It was an historic volleyball first for a city with an historic volleyball past.
Lockport High School’s boys volleyball team raised the bar in 2013, going undefeated in the Niagara Frontier League and going on to earn the school’s first-ever Section VI Class AA championship.
Head coach Joe Whalen’s senior-laden team and it’s exciting journey into new, unchartered territory has been selected as the Union-Sun & Journal’s runner-up local story of 2013.
A record seven players were named league all-stars after the Lions finished a program-best 25-4.
Senior libero Eamon Yates and junior hitters Brad Schneider and Jason Donorovich were named to the NFL’s First Team.
Unsung seniors Jack Whalen and Bryce Perry were named to the Second Team and seniors Shawn Moore and Jonah Ribbeck earned Third Team selections.
Among other top local sports stories in 2013, in January, opposing goalies in a federation Hockey League game are girls for the first time in history when Lockport’s Jillian Long stared across the ice at Niagara-Wheatfield’s Alexis Becker.
And there’s many changes to the face of Buffalo professional sports. To start the new year, the Bills fired Chan Gailey, then despite promising an “exhaustive search” for a new coach, quickly hired former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone to take over. In February, the Sabres would fire coach Lindy Ruff after 16 seasons.
Royalton-Hartland senior wrestling standout Drew Hull won the state 145-pound title at the state meet in Albany. And March Madness it truly was for a local son, John Beilein, who advanced triumphantly to the pinnacle of his sport and the game of his life.
Those are just some of the many local triumphs and tragedies from the past year.
Here’s a look at the first six months of the 2013 calendar year. The second half of the local sports year will be featured as well as the 2013 Local Sports Story of the Year in Wednesday’s New Year’s Day sports section of the US&J:
1 — Lockport varsity football’s “Miracle at the Max” is named the Union-Sun & Journal’s Sports story of the year for 2012. The Lions trailed visiting Clarence, 27-0, in a Section VI Class AA playoff game, then bounced back to win, 42-35, in overtime. The Buffalo Bills fire head coach Chan Gailey after three losing seasons.
2 — Russell Brandon is promoted to Bills President and CEO by owner Ralph Wilson. Rory McIlroy is golf’s top money winner. Justin Rose is No. 2.
3 — The Lockport Lacrosse Association is hosting winter clinics, according to president Todd Sukdolak. Jim Boeheim wins his 903rd game as Syracuse men’s basketball coach, surpassing Bobby Knight for second on the all-time wins list.
4 — Lockort’s Erin Miller, a Dean’s List student at the University at Buffalo, places first in the shot put event for the Lady Bulls at the Upstate Holiday Classic Indoor Track meet at RIT’s Gordon Field House in Rochester. The NHL strike continues. Brian Alt is a double winner for the Barker boys swim team in a 104-60 Niagara-Orleans League victory at Newfane.
5 — North Tonawanda senior Ian Gilhousen nets a game-high 16 points to spark the visiting Lumberjacks past the basketball Lions, 57-53. Brad Bobbitt cans a game-high 27 points to lead the visiting Roy-Hart Rams past the Medina Mustangs, 84-82, topping N-O boys hoops action.
6 — Two local young ladies make history when Lockport and Niagara-Wheatfield ice hockey teams square off at the Hyde Park Ive Arena in Niagara Falls. For the first time in Western New York boys varsity ice hockey history, a pair of female goalies squared off against each other. In goal for Lockport is Jillian Long and in goal for the Falcons is Alexis Becker.
7 — Former Syracuse head football coach Doug Marrone is hired as the new Buffalo Bills head coach. Marone went 25-25 in four seasons at Syracuse. Alabama defeats Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS College Football Title Game in Miami.
8 — Stop the presses. The NHL Lockout that began on Sept. 16, 2012, ends. Sabres fans are elated and ready to forgive. LHS senior point guard Alexis Cheatham sinks five, 3-point baskets in the Lady Lions’ 60-30 win over visiting Lewiston-Porter, topping Niagara Frontier League girls basketball action.
9 — Former LHS wrestling great Matt Cinelli is accompanied by his parents, Tom and Anita Cinelli, at his induction ceremony into the Lockport Wrestling Hall of Fame in the LHS old gym. Anthony Orefice (126), Vince Eberhart (132), Kirk Feeney (138), Jose Pagan (145), Doug Blazier (170), Matt Simpson (195) and Marcelus Hinton (285) help make the day sweeter, earning pins for the mat Lions in a 68-18 win over visiting Niagara Falls.
10 — Jeff Durbin doubles in the 200 and 500 freestyle events for Roy-Hart in a 93-76 pool win over visiting Barker. Steve Hahn doubles in the 50 and 100 free and his Newfane teammate Austin Brown doubles in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly, sparking Newfane’s boys swim team over Medina, 112-63.
11 — Newfane sinks a school-record 14, three-point baskets in a 75-68 boys basketball win at Roy-Hart. Reid Weber hits for 6 tres and finishes with a game-high 22 points for the Panthers (3-1 N-O, 6-2 overall). Jake Haight nets 24 points in Barker’s 46-44 loss to visiting CSAT.
12 — The Lockport Umpires Association is hosting a meeting on Jan. 19 and is seeking new members, says LUA president Mike Stover. Alex Toth is a triple winner in the pool for Starpoint in a 91-79 victory at Lancaster. Derek Secord is a double winner for the LHS swim Lions in a 94-85 NFL win at Grand Island.
13 — Roy-Hart senior wrestler Drew Hull is named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Lockport Sunrise Optimist Club’s 20th Wrestling Tournament at LHS. Hull won the 145-pound championship, improving to 31-0 on the season. Lockport’s Shey Williams (60-pound division) is named outstanding wrestler at the annual Lockport Kids Wrestling Tourney.
14 — More than 10,000 fans show up at the First Niagara Center to watch the Buffalo Sabres scrimmage themselves.
15 — LHS senior Alexis Cheatham scores a game-high 24 points and teammate Johanna Jenkins adds 20 more in a 85-36 girls basketball win over visiting Kenmore East. Roy-Hart’s boys and Newfane’s girls swim teams clinch at least a tie for the N-O swim championship. Senior Omaro Luke nets 20 for the basketball Lions in a 63-39 win at Ken East.
16 — Roy-Hart’s Zach Bickle (132) earns a 41-second pin in the Rams 57-27 N-O mat win over visiting Albion. Alex Jensen (220) adds a 28-second pin moments later for head coach Kevin Lawson’s Rams (4-1 N-O).
17 — Nick DiNardo is a double winner in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke as head coach Bruce Matthew’s Rams boys swim team clinches its seventh straight league championship. Cyclist Lance Armstrong admits to doping in a nationally-televised interview.
18 — Senior Jordan Beutel nets a game-high 19 points in a 42-33 Newfane win at Albion. Jamie Curry cans a game-high 21 in Wilson’s 65-40 win at Medina. With the victories, both the Lady Panthers and the Lakewomen remain tied for first place in N-O girls basketball at 6-0.
19 — Pitcher/infielder Casey Domski of Lockport is recruited to play baseball for Niagara County Community College. Sabres owner Terry Pegula apologizes for the recently-ended NHL Lockout.
20 — Thomas Vanek nets two goals and adds three assists as the Buffalo Sabres open the shortened 2013 NHL regular season with a 5-2 victory over visiting Philadelphia. Baltimore and San Francisco are headed to the Super Bowl. The Ravens upset the Patriots 28-13, in Foxborough, while the 49ers erase a 17-0 deficit in Atlanta to beat the Falcons 28-24.
21 — Lockport’s Megan Evans becomes the Lady Lions’ first-ever 11-foot pole vaulter at an indoor track meet in Fredonia. Evans now holds both the LHS indoor and outdoor girls pole vault records. Ryan Miller stops 34 shots in a 2-1 Sabres victory in Toronto. Buffalo is now 2-0 in the strike-shortened NHL season.
22 — Connor Sears nets a game-high 17 points for Newfane in a 71-42 N-O boys basketball win over visiting Wilson in the Blue Zone. Colton Swartz bowls a 224-594 for the pin Lions in a 5-2 NFL loss at Niagara Falls.
23 — Emily Lasher scores 18 points and adds 10 rebounds as head coach Brian Baker’s Lakewomen defeat head coach Kevin Klumpp’s Lady Panthers of Newfane, 56-28, in a mid-season battle of N-O girls basketball unbeatens.
24 — Lockport’s super sophomore Alyssa Wagner continues to play above her years, netting a game-high 21 points and adding 18 rebounds in Lockport’s 53-42 girls basketball win at Grand Island. The Sabres (2-1) come crashing down to earth with a 6-3 loss at Carolina.
25 — Moments after being honored on Senior Night, Lockport’s Sean Kearns wins the diving competition, while junior Derek Secord is a double individual winner in Lockport’s 98-82 season-ending loss to visiting Niagara-Wheatfield. Olivia Kelkenberg nets 15 points for Roy-Hart in a 53-40 girls basketball loss at Wilson.
26 — Anthony Orefice (120), Jose Pagan (145) and Marshall Taylor (220) win their division titles at the annual Lewiston-Porter Pete Rao Memorial Tournament. Tracy Maracle nets two goals and adds three assists for the ice Lions in an 8-6 Federation Hockey loss to Lancaster.
27 — The Buffalo Sabres drop their third straight game, 3-2, to the previously winless Washington Capitals. The NFC blows out the AFC, 62-35. in the annual Pro Bowl in Honolulu.
28 — Flanked by her parents, Patricia and Robert Luff, Lockport senior Karly Hartz signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Canisius on an academic and swimming scholarship. Among others attending a brief ceremony in the LHS Library are LHS athletics director Patrick M. Burke, LHS girls swim coach Kristen Smith and LHS junior varsity girls swim coach Kevin Clark.
29 — LHS junior center Sara Franco nets 15 points and adds a dozen rebounds in the Lady Lions’ 55-35 girls basketball win over visiting Kenmore West. For the first time in 20 years, Michigan is the No. 1 men’s college basketball team in the nation. They are coached by Newfane native John Beilein.
30 — The Buffalo Bills’ new president and CEO Russell Brandon announces a new agreement to extend the controversial Toronto Series for another five years. Mo Townsend and Ryan Lawrence net 15 points apiece in Lockport’s 59-43 NFL boys basketball win at Ken West.
31 — Brooke Horning’s three-point basket with just seven seconds left in the game propels the Lady Panthers past Medina, 57-53, topping N-O girls basketball action. Horning finishes with 15 points to lead the Lady Panthers (9-1 N-O). Matt Toploski rolls a 225-609 in Lockport’s 6-1 boys bowling loss to Lew-Port.
1 — Lockport’s Lady Lions basketball team routs visiting North Tonawanda, 64-16, improving to 11-0 in th NFL and 12-1 overall. Alyssa Wagner chips in with nine rebounds for the blue and gold. LHS junior Charlie Sobieraski nets 11 points in a boys basketball 45-32 win at NT.
2 — LHS junior Derek Secord wins both the 50 and 100 freestyle finals at the NFL Boys Swimming Championships. Head coach John Sullivan’s Lions finish second. Lockport’s Brittany Wright bowls a 205 single and 600 series to earn All-Tournament Team honors at the Roy Sommers Invitational at Thruway Lanes.
3 — Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco is named Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player as the Ravens defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, in New Orleans. Beyonce performs at halftime. Former Buffalo player Brian Campbell scores the winning goal as the Florida Panthers defeat the Sabres, 4-3.
4 — Two LHS wrestling standouts, Kirk Feeney (138) and Marshall Taylor (220) earn first-place finishes at the Class AA Tournament. The cause of Sunday’s 34-minute Super Bowl blackout is under intense investigation. The Indiana Hoosiers are the No. 1-ranked men’s college basketball team in the nation.
5 — Lewiston-Porter’s Nick Mansour pours in 27 points, but it isn’t enough as Lockport gets 11 points apiece from Mo Townsend and Phil Crenshaw in a 54-36 NFL boys basketball win over the visiting Lancers. Roy-Hart’s quartet of Jeff Durbin, Roy Phipps, Luke Brauer and Lyle Wagner take top honors in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relay events at the 2012-13 N-O Boys Individual Championships at Akron High School.
6 — Michele Cyr (1985), Albert Hurst (1966) and Tracey Stoddard (1991) are inducted into the Starpoint Athletics Wall of Fame. Contributing US&J sports columnist Ethan Randall says the young Lockport basketball Lions are playing well under head coach Dave Gilson.
7 — Bryan Geise tops visiting Newfane with a game-high 21 points as head coach Eric Klumpp’s Panthers defeat Akron, 52-37, topping N-O boys basketball action. Katie Shaw nets a dozen points for the Lady Panthers in a 45-35 loss to Akron in the Blue Zone.
8 — Thomas Vanek talks about his recent game-winning goal in a shootout as the Buffalo Sabres defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens, 5-4, at the First Niagara Center. Excess snow and poor driving conditions cancels all Western New York high school sporting events.
9 — Lockport junior Marshall Taylor is the No. 1 seed at 220 pounds at the 2012-13 in the Division I state qualifier slated this weekend at UB. The Sabres win their second straight game, 3-2, at the Islanders.
10 — Roy-Hart’s Drew Hull (145) and Lockport’s Marshall Taylor earn return trips to the state meet with dominating wins at the Division I state qualifier at UB. Boston snaps Buffalo’s two-game win streak with a 3-1 win at the FN Center. Veteran Bills players LB Nick Barnett and strong safety George Wilson are released by recently-hired Billls head coach Doug Marrone.
11 — LHS junior sharpshooters Colin Dougherty (19 points) and Ryan Lawrence (16) combine for 35 points in Lockport’s 57-38 boys basketball victory over visiting Kenmore East on Senior Night in the Lions’ Den. LHS seniors Kalin Mitchell, Omaro Luke and Khari Demos are honored before the game, along with their parents. The Sabres blank the Sens 2-0.
12 — The local wrestling community is shocked by the International Olympic Committee’s announcement to get rid of wrestling from the summer games beginning in 2020. “This will chase a lot of dreams away,” says Lockport boys varsity wrestling head coach Joe Scapelliti. “My first thoughts were, ‘This can’t be.’ “ says disappointed Hall of Fame wrestling coach Dick Lang of Royalton. Adds Barker coach Bill Bruning, “We’re going to find a way to bring it back and make it work.”
13 — Conner Haseley scores the game-winning goal with just three minutes left in the game as the Lockport ice Lions defeat Kenmore West, 5-4, in a Federation Hockey League contest at Dwyer Arena in Lewiston. Lockport native Caroline Tolli, a star track athlete and honor student at Bucknell, is named Patriot League Track Athlete of the Week and Bison Athlete Athlete of the Week.
14 — Dana Smith’s 14 points sparks Wilson past visiting Newfane, 46-32, in a key N-O girls hoops contest. Jamie Curry adds 11 points and 11 boards for head coach Brian Baker’s undefeated Lakewomen (13-0 N-O). Connor Sears nets a game-high 15 points to lead Newfane past Wilson, 64-37, in N-O boys hoops action.
15 — Cardinal O’Hara hands Lockport just its second loss of the 2012-13 girls basketball season, 49-47, in the opening round of the 2013 Kiwanis Club Girls Basketball Tournament at LHS. Junior Sara Franco cans a game-high 20 points for the Lady Lions (15-2 overall).
16 — Starpoint’s Alec Toth places first in the 200 freestyle in 1:46.52 at the Section VI Boys Swim Championships at Clarence High School. Alexis Cheatham scores 17 points as the LHS Lady Lions rebound in their host Kiwanis Club Girls Basketball Tournament at LHS with a 47-43 victory over Sacred Heart. Freshman Gretta Dry scores eight points and sophomore Alyssa Wagner adds 7 for LHS.
17 — Wilson’s Jessica Curry nets 29 points and grabs 13 rebounds in NCCC’s 76-69 women’s basketball loss to Mercyhurst. Danica Patrick becomes the first woman to earn a pole position in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series, taking the top spot for Sunday’s Daytona 500.
18 — Katie Shaw scores a season-best 23 points, sparking Newfane past Lackawanna, 61-45, in a Class B-1 girls basketball pre-quarterfinal contest in the BLue Zone. Medina eliminates visiting Wilson, 70-40, in a Class B-1 boys basketball qualifier. Former Roy-Hart wrestling great, Joe Moran, returns to this weekend’s state finals in Albany as a head coach at Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
19 — Olivia Kelkenberg scores12 points and Emma Lindke adds 7, but it isn’t enough as Roy-Hart loses to Akron, 29-28, in a sectional Class B-2 girls basketball pre-quarterfinal contest. Ondrej Pavelec makes 29 saves as the visiting Winnipeg Jets beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.
20 — LHS junior Ryan Lawrence says he ate Wheaties for breakfast, following his 19 point-performance in Lockport’s 79-37 win over visiting Orchard Park in a Section VI Class AA boys basketball pre-quarterfinal contest in the Lions’ Den. Lawrence nets Lockport’s first 9 points in the contest. The Sabres fire Lindy Ruff as head coach after 16 seasons. Rochester Amerks head coach Ron Rolston is named interim head coach.
21 — Tonawanda’s Pete Maduri edges Lockport’s Mike Bedord 389-375 in the two-game finals of the 22nd annual Tri-City Masters Bowling Championship at Island Lanes. It’s a new coach, but the same old Sabres in a 3-1 loss at Toronto.
22 — Lockport seniors Alex Reid (long jump) and David Pollack (long jump), along with freshman Morgan Evans (pole vault) all qualify for the state indoor track meet March 2 at Cornell. Clarence’s Ryan Funk cans 33 in a 65-54 boys basketball victory over visiting Lockport in a Section VI Class AA boys basketball quarterfinal.
23 — Mario Grant tops DiMillo’s defense with 21 points, while Mike Benedict adds 12 in a 68-45 YMCA Men’s Basketball League win over Groff’s Tavern. Freshman Erica Bradley scores 15 points for Starpoint in a Section VI Class A-2 girls basketball quarterfinal 51-38 loss to Cheektowaga.
24 — Roy-Hart senior Drew Hull claims the state 145-pound title at the state wrestling meet in Albany. Hull defeats Franck Garcia of Norwich (Section IV), 2-0, in the finals. LHS junior Marshall Taylor is sixth at 220 pounds. Jimmie Johnson opens the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule by winning the Daytona 500.
25 — Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Nelson is released. John Godfrey reports that Lockport Little League is accepting registrations this week at Tops Friendly Markets on South Transit Road. Tom Brady agrees to a three-year, $27M contract extension with the Patriots.
26 — Freshman Gretta Dry sinks an impossible running left-hander with 30 seconds to go, lifting the Lockport Lady Lions over visiting Frontier, 38-34, in a sectional Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal contest. Tyler Myers nets the game-winning goal in Buffalo’s 2-1 NHL win at Tampa Bay.
27 — Jamie Curry’s triple double (12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals) sparks Brian Baker’s Dozen to a 58-49 Class B-2 girls basketball semifinal win over Southwestern. Oracle eliminates Barker in a sectional Class C-1 boys basketball semifinal, 71-57. Jake Haight leads the Raiders with 16 points.
28 — Nathan Gerbe nets his first two goals of the season in Buffalo’s 4-3 shootout win at the Florida Panthers. Buffalo Bills defensive end Chris Kelsay announces his retirement.
1 — David slays Goliath as Niagara-Wheatfield upsets Lockport, 50-47, in a sectional Class AA girls basketball semifinal at Kenmore West High School. The Buffalo Bills designate unsigned safety Jairus Byrd as a franchise player.
2 — The Buffalo Sabres win their third straight game, 4-3, in a shootout over the visiting New Jersey Devils. Jamestown defeats Niagara Falls, 46-39, in the Class AA boys basketball final at Buffalo State College.
3 — Lockport senior Alex Reid is third in the state indoor track meet long jump finals in Ithaca. LHS freshman Megan Evans is ninth in the pole vault finals, held at Cornell University. The Rangers score two short-handed goals in beating the visiting Sabres, 3-2.
4 — Brockport freshman Taylor Schaffert, the daughter of Michael and Mary Schaffert, breaks four individual school records at the 2013 SUNYAC Swimming Championships. The NHL suspends Buffalo’s Patrick Kaleta for five games for shoving Rangers center Brad Richards into the boards from behind.
5 — Wilson comes up short against Olean, 59-36, in the Section VI Class B girls basketball championship game at NCCC. Junior Emily Lasher leads head coach Brian Baker’s Lakewomen with 13 points. Lockport’s Haley Oakes, a senior at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster, commits to attending Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh.
6 — Roy-Hart seniors Brad Bobbitt, Blake Copella and Ryan Farewell are members of the Niagara-Orleans squad in the annual N-O/G-R boys all-star hoop contest slated this weekend at Medina High School. Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect Steve Geltz of Ransomville is reassigned to the team’s minor league camp.
7 — Sheldon Allen scores a game-high 32 points to spark Papa Leo’s to its 11th straight YMCA Men’s Basketball League win, 90-83 over A&A Beauty Supply. The Devils rally from a two-goal deficit to beat the Sabres in a shootout, 3-2, in Newark, N.J.
8 — The Niagara County Deputy Sheriff’s Association Dispatcher’s Union announces that two former Buffalo Bills greats, Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, will sign autographs in downtown Lockport on May 8 as part of a fundraiser for the NCSDA’s Scholarship Fund.
9 — The Buffalo Bills re-sign cornerback Leodis McKelvin to a four-year $20M contract. Former Bills Pro Bowl safety George Saimes dies at 71 in Canton, Ohio. Yankees closer Mariano Rivera announces that this will be his final season.
10 — Lockport boxing great Johnny Taylor passes away. The Flyers edge the Sabres, 3-2. UB’s Javon McCrea, a First Team All-MAC all-star selection, scores six of the Bulls’ seven overtime points in a 74-72 MAC Tournament win over central Michigan at Alumni Arena.
11 — Dave Bunn IV and Holly Hackmer are crowned all-events champions at the 2013 Lockport USBC Bowling Tournament at Brad Angelo Lanes. Bunn rolls a 2,227 on a steady 247-plus per game clip, while Hackmer finishes with a 1,815 (202 ave.) total.
12 — The Buffalo BIlls open free agency by cutting starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Buffalo Sabres beat the visiting New York Rangers, 3-1, led by two goals from Marcus Foligno. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’s open to the idea of lifting the state ban on MMA fighting.
13 — Grand Island’s girls basketball coach for the past 15 years, Jenepher Banker, announces her retirement. The Newfane Soccer Club announces registration times for the upcoming season. The Bills sign linebacker Manny Lawson. Mitch Seavey, 53, is the oldest Iditarod race winner.
14 — Seth Anderson is named the Most Improved Wrestler and fellow senior Jose Pagan claims the Jimmer Murray Memorial Award at the annual Lockport Wrestling Awards Banquet. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Alexander Sulzer will miss the rest of the season with torn ligaments in his right knee.
15 — The Buffalo Sabres send rookie center Mikhail Grigorenko down to his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team — the Patrick Roy-coached Quebec Remparts. Chris Griffith bowls an 802 in the Lockport Classic League at Brad Angelo Lanes.
16 — Lockport’s Erin Miller is a third place finisher for UB at the 2013 Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C. Miller tosses the shot put 46-0 and the women’s hammer 179-9. The Sabres squander a two-goal lead in a 4-3 loss to the visiting Senators.
17 — Louisville is the No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Kasey Kane wins his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race at Bristol. The slumping Capitals beat the Sabres 5-3.
18 — Named to the N-O’s First Team in boys basketball are Barker’s Jake Haight, Newfane’s Connor Sears, Roy-Hart’s Brad Bobbitt, Akron’s Connor Ladd and CSAT’s Darnell Carson. Reggie Witherspoon is fired as the UB Bulls Men’s Basketball head coach. US&J Sports contributing columnist Bill Vanderlinde is pictured with former Sabres enforcer now MSG commentator Rob Ray.
19 — Steve Ott’s second goal of the game lifts the Buffalo Sabres over the Montreal Canadiens, 3-2, in overtime. Maryland outmuscles Niagara University in their NIT Tournament men’s basketball opener, 86-70, at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland.
20 — Rumors in some circles have it that Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is on the trading block as the NHL’s trade deadline nears. NFL owners vote to get rid of the tuck rule and will increase fines and penalties on defenders using the crowns of the helmets to hit defenseless players.
21 — Steve Ott nets the winning shootout goal in the Sabres’ 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs at the FN Center. Head coach John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines advance in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, beating South Dakota State, 71-56, in Auburn Hills, Mich.
22 — The Niagara University men’s hockey team bows to Canisius, 5-3, in the semifinals of the AHA playoffs. The Miami Heat extend their NBA winning streak to 25 games with a 103-89 win over the visiting Detroit Pistons.
23 — Thomas Vanek nets a pair of goals and Ryan Miller stops 39 shots in the Sabres’ 2-1 win at Montreal. Cardinal O’Hara hands Scholars Academy its first girls basketball loss of the season and advances to the Federation title game.
24 — Lockport senior guard Alexis Cheatham earns Niagara Frontier League girls basketball First Team honors. Lady Lions sophomore teammate Alyssa Wagner is named to the Second Team. Lockport Flips gymnast Jessica Moran brings home numerous ribbons and awards from the St. Patty’s Day Meet.
25 — Lockport junior swim star Derek Secord earns First Team Niagara Frontier League honors in four events. Also named NFL First Team all-stars from Lockport are Alexis Cheatham in girls basketball, Marshall Taylor, Kirk Feeney and Anthony Orefice in wrestling and Bridget Masiello in bowling.
26 — NFL all-star tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, a graduate of Williamsville North High School, pays a special visit to Lockport High School, where he gives his jersey away to special needs student Tawliq Baity. Rich Napoli announces that the Chestnut Meadows Retirees Golf League will meet soon at the Niagara County Golf Course to discus plans for the upcoming season.
27 — Three Lockport Kids Wrestling Club grapplers, J.R. Leuer (8-Under), J.J. Lucinski (6-Under) and Steven Daskavitz (12-Under) take home first place trophies at the New York State Youth Wrestling Championships in Elmira. Charlie Croff nets 37 points to spark Groff’s Tavern over DiMillo’s Defense, 60-59, in a YMCA Men’s Basketball League contest.
28 — Wilson High School senior Lindsay Bryer is named Female Athlete of the Year by the Niagara Police Athletic League. For the second straight year, Lockport ice Lions player Ricky Eberhart is selected to compete in the prestigious Scotty Bowman Showcase at the First Niagara Center.
29 — Ransomville Speedway great Jipp Ortiz announces his retirement from racing. The underachieving Buffalo Sabres trade defenseman Jordan Leapold to the St. Louis Blues for a second round pick and a conditional fifth round selection.
30 — The Sabres blow a two-goal lead in losing to the Washington Capitals, 4-3, in a shootout. Syracuse defeats Kansas in the East regional Final to advance to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.
31 — The entire local Beilein clan is celebrating earnestly throughout the area as Newfane native John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines secure a berth to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. Members of the championship Pot-O-Gold men’s hockey team are Brian McEachon, Seth Hamilton, Tom Castaldo, Rich LaTona, Pete Quirk, Paul “Bongo” Bailey, Joe Frischold, James Quirk, Ryan Neidrauer, Mike Licata, Tim McCullough and Sean Hayden.
1 — John Beilein’s sister, Molly Maigret says, “It’s in the genes” in describing her brother’s success as the men’s basketball head coach at Michigan, which is headed to the Final Four. About 60 friends and family from Western New York are planning a trip to Atlanta this weekend to watch this year’s men’s basketball Final Four in person. The Sabres deal Robyn Regier to the Los Angeles Kings for second round picks in 2014 and 15.
2 — Members of the YMCA Stingrays swim team are Megan Mietlicki, Annemarie Aber, Megan Tatro, Gina Artieri, Katie Pollock, Sebastian Lasher, David Arlington, Mark Crocker, William Rahill, Aidan Morgan, Henry Murphy, Luke Menges, Gianna Fozzolari, Sam Murphy, Jimmy Sacco, Lyle Wagner, Lillian Masters, Jessica Sacco and Mason Sparks. Kevin Porter nets his first two goals of the season as the visiting Sabres beat the Penguins, 4-1.
3 — The Buffalo Sabres send Jason Pominville to the MInnesota Wild for two prospects and a first round draft pick in 2013 and a second round pick in 2014. Newfane 2000 graduate Jeremiah Kneeland is named the new men’s soccer head coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
4 — Local legend Nin Angelo, one of local television’s first bowling stars and one of his sports’ first great southpaws, passes away. Austin Speaker hurls a complete-game, one-hitter, leading Starpoint past Lockport, 4-1, in non-league high school baseball action. Bobby McKeown finishes 2-for-3 at the plate for head coach Tim Racey’s Spartans.
5 — Brian Flynn and Jochen Hecht net third period goals in Buffalo’s 4-2 win over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Brad Schnitker reminds everyone that the Lock City Slo-Pitch Softball League is looking for more players.
6 — It doesn’t get any better than this for local college basketball fans as Newfane native John Beilein’s Michigan Wolverines defeat Syracuse, 61-56, to advance to the NCAA men’s basketball finals against Louisville. The Buffalo Bisons win their third straight game, beating rival Rochester, 9-2.
7 — Ryan Miller stops 37 shots as the Sabres beat the visiting Devils, 3-2. Jimmie Johnson becomes the winningest active Sprint Cup driver with a victory at Martinsville.
8 — Louisville defeats Michigan, 82-76, in the NCAA men’s basketball championship game in Atlanta. Morgan Bedford smacks three hits, including a home run, sparking Newfane past visiting Barker, 15-5, in N-O softball action. Chris Cribbs plates Starpoint teammate Austin Speaker to highlight a three-run third inning in the Spartans’ 3-2 non-league baseball win over visiting Niagara-Wheatfield.
9 — Syracuse native Colleen Byrne is the new head coach of the Lockport girls lacrosse team. Kelly Anderson belts three hits with a two-bagger and Alyssa Wagner adds two hits with double, but it isn’t enough in Lockport’s 17-14 non-league softball loss to Sweet Home.
10 — Co-captains of the 2013 LHS boys tennis team are Bailey Reid and Jeremy Cogovan. Niagara University men’s basketball coach Joe Mihalich accepts the men’s basketball head coaching position at Hofstra University. Dan Graney announces that his canal-side Niagara-Orleans Country Club golf course in Middleport is open for the 2013 season.
11 — Among the key players featured on the Lockport varsity baseball team are Casey Domski, Charlie Sobieraski and Noah VanDenBosch. The Lions are coached by Steve Styrzo. Carl Kinyon rolls a 290-788 in the Lockport Classic League at Brad Angelo Lanes.
12 — Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers breaks a bone in his leg and will miss the rest of the NHL season. It’s a rebuilding year for head coach Julie Kwoka’s LHS Lady Lions softball team. Senior members of the team this spring are Maddie Steen, Shannon Krywcun, Kelly Anderson and Allie Cavagnaro.
13 — Jhonas Enroth makes 29 saves as the Sabres blank the visiting Flyers, 1-0. All-star pitcher R.A. Dickey wins his first game for the Blue Jays in a 3-2 win over the Royals.
14 — Adam Scott wins the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. It’s a second straight solid start for Jhonas Enroth in a 3-1 Sabres win over the visiting Lightning.
15 — It’s a sad day for sports in America as three people are killed and more than 140 others injured in a bombing attack at the Boston Marathon. Katie Shaw hurls a two-hitter in Newfane’s 11-3 N-O softball win at CSAT. Jeremy Cogovan and J.J. Napoli earns singles wins for Lockport in a 4-1 boys tennis victory over Niagara Falls at Hyde Park.
16 — Lockport senior Alex Reid signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Daemen College on an athletic and academic scholarship. One of the great American sports broadcasters, Pat Summerall, dies at 82, in Dallas. Top finishers for the Lockport Flips at the Spring Spectacular Meet are Murphy McDermott, Matalyn Rutledge and Samantha McIntyre.
17 — LHS head coach Miles Patterson is pictured with Josh Steinman and Kailyn Szymanski at Max D. Lederer Field as he prepares his defending champion track and field Lions and Lady Lions for their upcoming Niagara Frontier League seasons. Drew Stafford nets the shootout game winner in the Sabres’ 3-2 victory at Boston. Former Sabres’ head coach Lindy Ruff is named head coach of Canada at the upcoming world hockey championships.
18 — Sophomore southpaw Jen Krieger hurls the Lockport Lady Lions past North Tonawanda, 16-6, topping NFL softball action. Senior Shannon Krywcun tops the blue and gold with three hits at the plate. The Buffalo BIlls’ 2013 schedule is released. Buffalo will open their season Sept. 8 at home against the New England Patriots.
19 — Lockport’s Belinda Stoll, a participant in the tragic 2013 Boston Marathon, is featured. Erinne Chamot nets five goals in Lockport’s 10-3 girls lacrosse victory over Buffalo Seminary. The Rangers beat the Sabres, 8-4, eliminating the Sabres from the playoffs.
20 — LHS graduate Allie Quast, a senior midfielder at Tiffin University, breaks numerous Division II lacrosse records, including a 13 assist-20 point performance against Walsh. Chris Casey is named the new men’s basketball head coach at Niagara University.
21 — Niagara County Community College women’s basketball head coach Nate Beutel of Sanborn restocks his team with 12 local recruits, including Roy-Hart greats Jesse DeWaters and Olivia Kelkenberg. Tsegaye Kebede wins the 2013 London Marathon.
22 — Lockport freshman Leah VanDenBosch scored the winning run as Lockport erases a 9-0 deficit to defeat Lewiston-Porter, 15-14, topping NFL softball action. Lizzie Bull scores three goals, sparking the Lady Lions lacrosse team past North Tonawanda, 9-3.
23 — Level 3 gymnast Allie Norwood of the Lockport Flips earns top honors in several events at the 2-13 Spring Graffiti meet. Thomas Vanek nets two goals in Buffalo’s 2-1 win at Pittsburgh. The Bills say they’re looking to draft a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft in New York City.
24 — Outstanding LHS senior diver Paige Kelkenberg signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Akron University on a swimming and academic scholarship. Lockport light heavyweight kickboxer Amer Abdallah earns a top 10 ranking from the WKA.
25 — A recent liver transplant patient, former LHS athletic great Lea Sobieraski, appeals to others to donate organs and save lives. The Buffalo Bills select Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel as their No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft — 16th pick overall. Eric Fisher of Central Michigan is taken first overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.
26 — LHS senior Casey Domski fires a complete-game, five-hit shutout as the Lions down Kenmore West, 4-0, topping NFL baseball action. Chris Cribbs smacks a two-out, two-run double to help lift Starpoint over Williamsville East 9-4, in ECIC baseball action. Ryan Miller plays his 500th game with the Sabres in Buffalo’s 2-1 win over the N.Y. Islanders in the NHL season finale for both teams.
27 — LHS junior Roserita DiMillo scores four goals in the Lady Lions’ 9-6 victory over Sacred Heart in a non-league girls lacrosse contest. Sabres goalie Ryan Miller says he’s uncertain about his future in Buffalo. Blake Copella smacks an RBI double and Judd Jamieson adds an RBI single to lead visiting Roy-Hart over Barker, 3-0, in N-O baseball action.
28 — Lockport athletics director Patrick M. Burke is named New York State Administrator of the Year. Buffalo Sabres’ forward Jochen Hecht announces his retirement. John Gibson aces the 140-yard No. 3 hole at the Newfane Pro-Am Par Three golf course.
29 — Lockport and Kenmore East softball teams compete in a special Strike Out Cancer game at LHS. Zach Arquette, Matthew DiTullio, Brennan Stevens and Garrett Srock combine to toss a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts, leading the Lockport Green Monsters U-12 select baseball team to a doubleheader sweep at Barker.
30 — A triple by Katie Shaw highlights a four-run, first inning as the Newfane Lady Panthers knock visiting Royalton-Hartland out of the Niagara-Orleans League’s unbeaten ranks with a 5-2 victory. Winning pitcher Alexis Moreland scatters six hits and Morgan Bedford belts two hits with a triple for the Lady Panthers (7-1 N-O).
1 — Lockport senior ace Casey Domski pitches and hits the baseball Lions past visiting Niagara Falls, 6-4, at Outwater Park, to maintain a first-place tie with Grand Island. Domski scatters five hits over 5 1/3 innings and goes 2-for-2 at the plate with three stolen bases. Junior Brad Wroblewski smacked a bases-clearing double for head coach Steve Styrzo’s Lions (7-1 NFL).
2 — Southpaw junior Brad Wroblewski hurls the Lions past visiting Grand Island, 3-1, to gain sole possession of first place in the NFL baseball standings at 8-1. Brett Cole (100, 200), Jacob Haight (long, triple), Bryce Moeller (110 hurdles, high jump) and Nick Israel (400 hurdles, pole vault) are double winners for Barker in a 115-24 boys track victory at Roy-Hart.
3 — LHS junior Bailey Reid earns his first varsity first singles victory in the Lions’ 3-2 victory at Kenmore East. Head coach Miles Patterson’s LHS boys and girls track teams are both 3-0 in the NFL. Lockport Umpires Association president Mike Stover is actively recruiting new umpires.
4 — Orb wins the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Barker defeats Newfane in N-O baseball, 12-3, but not before sophomore Nick O’Lay of the Panthers belts a long home run. David Ragan steals a last lap victory in Sunday’s NASCVAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega.
5 — The Buffalo Sabres announce that they are sticking with Ron Rolston as their head coach for the 2013-14 NHL season. GM Darcy Regier says Rolston was the only candidate interviewed for the job, irking many Western New York Sabres fans.
6 — Tom Fawber’s 2007 interview with then rookie NASCAR driver David Ragan is recalled in a special feature story. Ragan was in at the AAA Headquarters in Williamsville six years ago to do a driver’s demionstration and Fawber was afforded an exclusive interview at the event.
7 — LHS senior pole vaulter Megan Evans sets a new school record with a leap of 10 feet, four inches in a Lady Lions track victory over visiting North Tonawanda at Max D. Lederer Field. Lions junior Josh Beshaw is a double winner, claiming both the 100 and 200 sprints.
8 — Buffalo Bills and National Football League Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas are at the Bewley Building in downtown Lockport to sign autographs as part of a fundraiser put together by the Niagara County Deputy Sheriff’s Dispatcher’s Association. Lockport’s Frank Mrowka takes pictures at the event for the US&J.
9 — Jordan Beutel homers and Jamie Kerwin adds a triple as head coach Katie Stedman’s Newfane Lady Panthers softball team defeated host Medina, 15-9, improving to a league best 10-1 in the Niagara-Orleans League. Pour Boyz on South Transit Road is hosting poker nights every Wednesday.
10 — Barker senior defensive specialist Jessica Hefferon signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Seton Hill on an academic and field hockey scholarship. Starpoint’s Austin Speaker hurls a complete-game victory on the mound and goes 5-for-5 at the plate, leading the Spartans past visiting Iroquois, 13-2, in ECIC baseball action.
11 — Lockport’s Lauren Wager and Wilson’s Tayler Thilk each receive $2,000 scholarships at the 48th Hewitt Sports Awards Banquet at Niagara County Community College. Alora Sinnott doubles in the 100 and 400 hurdles, leading the Newfane girls track team over Medina, 75-62. Zach Shaft homers and drives in three runs in Barker’s 11-9 baseball win at Wilson.
12 — LHS senior Allie Cavagnaro goes 3-for-4 with a triple and a double, sparking head coach Julie Kwoka’s Lady Lions over host Lewiston-Porter, 6-1. Delaney Fragale, Maddie Steen and Kelly Anderson all go 2-for-3 at the plate with Fragale slugging a two-bagger. The Buffalo Bills sign four rookie draft prospects, including Marquise Goodwin.
13 — Starpoint’s boys and girls track teams both place first overall at their host Spartans Invitational Track Challenge in Pendleton. Clarence is second in the boys division and Grand Island is the runner-up on the girls’ side.
14 — Lockport’s Mitch Loiacano wins the annual DeSales Race For Fitness, finishing the 5K event in 16:29. Medaille College junior Sarah Barrancotta of Lockport, a 2010 graduate of Lockport High School, is honored as a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Student Athlete Honor Society.
15 — David Pollock, Joshua Beshaw and Brian Farfaglia are double winners in the track Lions’ 102-35 win at Lew-Port. Lauren Wager and Jill Golding net three goals apiece on “Senior Night” as the Lady Lions lacrosse team downs visiting Niagara-Wheatfield, 11-6. Lockport’s newest semi-pro football franchise, the Lockport Rampage, are featured.
16 — LHS graduate Caroline Tolli, a senior at Buckness University, earns her third Academic All-Patriot League selection. Tolli carries a 4.0 cumulative average, while majoring in education and Spanish and minoring in Latin and American studies. Newfane clinches the 2013 N-O softball title with a 7-6 win over visiting Albion. Katie Stedman’s Lady Panthers finish 13-1.
17 — The Lockport baseball Lions clinch the NFL baseball championship with a 6-4 victory over Kenmore East. Brianna Walker records five strikeouts and adds a double in Royalton-Hartland’s 6-2 softball victory over visiting Barker. Anthony Pellicano and Ryan Fisher net goals in Lockport’s 10-2 boys lacrosse loss to visiting Orchard Park.
18 — As expected by everyone, the Bills promote Doug Whaley to general manager.Oxbow upsets favorite Orb to win the 138th running of the Preakness in Baltimore. The Indiana Pacers knock the New York Knicks out of the NBA playoffs in six games.
19 — The Lockport Rampage defeat the visiting Finger Lakes Impact, 27-0, in their inaugural semi-pro football game at Outwater Park. Joe Taylor scores two touchdowns for the Rampage. Barker’s Mike Schian and Sean Benoit win the N-O Doubles Tournament tennis championship in Medina.
20 — Lockport bows out of the Section VI softball playoffs, losing 2-1 to visiting West Seneca West. Winners of the LHS Alumni Basketball Tournament were Michael DiTullio, Matt DiTullio, Sheldon Allen, A.J. Roberts, Shaun “Smiley” Allen, Mick Hicks and Charlie Cross.
21 — Starpoint defeats Hutch Tech, 16-6, in a sectional Class A baseball quarterfinal in Pendleton. Chris Cribbs does a great job on the hill in relief fashion. Brett Guay smashes an RBI triple and scores the eventual winning run for head coach Tim Racey’s Spartans.
22 — Alex Weaver smacks his second straight game-winning hit, this time propelling the LHS baseball Lions past Frontier, 4-3, in an extra-inning Section VI Class AA quarterfinal contest at Outwater Park. Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher announces his retirement.
23 — Lockport seniors Alex Reid and Jessica Monzyk are named male and female MVP’s as Lockport’s boys and girls track teams dominate at the NFL Track Meet at Lew-Port. Morgan Cudney, Sarah Lewis, Emma BInner and Jessica Moran are top performers for the Lockport Flips at the 2013 Stumpf’s Anniversary Invitational gymnastics meet in Williamsville.
24 — Royalton-Hartland senior wrestling standout Drew Hull earns the Ilio DiPaolo Wrestling Award and Scholarship in Blasdell. Hull finished 45-0 this past season and capped it with a state small-school title at 145-pounds. He finished his six-year Rams varsity career with a record of 176-26.
25 — Ransomville’s Jim Stone wins his third straight Fireballs Division feature race at Ransomville Speedway. Pete Bicknell of St. Catharines is the Modified Division winner with Ransomville’s Erick Rudolph coming in second and Cambria’s Robbie Krull in third. Sanborn’s Chad Brachman is fourth. Ransomville’s Don Spatorico is the Sportsman Division winner.
26 — Tony Kanaan wins the Indianapolis 500. Lyndonville native Scott Bradley wins the 30-34 age bracket at the Ironman 70.3 Florida competition in Haines City, Fla., near Orlando.
27 — Walt Ruta cards a 55 to earn the top spot in the Lockport Town & Country Club’s Memorial Weekend Golf Tournament. Bill Wincott is second and Dave Poole finishes third.
28 — Lockport’s Taylor Schaffert is named the Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year for the Brockport women’s swim team. Newfane shifts to Class C North and Barker/Roy-Hart moves up to Class B North in football this coming fall, Section VI announces.
29 — The Starpoint Lady Spartans softball team claims the Section VI Class A-2 championship with a 5-0 victory over Iroquois in West Seneca. Ashley Owens and Allison Block combine to hurl the victory for head coach Joe Hill’s team. Brianna and Madison Clark each went 2-for-4 at the plate for Starpoint.
30 — Lockport bowling great Gary Kinyon proves he’s also a good golfer, acing the No. 4 North hole at Willowbrook. Kinyon used a 5-iron to ace the 150-yard shot. Witnesses were Anne Hopkins and Beth Fiedler.
31 — Members of the NFL champion LHS Lions baseball team are Dan Bronson, John Traversone, Kyle Waple, Colin Dougherty, Tyler Fraas, Bryce Perry, Brad Wroblewski, William Diebel, Charlie Sobieraski, Tyler Goodridge, Rhys VanBourgondien, Alex Licata, Alex Weaver, Noah VanDenBosch and Mike Bouchard. They were coached by Steve Styrzo.
1 — Reknown Lockport boxing gym owner and trainer Harry Gill earns a gold medal in the 80-to-84-year-old division in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Buffalo.
2 — Hamburg downs Starpoint, 4-2, in the Section VI Class A softball championship game in West Seneca. Starpoint coach Joe Hill’s Lady Spartans finished 18-4 overall with just one graduating senior on the roster.
3 — The Lockport Lions’ 400 relay foursome of Alex and Andy Reid, Nick Hamilton and Josh Beshaw win the Section VI championship in Yorkshire, setting a new VI record with a blazing time of 42.26 seconds. Teammate Dave Pollock is the pentathlon champion.
4 — Lockport’s Bob Cammarata records a hole-in-one at the Augustine Country Club in Stafford, Va. Winesses are Peter Certo, Mike Glynn and Don Allen.
5 — Harry Apolito and Bill Fuller join forces this week to place in the Lockport Town & Country Club’s Men’s Tuesday Sweeps League. Long-time Albion football coach Dick Diminuco is named to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
6 — LHS boys tennis coach Dave Shambach announces that sign-ups for the 2013 Lockport Summer Tennis Program are coming up. LHS Athletics Director Patrick M. Burke said he is seeking applicants to become the school’s new varsity girls swimming coach.
7 — NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills is fine, according to doctors after having surgery to remove cancer from his upper jaw. Kelly, 53, revealed just days prior that he had been diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago.
8 — Lockport’s Amer Abdallah defends his WKA Light Heavyweight kickboxing championship with a first-round technical knockout win over Wisconsin’s Robert Katzfey at the sold out Kenan Center Arena. Other local winners on the fight card included two Lockportians, heavyweights Dominic Esposito and Joe Taylor.
9 — Iona College senior Mark Wallace, the son of Steve and Arlene Wallace of Lockport, is completing a co-op internship with U.S. Marshall’s Office in Buffalo. Wallace is the Lockport High School backstroke record holder since 2010.
10 — The city’s newest semi-pro football franchise, the Lockport Rampage, open their 2013 SPF season with a 25-12 victory over the Buffalo Chargers at Outwater Park. Jordan Hogan hauls in touchdown passes of 45 and 27 yards from Rampage quarterback Willie Fair. Allan Scott adds a 35-yard fumble return for TD for Lockport (1-0).
11 — Lady Lions senior shortstop Allie Cavagnaro is named to the All-NFL First Team for softball and is also placed on the All-Western New York Consideration List. LHS seniors Kelly Anderson and Shannon Krywcun earn Second Team nods.
12 — Lockport High’s 400 relay quartet of senior Alex and Reid, junior Josh Beshaw and sophomore Nick Hamilton, which earned a third-place finish at last week’s state meet, are named to the All-NFL’s First Team, along with teammates Connor Doran, Derek Dunlap, Brian Farfaglia, Dan Jones, Mitch Loiacano, Adam Perilli and Josh Steinman.
13 — This week marks the 30th anniversary of Wilson High School winning the state baseball championship, beating Rome Catholic High School, 5-2, at Veterans Stadium in Rome, N.Y. The Lakemen head coach in 1983 was today’s Lockport High School athletics director Patrick M. Burke. Members of the title team include today’s Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour.
14 — The Buffalo Bills sign their top college pick in 2013, quarterback EJ Manuel, to a four-year deal worth $9 million. Manuel, 6-4, 237-pounds, was selected 16th overall out of Florida State back in April.
15 — Next month’s 23rd Erie Barge Canal Fishing Derby expands to areas east of Medina, according to founder and director Steve Harrington of Gasport. Phil Mickelson has the early lead at the U.S. Open golf championship.
16 — Among the instructors at the upcoming Lockport Basketball Clinic are Dave Gilson, Dick Russell, Brett Sippel, Eric Klumpp and Justin Gerstung. Justin Rose of England wins the 2013 U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
17 — The Shawnee Snowmobile Club — the Sno-Chiefs— is recently named the Snowmobile Club of the Year by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations.
18 — The Newfane Soccer Club is planning to host a British Soccer Camp with coaches from Challenger Sports at Krull Park in Olcott.
19 — The Chicago Blackhawks even the Stanley Cup Finals best-of-seven series against the Boston Bruins at two games apiece with a 6-5 overtime win in Boston. Brent Seabrook tallies the game winner for Chicago.
20 — The Sabres sign goalie Jhonas Enroth to a two-year contract extension. The Miami Heat win their second straight NBA championsip, beating the San Antonio Spurs, 95-88, in Game 7, in Miami. LeBron James is the Most Valuable Player.
21 — Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is reportedly nearing a deal to become the new head coach of the Dallas Stars. The relatives of Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found dead near the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, want answers.
22 — LHS varsity football coach Greg Bronson is named Coach of the Year at the recent league banquet. Bronson’s Lions captured the Section VI Class AA North Division the previous fall.
23 — Four Lockport Lions baseball players, seniors Casey Domski and Alex Weaver; and juniors Brad Wroblewski and Charlie Sobieraski, are named to the First Team of Niagara Frontier League All-Stars.
24 — Retired Newfane Elementary School principal Tommy Hicks is named to the Bare Knuckles Hall of Fame in Belfast, N.Y.
25 — Maria D’Addeo, a competitive college cheerleader for the Louisville Cardinals in Kentucky, is pictured with her father, Michael D’Addeo, the owner of the Car Place on West Genesee Street, after returning from a special missionary trip trip to Belize. Legendary Barker field hockey coach Jude Otto retires from teaching.
26 — Incoming Lockport High School senior Marshall Taylor, the son of John and Mary-Brennan Taylor, one of the top defensive linemen and wrestlers in Western New York, qualifies for the state high school coaches association Elite Football Combine in Syracuse.
27 — The verdict on Lockport’s Kevin Burdick is his induction into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Buslines great is elected on the prestigious first ballot. Former LHS golfing great Desmond Stoll comes up just short in his bid to qualify for the Porter Cup in Lewiston.
28 — East Avenue optometrist Dr. Paul DeLange is pictured with his son-in-law, Kris Schultz, after the pair won the Lockport Town & Country Club’s Member-Member Tournament. A wicked rain storm puts the entire city under water.
29 — The Buffalo Bisons lose to the New Hampshire Knights, 5-4, on a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dewey Johnson wins four games, paving the way for the Ski Lodge in a 20.5-9.5 victory over Singer Farms in the Lockport Horseshoe League.
30 — Harvey Mattes, William Judd, Dave Haley, Bob Brown, Tim Tolli, Calvin Shellman, Charlie Croff and Allison Depp are named to the 2013 Class of the Lockport Sports Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies are slated for Sept. 20 at the Lockport Town & Country Club.