en A championship weekend for Genesee County <p>Genesee County will have four teams playing for Section V championships in their respective classes this weekend.</p> <p>Elba&#39;s Lady Lancers plays&nbsp;Jasper-Troupsburg for the Class D1 crown at Letchworth at 8 p.m., Friday. Elba beat&nbsp;Arkport last night 68-36.</p> <p>Byron-Bergen&#39;s Lady Bees take on&nbsp;Mynderse at 1 p.m., Saturday, at Rush Henrietta after winning last night 42-38 over Gananda.</p> <p>The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame take on&nbsp;Genesee Valley in the boys Class D1 championship at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, at Blue Cross Arena. Notre Dame beat&nbsp;Mt. Morris 62-45 to advance. Head Coach Mike Rapone asked that fans be advised that officials are going to clear out the stands at Blue Cross Arena following the completion of the 4:15 p.m. game Saturday. Doors will open for the 7:15 game at 6:45 p.m.</p> <p>The Batavia Blue Devils go for the Class A2 title at 5 p.m., Sunday, against School of the Arts at Blue Cross Arena. (<a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> for coverage of their semi-final game).&nbsp;</p> basketball batavia byron-bergen elba high school sports Notre Dame sports Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:30:11 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46917 at Batavia girls overcome by Mendon in second half, lost playoff game 57-43 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015girls.jpg" /></p> <p>The size and speed of Pittsford-Mendon caught up with the Lady Blue Devils in the 4th quarter of their Class B1 Section V semi-final game in Penfield on Wednesday night.</p> <p>Batavia was outscored 20-11 in the 4th quarter after being held to seven in the third.</p> <p>&quot;Mendon&#39;s girls play defense,&quot; said Head Coach Marty Hein. &quot;They know where the screens are going to happen. They get around the screens. It&#39;s a totally different level of basketball IQ. They&#39;re a well-coached team. They&#39;ve got a great program, a great feeder program. We weren&#39;t getting the same looks we get against other teams. It was a lot more difficult.&quot;</p> <p>The final score was 57-43.</p> <p>Even as she was constantly harassed and hurried, dogged by defenders and given few opportunities to score, Tiara Filbert still managed six field goals and 16 points on the night, making her the game&#39;s high scorer.</p> <p>Batavia&#39;s other scorer, Maddie McCulley hit four field goals and had 13 points.</p> <p>Significantly, neither girl managed a three-point bucket.</p> <p>Sam Cecere was held to eight points.</p> <p>Hein said his team would have benefitted by being a little more patient on offense, setting up more open looks for their scorers.</p> <p>&quot;I think I&#39;d almost rather have taken 30-second shot clock violations than some of the choices we made offensively, but pressure does that to you,&quot; Hein said.</p> <p>It was a great run for the Lady Devils, which is still a young team. Only three players will graduate off the team. The nucleus is all returners, including Filbert, McCulley, Cecere and Taylor Stefaniak, a freshman who played her way into a starting role over the course of the season and shows a lot of promise as a guard, playmaker and gutsy leader.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015girls-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015girls-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015girls-4.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="480" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe> </p><p> </p> basketball batavia Batavia HS high school sports sports Thu, 05 Mar 2015 21:42:30 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46916 at Blue Devils put up numbers in the second half to win Section V playoff at Blue Cross Arena <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015.jpg" /></p> <p>Basketball, when played pure and sweet, is five guys on the court coordinated in a single purpose. It&#39;s a team game. Wednesday, the Batavia Blue Devils played as a team to pull away from College Prep in the second half to pull off a 58-48 win in the Section V Class A2 Semi-Final at Blue Cross Arena.</p> <p>Nerves may have gotten to the Blue Devils in the first half, when they played College Prep even through all 16 minutes and finished the half in a 21-21 tie.</p> <p>&quot;It was a very hard fought game,&quot; said Head Coach Buddy Brasky. &quot;No matter how many times you&#39;re here, it&#39;s hard the next year the first time you come back. It&#39;s the big arena. It&#39;s the big stage. I thought we played very tentative early, the entire first half. I thought we were more like a deer in headlights, to be quite honest with you. I got after them a little bit at halftime and asked them to forget where we&#39;re playing. &#39;You&#39;ve been playing the game your whole life. Just play.&#39; &quot;</p> <p>Play they did. Jeff Redband, harassed on the perimeter by a swarming defense in the first two quarters, started driving the lane. Trevor Sherwood distributed the ball well, frequently finding Malachi Chenault under the board. Greg Mruzcek&nbsp;disrupted on defense and grabbed rebounds. Jerrett Laskett was a motivational spark throughout the game and was a big reason Batavia was even still in the game in the second half.</p> <p>&quot;He stepped up big time and that&#39;s what seniors are supposed to do,&quot; Brasky said. &quot;You know, they&#39;re boxing and oneing Jeff. He can barely gets a look and when he gets them. He&#39;s got to rush them, so he couldn&#39;t get in any kind of a rhythm, and Jerrett just made big plays and hit big shot after big shot. You&#39;re right, we wouldn&#39;t be standing here talking right now if it was for Jerrett.&quot;</p> <p>Laskett finished with 17 points, two assists, two steals and three rebounds. He was 3-5 on three-point attempts.</p> <p>Redband led the game with 24 points, going 3-8 from beyond the arch. He had 13 defensive rebounds (14 total) to go along with three blocked shots and a rebound.</p> <p>Chenault has been coming on strong the past few weeks and scored 11 points, several of them on offensive put backs.</p> <p>&quot;He&#39;s been here before and he knows what it takes,&quot; Brasky said. &quot;He was in some foul trouble, but he got some put backs and that was just huge.&quot;</p> <p>Before the game, Brasky told Mruzcek he would need his biggest rebounding performance of the season, and so&nbsp;Mruzcek delivered.</p> <p>&quot;Greg will do whatever I ask him to do,&quot; Brasky said. Greg does not care about anything else&nbsp;except for winning. That&#39;s all he cares about. If I were tell him to run down the court backwards the whole game, he would do it, and he wouldn&#39;t question me. He would just do it. Yes, Greg was huge, his defense and his rebounding and his physicality. He&#39;s been doing that stuff for us all year. He doesn&#39;t get a lot of notoriety, but he&#39;s a huge part of our success.&quot;</p> <p>In the post-game interview, the first words from Redband, who scored his 1,000th career point in the 4th quarter, were praise for his teammates.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;All I know Jerret and Malachi played their butts off tonight,&quot; Redband said. &quot;They played so good, they played so tough, they rose to the occasion. That was a good team that we just beat right there. We had to fight through a lot of obstacles throughout the game. It was a good win.&quot;</p> <p>Laskett, Redband said, was the difference in the first half.</p> <p>&quot;He was amazing tonight,&quot; Redband said. &quot;He kept us in the game when everybody else was perhaps a little bit nervous, or we were just a little bit thrown off by their defense or something, but he kept us in the game and let everybody else get going. That was big tonight.&quot;</p> <p>The senior guard was clearly fired up from the opening tip off.</p> <p>&quot;I knew this could be my last time playing basketball,&quot; Laskett said. &quot;That&#39;s it. It&#39;s win or go home.&quot;</p> <p>As for Redband, he played varsity for only a few games his sophomore year and was a starter for only his junior and senior year. At the start of the season, he didn&#39;t give himself much of a shot at reaching 1,000 points.</p> <p>He was surprised when he heard the PA announcement in the 4th quarter.</p> <p>&quot;I didn&#39;t even know I was close to be honest,&quot; Redband said. &quot;I thought I needed another hundred.<br /> Just to be on that 1,000-point list is just amazing. I didn&#39;t think I would get there. It means a lot that I got it.&quot;</p> <p>The next step, a sectional title, will be tough, but Redband thinks the team has it in them to pull it off.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve got to keep going doing what we did all year,&quot; Redband said. &quot;We can&#39;t get nervous. We can&#39;t just be robots out there. We&#39;ve got to make basketball plays. I feel like we did better towards the end of the game driving and dishing to people who were open. Trevor did some good moves and got Malachi open. We were just doing better basketball plays. We&#39;ve got to keep doing that.&quot;</p> <p>Batavia (18-2) plays School of the Arts (19-2) at 5 p.m., Sunday, at Blue Cross Arena, for the Section V Class A2 championship.</p> <p>Several of the Batavia players were part of the football team this past season that won a sectional title and advanced to the regional final. They&#39;re aware, Brasky said, that they have a chance to be part of history -- the first players in school history with championships in both football and basketball in the same year.</p> <p>That championship experience is also an advantage for the players, Brasky said.</p> <p>&quot;I think that helped in the second half,&quot; Brasky said. &quot;You&#39;re right, they&#39;ve been to this stage. They&#39;ve succeeded on this stage, in a different sport, but it carries over. We fell behind. We weren&#39;t playing very well, but they didn&#39;t panic. They&#39;re winners. It goes hand in hand.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-2.jpg" /></p> <p>.<img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-7.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviasectionvsemimarch52015-8.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="480" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe> </p> basketball batavia Batavia HS high school sports sports Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:40:42 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46914 at Batavia Muckdogs announced 2015 season manager and coaching staff <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The Batavia Muckdogs have announced their manager and coaching staff for the 2015 season. For the third season in a row, this year&rsquo;s squad will be lead by manager Angel Espada, pitching coach Brendan Sagara and hitting coach Rigoberto Silverio.</p> <p>The 2015 campaign marks Angel Espada&rsquo;s fourth year as the manager for the Marlins&rsquo; short-season Single-A affiliate, third as manager of the Batavia Muckdogs. Espada led the Muckdogs to a 34-42 record in 2014 and has compiled a 117-110 record during his time in Batavia. Espada spent the 2012 season as the manager of the Jamestown Jammers and the year prior as the hitting coach for the Jammers. Prior to his time with Jamestown, he spent two years working as the hitting coach for the Gulf Coast League Marlins.</p> <p>Espada was a 42nd-round pick of the Atlanta Braves in the 1994 First-Year Player Draft. In addition to the Braves, he also played in the Mets&rsquo; and Yankees&rsquo; systems. His playing career spanned 14 years and he finished with a .305 career batting average over 940 games played.</p> <p>Brendan Sagara begins his fourth season as pitching coach for the Marlins&rsquo; short-season Single-A affiliate. Sagara has served as a pitching coach for 13 seasons with various teams. He broke into the coaching profession with the Dubois County Dragons of the Frontier League in 2001 as the Club&rsquo;s pitching coach. He has also worked for the Braves as a part-time scout (2010-11) and the Mets as an associate scout (2006-09). In 2007, he was named Coach of the Year in Windy City of the Frontier League, while boasting the league&rsquo;s top pitching staff.</p> <p>Rigoberto Silverio returns for his third campaign as Batavia&rsquo;s hitting coach and his seventh year in the Marlins organization. Prior to 2013, he spent two seasons as a coach for Jupiter. He spent his first three seasons with organization as a coach for the Jamestown Jammers. In his five seasons in the Marlins farm system, the former infielder was a career .243 hitter in 225 games.</p> <p>Michael Bibbo will once again serve as the trainer for the 2015 season, his third year with the both the Muckdogs&rsquo; and Marlins&rsquo; organizations. Bibbo previously was the interim Head Athletic Trainer at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he spent four years (August 2007-September &lsquo;10, September 2011-June &lsquo;12) as the Assistant Athletic Trainer at Malvern Preparatory School. He spent seven months (February-August 2011) as the Rehabilitation Intern with the Philadelphia Phillies. Bibbo received his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and his bachelor&rsquo;s degree in Athletic Training from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., in 2007.</p> <p>The Muckdogs home opener is set for Friday, June 19th vs. Auburn at 7:05. Season tickets, coupon books and ticket packages are all on sale now. They can be purchased at Dwyer Stadium or by calling (585)343-5454.</p> baseball muckdogs sports Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:34:25 +0000 Billie Owens 46883 at Seminar this Thursday at BHS on 'Guiding the College-bound Athlete' <p><em>Press release:</em></p> <p>The road to college for athletes is no longer lined with traditional mile markers. It used to be that batting averages, points per game or yards per carry paved the way for sports stars. Nowadays, one more percentage is carrying more and more weight. It&rsquo;s called the grade-point average.</p> <p>The days of athletes dreaming to &ldquo;Be Like Mike&rdquo; and parents&rsquo; dreams of having it pay for an education and a lucrative future for their child-student-athlete have vastly changed over the last generation or so. In fact, there is a lot more work to hitting a home run than just hitting home runs.</p> <p>An hour-long seminar to help prepare parents and athletes for the recruiting road ahead &mdash; complete with all its bumps &mdash; will be held beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5th, at Batavia High School Cafeteria. Mark Chmielinski will be the speaker. Interested participants are asked to come early, if possible, to receive a number of handouts and watch a POWERFUL pre-program video.</p> <p>&ldquo;Guiding the College-Bound Athlete&rdquo; will provide information and topics for every student-athlete in middle and high school and their parents to educate and prepare them for opportunities and careers after graduation. Many student-athletes who aspire to play at the college level are not familiar with the ins and outs of academic requirements and eligibility as they need to be in order to pursue their goals.</p> <p>The seminar is designed by Rick Wire, president of Pennsylvania-based Dynamite Sports, is the father of nine-year NFL veteran Coy Wire. It will also provide families with information about the availability of athletic scholarships and the realities of the college recruiting process.</p> <p>Rick Wire found himself looking for answers when Coy, then 8 years old, started talking about being a college football star. Wire hadn&rsquo;t attended college himself and decided he had better start preparing for the future. He questioned other parents who had been through the process, looking for pros and cons and ways to prepare financially.</p> <p>In the end, his son Coy earned his scholarship to play football at Stanford University. Then in 2002, Coy was drafted in the 3<sup>rd</sup> round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills where he played for six seasons and then finished his career for the past three seasons as a captain and player rep with the Atlanta Falcons.</p> <p>Rick used his study to become a speaker and expert in college athletics and its recruiting process. Then he created the Dynamite Sports Educational Recruiting System, which combines academic preparation and athletic training with marketing and recruiting strategies to navigate through the process. The plan provides direction to high school athletes and parents, and staff development training and resources to high school coaches and counselors to help all parties make knowledgeable choices and decisions in college athletics and recruiting.</p> <p>For information about Dynamite Sports, go to <a href="" title=""></a>.</p> sports Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:14:31 +0000 Billie Owens 46880 at Third annual Collin Crane Memorial Hockey Tournament at Falleti Ice Arena is March 14 <p>The third annual Collin Crane Memorial Hockey Tournament will be held on Saturday, March 14, at Falleti Ice Arena in Batavia. It is sponsored by Batavia Ramparts. All proceeds go to the Collin Crane Memorial Scholarship fund.</p> <p>The event schedule is:</p> <p>10 a.m. to noon -- Beginners Cross Ice Tournament</p> <p>11:30 to 12:50 -- Mite Cross Ice Tournament</p> <p>1 to 3 -- Free Memorial Open Skate</p> <p>3:10 to 4:30 Collin Crane Midget Alumni Game</p> <p>There will be pizza, hotdogs and drinks available to buy. Plus raffles, Chinese auctions, 50/50 and a bake sale.</p> <p>Falleti Ice Arena is located on Evans Street next to the city fire headquarters.</p> hockey sports Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:23:43 +0000 Billie Owens 46874 at Late surge lifts Cougars to regional title <p>ROCHESTER, NY: The Genesee Community College men&rsquo;s basketball team swept the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Division II Final Four this weekend, defeating Niagara County Community College in the semifinals on Saturday and dropping Monroe Community College in the finals on Sunday.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>(Semifinals) There were four ties and 14 lead changes on Saturday night and neither GCC or NCCC held a lead higher than nine throughout the game.</p> <p><a href="">Naquil Jones</a> scored 21 of his game-high 31 points in the second half and the sophomore was a perfect 10-10 from the free-throw line, all attempts coming in the final 20-minutes.</p> <p><a href="">Ervin Mitchell</a> needed just 18 points entering Saturday&#39;s contest to overtake the school record for most career points. He scored 13 points in the first half and with 13:09 left in the second and the Cougars trailing 60-58, converted a layup to tie the game and break the record. He finished with 26 points.</p> <p>The Cougars used a 10-0 run to take a 64-60 lead with 11:14 to play in the second half and the Cougars did not trail the rest of the way.</p> <p>Jones went 6-6 from the line during the last 30-seconds of the game to keep the GCC lead out of reach.</p> <p><a href="">Gabriel Burroughs</a> went 3-4 from 3pt-range for GCC and tallied 11 points. <a href="">Tre&#39;Shaun Perry</a> had a game-high 12 assists and also grabbed six rebounds. Mitchell also grabbed six boards and <a href="">Jason Perry Murray</a> finished with six points and five rebounds.</p> <p>Mitchell now sits at the top of the all-time scoring list in GCC men&#39;s basketball history with 1383 points. He passes current Cougars head coach Terry George, who scored 1374 points from 2002-2003.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>(Finals) With 8:19 to play in Sunday&#39;s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region III Division II championship, the No. 2-seed Genesee Community College men&#39;s basketball team trailed No. 1 Monroe Community College, 67-49. It was the largest deficit (18) faced by the Cougars on the afternoon and it looked as though GCC would be sent home after a finals trip for the second year in a row at the hands of MCC.</p> <p>Sunday turned out different, however as Genesee ended the game on a 26-7 run to earn its first regional title since the 2002-03 season.</p> <p>The Cougars turned the ball over 11 times in the first half and went the last 7:03 without a field goal to reach the break trailing 43-30.</p> <p>An 11-4 run to start the second got GCC to within 47-41 at the 16:37 mark, but the Tribunes used a 20-8 run of their own to extend the lead to 18 with 8:19 remaining.</p> <p>Tournament MVP <a href="">Naquil Jones</a> then took over for GCC, scoring 12 of his game-high 27 points in the final eight-minutes. The Cougars stepped up defensively, holding MCC to just three field goals down the stretch and with 1:11 left to play, were within one at 74-73.</p> <p>Both teams traded empty possessions on offense before <a href="">Jason Perry Murray</a> tipped in a missed <a href="">Ervin Mitchell</a> jumper with 3.6-seconds left to give Genesee a 75-74 lead.</p> <p>The Tribunes had one last look out of a timeout but came up short and GCC dropped MCC for the first time in three tries this season.</p> <p>Jones also collected eight rebounds and dished out three assists. <a href="">Joshua Doughty</a> finished with 13 points and seven rebounds, <a href="">Gabriel Burroughs</a>, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, added 11 points and Perry Murray and Ervin Mitchell both finished with eight points apiece. Perry Murray also recorded three blocks, which ties him for the career record for most blocks in GCC history (106).</p> <p>Genesee (22-8) will now host the District II championship on Sat., Mar. 7 at GCC. The Cougars will face Dean College (MA), which defeated the Community College of Rhode Island on Sunday to win the Region 21 title. Game time to be announced.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/8707/2015/img_2255.jpg" /></p> basketball GCC sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 23:26:16 +0000 Andrew Crofts 46845 at Batavia dominates Wayne to advance in sectional playoffs <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviawaynehoopsfeb282015.jpg" /></p> <p>The Batavia Blue Devils had no difficulty tonight knocking off Wayne in a second-round Section V Class A2 playoff game at BHS tonight. The 75-45 win sets Batavia (17-2) up for a semi-final match Wednesday evening at Blue Cross Arena againt College Prep (15-4).</p> <p>Tonight, Jeff Redband scored 28 points,&nbsp;Malachi Chenault, 17, and Jarrett Laskett, 11.</p> <p>Notre Dame also won tonight, beating Lyndonville 77-55 in the Class D1 playoff game. Notre Dame (13-7) faces Mt. Morris (12-8) on Wednesday at a location to be determined.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviawaynehoopsfeb282015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bataviawaynehoopsfeb282015-3.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> basketball batavia Batavia HS high school sports sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 05:28:48 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46840 at Byron-Bergen tops Notre Dame in hard fought girls hoops playoff game <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bbndgirlshoopsfeb282015.jpg" /></p> <p>It was a nifty little move under the basket, a no-look reverse layup from Byron-Bergen&#39;s&nbsp;Abbie Kelley. The kind of play good players make.</p> <p>In this case, it couldn&#39;t have come at a more opportune time. Head Coach&nbsp;Rick Krzewinski said it was perhaps the difference maker in the game.</p> <p>The Lady Bees got to that point by allowing Notre Dame to go on an 11-0 run at the start of the third quarter to erase a 10-point lead for Byron-Bergen in the Section V Class C1 playoff game.</p> <p>The reverse of fortunes had a familiar ring to the Bees, who lost a home game earlier this season to the Fighting Irish after blowing a first-half lead.</p> <p>Krzewinski told his players in the locker room at the half, &quot;looks familiar doesn&#39;t it?&quot;</p> <p>One of his girls said, &quot;don&#39;t even talk about it.&quot;</p> <p>&quot;Oh, we&#39;re going to talk about it,&quot; Krzewinski told his team, &quot;because we&#39;re not going to let happen what happened last time.&quot;</p> <p>The Bees apparently got the message, and Kelley&#39;s nifty basket provided the spark they needed to beat back Notre Dame&#39;s momentum.</p> <p>&quot;Players make plays and that was the perfect time for it,&quot; Krzewinski said. &quot;We got our composure back, I&nbsp;thought,&nbsp;and started hitting some shots.&quot;</p> <p>That basket and a three possession change of defense to a 2-3 zone,&nbsp;seemed to break the rhythm of the Irish girls.</p> <p>Kelley, who has&nbsp;393 points on the year, did more to carry her team than drop that one score. She was the game&#39;s leading scorer with 23. Nobody else on her team was in double digits.</p> <p>&quot;Today was Bergen&#39;s day,&quot; said Irish Head Coach Dave Pero. &quot;In the fourth quarter, Abbie Kelley took the game over. We missed way too many free throws. We probably missed 14 free throws (10, actually) and in sectional play, in any game, you can&#39;t miss 14 free throws and think you&#39;re going to struggle to win. Sometimes you&#39;ll get lucky, but the luck of the Irish wasn&#39;t with us today.&quot;</p> <p>B-B&#39;s diamond defense held Notre Dame&#39;s top two scorers to totals a shave below their season PPG averages. Becca Krenzer had 12 points and Shea Norton, 11.</p> <p>Emma Francis didn&#39;t hit a single three and was held to seven points for the game.</p> <p>&quot;We had the shots we wanted,&quot; Pero said. &quot;You have days when they&#39;re not going to go in and today was one of those days. But we fought to get back in third quarter and I don&#39;t know if we ran out of gas a little bit, we might have, but I&#39;ve got to take my hat off to Bergen. They played a great basketball game. They played for 32 minutes and that&#39;s why they&#39;re moving on and we&#39;re not.&quot;</p> <p>The Bees had 13 days off before the game and Krzewinski said the team used that time to work on the diamond defense thinking it would be effective against Notre Dame.</p> <p>&quot;We were hoping maybe we could force some turnovers, worst case maybe slow them down,&quot; Krzewinski said. &quot;I thought the girls worked it well and the message was, it will work if you move and they moved. We got out of it what I wanted.&quot;</p> <p>It&#39;s been 2008 since Byron-Bergen beat Notre Dame in a girls basketball game, and the Irish seem to be a chief rival for just about every team they play. &nbsp;The win certainly made Bees fans happy, who whooped it up in the closing seconds of the game.</p> <p>&quot;Yeah, everybody wants to beat Notre Dame, obviously,&quot; &nbsp;Krzewinski said. &quot;Year in and year out they&#39;re a team that everybody wants to beat and to be able to do this in a sectional game just makes it really sweet. I&#39;m so proud of the way they (his team) played and hung in there and did this. I don&#39;t even know what to say.&quot;</p> <p>Next up for Byron-Bergen, the #3 seed in the tournament, is #2 seed&nbsp;Gananda (16-3) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, at a location to be determined.</p> <p>Pembroke, also a C1 team, lost today to East Rochester.</p> <p>Oakfield-Alabama and Alexander also lost playoff games today, leaving Byron-Bergen, Batavia and Elba as the three Genesee County girls basketball teams still alive in the postseason. All three have games scheduled for Tuesday.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bbndgirlshoopsfeb282015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bbndgirlshoopsfeb282015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bbndgirlshoopsfeb282015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bbndgirlshoopsfeb282015-5.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> basketball bergen byron byron-bergen high school sports Notre Dame sports Sun, 01 Mar 2015 04:57:40 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46839 at Lady Blue Devils keep shooting on way to 46-37 playoff win over Geneva <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015-4.jpg" /></p> <p>The law of averages was bound to catch up with the Lady Panthers in their Friday night Section V playoff match with the Lady Blue Devils in Batavia.</p> <p>Yes, Maddie McCulley, Sam Cecere and Tiara Filbert were held to only nine points combined in the first half, but they were getting open looks. If they kept shooting, shots would fall.</p> <p>That&#39;s just what happens when good shooters keep shooting.</p> <p>McCulley finished the night with 17 points, including a trio of threes in the fourth quarter, and Filbert notched 13 points and Cecere added seven as Batavia pulled away for a 46-37 to advance to the Class A2 semifinals&nbsp;at 8 p.m., Tuesday, in Mendon.</p> <p>&quot;Tiara had a bad first half, Maddy had a bad first half, Sam had a bad first half, yet were were behind by only three,&quot; said Head Coach Marty Hein. &quot;There was never a time with these girls where we thought we would be only at 15 at half time. We told them, &#39;just keep shooting.&#39; &quot;</p> <p>There was a time midway through the third quarter when the game had that feel of one that was slipping away.</p> <p>Batavia trailed by 11, 26-15.</p> <p>Successive baskets from McCulley, Filbert and Abby Allien, tightened the score.</p> <p>A switch to a 3/4 quarter pressure defense got Geneva off balance and created some turnovers.</p> <p>Suddenly with 18 seconds left in the quarter it was a different game.</p> <p>Taylor Stefaniak, who finished with five points, sunk a crucial free throw (<em>top photo</em>) to tie the score and the Lady Panthers would never be out in front again.</p> <p>To win, Batavia had to overcome a Geneva team led by senior&nbsp;Mia Morrison, 313 points on the year, 161 rebounds, 36 assists, 21 steals and 13 blocked shots and the athletic ability to dominate a game.</p> <p>The job of slowing her down went to Filbert.</p> <p>&quot;She&#39;s definitely their star,&quot; Hein said. &quot;We just wanted her to work from one end of the floor to the other. The first half we played a lot of man&nbsp;and put Tiara on her. We were joking around with Buddy Brasky (Batavia&#39;s boys head coach) the other day, about whether Tiara could even handle playing at the boys&#39; level. When she guards you, it&#39;s intense.&quot;</p> <p>The assignment helped get Filbert in foul trouble in the third quarter, so Hein switched the defense to give Filbert some help, but left his own star in the game.</p> <p>&quot;Tiara can play smart with four fouls,&quot; Hein said. &quot;She knows, fine, let the girl score a layup, she&#39;s more valuable on the floor than on the bench.&quot;</p> <p>It was an unorthodox approach that Hein stuck with when Cecere was whistled for a fourth time with about four minutes left in the game.</p> <p>He didn&#39;t lift his junior center, either.</p> <p>&quot;Most of the time you sit somebody, they&#39;re in foul trouble and you sit them for almost a whole quarter and then they never get a foul the rest of the game, so it&#39;s like, go ahead and let them play, if it happens it happens,&quot; Hein said. &nbsp;&quot;It&#39;s such a close game. It&#39;s a live and die game. We lose and we&#39;re done. We win, we move on to the next step, so we&#39;ll go out swinging, I guess.&quot;</p> <p>Pittsford-Mendon in the semis is going to be another tough matchup.</p> <p>Like Batavia, the Lady Vikings are 15-4, but Mendon also held Batavia to 33 points in the second game of the season, in the Blue Devils&#39; most lopsided loss of the year, 54-33.</p> <p>The Vikings feature three players in triple figures in scoring (Alley Phillips, 232,&nbsp;Darby Kreienberg, 159,&nbsp;Emily Sullivan, 139).</p> <p>Even so, Hein likes his team, which he believes has really come together well over the course of the season.</p> <p>&quot;Mendon really took it to us in the second&nbsp;game of the season,&quot; Hein said. &quot;We were good and played with them in the first half, but we got shelled in the second half. Our team has a whole different identity from the beginning of the year to where we&#39;re at now. Todd Julien is a great coach. Mendon has some great basketball players, but I like mine, too. We&#39;ll give them heck on Tuesday.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/genevabataviahoopsfeb272015-7.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="480" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe></p> basketball Batavia HS high school sports sports Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:52:31 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46833 at Pembroke Lady Dragons opens sectional play with win over Sodus <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/pembroke_gbb_2_24.jpg" /></p> <p>The Pembroke Lady Dragons beat Sodus in a first-round Section V Class C1 playoff game Wednesday night in Pembroke, 69-45.</p> <p>They took a 46-21 lead into the half.</p> <p>Olvia Kohorst had 16 points to lead the Dragons. Hannah Duttweiler, 14 and Rylee Moser, 13.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Sodus, Jackie Barclay scored 15 and Alexis Jackson 14.</p> <p>Pembroke (11-9) plays at 2 p.m., Saturday, against East Rochester (18-1) in East Rochester.</p> <p><em>Photo and game information submitted by&nbsp;Aaron Burch, athletic director, Pembroke Central Schools.</em></p> basketball high school sports pembroke sports Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:07:29 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46813 at Notre Dame wins 55-29 in opening sectional game <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/ndroutefeb262014-3.jpg" /></p> <p>The Notre Dame girls basketball team won its first Section V Class C1 playoff game of 2015 with a rout over Williamson, 55-29.</p> <p>The Fighting Irish took a commanding 31-4 lead into the half.</p> <p>Shea Norton (#44) hit three threes and had 17 points on the night. Becca Krenzer had 12 and Emma Francis had 11, including a trio of threes.</p> <p>For Williamson, Kiki Hall had 11 and Maddie Thornson&nbsp;finished with 10.</p> <p>Next up for Notre Dame (16-4), Byron-Bergen (16-3), at 2 p.m., Saturday at Byron-Bergen.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/ndroutefeb262014.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/ndroutefeb262014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/ndroutefeb262014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/ndroutefeb262014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/ndroutefeb262014-6.jpg" /></p> basketball high school sports Notre Dame sports Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:50:20 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46812 at Pembroke and Byron-Bergen open tournament play with battle to the end <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bb_pembrokesectvpofeb252015.jpg" /></p> <p>Two teams, evenly matched, made for action-packed basketball at Byron-Bergen Tuesday night, but a 14-2 run in the second quarter made all the difference for Pembroke as the Dragons pulled out a 51-45 win in a first-round Section V playoff game.</p> <p>Byron-Bergen and Pembroke came into the game as the #8 and #9 seeds, both with 7-12 records and having split their two regular season&nbsp;contests.</p> <p>&quot;We know everything that they&#39;re running,&quot; said Chad Smith, Bees head coach. &quot;I mean, he had to change up his pace and we were able to adjust to it. We figured it out. We did a great job. He knows pretty much what we&#39;re doing. We worked them down to five seconds on the shot clock a lot throughout the night, but they had guys come up big.&quot;</p> <p>Smith and Pembroke Coach&nbsp;Matt Shay agreed&nbsp;that the turning point was the second quarter, when shots stopped dropping for the Bees and the Dragons got hot.</p> <p>&quot;We really locked down defensively and that was huge because they made some shots in the first quarter and I told the guys after the first quarter, I thought we were playing solid defense, but they were just making tough, good shots, good offensive plays. I told the guys, &#39;stick with it.&#39; I think the defense looked pretty good and eventually those percentages even themselves out.&quot;</p> <p>The game wasn&#39;t really decided into the closing second, but Byron-Bergen wasn&#39;t able to run its plays to get some scores.</p> <p>Smith realizes he has a young team and he&#39;s eager to start off-season work with his returning players with an eye toward a stronger 2015-16.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve got a great group of kids,&quot; Smith said.&nbsp;&quot;They work their tails off for me. I knew it was going to be a fight. They weren&#39;t going to give up at all until the end. I&#39;m very proud of our guys.<br /> I think we&#39;re moving in the right direction.&quot;</p> <p>For Pembroke, Ryan Cansdale had 16 points, Zack Von Kramer, 10, and Kyle Ludwig hit three triples on his way to a 10-point game.</p> <p>For the Bees, Steele Truax had 11, and Brandon Burke and Adam&nbsp;Strassner had 10 each.</p> <p>Next up for Pembroke at 7 p.m., Friday, is #1 seed Mynderse (15-4).&nbsp;</p> <p>Shay knows it&#39;s going to be a tough game for his young team.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re definitely the underdog, which is OK with us because we&#39;ve been an underdog team for most the season,&quot; Shay said. &quot;I don&#39;t try to focus too much on the other team. We will get focused on what we do and execute on what we do rather than concentrate on what they do.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bb_pembrokesectvpofeb252015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bb_pembrokesectvpofeb252015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bb_pembrokesectvpofeb252015-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/bb_pembrokesectvpofeb252015-5.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe width="480" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" scrolling="0" style="background-color:#555555;"></iframe></p> basketball byron-bergen high school sports pembroke sports Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:34:08 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46796 at Photos: A hall of famer, a Heisman Trophy winner a pitching legend at Batavia Downs <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/sportscollectfeb212015.jpg" /></p> <p>Batavia Downs hosted another sports collectables show again today, and again the show included autograph sessions to sports stars.</p> <p>Pictured in these photos are former Buffalo Bills and Hall of Fame inductee Billy Shaw, Heisman Trophy winner Charles White and pitching great Luis Tiant.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/sportscollectfeb212015-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/sportscollectfeb212015-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2015-1/sportscollectfeb212015-4.jpg" /></p> Batavia Downs sports Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:54:35 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46752 at Haley, a dog well known to Batavia Muckdogs fans, passes <p><img alt="" src="" /></p> <p>Sad news for Batavia Muckdogs fans from Don Rock, head groundskeeper: He had to put down his dog, Haley, who was a familiar part of game days at Dwyer Stadium the past few years.</p> <p>Rock said Haley had kidney problems.</p> <p>&quot;It was a very difficult thing for me to have to do and right now it is very rough for me, to say the least,&quot; Rock said.</p> baseball batavia Batavia Muckdogs muckdogs sports Tue, 17 Feb 2015 03:21:18 +0000 Howard B. Owens 46665 at