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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 6:30 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, hunting, DEC, wildlife.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has posted options for several changes to wildlife regulations in 2017 on its website. The DEC is inviting the public to review and provide comments.

Prior to initiating a formal rulemaking process, DEC routinely seeks public input in continuing efforts to keep hunters and the public informed.

In many situations, DEC uses scientific surveys to gather public opinion about potential rule changes. In other cases, DEC communicates informally through emails, letters or meetings in response to ideas and suggestions. In all situations, it is helpful to obtain informal feedback to gauge public interest and support and to learn of any concerns that may exist before the formal rulemaking process is initiated.

DEC is inviting informal feedback regarding several issues:

    • Prohibiting feeding wild white-tailed deer;

    • Issuing permits for 4-Poster TickicideTM and 4-PosterTM deer treatment devices;

    • Strengthening measures to protect New York deer from Chronic Wasting Disease;

    • Eliminating the special permit for hunting and trapping bobcats in the Harvest Expansion Area; and

    • Closing the season for take of diamondback terrapin.

The issues listed are not formal proposals at this time, but rather options being considered as potential changes for 2017. Visit to read the details of each issue and to provide feedback.

Submit your comments by Dec. 23 to or by writing to NYSDEC, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, 12233-4754.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:12 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, education, Attica, Varysburg, soccer, announcements.

Dakotta Loft, of Attica, and Victoria Krolczyk, of Varysburg, have recently been named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s All-Academic Team. Both students are soccer athletes at Paul Smith’s College. Loft is majoring in fisheries and wildlife sciences, while Krolczyk’s major is biology.

The two county residents are among 42 scholar athletes that have been named to the team for their success in the classroom this fall.

"We are incredibly fortunate to have academically motivated students who take part in our various athletic programs at Paul Smith's College," said Athletic Director Jim Tucker.

To be nominated for the honor, a student athlete must be in good standing on the team, have completed at least 24 credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or greater.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, announcements, hunting, Sports, DEC.

Press release:

In the wake of a number of recent hunting-related shooting incidents, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is reminding hunters to follow basic hunter safety rules when going afield this hunting season.

"While statistics show that hunting in New York State is safer than ever, mistakes are made every year. But every hunting-related shooting incident is preventable," Seggos said. "We urge hunters to use common sense and remember what they were taught in their DEC Hunters Education Course."

DEC's Hunting Safety Rules:

    • Assume every gun is loaded;

    • Control the muzzle. Point your gun in a safe direction;

    • Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot;

    • Be sure of your target and beyond;

    • DEC encourages hunters to wear blaze orange or pink. Wearing orange or pink prevents other hunters from mistaking a person for an animal, or shooting in your direction. Hunters who wear hunter orange are seven times less likely to be shot;

    • When hunting in tree stands use a safety harness and a climbing belt, as most tree stand accidents occur when hunters are climbing in and out of the stand. Also, never climb in or out of a tree stand with a loaded rifle;

    • Always be prepared for winter conditions when venturing in the woods, inform a friend or relative of your whereabouts, and pack emergency supplies.

DEC Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) are currently investigating two hunting-related shooting fatalities that occurred in the last week, both involving accidental shootings that could have been avoided.

DEC requires every hunter to take a special Hunters Education Course before they can receive a license to hunt. Since New York's Sportsman Education Program was first introduced in 1950, the number of hunting-related accidents have declined by 80 percent.

A DEC report showed 2015 was the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality in New York since record-keeping on hunting statistics began more than 60 years ago. Last year also continued the trend of declining incidents with respect to New York's hunting-related shooting incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters). The past five-year average is down to four incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared to 19 per 100,000 hunters in the 1960s.

There were 23 hunting incidents documented in 2015, the third lowest number on record, with 10 incidents self-inflicted and 13 two-party incidents.

View and print the 2015 Hunter Safety Statistics report (PDF, 141 KB)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, hunting.

Press release

With the start of New York's most popular big game seasons just days away, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos is encouraging hunters to be safe, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and consider passing up shots on young bucks.

"Regulated hunting of deer and bear is one of the most important conservation efforts needed to implement DEC's science based management strategies each year, and the opening of the regular season is a cherished tradition for many New Yorkers," Seggos said. "New York's deer and bear populations are great resources that provide more than nine million pounds of quality, locally grown, organic meat to families across the state and I wish all hunters a safe and successful season."

DEC is encouraging all hunters across the state to pass up shots at young, small-antlered bucks. In a multi-year study conducted with Cornell University, more than 7,000 hunters surveyed across the state reported wanting more opportunities for taking mature bucks without mandatory restrictions on antler size. DEC has been working with several leading sportsmen's groups across the state to educate hunters on their role in deer management, the impacts of harvest choices, and changes in the deer population as more and more hunters voluntarily refrain from taking young bucks.

"Many hunters have told DEC that they would like to see more older bucks, and hunters can make a difference in the future of the sport by passing up young bucks," Seggos said.

Many hunters are already voluntarily passing up young bucks, and the proportion of older bucks available in the herd has increased substantially in the past decade. As more hunters choose to pass young bucks, all hunters will enjoy the opportunity to see and take larger, older bucks.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm
posted by Julia Ferrini in Wyoming County, Sports, hunting.

The 2016 regular deer and bear hunting seasons in New York's Southern Zone begin at sunrise on Saturday, and continue through Dec. 11. The Southern Zone regular season is New York's most popular hunting season, with about 85 percent of the state’s 550,000 licensed hunters participating. Harvests during this season account for nearly 60 percent of the total annual statewide deer take and 30 to 60 percent of the statewide bear harvest.

Following the regular deer and bear seasons in the Southern Zone, late bowhunting and muzzleloading seasons will run from Dec. 12 through Dec. 20. Hunters taking part in these special seasons must possess a hunting license and either bowhunting or muzzleloading privileges.

In the Northern Zone, the regular deer and bear hunting season opened Oct. 22, and will close at sunset Dec. 4. The Northern Zone includes the Adirondacks, Tug Hill Plateau, Eastern Lake Ontario Plain, and the Champlain and St. Lawrence valleys. A late bowhunting and muzzleloading season for deer will be open in portions of the Northern Zone from Dec. 5 to Dec. 11.

Other Reminders for the 2016 Southern Zone Regular Hunting Season

    • Recent legislation allows the use of rifles for big game hunting to continue in Albany County for two years and to continue indefinitely in Livingston County. See Rifle, Shotgun, and Bow Areas on DEC's website for other areas where rifles can be used.

    • Crossbows may be used during the regular deer seasons in all parts of New York except Westchester and Suffolk counties, and the bow-only portions of Albany and Monroe counties. Crossbows may also be used during the late muzzleloading season for hunters possessing a muzzleloading privilege. See Crossbow Hunting on DEC's website for license and training requirements, general rules, and season opportunities.

    • The Deer Management Focus Area will continue to assist communities in the Ithaca area with the burden of overabundant deer populations.

    • Mandatory antler restrictions (three points on one side minimum) remain in effect in WMUs 3A, 3C, 3H, 3J, 3K, 4G, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4S, and 4W during all seasons for all hunters 17 years and older.

    • Successful bear hunters are asked to submit a tooth from their bear to DEC so the agency can age the bear and monitor bear population dynamics. See the Bear Tooth Collection web page on DEC's website for instructions.

    • Remember, Hunger Has A Cure... The Venison Donation Program is a great way to help those less fortunate while assisting with deer management in New York.

    • Remember Firearms Safety:

        • Point guns in a safe direction.

        • Treat every gun as if it were loaded.

        • Be sure of the target and beyond.

        • Keep the finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

        • Remember to wear Hunter Orange.

For specific descriptions of regulations and open areas, hunters should refer to the 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide available on DEC's website. Hunters are urged to review all regulations and safety tips contained in the guide. Hunters may also be interested to read DEC's booklet, Hunting the Black Bear in New York (PDF, 763 KB), or to review DEC's unit-by-unit Deer Hunting Forecasts, which are both available online.


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