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High School Extra (April 25): USA Football taps Bartoszek

Ellicottville football coach Chad Bartoszek has been selected as one of 19 coaches to be a Master Trainer with USA Football’s Heads-Up football program.

Bartoszek joins a group of more than 100 individuals - including five women -- who have been selectd to edcuated football programs nationwide since 2013.

USA Football’s Heads-Up Football program is a comprehensive way to teach and play the sport. More than 2,200 high schools and nearly 75 percent of the U.S. youth leagues enrolled in Heads Up Football in 2016.

A native of Salamanca, Bartoszek played tight end at the University at Buffalo from 2000-2002, where he had 93 career catches including six for touchdowns.

Last season he directed the combined team from Franklinville, Ellicottville and West Valley to a 7-3 record and a 5-2 mark in the Class D league of the Section VI Federation. In 2015 the combined team won the Federation Class D title before losing in the Far West Regionals to Bishop Kearney of Rochester.

Depew bounces back

Depew softball took its lumps in the Williamsville South Gerry Gentyer "Just Show Up" Tournament over the weekend, but back in their own element the Wildcats are tough.

"We had a tough weekend in nonleaguers against bigger teams but we came back on track today," Depew coach Dan Seelig said after his team’s 7-0 victory over Cheektowaga. The win ran the Wildcats’ record to 3-0 in ECIC III with a big game coming up against Maryvale coming up.

The battery of pitcher Karsen Cotton and Abby Tomasik did most of the damage in Monday’s win. Besides pitching a complete-game four-hitter with 11 strikeouts, Cotton went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple and Tomasik drove in two runs with her three hits which included two doubles.

"She had a great day at the plate and it was her best pitching performance of the year," Seelig said of Cotton. "They are our two captains and it’s very obvious why they are. They both are playing at a high level right now."

Patterson shuts out Hamburg

Junior pitcher Jenna Patterson of Lancaster missed all of the 2016 season after suffering a concussion in batting practice just before the Legends’ opening game. Monday, in her first game back, Patterson pitched a five-hit shutout in a 13-0 triumph over Hamburg in ECIC I.

"It was a combination of some really great hits and taking advantage of situations," Lancaster coach Kelly Ambrose said of the Legends’ offensive explosion. Juniors Erin Colucci and Madisyn Pepke each went 3 for 5. Colucci drove in four runs and Pepke had two RBIs.

Lancaster had 17 hits.

"It was her first start of the season," Ambrose said of Patterson, a junior right-hander, who is part of the Legends’ pitching rotation. "She worked hard to recover."

Lancaster is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in ECIC I where Orchard Park and Clarence are also undefeated.

Williamsville East fell behind in the seventh in a game it once led, 4-0 over Williamsville South. Coach Chris Durr's Flames weren't intimidated, though. Eighth-grader Abby Stellrecht singled home the rying run in the bottom of the seventh and East got the winner in the bottom of the eighth when a two-out infield single by Rachel Steffan scored Matti Kozlowski from third with the winning run.

East is 5-1 overall and 3-1 in ECIC II, with the one loss to West Seneca East.

"A lot of kids on South had some timely hits and they battled back," said East's Durr. It was a great cross-town rivalry game."

Elsewhere, Sydney Burk of Southwestern faced the minimum 21 batters in pitching a one-hitter over Chautauqua Lake, 5-0, to keep the Trojans (4-0) undefeated in CCAA West League 1. ... Abby McCoy hit walk-off single to right center in the bottom of the seventh with two outs to give Franklinville and pitcher Ally Haskell a 2-1 win over rival Pine Valley in CCAA East 2. Haskell, who also scored the winning run from second on the hit, pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

No-hitter for Frontier's Gruber

Senior pitcher Robert Gruber of Frontier isn't one of those crafty left-handers.

"No, he's a power pitcher," Frontier coach Mike Morlock said after Gruber pitched a 4-0 no-hitter at Jamestown in ECIC I.

Gruber, who is headed for Niagara County Community College, walked three and struck out eight, completing the job with 98 pitches.

Frontier scored all four of its runs in the sixth inning. A two-run double by sophomore Connor Gates broke the scoreless tie.

Ben Geiger of Williamsville East (4-1, 3-0 ECIC II) allowed just two hits and no earned runs and struck out nine in five-plus innings but the Flames needed Charley Mack to get the save in a 5-4 victory over visiting Williamsville South. Geiger left with a 5-1 lead, but South scored three times in the seventh inning to pull within a run. Joe Mack's two-run double turned out to be decisive for the Flames.

Elsewhere, Iroquois rallied for seven runs in the seventh inning and went on to a 12-8 win at West Seneca East. Owen Creighton hit a three-run homer in the Chiefs' victory. ... Dan Werfel hit two home runs and drove in five runs for Springville in a 15-12 win over Eden in ECIC IV baseball.







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