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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 10:48 pm

Genesee women prevail over Erie, men fall in overtime

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

In its final home game of the 2014-2015 season, the Genesee Community College women's basketball team picked up a Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) win over Erie Community College on Tuesday night, 55-35.

GCC forced 28 turnovers and turned them into 22 points. The Genesee bench outscored the Erie bench 30-8 and Genesee never trailed in the game.

Elsa Andersson scored a team high 13 points with 11 of them coming in the first half.

Genesee used a 15-2 run late in the first half to take control of the game and beat Erie for the second time this season.

Thais Matté added 10 points and hit two of GCC's three 3-pt baskets on the night. Breana Gleaton finished with nine points and five rebounds and Hillary Rivera had seven points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Genesee improves to 13-11 overall and 2-7 in conference play. The Cougars will end their regular season on the road on Thursday night at Jamestown Community College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.

(Photo: GCC’s Breana Gleaton (#33 white) and ECC’s Ijeoma Onwuekwe (#21 black) get ready for the opening tip-off on Tuesday night at GCC)

 

It took overtime on Tuesday night between Genesee Community College and Erie Community College and the visiting Kats left town with the Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) win, 81-78.

In a game that saw three ties and five lead changes, the Cougars committed 18 turnovers and allowed 16 offensive rebounds to ECC.

Genesee held a lead as large as 12 in the first half but the Kats crept back in the second half, using a 9-2 run late in the frame to take their first lead of the game, 67-66.

Joshua Doughty kept the Cougars alive with a three-point field goal with 12.9-seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 72, eventually sending it into overtime.

Erie outscored Genesee 9-6 in the extra session to tie the season series 1-1 and improve to 13-6 overall.

Doughty finished with a game high 23 points including five 3-pt baskets. Ervin Mitchell tallied 15 points and five rebounds, Rahsaan Williams and Gabriel Burroughs each added nine points, Naquil Jones had seven points and six rebounds and Tre'Shaun Perry dished out a game high six assists.

Genesee falls to 17-8 and 5-5 in WNYAC play. The Cougars will head out on the road on Thursday night to Jamestown Community College for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Photos: Batavia HS cheerleaders place third in sectional competition

post by Howard B. Owens in Batavia HS, cheerleading, high school sports, sports

In a field of nine Class B Section V schools the Batavia High School cheerleaders placed third today in the sectional championship event.

Information and photos submitted by Justine Bonarigo.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 7:26 pm

Batavia Bantam Empire Win Over Tri-County at SUNY Brockport

post by Jill Franclemont in Bantam Empire, GAHA, Ramparts, sports, youth hockey
Batavia Ramparts (Bantam Empire) vs. Tri-County Youth Hockey 
 
Saturday, February 7, 1:30pm at SUNY Brockport
 
Final score: 6-2 Batavia
 
Batavia Goals: Matt Saj; Scott Tanner; Mitchel Pangrazio, assist Aidan Franclemont; Matt Saj, assist Aidan Franclemont; Nick Baumler, assist Shane McClurg; Tom Mellon, assist Nate Hamilton
 
Goalie: Chris Klein
 
Team sponsor: Clark Patterson Lee - Design Professionals
 
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

Genesee basketball splits with Mercyhurst North East

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College men's basketball team shook off a slow start and a halftime deficit on Saturday afternoon to drop visiting Mercyhurst North East 95-71 to improve to 17-7 overall this season and 5-4 in Western New York Athletic Conference play.

Mercyhurst N.E. held a 40-39 lead at half but the Cougars stormed out on a 13-2 run to begin the second. Devante Carolina scored six points during the stretch and Genesee never gave back the lead. The Cougars held the Saints to just 25-percent shooting in the second half.

Ervin Mitchell put together another strong performance finishing with 24 points, 14 rebounds three blocks and three assists. Carolina finished with 21 points, Naquil Jones added 20 points and eight assists, Rahsaan Williams grabbed 14 rebounds and scored eight points and Tre'Shaun Perry dished out six assists and scored five points.

Genesee will return to action on Tuesday night at home against WNYAC opponent Erie Community College. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

(GCC’s Tre’Shaun Perry (white) goes up for a shot vs. Mercyhurst North East on Saturday afternoon)

 

The Genesee Community College women's basketball team fell to 1-7 in Western New York Athletic Conference play after losing to visiting Mercyhurst North East on Saturday afternoon, 66-54.

The Cougars took a 25-15 lead late in the first half but allowed the Saints to go on an 18-8 run to end the half and tie the game at 33 apiece.

MNE took the lead early in the second half with back-to-back baskets and the Saints led the rest of the way.

Shanell Glover led GCC and was the only Cougar to reach double figures with a game-high 15 points and she also grabbed nine rebounds. Terra Clanton added seven points, Latricia Stephens, Hillary Rivera and Tekia Gary each had six and Gary also dished out four assists.

Genesee (12-11, 1-7) will play its final home game of the regular season on Tuesday night when Erie Community College visits GCC for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off.

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:05 am

Try Hockey For Free

post by chaunda hertel in sports, Youth Hockey. Sports. Batavia Ramparts

Try Hockey For Free!

Who:  Boys & Girls Ages 4-9

Where: Falleti Ice Arena, Batavia

When: Saturday, February 21st 2015

Time: 11:30am-12:50pm

 

All you need is a helmet (hockey or bike) and warm winter gloves

Skates are available at the rink if needed

 

Come join in on all the FUN!

go to www.tryhockeyforfree.com to pre-register!

Event Date and Time

February 21, 2015 - 11:30am - 12:50pm
Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 10:44 am

Pee Wee III Ramparts: True to their Name

post by Rhonda Pangrazio in sports

Understanding that a rampart is a defensive wall that is meant to surround and strengthen, the Reed Eye Associates’ Pee Wee III Ramparts took their team name literally and showed their powerful force during several tough games.

During their recent home tournament, the Reed Eye Associates’ Pee Wee III team placed second in a solid battle versus Geneseo, Skaneateles, and Troy. Defeating Geneseo 4-0 and Skaneateles 14-0, the Pee Wee III team faced Troy during both a tournament and championship game. Troy defeated Batavia 4-2 during the tournament and later, captured the championship winning a hard fought game with a final score of 3-2. 

Stats from the weekend include:

Forward, Drew Bower:  1 goal, 3 assists

Forward, Colin Dodge: 2 goals, 2 assists

Defenseman, Derek Fedus: 2 goals, 1 assist

Forward, Zackary Geitner: 1 goal, 2 assists

Forward, Levi Grimm: 1 goal, 1 assist

Forward and Captain, Max Hutchins: 1 goal, 2 assists

Defenseman, Chase Pangrazio: 1 goal, 2 assists

Forward, Dominic Peracciny: 1 goal, 1 assist

Defenseman, Connor Peterson: 2 goals

Forward, Sean Pies: 2 assists

Defenseman, Jedidiah Reese: 6 goals

Forward, Alex Totten: 3 goals, 1 assist

Earning important points and positioning for a potential opportunity to attend states, the Reed Eye Associates’ Pee Wee III team faced and defeated Geneseo last weekend with a final score of 5-3.  Forwards, Colin Dodge and Levi Grimm, led the Ramparts with two goals each and forward, Alex Totten scored the first goal of the game to put the Ramparts on the board.  Totten would later add an assist to his day, aiding Grimm.  Forward, Dominic Peracciny led the Pee Wee III team in assists, posting an astonishing three assists for the game.  Defenseman, Connor Peterson and Chase Pangrazio would also add an assist each.

The Reed Eye Associates’ Pee Wee III team squares off against a hard-hitting Jamestown this weekend at home.  A victory against Jamestown will award the Pee Wee III Ramparts the top seed as they face the opportunity to battle for a state title.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:58 pm

Bethany Town Hall meeting tonight on proposed archery hunting of deer at GC Park & Forest

post by Billie Owens in hunting, sports, wildlife

Press release:

A public meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 tonight at the Bethany Town Hall, located at 10510 Bethany Center Road, to inform county residents about the proposed Archery Hunting program as a method for deer management at the Genesee County Park & Forest. All are encouraged to attend, listen, and make comments regarding the proposal.

The primary goal is to reduce the herd and lessen the impacts of browsing on newly regenerated forest. An "Earn a Buck" program is proposed through archery and/or crossbow hunting methods.

Genesee County Park & Forest (431 acres) is owned by Genesee County and managed by the Genesee County Department of Parks, Recreation & Forestry. In 1915, New York State recognized the Genesee County Forest as the oldest County forest in NYS.

Forest management has been ongoing throughout the past 90+ years through plantings, tree stand (plantation) thinning (tending) and harvesting of timber. One of the primary management goals is the production and harvest of high-quality, high-value sawtimber.

But an increase in the deer herd has begun to impact the forest with over-browsing of the tree seedlings growing as a result of practices laid out in the most recent Forest Management Plan, adopted in 2003.

Deer management was a consideration during the plan's creation. Back then, the impact of over-browsing by deer was not dramatically seen because the management practices were not as prudent prior to the plan's adoption.

But like many forested areas across the state, the Genesee County Park & Forest has seen an increase in deer population and it has become a safe haven. Deer find the park to be a location that can be visited throughout the day during hunting seasons with no pressures to leave.

In fact, the park has become a heavy feeding ground throughout the year and as a result forest regeneration has been slowed and in some places has there's been none at all. This is why "Earn a Buck" program is being proposed.

For information or to make comments, please contact Paul Osborn, Genesee County Parks Supervisor at 344-8508, ext. 3904, or via e-mail at [email protected].

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

Lady Dragons don pink again to 'Shoot for a Cure'

post by laurie napoleone in high school sports, pembroke, sports

A tin can, a pink basketball, and a lady dragon… it sounds like some sort of fairy tale. But it is far from that as these Lady Dragons use the cans to collect donations and that ball to shoot for a cure for breast cancer. To date, these young women have raised more than $22,000 for this cause.

When Rylee Moser was a freshman and playing on the Pembroke Junior Varsity Basketball Team, she recalls being asked to participate in the “Shooting For a Cure” event to help raise funds for breast cancer research. She said “our gym teacher’s wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and we wanted to do something to help.” Now a varsity player and a senior at Pembroke High School, Rylee remains highly involved and she and her teammates are passing the torch that will continue this tradition of the Shooting For a Cure event.

The Pembroke Dragons Girls Basketball Team started this fund-raising effort in 2012, carrying around coffee cans and asking for donations; they raised approximately $4,100. The following year, they continued finding sponsors and raised more than $7,100. And last year they set their goal at $10,000 and raised over $11,000. This year, these players hope to make it bigger and better than ever. With corporate sponsors and 70-plus merchants involved, they hope to exceed their goal again this year.

Mike Wilson, Pembroke math teacher who has been involved with this event since the start, says “all the girls cannot wait for this game… they are a civic-minded group and they use basketball to make a difference in their community.” The underclassmen will continue to carry the torch as he sees this as “the game the girls look forward to the most, where they have a chance to serve the community and others.” 

Shooting for a Cure will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, when the Lady Dragons host the Holley Hawks at the Pembroke High School Gymnasium. Besides proceeds from ticket sales, the Lady Dragons will have food, auctions and raffles. Perry’s Ice Cream is sponsoring an ice cream sundae bar at the game as well.

Donations are still being accepted and anyone wishing to donate can contact Mike Wilson at 585-599-4525, ext. 1210, or go to www.crowdrise.com/shooting4acure. All money raised from this event go directly to Roswell Park Cancer Institute to support breast cancer research.

When Rylee and the other seniors exit the court tommorrow night, they will carry with them the pride that they have made a difference in their school, their community and all those battling breast cancer.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 12:27 am

The Sports Collectors Expo comes to Batavia Downs Feb. 21

post by Billie Owens in sports

Press release:

Eighteen former professional sports greats will be appearing for autograph signings at The Sports Collectors Expo at Batavia Downs on Saturday, Feb. 21st, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. in Batavia. The casino is located at 8315 Park Road.

Appearing that day for autograph signings and a photo opportunity will be Marv Levy, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs (1978–1982) and the Buffalo Bills (1986–1997), coaching the Bills to four consecutive American Football Conference championships. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

Marv Levy will be joined by his alumni Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Billy Shaw and Bills great Ken Jones. Also appearing will be: Los Angeles Rams Hall of Famers Jack Youngblood, Tom Mack, Rams great Vince Ferragamo and Heisman Trophy winner Charles White of the Rams and Browns; New Orleans Saints Rookie of the Year and 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers; Washington Redskins Great and 1972 NFL MVP Larry Brown; New York Jets Hall of Famer Don Maynard; Pittsburg Steelers Great Rocky Bleier; Buffalo Sabres Greats Brad May, Matt Barnaby, Danny Gare; and LA Kings, NY Rangers Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne will be attending for hockey fans as well.

Last but not least are Boston Red Sox Greats Joe Hesketh, Chris Chambliss of the NY Yankees and Luis Tiant of the Red Socks and the Yankees. There will be over 100 dealer tables of sport collectables and memorabilia.

Admission to the Expo is $6 and free to children 8 and under. One free autograph from Joe Hesketh or Ken Jones with every paid admission and a $5 free play from the casino for each paid attendance for those 18 and older.

For more information visit:  thepurplepeopleeaters.com

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Cougars claw to win over Finger Lakes

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College women's basketball team battled from behind for most of the night on Tuesday but the Cougars wound up clawing their way to a 73-64 win over visiting Finger Lakes Community College.

The Lakers scored 10 of the first 12 points in the opening frame and led 24-12 midway through. Back-to-back baskets from Shanell Glover sparked a 12-0 run for Genesee and with under seven-minutes remaining in the half the score was tied at 24 apiece. Glover scored 12 points in the first half.

Out of a timeout, the Lakers responded by going on a 10-0 run in a span of just over two-minutes to take a 34-24 lead and FLCC took a 37-31 lead into the break.

Finger Lakes extended its lead back to double-digits early on in the second half before Genesee began its comeback.

Hillary Rivera scored eight straight points for GCC and after holding the Lakers to just one basket in six trips down the floor, the Cougars got to within one at 48-47 with just under 13-minutes left.

FLCC hit consecutive three-point baskets but Glover kept GCC in it with a layup and one of two free-throws. Rivera then converted on a three-point play and with 9:30 remaining the Cougars tied the score at 54.

Rivera gave Genesee its first lead of the night with a layup and a free-throw but FLCC hung around and with 4:30 left, the game was tied 61-61.

Breana Gleaton tipped the scale towards GCC with two of her 12 points on the night and after a Glover layup and a couple of Rivera free-throws, the Cougars controlled the lead for good. Genesee ended the game on a 12-1 run to improve to 12-9 overall this season.

Rivera and Glover shared game-high honors with 21 points apiece. Rivera also grabbed nine rebounds and Glover had seven. Elsa Andersson added eight points and four boards and Terra Clanton dished out five assists.

Genesee sweeps the season series against Finger Lakes after already beating the Lakers 76-73 on Dec. 4. The Cougars will return to action in conference on Wednesday night at Monroe Community College. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m.  

 

(GCC’s Shanell Glover (#4 white) looks to pass down low in Tuesday night’s win over Finger Lakes CC)

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