Niagara Gazette

August 22, 2013

Area Sports Roundup for August 22, 2013

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Frontier Country Club held its Club Championships and crowned its men’s, women’s and junior champions.

Elias Cobti was the overall men’s winner, with a gross score of 220. Dan Frost was the Class A winner with his net score of 208. Dam Prezioso took top honors in Class B with a net score of 203, while Mike Carella was the Class C winner with his net score of 197.

Patty Lank shot rounds of 85 and 78 for a gross score of 148 that earned her the women’s overall championship. Nancy Riccio took top honors in Class A with her net score of 163.

Connor Brown won the junior championship, shooting rounds of 88 and 90 for a gross total of 178.

• Meanwhile at Niagara Falls Country Club, the pairing of Dan Bazzani and Dennis Scouler won the overall championship of the 2013 Toby Lyons Invitational with their score of 162.

Seven other pairs won their respective flights. Dave Sanchez and Mike Denisco took Flight 1’s top honors with their score of 171. Bob Warren and Bill Warren scored 173 to lead Flight 2. John Gambino and Dick Lindamer led Flight 3 with their score of 177. Ron Soluri and Ron Soluri, Jr. scored 179 to lead Flight 4. Naresh Jain and Mohinder Kalra led Flight 5 with their score of 175. Frank Tedesco and Nick Birjukow scored 174 to lead Flight 6. The team of Sam Santarosa and Park Newton led Flight 7 with their score of 176.

• Benjamin T. Stewart, age 34, of Gasport scored his first-ever hole in one late last week at Willowbrook Golf Course, achieving his ace on the 148-yard 12th Hole South using an 8 Iron. Keith Flagler, Bob Kane and Ryan Schaeffer were witnesses. 

Golf course officials noted that about 45 minutes after Stewart scored his ace, a tournament was getting underway on the grounds that featured a new car to the first golfer to score a hole in one on that same hole during the event. Stewart was quoted by golf course officials about missing out on that opportunity by joking, “I’ve never been lucky, just good.”


The Tropics, based in Buffalo, edged the Niagara Falls-based Sharpshooters by a 10-9 score to win the 16U division of the Barrel Tournament, which was held last weekend at the Smokin Joes Arena in Niagara Falls. 

Members of the Tropics were Paul Koestler, Nicholas Maranto, Thomas Crane and Joel Giambra.

The Sharpshooters were made up of Nicko Cirrito, Ryan Kydd, Cody Bielec, Zach Connery and Jacob Rickard.

In the tournament’s 12U division, the Lax Pirates defeated the Banana Sluggs, while Empire defeated the St. Catharines, Ont. based A’s Blues to win the 8U division.


• Wheatfield Nitro is holding tryouts next Monday, August 26, for experienced travel softball players. The team has a core of six players from its Metro North Division championship 10U team moving up to the 12U squad. The tryout takes place beginning at 6 p.m. at Fairmount Park Diamond #3. For more information, call Bob Quider at 716-867-0931.

• The Dugout End of Year 33-and-over Softball Tourney is seeking teams to play in the two-day event, which takes place September 7 and 8 at 6856 S. Transit Road in Lockport. The deadline to enter is this Friday. Teams must have nine players to start. For more information, including rules, call Gerry at 716-464-0051.


Sandlot Baseball Academy will hold tryouts for its 2014 season 13U travel baseball team this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hyde Park diamond on Robbins Drive in Niagara Falls. For more information, call Rick Rinallo at 716-803-9302.