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Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 11:58 am

March Madness is here

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, sports

 For many sports fans, the NCAA Tournament is one of the best times of the year. 

The excitement of following your office pools, watching for upsets and seeing if your favorite team can make a run towards the final four is one of the greatest things in athletics.

The players aren't making millions of dollars like in the NBA and are playing the game for the love and not wanting the season to come to an end.

The tourney starts today, with games already going and not stopping until late tonight. What is your favorite thing about the NCAA Tournament?

 

Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 7:40 am

Comments from Batavia after winning Far West Regionals

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, batavia, sports

After a dominant performance last night, the Batavia basketball team was on cloud nine. The Blue Devils really weren't tested and destroyed Section 6 Class A champion McKinley 54-40 at Brockport, earning a trip to the state final four.

I had a chance to talk with Joe Schlossel (game-high 17 points), Marcus Hoy (15 assists) and coach Buddy Brasky after the game.

Joe Schlossel

On how it feels to go to states

"It feels unbelievable. I mean, people didn't even think we could compete because of our size and we are going to the state semifinals. It is an amazing feeling."

Talking about breaking the McKinley press

"In practice we played against seven guys so in the game it wouldn't seem that bad. We were able to break that easy. After playing teams like Freddie Thomas and Marshall, it was great preparation for us in this game."

Explains his huge second half (13 points)

"I wanted to make up for some missed shots I had in the first half. I knew I had to do it to help us get to the next game. We all did our part and played a great game."

 

Marcus Hoy

Talks about breaking the press

"I knew that was the main goal. We worked on it all week, going 5-on-8 in practice. I knew that's what I had to do. Early on I struggled but I got it together in the second half and was able to handle it."

On if the team gained confidence as the game went on

"We know we are a good shooting team. When shots aren't falling early, we know they are going to fall late. And our defense kept us in the game early. We knew that if we kept it up we were going to win."

On how exciting it is to go to states

"It's amazing. I didn't expect to be here so it's awesome. This is one of the wildest dreams. This is awesome."

 

Coach Buddy Brasky

Talking about the win

"I am so proud of the players. They fought that lack of size adversity all year long. Everybody kept telling them they weren't that good. They refused to believe them and kept working hard all year long. They worked tremendously hard in the offseason and that pays off. Good things happen to good people and I have a team that's a bunch of good people."

On Marcus' day

"He has to be (in control). He was uncharacteristically tentative in the first half and had five turnovers. It isn't like him. We told him at halftime that he's the leader and he's done it for us all year. He was too tentative to start the second half and we told him to just beat them with his right hand. It's his strong hand. He just had to beat them and start making plays."

Talks about returning to states and comparing this year's team to 2005

"We still have one great scorer in Andrew (Hoy) and a bunch of role players. We had Michael (Chmielowiec) and a bunch of role players and now we have Andrew and a bunch of role players. We are just going to ride the wave as long as we can."

Saturday, March 14, 2009 at 6:16 pm

Batavia moves on to state final four with win over McKinley

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, batavia, sports

 715 p.m. - The Batavia basketball team is off to a nice start in the first quarter of the Far West Regionals at Brockport.

The Blue Devils have a solid 9-2 lead and have done so in a fast-paced period against a far more athletic team. McKinley has given Batavia opportunities with missed shots, many of which were bad attempts. 

It looked like the Macks were going to just be too much physically at the start, but the poor shooting opened the door for Batavia.

The first basket came 1:45 into the first when Joe Schlossel scored two of his four points. Andrew Hoy missed all three of his 3-point attempts but did score a basket.

Batavia's lead wound up being eight points because Adam Pettinella hit a 3-pointer with 1:11 left in the period.

The only McKinley basket came from Mansa Habeeb.

 7:33 p.m. - Batavia leads 22-15 after an ugly first half of play.

It is difficult to comprehend after watching McKinley shoot in the first half that they are the best team Section 6 has to offer for Class A. Again, the Macks would force shot after shot and that doesn't work if they don't go in.

Batavia expanded the lead to 12-2 when Marcus Hoy hit a pair of free throws to start the period, but McKinley looked like a competitive time for the only time in the first half over the next two minutes.

Terri Lowe scored and Kevin Chillis followed with a steal and basket. Chillis then drained a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 11-9.

Batavia answered right back with Andrew Hoy hitting his first 3-pointer of the game - and only one of the half - and Robert Hoy adding a trey and a layup, giving the Blue Devils an 18-9 lead.

Curtis Gardner hit three foul shots and Chillis had a 3-pointer to end the half for McKinley.

7:56  p.m. - This thing is pretty close to over. It is obvious that Batavia is the better team in all aspects. 

The 7-point halftime lead quickly became a 10-point Batavia advantage when Dakota Irvin scored and Andrew Hoy had a 3-pointer with a McKinley basket in between.

Joe Schlossel blew up in the third quarter for the Blue Devils, scoring six points and again taking on players bigger than he is. Andrew Hoy finished with six in the frame and Batavia has a whopping 38-24 lead.

 8:19 p.m. - Batavia wins 54-40.

The game was really decided after the third quarter and fourth was a formality that allowed Batavia coach Buddy Brasky to clear his bench by the end of the frame and the large BHS cheer section an opportunity to storm the floor and celebrate with their team.

Schlossel had the biggest fourth quarter for Batavia with seven points.

He finished the game with a game-high 17 points with seven rebounds. Andrew Hoy scored 13 points and Marcus Hoy dished out a 15 assists.

Batavia's defense held McKinley star Mansa Habeeb to just two points in the game.

The Blue Devils will be playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four next weekend in Glens Falls.

Friday, March 13, 2009 at 9:05 am

Wednesday's election matches up murder suspect against incumbent

post by Brian Hillabush in corfu, election, pembroke, politics, scott doll

When Scott Doll was arrested for the alleged murder of 66-year old Joseph Benaquist in Pembroke a few weeks back, it was at a time while he was preparing to run for mayor of Corfu.

Doll, who entered a not guilty plea on Tuesday, remains on the ballot because it was too late for the Republican party to take him of the ticket. Doll's family owned a supermarket in the village for years and he had only recently moved back to Corfu. He has no prior experience in government.

The only Genesee County village to hold an election on Wednesday is Corfu, so Doll is in jail and will make news for two reasons on that day. He is scheduled for a bail hearing, but will also be a choice for voters as he will be facing incumbent Todd Skeet in the election.

The Buffalo News today previews the Corfu elections, while also noting that Bergen, Elba, Le Roy and Oakfield do not hold elections this year while Alexander will be holding a meeting-type election in April.

Friday, March 13, 2009 at 3:18 am

A look at the Oakfield fire of 1895

post by Brian Hillabush in fire, history, Oakfield

I knew the village of Oakfield has been around for a long time, but I never really thought about what might have happened before everybody living there was born.

While looking at some history sites I came across one called GenDisasters, which posted a story from an Ohio Newspaper called The Mansfield News from 5-12-1895.

Buffalo, May 11. -- The little village of Oakfield was entirely destroyed by fire this morning. Not a house is left standing. The fields about the burning village are occupied by the refugees who have saved nothing from the flames. Shortly after 3 o'clock this morning a telegram was received here asking for assistance but none could be sent. The telegraph, telephone and railway dispatch offices are all burned out and no wire communication can be had with the village. The fire started in the rear of HARRIS & CHAPIN'S hardware store about 1:30 a.m. and burned till 3:30 o'clock. Among the buildings destroyed are:
CHAMBERLAIN'S block, dry goods and grocery store.
HARRIS & CHAPIN'S hardware store.
WEAVER'S furniture and undertaking establishment.
B. C. MARTIN'S dry goods and grocery store.
The ARNOLD Hotel.
The BARNES House.
Odd Fellows Hall.
DR. TUGTUIS' drug store, and a number of dwellings. The loss will be about $75,000.

Oakfield - which was originally known as Cary or Caryville - had a population of over 1,000 when the first recorded store opened in 1833 by Colonel Alfred Cary.

The village's name was changed to Plain Brook in 1837 and was soon after changed to Oakfield. The first village meeting was held in August of 1887.

There is a fascinating piece written on the history of Oakfield here.

Friday, March 13, 2009 at 2:21 am

Prison worker from Darien charged with inappropriate sexual contact

post by Brian Hillabush in Albion, crime, Darien, prison

A 60-year old Darien Center man has been charged with one count of committing a criminal sexual act in the third degree as well as one count of official misconduct after an investigation into an incident at Albion Correctional Facility.

Samuel E. Williams is receiving the charge after the State Police and Department of Corrections investigated an allegation made by a female inmate in the fall of last year, stating the civilian employee made inappropriate sexual contact.

Williams is scheduled to appear in Albion court on March 24.

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 7:51 am

Darien teen in trouble for Internet activity

post by Brian Hillabush in crime, Darien, internet

It might be obvious to most, but you should probably stick to logging in to your own Internet accounts. In fact,  you can get in trouble for logging in to another person's Web site accounts and making changes. 

A Darien teenager is learning that lesson right now as 17-year old Brittany N. Barto was issued a ticket to appear in Darien Town Court on March 24 after logging into somebody else's account, where she made unspecified changes.

According to The Buffalo News, it caused the victim "a substantial inconvenience." 

Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 7:14 am

GCC gets $2 million for athletic facility improvements

The upcoming major construction project at Genesee Community College received a boost as the Genesee County Legislature authorized borrowing $2.05 million through bonds, in addition to the $4.1 million that was approved last year.

The decision Wednesday will help fund a major overhaul of athletic facilities at the Batavia campus, according to The Buffalo News.

GCC will be installing a synthetic turf soccer field, expanding other fields and refurbishing the gym and locker rooms.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Blue Devils moving on to state quarterfinals

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, batavia, sports

The Batavia basketball team made the New York State Public High School Athletic Association semifinals in 2005, losing a close game to Mexico.

This year's squad is just one win away from that same level after the Blue Devils handled Pittsford Sutherland 56-46 in the Class A state qualifier Wednesday at the Blue Cross Arena.

A huge run in the third quarter ends up being the key to the game. Andrew Hoy hit two straight 3-pointers and Josh Budlong followed by doing the same thing, giving Batavia 12-straight points and an 11-point lead. The Blue Devils led 37-26 at the end of the third quarter.

But after holding Sutherland's top scoring option, Patrick O'Keefe, in check for the first three quarter, he got his team back into the game with seven points in the first half of the final period.

A 3-pointer by Dan O'Keefe cut the lead to just a point, but Joe Schlossel scored to put Batavia back up four points with two minutes left.

The Knights turned the ball over on the next trip down the floor and the Blue Devils connected on free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

For the Batavia players that were on the sectional finals losing team last year, this was some sweet revenge against a team that capped off a Blue Devil collapse with a buzzer-beater.

Batavia hit 7-of-12 3-point attempts and was again led by sophomore Andrew Hoy, who scored a game-high 17 points. Robert Hoy and Dakota Irvin had 10 points each for the Blue Devils, with Marcus Hoy finishing up with nine.

Patrick O'Keefe had 15 points for Sutherland (18-6).

Batavia (21-3) will be playing Section 6 champion Buffalo McKinley in the Far West Regionals on Saturday at Brockport.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 9:20 am

Remembering the Amtrak derailment in Batavia

post by Brian Hillabush in batavia, amtrak, disaster

On August 3, 1994 Batavia witnessed one enormous accident.

Amtrak train 49 was traveling nearly 80 miles per hour when it derailed just outside of Batavia, injuring 108 passengers and 10 crew members. The train was traveling from New York, N.Y. to Chicago, Ill when the accident happened.

These videos taken of the crash take some time to watch, but the accident was very well documented. It is just amazing that there we no fatal injuries.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 6:53 am

Ronald McDonald all-stars announced

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, batavia, alexander, Notre Dame, sports

Notre Dame guard Kevin Francis and Oakfield-Alabama forward/center Noah Seward were regarded as the top players in each division of the Genesee Region League this season.

And now the two will get a chance to play on the same squad in the Ronald McDonald Greater Rochester All-Star Game on March 28 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Seward and Francis will be playing on the Gold team and are joined by one tremendous lineup, including Rush-Henrietta's Dane Miller.

That team will be coached by Prattsburgh legend Jim Burke, who announced his retirement after the Vikings lost in the sectional finals on Saturday.

The Genesee Region League representatives in the girls game are on opposite teams as Alexander's Anni Lehtola will be on the Red team and Notre Dame's Jill Marshall is on the Gold squad.

Notre Dame cheerleading coach Lindsay Warner will be coaching the cheerleaders. She will be joined by Holley cheerleader Nikkie Butler.

The complete rosters for the game can be found here.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 5:40 am

Rain and wind should remain through today

post by Brian Hillabush in flooding, rain, weather

The recent rain which has caused some flooding in Genesee County is expected to continue today, according to the National Weather Service.

There is also a wind advisory in effect until 8 p.m.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BUFFALO NY
517 AM EDT WED MAR 11 2009

NYZ001-002-010>012-019>021-085-120930-
NIAGARA-ORLEANS-NORTHERN ERIE-GENESEE-WYOMING-CHAUTAUQUA-CATTARAUGUS-
ALLEGANY-SOUTHERN ERIE-
517 AM EDT WED MAR 11 2009

...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON...
...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT THIS EVENING...

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF WESTERN NEW YORK.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 2:44 am

Genesee Region League girls all-stars

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, alexander, elba, sports

Elba went undefeated in the league and won the Genesee Region League Division II title this season.

Alexander was the clear-cut winner in Division I. The Lancers had two first-team all-star selections while the Trojans had one and the Coach of the Year, Marcia Hirsch.

Elba's representatives were Cassy Engle and Sarah Schwartzmeyer and foreign exchange student Anni Lehtola was Alexadner's pick.

The other first team selections are Brynne Perfitt (Oakfield-Alabama), Meghan Fahy (Kendall), Nicole Sharick (Pembroke), Rory Partridge (Byron-Bergen), Lauren Drago (Wheatland-Chili), Brittany Morelli (Notre Dame), Jill Marshall (Notre Dame), Nichole Hart (Notre Dame)  and Molly Burgess (Lyndonville).

The honorable mentions are Hillary Bates (Oakfield-Alabama), Lindsey Hall (W-C), Christina West (Attica), Taylor Hrovat (Lyndonville), Kelsey Lewis (Pembroke), Rachael Pettys (Alexander), McKenzie Bezon (Elba) and Samantha D'Agostino (Kendall).

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Doll enters not guilty plea

post by Brian Hillabush in corfu, crime, genesee county court, murder, pembroke, scott doll

 Scott Doll was arraigned in Genesee County Court Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty.

Doll is the Corfu man that is charged with the murder of his friend and business parter, Joseph Benequist, on Feb. 16. 

Doll's attorneys asked judge Robert Noonan to allow him to post bail because he is a custodial parent to his 17-year old daughter, has a clean record and can afford the bail. 

"He's going to make every court appearance," Attorney Paul Cambria says in Daily News reporter Paul Mrozek's story. Doll, if released pending trial, will wear an ankle bracelet that can track his whereabouts with a global positioning system, his attorney said.

Doll is facing life in prison if convicted of the killing and Noonan has scheduled a bail application hearing for Wednesday, March 18.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 9:36 am

City Council approves 2009-2010 budget

post by Brian Hillabush in batavia, budget, city council, politics, taxes

Taxes are going up, and salaries are doing the same for non-union and part-time city employees, as reported by Daily News reporter Joanne Beck.

City Council approved the budget 2009-2010 by a slim 5-4 vote.

Councilmen Tim Buckley, Marianne Clattenburg, Kathy Briggs, Frank Ferrando and Charlie Mallow voted yes for both resolutions. Councilmen Bill Cox, Bob Bialkowski, Sam Barone and Rose Mary Christian voted no to both.

Taxes will be raised by 2.17 percent, with $216,733 coming from the increase. $5,264,769 of the $23.3 million budget will be raised by taxes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 9:16 am

Get your T.O. jersey now

post by Brian Hillabush in buffalo bills, football, sports

 With Terrell Owens joining the Buffalo Bills this week, it is time for fans to update their jersey collection.

The team announced on its Web site that Owens jerseys are available for $80.  You will receive the jersey 3-4 weeks after Owens picks a number.

Owens, a controversial player, inked a 1-year contract on Saturday after being released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 at 8:56 am

Batavia looks to even things up with Sutherland, advance in state tournament

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, batavia, sports

 The Batavia boys basketball team dropped both regular season games against Pittsford Sutherland this year, ending a seven year stretch of winning the Monroe County League Division III title.

But the third time was the charm for the Blue Devils, who beat the Knights 55-52 in the consolation game of the Monroe County League tournament.

While sectionals are over and Batavia won its third sectional title under coach Buddy Brasky on Saturday, the team is going to try and keep going. And getting Sutherland in the Class A state qualifier is just what the team wants.

The Knights took advantage of a Batavia collapse last year to win the Class A title and that loss was a heartbreaker. The Blue Devils couldn't hit a free throw and the tears were flowing when Sutherland hoisted the championship trophy.

When the classifications came out this year, Sutherland was in A1 while Batavia was in A2, so the only way the two could meet was if they both won titles.

Andrew Hoy had 20 points in the loss at Sutherland and just 11 in the home loss, then scored 21 in the win. The sophomore was the team's leading scorer during the season and has been fantastic in the playoffs, scoring 27 and 21 points. His 21 point effort was on seven 3-pointers, all in the second half in a win over Freddie Thomas to win the title.

Andrew's brothers are also going to need good games. Class A2 MVP Marcus is one of the best point guards Batavia has had in recent years, and the program has had some very good players at the position. He will score when needed but excels at driving and getting the ball to the shooters.

Robert scores, gets rebounds and often most dangerous when teams go box-and-1 on Andrew. 

A big reason why the Blue Devils won the title and are still playing is because of big man Joe Schlossel. He is just 6-foot-2 and undersized in almost every game, but he battles in the paint, where he is usually in the right place at the right time. He has been the second scoring option.

Dakota Irivin, Josh Budlong, Adam Pettinella and Mike Lee have all found their roles for Batavia (20-3). 

Sutherland (18-5) is led by A1 MVP Dan Waldbillig and point guard Dylan Sherwood. The game is at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Cross Arena. The winner moves on to face the Section 6 champion on Saturday.

Monday, March 9, 2009 at 4:24 am

While Howard's away, the community gets to play

post by Brian Hillabush in Brian Hillabush, howard owens, thebatavian

 Good morning everybody.

If you saw Howard's post on Friday, you know he is away this week. He will be missed, but is going to be posting when he gets a chance. The workaholic he is, is on vacation and won't be able to help any issues people have.

I am obviously still very much involved with The Batavian and have volunteered to help out this week. I am here for any help needed or if anybody has questions, so if you have them you can email me at [email protected].

I'm also a sports guy but will do my best to update news this week, so if you have any tips you can send them to me and I'll look into things (I can use the help on this one). I am still fighting a bit of the flu, which has kept me on the couch all weekend, but I look forward to making any calls or doing some research if a topic comes up. 

Also, with Howard gone I am looking for content. I have a Buffalo Bills post and something on Batavia's basketball team planned for the next day or two, but I welcome submissions from readers this week. That is what this site is all about.

It isn't football season, but the Bills are the biggest local topic right now and I challenge the community to give us great stories about the team and attending games. I'd love to hear stories about attending the games when Buffalo had the best offense in the NFL, or even a post about the current state of going to Ralph Wilson Stadium and dealing with the problems involved with doing so. Please feel free to post about your experiences at the stadium, just make sure to tag it sports to it goes right to the sports page. The best will make the main page.

 

 

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 6:05 pm

T.O. comes to Buffalo

post by Brian Hillabush in buffalo bills, football, sports

 Wow!

If you would have said Terrell Owens would be a member of the Buffalo Bills even a week ago, I might have told you that you were nuts.

But after the controversial star was released by the Dallas Cowboys, the Bills have signed him to a one year deal.

He's thought of as a cancer and the biggest pain in the butt in the NFL, but he is now a Bill. This is amazing and will put our local NFL team on the map. 

We are in for a fun season,

Saturday, March 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Batavia wins sectional title

post by Brian Hillabush in basketball, batavia, sports

I unfortunately didn't make the game today because I'm not feeling well, but Batavia just beat Freddie Thomas 65-45 to win the Section 5 Class A2 title.

The Blue Devils had a lot of haters this season as people didn't think Batavia had enough size, but this is the first sectional championship team for the program since Michael Chmielowiec's senior year.

Andrew Hoy was shut down in the first half, but blew up for 21 points in the second half. He scored all of his points from beyond the 3-point line. This follows his 27 point performance against Geneva. He's having an amazing post season.

Marcus Hoy had 15 points and did a great job of leading the team on the floor and Dakota Irvin pitched in 11 points. 

The sectional title is the potential tip of the iceberg as the Blue Devils play either Newark or Sutherland in the crossover game before the Far West Regionals. Hopefully I'll be over this bug and be at that game. 

Chmielowiec led his team to the state semifinals and now this team can look to get to that point or beyond.

Irvin and Andrew Hoy made the all-tournament team with Marcus Hoy winning the MVP. 

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