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Saturday, December 31, 2011 at 10:02 am

Contest: Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge Week 17

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Last week, several NFL backs eligible for picking in the contest had two receptions, but none had three.

In a random drawing of the entrants who picked one of the back that had at least two receptions, James Demmer came out the winner.

Demmer wins a large cheese pizza with one topping. He has one week to claim his prize at Main St. Pizza Company.

To enter this week's contest, click here.

Friday, December 30, 2011 at 9:35 am

Jason DiSalvo Speed Academy announces 2012 schedule

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Press Release:

"I'm very happy about our expansion for 2012," said DiSalvo. "I'm really excited to continue our relationship with Sportbike Track Time and offer this great experience to more riders."

"Jason and I have really enjoyed helping so many riders this past year improve their skills," said co-owner Brian Stokes. "It's a great feeling to see our students making progress and learning."

February 18-19  Jennings, FL

March 10-11  Barber Motorsports Park, AL (STT)

March 31-April 1  Talladega, AL

April 28-29  Barber Motorsports Park, AL (STT)

May 12-13  Grattan, MI (STT)

June 4-5  Elkhart Lake, WI (STT)

June 9-10  Grattan, MI (STT)

August 11-12  Gingerman, MI (STT)

August 18-19  Road Atlanta, GA (STT)

October 20-21  Barber Motorsports Park, AL (STT)

November 17-18  Talladega, AL

November 24-25  Barber Motorsports Park, AL (STT)

December 8-9 Jennings, FL  (STT)

Heading to new venues spanning from Michigan to Florida for 2012, Speed Academy is looking forward to expanding its borders and helping more riders improve their skills.

Once again partnering with Sportbike Track Time, Speed Academy will run noted events in conjunction with STT, offering the same great instruction at a reduced price to trackday riders and racers alike. Speed Academy "Standalone" schools are the original program run by co-founders Jason DiSalvo and Brian Stokes, and offer the highest levels of motorcycle instruction available.

For details on the original "Standalone" format schools visit www.disalvospeedacademy.com.  Full details on STT event schools, as well as online signup for 2012 will be coming soon.  If you don't want to wait for the site to be up, email us at [email protected] and we'll get you signed up today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Batavia names new head football coach

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Brennan Briggs

UPDATED with comments from Bromley at 2:01 p.m.
UPDATED at 4:43 p.m. with comments by Briggs.

Brennan Briggs, who led the Blue Devil's JV squad to an undefeated season in 2011, has been named the varsity's head football coach.

Briggs replaces Dan Geiger, who had a 16-35 record over six seasons as the Blue Devil's head coach.

The board of education approved the promotion of Briggs on Monday.

Athletic Director Michael Bromley said Briggs is somebody he's had his eye on since Brennan's student-athlete days at Batavia.

"It was easy to see as a young kid he was a great leader," said Bromley.

Briggs was a standout athlete in football and hockey, helping lead the hockey team to two sectional titles.

Bromley said when Briggs decided to major in physical education in college, he saw him as a potential teacher and coach at Batavia.

"He's got a lot of great experience and I have no doubt he will be a success," Bromley said.

The promotion, Briggs said, is exactly what he had in mind for himself.

"It’s been a goal of mine since I got into coaching to become a head football coach, to get out under the lights on Friday night and there’s no place better to do it than Batavia High," said Briggs.

Brigg's is the son of a former Gates-Chili coach Jim Briggs, a Section V Hall of Fame member.

Jim Briggs was also a standout athlete at Batavia HS and is in the schools hall of fame.

Bromley doesn't anticipate the senior Briggs being involved officially the football program, but he's sure father and son will talk a lot.

"It's obviously a great resource to have somebody with his knowledge and his level of success available as a dad," Bromley said. "I'm sure there will be a lot of dinner table conversations."

Brennan said you can rule out any idea of Jim becoming an assistant coach.

"He's got two grand sons he helps take care of and he's quite content doing that," Briggs said.

But they will talk.

"Obviously, I'll listen to anything everything he has to say, but he also does a good job of stepping back and let me be Brennan Briggs," Briggs said.

The players received the news of the promotion for Brigg's well, Bromley said. 

It was important to get Briggs started as coach this month, with players already beginning training and weight work for next season.

"Winning football isn't just about what you do during the season," Bromley said. "It's also what you do during the off season."

Fans shouldn't read too much into the undefeated JV record, Briggs said. There are a lot of JV teams in the area that have undefeated seasons, but that doesn't necessarily translate into winning varsity programs.

"I don't want everybody coming here thinking, 'Oh, Coach Briggs is undefeated on JV and they're going to be undefeated on varsity.' It doesn't work that way," Briggs said. "It's not going to be a complete transformation over to varsity."

That said, Briggs said he's already established a relationship with a lot of his players, both from coaching JV football and coaching baseball at the school.

His goal: Establish a winning culture.

"It's about discipline and hard work and it doesn't always show up on the score board, but inch by inch, we'll get there," Briggs said.

Briggs is pretty young at 26 to take over a varsity program, and he sees his age as offering both pros and cons.

When you're a young coach, he said, you can relate to a lot more of what the kids are going through away from campus, but they can also come to see you too close as peer.

"There's a fine line where these kids see you as a young person, you’ve got to establish that you’re the coach," Briggs said. "Yes, I want a good relationship with them, but there’s a fine line and you establish that by expecting discipline, not accepting any excuses and being hard on  them and just expecting the best from them every single day."

Bromley anticipates working with Briggs and putting together a coaching staff for Briggs over the next month.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:06 am

Tim Horton's opens inside Batavia Downs

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Press release:

Batavia Downs Casino is pleased to announce that following a recent approval, a new Tim Horton's will open inside Batavia Downs Casino on Wednesday, Dec. 21, sometime in the afternoon.

“Tim Horton's has proven itself to be an industry leader and partnering ourselves with that brand will strengthen our own,” said Mike Kane, CEO and president of Batavia Downs Casino.

The Tim Horton's will occupy the site formerly knows as “Crumbs” and will serve Tim Horton's brand drinks as well as doughnuts. Other lunch items that “Crumbs” served will also be available. Tim Horton's brand coffee will be served for free to persons playing on the gaming floor.

Batavia Downs in owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting, a public benefit corporation. The track is also home to Batavia Downs Casino, featuring more than 600 video slot machines. Batavia Downs Casino is located less than one mile from Thruway Exit 48 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m. Admission and parking are always free.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Genesee Downs #7 Lakeland

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A close loss to the Community College of Rhode Island, then ranked 8th in the country, in last weekend’s Cougar Holiday Classic tournament had the Genesee Community College men’s basketball team ready to host the #7 team in the country in Lakeland Community College on Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars saw the Lakers for the second time this season and jumped out to an early nine point lead. Genesee maintained the nine point advantage throughout the first half by scoring quickly in transition, avoiding the Lakers press defense. Kenton Chan-Man (Brooklyn, NY) scored 16 first half points for the Cougars who saw their lead vanish when Lakeland made a 10-0 run to close out the opening twenty minutes by causing turnovers with their press. Both teams were tied at 46 at the half.

The second half started much like the first as Genesee took an 8 point lead just three minutes in. Chan-Man helped the Cougars stay on top going four-of-six from three-point range. The Lakeland press once again allowed the Lakers to close the gap by turning turnovers into points and cutting a six point GCC lead down to one with less than two minutes to play. The Cougars hit four out of their last five free-throws to maintain the one point lead and came up with a game-winning defensive stop with five seconds to play to knock of the #7 Lakers, 89-88.

(#4 Tyshawn Ferguson scores in GCC's win over #7 Lakeland CC on Saturday afternoon)

Chan-Man finished with a game high 32 points and also grabbed five rebounds. Deylon Bovell (Brooklyn, NY) had a strong game with 17 points before fouling out late in the second half, and Tyshawn Ferguson (Chicago, IL) added 15 points and 6 boards.

Genesee improves their record to 6-5 overall and even the season series at 1-1 with Lakeland. They will resume play after the winter break on January 6th when the travel to Niagara College in Canada.

Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Lady Cougars fall in Overtime

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Coming off of a win in the final game of last week’s Cougar Holiday Classic tournament, the Genesee Community College women’s basketball team dropped an 83-80 contest in overtime to Lakeland Community College on Saturday.

The Lady Cougars played well defensively to start the afternoon, causing two early shot clock violations and empty possessions for Lakeland Community College. A back and forth first half saw the game’s first significant run halfway through the opening twenty minutes when the Lady Lakers turned a 21-21 contest into a 33-21 lead within a span of three minutes. After a Genesee timeout, the Lady Cougars responded with a 10-0 run of their own to cut the Lakeland lead to two. Lakeland scored 11 of the last 13 points of the first half and took a 44-33 lead into the intermission.

Genesee closed the gap early and stayed within reach for the majority of the second half thanks to consistent play inside from Carrie Blunt (Syracuse, NY) and Janelle Long (Rochester, NY). The Lady Cougars took a one point, 68-67 lead when Blunt finished a lay-up and drew contact for a foul with two minutes left to play in regulation. Lakeland took the lead back and held a two point advantage with ten seconds to play when Kayla Golden (Lackawanna, NY) scored a lay up to even the score at 72 and send the game into overtime.

(#2 Kayla Golen dribbles past a defender in an overtime loss on Saturday afternoon)

Genesee took the lead early on in the extra session but struggled at the free-throw line allowing the Lady Lakers to take the lead and hang on for the win. GCC was led by Golden who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Blunt also recorded a double-double ending the afternoon with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY) and Chyna Lennox (Moseley, VA) each added 11 points. Genesee drops to 4-11 on the season and will resume play after the winter break when they travel to Niagara College (Canada) on January 6th.

Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 9:54 am

Contest: Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge Week 15

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Michael Moran was the Week 15 winner of the Main St. Pizza Company NFL Challenge.

Robbie Gould kicked the longest field goal of the week. Gould booted one 57 yards. Moran's name was selected in a random drawing from among 15 entrants who correctly predicted Gould's feat.

Moran wins one large cheese pizza with one topping. He has one week to claim his prize.

To enter this week's contest, click here.

Monday, December 12, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Photo: Batavia rivals ready to play for Lions Tournament crown

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The boys of the Batavia and Notre Dame high school basketball teams will battle over the coveted Lions Tournament trophy Dec. 28 at Genesee Community College.

The JV teams will face each other at 6:30 p.m. and the varsity squads will play at 8 p.m.

The Lions held their annual tournament dinner Monday night at Bohn's Restaurant.

Pictured are Lamar Mobley, of Batavia, and Doane McCulley, of Notre Dame.

Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Lady Cougars win Tournament Finale

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The Genesee Community College women’s basketball team snapped a nine game losing streak by beating the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) 67-40 in the final game of the Cougar Holiday Classic tournament on Sunday afternoon.

The Lady Cougars started strong in the opening half, jumping out to a 19-5 lead, and did not let up. Genesee took a 36-20 lead into the locker room at the half.

GCC stayed strong defensively allowing CCAC only seven points in the first ten minutes of the second half. The Lady Cougars never saw their lead drop below 16 in the second twenty minutes and they cruised to the 27 point victory, their first since November 8th.

(#23 Janelle Long scores two of her 16 points in GCC's win over CCAC)

The Cougars had a strong game from Freshmen Janelle Long (Rochester, NY – Eastridge HS) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY – Eastridge HS) also finished with 16 points and 2 assists. Armstead and Long were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Cougars are now 4-10 on the season and will take on the Lakeland CC Lakers at 1pm on Saturday December 17th at GCC.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Cougars Fall in Holiday Tournament Opener

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The Genesee Community College Women’s Basketball team dropped their first game in the 2011 Holiday Classic with a 75-49 loss to the Green Knights of the Community College or Rhode Island (CCRI).

CCRI started the game on a 16-4 run and Cougars were unable to overcome the pressure put on by the Knights. CCRI had a lead as big as 20 just mid-way through the opening half of play.  Freshman Jahira Smith (Norwich, Conn) had a huge game for the Knights as she finished with27 points. Fellow Knight Cartrecia Ward (Boynton Beach, FL) came off the bench and chipped in 16 points  .

Leading the way for the Cougars was Carrie Blunt (Syracuse) with eight points and Jasmine Armstead (Rochester, NY-Eastridge) had six points for the home squad.

With the win, CCRI is 6-2 on the season and will take on the Niagara County Community College Thunderwolves at 11am Sunday while the Cougars (3-10) will take on Community College of Allegheny County –South at 3pm Sunday afternoon at the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium on the Batavia campus of GCC.



The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Green Knights came into the nightcap of day one of the Cougar Holiday Classic at Genesee Community College Cougars and came out with a 76-70 victory over the host Cougars.

After going back and forth for the majority of the opening half, the eighth ranked Knights were able to pull out to a 41-29 lead at halftime.

The Cougars started to climb their way back into the game as they trailed by eight early on in the second half. GCC continued to dwindle the Knights lead but CCRI continued to answer every call the Cougars made. However with less than six minutes remaining in regulation, the Cougars were able to come back to tie the score at 61.

Both teams went back and forth for the remainder of the game and CCRI sealed the deal by hitting foul shots down the stretch for their 10th win on the season.

The Cougars were led offensively by Kenton Chan Man (Brooklyn, NY) with 18 points, two rebounds and two assists. Dijon Wright (Philadelphia, PA) had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the host Cougars, who drop to .500 on the season with a record of 5-5.

The Knights were led offensively by Desmond Williams with 17 points and Anthony Henry had a double –double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for CCRI.

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