The Buffalo Stars began play in the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League by winning four of five games over the weekend in the Southern Connecticut Hockey Showcase. Three of the Buffalo wins and the one loss came in overtime.
Connor Krupa’s goal gave the Stars a 2-1 win over the Long Island Rebels last Friday. On Saturday, Buffalo edged the York Devils, 3-2, before an overtime loss, 5-4, to the New York Cyclones. On Sunday, the Stars edged the Philadelphia Revolution, 3-2, on Kyle Lee’s goal at 2:38 of OT and followed that with a 3-2 win over the Long island Arrows when Joe DiBenedetto stole the puck at the blue line and broke in to roof the game-winner late in OT.
The Stars will play their Western New York League opener against the Bisons on Sept. 7.
The Western New York Softball Hall of Fame annouced its Class of 2016 this week.
Inductees are: Ron Bretz, Rick Coppola, Vic DeGeorge, Paul DiNello, John Dry, Richard Jakubczyk, Donna Michalek, Terry Presto, Hank Puelo, Dave Scott, P. Michael Terlecky, Steve Ulmer and Jerry Whitehead.
The class will be inducted on Sept. 16 at Ilio Di Paolo’s Ringside Restaurant in Blasdell. Tickets are $40. Call 812-2950.
The University at Buffalo baseball team will hold an open tryout for students at 10 a.m., Sept. 18 at Northtown Center Field. Athletes must sign up by Friday, Sept. 9 outside of 163B Alumni Arena. Questions, email assistant coach Steve Ziroli at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 645-3437.
Pride Martial Arts Academy of Clarence will host black belt testing for its adult students on Saturday at its 9135 Sheridan Drive location. The event is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Students testing are Nancy K. Universal (BB), Kristofer R. Davison (BB), Jeanne Wohlfeil Wrobel (1st Degree), Dan Wrobel (1st Degree) and Jake Rozler (3rd Degree).
BASEBALL: Team New Era will hold its final tryout for players ages 10-17 at its indoor facility (3950 Broadway, Depew) on Saturday. Ages 12 and under start at 10 a.m. while ages 13-17 will start at noon. Visit teamnewerabaseball.com for more. … The Cooperstown-bound Great Lakes Gators 12U team has two spots remaining. Contact Brian Janak at 374-5239 or email@example.com to schedule a workout. … Titans Baseball is offering an eight-week fall ball program from Sept. 11 to Oct. 30. Visit leaguelineup.com/titansbaseball or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more. … The Southline Scorpions 13U travel team needs two players to fill its roster. Contact coach Brian Smith at 818-0249 or email@example.com for info or to set up a tryout. … Western New York Sting 15U is holding tryouts at Losson Park No. 2 at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 7. Players needed at all positions, especially pitching. Contact Guy Plonka at 548-4200. Registration opens at 5:30 p.m.
FOOTBALL: Youth Advantage Buffalo is hosting a Punt, Pass and Kick Competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 18 on Pierce Field at Mulroy Park in South Buffalo. To register visit nflppk.com and select the appropriate event. Contact Chris Denny for more at 697-6659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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