Sports News for Week of June 16, 2013
Spring college athletic awards
by Warren Kozireski
•Kristen Beikirch (Brockport) was named the Skyline Conference softball Player of the Year after leading Sage College in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases and stolen bases.
•Keuka College senior lacrosse player Mike Crumlish (Hilton) broke the school’s all-time mark for career assists (79). Lakers junior Maggie Bonafede (Churchville-Chili) set the school mark for career assists with 90.
•Churchville-Chili grad Dan Erne was named First Team All-SUNYAC after his team-best 6-1 record and 2.25 ERA season pitching for Oswego.
•Leia Hayward (Hilton) was named tournament Most Outstanding Defensive Player as she helped lead Monroe CC’s women’s lacrosse team to their first NJCCA national championship.
•Holley grad Brandon Grzywacz finished second overall and Brockport’s Tyler Hill helped MCC claim its fifth consecutive Region III men’s golf title. Hill led the Tribunes in the first round of nationals with a 75.
•Ithaca College pitcher Jimmy Wagner (Hilton) led the Bombers in saves and lowest batting average against to help his team set a school record with 41 wins and advance to the NCAA championship weekend for the first time since 1994. Wagner was named Second Team ABCA All-Region.
•Julie Brooks (Holley) finished second in the high jump, sixth in the triple jump and ninth in the long jump for Finger Lakes CC at the NJCCA national championships.
•Walt Roman (Spencerport) was named All-Liberty League honorable mention after the third baseman hit .280 with a home run and 22 RBI’s in 2013, while getting hit by a pitch 16 times. He has been hit by a pitch a school record 58 times in three seasons. Roman was also named to the 2012 ABCA/Rawlings All-New York Region third team.
•Sara Edenhofer (Hilton) was part of the top junior college women’s doubles bowling team for Herkimer CC.
•Senior defender Carly Augustyn (Churchville-Chili) of the RIT women’s lacrosse team was named a 2013 Co-SIDA Academic All-American Division III Women's At-Large Team Third Team All-American. She started all 16 games this season tallying 17 points on 14 goals and three assists to go along with 23 ground balls and 10 draw controls. The 2013 co-captain was also a finalist for RIT Athletics Ellingson Award.
Roberts Wesleyan College
•Men’s tennis player Charles Farres was named East Coast Conference Men’s Tennis Rookie of the Year after posting a 20-6 overall record and 3-2 conference mark split between the second and third singles. Farres also posted a 4-1 mark at first doubles in ECC action with teammate Sam Thorold. Thorold earned Second Team honors after posting an 8-6 record in singles play and an impressive 11-3 mark in doubles action.
•Gabe Rivera won the 100m and the High Jump at the East Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Rivera won the 100m title with a time of 11.52 seconds and the High Jump after clearing 1.99 meters.
•Sophomore Anthony Nucci Lauria was named All East Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Second Team and freshman Dom Cianfarano Honorable Mention. Nucci Lauria won 204 faceoffs, which was tops in the ECC this season and finished the season with a .614 faceoff wins percentage. Cianfarano led the conference with 50 goals this season and 65 points.
•Loren Dunn was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year and the ECC All-Conference Second Team after scoring 56 goals in 16 games. Dunn finished the season fifth in the conference rankings in goals and was second in the ECC in shots (121) and tied for ninth in points (57).
The College at Brockport
•Senior Nicole Jones broke her own school record and earned an All-American award with an eighth-place finish in the shot put at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field National Championship with a toss that measured 13.70 meters (44' 11 ½”) and vaulted her into eighth place overall. The throw cleared the old school record by nearly three inches. Sophomore Rachel Malone (Fairport, NY/Fairport) took first place in the 10,000-meter run at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships
•Senior Zach Ferrara took second in the pole vault at Nationals.
•Senior Kaila Maguire of the women's lacrosse team was named a second team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Mid-Atlantic Region All-Star.
•Seniors Nick Bunce and Travis Renwick were named to the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Region team. Bunce was honored with a second team selection while Renwick was named to the third team. Renwick led the Golden Eagles in most pitching categories throughout the year, including a career-high six wins and a team-best 2.76 earned run average.
Challenger World Series set for June 15 at Frontier Field
The 21st Annual Challenger Baseball World Series (CBWS) will be held Saturday morning, June 15 at Frontier Field. Over 260 players representing squads from Fairport, Greece, Penfield, Pittsford, Westside, Webster, Victor, and the Finger Lakes (Geneva) are expected to participate.
Challenger Baseball, which began in the Rochester area in 1990 in conjunction with Fairport Baseball’s Little League program, brings together boys and girls ages 6 to 18 who are physically and/or mentally challenged. Each player is accompanied on the field by a “buddy” to assist in the execution of hitting, running the bases, and fielding activities.
The June 15 CBWS quadruple-header schedule calls for Frontier’s gates to open at 8 a.m. with Fairport vs. Greece at 8:30 a.m. Pittsford vs. Penfield at 9:30 a.m. and Webster Minor League vs. Westside at 10:30 a.m. At 11:15 a.m. Webster Major League will play the combined squads from Victor and the Finger Lakes. After all players have had a time at bat and an inning in the field, the teams will gather for a picnic lunch starting at 9:30 a.m. Admission to the CBWS and picnic lunch is free of charge for all team members, volunteers and fans.
Besides the Red Wings, corporate support for the 2013 CBWS is provided by The Hot Stove League, Eddie Meath Penny Fund, Rochester Coca-Cola Refreshments, Zweigle’s, Spinergy, Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, Fairport Rotary Club, MassMutual Financial Architects, Rochester Press-Radio Club, The Last Man Standing Club, Xerox and The Tony Wells Agency.
Pop Warner athletes recognized for academic standings
Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. national youth sports organization in America requires its participants to perform adequately in the class room before permitting them to play. Each year, the most academically accomplished Pop Warner athletes compete for Academic All-American status. This process begins at the association level and up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level. Yearly, over 400,000 kids participated in Pop Warner with more than 9,700 of those players qualifying for the All-American status.
The PWLS All-American Program requires a minimum 96 percent grade point average to apply for All-American status. After the applications have been processed, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans, National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mention Scholars.
Several Ogden Bears players were recogonized this year.
•James Caufield, 8th grade, Olympia Middle School, son of Joseph and Linda Caufield of Greece, Honorable Mention.
•Tyler Daly, 5th grade, Hill Elementary School, son of Scott and Kelly Daly of Brockport, Honorable Mention.
•Tyler Davies, 5th grade, Hill Elementary School, son of Brian and Shauna Davies of Brockport, Honorable Mention.
•Spenser Doty, 9th grade, Spencerport High School, son of Kim and Cory Doty of Spencerport, First Team.
•Tatum Faucher, 5th grade, Munn Elementary School, daughter of Brian and Jill Faucher of Spencerport, Honorable Mention.
•Jacob Hueber, 8th grade, Cosgrove Middle School, son of Carolyn and Gary Hueber of Spencerport, Second Team.
•Ryan Martin, 5th grade, Hill Elementary School, son of Kim and Chris Martin of Brockport, Second Team.
•Damien Mousso, 8th grade, Athena Middle School, son of Heidi Gifford, and Pete and Adrianna Mousso, Second Team.
According to Kim Doty, Little Scholars Chair for the Ogden Bears Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading League, there are 2,000 students eligible in the 8th grade and higher age bracket across the United States. Spenser Doty was one of only 35 football players and 35 cheerleaders to receive first team status. He was also the only student from all of New York State at any age level to receive this honor. As a result of his accomplishments, Spenser was invited to an awards’ banquet held in Boston and was awarded a $1,250 scholarship toward college.
Spencerport native Aaron Patella Ryan on the field at Yankee Stadium.
Living the Yankee dream ...
by Kristina Gabalski
This baseball season, Aaron Patella Ryan gets to do something many people dream about: Suiting up in Yankee pinstripes and heading out onto the field at Yankee Stadium.
The 23-year old son of Keith and Francine Patella Ryan is working as one of three bat boys who cover the home team dugout during all games at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
“I did a double-take,” Aaron says, “the first time I put on the pinstripes. I’ve always had a love for the Yankees, a devotion to the Yankees.”
A 2008 graduate of McQuaid Jesuit and 2012 graduate of Iona College, Aaron says a college friend named Matt - who was already working as a Yankee bat boy, and whose father owns a business that moves equipment for sports teams including the Yankees - recommended him for the position.
“It’s a chain of knowing people,” Aaron says, about getting the bat boy job, “I’m lucky I knew Matt.”
He maintains a second job to keep busy when he’s not working at home Yankee games and to help “keep my perspective,” he says.
The job of a bat boy is “not always glamorous,” Aaron notes, but adds that the perks always outweigh any of the more tedious duties he has to perform.
The Yankees notified Aaron in January that he had been chosen as their new bat boy. He left for spring training in Tampa, Florida, the day after the Super Bowl.
He says he literally “got my training at spring training,” and had a chance to get to know the players including young rookies coming up through the system. The players also had the opportunity to get to know Aaron’s face before the regular season got underway.
The friend who helped Aaron get the bat boy job also helped him learn the ropes and also offered some insightful, practical advice - “speak only when spoken to,” and, “... don’t get comfortable.”
The 2013 spring training camp lasted seven weeks and was larger than usual, Aaron explains, with 85 guys. In addition to bat boy duties, Aaron helped to set up the clubhouse, prepare lockers, do laundry and clean cleats - lots and lots of them.
“With 85 guys, it was cleats, cleats, cleats,” Aaron says. One day, he spent four hours straight at the task.
Now that the regular season is in full swing, Aaron can be found during home games in the Yankee dugout, working either as a ball boy - grabbing foul balls that end up behind home plate and keeping the home plate umpire supplied with balls; or as bat boy - assisting players when the Yankees are up to bat.
A third bat boy is stationed along the first base line to help fetch foul balls as well as warm-up the outfielders.
Aaron says he has taken that job on a few occasions, giving him the opportunity to warm-up Ichiro Suzuki in right field. It’s also great to, “ ... see Yankee Stadium from the first base line,” he says.
As a bat boy, Aaron explains he has worked hard to memorize which bat belongs to which player and where each player keeps his bat - Robinson Cano’s, for example, is in the back right-hand corner of the bat bucket.
Also, if a player gets a hit, Aaron will run to retrieve his equipment.
“If Cano singles, I need to get his elbow and shin guards from the first base coach and put them back in their proper slot in the dugout,” Aaron says.
He also studies how each player likes to prep his bat, something that makes a big difference to players if they crack or break a bat. Aaron can have whatever the player needs ready quickly because the player does not have much time if his bat needs to be replaced.
Players like Cano tell Aaron they appreciate his efforts and during a recent game, when Cano cracked a bat, Aaron brought him a new one along with the items Cano needs to prep his bat.
Cano then promptly hit a home run, which Aaron says reminded him of the famous final home run scene in “The Natural,” when Robert Redford’s character breaks a treasured bat and then asks the bat boy to pick him a new one. The result is the movie’s climactic, out-of-the-park, light smashing homer.
“I’ve always dreamed of a moment like that,” Aaron says.
He enjoys “going out for batting practice before games” when he can shag fly balls in the outfield. The moments before the start of the game, when players are entering the dugout, are also special, Aaron says, because of the camaraderie between team members, each of whom have their own special handshake.
He says he’s very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Yankees organization and strives each game to follow his friend’s advice and not “get comfortable” - to pull his weight, sharpen his skills and earn the team’s trust.
Aaron’s parents say they are very proud of him becoming a bat boy for the NY Yankees.
“Frankly, we are most proud of his attitude towards his position,” Keith and Francine say. “From the first, he said he would make sure that he did nothing to hurt the image of his friend that got him this job. He takes being an employee of the New York Yankees very seriously. Not unlike those baseball players who aspire to wear the pinstripes and speak of it when that happens for them, our son knows the importance of how he handles himself in this uniform. He knows his job and we know he will do everything he can to do it in the best way possible.”
Aaron’s all-time favorite player - shortstop Derek Jeter - is someone he now gets to rub elbows with on a regular basis.
“When I met him it was the best feeling in the world,” Aaron says.
Jeter, who is expected to stay on the disabled list until after the All-Star break while his re-fractured ankle heals, has been at the stadium for recent home stands, Aaron says.
“He lightens up the mood,” just by walking in the clubhouse, Aaron observes, and adds that the Yankee team captain always personally acknowledges him - whether it’s with a pat on the shoulder, or with a “fist-pound.”
“He doesn’t have to do that,” Aaron says. “He’s the definition of a Yankee - classy.”
Aaron says he has gotten to know pitcher CC Sabathia, who, he says, is a really nice guy, as well as up-and-comers like pitcher Preston Claiborne - who spent time in Rochester last summer playing for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate, Scranton Wilkes-Barre. The team played a number of home games in Rochester while their stadium in Pennsylvania underwent renovations. He also got to see well-known “old-timers” like David Wells, Goose Gossage, Lee Mazzilli, Reggie Jackson and Stump Merrill at spring training.
Aaron says he has felt his whole life that he would some day be a part of the NY Yankee organization. “We’ll see where this takes me,” he says. “My goal is to work hard enough, and do well enough making the players happy and the clubhouse guys happy that I could become a clubhouse guy.”
He credits a beloved uncle (and Yankee fan) who died of leukemia before Aaron began wearing the pinstripes as well as his grandmother - who died seven years to the day before Aaron got the bat boy job (January 22), for encouraging and inspiring him.
“They’re looking out for me,” he adds.
LeBron James named the overall Hickok Belt™ award winner for 2012
The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) has chosen Miami Heat forward LeBron James as the overall Hickok Belt Award winner for 2012. James was selected based on his performance throughout the year which included being recognized as the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, leading the Miami Heat to the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship, and winning a gold medal with the U.S.A. men’s basketball team at the 2012 London Olympics.
Other finalists for the award included each of the 2012 Hickok Belt Award monthly winners which finished in the following order based on the NSSA voting: Usain Bolt (track & field), Adrian Peterson (football), Serena Williams (tennis), Eli Manning (football), Bubba Watson (golf), Pablo Sandoval (baseball), Linsey Vonn (skiing), Brad Keselowski (auto racing), Jeremy Lin (basketball), Josh Hamilton (baseball).
The selection of James not only crowns him as the “best of the best” across all professional sports, it marks another milestone in the return of the Hickok Belt Award, which has been dormant since 1976.
“LeBron James is the epitome of what the Hickok Belt Award has always represented - an athlete at the very top of his game who overcomes every challenge to be the very best,” said Tony Liccione of the Hickok Belt Award. “This award has such a rich history with past winners like Mickey Mantle, Muhammed Ali, Jim Brown and Willie Mays. LeBron being named the first winner in over 36 years in a fitting way to pass the torch and celebrate the dawning of a new era for the award.”
In addition to being named the overall winner for 2012, it was also announced that LeBron was again selected as the Hickok Belt Award monthly winner for April 2013 - marking the second month in a row he has received the honor for 2013.
Brockport High School senior Justin Mercer signed his letter of intent to play Division I soccer at Niagara University, where he will also major in business this fall.
Justin was a three year varsity player during his career at Brockport High School. In 2012 he was team captain, made All-County 1st team, All Greater Rochester and All-State Selection. He finished his senior year with 8 goals and 4 assists.
Chris Zorn, soccer coach at Brockport, has enjoyed working with Justin over the years and is excited to see him continuing to play soccer. “Justin was one of the top players in Section V in 2012,” said Zorn. “He has been a pleasure to work with over the years. As a coach you couldn’t ask for a better person and player to have as a leader on your team.”
Justin Mercer and his parents Perry and Gina are joined by (back, l to r) assistant coach Jeff Phillips, grandmother Pat Mercer and varsity coach Chris Zorn.
Blue Devils win first title in 15 years Team wins state play-in, first round as well
by Warren Kozireski
Sophomore Julia DiMartino struck out 18 batters and drove in the winning run to lead Brockport to a 2-0 victory over Greece Athena to win the Class AA2 Section V softball championship - the school’s first since 1998.
Neither team could get their offense going through the early innings, but the Blue Devils left runners in scoring position in the first, third and fourth innings before finally breaking up the scoreless duel in the sixth.
Shortstop Anna Fisher led off with a walk and advanced to second on a bloop single to left-center by Shelby Perry. DiMartino then wasted little time in lining the first pitch for an RBI single scoring Fisher. DiMartino advanced to second on an overthrow. After a failed suicide squeeze, Sara Jurhs and Taylor Light were intentionally walked to load the bases before pinch hitter Ashley Gilmore was hit by a pitch to force in the second run.
That was all DiMartino needed though she did get into trouble in the seventh issuing a leadoff walk and a one-out single before striking out the final two batters, sending the Blue Devils into their first celebration in 15 years.
“It feels pretty good, I’m not going to lie,” DiMartino said. “We’ve talked about it (winning the title) all year. I was just trying to play the game the way we know how. I knew what their hitters were like, so I tried to keep them off the plate a little bit.
“She (DiMartino) had a great game all the way around,” Brockport head coach Chris Carr said about his pitcher who set a seven inning career high in strikeouts. “She was great in the circle and had her “A” stuff in the biggest moments. Every big game we have had she rises to the occasion.
“Brockport has always had a strong legacy in softball, we wanted to revive that tradition and the girls put all the time and effort into it.”
Four Blue Devils were named to the Class AA2 All-Tournament Team in Taylor Light, Shelby Perry, Anna Fisher and Most Valuable Player Julia DiMartino. Churchville-Chili’s Leanne Pettis also was named to the squad while Carr was awarded Coach of the Year.
One day later, the Blue Devils defeated Fairport in the state play-in game to advance. They defeated Clarence from Section VI, who entered the game with a 21-2 record, in the first round 1-0 to move on to the state tournament at Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury.
DiMartino got on base with a one-out single in the fourth inning of the scoreless contest and went to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt by Jurhs. First baseman Taylor Light lined an RBI single to right scoring DiMartino with the game’s only run.
Brockport worked out of trouble in each of the last five innings as Clarence left runners in scoring position. Over the final three innings, each ended with DiMartino striking out at least one batter to end the threat; she finished with 12 strikeouts in all with seven of those over the final four innings.
“I just felt like I really owed it for my team and my coaches,” Light said about her game-winning RBI single. “I just hit where it was pitched and I’m happy I was able to get it done.”
“It’s been somebody different every game almost all season for us,” Carr said. “Taylor was able to come through with a great hit today. It’s been a great run.”
Photos by Mike Pratt
Churchville-Chili wins fourth consecutive tennis crown
by Warren Kozireski
Hilton and Churchville-Chili’s boys tennis squads met up for the fourth year in a row with a division title on the line with the Saints again coming away victorious 6-1.
A slate of sophomores swept the four singles matches with Quinn Magiera winning 6-4, 6-1 at first singles, Patrick Mathews 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, Andrew Freeman 6-1, 6-3 at third singles and Dan Davis 6-4, 6-1 at number four.
The tightest battle came at first doubles with the Saints John Iacucci and Andrew Messinger taking a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) win. Matt Greer and Scott Arilotta also had to battle in their second doubles match before earning a 6-3, 6-4 win.
The third doubles unit at senior Mike Camillaci and junior Zach Granby rebounded from a first set loss to account for the Cadets only win with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win.
Her aim is right on target
by Maggie Fitzgibbon
Hilton native Lauren Goodrich is a two-time winner of the National Field Archery Association’s Indoor National Championship. The path to these national titles all began when she joined a six-week recreation league when she was only nine years old.
“I heard about an archery league through the town recreation program and wanted to try it. At first, I didn’t do so well but I wanted to do better, so I kept practicing,” Lauren explained.
After this league ended, Lauren knew she wanted to pursue this sport and asked her parents if she could take archery lessons. And so began her weekly practice at a local archery range, participation in a youth league and weekly competitive shoots all throughout western New York. She advanced rapidly in area age-based competitions, and as her skills progressed, so did her competition level.
“I like competing, I get to meet new people, but the best part of competing is the advice and encouragement I get from other competitors,” Lauren said.
Competing is something that Lauren does well, she’s a two-time champion. In 2012 and 2013, she won the National Field Archery Association Indoor Championship for her age group. This year, the competition was held in March in Louisville, Kentucky.
Lauren is humble about winning these awards, but said, “Winning makes me happy and it is fun to go on these adventures.”
Like any parent would be, Lauren’s mom and dad are proud of her accomplishments. Her mom, Patrice Goodrich, has seen how Lauren has matured over the last three years.
“Lauren’s confidence has grown greatly over the last few years. During a recent competition she became ill but insisted in finishing the competition. She acted with great integrity and sportsmanship,” Patrice said.
Ben Adams is the owner of Creekwood Archery in Brockport, the range where Lauren practices archery. Adams describes Lauren as attentive and on task.
“Lauren is focused on what she needs to do and no matter what happens, she doesn’t let anything distract her,” he said. “She’s calm, confident and trusts her instincts.”
Adams noted that becoming a successful archer is more than shooting with a bow and arrow.
“It’s more than shooting, it takes discipline. You need to put your problems and distractions away. And that’s just what Lauren does, she has a goal and a purpose, something you don’t see very often in a 12-year-old,” Adams said.
Steve VanZile is a staff shooter with Precision Shooting Equipment, a national company that manufactures and distributes archery products. He’s known Lauren for almost three years and over these few years he’s seen tremendous growth in her skills.
“Lauren is a hard worker, and a strong competitor. But what makes her different is her attitude. During a recent competition, a fellow competitor kept missing the target and Lauren could have easily ignored this girl but she approached this girl, consoled her and encouraged her to do her best. Lauren has the mentality of a champion,” VanZile explained.
The Team USA website, www.teamusa.org, notes a rise in the popularity of archery and attributes this rise in participation due to the Olympics but also the success of some recent Hollywood movies. Lauren’s Dad, John Goodrich, would agree with this fact.
“We’ve seen an uptick in the number of girls becoming involved in this sport. I think it may be due to the release of two movies, “Brave,” and “The Hunger Games” and how the movies showcased girls and archery,” John said.
Bower, Keys pace Hawks
by Warren Kozireski
Jon Bower and Hunter Keys each had a run scoring hit as top-seeded Holley batted around in the first inning and scored four runs on their way to a 10-1 victory over Sodus in a Section V Class CCC baseball quarter-final playoff contest.
Jon Bower stroked a two-out, two-RBI single scoring Jake Bower and Josh Porter and Keys drove in Jon Bower with his hit to complete the four run start for the 16-2 Hawks.
They built the lead to 7-0 in the second inning. Jake Bower and Jon Bower both had RBI singles and Tyler Hoag drove in a third run with a fielder’s choice.
Starting pitcher Joe DeFelice, who allowed two hits and struck out five batters over four innings of work, helped his own cause driving in Jake Bower to make it 8-0 Holley.
Jon Bower led off the fourth reaching on an error and later scored on an RBI infield single by Keys for a ninth run.
The final run came in the sixth as Keys, Josh Hatfield and DeFelice all walked to load the bases. Mike Silvis also drew a walk to score Bower.
The Hawks advanced to he semi-finals before their season ended with a loss to fifth-seed Mynderse.
Rangers Golf Team wins MCPSAC Western Division IV Championship
The Spencerport Rangers Varsity golf team clinched the MCPSAC Western Division IV Championship for the second year in a row by defeating Greece Odyssey on Friday, May 10. Coached by Mark Moon, the team completed its season with a divisional record of 7 – 1. Coach Moon was named Division IV Coach of the Year.
Team members include: Jake Burris, Anthony Camelio, Thomas Coletta, Kevin Coletta, Matthew Corey, Christian Culbertson, Michael Lovall, Joseph Maier, Tyler McDermott, Victoria Ortiz, Philip Palermo and Jacob Wilson.
Rangers’ “Laxfest” supports Golisano Children’s Hospital
The Spencerport Rangers girls and boys lacrosse programs held the 5th Annual Spencerport LaxFest on Saturday, May 11. The program worked with “More Than A Game Foundation” where each team raised pledges in the name of “Stick It To Cancer.” The “LaxFest” event included all Spencerport Youth Lacrosse teams playing a game on the campus as well as being introduced at halftime during the Varsity game. This year the lacrosse program donated $3,573.56 to the Golisano Children’s Hospital through this event.
Rangers Girls Lacrosse Coach Jackie Nentarz said, “We are very excited that all lacrosse athletes from kindergarten through varsity played in a lacrosse game on the Spencerport campus. There was a tremendous amount of planning from both varsity coaches to make our vision a reality and we look forward to watching LaxFest continue to grow in the future as well as continuing to support Golisano Children’s Center .”
Spencerport grad to play baseball for Notre Dame
Jake Welch (Spencerport 2011) has signed a letter of intent to play baseball for Division II Notre Dame College. Welch will transfer from Jefferson Community College in Watertown where he earned an AAS in criminal justice. The six foot six inch starting pitcher for the Jefferson Cannoneers led the team to a 26 and 19 season with an 8 and 1 record and a trip to the regionals. He earned the Pitcher of the Year award as well as being named to the Mid State All Conference team.
Playing for Notre Dame under coach Len Barker (who was recently featured on ESPN’s E:60 perfect game series), Welch will figure in the five man starting rotation. He is turning down offers from East Stroudsberg University, Slippery Rock, Alvernia College, all of Pennsylvania, and Central Connecticut State. The sophomore transfer felt Notre Dame was the right fit for him academically as well where he will continue his study in criminal justice.
Welch is currently playing baseball in Watertown for the NCAA summer league Watertown Rams.
He is the son of Jennifer and Bob Welch of Spencerport.