The West Seneca Wings Girls U16 hockey team won the New York State Tier II championship over the weekend, and will now travel to East Lansing, Mich. to participate at Nationals. During the New York State tournament, they defeated Webster, Cazenovia, Skaneateles and Troy/Albany by a combined score of 14-4. Those victories earned them a game in the finals against Skaneateles, which went to overtime and was won on a goal by Ally Edwards. The head coach is Brian Hillery, who is assisted by Harold Keppner and Vince Piatt. Outstanding goaltending came from Sam Heintz and Abbey Mutton. Other players are Emma O’Neill, Kaira Patterson, Brigid Bork, Jordan Weisenburg, Jordan Glowacki, Claire McCarthy, Brianna Keppner, Kristen Bryszki, Katei Sylvester, Jackie Held, Kayla Kopinski, Janelle Piatt, Bridget Keane, Kira Herkey, Nicole Harris and Katie Roberts. Nationals run March 26 through March 30.
BASEBALL: Orchard Park Raiders 14U travel baseball team is looking for player or possibly two who must be born after April 30, 2000. Contact Glenn at email@example.com, 662-1981 or 816-8593.
BASKETBALL: Buffalo State men’s basketball is sponsoring a boys 12 and under tournament on Saturday, March 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Buffalo State Sports Arena and newly remodeled Houston Gym. Cost is $100 and each team is guaranteed two games. Contact Fajri Ansari at firstname.lastname@example.org or 878-6519.
FOOTBALL: Longtime head football coach at St. John Fisher and Lockport native Paul Vosburgh will present a free coaches clinic on Monday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Lancaster (33 Legion Parkway). The Western New York Football Coaches’ Association invites all youth, high school and college coaches to this free clinic. Contact Chuck Huber at 681-7443. ... Kicking coach Sam Watts has teamed up with former NFL kicker Michael Husted to bring a National Camp Series event for kickers, punters and long snappers to the ADPRO Sports Training Center in Orchard Park on April 4 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Cost for kickers/punters is $150 (increases to $175 in 20 days) and $100 for long snappers (increases to $125 in 20 days). Register at nationalcampseries.com or contact Watts at (585) 775-5234 or email@example.com.
HOCKEY: The Wheatfield Blades Squirt Minor AAA hockey team, the two-time defending GNAHL division champions, have openings for all positions for the upcoming 2015-2016 hockey season. Tryouts will be held at Hockey Outlet Ice Arena on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m. Contact head coach Jon Zemrac at 573-6354 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ... The Buffalo Stars will conduct travel tryouts for the 2015-16 season for the Squirt and Peewee age groups on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga. Monday tryouts are 7:30 p.m. for Squirt and Minor Peewee and 8:30 p.m. for Peewee Major. Tuesday tryouts are 7:30 p.m. for Squirt and Peewee Major and 8:30 p.m. for Minor Peewee. Participants who show up at tryouts need a release from their former organization in order to try out. Information available at buffalostars.com.
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