Our network

Sports & Recreation

Last Man Standing

Last Man Standing

Columnist Rick Ohler on the 25-Hour Hockey-thon in East Aurora

One of the benefits of age is wisdom, they say. The age part seems to have taken care of itself over the last 61 years, so I was hoping that the wisdom part might show up someday, too. Close, it appears, but no cigar yet.

This week's story began two weeks ago when local ice sports impresario John Cimperman accosted me at a local libation station on lower Main Street next to the health food store. "We need you to sign up for the 25-hour hockey game," he said. "It's gonna be great. We start at nine on Friday night and play until 10 on Saturday night. It'll be a record-length game. We'll raise some money for the rink, have a few laughs. Two hours on, two hours off. Piece of cake.

Knox Farm will be Open for 'Passive Recreation' This Summer

Knox Farm will be Open for 'Passive Recreation' This Summer

by Jeremy Morlock

New York State’s continuing budget crises have raised questions on the future of state parks and historic sites, including Knox Farm State Park in the Town of Aurora. Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey, whose appointment was confirmed by the State Senate on March 8, has said that her office will work to protect the parks system.

“I think that times are tough but we have every intention of keeping the parks open,” Harvey noted during a March 11 interview on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a radio program carried by Buffalo NPR-affiliate WBFO.

Learn to Kayak in One Day -- Get Ready for Spring!

Learn to Kayak in One Day -- Get Ready for Spring!

Learn to Kayak

Learn to kayak in one day, as a prerequisite for the NAUI Dive Kayak certification course, or just for fun. The course will cover types of kayaks, safety and equipment needed. The pool session will give you hands-on experience. Bathing suits are required, and you can expect to get wet, but non-swimmers are encouraged to attend. You may bring your own kayak, or use a high school kayak. Instructor: Mike Wittenrich

Date: Sat. 4/30/2011, Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: East Aurora High School, 1003 Center Street in East Aurora

Price: $45.00    -   Register online at www.eastauroraschools.org/adulteducation

Holiday Valley Winter Carnival 2011

Holiday Valley Winter Carnival 2011

Winter Carnival Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:00 A.M. to 05:00 P.M. - throughout the resort and Village Fun for everyone with contests, music, food and parades. Snow sculptures at the lifts, giant snowbar and entertainment at Yodeler, costume parade on Sunday. Village parade on Sat. PM at 6:30.

2007 East Aurora Alumna Sarah Soroka Leads Daemen Into Division II Tourney

2007 East Aurora Alumna Sarah Soroka Leads Daemen Into Division II Tourney

by Rick Ohler

I was beginning to think that Google had led me astray. I had searched for “Daemen College women’s basketball,” but when the site came up on my screen, it was obviously the Sarah Soroka website. The first thing I saw was, “Sarah Soroka Goes Over 2000 Points, 1000 Rebounds in Win Over Houghton.” Then “Sarah Soroka Named AMC (American Mideast Conference) Player of the Week for the 9th Time This Season.” Then “Sarah Soroka is Named AMC Player of the Year.” And so on.

ASDF Grant Will Fund New Softball Team at Annunciation School

ASDF Grant Will Fund New Softball Team at Annunciation School

Annunciation School in Elma will be adding to its sports program, thanks to a grant from the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Amateur Sports Development Fund (ASDF). The $800 grant will be used to purchase equipment for a new girls’ softball team.

The ASDF has been providing assistance to area groups since supporting the 1993 World University Games. Funds are awarded annually to amateur athletes, teams and organizations seeking financial assistance to foster the pursuit of a higher level of athletic achievement. A portion of the proceeds from the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame annual induction dinner held each fall is made available to fund the ASDF.

Local Company to Introduce New Neck Training Equipment in 2011

Local Company to Introduce New Neck Training Equipment in 2011

Primordial Strength Inc. of East Aurora announced today that manufacturing of their proprietary four-way neck machine has begun, and that the equipment will be available for retail sales within the next few months.  

Founded in 2007 by Steven Helmicki, Primordial Strength Inc. is a leader in neck and trapezius training and the anti-concussion movement. Helmicki has also written a book, The Art of the Neck: Training for Distortion, which is said to be the most comprehensive neck training manual on the market for athletes. The book features 26 distinct programs with 42 exercises. Additional information is available on Primordial’s website.