The annual banquet of the IAABO Board 53 Basketball Officials was held March 14 at Ilio DiPaolos Restaurant. The following officers were elected: President: Ben Bluman. Vice Presidents: Dan Nostrant, Orv Cott. Treasurer: Peter Carbone. Interpreter: Mark Clifford. Secretary: Bob Miske. Sergeant-at-Arms: John Bycina. Directors: Dan Finucane, Ken Harris, Michael O’Bryan, George Siefert. Don Neubauer was named to the Board 53 IAABO Hall of Fame. Gary Raimondo won the Nostrant/Schlee Award. The WNY Basketball Officials Sportsmanship Award was given to City Honors coach John Kudla. 50 Year Awards were presented to Jim Nowicki, Bob Miske and Jerry Stockman. 25 Year Awards were presented to Michael Fillmore, Pedro Hernandez, Chris Kogut and Ken Turner.
BASEBALL: Kenmore East and Kenmore West high schools are having a mattress sale fundraiser Sunday, March 30, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the old gym at Kenmore West High School, 33 Highland Pkwy., Town of Tonawanda. New mattresses with factory warranties will be sold at costs 40-60 percent below retail. A full showroom will be set up. Contact Kenmore East coach Leslie Simon at 861-2061 or Kenmore West coach John Haynes at 628-1710. … PAL/Independent Health Baseball League is looking for teams, four divisions: 8-10 Caz ($275); 13-under: ($300); 16-under: ($300) and 19-under ($300). Age cutoff is May 1. Games will be played during the day at Cazenovia and Delaware parks. Registration is first come, first served and deadline is June 1. Team registration only. Call PAL office at 851-4615 or Orv Cott at 812-7251.
BASKETBALL: PAL Summer High School Varsity League is looking for teams to play Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Machnica Community Center, 1799 Clinton St. The leagues will start the week of June 16. Cost per team is $275. Registration deadline is June 1. For more information call Orv Cott at 812-7251 or 851-4615. … Coaches looking to register a team for the 20th Annual PAL/Independent Health Basketball League may call the PAL at 851-4615 to receive information/registration packets. Brackets include: Boys only 10-under ($250); Boys and girls 12-under ($275), 15-under ($275); Girls 19-under ($275). League age cutoff is June 1. Games are played Monday through Thursday 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturdays (10-under boys and 12-under boys) 9 a.m.-1 p.m. starting the week of June 30 at various city park facilities. The league will consist of approximately seven weeks of game play with playoffs to follow. Citywide champions will be crowned at Delaware Park Courts in late August. Must register by June 1. For more information call the PAL office at 851-4615 or Orv Cott at 812-7251.
FOOTBALL: Eden High School is accepting letters of interest for possible openings within its football staff. Those interested should call 704-2036. … John Audino, head football coach at Union College, will be the featured clinician for the Western New York Football Coaches Association meeting Monday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodges, 33 Legion Pkwy., Lancaster. Coach Audino will present offensive schemes for the high school game. The clinics are free to members and $10 to non-members. Membership dues are $25 for the year. All youth, high school and college coaches are welcome. Call Len Jankiewicz at 901-5615.
HOCKEY: The Buffalo Stars are currently in search of Squirt Minor (2005 birth year) hockey players to play for the mixed Squirt MOHL team. Benefits of the team include 70 hours of ice time, regional travel-like environment, professional skills clinics, heavyweight Buffalo Stars game jerseys, practice jerseys and tournament games. For information, contact head coach Tom Dake at email@example.com or visit buffalostars.com. … Cazenovia Park Hockey Association will host tryouts for its 18U Tournament bound team. Tryouts are Monday, April 7 (7:30-8:30 p.m.), Tuesday, April 8 (10-11 p.m.) and Wednesday, April 9 (8-9:30 p.m.). The team budget is $1,000 per player and includes league fees. For more information call head coach Jim Banko at 860-2846 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. … The Paul Grundtisch Easter Break Power Skating and Skills School will be held at Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park for five sessions during the spring school break of April 14-18. There are still openings for skaters ages 6-9 (9:30-11:30 a.m.) and 9-13 (11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.). Each day the clinic will include one hour of intense instruction. A 30-minute scrimmage with lines set up by age and ability will conclude each day. This program is not for beginners. Cost is $130 for all five sessions. For more details, call the rinks at 685-3660 or 675-8992 or register online at www.holidayrinks.com.
LACROSSE: Now accepting teams and individuals for adult indoor lacrosse league. Play will begin in April. For more info, please call 827-1234.
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