Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | BataviasBest.org
Now that the season is over, lets take a look back week-by-week at what exactly went down this year.
This winter season began with an invite to the Batavia Lions Club Basketball Tournament Dinner – which was held at the Dibble Family Center in early December. The menu was fantastic, and the conversation was even better
Following the introduction to the Lions Club Tournament, the Winter Sports regular season was finally in high-gear, with several area teams performing extremely well in the early-going. One of those teams was Notre Dame Hockey, who began their long list of impressive victories with a road win vs Rush-Henrietta.
The intense GR Boys Basketball season was kicked off by a big win for Oakfield over Attica. The Blue Devils began the year as my #1 team in the league, making this a sizable upset for the Hornets.
Following OA’s big win over Attica, Elba went into Notre Dame High School and defeated the Irish on their home floor for the first time in several years. John Hochmuth and Henry Pflaumer led the way for the Lancers in the blowout, which provided one of the most-exciting atmospheres for any game throughout the season.
Then came my father and my brother’s first ever meeting as opposing coaches (Adam is an assistant at CSAT out of Buffalo). Batavia beat up on the Eagles, but with another matchup between the two teams scheduled for next year, CSAT will have a chance at redemption in 2016/2017.
Then came the acknowledgement of Notre Dame Hockey’s head coach Marc Staley as the school’s new all-time wins leader. The Irish would eventually go on to win the Sectional Title.
Shortly after the Irish honored Staley, the first matchup between the Irish and Batavia took place – with ND taking home the victory. Batavia started hot in the game, but was eventually overrun by ND – which foreshadowed things to come within the rivalry.
The swimming season would then jump into full swing, as a few local teams began their season.
Then the wrestling season began, including Alumni Night for the Holley Hawks, as well as a big win for Lyndonville wrestling over Attica.
The Batavia Boys Basketball team, who would eventually win the Class A2 sectional title, started the regular season extremely hot. Including a big win over Eastridge when their team was shorthanded.
Shortly after, Pembroke Girls Basketball’s Aralyse Johnson entered the school’s top-10 all-time scorers list.
The Cal-Mum Girls Basketball team began their season with a string of victories, including a 10-point win over league opponent Geneseo.
Following an undefeated start in WNY, the Notre Dame Hockey team headed outside of the area where they met up with a state-ranked Lake Placid team – who they were able to overcome to remain unbeaten.
Also at ND, the swim team picked up their first win of the season on both sides – both boys and girls.
The MCPHSAA Wrestling Championships then took place, with Batavia’s Jeremy Boyle and Joe Allegue each earning 4th place finishes in their respective weight classes. Also, Byron-Bergen finished on top of the heap at the Steve Garland Memorial Duals.
Before a tragic end to her season which came later in the year, Batavia’s Madison McCulley began the year extremely hot from the field, including an exceptional performance vs Aquinas. Tiara Filbert also played very well in the game.
At about the midpoint of the regular season, three local high school sports teams found themselves ranked in the first set of NYSSWA rankings.
Back in GR Boys Basketball, highly ranked Pembroke Boys Basketball continued to roll along with a thrilling win over Oakfield on the road. The Hornets had also been red hot until their matchup with the Dragons.
Cal-Mum Girls Basketball then kept their season rolling, and handed Wheatland-Chili their first loss of the season, in winning the Wildcats Holiday tournament. Adrianna Molisani won the MVP for the tourney.
The Batavia Lions Club Tournament arrived with Batavia and U Prep advancing to the final game – only to see the Griffins beat up on the Devils in the final three quarters of said game. UP’s Jeenathan Williams recorded the big night.
The second edition of Rapone vs Rapone was then upon us, as Le Roy destroyed the Irish – for their second win in as many seasons. Last year, the Knights ended ND’s longstanding home win streak.
Becoming the second in school history to do so, Batavia’s Madison McCulley then eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in the Devils’ win over Pittsford Sutherland.
Following which, Pembroke Girls Basketball held their annual ‘Shooting for a Cure’ game which raised near $10,000 for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In the game’s existence, the Dragons have raised near $10,000 each year.
Following the Lions Club Tournament, Batavia Boys Basketball got back on track with a big win over Greece Olympia. Ryan Hogan led the Devils with 23 points in the game.
The Batavia Rotary Club Tournament then was upon us, as a tragic ending to the first round was followed up by a Batavia win in the Finals.
Continuing their unbeaten streak, Elba Boys Basketball remained on top of the GR League with a big win over Pembroke in their home gym.
On the girls side, Wheatland-Chili Girls Basketball also recorded a big win right around the same time as the Elba Boys – in order to also stay on top of their league standings.
Conversely, the Notre Dame Hockey team fell for the first time during the regular season to Geneseo – who would eventually go on to beat them three times before falling to the Irish in the Sectional Finals.
Despite a big win against Olympia, Batavia Boys Basketball would then fall to Greece Arcadia at home on a last second tip-in. The Titans would later go on to crush Batavia at their place later in the year – even without their top player Keith McGee.
After their ‘Shooting for a Cure’ game, the Pembroke Girls Basketball team was invited out to Roswell Park in order to deliver the money they raised for the cause.
Getting back to the Mat, Alexander’s Green and Gold tournament came and went, as did the final Section V Rankings.
And back to the pool, Byron-Bergen/Le Roy Swimming split with Wheatland-Chili, while Pembroke defeated Notre Dame both boys and girls.
Tiara Filbert had yet another game for Batavia Girls Basketball, recording a near quadruple-double on the way to a Devils win over Arcadia.
Also at Batavia, but on the boys side, the Devils suffered yet another last-second loss – this time to Livonia.
Back to the mat – where Byron-Bergen finally secured the GR League Title following a dominant season.
And to the pool, where Oakfield split with Alexander in their GR League Swim meet.
The Cal-Mum Girls stayed on track with a win over Mount Morris, during which Gill Flint scored 19 points to lead the Red Raiders.
Despite being handed their first loss by Cal-Mum earlier in the season, Wheatland-Chili was still able to rebound and get back on board in order to secure the top-spot in the GR League with a win over Alexander late in the year.
After a few tough losses which came down to the wire, Batavia finally got over the hump and won a close game against a tough team – defeating HFL at the buzzer in double overtime.
The Batavia Girls also knocked off HFL around the same time as the boys.
After their first loss of the season earlier to Geneseo, the Notre Dame Hockey Team came back to defeat Irondequoit in overtime.
Near the end of the season before Sectionals, Batavia, Alexander, and Cal-Mum performed extremely well in their season-ending tournaments.
Still on their way to an eventual sectional championship, the Cal-Mum Girls continued to trend upward with another win over Way-Co.
The Lyndonville Boys continued their successful season within the GR League, as they dropped Oakfield in what was an incredibly crazy game. Eddy Schildt led the Tigers.
Holley’s John Grillo won his 700th match as head coach of the Hawks’ wrestling team.
Notre Dame then lost to Geneseo for the second time in the season.
Attica ended Elba’s previously unbeaten streak, as the Devils defeated the Lancer Boys in Attica. This was the turning point for eventual champion Attica.
Another set of State Rankings were then released, with several teams, and an individual each being honored in their respective sports.
Following a string of victories, the Cal-Mum Girls finally suffered a loss to Letchworth.
Tiara Filbert continued her unbelievable season for Batavia, as the Lady Devils won again over Aquinas.
After Holley held their Alumni Night earlier in the year, the Alexander Wrestling program honored their alumni as well.
Trey Nadolinski, who eventually went on to win Batavia’s Best Performance of the Year for his performance vs Kendall, recorded a quadruple-double in said game.
The Genesee Region League Diving Championships took place, with several talented divers each performing exceptionally well – earning top finishes.
In the second matchup between Batavia and Notre Dame Hockey, the Irish started strong, and finished strong, earning a lopsided victory over the Ice Devils.
At the GR League Swim Championships, several local swimmers performed exceptionally well.
The Notre Dame Hockey team simply could not solve Geneseo during the regular season, but they eventually got over the hump come sectional time.
On the other side of town, the Batavia hockey team finally ended a lengthy losing streak by defeating Greece Arcadia.
In the two teams’ second matchup of the season, Elba Boys Basketball once again was able to overcome Notre Dame – this time at home.
Continuing the roller coaster of a season experienced by Batavia, the Devils were defeated by Greece Odyssey on the road for the first time in many years.
Our Batavia’s Best Cheerleading Team of the Year – Byron-Bergen – won the GR League Championships, and was also selected as Grand Champion.
The Final Section V Wrestling Rankings were then released.
Perhaps the best moment of the year occurred, when Wheatland-Chili’s Zachary Sands scored his first and last varsity basket of the year.
The Monroe County Cheer Championships then were held, where Batavia finished 3rd.
At the GRNO Swimming Championships, seven meet records were set during an exciting meet.
In the Section V Wrestling Tournament, 13 local wrestlers walked away with sectional titles.
The second big milestone for the Notre Dame Hockey team was reached, as Ryan Webster recorded his 100th point in a game vs Geneva.
The second player this season, Gill Flint joined the 1,000-point club in Cal-Mum Girls win over Clyde-Savannah.
Following a tough loss to Greece Odyssey, the Batavia Boys Basketball team rebounded with a big win over East Aurora.
In what won Game of the Year, Lyndonville Boys Basketball defeated Elba in overtime.
The Batavia Hockey Team, despite a tough year overall, seemed to be gaining momentum with a big win over Geneva late in the regular season.
Opening the 600/600 club at Pembroke High School was the Dragons’ Aralyse Johnson.
I made my first ever appearance on the Radio, as I was hosted by CJ Country to talk about the Section V Basketball Tournament.
To conclude the regular season, the Notre Dame Hockey team swept the season series over Batavia.
I then started the Batavia’s Best Podcast, which will be making its triumphant return soon.
The Cal-Mum Girls started their journey to a second-consecutive sectional title with a win over Byron-Bergen.
Likewise, the Batavia Girls defeated Eastridge in order to begin their trek towards a championship.
Earning their second win of the sectional round, Cal-Mum defeated Notre Dame in order to move on to the sectional semis.
The Wheatland-Chili Girls defeated Mount Morris in what was almost a big upset for the Blue Devils, in order to move to the sectional semis.
In order to move themselves to the sectional semis, the Batavia Boys defeated Monroe at home despite being tested.
In their sectional matchup, Batavia and Notre Dame Hockey saw what had occurred throughout the regular season, occur again – as the Irish once again defeated the Ice Devils in order to move to the next round.
The second edition of the Batavia’s Best Podcast was released.
In what was her top performance of the season, Tiara Filbert scored 23 in the first half vs HFL in the sectional semis.
The Batavia Boys followed the girls and also advanced to the sectional finals with a big semifinal win.
The third team to advance to the Sectional Finals, the Wheatland Girls defeated HAC in order to move on.
The Cal-Mum Girls also advanced to the finals.
In High School wrestling, there were many wrestlers who performed well at Super Sectionals – which advanced them to the State Tournament.
Notre Dame Hockey then moved on to the sectional finals after defeating Aquinas.
Overcoming longtime rival Mendon, the Batavia Girls won their first sectional title in school history.
The Wheatland-Chili Girls were the next team to take home the ‘Block’.
Even though I was mistreated by the Section V Chairperson, here are some photos from the Section V Cheerleading Championships which saw several local teams finish admirably.
The Cal-Mum Girls won the sectional title with a win over Avon.
Alexander’s Dane Heberlein won his second State Title in his career, at 120 lbs.
Despite falling to Geneseo three times during the regular season, the Notre Dame Hockey Team defeated their nemesis when it mattered most – in the finals.
Batavia Boys Basketball was the final team to lock up a sectional title.
What a sectional season it was.
STORY: Five teams, Five Titles
The Wheatland-Chili girls handed Prattsburgh in order to remain alive in the postseason.
The Batavia Boys also were victorious in their first game after sectionals.
The Batavia and Cal-Mum Girls were not so lucky, as they fell one game before the far west regional.
Notre Dame lost their first game after sectionals, but were still in line for an at large State tournament berth.
For each team still alive, I examined what exactly helped them reach such a late point in the season.
Two Batavia High athletes performed well enough to be invited to the NYSPHSAA Track Championships this season.
All three teams still alive fell in their next game.
And my final act of the season, was to reflect on what a year ND Swimming’s Chris Lemley had this season.
This concludes our 2015/2016 Winter Sports Coverage. Thanks to all athletes and coaches for a fun-filled year.
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