Warren Area High School graduate and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) pitcher Tyler Leichtenberger was named to the 2012 All-Liberty League team on Wednesday as an honorable mention.
Leichtenberger enjoyed a breakout season for the Tigers, setting a single season school record with seven saves. He recorded an ERA of 3.54 in 17 appearances and struck out 17 batters in just 20 and one-third innings of work.
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The self-titled “Warren Mudruckers,” including, from left, in front, Dave Salvatore, Betsy (Cummings) Sobkowski, Scott Grinnen and Amber (Ruhlman) Fitzgerald and, back row, Jeff Moore, Bob Flickner, Jeff Flickner and Mike Flickner, recently completed the Tough Mudder Challenge in Pocono Manor, Pa. Tough Mudder events are hardcore 13+-mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test all-around strength, stamina, mental grit, and team camaraderie in terrain of rocks, sticks and fallen trees. Around mile nine, the team jumped off a 15-foot plank into an icy pond. Other challenging obstacles, below, included climbing over 12-foot walls, 15-foot wall spider ropes, monkey bars, gymnastic rings and balance beams over ice water, crawling in pure mud under barbed wire fence with shock wiring, and climbing through smalled cylinder tunnels in darkness or tanks of dyed (pink, blue or green) ice water. The event benefits the Wounded Warrior Project, and the team of Warren-natives finished the course in just over three hours.
Softball Appreciation Day
The Warren Dragons softball team will host Softball Appreciation Day at their home game against Strong Vincent at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Hawbaker Field at the Farm Colony Complex. This is an opportunity for the older high school players to play in front of Warren County Youth Baseball/Softball Association Little League softball players. Little League softball players who come to the game in their team jersey will receive a free hot dog and drink during the game. There will also be door prizes — including a glove donated by Warren Jock Shop — awarded between the varsity and junior varsity game, which will follow. With Warren Area High School senior Rachel Hasselman are, from left, in front, Little League softball players Bradyn Wilson, Andrea Sveda and Jordan Sitler and, back left, Gracie Wood and, far right, Celia Chase.
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Several members of Johnson’s Black Belt Academy were recently promoted to new belt ranks after a 90-minute test by instructor Rick Johnson. Those promoted include, front row, from left, Tommy Rice (Yellow/Black belt), Riley Ecklund (Green/Black belt), Hanshi Rick Johnson, Christopher Joblin (Blue/Black stripe belt) and John Rice (Yellow/Black stripe belt) and, back row, Jessie Linamen (3rd Brown Belt), Dylan Redfied (Green/Black stripe), Zachary Turner (2nd Brown Belt), Riley Stanko (3rd Brown Belt), Sierra Gilliland (Blue/Black belt) and Makayla Phillips (Blue/Black belt).
Leichtenberger held batters to just a .218 batting average - the lowest on the team. He earned his first collegiate save against Wentworth on March 9 and had saves in six of RIT's first eight wins. On April 20, he threw two and one-third innings of hitless relief to earn the save in a wild 12-10 win over Clarkson. This is his first All-Conference honor.
Eddie Ord doubled and tripled and Colin Fantaskey added a triple of his own in Warren's 10-1 victory over Harbor Creek Thursday at Weidert Field. Fantaskey and Carter Cerra drove in two runs apiece for the winners and Matt Hultquist earned the win.
On Friday, Warren defeated General McLane 5-1. Austin Schwanke and Tanner Stanz recorded two hits each for the winners.
Harbor Creek 000 100 0 - 1 3 0
Warren 215 200 x - 10 13 1
2b-Fife (H), Ord (W). 3b-Ord (W), Fantaskey (W). WP-Hultquist. LP-Manna.
General McLane 010 000 - 1 5 1
Warren 040 01x - 5 5 1
WP-Tyler Bradley. LP-Laird.
Slow pitch softball
Here is the opening weekend's slate of game for the Mike Kolos Memorial Softball League, playing Sundays at Betts Park:
Sunday, May 13
9 a.m.: A&M Well Services vs. Choice Hawks, Betts Field; NY Style Deli vs. Superior Tire, Foley Field; Cornerstone Steamers vs. Ace Hardware, Brown Field
10:15 a.m.: Choice Hawks vs. Interlectric, Betts Field; Clarendon Vets Club vs. Lictus Oilers, Foley Field; KCS Energy vs. Cornerstone Steamers, Brown Field
11:30 a.m.: Superior Tire vs. Koebley Collison, Betts Field; A&M Well Services vs. Ambit Electrical, Foley Field; Ace Hardware vs. NY Style Deli, Brown Field
12:45 p.m.: Koebley Collison vs. Interlectric, Betts Field; Clarendon Vets Club vs. Ambit Electrical, Foley Field; KCS Energy vs. Lictus Oilers, Brown Field
2 p.m.: Picture Place vs. Draft House/Results Rehab, Betts Field; Double D's vs. Sucha Deal, Foley Field; Crack Killers vs. Hoffner Excavating, Brown Field
3:15 p.m.: Draft House/Results Rehab vs. Sheffield VFW, Betts Field; Sucha Deal vs. R.W. Larson Architects, Foley Field; Hoffner Excavating vs. Northwest Electrical Services, Brown Field
4:30 p.m.: Sheffield VFW vs. Double D's, Betts Field; R.W. Larson Architects vs. Crack Killers, Foley Field; Northwest Electrical Services vs. Picture Place, Brown Field
Celoron downed Carroll, 332-326, and Randolph topped Busti, 323-312, during a windy night of Chautauqua County Trap League shooting on Thursday.
Cindy Cable was the high lady with a 46, Tyler Chase was high junior with a 43 and Ben Paddock was high sub-junior with a 45. Dave Kingsley and Jerry Willett shared high vet honors with 48's, Russ Wingard and D.J. Bifaro were high senior vets with 48's and Ron Feidler was high super senior vet with a 47.
Here are the complete results from this week's competition:
CELORON (332): Russ Wingard 48, Dave Kingsley 48, Jerry Willett 48, Danny Ficarra 47, Scott Carter 47, Kevin Nicklas 47, Bob Faga 47
CARROLL (326): Ray Lee 47, Jim Nowacki 47, Ron Feidler 47, Marty Nelson 47, Mike Mackey 47, Lee Turk 46, Chuck Cooper 46
RANDOLPH (323): D.J. Bifaro 48, Skip Frazier 47, D.M. Bifaro 47, Kim Milford 46, Bill Congdon 45, Jim Congdon 45, Tim Sickles 45
BUSTI (312): Denny Joy 46, Ben Paddock 45, Tim Young 45, Dave Sena 44, Dave Straight 44, Bill Dallas 44, Brian Westerdahl 44
Warren's Sabrina Anderson tied the Warren County Track Meet record in the high jump with a leap of five feet, two inches Thursday at War Memorial Field, not the long jump as was published in Friday's Times Observer. In addition, Anderson replaced Casey Kulka on Warren's winning 4X400 relay team. The change was not listed on the meet's official result sheet provided to the Times Observer.
Sheffield's George Fitch was the boys winner in the discus with a throw of 124 feet, eight and one-half inches. Youngsville's Austin Mechling was second. Mechling was listed as the winner on the meet's official result sheet provided to the Times Observer.