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Monday, June 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Photos: Annual Jim Kelly tournament at Terry Hills

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That's QB legend Dan Marino in the midst of a group of some of Batavia's loveliest ladies. The women made it to the edge of the sixth fairway at Terry Hills for the sixth straight year during the Jim Kelly Celebrity Golf Tournament. As always, the ladies had brownies ready to lure celebraties so they could meet them, get some autographs and snap a few pictures.

I came across the group while searching for Jamie Farr.  

When I finally did meet up with Farr, after he finished the fifth hole, I introduced myself and all he seemed to hear was "web site" and started telling me all about his site. Dashed was my chance to chit-chat about MASH a little and part with, "See you in the funny papers."

Pictured above are (in no particular order) Margaret Perry, Kathy Leffel, Kate Martin, Barb Thurber, Donna Gillard, Joan Torres, Diane Burroughs, Jean Woodcook, Carrie Jones and Anne Barone.

Among the more than dozen celebs they met today were Marino, Jim Kelly, Ben Rothelisberger, Archie Manning and Chris Berman.

Lisa Nistico with Farr.

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Muckdogs announce season's promo schedule

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Here's a press release from the Muckdogs.

The Batavia Muckdogs, Genesee County’s only professional sports franchise, have released their 2011 promotional schedule featuring fireworks, giveaways, special events, theme nights and daily promotions.

The fun will kick off two days prior to Opening Day with the 2nd annual pre-season “Pep Dog Rally” on Wednesday June 15th starting at 6 p.m. This free event will be fans’ first chance to meet this year’s team. The night will feature games for the kids, local mascots, and prizes and raffles throughout the night.

A particular highlight of the evening will be a wiffle ball homerun derby that anyone can participate in. Fans can sign up to participate as they enter the ballpark and we will pick, at random, four children and four adults to participate. These participants will compete in a wiffle ball homerun derby on the field. Prizes will be awarded to the winners.

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 receive a $1 discount off a General Admission ticket when they redeem a coupon that runs in the Saturday edition of The Daily News.

On Tuesday nights, KRAFT Singles presents KRAFT Singles Tuesday Night Tickets. Fans can bring a KRAFT Singles wrapper to the Muckdogs box office for a buy one - get one free ticket from KRAFT Singles. Visit kraftsingles.com for more details.

The Family Four Pack will take place on every Wednesday during the 2011 season and is presented by M&T Bank. Fans can purchase four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, four 12 oz. sodas and a 2011 program for only $30, a savings of $14.

Thursday features a new addition to the lineup. This year, every Thursday home game, the first 100 kids will eat for free courtesy of The Williams Law Firm. Each child will receive a coupon 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 4th. Every Saturday will feature a pre-game concert in the concourse.

These “Rock the Ballpark” events feature Papa and Mama Root, an oldies rock-and-roll tribute band, and original music recording artists. They are presented by: Tim Horton’s of Batavia; New Buffalo Impact; LowPriceChoice.com; and Energy Efficiency Training Center. All performances begin at 6 p.m. and are weather permitting.

At Sunday home games, kids can run the bases with Homer after the game courtesy of Bob Evans Restaurant in Batavia. Every child who runs the bases with Homer receives a free coupon to Bob Evans Restaurant. Also on Sundays, the Muckdogs have partnered with HCR Home Care and the Batavia Bus Service for a Sunday Senior Bus Service. This will provide free transportation from several local senior living centers to and from all Sunday home games.

Other games of note on the 2011 promotional schedule include:

  • Opening Day/Fireworks/Magnet Schedule Giveaway/Inflatable Bat Giveaway -- Friday, June 17th
  • Father’s Day/Prostate Cancer Awareness Day with Specialty Cap Auction/Post-Game Catch on Field -- Sunday, June 19th
  • Independence Day Celebration Fireworks -- Monday, July 4th
  • Frisbee Giveaway -- Friday, July 8th
  • Bark in the Park -- Sunday, July 17th
  • Team Photo Giveaway -- Saturday, Aug. 6th
  • Buffalo Sabres Legend Rob Ray Autograph Appearance -- Tuesday, Aug. 9th
  • Star Wars Night -- Saturday, Aug. 13th
  • Water Bottle Giveaway -- Monday, Aug. 22nd
  • Stache Bash -- Wednesday, Aug. 24th
  • Ryan Howard Collectible Coin Giveaway -- Thursday, Aug. 25th (with coupon from Batavia Downs Casino)
  • Chase Utley Collectible Coin Giveaway -- Saturday, Sept. 3rd (with coupon from Batavia Downs Casino)

Fireworks Nights will be as follows: June 17th, July 4th, July 8th, July 15th, July 22nd, July 29th, Aug. 5th, and Aug. 12th.

The Muckdogs open their 2011 home schedule on Friday, June 17th vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. For a complete 2011 promotional schedule, go to www.muckdogs.com or call the Muckdogs office at (585) 343-5454.

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Semi-pro football team moves home games to Pembroke

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Semi-professional football has arrived in Genesee County.

The Lyndonville Tigers are now playing their home games in Pembroke.

The team is comprised of players from throughout Genesee and Orleans counties and plays in an eight-team league that stretches from Jamestown to Troy.

Team President Taylor McCabe said over the past seven seasons, the Northeast Football Alliance league has consistently produced "action packed and extremely competitive football."

The Tigers, who finished last season in third place at 8-4, opened the season Saturday, taking a 20-13 loss against Finger Lakes.

Here's the schedule for the remainder of the season:

GAME Date Time Away Team @ Home Team
1- Sat 6/4/2011 5:30 PM Finger Lakes @ Lyndonville
2- Sat 6/11/2011 5:30 PM Lyndonville @ Buffalo
3- Sat 6/18/2011 5:30 PM Jamestown @ Lyndonville
4- Sat 6/25/2011 5:30 PM Southern Tier (Warriors) @ Lyndonville
5- Sat 7/9/2011 5:30 PM Lyndonville @ Southern Tier (Diesel)
6- Sat 7/16/2011 7:00 PM Lyndonville @ Finger Lakes
7- Sat 7/23/2011 5:30 PM Buffalo @ Lyndonville
8- Sat 7/30/2011 5:30 PM Lyndonville @ Jamestown
9- Sat 8/6/2011 5:30 PM Lyndonville @ Southern Tier (Warriors)
10- Sat 8/13/2011 5:30 PM Southern Tier (Diesel) @ Lyndonville 

All home games are played in the Pembroke park just south of the high school.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Muckdogs announce ticket sales promotion and chances to win sports memorabilia

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Here's a news release from the Batavia Muckdogs.

The Batavia Muckdogs today announced a ticket sales promotion, allowing fans the opportunity to win some great autographed sports memorabilia. Between today and June 15, fans who purchase one of four different ticket options, will be entered into a random drawing to win autographed items from past and present baseball stars!

Highlighting the promotion, any fan who purchases a season ticket between by June 15, will be entered into a drawing to win a baseball signed by former Muckdog and current Major League All-Star Ryan Howard for each seat purchased. Therefore, any fan who purchases four (4) season seats will be entered four times.

The Muckdogs are also offering chances to win other great items for fans purchasing mini-plans, coupon books and Opening Day tickets between now and June 15. Items for these ticket options are listed below:

  • Mini-plan purchases (either “Best of the Best” or “Friday Fireworks” packages) will be entered to win a baseball signed by former American League MVP Vladimir Guerrero.
  • Coupon book purchases (either box seats or general admission) will be entered to win a baseball signed by 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels.
  • Fans who purchase a ticket to Opening Day, June 17th, will be entered to win a baseball signed by former Major League Baseball outfielder and manager Lou Pinella.

Fans can purchase any of these ticket options by calling the Muckdogs box office at (585) 343-5454 or by visiting in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information about the promotion, fans can call the Muckdogs front office at (585) 343-5454.

The Muckdogs open the 2011 season at Dwyer Stadium on Friday, June 17 against the Auburn Doubledays. Single game tickets for the Home Opener and all 38 Muckdogs home games are currently on sale.

Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Genesee Lancers Youth Soccer Camp offered

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Children and teens interested in honing their soccer skills are encouraged to attend the Genesee Lancers Camp offered by New York Premiere Soccer.

It provides full-time professional, licensed coaches from around the world; primarily UEFA B licensed coaches from the United Kingdom and Ireland. NYPS also has a full-time technical department responsible for curriculum development and player education.

Coaches will conduct a comprehensive week-long program with your team. They will work in conjunction with the team in many of the following areas: team building, team fitness, SAQ work, team shape, team tactics as well as individual player techniques.

NYPS coaches will meet with the local coaches prior to camp to assess what areas of the game they want to work on. A curriculum will be tailored for this week based on the feedback from the coach.

Date: July 11-15

Times: 9 a.m. to Noon (Open Camp); 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Team Camp -- minimum of 10 players)

Cost: $50 Open Camp; $600 Team Camp

Location: Batavia Sports Park, 8069 Bank St. Road, Batavia

Age Group: 6 to 12 years old for Open Camp; 13 to 18 years old for Team Camp

To register visit: www.newyorkpremieresoccer.com

Contact information:

New York Premier Soccer

3195 Brighton Henrietta Townline Road

Rochester, NY 14623

Phone: 292-0788

Email: info@newyorkpremieresoccer.com


Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Photos: Michael Napoleone Memorial Baseball Tournament

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During the annual Michael Napoleone Memorial Baseball Tournament in Batavia, the Michael Napoleone Foundation presented a $12,000 check to the Center for Pediatric Biomedical Research at URMC.

Accepting the check above are, from right, Kathleen McGrath, Paul Kingsley and Alec Kingsley.

McGrath said the money is being used to cover the expense of more powerful computers. As part of the center's research, scientists take pictures of blood cells to study. The sophisticated camera equipment creates massive files that took the old computers hours to process. The new computers do the same work in minutes. The center also replaced worn out centrifuges. 

Michael Napoleone died in 2006 from Burkitt's Lymphoma/Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.

Mark and Laurie (second picture, left, with her brother, Dave Pero) Napoleone set up the fondation to give back to the community after so many people helped them during their son's illness.

Teams from as far away as Fairport are competing in the tournament, which runs through tomorrow.

Griffin Dellapenna, who was friends with Michael, reads a statement about how he misses Michael and what the tournament means to him. 

Griffin met Michael when they were both battling cancer. Next week, Griffin marks his fourth year in remission.

Jeremy Boyle and Matt Roach hit back-to-back home runs during Batavia's game against Oakfield-Alabama.

To buy quality, affordable prints from this event, click here.

More pictures after the jump:

Friday, May 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Muckdogs' Pep Dog Rally is June 15

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The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend the Second Annual Pre-Season “PEP-DOG RALLY."

Our Batavia Muckdogs Baseball season is only a few weeks away and we NEED your help!

On Wednesday, June 15, just two days before the Season Home Opener, the stadium will be open to the community. We need YOU to come out and get our Batavia Muckdogs PEPPED up for the 2011 season.

Gates open at 6 p.m. Admission is FREE and there will be fun for the entire family. There will be games for the kids, local Mascots, and food concession for you to get your ball park favorites. The merchandise stands will also be open for you to gear up for the season.

Be the first to meet this year’s players!  They will be available to sign autographs and chat with the fans.  

Prizes and raffles will be given throughout the night, including valuable sports memorabilia such as: an 8x10 autographed picture of Nick Markakis; an autographed bat by Hall of Famer Earl Weaver; autographed baseballs by Ryan Howard, Lou Piniella, Jimmy Rollins, Tim McCarver and many more.

Enjoy the music of "23 SkiDOO," a strolling ragtime band sponsored by the Genesee County Baseball Club.

The season opener is at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at Dwyer Stadium.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Time to register for Batavia Lions Club Bike Tour

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The Batavia Lions Club will host its Second Annual Bike Tour on Saturday, June 11. This year there are two tour options from which participants can chose.

In addition to the 32-mile “Tour Ride," a six-mile “Family Ride” will be available.

Check-in time for the 32-mile ride is 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. for the Family Ride.

The 32-mile ride begins at 8 a.m., and the six-mile ride begins at 9:15 a.m.

Check-in and the start of each event will be at the parking lot on the corner of Alva Place and Bank Street in Batavia.

Pre-registration postmarked by Thursday May 26 is $30. After that date, the registration fee is $35. The fee for all children under 10 years old is $15.

The first 50 riders registered by May 26 will receive a gift bag from our sponsors including an “official” ride T-shirt. All entrants must wear an approved safety helmet. All participants must be 16 years of age or be accompanied by a parent, grandparent or guardian.

The tour route winds through the beautifully rich agricultural area of Genesee County that surrounds the City of Batavia. There will again be water and snack stops, help if needed along the way, traffic guides at busy intersections, and emergency roadside assistance. The tour route is flat with very few hills.

The club's address is P.O. Box 456, Batavia, NY 14020. Email is batavialions@yahoo.com. Or contact Dominic Lovria at 343-7198.   

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Batavia Downs will host $7,500 scholarship race with student drivers

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Once again Batavia Downs will play host to another $7,500 scholarship race for local, college-bound students. The event will feature students from area schools accompanied by professional harness racing drivers in a one-mile dash for the cash on Saturday, Sept. 10.

"We are once again pleased to help support the education of students in our community in such a unique way," said Todd Haight, general manager of Live Racing at Batavia Downs. "We were so pleased with how well our first dash for cash was received, we immediately went back to our partners and requested we give it another go.

“Not only did the five participating students earn valuable scholarship funds, but also a greater understanding of the sport of harness racing, which was our main goal."

Last year, Kaley Falkowski, of Batavia High School, with professional Jim Mulcahy sitting alongside in a double-seated jog cart, bested four other students.

This year, Batavia, Oakfield-Alabama and Notre Dame high schools will each be represented by one student. The remaining two spots will be chosen by lottery. All schools can use any criteria they wish to pick their students.

During the summer, the students will attend at least five training sessions at the track with their driver to learn the safety and skills needed to drive a horse. Then between the fourth and fifth live harness races on Sept. 10, they will line up behind the starting gate and compete for scholarships of $3000, $2000, $1200, $800 and $500, depending on where they finish.

The approximate time of the competition that evening is between 7:30 and 8:30.

Once again, the scholarship event is sponsored by the horsemen, breeders, owners and raceways of Western New York through the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, the Western New York Harness Horsemen's Association, Buffalo Raceway and Batavia Downs Casino.

Batavia Downs Casino, America’s oldest lighted harness track, opens for its 65th racing season on Monday, July 25, for 72 racing dates.

Post time is 6:40 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in August. There will also be a special 1:15 matinee on Sunday, Aug. 29; Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), which features a day-night doubleheader; and Monday, Oct. 10 (Columbus Day). For more information, visit <http://www.batavia-downs.com/>

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11:33 pm

GCC Golf Team Has Runner - Up Finish in Regionals, Advances to Nationals - Places Four Players on All Region Team

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  Head Coach Tom Tucker  Kyle Harman  Alex Muench  Corey Kocent  Mark DeCook  Matt Ferdinand  Adam Bishop  Assistant Coach Tom Moynihan

GCC Golf Team Has Runner - Up Finish in Regionals, Advances to Nationals - Places Four Players on All Region Team

The GCC Golf team headed to the Region III Golf Tournament  in Cortland NY at the Cortland Country Club on May 16th and 17th not really sure about what to expect.  They qualified with a little less strain than 2010, their first year of competition for the renewed GCC sport, but there were a lot of question marks.

They were confident, but wary of Onondaga CC, who was .75 of a point behind them in team scoring average for the season at third place.  GCC was coming off an upset tournament victory over Monroe CC on May 8th  at the MCC Invitational, so they had high expectations.

Those expectations materialized with an invite to Nationals as the team performed at a level that no one really could have predicted.

In the two day aggregate tournament where four scores count from five players for the team event, and individual scores are also tallied, the teams from the nine schools that qualified for Regionals that finish first and second are invited to Nationals, and the top 5 individual low scores - not including scores from the first and second place teams - also make the trip.

On Day one, which was played in very wet and rainy conditions after a four hour delay, GCC's Kyle Harman, a transfer student from Erie CC who won Regionals in 2010, took the individual lead with a 72.

It was a personal best score for Harman for tournament play. 

GCC also positioned themselves in second place as a team, shooting 311, behind MCC (302), and one stroke ahead of Onondaga CC (312).

Day two's play got started as scheduled at 9am under wet conditions with light rain throughout the day.

Harman stumbled a bit to a 78, but every other player on GCC's team shot personal best tournament scores!  Corey Kocent and Mark DeCook each shot even par 72's, Matt Ferdinand shot a 73, and Alex Muench shot 79, for a team score total of 295 for the day, tops in the field followed by MCC (298) and Onondaga CC (308) .  The 295 score blew away the GCC team's previous best tournament score of 309 in 2010.

GCC also placed four players on the 2011 All Region Team as Harman, Ferdinand, Kocent, and DeCook each earned the honor.

Two day totals for the competing teams were:

302  298  600 MONROE CC
311  295  606 GENESEE CC
312  308  620 ONONDAGA CC
328  316  644 NIAGARA CCC       
332  315  647 JAMESTOWN CC
333  324  657 MOHAWK VALLEY CC  
351  336  687 BROOME CC 
334  358  692  CAYUGA CC                

Medalist for the event was MCC's Shane Dobesh with a two day total of 148. GCC's Matt Ferdinand and Kyle Harman joined Onondaga CC�s Alec Stoianoff and MCC�s Anthony Colosi in a four way tie for second place at 150.

GCC Golf Head Coach Tom Tucker and Assistant Coach Tom Moynihan will be accompanying the the GCC Golf team to the NJCAA Division III Nationals at the Chautauqua GC, Chautauqua NY on June 6 through 10

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