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Mike Wertman, Sports Writer


Tigers big inning tames Wildcats

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Lyndonville's Justin Edwards dives back into first base during early inning action of the Tigers win over visiting Wheatland-Chili this afternoon. The Wildcats first baseman is Zane Smith.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 April 2014

Leading by a narrow 4-3 margin, Lyndonville exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning to key a 14-4 victory over visiting Wheatland-Chili this afternoon in a Genesee Region League baseball game.

Capitalizing on an error and walk, W-C tallied to cut the deficit to 4-3 in the top of the fourth inning.

However, Lyndonville came roaring back in the decisive home half of the frame to plate nine runs as Chris Scroger had a two-run double, AJ Buckland a two-run single and Ty Hrovat and Evan Milleville RBI singles.

"I was pretty happy to see the way the boys reacted after Wheatland scored off the error and the walk because we hadn't been making any errors," said Lyndonville Coach Shane Price. "They came back by scoring nine runs and that was nice to see."

Hrovat finished with a total of four hits, including two doubles, as Jacob Hoffee had three and Scroger and Buckland two each.

"The hitting has been strong for us so far," said Price.

Justin Edwards earned the win on the mound allowing five hits with 10 strikeouts.

Now at 2- 0 in the league and 4-0 overall Lyndonville next hosts Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Saturday in a G-R contest.


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Medina '9' bests CSAT

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Matt Riemer banged out four hits and picked up the win on the mound for Medina in the Mustangs win over CSAT this afternoon at Vets Park.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 April 2014

Capitalizing on a bonus home game opportunity, Medina improved to 2-1 in Niagara-Orleans League baseball action by downing CSAT 7-3 at Vets Park this afternoon.

Matt Riemer had a big day for the Mustangs both on the mound and at the plate. He picked up the win on the mound allowing only two hits and striking out seven over the first five innings while at the plate he banged out four hits, including a double, and drove in four runs.

Josh Scroger also had three hits and Devonte Howard two for Medina.

Riemer gave Medina a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a single which plated Scroger who also reached on a single.

CSAT, which was the home team on the scoreboard because the Eagles' field was not playable, knotted the contest with a run in the bottom of the first on a walk and two singles.

Medina though regained the lead for good at 3-1 on a two-run single by Riemer in the third inning which followed base raps by Scroger and Jason Hellwig.

The Mustangs boosted the advantage to 6-1 by scoring three times in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Tyler Ames and two passed balls. A lead off triple by Scroger ignited that uprising which also included a single by Riemer.

CSAT did cut the deficit to 6-3 by scoring twice in the bottom of the fifth on four walks and an error but would get no closer.

Riemer got one of those runs right back with an RBI single in the top of the sixth to give Medina a 7-3 lead.

CSAT did get the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the sixth on two hit batters and an error but Hellwig, who took over pitching in the sixth, quickly got out of the jam with a grounder back to the mound which he turned into an inning ending double play. He then retired the Eagles in order in the seventh to close out the win.

Medina next hosts Oakfield-Alabama in a non league game at 2 p.m. Saturday.

In other N-O action, Newfane defeated rival Wilson 3-1 as Josh Kneeland registered nine strikeouts in four innings of work on the mound. Akron shutout Barker 14-0 as Tommy James allowed five hits and struck out nine. Jack Pfentner had three hits and Connor Riggs, Jake Bower and Will Warner two each for the Tigers which broke the game open with nine runs in the sixth inning.

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


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Lady Tigers win quick opener


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 17 April 2014

Wasting little time in breaking into the victory column, Lyndonville scored a quick 3-1 win over visiting Wilson this afternoon in the Lady Tigers non league season opener.

Maddy Boyle scattered five hits and struck out six to earn the win in the circle.

Madison Gardepe led the Lady Tigers at the plate with three hits and three RBIs. She had a run producing triple in the first inning and RBI singles in both the third and fifth frames.

Rebekah Hoffee also had a double for Lyndonville which next visits Medina in a non league game at 11 a.m. Friday.


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Kendall softball squad has a very busy week at Disney


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 April 2014

It was a very busy week for the Kendall High softball team which has played four games and four scrimmages over the past six days at the Disney Complex in Orlando, Fllorida.

"It was a busy week but it was a great experience," said Kendall Coach Jeff Parizek. "We played some great competition and it was a great learning experience. Overall it was a great week."

Kendall wrapped up its busy schedule this afternoon dropping a 12-2 decision to Monroe High, of Wisconsin which captured its state class title last year.

Kendall scored once in the second inning on a single by Kacey Menge and a fielders choice play off the bat of Shauna Ricker and once in the sixth on a fielders choice play off the bat of Olivia Welch after singles by Kari Hurlbutt, Chelsea Wright and Taylor Kingsbury had loaded the bases.

In their opening game at Disney, the Lady Eagles lost 14-1 to Whitney Young High of Chicago.

Olivia Welch, Maria Albanese and Menge each had a hit for Kendall.

Kendall then dropped a wild 15-12 decision to New York state foe Byram Hills which rallied from an early 7-3 decision with a huge inning of nine runs on seven errors.

Welch, Kingsbury, Hurlbutt, Nicole Browe and Sarah Gardner each had two hits for the Lady Eagles. Welch, whose hits included a double, drove in four runs and Kingsbury two.

Kendall also lost 7-1 to Jefferson High of Wisconsin.

Hurlbutt had two hits and Wright one for the Lady Eagles.


Kendall's four scrimmages were against New York state foe John Jay-Cross River and three out of state opponents.


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Raiders look to extend N-O reign

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Leading the Barker High boys and girls track teams into the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season are these Raider veterans. In front are Caitlyn Mason, Gabby Clare, Sergio Cruz and Hayden Hathaway. In back are Jacob Haight and Bryce Moller.

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 16 April 2014

Anchored by a good returning nucleus, the Barker High boys track team is taking aim at claiming a fourth straight Niagara-Orleans League championship.

Seniors Jacob Haight and Byrce Moeller lead the Barker boys squad which has gone 6-0 in each of the past three years to claim the N-O title.

Haight placed first in both the high jump and triple jump and second in the long jump at last spring's N-O All-League meet. He went on to win the long and high jumps and place third in the triple jump at the Section VI Division 2 championships and then place second in the high jump at the state meet.

Moeller won the N-O pentathlon competition and placed second in the event at the sectionals.

The Raiders other returning All-League meet place finishers include seniors Kolbe Greenwald (5th in 400), Jarid Worthington (6th in 400) and Hayden Hathaway (8th in 1600) along with juniors Sergio Cruz (3rd in 3200, 7th in 1600), Casey Webb (5th in 800), Thomas Callaghan (3rd in pentathlon) and sophomore Brett Holland (3rd in discus).

"We have a solid group of kids so I think we have a good a shot as anyone," said Coach James Jurewicz. "It will come down to depth and I like our chances."

The Raiders key losses to graduation were Brett Cole, who won the 100 and placed 4th in the 200 at the All-League meet, and Jordan Bender who won both the 1600 and 3200.

The Barker girls squad, which went 2-4 in N-O competition last spring, is led by sophomore Caitlyn Mason, who placed second in both the long jump and triple jump and third in the 400 and junior Kelsi Flegal, who took second in the 200 and fourth in the 100 at last year's All-League meet.

Barker's other returning All-League place finishers include junior Katie Przybyl (5th in 3000 and 6th in 1500) along with sophomores Erin Greenwald (4th in 400 hurdles and pole vault and 5th in 100 hurdles) and Madison Greenwald (6th in long jump).
The Lady Raiders also return junior Gabby Clare (hurdles), who missed the last part of the season a year ago due to an injury.

"We have some good kids back but we've also got a lot of question marks," said Jurewicz.

The Raiders are scheduled to pen the N-O season April 22 at Medina/Lyndonville.

Barker's schedule is as follows:
April 22 - at Medina/Lyndonville, 4:15 p.m.
April 29 - at Akron, 4:15 p.m.
May 1 - Roy-Hart, 4:15 p.m.
May 2 - at Pembroke Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
May 6 - Wilson, 4:15 p.m.
May 8 - at Albion, 4:15 p.m.
May 14 an 15 - All-League meet at Roy-Hart, 4 p.m.
May 22 - All-League Steeplechase at Starpoint, 5 p.m.


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Not again - ball games get snowed out

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Medina's Veterans Memorial Park along with other area ball fields were covered in by a fresh blanket of snow this morning.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 15 April 2014

Area high school coaches and players must have thought it was six days before Christmas instead of six days before Easter this morning as a burst of wet snow left ball diamonds covered in white adding one more weather related setback to a spring sports season that has had a tough time getting going.

The snowy weather wiped out several scheduled baseball games including Depew at Albion, Notre Dame at Lyndonville and Roy-Hart at Wilson. Wednesday's Albion at Akron baseball and Albion at Lockport softball games have also already been postponed. The Notre Dame at Lyndonville game has been rescheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.


"We're two league games behind but we have rescheduled dates for them so we're not in too bad of shape but if we get more bad weather we'll have problems," said Medina varsity baseball Coach Eric Hellwig. "And for the grass fields in the area things were just starting to green up and dry out so this definitely will be a setback for many teams."

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Less than 24 hours after Medina hosted Starpoint in baseball on a windy but 79 degree afternoon this morning's snow made sure no one would be pitching off the Vets Park mound today.


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Purple Eagles win N-O opener


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 April 2014

Taking charge early with a five run third inning, Albion went on to open defense of its Niagara-Orleans League title with an 18-1 victory at Wilson this afternoon.

The decisive third inning saw John Warne double in one run and John Krieger, Connor Barleben, Noah Preston and Dominic DiCureia each single in one.

The Purple Eagles later capped off the win by scoring six times in the sixth inning as Barleben had a run producing double and DiCureia an RBI single.

DiCureia finished with a total of three hits and three RBIs, Barleben two hits and two RBIs and Warne two hits.

Austin Loyd picked up the win on the mound for the Purple Eagles scattering three hits and striking out 12.


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Lyndonville '9' blanks CSAT


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 April 2014

Improvng to 4-0, Lyndonville blanked visiting CSAT 8-0 this afternoon in a non league baseball game.

Evan Milleville earned the win on the mound allowing only two hits and striking out six in six innings of work.

Chris Scroger banged out three hits and Brandon Schoolcraft two to lead the Tigers attack.

Lyndonville scored three times in the fourth inning on run producing singles by Schoolcraft, Scroger and Milleville.

The Tigers later locked up the win by scoring four times in the sixth frame as Scroger and Michael Wells both had RBI singles.


Lyndonville next hosts Notre Dame in a Genesee Region League game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Kendall plays two at Disney
Kendall bowed 15-1 to Greece Athena and 11-9 to Wildwood, New Jersey over the last couple of days in non league baseball games at the Disney Complex in Orlando Florida.


Garett Love drove in Kendall's lone run against Athena.

Kendall scored eight runs in the sixth inning against Wildwood as Mookie Nauden had a three-run triple.

Alex Sutphen added two hits and scored three times and Richie Swift had two hits including a triple for the Eagles.


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Spartans surge past Mustangs

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Josh Scroger delivers a pitch for Medina during the Mustangs non league loss to Starpoint this afternoon at Vets Park.


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 April 2014

Leading by a narrow 6-5 margin, Starpoint erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning to lock up a 13-6 victory over Medina in a non league contest at wind swept Vets Park this afternoon that was halted after six innings by rain.

The Spartans combined four singles and a three-run double to break the contest open in the sixth.

Starpoint also got off to a quick start by scoring three runs on five hits in the top of the first inning.

However, Medina answered right back with five runs n the home half of the first on a two-run single by Matt Riemer, an RBI single by Quentin Adkins and sacrifices by Adam Hoot and Sam Crowley. A walk and a single by Josh Scroger ignited the uprising which also included a single by Tyler Ames.

The Mustangs though could not score again until the bottom of the sixth on a double by Crowley and an RBI single by Scorger.

Crowley, Riemer and Scroger each had two hits on the day.

Starpoint regained the lead for good at 6-5 by scoring three times in the fourth inning on two singles, an error and a two run double.


Cleve Hill 3, Roy-Hart 1
In another non league game, Cleveland Hill scored twice in the seventh inning on a single and two errors to edge past host Roy-Hart 3-1.

Andy Xapsos and CJ Fitch had Roy-Hart's only hits.


Roy-Hart 8, Lockport 8

Lockport rallied for eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn an 8-8 tie with Roy-Hart in a rain soaked non league softball game.

Kayla Brown and Hannah Rausch both had two hits and Sam Brown drove in two runs for Roy-Hart which scored three times in both the first and third innings. Kayla Brown's hits included a double.


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N-O athletes earn All-WNY scholar honors


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 14 April 2014

Over a dozen Niagara-Orleans League senior athletes have earned spots on the All-Western New York Scholar-Atlhlete team for the winter sports season.

Earning first team honors were Julia Atwater and Brooke Bodine from Barker, Noah Diebel and Gina Henley from Akron, Kiki Dy and Claire Puff from Newfane and Allie Bubar and Kaylee Stoelting from Wilson. They all played basketball except for Dy who was a swimmer.

Receiving honorable mention were Olivia Denny, Nolan Bouchane and Bryce Moeller from Barker, Jennifer Komosinski from Akron and Chase Wheeler from Wilson. Bouchane was a swimmer and Wheeler a wrestler while the others all played basketball.


In order to be eligible, athletes must have had a 90 plus average for the previous six semesters.


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Tigers face a busy diamond week


By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 April 2014

It no doubt sounds like a broken record to preface any schedule story this way but this spring's weather has made it necessary to say 'weather permitting' the Lyndonville baseball squad has a busy week slate upcoming of three games in four days.

Currently at 3-0, the Tigers are scheduled to host CSAT at 1 p.m. Monday in a non league game, Notre Dame at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in a Genesee Region League contest and Wheatland-Chili at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in another G-R game.

The Medina baseball squad likewise faces a three game week as the Mustangs will host Starpoint at 1 p.m. Monday in a non league game, visit CSAT Thursday at 12 p.m. in a Niagara-Orleans League contest and then host Oakfield-Alabama at 2 p.m. Saturday in a non league game.

The Lyndonville and Medina softball squads are slated to meet at 11 a.m. Friday at Vets Park in a non league contest. Lyndonville will also host Wheatland-Chili Thursday in a G-R game.

N-O baseball teams are also looking to take advantage of the spring break week to make up a number of games including Albion at Wilson at 12 p.m. Monday, Roy-Hart at Wilson and Newfane at CSAT Tuesday, Albion at Akron and Barker at Newfane at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Akron at Barker and Wilson at Newfane at 12 p.m. Thursday, Barker at Albion at 12 p.m. Saturday in addition to the Medina at CSAT contest.

The make-ups are important as N-O diamond teams have played only four of the 16 games that were scheduled up until now.

Albion is also slated to host Depew at 12 p.m. Tuesday and Alden at 2 p.m. Thursday and Roy-Hart will host Cleveland Hill at 12 p.m. Monday in non league baseball games.

In non league softball Albion is slated to visit Lockport at 12 p.m. Wednesday.

The Medina lacrosse team will host Brockport at 1 p.m. Thursday.


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Holley senior makes college choice

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Holley High senior Nicole Blackburn with North Country Community College head basketball coach Jerrad Dumont as she signs to play with the Saints.


 Contributed Story, Posted 13 April 2014

Nicole Blackburn, a senior at Holley High, has spent the weekend at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake N.Y. She has accepted an offer from Jerrad Dumont, head coach of the Saints women's basketball team to attend the school and play basketball there.

Blackburn, a three year starter for Holley earned Genesee Region League All-Star honors this past season.

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Here Blackburn gets some pointers from Coach Dumont during a workout at North Country CC College this weekend.


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