Dave Hoch and Jim Nowicki were inducted into the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (Western New York District Board 53) Hall of Fame at Board 53's annual awards banquet.
North Tonawanda, coached by Greg Ross, was honored with the Ves Pennell Award for sportsmanship while Pete Carbone received the John Nostrant-Gerry Schlee Award for service to the organization.
Pat Cannan received the 25-year service award.
Benji Bluman was re-elected Board 53 president. Bluman is joined by vice-presidents Kevin Ferguson and Dan Nostrant; executive secretary Bob Miske; treasurer Pete Carbone; interpreter Mark Clifford; sergeant-at-arms John Bycina; and the board of directors: Dan Finucane, Steve Kaitanowski, Dennis Piekarski and Dave Thomas.
More than 90 boys basketball teams will take part in the second annual Buffalo Storm AAU Invitational this weekend at various sites in Elma and East Aurora.
The six age groups (12-under to 17-under) are highlighted by the 17-under division at Iroquois High School, which includes all-star teams from Cleveland, Hamilton, Ont., Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo. Other game sites include Elma Boys and Girls Club, East Aurora Boys and Girls Club and the East Aurora schools. The tournament starts today at 6:15 p.m. and continues Saturday with games from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. The championship round is Sunday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Quality gymnasts will compete April 14-16 in the Amherst Pepsi Center as the University at Buffalo gymnastics club hosts the National Association for Intercollegiate Gymnastics Clubs' National Tournament.
It will be the second time in the event's 17 years that it has been held in Buffalo. Preliminaries for men and women are 6 p.m. April 14 and 9 a.m., 1:30 and 6 p.m. April 15. Finalists will compete will compete at noon April 16. Fees are: full event, $12 adults, $9 under-12; finals, $6/$4; daily, $10/$7; and one session, $5/$3.
BASKETBALL: Team USA Select will hold tryouts from 9 to 11 a.m. April 9 at Daemen College for players interested in playing professionally in Europe. Cost is $200. Contact Don Silveri at 839-8380 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or e-mail: TeamUSASelect@aol.com. . . . Three men's double-elimination, four-on-four tournaments -- ages 40-over, 50-over and open -- will start April 11. There will be certified officials and a $135 entry fee. Call Joe at 693-5956 or the Eldredge Bicycle Club of Tonawanda at 693-3589.
ICE SKATING: Learn-to-skate classes for hockey players and figure skaters will start April 11 at Niagara University's Dwyer Arena. Classes will be 5:15-5:45 p.m. Mondays, 5-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 4:30-5 p.m. Wednesdays and 4:45-5:15 p.m. Fridays. Call 636-7401 for an application.
SAILBOAT RACING: The China Light recruiting seminar will be held at 7 p.m. April 20 at Obersheimer's Sail Loft on Niagara Street. Races -- for juniors and adults, male and female -- are Tuesday nights from May 24 to Sept. 6. Call Charlene at 845-3135.
VOLLEYBALL: The Epic Center on Wehrle Drive will have free open play Monday to promote coming sessions. For details, call the center at 565-3742.
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