The Buffalo Bills are accepting applications for 2005 national anthem singers until May 9. Applicants are asked to send a CD or cassette of their national anthem performance only (a cappella, no digital effects and no other songs) and a performance bio, which includes a list of where applicants have performed the anthem in front of a large crowd and any other "live performances" in public. Applicants must include their name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Packages will not be returned.
The top 40 performers will be invited to a live audition in Ralph Wilson Stadium in May or June. A panel of judges will select a group of finalists, and BuffaloBills.com visitors will have the opportunity to vote on who they'd like to sing the anthem at a home game. Send entries to: Anthem Coordinator, Buffalo Bills, One Bills Drive, Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127.
Basketball coaches Mike MacDonald (Canisius College), Joe Mihalich (Niagara University) and Reggie Witherspoon (University at Buffalo) are scheduled to speak at the Buffalo Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives' program, "Business of Basketball: How motivation and teamwork lead to success."
John Murphy, sports director at WKBW-TV, will moderate the program, which begins at 5:15 p.m. April 25 at the Four Points Sheraton in Cheektowaga. Tickets cost $30 for the general public, $21 for students and free to BNSME members. Call 662-2279 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ian O'Rourke and Nathan Geary of the Wings Diving Club dominated the 1- and 3-meter boards at the Spring Junior Regionals in Akron, Ohio. The pair finished 1-2 in both events for 14- to 15-year-old boys. Sarah Masters was eighth in the 1-meter for girls 14-15. In the Maryland regional, Casey Matthews of the Wings won the 3-meter and placed second in the 1-meter for girls 14-15. O'Rourke, Geary, Matthews and Masters advance to the Spring Junior Olympic Nationals at the University of Georgia on April 30-May 1. The team is coached by University at Buffalo diving coach Karla Helder.
The Mayor Masiello Charity Golf Clinic for the benefit of the Police Athletic League of Buffalo will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 12 in the Wehrle Golf Dome. The cost is $25 per person and includes unlimited balls for indoor and outdoor ranges, free instructions from area professionals and miniature golf. Refreshments and beverages will be provided by LaNova and Certo Brothers.
For information, call 884-9681.
The Buffalo Stars Junior C (ages 16-20) team from Cheektowaga is in Philadelphia for the national championships. The Stars lost their opener to the Connecticut Whalers, 4-1, Thursday with Jim Diehl scoring the only goal and goalie Bill Keating (West Seneca) making 27 saves. Next up is the Oldsmar (Fla.) Sharks at 4:45 p.m. today and the Jersey Wildcats at 8 a.m. Saturday in round-robin play. Semifinals will be later Saturday, with the championship game at noon Sunday.
The registration deadline for Epic Center leagues is April 19 for in-line hockey and soccer players. Play begins May 3. The center, at 2793 Wehrle Drive in Williamsville, will also host open volleyball 6-8 p.m. every Monday, for a $10 fee. For more information, call 565-3742.
BASKETBALL: The fourth annual TP's Playground Challenge Outdoor League is looking for teams to begin play May 14. Contact Tony Pulvinenti at 947-2074. . . . A double-elimination tournament for boys will be held next Friday through April 17 at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St. Entry fee is $100 for either division: fifth/sixth grade and seventh/eighth. Call Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010, Ext. 238.
HOCKEY: The 14th annual High School Stars Summer League is accepting applications for a 12-game schedule that will start in early May at Holiday Twin and Leisure rinks. The league is for quality high school players, including graduating seniors, and will be divided into separate skill levels. For details and applications call 685-3660 or register at www.holidayrinks.com. . . . The Wheatfield Blades will hold Tier I girls 14-under and 16-under tryouts at 11 a.m. Sunday and 7:20 p.m. Thursday in the Hockey Outlet. Call 625-6228.
RECREATION: The Town of Hamburg's Sport Court surface in the town arena opens April 16. Leagues are forming in youth and adult roller hockey, adult floor hockey and senior high roller hockey, and baseball and soccer clinics are planned. Call 646-5145 for details.
SKATING: Skate Great, Inc. is offering learn-to-skate/beginner hockey classes at Leisure Rinks beginning next week. Classes are open to all ages. Call 564-3899 or see www.skategreatinc.com.
SOCCER: Delaware Soccer Club invites boys ages 16-19 to travel team tryouts 6-7 p.m. Monday near the former Juicery in Delaware Park. Call Alan Bozer at 886-7650. The club is also registering players ages 5-16 for developmental and house programs. See www.delawaresoccerclub.com, or call 833-3616.
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