Sledgehammer, out of the Buffalo Yacht Club with owner Tom Lewin at the helm, won the J120 Class National Championship Regatta held off the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit. The J120 is a 40-foot boat with a huge asymmetrical spinnaker.
Sledgehammer had five first places in the 11-race series held over three days last weekend on Lake St. Clair, finishing with 31 points in the low-points scoring system over 13 other yachts from Michigan, Ohio and Toronto. Sledgehammer also won the prestigious Port Huron to Mackinac Race in 2013.
Lewin’s crew included his son, Tommy, and Tommy and Mark Christensen of Santa Cruz, Calif., Doug Bienko, Pat and Mike Augello, Larry Militello, Peter Johnson and Anthony Alexander all of Buffalo.
BASEBALL: Buffalo Outlaws 14U Final Tryouts will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary’s High School Varsity Field, 142 Laverack Ave., Lancaster. ... The Zoar Valley Eagles travel team in Gowanda will hold tryouts for the 9U and 10U 2017 season from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12 at Gowanda VFW Field. For more information on the 9U league contact Joe Herman at 512-8069 and 10U league contact Tony Comstock at 474-6421. ... The 13U Tonawanda Curve travel team will hold tryouts for the 2017 summer season at 6 p.m. Monday on State Street Diamond in Tonawanda. Contact Brian Walker at 316-9209 or email@example.com for more information.
BASKETBALL: PAL Fall High School Basketball teams are needed for Tuesday night girls varsity at Hennepin Community Center, and Wednesdays or Thursdays for boys varsity and JV at Machnica Community Center. Leagues start the week of Sept. 19 and end the week of Oct. 24. Cost is $295 per team. For information contact Orv Cott at 812-7251. ... A co-ed youth basketball clinic will take place at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays for ages 6-8 and from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays for ages 9-12. Clinics run from Sept. 6 to Oct. 12. Those interested must be a member of the center. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010, ext. 205. ... Youth co-ed free basketball leagues will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays from Sept. 9 to Oct. 28 for ages 14 and under, and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays from Sept. 10 to Oct. 29 for ages 17 and under. Individuals or teams may sign up. To register contact Kevin Ferguson at 832-1010, ext. 205.
BOWLING: Four-man scratch team needed for 7 p.m. Monday nights at Clarence. Call Dave for more information 440-0966. Couples teams are also needed for 7 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays at Clarence. Call Jim for more information 759-6701. ... Spare Time Bowling Center is looking for Wednesday three person fun leagues. The league bowls at 8 p.m. and starts on Sept. 7. For more information call 893-8930. ... Tonawanda Bowling Center is forming a new senior league for ages 55 and older to play at noon on Thursdays. The meeting for those interested will be held at noon Sept. 1. Bowling starts Sept. 8. For more information contact Sal, 248-0483 or Mary, 694-4120.
GOLF: The annual Looby-Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament will take place Monday, Oct. 3 at Harvest Hill Golf Course in Orchard Park. Proceeds help benefit the Bishop Timon High School Crew team. Cost is $125 per golfer and includes lunch, drinks on the course, dinner catered by Chef’s, raffles, prizes and more. Hole sponsorships available. For more information contact Dennis Mann at 713-5809 or Pete Margerum at 480-5814.
HOCKEY: The Dunkin’ Donuts “Learn to Skate and Play Hockey Classes” for boys and girls ages 4-12 will start Monday, Sept. 12 at Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park and Thursday, Sept. 15 at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga. Classes are seven-session, once a week programs that will provide fundamentals and instruction. Cost is $70. For more information call Holiday Twin Rinks at 685-3660 or visit holidayrinks.com.
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