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Mike Mallwitz Rolls 300 In 800 Series
Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, December 27, 2004
• Mike Mallwitz 300-800
• Andy Moran 758
• Mike Steckelberg 744
• Gary Scott 721
• Jeff Richard 697





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, December 17, 2004
• Bob MacKellar 700
• Mike Steckelbert 694
• Whitey Dlugosz 676
• Steve Kessler 673
• Ray Clark 656





Louisiana-Lafayette Names Carlin Hartman Assistant Basketball Coach - Dec. 2004


    Grand Island High School graduate Carlin Hartman has been named the assistant basketball coach at Louisiana-Lafayette University. Click "Carlin Hartman" for complete story.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, December 10, 2004
• Whitey Dlugosz 721
• Mike Mallwitz 664
• Ray Clark 659
• Andy Moran 650





Niagara Frontier Gymnastics Team Takes 2nd Place In Syracuse - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend in the Pinky Stone Memorial Invitational gymnastics meet held in Syracuse. For the Level 10 team, Jamie Raepple placed third all around with 36.05. She placed fourth on beam with 9.2, fourth on bars with 8.775, and eighth on vault with 9.225. She finished with 8.85 on floor. For the Level 9 team, Jenna Raepple placed third on floor with 9.575 and seventh on beam with 8.80. Jennaís scores helped the Niagara team take second place in the competition. Jamie and Jenna attend St. Stephen's School.





Gleasonís Niagara Gymnastics News - 2004

    Candy canes and medals were the order of the day as Gleasonís Niagara Gymnastics participated in the Candy Cane Classic Gymnastic Meet held on December 5, 2004 at the Bright Raven Gym in Rochester, NY. For the Level 4 team, Brianna Brandon from Grand Island placed eleventh on floor.





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, December 6, 2004
• Jeff Richard 730
• Andy Moran 724
• John Leszczak 719
• Arlyn Pifer 702
• Jim Robinson Jr. 696





Gymnast Jamie Raepple Outstanding In Snowflake Invitational - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics Team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Nov. 26-28, 2004) in the Snowflake Invitational gymnastics meet held in Williamsville. New to the Level 10 team, Jamie Raepple had an outstanding performance with a first place finish on the uneven parallel bars with a score of 9.00. She placed third on the rest of the events with 9.05 on vault, 8.7 on floor, and 8.625 on beam. She took third all around with 35.380. Jamie is in eighth grade at St. Stephen School. New to the Level 9 team, sister Jenna Raepple continues to excel in the sport with first place finishes on beam with 9.4 and bars with 8.9. She placed second all around with 35.55 and second on floor with 9.05. Jenna is in sixth grade at St. Stephen School.
   For the Level 8 team, Rachael Kaplan competed in the 15 and up group. She placed sixth on bars before injuring her ankle. Rachael is a sophomore at Grand Island High School.





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, November 22, 2004
• Jim Reese Jr. 781
• Gary Mohon 771
• Rich Freer 750
• Mike Mallwitz 747
• Bill Gerfin 727
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Lori Digati 625
• Steph McGinn 625
• Lisa Redlein 237





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, November 12, 2004
• Ron Trowbridge Jr. 686
• Jeff Ehde 668
• Jenna Johnston 667
• Deno McGinn 652
• Mike Steckelberg 651





Alexi Salamone In Germany
Representing US In Sled Hockey Tourney - 2004


   Alexi Salamone left for Germany Monday morning, November 15, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. to represent the US in a Sled Hockey tournament in Germany and will return home the following Monday.
   The National Team will be playing Canada, Germany and Norway. "We're happy that this is the only tournament this year that he will have to leave the country for," Al's mother, Sue Salamone said earlier this week. There will be a tournament in Lake Placid in December and The World Games will be held in Denver this April. Al's mother and father, Joe, hope to attend both.
    US National Paralympic Team Website is: (team roster)





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, November 9, 2004
• Pat Foote 251-690
• Tim Marble 690
• Shawn Vaine 289-689
• Tom Dibita 656
• Steve O'Keefe 652





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, November 15, 2004
• Rich Freer 770
• Ken Carter 759
• Bill Gerfin 299-728
• Gary Stott 717
• Jim Reese Jr. 713
• John Johnson 707
• Karen Boryza 654
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Steph McGinn 225-629
• Lori Digati 246





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, November 8, 2004
• Jim Reese Jr. 743
• Bill Gerfin 720
• Jeff Richard 719
• Ken Carter 680
• Mike Johnson 679
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Lisa Redlein 229-641
• Steph McGinn 248-609





Brick Oven Bullets Win Season Opener - 2004

   The Brick Oven Bullets Menís Senior Ice Hockey team won their season opener November 3, 2004 with a commanding 5-2 victory over the Blues. Goals were scored by Bill Williams, Scott Kalman, Joel Cardarella, Tom Cecere, and Lou Genovese with assists going to Dave Resetarits, Troy Normandin, Joe Chadima, and Kalman. The Bullets are comprised of local Island residents over the age of 35. Look for updates on the Bullets' progress throughout the season!
Brick Oven Bullets Win Second in a Row
   The Brick Oven Bullets Menís Senior Ice Hockey team won their second game in a row November 10 with a hard fought 5-4 victory over Caputis Novastar. The Bullets came back from a 3-1 deficit scoring 4 straight goals. Goals were scored by Joel Cardarella, Tom Cecere, Joe Chadima, Lou Genovese and Scott Kalman. Chadima added 2 assists along with single helpers going to Bob Willer, Derrick Kruk, Keith Zahner, Cecere and Cardarella.





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, November 2, 2004
• Mike Sander 267-719
• Tim Marble 274
• Jeff Ehde 265-669
• Chris Scott 259-665
• Dave Dzielski 278





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, October 29, 2004
• Jon McGinn 290-289-811





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, October 25, 2004
• Ken Carter 735
• Jeff Johnson 728
• John McGinn 721
• Jim Reese Jr. 716
• Gary Scott 700
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Stephie McGinn 246-659
• Lisa Redlein 225





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, October 19, 2004
• Mike Sander 670
• Tim Marble 656
• Jeff Ehde 652
• John Sabatowski 257-650
• Tom DiBita 267





Monday Night Women's Softball Champs - 2004


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   Shown are the Grand Island Monday Night Women's Softball season champs sponsored by Fuccillo Automotive Group: (front row) Karen Conboy, Coach Kester Bleich, Amanda Buckingham; (2nd row) Darlynn Hoy, Jackie Moran, Lynn Kelly, Amy Davis; (third row) Jessica Moran, Jude Kuehne, Becky Newman, Amanda Dragoo; (top) Sue Weiburg, Laura Anderson and Jennifer Peresie.






Americaís Boating Course - 2003
   The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-5 is hosting an Americaís Boating Course from 8 a.m. to approximately 4:45 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2004 at the Connor Middle School Little Theater, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island, NY. Click Oct. 23rd Boating Course for complete course information.





Sondel Finishes As Reserve Champion - 2004


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   The team of Jacquelene Sondel and Blythwood Vermont Topic has finished up the year as Reserve Champion.
   Jackie has devoted a large amount of time and patience to achieve the goals she set for 2004. Her 3-year-old Morgan gelding came from New Jersey at the age of 9 months in 2001. Topic has only seriously been under saddle since April of this year. To have come as far as the team has in such a short amount of time is a testimony to the great athletic ability of her gelding and to this young rider's talent in training and riding this 3-year-old to his full ability. They truly are a team and a joy to watch in the show ring.
   The community has been represented well by the team bringing Grand Island's name into the show arena at the Niagara County Fair as Reserve Champion in both the Open and Jr. divisions, the Erie County Fair 4-H - Sr. Division Reserve Champion, Open Morgan division at the Erie County Fair with two first place ribbons and one second place ribbon, and recently in Syracuse with Topic taking the Reserve Champion Jr. horse title and Jackie taking 2nd place in Equitation at the Regional level.





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, September 27, 2004
• Gary Mahon 728
• Mike Johnson 703
• Gary Scott 693
• Damien Dolce 692
• Bob McKeller 688
• Brenda Redline 217-633
• Steph McGinn 601





Grand Island Gallopers 4-H Club To Show At County Fair - 2004

   The Grand Island Gallopers 4-H Club will attend the Erie County Fair where members will be showing in the Western Division of Horse showing. The show starts at 8 a.m. on Monday, August 16, 2004 with a Western Showmanship Class and will continue throughout the day with Western Pleasure, Equitation, Command, Trail and Pattern classes.
   The Grand Island Gallopers will be represented by Jacqulene Sondel showing in the Sr. Division, Katie Luthringer, Samantha Brown and Allison Campbell showing in the Jr. Division, and Kelly Williams showing in the Walk/Trot division. "You can look for them in the 4-H barns on the 16th," a spokesman for the group said.
   Three of the girls' horses will be on display throughout the remainder of the Fair and can be seen in barn 12C. Jacqulene will be showing Blythewood Vermont Topic, Katie Luthringer will be showing Mason D. Brown, and Kelly Williams will be showing Wings of Eagles. "Stop in and see them if you are at the Fair."





Empire State Games Results - Nilles, Remmes, Grisanti Win Gold - 2004

   The following are results of Island residents or former residents who placed in the Empire State Games as reported in the Buffalo News:
• JUDO Open Men - Friday's (July 30, 2004) Western Region Results
66kg - Marty Grisanti, WN-Grand Island threw Jason Harding, CN-Watertown. Marty Grisanti, WN-Grand Island threw Paul Lograno, LI-Miller Place. Marty Grisanti, WN-Grand Island threw Yelnar Nurseitov, NY-Brooklyn. Marty Grisanti, WN-Grand Island held Nicholas Carelli, HV-Kernokson. Gold: Marty Grisanti.
73kg - Marty Rastelli, WN-Grand Island threw Chris Haug, LI-Islip Terrace. Kahramon Vohidov, NY-Brooklyn held Marty Rastelli, WN-Grand Island. Marty Rastelli, WN-Grand Island threw Paul Borodin, HV-Accord. Marty Rastelli, WN-Grand Island threw Stephen Saunders, AD-Albany. Silver: Marty Rastelli.
• Swimming: The Western swimmers nearly matched the tracksters' success by collecting nine medals. In the men's open, John Nilles (Grand Island) won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:02.85 and the open 50 free in 24.93 seconds. Two Golds: John Nilles
• WNY - Scholastic Womenís Soccer Gold: Jessica Remmes
• Open Menís Soccer Silver: Matthew Waddington
   For the Empire Games website, click http://www.empirestategames.org/home.shtml.





Gymnast Jenna Raepple Competes At State Games - 2004


Shown from left: Jenna VanDusen, Islander Jenna Raepple and Jenn Najuch
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   The Niagara gymnasts from the Gleason's School of Gymnastics showed the Empire State that they could vault. Jennifer Najuch from North Tonawanda scored 9.35, Jenna VanDusen from Lewiston scored 9.175 and Jenna Raepple from Grand Island scored 8.95. All three girls competed in the Scholastic Team vault finals. Other notable scores included 9.075 for both Jenna VanDusen and Jenna Raepple on floor and all around scores of 35.45 for VanDusen, 35.435 for Raepple, and 35.025 for Najuch. Western took first place in the team competition. Najuch will be a junior at North Tonawanda High School, VanDusen will be a seventh grader at Lewiston-Porter Middle, and Raepple will be in sixth grade at St. Stephen School.





Grand Niagara Squirt Major Travel Hockey Team Hosts Chicken BBQ - 2004

   Families of the Grand Niagara Squirt Major Travel Hockey Team will hold a Chicken Barbeque Dinner from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2004 in Hyde Park, corner of Hyde Park Blvd. & Pine Avenue. Cost of a dinner is $10. For ticket information, call Pattie Frentzel, 773-1381. The event will benefit Niagara University and the Grand Niagara Squirt Major Travel Hockey Team.





U10 Grand Island Stars 2nd In Tournament - July 2004


   July 22, 2004 . . .The U10 Grand Island Stars played in the Wilson Tournament this past weekend. They were the ďunder dogsĒ going in but someone forgot to tell them that. They placed 2nd in the tournament. The team lost the first game but came back to win two. Playing for the Stars Team are Forwards Rachel Bailey, Jessica Bamberg, Jessica Brownschidle, Angelica Montesano, Taylor Moran, Taylor Schiffhauer and Megan Wendt. Mid fielder is Amanda Bruno, defenders are Bethany Balette, Kourtney Hoppel and Taylor Scheuing with goaltending by Kassie Bennett.





Frieday, Hathaway Lead Island Hoopsters For Two Wins - July 2004

   July 22, 2004 . . .A team of Island girls won two games in the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club/Niagara PAL Girls Summer Basketball Classic this week. The girls beat Nichols with a score of 33-28 and went on to defeated the Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club 52-48.
   Leading Grand Island in scoring against the Nichols team were Ashleigh Frieday with 12 points and Megan Hathaway with an additional 12 points. Megan Hathaway led the scoring for the victory over Niagara Falls with 16 points.





Islanders Qualify To Participate In Empire State Games - 2004


Among Island competitors in the 2004 Empire State Games are (left) Jenna Raepple (gymnastics), Christy Gibney (javelin) and Matt Waddington (open soccer).
Jodi Robinson Photo - click for larger view.

   Eleven Island residents will be competing in the Empire State Games in Binghamton, NY July 28 through August 1, 2004. Dick Bessel of Grand Island will serve as the Open and Scholastic Division Track Coach.
   For the list of the seven men and four women hoping to bring home the gold, click Empire State Games.





Carlin Hartman Named Louisiana-Lafayette Assistant Basketball Coach - July 2004


    Grand Island High School graduate Carlin Hartman has been named assistant coach for the Ragin' Cajuns men's basketball program at Louisiana-Lafayette University. The former All-Western New Yorker, a former star at Tulane, was hired July 1. He spent the two previous seasons as director of basketball operations for the Rice University Owls.





River Oaks Men's Invitational Results - 2004

   River Oaks Men's Invitational - July 2004 - results:
• Overall winner - David Sharpe-Jeff Brynski 123
• Runners-up - David Resetarits-Bob Jellinick 123
• River Oaks Flight - Jerry Borelli-Rick Bowers 126
• Muirfield Village Flight - Mark Raepple-Rich Frear 128
• Rancho Mirage Flight - Jim Shaw-Ed Codair 124





WNYPGA Junior Girls Golf Tour - Monday, July 12 Results - 2004

   Results of Monday's WNYPGA Junior Girls Golf Tour played at Park Country Club, 18 holes, follow with Island students in bold:
Julia Gary (Transit Valley) 77, Kalley VanDenburg (Stafford) 81, Karen Kepner 83, Ashleigh Frieday (River Oaks) 83; 9 holes: Emma Savino (Park) 51, Pamicka Marinello 53, Jena Playfair (River Oaks) 57.





River Oaks Member-Member Tournament Results - 2004

   River Oaks Member-Member tournament June 4-5, 2004 had the following results:
• Champion - John Piershalski and Art Ciechoski 211
• Mickelson Flight - Mike Leto and Pete Johnson 215
• Weir Flight - Denny Dahl and Arnie Wylke 217





Gleasonís School of Gymnastics - Isle Gymnast Tara Rogers - 2004

   The Gleasonís School of Gymnastics Level 5 Team competed in the 2004 New York State Gymnastics Championship in Orchard Park. In the 12 and up age group, Tara Rogers of Grand Island scored 8.2 on vault, 7.0 on bars, a nice 9.25 on beam, 8.5 on floor ending with a 32.95 all-around.





Bill Schultz Jr. Receives Numerous Volleyball Honors - Apr. 2004


   Bill Schultz Jr. recently completed an impressive 2003-2004 Division III College Volleyball season at D'Youville College. Bill was recognized during the D'Youville Athletic Department's awards banquet on May 7, 2004 as the Men's Volleyball Team MVP. He also received the Male Athlete of the Year Award.
   During this season, Bill was selected as the Sports Imports, AVCA Division III Men's player of the week for March 22, 2004. This award was the direct result of Bill leading the D'Youville Spartans in their first win over a Division II Findlay team in program history with 33 kills, 7 digs and 1 block in a 4-game match.
   Bill has finished his two-year playing career at D'Youville by being named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association/NCAA Division III All-American Team.
   Earlier this spring, Bill was interviewed by the internationally known Volleyball magazine's Chief Editor Mike Miazga. A full-page article was released in the April 2004 issue.
   Bill, son of Tracy and Bill Schultz Sr. and a 1999 graduate of Grand Island High School, is currently coaching track at Grand Island High School along with running a volleyball clinic in preparation for the fall high school volleyball season where he recently accepted the position of Varsity Volleyball Coach.





Gymnast Jenna Raepple Qualifies For Empire State Games - 2004

   Gleasonís School of Gymnastics sent seven Niagara team gymnasts to try out for the Empire State Games to be held this summer in Binghamton. These advanced gymnasts included Jamie and Jenna Raepple, sisters from Grand Island. Jenna Raepple qualified for the Scholastic Team. Jenna scored 9.10 on vault, 8.90 on beam, 8.80 on floor, and 7.90 on bars for an all-around score of 34.70. The Niagara girls reigned on beam with scores of 9.125 for Jamie Raepple, 9.075 for Kayla Gray (Kenmore), and 9.00 for Katelyn Schmitt (Kenmore).





Gleasonís School of Gymnastics - Isle Gymnast Tara Rogers - 2004

    The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend in the Dare to Be Great Meet in Rochester, New York. For the Level 5 team, Tara Rogers took second place on beam with 9.30. She scored 8.75 on vault and 8.5 on floor.





Boating Courses - May 2004

   May 2004. . .New York State now requires anyone operating a Personal Watercraft (PWC) such as a Jet Ski or Wave Runner to have completed an 8-hour boating course. Click Boating Courses for those taking place in the area.




Southern Ontario Sprints News - May 2004

   Southern Ontario Sprints - Ohsweken Speedway - May 14, 2004. Click
Southern Ontario Sprints for the story. Islanders are in bold.





Raepple Sisters Compete in National Gymnastics Competition - May 2004

    Gymnast Jamie Raepple from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed in the Level 9 national gymnastics competition held in Virginia Beach. Jamie scored 8.85 on vault, 8.525 on bars, 8.95 on beam, and 8.50 on floor. She is in seventh grade at St. Stephen School.
   Level 8 gymnasts competing in the regional competition and subsequently making the All-Star team include Jenna Raepple from Grand Island with the third spot. In the competition, Jenna placed second all around with a score of 37.225. She placed first on vault with 9.475, fourth on beam with 9.35, sixth on bars with 9.25, and twelfth on floor with 9.15.





Tara Rogers - Gymnastics Meet Scores - May 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleason's School of Gymnastics competed the weekend of May 1-2, 2004 in a sectional gymnastics meet held in Orchard Park. For the Level 5 team, ages 12 and up, Tara Rogers of Grand Island scored 8.525 on vault, 6.6 on bars, 8.75 on beam, 8.325 on floor, ending with a 32.20 all-around.




Southern Ontario Sprints News - May 2004
By Bill Oldroyd
   Southern Ontario Sprints opened their 9th season at Brighton Speedway in Brighton Ontario on May 1st. Click Southern Ontario Sprints for the story. Islanders are in bold.





Mark Lewis Memorial - 2004

   The Mark Lewis Memorial will take place July 2, 2004 at†Whirlpool Golf Course. Click Mark Lewis Memorial for complete information.





Al Salamone, US Team Wins Silver at World Championships In Sweden - April 2004


Al Salamone (center) with other local competitors, 2002 Salt Lake City, Olympic Gold Medalist, Chris Manns (left) and Brad Emmerson and their coach, Rich DeGlopper.
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   Island resident Al Salamone and his team competed last week in the Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships in Sweden. The team came home with a Silver Medal and a spot on the 2006 Olympic Team. The final score between Norway and the US team was 2-1. "I'm told we scored in the final seconds, but the referees wouldn't count it or review the tape. They are happy with their performance. They are a new team, only about five guys remained from the 2002 Salt Lake City team," Al's mother, Susan Salamone, said this week.
   The championships are a qualifier for the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy. Click http://www.icesledgehockeywc.nu/ for 2004 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships.
   The young men represented the United States in Germany in November, Ottawa in December/January, and last week in Sweden for the World Championships, which rotate with the Olympics. "Our Buffalo guys have really been contributing to the tournament," Mrs. Salamone said. According to Mrs. Salamone, the U.S. beat Sweden in the exhibition game 3 - 1. Alexi got 2 assists, Brad scored 1 and Chris scored 1. The USA played Great Britain on April 17th, in the first tournament game and won 3 - 1. Al and Brad each got one assist. Chris Manns scored the game winning goal and also received player of the game.
   They played Japan on the 18th, their second game in the tournament and won 4-3. They were down 3-1 with 13 minutes left in the game. Al scored to make it 3-2, then Brad scored to make it 3-3. Then with 1:13 left in the game, Team Captain Joe Howard scored to win it. Chris Manns stopped a breakaway with 30 seconds to go.
   Canada was next on April 19th when the U.S. team won 2-1. In another hard-fought victory, trailing 1-0, going into the 3rd period, the U.S. scored twice clinching first place in the their Pool "A" with a 3-0 record.
   "We received a phone call after that game," Mrs. Salamone told the Grand Island E-News. "Al was slammed into the side boards in the third period and had to be taken to the hospital for a possible separated collar bone and torn ligaments," she said. Fortunately, Al was able to play in the final game.
    On Friday, April 22, 2004, the U.S. team played Sweden, the second place finisher in Pool "B" and won 2-0. Norway, the first place finisher in Pool B, played Canada and won 1-0 (the one point was scored in Sudden Death!).
   The United States National Sled Hockey Team earned the silver medal after falling to Norway, 2-1, in the gold-medal game of the 2004 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship. In a tightly contested game, the U.S. struck first and held on to a 1-0 lead until the third period when Norway notched two goals to clinch its second consecutive title in the event, dating back to 2000.
   The U.S., which defeated Norway for the gold medal at the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, entered the game as the tournament's only undefeated squad and finished with a 4-1-0 overall record. Official gold-medal game statistics were unavailable at the time of this writing.
    Al Salamone, a sophomore at Grand Island High School, is the youngest member ever of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team.





Gymnast Jenna Raepple Makes All-Star Team, To Compete in Westboro, MA - 2004

   The Level 8 Niagara Team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed in the New York State Gymnastics Meet this past weekend (April 24-25, 2004) at the Valley Gymnastics Club in New Hartford, NY. Jenna Raepple of Grand Island placed eighth all around with 37.175. She captured first place on vault with 9.55, and fourth on both bars with 9.525 and floor with 9.4. Jenna made the all-star team and will compete in Westboro, MA on May 9, 2004.





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, April 20, 2004
• Brian Sander 265-719
• Mike Johnson 699
• Tim Schutte 679
• Mike Miller 258-668
• Lyle Dewill 661





Boating Classes - April 2004

   April 2004. . .New York State now requires anyone operating a Personal Watercraft (PWC) such as a Jet Ski or Wave Runner to have completed an 8-hour boating course. There is no mandatory requirement, at this time, for those operating a regular powerboat. Click Boating Courses for those taking place in the area. Click Island Boating Courses for those behing held on Grand Island.





GBTC Half Marathon Draws Crowd Of 400 Runners To Island - Apr. 2004


Frederick Claus Photo

   Approximately 400 athletes took part in the 10th Annual GBTC Half Marathon on Grand Island on Saturday, April 17, 2004. First place runner was Mike Heitzenrater, the 2003 Buffalo News Runner of the Year, with a time of 1:12:47. Sherry Watts of London, Ontario led the women racers with a time of 2:26:02. The Greater Buffalo Track Club sponsored the Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
   Island residents taking part were Bob Merritt (12th), JP Kennedy (26th), Scott Aladeen (44th), Annalea Masiello (115th), Chris Affuso (119th), Paul Konopczynski (121st), Paul Stephens (125th), Mary H. Howard (137th), Gary Colon (145th), Daniel Buscaglia (148th), and Cynthia Gugg (150th).
   Also Arthur Pellitier (151st), Eric Boron 153rd), John Bell (166th), Nicole Gerber (222nd), Richard Gibson (230th), Grant Hennigar (243rd), Sarah Sabatowski (251st), Barbara Zamerski (259th), Lisa Shenk (267th), Kim Willer (268th), Bob Willer (278th), Debra Meier (292nd), Jennifer Herko (299th), Jeff Sturtz (302nd), Bethany Bernatovicz (305th), Paige Kuehmeier (306th), Lisa Podlucky (322nd), Diane Lawrence (330th), Jim Ellson (337th), Paul Leuchner (349th), Jean Konopczynski (353rd).
   Island resident Diane Lawrence came in third for the race walkers and walkers (women) and Jean Konopczynski came in 10th.
   Island racing personality Dick Bessel was on hand to support his former students and friends in both the walking and running races held that day. A post race party was held at the DeGlopper VFW Post 9249.
    Click Half Marathon for complete results.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, April 16, 2004
• Mike Divita 691
• Mike Mallwitz 690
• Bob MacKellar 667
• Roy Redlein Jr. 660
• Paul Zagorski 656
• Stef McGinn 644





Gymnast Jamie Raepple Qualifies for National Meet - 2004

   Gymnasts from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics qualified and competed in the Level 9 and 10 regional gymnastics competition held in Massachusetts. These talented gymnasts included Jamie Raepple from Grand Island. In the Junior B division, Jamie took fifth place all around with 36.275. She placed second on vault with 9.275, fifth on bars with 9.175, and ninth on floor with 9.20. Jamie has qualified to compete in the national meet to be held April 23-25, 2004 in Virginia Beach.





Teen Challenge Motorcycle Run - 2004

   A new event will take place on Grand Island on Sunday, June 13, 2004 (rain date June 27). A Teen Challenge Motorcycle Run begins and ends at McMahon's Family Restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island, NY (773-9707). All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome. The event will feature door prizes and a Chinese auction.
   Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and last run leaves at 1:30 p.m. sharp (route maps provided).
   A charge of $10 per driver and $10 per passenger will be collected. Participation fee includes food. Additional food (hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage+peppers, salad, coffee, tea and water) will be available for a donation. Door prizes and a Chinese auction will also be featured.
   97 Rock's Biker Babe will be there and participating. The event will benefit Teen Challenge International, The Proven Cure for the Drug Epidemic (Buffalo Teen Challenge, 124 Locust St., Buffalo, NY 14204.





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, April 12, 2004
• Mark Doel 720
• John Leszczak 679
• Ken Carter 677
• Bill Aydelotte 672
• Bob MacKellar 662
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Monday, April 12, 2004
• Lisa Redlein 225-632
• Lil Maerien 230





10th Annual GBTC Half Marathon on Grand Island - 2004

   The 10th Annual GBTC Half Marathon on Grand Island is being held on Saturday, April 17, 2004. The USATF Certified course (NY97008AM) is flat, fast, and scenic. Several world age group records have been set here. The Greater Buffalo Track Club will sponsor the Half Marathon (13.1 miles).
   The race starts and finishes near 1667 Whitehaven Rd, which is midway between Grand Island Blvd and Stony Point Rd. The Walkers race starts at 8:30 AM and the Runners race starts at 9:00 AM sharp.
   Day of race late registration and number pickup is located at the pavilion behind the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island, NY 14072. This is also the venue for the post race party and awards ceremony. Early registration ends April 10, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island , NY. Online Reg. Closes: April 15, 2004 12:00 PM Pacific Time .
    Click Half Marathon for more information.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, April 9, 2004
• Paul Zagorski 741
• Whitey Dlugosz 683





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, April 6, 2004
• John Sabatowski 263-692
• Dan Slaiman 675
• Brian Frank 674
• Kevin Kloesz 287-672
• Dean Krassopoulo 672





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, April 5, 2004
• Mark Doel 723
• Mike Casero 670
• Chuck Bentley 651
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Monday, April 5, 2004
• Brenda Fox 227
• Sharryn Bennet 232
• Lisa Redlein 225





Gleasonís Gymnasts Compete In Spring Spectacular - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (April 3-4) in the Spring Spectacular gymnastics meet in Elmira. For the Level 5 team, senior division, Tara Rogers scored a great 8.55 on beam taking 3rd place, 8.7 on floor taking 4th place, and 7.8 on vault taking 5th place.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, April 2, 2004
• Mike Divita 269-702
• Paul Zagorski 684
• Bill Burg 683
• Ron Moran 673
• Sam Aceti 662





Mike Johnson Wins State Bowling Championship - 2004

   Grand Island resident Mike Johnson won the New York State Masters championship at the Rapids Bowling Center in Niagara Falls April 2, 2004. The 31-year-old bowled his first tournament victory defeating Mike Dirmyer, a high qualifier from North Tonawanda, 269-207. Mike won $1,600. After beating Christ Jufer of North Tonawanda and Fran Bax, he began the championship match with seven strikes against Dirmyer.





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, March 30, 2004
• Pat Garvey 300-713
• Jeff Ehde 720
• Chris Scott 253-661
• John Sabatowski 279-699
• Bill Kemp 256





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 29, 2004
• Mark Doel 707
• Jeff Richard 706
• Bill Gerfin 676
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 22, 2004
• Laurie Digati 615





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, March 26, 2004
• Mike Mallwitz 705
• Dan Hartman 681





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, March 23, 2004
• Jeff Ehde, 299-258-794
• Mike Johnson 698
• Kevin Kemp 654
• Ryan Gott 651
• Chris Suszek 250





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 22, 2004
• Mike Mallwitz 743
• Jeff Conover 278-703
• Rick Archambault 702
• Don Mikolec 700
• Jim Robinson Jr. 697
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 22, 2004
• Cheryl Redlein 237-247-680
• Lisa Redlein 226-648
• Sharryn Bennett 244
• Cheryl Ratigan 231
• Eva Sander 225





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, March 19, 2004
• Bob MacKellar 278-737
• Tom Turner 728
• Roy Redlein Jr. 693
• Whitey Dlugosz 652
• Dan Hartman 279





Gleasonís Gymnasts Compete In Lilac invitational - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (March 20-21) in the Lilac invitational gymnastics meet held in Rochester. For the Level 8 team, Jenna Raepple took fourth place all around with 37.35. She was precise on vault capturing first place with 9.525. She scored the same on floor taking second. Her 9.20 on beam was a sixth place finish and 9.10 on bars good for seventh. The Niagara Level 8 team took second place.
   For the Level 7 team, senior division, Megan McInerney placed sixth on floor (9.0) and eighth on vault (8.7). She had an overall score of 34.9. Megan is in sixth grade at Connor Middle School. The Level 7 team placed third in the event.
   For Level 5, senior division, Tara Rogers had a high score of 8.775 on beam.





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 15, 2004
• Jeff Richard 697
• Rich Freer 678
• Brian Fleischman 677
• John Leszczak 672
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 15, 2004
• Lisa Redlein 245-612
• Laurie Digati 258-611
• Cheryl Redlein 226
• Kelly Mallwitz 222





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, March 12, 2004
• Ron Moran 739
• Dan Hartman 686
• Frank Greico 650
• Tom Turner 270





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 8, 2004
• John Leszczak 718
• Rick Evers 702
• Mike Mallwitz 694
• Jeff Richards 684
• Ken Pellitier 681





Gleasonís Gymnasts Compete In Niagara Cup - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Mar.5-7, 2004) in the 23rd annual Niagara Cup Invitational gymnastics meet held at the UB Alumni Arena, triple gym. This event is hosted by Gleasonís and attracts over 750 gymnasts plus judges, coaches, and families to Buffalo from across New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Colorado.
   For the Level 8 team, ages 8-13, Jenna Raepple placed seventh all around with a score of 36.10. She captured second on vault with 9.40, and fifth on beam with 9.15. For ages 14 and up, Rachael Kaplan had a consistent meet with a high score of 8.70 on floor. The Level 8 team took second place.
   For the Level 7 team, Megan McInerny scored 35.00 all around. She scored 9.20 on vault, 9.00 on floor, and 8.80 on beam. For the Level 5 team, age 12 and up, Tara Rogers scored 8.65 on beam taking fifth place, 8.425 on vault taking seventh place, ending with a 33.125 for ninth place all-around. The Level 5 team took first place.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, March 5, 2004
• Bob Mackellar 279-718
• Andy Moran 696
• Dan Hartman 693
• Jim Palamuso 669
• Mike Mallwitz 663





Results Of Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 1, 2004
• Gary Scott 712
• Whitey Dlugosz 705
• Mike Mallwitz 697
• Jay Raepple 289-688
• Jeff Conover 663
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Monday, March 1, 2004
• Julie Meyer 236
• Lisa Redlein 215.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, February 27, 2004
• Roy Redlain Jr. 724
• Chuck Benowski 699
• Denno McGinn 656
• Whitey Dlugosz 279





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Tuesday, February 17, 2004
• Mike Mallwitz 709
• Bob McKeller 703
• Bill Gerfin 702
• George Swartz 661 702
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Tuesday, February 17, 2004
• Cheryl Redlein 250.





Grand Island Wrestling Club News - 2004

   The Grand Island Wrestling Club had an impressive show at the Wrestling Tournament in Niagara Wheatfield on Sunday, February 15, 2004. Grand Island came away with two 1st place trophies by Joey Verdi and TJ Acker, three 2nd place trophies by Scott Rogers, Derek Stacey and Jake Britten and Dave Britten taking 4th. Nick Loevetro, Korey Bennett, Anthony Gugino and Lee Shuster rounded out the team and gave a tough challenge to their competition.
   Their next tournament will be held Saturday, February 21, 2004 at Pendleton.
   Club coaches are Nick Rastelli, Pat Lovetro, Dave Britten and Anthony Verdi. High School Varsity Coaches Henry Carney and Jeff Johnston are assisting. Coach Nick Rastelli is a former record holder for the Grand Island Wrestling team.





Raepple Sisters Lead In Gymnastics - 2004

   February 16, 2004 . . . The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Feb. 14-15) in the I Love New York invitational gymnastics meet in Binghamton. The Raepple sisters continue to lead the Niagara team with high scores.
   For the Level 9 team, Jamie Raepple placed fourth all around with a score of 35.90. She placed third on vault with 9.125, fifth on both bars with 8.875 and beam with 9.10, and thirteenth on floor with 8.80.
   For the Level 8 team, Jenna Raepple captured second in the all around with 36.675 in the 8 to 11 group. She took first in both vault with 9.30 and beam scoring 9.325. She added a sixth on floor with 9.050 and 9.0 on bars.
   For ages 15 and up, Rachael Kaplan placed fifth all around with 32.45. She took third on bars with 7.825. She also had 8.750 on floor for fourth and 8.275 on beam for fifth place.
   For the Level 7 team, ages 11 Ė12, Megan McInerney had a high score of 8.95 on vault. She also had an 8.9 on floor for an overall score of 34.725. Megan is in sixth grade at Connor Middle School.





Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Friday Night Businessmen's League - Friday, February 13, 2004
• Andy Moran 697
• Bob MacKeller 664
• Mike Mallwitz 656
• John Karl 268





Jamie Dougherty - All American Honors - Feb. 2004


   Jamie Dougherty, a freshman at Monroe Community College and Region III Soccer Player of the Year, has earned Junior College All-American honors. Jamie led her college soccer team, the Tribunes, in points with nine goals and 12 assists in the midfield position. She was also named first team All Region and All Conference. She will attend a reception in Charlotte, NC where she will receive her All-American award. A 2003 graduate of Grand Island High School, Jamie was named to the Monroe Community College's fall semester Dean's List.





Tri-City Masters Championship At Island Lanes - Feb. 2004

   Mallwitz Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Road, will be the site of the 13th Annual Tri-City Masters Championship on Sunday, February 15, 2004 beginning at 12:30 p.m.
   The ABC sanctioned event, co-sponsored by the Tri-City Associations: Tonawandas, Lockport, Niagara Falls, is expected to bring one of the largest crowds in the history of Island Lanes.





Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, February 10, 2004
• Brian Frank 279-258-779
• Mike Sanders 685
• Dave Dzielski 680
• John Sabatowski 677
• Shawn Daine 267-670





Labatts Mens League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Labatts Mens League - Tuesday, March 9, 2004
• Bill Kemp 278-684
• Mike Johnson 267-672
• Fred Bahr 661
• Dave Dzielski 659
• John Sabatowski 258-651





More Good News On Tara Rogers Of The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics Team - Feb. 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Feb. 7-8) in the early season state gymnastics meet held in Ithaca. For the Level 5 team, ages 12 and up, Tara Rogers of Grand Island scored 9.35 on beam, 8.625 on vault, and 8.5 on vault.





Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Men's A Best Roofing League - Tuesday, February 3, 2004
• Mike Mallwitz 711
• Jeff Richard 687
• Tim Robinson Jr. 674
• Gary Scott 653
• Bill Gerfin 650
   Ladies' A Best Roofing League - Tuesday, February 3, 2004
• Lisa Redlein 223.





Michelle Sterner Is Western New York Queens Tournament Winner - 2004

   Michelle Sterner defeated Liz Johnson, 276-238, in a championship match to win the Western New York Queens Tournament's No. 1 division at Transit Lanes on Sunday, February 1, 2004. Click for Complete Story.





Island Skater Wins Division In Belgium Competition - 2004

   A 12-year-old Grand Island figure skater was featured in the Buffalo News on February 4, 2004. Click for Complete Story.





Niagara Gymnast Tara Rogers Excels At Patriot Cup Meet - Feb. 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Jan. 31-Feb 1, 2004) in the Patriot Cup gymnastics meet held in Amherst. For the Level 5 team, ages 12 and up, Tara Rogers scored 31.650 all-around with a great 8.45 on floor.





Gleasons Gymnasts Compete In Leatherstocking Invitational - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Jan. 16-17, 2004) in the Leatherstocking Invitational gymnastics meet in Utica, NY.
   Results follow:
• Level 9 team, Jamie Raepple - ninth all around with 33.975
• Level 9, Jamie Raepple - seventh place on vault with 8.8
• Level 9, Jamie Raepple - eighth on floor with 8.7
• Level 8 team - led by Jenna Raepple - second all around with 36.475
• Level 8 team - Jenna Raepple - first place on vault with 9.375
• Level 8 team - Jenna Raepple - third place on floor with 9.4
• Level 8 team - Jenna Raepple - fourth place on bars with 9.25
• Level 8 team - Jenna Raepple - fifth place on beam with 8.45
   Jenna and Jamie are in fifth and seventh grade respectively at St. Stephen School.
   The Niagara Level 9 team took first place while the Level 8 team took second.
• Level 7 team - ages 8Ė11 - Megan McInerney - ninth all around with a score of 35.45
• Level 7 team - Megan McInerney - fourth on vault with a score of 9.4
• Level 7 team - Megan McInerney - eighth on uneven bars with a score of 9.0
    Megan is in sixth grade at Connor Middle School.





Gleasons Gymnasts Compete In Graffiti Invitational - 2004

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics team from Gleasonís School of Gymnastics competed this weekend (Jan. 10-11, 2004) in the Graffiti Invitational gymnastics meet at Starpoint High School. The Level 9 and 8 teams placed second in the competition. For the Level 9 team, Jamie Raepple placed second all-around with 35.175. She took first place on floor with 9.25, second on beam with 9.1, third on vault with 8.7, and eighth on bars with 8.125.
   For the Level 8 team, ages 8 to 11, Jenna Raepple had an outstanding meet capturing second all around with 37.35. She took first on vault with 9.325, third on floor with 9.550, sixth on bars with 9.2, and seventh on beam scoring 9.275. Rachael Kaplan competed in the 15 and up group. She placed eleventh all around with 32.0. She took fourth on floor with 9.075. She also scored 8.0 on beam and 8.225 on vault.
   The Level 7 team placed third in the team competition with a score of 143.25. Megan McInerney placed ninth all around with a score of 35.275. She also placed sixth on beam (8.75) and eighth on floor (9.2). She also had a score of 9.1 on vault.
   For the Level 5 team, ages 12 and up, Tara Rogers scored 8.3 on vault, 8.625 on beam, and 8.75 on floor taking eighth place.


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