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Began working at the Buffalo News in December of 1967 as a copy editor in sports department. Was beat reporter on Buffalo Braves 1970-78, then the Buffalo Bills 1981-1990, backup on Buffalo Sabres beat 1991-1997. Writer of the weekly bowling column since 2005. A native of New Haven, Conn. Graduated from West Haven High School where I played football, basketball and ran track. A 1959 graduate of the University of Connecticut. Was a member of the Connecticut Daily Campus newspaper for three years. Was assistant sports editor, started off covering freshman sports, then graduated to varsity soccer, swimming, baseball, football and basketball. Worked at a student assistant in sports information office for two years. First job was as a reporter, then sports editor of the Willimantic (Conn.) Chronicle before entering military service in 1960. Worked four years for the New Haven Journal-Courier and New Haven Register covering high school and college sports. In 1964 left to become sports editor of the Waterbury Republican and stayed there until hired by the Buffalo Evening News in 1967.

While most of us were enjoying hot dogs and fireworks on the Fourth of July, Jon Benson, known better as "Jaybird," was hitting a personal golf milestone. He was shooting his age - 70. Again. "When I was 67, I shot 66," said Benson, a former Class AA club champion in the Sheridan Park Golf Club. That's only one of out-of-the ordinary distinctions, he  can claim.…

Chesson Hadley was the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2014 before losing his Tour card, but he may be on his way  back. Hadley took the lead with an eagle on the 11th hole and capped a 7-under round of 65 with a birdie on No. 17 to win the LECOM Health Challenge Tournament Sunday at Peek'n Peak Resort at Findley Lake in Chautauqua County. Hadley needed that final birdi…

Two Canadians, one a 13-year-old, stand atop the leader board after Tuesday's opening round of the Junior International Masters Tournament at the East Aurora Country Club. Seventeen-year-old Eric Shea of Brantford, Ont., shot 1-under par 70 to lead after the first of two qualifying rounds. Nolan Piazza, 13, of Niagara Falls, Ont., is one stroke behind him. Rochester'…

Frank Coburn coached, instructed and inspired thousands of Buffalo area bowlers over the last 50 years, including three generations of champions in his own family. The man who in 2006 was rated among the top 100 bowling coaches in the nation by Bowlers Journal died on June 15. He was 96. Three years ago Coburn was elected to the Greater Buffalo USBC Association Hall of …

Two long-time Western New York high school coaches who also made major contributions to amateur baseball in the area are in the 2017 class of 15 individuals who will  be inducted into the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame in September. The inductees include the late Bob Burnside, who coached Eden High for 45 years, winning more than 400 games. Burnside died in 201…

Fifty-five national tournaments in 34 cities and 91,796 total pins. Those are totals George Barnes of Clarence arrived at earlier this month when he bowled in his 52nd straight USBC Open Championship (formerly known as the American Bowling Congress) in Las Vegas, Nev. Overall it was the 55th Open for Barnes and earned him  a special introduction when he walked down to …

Just what the doctor ordered. Kevin Bienko, a would-be pharmacy student at the University at Buffalo, is the new George A. Obenauer Masters champion. Bienko, 21, captured the title in the 54th annual Obenauer by defeating PBA Tour pro Brad Angelo of Lockport, 696-599, in the championship match Sunday afternoon at Kenmore Lanes. Angelo, who survived five eliminatio…

FC Buffalo outshot Dayton, 16-7, Saturday night at All High Stadium but could not get one past Dynamo goalkeeper Paulo Pinto and suffered a 1-0 defeat. It was the National Premier Soccer League East Conference opener for FC Buffalo. Dayton scored on a penalty kick in the 55th minute and was able to hold on the rest of the way thanks to the work of Pinto. Pinto was shake…

A new coach and the addition of some younger collegiate stars brings a different look to the FC Buffalo soccer team that will open its 2017 season Saturday night at All High Stadium as part of a doubleheader with the Western New York Flash of United Women's Soccer. Frank Butcher, the coach at Grand Island High who has collegiate coaching experience, is the new head man …

When the 54th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament winds up Sunday afternoon at Kenmore Lanes, there seems a good chance that a new face will walk away with the top prize. Four-time champions Brad Angelo and Mike Hanes were still alive going into the second night of match play on Friday. So were  Tony Dolan, Mike Zarcone and Mike Faliero. But the bowlers who se…

The Buffalo City Tournament’s Open and Women’s championships wrap up Saturday night at AMF Lancaster Lanes. It’s the last chance to unseat the leaders in the five handicap events in each tournament. Matt Noble made the biggest news this week when he took over the singles lead in the Open with an 817. Noble must have been comfortable on his home lanes, bowling a 71…

Not more than a month ago Jim Wangler Jr. was bowling at a high level in one of the best and most competitive leagues in the Buffalo area. He and Kathy Geissler, his doubles teammate, finished in fifth place in the Alzena Wright Classic Doubles League at Classic Lanes in Tonawanda. Wangler averaged 216 in the 78 games he bowled and had a 300 game and a high series of 78…

 Kristina Szczerbinski of North Tonawanda is the leader in both the Scratch Singles and Scratch All-Events after the first two weekends of competition in the New York State Women’s Championships at the Tonawanda Bowling Center. There are three more weekends of competition left in the event ,which will wrap up on May 21. Szczerbinski, an Illinois native who was a coll…

Seven St. Bonaventure pitchers combined to shut out the University at Buffalo and David Vaccaro hit a home run in the fourth inning for the only run in the Bonnies' 1-0 victory Wednesday at Fred Handler Park. The Bonnies improved to 19-15 overall while Buffalo fell to 12-25. Vaccaro hit his fifth homer of the season off UB starter Greg Dunham on a 3-1 pitch. Bonni…

Baseball was on Dick Smith’s mind right to the end. So was kindness. One of the last acts Smitty made before he died in late February was to request that instead of flowers or memorials, donations be made in his memory to the Greater Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame and be used to purchase baseballs for the PAL summer league, the Parochial School fall baseball league and …