Previous Sports Pages
Fredricks Twins Sign for Div. I Swimming - December 2015
Grace & Lexi FredricksTwins Grace and Lexi Fredricks signed letters of intent with Central Connecticut State University on November 17th. Dad Joe Fredricks sent a link to a story by Dave Ricci of the Town of Tonawanda Sun, see story. Congratulations ladies!!!
Islanders Win Columbus Day Championship - October 2015
The Clarence/Lockport Express 15U team is 2 for 2 in tournaments this year with a Championship win on Columbus Day. The team earned their way into the Niagara Falls Columbus Day Championship game at Hyde Park with scores of 6-3, 5-2, & 8-1. The team captured the Championship title with an 8-2 win over the Arctic Foxes, a 16U team from PA.
1st row: Bryce Scheeler, Nick Shotwell, Jacob Peters, Daniel Dy, *Dominic Tagliarino, Zachary Buchman, Jacob Strusa, Shane Scheeler.
2nd row-: *Coach Phinney, Thomas Messer, Johnathan Lang, Andrew Borek, Dominick Pulli, *Nicholas Phinney, *Parker Morrow, Mathew Carden, Chase Collins, *Coach Tagliarino, Coach Scheeler 3rd row-Luke Werth, Ryan Frazier, Brennan Bailey, Nick Miller.
Islanders Win Fall Classic Championship - October 2015
The Clarence/Lockport Express 15U team won the Midget Division in the Fall Classic Hockey Tournament in Rochester on Sunday. The team earned their way into the championship game with a semi game win 5-2 against the Onondaga Thunder 16U. The team ended the tournament with an exciting shootout win in the championship game against the Hamburg Hawks 16U team.
Front Row-*Coach Phinney, Bryce Scheeler, *Dominic Tagliarino, Daniel Dy, *Parker Morrow, Nick Shotwell, Jacob Peters, Dominick Pulli, Jacob Strusa, Nick Miller.
Back Row-Ryan Frazier, Zack Buchman, Shane Scheeler, *Coach Tagliarino, Brennan Bailey, *Nick Phinney, Andrew Borek, Tom Messer, Mathew Carden, Luke Werth, Johnathan Lang, Chase Collins, Coach Buchman, Coach Scheeler.
Jeremy Figler Playing Pro Soccer in Sweden - August 2015
From left: Jeremy Figler, Evan Greenbaum, Sterling Hancock and Ray DeleonGrand Island native Jeremy Figler recently signed a professional contract to play soccer in Sweden for Sävsjö FF. An article in the local newspaper Vetlanda-Posten reported "Sävsjö has not had a fun season thus far, but now it's going to be change. The coaches are replaced, and four new acquisitions come in-all four from the United States." Jeremy was on a six game European exhibition tour with Bridges FC out of Wheaton, Illinois when the contract offer was presented.
16U Travel Softball Tryouts - July 2015The Grand Island Vipers are holding tryouts for its 2016 16U Travel Softball Team on August 5th and August 13th at Veterans Park on Grand Island, Diamond #10. Registration and warm-ups begin at 6:00 p.m. both nights.
We are seeking players interested in competitive softball to play league games, 3 local WNY tournaments and 1 National Tournament out of New York State. The team begins practicing once a week in mid-November with off-island hitting (last year at Sandlot Academy) through February. We will also schedule scrimmages in January/February. For more information, please feel free contact either of the coaches David Mingoia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 696-2402 or Bill Stanley, email@example.com, 512-3518. See www.eteamz.com/grandislandvipers.
Grand Island Vipers 14U Softball - July 2015
The Grand Island Vipers won the 14U softball tournament in Watertown this past weekend playing against teams from New York and Canada. The girls got off to a rocky start in pool play on Friday and Saturday, winning one game in pool and losing two tough ones. When Sunday came, the Vipers knew they had a tough road ahead of them, needing to win four games to win it all. Game one on Sunday was an easy 16-3 win, after that the day became exciting. Game two tested the Vipers as they found themselves successfully scoring on two suicide squeeze plays. One to tie the game and one to win the game.
MVP Megan Stanley with dad Bill Stanley.
Written by Coach Bill Stanley.
The third game was also an easy task for the Vipers as they had hot bats and seemed to score at will, getting themselves into the championship game against a team from Victor, NY. The championship game was a close back and forth battle that ended with an amazing relay, when a ball that was hit into the outfield and ended with a put out at third to win the game. This group of young ladies played through a lot of adversity this season with injuries and tougher competition than they have seen in the past to win two tournaments this year and I think I can speak on behalf of the other coaches when I say that the ladies are truly amazing.
2015 Gus Macker - July 2015
Click for larger view.The Gus Macker has been officially approved to take place on Grand Island August 29-30th. No new conditions were added at Monday's board meeting and tournament organizers are full steam ahead. Registrations are open until August 17th and are in high demand! Teams are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. The 2015 Gus Macker on Grand Island will focus on a family oriented two day festival that welcomes all ages. All Grand Island businesses are encouraged to participate at the tournament by showcasing their services at the Town Commons all weekend. To reserve your spot please call Corey McGowan at 716-341-1040. To register your team visit www.macker.com.
Shane Bennett - July 2015
Shane BennettIsland native Shane Bennett has most recently played hockey for the Halton Ravens, a Canadian Junior ice hockey team based in Burlington, Ontario. He and teammate Spencer Gourlay are now headed to the NCAA this fall to play for Cortland University Red Dragon's hockey team. Both players were forwards for the Ravens and posted 108 points each for the season. Bennett joined the team mid season and despite playing only 30 games, was the league's MVP and had most points per game in the league.
NY Inferno 2016 Softball Tryouts - July 2015The NY Inferno 2016 Softball Tryouts will take place at the Southside Little League, 121 Starlite Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14227 on the following dates.
Monday Aug.10th - 14u dob 01-02, 16u dob 99-00 at 5:30
Tuesday Aug. 11th - 12u dob 03-04, 18u dob 98-97 at 5:30
Wednesday Aug.12th -14u dob 01-02, 16u dob 99-00 at 5:30
Thursday Aug.13th - 12u dob 03-04, 18u dob 99-00 at 5:30
Friday Aug.14th - 14u dob 01-02, 16u dob 99-00 at 5:30
Saturday Aug.15th - 12u dob 03-04 at 8:30, 14u dob 01-02 at 10:00, 16u dob 99-00, 18u dob 98-97 at 12:00
. Sunday Aug 16 - 12u dob 03-04 at 8:30, 14u dob 01-01 at 10:00, 16u dob 99-00, 18u dob 98-97 at 12:00.
Call Coach Chuck Righetti at 716-316-0517 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Website.
GI Vipers Win "Battle of the Fort" - June 2015
Front row from left: Marissa Hovey, Hallie Mingoia, Alyssa Ruminski, Allyson Schoener, Jenna Tavano, Chloe McQuestion.
The GI Vipers 14U softball team won the gold division at the Lewiston Battle of the Fort Tournament held last weekend. The girls lost a tough game Friday, but came back Saturday and won both of their games to give them the #1 seed in the gold division elimination round Sunday.
Back row from left: Jenn Hinaman, Bailey Huber, Grace Federico, Izzy Bataglia, Jess Faso, Megan Stanley.
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On Sunday the Vipers where more than ready to finish the task at hand as they defeated a team from Qakville, Ontario, 7-1 to get themselves into the championship against a Rochester team. In the championship game the Vipers kept their strong defense and bats going as they won 11-1 and were able to win and bring home the championship trophy.
Notable performances by Allyson Schoener, Bailey Huber, Jenn Hinaman, and Jess Faso who hit .500 or better, including triples by Jess Faso and Jenn Hinaman and a homerun by Jess Faso. Marissa Hovey hit over .400, and Hallie Mingoia, Chloe McQuestion, Megan Stanley, Jenna Tavano, Grace Federico, and Alyssa Ruminski hit .300 or better. Defensively these girls where tough not allowing runners to get a hit or even score. On the mound, Megan Stanley was solid, especially on Sunday allowing no earned runs in both games.
Carlee Conway - April 2015
Carlee Conway Wins NJCAA Region XXII MVPWestern NY’s 2014 Co-Player of the Year in Women's Tennis continued her strong play at Marion Military Institute, Marion, AL. Carlee Conway was selected as the Alabama Community College Conference Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 Women's Tennis season. Conway won the Junior College Region XXII title, going undefeated in regional play, in both singles and doubles. She capped off a perfect spring tennis season in singles going 13-0. Conway is only the second female player from MMI to receive this prestigious award.
Conway dismantled Snead State's Rachel Farmer, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 1 singles to win the conference title. In non-conference play, she had wins over Div. II colleges; Huntingdon College, Stillman College, and the University of Mobile. Her doubles partner has been Maria Cespedas of Orlando, Fl. Together they went 12-0 in doubles this spring. The nationally ranked team of Conway and Cespedas' only loss came at the Fall ITA National championships held in October 2014. MMI's coach Charles Wright was quoted as saying "Carlee Conway is undoubtedly one of the most competitive young ladies that I have had the pleasure of coaching at MMI. She usually finds a way to win. In addition to her strong will to win, she is nearly unflappable in the direst of predicaments. Conway is in a league of her own. She is the most versatile female player that has ever played tennis for MMI. She has all the shots." Conway has been ranked at #12 nationally throughout the season in NJCAA Women's singles. Conway has been admitted to the US Naval Academy, Class of 2019 and will be entering the Academy, Fall 2015.