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Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Genesee sweeps Mercyhurst North East

post by Andrew Crofts in baseball, GCC, sports

The Genesee Community College baseball team swept a Sunday afternoon double-header against Mercyhurst North East, downing the visiting Saints 4-1 and 7-4.

Sean Stanley (Holley, NY) allowed just one run on four hits while striking out three and walked two in 6.1 innings of work in game one. The Cougars jumped out in front early with a three-run first inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Ramon Vega that scored Brandon Collins and Zach Ranta. Ryan DiMartino (Batavia, NY) capped off the scoring for GCC with an RBI single in the fourth that gave Genesee a 4-1 lead, a lead they would hold on to.

Stanley earned the win while Ivan Madafferi (Albion, NY) pitched the final two outs of the game to earn the save. Vega was 1-2 at the plate with two runs batted in. Collins was 1-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

(Zach Ranta (left) and Brandon Collins (right) celebrate after scoring for Genesee Community College in game one of a double-header on Sunday afternoon)

In game two, GCC got another strong pitching performance, this time from Brandon Stagg. Stagg went six-plus innings and allowed only two runs on two hits and struck out five. Genesee responded to a first inning Saints run by scoring twice in the home-half of the inning to take back the lead. Shakeel Newton led off with an infield single and then came around to score on a Vega single. An RBI single from Fauchedre Celestijn plated Ranta later in the inning and gave GCC a 2-1 lead.

Ranta delivered a two-run double in the third inning and scored a run of his own on a sacrifice fly by Celestijn to give Genesee a 5-1 lead. The Cougars added a run in the fourth and a run in the fifth and allowed three runs (two earned) to the Saints in the seventh inning, but held on for the win.

Ranta finished game two 1-2 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, Newton was 2-3 with two runs scored and Collins was 2-4 with a run batted in and a run scored.

Genesee will return to action on September 22nd when they host Niagara County Community College for a double-header at Dwyer Stadium, beginning at 1pm.

Sunday, September 16, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Batavia suffers first loss, GR has three undefeated teams, Le Roy gets third win

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, alexander, football, Le Roy, Oakfield, pembroke, sports

The Blue Devils dropped off the list of the undefeated in Genesee County on Friday with a 30-12 loss to Livonia.

Le Roy kept its perfect record in tack with a 35-28 over Avon, while in the Genesee Region Conference, three teams sit atop the standings at 3-0 -- Elba/Byron-Bergen, Notre Dame and Attica.

Elba/BB beat Holley 27-7 with Zack DuBois rushing for 156 yards on 22 carries, scoring once. QB Zack Gillard was 7-14 for 167 yards and two TDs. He also carried the ball five times for 29 yards and a touchdown. Austin Yockel had four receptions for 141, including a 44-yard TD reception. Ryan Morse had a 10-yard TD reception. Andy Underhill made 23 tackles. Brandon Naylor had 14 tackles.

Notre Dame moved to 3-0 with a win over Alexander 36-6. Tim McCulley completed 11 passes on 20 attempts for 187 yards, including TD tosses of 14 and 35 yards to Charlie Hebert and Jared Thornton. Nick Taylor had TD runs of 26 and 89 yards. Andrew Mullen carried the ball 11 times for 65 yards. For Alexander, Dylan Scharlau had 18 carries for 117 yards and QB Nelson Burke was 8 of 17 for 128 yards, including a TD pass to 36-yard TD to Sam Browne. Burke was intercepted twice.

Pembroke dropped to 0-3 with a loss to undefeated Attica 47-0. Four turnovers by the Dragons led to four Attica TDs. Pete Thomas had 12 tackles for Pembroke and Caleb Patterson and Jared Kolmetz each recovered two fumbles.

For Batavia, in the Blue Devils 30-12 loss to Livonia, Nick Canzoneri rushed for 40 yards on eight carries, scoring once. James Soggs had 11 carries for 85 yards.

Le Roy's third win was highlighted by Peter Privitera's 181 yards on 39 carries and two touchdowns. Both Marcus Mistersaro and Dylan Johnson scored on the ground. T.J. Crye was 13-of-27 for 173 yards.

Oakfield-Alabama improved to 1-2 with a win over Finney (1-2), 20-16. Ryan Emery scored twice and carried the ball for 99 yards. Chris Nanni rushed for 90 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Danny Monachino and Tommy Geiss each recorded 12 tackles.

Friday, September 14, 2012 at 12:31 am

GCC Soccer: Men and Women beat Niagara

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, soccer, sports

The Genesee Community College men's soccer team continued their winning ways on Thursday evening as they defeated the visiting Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves, 5-0.

Dominic Francis continued his scoring pace as he notched in a pair of goals to lead the Cougars to the win. Francis would get the first goal of the game at the halfway mark of the opening half. Lee Micklethwaite assisted on the goal. The Cougars would add to the lead as Matheus Freire added his first collegiate goal as a Cougar to lead Genesee into the break with a 2-0 lead.

(Sean Hallas, #2, goes for a slide tackle in GCC's win over Niagara CCC on Thursday)

Genesee added three more goals in the second half behind tallies from Micklethwaite, Theo Stamotopolus and Francis.

The win improves GCC to 5-1 overall and the Cougars will return to action on Saturday at 3:00pm as they travel to Mohawk Valley Community College.


The Genesee Community College women's soccer team defeated the visiting Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves by a final score of 3-2 on Thursday afternoon.

Niagara scored the first goal of the contest 14 minutes in when Victoria Gray got a shot past Genesee keeper Nicole Patterson. The Cougars would tie the contest fifteen minutes later when Dana Hansen found the back of the net. Shelby Hatfield earned the assist.

The second half saw Genesee get out to a two goal lead as Kaitlyn Bowers and Rachel Ball scored to make it 3-1. Niagara would score one of their own late in the half as Alison Conner tallied the goal, but it was not enough as GCC held on for the 3-2 victory.

Patterson made nine saves to pick up GCC's second consecutive victory of the season.

The Lady Cougars (2-3-1) will return to action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm when they travel to Mohawk Valley Community College.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer Team gets first win

post by Rick D. Franclemont in pembroke, Pembroke Boys Varsity, soccer, sports

A 2-0 win over Attica gave the Pembroke Boys Varsity Soccer Team its first win since soccer was brought back to the school last year. The Dragons took the early lead on a goal by Austin Franclemont with Tyler Ross on the assist. The team then played a solid game in front of Morgan McGiveron, who was perfect in goal stopping all the shots he faced. The insurance goal was scored by Gabe Birkby, assisted by Collin Lewis. 

More pictures of the game can be seen here http://francletography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Pembroke-Boys-Varsity-Soccer-vs-Attica-9-11-2012/G0000bgZIx.lYVGo/C0000y8oiGr6YbrY

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

Genesee sweeps Jefferson

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, soccer, sports

The Genesee Community College men’s soccer team eased passed Jefferson Community College on Tuesday evening, defeating the visiting Cannoneers by a final score 9-0.

The opening half saw the Cougars score twice in the first ten minutes as Declan Brennan and Dominic Francis each beat the Jefferson goalkeeper to put the Cougars out in front. Genesee then continued to put the game on cruise control as Lee Micklethwaite and Nathan Rose scored late in the opening half to send Genesee into halftime with a 4-0 lead.

The Cougars upped the lead to 5-0 just three minutes into the second half as Ryan Dunn found the back of the net. Two minutes later, Francis would score his second of the match on a penalty kick to up the score to 6-0. The Cougars added three more goals in the later stages of the second half on goals by Micklethwaite, his second, Francis' third, and Sean Hallas to make the final score 9-0.

Jake O’Leary made four saves to earn the shutout, the third of the season for GCC.

With the win, Genesee improves to 4-1 on the season. The Cougars return to action on Thursday at 5pm when they host Niagara County Community College



The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team shut out the visiting Jefferson Community College Cannoners 1-0 on Tuesday evening, earning their first victory of the season.

Denae McGrath scored the first and only goal of the contest for the Cougars in the 16th minute to give Genesee a lead they would hold on to.

(#16 Dana Hansen challenges a jump ball in win over Jefferson Community College)

Jefferson nearly tied the game twice in the second half, but Nicole Patterson made two big saves to keep the Cannoneers off the board. In the 12th minute, Patterson tipped a shot off of a free kick over the cross bar and followed with a diving save off of a corner kick in the 25th minute.

Patterson made seven saves in net.

The win is the first for the Lady Cougars and the first for head coach Caitlin Long.

Genesee (1-3-1) returns to action on Thursday at 3pm at home when they take on Niagara County Community College.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

ND Cross Country Teams Open With Wins

The Notre Dame Cross Country Team opened up with an easy win against Keshequa at Genesee County Park Course 1. Jeff Antolos set a new school course record in the boys race running 16:13 (formerly held by Dan Bobo at 16:25) with Arron Carlson taking second in 17:51. Justin Carlson was third in 18:24, Ryan Fuller 6th (19:29) and Alec Covel 7th (19:44). Dennis Bleier (20:48) and Bryan Moscicki (23:02) rounded out the scoring placing 10th and 11th respectively. The girls team had a little easier time taking the top four spots behind Anna Warner (20:36), Laurie Call (20:38), Emily McCracken (21:01) and Shelby McGinnis (22:24). Madison Gluck finished 6th (24:40), Rose Flumerfeldt 7th (25:48) Hannah Pingrey 9th (25:55) and Emily Sherman 10th (26:30). The Irish will be going again on Saturday at the West Seneca Inviational at Sunshine Park on Saturday. Girls race at 12:00 noon and the boys at 1:00pm.
Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Notre Dame notches second win against Oakfield-Alabama

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, football, Notre Dame, sports

A Notre Dame offense propelled by Nick Taylor, Tim McCulley and Andrew Mullen dominated on the gridiron Saturday against Oakfield-Alabama.

With a 32-0 win, the Fighting Irish move to 2-0 while the Hornets top to 0-2.

Taylor carried the ball 15 times for 161 yards and one TD. McCulley tossed a 26-yard TD pass to Charlie Hebert, rushed for a touchdown and returned an interception for a score. He also rushed for 48 yards on seven carries. Mullen scored once on nine carries for 65 yards.

O-A's stats are not available, nor are defense stats.

Head Coach Rick Mancuso said his young team is still learning and needs to take each week of the season day-by-day.

"A lot of kids played in their first varsity game last week," Mancuso said. "Today, they played in their second, so I think we’re getting a little more experience as we go on so we can develop a little bit of an edge and we can get some momentum going through the season."

Oakfield-Alabama has talent -- such as Austin Schroeder, Chase Manzella, Chris Nanni, Ryan Emery and Allen Chatt -- and Mancuso said the Hornets should not be taken lightly.

"I think Brian (Palone) is doing a job with that group of kids," Mancuso said. "He’s got them motivated week-to-week. He’s got them playing very hard. It was not a walk over by any means."

In other local football action this weekend:

  • Batavia beat Cardinal O'Hara High School 36-8 and is now 2-0 on the season. Justin Washington carried the ball twice and scored both times. Andrew Budlong had nine carries for 77 yards and one TD. Brandon Stevenson rushed for 74 yards and a TD. Nick Canzoneri carried the ball 10 times for 49 yards and scored once. Zac Bromley kicked four successful PATs.
  • Le Roy dominated on offense and defense for the second week in a row, beating Warsaw Central School 42-0. Warsaw (0-2) was held to 99 yards of offense. Ryan McQuillen had four receptions for 115 yards and a TD. Dylan Johnson rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Peter Privitera scored twice with 57 yards on the ground. Johnson had seven tackles and Zack Fitzsimmons had five.
  • Elba/Byron-Bergen (2-0) beat Pembroke 43-0 (0-2), jumping to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. Zack DuBois had another solid game, rushing for 264 yards, scoring four times on runs of 58, 69, 59 and 35 yards. Zac Gillard tossed two TDs, one for 60 yards, completing four passes on seven attempts for 127 yards. Receiver Kyle Morse caught three passes for 97 yards, including that 60-yard TD pass from Gillard. For Pembroke, QB Tyler Bruning was 6-12 for 42 yards. Andy Underhill had 14 tackles for the Lancers, with 11 more for Nate Jonathan.
  • Alexander (1-1) beat Finney 29-8.

Reminder: Each of the next two weekends, I'll be traveling so won't be able to cover any games.

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Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm

GCC Soccer: Men roll, late goal dooms Women

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, soccer, sports

The Genesee Community College men’s soccer team cruised to their third victory of the season on Saturday afternoon, handling visiting Onondaga Community College 7-0.

The Cougars struck early when Theo Stamotopolous beat the OCC goalkeeper just a minute and a half into the opening period to put Genesee in front 1-0. Nathan Rose made it 2-0 with a goal in the 15th minute, and then assisted on a Lee Micklethwaite goal about six minutes later to give the Cougars a three-goal lead. Sam Cassidy and George Anthony followed with goals in the 32nd and 34th minutes to cap off a five-goal first half, sending GCC into the break with the lead.

(Theo Stamotopolous, right, celebrates his first half goal in win over OCC on Saturday)

Jake O’Leary and Cameron Evans weren’t tested often in net, but combined for the shutout, the second of the year for Genesee. Dom Francis added a goal in the fourth minute of the second half before Cassidy scored his second of the game in the 25th minute to put the finishing touches on OCC.

The win improves Genesee to 3-1 on the season. The Cougars will return to action on Tuesday afternoon when they host Jefferson Community College at 4pm.


The Genesee Community College women’s soccer team played host to Onondaga Community College on Saturday evening, still searching for their first win of the season.

Both teams played nearly 90 minutes of even, scoreless soccer before Emily Parker cashed in the only goal of the game in the 88th minute off of an assist from Olivia Ferlenda. The play was a result of a free kick just outside of the box.

Genesee played well defensively all afternoon, not allowing many scoring chances for OCC.

(#19 Taylor Vanderkooi goes for a steal late in the game against OCC)


The Lady Cougars’ best scoring chance came late in the first half when Megan McDonald sent a cross into the middle of the box that was snared by the OCC goalkeeper.

With the loss, Genesee falls to 0-3-1 on the season. The Lady Cougars will host Jefferson Community College on Tuesday night at 6pm.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Lady Cougars down Mercyhurst North East

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, sports, volleyball

The Genesee Community College women’s volleyball team knocked off Mercyhurst North East on Thursday night, three sets to one to earn their third straight conference victory of the season.

The Lady Cougars extended an early 8-5 first set lead to 11-5 after Karin Davis served to three straight points. Mercyhurst fought back and cut it to four before Genesee pulled away again, winning the first set 25-17.

It was a back-and-forth second set before GCC made a four-point run to turn a 14-14 tie into an 18-14 lead. The Lady Cougars would win the second set 25-19.

Mercyhurst jumped out early in the third set before falling behind 14-11. The Lady Saints battled back and won nine of the final thirteen points to win the third set 25-20.

Genesee closed out the match in the fourth set, withstanding a late Mercyhurst run, to win the final game 25-21.

Carrie Blunt led the way with 19 kills, Davis had 15 digs, Leyinska Quiles-Torres tallied 26 assists and four digs and Michelle Nagle chipped in nine kills and six digs.

With the win, Genesee improves their overall record to 6-8 and will return to action next Thursday when they travel to Erie Community College for a 6pm start.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Monroe handles Genesee

post by Andrew Crofts in GCC, Men's Soccer, sports

The Genesee Community College men’s soccer team had a difficult home test Wednesday afternoon as they fell to arch-rival Monroe Community College by a final score of 4-1. 

The Tribunes dominated play from the outset and out-shot the Cougars 14-9 in the contest.  

(#2 Theo Stamotopolous goes for a header against MCC on Wednesday afternnon)

Dominic Francis scored the lone goal for the Cougars in the first half to cut the MCC lead to 2-1.  Theo Stamotopolus assisted Francis on the marker.  

Seamus Sharkey, Daniel Tesoro (2 goals) and Ngwese Ebangwese all scored for MCC, who moves to 4-0 on the season while the Cougars fall to 1-1. 

Jake O’Leary made 10 saves for Genesee in the losing effort. 

The Cougars return to action on Thursday at 5:00pm on the road against Erie Community College.

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