The All-Western New York Coaches softball first team featured a lot of gifted individuals who shined on the diamond and will be playing collegiately.
There also are athletes who made competing in multiple sports look rather easy. But only one played multiple sports in the same season and made it look like a piece of cake.
Emilee Hanlon from Dunkirk plays shortstop in…
2018 Coaches All-Western New York softball team
Pos. Name, School, Year, fast fact
C Abby Stone, Akron, 12, Future Bonnie and four-time honoree played flawless defense for the second year in a row. Hit .537 with five homers, 27 RBIs.
P Anilese Kelly, West Seneca East, 12, Another repeat selection, Kelly struck out 260 of the 452 batters she faced and tossed two no…
Pos., Name, School, Year, Fast fact
P Tom Bednarski, Lancaster, 12, Repeat selection struck out 35 in 30 innings. Tossed perfect game in playoffs for Section VI Class AA champions.
P Jack Collins, Canisius, 12, The 6-foot-4 Crusaders' ace and future Binghamton Bearcat went 5-1 with 59 strikeouts. He also hit .412.
C Sam Mullen, Silver Creek, 12, Strong-armed catch…
Jerry Gasz has coached high school baseball for nearly 50 years and has worked with a lot of talented players, including three who were drafted by major league teams.
Of those three players, the Williamsville East skipper says Charlie Mack is the best of the lot.
"What sets him apart from the other players I had is I've never had a player who is driven like he is," G…
Coaches All-Western New York
P Player School Yr.
A Nelson Logan Akron 12
A Tom Cecere Grand Island 12
A Coleman Jacobs Orchard Park 12
A Kellen Pulera St. Joe’s 11
M Owen Hill Akron 12
M Brett Be…
Here are the members of the All-Western New York boys lacrosse first team:
A Nelson Logan, Akron, 12. Tigers co-captain recorded 44 goals, 99 assists for Class D champions. Scored 300 points in 58 career games.
A Thomas Cecere, Grand Island, 12. Strong, three-sport athlete graduates as GI's all-time leader in goals (207). Will play at Division II North Greenvi…
Even as an eighth-grader on a first-time Section VI championship lacrosse program, Owen Hill was noticeable.
He wasn't the straw that stirred the drink on that historic Akron team. That honor belonged to seniors Larson Sundown and Chaunce Hill, Owen's brother. Yet the younger Hill's contributions were hard to ignore.
Hill quickly jumped from contributor to the man fo…
It's fitting that Jalyn Jimerson and Ivy Santana shared the stage with the rest of area's top girls lacrosse talents during the recent Tom Borrelli Memorial Awards banquet at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant.
The Lake Shore scoring sensations have seemingly been joined at the hip the past 10 years. They've attended lacrosse camps together as well as played on the same summer l…
Pos. Player School Grade Fast fact
A Charleigh Rondeau, Amherst, 11, Student of game who took most draws for Tigers, Rondeau recorded 38 goals for Section VI Class C runner-up.
A Anjali Silverheels, Hamburg, 10, Third-year player had breakout season, recording career-bests in goals (46), assists (36) and points (82) for the Bulldogs.
A Morgan Baxendale, 12, Orchar…
Thirty teams. Ten spots.
Those four words mean it's time for the Final Power 10 for the 2017-18 academic year.
Only those teams that finished in the top 10 of one of the three final regular season Power 10s are eligible to be considered for spots in this one.
Considering there are more state champions during the year than spots, someone will be disappointed that i…
Buffalo's Don Patterson has been appointed to the New York State Athletic Commission.
Patterson, the longtime boxing coordinator at Northwest Buffalo Community Center and the New York State Golden Gloves Tournament president, was one of three governor's appointments confirmed by the state senate to positions on athletic commission. The others were world-renowned neurosu…
Chautauqua Lake, St. Mary's and Iroquois are well-represented on the all-state softball teams announced by the New York State Sportswriters Association on Tuesday.
The Thunderbirds' Susan Teets received Coach of the Year honors in Class C for leading C-Lake to its first state championship. Thunderbirds junior pitcher Olivia Anderson shared that classification's Player o…
As usual, the scholastic spring sports season passed seemingly in a blink of an eye.
Lots of teams and athletes put together memorable campaigns, but were they good enough to break into the numeric rankings?
Without further ado, here's the final Power 10 for the spring season.
1. Chautauqua Lake softball. The Thunderbirds were the only team to win a state champion…
CICERO – If you watched the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championship, you undoubtedly saw the boy in the wheelchair competing in the two distance events.
That was a history-making moment with more to come.
Jason Robinson of Westmoreland High School became the first athlete who uses a wheelchair to participate in a NYSPHSAA t…
CICERO – Just before Jon Surdej unleashed the throw that put him in the lead for good, the Lancaster junior was the one leading the cheers for his competition.
That included vocal support for Batavia's Anthony Ray and Rush-Henrietta's Jake McPherson – the two who finished behind Surdej, the undisputed champion of the shot put in New York.
"You're cheering on …