Today, Charlie Garfinkel, the Racket Sports writer for the Buffalo News, will be honored in Minneapolis at the U.S. Open Racquetball Championships. The “Racquetball Legends Event” honors all the players who are in the National Hall of Fame, which includes Garfinkel and 30 other all-time greats.
Garfinkel, who will also speak at the event, was the first player in the sport’’s history to sign a professional contract and the ninth player to be inducted into the National Racquetball Hall of Fame.
He was ranked as high as No. 5 on the pro tour and was ranked for three years in the nation’s top 10 players. In addition, he was Buffalo City Champion 14 times, including 13 years in a row, and was city doubles champion nine times.
He is the author of two racquetball books, “Racquetball the Easy Way” and “Racquetball for the Serious Player.” He was the featured writer for Racquetball Magazine and numerous other racquetball magazines. He was the color commentator for the National Pro Men’s Open finals for ESPN and had his own local show on Empire Cable for 20 years.
Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles will host a representative from Beckett Grading services from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 at the store on 794 French Road. Beckett Grading Services provides collectors with the most thorough, consistent and accurate grading efforts available in the industry. Additionally, for every 10 cards submitted during the grading event, customers will be entered into a contest to win autographed photos of Bruce Smith, Patrick Kane and Andre Reed.
Dropoffs can be made before Oct. 12 at Bases Loaded Sports Collectibles. Call 656-0066 or visit www.basesny.com for more information.
Matthew Jackson of Williamsville, a seventh grader at St. Gregory the Great, was named tour champion in the boys age 11 division of the U.S. Kids Golf Niagara Fall Tour last weekend. As a result of being named tour champion in his division, Matt is invited to play in the 2014 U.S. Kids World Golf Championship at Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina July 31-Aug 2, 2014.
BASEBALL: The Cheektowaga Knights have openings in their travel programs for ages 9–15. The organization will be playing in a local travel league on Sundays. They also will compete in several local tournaments and one out of town tournament next season. Estimated cost per player will be approximately $300. Call George at 228-7123. ... The UB Prospect camp for 2015 and 2016 graduates will be held Oct. 13 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Cost is $85. Contact Ron Torgalski at email@example.com.
BASKETBALL: Cardinal O’Hara fundamental skills clinic for seventh- and eighth-grade boys is Oct. 18-19. Contact Coach Tony Pulvirenti at 984-7266. ... Nichols School will be running its fall basketball clinics for boys and girls grades 5-8 from 10 a.m. to noon on the following Sundays: Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, and Nov. 3). Please email Coach Reinholz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 796-4394. ... NFOA has insured referees available for adult and youth basketball leagues. Call 629-8522.
HOCKEY: The Buffalo Stars Midget MOHL has a need for one 18-year old goalie. Contact Dave at 253-3157. ... The Stars’ Bantam MOHL No. 2 are in need of a goaltender (1999 or 2000 birth year) for the upcoming season. Contact Dave at 253-3157 or visit www.buffalostars.com. ... The Buffalo Stars will offer a 35-session beginner hockey program which started Wednesday and will continue through February 2014 at Holiday Twin Rinks. The program is open to boys and girls ages 4-9. You can register online at www.buffalostars.com. Limited number of free equipment packages available for those who register and pay in full. Call Dave at 253-3157.
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