en Photos: Batavia Bulldawgs tuning up for another football season <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-6.jpg" /></p> <p>As we move into August, football is in the air. The Batavia Bulldawgs started practices this week with sessions in the late afternoon at Kibbe Park. The first league games are Aug. 16, with Batavia hosting Attica at Lions Park.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-9.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/bulldawgspractice2014-10.jpg" /></p> batavia batavia bulldawgs football sports youth sports Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:57:56 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43923 at Tonight's Muckdogs game postponed due to weather <p>Tonight&rsquo;s game between the Batavia Muckdogs and Williamsport Crosscutters has been postponed due wet and unsafe field conditions. This game will be made up as part of a double-header on Tuesday, July 29th. We will play two seven-inning games, with the first game starting at 5:05 p.m. Gates will open at 4 p.m. Any person with tickets to tonight&rsquo;s game can exchange their tickets for any other regular season game, subject to availability.</p> batavia muckdogs sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:36:52 +0000 Billie Owens 43895 at Track record smashed at Batavia Downs <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-3/all_bets_off.jpg" /></p> <p><em>All Bets Off with driver Matt Kakaley</em></p> <p><strong>By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs</strong></p> <p>Three divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Sunday afternoon card and it didn&#39;t take long for the youngsters to impress the crowd.<br /> Prohibitive post-time favorite All Bets Off put on a clinic in winning the first division of the $116,900 sophomore stake and rewrote the record book in the process.</p> <p>Leaving from post five, All Bets Off went right to the front and was never headed. In fact, for most of the mile no one could keep up with him. Driver Matt Kakaley set fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.1 as he sped for the last turn. At that point All Bets Off found a new gear and pulled away to an unprompted eight-length victory in 1:51.2, which set a new track record for a 3-year-old colt and was only one-fifth shy of tying the all-age track record of 1:51.1 set by Aracache Hanover in 2011.</p> <p>All Bets Off, who returned $2.60 for the win, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, the Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell and is trained by Ron Burke. The win was his sixth of the year and raised his lifetime earnings to $497,842.</p> <p>The second division looked like it might break the record just set. After settling in second off the gate, &nbsp;3-5 favorite Winds Of Change (Jim Morrill Jr.) bolted from the hole and shot to the top with a 6 length advantage at the quarter in :26.4. He was in command at the half in 54.1 with a gapped 10 length lead but the pack started reeling him in at the three-quarters.</p> <p>After the leader hit that post in 1:22.4, Forty Five Red (Matt Kakaley) who had come first-over caught the leader by the top of the turn, but Moliere Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was right on his back and it became a two horse race all the way down the stretch. After a hard fought duel, Moliere Hanover won a neck decision over Forty Five Red in 1:53.3.</p> <p>The time was a new lifetime mark for Moliere Hanover who was overlooked by the betting public and returned $24.20.</p> <p>Moliere Hanover is owned by Baymond Racing LLC and is trained by P.J. Fraley.</p> <p>The final split was won by Big Boy Dreams (Jason Bartlett) who presented his best outing of the year. Leaving from post five, Big Boy Dreams immediately took the lead and was never headed. After getting to the three-quarters in 1:25, Bartlett stretched out in the bike and simply urged the colt along with a few taps down the lane where the others attempt to catch him became futile. The mile time of 1:52.4 was a seasonal mark for Big Boy Dreams who returned $3.60 as the favorite.</p> <p>Big Boy Dreams is owned by Dominick Rosato and is trained by Tracy Brainard.</p> <p>There were also two divisions of the $12,600 Excelsior A series on the undercard.</p> <p>The first was won by Murder He Wrote, driven by Jim Morrill Jr. in a time of 1:55.2 for owner Camelot Stable and trainer Linda Toscano. Murder He Wrote returned $3.80.</p> <p>The second division went to Archetto Hanover who was driven by Brent Holland in 1:54.2 for owner Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. Erv Miller trains Archetto Hanover who paid $7.60.</p> <p>Driver Jim Morrill Jr. continued his driving domination as he registered five wins and two seconds on the 12-race card. Morrill is by far the top driver in the New York Sire Stake series and on the year as a whole, sports a gaudy .406 UDR.</p> <p>Racing resumes Wednesday evening (7-30) at Batavia Downs with a 6:35 post time.</p> Batavia Downs harness racing sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:53:15 +0000 Billie Owens 43892 at GC assistant athletic director named Distinguished Person of the Year by WNY peers <p>For the second year in a row, Genesee Community College Assistant to the Athletic Director <strong>Ron Spiotta</strong> has been named the Western New York Athletic Conference Distinguished Person of the Year Award recipient. The award is given to an individual who has outstanding accomplishments or has made significant contributions to a sport or athletics in general.</p> <p>&quot;Ron has been a great asset to the Genesee Athletic department for the last 28 years,&quot; said GCC Athletic Director Kristen Schuth. &quot;He does a great job communicating with the community as well as his peers. This award is very well deserved for the second year in a row.&quot;</p> <p>Spiotta has been with the College since 1981. He currently coordinates athletic eligibility, scheduling, charter traveling and assists the athletics director on day-to-day operations. In addition to his duties as a staff member, Spiotta was the head coach of the baseball program at Genesee from 1986-1999 and currently sits on the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee at the College.</p> <p>Spiotta is a 1978 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a degree in Recreation and Leisure. He resides in Batavia with his wife, Deborah, and has two children, Lauren and Michael.</p> <p>Genesee Community College athletics program endeavors to provide a quality and competitive intercollegiate athletics program consistent with the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association (NJCAA) philosophy and the overall educational mission of Genesee Community College. Participation in collegiate athletics should be an extension of the total educational experience for the student athlete. The inherent philosophy emphasizes the athletic setting as a classroom used to teach character, commitment, work ethic, respect for differences, and the importance of sacrifice, teamwork, and cooperation.</p> GCC Milestones sports Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:38:24 +0000 Billie Owens 43874 at Top trainers, big stakes at Batavia Downs on Sunday <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p><strong>The first of eight visits by the lucrative New York Sire Stakes takes place Sunday afternoon, July 27, at Batavia Downs</strong> and for the local fans it&rsquo;s a chance to see some of the biggest names in harness racing<strong>.</strong></p> <p><strong>Post time for the first race is 1:15.</strong></p> <p>The 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers will be on hand and that means some very exciting action.</p> <p>There will be three legs of the NYSS and two of the Excelsior series and the entrants will be competing for combined purses in excess of $140,000.</p> <p>The first division goes for $39,200 and looks to be the main event as it is loaded with talent and speed.</p> <p>Perennial training leader Ron Burke will start 3-5 morning line favorite All Bets Off, who ships in with some impressive credentials. He won the $300,000 Art Rooney pace at Yonkers Raceway in May and after winning his elimination heat in 1:48.3, finished third in the $500,000 Hempt final at Pocono Downs behind McWicked last month. In that race, McWicked set a new world record for 3-year-old colts on a five-eighths mile track (1:47.3).</p> <p>This will be the third start in the NYSS for All Bets Off this year who won at Vernon Downs in 1:50.2 and just 10 days ago finished second at Yonkers in 1:52.4 to Capital Account, who looks to be his toughest competition in today&rsquo;s race. He has earnings of $291,575 already this year.</p> <p>All Bets Off, who starts from post five and will be driven by Matt Kakaley, is part of an entry that includes stablemate Keystone Honor.</p> <p>Capital Account has competed in some high-profile stakes already but without positive results. He drew post eight in both the $69,000 Somebeachsomewhere and $45,500 North America Cup elimination at Mohawk and finished well beaten in both. But even though he does not sport the gaudy numbers of the morning line favorite, he certainly has beaten him.</p> <p>In his last start at Yonkers in NYSS action, Capital Account was pulled third over up the backside before tipping four-deep around the leader All Bets Off at the top of the stretch. He then outpaced the 1-5 favorite to the wire to win by a half-length. The 16-1 shot was overlooked last week but certainly won&rsquo;t be in here.</p> <p>Capital Account is trained by Hall of Famer Jimmy Takter and will start from post three for leading NYSS driver Jim Morrill Jr.</p> <p>The second $39,200 division is headed by Canadian conditioner Cassie Coleman&rsquo;s Twin B Tenacious. After getting 2014 off to an inauspicious start, Twin B Tenacious has now strung together four straight wins (the last a NYSS event at Yonkers) and registered a 1:50.3 lifetime mark at the Meadowlands in the process. Steve Smith, who has been at the helm for all four victories, will once again be in the bike and start from post four.</p> <p>Forty Five Red, who is another entry from the powerful Burke stable, comes in off two consecutive wins at Yonkers Raceway which includes his seasonal mark of 1:52.3 in his last outing. Although he hasn&rsquo;t missed a check all year, his most recent outings have probably been his best to date and indicate he will be a legitimate threat to the favorite.</p> <p>The third division is worth $38,500 and looks to be a wide-open affair.</p> <p>Stay Up Late has been made the morning line favorite but has yet to win in stake action at three. He has gone off the favorite in his last three starts but his sole victory this year came in an overnight event at Yonkers Raceway on July 8 in 1:53.3. He gets Jim Morrill Jr. up for the first time this year and starts from post four.</p> <p>Neat draws the rail for trainer Erv Miller and is coming in off three very impressive starts. After just getting beat in 1:53.4 in a NYSS race at Buffalo on June 27, Neat finished second in an overnight at Pocono Downs in 1:50.1 over a sloppy track the following week. He was then back in Sire Stake action at Yonkers his last start where he got away sixth and chased a :56 flat last half parked out to finish third in 1:52.3.</p> <p>Neat is rated at 5-2 for driver Brent Holland.</p> <p>3-1 third choice Sir Sam&rsquo;s Z Tam has the fastest seasonal mark and the most money earned of any other horse in this race, but also has the only NYSS victory this year. After hitting the board four consecutive times, he found himself parked out in a fast last half at Yonkers before finishing fifth.</p> <p>Sam&rsquo;s Z Tam will start from post three for trainer/driver the Pat Lachance.</p> <p>The undercard features two divisions of the Excelsior series and they are slated to go as race seven and 10.</p> <p>The first split goes for $12,600 and has two horses that have dominated the class; Cabbie&rsquo;s Delight and Murder He Wrote.</p> <p>8-5 favorite Cabbie&rsquo;s Delight has not been worse than second in six Excelsior starts. In fact he is the point&rsquo;s leader to date in the series. He won four straight out of the gate before finishing two close seconds in his most recent starts.</p> <p>Trainer Sam Serianni has Jason Bartlett in the bike this week as he looks to get back in the winner&rsquo;s circle.</p> <p>9-5 co-favorite Murder He Wrote has won his last two starts, including a NYSS event at Buffalo Raceway where he blew up the tote board at 45-1. The roan gelding drew immediate respect after that when he went off the prohibitive favorite the following week at Yonkers where he won wire to wire in 1:54.1.</p> <p>Jim Morrill Jr. will drive Murder He Wrote and starts from post five for conditioner Linda Toscano.</p> <p>The final $12,600 Excelsior contest is headlined by 2-1 choice Believeinthespirit. After having negligible success in four straight NYSS races, trainer Ed Lohmeyer reclassified his charge to the Excelsior and the change has proven fruitful. Believeinthespirit has won his last two starts in convincing fashion and looks to continue the streak from post two.</p> <p>5-2 second choice Archetto Hanover is the second highest point getter in the Excelsior series behind Cabbie&rsquo;s Delight and has three wins and two seconds to show for his efforts. Trainer Erv Miller has Brent Holland up for this trip and will depart from post five.</p> <p>For more racing information or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, logon to <a href="" title=""></a> &lt;<font color="#0000FF"><u><a href=""></a></u></font>&gt; .&nbsp; Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, logon to <a href="" title=""></a> &lt;<font color="#0000FF"><u><a href=""></a></u></font>&gt; &nbsp;and open an account.</p> Batavia Downs harness racing sports Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:21:14 +0000 Billie Owens 43871 at Live harness racing returns to Batavia Downs in new season <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">An enthusiastic crowd lined the fence to welcome back live harness racing at the oldest lighted harness track in North America and their zeal was rewarded with a great slate of exciting contests on a warm summer night.</p> <p class="rteindent1">The feature race was the $9,500 Mares Open Pace where newcomer Bazooka Terror established her status the first start out of the box as she soundly defeated her competition in 1:55.4.</p> <p class="rteindent1">Bazooka Terror is owned by her trainer, Leonard Segall of Clearwater, Fla. This was her sixth win of the year and it pushed her bankroll to $43,904 for 2014. She returned $6.20 for the win.<br /> <br /> In the co-featured $7,500 Open Mares Trot, Love Me Do took a huge step in class and thought nothing of it as she cruised to a five-length victory in a seasonal best time of 1:59.<br /> <br /> Love Me Do was claimed last week for $8,000 after winning that race from post seven in 2:00.1. Apparently liking what he bought, trainer Alex Giuliani wasted no time in promoting her to the top level for her sex and gait this week and the move paid off.<br /> <br /> Love Me Do left and tucked third as 3-2 favorite Fiorentina (John Cummings Jr.) took the front and began to cut the mile. After a 29 second quarter and 59 second half, Love Me Do tipped at the five-eighths and took the lead past the three-quarters in 1:28.4. When she got the lead she got away from the pack and scored an easy five-length victory, her sixth of the year.<br /> <br /> The time of 1:59 was a seasonal mark for Love Me Do and the winners share raised the annual earnings to $31,397. She paid $10.20 to win.<br /> <br /> Love Me Do is owned by Mark Jakubik of West Seneca.<br /> <br /> Reinsman Kevin Cummings carried his hot hand over from the recently concluded Buffalo meet winning four times on opening night while 2013 Batavia leading dash driver Shawn Mcdonough notched a triple.<br /> <br /> Batavia Downs returns live this Friday night (July 25) with 12 races on the card. For more racing information, a list of racing promotions, or to watch race replays as soon as they are declared official, log on to <a href="" title=""></a>. Or if you would like to bet online and watch live streaming coverage of the races as they occur, log on to <a href="" title=""></a> and open an account.</p> batavia Batavia Downs harness racing sports Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:35:40 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43843 at Photos: 38th annual ARC tournament at Stafford Country Club <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/arcatstafford2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p>The Genesee ARC today held its 38th annual golf tournament at Stafford Country Club, which also included tournaments in bocce ball and tennis.</p> <p>Above, Steve Pies watches a put just barely slide by the cup during his tournament round.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/arcatstafford2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p>Ken Barrett hitting a tee shot.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/arcatstafford2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p>Ray Shirtz playing tennis.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/arcatstafford2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>Krysia Mager, Lisa Dechau, Bob Bennett and Marth Bailey, the champion bocce ball team.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/arcatstafford2014.jpg" /></p> <p>Representatives from Alpina yogurt at the bocce ball tournament. Alpina was a silver-tier sponsor this year.</p> Genesee ARC golf sports Stafford Country Club Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:29:10 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43802 at Photos: Harlem Globetrotters at Darien Lake <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014c.jpg" /></p> <p>While at Darien Lake for the <a href="" target="_blank">Gus Macker Tournament</a>, I found out three members of the Harlem Globe Trotters were inside the park putting on a show. I got just the tail end.</p> <p>Herschend Family Entertainment, owners of Darien Lake Theme Park, also own the Harlem Globetrotters.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014b.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/harlemtrottersdarienjuly202014-7.jpg" /></p> basketball darien lake theme park Harlem Globetrotters sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:51:49 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43783 at Photos: Gus Macker Tournament at Darien Lake <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mackerhoops2014.jpg" /></p> <p>For years, the Gus Macker Tournament has been played in Buffalo. This year, for the first time, it was played at Darien Lake Theme Park. The tournament was spread over Saturday and Sunday (some Saturday games were delayed to Sunday because of rain). I showed up in time for a portion of two games and the final championship game of the day (among various divisions). The team in the light gray tops won 20-6.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mackerhoops2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mackerhoops2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/mackerhoops2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="" width="480"></iframe></p> basketball Darien darien lake theme park Gus Macker Tournament sports Mon, 21 Jul 2014 03:12:38 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43782 at After a lifetime of success with Le Roy football, Andrew Paladino says its time to retire <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/paladinoretire2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>After 30 years of coaching Le Roy High School football, Andrew Paladino is retiring at the end of the 2014 season.</p> <p>Paladino was defensive coordinator under Head Coach Brian Moran for 25 years. This season will also be Moran&#39;s last, and he and Moran always said they would retire together.</p> <p>&quot;Also, it&#39;s time to go,&quot; Paladino said during a party in his honor at the shop of Bill Fox. &quot;We&#39;ve got three former players on staff now. We&#39;re leaving them in good hands. Brian Herdlein is a very capable coach. He&#39;ll do fine.&quot;</p> <p>Paladino&#39;s Le Roy football career started as a player with junior varsity in 1970. In his junior year, as the only junior on the team, he was the starting center and made the All County Team. The following year he slimmed down and started at full back and line backer and was named to the All Rochester Team, the All State First Team, and was named a Prep All American.</p> <p>Rather than go to college, Paladino decided to get married, take a job and stay in Le Roy.</p> <p>His coaching career started a couple of years later when he became a youth football coach (as a kid he couldn&#39;t play youth football, he said, because he was too fat).</p> <p>During the Moran/Paladino years, the Oatkan Knights won a state championship (1995) and more than a dozen sectional titles.&nbsp;</p> <p>At the party Saturday was Paladino&#39;s high school coach, Don Santini, who joined Paladino for a cigar. Paladino said, &quot;This is the man who started it all right here.&quot;</p> <p><em>Photo: Santini, Paladino and Ron Plummer.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/paladinoretire2014.jpg" /></p> football high school sports Le Roy sports Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:07:51 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43770 at Tonight's Muckdogs game postponed <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p class="rteindent1">Tonight&rsquo;s game between the Batavia Muckdogs and Connecticut Tigers has been postponed due to rain. This game will be made up as part of a double header on Sunday, July 20th. We will play two seven-inning games, with the first game starting at 1:05 p.m. Gates will open at noon. Any person with tickets to tonight&rsquo;s game can exchange their tickets for any other regular season game, subject to availability.</p> baseball muckdogs sports Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:45:04 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43765 at Batavia boys U-12 soccer team completes undefeated season with 3-0 over Le Roy <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/u12boysteam.jpeg" /></p> <p>The Batavia boys U-12 soccer team beat le Roy 3-0 on Thursday evening to complete an undefeated season in&nbsp;Rochester District Youth Soccer League, Division 4.</p> <p><em>Photos by Barbara Paserk.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/u12boys01.jpeg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/u12boys02.jpeg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/u12boys03.jpeg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/u12boys04.jpeg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/u12boys05.jpeg" /></em></p> batavia soccer sports Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:58:05 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43743 at GC STOP DWI hosts Saturday's Muckdogs game against Connecticut Tigers, plus patrol cars, Destro <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>Genesee County STOP DWI is hosting STOP DWI Night at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 19, at Dwyer Stadium. This initiative is part of a season-long promotion at minor league ballparks throughout the State being sponsored by the New York State STOP DWI Foundation.</p> <p>Before and during the game the Genesee County Probation Department and the Genesee and Orleans County youth bureaus will be on hand with interactive activities for the family as well as the Genesee County Sheriff&rsquo;s canine, Destro. Patrol cars from the City of Batavia, Village of Corfu and the Genesee County Sheriff&#39;s Office will be on display.</p> <p>Deputy Joseph Corona will throw out the first pitch. Deputy Corona is honored for having the most DWI arrests in Genesee County for 2013.</p> <p>Please join Genesee County STOP DWI in promoting our &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t Drink and Drive&rdquo; message and enjoy a night at the ballpark this Saturday. Gates open at 6 p.m. with a 7:05 p.m. game start time. The Muckdogs will be playing against the Connecticut Tigers.</p> muckdogs sports Stop DWI Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:36:39 +0000 Billie Owens 43738 at Local semi-pro football team may finish out season if new ownership is lined up <p>The season may not be over for the Lyndonville Tigers.</p> <p>Then again, it might be.</p> <p>One thing President of Football Operations Taylor McCabe is pretty confident about is the team is not done and there will be a team on the field next season.</p> <p>The semi-pro football team plays its home games in Pembroke and there&#39;s been reports recently that the team has folded.</p> <p>It&#39;s true, McCabe said, that owner&nbsp;Harold Suhr has pulled out, but there are other people ready to step into the ownership role. It&#39;s just a matter of whether the ownership situation can be straightened out before this Saturday&#39;s 5 p.m. game in Pembroke.</p> <p>&quot;Harold Suhr chose to close up shop and his involvement is coming to an end,&quot; McCabe said. &quot;There are other interested parties, current players, current management, people who are going to stay involved if the interested parties pick up the ball and run with it. We may be able to play our next game. Worst case, we forfeit the rest of the season and re-emerge next year.&quot;</p> <p>McCabe said contrary to some reports, the Tigers have not lost eight players to another team. They lost two. The team has enough players to finish the season if an owner or owners can be found.</p> <p>Semi-pro teams survive primarily on fundraisers and donations, and this season the fundraising hasn&#39;t gone so well, which has meant Harold Suhr had to dig into his own pocket, as owner, to ensure refs were paid, insurance was paid, and other minor miscellaneous expenses were covered.</p> <p>&quot;This year, we were last in fundraising,&quot; McCabe said. &quot;One of the big things with this league is everybody has family, kids, social lives, family and work obligations. It&#39;s not like anybody is doing this full time.&quot;</p> football Lyndonville Tigers pembroke sports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:23:22 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43703 at Young baseball team off to good start in inaugural season <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-3/clippersteamhfmtournament.jpg" /></p> <p>Jane Johnson shared this picture of the Batavia Clippers 8-and-under baseball team, sponsored by Graham Manufacturing, who she said are off to a good start in the team&#39;s first year.</p> <p>A portion of her e-mail:</p> <p class="rteindent1">The Batavia Clippers 8U Travel Baseball team took 2nd place in their division and 3rd place overall last weekend in the Honeoye Falls Mendon Youth Baseball Midsummer tournament. The team played teams from Canandaigua, Fairport, Mendon, Pittsford and Rochester.</p> <p class="rteindent1">This weekend the team plays in the Clarence Youth Baseball Travel Team Tournament at the Clarence Meadowlakes Park. The team matches up against teams from Clarence, Amherst, Williamsville, Orchard Park, Lancaster, Akron, Buffalo, Evans, North Tonawanda, and Grand Island.</p> <p class="rteindent1">The Clippers team is led by Coach Ben Buchholz, Coach Sam Antinore, and Coach Jeff Grazioplene. The Clippers players are all&nbsp;members&nbsp;of&nbsp;the Batavia Minor League.</p> <p>Team members are: Jay Antinore, Bronx Buchholz, Joe DiRisio, Dane Dombrowski, Cole Grazioplene, Jake Hutchins, Alex Johnson, Cal Koukides, Jameson Motyka, Carter Mullen, Sheldon Siverling, Malcom&nbsp;Wormley.</p> baseball batavia sports youth sports Mon, 14 Jul 2014 00:59:06 +0000 Howard B. Owens 43658 at