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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:19 am

Hornets stung by Wheatland-Chili

post by Nick Sabato in sports

The clock has struck midnight on Oakfield-Alabama’s Cinderella run.

After upsetting third-seeded Dundee in the Class C3 quarterfinals, the Hornets were blown out by Wheatland-Chili, 62-32.

In last Friday’s victory over Dundee, Hunter Spiotta scored 29 points and both teams knew that his success would be the key to victory.

Spiotta started off the contest hot, hitting his first two three-point field goals and scoring 9 points in the first quarter as Oakfield-Alabama only trailed by two.

The second quarter was a different story for Spiotta and the Hornets.

Wheatland-Chili clamped down defensively and Rodney Roberts, who had only scored 3 points in the first quarter, came alive with 8 in the second.

The Wildcats used a 10-2 run to end the first half and took a 27-15 lead into halftime.

“We got out of the flow of our offense,” said Oakfield-Alabama head coach Ryan Stehlar. “Playing from behind, you get the tendency to take quick shots. When they get up on you, they’re a tough team to play with.”

The third quarter was much of the same as the quarter started with back-to-back steals and lay-ups by Tyler Roberts, and the Wheatland-Chili took off on a 14-3 run to open the second half.

Roberts scored 10 of his 21 points in the quarter to help the Wildcats pull away to a 45-24 lead heading into the final quarter.

The Roberts’ combined for 43 points in the game, as the Hornets keyed in on big man Andre’ Gulley, who only managed 5 points on 1-of-4 shooting.

“They were packing it in,” said Wheatland-Chili head coach Scott Lund. “We realized that and we are glad we got some stops defensively and were able to beat their zone up the floor for some easy looks.”

After making his first two shots of the game, Spiotta only managed to shoot 3-for-15 for the rest of the game. He would finish with 15 points and 6 rebounds.

“Hunter did a great job in the first quarter of getting separation and getting his shot off,” said Lund. “In the second quarter we brought in Justin Clark and he matched up with him the rest of the game. We felt like if we could limit Hunter’s looks then we would be in good shape.”

As a team, the Hornets only managed to 3-of-14 behind the three-point arc.
Nate Nadolinski had a strong game inside for Oakfield-Alabama, finishing with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in his final high school contest.

Oakfield-Alabama finishes 13-8.

“I love this team,” said Stehlar. “These boys gave me everything. I’ve had the luxury of coaching them for four years. It’s going to sting and they’ll remember it, but we’ve also had a very productive season. We got to this point and they just set the bar higher for Oakfield basketball.”

Rodney Roberts continued his great season, finishing with 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals, as Wheatland-Chili will play for their first sectional championship since 1985.

“It’s big,” said Lund. “We ended up in a tie with Notre Dame for the league title, but that was a milestone. Last year we lost in the semifinals by a point, so we’ve looked forward to this game for the last 12 months to get back.”

Wheatland Chili (17-3) will play top-seeded Perry on Saturday at the Blue Cross Arena for the Class C3 championship. Tip-off is 11 a.m.


Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Batavia shuts down HF-L

post by Nick Sabato in sports

The saying is that defense wins championships, and if that’s true, Batavia could be raising another sectional trophy next Saturday.

The Blue Devils’ defense was in full lockdown as they defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima, 56-37 in Class A2 action.

Batavia got off to a fast start offensively and defensively, as Justice Fagan scored the first seven points of the game as part of a 14-0 run to open the game. In fact, the Blue Devils held HF-L without a point until Evan Quackenbush knocked down a free throw with 57 seconds left in the first quarter.

“We had almost ten days to prepare for them,” Batavia Head Coach Buddy Brasky said. “We stressed our man-to-man defense all week. We saw, scouted them well, and we were pretty familiar with some of their sets. I thought we played great defensively.”

Quackenbush would score five more quick points to cut the lead to eight to end the opening frame.
Batavia would get back to their stifling defense at the start of the second quarter though, holding the Cougars to just 11 points in the first half.

“We got off to that good start, but then we struggled scoring,” Brasky said. “But, I preach all year that when the shots aren’t falling, your defense keeps you in it.”

One player that did not struggle in the second quarter or throughout the game, was sophomore forward Malachi Chenault. He scored eight of his 18 points in the frame to propel the Blue Devils to a 24-11 halftime lead. He also would add nine rebounds for the game, as Batavia dominated the glass 34-16.

“Malachi had a monster game,” Brasky said. “We’ve been waiting for a game like that from Malachi. If he can play like that then we will be a tough team to beat.”

The third quarter saw a familiar face get hot, as Jeff Redband picked up the scoring load coming out of halftime. The junior forward scored eight of his game-high 20 points in the third quarter as Batavia extended their lead to 39-23 heading into the fourth.

Until the final quarter, the Blue Devils had not allowed a three-point field goal the entire night.

Finally, HF-L was able to break through, knocking down four from beyond the arc.
The lead was cut to nine with just 3:53 to play, but every time the Cougars made a push, Batavia had an answer.

Justice Fagan countered with his own three-pointer on one occasion and Redband knocked in another basket to extend the lead.

In fact, only three Blue Devils found the scoring column, but Redband (20), Fagan (18) and Chenault (18) accounted for 56 points.

“We’d like to have more, but all year long that’s kind of what the deal is,” Brasky said. “We’d like to have more, but we’ll do whatever it takes to win. We’re trying to play really good defense. We try to get the ball to our go-to scorers, have our role players play their roles, but as long as we win we’re fine with it.”

Redband also added 12 rebounds and three blocks, while Fagan pitched in five rebounds.
Quackenburg finished with 10 points and six rebounds for HF-L (7-12).

Batavia (13-5) will play second-seeded Newark (17-2) on Tuesday at the Blue Cross Arena. Tip-off will be at 7:15 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Pembroke survives in overtime

post by Nick Sabato in sports

It’s not quite March yet, but that madness has begun in Western New York.

Second-seed Pembroke survived a nail-biter, defeating seventh-seeded Cuba-Rushford, 55-49 in overtime of a Class C2 quarterfinal game.

The win ends a drought in which the Lady Dragons hadn’t won a sectional game since 2007, something that narrowly slipped through their hands today.

“We have a special group of girls,” said Pembroke Head Coach Mike Wilson.

The Rebels held the lead for the majority of the game, despite the fact that their leading scorer, Whitney Kent, spent much of the second quarter on the bench with three fouls. Meanwhile, their second-leading scorer, Jade Joseph, couldn’t find her scoring touch all night.

“They have two great players,” Wilson said. “We went to a triangle and two in the second quarter and I thought it worked well. We made them work for everything and it created havoc for them.”

Cuba-Rushford led by one and at halftime, but Kent came alive in the second half.

She scored 13 of her game-high 21 points in the second half to keep her team in the lead.

The Lady Dragons finally came through in the fourth quarter, getting offense from an unlikely source.

Senior Chance Alexyn, who had been pulled 10 seconds into the third quarter, returned to knock down three straight baseline jumpers to give Pembroke the lead.

“I wanted to get her attention,” Wilson said. “I wanted her to see the mistakes she had made, and she came through in a huge way for us.”

Aralyse Johnson connected on two free throws to extend their lead to three with just 12 seconds remaining in the game.

The Rebels weren’t quite ready to give up just yet as Kent was fouled shooting a three with just 5.4 seconds remaining.

After making the first, she missed the second, meaning she would have to intentionally miss the third.

She did.

And Mikayla Moshier grabbed the offensive rebound and laid it in with just three seconds remaining for her first points of the game.

The overtime was just like much of the game, tight throughout, but disaster struck for Cuba-Rushford.

Just after Morgan VanDerHorst made a turnaround jumper to give the Rebels a 49-48 lead with under two minutes to play, both Kent and Joseph would foul out of the game.

Johnson would drive the Dragons to victory, dominating inside during the extra frame.

The sophomore scored five of Pembroke’s eight points in overtime, including the game winning basket with under a minute to play.

She was not just strong in overtime, but for the entire day. Johnson would finish with a team-high 17 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Rylee Moser also had a big game, scoring 14 points, while Breanna Johnson added 12 points and five rebounds for Pembroke.

Kent was outstanding all night in defeat, whether it was scoring, rebounding or finding an open teammate. She would add seven rebounds to go with her 21 points.

While Joseph struggled to score, she did pull down 14 rebounds to go along with her five points. VanDerHorst was a terror on the backboards all game, pulling down 20 rebounds to go with her 12 points for Cuba-Rushford (13-7).

Pembroke (14-5) will play the winner of Clyde-Savannah and Dundee on Tuesday night at Honeoye Falls-Lima. Tip-off will be at 6 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:12 am

McCulley shoots Batavia girls past HF-L

post by Nick Sabato in sports

Much has been written about Notre Dame’s Tim McCulley this year, but Batavia has their own McCulley…Madison.

The sophomore has become one of the best girl’s basketball players in Section V, and she showed why as the Lady Blue Devils defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima, 59-39 in a Class A2 quarterfinal matchup.

McCulley connected on six three-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points in the win.

Batavia got off to a sluggish start, making only one basket in the first quarter and HF-L led by two after the first quarter.

However, the start of the second quarter was all Batavia. The Blue Devils scored the first seven points of the frame and Essence Williams hit a three-pointer just as time expired to take a 23-18 lead into halftime.

“We’re kind of a second half team,” said Batavia Head Coach Marty Hein.

The first year head coach turned out to be right as his team used a 12-4 run to start the second half, behind nine-straight points by McCulley. HF-L continued to battle though, and they trailed by 11 at the end of the third quarter.

Batavia would come out fast once again, using a 12-2 run to finally pull away from the Cougars.

In total, McCulley scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half to give Hein his first sectional victory. Sam Cecere had another strong outing, scoring 14 points and pulling down 12 rebounds, while Tiara Filbert added 10 points, seven steals, four rebounds and four assists. Taylor Reed scored 15 points to lead HF-L (3-16).

Batavia will play the winner of Newark and Geneva on Monday night at Pittsford-Sutherland. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.

Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:00 am

Late free-throws send Cougars past #10 Tribunes; GCC women fall in regular season finale

post by Andrew Crofts in basketball, GCC, sports

Alex Morris was the hero on Thursday night, converting two free-throws with 2.2 seconds left in the game to send the Genesee Community College men's basketball team past visiting #10 Monroe Community College, 87-86.

Up two at the start of the second half, GCC gave up an 18-4 Tribunes run and fell behind 56-43 five-minutes in.

The Cougars clawed back and got to within five after Morris converted a basket and a free-throw with 6:30 remaining.

Redell Freeman kept GCC close, answering an MCC three-point basket with an old school three-point play of his own to make it 77-72 Monroe with under five-minutes to play.

After a Morris layup, Ervin Mitchell tied the game at 81 apiece with a three-point play with 3:00 left. GCC then came up with a defensive stop and with under 2:30 to go, Morris hit one of two free-throws to give Genesee an 82-81 lead.

Monroe answered and went on a 5-1 run in a span of a minute to take back the lead.

Down 86-85 with less than 30-seconds to play, Genesee came up with the defensive rebound after a missed MCC free-throw and turned it over to Morris, who drove to the basket and was fouled with 2.2 seconds left. The sophomore hit both free-throws and a last second MCC attempt from mid-court was unsuccessful, giving Genesee its 21st win of the season.

Morris ended the night with a game high 24 points and he also collected nine rebounds. Mitchell added 21 points and four assists, Alastair Cole chipped in 17 points, Naquil Jones finished with 11 and Freeman added eight points and four rebounds.

With the win, Genesee (21-7, 6-4) locks up the number three seed for the Region III playoffs and will host Jamestown Community College next Tuesday night at a time to be announced.



Thursday night marked the final game of the regular season for the Genesee Community College women's basketball team and the Cougars ended the season on a losing note, falling to Monroe Community College, 82-28.

Genesee grabbed an early lead after Breana Gleaton converted a three-point play and Hillary Rivera scored two of her five points in the first half to put GCC in front, 5-2.

MCC would then use a 30-6 run to take the lead for good and went into the locker room at the half up 44-20.

Genesee managed just eight points, all coming from Dashawna Jenifer, and three field goals in the second half, and the Tribunes outscored the Cougars 38-8 in the final period.

Jenifer's eight points were a team high and she also collected 11 rebounds. Gleaton finished with seven points and eight boards, Shanell Glover chipped in six points, Rivera finished with five and Macey McCulley added two points.

Genesee ends the regular season 5-21. The Cougars will take the court in the Region III play-in round next Wednesday night at a time and place to be determined.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner announced for March 22

post by Howard Owens in baseball, batavia, Batavia Muckdogs, sports

Press release:

The Genesee County Baseball Club will hold its annual Batavia Muckdogs Hot Stove Dinner and Auction on Saturday, March 22nd, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel at 8250 Park Road in Batavia. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

The evening will begin with a cocktail hour followed immediately by dinner. The Hot Stove Dinner is a time for good food, friendship and baseball talk. The night also features silent and live auctions of baseball-related memorabilia (including signed bats and balls), work by local artists, and gift certificates from a variety of local businesses. This year’s dinner will also benefit the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.

Tickets may be purchased in Batavia at Dwyer Stadium, Gerace’s Hair Care, the Williams Law Firm, and the office of Dr. Alan Barcomb.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:42 am

Alexander opens sectional play with a bang

Sectional play is under way and it is now win or go home for local area high school teams.

Alexander got off to a strong start, defeating Marion 59 to 27 in the first round of the Class C2 bracket.

The sixth-seeded Trojans overwhelmed 11th-seeded Marion, who only brought five players to the contest.

“We prepared for a few more players,” said Alexander Head Coach Josh Bender. “Before the game started we found out that they were shorthanded, but it was business as usual for us. We brought the right intensity from the start and it was a good overall team victory.”

The Black Knights kept things within striking distance until midway through the second quarter as Alexander was just too much and too deep.

They took a 33-14 lead into halftime and never looked back, extending that lead to 25 at the end of the third quarter before the starters exited for the final time.

Seniors Johnny George and Zach Laird had strong nights in the last home games of their careers, scoring 12 points apiece. Another senior, Zach Dunbar pitched in nine points.

Preston Crego scored a game-high 14 points for Marion (4-15).

Alexander (12-7) will travel to third-seeded Cuba-Rushford on Friday evening in hopes to advance to the Class C2 semifinals.

The Rebels are 15-2 on the season and boast two star guards.

Carl Holmes is averaging 24 points per game on the season, while Caleb Edwards is averaging 20 points per game and both are lethal beyond the three-point arc. In their last contest, Cuba-Rushford made 17 three-point field goals as a team.

“They’re a tough team,” Bender said. “They run and gun; they look to shoot the three. It should be a good battle. They’re a good offensive team and I consider us one of the best defensive teams in the G-R League. It should be a good matchup for us.”

Tip-off will be 7 p.m. Friday at Cuba-Rushford.

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:06 pm

Batavia boys and girls track teams win Section V champions along with Le Roy boys

Both the boys and girls track teams from Batavia High School won Class C Section V championships in a meet at RIT last night.

Le Roy boys won the Class D title and the Le Roy girls came in second.

Batavia boys finished with 117.50, edging out Aquinas Institute, 74.50. The girls had 113 points and Wayland-Cohocton came in second with 110.

Le Roy boys beat UPrep Rochester 86-79, while the girls came in behind Marion, 71-60.

Individual event winners from Genesee County:

  • Kimmy Lovett, Byron-Bergen, girls 600 meter run
  • Batavia girls, 4x800 meter relay
  • Kristyn Mott, Batavia, girls pole vault
  • Julianna Lauricella, Le Roy, girls 600 meter run
  • Becca Schwan, Le Roy, girls 1000 meter run
  • Raelynn Moskal, Alexander, girls 1500 meter run
  • Le Roy girls, 4x400 meter relay
  • Le Roy girls, 4x800 meter relay
  • Alex Egeli, Batavia, boys 55 meter dash
  • Alex Egeli, Batavia, boys 55 meter hurdles
  • Batavia boys, 4x200 meter relay
  • Batavia boys, 4x400 meter relay
  • Devon Koepp, Batavia, boys shot put
  • Ryan McQuillen, Le Roy, boys 55 meter dash
  • John Woordworth, Le Roy, boys 1000 meter run
  • D.J. Ohlson, Alexander, boys 55 meter hurdles
  • Le Roy boys, 4x800 meter relay
  • D.J. Ohlson, Alexander, boys high jump
  • Ryan McQuillen, Le Roy, boys long jump
  • Ryan McQuillen, Le Roy, boys triple jump

Photos submitted by Nicholas Burk

Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Notre Dame Boys Basketball Team honored as #1 seed entering sectional play

post by Howard Owens in basketball, high school sports, Notre Dame, sports

The Notre Dame Boys Basketball Team was honored last night in Rochester at the Section V banquet. The award was for finishing the season as the #1 seed in Class D1. The Fighting Irish open their sectional play at home Saturday. Game time is 7 p.m. and ND will play the winner of a round one match between Elba and Finney.

Photo submitted by Shelley Falitico.

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Laurie Call, first player in Notre Dame history with 400 steals in basketball

post by Howard Owens in basketball, high school sports, Notre Dame, sports

We were remiss earlier this week in not posting about Laurie Call of Notre Dame reaching a significant basketball career milestone -- her 400th steal. She's the first player in Notre Dame history -- boys or girls -- to reach 400 steals. Pictured with Laurie are her parents Tim and Dawn.

Photo submitted by Tim Call.

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