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Bulletin Board / Notes and events

Former Bills receiving star Andre Reed will sign autographs to benefit Kids Escaping Drugs on Saturday (1:30-3 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.) and Sunday (1-3 p.m.) at the National Buffalo Wing Festival at Coca-Cola Field. Those who purchase his Over the Middle All-Purpose Sauce will receive a bottle signed and one other signature. A portion of the proceeds benefit Kids Escaping Drugs.

The 16th annual Kids Escaping Drugs Gala and Golf Tournament presented by Russell's Steaks, Chops & More at the Brookfield Country Club in July raised more than $140,000 for the cause. Since it's inception in 1990, the annual event has raised more than $1 million for Renaissance Campus, Western New York's only residential treatment facility for teens suffering with drug and alcohol addiction.

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The Marie Jackson Women's Scramble golf tournament will be held Sept. 24 at Cazenovia Park Golf Course. The tournament will be nine holes, shotgun format. Cost is $45, which includes golf, a light lunch, refreshments and prizes. The post-tournament party will be held at Doc Sullivan's. Tourney proceeds will provide four scholarships for South Buffalo eighth-graders to assist them in Catholic high school tuition. In the last five years more than $16,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

The tournament is held in the memory of Marie Jackson, an avid golfer and sports spectator. She played five days a week at Cazenovia and South Park before her death in 2006.

For information call Patty Jackson-Doctor at 823-5862,

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BASEBALL: Tryouts for a new 12U travel team, the WNY Express, will be held at 6 p.m. today and Thursday on the Hidden Diamond at Cazenovia Park. The team coached by Jerome Phillips plans to travel to Dreams Park in Cooperstown to compete in their national tournament and play at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. There are no residency restrictions. Players must not turn 13 before May 1, 2012. Direct questions to Kristin at 831-0304 or The South Cheektowaga 12U Cooperstown travel team will hold tryouts at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Losson Park field No. 4. The birthday cutoff date is May 1, 1999. For additional information contact Dave Balisteri (836-4271 or

BASKETBALL: The Gloria J. Parks Community Center, 3242 Main St., will present a boys and girls high school fall varsity leagues. The boys league will play 6-10 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Sept. 15; the girls league will play 4-8 p.m. on Saturdays, starting Sept. 17. Sign up at the front desk. For information, call Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010 or email him at The Pinnacle Sports Academy's select travel program is entering its third year of instruction and competition for boys and girls in grades 4-8. The season will begin in October with teams forming at each grade level. The program offers structured practices and tournament play in Buffalo and the Rochester area. Details can be found at or by calling 868-7780. The Western New York Board of Women's Basketball Officials will conduct a training session for new candidates beginning Sept. 20. To register for the seven-week training contact Ken-Ton Community Education at 874-8500.

HOCKEY: Skate Great Inc., will host open houses at both the Hamburg and Orchard Park locations. There will be free skating on Sunday, Sept. 11, at Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park from 10-11 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Hamburg Arena from 10-11. Limited loaner skates will be available. Register at either open house and receive a $5 discount off fall Learn-to-Skate beginner hockey sessions, which start the week of Sept. 16. All ages are welcome. Call 580-3458 or visit for details. Online registration is available. The West Seneca Wings girls 19U hockey team has an opening for a forward for the coming season. Contact Al Fuller at 984-3539. The Buffalo Stars host the 10th Annual Greater Buffalo Labor Day Shootout this weekend at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga and Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park. The Buffalo Stars Empire Junior Team, U18 AA Midget and U16 AA Midget teams all participate in this 19-team event. Games begin Friday with championships being determined in the U16 and U18 divisions on Monday, Sept. 5. The full schedule of games can be found at or call 685-1122.

ROLLER HOCKEY: American Street Hockey Center is looking for teams for roller and floor hockey leagues that begin in September. Contact Randy or Jim at 827-1234 or visit

WRESTLING: The Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association is looking for a few good men and women to join their ranks. New officials are required to attend weekly training classes beginning Monday, Sept. 12, at Sweet Home Senior High School, complete a 100-question, multiple-choice open book test, complete a background check and fingerprinting requirements through Erie 1 BOCES and pay the annual NFWOA membership dues. For more information, contact Pete Roetzer (689-6670), Dan Hanley (480-9862) or Nancy Tucker (570-3149).

The Bulletin Board appears twice weekly, Tuesday and Friday. Information must be submitted by mail (c/o Buffalo News, Sports Dept., One News Plaza, Buffalo, NY 14240) or fax (849-4587). Items are limited to one appearance. There is no charge.

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