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Postponed To March 4-5 - Details Later In Week
Beaver Island Park Is Site Of "HUGE" February 2006 Sled Dog Race
   Watch for weather related updates!

   The Sled Dog Races in Beaver Island Park have been postponed to March 4-5, 2006. More information on the event will be posted soon.
   Grand Island's Fuccillo Auto Group will sponsor a "HUGE" sled dog race in Beaver Island State Park on February 4th and February 5th beginning at 9 a.m. These dates are a postponement from the originally scheduled January 7-8, 2006 races. Prize money is a $2,000.00 purse. The event is being organized by Canadian-American Sledders Inc. and hosted by the Town of Grand Island.
   Races are scheduled for six-dog (3.5 miles), four-dog (3.5 miles) and two-dog (3.5 miles) categories and the entry fee is $5 per dog. Also scheduled is a 1 & 2 Dog Junior event (1.5 miles).
   Rick Hillman, a sled dog racing enthusiast for 15 years and major organizer, is hoping to have 40 to 50 teams entered in the race. "What we are trying to accomplish is to show the public just how much fun this sport really is. It's all about the love the dogs have to just run and pull and the bond that develops between the musher and the dog," Rick said this week. Contact him at 434-3653 to enter (

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, December 26, 2005
• Rich Freer 739
• Mike Mallwitz 724
• Bill Gerfin 724
• Ken Pelletier 716
• Mark Doel 713
• Mitch Brinker 709

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, December 23, 2005
• Whitey Dlugosz 674
• Bob McKellar 661
• Ray Clark 655

Alexi Salamone Nominated for U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team - December 2005

Grand Island's Al Salamone - Fifteen players have been nominated for U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team
including Grand Island High School junior Alexi Salamone. Nine will be competing in their first Paralympic Games.

Story By Marvin Olberding – U.S. Paralympics - December 19, 2005

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Head coach Keith Blasé announced the 15 men who have been nominated for the U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team at the World Arena in Colorado Springs Sunday.
   The team will be composed of seven forwards, six defensemen and two goalies, with four players – defensemen Dave Conklin (La Crosse, Wis.) and Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.), goalie Manny Guerra (Minneapolis, Minn.) and forward Joe Howard (Brockton, Mass.) – making their third appearance on the squad.
   Nine players from the 2006 roster will be making their first appearance at the Paralympic Winter Games, with only one of those players being above the age of 20. Blasé believes that this mix of veterans and newcomers can not only work together, but work well.
   “We’re really excited about the team itself, the make-up of the team, the number of young players we’ve got combined with the veteran leadership and we think that that combination is going to allow us to compete very effectively in our quest to recapture the gold medal,” Blasé said.
   The U.S. will be considered one of the medal favorites for Torino, a sharp contrast to 2002, when the team was only part of the tournament because it was the host country. In Salt Lake City, the team went undefeated through the Games and defeated Norway in a shootout to take the gold.
   “Going into the Games, it’s definitely going to be different,” St. Germaine said. “We’re going to have a target on our backs. Everyone’s going to be trying to take us out.”
   Even with the team’s new role as medal favorite, St. Germaine said he isn’t worried about how it would affect his younger, more inexperienced teammates.
   “They wouldn’t be here if they didn’t have the talent,” St. Germaine said.
   The U.S. most recently competed in November at the Radisson SAS Cup, in Bremen, Germany, where they went 2-1 against Canada, Norway and Germany.
Roster (Athlete bios are available at
Steven Cash (Overland, Mo.)
Taylor Chace (Hampton Falls, N.H.)
Dave Conklin (La Crosse, Wis.)
James Connelly (Egg Harbor City, N.J.)
Bradley Emmerson (Amherst, N.Y.)
Manny Guerra (Minneapolis, Minn.)
Michael Hallman (Hatboro, Penn.)
Lonnie Hannah (Mansfield, Texas)
Joe Howard (Brockton, Mass.)
Timothy Jones (Mt. Ephraim, N.J.)
Taylor Lipsett (Mesquite, Texas)
Chris Manns (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, N.Y.)
Kip St. Germaine (East Falmouth, Mass.)
Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa)
   For more information, contact Beth Bourgeois ( at (719)866-2039 or Marvin Olberding ( ) at (719) 866-2045.
   About U.S. Paralympics:
   U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of all persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics website at

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, December 19, 2005
• Andy Moran 757
• Rich Freer 745
• Jim Reese Jr. 300 - 737
• Dave Arch 717
• Mike Johnson 693
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Kelly Mallwitz 232-605

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, December 16, 2005
• Mike Steckelberg 756
• Steve Kessler 745
• Mike Mallwitz 683
• Bob McKellar 667
• Jon McGinn 660

Niagara Gymnastics Wins Team Trophy - Dec. 2005

   Christmas came early for the Level 4 gymnasts from Niagara Gymnastics as they won the team trophy at the Candy Cane meet held December 4, 2005 at the Bright Raven Gym in Rochester, N.Y. The Level 4 Niagara team was led by Briana Brandon placing 3rd in the all-around, 1st on beam, 2nd on floor, and 7th on the bars. In the 10-year old division, Sarah Dollendorf also won a medal. After feasting on their candy canes, the Niagara Gymnasts will return to action in January 2006 with the Graffiti Tournament to be held at the Niagara Falls Conference Center.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, December 9, 2005
• Steve Kessler 704
• Jon McGinn 675
• Mike Mallowitz 673
• Bob MacKellar 653
• Deno McGinn 650

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, December 5, 2005
• Jon McGinn 289-762

Gleason’s Niagara Gymnastics Team Wins 1st Place -
Pinky Stone Memorial - December 2005

Rachael Kaplan, Niagara Level 8 gymnast, at the Pinky Stone Gymnastics meet,
celebrates her 17th birthday Friday, December 2nd with cupcakes.
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   Gleason’s Niagara Gymnastics Team competed in the 19th annual Pinky Stone Memorial meet over the December 2-3, 2005 weekend in the Oncenter in Syracuse. This meet is held in honor of the former owner and coach of the Central New York Gymnastics Center who was killed in a boating accident in 1986. The Niagara Level 9 Team took first place with the help of Jenna Raepple who placed 4th all-around in the junior division with 35.80. She took 2nd place on beam with 9.30, 7th on floor with 9.25, and 8th on vault.
   Ten Level 8 teams with over 75 competitors participated in this invitational gymnastics meet. The Niagara team captured third place. Megan McInerney, 13, earned 8.725 and 3rd place on balance beam, 9.125 and 4th place on vault, and 9.0 and 5th place on floor. She placed 9th all around in the senior division. Rachael Kaplan, competing Friday on her 17th birthday, had a consistent meet with her highest score on floor.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, December 2, 2005
• Steve Koessler 713
• Mike Malowitz 713
• Bob McKellar 709
• Mike Digati 693
• Mike Digati Jr. 664

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, November 25, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 279-760
• Jim Reese Jr. 676
• Jim Robinson Jr. 671
• Rich Freer 670
• Jon McGinn 667

Former Lady Vikings Star On Daemen College Wildcats Soccer Team - 2005

Former Lady Vikings are Kim Walker (5), Cortney Bota (10), Amy Stewart (12) and Lauren Nedwick (17).
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(left) Amy Stewart, Kim Walker, Cortney Bota and Lauren Nedwick

   November 2005 . . .Four Grand Island Lady Viking alumni received recognition for their efforts on the Daemen Wildcats Soccer Team this season when they were selected to the All AMC North teams.
   Kim Walker, a junior, was named first-team All-AMC North and Amy Stewart, a sophomore, was a second-team All-AMC North selection. Walker set a school record with 19 goals this season and also added nine assists. She was fourth in the AMC in goals per game (1.13), eighth in assists (0.56 pg), and fifth in points (2.81 pg). She was a second-team All-AMC North selection each of the past two years. Kim Walker has a total of 45 goals for the 3 seasons she's played for Daemen. Stewart led a Daemen defense that gave up less goals (2.25 pg) than any team in Daemen history. Sophomores Cortney Bota and Lauren Nedwick were named honorable mention All-AMC North. Congratulations, Grand Island girls!

Jen Breier Wins State Volleyball Award- 2005

   Jennifer Breier, Grand Island High School Class of 2002, has been named a winner of the Chancellor's Scholar Athlete Award for women's volleyball by the State University of New York Athletic Conference. Jen was so honored for her superb athletic ability on the Buffalo State Bengals Women's Volleyball team while maintaining a 3.90 grade point average in art education.
   An honor and high honor roll student and member of the National Honor Society at Grand Island High School, Jen was a varsity track star and played on the varsity softball, volleyball and basketball teams.
   For Jens 2005 record, click
"" and look for "Individual Statistics."

Men's/Ladies A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, November 28, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 279-760
• Jim Reese Jr. 676
• Jim Robinson Jr. 671
• Rich Freer 670
• Jon McGinn 667

Niagara Gymnastics Team - Rachael Kaplan - Megan McInerney - Nov. 2005

   Gleason’s Niagara Gymnastics Team began the competition season with the Snowflake Meet held at Stumpf’s in Williamsville. In the level 8, ages 15 and over, Rachael Kaplan, who attends Grand Island High School, earned a third place on floor, a fifth place on uneven bars and balance beam, and a sixth place on vault. Kaplan received a sixth place all around finish. Megan McInerney, an 8th grade student at Connor Middle School, earned an outstanding first place on vault with a score of 9.4. She also placed first on uneven bars and second on floor for a second place all around finish for ages 13 to 14.

Niagara Gymnastics Team - Brianna Brandon - Nov. 2005

   The Niagara Gymnastics team from Gleason’s Gym opened their 2005-2006 season at the annual Judges’ Cup held in Rochester on November 20, 2005. Brianna Brandon, a 3rd grader at Kaegebein Elementary, won the floor exercise with a score of 9.2 and also placed sixth on vault. Brianna competes in the junior division.

Rayhill, Ingraham and Dillen Star On RPI Football Team - November 2005

(left) Tom Rayhill, Doug Ingraham and Dave Dillen of RPI hold the ECAC Northwest Championship plaque following their win over St. John Fisher in Rochester on Saturday.
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   The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Engineers football team defeated the St. John Fisher Cardinals on Saturday, November 19, 2005 in the ECAC Northwest Championship Bowl 26 – 22 at Growney Stadium in Rochester. This culminated an 8-2-0 season for the RPI Engineers. RPI’s only losses this season came in triple overtime against Hobart (56-48) and in their final regular season game against their cross-town rival, Union College (49-42).
   Three sophomores, all 2004 Grand Island High School graduates, assisted the Engineers in their successful season: Thomas Rayhill, Doug Ingraham and Dave Dillen. Thomas Rayhill plays middle linebacker and on all special teams, Doug Ingraham plays defensive tackle, and Dave Dillen is an offensive lineman. Tom finished the year with 58 tackles including 30 solo tackles, 3 sacks, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 3 pass breakups, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery. In his freshman year, he was named Special Teams Player of the Year. Doug Ingraham finished the year with 29 tackles including 18 solo tackles, 4 sacks, 6.5 tackles for a loss and one pass breakup.
   Of the 100 athletes on the Engineer football roster, all three Grand Island graduates finished their freshman year in the top ten of the team academically. Dave Dillen finished his freshman year as the number one player academically with a perfect 4.0 average for both semesters.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, November 11, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 704
• Whitey Dlugosz 652
• Mike Healy 650

Men's/Ladies A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, November 14, 2005
• Bob McKellar 763
• Mike Steckelberg 706
• John Leszczak 702
• Mark Raepple 680
• Bill Burg 679
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Sue Marble 221
• Lisa Redlein 217

Olympic Hopeful Playing In Town This Weekend - November 2005

Al Salamone

   Grand Island High School senior Alexi Salamone just returned from the U. S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid and will be traveling to Germany at the end of the month to represent the U.S. in Sled Hockey competition. Al is a member of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team and is preparing for the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin, Italy. The Olympic hopeful, and his local Sled Hockey Team, the Buffalo Freeze, will be playing three games this weekend against Chicago. Buffalo and Chicago team rosters include many 2002 Salt Lake City Gold Medalists and Olympic hopefuls. The games are being played this weekend at Buffalo State College and Bud Bakewell, Riverside Ice Rink.
   First Game - Saturday Nov. 19th - 1-3 p.m. - at Buffalo State College, Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo
Take the Scajacquada/198 and get off at Elmwood. There is a signal, go straight across the street into the Buff State driveway and turn right. The first building is the ice rink, park and walk up the walkway to the building and the ice rink should be in front of you as you enter the lobby.
   Second Game - Saturday Nov. 19th - 10:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. - Bud Bakewell, Riverside Ice Rink, 2617 Niagara Street, Buffalo
   If you're coming from Grand Island, the fastest way to get there is to get off the the 190S at the bottom of the Grand Island Bridge, turn right at the bottom and then turn left onto River Road (at some point River Road turns into Niagara). Take River Road past the foot of Sheridan, past the Chevy Plant and when you pass Vulcan and Hoatling (they come to a corner) it's the first driveway on your left.
   Third Game - Sunday Nov. 20th 8-10 a.m. - Bud Bakewell, Riverside Ice Rink, 2617 Niagara Street, Buffalo

Men's/Ladies A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, November 7, 2005
• Mark Doel 300-763
• Jim Reese Jr. 718
• Damien Dolce 679
• Mike Johnson 664
• Mike Klis 660
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Sheryl Redline 223-600
• Gail Piershalski 216
• Lisa Redline 215

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, October 28, 2005
• Bob MacKellar 718
• Steve Kessler 686
• Whitey Dlugosz 652
• Steph McGinn 224
• Lorie Digati 215

Men's/Ladies A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, October 24, 2005
• Damien Dolce 300-787
• Mike Klias 704
• Steve Kessler 299-665
• Dave Arch 662
• Jon McGinn 652
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Cheryl Redlein 221-256-654
• Lisa Redlein 247-624
• Lorie Digati 240-608

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, October 21, 2005
• Mike Digati Jr. 764
• Jon McGinn 683
• Steve Kessler 675
• Al Beyers 650
• Tom Digati 300

Men's/Ladies A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, October 17, 2005
• Bill Gerfin 279-772
• Flow Sliwinski 739
• Ronnie Moran 687
• Jeff Richard 685
• Steve Koesller 685
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Pat Scott 224-609
• Paula Callahan 215
• Cheryl Redlein 215

Grand Niagara Sevenson Squirt Major Jr Purple Eagles 2-0 - October 2005

The Purple Eagles and their coaches.

   The Grand Niagara Sevenson Squirt Major Jr. Purple Eagles started their WNYAHL season off to a 2-0 start on the first week of October. On October 1st they defeated the Rochester Red Wings 6-2 in action. The Jr. Purple Eagles offense was led by Anthony Merante and Maddie Elia with 2 goals apiece while Ryan Logar and Matt Higgins each added a goal and 2 assists. The defensive unit of Corey Register, Jacob Zimmerman, Jessica Brownschidle, Anthony Yarussi and Xavier McNaughton played a solid game against the high scoring Red Wings with Peter Chopra earning the victory in goal.
   The Eagles won again on October 6th over the Depew Saints with a 3-1 victory. Ryan Logar had 2 goals and an assist with Matt Higgins adding a goal and Anthony Merante picking up an assist for the Jr Purple Eagles. Peter Chopra played a strong game in goal to pick up the victory.

Ladies/Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, October 10, 2005
• Lorie Digati 226
• Lisa Redlein 215
Men's A Best Roofing League
• Ken Pelletier 297-811
• Bob MacKellar 278-757
• Whitey Dlugosz 711
• Jim Reese Jr. 702
• Jeff Richard 683

Boating Course - 2005
   The Niagara Power Squadron 8-Hour GPS Seminar (Global Positioning System) is being held at Grand Island High School beginning 7 p.m., October 19, 2005. There are four two-hours sessions.
   Call 754-4159, 773-2140 or 434-2235 evenings.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, October 7, 2005
• Steve Kessler 747
• Mike Mallwitz 730
• Jon McGinn 675
• Ray Clark 650

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, September 30, 2005
• Steve Kessler 675
• Mike Mallwitz 660
• Jon McGinn 652
• Lorie Digati 244-616

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, September 26, 2005
• Bob MacKellar 289-716
• Ken Pelletier 703
• Rich Freer 702
• John Culverson 667
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Cheryl Redlein 245
• Sue Marble 215

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Monday, September 19, 2005
• Mike Johnson 705
• Mike Klis 695
• Jim Robinson Jr. 658
• Gary Mahon 654
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Steph McGinn 221-613
• Gail Piershalski 225

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, September 16, 2005
• Dave Griffin 667
• Jon McGinn 273-662
• Mike Mallwitz 659
• Andy Moran 654
• Mike Digati Jr. 652

2005 Southern Ontario Sprints Champion - Jim Porter Comes In Third - 2005

   Ohsweken Speedway – September 18, 2005 . . .
By Bill Oldroyd
   Adam West of Ridgetown was officially crowned the 2005 Southern Ontario Sprints Champion following the completion of the SOS Championship Invitational on Sunday. West becomes the ninth different champion in the ten year history of the SOS. Glenn Styres hopes of a second SOS title were dashed when West finished in the top ten giving him enough points to secure his first ever SOS Championship. Styres did everything within his control by taking the victory, his sixth of the season and his twelfth SOS victory of his career. For Styres, this capped off an exciting weekend as his facility hosted the very successful, first annual, Canadian Sprint Car Nationals on Saturday.
   The 25-lap Invitational began with Jim Porter and Brian Lee pacing the field to the final green flag of the season. Porter jumped into the early lead with Dick Mahoney and Warren Mahoney in hot pursuit. On lap three, Daryl Turford suffered mechanical problems, bringing out the first caution of the event.
   Porter continued to lead until lap nine when the ‘Tilbury Tornado’, Kyle Patrick made the pass for the top spot after starting the event in the tenth position. At the mid point of the race it was Patrick leading followed by Porter, West, Warren Mahoney and Tom Huppunen.
   The top ten drivers continued to do battle with several position changes each and every lap however Patrick seemed to have everything going his way. Styres however, who started back in the sixteenth position was steadily making his way towards the front. By lap fifteen, Styres was up to the sixth position.
   On lap twenty-two Styres powered past Patrick for the final lead change of the season. At the drop of the checkered flag, it was Styres followed by Patrick, Porter and Warren Mahoney. Fred Cade with a steady run coming from his seventeenth starting position finished a strong fifth position.
   The 2005 Series Champion West joined the SOS in 2001 and missed the Rookie of the Year title by only one point to Curt Sherwood. In 2002 West finished a respectable eighth in points. Then West was chosen to drive for Bob Trostle in the Knoxville International Driver Development (KIDD) program in 2003, which saw him competing south of the border all season. In 2004 West returned to the SOS as a very much-matured driver. His steady driving style allows him to finish most event he starts and this consistency paid off with a fourth place finish in the points standings for 2004. This season West has proven once again that consistency and finishing races pays off. In the 15 point’s races this season, West has finished in the top five, eleven times including two wins with only one race outside the top ten. Congratulations to the 2005 SOS Champion, Adam West and as well to John Watson, the 2005 SOS Rookie of the Year.
   Heat race winners for the final show of the year were West, Patrick and Craig Downie.
   Note of interest: Garry Evans crashed hard into the back stretch wall during his heat race and was not able to make repairs in time for the Feature. Hard luck once again fell on Les MacMillan as he ended his season with a blown motor during his heat race.
   The SOS would like to thank all the fans and the track promoters for their support as the curtain falls on the 10th Anniversary season. Without the fans, there would not be an SOS series. Likewise, if we didn’t have dedicated promoters, we would not have a place to showcase our talented drivers. You should all stand and take a bow, and then get busy planning for next season as the SOS will once again be ready to put on the best show possible. THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
   Next up will be the SOS Awards Banquet, which will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Cairn Croft Inn in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
   Results: 25-car field
   Leaf Racewear Heat
1. #30 – Adam West, Ridgetown, ON; 2. #79 – Dick Mahoney, Newmarket, ON; 3. #22 – Jim Porter, Grand Island, NY; 4. #31 – Curt Sherwood, Sanborn, NY; 5. #6 – Dave Schulz, Barker, NY; 6. #0 – Glenn Styres, Ohsweken, ON; 7. #17 – Gary Evans, Thorndale, ON; 8. #42s – Ken Swan, Lockport, NY; 9. #5c – Chris Pyle, Cambridge, ON
   Pennzoil Feature
1. #0 – Glenn Styres; 2. #33k – Kyle Patrick; 3. #22 – Jim Porter; 4. #25 – Warren Mahoney; 5. #12c – Fred Cade; 6. #27h – Tom Huppunen; 7. #38 – Brad Knab; 8. #1a – John Riegling; 9. #30 – Adam West; 10. #10 – Bob Crawford; 11. #6 – Dave Schulz; 12. #71 – Craig Downie; 13. #42s – Ken Swan; 14. #79 – Dick Mahoney; 15. #17m – Charlie McCann; 16. #32 – Keith Dempster; 17. #12 – Willy Northcott; 18. #5c – Chris Pyle; 19. #8 – Brian Lee; 20. #17 – Gary Evans; 21. #31 – Curt Sherwood; 22. #26 – John Watson; 23. #93 – Daryl Turford

Junior Sabres Take Ice - 2005

   Buffalo News Story - September 17, 2005 . . .The Buffalo Junior Sabres took some roster hits during the summer, but they've got some up-and-coming players looking to make names for themselves, starting with tonight's home opener.
   Forward Chris Moran, who last season was the first American ever named Ontario Hockey Association Junior A Player of the Year, decided in August to leave the Junior Sabres and play for the Omaha Lancers in the United States Hockey League. The Junior Sabres also lost Danny Baco, Shane Sims and Josh Schmitt to the USHL. High-scoring forward Kyle Rogers moved on to Niagara University.
   Last season, the team finished seventh of 10 teams in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League's West Conference. They'll look to improve upon that starting with tonight's 8:15 p.m. game against the Bramalea Blues of Brampton, Ontario.
   The Junior Sabres players to watch this year include: defenseman Jeremiah Crowe of Grand Island, who returns after two seasons in the North American Hockey League; forward Eric Simmons of Cheektowaga, the team captain; and first-year forwards Brent Alexin, a former Orchard Park High standout, and Mike Scheu, a South Buffalo product who played for Timon/St. Jude.
   Bryan Kalczynski of Lancaster and Blake White of Grand Rapids, Michigan, return as the top goaltenders, along with Derek Brennan out of Grand Island High.
   The Junior Sabres, formerly the Buffalo Lightning and the Niagara Scenics, are in their 30th year of operation. The coach is Matt English and the general manager is Chuck Giambra.
   Tonight's game, at West Seneca Recreation Center, 1250 Union Road, is the first of 24 home games.

Steve Kopf Begins Niagara University Tennis Career - September 2005

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   Junior Justin McConkey (Newmarket, Ont.) and freshman Marc Dickinson (Saskatoon, Sask.) were the lone winners for Niagara University Friday evening at the St. Bonaventure Fall Classic. McConkey and Dickinson defeated Andrew Hart and Dejan Stankovic os St. Bonaventure, 8-6, in doubles.
   In the other two doubles matches, sophomore Walter Garcia (Oaxaca, Mexico) and Dawson Peare (Gromley, Ont.) lost 9-7 to Alejandro Nery and Jonathan Luce of St. Bonaventure. Junior Joe Dante (Washington, N.J.) and freshman Steve Kopf (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) dropped an 8-1 match to Antonio Farias and Victor Lecina.
   In singles, Niagara lost all six matches to Buffalo. McConkey lost 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to Mike Rockman, Dickinson lost 6-1, 6-1 to Yules Hadisubroto, Garcia fell 6-1, 6-2 to Nikesh Singh Panthlia, Peare was defeated 6-0, 6-2 by Octavia Stane, Dante lost 6-0, 6-2 to Matt Kennedy.
   The Niagara University men’s tennis team was shut out Saturday, September 10, 2005 at the St. Bonaventure Falls Classic. The Purple Eagles lost all three doubles matches and their six singles matches.
   In doubles against Buffalo, Junior Justin McConkey (Newmarket, Ont.) and freshman Marc Dickinson (Saskatoon, Sask.) lost to Yules Hadisubroto and Nikesh Singh Panthlia, 9-8 (10-8). Sophomore Walter Garcia (Oaxaca, Mexico) and Dawson Peare (Gromley, Ont.) lost 9-8 (7-3) to Albert Alant and Matt Kennedy, and junior Joe Dante (Washington, N.J.) and freshman Steve Kopf (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) dropped an 8-4 match to Mike Rockman and Octavia Stane.
   In singles vs. St. Bonaventure, Garcia lost 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to Alejandro Nery. Dickinson lost 6-4, 6-2 to Leo Mochizuki. Peare dropped a 6-1, 6-1 match to Andrew Hart. McConkey lost a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 match to Dejan Stankovic. Kopf dropped a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 set to Victor Lecina and Dante fell 6-0, 6-0 to Jonathan Luce.
   The Niagara University men’s tennis team registered eight wins in 10 matches Sunday, September 11 at the St. Bonaventure Fall Classic in St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
   In singles, sophomore Walter Garcia (Oaxaca, Mexico) defeated Scott Kathery of Youngstown State, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Marc Dickinson (Saskatoon, Sask.) beat Brian Meek of YSU 6-4, 6-4, and rookie Dawson Peare (Gromley, Ont.) lost to Steven Wipprecht of Cleveland State, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
   Junior Justin McConkey (Newmarket, Ont.) defeated Jason Trapp of Youngstown State, 6-4, 6-1, freshman Steve Kopf (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island) bested Alex Lingstone of Cleveland State, 6-2, 6-1, and junior Joe Dante (Washington, N.J.) beat Zach Landgraf of YSU, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
   In doubles, McConkey and Dickinson lost to Dan Singer and Jay Tee of Cleveland State, 8-6. Garcia and Peare beat Rob West and Wipprecht, 8-6, and Kopf and senior Dave Rueter (Langhorne, Pa.) defeated a combination team of Youngstown State and Cleveland State’s No. 3 players.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

    Friday, September 9, 2005
• John Greenwell 687
• Jenn Johnston 266

TPR and Jim Porter Motorsports team up for SOS Championships and Canadian Sprint Car Nationals - 2005

   September 8, 2005 . . . After a major blow at Brighton Speedway Park this past weekend to Jim Porter Motorsports, Tim Phillips Racing and Jim Porter Motorsports has joined forces for the Southern Ontario Sprints Championship Night and the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals. Phillips will be supplying Porter with his Fronczak Racing Engine for the final 2 events at Ohsweken Speedway to help Porter maintain his points with the Southern Ontario Sprints and for the Ohsweken Speedway Sprint Car Track Championship.

Joey Beauchamp NFL/Pepsi Punt, Pass, Kick Winner - 2005

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   Joey Beauchamp, son of Maureen and Mike Beauchamp of Cardinal Lane, placed first in his age group in the NFL/Pepsi Punt, Pass, Kick competition held at the Ken-Ton YMCA in August 2005. He will advance to the area finals at Ralph Wilson Field House in October. Pictured with Joe is YMCA Director of Youth Sports Edward Hayes.

Randy Osvath Memorial Golf Tournament - September 2005

   A Randy Osvath Memorial Four-Man Scramble golf tournament is being held at 10 a.m. September 24, 2005 at Hyde Park Golf Course, Niagara Falls, NY. Sponsored by the Monday Night Golf League, the fundraiser is in memory of Randy, an Island resident, killed in a motorcycle accident October 7, 2005. He is survived by his wife, Elisa, and children Ryan and Jessica. Cost for Hyde Park season pass holders is $75 or $55 and includes golf, a cart, shirt, balls, lunch, dinner, bar, prizes and more. Call Wayne Coram, 283-4107 for more information.

Steve Kopf Wins Excellence In Teaching Award - August 2005

   Steve Kopf (left) has been awarded the Robert Seth Kingsley Award for Excellence in Teaching Children With Special Needs. The award was presented at the annual Cups Day ceremony at the Southampton Tennis Club in Ontario, Canada on Saturday, August 27, 2005 after Steve, who completed his two-month senior tennis instructor position. He has been a certified OTA tennis instructor at the STC for the past five years and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and tournament championships. The son of Robert and Mary Kopf, he is a freshman Education Major at Niagara University.

Islanders Fare Well At Inboard Summer Nationals - 2005

   Island residents fared well at the Inboard Summer Nationals held in Hampton, Virginia August 12-14, 2005 with temperatures reaching 100+ degrees. Island resident Bob Catopovic won the K Class with his "Fission" driven by Mike Allen from Louisiana. Darryl Monnet of Tonawanda won his qualifiers and was leading the final but ended up a close 2nd to Larry Lauterback. Darryl has the National Mod "Fantasy." Don Less's E-600 won the 5-litre class with Ken Brodie II at the helm. Greg Barkers "Rewinder," driven by Mark Johnson from Mt. Arlington, New Jersey, was 2nd in the 2.5-litre stock class. Further results and photos by Art Smith of Grand Island may be viewed at ""

10-Year-Old Travel Team 2nd Place In Tournament - 2005

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(Front left) Peter Chopra, Austin Hayes, Sam Colao; (2nd row) John Holody, Dylan Hayes, Ryan Ross; (3rd row) James Rustowicz, Donny Kilian, Zach Manuszewski, Anthony Yarussi; (back) Coaches Greg Ross, Don Kilian, and Tony Yarussi

   The Grand Island Ten-Year-Old travel baseball team placed second in the Lou Gherig Tournament July 21-24, 2005. They are coached by Don Kilian, Tony Yarussi, and Greg Ross.

Nate Slotiuk's 1982 Connolly - August 2005

Nate Slotiuk's 1982 Connolly - (right) Driver Bill DeGlopper, with Brian DeGlopper, his son, rider. Click photos for larger view

   August 17, 2005. . . As a youngster, Nate Slotiuk used to go to the Buffalo Launch Club to watch his dad, Boden Slotiuk, race as riding mechanic in Al Brinkman's world champion F Service race boat, Seabiscuit. Later, Nate would row his boat across to Isle View Park and look at the raceboats in the pits. He was especially impressed with Noel Blair's sleek red ski boat, Cheeta.
   With the changing times, APBA racing on the Niagara Frontier faded into oblivion. No races were held locally since the seventies. In 2001, Hydromania returned and a Raceboat Reunion was reintroduced as part of the annual ACBS/APBA sponsored events held at the Launch Club.
   Nate attended these shows, went to Vintage shows in Detroit and in Clayton in 2004 and his interest in race boats was rekindled. His search began for a vintage flat bottom racer.
   eBay proved to be the source for three different ski boats, which Nate bought at auction. The best of the lot was the 1982 Connolly. A pristine hull, powered by a big block Chevrolet engine, the boat was custom ordered by a gentleman in California in 1982. The new owner tried it once. Unfamiliar with the boat and its powerful motor, the maiden voyage proved to be a disaster. At speed, the driver got tossed 360 degrees up onto the deck, steering wheel still in hand. He promptly put the boat in the basement and never used it again. The owner finally decided to sell it on eBay. Nate bought it and brought it back to Grand Island.
   After getting their first rides in the boat, Nate's daughters named it "Mean Streak." They felt it reminded them of the famous roller coaster in Cedar Point.
   This past weekend, Nate journeyed to Columbus, Ohio and participated in the APBA vintage Scioto Riverfest. The boat, SK-55, returned to water after a 23-year absence. Islanders can see it at the antique boat show on Grand Island September 10, 2005 at the Buffalo Launch Club event co-sponsored by the Niagara Frontier Chapter, Antique & Classic Boat Society, and American Power Boat Racing Association.
   Also racing in Columbus Ohio, site of many famous APBA races in the past were Islander residents Brian and Bill DeGlopper in their vintage Jersey Speed Skiff, JS-78, Flyin High. The race course featured long straightaways, where boats reached top speeds. For spectators, it was thrilling to see the roostertails spray the Fishinger Bridge, as boats passed underneath.

Empire State Games Results - Islanders Win Gold - 2005

   The following are results of Island residents or former residents who placed in the 2005 Empire State Games as reported in the Buffalo News:
• GOLD - Cycling: Adam Garlapow, Buffalo (formerly of Grand Island) (31-mile criterium, team); men's and women's team - Jay Joslyn, Grand Island
• GOLD - Gymnastics: MS team - Jimmy Pezzino, Grand Island - Floor, 9.200.
• GOLD - Gymnastics: WO team - Jamie Raepple, Grand Island
• GOLD - Ice Hockey: Men's team - Anthony Borelli, Grand Island; Derek Brennan, Grand Island
• GOLD - Men's soccer: Scholastic team - Chris Bobak, Grand Island
• GOLD - Women' soccer: Scholastic team - Jessica Kuehne, Grand Island; Jessica Remmes, Grand Island
• SILVER - Scholastic Women - Javelin - 2, Karen Bellanca, WN-Grand Island, 31.53 meters (scroll down for photo)
• SILVER - BASKETBALL: In women's scholastic, Hudson Valley beat Western, 83-61, and the Western team, which includes Grand Island's Ashleigh Frieday, took silver.
• SILVER - Scholastic Men One Meter OPTIONAL DIVES - State high school champion Ian O'Rourke of Grand Island won silver with a score of 486.4
• SILVER - Men's 3-meter optional scholastic division - Ian O'Rourke with a score of 456.15
   Other winners from Grand Island will be added here as they are submitted. Email to

Empire State Games
Karen Bellanca Wins Silver Medal In Javelin - July 2005

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   August 2, 2005 . . Karen Bellanca won a silver medal in the scholastic division Javelin at last week's Empire State Games held in the Hudson Valley region. Her throw was 31.53 meters. Karen, daughter of Terri and Mark Bellanca, will be a junior at Grand Island High School this year.

Quinn Corrao Earns His Black Belt In Tae Kwon Do - July 2005

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   Quinn Corrao, 9, of Grand Island recently received his Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do (TKD) from Master Khechen’s School of Tae Kwon Do in Buffalo, NY. Quinn began TKD classes at the age of 5 and has attended 2-3 classes weekly for the past four years. The Black Belt test and ceremony was highlighted by board breaking with elbow strikes and turning kicks. Quinn is the son of Jamie and Lynda Corrao of East River Road. Pictured with Quinn is Master W. Khechen.

Hebing, Porter Take Weekend Events - July 2005

SOS Insider Press Release

   This past weekend the Southern Ontario Sprints made stops at the Ohsweken Speedway and South Buxton Raceway. Each event saw new winners on the SOS tour. Chuck Hebing made his way north to Ohsweken on Friday night, July 22, 2005 to claim his first ever SOS win in only his second attempt. On Saturday night it was Jim Porter claiming his first feature win ever in a 360 sprint car. The win was a popular one in the pit area as Jim has been a long time competitor with the club. The Porter family put together the following message to thank everyone for a special night:
   "We would like to thank all of the SOS teams, officials, friends and family for all their support through the years, and especially Chris Rhynold for sacrificing his own racing endeavors to crew for us. We have worked Chris like a dog for months. He sets up our car, the web site, PR and media work for us, and even brought along some extra help, Al Harju. This win means so much to us after a lot of disappointment and hard work and we couldn't have done it without Chris. A special thanks to Tim Phillips for all his help, support and pep talks. We find ourselves very grateful to be part of the SOS organization. Thanks to all."
Jim and Kelli Porter SOS # 22
P.S. It was really great to get to know Brad Knab this weekend.
For complete race results and press releases visit
Up next the Southern Ontario Sprint 10th Anniversary Season Tour heads to the Brighton Speedway on Saturday July 30th at 7:30 PM.

Jim Porter Earns First Career Feature Win - July 2005

By Bill Oldroyd - SOS Insider Press Release

   South Buxton Raceway – July 23, 2005. . .The Southern Ontario Sprints returned to where it all began at South Buxton Raceway, to continue the 10th Anniversary tour and it was a night to remember. As the 22-car field did the traditional 4-wide salute to the fans, the sold out crowd cheered as fireworks lit up the night sky. When the checkered flag dropped it was car number 22, Jim Porter from Grand Island, NY, taking his first career Feature win. The celebration in victory lane was something special as Porter was joined by the 2nd and 3rd place finishers, Glenn Styres and Daryl Turford along with several SOS officials, crew members and family.
   Charlie McCann and Turford paced the field to the green for the feature event of the night. Turford, coming off a Heat race win earlier in the night, jumped into the early lead with Porter hot on his tail. Curt Sherwood was running a strong third with SOS rookie, Chris Pyle in fourth and Bob Crawford in fifth.
   A couple of cautions for minor spins during the first half of the event would keep the field close. Local favorite and SOS rookie Andrew Reaume, started the feature mid-pack and by lap eight had worked his way up to the third position. Then on lap ten, Porter made his move on Turford to take the lead. Running order at the half way mark would see Porter in the lead followed by Turford, Reaume, Sherwood and Styres. Running in positions six through ten were West, Crawford, Warren Mahoney, Tom Huppunen and Garry Evans.
   A red flag came out on lap twelve when W. Mahoney and Huppunen tangled in turn four causing both cars to flip. Fortunately no one was injured in the crash. Then on lap fifteen, caution would fly for leading SOS Rookie of the Year driver John Watson, who broke and came to a stop on the front stretch. Reaume, who had briefly taken over the second position, also stopped which forced him to take the restart at the rear of the field.
   With only three laps remaining, Dick Mahoney, Crawford and John Riegling tangled in turn three causing both Crawford and Riegling to spin. This set the stage for a wild finish. Porter was still in command however, both Turford and Styres were poised to make their final charge. Styres got past Turford with less than two laps remaining and then set his sights on Porter.
   A final caution flew when Brian Lee spun with Porter and Styres running side-by-side coming off turn four on the last lap. On the restart, Porter got a jump on Styres and was able to maintain his position to capture his first career Feature victory. Turford also had a career best with his third place finish. Coming home fourth was Sherwood with his best result in two years and finishing in fifth was the current SOS point’s leader, West. Also with his best outing to date was another local favorite and SOS rookie, Jeff Daniels with a sixth place finish.
   Preliminary action saw Turford, Porter and West all picking up Heat race wins with West also taking the checkered in the Dash for Cash.
   Note of interest: One of the original competitors with the SOS back in 1996, Larry Atkinson of Blenheim, made his return driving the yellow 5b sprinter. Atkinson has one Feature win with the SOS and last appearance with the series was back in 1998. Welcome back Larry.
   Next up the 10th Anniversary Tour will see the action shift back to the north shores of Lake Ontario for another round on action at the 1/3 oval of Brighton Speedway. To stay current with all the latest SOS news, be sure to visit the SOS Web Site at
Results: 22-car field
Signet Tool Heat
1. #93 – Daryl Turford, Mitchell, ON; 2. #25 – Warren Mahoney, Lefroy, ON; 3. #69 – Garry Evans, London, ON; 4. #17 – Gary Evans, Thorndale, ON; 5. #27h – Tom Huppunen, Fenwick, ON; 6. #5b Larry Atkinson, Blenheim, ON; 7. #8 – Brian Lee, Kitchener, ON; 8. #1a – John Riegling, Chatham, ON

Pennzoil Heat
1. #22 – Jim Porter, Grand Island, NY; 2. #5c – Chris Pyle, Cambridge, ON; 3. #10 – Bob Crawford, Sutton, ON; 4. #40t – Andrew Reaume, Blenheim, ON; 5. #0 – Glenn Styres, Ohsweken, ON; 6. #20 – Jeff Daniels, Chatham, ON; 7. #12 – Willy Northcott, London, ON

Leaf Racewear Heat
1. #30 – Adam West, Ridgetown, ON; 2. #31 – Curt Sherwood, Sanborn, NY; 3. #38 – Brad Knab, Delevan, NY; 4. #17m – Charlie McCann, London, ON; 5. #26 – John Watson, St. Thomas, ON; 6. #79 – Dick Mahoney, Newmarket, ON; 7. #77 – Les MacMillan, Belmont, ON

Kenetic Dash
1. #30 – Adam West; 2. #22 – Jim Porter; 3. #5c – Chris Pyle; 4. #25 – Warren Mahoney; 5. #38 – Brad Knab; 6. #93 – Daryl Turford

Wiseco Feature
1. #22 – Jim Porter; 2. #0 – Glenn Styres; 3. #93 – Daryl Turford; 4. #31 – Curt Sherwood; 5. #30 – Adam West; 6. #20 – Jeff Daniels; 7. #79 – Dick Mahoney; 8. #69 – Garry Evans; 9. #40t – Andrew Reaume; 10. #38 – Brad Knab; 11. #1a – John Riegling; 12. #17m – Charlie McCann; 13. #17 – Gary Evans; 14. #77 – Les MacMillan; 15. #12 – Willy Northcott; 16. #8 – Brian Lee; 17. #5c – Chris Pyle; 18. #10 – Bob Crawford; 19. #26 – John Watson; 20. #25 – Warren Mahoney; 21. #27h – Tom Huppunen; 22. #5b Larry Atkinson

Leaf Racewear Award – Jim Porter
Inside Canadian Racing “Newsmaker of the Race” Award – Jim Porter

2nd Annual Richard Gerspach Memorial Golf Outing - 2005

   The second Annual Richard Gerspach Memorial Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 22, 2005 at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY with a shotgun start at noon. First, second and third place prizes will be given for Scramble Format, Closest-to-the-pin (2 prizes), Longest Drive (2 prizes), and Hole-in-one Contest. The day will also feature "incredible raffle prizes."
   Proceeds will benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute's "Team Cure."
   Cost is $100 per person in a foursome and includes a BBQ lunch and dinner buffet. Cost per individual entry is $125. Sponsorships are available.
   Attention: Non-golfers! Dinner buffet only - $25! Starts at 5:30 p.m. at River Oaks Clubhouse. Contact Susan Anstett, (716) 898-8008 for details.

Island Girls On Winning U14 Travel Softball Team - July 2005

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   The Cayua Gamblers, a Niagara Falls based NFL travel 14 and under girls softball team, finished second in the Teddy Bear Tournament in Niagara Falls, Canada. Among the players participating were Grand Islanders Shari Geblein (3rd base), Kaileen Shoemaker (pitcher), and Allie Weiser (shortstop).

Tim Phillips Update - July 2005

SOS Insider Press Release

   After a successful surgery this past week to remove the prostate cancer that he was diagnosed with earlier this year, Tim Phillips has now focused his attention on helping others.
   In the true nature of a racer, instead of thinking about himself he is now hoping to spread the word of what he had to go through. Only days after his surgery Phillips said that he wants to offer any help that he can. "I would like to encourage anyone who would like to know more about the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer to email me," Phillips said. "I did a lot of research on it and had to convince my insurance company as to why I needed to go out of network to get treated." His research has eventually paid off after the successful procedure which should allow him to return to the seat of the #21 in 2006.
   For more information, Tim has requested that any inquiries about the procedures of dealing with prostate cancer be directed by email to
   Let's all wish Tim a full and speedy recovery!

GI Laxers Place 5th At 1812 Shootout In Sackets Harbor, NY - July 2005

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Shown front left is Coach Brand; (middle) Nick Shemik, Phil Delphia, Justin Dowd, Phil Wendt and Mike DelZoppo (top) Tom Cunningham, Jason Voltz, James Rayhill, Justin King, Derek Brennan, Matt Guidotti and Chris Miller

   The Grand Island Lacrosse Association Under 17 team place 5th out of 16 teams in their bracket at the 1812 shootout over the July 9-10, 2005 weekend. The team was led by Phil Wendt and Justin Dowd on offense, and Justin King and James Rayhill on defense. The team appreciates the parents who came out to support them. Click for the Grand Island Lacrosse website.

Tim Phillips Recovering After Surgery - July 2005

SOS Insider Press Release

   Southern Ontario Sprint racer Tim Phillips is recovering in a Michigan hospital after successful surgery to remove the prostate cancer that he was diagnosed with earlier this year.
   According to his wife, Pam, everything went very well and the doctors say the surgery was a success and Tim will be starting his road to recovery as soon as possible.
   Before his surgery, Tim stated that if everything goes well he will definitely be back in his sprinter in 2006 and has some special plans for the team when he returns. As many may or may not know, Tim purchased a brand new 2004 J&J Auto Racing chassis from 410 sprint racer Craig Keel and was ready to start the 2005 season before getting the mind-blowing news that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and never got to turn a lap in the new mount.
   Tim and Pam would like to thank everybody who has called and that they have talked to for keeping them in their prayers and the well wishes they have received for Tim's healthy recovery.

Bill DeGlopper's Antique Skiff - July 2005

   July 11, 2005 . . . Liz Barker and her brother, Mike Endres, are shown in Bill DeGlopper's antique skiff which they had fun riding in over the weekend. Mike is building Bill's engine and the boat is being readied for the Antique & Classic Boat Show event at the Buffalo Launch Club in September 2005.
   Longtime racing enthusiasts Liz and her husband, Greg Barker's race boat, "The Rewinder," won the 2.5 Litre stock class in Valleyfield this past weekend!

Speedway Racer Jim Porter Has Streak Of Bad Luck - July 2005

By Chris Rhynold
Team Hyper Motorsports Management

   After recently having engine problems at Ransomville with the Patriots, Jim Porter's bad luck streak continues. Friday night, July 8, 2005, at Ohsweken Speedway after thrashing all week to get the engine back together for this weekend's back to back SOS shows, the weekend was disastrous from the get go. Porter lost his left front wheel when a spindle malfunctioned. The crew went to work replacing the spindle and were ready for heat action. In the heat, a caliper mount broke on the left front and destroyed the rotor and the caliper.
    From the heat to the B-Main, the crew thrashed to assemble the back up axle and replace the old one. Porter qualified for the A-Main by finishing second in the B-Main. Although having the other front end in the car, the car just wasn't right and wound up finishing 17th at Ohsweken. However, the night was over for Jim Porter Motorsports.
   Jim Porter and crew chief Chris Rhynold made the trek back to Grand Island to get spare parts to build a new axle for Saturday night's race at Brighton Speedway Park. Upon arriving at Brighton, the crew went to work building the new axle and everything was back to normal and the car was excellent in hot laps. But the good fortunes in getting the car ready came to a crashing halt when Porter hit an infield tire in turn four while trying to pass John Watson in the heat race, sending Porter flipping into the infield. When the car came back to the trailer, the chassis looked unhurt and looked to be just cosmetic damage and the crew went to work gathering up parts and started making repairs to Porter's mount.
   "Without the parts loaned to us and the help we got from our fellow racers, we never could have got the car together to get the car out for the feature," Chris Rhynold said. Between the heat and the feature, a complete front axle was assembled and installed with all new radias rods, a right rear bird and radius rod along with installation of a new Jacobs ladder, a new drag link, and a new nose wing with mounts along with setting the car up for the feature. However, with all the work performed in that short amount of time it wasn't to be. During the warm-up laps the torque tube separated from the rear end ending Porter's hard fought night.
   "Special thanks to Adam West and crew, Dick Mahoney and crew, Daryl Turford and crew, Warren Mahoney and crew, Charlie McCann and crew, John Watson and crew, and Warren Lindsay for all the help and parts you guys gave us. It is greatly appreciated. We are really sorry if we missed any names as there were so many people around the car, but you know who you are and a big thanks goes out to you."

Island's Jamie Raepple Qualifies For Open Team -
Gleason's Gymnasts Go To Empire State Games - 2005

Gleason's gymnasts who tried out for the Empire Games are (front) Jennifer Najuch, Jenna Raepple, Kayla Gray and Sherri Lojacono; (back) Katelyn Schmitt, Sarah Nadrowski, Jamie Raepple, Jenna VanDusen. Coaches are Kevin Mahoney (far left) and Brian Daly (far right).

   Gymnasts competed for a spot on the Open and the Scholastic teams for the Empire State Games being held July 27-31, 2005 in Poughkeepsie. Gymnasts are judged at Level 10 and the top seven make up the Open Team while the next seven comprise the Scholastic Team. Qualifying for the Open Team, Jamie Raepple from Grand Island scored 9.25 on the floor, 9.10 on beam, 9.075 on vault, and 8.90 on bars finishing in sixth place with 36.325. Raepple will be a freshman in the fall. Rounding out the Open team, Kayla Gray captured seventh place with 36.15, scoring 9.425 on beam, 9.35 on floor, 8.925 on vault, and 8.45 on bars. Gray will be in seventh grade in the fall.
   Jennifer Najuch from North Tonawanda, Jenna VanDusen from Lewiston, and Sarah Nadrowski from Kenmore qualified for the Scholastic Team. Najuch scored 9.25 on beam, 9.10 on vault, 9.075 on floor, and 8.65 on bars with an all-around score of 36.075. She will be a senior at North Tonawanda High School. VanDusen scored 9.55 on floor, 9.30 on beam, 8.95 on vault, and finished with 35.60. She attends Lewiston Porter Middle School. Nadrowski finished with an all-around of 35.25 with 9.30 on floor, 9.20 on beam, and 8.85 on vault. She will attend Kenmore East in the fall. Katelyn Schmitt of Kenmore qualified as an alternate scoring 34.75 all around with 9.25 on floor and 9.20 on beam. She will be in seventh grade at Kenmore Middle School.

Brittania Soccer USA Comes To Grand Island - June 2005

A Brittania Soccer USA camp, hosted by the Grand Island Soccer Club and Grand Island Parks and Recreation, is scheduled for July 11 to 15, 2005 at Veterans Park, Bedell Road. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and is open to boys and girls ages 4-18. To register online visit or call Terri Pitts (Grand Island Soccer Club, 773-5864).

Gleason's Gymnastics News - Brianna Brandon - May 2005

   The Niagara Gymnastics Team from Gleason's School of Gymnastics competed at the Dare To Be Great Meet on May 15, 2005 in Rochester. Brianna Brandon of the Level 4 team placed sixth in vaulting.

Co-Ed Over 30 Summer Soccer League Forming - 2005

   A Co-Ed Over 30 summer soccer league will get underway at Vets Park, Bedell Road on Sunday, June 5, 2005 and is open to teams and individuals. Sign-up should be made by Sunday, May 22. For complete information, click Over 30 Soccer Information.

Safe Boating Course - 2005
   The Niagara Power Squadron is hosting a Safe Boating Course at Anchor Marine, 1501 Ferry Road, Grand Island. Days and times follow:
• Tuesday, May 17 - 7-9 p.m.
• Thursday, May 19 - 7-9 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 24 - 7-9 p.m.
• Thursday, May 26 - 7-9 p.m.
   Call 754-4159, 773-2140 or 434-2235 for further information.

Samrany's Avanti Car Continues Winning Streak - 2005

   Joe and Nancy Samrany trailered their 1988 Avanti convertible to Orlando, Florida the week of April 25, 2005 where they entered the car in the 2005 International Avanti Meet. The car, scoring 98 points out of a possible 100, took a first place trophy. The meet is sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Avanti Owners Association International (AOAI). The Avanti car, handmade of fiberglass, was an original part of the Studebaker organization of the 1960s and is still being produced in small numbers in Villa Rica, Georgia.

Gleason's Gymnastics News - May 2005

    The Level 4 Niagara team from Gleason's Gymnastics competed at the Spring Graffiti Meet held at the Amherst Pepsi Center. For ages 6 to 8, Brianna Brandon from Grand Island had a high score of 9.25 on vault. She scored 8.3 on beam and floor.

B.A.'s 2 Wins A Best Roofing Championship At Island Lanes - 2005

   B.A.'s 2 won the Men's A Best Roofing League championship on Monday, April 25th at Island Lanes. Teammembers are Ken Carter, Dave Arch, Jon McGin, John Mallwitz and Harry Carter.

Tim Phillips - Retiring From Racing Circuit - 2005

   Island resident Tim Phillips, who has been racing the National Vacuum Corporation #21 in the local 360 sprint circuits, has announced that he will no longer be racing, due to the fact that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 44. Tim extends his appreciation to his 360 Sprint TP Racing Team, and to his sponsors, National Vacuum, Fronczak Racing Engines, Jocoy's Collision, Dirt Track Digest, Hyper Motorsports and Grand Island NAPA.
   "Because I am so young, I have to take an aggressive approach to it," Tim said. "All I know at this time is that I will be having surgery in the next few months," he added.
   For the Tim Phillips website, click

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, April 29, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 726
• Jon McGinn 714

Gleason’s Niagara Level 9 & 10 Championship News - 2005

   Gleason’s Niagara Level 10 gymnasts competed at the New York State Championship followed by the Regional Championship held April 15-17, 2005 at the Oncenter in Syracuse. Jamie Raepple took fourth place on beam with 9.325 and ninth place all around with 36.05. Jamie had an excellent season for her first year in Level 10, and just missed qualifying for Nationals in her age group where only the top seven gymnasts from the region continue to compete.
   All of Gleason’s Level 9 gymnasts qualified to compete in the State Championship on Long Island. Jenna Raepple placed seventh all around with 36.175. She took fifth on vault with 9.0, sixth on beam with 9.3, and seventh on floor with 9.3. She qualified for the regional competition and placed 12th all around with 35.975.

Gymnast Rachael Kaplan First In State On Floor - 2005

(Left) Rachael Kaplan - (right) Gleason’s Level 8 team, ages 15 and up (left) Maddie Quarantillo (Lewiston), Jamie Farrell (Amherst), Kelley Feather (Tonawanda), and Rachael Kaplan (Grand Island)
   Gleason's Niagara Level 8 gymnasts competed in the New York State Gymnastics Championship held in Orangeburg (Rockland County) on April 10, 2005. Grand Island resident, Rachael Kaplan, captured first on floor scoring 9.6 in a flawless performance. Rachael is a sophomore at Grand Island High School.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, April 11, 2005
• Bob MacKellar 280-772
• Mike Johnson 739
• John Leszczak 703
• Bill Gerfin 700
• Buddy Boss 681
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Lisa Redlein 235-619
• Stephi McGinn 232-588
• Kelly Mallwitz 595
• Cheryl Redlein 591

Alexi Salamone In Colorado For U.S. Paralympics Cup Tournament - 2005

   The top three international sled hockey teams - U.S., Canada and Norway, will be competing in the USA Cup Tournament in Arvada, Colo., April 10 - 15, 2005. US team member Alexi Salamone, son of Susan and Joe Salamone, will compete in the tournament that includes four days of competition.
   The first is at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, with the U.S. facing Canada. The championship game (#1 seed vs. #2 seed) will take place on Friday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
   Additionally, results will be posted online at and at
   The opportunity for Al to go to the Olympics (Paralympic Games) in Italy in 2006 will be made known in June.
   Alexi and his sister, Tatiana are 11th graders at Grand Island High School. Be sure to read

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, April 8, 2005
• Jon McGinn 714
• Jay Cope 709
• Woody Dlugosz 693
• Steve Kessler 679
• Mike Steckleberg 678
• Stefi McGinn 256

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, April 4, 2005
• Flow Slowinski 279-719
• Bill Gerfin 698
• Rick Arachambault 691
• Steve Kessler 688
• Jim Robinson Jr. 685
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Cheryl Redlein 608
• Kelly Mallwitz 225
• LeeAnne Urbach 216

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, April 1, 2005
• Glen Worthy Jr. 682
• Mike Mallwitz 672
• Jeff Richard 667
• Mike Stecklberg 658

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, March 28, 2005
• Ken Carter 300-753
• Rick Archambault 290-742
• Ken Pelletier 277-737
• Jim Reese Jr. 714
• Mike Mallwitz 711

Jim Dunlop Back In The Race! - 2005

   Former Island resident Jim Dunlop, who made headlines in the sport of running for Grand Island High School, the University of Rochester, and numerous other races, has come out of retirement. Now living in Orchard Park with his wife and three children, he left his racing career in 2001 and has just re-entered the sport. Click Jim Dunlop Feature for Buffalo News story.

Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, March 22, 2005
• Jeff Ehde 715
• John Sabatowski 258-709
• Pat Foote 669
• Mike Miller 653
• Shawn Vaine 279

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, March 21, 2005
• Jeff Johnson 714
• Mike Johnson 714
• Mark Doel 710
• Rick Archambeault 709
• Ken Pelletier 705
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Lisa Redlein 623
• Stephi McGinn 605
• Leeann Urvach 236-603
• Brenda Fox 232-595

WNYAHL Squirt Minor Championship Game Won By Purple Eagles - 2005

   The WNYAHL Squirt Minor Championship Game was won by the Grand Niagara Squirt Minor Junior Purple Eagles who shutout the Rochester Redwings 2-0. Teammates from Grand Island are: Jake Zimmerman, Matt Higgins, Adam Stanczyk, Jessica Brownschidle, Peter Chopra, Anthony Yarussi, Tommy Grenke, and Cyle Alcorn.

Grand Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Squirt Major
Travel Team Take State Championship - 2005

(right) Justin Frentzel - Click photos for larger view.

   The Grand Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles Squirt Major Travel Team won the state championship in Massena, NY over the March 11-13, 2005 weekend. The Purple Eagles beat Saratoga 1-0. The championship team is coached by Island resident Ralph Lariviere and team members include Justin Frentzel, shown above and Mitch Lariviere of Grand Island. The boys competed in the 10 and under division.

Niagara Cup Invitational Gymnastics Meet - 2005

Jenna Raepple - Click for larger view.

   Gleason’s Niagara gymnastics teams hosted and competed in the 24th annual Niagara Cup Invitational gymnastics meet held March 11-13, 2005 at the UB Alumni Arena, triple gym. This event attracts over 750 gymnasts plus judges, coaches, and families to Buffalo from across New York and the Northeast. Gleason’s Level 9 team took first place and the seven gymnasts all qualified on one or more events for the final competition. This unique event hosts the top gymnasts scoring in the top ten on each event for Levels 9 and 10. Jenna Raepple from Grand Island qualified to compete on beam with 9.3. She scored 9.325 on floor, 8.8 on bars and 8.775 on vault giving her an all-around score of 36.2. For the finals, A sixth grader at St. Stephen School, Jenna wowed the crowd with an amazing beam routine scoring 9.6 and capturing first place in this major competition. Jamie Raepple competed for the Level 10 team. She scored 9.25 on vault, 9.075 on floor, and 9.0 on bars. Jamie is an eighth grade student at St. Stephe School.
   For the Level 8 team, Rachael Kaplan scored 9.075 on floor and 8.9 on bars. Her all-around score was 34.575. Rachael is a sophomore at Grand Island High School. For the Level 4 Team, Brianna Brandon also excelled for Niagara with a third in vaulting and fifth in the floor exercise.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, March 14, 2005
• Rich Freer 300-822
• Jeff Walsh 722
• Jim Reese Jr. 710
• Bob MacKellar 692
• Mike Johnson 692
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Heather Frys 246
• Julie Meyer 233
• Lisa Redlein 225

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, March 11, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 715
• Bob MacKellar 715
• Jeff Ehde 704
• Mike Steckelberg 686
• Stephi McGinn 678
• Jeff Richard 675

Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, March 8, 2005
• Brian Sander 279-741
• Kevin Kloesz 689
• Tim Wadell 277-669
• Gary Scott 258

America’s Boating Course - 2005
   The US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-5 is hosting an America’s Boating Course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2005 at the Connor Middle School Little Theater, 1100 Ransom Road, Grand Island, NY. Click Apr. 16 Boating Course for complete course information.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, March 4, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 699
• Jon McGinn 678
• Steve Kessler 650

Isle Girls To Compete In Niagara Cup Gymnastics Championship - 2005

   The 24th annual Niagara Cup Gymnastics Championship meet will be held March 11-13, 2005 at the UB Alumni Arena, triple gym. More than 700 gymnasts representing 25 teams, plus coaches, judges, families and friends, from all across New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Michigan, and Massachusetts, will attend this event. Gymnasts from Grand Island who will be competing are Jamie Raepple (Level 10), Jenna Raepple (Level 9), Rachael Kaplan (Level 8), Megan McInerney (Level 8) and Brianna Brandon (Level 4).
   Tickets are available at the door. Prices have not changed from last year: $8.00 for adults ($10.00 for finals) and $5.00 for children. For complete details and schedule of events, click Niagara Cup Championship.

Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, March 1, 2005
• Jeff Ehde 257-730
• Brian Sander 279-697
• Tom Dibati 260-652

Isle Lacrosse Players Cheer On Jim Wagner - 2005

   Past and present Viking lacrosse players recently visited the Carrier Dome on February 26th, to cheer on Grand Island alum and Army Black Knights (West Point) lacrosse team captain Jim Wagner. In the opening game for both squads, Jim tallied 2 goals against the defending national champion Syracuse Orange. Wagner tied the game 4-4 in the 3rd quarter with his second tally of the night. The Orange pulled away from the 16th ranked Black Knights when they went on a 5-0 run to finish the contest, resulting in a 9-4 Orange victory.
   Jim is a Grand Island High School graduate, Class of 2000.
   The Grand Island Viking lacrosse team is looking forward to a promising 2005 campaign. Grand Island lacrosse information, schedules, history, rosters, statistics, and much more can be found at

Gleason’s Niagara Gymnasts Compete In 2005 Patriots Cup - 2005

   The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics’ Level 8 team competed in the 2005 Patriots Cup on February 27, 2005 at Stumpf’s Gymnastic Center in Williamsville. In the senior division, Rachael Kaplan captured second all around with a score of 34.825. She placed first on floor with 9.325, and second on vault, bars, and beam (8.9). Rachael is a sophomore at Grand Island High School.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, February 28, 2005
• Pat Brick 289-799
• Mike Johnson 300-782
• Mike Mallwitz 759
• Bill Gerfin 739
• Mark Raepple 300-726
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Stephie McGinn 239-647
• Lisa Redlein 216

Gleason’s Niagara Gymnasts Compete In Penev's Classic - 2005

Gleason’s Niagara Gymnastics Team competed in the Penev’s Classic Invitational gymnastics meet held February 19-20, 2005 at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Level 10 gymnast, Jamie Raepple, scored a first place on beam with 9.1 in the senior division. She added 8.95 for third place on bars, 9.15 for fifth place on floor and 35.25 for sixth place all around.
   Level 9 gymnast, Jenna Raepple took a fifth place all around in the junior division with 35.50. She added a forth place on beam with 9.2. She also had a fifth place on floor scoring 9.25 and a sixth place on vault with 8.75.
   The Level 9 team placed first with a total score of 146.35.
   For the Level 8 team, Rachael Kaplan had a strong showing with 9.00 on floor exercise, 8.20 on beam and bars, and 8.10 on vault giving her an all-around score of 33.50. Rachael is a sophomore at Grand Island High School.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, February 21, 2005
• Mike Johnson 279-269-258-806
• Jon McGinn 751
• Jim Reese Jr. 740
• Gary Scott 736
• Chuck Bentley 701
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Lisa Fabiano 215-605
• Cheryl Ratigan 222
• Paula Callahan 223

Men's United Soccer Team Needs Players - 2005

   The Grand Island Men's United Soccer Team is looking for players to play in the Buffalo Senior Men's League. Minimum age is 18 years old. Contact Rob Wakefield at 472-0759.

Shawn Conschafter Earns First Shutout In Professional Hockey - 2005

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   Shawn Conschafter of Calvano Drive earned his first shutout of the season while defending the Lubbock Cotton Kings' goal on February 16, 2005. The Lubbock Cotton Kings, based in Lubbock, Texas, is a professional hockey team in the Central Hockey League. Shawn is a Grand Island High School graduate, Class of 1999. The Grand Island E-News at thanks Michele Beauchamp, GIHS Class of '82, and an Off-Ice Official for the Lubbock Cotton Kings, for this story. Click "Shawn Conschafter"
for complete story.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, February 18, 2005
• Bob MacKellar 257-279-279-815
• Tim Marble 693
• Jay Cope 690
• Mike Cope 668
• Steve Kessler 662

"GPS Course" At High School - 2005

   The Niagara Power Squadron will present a GPS Course (Global Positioning Systems) at Grand Island High School from 7-9 p.m. on the following Tuesday evenings:
• March 8
• March 15
• March 22
• April 5
   To register, call 754-4159, 773-3140 or 434-2235

Jamie Dougherty - All American Honors For 2nd Year - Feb. 2005

   Jamie Dougherty, a sophomore at Monroe Community College where she is a member of the women's soccer team, was recently named to the Division I NJCAA All-American First Team. Jamie, who is credited with helping MCC take the national soccer championship in Arizona, was also tapped for the same honor in February 2004. Jamie is the Grand Island High School all-time leading scorer and has been named to the national all-tournament team and has received all-region and all-conference honors, honors she also received in 2004. She is a member of the Grand Island High School Class of 2003.

Labatts Men's League
- Sharpshooters - At Island Lanes - 2005

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League and Sharpshooters - Tuesday, February 15, 2005
• Jeff Ehde 268-702
• Ed O'Keefe Jr. 255-697
• John Sabtowski 692
• Mike Sander 269-687
• Steve Kessler 300-663
• Mike Sander 269-687
• Wendy Wood 243-658

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, February 14, 2005
• Damien Dolce 300-766
• Ken Carter 740
• Jim Reese Jr. 724
• Mark Dole 702
• Rich Freer 699
Ladies A-Best Roofing
• Stephie McGinn 246-708

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, February 11, 2005
• Bob MacKellor 679
• Jeff Ehde 672
• Glen Worthy Jr. 658
• Mike Steckelberg 655
• Dave Fedorwicz 650

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, February 7, 2005
• Jim Reese Jr. 789
• Mike Johnson 300-740
• Brian Barrett 705
• Jim Mondoux 703
• Bill Gerfin 692

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, January 28, 2005
• Mike Mallwitz 748
• Jenn Johnston 727
• Jay Cope 714
• Steve Kessler 713
• Bob MacKeller 668

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, January 31, 2005
• Andy Moran 744
• Bill Gerfin 736
• Mark Dole 727
• Jay Raepple 695
• Jeff Richard 684
• Harry Carter 667

Thomas Rayhill R.P.I. Player Of The Year - 2005

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   Thomas Rayhill, a 2004 graduate of Grand Island High school, was chosen as "Special Teams Player of the Year" at the January 30, 2005 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Varsity Football banquet. He was chosen by the football coaching staff at R.P.I. Tom also earned a Varsity letter as a freshman. He plays linebacker, participates in kickoff returns, and is the long snapper on punt returns.
   In addition to his achievements in football, Tom made the Dean's List for the fall semester. He is a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Economics.

Tim Phillips - TP Racing Design Contest - 2005

   Island resident Tim Phillips and his 360 Sprint "TP Racing Team" are taking the race fans experience to another level. From January 18th to February 10, 2005 TP Racing is holding a contest for all race fans to design the team's paint scheme for 2005. On February 11th Tim Phillips and the TP Racing Team will announce the winner of the design contest. The winner will receive their paint scheme on Tim’s car for the 2005 season and two Pit Passes to a race where TP Racing will be competing in 2005. This will also give the race fan another experience of being on hand in the pits and seeing what goes on during the race night on and off the track.
   “The fans are where it’s at. Without them we wouldn’t be racing. Not only that, fans are where future racers start out. I was a race fan before I became a driver, and now crew chief.” stated Chris Rhynold, crew chief of the National Vacuum Corporation #21 that follows the local 360 sprint circuits.
   Originally, the contest prize was to be an autographed t-shirt from the TP Racing Team but was upgraded to pit passes for one night of racing. “We can do better than that. Let's take them racing for the night with us and show them what is involved in a night of racing,” stated Tim Phillips the driver and owner of the Grand Island based sprinter.
   Be sure to visit for more details and to obtain the blank sprint car to get you started.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, January 24, 2005
• Jim Reese Jr. 759
• Jon McGinn 757
• Mike Mallwitz 720
• Gary Mahon 716
• Tony Valvo 688
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Lisa Redlein 605
• Cheryl Redlein 223-593
• Kelly Mallwitz 213-588
• Lori DiGati 213

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, January 21, 2005
• Jenn Johnston 719
• Bob MacKellar 665
• Whitey Dlugosz 652
• Jeff Ehde 650

"Boatsmart Course," "GPS Course" At High School - 2005

   The Niagara Power Squadron will present the "Boatsmart Course," Grand Island High School from 7-9 p.m. on the following Tuesday evenings:
• February 1
• February 8
• February 15
• March 1
   Also being offered is the "GPS Course" in the Grand Island High School from 7-9 p.m. on the following evenings:
• February 8
• February 15
• February 22
• April 5
   To register, call 754-4159, 773-3140 or 434-2235


Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, January 18, 2005
• Sean Baine 710
• Mike Sander 667
• Steve O'Keefe 654
• Bob Stolfo 652

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, January 17, 2005
• Bill Gerfin 791
• John Lesczak 731
• Gary Mahon 730
• Ted Johnston 289-727
• Ron Moran 290-708
Ladies A Best Roofing
Carol Jones 245

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, January 14, 2005
• Andy Moran 739
• Jon McGinn 687
• Mike Mallowitz 691
• Dave West 651

NU Purple Eagles Mascot Visits Jr. Purple Eagles - 2005

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   The Grand Island Junior Purple Eagles Basketball team received a surprise visit from Monte, the official mascot of the Niagara University Purple Eagles who was on hand on January 8, 2005 at Sidway School to cheer on the Junior Purple Eagles. Pictured (left) are Joe Darpino, Kurtis Johnson, Kevin Borowicz, Joshua Everett, Mary Ormsby, Ben Shaw, Bryce Callen, Max Trafelsky, Brock Tetreault, Coach Todd Callen, Coach Tony Borowicz. Teammate Emily Valint was absent.
   The Grand Island Junior Purple Eagles play on the Grand Island Youth Basketball League which is sponsored by Grand Island Community Education.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Monday, January 10, 2005
• Ken Carter 769
• Mike Mallwitz 727
• Jim Reese Jr. 724
• Gary Mahon 701
• Bill Gerfin 693
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Stephie McGinn 224-613
• Lino McGinn 233

Labatts Men's League At Island Lanes - 2004

   Tuesday Night Labatts Men's League - Tuesday, January 11, 2005
• Jeff Ehde 278-708
• Mike Sander 682
• Brian Sander 680
• Tim Wadell 652
• Jeff Razinski 254

Jenna Raepple Leads Gymnastics Team To Gold Medal - 2005

   January 8-9, 2005 . . .Gleason’s Niagara Gymnastics teams competed this weekend in the Graffiti Invitational gymnastics meet held at Starpoint High School. Competing on the Level 9 team, Jenna Raepple led the team with first place in every event and helped the team take the gold. She scored 8.95 on floor, 8.80 on bars, 9.00 on beam, 8.775 on vault and 35.525 all around. Her sister, Jamie Raepple, competing on the Level 10 team, took sixth place all around with 35.30. She came in third on beam with 9.15, fourth on bars with 8.525, sixth on vault with 9.025, and seventh on floor with 8.6.
   Rachael Kaplan, competing on the Level 8 team, had a consistent meet with an all around score of 33.125. She had a strong showing on floor with 8.65 and beam with 8.325. The Level 8 team took third place in the competition.
   Brianna Brandon, who competes with the Level 4 team, took second on beam with a score of 9.25 and a twelfth on floor exercise.

Friday Night Businessmen's League At Island Lanes - 2005

   Friday, January 7, 2005
• Steve Kessler 289-778
• Andy Moran 299-735
• Mike Steckelberg 720
• Bob McKellar 690
• Jon McGinn 687
• Stephi McGinn 650.

Men's A Best Roofing League At Island Lanes - 2005
Mike Johnson Rolls 300 In 793 Series

   Monday, January 3, 2005
• Mike Johnson 300-793
• Bill Gerfin 707
• Eric Metzger 704
• Jeff Richard 703
• Rick Archambault 699
Ladies A Best Roofing
• Cheryl Redlein 220-636
• Lisa Redlein 247-621
• Rene Ehde 210

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