http://thebatavian.com/taxonomy/term/263/ en Johnny Bench, from Buffalo to Batavia with a Hall of Fame career along the way http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/johnny-bench-buffalo-batavia-hall-fame-career-along-way/44761 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-13.jpg" /></p> <p>Johnny Bench was just a 19-year-old kid from a town of 600 people in Oklahoma when he arrived in Buffalo 47 years ago.</p> <p>&quot;I didn&#39;t venture much beyond the Kenmore District and North Tonawanda,&quot; Bench said during an interview Saturday at Batavia Downs when asked if this was his first visit to Batavia. &quot;I was still trying to figure out who I was and who I was supposed to be.&quot;</p> <p>His 98 games as a Buffalo Bison in 1967 helped answer some of those questions.</p> <p>&quot;I matured (in Buffalo),&quot; Bench said. &nbsp;&quot;I had older players I played with. They gave me a lot of guidance, worked with me, helped me along. It was a great stepping stone, more importantly for the Dom Zannis, the Jim Duffalos, the Steve Boroses,&nbsp; the Duke Carmels, the Frank Obregons and the Gordy Colemans, and there was Dick Stigman, a pitcher, too, and Rollie Sheldon. It was a maturation process. These guys had pitched before. I kept calling games and learning stuff and doing stuff and you had to get the most out them. I felt like I could paint the picture, but I had to pull it all out of them. That was the secret and the thing I learned the most and enjoyed the most here.&quot;</p> <p>That list of former Bisons -- who, unless you were a Bison&#39;s fan in 1967, you probably never heard of -- were all 30 years old or older. Bench was the youngest player on the team, and one of only six players who hadn&#39;t yet turned 23.</p> <p>But through the years, Buffalo stayed with Johnny Bench. &nbsp;All those names, easily recalled. He turned a question about his legacy into remembrance of a time before he became rookie of the year, an MVP, won two home run crowns, 10 gold gloves and played on two world championship teams.</p> <p>&quot;We played at the old War Memorial Stadium, but then they had the riots,&quot; Bench said. &quot;We had to go over to Niagara Falls and play on the old football field with the temporary snow fence. The yardage lines were still there on the infield.&quot;</p> <p>Arguably -- and some of us would say it&#39;s beyond dispute -- Johnny Bench was the greatest catcher in baseball history.</p> <p>We can talk about his 389 career home runs, his&nbsp;1,376 RBI, his&nbsp;3,644 total bases, as well as two home run titles and three RBI titles, but suggest he&#39;s best remembered as an offensive catcher and he&#39;s quick to rebuff the&nbsp;audacity&nbsp;of dwelling on how he swung a bat.</p> <p>&quot;The 10 gold gloves didn&#39;t hurt,&quot; says the man whom base runners feared and pitchers counted on to do a very basic thing time after time: catch the ball.</p> <p>&quot;That was my main job, getting a win for the pitcher,&quot; Bench said. &quot;I took great pride in the fact that I wanted to get that pitcher a win and if we got a win for him, we got a win for the team. Individually, I could throw runners out, I could block the plate, I could get hits, I could call a great game, but calling a great game was the most important.&quot;</p> <p>And it was guys in Buffalo, like&nbsp;Zanni,&nbsp;Duffalo,&nbsp;Obregon,&nbsp;Stigman and Sheldon, who taught him to call a great game.</p> <p>Bench was in town for a memorablia show at the Downs. &nbsp;So was Pete Rose,&nbsp;Tony Perez and&nbsp;George Foster, along with other sports stars.</p> <p>It&#39;s worth noting, perhaps, that Bench, Rose, Perez, Foster, and the other stars were signing autographs for a fee. Bench and Rose commanded the highest price, especially on a jersey or bat, but they all got paid. &nbsp;</p> <p>On the other side of the proverbial coin, of course, is that fact that as players, none of them were enriched the way today&#39;s stars are lavished with cash. &nbsp;Bench never earned as much as $500,000 in a season and Rose never made it to the million dollar mark until his final year as a player-manager with the Reds.</p> <p>So it&#39;s not surprising, perhaps, that these heros of so many youths so many years ago would travel to America&#39;s small towns, sit under bright lights on folding chairs at plastic tables and sign their names for fans and speculators for a fee.</p> <p>While Bench was affable and at times chatty with patrons who came through his line about an hour after Rose had finished, Rose seemed detached from the parade of people pushing baseballs, bats, jerseys, baseball cards and 8x10s onto the table in front of him.</p> <p>An assistant sternly rebuffed a fan who asked if Rose would pose for a picture. No, she said, but he could kneel in front of the table while somebody snapped a keepsake.</p> <p>Rose didn&#39;t even look at the camera. &nbsp;</p> <p>Rather than a smile, Rose wore the look of a man who seems beaten down by a decades-long wrestling match with the Lords of Baseball over his legacy.</p> <p>In contrast, there sat a youthful, smiling Johnny Bench, with his Hall of Fame ring secure on his left hand, scanning the field and letting nothing go unnoticed.</p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s my jersey,&quot; he says to a woman with a camera standing off to the side waiting to snap a picture of a friend who will get an autograph.</p> <p>As a man tries to get a picture of his friend with Bench as Bench signs a picture, Bench tells him to wait. &quot;I&#39;m not looking up,&quot; he says.</p> <p>When the same photographer seems to move the camera before the shutter snaps, Bench says, &quot;that one&#39;s not going to turn out,&quot; but the quick-release snapper has moved on without noticing.</p> <p>Without being asked, he poses for another photographer with a bat at the ready.</p> <p>When he meets a Batavia Muckdogs season ticket holder, he says as he signs, &quot;I don&#39;t even know what a Muckdog&#39;s baseball hat looks like. I&#39;d like to see one.&quot;&nbsp;</p> <p>The 66-year-old Johnny Bench smiled and signed and kept chatting even in the face of a line dozens of people long. His massive hands -- hands that make grizzly bears stand up and take notice -- etched a beautiful cursive on whatever he was asked to sign.</p> <p>Johnny Bench is always the team player.</p> <p>&quot;Winning an MVP award or rookie of the year, it&#39;s a fantastic honor, but there is nothing like the feeling though when I walked into the clubhouse after game seven of the &#39;75 World Series and we were World Champions,&quot; Bench said. &quot;That&#39;s when I knew what it was all about, because every player was a world champion. Every player, every owner, every sponsor, every equipment manager, and all the fans were world champions. That&#39;s when you can really share and realize the importance of what team sport is about.&quot;</p> <p>Bench isn&#39;t without some pride over his individual accomplishments. &nbsp;When asked to sign a 1972 San Diego Padres game program with Nate Colbert on the cover, Bench smiled, &quot;Old Nate,&quot; he said. &quot;I hit five homers in the last week of the season to beat him for a home run title.&quot;</p> <p>In 1972, Colbert had 38 dingers. Bench had 40.</p> <p>To enjoy a career like Johnny Bench, that&#39;s one in a billion, but just getting the chance to go pro for today&#39;s young athlete is nearly impossible.</p> <p>Bench, who went straight from high school to the Reds instructional league team at age 17 in 1965, said today&#39;s young athlete should take advantage of the wealth of college scholarship opportunities.</p> <p>&quot;When I played, only one in every 500,000 kids who played little league baseball ever signed a contract,&quot; Bench said. &quot;I&nbsp;don&#39;t know if they want to go up against the numbers, but the fact that there&#39;s so many scholarships out there available, I&#39;ll still push education every chance I get. Be a good student, study various things, find something you love and be prepared in case athletics doesn&#39;t work out.&quot;</p> <p>If you do want to be an athlete, Bench said, work hard, practice, study the sport, prepare, understand the game. Watch the great ones to figure out what they do and how they do it.</p> <p>&quot;I think Ozzie Smith is a guy who taught kids how to play shortstop,&quot; Bench said. &quot;I taught kids how to catch better.&quot;</p> <p>Which brings us to Johnny Bench&#39;s final word of advise: Catch every ball.</p> <p>&quot;My theory in life is, &#39;catch every ball.&#39;&nbsp; Somebody says, &#39;my kid wants to be a catcher, what do I tell him?&#39; and I say, &#39;catch every ball.&#39; If you learn to catch everything that comes your way, then people say, &#39;wow, you&#39;re a great catcher,&#39; or &#39;you&#39;re a great shortstop,&#39; or &#39;you&#39;re a great first baseman,&#39; or &#39;you&#39;re a great businessman.&#39; If they throw stuff at you and you have the answers, they&#39;re going to say, &#39;this guy really knows what he&#39;s doing.&#39; People are going to rely on you and they&#39;re going to trust you and more things will come your way.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-14.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-15.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-6.jpg" /></p> <p>Pete Rose</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p>Tony Perez</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-8.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-9.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-10.jpg" /></p> <p>Lou Piniella.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-11.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bbstarsatdowns2014-12.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/peteatlarrys.jpg" /></p> <p>After the show, Pete Rose stopped at Larry&#39;s Steakhouse for dinner. Pictured with Sandy Mullen and&nbsp;Brenden&nbsp;Mullen. Photo submitted by Steve Mullen.</p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/johnny-bench-buffalo-batavia-hall-fame-career-along-way/44761#comments baseball Batavia Downs sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 11:58:08 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44761 at http://thebatavian.com Notre Dame's first win knocks Elba/BB off unbeaten path http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/notre-dames-first-win-knocks-elbabb-unbeaten-path/44760 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014.jpg" /></p> <p>One team enters the game 2-0, the other is 0-2. Who do you think is going to win?</p> <p>It&#39;s fair to say, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the Elba/Byron-Bergen Lancers on Saturday with a 15-8 win at home.</p> <p>The Irish struggled in the first two weeks of the season against Oakfield-Alabama and Alexander. It was looking like it might be a long season for Head Coach Rick Mancuso and his squad.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the Lancers crushed Pembroke and Holley.</p> <p>But as Elba&#39;s Mike Cintorino said after beating Holley last week, when it comes to matches between the Lancers and Notre Dame in any sport, you can throw the win-loss records out the window. These teams grapple no matter what the expectations.</p> <p>Mancuso downplayed the rivalry after the win, however. A win is a win, and Notre Dame very much needed a win.</p> <p>&quot;This is more about us coming together as a team and playing the game and getting our first victory,&quot; Mancuso said. &quot;That&#39;s really what it was about.&quot;</p> <p>Mancuso credited a defense that held Elba/BB to 148 yards total offense, but what made the difference was an offense that showed it could move the ball effectively.</p> <p>Take away a couple of turnovers and some mental error penalties and the final score might have been more lopsided than a victory just eked out.</p> <p>The big difference, Mancuso said, was the offensive line.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve got a lot of young guys along the line,&quot; Mancuso said. &quot;They may be juniors, but they don&#39;t have a lot of varsity experience.&nbsp;I really think they&#39;re starting to understand it. They&#39;re starting to click. They&#39;re working really, really hard. We saw it in practice this week. It started coming together. We&#39;re happy with where we&#39;re at, but we&#39;ve got a lot of work to do.&quot;</p> <p>Joe Zickl replaced and injured Connor Logsdon at QB and was six for 10 passing for 67 yards and a TD. Josh Johnson caught that TD pass (top photo) to give the Irish the lead in the third quarter.</p> <p>Peter Daversa rushed for 84 yards and a TD on 15 carries.</p> <p>Johnson had three receptions for 32 yards.&nbsp;Jack Sutherland carried the ball nine times for 33 yards.</p> <p>For the Lancers,&nbsp;Garrett Chapell was 11 for 23 passing for 75 yards. Steele Truax rushed for 70 yards and a TD on 16 attempts. Mike Shanley had three catches for 23 yards and John Hochmuth gained 20 yards on three receptions.</p> <p>Jack Sutherland had 10.5 tackles for Notre Dame. Johnson had six and Casey Midwick had five.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hunter Taylor and Truax each had five tackles for the Lancers. Taylor also had a sack.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbandfb2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Someday, your sons are going to be all grown up and you&#39;re going to wish you had some quality photos of them on the gridiron. To purchase prints, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p619934194" target="_blank">click here</a>. Proceeds help improve </em>The Batavian<em>&#39;s photography.</em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=24f371f20ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/notre-dames-first-win-knocks-elbabb-unbeaten-path/44760#comments byron-bergen elba football high school sports Notre Dame sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:34:50 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44760 at http://thebatavian.com BZ Glide wins another Open at Batavia Downs http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/bz-glide-wins-another-open-batavia-downs/44749 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-4/bzglide.jpg" /></p> <p><em><strong>By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs</strong></em></p> <p>After watching the proceedings from last for a half, noted closer BZ Glide swooped the field for the third time in the last four weeks to take the featured $9,500 Open trot at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 19).</p> <p>Even money post-time favorite Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) did what he does best and blasted to the front in :28 flat. But just as soon as he settled, Armed Dangerously (Jim Morrill Jr.) had pulled from fifth and was floating up the outside. As they passed the half in :57.1, Morrill&rsquo;s charge sputtered but the cavalry was right behind. Sack Full Of Gold (Michael Whelan) was rolling up the rim and Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) and BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) had tipped three-high and were barreling.</p> <p>Around the entire last turn, Lutetium, Justgottogetthere and BZ Glide were three deep from the rail out. But when they hit the head of the lane, BZ Glide became a man among boys and put away the competition under a hand-drive from Caprio. BZ Glide won by a length in 1:56.4 which was a seasonal mark for the Yankee Glide gelding and also matched his lifetime mark set last year. The winner returned $10.40.</p> <p>Justgottogetthere hung on for second and Serious George (Jack Flanigen) was third. It was the seventh win in 18 starts for BZ Glide and the victory topped off his 2014 bank at $52,105 for owner Mike Caprio. BZ Glide is trained by Alana Caprio.</p> <p>Driver Kevin Cummings scored another driving triple on the night while Jim Morrill Jr. and Ray Fisher Jr. both tallied doubles.</p> <p>Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday (Sept. 20) with a 6:35 post.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/bz-glide-wins-another-open-batavia-downs/44749#comments Batavia Downs harness racing sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:57:09 +0000 Billie Owens 44749 at http://thebatavian.com Football Round Up: Week #3 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/football-round-week-3/44746 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/2014-09-19_alexander_v_attica-3130.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Attica 21, Alexander 9.</strong> Alexander played a tough game, but fell to GR rivals Attica, 21-9. The Trojans are now 1-2 on the season and Attica is 3-0. QB Jared Browne was five fo 12 for 113 yards. Samuel Brown was one for two passing for 58 yards and a TD, which was caught by Jacob Riggs. The Trojans were held to 34 yards on the ground on 26 carries. Zack Shilvock made a 45-yard field goal. Ty Laird had seven tackles and Rick Amico, Tristan Aldinger and Riggs all notched six each.</p> <p><strong>Batavia 41, Hornell 21.</strong> The Blue Devils had 350 total yards on the ground.&nbsp;<span>Dominick Mogavero had three touchdowns.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><em>Photos by Rick Franclemont.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/2014-09-19_alexander_v_attica-3028.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/2014-09-19_alexander_v_attica-3040.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/football-round-week-3/44746#comments Attica batavia alexander football high school sports sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:43:13 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44746 at http://thebatavian.com Le Roy scores big against third straight opponent, wins 61-12 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-scores-big-against-third-straight-opponent-wins-61-12/44745 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_01.jpg" /></p> <p>Le Roy scored on its first six possessions Friday night in Letchworth to build a 41-0 lead on its way to the team&#39;s third dominating victory of the season, winning 61-12.</p> <p>Mike McMullen connected on seven of his eight passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns.</p> <p>Ryan McQuillen caught two of those passes for 85 yards and two TDs.</p> <p>Also on offense,&nbsp;Jon Pierce, five carries for 24 yards and two TDs;&nbsp;Nick Egeling, five rushes 70 yards, two TDs;&nbsp;Nate Flint, six carries for 38 yards and a TD;&nbsp;Tom Kelso hauled in three passes for 30 yards and a touchdown.</p> <p>On defense,&nbsp;Kody Lamkin had seven tackles, a sack and a blocked punt.&nbsp;Brian Hodges had five tackles.&nbsp;Luke Hogle recorded a sack.&nbsp;McMullen had an interception.</p> <p>Le Roy had 385 total yards and held Letchworth to 183.</p> <p><em>Photos by David Boyce. For more photos, <a href="https://freeknightphotography.shutterfly.com/pictures/4899" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_02.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_04.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_03.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_05.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_06.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_07.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_08.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_09.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyletchfb2014_10.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-scores-big-against-third-straight-opponent-wins-61-12/44745#comments football High School Football Le Roy sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:29:30 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44745 at http://thebatavian.com Oakfield-Alabama scores 33 against Pembroke for second win http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/oakfield-alabama-scores-33-against-pembroke-second-win/44743 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p>To whatever degree the Pembroke Dragons might have had a chance against the Oakfield-Alabama Hornets on Friday night, too many scoring opportunities were snuffed out by turnovers.</p> <p>Most of the Dragon&#39;s possessions ended with a fumble or interception.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;re always emphasizing creating turnovers,&quot; said O-A Head Coach Brian Palone after the Hornet&#39;s 33-6 win on their home field. &quot;We work on it a lot. So I was happy to see that we were able to execute.&quot;</p> <p>The Hornets are now 2-1 and Pembroke falls to 0-3.</p> <p>On offense, the Hornets were pretty much able to have their way.</p> <p>QB Alan Chatt was 16 for 19 passing and 199 yards. He tossed touchdown completions of 55, 17 and two yards. He also rushed for 85 yards and a TD on eight carries.</p> <p>Ryan Emery rushed for 33 yards and a TD on eight carries and Jon Harris gained 47 yards on five carries.</p> <p>Receiver&nbsp;Reice Woodward had a big night with two touchdowns on four receptions for 85 yards.</p> <p>Defensively,&nbsp;Pat Caprio had six tackles, Harris, five,&nbsp;Jake Valletta and Tyler Hamm, four each, Chatt had two interceptions, Casey Arnold, two sacks, Trent Stack, an interception and Emery had a sack.</p> <p>Collin Scheiber was one for three on point after attempts. His make was the first of his kicking career.</p> <p>&quot;I&#39;m very proud of way we finished the game,&quot; Palone said. &quot;We talked all week about finishing, especially after last week. We weren&#39;t able to finish and we let it get away from us, but tonight they were really focused for four quarters of football. They really finished. I&#39;m proud of the way they executed at the end.&quot;</p> <p>Next up for O-A, Elba/Byron-Bergen, who takes a 2-0 record into today&#39;s match up with Notre Dame (0-2).</p> <p>Pembroke will host Notre Dame next week.</p> <p><em>Top photo: Alan Chatt picks a&nbsp;Mitch Lewter&nbsp;pass in the first quarter. The pass was intended for&nbsp;Dakota Swimline.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Pembroke receiver Zack VonKramer with a reception in the first quarter.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014-3.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014-4.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014-5.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014-6.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em>Pembroke&#39;s Cal Neurohr was hard to bring down on a run play in the 4th quarter.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/oakpemfootball2014-7.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em>Mitch Lewter sacked in the 4th quarter.</em></p> <p><i>To purchase prints and ensure you&#39;ll have copies of these photos for years to come, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p699002991" target="_blank">click here</a>.</i></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=29a9f06f0ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/oakfield-alabama-scores-33-against-pembroke-second-win/44743#comments Alabama football high school sports Oakfield oakfield-alabama pembroke sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:46:12 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44743 at http://thebatavian.com Mc Taylor annihilates competition at Batavia Downs http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/mc-taylor-annihilates-competition-batavia-downs/44717 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-4/mc_taylor.jpg" /></p> <p>Mc Taylor and driver Ray Fisher Jr.</p> <p><em><strong>By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs</strong></em></p> <p>Hopefully they looked at her face before the race because that&rsquo;s all they saw was tail once she set sail.</p> <p>Distaff pacing invader Mc Taylor (Ray Fisher Jr.) made quick and easy work of the local gals as she convincingly led from gate to wire in the mares Open pace at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Sept. 17).</p> <p>As soon as the gate drove away, Ray Fisher Jr. made a beeline for the front and opened up a gapped three-length lead at the quarter. He then set a blistering pace that took the mare to the three-quarters pole in 1:24 flat, on the lead by 10 lengths. At that point the rest of the field became mere spectators relegated to arguing for minor spoils. Mc Taylor cruised home to a shutdown seven-length victory in 1:53.2, which was only two-fifths of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares set by Xenia Hanover (1:53) in 2013. Sent off as the third betting choice, the 7-year-old Camluck mare returned $11.40 for the win.</p> <p>Dontch Remember (Shawn McDonough) finished second and Dirty Girty (Jim McNeight) was third.<br /> This was the fifth win in 26 starts for Mc Taylor who is owned by Robert Main and trained by Jason Robinson. The winner&rsquo;s share of the purse boosted here lifetime earnings to an impressive $328,050.</p> <p>Drivers Ray Fisher Jr. and Ron Beback Jr. both scored driving triples on the card and Jack Flanigen chimed in with a double.</p> <p>Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 19) with post time set for 6:35.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/mc-taylor-annihilates-competition-batavia-downs/44717#comments Batavia Downs harness racing sports Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:39:08 +0000 Billie Owens 44717 at http://thebatavian.com Batavia Downs Open to Best Ears http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/batavia-downs-open-best-ears/44662 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-4/best_ears.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Best Ears (#3) with driver Jack Flanigen.</em></p> <p><em><strong>By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs</strong></em></p> <p>After a perfect trip in a short field, Best Ears scored his second Open pace victory in the last three weeks, capturing the featured race in 1:54.4.</p> <p>Favored Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) took early command and led an unfettered life through a causal :57 half. With no other takers, driver Jack Flanigen pulled Best Ears and came first over to pressure the leader and that&rsquo;s when it got interesting. McNeight stepped up the pace with a :28.3 third panel to try and put some distance between his horse and the approaching conqueror but they couldn&#39;t stem the tide. Best Ears roared alongside and the two paced as a pair to the top of the lane. Halfway down the stretch, Best Ears got the advantage and took the lead and held off a late charging What The Sheik (Dave McNeight III) in the process. What The Sheik finished second and Western Alumni hung on for third.</p> <p>It was the seventh win in 31 starts for Best Ears and increased his 2014 earnings to $49,017 for owners Joseph Amico Jr. and Joseph Amico. The winner returned $5.90.</p> <p>Driver Shawn McDonough scored a driving triple on the night with Kevin Cummings and Jack Flanigen both bagging doubles.</p> <p>Racing resumes on Tuesday at Batavia Downs with post time set for 6:35.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/batavia-downs-open-best-ears/44662#comments Batavia Downs harness racing sports Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:33:11 +0000 Billie Owens 44662 at http://thebatavian.com Blue Devils look like a resurgent team against Wellsville with 57-20 victory http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/blue-devils-look-resurgent-team-against-wellsville-57-20-victory/44661 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014.jpg" /></p> <p>The Blue Devils squad that took to Woodward Field on Saturday night put on a brand of football that hasn&#39;t been seen from the bleachers of Van Detta Stadium in many years.</p> <p>Dominating on offense, defense and special teams, Batavia crushed Wellsville 57-20, to the point that third-year Head Coach Brennan Briggs was almost apologetic to Lions&#39; leader Wayne Stonemetz.</p> <p>&quot;I don&#39;t love being in this situation because I&#39;ve never been on the side where we&#39;re up so big,&quot; Briggs said. &quot;It was great because we got to get everybody in the game, but at the same time you don&#39;t want to try and run that score up, because I totally believe in being a first-class guy and I don&#39;t want to send the wrong message that we tried doing anything like that.&quot;</p> <p>By the 4th quarter, however, it was almost as if the Blue Devils could do nothing but score, notching TDs after a kickoff miscue by the Lions, then scoring on a kickoff return by&nbsp;Anthony Gallo and finally scoring with seconds left while trying to run out the clock with the second-team offense.</p> <p>Where did this motivation to dominate come from? Briggs blames Livonia, who last week beat Batavia 16-13, scoring with just seconds left in the game.</p> <p>&quot;I think it brought us closer,&quot; Briggs said. &quot;We showed Livingston County that we can play with the best in Livingston County because they were saying Livonia was the best team. I think our kids saw OK, we lost in the last second, but we hung with them. That loss really cut them deep. They realized, this about the team and we can battle with some of the best.&quot;</p> <p>Briggs called the win a team effort and several players did contribute throughout the night.</p> <p>Dom Mogavero gained 108 yards and scored three TDs on 10 carries. Ahdeosun added two more TDs, gaining 64 yards on 11 carries. Anthony Gallo&#39;s two TDs came on a 55-yard kickoff return and a 45-yard reception.</p> <p>QB Greg Mruczek tossed the ball for 66 yards and one touchdown.</p> <p>On defense, Trevor Rittersback had 11 tackles, including one for a safety, and James Cryer had 7.5 tackles and an interception.</p> <p>&quot;I love this team. I really do,&quot; Briggs said. &quot;They&#39;re about as strong as they&#39;re going to get together as a unit. This is one of the closest-knit teams I&#39;ve seen in quite some time.&quot;</p> <p>The community saw something from the Blue Devils that should encourage them to pack the stands in 2014, coaches told the players after the game.&nbsp;</p> <p>Asked what the community can expect this year, Briggs said, &quot;<span>I want them to know these are tough kids. They work hard every day. They grind it day in and day out. There aren&#39;t many of them, but they&#39;ve bought into this system. They&#39;re a disciplined group of kids and they&#39;re here to have fun and play football.&quot;</span></p> <p><span>Next up, Hornell in Hornell, which leaves little time to savor the victory.</span></p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ve got to turn the page and be ready for Hornell next week, because Hornell is not going to care what we did this week,&quot; Briggs said. &quot;It&#39;s one game. Yes it&#39;s good for the kids and I&#39;m happy for them, but we need to turn the page.&quot;</p> <p><span>Briggs is chomping at the bit for a little bit of revenge.</span></p> <p><span>Two years ago, the last time the two teams met, <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/batavia-tries-come-big-against-hornell-raiders-still-notch-44th-straight-win/34111" target="_blank">Batavia managed to take an eventual championship team into a 14-14 tie</a> at the half, but Hornell pulled away in the second half for a 30-14 win.</span></p> <p><span>&quot;It left a sour taste in my mouth and I just want to go down there and hopefully show them that, hey, we can go out there and we can smashmouth it with ya and we can get the ball out to our athletes,&quot; Briggs said.</span></p> <p><em>Top photo: Dominick Mogavero dives into the end zone in the first quarter.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><em>James Cryer snags an interception.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Wellsville punter Josh Cline breaks free of Batavia&#39;s Trenton McGraw while still in his own end zone. While pinned deep in their own territory, Wellsville faked a fourth-down punt and Cline gained about 70 yards on his run, setting up a Wellsville touchdown.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-4.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em><span>Richy Ewell scores for Wellsville.</span></em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Noah Dobbertin blocks a pass from Brett&nbsp;Migliore.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Batavia running back Ahdeosun Aiken with positive yardage.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Dominick Mogavero cuts toward the endzone on another score.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-8.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em>Block That Punt: And that&#39;s exactly what the Blue Devils defense did for a touchdown.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-9.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em>Ahdeosun Aiken scores.</em></p> <p><em><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/bataviawellsville2014-10.jpg" /></em></p> <p><em>Anthony Gallo scores on a kickoff return.</em></p> <p><em>To purchase prints and ensure you have copies of these pictures for years to come,<a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p775535239" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=2e39ba870ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/blue-devils-look-resurgent-team-against-wellsville-57-20-victory/44661#comments batavia football high school sports sports Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:32:03 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44661 at http://thebatavian.com Football Round Up: Week #2 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/football-round-week-2/44660 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/2014-09-12_alexander_v_notre_dame-2650.jpg" /></p> <p><strong>Alexander 16, Notre Dame 6.</strong> Notre Dame scored first on a three-yard run by Jack Sutherland late in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Alexander answered with two TD drives, scoring on a three-yard run by Ty Laird and a 25-yard interception return by Tristan Aldinger. <span>Zack Shilvock hit both PATs. The Trojans scored on a safety in the third quarter when Josh Hylkema blocked a punt out of the end zone. Laird rushed for 61 yards and a TD on 10 carries. Aldinger had seven carries for 42 yards. Laird added 10 tackles and Derrick Busch had five, two sacks and an interception. Rick Maico had six tackles and a sack. Sam Browne also picked off a pass. Alexander is 1-1 and the Fighting Irish are 0-2.</span></p> <p><strong>Oakfield-Alabama 28, Nichols 34.</strong> The Hornets dropped an overtime game to Nichols 34-28. O-A is now 1-1. Allen Chatt was eight for 17 for 121 yards and a TD, plus nine carries for 34 yards. On defense he had seven tackles and an interception. Ryan Emery had 13 carries for 70 yards and a TD, plus six tackles and a sack on defense. Jon Harris had 11 tackles. Jake Mandel had two receptions for 44 yards and a TD. Sal Schwable had four receptions for 47 yards. Reice Woodward had a 52-yard kickoff return.</p> <p><strong>Attica 35, Pembroke 6.</strong> Pembroke moved to 0-2 with a home loss to Attica. For Attica, Nick Shadbolt gained 82 yards on 14 carries. He scored three touchdowns. Jak Stzelec rushed nine times for 104 yards and a TD. Phil Wilshire had 10 tackles. Kyle Green had nine tackles and a sack. Attica starts the season at 2-0.</p> <p>See Also:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-overpowers-avon-47-8/44654">Le Roy overpowers Avon, 47-8</a></li> <li> <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/lancers-fast-start-second-win-against-holley-32-6/44659" target="_blank">Lancers off to a fast start with second win against Holley, 32-6</a></li> <li> <a href="http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/blue-devils-look-resurgent-team-against-wellsville-57-20-victory/44661" target="_blank">Blue Devils look like a resurgent team against Wellsville with 57-20 victory</a></li> </ul> <p>For Wyoming County coverage:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="http://wyomingcountyfreepress.com/howard-owens/letchworth-downs-perry-28-14/41041" target="_blank">Letchworth downs Perry 28-14</a></li> <li> <a href="http://wyomingcountyfreepress.com/howard-owens/warsaw-rolls-over-cuba-rushford-behind-big-ground-game/41040" target="_blank">Warsaw rolls over Cuba-Rushford behind big ground game</a></li> </ul> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/2014-09-12_alexander_v_notre_dame-2666.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/2014-09-12_alexander_v_notre_dame-2748.jpg" /></p> <p><em>Photos by Rick Franclemont. For more photos from the game, <a href="http://francletography.photoshelter.com/gallery/2014-09-13-Varsity-v-Notre-Dame/G0000poEev2oO_Q8/C0000UyZNM8bZy6Y" target="_blank">click here</a>.</em></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/football-round-week-2/44660#comments football high school sports sports Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:45:21 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44660 at http://thebatavian.com Lancers off to a fast start with second win against Holley, 32-6 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/lancers-fast-start-second-win-against-holley-32-6/44659 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbaholley2014.jpg" /></p> <p>Elba/Byron-Bergen grabbed a share of the Genesee Region lead Saturday with a convincing 32-6 victory over Holley Central.</p> <p>In week two, only the Lancers and Attica remain undefeated.</p> <p>The victory Saturday, Head Coach Mike Cintorino said, shows his team can bounce back from adversity.</p> <p>&quot;We had a couple of guys go down last week and a couple of guys go down this week and we had guys ready to step in and do those jobs,&quot; Cintorino said. &quot;It shows that they&#39;ve been putting in the work both during the off season and during practices. They know their responsibilities and their jobs and they&#39;re ready to go.&quot;</p> <p>The offense Saturday was led by Steele Truax, who rushed for 108 yards and two TDs on 20 carries.</p> <p>&quot;That&#39;s what Elba does is ground and pound,&quot; Truax said. &quot;That&#39;s what we do. That&#39;s what we like to do.&quot;</p> <p>QB Garrett Chapell was 4-8 for 56 yards and two touchdowns. &nbsp;</p> <p>John Hochmuth caught both of those two TD passes and gained 44 yards on the day.</p> <p>Pitching in on the ground game was Richard Flores with seven carries for 46 yards and a TD.</p> <p>On defense, Truax had 18 tackles. Hunter Taylor had 13 tackles and Mike Shanley had an interception.</p> <p>The Lancers held Holly to 108 total yards of offense.</p> <p>Holley&#39;s lone score came on a five-yard run by Zachary Day with about two minutes left in the 4th quarter.</p> <p>Cintorino said he was really pleased with the play of his young linemen, who are still all underclassmen.</p> <p>&quot;They&#39;ve come a long way from where we were last year,&quot; Cintorino said. &quot;You know, we had almost this same exact starting line last year. We have them again this year and we have them for another year, so the more they continue to learn, the better&nbsp; job they&#39;re going to do and the more they&#39;re going to spring their teammates like they did today.&quot;</p> <p>Chapell said he&#39;s looking forward to seeing how this team performs over the course of the season.</p> <p>&quot;We&#39;ll have a good year,&quot; Chapell said. &quot;We&#39;ve got a good receiving corps, good line, good backs, so the rest of the season will be interesting.&quot;</p> <p>Next up for Elba/BB, archrival Notre Dame.</p> <p>The tables are turned a bit in week three compared to recent history. While the Lancers are undefeated, the Fighting Irish come into the came at 0-2.</p> <p>&quot;When you get into that game, you throw the records out,&quot; Cintorino said. &quot;We&#39;ve been on the other side of it and we kind of know where they&#39;re at right now in terms of being 0-2.&quot;</p> <p>Both teams will be highly motivated when they hit the gridiron on Notre Dame&#39;s home turf, Cintorino said.</p> <p>&quot;It&#39;s one of those things where you throw the records out because at the end of the day it doesn&#39;t matter,&quot; Cintorino said. &quot;They&#39;re always focused to face each other, no matter the sport. No matter if it&#39;s football, boys basketball, girls basketball, softball, soccer, it&#39;s a nice little rivalry between the two schools, so records really don&#39;t mean anything going into that game.&quot;</p> <p><em>Top Photo:&nbsp;John Hochmuth sprints toward the end zone for a touchdown.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbaholley2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><em><span>Steele Truax scores in the first quarter.</span></em></p> <p><em><span><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbaholley2014-3.jpg" /></span></em></p> <p><em><span>Richard Flores breaks free on his way to the end zone.</span></em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbaholley2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><em><span>Garrett Chapell hands off to&nbsp;</span><em><span>Steele Truax.</span></em></em></p> <p><em><em><span><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/elbaholley2014-5.jpg" /></span></em></em></p> <p><em><span>Garrett Chapell sweeps wide on a keeper for some positive yards.</span></em></p> <p><em><span>To purchase prints and ensure you have copies of these pictures for years to come, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p1032191413" target="_blank">click here</a>.</span></em></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=3d85fdb50ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/lancers-fast-start-second-win-against-holley-32-6/44659#comments byron-bergen elba Elba/Byron-Bergen football high school sports sports Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:12:35 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44659 at http://thebatavian.com Batavia Downs Open trot to BZ Glide again http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/batavia-downs-open-trot-bz-glide-again/44655 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-4/beezee.jpg" /></p> <p><em>BZ Glide with driver Mike Caprio.</em></p> <p><em><strong>By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs</strong></em></p> <p>For the second straight week and three out of his last four, BZ Glide came from well off the lead via a furious stretch drive to capture the $9,500 top trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 12).</p> <p>Heavy post-time favorite Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) sprang off the gate, circled around co-leaver Sack Full Of Gold (Drew Monti) and made his way to the lead immediately after the third race started. He pulled the field along to a :59.4 half before coming under attack from Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) who was motoring up the outside.</p> <p>While the top two were slugging it out past the five-eighths, BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) was seven lengths off, sitting seventh on the rail before Caprio got his steer in gear. By the time the trotters hit the top of the lane, BZ Glide was on Justgottogetthere&rsquo;s back and in full flight tipping three-deep. As Lutetium was fading back to the pack, BZ Glide was circling the stagnant Justgottogetthere to take the lead, the race and the winner&rsquo;s share of the purse. The 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding tripped the timer in 1:58 and paid $12.20 for the win.</p> <p>BZ Glide is owned by his driver, Mike Caprio, and is trained by Alana Caprio. It was the sixth win in 17 starts and his effort increased his annual income to $47,355.</p> <p>Reinsmen Kevin Cummings and Shawn McDonough both scored driving hat tricks and Dave McNeight III posted a double.</p> <p>Racing resumes at Batavia Downs today (Sept.13) with post time set for 6:35.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/batavia-downs-open-trot-bz-glide-again/44655#comments Batavia Downs harness racing sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:49:07 +0000 Billie Owens 44655 at http://thebatavian.com Le Roy overpowers Avon, 47-8 http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-overpowers-avon-47-8/44654 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014.jpg" /></p> <p>As a QB and a DB, Mike McMullen had a big night at Hartwood Park to help lead Le Roy to another dominating victory over a Livingston Conference opponent.</p> <p>McMullen was 14-22 passing for 138 yards and three TDs. On defense, he made two interceptions. One set up the Oatkan Knights first touchdown, making the score 7-0 late in the first quarter. The second McMullen returned 55 yards for a TD, giving Le Roy a 21-0 lead early in the third quarter.</p> <p>Head Coach Brian Moran praised McMullen&#39;s leadership in helping the Knights notch a 47-8 win.</p> <p>&quot;Going into half time, I thought that two-minute drill that Mike McMullen ran was outstanding,&quot; Moran said. &quot;W<span>e were able to move the ball pretty well 80 yards in two minutes and nine seconds.&nbsp; I thought he did a good job of leading that charge.&quot;</span></p> <p><span>Through much of the first half, there was nothing about the Le Roy-Avon matchup that suggested the game would be a blowout. &nbsp;</span></p> <p>&quot;At the start of game, take a look at the tempo,&quot; Moran said. &quot;They wanted to run it. I think they did a good job trying to slow us down. You don&#39;t get a first down once or twice and you look up and all the sudden it&#39;s midway through the quarter.&quot;</p> <p>That&#39;s one reason the end-of-the-half drive put together by McMullen led to such a huge momentum shift in the game. It allowed the Knights to reassert control of the game&#39;s pace.</p> <p><span>McMullen had a lot of help from a Le Roy team that so far has shown its got the tools to win not only on offense, but a seemingly unbreakable defense and line play on both sides of the ball that gets the job done.</span></p> <p><span>Of the offensive line, Moran said, &quot;T</span><span>hey&#39;re beginning to gel as a unit and that&#39;s important. We&#39;re going to continue to focus on that as we get later in the season. They have to really perform for us to be successful. They&#39;re getting better every day and they&#39;re working hard. It&#39;s a pleasure to coach a group that works as hard as this group does.&quot;</span></p> <p><span>Jon Pierce also had another big night, running the ball 16 times for 108 yards and TD. He also caught a 25-yard pass for touchdown.</span></p> <p><span>Tom Kelso carried it seven times for 43 yards and a TD. Jake Henry had five receptions for 54 yards and a TD. Tyler Prinz had a touchdown reception and Nate Flint scored a TD.</span></p> <p><span>With the game in hand by the fourth quarter, Moran put the second offense on the field and said he was pleased with what he saw, which included a scoring drive led by backup QB Brian Hodges.</span></p> <p><span>&quot;I&#39;m especially proud of that second offense,&quot; Moran said. &quot;I thought they put a great drive together late in the fourth quarter to score. That makes us a better football team, when our second team works hard and gets better every week like our first team.&quot;</span></p> <p><span>On defense, Kelso had eight tackles, Nick Egeling six, Kody Lamkin five, include a sack, Hodges four, including three sacks, Reed Kacur, four and a sack.</span></p> <p><span>The lesson of tonight&#39;s game, Moran said, is the Knights need to be ready to score when there may be limited opportunities against tougher teams, especially as the season progresses.</span></p> <p><span>&quot;As we take a look at it, we have to understand that you have to be flawless as you get into some big games,&quot; Moran said. &quot;A team like Avon, the way they ran the clock, you have to understand you may only get two or three possession a half, so take care of the football and make sure you score on those opportunities.&quot;</span></p> <p><em><span>Top Photo: Jon Pierce 25-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter, making the score 41-0.</span></em></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014-2.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014-3.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014-4.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014-5.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014-6.jpg" /></p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/60/2014-4/leroyavon2014-7.jpg" /></p> <p>To purchase prints, <a href="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/p1040839906" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="360" scrolling="no" src="http://www.howardowensphotography.com/zf/core/embedgallery.aspx?p=3e09f4e20ff405211CCCCCC03e111111F5F5F5DDDDDD555555CCCCCC.2" width="480"></iframe></p> http://thebatavian.com/howard-owens/le-roy-overpowers-avon-47-8/44654#comments football high school sports Le Roy sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:05:57 +0000 Howard B. Owens 44654 at http://thebatavian.com It’s A Miracle powers to Batavia mares Open win http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/it-s-miracle-powers-batavia-mares-open-win/44608 <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/2061/2014-4/its_a_miracle.jpg" /></p> <p>It&#39;s A Miracle out front with driver Drew Monti.</p> <p><em><strong>By Tim Bojarski for Batavia Downs</strong></em></p> <p>In what has become a fairly regular event, a ship-in mare circled the locals in the top distaff race at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 10) night. It&rsquo;s A Miracle ($3.40) with Drew Monti aboard, proved to be the best mare on the grounds this week despite having to take the overland route in a pelting rain.</p> <p>As the starter released the girls for the seventh race feature, last week&rsquo;s winner She&rsquo;s A Maniac (Jim McNeight) flew to the front and led the field in post-position order behind her to the quarter in :28.1. Halfway through the turn, Monti pulled It&rsquo;s A Miracle and flushed Dontch Remember (Shawn McDonough) for live cover as they motored to the half in :57.4.</p> <p>The field got small as they were three in and three out at the three-quarters in 1:26.2 when Monti yanked the right line and tipped the 4-year-old Always A Virgin mare three-high. Around the last turn it was She&rsquo;s A Maniac at the pylons with Dontch Remember outside of her and It&rsquo;s A Miracle outside of her. When they straightened out, Kevin Cummings swung notorious closer Bazooka Terror four-deep around the pack and chased It&rsquo;s A Miracle all the way down the stretch. But their effort was to no avail as Monti basically line-drove his mare to the wire, victorious in 1:55.3.</p> <p>Bazooka Terror was second and Dontch Remember was third.</p> <p>This was the fifth win in 28 starts for It&rsquo;s A Miracle, boosting her annual earnings to $94,450 for owners Blindswitch Racing Stable, Santo Farina, David Sebolsky and Stanley Yaskowitz. It&rsquo;s A miracle is trained by Jose Godinez.</p> <p>The Monti/Godinez team also captured the co-featured mares Open II with Cooking The Books ($7.10) in a similar off-the-pace fashion, winning by two lengths in 1:55.</p> <p>Downs driving domineer Kevin Cummings scored another grand slam on Wednesday night, giving him 68 wins for the meet and 242 for the year. Cummings is the 10th leading UDR driver in North America with a .355 mark.</p> <p>Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Sept. 12) with post time set for 6:35.</p> http://thebatavian.com/billie-owens/it-s-miracle-powers-batavia-mares-open-win/44608#comments Batavia Downs harness racing sports Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:26:09 +0000 Billie Owens 44608 at http://thebatavian.com GCC soccer sweeps visiting Corning http://thebatavian.com/acrofts/gcc-soccer-sweeps-visiting-corning/44603 <p>The Cougars men&#39;s soccer team won its second straight match on Wednesday afternoon, defeating visiting Corning Community College by a final score of&nbsp;5-2.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/hirano_ikuma_h68l">Ikuma Hirano</a> staked&nbsp;Genesee a&nbsp;1-0 lead with a goal in the 5th minute after being set up by <a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/nakane_kazuyuki_hhwo">Kazuyuki Nakane</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/rodda_brad_us6j">Brad Rodda</a> made it 2-0 GCC in the 16th minute, cashing in on his only shot on goal during the match.</p> <p>The Cougars controlled possession throughout the first half and extended their lead to 3-0 in the 31st minute after a goal from <a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/miller_jake_ret0">Jake Miller</a> off of an assist by <a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/johnson_darius_u6ti">Darius Johnson</a>.</p> <p>Corning got its first goal late in the half in the 43rd minute and GCC took a 3-1 lead into the half.</p> <p>The Red Barons drew to within one with an early second half goal, but Hirano gave Genesee some breathing room with his second goal of the game in the 64th minute to put the Cougars in front 4-2.</p> <p>GCC added to its lead with the final goal of the game in the 82nd minute. Nakane took a pass from <a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/m-buru_sam_i9iw">Sam M&#39;buru</a> and beat the Corning goalkeeper to send Genesee to its second win of the year.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/msoc/2014-15/bios/halstead_connor_y3uj">Connor Halstead</a> made four saves in net for GCC, which will return to action at home this Saturday against Tompkins-Cortland Community College at 3 p.m.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The Genesee Community College women&#39;s soccer team earned its second shut-out win of the season on Wednesday night after downing Corning Community College 5-0.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2014-15/bios/makowski_ashley_z783">Ashley Makowski</a> went upper-right for the game&#39;s first goal in the 4th minute of the first half to give GCC a 1-0 lead. She scored again off of a free kick in the 7th minute, and the Cougars did not look back.</p> <p>The Genesee defense held strong the entire night, allowing just one shot on goal during the match.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2014-15/bios/springsteen_kathryn_63bp">Kathryn Springsteen</a> made it 3-0 Genesee with a goal off of a header in the 37th minute and GCC held a three-goal lead at half.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2014-15/bios/velletta_mia_d5a6">Mia Velletta</a> kept the scoring going for the Cougars with a goal in the 51st minute off of an assist from Springsteen.</p> <p><a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2014-15/bios/alvut_emily_14wn">Emily Alvut</a> buried the final goal of the match in the 74th minute and helped Genesee improve to 2-2 on the season.</p> <p>Makowski finished the night with nine shots on goal and <a href="http://geneseeathletics.com/sports/wsoc/2014-15/bios/mase_megan_6mit">Megan Mase</a> made the save on the only shot at the GCC net.</p> <p>The Cougars will host Tompkins-Cortland Community College at 1 p.m. on Saturday for their next match.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/files/users/8707/2014/img_2557.jpg" /></p> http://thebatavian.com/acrofts/gcc-soccer-sweeps-visiting-corning/44603#comments GCC soccer sports Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:48:57 +0000 Andrew Crofts 44603 at http://thebatavian.com