Seven Buffalo-area hockey players were taken in the recent USHL (United States Hockey League) Future Draft. This draft is the top development league in USA Hockey and is on par with the OHL, WHL and Quebec Jr. leagues.
Five played for the Buffalo Regals 16-under midget team while the other two played for Nichols. Patrick Polino was draft with the No. 4 overall pick by the Chicago Steel. Dylan McLaughlin was taken with the No. 9 pick in the first round by Sioux Falls. Justin Bailey went to the Indiana Ice with the 11th pick. Other draftees were: Kyle Eastman (third round/Tri City Storm), Nichols' Sean Malone (fouth round/Lincoln Stars), Nichols' Wilson Vershay (fifth round/Waterloo Blackhawks and Joe Palumbo (Des Moines Buccaneers).
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* BASKETBALL: The Phil Scaffidi Memorial Basketball Tournament is May 7-8 at the Gloria Parks Communty Center. The event is for boys and girls 12-under. Call Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010.
* RUNNING: The Lou Reuter/Brian Dugan Memorial Scholarship Run will be held May 7, beginning at Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road, Tonawanda. The 1-mile walk starts at 10 a.m. and the 5K run begins at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Register at buffalorunners.com or signmeup.com. A post race party ($5) for adults will be held at Caputi's on Sheridan. Contact A.J. Caputa at email@example.com or 874-8402 at Kenmore East or Matt Gourlay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 874-8401 at Kenmore West.
* HOCKEY: HockeyBuff is seeking teams for its 18 elite division for summer league that begins play in June at Northtown Center at Amherst. Call 837-2051.