Monday, March 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, hunting, fishing, Sports, DEC.


Press release (file photo)

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is proposing four free sport fishing days be added to complement the state's existing free sport fishing days. DEC is seeking public comments on the proposed changes. The days are based on Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's signed legislation in 2014 authorizing additional statewide free fishing days.

First established in 1991, free sport fishing days allow New York residents and non-residents to fish for free without a fishing license at any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams.

The free events give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost, introduce people to a new hobby, and encourage people to support the sport by purchasing a New York State fishing license.

The proposed additions are:

    • Presidents Day Weekend (the weekend immediately preceding Presidents Day in the month of February) – These two days generally coincide with winter recess for schools, making it ideal for families to try ice fishing.

    • National Hunting and Fishing Day (one day) – Takes place annually on the 4th Saturday in September and links to events taking place nationwide. Fishing at this time of year is generally good for many species, including fall salmon fishing in the Great Lakes tributaries.

    • Veteran's Day (one day) – Fishing is considered one of the most therapeutic outdoor activities, making it an excellent tribute to veterans and those currently serving. Cuomo specified Veteran's Day as a free fishing day in 2015, and this proposal would make it a permanent free fishing day.

In addition, to avoid confusion concerning the existing free fishing days in June, DEC is proposing the regulation be changed from "the weekend which includes the last Saturday in June," to the "last full weekend in June."

Defining specific free fishing days allows DEC to more effectively promote these days well in advance of their occurrence, ultimately increasing public participation. Furthermore, having a designated set of free fishing days allows those planning vacations around these dates to do so without issue.

Public comments will be accepted through May 6, 2017. 

Comments can be sent to the address Joelle Ernst, NYSDEC Division of Fish and Wildlife, 625 Broadway, 5th Floor, Albany, N.Y. 12233-4753 or emailed to - enter "Free Sport Fishing Days" in the subject line.

Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:31 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, Sports, hunting, DEC.

Press release:

The State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently announced that the 2016 hunting season in New York had only 13 hunting-related shooting incidents. This is the lowest number on record since DEC began compiling hunting-related shooting statistics in 1958.

"Hunting is a proud tradition in New York State that continues to be safely enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors each year," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "The trend of declining hunting accidents is proof that our Sportsman Education Program is working, thanks in large part, to the efforts of the 3,000 volunteer instructors that teach our hunter safety courses every year."

Of the 13 hunting-related shooting incidents in 2016, seven incidents were self-inflicted and six incidents involved more than one person. In 2015, there were 23 incidents. In 1966, there were 166 incidents, 13 of which were fatal.

Despite these low numbers, there were four fatalities in 2016 -- two two-party incidents and two self-inflicted incidents.

"While hunting is safer than ever, accidents can still happen," Seggos said. "It is important to remember that every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable. We urge every hunter going afield this year to wear hunter orange. It's the smart thing to do."

This year's report indicated that eight of the people involved in multi-party incidents were not wearing hunter orange.

With approximately 500,000 licensed hunters spending an estimated 10 to 15 million days afield each year, New York continues its trend of declining hunting-related shooting incidents. The incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters) has declined almost 80 percent since the 1960s. The past five-year average is down to three-and-one-half incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared to 19 per 100,000 in the ‘60s.

DEC encourages hunters to follow the primary rules of hunter safety:

    • Assume every firearm is loaded;

    • Control the firearm muzzle in a safe direction;

    • Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire;

    • Identify your target and what is beyond; and

    • Wear hunter orange.

DEC's Sportsman Education Program is mandatory for all hunters. The program was introduced in 1949 and has significantly reduced the number of hunting incidents. Beginning in 2016, DEC instituted new course homework requirements for all hunter and trapper education courses. Students are now required to review course materials and complete homework prior to attending classroom and field sessions.

The new homework portion of the course provides an introduction to the subject and enhances students' understanding of the course material. DEC offers all courses free of charge. The Sportsman Education Program is always looking for interested individuals to volunteer their time to help students take the first step in developing the skills and knowledge to be better hunters and trappers.

Only incidents involving firearms, bows, and crossbows are included in the annual report. Incidents involving falls from tree stands or hunter health-related issues are not included. Investigations of all hunting-related shooting incidents are undertaken by DEC's environmental conservation officers.

For more information on taking a course, becoming an instructor, and on the 2016 Hunting Safety Statistics, visit the Sportsman Education Program Web page on DEC's website.

Monday, March 6, 2017 at 9:46 am
posted by Howard Owens in letchworth, Sports.


Pole vaulter Nate Crane is a team of one for Letchworth, so he trained with Batavia indoor track team this season.

In the pole vault he placed sixth in the NY Federation and fourth among state competitors at the state championships at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island. He cleared 14' 6" and will compete next weekend at the Indoor National Championships at the Armory in Manhattan.

Friday, March 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Press release:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) welcomes angler observations as it begins its angler diary program on the Genesee River in Allegany and Wyoming counties. 

The diarist program aims to record dates for trout and bass fishing trips on the Genesee River from the Pennsylvania line downstream through Letchworth State Park from March 1 through Oct. 31.

"Angler participation in this program is greatly appreciated and will help us to evaluate the Genesee River's fishery quality," said Regional Fisheries Manager Mike Clancy. "This is a great opportunity for anglers to contribute observations and help shape future fishery management actions."

Those who fish the Genesee River (even once) and are able to contribute observations by keeping a fishing diary for DEC can contact the Region 9 Fisheries Office at (716) 372-6372 or via e-mail at

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:36 am
posted by Howard Owens in Perry, Sports, basketball, news.


If the Perry Yellowjackets win a sectional title this Friday, it won't be because Oakfield-Alabama didn't work hard to try and spoil their so-far-undefeated season.

The Hornets were in the game, played in Avon, until halfway through the final quarter when foul trouble took two starters off the court and Perry was able to finally pull away for a 78-63 win.

The Yellowjackets are a bigger team with Tyler Cowie, at 6' 3", 180 pounds, and Dan Elliott, 6' 4", 190 pounds, in the post, and a nearly unstoppable shot creator in Austin Croll at guard, but O-A got into their heads early, disrupting their offense with tight, aggressive coverage that led to several turnovers on steals, penalties and mental errors.

"What I noticed is a lot of teams kind of backed off them, hesitant or concerned about getting blown out, but we can’t back off," said Hornets Head Coach Ryan Stehlar. "We have to use our speed, our defense, and our intensity, so I wasn’t going to change our game plan. If we were going to go out, we were going to go out our way."

The Hornets had a lead of 16-13 at the end of the first quarter and 32-31 at the end of the half. Perry jumped out early in the third quarter, led most of the way and were head by about by five points early in the fourth quarter when O-A rallied a bit to get a single-digit lead with about five minutes left. That would be the Hornet's last lead of the night. 

"I've seen them several times this season and those guys play hard," said Perry Head Coach Phil Wyant. "We knew it was gong to be tough. They scrap, they battle, they play a lot of guys who can put it on the floor and are willing to shoot and that presented a tough match-up, especially when they’re making tough shots."

Reice Woodward and Dalton Carlsen fouled out and either because that took some defensive pressure off the Yellowjackets, or O-A fatigue or just the great talent on the Perry team, the Yellowjackets quickly pulled away and never let the Hornets get back in the game the rest of the way.

Cowie finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds, and nine blocked shots. Croll scored 24 points.

"Austin and Tyler, not only are they great players, but they do whatever it takes to find the open guy, make a play for a teammate, and get it done on the defensive end," Wyant said. "They were down there guarding two of their better players. Yeah, Austin and Tyler, I'm glad they're on our team, that's for sure."

Also for Perry, Spencer Owen scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds.

For O-A, Tylor Ohlson scored 18 points, including hitting three three-pointers. Woodward scored 15 and Carlsen scored 15.

Perry faces Cuba-Rushford on Friday for the Section V Class C title. 

"We know it's going to be a tough challenge," Wyant said.









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Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:08 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, Perry.


Front row, from left: seniors Alysha Jones, Iesha Cole, Brittnay Woodworth and Emma Humberstone.  

Back row, from left: Autumn Baker, Morgan Laraby, Taryn True, Gipsie Prickett, Coach Cheryl Hayes, Danielle Frazier, Brice Blackmore, Rachael Hinz and Ashlee Safford.

The Perry Varsity Cheerleaders competed Feb. 17 at the LCAA League Championships held at Caledonia-Mumford.  

In Division 3, First Place went to Perry, Second Place to Geneseo, and Third Place went to Keshequa.

Senior cheerleaders were also afforded a chance to compete individually. The top three cheerleaders from this competition will represent Livingston County in the Ronald McDonald game. 

Perry’s own Lesha Cole took First Place with a near-perfect score of 209 out of a possible 210.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12:09 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, events, hunting, fishing.


Press release (photo submitted):

This weekend is the first of several free fishing days in New York State for 2017. 

The free fishing days open up the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds, and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams to all resident and non-residents to fish without a license.

While fishing is permitted without a license, anglers are reminded that fishing regulations remain in effect during these days.

Additional free fishing days include:

    • June 24-25;

    • Sept. 23 – National Hunting and Fishing Day; and

    • Nov. 11 – Veterans Day.

New to ice fishing? Check out the Ice Fishing chapter of DEC’s  I FISH NY Beginners’ Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started with ice fishing. 

Additional information, including tips on ice fishing safety and a list of waters open to ice fishing, can be found at DEC’s ice fishing Web page.

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, events, Perry, wrestling.



Photos by Ron Strain​.

Gilead School of Discipleship, Perry, established its first Varsity Wrestling team this year.  

Ryan Caudill (99) triumphed this past Saturday at the Section V Class B Sectional Tournament at Keshequa CS. He finished first, over Kade Slayton, of Avoca, as Gilead’s first ever Sectional champion; Silas Guesno (106) finished third.

Both are moving on to the state qualifier, today and tomorrow in Brockport.  

A total of 16 schools competed in the Section V Class B sectionals.  

Information submitted by Eric Caudill.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 5:01 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, Perry.

The Perry High School boys basketball team jumped out to a big 23-8 lead and never looked back Tuesday night in their game against Pavilion.

The final score was Perry 70 Pavilion 41.

Austin Croll led all scorers with 25 points and 3 assists.

Owen Spencer had 8 points with 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals.  

Tyler Cowie scored 17 points with 10 rebounds.

Pavilion was led by Caleb Milligan with 10 points.

Information submitted by Richard Steiner

Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 4:55 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, Perry, basketball.

The Perry High School girls basketball team beat Pavilion’s team by a score of 43  –  37 Wednesday night.

Rachel Evans sunk her free throws to ice the win over Pavilion. Marissa Hare was a key player on both ends of the floor. 

“We played a hard physical game tonight. It's not easy playing back to back but everyone came together for a team win. I'm very proud of the girls heart and drive they played with tonight,” said Perry girls coach Courtney Kingston. 


Perry Scores 

Hare 12 points, 4 rebounds 

Kelly 2

Pascoe 16 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists 

Evans 11

Szwaczkowski 2


Pavilion scores

Milligan 4

Mickel 2

Schrier 3

Schroeder 3

Davis 14

Moore 9

Cianci 2


Perry 5-13 (2-6 division) 

Information submitted by Courtney Kingston

Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 1:20 pm
posted by Howard Owens in Sports, wrestling.


Class BB results:

 99  Justin Smith (MW) > Hunter Kurtz (CG) decision 4-3
106  Bradley Cheek (CG) > Muskon Monger (Warsaw) fall 1:09
113  Christopher Graham (CG) > J.J. Smith (WC) decision 8-1
120  Chad Toal (BB) > Andrew Englerth (LR) fall 5:57
126  Nicholas Young (Alexander) > Zach Flaitz (CG) decision 7-3
132  Dane Heberlein (Alexander) > Chase Runfola (Letchworth) decision 8-6
138  Mason Gray (Warsaw) > Kaul Runfola (Letchworth) fall 3:13
145  Andrew Norrison (MW) > Erik Balys (HK) decision 3-0
152  Mario Vazquez (ER) > Jeremy Browe (HK) decision 3-1
160  Noah Grover (Warsaw) > Zach Hamilton (Addison) fall 1:29
170  Matthew Gaiser (Alexander) > Braxton Leary-Hart (HK) technical fall 15-0
182  Will Thompson (BB) > Derrick Busch (Alexander) major decision 11-3
195  Chase Toal (BB) > Mark Sabins (WC) decision 8-4
220  Adam Walter (BB) > Jimmy Gross (AG) decision 3-2
285  Dominic Eriksen (NRW) > Brendan Marsocci (BB) default 2:18

Individual results for Class BBB not available.

We also received these results from Perry:

The Perry Varsity Wrestling team had a successful weekend at the sectional tournament.  They finished third as a team out of 16 teams. Eleven yellow jackets qualified for the super sectional tournament by placing in the top six at sectionals.  

1st Place
Cole Leitten 106
Jeff Uveino 195
Edwi Romo 220
3rd Place
Tyler Uveino 113
Brock Conaway 145
Mason Bush 152
Blake Wolfanger 160
5th Place
Austin Uveino 152
6th Place 
Gabe Bucknam 99
Tucker True 132
Jacob Francis 138
Monday, January 30, 2017 at 6:53 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, cheerleading, Perry, announcements.



Photos submitted.

Both varsity and modified cheerleading squads from Perry High School took First Place at the Greater Rochester Cheer & Dance Competition Jan. 28.  

Modified A3 team members include: Kendra Willard, Angel Vasquez-Slon, Tiana Cowie, Kadence Herrmann, Trinity Parker, Natalia Muolo, and Liana Ilardi. They are coached by Kristin Newville. 

Varsity 4 team members include: Iesha Cole, Alysha Jones, Emma Humberstone, Brittnay Woodworth, Ashlee Safford, Brice Blackmore, Morgan Laraby, Rachael Hinz, Gipsie Prickett, Danielle Frazier, Taryn True, and Autumn Baker. They are coached by Cheryl Hayes.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, hunting, Sports, pheasants, outdoor, nature, announcements.

Daily care is necessary to monitor the health of pheasant chicks to ensure there is adequate feed and water for the rapidly growing birds. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for the cooperative Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program.

The program enhances the opportunities for pheasant hunting in New York State through a partnership among the DEC, sportsmen, 4-H youth groups, and landowners interested in rearing and releasing pheasants. Additionally, it is funded through the State Conservation Fund, which is supported by license fees paid by hunters, trappers, and anglers.

The Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program began in the early 1900s, when pheasant eggs and chicks were distributed to farmers and rural youth. Today, day-old chicks are available at no cost to participants who are able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site.

The pheasants may be released when they are 8 weeks old and no later than Dec. 1. Approved applicants will receive the day-old chicks in April, May, or June. All release sites must be approved in advance by the DEC and must be open for public pheasant hunting opportunities.

In 2016, the DEC distributed more than 34,000 day-old pheasant chicks to qualified applicants. 

Those interested in participating call the R9 DEC office for Wyoming, Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, and Niagara counties, at (716) 372-0645, 182 E. Union, Suite 3, Allegany.

Applications must be filed with a DEC regional wildlife manager by March 25. A "Pheasant Rearing Guide" and applications are also available on DEC's website.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:18 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, Perry.

The Perry boys basketball team broke open a close game with a 12-2 run early in the 4th quarter against Avon Tuesday night.

The Yellowjackets Austin Croll scored 22 points, Tyler Cowie scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, and Owen Spencer scored 10 points with 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Avon was led by Ricky Schifino and Aaron Ghent with 11 points each.

The final score was Perry 65 Avon 46.

Information submitted by Richard Steiner

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:57 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, announcements, swimming, Perry, letchworth.


Jacob Patrick in 100-meter butterfly.


LCAA All-Stars -- Jacob Patrick, Jeremy Zerbe, Sam Matthews, Zack Walton.

The results for the Perry/Letchworth high schools' swim team from the Livingston County Athletic Association (LCAA) swim meet in Bath on Jan. 21 are as follows:

Sam Matthews broke the Perry 200-meter IM (individual medley) record and earned Fourth Place overall in the 500 freestyle, and Sixth Place overall in the 200-meter IM. 

Porter Matthews earned 16th place overall in the 100-meter backstroke and qualified for sectionals. 

Zack Phillips earned 16th place overall in 100-meter breaststroke. 

Nate Manning qualified for sectionals in 200 freestyle.

Jacob Patrick, Jeremy Zerbe and Sam Matthews were named LCAA All-Stars for Perry and Zack Walton for Letchworth.

Information submitted by Daryl McLaughlin. Photo credit: Chip Matthews​.


Nathan Manning off the blocks in the 500-meter freestyle.


Zack Phillips in 100-meter freestyle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, events, Sports, Perry, announcements, cheerleading.


Photo submitted.

The Perry modified cheerleading team competed in its first competition Jan. 21 at Hornell's Winter Cheer Fest.  

In Division Modified 4, Perry defeated Honeoye for its first ever win.  

Team members include: Angel Vasquez-Slon, Kendra Willard, Kadence Herrmann, Trinity Parker, Tiana Cowie, Natalia Muolo, Leana Ilardi. They are coached by Kristin Newville.

In Varsity Division 3, Perry took First Place with 195.3, Wayland-Cohocton took Second Place with 173.2, and Fillmore took Third Place with 147.3. 

Monday, January 16, 2017 at 6:36 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, hunting, fishing, Sports.

Press release:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is reminding ice anglers to use caution and common sense as ice fishing season begins across much of the state.

Four inches or more of solid ice is considered to be safe for anglers accessing ice on foot. Ice anglers should note that ice thickness can vary on each body of water and even on the same body of water.

As part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, Feb. 18 and 19 have been designated as a free fishing weekend. The requirement for a fishing license is waived during this period. 

"Ice fishing is a popular sport in New York and interest in it increases every year," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "Safety is the first thing to consider when taking part in the sport, and we remind people to use good judgement when venturing onto the ice. Ice fishing is great for families looking to try something new, and parents can mix in skating, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or other activities during ice fishing trips to keep everyone interested and happy."

Anglers should be particularly wary of areas of moving water and around boat docks and houses where bubblers may be installed to reduce ice buildup. The presence of snowmobile tracks or footprints on the ice should not be considered as evidence of safe ice conditions. Individuals are strongly encouraged to check ice conditions and avoid situations that appear to present even a remote risk. Testing the thickness of ice can be done easily with an auger or ice spud at various spots.

The free fishing weekend is a great opportunity to try ice fishing for the first time and for experienced anglers to introduce their friends to the sport. Beginning ice anglers are encouraged to download the Ice Fishing Chapter of DEC's new I FISH NY Beginners' Guide to Freshwater Fishing for information on how to get started. Additional information, including a list of waters open to ice fishing, can found on the DEC ice fishing Web page and the Public Lakes and Ponds map.

The use of fish for bait is popular when ice fishing, and bait fish may be used in most, but not all, waters open to ice fishing. Visit the DEC website for a list of Special Regulations by County to find out where bait fish can and cannot be used, and for other regulations that apply to baitfish.

Anglers are reminded to take these important steps when using baitfish while ice fishing:

    • Follow the baitfish regulations to prevent the spread of harmful fish diseases and invasive species;

    • Use only certified disease-free baitfish purchased at a local tackle store, or use only personally collected baitfish for use in the same water body in which they were caught;

    • Do not reuse baitfish in another water-body if the water the fish were purchased in has not been replaced;

    • Dump unused baitfish and water in an appropriate location on dry land.

Anglers are reminded to make sure that they have a valid fishing license before heading out on the ice during non-free fishing weekends. Fishing licenses are valid for 365 days from the date of purchase. To learn more, visit DEC's Sporting Licenses Web page.

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 8:45 am
posted by Howard Owens in Perry, Sports, basketball.


The Perry Yellowjackets put on a display Wednesday night on why they're the #1-ranked Class C team in the state, combining size, speed and teamwork in a well-balanced attack that helped them overcome a hardworking Le Roy Knights team with a 64-50.

Perry outscored Le Roy in all four quarters, letting the Knights slip past 12 points in a quarter only in the third, when Le Roy notched 17 points against Perry's 20.

Four players reached double digits in scoring. Tyler Cowie had 15 points, including two three-point buckets, Devon Mann, 14, and Austin Croll had 14. Owen Spencer added 10.

For Le Roy, Josh Laurie led Le Roy scoring with 18 points, hitting two three-point jumpers. Luke Stella had 16 points.








Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:04 am
posted by Howard Owens in Perry, basketball, Sports.


Perry lost a close game to Le Roy in Le Roy on Tuesday night, 49-47.

Rachel Evans had 18 points, Chelsea Pascoe, 11, and Diana Chisholm, 10.

For Le Roy, Bryn Luckey scored 13 points. Erin Cappotelli had 9, Ceci Tillson, 8 along with 14 rebounds.

Le Roy is now 5-5 on the year and Perry is 2-7.






Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 11:39 am
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, hunting, Sports, DEC.

Press release:

Anglers and hunters should be aware of at least two currently active non-Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) websites where one can, purportedly, purchase a fishing license, hunting license, or receive hunter education training that meets New York requirements.

According to the DEC, the websites are and

Among other things, these sites offer information on how their products can simplify the purchase of a New York State fishing license or hunting license. Though some of the logistical licensing information is correct and may be useful, these sites also offer a consumer the ability to purchase time-saving downloads for recreational licensing services. These services are “specifically not affiliated” with the DEC. 

The consumer on these sites should understand that they are only getting assistance for their money and not an actual fishing or hunting license. Additionally, the money being charged by these websites is not a credit toward the purchase of any New York fishing or hunting license.

All of the New York licensing information that one needs can be found on the DEC Sporting Licenses webpage.


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