p.m. at Byron-Bergen in a contest with the proceeds going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester.

The local G-R head coaches include Matt Hennard, Holley, Justin Laureano, Kendall and Lee Dillenbeck, Lyndonville.


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Football division lineup, schedules released for Albion, Medina, Barker/R-H


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 March 2015

For the seventh year in a row Albion and Medina will have some new division foes when the high school football season starts this fall.

With Bennett dropping into Class C, the remaining 18 Class B schools have been split into three six team divisions (East, West and South).

The new Class B lineup has Albion and Medina in the East Division along with Barker/Roy-Hart, Alden, Depew and East Aurora/Holland.

The West Division will include Newfane, Lew-Port, Burgard, Maryvale, Cheektowaga and Tonawanda while the South Division will be comprised of Pioneer, Olean, Springville, Dunkirk, Fredonia and Eden/North Collins.

This past year Albion, Medina, Barker/Roy-Hart were in the B North Division along with Newfane, Lew-Port, Bennett and Burgard.

The remainder of the Class B lineup had Alden, Depew, Amherst, Cheektowaga, Maryvale and Tonawanda in the Central Division with East Aurora/Holland, Pioneer, Eden/North Collins, Fredonia, Dunkirk, Springvile and Olean in the South Division.

In addition, the first draft of the 2015 Section VI Football Federation schedule has also been released which has Albion and Medina both opening at home and Barker/Roy-Hart on the road with interdivisional games on Sept. 4. Albion will host Newfane and Medina will entertain Lew-Port while Barker/Roy-Hart visits Tonawanda.

The three local teams will then open the B East Division schedule on Sept. 11 with Medina at East Aurora, Albion at Alden and Barker/Roy-Hart at Depew.

Each team will also have a second interdivisional contest during the season as Albion will visit Pioneer on Oct. 2, Medina will host Riverside of Buffalo on Sept. 18 and Barker/Roy-Hart will entertain Eden on Oct. 2.

Albion will host Medina in the traditional rivalry game on Oct. 16 to close out the seven game regular season.

The schedules for the three local teams are as follows:
Sept. 4 - Newfane
Sept. 11- at Alden
Sept. 18 - Depew
Sept. 25 - East Aurora
Oct. 2 - at Pioneer
Oct. 9 - at Barker/Roy-Hart
Oct. 16 - Medina


Sept. 4 - Lew-Port
Sept. 11 - at East Aurora
Sept. 18 - Riverside
Sept. 25 - Barker/Roy-Hart
Oct. 2 - at Alden
Oct. 9 - Depew
Oct. 16 - at Albion


Sept. 4 - at Tonawanda
Sept. 11 - at Depew
Sept. 18 - Alden
Sept. 25 - at Medina
Oct. 2 - Eden
Oct. 9 - Albion
Oct. 16 - at East Aurora


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Holley youth wrestlers complete season

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Holley Youth Wrestling Club members include, in row one from left, Jackson Baylor, Noah Patton, Alexander Kuszlyk, Max Pilon, Josh Silpoch, Miguel Vazques-Puccino and Skylar Zava. In row two, Arianna Silversmith, Peyton Silversmith, Michael Schoonmaker, Riker Knight, Tyler Moore, Wayne Moyer, Kaden Rheinwald, Brenden Trowbridge, Ethan Gonzales. In row three, Jacob Weaver, Gaiden Tower, Shawn McAllister, Quinn Price, Jonathan Simmons, Cecelia Farruggia, Trent Wright, Joey Silpoch. In row four, Emanuel Floyd, Carlos Alfanso, Dareo Garcia, Jordan Lonthair, Maximus Floyd, David Farruggia. In row five, Elijah Stanton, Dustin Wilston, Antonio Farruggia, Marc Cabic, Nathan Silversmith, Jacob Silpoch, Nathan Schoonmaker.

Contributed Story, Posted 25 March 2015
The Holley Wrestling Club ended on Tuesday as over 50 youths joined the club this season. Many of the Holley Wrestling Club students were in attendance at the Holley Wrestling Club Tournament and most recently at the Brockport Tournament held the past two weeks.


The Holley Wrestling Club was conducted by the Holley High School Wrestling Coaching Staff, experienced parents and current and former Holley Wrestlers. In this 5 week program, over 50 students learned basic wrestling techniques, sportsmanship and participated in drills and live wrestling.

The Holley youth wrestlers who competed at the Brockport Tournament this past Saturday and their place finish are as follows:


Age 5 and 6: Miguel Vazques-Puccino (2nd), Skyler Zava (3rd), Tyler Moore (5th) and Maxime Pilon (5th).


Age 7 and 8 : Michael Schoonmaker (3rd), Shawn McAllister (3rd) and Caiden Tower (4th).


Age 9 and 10 : Joey Bissanti, Morgan Blosenhauer (1st) and Carlos Alfanso (2nd).


Age 11 and 12: David farruggia (4th) and Dareo Garcia (2nd).


Age 13 and 14: Antonio Farruggia (4th) and Sydney Brown (1st)


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Hawks to open season at Ripken Experience

Photo by Mike Wertman
Leading Holley into the up coming baseball season will be this quartet of Hawk veterans including, from left, Nick Passarell, Josh Porter, Joe DeFelice and Jon Bower.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 25 March 2015

Holley will tuneup for the up coming Genesee Region League baseball season with a series of scrimmages and games at the Cal Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. over the Easter break week.

Holley, which returns a solid nucleus led by G-R All-Stars pitcher/shortstop Joe DeFelice and pitcher/catcher Josh Porter, both seniors, will have two scrimmages as well as games against Geneseo and North Shore Country Day at the Ripken Experience next week.

"The kids definitely have their goals set high. We made it to the final four in the sectionals last year and we're looking forward to a really good year," said Hawks Coach Jason Cole who looks for the Carolina trip to get the Hawks off and rolling especially the game against Geneseo which was the No. 1 seed in Class C last spring. "Geneseo had a big year last year so we're looking at that game as really a sectional matchup type of contest, he added."

In addition to Porter and DeFelice, Holley also returns plenty of experience in seniors Jon Bower (shortstop/pitcher) and Lucas Silvis (first base), junior Nick Passarell (outfield) and sophomore Dylan Hillabush (pitcher/first base).

The Hawks lineup also includes juniors Zach Vaccarelli (outfield), Justin Parker (infield), Zach Trask, Ronnie DeWaal and freshman Sam Lammes.

Holley is scheduled to begin G-R competition at home against Byron-Bergen on April 7.


Holley's Schedule
March 30 - vs. North Country Country Day at Cal Ripken Experience
April 1 - vs. Geneseo at Cal Ripken Experience
April 7 - Byron-Bergen, 4:30 p.m.
April 10 - Barker, 4:30 p.m.
April 14 - at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
April 16 - at Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
April 20 - at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.
April 22 - Kendall, 4:30 p.m.
April 24 - Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.
April 27 - Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.
May 1 - at Oakfield-Alabama, 4:30 p.m.
May 4 - at Byron-Bergen/Elba, 4:30 p.m.
May 6 - LeRoy, 4:30 p.m.
May 8 - Attica, 4:30 p.m.
May 12 - Alexander, 4:30 p.m.
May 14 - Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.


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Kendall senior to play in All-Star game

Photo by Cheryl Wertman
Kendall's Mookie Nauden will play in the Ronald McDonald House All-Star game on Saturday.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 24 March 2015

Kendall High senior Mookie Nauden will be playing in the annual Greater Rochester Ronald McDonald House All-Star basketball game at 3 p.m. Saturday at Rush-Henrietta High School.

Nauden, a Genesee Region League All-Star, who helped lead Kendall to a second straight G-R Division 1 title, averaged 13.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.9 steals this season for the Eagles.


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