K & L Lanes
Paul Hill Memorial League - High team game: Mystery, Inc. 1,095. High team series: Mystery, Inc. 3,023. High individual game (men): Brian Schulz 300. High individual game (women): Nancy Earle 221. High individual series (men): Mike Meyers 689. High individual series (women): Nancy Earle 557.
The Northern Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association Steelers Midget 16-U team was selected to compete in the Tier III New York State Hockey Tournament in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., held March 16–18. Eight teams from all over New York State competed for the state title in the 15-16-year-old age division. Generous donations were made by team sponsors, Turf Tenders and an anonymous donor to cover the team’s expenses for the tournament. Pictured are members of the team. They are, in front, from left to right: John Cole, John Ludwig, Jared Hebner, Connor Graves and Dylan Munson. In back are: Assistant Coach John Hebner, Matt Szalkowski, Matt Johnson, Kyle Leysath, Matt Sheridan, Assistant Coach Carl Bailey, Andy Ellis, Jacob Majka, Alex Michalak, Jeffrey Mulkin, Ryan Sheldon and Head Coach Jim Shaw. Missing from the photo was Mike Johnson.
Other high scores: Meyers 237-250-202, Ernie Clareus 247, Justin Clareus 205, Daren Waterman 240-266-680, Ryan Stefanik 268-202-642, Mike Howard 224, Harold Butzer 200, Ken Purdy 243-621, Steve Grimm 215, Mike Mckeever 277-202-674, Paul Schulz 233, Brian Schulz 219-680, Dee Connolly 176, Nancy Earle 160-176, Kathy Earle 163-164, Liz Gabel 173.
Women's A League - Team high game: Coughlan's 1,455. Team high series: B.A.M. 1,762.
Other high scores: April Jagoda 191-191-197-579, JoAnne Arnold 192-197-545, Joanie Rammelt 169-171-180-520, Jane Rose 171-185-515, Debbie Skinner 160-166-189-515, Roberta Patterson 164-172-181-517, Roxanne Buxton 214, Michele Frederickson 163-174, Jackie Grant 200, Penny Haight 164-166, Madonna Martin 160, Linda Powell 162, Rose Spicer 166.
Vineyards Golf Ladies
Purple Posse League
The Purple Posse League is set to begin its season on Wednesday, May 2, in the morning.
It is a golf league with a twist, not based on strokes, as it focuses on having fun as the only requirement. A different game is played every week with cash prizes. Players can come as many or as few times as they would like.
Tee times change monthly, so check the OBSERVER or call the course. If you are a Purple Posse member from last year, or would like to join, call Janet Guenther at 672-2282.
The league is planning a kick-off lunch in April.
Registration for the spring travel season of the Northern Chautauqua Soccer Association (NCSA) remains open until Friday, April 6. The travel club known as NC Concord competes in the Southern Tier Travel Soccer League (STTSL). This year, the club will field teams in the U10 Co-ed, U12, and U14, as well as U17 Boys and Girls divisions.
Players are still needed for the U10 Co-ed, U12 Girls and Boys divisions, and the U14 Boys division. Player openings in the U14 Girls, U17 Girls and U17 Boys division are available on a limited basis.
Registration fees are $85 for the U10 co-ed and U12 division and $100 for U14 and U17 divisions. There is a $60 uniform fee for new players only. Need based scholarships are available on a limited basis with forms available online at www.myncsa.com. Mail or drop off completed forms with payment at 103 Gardner St.,Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.
The STTSL was established in 1991 to fill a need for a more competitive program than the summer recreational model for committed, talented youth soccer players. Teams from Chautauqua County participate as well as teams from Erie and Cattaraugus counties and Bradford, Pennsylvania. Last year, both the NC Concord U14 Boys and U14 Girls teams won their division championship games held at the Town of Ellery Park and hosted by the Bemus Area Youth Soccer Organization (BAYSO).
Bi-weekly practices for travel soccer begin indoors in March and outdoors as soon as the weather permits. Games are typically held on Sunday afternoons beginning in early May and concluding with the playoff tournament at the end of June. Plans are under way for all NC Concord teams to participate in a tournament in June.
Highlights of the STTSL include the STAR program, in which a patch is awarded to one player per team each game for the star qualities of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Attitude and Respect. STAR patch recipients are selected by their opponents at the end of each game. In addition, the league has created a zero tolerance policy for players, coaches and spectators in order to promote positive interactions with officials and everyone attending a game. To learn more about the STTSL visit www.sttsl.org.
Questions about NC Concord travel soccer should be directed to Program Director Pattie MacKinnon at email@example.com.
Cheektowaga Lions Club
The Cheektowaga Lions Club will host the 14th Annual Senior High School Ladies Basketball Classic on Saturday, March 24, at the Cheektowaga Central High School. The event will feature the top female high school basketball players from across Western New York.
Katie Stang (Gowanda) and Cindy Nelson (North Collins) will be teammates on the Justinettes. Skylar Ondus (Gowanda) will play for the Knights.
The first game will pit the Lioness team and the Justinettes at 6:30 p.m. The second game is slated for 8:30 p.m. and will feature the Lions and the Knights. The games are open to the public. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. For tickets, call 685-1422.
Scoring Goals to Fight Cancer
The Second Annual KC/Paper Factory Floor Hockey Tournament will be held March 31 at the Dunkirk Recreation Center. The cost is $25 per person for a six-person team. Participants must 16 years of age or older.
It is a 3-on-3 format with three games guaranteed. There will be prizes for first, second and third place.
Register by email with names to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Eric at 410-0309. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The event is presented by the Kosciuszko Club/Paper Factory Relay for Life Team.
High School Hockey Tryouts
Tryouts for the 2012-13 Dunkirk-Fredonia high school hockey team will be held at the Steele Hall Ice Arena on Sunday, March 25, from 4-5 p.m.
All interested players must attend. If a player is unable to attend, they must be excused in order to be considered for the team.
Any eighth grader interested in playing must pass the New York State physical fitness test if selected for the team.
Tryouts will be $10. If possible, players should bring a home and away jersey with a name on the back.
Call Dave or Andrea at 965-4161 for more information.
Dunkirk Little League Softball
Dunkirk Little League is still taking registrations for girls aged 9-12.
Any new or returning player may still sign up. Registrations will be taken until March 25. Any girl that would like to sign up can call league president Gary Haase at 679-6929, or 366-4452.
Vineyards Golf Course
The Vineyards has openings for teams in both Monday and Wednesday evening's leagues. Leagues have a handicap system that would take strokes off your score, so any skill level is welcome.
The Monday league is set to start play on May 7. A meeting to make final plans for the 2012 season will take place Monday April 9, at 5:30 p.m., Jeanne Pagano?s house.
The Wednesday league is set to start play on May 2, and will run until the end of September. There will be no league play on July 4.
If you would like to be a part of either league, or a substitute, please call Brenda Hennessey at 679-4915 or Barb VanDette at 934-3993.
DHS Winter Sports
The Dunkirk High School Winter Sports Awards presentation will take place on Thursday, March 22, at 6 p.m., in the high school auditorium.
All winter-sport athletes and coaches are asked to attend. Parents and community members are also invited.
2012 Chautauqua Striders
Runner of the Year Series
The Chautauqua Striders Runner of the Year Series, sponsored by WCA Center For Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, is a year-long running competition designed to determine the top area distance runners. During the year, runners accumulate points in selected area races. In 2012, the selected races are as follows:
Wooden Shoe 5K5KMay 19
Salvation Army Anew Run5KJune 9
Firecracker Run10KJuly 4
Laurel Run8KJuly 21
Dunkirk Lakefront 5K5KAugust 11
Dan Feather Memorial 5K5KSept. 2
Bemus Point 15K15KSept. 30
Heritage Halloween Trick or Trot5KOct. 27
Amy's Run5KNov. 24
There are separate divisions for males and females who compete for overall and age-group titles. No special action needs to be taken to enter. A runner is automatically entered simply by running in the selected races.
For the overall competition, runners placing in the Top 10 of any of the selected races are awarded points as follows: 10 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third, seven for fourth, six for fifth, five for sixth, four for seventh, three for eighth, two for ninth and one for 10th.
For the age group competition, points will be awarded as follows: Three points for a first-place finish in the age group, two for second and one for third. Age groups are as follows: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-and-Over. Runners are placed in an age group category based upon their age as of Dec. 31, 2012.
In each category, the runner with the most points at the end of the year will be crowned "Runner of the Year." The Runner of the Year awards will be distributed at the Chautauqua Striders Winter Banquet in February or March 2013. Awards will be given to the overall Male Runner of the Year, the overall Female Runner of the Year, and runners placing in the top three of their age group category. No runner will be eligible for an age group award unless he or she received an age group point in at least two Runner of the Year Series races. There is no duplication of awards.
High School Baseball Showcase
Chautauqua Lake Central School, with the assistance of the Chautauqua County Baseball Umpires' Association, will once again sponsor the High School Baseball Showcase, April 27-28, at Russell E. Diethrick Park in Jamestown.
This is the sixth year of the resurrection of the showcase, which was conceived in the 1980s. The event will feature 12 teams from Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, in a schedule of six games over the two-day period.
The showcase gives local high school players an opportunity to play in a professional baseball stadium, with the potential to be seen by college coaches, whom have been notified about the event.
The schedule is as follows:
Friday, April 27
Forestville at Chaut. Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Gowanda at Southwestern, 7:30
Saturday, April 28
Clymer at West Valley, 10 a.m.
Ellicottville at Westfield, 1 p.m.
Pine Valley vs. Panama, 4 p.m.
Dunkirk vs. Maple Grove, 7 p.m.
A gate fee of $1 for students (K-12) and senior citizens and $2 for adults, will be charged to help Chautauqua Lake baseball, as well as to help add to the Umpires' Association Baseball Scholarship Fund. The gate fee will also go to help offset some of the costs of operating the event.
All umpires working games during the weekend will be donating their game fees back to the association to be put into their scholarship fund.