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Thomas A. Tarapacki, sports editor of the Polish American Journal, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.

Tarapacki, legislative staff manager for the Buffalo Common Council, writes a regular column for the Journal, a monthly newspaper based in Buffalo.

The Polish American Sports Hall of Fame is located on the campus of St. Mary's College in Orchard Lake, Mich., about 25 miles northwest of Detroit.

The Hall was established in 1973 to honor outstanding American athletes of Polish descent. The first inductee was baseball great Stan Musial.

Last year, the inductions of baseball star Phil Niekro, football running back Pete Banaszak and ice skater Janet Lynn (Nowicki) brought the hall's membership to 50.
The Niagara Frontier Gymnastics Club from the Gleason School in Wheatfield, took third place in the Pinky Stone Classic in Syracuse. The Level 9-10 meet featured teams from the East and Canada.

Raegan Gormley of Williamsville North took first place on the balance beam, second all-around and fourth in floor exercise. Beth Toellner of Niagara-Wheatfield captured fifth on vault, sixth on floor and ninth all-around. Kim Cramb of N-W had a fourth on balance beam, while Jennifer Quinlan of North Tonawanda scored eighth on the same event.
Michael Sendor of Hamburg recently was elected commodore of the Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club.

Serving with him will be Bill Denall of Amherst, vice commodore; Tom Lewin of Amherst, treasurer, and Peter Rains of Buffalo, secretary.
Buffalo area residents Bobby and Michael DiNunzio and Randy Pikuzinski have been assisting the Western New York chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, even though they spend the indoor soccer season in Canton, Ohio, playing for the Invaders of the National Professional Soccer League.

The three sold Super Bowl raffle tickets for the Buffalo Chapter of JDF.

Asked what prompted them to help out the local chapter, Pikuzinski said, "My father is diabetic and I never realized the seriousness of the disease until he was diagnosed."

Pikuzinski has been with the team since 1985, the team's second year of existence. Bobby DiNunzio joined the Invaders in 1987 and Michael in 1988.

Parents of the three players still live in the Buffalo area: Phil and Carol DiNunzio in the Town of Tonawanda, and Rudy and Lori Pikuzinski in Buffalo.

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