Starck sails to win

Dave Starck of M&T Securities in Buffalo led a team that won the Lightning Class World Championship of Sailing, held in Italy earlier this month. Dave and his wife Jody, along with Ian Jones finished first overall in the lightning class which features 19-foot, three-person boats.

Starck’s team finished second in two previous world championships. Their team is based at the Buffalo Canoe Club and often train on Lake Erie.

Softball events slated

The Mickey Brennan Memorial Softball Tournament is now an open level event and the field is loaded for this year’s tournament. The Pennsylvania Power and the Niagara Snappers are the early favorites as both teams finished in the top 10 at last year’s ISC World Tournament.

Games will start Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Memorial Field on Ridge Road. The feature games will be Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Veterans Stadium on South Park as the last four undefeated teams square off. Visit for a full schedule and a list of sponsors.