Michael Wojcicki, athletic director, physical education teacher and coach at Mary Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School in Cheektowaga, has been named the recipient of the annual Tim Russert/Sister Lucille Socciarelli/Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award. The honor, presented by the Diocese of Buffalo, will be awarded to “Coach Mike” at the 2014 Making a Difference Dinner on Jan. 30 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Wojcicki has worked in Catholic education for 31 years, including 23 years at Mary Queen of Angels School.
The Buffalo Stars Midget Program announced that two of the team’s under-16 full season players have advanced to junior hockey. Forward Austin Gallagher has been claimed by the Springfield Pics of the Empire Junior League while defenseman Tim O’Connor has been picked up by the Jersey Shore Wildcats of the Northern States Junior League.
As a result, the Stars under-16 team has an immediate opening for a forward and a defenseman. Anyone interested may contact coach Jerry Wheeler at email@example.com or Pete Preteroti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOOTBALL: A book on the history of Gowanda football, “Through the Eyes of a Panther,” will be unveiled at the Gowanda VFW Club on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 6-10 p.m. An open house will welcome former high school and youth coaches, players, cheerleaders and team managers. To make reservations to attend the event and/or purchase a book, call Mark Benton at 532-4053 or email email@example.com.
HOCKEY: HockeyBuff’s elite senior league is seeking players 35 and older for Tuesday-Wednesday division that plays at Northtown Center at Amherst. Call 432-0047. … West Seneca Youth Hockey Association is looking for all current and former players, coaches, parents and board members to join them as they celebrate their 40th anniversary at Lucarelli’s, 1830 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, on Nov. 9 from 7-11 p.m. Live music by Randle and the Late Night Scandals, 50/50, Chinese auction, signed Patrick Kane jersey, Goo Goo Dolls signed guitar and many other one-of-a-kind items will be auctioned off. Tickets are $20 and include beer, wine, pop and food. … The Buffalo Stars will officially open the 2013-14 House League season on Saturday. Four Buffalo Stars House “MOHL” teams will compete as follows: 3 p.m. – Peewee MOHL vs. Southtowns #3; 4:15 p.m. – Bantam MOHL #1 vs. Buffalo Bisons; 5:45 p.m. – Bantam MOHL #2 vs. Saints #2; 7:15 p.m. – Midget MOHL vs. Amherst. The Stars will also host a “Try Hockey Free for a Day” program at 2 p.m. to give kids who are new to the game an opportunity to give it a try. To register, visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com and check off the Holiday Twin Rinks, Cheektowaga, location. The Stars will also conduct an auction to support the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit www.buffalostars.com.
ICE SKATING: Learn to skate classes for hockey players and figure skaters will be held Nov. 11 through Jan. 24. The classes will be at Niagara University’s Dwyer Arena in Lewiston on Mondays, 5:15-5:45 p.m., Wednesdays, 6:00-6:30 p.m., and Fridays, 4:55-5:25 p.m. Classes are also held at Hockey Outlet Ice Complex in Wheatfield on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-5 p.m. Classes are for ages 4 to adult. Download an application at www.mitchellskating.com or call 636-7401. … Skate Great will also offer daytime and evening learn to skate, beginner hockey, parent and child and adult skating classes. All ages are welcome. Monday’s class begins Nov. 25 at Holiday Rinks in Cheektowaga. Tuesday and Thursday classes begin Nov. 19 and 21 at Leisure Rinks in Orchard Park. Professional coaches and quality skate rentals are available at no extra cost. Call 580-3458 or visit www.sk8gr8.com for dates and details. Online registration is available.
SOFTBALL: The Wheatfield Nitro 14U Girls Travel Softball Team is looking for a girl who wants to be a number one pitcher on a strong NFL Silver team for the upcoming 2014 season. If interested, please contact coach Bobby Yeates at 870-9499 for a private tryout.
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