The Buffalo-based Eastern sectional entry in the United States Tennis Association's National Masters (over 50) championships fell just short in its effort to advance to the national semifinals last week in Palm Springs, Calif.
The local team lost the deciding match, 2-1, to the eventual national champion, Middle-States of Philadelphia.
Captained by Jon Nichols, the members of the Buffalo team were: Mark Abels, Mark Ahrens, Larry Buck, Damian Courtin, Doren Goldstone, Tom LaPenna, Dave Mosgeller, Kosta Pozantidis, Earl Tomkins and Harold Schnitzer.
BASEBALL: New Era Park, 3950 Broadway in Depew, is starting a hitting league Nov. 9. To register as a team or individual call 681-3001 or visit: www.newearpark.com.
BASKETBALL: There will be Gus Macker organizational meeting Nov. 5 at Olean High School, 410 West Sullivan Street from 6-8 p.m. The committee is looking for people to assist in the planning and development for next year's event scheduled for Aug. 14-16 in Olean.
FOOTBALL: There will be a Bills vs. Patriots Party on Nov. 9 at the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road in Depew, from noon to 6 p.m. The pre-event donation is $20 while the day-of donation is $30. Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. For tickets contact Jo Ann at 912-5389 or e-mail Joann.email@example.com.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: The Buffalo Defenders is having open tryouts Nov. 2 at St. Mary's School for the Deaf, 2253 Main Street, Buffalo. Times are 9-10:30 a.m. for age 13; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 15-16; 1:30-3 p.m. for age 14 and 3:30-5 p.m. for age 12 (all ages as of July 1). Call Director Larry Hughes at 480-3606 or visit www.buffalodefenders.com.
ICE SKATING: Learn to skate classes for figure skaters and hockey players will begin Nov. 10 at Dwyer Arena, Niagara University. Classes will be held Mon. 5:15-5:45 p.m., Wed. 6-6:30 p.m. and Fri. 4:55-5:25 p.m. Call 636-7401 or visit www.mitchellskating.com.
SELF DEFENSE: A self defense and personal empowerment seminar will be conducted by Enchanted Mountain Martial Arts Academy from 1-4 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Olean Sport & Wellness Center, 705 North Union St. The course is being taught by 5th Degree Black Belt Barry Broughton. Call 373-1050 before Nov. 7.