Former Frontier standout Galanti set to start next chapter with Buffalo State soccer

By Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Reporter

Brandon Galanti was living out his Division I soccer dream. He played two seasons for the Niagara University men’s soccer team, receiving good minutes for a freshman in 2014 and potting a pair of goals while getting even more minutes, including three starts, last fall as a sophomore.

But after last season, the NU head coach who offered Galanti the opportunity to play for the Purple Eagles after he graduated from Frontier, Eric Barnes, wasn’t awarded a contract extension and his deal ran out. It left Galanti with an uncertain feeling about his final two years of eligibility at Niagara.

“It was a tough situation. I didn’t really know where the program was going,” Galanti said. “I didn’t know who they were going to hire as a coach. It was a tough decision, and I thought I had to make a decision that would benefit me.”

Galanti immediately started trying to find a new school that could best help him carry out his athletic and academic goals. Continue reading

Storey helps Hamburg to strong finish, Eden goes 5-3 down the stretch

Photo by Karen Gioia: Reece Schara hits a ball for Hamburg CEBA in a game against Eden last month.

Photo by Karen Gioia: Reece Schara hits a ball for Hamburg CEBA in a game against Eden last month.

Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Reporter

To say Jake Storey has been important down the stretch for the Hamburg County of Erie Baseball Association Scholastic team might be underselling it.

The Bulldogs closed the regular season on a six-game winning streak to bounce back from a 1-5 start, which included a forfeit loss, and finish 7-5.

Storey, a rising junior at Hamburg, did his part and more the last three games of the season to ensure Hamburg — which plays in the Scholastic South Division — continued its winning ways and will enter the postseason hot as can be.

First, Storey, a left-handed pitcher, tossed a complete game with 10 strikeouts, guiding Hamburg to a 7-2 win over over Elma July 14. It was division winner Elma’s first loss of summer. Storey then went six outstanding innings in each of Hamburg’s final two games, picking up wins against Eden on July 21 and then Arcade on Sunday (July 24). Continue reading

Hamburg grads Nowak, Chadderdon wrap up college lacrosse careers in grand fashion

By Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Reporter

Prior to every game of the 2016 NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse championships, Pat Nowak would seek out Eric Chadderdon, give him a hug and deliver a quick message.

“When it was do-or-die time, I’d tell him, ‘We’re not done,’” Nowak said. “‘Let’s do something special as two Hamburg kids.’”

The duo from Hamburg was able to accomplish something incredibly special in their final years of eligibility for the Le Moyne men’s lacrosse team. Each pregame hug in the postseason was followed by a Le Moyne win, including an 8-4 victory over Limestone College May 29 to win the national championship and cap a 20-0 season.

It was sweet redemption for Nowak, Chadderdon and the rest of the Dolphins, who lost the 2015 national title game to Limestone. Continue reading

Tilley steps down as Eden football’s head coach, Alessi to take over

By Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Reporter

The Eden/North Collins football program has been through a lot recently.

The Raiders were forced to cancel their 2015 varsity season due to low numbers before merging with Lake Shore last fall. Since, Eden/NC has been working at all levels to secure healthy numbers and restore one of the more successful small-school programs in Western New York.

The healing process is going well, with the JV team winning its division in 2015 and promising Little Loop numbers. Most importantly, there will be a 2016 varsity season as the roster is expected to have 20-25 players.

It’s been an eventful year-plus for the proud program, and major changes continued to affect it earlier this week, when Raiders head coach Chuck Tilley suddenly notified Eden athletic director Marisa Fallacaro of his intent to resign from his position, citing family as the reason.

Tilley’s 20-year-old twin boys, Kyle and Justin, have Down syndrome and autism, respectively, and recently it was found that there are certain health concerns with Justin that made coaching football too much of an obligation for Tilley.   Continue reading

Hornets believe to be on right track

Photo by Karen Gioia: Larry Wright is one of several impact players on an excellent Hamburg Hornets defense.

Photo by Karen Gioia: Larry Wright is one of several impact players on an excellent Hamburg Hornets defense.

By Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Reporter

The Hamburg Hornets have let a few opportunities slip away this season — most notably blowing an 11-point fourth quarter lead in a loss to the Buffalo Spartans in June.

Additionally, the defense has played at a high enough level that it’s reasonable to think the team could have a win or two more than it does.

But the could have, would have, should doesn’t matter much to the Hornets because up ahead they see a prime chance to do something they haven’t in the organization’s brief, three-year history as a semi-pro football team.

Despite some close calls and an offense that hasn’t matched the performance of the defense, Hamburg is in position to accomplish the main goal it had coming into the season.

As of press time, the Hornets are 3-3 in league play, good for fourth in the Northeastern Football Alliance West Conference. It puts them in the division’s final postseason position with three league games to go. Continue reading