Hamburg Rod and Gun Club gains popularity

By Andrew Kuczkowski, Sports Reporter

Hamburg Rod and Gun Club, on Hickox Road, has been around since 1940, but one of the offerings there has gained popularity recently, this has garnered the club more attention.

Hamburg Rod and Gun Club hosts skill shooting events, where locals and even people traveling from Pennsylvania and Canada come down to test their hand-eye coordination and see how accurate their shot is. They do it for sport, and participation has been high.

“We hold about three shoots per year,” Hamburg Rod and Gun Club member Tom Luthringer said. “During the shoots that we had around (June 11-12), we had around 100 shooters. They shoot at 16 yards, they shoot at handicapped yardage, which could be anywhere from 18-27 yards away from the base of the track. And then we shoot double targets.

“That’s two targets altogether at about a 45-degree angle from the line, so it’s quite a shoot.”

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Diamond Girls teams win 18U, Open brackets of West Seneca Magic tournament

Photo by Karen Gioia: Hayley Kobie at the plate for Diamond Girls (Murray).

Photo by Karen Gioia: Hayley Kobie at the plate for Diamond Girls (Murray).

By Aaron Garland, CPOWNY Sports Editor

In the circle, the New York Diamond Girls (Murray) 18U softball team is about as rich as can be.

Having one surefire ace is a luxury in itself, but the Diamond Girls have two No. 1 hurlers.  It’s a dynamic that helped propel them to win the 18U bracket of the 21st annual West Seneca Magic/Holiday Inn Tournament June 17-19 at Sunshine Park.

Karsen Cotton (Depew) was hit in her throwing arm during a third-inning at-bat of Sunday evening’s championship game against the Upstate New York Lightning (Rochester). In the midst of a shutout, Cotton, who is verbally committed to Division I Albany, tried to go back and throw in the bottom of the third, but lasted less than three batters before the pain grew to be too much.

No matter for the Diamond Girls.

Jill Murray (Eden) came on in relief, pitching 4 1/3 scoreless innings to close out a 5-0 championship-clinching victory for the Diamond Girls.

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Southtowns BMX holds Olympic Day event

By Andrew Kuczkowski, Sports Reporter

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro coming in less than two months, it’s only fitting that last week, on June 17, Southtowns BMX celebrated its Olympic Day.

The event took place inside the Lakeview Road BMX Park in Hamburg, where bikers ages 18 and under competed. They raced on the hilly track that had a few turns. It was a family-oriented event with parents, and even a former Olympian, filling the bleachers.

“This is Olympic Day,” said Butch Kaminski, one of the organizers for the event. “Every year, they have what’s called Olympic week and different sports avenues around the country are allowed to have an Olympic Day. They’re trying to promote the sport of Olympics.”

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Lake Shore teacher honored

Eric Blodgett has been named a recipient of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Erie County Music Educators Association Award for Excellence in Music Education. This award was given to Eric Blodgett to recognize his hard work and dedication to the profession and his passion for fostering the love of music within our students.

The award was presented at the BPO’s Celebration of Music Education Concert at Kleinhan’s Music Hall on May 14. Continue reading