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January 2, 2013

2012 Year End — Part I

Brad Angelo's year to remember

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

LOCKPORT —  

PENDLETON — Chalk up 2012 as a positive one for Lockport professional bowler Brad Angelo.
Angelo, a former PBA Rookie of the Year, earned his second career PBA title with a dramatic come-from-behind win Nov. 10 at the Viper Championship in Las Vegas.
Angelo was also a top 20 finalist at the U.S. Open in February. In May, Angelo became just the second, four-time champion of the George A. Obenauer Masters Bowling Tournament at Transit Lanes in Williamsville.
His life-long dream of owning his own bowling house became a reality over the summer when he purchased the former South Transit Lanes on South Transit Road in Pendleton. It re-opened as Brad Angelo Lanes on Aug. 31.
Angelo’s breakout year, both personally and professionally, has been selected as the Union-Sun & Journal’s Runnerup Local Sports Story of 2012. The top local sports story of 2012 will be announced on New Year’s Day.
Other top local stories in 2012 include two successful light heavyweight title defenses by Lockport pro kickboxer Amer Abdallah (April 14 and Nov. 17) before sold-out crowds at the Kenan Center Arena. The Kenan also played host to two sold-out pro wrestling shows in 2012.
There were numerous local and regional high school titles, both individually and by schools, throughout the year as well, and several locals, including Barker’s Emma Dewart and Lockport’s David Fluellen, made great strikes in college sports.
Race car driver Bobby Holmes of Lockport had another great year on the track, winning numerous feature races at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster and ultimately claiming the Sportsman Division title.
Ransomville’s Steve Geltz made his Major League Baseball debut as a relief pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels.
Meanwhile, in football news, LHS senior James Chambers set new single-game and single-season touchdown records as head coach Greg Bronson’s Lions won the AA North division; and Lockport native Sean Kugler, the offensive line coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was named late this year as the new head coach at the University of Texas at El Paso.
But the news is not all good. Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, who made a 2012 appearance in Lockport to sign autographs, got snubbed again by voters for the NFL Hall of Fame. The Bills hit rock bottom with their 13th straight non-playoff appearance and the NHL canceled all regular-season games through to 2013 at the earliest.
Here’s a look back at the first half of the 2012. The remainder of the past year will be featured on New Year’s Day.
JANUARY
1 — Buffalo Sabres new owner Terry Pegula and the hope he brings to Western New York hockey fans, is the Union-Sun & Journal’s Local Sports Story of the Year for 2011.
2 — The Buffalo Bills need a pass rusher and a wide receiver, says Deacon Don Watkins of Lockport, in a Leading Off opinion piece. The Bills fire defensive coordinator George Edwards and replace him with Dave Wannstedt.
3 — Drew Stafford and Nathan Gerbe score just 2:04 apart in the third period, lifting the Buffalo Sabres past the visiting Edmonton Oilers, 3-2.
4 — Consecutive wins by Will Skidmore (160 pounds), Steve Lakes (170), and Mike Tolli (182) helps the Newfane wrestling team rally past visiting Royalton-Hartland, 45-38.
5 — Kiki Dy doubles in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle and Brianna Gaughran doubles in the 200 and 500 freestyles as the Newfane Lady Panthers swim team stays unbeaten with a 122-47 win at Medina.
6 — Senior D’Antre Cullens scores a game-high 21 points, sparking the LHS basketball Lions past Kenmore East, 79-50, to regain the .500 mark in NFL boys basketball.
7 — Johnny Oduya nets an overtime goal as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Buffalo Sabres, 2-1.
8 — The Lockport Family YMCA is offering upcoming youth and adult basketball leagues. Tim Tebow throws an overtime touchdown pass as the Denver Broncos beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 29-23, in their AFC wildcard game in Denver.
9 — Alabama defeats LSU, 21-0, in the BCS championship game.
10 — Lockport’s Mike Daskavitz, Conner Doran, Max Feeney, Josh Gill, Andy Lucinski and Mitchell Seaver place first for the Lockport Kids Wrestling Little Lions in their team championship win at Orchard Park.
11 — Lockport’s Corey Balcerzak is invited to at least two NFL combines this coming offseason. The son of Jeff and Dyan (Mulvey) Balcerzak is an award-winning offensive lineman at St. John Fisher College.
12 — Sarah DiMayo is a double individual winner for Royalton-Hartland in the Lady Rams’ 102-68 Niagara-Orleans League swim loss to visiting Newfane.
13 — Jason Pominville nets the game-winner with 5:47 left as the Buffalo Sabres trim the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs, 3-2. Senior Garrett Sheehan is a double winner as the LHS swim Lions dunk Niagara Falls, 106-79.
14 — Evgeni Nabokov earns his 300th NHL win as the N.Y. Islanders down the visiting Buffalo Sabres, 4-2.
15 — Andy Lucinski, Max Feeney and Josh Gill are first-place finishers for the Lockport Kids Wrestling Club at their annual host tournament at LHS.
16 — Justin Harvey scores a team-high 16 points to lead the visiting Newfane Panthers past Barker, 61-45, topping N-O boys basketball action.
17 — LHS senior point guard Patti Burdick holds Grand Island star player Kallie Banker in check for the most part, then drains four straight free-throws in the closing seconds as the Lockport Lady Lions knock off the previously-undefeated Lady Vikings, 44-39, topping NFL girls basketball action.
18 — Among the key members of the 2012 Lockport High School varsity bowling team are seniors Jacob Swartz and Tyler Laubacker and sophomore Katie Bars. Lockport’s Maria D’Addeo is selected as a cheerleader for Team USA at the upcoming Worlds Competition at Walt Disney World.
19 — Roy-Hart’s boys and Newfane’s girls clinch Niagara-Orleans League swim titles. Jason and Josh Beabout, Zach Yates, Jeff Durbin and Kurtis Parker are first-place finishers for the Rams in a 116-54 win over visiting Albion, while Lil Masters and Allie DeBiase are big winners for the Lady Panthers in a 112-58 win over Akron.
20 — Alex Gamache’s 45-second pin over his Lew-Port opponent helps propel the mat Lions past the Lancers, 46-27. Doug Blazier (152), Dylan Nuhn (179) and Marshall Taylor (220) also earn pins for head coach Joe Scapelliti’s Lions.
21 — The Buffalo Sabres drop their 12th straight road game, 4-2, at St. Louis. US&J outdoors columnist Bill Hilts Jr. talks about the upcoming Salmon School training seminar in Olcott.
22 — With wins over the San Francisco 49ers (20-17) and the Baltimore Ravens (23-20) in their conference title games, the New York Giants and New England Patriots, respectively, will meet in this year’s Super Bowl. Starpoint graduate Natalie Whitman scores 10 points in Hilbert College’s 59-48 women’s basketball win over New Rochelle.
23 — Maxine Riter (Level 6), Kristine Marinaccio (Level 4) and Alanah Bushor (Level 3) are first place finishers for the Lockport Flips at the 17th annual Graffiti Gymnastics Invitational in Niagara Falls.
24 — Jesse DeWaters nets a team-high 13 points and teammate Kristi Harnish adds 11 as head coach Don Baker’s Roy-Hart Lady Rams beat visiting Wilson, 51-34, in a Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball contest in Middleport.
25 — Jason Jolley (126), Nate Martin (132), Darious Matalavage (138), Steve Lakes (160), Jake Krafts (182) and Mike Tolli (195) earn pins for the Panthers as Newfane finishes its N-O wrestling season a perfect 7-0 with a 54-25 win at Medina.
26 — Starpoint graduate Amir Billups is ranked seventh in the nation in Division III three-point shooting. Billups, the son of Edward and Carmen Billups, is a senior at Fredonia State College. He’s connected on 39 of 82 attempts (47.6 percent) beyond the arc so far this season.
27 — LHS senior point guard Shaun “Smiley” Allen scores 10 points and adds five steals and seven assists as head coach Dave Gilson’s basketball Lions down visiting Niagara-Wheatfield, 53-37. Lockport’s Brittany Wright has a big day in winning the shootout round at the NFL Individuals Bowling Tournament at Manor Lanes in the Town of Tonawanda.
28 — Rashad Evans of Niagara Falls out-points previously-undefeated Phil Davis in a five-round light heavyweight fight in Chicago. That moves Evans closer to a title shot against Jon Jones.
29 — Ransomville Speedway reschedules it annual Hangover 150 for Feb. 11, due to recent rainy weather. Andrew Harzewski nets the lone goal for the ice Lions in a 6-1 loss to St. Joe’s.
30 — Lockport’s Connor McCaffrey places first in the Boys 12-13 Division of the 2012 Elks Hoop Shoot Contest at the Lockport Family YMCA. McCaffrey sinks 18 of 25 shots and advances to the state regionals Feb. 27 in Wolcott.
31 — Ryan Miller makes 27 saves in a 3-1 Sabres win at Montreal, Buffalo’s first back-to-back NHL wins since November.
FEBRUARY
1 — Ryan Callahan nets the lone goal in overtime as the visiting New York Rangers beat the Buffalo Sabres, 1-0, at First Niagara Center.
2 — Newfane senior Gabby Balseca, the daughter of Jose and Michele Balseca, signs a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at St. Bonaventure University. Acclaimed former Lockport boxer Tony Ventura fondly recalls his former trainer, Hall of Famer Angelo Dundee, who dies at the age of 90.
3 — Tracy Maracle scores on a rebound, then sets up Ricky Eberhart with a late tying goal as the Lockport ice Lions tie Division I-leader Frontier 2-2.
4 — Former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed misses the cut for entry into the National Football League Hall of Fame. Shootout goals by Brad Boyes and Jason Pominville lift the Buffalo Sabres over the N.Y. Islanders, 4-3.
5 — Eli Manning wins his second Super Bowl MVP Award as the N.Y. Giants defeat the New England Patriots, 21-17, in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
6 — Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff cracks three ribs in practice after getting hit by defenseman Jordan Leopold. The St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team cracks the top 25 nationally.
7 — LHS senior forward Marisa Guyton tallies a game-high 22 points as the Lady basketball Lions down visiting Lewiston-Porter, 73-39. Mackendzie MacFarlane bowls a 196-542 to help visiting Lockport beat Kenmore East, 4-3, in NFL girls bowling action.
8 — Lockport’s Marathon Mom, Judy Arlington, has her Y-10 Training Class ready to go at this weekend’s annual YMCA Y-10 race downtown.
9 — LHS senior forward D’Antre Cullens nets 11 points in Lockport’s 74-45 loss at Niagara Falls, topping NFL boys basketball action.
10 — Unsung Lockport senior Kendra Warren has a huge game off the bench, sparking the Lady basketball Lions over Niagara Falls, 49-34, in NFL play in the Lady Lions’ Den.
11 — Steven Stamkos has a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay’s 2-1 win over the Sabres in Buffalo.
12 — A record 389 runners participate in the 41st annual YMCA Y-10 race downtown. Chris Walters of Buffalo is the overall winner in 55:35. Jennifer Koeppel-Acker of Cheektowaga wins the women’s race in 1:04.02.
13 — John Masiello’s six-game, 1,369 total beats out 76 other entrants at the 21st Tri-City Masters Bowling Tournament at Allie Brandt Lanes.
14 — Grand Island wins its second straight NFL girls basketball title with a narrow, 37-36 win over visiting Lockport. Brad Bobbitt nets 23 and Chris Luce adds 22 as Roy-Hart defeats Barker, 72-64, in N-O boys hoops action.
15 — Locals are among Jeremy Lin’s biggest fans. The New York guard continues to awe the NBA world as the Knicks win their seventh straight game, 100-85, over the Sacramento Kings.
16 — Wilson and Newfane share the N-O boys basketball title, while Roy-Hart and Wilson share the girls title. Head coach Jill DiTullio’s LHS junior varsity girls basketball team wins the NFL title, finishing a perfect 14-0. Baseball great Gary Carter dies. 
17 — The MSG Network reaches an agreement with Time Warner to put the Buffalo Sabres back on local TV. One state official close to the negotiations credits Jeremy Lin’s popularity with spearheading the long-awaited settlement.
18 — Starpoint senior Matt Schutt wins the 50 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke at the Section VI boys swimming championships.
19 — Lockport senior Marisa Guyton is the MVP as Lockport stuns state-power Shenendehowa, 47-38, at the 2012 Lockport Kiwanis Club Girls Basketball Tournament at LHS.
20 — LHS senior Tyler Laubacker will represent Section VI and the Lions at the upcoming state bowling tournament in Webster. Sabres’ forward Paul Gaustad is the subject of trade talk.
21 — Buffalo Bills CEO Russell Brandon calls the team’s move to try and extend the infamous Buffalo-Toronto Series, “a significant step forward.” Others disagree. Ryan Miller stops 30 shots as the Sabres down the visiting Islanders, 2-1.
22 — Erie Community College freshman Samantha Stachura-Lee of Lockport finishes fifth at the Region III Bowling Championships in Hudson Valley. Pro bowler Brad Angelo of Lockport sits in the top 20 at the 2012 PBA U.S. Open in New Jersey.
23 — Lockport’s Mike Feeney and Anthony Orefice advance to the state high school wrestling finals in Albany. LHS junior Alex Reid and senior Robert “Bubba” Ralyea earn a trip to the state indoor track championships.
24 — Lockport Bowling Association Hall of Famer Gary Kinyon wins his third Tri-City Masters Title, defeating Tonawanda’s Mike Hanes, 446-386 in the two-game finals at Allie Brandt Lanes.
25 — Jamie Curry nets 16 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists in Wilson’s 62-31 win over visiting Cleveland Hill in a Section VI Class B-2 girls basketball quarterfinal. Jesse DeWaters scores 16 in Roy-Hart’s 42-38 win over visiting Gowanda in a Class B-2 quarterfinal in Middleport.
26 — Starpoint claims its second straight club hockey small school title with a 5-2 win over Cheektowaga. Matt Kenseth wins his second Daytona 500.
27 — The Buffalo Sabres trade Paul Gaustad to the Nashville Predators for a first-round draft pick in 2012 and a fourth-round pick in 2013. Head coach Bill Beilein’s NCCC Thunderwolves are set to host a Mercyhurst in a Region III men’s basketball quarterfinal.
28 — Marissa Guyton nets 17 and Emma Sobieraski adds 16 as the LHS Lady Lions beat Frontier, 72-41, in a Section VI Class AA girls basketball quarterfinal. Roy-Hart grappler Drew Hull finishes second in the state at 145 pounds.
29 — Lockport senior Danielle Donorovich signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Trinity College on an academic and volleyball scholarship. Danielle signs away in the LHS Library, accompanied by her parents, Robert and Carolann Donorovich, LHS Athletics Director Patrick Burke and LHS girls varsity volleyball coach Elizabeth Pitts.
MARCH
1 — Lions senior swim star Garrett Sheehan competes in the 50-yard freestyle at the 2012 state swim meet in Buffalo. Lockport native Bill Agronin, a coaching staple throughout this area for decades, including the Niagara University women’s team, now as an assistant at Medaille in Buffalo, is honored by Allegheny Mountain College Conference as its a 2011-12 Co-Coach of the Year.
2 — LHS senior Marissa Guyton does everything but don the blue man suit, scoring a game-high 29 points and adding 10 rebounds and three assists as the Lady Lions beat Jamestown, 73-51 in a Section VI Class AA girls basketball semifinal at Sweet Home High School.
3 — Starpoint senior Matt Schutt places second (:57.55) in the state finals of the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2012 state high school swim meet in the Burt Flickinger Aquatics Center in downtown Buffalo.
4 — LHS senior Tyler Laubacker caps off a brilliant varsity bowling career by leading the Section VI Team to its second state title in four years in Waverly. Laubacker starts with a 227-586, then rolls a 235-638. Laubacker and fellow LHS captain Jacob Swartz had single game averages of 210-plus this season for head coach Marion Singleton’s Lions.
5 — The Bills re-sign wide receiver Stevie Johnson to a five-year, $36.25M contract extension. The Sabres drop their road trip finale at Winnipeg, 3-1 and remain tied for 10th place in the Eastern Conference with Tampa Bay, four points behind the Jets.
6 — Head coach Bill Shaw’s Lockport Lady Lions out-last Lancaster, 57-54, to win their fourth Class AA girls basketball championship in nine years at Niagara County Community College. LHS senior Marisa Guyton tops everyone with 24 points, nine rebounds and four steals. The Lady Redskins are coached by Lockport’s Karen Catalano.
7 — Jason Pominville nets the game-winner in OT as the Sabres beat the visiting Hurricanes, 3-2. Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning says goodbye to Indianapolis.
8 — The Lockport Lady Lions basketball team (17-3) preps for a trip to Canandaigua and a battle with Section VI-champion Penfield (22-0) this weekend in the state Far West Regional. The Buffalo Bills re-sign tight end Scott Chandler to a two-year contract.
9 — The Tasmanian Devil is at it again in 2012. Barker graduate Emma Dewart wins the high jump and places in two additional events en route to being named Empire 8 Athlete of the Week. Emma, a nationally acclaimed senior student/athlete at Ithaca College, is the daughter of Jonathan and Amy Dewart.
10 — Marisa Guyton scores 13 points, but the LHS Lady Lions lose to Penfield, 54-37, in the state Far West Regional in Canandaigua. The loss marks the end of an era in LHS girls basketball history with final games played by outstanding seniors Guyton, Patti Burdick, Emily Elliott, Maggie Glenn, Emma Sobieraski and Kendra Warren. 
11 — Barker’s Emma Dewart wins her second straight NCAA championship in the pentathlon. Tony Stewart wins the Kobalt Tools 400 in Las Vegas.
12 — Tyler Myers scores 2:01 into overtime, lifting the Buffalo Sabres over the visiting Montreal Canadiens, 3-2.
13 — Lockport Kids Wrestling Club grapplers Chris Duncanson, Kirk Feeney, Andy Lucinski, Mitch Seaver, J.R. Leuer, Shey Williams, Julius Williams, Kamson Williams, Max Feeney, Steven Kapuscinski, Tom Wendt, Dontay Gill, Emery Lange, Brad Straw and Jackson Doran all qualify for the upcoming state tournament in Cornell.
14 — Lockport’s Corey “The Story” Webster improves to 2-0 professionally with a hard-fought, mixed martial arts middle weight split-decision win over Toronto’s Adrian Brown. Houston Texans free agent defensive end Mario Williams is talking to the Buffalo Bills.
15 — The Buffalo Sabres Alumni and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office are set to do battle at Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena in a charity hockey game to benefit Niagara Hospice. The visiting Colorado Avalanche score late and beat the Sabres in a shootout, 5-4.
16 — The Buffalo Bills sign Houston Texans free agent defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $100M contract.
17 — The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office defeats the Buffalo Sabres Alumni, 9-8, in a charity hockey game. Lockport’s Bill Vanderlinde writes in his Leading Off opinion piece that the real winner was Niagara Hospice, which benefitted from proceeds. The Florida Panthers defeat the visiting Buffalo Sabres in a shootout, 3-2.
18 — Peyton Manning works out with the Tennessee Titans. NASCAR’s Brad Kesolowski out-battles Matt Kenseth to win at Bristol. Sunjay Kapoor records a hole-in-one at Oak Run. Witnessing the No. 11 hole feat on St. Patrick’s Day eve was Oak Run pro and popular Lockport Irishman Joe O’Shaughnessy.
19 — Barker’s Marguerite Zaepfel, a member of the Monroe Community College women’s swim team, places 10th in the 50 freestyle finals at the 2012 NJCAA national meet in Fort Pierce, Fla. Peyton Manning chooses the Denver Broncos — five years, $96M.
20 — Members of the Niagara-Orleans League First Team in boys basketball are Barker’s Josh Haight and Jake Haight; Royalton-Hartland’s Brad Bobbitt, Wilson’s Tyler Martin and CSAT’s Darnell Carson. LHS junior wrestler Jose Pagan earns the Niagara Frontier League’s prestigious Sportsmanship Award.
21 — Lockport’s Erin Miller, the daughter of Jeff and Paula Miller and a thrower at the University at Buffalo, is named the Mid-American Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week. Ryan Miller stops 34 shots as the Sabres blank the visiting Canadiens, 3-0.
22 — LHS graduate Sarah Barrancotta, a sophomore second baseman on the Medaille College women’s softball team, belts a walk-off, game-winning single against Milwaukee, in Arizona. The N.Y. Jets sign Tim Tebow.
23 — Travis Turnbull nets his first NHL goal and the Buffalo Sabres beat the N.Y. Rangers at Madison Square Garden, 4-1. Ransomville Speedway prepares to open for its 55th consecutive season or DIRT racing.
24 — Thomas Vanek scores his first goal in eight games as the Sabres beat the visiting Minnesota Wild, 3-1. Ohio State downs Syracuse, 77-70, advancing to the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four.
25 — Tiger Woods wins his first PGA Tour event in 30 months, the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando. NASCAR’s Tony Sewart wins a rain-shortened Sprint Cup race at Fontana.
26 — Named to the Niagara-Orleans League First Team in girls basketball are Roy-Hart’s Jesse DeWaters and Olivia Kelkenberg, Wilson’s Jamie Curry, Akron’s Kierstyn Sturmer and Medina’s Alba Perez.
27 — LHS senior basketball star Emma Sobieraski is featured in her school newspaper, The Towpath, which is published by the US&J. Drew Stafford nets a pair of goals as the streaking Buffalo Sabres move into eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 5-1 win at Washington.
28 — Canisius College freshman Rohn Pierce, a graduate of Newfane, earns the mound win as the Canisius baseball team beats St. Bonaventure, 4-3, in Olean. Rich Napoli announces that the Chestnut Meadows Retirees Golf League is hosting its annual sign-up meeting in April at the Niagara County Golf Course.
29 — Team captains on the Lockport girls varsity lacrosse team are senior Elise Hayden and junior Jamie Dimond. The Lady Lions are coached by returning four-year coach Natalia Doherty.
30 — Team captains on the Lockport boys varsity lacrosse team are senior Branden Gleave and junior Zach Brown. The Lions are coached by Scott Reddinger.
31 — The Toronto Maple Leafs end a team-record, 11-game home losing streak, beating the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3.
APRIL
1 — Four Lockport Kids Wrestling Club members, Andy Lucinski, Mitch Seaver, J.R. Leuer and Anthony Orefice, win state titles. Ryan Newman wins after a wild NASCAR Sprint Cup finish at Martinsville.
2 — Barker’s Destiny Metzler tosses a three-hitter, sparking the Lady Raiders softball team past CSAT, 14-7. In Wilson, Brianna Walker hurls a one-hitter as the Roy-Hart Lady Rams beat the Lakewomen, 14-1.
3 — Key members of the Lockport High School girls varsity softball team include seniors Patti Burdick, Kelly McKeever, Kassidy McFall and Nora Passuite and junior Allie Cavagnaro. The Lady Lions are coached by Julie Kwoka. McFall hurls a five-hit shutout, while Belfield homers and scores twice in Lockport’s 4-0 non-league win over Sweet Home.
4 — Starpoint’s Zack Monelli earns his first varsity win on the mound as the baseball Spartans down visiting Williamsville East, 13-9. Matt Miller goes 4-for-5 at the plate with a double and three RBI for the garnet and gray.
5 — Senior tri-captains on the 2012 LHS boys varsity baseball team are Nate Schneider, Nick DiMartile and Rob Arlington. The Lions are coached by Steve Styrzo. The Buffalo Sabres’ playoff hopes vanish with a 2-1 loss at the Philadelphia Flyers.
6 — Returning key players on head coach John Grzymala’s Roy-Hart Rams varsity baseball team are Connor Baker, Ryan Metz, Aaron Brigham, Judd Jamieson, Brandon Wolter and Zach Yates. Fifty-two-year-old pro golfer Fred Couples shares the 2012 Masters lead.
7 — Buffalo Bills’ ticket sales jump significantly as the team’s latest spending spree appears to have paid off. The Sabres end their season with a 4-3 loss at Boston.
8 — Lockport professional kickboxer Amer Abdallah, the reigning United States AKA Eastern Light Heavyweight champion, is winding down training camp as he prepares for this weekend’s light heavyweight bout against D.J. Gibson of Duluth, Mich. at the Kenan Center Arena. Bubba Watson wins the 2012 Masters at Augusta.
9 — Corey Regnet goes 5-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, 6 RBI and four runs scored, leading Starpoint past visiting CSAT, 15-2, in a non-league baseball contest in Pendleton. Lockport’s Erin Miller places first in the discus for UB at the Florida Relays.
10 — Among the key players on the 2012 Barker varsity baseball team are seniors Austin Blackley and Codi McKee. Senior co-captains on the Lady Raiders softball team are Destiny Metzler, Allie Denny, Dani Senior and Stephanie Pyra. The Raiders are coached by Rob Mucha and the Lady Raiders are coached by Shannon McCracken.
11 — Junior Charlie Sobieraski and sophomore Kyle Covell collect Lockport’s only two hits in a 3-0 loss at Albion in a non-league baseball game. The Buffalo Sabres announce they will move forward next season once again with head coach Lindy Ruff and GM Darcy Regier.
12 — Lockport’s Nora Passuite goes 3-for-4 with two runs scored and fellow senior Kassidy McFall tosses a four-hitter as the Lady Lions down visiting Albion, 6-1, in a non-league softball contest.
13 — Among the key members of the Newfane varsity softball team, coached by Katy Stedman, are Katie and Shannon Shaw. Emily Belfield goes 4-for-5 with a triple, two doubles and four runs scored, powering Lockport past Starpoint, 13-1, in non-league softball action. Fellow senior Danielle Donorovich goes 3-for-3 with three doubles and three runs scored.
14 — Lockport professional kickboxer Amer Abdallah retains his AKA Eastern United States Light Heavyweight Championship belt with a unanimous-decision win over D.J. Gibson of Duluth, Mich., before a large crowd at the Kenan Center Arena. The score cards are 98-89, 99-91 and 99-92. Lockport’s Kyle Gibas and Brian Irr are also victorious on the fight card.
15 — The 2012 City Bowling Tournament begins at Allie Brandt Lanes. Brian Borowski is the defending men’s open scratch champion.
16 — Senior captains on head coach Dave Shambach’s 2012 Lockport tennis Lions are Brendan Williams, Connor Dry and Brian Smist. Wesley Korir of Kenya wins the Boston Marathon.
17 — LHS senior Rob Arlington tosses a complete-game victory with nine strikeouts as the baseball Lions beat visiting Niagara Falls, 8-2, at Outwater Park. Besides a strong game on the hill, Arlington goes 3-for-3 at the plate.
18 — Key returners on head coach Miles Patterson’s LHS varsity track team are Alex Reid and Keeley Ralyea. Brian Ratajczak executes a perfect suicide squeeze bunt with one out in the bottom of the seventh to spark Newfane past visiting Medina, 9-8, topping N-O baseball action.
19 — Senior slugger Emily Belfied homers again as the LHS Lady softball Lions crush visiting Kenmore East, 13-2. Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson signs autographs downtown. Alex Reid is a triple individual winner as the track Lions sweep Niagara-Wheatfield at Max D. Lederer Field.
20 — The 2012 Lockport Boys Basketball Clinic is slated for July 9-19 at LHS, announces camp director Dick Russell, the Lockport boys junior varsity basketball coach.
21 — Jon Jones records a light heavyweight unanimous decision win over Rashad Evans of Niagara Falls in the main event of a UFC card in Atlanta.
22 — Lockport seniors Marisa Guyton and Emma Sobieraski, along with Royalton-Hartland senior Jesse DeWaters, are named to the NYSSCOGS All-State Girls Basketball Team. Tracey Stoddard dominates the 2012 City Bowling Tournament, winning her eighth women’s title. Lockport’s Tim “Werty” Wertman rolls a record individual series of 812 in the team event.
23 — The Western New York Athletic Conference honors the Lockport Town & Country Club with a plaque of appreciation for hosting numerous tournaments in recent years. LT&CC golf pro Ed Borek accepts the plaque from NCCC golf coach Tony Ventresca, GCC golf coach Tom Moynihan and tourney director Eric Knuutila.
24 — Josh Beshaw, Tyler Chapman and Tom Furlong are all double winners for the Lockport track Lions in a 101-40 win over visiting Kenmore West. Kailin Szymanski is a double winner for the Lady Lions in their 97-44 win over the Lady Blue Devils at Max D. Lederer Field. Ithaca senior Emma Dewart of Barker wins the heptathlon at the 2012 Penn Relays.
25 — LHS freshman Jordyn Kwoka and junior Shannon Krywcun drive in two runs apiece as the softball Lady Lions down visiting Lewiston-Porter, 10-5, improving to 6-0 in the NFL. A two-run double by Jayda Meadows highlights Roy-Hart’s narrow, 14-13 softball win at Barker.
26 — It’s a bases loaded, one-out grounder to Lockport shortstop Patti Burdick, who scoops and fires neatly to catcher Nora Passuite standing on home. Passuite turns and quickly guns the ball to Kelly McKeever at first for a sixth inning-ending double play. It’s a big defensive play in the Lady Lions’ 8-5 win over visiting Niagara-Wheatfield. The Bills select South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore as their first pick (10th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft.
27 — The Canal Cup stays put for a sixth straight year as Lockport defeats visiting North Tonawanda, 12-2, in their annual boys lacrosse rivalry game. Senior David Craddock and juniors Zach Brown and Kyle Teeter net two goals apiece for LHS. 
28 — Lockport’s Victor Ubiles places first at the Men’s Open Light/Heavyweight Division at the 2012 Can/Am Natural Body Building Competition in Buffalo.
29 — The Shelridge Country Club in Medina is set to host a special golf tournament to help raise funds for the Royalton-Hartland basketball team. Veteran coach Mark Rydza is organizing it. There’s sign-ups for Kenan soccer and An-Jo and Little League baseball ongoing.
30 — Mighty Casey delivers this time as Lockport junior Casey Domski smacks a bases-clearing double in the fifth, then adds a two-run double in the sixth, leading the baseball Lions past visiting North Tonawanda, 11-4, at Outwater Park. With the win, head coach Steve Styrzo’s team improves to 6-0 in the NFL.
MAY
1 — Jillian Golding scores three goals, while Roserita DiMillo and Drusilla Updegrove add two goals apiece as the Lockport Lady lax Lions beat Niagara Falls, 10-2. Lockport’s Ezra Nwachukwu is a triple winner in a boys and girls track sweep over Lewiston-Porter at chilly Max D. Lederer Field.
2 — Wilson’s Lindsey Bryer tosses a no-hitter in a 2-1 Niagara-Orleans League softball victory over previously-unbeaten Albion. NFL great Junior Seau, 43, commits suicide in his California home.
3 — Lockport native Kelsey Frasier, a senior at Hi Point University, earns her third Big South Scholar Athlete of the Year Award. Kelsey, a 2008 LHS graduate, is the daughter of retired Lockport Schools Superintendent Bruce and Linda Frasier.
4 — Connor Dry and Brian Smist win at singles and J.J. Napoli improves to 6-0 at doubles, winning with partner Jeremy Cogovan, in a 4-1 Lockport tennis win over visiting Kenmore East. Napoli’s usual doubles partner, Bailey Reid, competes in his first varsity third singles match.
5 — The LHS softball Lady Lions rebound with a 1-0 win over visiting Grand Island. Danielle Donorovich drives in Emily Belfield with the game’s only run. I’ll Have Another, with jockey Mario Gutierrez, wins the 2012 Kentucky Derby.
6 — Lockport’s Connor Dry and Taylor Schaffert, Starpoint’s Allison Gillet and Wilson’s Kelsey Zahno are among those honored at the 47th Thomas E. Hewitt  Sports Awards Dinner at Niagara County Community College.
7 — The Lockport Town & Country Club hosts Golf Channel’s Amateur Tour. Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson earns a $9M two-year contract extension.
8 — It’s official. Lockport pro bowler Brad Angelo announces that a deal is in the works to purchase South Transit Lanes in Pendleton. Tiffin junior Allie Quast of Lockport is named Div. II Independent Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year.
9 — Emily Belfield cracks a towering homer to left and the Lady softball Lions roll over Kenmore West, 3-1. Alex Weaver tosses a two-hitter and Rob Arlington smacks a two-run homer for the baseball Lions in an 8-2 win at Ken West.
10 — Tyler Scheving, Mike Lantinen, Josh Haight and Jed Platt all win two individual events as visiting Barker clinches its second straight N-O track & field title by beating Albion, 94-47.
11 — Lockport’s first doubles duo of J.J. Napoli and Bailey Reid remain unbeaten as the net Lions win at Kenmore West, 4-1, improving to 8-4 under veteran head coach Dave Shambach. The Bills reach a deal with Philadelphia Eagles free agent quarterback Vince Young.
12 — Tyler Martin nets five goals as the Wilson lacrosse Lakemen down Lockport, 13-8. Former Niagara University women’s hockey coach Chris Mackendzie is hired as an assistant women’s hockey coach at Ohio State.
13 — Lockport Lacrosse Community Day is a big hit at LHS. Andrew Edbauer, Aaron Quast, Zach Brown and Austin Herman all net two goals apiece in the Lions’ 13-8 loss to Wilson. Senior stalwart Kelly McKeever goes 3-for-3 with a home run and triple as visiting Lockport topples Ken East 21-2, topping NFL softball action.
14 — Lockport’s Dan Greco, the son of John and Christine Greco and a senior outfielder on the Fredonia State Blue Devils baseball team, wins the 2012 State University of New York Athletic Conference batting title, hitting .417 — the only .400-plus hitter in the SUNY Conference. In other baseball news, Rob Arlington pitches and hits Lockport past Niagara-Wheatfield, 8-5, at Outwater Park.
15 — Tyler Gregoire goes the distance for the mound win in Barker’s 9-4 N-O baseball win over visiting Newfane. Freshman pitcher Allie Block tosses a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in Starpoint’s 17-0 softball win at Silver Creek.
16 — Trailing 4-2 and down to their final out, the Lockport Lady Lions score three runs to beat North Tonawanda in dramatic fashion, 5-4, clinching the school’s first softball title in history. Senior first baseman Kelly McKeever drives in the tying and winning runs.
17 — The foursome of Dave Poole, Don Mullen, Chuck Palisano and Mike Molinaro card a 122 for the top spot in the Lockport Town & Country Club’s Sodbusters Stag Tournament. Youngstown’s Pat Carmody aces the No. 6 hole at Willowbrook.
18 — LHS seniors Connor Dry and Brendan Williams advance to the finals of the 2012 Niagara Frontier League Boys Tennis Doubles Tournament. Coach Mo Mahar’s Wilson Lakewomen softball team advances to the Section VI Class B-2 quarterfinals with a 6-4 win over Southwestern. LHS hosts its first alumni basketball tournament.
19 — NCCC sophomore pitcher Jon Corbi (Starpoint) hurls seven strong innings as the Thunderwolves baseball team beats top-seeded Gloucester, 6-0, advancing in the Div. II World Series. I’ll Have Another wins the Preakness.
20 — Lockport pro bowler Brad Angelo wins his fourth George A. Obenauer Masters Bowling Tournament at Transit Lanes in Williamsville, becoming only the second, four-time champion in tournament history.
21 — Lockport’s Jordyn Kwoka goes 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored, but her Wheatfield Hurricanes travel softball team loses to the Lancaster Heat, 10-9.
22 — After spotting West Seneca West a 3-0 lead, the LHS baseball Lions bounce back to beat the Indians, 9-4, in a Section VI Class AA pre-quarterfinal at sunny Outwater Park. Austin Herman and Zach Dewey net two goals apiece but the lax Lions bow to Lancaster, 9-4, in the sectional playoffs.
23 — The Lockport Town & Country Club hosts the PGA Junior Tour. Roy-Hart youth football and cheerleading teams are holding tryouts at Hartland Town Park on Ridge Road.
24 — Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Joe DeLamiellure signs autographs at the Bewley Building downtown. He’s pictured in the US&J with avid Bills fan Kathy Heiman of the Town of Lockport, the grandmother of Green Street superbaby Wyatt Brown.
25 — A two-run single by Ryan Metz and an RBI single by Zach Yates helps spark Roy-Hart past Wilson, 21-4, in a Section VI Class B-2 baseball semifinal at Roy-Hart Elementary. New Jersey scores an OT goal to beat the Rangers, 3-2, advancing to play the Los Angeles Kings in the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals.
26 — Golf columnist Ken Ruggerio says the tee we know today was patented in 1922 by Dr. William Lowell, a dentist from Maplewood, N.J.
27 — Darlo Franchitti wins his third Indianapolis 500.
28 — LeBron James scores 32 points and adds 13 rebounds as the Miami Heat beat Boston, 93-79, in Game 1 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals.
29 — Lockport’s Bobby Holmes wins second Sportsman Division feature race at Dunn Tire Raceway in Lancaster. Royalton’s Tim Durfy finishes seventh in the Four Cylinders feature.
30 — Anze Kopitar scores a breakaway goal in overtime, lifting the Los Angeles Kings over the New Jersey Devils, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals in New Jersey. Level 8 gymnast Carlin Serrianne takes first place on bars and floor exercise at the Stumpfs Anniversary Meet in Williamsville.
31 — Bill Wincott cards a 52 to win the Lockport Town & Country Club’s Men’s Memorial Day Golf Tournament. Wincott is followed by Don Vergils (55), Bill Quade (57) and Dave Poole (59).
JUNE 
1 — The Section VI boys and girls track championships begin at Lewiston-Porter High School in Youngstown. Johan Santana tosses the first no-hitter in New York Mets history.
2 — The Los Angeles Kings get another overtime goal in the NHL FInals, this time from Jeff Carter, beating New Jersey, 2-1, to take a 2-0 best-of-seven series lead, heading back to L.A.
3 — Retired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed signs autographs at the Bewley Building downtown. Jimmie Johnson wins his seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover. Tiger Woods wins the Memorial Golf Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.
4 — The Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils, 4-0, to take a 3-0 best-of-seven series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals.
5 — Lockport junior Keeley Ralyea will return to the state meet to compete in the discus. Lockport’s Desmond Stoll earns his first varsity letter in golf at Central College in Iowa.
6 — Newfane senior Julia Wright is honored by Channel 4 and the Milk For Health Foundation as one of the top eight female student-athletes in Western New York. Niagara County Community College’s legendary coach Eric Knuutila is selected for induction into the Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame.
7 — Roy-Hart’s Rachel Phipps earns the 2012 Robert A. Kidera Scholar Athlete Award at Nazareth College in Rochester.
8 — Barker senior Tyler Scheving caps off his brilliant long distance running career by winning his second consecutive state Division II 800 meter championship. Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another is a sudden scratch for the Belmont Stakes.
9 — The New Jersey Devils stay alive in the Stanley Cup Finals with a 2-1 win over Los Angeles Kings in Game 5, cutting the Kings’ finals best-of-seven series lead to 3-2. Union Rags wins the Belmont Stakes in a photo finish over Paynter.
10 — Flips Gymnastics & Sport of Lockport is set to host the state Special Olympics Gymnastics Championships. Joey Lagano wins the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono.
11 — The Los Angeles Kings beat the New Jersey Devils, 6-1, to claim the organization’s first ever Stanley Cup. You can still sign up for the city’s summer tennis program, says director Dave Shambach.
12 — The Lockport Community Pool opens. Among the N-O’s First Team all-stars in baseball are Roy-Hart’s Ryan Metz, Zach Yates and Judd Jamieson; Wilson’s Brad Schlosser, Cameron Sidote and Pat Diez; and Newfane’s Scott Kneeland and Reid Weber. Oklahoma City beats Miami, 105-94, in Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Oklahoma City.
13 — First Team all-star selections in Niagara-Orleans League coed tennis include Barker’s Derek Fuerch, Newfane’s Jason Jolley and Wilson’s Zach Mozham, all seniors.
14 — You can sign up for An-Jo Baseball online. Miami downs Oklahoma City, 100-96, to even the NBA Finals best-of-seven series at a game apiece.
15 — Progress is reportedly being made in negotiations to extend the Buffalo Bills’ lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
16 — Legendary Wilson coach Larry Lash is inducted into the New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame.
17 — Webb Simpson wins golf’s U.S. Open. major. Dale Earnhardt Jr. snaps a 143 race winless streak, taking the checkered flag at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan.
18 — Lockport’s Bobby Holmes places third in his Sportsman Division race at Dunn Tire Raceway Park in Lancaster. Royalton’s Tim Durfy is seventh in the Four Cyclinders feature. The Lockport Horseshoe League expands to 12 teams, announces league secretary Cindy Bragg.
19 — Adam Rankie tosses a no-hitter to lead the Laser Solution Rangers past the Tops Markets Cardinals, 1-0, in Lockport Little League Major Division playoff action at the Ray Lee Complex. Miami beats Oklahoma City, 104-98, to take a 3-1 NBA Finals best-of-seven series lead.
20 — Lockport native Daren Stone, 26, a former NFL player with the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys, is playing linebacker this year for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.
21 — Lockport senior Casey Oliphant signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Daemon College on an athletic and academic scholarship. Casey is the daughter of Pete and Anne Oliphant. Stan Kulak has a huge night for Cammarata’s Restaurant in the Lockport Horseshoe League at Outwater Park. Miami wins the NBA championship.
22 — The Buffalo Sabres select Russian center Mikhail Grigorenko with their first pick, 12th overall, in the NHL Draft.
23 — Sanborn’s Chad Brachann picks up his third Modified feature win of the season at Ransomville Speedway.
24 — The Orioles win the 2012 Lockport Little League Majors Division playoff championship, 4-3, in extra innings over the Athletics. 
25 — LHS senior Robert “Bubba” Ralyea signs a National Letter of Intent to attend Daemon College on an academic and athletic scholarship. Bubba is the son of Chris and Becky Ralyea. Lockport’s Bobby Holmes (sportsman) and Royalton’s Tim Durfy (four cyclinders) both place third at Dunn Tire Raceway in Lancaster.
26 — Brian “Hoppy” Hopkins does everything but build a new deck for his friend Eric’s neighbor Dave, winning five games and garnering both the high single scratch (42) and the high five-game handicap (433) as the Ski Lodge remains unbeaten in the Lockport Horseshoe League.
27 — Former Lockport High School sprinter Eric Bream wins the Marilla East Cycling Race in Buffalo. Ken Bermel of Ridge Road aces the par-three, 150-yard No. 7 hole at Willowbrook using a utility club. The witness was Jacob Rohring.
28 — Gasport’s Steve Harrington said everything’s ready to go for the start of next week’s 22nd annual Erie Barge Canal Fishing Derby. Harrington created the award-winning event and has served as director each year since its beginning.
29 — Bobby Love wins three games for the Ski Lodge in a 15.5-14.5 loss to Cammarata’s Restaurant in the Lockport Horseshoe League.
30 — Fort Niagara State Park in Lewiston plays host to the NPSL’s 28th International Soccer Tournament. Reports suggest it’s unlikely the Sabres will go on a spending spree this offseason as NHL free agency begins this week.