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Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

City celebrates Notre Dame girls softball state championship

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The Notre Dame girls softball team got a homecoming befitting state champions Saturday night with a police and fire escort from the Thruway, down Oak Street, east, then west on Main Street and finally down Woodward to the parking lot of their school.

The girls swept two games in Queensbury Saturday to become the state's Class D champions.

It's the third straight year the softball team had a chance at a title and it turned out truly to be a case of the third time's the charm.

"It took a lot of heart and dedication, waking up super early, getting to practice before games, hitting, throwing, the whole thing," Kaylin Young said. "It was definitely worth it."

In the semi-final game, the Fighting Irish beat Hamilton 9-2, but the championship game was much tighter with Notre Dame (19-7) taking a 1-0 victory over Deposit.

"We were the visiting team so I was the lead-off hitter and I got two early strikes," Laurie Call said. "I'm thinking, 'oh, my gosh,' and then I got a single. Then I just remember each time something bad happened, I just had to tell my adrenaline to go back down and make sure I'm focused on the game and not to worry about the state title. It's just another game."

It's the first state title in softball for Notre Dame.

"It means an awful lot to the Notre Dame community and the family that is Notre Dame," Coach Rick Mancuso said. "We're very proud of the girls and we would like to thank the community for coming out tonight, welcoming us as the newest state champions."

The newest state champions were greeted at the Thruway exit by Engine 12 and Ladder 15 of the Batavia Fire Department and three Batavia patrol cars. With lights and sirens, the caravan of players, parents and fans paraded through the city with dozens and dozens of people turning out along Main Street to cheer for the team.

Laurie said the city's greeting was really overwhelming.

"It’s really, finally like all that weightlifting you've been doing, all those pitches you’ve taken in the legs, like everything finally means something and you just kind of want to stop and cry," Laurie said.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Notre Dame girls win state softball championship

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The Notre Dame Girls Softball Team has won the New York state championship.

Friday, June 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Photos: Fly-fishing on the Oakta Creek, Le Roy

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During my Friday morning drive, I took a turn down Oakta Trail Road and spotted somebody in the creek tying a fly to a leader. I introduced myself to Bill Westfall of Cheektowaga, who said, "Sure, go ahead and take some pictures." In the 15 minutes I hung around, his every cast hit his spot and he did land one small trout. 

Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:38 am

Pembroke edges Alexander in final game of the season

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In the final game of the modified softball season Alexander rallied to within 1 of Pembroke.




The final game was held in Pembroke on a beautiful spring day.




The final was Pembroke 17, Alexander 16.






More pictures can be found here: Alexander - Pembroke modified softball

Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Youth Lacrosse Camp at Van Detta Stadium

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The Batavia Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce its third annual Youth Lacrosse Camp from June 27 to July 19. There will be no session on July 4.

The camp is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays at Van Detta Stadium.

Students entering grades two through seven are eligible to participate. They will work with current coaches and players to learn the fundamentals of "the fastest game on two feet."

There are three payment options*:

1) $50 -- Covers registration and entrant gets to keep a lacrosse stick, ball and Batavia Lacrosse jersey;

2) $30 -- Covers registration and entrant gets to keep a reversible lacrosse jersey;

3) $10 -- Covers registration.

*No athlete will be turned away due to financial limitation.

For more information go to <http://www.batavialacrosse.com> or call Coach Joe Hussar at 343-2480, ext. 7429.

Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Weeklong sport and wellness camp offered at GCC

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Press release:

Once again, Genesee Community College will welcome middle school aged-students to participate in the annual summer Sport and Wellness Experience. The popular weeklong camp focuses on helping children develop the skills and mindset necessary to compete in various sports, but also to help them appreciate the value of good health and wellness habits.

"We are going into our third year of this camp and it has really been a lot of fun," says GCC Health and Physical Education Director Rebecca Dziekan. "The kids have been great and the feedback has been so positive. Combining a variety of different sports with a little education on some important wellness topics provides a nice experience for all the participants."

GCC's Sport and Wellness Experience runs one full week and each day is filled with a well-rounded lineup of activities and great collection of contemporary topics that face young adults today, including but not limited to bullying, relationships, alcohol and drug abuse.

The program runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 23-27, with all activities taking place on the Batavia campus at One College Road. Participants have full access to GCC's new athletic facilities including the new turf soccer field, Fitness Center, Anthony B. Zambito Gymnasium and the tennis courts. The $120 cost covers instruction in tennis, soccer and volleyball as well as all of the educational discussions, a daily lunch in the college cafeteria, and a program T-shirt. A variety of GCC instructors lead the classes and discussions with guest speakers also sharing their expertise.

"The program in the past two years have 'wowed' both the student participants as well as their parents, and many attendees return for a second year," Dzeikan said. "From experiencing the college's high-end athletic facilities to the working with coaches and staff, we believe the program offers everyone involved a very engaging and fulfilling experience."

To learn more about the camp, and to download a registration form, visit this Web site: http://www.genesee.edu/gcc/wellness/.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Notre Dame girls win regional championship

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The Notre Dame Girls Softball Team won the Far West Regional Championship today after defeating Forestville Central High School, 7-2.

Carly Pike fanned 10 and surrendered only five hits.

The team is now 19-7 on the season.

Notre Dame now moves on to the state semi-finals.

Photo submitted by Scott Grefrath.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Photos: Special Olympics torch run

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The Special Olympic torch was carried from Elba to Batavia today by a group of runners -- mostly members of the local law enforcement community -- with a stop at Woodward Field for a run around the track with Batavia fifth-graders.

The torch was carried from Genesee ARC's location in Elba to ARC's main facility on Walnut Street.

The fifth-graders were at Van Detta Stadium today to participate in a variety of track and field competitions, but mostly the event is about helping the Class 2019 get to know each other as they transfer from three different elementary schools into a single middle school.

The children also heard remarks by some Special Olympic athletes.

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

Notre Dame girls advance in state tourny, while Batavia and ND baseball teams lose sectional games

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Behind the four-hit performances of Laurie Call and Kendra Wall, the Notre Dame Girls Softball Team powered its way to an 11-1 win over DeSales in the quarter final game of the state Class D tournament.

The Fighting Irish, hungry for a state championship, will face Forestville at Monroe Community Colleg on Tuesday. Game time is 5 p.m.

The Notre Dame baseball team didn't fair as well, dropping a Class DD sectional title game to Arkport, 3-2, on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Batavia Blue Devils took a swing at a third-straight attempt to win a Class A Section V title, but dropped the Saturday game (a make-up for a rainout on Friday) to Honeoye Falls-Lima, 7-1.

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 9:25 am

Photo: Batavia HS players pitch in and help with Batavia Youth Football fundraiser

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Batavia High School football players volunteered their time Saturday to help with the Batavia Youth Football spaghetti dinner. Varsity and JV players helped with set up at the YWCA, helped serve and helped clean up afterward. Photo provided by Head Coach Brennan Briggs, on the right.

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