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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

NU track and field concludes season at MAAC Championships

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS


LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. – Morgan Palmer set two personal records, including a school record, as the Purple Eagles finished their season at the 2017 MAAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

Meet Marks (Field)

  • Morgan Palmer set a school record in the discus throw. Palmer's discus throw of 42.30m on her fifth throw set the record while also finishing fourth to give Niagara five points.  Maggie Gerard was 16th(31.71) and Erin Clark was 19th with a season-best throw (29.20m).
  • In the shot put, Palmer set a personal best with a toss of 11.91m to finish 10th which was .05m away from qualifying for the finals.  
Meet Marks (Track)

Erin ClarkDanielle DorogiMaggie DoyleCaroline HamptonMegan HelfLilly LupinettiMonique McBrideJenna MingesKayla MurphyMara SkordynskiEmilee Welton and Rachel Wisley were named to the MAAC All-Academic team. To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. 
 
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AMCC Baseball Awards honor 3 Medaille Mavericks

All WNY News     Wednesday, May 24, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) recently announced its postseason baseball awards, and three Medaille College Mavericks earned their way onto one of the 2017 All-Conference Teams. Seniors Kristopher Kruszka and Daniel Luppens were named to the AMCC All-Conference First Team and junior Ryan Wojcinski was named All-Conference Second Team.

Kruszka is from Gowanda, while Wojcinski hails from North Tonawanda.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bisons' comeback falls short in 6-5 loss to Braves

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


The Bisons began their week-long road trip with a 6-5 loss to Gwinnett on Tuesday night at Coolray Field. A David Freitas homer in the fourth inning helped the Braves win the first of a three-game series with the Herd.

With the game tied at three in the fourth inning, Freitas drove a fly ball to left field for only his second home run of the season. The homer came with one out on the board and also scored Carlos Franco, giving the Braves a 5-3 advantage. Franco got on base after T.J. House walked him on a full count and then reached second after a wild pitch.

The eventual game-winning run came in the same inning when Mel Rojas Jr. grounded into a force out to score Ozzie Albies from third.

Gwinnett lead off with a quick start in the first inning to claim their first lead of the evening. Lane Adams doubled to right field to score Johan Camargo and Albies from the first and third corners respectively. Dustin Peterson brought Adams to home plate after hitting a ground-rule double to give the Braves a 3-0 lead.

The Herd fought back when Dwight Smith Jr. sent a Sean Newcomb pitch from the middle of the strike zone on a 3-0 count just past the right field wall. The homer also scored Roemon Fields and Christian Lopes, who found their way on base with respective walks, to knot up the ball game with three runs each.

Jonathan Diaz began an attempted Herd comeback when he scored off of a wild pitch by Caleb Dirk in the eighth inning. Smith Jr. built on his strong night when he singled to center field to score Fields for the second time of the evening and bring the deficit to within one at 6-5.

After making the start, the Bisons kept House (4-4) on the mound for five innings, giving up all six Gwinnett runs, four of which were earned. Wil Browning and Chris Smith were solid in relief, giving up just two hits combined.

Buffalo returns to action on Wednesday for another game with Gwinnett. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with Luis Santos projected to start atop of the mound.

BISONS NOTES: Buffalo is still winless in the last eight contests with the Braves, with their last win coming from a 2-0 decision in August 2015…The Bisons are now 1-15 when trailing after the sixth inning…Dwight Smith Jr.'s home run in the fourth inning is his fourth of the season…Smith still leads the Herd with the most hits (43) and runs (24).

Wheeler, Wings blank Bulls 4-0

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    
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ROCHESTER -- Jason Wheeler turned in seven shutout innings, and a four-run second inning helped the Rochester Red Wings beat the Durham Bulls 4-0 Tuesday night at Frontier Field. The series continues Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., another $1 Wednesday with $1 Zweigle's hot dogs, peanuts, chips, and Cracker Jack.
In the bottom of the second, ByungHo Park and Matt Hague got the inning rolling with back to back singles off of Jose De Leon. Two batters later, J.B. Shuck doubled in both Park and Hague to give the Wings a 2-0 lead early. After Shuck got to third on a wild pitch, Engelb Vielma knocked a double to bring home Shuck to make it 3-0 Red Wings. Still in the second inning, Zack Granite extended his hit streak to 11 games and also brought Vielma home on a RBI single making it 4-0 to conclude the second inning.
After Wheeler allowed two hits in the first inning, he quickly settled down and retired nine of the next 10 batters that he faced, striking five of them out in the process. Wheeler continued to show dominance all the way through the seventh inning tallying his ninth strikeout of the game still without allowing a run to cross home maintaining the Red Wings 4-0 lead over the Bulls through seven innings
Durham started the top of the 8th inning with a single and a double off of Wheeler, which would bring his brilliant night to a close. Wheeler finished with 7.0 innings pitched, allowing five hits and no runs without a walk. Wheeler struck out nine, and threw 99 pitches - 61 for strikes.
With Trevor Hildenberger out of the bullpen in relief, a line drive double play and a foul pop ended the Bulls' eighth inning scoring threat.
The Red Wings out-hit the Bulls 9-6; Durham came into the game leading the league in total runs and hits.
Winning Pitcher: Wheeler (4-1)
Losing Pitcher: DeLeon (0-1)
Save: Hildenberger (3)
Box Score - Click here for the box score and play-by-play narrative.

Canisius baseball kicks-off MAAC Tournament vs. Rider

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    
CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS


NIAGARA FALLS -- The Canisius baseball program heads into the MAAC tournament with the No. 3 seed, finishing the year with an overall record 34-20 and boasting a MAAC mark of 16-8.
• The Griffs enter their 11th-straight tournament without having to leave Western New York, as Canisius and Niagara are co-hosting the conference tournament for the first time in the two programs' existence.
• The tournament will take place May 24-27 at Sal Maglie Stadium.
• The first step of the tournament for Canisius will be No. 6 seeded Rider, as the two teams will meet up in the championships' first game, slated for noon on May 24. 

HOW WE GOT HERE• Canisius entered conference action on April 1, having gone 18-22 in a challenging non-conference slate, hosting Monmouth at the Demske Sports Complex.
• The Griffs took two of the final three games, after the squad dropped the home opener.
• However the Red Foxes put up a road block in the Golden Griffin's season, sweeping Canisius to put the Blue and Gold in a 2-4 conference record hole.
• Canisius responded, reeling off six-straight series wins, defeating Siena (2-1), Rider (3-0), Quinnipiac (2-1), Iona (3-0), Manhattan (2-1) and Niagara (2-1) to launch up the standings to finish in 3rd place.  

ALL-CONFERENCE ACCOLADES• Looking back on the season Canisius failed to win just one series during the conference season and when the conference announced the all-league and major awards, Canisius was well-represented.
• Highlighting Canisius' honorees is senior Jake Lumley who was named the 2017 MAAC Player of the Year.
• Lumley finished the year leading the conference in overall hits (77), was third in batting average (.358), third in runs scored (44), and sixth in stolen bases (15).
• On the All-MAAC first team, Lumley was joined by Liam Wilson.
• Wilson also had a strong campaign for the Blue and Gold, finishing second behind Lumley in hits (69), seventh in runs scored (39), fourth in doubles (15), and third in triples (3).
• J.P. Stevenson joined the duo with an All-MAAC Second Team award, finishing the year tied for the league lead in wins with 9, as well as leading the MAAC in innings pitched (86.2), and eighth in strikeouts (63).

MCRAE REACHES 400• Head Coach Mike McRae is used to knocking down milestones, but he crossed another one off his list in 2017, surpassing the 400-win plateau, coming into the tournament with 404 wins at Canisius.
• McRae has 469 wins total for his career and boasts an overall win percentage .527.
• At Canisius he has a win percentage of .537 and is a four-time MAAC Coach of the year having earned the honor three times as a Golden Griffin and once at Niagara. 

CANISIUS BASEBALL GOES STREAKING• Canisius continues to be a power in the conference, and continues to extend streaks in the process.
• With its tournament berth this season, Canisius advances to its 11th-straight tournament, the longest such streak in the conference.
• With its overall record of 34-30, Canisius has now gone six straight seasons having posted 30-or-more wins.
• Canisius is the only school in the MAAC to accomplish six-straight seasons with 30-or-more wins.
• Canisius also posted a 16-8 MAAC mark for the third-straight season and the fourth time in six campaigns.
• With Jake Lumley's MAAC Player of the Year award, Canisius has now tallied at least one of the league's major awards for 11-straight seasons, dating back to the 2007 season. 

STOPPER OF THE YEAR WATCHLIST• When Iannick Remillard graduated from Canisius last summer having set the Canisius saves record and having won the 2016 MAAC Reliever of the Year, Canisius knew the heir apparent was going to have large shoes to fill.
• Tyler Smith has filled in admirably this season, having posted a career-year.
• Smith currently leads the league in saves with 10, setting a new career-high in the process.
• Aside for being the team's best stopper, Smith has a sparkling 0.31 ERA.
• Smith has garnered national acclaim as he was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Wathlist earlier in the season. 

THE MAAC RANK AND FILE• At the end of the season Canisius was third-best team according to standing, but Canisius has been near the top in many of the leagues top categories. Here is where Canisius fills in the MAAC rankings.
• The Griffs are second in the conference in batting average with a team mark of .276.
• The Blue and Gold enter this tournament having the third-best team ERA with a mark of 4.01 as a staff.
• Canisius is second in the league in hits, behind Fairfield, with 483 total knocks.
• Blue and Gold pitchers have also been among the league best with a mark of hits allowed per nine innings, yielding just 8.46 

WINNING AT THE RIGHT TIME• Canisius enters its 11th-straight MAAC tournament, the longest such streak in the conference and with that, the Blue and Gold have racked up those tournaments wins, including two conference titles.
• Since the streak started in the 2007 tournament, the Blue and Gold have gone 22-17, playing in the most tournament games of any MAAC foe in that time.
• The 22 wins is also the most of any team during that time, with rival Siena coming in with 16 tournament wins since 2007.
• Manhattan who returns to the tournament after a brief hiatus in 2015, is third in that span with 13.
• During its 11-year run, the Blue and Gold have a .569 winning percentage, highest in the MAAC and have one of the only two positive win differentials during the stretch. 

MLB LIKES DRAFTING GRIFFS • The Griffs have begun to make a name for themselves when it comes to the Major League Baseball draft.
• Over the last eight years Canisius has had 11 players drafted by players, including three following the 2015 season
• The 2015 draft marked the second time in MAAC history that three players from a conference program had been drafted in the first 13 rounds of a draft.
• Connor Panas and Devon Stewart were both selected in the ninth round by the Blue Jays and Indians respectively, while the Athletics took Brett Sidall in the 13th round
• Last team to accomplish that feat was the Niagara Purple Eagles in 2004. Coincidentally that team was coached by none other than current Canisius skipper, Mike McRae.

Four UB baseball players earn All-MAC recognition

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS


BUFFALO -- The University at Buffalo baseball team saw four student-athletes earn All-MAC honors on Tuesday night, as announced by the league at their annual postseason awards presentation. The Bulls placed Ben Haefner and Chris Kwitzer on the First Team All-MAC squad, senior Vinny Mallaro on Second Team All-MAC and senior Alex Thrower earned All-Defensive team honors.
This marks the second straight season the Bulls have placed two players on the All-MAC first team and it marks the most total members, four, since 2013 when they placed six players on All-Conference teams. The Bulls were one of three team, Kent State and Ohio, to have at least two players on the All-MAC first team.
Haefner earned All-MAC first team honors for the first time in his UB career as he grew into a leader on and off the field during his junior campaign. The shortstop turned in a career year at the plate for the Bulls as he started all 51 games and was able to collect a team-high and career-high 62 hits on the season. He finished off the season with career-highs in every major offensive category as he batted .326 with 38 runs, three home runs, 37 RBI, 81 total bases and 25 walks. He was able to record an on base percentage of .435 and a slugging percentage of .426 while batting third in the powerful UB lineup. In the field, Haefner produced 106 put outs and 140 assists while notching a .950 fielding percentage.
Kwitzer was recognized with First Team All-MAC honors for the first time in his impressive UB career despite missing 10 games due to injury this season. The senior produced in a big way at the plate for the Bulls this season as he became one of the most dangerous hitters in the MAC. Kwitzer posted a career-best .348 batting average to go along with nine doubles, four home runs, 30 RBI and 21 runs scored. He also led the Bulls with a .510 slugging percentage to go along with a .420 on base percentage as he started 40 games at third base. He finished off his UB career ranking seventh in program history in triples with 11. At the hot corner, Kwitzer was able to secure 33 put outs and 59 assists while committing just five errors on the season.
After earning First Team All-MAC last season, Mallaro was able to secure his second straight All-MAC appearance as he was named to the Second Team for the first time in his UB career. An injury at the end of last season forced Mallaro into the designated hitter role this season and the powerful righty produced another great season at the plate for the Bulls. He closed out his senior season posting a .285 batting average to go along with team-highs in home runs (eight), RBI (51) and doubles (13). He started all 51 games at designated hitter and scored 33 runs while owning a .477 slugging percentage and an .389 on base percentage.
Mallaro is one of the best power hitters in Buffalo history as he was able to become the Bulls all-time RBI king this past season as he finished off his impressive four-year career with 147 career RBI. He was also able to finish his career ranked fourth in home runs (26) and 10th in doubles (38). The Syracuse, NY native also became the first player in UB history to produce back-to-back 50+ RBI seasons as he knocked in 52 runs as a junior and 51 as a senior.
Thrower earned All-Defensive team honors for the first time in his career after he turned into one of the best center fielders in the MAC during his senior campaign. He joins 2015 Toronto Blue Jays draftee Nick Sinay as the only two players in UB history to earn All-Defensive team honors.
The speedy outfielder was able to finish the season with 116 put outs while committing no errors as a senior for a perfect fielding percentage of 1.000. Thrower was one of just three starting center fielders in the MAC, Zach Gilles (CMU) and Matt Eppers (Ball State), with at least 100 put outs and no errors. The Toronto, Ontario native finished off his career season at the plate batting .247 with 34 runs scored and 15 RBI while also owning a .404 on base percentage. Thrower was able to draw 44 walks on the season, second most in a single season in program history.
The Bulls closed out their 2017 campaign with an overall record of 17-34 to go along with an 8-16 MAC mark.
2017 MAC Baseball Postseason Awards
MAC Player of the Year
Tanner Allison, Western Michigan, OF
MAC Pitcher of the Year
Joey Murray, Kent State, RHP

MAC Freshman of the Year
Jake Wilson, Bowling Green, OF

MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year
Tyler Hankins, Central Michigan, LHP

MAC Defensive Player of the Year
Tyler Finkler, Ohio

MAC Coach of the Year

Jeff Duncan, Kent State

All-MAC First Team
C—Robert Greenman, Central Michigan
1B – Dylan Rosa, Kent State
2B – Sean Kennedy, Ball State
3B – Chris Kwitzer, Buffalo
SS – Ben Haefner, Buffalo
OF – Luke Burch, Kent State
OF – Spencer Ibarra, Ohio
OF – Tanner Allison, Western Michigan
SP – Sam Delaplane, Eastern Michigan
SP – Joey Murray, Kent State
SP – Eli Kraus, Kent State
SP – Michael Klein, Ohio
RP – Jake Roehn, Ohio
DH – Tyler Harris, Miami
At-Large - Daniel Jipping, Central Michigan

All-MAC Second Team
C – Tim Dalporto, Kent State
1B – Ross Haffey, Miami
2B – Nick Vogelmeier, Western Michigan
3B – Connor Callery, Ohio
SS – Connor Smith, Western Michigan
OF – Matt Eppers, Ball State
OF – Daniel Jipping, Central Michigan
OF – John Mortgomery, Eastern Michigan
SP -  Pat Leatherman, Central Michigan
SP - Tyler Hankins, Central Michigan
SP - Joe Hawks, Northern Illinois
SP - Ross Achter, Toledo
RP - Colton Bradley, Central Michigan
DH - Vinny Mallaro, BuffaloAt-Large - Caleb Stayton, Ball State

MAC All-Defensive Team
C - Tim Dalporto, Kent State
1B - Rudy Rott, Ohio
2B - Dom Iero, Kent State
SS - Tyler Finkler, Ohio
3B - Grant Miller, Western Michigan
OF - Matt Eppers, Ball State
OF - Alex Thrower, Buffalo
OF - Spencer Ibarra, Ohio
P - Zac Carey, Bowling Green

Canisius' Lumley named MAAC baseball Player of the Year

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    
CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS


Senior Jake Lumley was the highlight of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference awards banquet for Canisisu on Tuesday, earning the conference's player of the year award, as decided by league coaches. Lumley was joined on the All-MAAC first team with Liam Wilson, while J.P. Stevenson was named to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Lumley, had a career-year in his final campaign for the Griffs, setting new career-bests in batting average (.358), doubles (11), while leading the league in hits (77). Lumley not only paces the MAAC but ranks 61st in the country when it comes to recording hits, while he ranks 94th in the nation in hits per game with a 1.43 hits-per contest mark.

It was the first time Lumley has earned a major award, and the second time in his career he's been named to a All-MAAC team. Last season Lumley earned second team honors.

A trend also extended on Tuesday, as the Blue and Gold have had at least one player or coach win a major award for 11-straight seasons, dating back to the 2007 campaign.

Joining Lumley on the first team is junior Liam Wilson. The Ayr, Ontario native has been nearly as productive as Lumley, nipping at the heels of the starting shortstop in hits (53), and ranking fourth in doubles (17), and third in triples (3). Wilson finished the season with 36 RBI, 39 runs and a batting average of .346, splitting time between designated hitter and third base.

Also earning All-Conference honors is J.P. Stevenson who is tied for the league lead in victories with nine. The nine victories was a new-career high for Stevenson, who recorded seven in his freshman campaign, and battled through an injury-plagued sophomore season, and recorded two. Stevenson also pitched a career-high 86.2 innings, fanning 63 batters this season. The New Glasgow, Prince Edward Island, native completed the regular season with a 3.74 ERA, and has limited opposing batters to a .248 mark.

Also honored for their academic achievement during the awards ceremony were 10 Golden Griffin student athletes. Nick Capitano, John Conti, Jared Kennedy, Andrew Kneussle, William Krull, Joseph Preziuso, Josh Shepley, Zachary Sloan, Ryan Stekl and Stevenson all were named to the MAAC All-Academic Team for their prowess in the classroom.

Canisius enters the 2017 MAAC tournament with the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6-seeded Rider to open the championship. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m. at Sal Maglie Stadium in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Canisius and Niagara are co-hosting the tournament for the first time in the two program's history.

NU's Brash highlights All-MAAC selections

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS



NIAGARA UNIV -- Freshman pitcher Matthew Brash was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Baseball Rookie of the Year, announced at the annual awards banquet on Tuesday. Junior outfielder Tanner Kirwer and redshirt-junior pitcher Cody Eckerson were named to the All-MAAC First Team and sophomore shortstop Greg Cullen and redshirt-junior outfielder Trevor McCauley were selected to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Brash is the fourth player in Niagara history to be named MAAC Rookie of the Year and is the first since 2004 (James Avery). Brash, who finished the season 5-1, appeared in 17 games and started 10. He led the Niagara pitching staff in innings pitched with 77.1, struck out 63 batters and had two saves. He finished the season with an ERA of 2.79, which is the fifth-best in Purple Eagles pitching history. Brash was honored by the MAAC earlier this season, earning the MAAC Rookie of the Week Award on March 8 after Niagara's 9-0 shutout victory over the La Salle Explorers. Brash fanned seven and allowed only one hit in 6.0 innings pitched.

Kirwer led Niagara this season in hits (65), runs (47), doubles (20) and stolen bases (23). He also recorded 29 RBI and finished the season batting .335 and with a nearly perfect fielding percentage of .992. Kirwer led the MAAC in runs and stolen bases, and was second in the MAAC in doubles. His 20 doubles tie him for second-most in a single season in Niagara baseball history. Kirwer has been selected to an All-MAAC team in all three of his seasons at Niagara; he was named to the second team in both 2015 and 2016.

Eckerson (6-2) had an impressive season on the mound for the Purple and White. He fanned 50 batters in 55.0 innings pitched and his single-season ERA of 2.29, which led the starting rotation for the Purple Eagles, is tied for best in program history. Eckerson allowed the fewest runs in the MAAC with 21, the fewest doubles with two and was the only MAAC starting pitcher to allow zero homeruns for the entirety of the season. He finished the season second in the MAAC in earned runs allowed (14), hits allowed (45) and ERA, while holding his opponents to a .218 batting average, which was the third-best in the conference.

Cullen batted a career-best .341 in 2017, as well as, recording 62 hits, 30 runs scored and a career-high 33 RBI. Cullen led the Purple Eagles in triples with three. In the field, he recorded 72 putouts and finished the season with .929 fielding percentage.

McCauley finished the season batting a career-best .367, which led both the Purple Eagles and the MAAC. He set career-highs in hits with 55, runs scored with 24, doubles with 14 and RBI with 29. He hit two homeruns this season, including his first career homerun. McCauley was named MAAC Player of the Week on May 16, after recording seven RBI, nine hits, six runs scored and a .600 batting average against Buffalo and Siena.

In addition to All-MAAC teams, the MAAC also announced the 2017 MAAC All-Academic Team, which included Niagara's Joel Brophy, Cody Eckerson, Julian Gallup, Zachary Kolodziejski, Trevor McCauley, Matt McCuen, Jordan Parranto, Geoff Seto and Nigel Stearns.

To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at his or her institution and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Bisons unveil 'Jabba the Hutt' Star Wars jerseys

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    


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BUFFALO -- Each year, the Bisons players wear their own customized Star Wars Night Jerseys...a tradition that continues in a big way in 2017!!
Inspired by his debut at this year's event, the Bisons will wear jerseys featuring JABBA THE HUTT! The Tattioine gangster is pictured on the front of this year's jersey with his palace depicted on the back. Each sleeve of the jersey also features a special patch, with the X-Wing logo on the left and the Tie Fighter logo on the right. The front crest also pays tribute to the 10th year of this one-of-a-kind event.
BID NOW | JERSEY AUCTIONS
As tradition, Bisons.com is auctioning off some of the Star Wars Night Jerseys in advance of the game on June 3, 2017. These jerseys will be game-worn and autographed by the Bisons players. There are nine total jerseys up for auction now through May 31, including unis from Rowdy TellezJason Leblebijian and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
CLICK HERE to bid now!
Remember, these jerseys are not sold in stores...so winning an auction is the only way to ensure getting one of the Bisons Star Wars Night jerseys. Proceeds of the raffle benefit Compass House.
If you don't have your tickets for this year's Star Wars Night, what are you waiting for?
This event has sold out each of the last four seasons and as of now, there are FEWER THAN 3,000 TICKETS REMAINING for this year's events on Saturday, June 3. There are also only 75 4-PACKS remaining, which gets you four tickets, four hot dogs, four Coca-Colas and one commemorative laser sword for only $76.
CLICK HERE to get your Star Wars tickets now!

Registration open for Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    
STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- Registration is open for the 5th annual "Run Jimmy Run Charity 5K" on July 16 at Coca-Cola Field, remembering Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Jimmy Griffin and raising important funds for the Alzheimer's Association of WNY.
This unique race course highlights some of the beautiful sites in our city and ends in our downtown baseball park with a family oriented post-race lunch, party and ball game. The purpose of this race is to celebrate the life and accomplishments and charitable spirit of Mayor Jim Griffin through a fitness-oriented event designed for all ages.
CLICK HERE to register today!
SPECIAL EARLY REGISTRATION RAFFLE -If you register by June 16, you'll be eligible to win the chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a Bisons game (subject to availability) in the very ballpark that Mayor Griffin fought so hard to construct. The special early-registration raffle will also include four tickets to a Bisons game with four hot dogs, four Coca-Cola soft drinks and four Bisons caps.
If you register before the day of the race, it's only $35 per person! ($40 day of registration). Registration includes a ticket to the Bisons game that day at 1:05 p.m. against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a commemorative t-shirt, a chip-timed bib, and a post-race party that will serve lunch, beer and pop.
All proceeds from the Run Jimmy Run go to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY www.alz.org/wny and stay in Buffalo and Western New York. Here in WNY the Alzheimer's Association is committed to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Run Jimmy Run is committed to provide funds to the ALZ of WNY for support of patient programs here in our community.Jimmy Griffin was the Mayor of Buffalo who passionately supported the Bisons franchise. He was instrumental in bringing professional baseball back to the Queen city in 1979 and was heavily involved in the construction of Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo.
For more information, please visit RunJimmyRunCharity5K.com

'Power Auction' offers premium items to benefit NU athletics

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 23, 2017    


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS



NIAGARA UNIV. -- Imagine yourself in a luxury Palm Springs resort or a lavish Las Vegas vacation with eight of your friends.  These items, plus many more, will be available for bidding in the "Power Auction" hosted by Niagara University Department of Athletics.  Bidding will open in late August for all items, while a few premium items will be released in advance of the auction's full launch.

The first item up for bid will be four tickets to attend the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox on June 8, 2017 at Yankee Stadium with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.  The Yankees and Red Sox have competed in MLB's American League (AL) for over 100 seasons and have since developed one of the fiercest rivalries in sports. Take in the game in the Delta Sky360 Suite (4 game tickets) seats located behind home plate.  In addition, receive preferred parking pass with the game tickets. To bid on this item, visit 501auctions.com/purpleeagles. The closing date on this item is Tuesday, May 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

All funds raised will be designated for improvements to the Niagara Athletics weight room. The auction will consist of elite-level items such as vacation properties, suites to sporting events, and fan engagement experience. The goal of the auction is to raise $100k with all renovations and equipment purchased benefitting the 330-plus NCAA Division I student-athletes.

To review the items up for auction, visit 501auctions.com/purpleeagles.  Those wishing to donate an item to the "Power Auction" please contact Steve Butler, deputy director of athletics, at 716-286-8602.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Canisius' Wright completes year at World Championship Trials

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Junior Travis Wright competed in the 2017 USA Diving World Championship Trials from the IUPUI Natatorium this past weekend, finishing tenth overall in the individual event.

Wright began the weekend with a score of 263.40 in the three-meter diving quarterfinal, positioning himself in 11th place. In the second day of competition, the Golden Griffin remained in the 11th position, moving his score to 516.30 overall.

On the third and final day of diving, Wright had his highest point total of the weekend, with a finals score of 334.35. With the performance the junior moved his overall score to 850.65 and ended the competition in 10th place.

The showing wraps up a tremendous season for Wright, who broke both Canisius diving records on the men's side. The junior also won both events at the 2017 MAAC Championships and was named MAAC Male Diver of the Year.

Two from WNY among BW men's lacrosse players named to All-Ohio conference

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
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BEREA, Ohio -- Five Baldwin Wallace University men's lacrosse student-athletes have been named to the 2017 Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference team, including two from Western New York --
Alex Binner of East Amherst and Nate Karatas of Penfield.

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in 75 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

Five Bulls named to Athlon Preseason All-MAC Team

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS


BUFFALO -- Five members of the University at Buffalo football team have been named to the Athlon Sports 2017 Preseason All-MAC team, the publication announced on Monday. James O'Hagan and Khalil Hodge were named to the second team, while Brandon ManosalvasChris Ford and Jarrett Franklin were named to the fourth team. 
O'Hagan, who was also named to the Rimington Award Watch List on Monday, is coming off the best season of his career. He started all 12 games at center in 2016 and was named All-MAC Third Team. O'Hagan has been the anchor of the Bulls' offensive over the past two season, starting all 24 games.   
Hodge, a middle linebacker, is coming off a fine debut season with the Bulls – earning All-MAC second-team honors. In 2016, he led Buffalo with 123 tackles, the eighth most in school history for a single season and second most by a player in UB's FBS era. He posted double-digit tackles in seven games and his 10.3 tackles per game average ranked eighth nationally.
Manosalvas started all 12 games at guard last season. He has helped solidify the left side of the offensive line.
Ford has developed into one of the top nose tackles in the Mid-American Conference. The UB senior had 30 tackles, included three tackles for loss in 2016.
Franklin is coming off the best season of his career. The senior linebacker ranked third on the team in tackles with a career-best 75 in 2016. He had five or more tackles in eight games last year.
Click here to see the entire 2017 All-MAC team.
The 2017 UB Football season kicks off on August 31 at Minnesota. Click here for the full schedule.

Thirteen Buffalo State track and field athletes awarded with USTFCCCA All-Atlantic Region honors

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
BUFFALO STATE ATHLETICS



NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the All-Region honorees for the 2017 NCAA Division III outdoor season, naming 14 Buffalo State track and field athletes to the All-Atlantic Region team. 

On the men's side, individual honors went to Benjamin Ezike (Staten Island/Susan Wagner) in the triple jump, Darren Thompson (Buffalo/St. Joe's) in the 200m dash, and Cody Sikora (N. Tonawanda/N.Tonawanda) in the 400m event.

Phil Giuga (Tonawanda/Tonawanda), Mohamed Kouyate (Bronx/Dreamyard Prep), Robert Liebel (Tonawanda/Tonawanda) and Sikora were named all-region in the 4x400m relay while James Willard (Albany/Albany) and Elijah Lawal (Duanesburg/Duanesburg) joined Liebel and Thompson to earn honors in the 4x100m relay as well.

On the women's side, Dayonna Holmes (Rochester/Charlotte) was honored for the long jump and Ronni Kordrupel (East Aurora/Iroquois) was named all-region in the 800m dash.

Holmes was joined by Catarra Burroughs (Rochester/Wilson Magnet), Satin Holmes (Rochester/Wilson Magnet) and Keanna McKnight (Queens/Springfield Gardens) to earn the honors for the 4x100m relay.

To be named all-region, an athlete must either be ranked in the top five of an individual event in the region, or be part of a top-three relay team, according to the final Track & Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) data for the season.

Buffalo State will be sending Ezike (triple jump), the men's 4x400m relay team of Liebel, Giuga, Sikora and Kouyate and the women's 4x100m team of Holmes, Holmes, Burroughs, and McKnight to the NCAA Division III National Championships that will be held May 25-27 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Ezike, who won the triple jump last season as a junior, enters this year's meet with the seventh-best mark in the nation at 14.90 meters.  He will compete on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
 
The men's 4x400-meter relay enters seeded 10th with a season-best time of 3:14.17, just over two seconds off the pace of top-seeded Middlebury.  The prelims will be held on Thursday at 5:15 p.m., and the finals close the meet on Saturday at 4 p.m.

The women's 4x100m team enters with the seventh best time (47.11) in the 16-team field.  Buffalo State will compete in the prelims on Thursday at 2 p.m. and if it qualifies in the top-8, it will run for a national championship on Saturday at 12:05 p.m.

Fans can follow along with live results of this weekend's National Championships right here, with the final results getting posted to buffalostateathletics.com



BPO 4-Pack includes four free tickets to Bisons' 30th Celebration Game

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
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BUFFALO -- The best deal to the best night of the year at the ballpark just got better!
Order your BPO 4-Pack for this year's KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration by Sunday, May 28 and we'll throw in FOUR FREE TICKETS to our special 30th Season Celebration Game on August 30, with fireworks and special tributes to three decades of memories at Coca-Cola Field.
The BPO 4-Pack is already a great deal unto itself. For only $114, you'll receive four (4) tickets to the Independence Eve celebration game, four (4) Sahlen's Hot Dogs, four (4) Coca-Cola soft drinks and 25% off at either Bisons gift shops at Coca-Cola Field. And now through Sunday, you'll get FOUR FREE TICKETS to the celebration on August 30th as well. IT'S A SAVINGS OF $86.
The KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration features the best that America has to offer. Our national pastime played out between two great rivals. Then after the game, sit back and enjoy a great post game concert from the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Of course, no KeyBank Independence Eve concert would be complete without several numbers to honor our brave servicemen and servicewomen.
For more information on the KeyBank Independence Eve Celebration or this great offer, CLICK HERE.

Busenitz named Red Wings POTW

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
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ROCHESTER -- Busenitz made two relief appearances, totaling 5.1 innings pitched with seven strikeouts, only two hits allowed, and no runs or walks. In his last five outings, he has pitched 9.2 innings with two hits, one walk, and 14 strikeouts. Busenitz has not allowed a run in a game since April 19 (nine appearances).
More on Busenitz: 
Is in his fifth professional season and second in the Twins organization after being acquired from Los Angeles-AL with Hector Santiago for Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer on August 1, 2016...originally selected by the Angels in the 25th round of the 2013 Draft out of Kennesaw State University....transferred to Rochester on August 18, 2016...earned the save in his first Red Wings appearance on August 21 at Gwinnett.
Stats:Alan Busenitz player page

Batavia Downs Racetrack and Batavia Downs Gaming recognize the Red Wings Player of the Week each week during the regular season. Batavia Downs Gaming is a Video Gaming Center owned and operated by Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation in association with the New York Lottery. Western OTB is a public benefit corporation in the State of New York. 
2017 Player of the Week winners: 
April 6-16: P Jose Berrios
April 17-23: P Jason Wheeler
April 24-30: P Jose Berrios
May 1-7: C John Ryan Murphy
May 8-14: OF Zack Granite
May 15-21: P Alan Busenitz

UB's O’Hagan named to Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS


NEW YORK – University at Buffalo center James O'Hagan was named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, the Rimington Trophy Committee announced on Monday. The award is giving annually to the nation's top center. This is the second straight year UB's junior center has been named to the watch list.
O'Hagan is coming off the best season of his career. He started all 12 games of 2016 and was named All-MAC Third Team. O'Hagan has been the anchor of the Bulls' offensive over the past two season, starting all 24 games.   
The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-America center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the John Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman.
For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit www.rimingtontrophy.com.

UB track and field to compete in 13 events at NCAA East Preliminaries

All WNY News     Monday, May 22, 2017    
UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO ATHLETICS


BUFFALO -- The University at Buffalo track and field program qualified for NCAA East Preliminaries in 12 individual events and one relay event. The competition is set to begin on Thursday, May 25 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

Fresh off their Mid-American Conference titles Tyler Scheving (800m), Devon Patterson (shot put), Ryan Billian (110 Hurdles), and the men's 4X400 relay team of Gyasi Morris, Joshua Gali, Brian Cummiskey, and Mitchell Moore will head to Lexington, KY to try and secure a trip to the NCAA Championships in Oregon. Scheving will enter the competition seeded 19th in the 800m with a top finishing time of 1:48.37. Craig Kaiser also qualified for the 800m with a time of 1:46.56 to be seeded 39th. Patterson enters the competition seeded 21st with a top throw of 18.41m. Billian's top time of 14.10 in the 110 Hurdles seeded him 35th. The men's 4X400 relay team will enter the competition seeded 25th with a top time of 3:09.52.

Also competing for the men's side are Brian Crimmins and Barrett Kemp. Crimmins broke the school record in the 1500m twice this season, and is seeded 27th with a top time of 3:44.94. Kemp is seeded 37th in the 10,000m with a top time of 29:48.24. Brian Cummiskey, Mitchell Moore, and Joshua Gali each qualified for additional events including the 4X400. Cummiskey is seeded 40th in the 100m with a time of 10.38. Moore is seeded 48th in the 400m with a time of 47.17. Gali qualified for two individual events: 200m and 400m. He is seeded 42nd in the 200m with a time of 21.01 and 46th in the 400m with a time of 47.15.

Three women earned a chance to compete at the NCAA East Preliminaries. After earning silver medals at the Mid-American Conference, Selina Von Jackowski and Miranda Daucher qualified for the 100 hurdles and discus throw, respectively. Von Jackowski is seeded 40th after breaking the school record with a time of 13.52. Daucher is seeded 24th with a top throw of 51.22m. Mikayla Pearce is seeded 48th in the women's long jump with a top distance of 6.08m.

Crimmins will be the first to compete for the Bulls, as the men's 1500m begins at 5:30pm on Thursday. Also competing Thursday are Cummiskey (100m, 6:55pm), Gali (400m, 7:45pm), Scheving and Kaiser (800m, 8:35pm), Kemp (10K, 9:40pm), and Pearce (long jump, 7:15pm).

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Culver squeezes 'Riders past Red Wings

All WNY News     Sunday, May 21, 2017    
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The Rochester Red Wings lost in walk-off fashion for a second consecutive day Sunday afternoon in Scranton/WB. This time around it was Irondequoit High School product Cito Culver who sent the Wings home with a 5-4 loss after dropping down a perfectly executed squeeze play with runners on first and third and one out in the 11th inning.
The walk-off loss is the fourth for the Red Wings (19-19) this season.
The RailRiders winning rally was started by a one-out walk to Clint Frazier. Michael Tonkin then yielded a soft single to right setting the stage for Culver - who homered against the Wings on Saturday night.
The Wings erased an early 3-0 deficit with a four-spot in the third inning. After a throwing error by RailRiders starter Eric Ruth on a Daniel Palka comebacker allowed Zack Granite to scamper home from first, Byungho Park and Tommy Field hit back-to-back homers. The homer for Park was his second in as many days and third of the season.
A Dustin Fowler homer and a sac fly from Frazier against Wings starter Nik Turley staked the RailRiders to a 2-0 lead in the first. After a wild pitch allowed a run to score in the second, Turley retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced. The former RailRider went five innings, allowing three runs on three hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts.
Turley turned things over to Alan Busenitz who turned in a scoreless sixth and seventh inning. Over his last eight appearances, the right-hander has tossed 12.2 scoreless innings allowing just four hits and two walks with 16 strikeouts.
The Wings had a chance to extend their lead in the 8th but J.B. Shuck grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded.
Scranton tied the game in the eighth on a one-out sac fly off the bat of Rob Refsnyder. 
NOTES: Granite extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the 3rd inning. Over the streak he's hitting .341 (14-for-41). The 10-game streak is the longest by a Red Wings player this season...The last run allowed by Busenitz came April 19 @ Gwinnett.
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