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The Buffalo area sent six teams to the United States Tennis Association's Eastern Senior League Sectionals at Schenectady last weekend, but will send only one team to the Nationals.

A men's 3.5-level team captained by Ron Palisoto of Hamburg won three of four matches -- the senior level, three doubles pairings compete for each team -- and then won a tiebreaker with Long Island for the right to compete in Palm Springs, Calif., Oct. 14-17. The team from the Hamburg Racquet Club lost only seven sets, four in its loss to Southern and three in its victory over Long Island, which lost eight sets in its four matches. Other team members are: Roger Baldwin, Dave McClatchey, Mel Crotzer, Ed Holmes, Ron Veres, Charles Perison, David Wrotniak, John Woodworth and John Eisner.

A men's 4.0-level team captained by Al Lapetina finished third in an agonizing manner. It finished tied with two other teams with 2-1 records, its only loss a 2-1 decision to Long Island.

That team won the three-way tiebreaker by winning six of nine doubles matches; the Western champs and the Southern champs each won five of nine. Lapetina's team, which plays out of the Quaker Tennis Club in the Town of Aurora, was edged in a total games lost tiebreaker by Southern.

Other teams competing, with level, captain, home club and place are: women's 3.0, Kristina Gasz of Williamsville, Amherst Tennis Club, second; women's 4.0, Sue Radlin of Amherst, Village Glen, third; women's 4.5, Libby Ponton of Grand Island, Village Glen, second; men's 4.5, Lawrence Buck of Buffalo, UB Tennis Club, second.
Novice and elite cyclists as well as children are welcome to compete at the Erie County Parks Department's Autumn Challenge Mountain Bike Race Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. at Sprague Brook Park, on Route 240, south of Kissing Bridge. The event features a 12-kilometer route for adults and a 5-kilometer circuit for children age 10-14. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Entry fee is $4. Helmets are required for all participants. Call Ralph Perry (839-3093) or Jerrine Neff (632-1344).

What's happening

BASKETBALL: Open men's teams needed for Thursday evenings. Call 839-9330.

CAR SHOW: The United Way of Buffalo and Erie County is sponsoring the "Cruise Into Fall" car show, Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. at the T-Birds Night Club parking lot, 101 French Road in the Garden Village Plaza at French and Union roads in Cheektowaga. Registration pre-show is $10 and $12 the day of the show. An autographed Dominik Hasek jersey and other prizes will be raffled off. All proceeds benefit the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County. Call Val Cedro at the United Way, 843-2929.

HOCKEY: Mite AA and Bantam AA teams needed for the Make-A-Wish tournament Oct. 9-11 at Hyde Park Ice Rink, Niagara Falls. Call Hugh Gee at 754-4138. . . . Erie County Metro Hockey League needs a senior men's team, or players who would like to join a senior "C" team at Buffalo State College. Call 684-7000. . . . Buffalo Hornets seek squirt age (9-11) players for house league and a squirt defenseman for the travel team. Call 685-1122. . . . North Buffalo Thundercats Bantam 3 travel team is accepting applications. Call Chris at 882-0953. . . . Premier senior league for players 30 and older seeking team to play at North Buffalo Arena. Call 837-2051 nights and weekends.

ICE SKATING: Registration is open for afternoon lessons at Leisure Rinks and Holiday Twin Rinks. For figure skating, call 634-2806 or 759-2619. For power skating, call 685-0915.

SOFTBALL: Cheektowaga Flames 12-under travel team will hold tryouts Sunday and Oct. 3 at Stiglmeier Park Diamond No. 9. on Losson Road. Call Jim Ameno (892-2231) or Mike McCarthy (897-2128).

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