The WNY Sting Gold girls softball team became the first ever New York State Champions in the 16-and-under bracket of the NSA Girls fast-pitch tournament at Sunshine Park in West Seneca. NYS Director Ed Warhol awarded the team honors by announcing a bid to play in the Class-A NSA World Series at Rockville, N.C., and also having each player and coach sign a game ball that will be displayed along with a team picture in the NSA Hall of Fame Museum in Lexington, Ky.
Sting Gold went undefeated in the 2007 New York State tournament.
The team is: Brittany Barren, Erica Lynn Comisso, Kayla Czuprynski, Alyssa Luksch, Julia Mariacher, Clare McKenna, Loren Pavlovic, Brittany Pawlowski, Kristen Rohe, Kristin Sullivan, and Natalie Vazquez.
The New Era Diamond Girls Black have won the 14-under NSA State Softball Championships in Hamburg. They are: Meghan Hennessy, Meg Mankowski, Megan Smith, Jordan Dudish, Kelly Kaczor, Kelli Gleiser, Taylor Swiatek, Casey Frantz, Jamie Nash and Jessica Banning. The Diamond Girls start play this weekend at the Pony National Softball Tournament in Cary, N.C.
BASEBALL: Space is still available for Fredonia State's fifth annual summer camp for ages 6-17 from July 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $140. Call 673-3743 or visit: www.fredonia.edu/athletics/camps.
BASKETBALL: Men's teams are needed for a league on Mondays and Thursdays beginning July 16 and July 19. Call Joe at 839-9330.
BOWLING: Three-man teams are need for a Tuesday 7 p.m. league at Mil-Sher. Maximum average is 600 for a team or 210 for any individual. Call George at 875-1263, JJ at 759-8603 or Mil-Sher at 873-3383.
FOOTBALL: Coaches at all levels are invited to a seminar on July 26 from 6-8 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium at St. Francis High School in Athol Springs. Brian Polian, linebackers coach at Notre Dame, will speak on linebacker play and defense. Dave Hack, former Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive tackle in the Canadian League and current offensive line coach of Erie Community College, will speak on all aspects of offensive line play. Cost is $15 per person. Make checks out to Ray Karney Memorial Fund. Contact coach Jerry Smith at 627-1200, ext. 544. . . . The Town of Tonawanda Football Association is beginning registration. Players age 7-14 in the 85 pounds, 105 pounds and 130 pounds classes may register every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at Kenney Field at Brighton Road and Colvin Blvd.,Town of Tonawanda. Fee is $105. Practice begins July 31. Call Dan Crangle at 510-9950 or Dean Miceli at 695-3797. . . . The Bishop Timon-St. Jude camp for boys ages 8-15 will be Thursday-Sunday at Tifft Farms from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Al Monaco at 435-0962. . . . The North Tonawanda youth football signup will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Rescue Fire. Call 692-4589.
HOCKEY: The 15th McFall Brothers Hockey School for boys and girls ages 4-14 will be held July 30-Aug. 3 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Ice Arena. Sessions are for mini-mites (5-8), intermediates (9-10), advanced (11-12) and high school preps (13-18). For additional information or to register, contact Tom McFall at 664-9228 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOCCER: The Hamburg Monarchs Soccer Club will hold tryouts for the 2008 travel season at the Lakeview Road Soccer Complex in Hamburg. Tryouts for boys and girls ages 8-16 will be July 20, 28, 30 and Aug. 2. The club also will run advanced player development camps for boys and girls ages 11-18. The boys camp will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day from July 16-20 for boys and from July 23-27 for girls at the Nike Base Soccer Complex, Lakeview Road, Hamburg. Visit: hamburgsoccerclub.com.
SOFTBALL: Tryouts for the Orchard Park Starz travel team will be held July 30-31 at the California Road diamonds. Tryouts for 10-under will be from 6-7:15 p.m. and 12-under from 7:15-8:30. Must be an OP resident or in the OP school district. Visit: www.orchardparkstarz.com
TENNIS: The Lockport Tennis Tournament will be Aug. 5-12 at Altro Park, Lockport High School and Emmet Belknap Middle School Courts. Sign-ups will be at the Altro Park courts, off Willow Street near Transit Road, July 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. and on Aug. 1 from 6:30-8 p.m. Call 434-6463.
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