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Deskside with David: High-risk sports back in action
Fri, Feb 26th 2021 10:15 am
Many of you know me for my dedication to covering the local athletes of our community and telling their stories. Another thing I dedicate myself to is helping the youth of our communities grow through coaching them in sport.
Ransomville Speedway hosts driver's meeting; plans for 2021 continue
Mon, Feb 15th 2021 11:15 am
Ransomville Speedway hosted a driver's meeting to officially kick off the 2021 season. Drivers and crew members from the Krown Undercoating Modifieds, Investor's Service Sportsman, Ki-Po Motors Street Stocks, Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks, and the Kevin's Carpet Cleaning Novice Sportsman were on hand to go over any rule changes and procedures for the 2021 campaign.
Umpires sought
Fri, Feb 12th 2021 07:00 am
The Niagara Falls Umpire Association is now seeking men and women ages 16 and older to join as umpires. Members work high school baseball games for the Niagara Frontier League, as well as summer leagues in the Niagara County and Grand Island areas.
'Big R': Mackenzie Kulesza Memorial scheduled for May 14
Tue, Feb 2nd 2021 01:20 pm
Ransomville Speedway will honor the memory of 11-year-old Mackenzie Kulesza on Friday, May 14, with a 36-lap feature event for the Sunflowers of Sanborn Mini Stocks at the Niagara County oval.
Ransomville Speedway to host drivers meeting Feb. 13
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 11:00 am
Ransomville Speedway will host a drivers meeting for all classes on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the O. Leo Curtis American Legion Post No. 830, 2589 Youngstown-Lockport Road.
Section VI moves wrestling, creates new calendar
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 07:55 pm
The executive committee of Section VI on Thursday voted to move wrestling to the spring sports season. The decision came after the health departments in the five counties that make up the section released a joint statement of concern.
WNY health leaders strongly suggest wrestling postponement
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 09:10 am
The leaders of the five county health departments (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara) in Western New York provided the following joint statement Thursday, related to wrestling programs. This announcement follows updates to the "New York Forward" interim guidance for sports and recreation issued Jan. 22.
Alternative Baseball Organization looking to start team in WNY
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 09:55 am
The Alternative Baseball Organization is a 501(c)(3), authentic baseball experience for teens 15-plus and adults with autism and other disabilities to gain social and physical skills for success in life, on and off the diamond.
ECDOH: Higher-risk sports can resume
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing the following information for schools, coaching staff, athletes, parents of student-athletes and youth and adult amateur sports leagues in Erie County.
'Big R': A family that races together ...
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 01:00 pm
Dan and Brandon Michaud along with Brandon's girlfriend, Jessica Kriegisch, are all calling Ransomville Speedway home in 2021. The trio will compete in the Investor's Service Sportsman division weekly.
'Big R': Triple T Auto Parts to present 2 demolition derbies in 2021
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:30 am
Triple T Auto Parts will be presenting two demolition derbies in 2021 at the Ransomville Speedway. Those two dates are Fridays, June 18, and Sept. 3, after the completion of the racing program at "The Big R."
NFL PLAY 60's exercise library keeps kids active as COVID-19 cases continue to spike
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:40 pm
Today, the American Heart Association, the world's leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, and the National Football League, in collaboration with the Buffalo Bills, debuted the first NFL PLAY 60 library, which features kid-friendly exercises to help kids to get their recommended 60-minutes of daily physical activity.
Golf in NT
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 12:40 pm
The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation, Parks & Seniors is are accepting in-office appointments for golf ID/pass registrations for Deerwood Golf Course. Customers can book an appointment online at www.ntparksrec.com or by calling 716-695-8520.
Deskside with David: Low-risk HS sports ready to roll & local teams ready to dive forward after gutter of winter
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 11:45 am
Winter has dealt us a fair share of blows. The holiday season was sure different this year and, at certain times, it really didn't even feel like the "most wonderful time of the year."
Ransomville Speedway sets busy schedule for 2021 season
Tue, Jan 5th 2021 11:35 am
Ransomville Speedway is ready to roar back to life in 2021, and speedway management is proud to unveil a jam-packed schedule for the upcoming season featuring 23 events.
Lew-Port's Roddy Gayle transferring to top Utah prep school
Tue, Dec 22nd 2020 06:15 pm
In a normal year, many local teams would've been suiting up for practice or games Monday. But, with the COVID-19 pandemic in effect, and no end in sight for a return of HS basketball to the area, WNY's top-star Roddy Gayle Jr. announced he is transferring from Lewiston-Porter High School.
Section VI: Low- & moderate-risk sports move to January 2021
Tue, Dec 8th 2020 01:30 pm
The executive committee of Section VI has voted to postpone the start date for the winter season's low- and moderate-risk sports to Jan. 4, 2021. In a morning session, the committee paused boys and girls bowling, rifle, indoor track, boys swim and skiing from the previously chosen date of Dec. 14.
'The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020' now on sale
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 05:40 pm
"The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020" is a 400-page, hardcover journey through the illustrious history of baseball in The Queen City. It is filled with more than 150 images, rare illustrations, cartoons, and page after page of baseball facts and follies - a true reflection of Buffalo's 163-year love affair with the grand old game.
Deskside with David: In tough times, sports a site to see (for now)
Fri, Dec 4th 2020 05:00 pm
In the first few months, I know for a lot of people like myself, the spectacle of no sports to watch (other than classic throwback games where you already knew the result) was difficult to understand and deal with.
DEC announces tie for state-record pumpkinseed
Mon, Nov 16th 2020 10:10 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the state record for a pumpkinseed was officially tied by a catch on the Black River earlier this year.
Lew-Port's Roddy Gayle commits to Ohio State
Sat, Nov 14th 2020 11:25 am
Friday night, Lewiston-Porter junior Roddy Gayle had a big decision to make, but it was one he utmost felt incredibly comfortable with. In front of a few family, friends, media and Lew-Port administration and coaches, Gayle made his commitment to the Ohio State University during a ceremony in the Lancers gymnasium.
Winning ways continue for Lew-Port boys soccer
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 11:10 am
It's proving to be an impressive October for Lewiston-Porter boys soccer, according to team coach Rick Sweeney. The 2019 Niagara Frontier League champions kicked off their 2020 season earlier this month with a 4-0 shutout over Ken East.
Erie County Department of Health answers questions about youth sports travel
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has fielded calls and emails from school districts, coaching staff and parents of youth athletes related to travel sports teams. More recently, ECDOH received reports from concerned parents and school districts about independent youth sports teams scheduling or participating in out-of-state games, tournaments, scrimmages and other activities.
UB's School of Law presents roundtable on 'High Level Sports During a Pandemic'
Mon, Sep 21st 2020 11:45 am
The University at Buffalo's Center for the Advancement of Sport presents a sports law roundtable discussion about the challenges top collegiate and professional sports health professionals, administrators and athletes face as a result of COVID-19.
Section VI moves forward with fall sports
Thu, Sep 17th 2020 01:30 pm
The Athletic Council of Section VI has accepted the results of the formal postcard ballot that went out to its membership, and will move forward with fall sports. Over 70 districts submitted votes through the ballot process with 67 pledging their support for a Sept. 21 start date.
State Parks announces pheasant hunt lottery
Mon, Aug 31st 2020 01:50 pm
The Niagara Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced the annual permit lottery for the 2020 pheasant hunting season will take place Thursday, Oct. 1. This will include the drawing for both the youth hunt and the regular season hunt.
Niagara County Golf Course offers deal for youth golfers
Tue, Aug 25th 2020 03:10 pm
In an effort to attract more young people to the game of golf, the Niagara County Golf Course on Tuesday announced golfers who purchase a single round of golf can bring one child 17 years of age of younger to play with them for free. This promotion is offered after noon on weekends, only during nonschool hours during the week, and will last through the end of September. Tee times must be scheduled in advance and are subject to availability.
Extension of governor's executive order forces cancellation of Ransomville Speedway's 2020 season
Tue, Aug 11th 2020 04:40 pm
The continued extension of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order No. 202.32, which prohibits spectators at auto racing events, has forced Ransomville Speedway management to announce the cancellation of its 2020 racing season.
Register for Niagara PAL soccer
Fri, Jul 31st 2020 04:30 pm
Niagara PAL soccer registrations are being accepted for 2020 fall soccer. Boys and girls ages 4 years to 13 years old play four-on-four developmental games at Reservoir State Park, 5927 Military Road, Lewiston. The season runs from Sept. 12 2020 through Oct. 17.
MAAC cancels falls sports - basketball, hockey not included
Wed, Jul 29th 2020 10:00 am
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference statement of fall sports competition:
Bike path network ecotourism 'gold standard'
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:15 am
Greg Stevens, executive director of the Niagara River Greenway, and Jim Sharpe, chair of Grand Island's Long Range Planning Committee, invited volunteer members of their organizations for two bicycle rides recently to understand Grand Island's current trail network and identify gaps in trail connectivity.
Fuccillo takes checkered flag with Island Fun Center
Tue, Jul 28th 2020 11:05 am
When Tom Fogarty was recruited by Billy Fuccillo Sr. and his son, Billy Jr., to become general manager of its Toyota store on Grand Island, he told them about his concern of residents leaving the Island to purchase the same vehicles elsewhere.
Grand Island High School: Start of fall sports season pushed back to Sept. 2
Sat, Jul 18th 2020 07:00 am
The officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Thursday voted to delay the official start date of the fall 2020 sports season, to cancel the fall 2020 regional and state championships and to prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.
NCCC plans to offer intercollegiate athletics in fall
Fri, Jun 26th 2020 03:50 pm
Niagara County Community College, in accordance with the National Junior College Athletic Association's "Path for 2020-21 Sports," plans to offer intercollegiate athletics during the 2020-21 academic year. Fall championship sports may begin practice on Aug. 1.
DEC announces statewide muskellunge fishing season opens May 30
Fri, May 29th 2020 01:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the statewide fishing season for muskellunge opens Saturday, May 30, in most locations. The muskellunge season for New York's Lake Erie, Upper Niagara River, Lower Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River opens on the third Saturday in June - June 20 this year.
DEC urges New Yorkers: If you care, leave it there
Fri, May 29th 2020 12:50 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos recently reminded New Yorkers to appreciate wildlife from a safe distance and resist the urge to touch or pick up newborn fawns and other young wildlife. Human contact with wildlife can carry unintended consequences detrimental to the creatures people intend to help.
Toohey to play soccer at St. Lawrence
Mon, Apr 13th 2020 12:55 pm
Troy Toohey of Youngstown, a Canisius High School senior who formerly attended Lewiston-Porter Central School, has committed to play soccer at St. Lawrence University.
Ransomville Speedway delays start of 2020 season
Tue, Apr 7th 2020 11:00 am
With the federal government extending its guidelines for social distancing through the end of April to limit the spread of COVID-19, Ransomville Speedway has been forced to delay the start of its 2020 racing season.
 

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