Charlie Garfinkel, the racket sports writer for The News, was honored last week at a retirement party after serving for 25 years as the head tennis pro at the Eagle Ridge Tennis and Swim Club in Orchard Park.
Garfinkel’s junior tennis team won the Inter Club League championships an unprecedented 23 years in a row. His overall record was 23-2.
Garfinkel was inducted into his 13th Hall of Fame, this time the Eagle Ridge Hall of Fame, for his long career and his dedication to teaching children at the club. The tennis courts at the facility have been named for Garfinkel; a plaque to that effect has been placed on a fence on the edge of the courts.
BASEBALL: The Buffalo Wings 12U team will conduct tryouts for next year’s 13U team at Cazenovia Park at 11 a.m. on Sunday and on Aug. 25, with a third tryout to be announced. Contact Dan Hammer (480-4402) or Jerry Miller (512-5020). … The Southtowns Knights 11U travel team will hold a tryout at ECC South on at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call Kevin Coyne (864-8879). … Cayuga Little League 10U tryouts for 2014 will be held Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. and Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. at Cayuga Fields, 93rd Street, Niagara Falls. Contact Wayne DeVantier (417-0848). … The Evans Eagles 12U travel team is holding tryouts for the 2014 season at 5:30 p.m. today and Thursday at the Evans Youth Baseball Complex, Field 5, 901 Bennett Road, Angola. The team will play in the Clarence and Boys of Summer Leagues. Contact Don Lockwood (479-1779). … North Tonawanda Babe Ruth Baseball will hold tryouts for players ages 7-15 on Sunday at Ramsay Field, 1344 Walck Road, North Tonawanda. A “make-up” tryout will be held Aug. 20, for players unable to attend Sunday. Players from North Tonawanda and surrounding suburbs are welcome. Visit ntabr.baberuthonline.com or call Gary Mikolajczak (908-3307). … State American Legion champion West Seneca Post 735 has open roster spots for 2014 for players 14-19. Contact coach Pete Trzybinski (462-3695) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BASKETBALL: The Youth Advantage Saturday League starts Sept. 7 with three divisions: 10 & Under, 12 & Under, and 13-15. All games are played at the Salvation Army, 960 Main Street, Buffalo. Contact Tony Pulvirenti at 984-7266.
BOWLING: A 3-person league at Airport Lanes is looking for up to five teams for a 25-week series. The league meets on Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 25. Call Joe (583-0758).
SOFTBALL: Open tryouts for Mel Ott Intensity 16U travel fast pitch will be held Thursday at 377 Meyer Road, Amherst, behind the Sweet Home Middle School on Diamond No. 6. Registration is at 5:30 p.m., tryouts begin at 6 p.m. Contact Joe Abbarno (544-2731 or 835-3878). … Teams are needed to complete a one-day 16-team round robin coed softball tournament on Aug. 24 in Alden. Entry fee is $150 and includes a party. Call Wallace (685-2218).
VOLLEYBALL: Servin’ 2013, a coed tournament and beach party, will be held at Dock at the Bay on Sunday. A $30 donation includes open bar from noon to 4 p.m., all-you-can-eat food, live entertainment with Jeremy Wells and The Freshwater Four, a 50/50 ticket raffle, and a gift basket raffle. Call Laura Shriver (228-4482).
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