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Borrelli committee adds 'Ox' Awards

The Borrelli Award is expanding again.

In 2009, the Borrelli Award and Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of late News reporter and editor Tom Borrelli, who died Nov. 20, 2008.

The Borrelli Award honors Western New York's top senior lacrosse players. The boys winners have been Jeff Tundo of Orchard Park (2009), Chris Kane of Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2010) and Brian Sullivan of Bishop Timon-St. Jude (2011).

Last year, a girls award was added, with Julia Suriani of West Seneca East earning the inaugural honor.

This year, the "Ox" Award will be added to the lineup. "Ox" was Borrelli's nickname, one that had its roots in a lovable character from the movie "Stripes," but also one that typified the hard work, dedication and toughness Borrelli displayed in the way he tirelessly did his job.

The "Ox" Award will go to the senior players in both boys and girls lacrosse who display those qualities.

The official presentation of the four awards -- and corresponding scholarships -- will take place July 30 at the conclusion of the fourth Tom Borrelli Memorial Golf Tournament at Holland Hills Country Club.

The tournament, with a cost of $100 per golfer, includes golf (10 a.m. shotgun scramble), cart, chicken and ribs dinner, one-hour open bar and prizes. To register or to donate, mail a check payable to the Tom Borrelli Memorial Award and Scholarship Fund, along with the names of golfers, a contact email address and phone number, to: Tom Borrelli Memorial Award, Sports Department, The Buffalo News, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.


Van Tine scholarship

The Van Tine family will be awarding two scholarships this year in honor of the late Ed Van Tine, the patriarch of Western New York lacrosse who passed away from cancer in February.

The scholarships will award lacrosse ability, academic standing and community service. Senior players should send letters of interest to Ed Van Tine Scholarship, 87 Randall Terrace, Hamburg, N.Y., 14075.

The Hamburg program recently raised about $800 for the Ed Van Tine fund with a Coaches vs. Cancer fundraising event at its April 28 game with Brother Rice of Michigan.

-- Keith McShea