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Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:17 am

Genesee County girls soccer team off to hot start in new season

post by Howard B. Owens in soccer, sports

Genesee County's girls U-19 soccer team is off to a 2-0 start on the season after beating Chili 3-0 in a game played Wednesday evening at GCC.

Sunday, the team beat Corning 8-0 in a game played in Dansville.

Tonight, goals were scored by McKenna Marley-Hill, Emily Phillips and Kaylin Cicero.

Olivia Clark pitched a shutout in goal.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Six cougars earn baseball All-Region honors

post by Andrew Crofts in baseball, GCC, sports

Six members of the Genesee Community College baseball team were recently selected to the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II Region III All-Region team. Sophomore infielders Josh Maier (Brockport, NY) and Rafael Lozada (Santo Domingo, PR) were first team selections and sophomore pitcher Adam Pratt (Batavia, NY), sophomore infielder Phillie Guzman (Bronx, NY), sophomore outfielder Eliecer Carrera (Rochester, NY) and freshman pitcher David Clark (Attica, NY) were second team selections.

Maier hit .323 in a team-high 96 at bats this spring. He totaled six extra-base hits, scored eight runs and drove in seven. In the field, he committed just one error and sported a .981 fielding percentage.

Lozada led the Cougars in batting average (.393), on-base percentage (.505), home runs (3), base on balls (19) and runs batted in (13). He appeared in 31 games this spring. As the primary first baseman, Lozada had a .984 fielding percentage.

Pratt led GCC in strikeouts with 32. He posted a team-best 5.00 earned run average, allowing 20 earned runs in 36.0 innings of work. He pitched a complete-game shutout in GCC's Region III tournament opening-round win over Monroe Community College to help the Cougars advance to the finals.

Guzman hit .291 at the plate and drove in 13 runs, tying him for the team lead this year. He delivered seven extra-base hits, including a home run and a triple. He appeared in 29 games this spring and committed only three fielding errors in 25 attempts.

Carrera held the second-highest batting average on the team at .328. He scored 13 runs, stole 11 bases and drove in seven. He hit one home run and struck out just six times in 67 at bats.

Clark appeared in a team-high 12 games this spring and had the fourth-lowest earned run average (5.56).  He struck out 23 batters in 34.0 innings and only 21 of the 30 runs Clark surrendered were earned.

The Cougars reached the finals of the 2014 Division II Region III playoffs this spring and finished the season 9-27.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Basketball players invited to improve their game at month-long summer camp in Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in basketball, batavia, sports

Any hoops players from grade 7 through college who are looking for an opportunity to improve their game are invited to sign up for a summer basketball training camp sponsored by the Batavia High School Boys Basketball Boosters.

The camp is open to both boys and girls.

It runs July 7 through Aug. 15 and the cost is $375. Participants need to bring their own basketballs.

Workouts will be held at Batavia HS under the guidence of head basketball Coach Buddy Brasky.

Players will practice, learn about and be drilled on:

  • ball handling, stationary and on the move
  • shooting, 200-500 shots per day
  • 1-on-1 moves, single direction, double direction, triple direction
  • on the move series, wrist roll series, change of direction series
  • post moves series
  • point guard instruction
  • full court and ½ court game situations. 

The registration deadline is June 15.

To download more information and the registration form, click here (pdf).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:48 am

Moynihan chosen as Region III Coach of the Year

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, golf, sports

(Tom Moynihan)


Genesee Community College head golf coach Tom Moynihan has been chosen as the 2014 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region III Coach of the Year.

In his third season at the helm, Moynihan guided the GCC men's and women's golf program to a successful spring season. The Cougars placed no lower than third in any regular season team event this year, including a first place finish at the Jamestown Community College Invitational. Sophomore Adam Baumeister (Lancaster, NY) earned three individual first place finishes and Genesee placed fourth as a team at the Region III Championships earlier this month.

"We are very fortunate to have Tom as part of our coaching staff," said GCC Athletic Director Kristen Schuth. "He is great at recruiting talented athletes that have a passion for the sport. The coach of the year award is very well deserved." 

Genesee placed two individuals, Baumeister and Chris Mandia (Highland, NY), on the All-Region team and both will compete at the NJCAA National Tournament June 3-7 at the Chautauqua Country Club.

Moynihan is the third head coach at GCC to receive coach of the year honors in 2013-2014. Women's soccer head coach Jeff Reyngoudt and men's basketball head coach Terry George were also recognized in their respective sports. Moynihan resides in Alexander with his wife Patty and has three children and nine grandchildren.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 8:53 am

Photos: Real Encounter performs bike tricks on Center Street

post by Howard B. Owens in Center Street, religion, sports

A rider performs a trick called "The Superman" during a trick riding event Tuesday evening in a parking lot off Center Street put on by a traveling evangelical group called Real Encounter.

The group, led by Brad Bennett, travels the nation performing stunts on bicycles and motorcycles and preaching the Gospel.

About halfway through the program, Bennett delivered a sermon about salvation, led the group in prayer and then asked all those who accepted Jesus Christ as savior that night to come forward. More than two dozen people gathered around Bennett. The group met briefly with Bennett and received a Bible and instructions on joining a local church.

The group performs again tonight in Pembroke and tomorrow in Attica.

Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 10:24 pm

Photos: Remote control racing at the Genesee County Fairgrounds

After leaving the Vendor Blender at the fairgrounds, I found a group of local residents racing remote control cars on a dirt track nearby. Bob Markek, a racer and race organizer for KRZ Raceway and Hobbies, said this is the third year the group has been racing at the fairgrounds.

Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:51 pm

14th Annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament

post by Billie Owens in Event, sports

The 14th Annual Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament is set for Monday, June 2, at Terry Hills Golf Course, located at 5122 Clinton Street Road in Batavia.

Proceeds benefit the Kelly for Kids Foundation which aids disadvantaged and disabled youth. More than 50 celebrities typically take part in the tournament.

Registration and breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 9:45.


Event Date and Time

June 2, 2014 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Friday, May 16, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Muckdogs announce 2014 promotional schedule

post by Billie Owens in baseball, batavia, sports

Press release:

The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise, have released their 2014 promotional schedule featuring fireworks, giveaways, special events, and daily promotions.

The 2014 season is the 75th anniversary of professional baseball in Batavia. This season will feature a couple promotions to help celebrate this momentous occasion. The first one occurs every Saturday home game, as well as Sunday, Aug. 31. At these seven games, one fan will win $75 worth of “Muck Bucks” courtesy of the Genesee County Baseball Club and the Muckdogs Booster Club. “Muck Bucks” can be used to purchase food and/or merchandise at Dwyer Stadium.

The second promotion will occur on Friday, Aug. 22nd. When baseball came to Batavia in 1939, 3,000 fans attended the first game, which is an attendance record that still stands to this day. The Muckdogs will attempt to break this attendance record on Aug. 22nd. If the record is broken that night, one fan could win $3,001!

The Muckdogs will again offer fans a daily menu of money-saving promotions available throughout the season.

The Daily News will continue to sponsor Muckdog Mondays. Every Monday home game, fans can purchase buy one get one free General Admission tickets with a coupon that runs in the Saturday edition of The Daily News.

Every Tuesday, New York’s 529 College Savings Program presents Kids’ Tuesday Night Tickets. Every Tuesday home game, the first 50 kids accompanied by an adult will receive a free General Admission ticket.

The Family Four Pack will take place on every Wednesday during the 2014 season and is presented by MVP Healthcare. Fans can purchase four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four 12-oz. sodas and a 2014 program for only $30, a savings of $16.

On Thursday nights, Bob Evans Restaurant will sponsor our Kids Eat Free promotion. At every Thursday home game, the first 100 kids 12 & under will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, soda and snack item.

Fireworks will again light up the sky after every Friday night game at Dwyer Stadium, as well as on the annual Independence Day celebration on July 3rd. Every Saturday will feature a pre-game concert in the concourse. These “Rock the Ballpark” events are presented by Tim Horton’s of Batavia and New Buffalo Impact, with Papa and Mama Root, an oldies rock and roll tribute band, and original music recording artists. All performances begin at 6 p.m. and are weather permitting. Returning to the lineup this year is Dollar Draft Saturday presented by Eastown Beverage and Redemption Center. Every Saturday home game, 12-oz. Bug Light and Genny Light drafts will be just $1 from 6 to 7 p.m.

At Sunday home games, kids can run the bases with Homer after the game courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurant. Also on Sundays, the first 100 seniors will receive a voucher for a free hot dog, soda/coffee, and a snack item courtesy of The Williams Law Firm.

Other games of note on the 2014 promotional schedule include:
Opening Day/Magnet Schedule Giveaway
Saturday, June 14th

Personal First Aid Kit Giveaway
Friday, June 20th

Muckdogs Car Decal Giveaway
Saturday, June 21st

Independence Day Celebration Fireworks
Thursday, July 3rd

Post-Game Helicopter Candy Drop
Sunday, July 20th

Prostate Cancer Awareness
Friday, July 25th

Bark in the Park
Sunday, July 27th

Le Roy Community Night
Friday, Aug. 8th

Muckdogs Note Pad Giveaway
Saturday, Aug. 9th

Snapple Night
Friday, Aug. 22nd

Team Photo Giveaway
Saturday, Aug. 23rd

Fireworks Nights will be as follows: June 20th, June 27th, July 3rd, July 18th, July 25th, Aug. 8th and Aug. 22nd.

The Muckdogs open their 2014 home schedule on Saturday, June 14th vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. For a complete 2014 promotional schedule, go to www.muckdogs.com or call the Muckdogs office at (585) 343-5454. Muckdogs season tickets, coupon books, ticket packages and individual tickets are all on sale.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Darien Lake to host 3-on-3 basketball tournment in Jully

Press release:

City officials, Gus Macker organizers, Darien Lake executives, and members of the Police Athletic League joined together outside Buffalo City Hall this morning to announce that the Gus Macker tournament will be returning to Western New York this year. Genesee County's Darien Lake intervened to save the tournament, which would have otherwise been canceled this year.

“We’re excited to be able to bring the tournament back (here),” said Gus Macker organizer Scott McNeal. “Darien Lake offers the necessary space and infrastructure for the thousands of players and families that come to participate in and watch the games.”

This Gus Macker tournament is the second-largest out of 38 locations nationwide, with more than 3,000 players and spectators annually. The three-on-three tournament attracts both male and female players, 78 percent of whom are under the age of 24, and 47 percent of whom are under 17. 

“As Western New York’s family-fun destination, the Gus Macker Tournament is a perfect fit for us,” said Darien Lake spokesman Vince Nicoletti. “We’re very excited to be hosting the games this year and look forward to continuing this great ... tradition.”

This year’s tournament will take place on July 19th and 20th across Darien Lake’s sprawling parking lots, which will be converted into basketball courts with four to six featured games taking place inside the park itself. Darien Lake will also be keeping the Police Athletic League as the event’s charitable beneficiary.

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:03 pm

First Batavia Pickleball Tournament is Saturday

post by Billie Owens in announcements, pickleball, sports

The first Batavia Pickleball Tournament is being held at the Batavia YMCA from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. Registration is $15, $5 of which will go to support the Batavia WMCA. Double elimination format. Partner blind draw on day of tournament.

The tournament is open to the first 32 players.

Format: Each match will be 11 points by 2 except for finals. Consolation round winner will play one 15-point game against the winner's bracket. If the winner's bracket triumphs, they win the tournament. If not, then there will be a 2-out-of-three game match to determine the champion. These games will be 11 points by 2.

For more information, contact Timothy Pickering at (585) 219-4686 or at  timothy77777@hotmail.com

Registration deadline is Friday, May 16.

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