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Medina has good links nucleus

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Helping to anchor the lineup for the Medina High golf team this season are returning starters Mike Cardone, Ian Wagner and Trevor Luthart. Missing from the photo is Andrew Fuller.


ByMike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 August 2016

After finishing in the runner-up spot the last two years, Medina is again looking to challenge for top Niagara-Orleans League golf honors this season led by a quartet of returning starters.

The Mustangs veteran foursome includes senior Mike Cardone, junior Andrew Fuller and freshmen Ian Wagner and Trevor Luthart. Wagner earned N-O All-League honors last season.

The Mustangs also return the junior trio of Carson Gates, Jacob Bensley and Jake Kuhmann.

"The big key for us is they all have to play consistent," said Coach PJ Bell whose Mustangs have gone 12-2 each of the last two seasons and both times have finished second to undefeated (14-0) Wilson.

Medina is slated to visit Akron in the N-O opener on Thursday.

In addition, Melanie Green, a freshman who was a starter last year, is playing a girls schedule this season in order to be eligible to compete in the girls Section VI and state tournaments. An N-O All-League honoree last year, she will be following the Williamsville East girls' team schedule.

"It's a great opportunity for her and with her skill and ability she should do very well," said Bell.

Schedule (4 p.m.)
August: 25 - at Akron; 29 - Newfane; 31 - Wilson
September: 1 - Roy-Hart, 7 - Barker, 9 - at Albion, 14 - Akron, 16 - at Newfane, 19 - at Wilson, 21 - at Roy-Hart, 23 - at Barker, 28 - Albion, 30 - All-League Tournament at Willowbrook.


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Albion gridders have good nucleus

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Leading Albion into the upcoming season is this group of returnees. In front are Tony Rotoli, Blake Aina, Brandon McGuire, Lamar Chambers and Tom Mattison, In back are Kory Reynolds, Tanner Ferris, Meach Gardner and Jared Hollinger.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 22 August 2016

A core group of nine returnees anchors the lineup for the Albion varsity football squad which is prepping for the September 2 season opener at Lew-Port.

That veteran group includes tight end/defensive end Kory Reynolds; wide receiver/defensive back Lamar Chambers; running back/linebackers Tom Mattison, Meach Gardner, Blake Aina and Brandon McGuire and linemen Jared Hollinger and Tony Rotoli. All are seniors except Gardner who is a junior.

Reynolds and Mattison both earned first team B-East Division All-Star honors last season while Hollinger was a second team selection and Rotoli and Gardner honorable mention picks.

The Purple Eagles also return varsity experience in seniors Brayden Howell (TE/DE) and Jacob Buzard (OL/DE) and junior Caleb Pettit (OL/DL).

Sophomore Bryce Pritchard takes over the key quarterbacking position backed up by another sophomore Matt Kovaleski.

The Purple Eagles are also looking to juniors Jaquess Harrison (WR/DB) and Justin Stritzinger (OL/DL) along with sophomores Ugene Harrison (WR/DB), Kirk Ellison (OL/DL), Ben Restivo (OL) and Nate Moore (WR/DB).

"We have a very good group of older kids back along with a really good group of younger kids," said Coach Gary Parisi. "It's a real good mix. Practices have been really good and up beat."

The Purple Eagles key losses to graduation include quarterback Kyle Smith, running back Tyler Rotoli, wide receivers Trey Hart and Manwell Taylor and linemen Mike Laine and Nate Trembley.

Albion, which went 2-3 in the division and 3-5 overall last fall will tune up for the season by hosting LeRoy, Batavia and York in a scrimmage this coming Saturday.

Sept. 2 - at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.
Sept. 9 - Alden, 7 p.m.
Sept. 16 - Barker/Roy-Hart, 7 p.m.
Sept. 23 - Depew, 7 p.m.
Sept. 30 - at Lackawanna, 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Akron, 7 p.m.
Oct. 14 - at Medina, 7:30 p.m.


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Ram golfers to get early start

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New Roy-Hart golf Coach Jeff Ziemicki meets here with two of the Rams veteran players Hogan Lang, left, and Justin Czaja, right. Both are seniors. The Rams are scheduled to open Niagara-Orleans League competition against Akron at DanDee Farms on Tuesday and then host Albion at Shelridge on Thursday. Posted 22 August 2016


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Ram booters eye rebound season

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Anchoring the lineup for the Roy-Hart soccer team is this group of returnees. In front are Tyler Choate, Andrew Srock and Aaron Miller. In back are Jamasen Johnson, Noah Kindron, Tim Moriarity and Kody Hayes. Missing from the photo Steven Bruning.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 August 2016

Taking aim at rebounding from last year's 1-10-1 league record, Roy-Hart returns a good nucleus of eight starters heading into the Niagara-Orleans soccer season.

Seniors Tim Moriarity (defender) and Steven Bruning (defender) along with juniors Tyler Choate (defender), Kody Hayes (goalie), Jamasen Johnson (midfield), Noah Kindron (midfield), Andrew Srock (goalie) and Aaron Miller (defender) lead the way for Roy-Hart which also returns experience in senior Jack Muscarella (midfield) and juniors Patrick Sheelar (forward) and Steven Schumacher.

"We've got eight returnees and we're hoping that experience will pay off," said Coach Greg Martillotta. "I'm really encouraged with the players we have. It's a good group and I think we'll be pretty competitive. We're heading in a positive direction."

Roy-Hart is scheduled to visit Lew-Port this Saturday and then compete in the Holley Tournament on August 31 and September 2 before opening the N-O season at home against Newfane on September 3.

August: 27 - at Lew-Port, 7 p.m.; 31 - at Holley Tournament vs. Holley, 6:30 p.m.
September: 2 - at Holley Tournament, TBA; 3 - Newfane, 6:30 p.m.; 6 - at Albion, 6:30 p.m.; 8 - Wilson, 6:30 p.m.; 14 - Medina, 6:30 p.m.; 16 - Holley, 6:30 p.m.; 20 - Akron, 6:30 p.m.; 26 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.; 29 - at Wilson, 4:30 p.m..
October: 5 - Albion, 6:30 p.m.; 7 - at Medina, 7 p.m.; 11 - CCA, 6:30 p.m.; 13 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.


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Albion, Medina Mini Division gridders win exciting openers


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 August 2016

Albion and Medina both used late scores to earn season opening wins Saturday in the Mini Division of the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA).

Albion rallied to nip host Pembroke 13-6 on two long fourth quarter touchdown runs by Makyell Walker covering 67 and 76 yards.

The Albion defense was led by Jared Ostrander with 9 tackles, Jerimah Bennett and Nate Gibson with 7 each and Wesley Olles and Walker each with 6.

The Medina Colts got a late safety to edge past host Akron 15-13.

Cole Callard and Jamair LeMaines each scored a touchdown for the Colts.

In Varsity Division action, Medina defeated Akron 34-12 as Tyler Chinn and Brian Fry both scored 2 touchdowns and Iverson Poole 1.

The Medina defense was led by Anthony Monell, Connor McNeil, Carson Dusett and Brandon Collins.


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Accent is on youth for Lady Hawks

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Key returning starters for the Holley girls varsity soccer team include Olivia Radford, Madison Papaj, Lexi Milazzo, Peyton Sargent, Haylee Passarell, Ryley O'Mara and Julianna Drewry.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 21 August 2016

The accent is on youth this season for the Holley girls varsity soccer squad whose lineup is dominated by underclassmen.

The Lady Hawks are led by a number of key returning starters including senior Julianna Drewry (midfield), juniors Lexi Milazzo (midfield) and Madison Papaj (goalie), sophomore Peyton Sargent (midfield), freshman Olivia Radford (midfield) and eighth grader Haylee Passarell (forward).

"We're super young," said Coach Renee Wolf. "The experience we have returning will certainly help but we're really looking to build throughout the season."

Holley, which went 3-8-3 in Genesee Region League competition and 4-10-3 overall last year, will open the season by hosting their own tournament on September 1 and 3. The Lady Hawks will face Albion in the opening round.

September: 1 - Holley Tournament v. Albion, 6:30 p.m.; 3 - Holley Tournament, TBA; 7 - Kendall, 6:30 p.m.; 12 - vs. Addison at Wayland-Cohocton, 5 p.m.; 15 - at Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.; 17 - Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.; 19 - Lyndonville, 6:30 p.m.; 21 - at Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, 6:30 p.m.; 23 - at Notre Dame, 4:30 p.m.; 27 - at Alexander, 4:30 p.m.; 29 - at Kendall, 6:30 p.m.
October: 1 - Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 7 - Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.; 8 - Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 11 - at Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 13 - at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.


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Veteran trio leads Albion golfers

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Anchoring the lineup for the Albion golf team is this returning starting trio of Nick Penna, Victor Benjovski and Patrick Ricker.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 20 August 2016

Looking to improve upon last year's 3-11 record, the Albion golf team is led by a trio of returning starters heading into the Niagara-Orleans League season.

Juniors Nick Penna and Victor Benjovski along with freshman Patrick Ricker will lead the way for the Purple Eagles which also return varsity experience in freshman Nick Perry.

The key now for the Purple Eagles is to find a fifth starter so they can score as a team in league matches.

"We're confident we can compete but right now we need to fill that fifth spot," said Coach Bill Dambra.

Albion is slated to open the N-O season against Roy-Hart next Thursday.

August: 25 - at Roy-Hart, 10:30 a.m.; 29 - at Barker, 10 a.m.; 31 - Newfane, 10 a.m..
September: 7 - Akron, 4 p.m.; 9 - Medina, 4 p.m.; 12 - at Wilson, 4 p.m.; 14 - Roy-Hart, 4 p.m.; 16 - Barker, 4 p.m.; 19 - at Newfane, 4 p.m.; 23 - at Akron, 4 p.m.; 26 - at Medina, 4 p.m.; 28 - Wilson, 4 p.m.; 30 - All-League Tournament at Willowbrook.


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Youth football season begins Saturday


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 August 2016

Competition in the Niagara Orleans Football Association (NOFA), which includes teams from 11 communities in four area counties, gets underway on Saturday.

The opening day schedule will have Medina at Akron, Oakfield/Elba at Newfane, Albion at Pembroke, Holley at Roy-Hart and Batavia at Tri Town as Attica draws the bye.

Games are scheduled for 10 a.m. (Beginner), noon (Mini), 2 p.m. (JV) and 4 p.m. (Varsity) though some programs do not have teams in all four divisions.

Albion's home opener will be August 27 against Attica, Medina's on September 3 against Tri Town and Holley's on September 3 against Batavia.


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Kendall returns large veteran group

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Kendall's veteran contingent includes Joey LoSapio, Ben Frasch, Jesus Aquirre, Cameron Zinsmeister, James Longrod, Collin Lewis and Jeremy Browe. Missing from the photo are Jake Adams, Nate Warters and Zach Perrin.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 August 2016

Anchored by a large contingent of 11 returnees the Kendall boys soccer squad is taking aim at improving upon last year's 5-5 Genesee Region (9-9 overall) record.

The Eagles veterans include seniors Jake Adams (attack), Jesus Aquirre (midfield), Ben Frasch (defender), Collin Lewis (midfield), James Longrod (midfield), Joey LoSapio (defender), Zach Perrin (defender and Cameron Zinsmeister (goalie) along with juniors Miguel Aguirre (midfield) and Jeremy Browe (defender) and sophomore Nate Warters (attack).

Adams had 12 goals and 5 assists and Warters 6 goals last season.

"We've got a lot of returners and a pretty solid squad so we have pretty high expectations for the league and for sectionals," said Coach Chris Prokou. "We'll see if they can play up to their capabilities."

Kendall is scheduled to open the season at H-A-C on September 2 and then begin G-R competition at home against Pembroke on September 6.

September: 2 - at H-A-C, 4:30 p.m.; 6 - Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.; 12 - Attica, 6:30 p.m.; 14 - Byron-Bergen/Elba, 6:30 p.m.; 17 - at Batavia, 11 a.m.; 19 - at Albion, 6:30 p.m.; 22 - at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 24 - Holley, 3 p.m.; 26 - at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 28 - at Attica, 4:30 p.m.
October: 1 - Rochester Academy Charter, 11 a.m.; 4 - at Byron-Bergen/Elba, 6:30 p.m.; 7 - at Rochester Academy Charter, 4:30 p.m.; 10 - Wheatland-Chili, 1 p.m.; 12 - at Holley, 6:30 p.m.; 14 - Batavia, 6:30 p.m.


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Veteran lineup for Medina spikers

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Leading the Medina volleyball squad this season will be these six returning starters. In front are Lexi Neuman, Je'ne Brown and Molley Gross. In back are Lexie Sargent, Carley Schultz and Emily Kams.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 19 August 2016

With the starting lineup returning intact, Medina is looking to improve upon last year's 7-5 Niagara-Orleans League volleyball record.

The Mustangs veteran group includes seniors Emily Kams, Molley Gross, Carley Schultz, Lexi Neuman and Lexie Sargent along with sophomore Je'ne Brown.

Kams earned first team N-O All-League honors last fall while Gross was a second team honoree and Schultz an Honorable Mention selection.

The Mustangs lineup is also bolstered by juniors Alyssa Beyer and Grace Masse who also return with varsity experience and sophomore Maddie Williams.

"We've got a lot of experience and we're very excited about the season," said Coach Tim Lincoln. "We know the league will be a battle though as there are a number of good teams."

Medina is scheduled to open the N-O season at Akron on September 7.

August: 24 - at Gates-Chili Tournament; 30 - Tapestry, 6:30 p.m.; 31 - Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.
September: 7 - at Akron, 6:15 p.m.; 10 - at Albion Tournament, 8 a.m.; 13 - at Roy-Hart, 6:15 p.m.; 15 - Wilson, 6:15 p.m.; 19 - Albion, 6:15 p.m.; 21 - at Tapestry, 6:15 p.m.; 23 - Newfane, 6:15 p.m.; 29 - Akron, 6:15 p.m.
October: 3 - at Lyndonville, 6:15 p.m.; 5 - Roy-Hart, 6:15 p.m.; 11 - at Wilson, 6:15 p.m.; 12 - Holley, 6:15 p.m.; 14 - at Albion, 6:15 p.m.; 15 - at BNCC Tournament; 18 - at Newfane, 6:15 p.m.; 20 - Kendall, 6:15 p.m.; 21 - Roy-Hart ,6:15 p.m.


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R-H returns strong field hockey lineup

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Roy-Hart's large group of returnees includes, in front, Angelina Ciarfella, Rielly Albee, Delaney Draper and Samantha Choate. In back are Hope Kassmann, Jayden Townsend, Rachel Hutter, Victoria Thompson, Alexis Lovewell and Jamie Bower. Missing from the photo are Shannon Dent, Pari Shepard, Alyssa Ickowski and Sydney Newton.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 August 2016

Having steadily moved up the standing the last three years, Roy-Hart now returns its starting lineup virtually intact with which to make a strong run at the Niagara-Orleans League field hockey title this season.

Senior attacker/defender Rielly Albee, who earned first team N-O All-League honors last season, and senior attacker Angelina Ciarfella, a second team honoree, head Roy-Hart's veteran laden lineup which also includes Honorable Mention selections attackers Shannon Dent, Victoria Thompson, Delaney Draper and defender Pari Shepard. All are seniors except Draper who is a junior.

The Lady Rams veteran contingent also includes senior attackers Rachel Hutter, Hope Kassmann and Alyssa Inkowski along with junior attacker Sydney Newton, sophomore attackers Jayden Townsend and Alexis Lovewell, goalie Jamie Bower and freshman attacker Samantha Choate. Junior Kate Corra rounds out the lineup.

"We've got virtually our entire team back and they are ready with the skills," said Coach Colleen Albee, "They played in the summer league and they attended the All-America Camp so they are ready for hopefully a very good season. We're stressing quickness and explosiveness and that's what we're hoping will key us."

Roy-Hart, which went 7-5 last year, will open N-O competition at home on September 1 against Kenmore.

September: 1 - Kenmore, 4:30 p.m.; 6 - at Wilson, 4:45 p.m.; 8 - at Medina, 7:15 p.m.; 13 - at Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 15 - Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 22 - Akron, 4:45 p.m.; 27 - at Kenmore, 4:45 p.m.; 29 - Wilson, 4:45 p.m.
October: 4 - Medina ,4:45 p.m.; 6 - Newfane, 4:45 p.m.; 11 - at Barker, 4:45 p.m.; 13 - Sacred Heart, 7 p.m.; 18 - at Akron, 4:45 p.m.


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Albion boasts large returning group

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Albion's returning contingent includes, in front, Nick Reed, Noah Goudreau, Connor McQuillan and Devin Gaylord. In back are Nate Scanlan, Brad Sanford, Owen Foos, Nate Smith and Preston Flugel.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 18 August 2016

Looking to rebound from last year's 4-6-2 league record, Albion returns a very large group of 14 returnees with which to challenge for Niagara-Orleans soccer honors this season.

The senior quartet of forward Nick Reed, midfielders Owen Foos and Donato Rosario and defender Joe Madjeski head that veteran contingent which also includes juniors Preston Flugel (forward), Devin Gaylord (goalie), Noah Goudreau (midfield), Hayden Pecoraro (forward), Brad Sanford (defender) and Nate Smith (defender) along with sophomores Kendyll Hadick (forward), Connor McQuillan (forward), Elliott Neidert (defender) and Nate Scanlan (midfielder).

Rosario earned first team N-O All-League honors while Reed and Sanford were Honorable Mention selections.

Pecoraro scored 7 goals while Hadick netted 4 and McQuillan and Scanlan 3 each.

"We have a lot of experience," said Coach Keith Akers. "The big thing is we have to be a little more offensive oriented and capitalize more on our opportunities. The experience we have coming back should really help us with that."

Albion will tune up for the August 31 N-O opener at Akron by visiting Avon on August 29.

August: 29 - at Avon, 6 p.m.; 31 - at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
September: 6 - Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.; 9 and 10 - at Byron-Bergen Tournament; 14 - Wilson, 4:30 p.m.; 17 - at Medina, 10 a.m.; 19 - Kendall, 6:30 p.m.; 21 - at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.; 24 - Akron, 7 p.m.; 29 - Newfane, 6:30 p.m..
October: 1 - Byron-Bergen, 12:30 p.m.; 5 - at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.; 8 - at Wilson, 10 a.m.; 11 - Medina, 6:30 p.m.; 13 - at Amherst, 4:30 p.m.


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Hawks have veteran laden lineup

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Holley's large contingent of returnees includes, in front, Antonio Puente, Bailey Schubmehl, James Skehan, Will Harrington, Bryce Baxter and Andrew Cary. In back are Dylan McKay, Patrick Bower, Tyler Hill, Chris Balys and Derek McArthur.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 August 2016

Looking to improve upon last year's runner-up finish, the Holley boys soccer squad returns a large contingent of 11 regulars with which to make a strong run at the Genesee Region League title this season.

The Hawks returnees include goalie Patrick Bower, defenders Chris Balys, Bryce Baxter, Tyler Hill and James Skehan; midfielders Derek McArthur, Will Harrington, Dylan McKay and Bailey Schubmehl and attackers Andrew Cary and Antonio Puente. All are seniors except Bower who is a junior.

Balys and Cary both earned first team G-R All-Star honors and McArthur received Honorable Mention. Cary had 9 goals and 8 assists and McArthur 3 goals and 6 assists last year.

"We have a lot of experience back and we're hoping that experience shows," said Coach Dan Orbaker. "The keys for us will be to possess the ball and to play better defense."

The Hawks will tune up for the September 6 G-R opener at defending champion Wheatland-Chili by hosting their own tournament on August 31 and September 2. Holley will face Roy-Hart in the tourney opener.

W-C just edged Holley out for the G-R crown last fall going 7-2-1 as the Hawks went 7-3 (11-6 overall).

August: 31 - Holley Tournament vs. Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.
September: 2 - Holley Tournament, TBA; 6 - at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 8 - at Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 12 - at Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.; 14 - at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 16 - at Roy-Hart, 6:30 p.m.; 22 - Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 24 - at Kendall, 3 p.m.; 26 - at Rochester Academy Charter, 4:30 p.m.; 28 - Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.; 30 - U. Prep, 6:30 p.m.
October: 4 - Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.; 8 - Attica, 6:30 p.m.; 10 - Rochester Academy Charter, 6:30 p.m.; 12 - Kendall, 6:30 p.m.


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Defending champion Kendall girls soccer squad has key holes to fill

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Anchoring the lineup for the defending Genesee Region League Division 1 and Section V Class CC champion Kendall girls soccer team is this group of returning regulars. In front are Megan Hardenbrook, Hailee Mitchell and Lizzie Rath. In back are TT ReQua, Jenna LoSapio and Lyndsay Wright.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 August 2016

Looking to fill key holes due to graduation losses on the forward line and in goal, the Kendall girls soccer team is prepping to defend its Genesee Region League Division 1 and Section V Class CC championships.

Six returning starters including senior defenders Lizzie Rath and Jenna LoSapio, junior defender Lyndsay Wright, junior midfielders TT ReQua and Megan Hardenbrook and freshman midfielder Hailee Mitchell anchor there Lady Eagles lineup. ReQua had 11 goals and 22 assists last year.

The Lady Eagles also return varsity experience in senior Kacey Menge and juniors Andrea Villalobos and Michela Hanlon.

"We've got some big shoes to fill on the attack and in goal but it's an opportunity for others to take up those roles," said Coach Pam Beres whose Lady Eagles have captured three straight G-R Division 1 titles and have taken Class CC titles two of the last three years.

Key graduation losses for Kendall, which went 13-0 in the league and 19-1 overall last fall, include goalie Jenna Jacob, forward Maya Rutland (29 goals, 7 assists) and midfielders Taylor Rutland (12 goals, 10 assists), Coralee Freitag and Keri Furness.

"We've got a good returning group and we look to be strong up the middle," said Beres. "The keys for us are to possess the ball as we have in past years and to develop our young athletes."

Kendall will begin its G-R title defense at Attica on September 3. The Lady Eagles will then visit rival Holley on September 7 before hosting their own tournament on September 8 and 10. Kendall will face Albion in the tourney opener.

September: 3 - at Attica, 11 a.m.; 7 - at Holley, 6:30 p.m.; 8 - Albion (Kendall Tournament), 7 p.m.; 10 - Kendall Tournament, TBA; 13 - at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 17 - Alexander, 6:30 p.m.; 19 - at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 21 - at Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m.; 24 - Oakfield/Elba, 1 p.m.; 27 - Notre Dame, 6:30 p.m.; 29 - Holley, 6:30 p.m.
October: 1 - at HAC, 3 p.m.; 3 - Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.; 5 - Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 11 - at Byron-Bergen, 6:30 p.m.; 13 - Attica, 6:30 p.m.


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Albion spikers prep to defend N-O title

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Getting set to help lead the Albion volleyball squad into the defense of its Niagara-Orleans League title is this senior quintet of Kiara Smith, Emilie Barleben, Chanyce Powell, Kaitlyn Van Skiver and Cameron Tucker.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 August 2016

Having lost five of six starters to graduation Albion faces a bit of a rebuilding job as the three-time defending champion Purple Eagles prepare to defend their Niagara-Orleans League volleyball title.

Senior Chanyce Powell, a two-time first team N-O All-League honoree, is Albion's lone returning starter. Powell had a team leading goal of 266 spiking kills last season and also had 74 service aces, 69 blocks and 117 digs.

The Purple Eagles also return some experience in seniors Kiara Smith, Emilie Barleben, Kaitlyn Van Skiver and Cameron Tucker along with junior Caitlynn Snook and sophomore Sierra Newton.

"It's a different look this season," said Coach Ann Capacci. "It's definitely a rebuilding season but we'll work hard every day and look to improve every match. The experience they gained last year will certainly help. So now it's their turn."

The Purple Eagles losses to graduation include first team N-O All-League honorees Kelsee Soule and Meghan Hurley along with honorable mention selections Ashlee Bocach and Aleah Foos.

Albion, which posted a 12-0 record last fall to claim the N-O crown, will begin their title defense at home on September 7 against Roy-Hart.

August: 31 - at Attica, 6:15 p.m.
September: 2 - at Alexander, 6:15 p.m.; 7 - Roy-Hart, 6:15 p.m.; 8 - at Byron-Bergen, 6:15 p.m.; 9 - Albion Tournament, 8 a.m.; 13 - Wilson, 6:15 p.m.; 15 - Newfane, 6:15 p.m.; 17 - at Churchville-Chili Tournament, 8 a.m.; 19 - at Medina,6:15 p.m.; 22 - Akron, 6:15 p.m.; 26 - Cheektowaga, 6:15 p.m.; 29 - at Roy-Hart, 6:15 p.m..
October: 3 - Batavia, 6:15 p.m.; 5 - at Wilson, 6:15 p.m.; 7 - at Newfane, 6:15 p.m.; 14 - Medina, 6:15 p.m.; 18 - at Akron, 6:15 p.m.; 20 - at Notre Dame, 6:15 p.m.


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Hello Fall practice, goodbye Summer

Photo By Cheryl Wertman
Summer officially came to an end today for high school athletes across the state as preseason fall practice began in football, boys and girls soccer, field hockey, boys and girls volleyball, golf and cross-country. Here the Medina/Lyndonville varsity football team runs through a play at Vets Park. The Mustangs will open the season against Barker/Roy-Hart on September 2 at Middleport. Posted 15 August 2016

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Albion football players go through a conditioning drill using sledge hammers to beat on a large tire. The Purple Eagles will visit Lew-Port in the season opener on September 2.

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The Medina girls varsity soccer team goes through a ball control drill. The Mustangs will open the season by competing in the Tonawanda Tournament on August 26 and 27.


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NYSCOBA claims 'B' playoff crown

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NYSCOBA earned first place honors in Medina women's softball B league playoffs Sunday. In front from left Kathy Quackenbush, Hailey Jakubowski, Renee Kepner, Lisa Boyce.  Back row Michelle Mault, Bianca Mault, Amanda Campbell, Kristin Guild, Erica Snyder and Tracy Macfarland.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 August 2016

Coming from behind twice, NYSCOBA outlasted Mariachi 22-12 Sunday in the Medina Women's Softball League 'B' League playoff championship game.

Lisa Boyce had 5 hits, including 2 triples and 5 RBIs, to lead the NYSCOBA attack as Hailey Jakubowski had 3 hits and 4 RBIs, Amanda Campbell 3 hits and 3 RBIs and Kathy Quackenbush 2 hits and 3 RBIs.

In the circle, Renee Kepner struck out 2 and Quackenbush 1 while on defense, Jakubowski and Tracy MacFarland shut down the left side of the infield.

Mariachi jumped out to a 3-1 first inning lead but NYSCOBA rallied by erupting for 8 runs in the fifth frame to take a 9-4 lead.

However, Mariachi but together a big sixth inning uprising to regain what proved to be a brief 12-10 lead.

The NYSCOBA bats caught fire though in the seventh inning by exploding for 12 runs to claim the 22-12 victory and the title.

Jessica Demmer had 2 triples and 2 RBIs for Mariachi as Katt Battaglia added a two-run triple, Mary Jo Polick 2 hits, including a two-run triple, and Brittney Anderson a two-run single.

In the circle, Judy Ward registered 4 strikeouts.

In the semifinals, NYSCOBA defeated top seeded regular season champion Champs Mini Mart 29-18 and Mariachi downed Jr Wilson 2 25-1.

Heather DiGiacomo had a grand slam home run and Emily Johnson a bases loaded triple to highlight the Mariachi offense. Johnson had a total of 5 hits as Krista Polick had 3 with 3 RBIs. DiGiacomo and Alissa Anderson both had 2 hits.

Jr. Wilson did rebound to defeat Champs 18-9 for third place honors.

Mel Valley had 4 hits for Jr. Wilson as Laura Valley, Jenn Thom, Nicki Dresser and Audrey Schalck each had 3 and Julie Tette, Rachel Preston, Jen Hughes, Deseree Hughes and Sari Rupp 2 each.

Jr. Wilson put a lock on the win by erupting for 7 runs in the sixth inning.


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