After a 14 year hiatus from playing racquetball Charlie Garfinkel, racquet sports writer for The News, won the 70-75 year old division in the United States Racquetball Regional Qualifier in Harmarville, Pa., which is just outside of Pittsburgh.
The tournament is one of 12 regional qualifiers throughout the country for the United States National Racquetball Championships in Fullerton, Ca., later next month.
Garfinkel, who was ranked as high as No. 5 on the pro tour at one time and has won 24 national age-group titles, defeated Lou Eller of Erie, Pa. in the semifinals, 15-1, 15-1, and Stu Simcox, of Cleveland, in the finals, 15-11, 15-7. Simcox had won the Florida Regional last month.
Orchard Park’s Rebecca Obrochta and Hamburg’s Lauren Blair performed well at the Level 8 Regional Gymnastics Championships in Burlington, Mass. last weekend.
Obrochta took silver on vault in her age class (9.15), bronze on bars (9.525) and third in the all-around (37.025). Blair took fourth on vault (9.325) and floor (9.5) in her age group and fifth in the all-around (37.175).
BASEBALL: The PAL/Independent Health League is looking for teams. Ages 8-10 ($275), 13U ($300), 16U ($300), 19U ($300). Age cutoff May 1. Games during the day at Delaware Park and at Cazenovia (8-10 division at Caz only). Team registration only, deadline June 1.
BASKETBALL: Coaches looking to register a team for the 20th annual PAL/Independent Health League may call the PAL at 851-4615 to receive information/registration packets. Brackets include: Boys 10U ($250), boys and girls 12U and 15U ($275) as well as girls 19U ($275). League age cutoff is June 1. Leagues have approximately seven weeks of play and then playoffs. Citywide champions will be crowned at Delaware Park in August. Those interested must register by June 1.
FIELD HOCKEY: The Epic Sports Center will offer an indoor Women’s league starting Monday. Competitive and recreational divisions will be offered. Please call 565-3742 for details.
FLAG FOOTBALL: The Epic Sports Center will offer an indoor men’s league starting on May 19. A three-man referee system will be utilized. Call 565-3742 for registration information.
ROLLER HOCKEY: Youth pick-up sessions on the Town of Hamburg’s “state-of-the-art Sport Court surface” begin Saturday for ages 7-12. Sessions will continue through June 14 (no program on May 24), with 7-9 year olds skating from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 10-12 year olds skating from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants must have inline skates, helmets with a full face mask, gloves, and elbow, shin and knee pads to join the fun. Fees are $40 for residents with a town ID card or $50 for non-residents. Call the Recreation Office at 646-5145 or visit the website of the Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services at www.hamburg-youth-rec-seniors.com. To register in person, go to the Recreation Office at 4540 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg. … The Epic Sports Center will offer a variety of Adult Inline leagues starting early May. Competitive and recreational divisions will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday nights. Call 565-3742.
SOCCER: The Epic Sports Center will offer a variety of indoor adult soccer leagues starting mid-May. Men’s competitive and Coed recreational will play Tuesday nights. Men’s recreation and Men’s Over-30 will play Wednesday nights. Call 565-3742.
SOFTBALL: South Buffalo Softball has openings for two women’s teams on Tuesday and one coed team on Fridays to complete slow-pitch leagues. Games played at Houghton/Stachowski Park. Call Mickey at 824-4724 or Kevin at 510-5667 for registration details.
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