ROW 1: Debbie Matos, Ann Korhummel, Jean Payton, Patty Collins, Jeanne Orr,Jean Marie Fiske, Sue Petla. ROW 2: Judy Harpster (assn't. coach), Kathy Ott, Sharon Wojcik. Rita Ignasiak, Nancy Davis, Tammy Beckman, Cheryl Zendano, Patricia McGary, Arlene Losi, Nancy Reifsteck, Helen Nikicl (Head Coach),
ROW 1: Don O'Brien (coach), Mark Hilbert, Joe Czuprynski, Bob Noe, Bill Barrie, Bill Bruton. MISSING: Jim Murray, Phil Bantle, Jim McConnshie, Gary Nowak.
low (except swearing). Nikiel has been a household word in softball circles in the WNY area for the past 10 years. Following a ten year stint at the amateur level with the North Tonawanda Shamrocks, she returned to the Buffalo area from a one year stay in Phoenix, to play for the Professionals Buffalo Breski's. During the team's last season and Helen's fourth. she served as player-coach. Her background as both player and coach helped lead the Lady Bengals to softball supremacy in this area. Assisting Nikiel was Judy Harp– ster, a popular amateur player locally for the Shamrocks, and the Buffalo Sun– birds. "Although we didn't have any super– stars, the overall playing level was en– couraging," said Nikiel. Says Cheryl Z, "Next year, we will be devastating from this experience."
The women's softball team waged thrilling games t his past '81 season. BSC Coach Helen Nikiel said the team's hit– ting was much improved. "We took extra batting practices before the games and it really seemed to help. The girls showed good comeback efforts in the second games of our double headers." Offensive and aggressive hitters like Arlene, Jean-Marie, Ann and Lisa kept runners on and in scoring position. Defensive plays from Tammy, Cindy, Patty, and Jean gave the team strength and character. Enthusiastic players such as Cheryl, Sharon, Nancy, and Kathy kept the team going when the going got tough. Pitching by Patty C., Debbie, and Rita allowed nothing for the opposing teams, not even walks. Leadership qualities from Jeanne and Sue set the examples for all of us to fol-
Not blaming the weather because "it has been the same for everybody", Coach Don O'Briens linksmen waded through this fall season and finished with a 2-2 dual match record and a 59-23 total in– cluding the invitationals. They were only able to reach a three way tie for fourth place in their own Buffalo State Classic at Brigewater Country Club. Despite Jim Murray's fine 77, Gannon drove away with the title. Following a 482-502 win over Canisius behind Bob Noe's one over par 73 (his best of the year), the Bengals moved on to the ECAC Qualifier where they finished a disappointing 7th. Last year, the golfers were only one stroke out of second place.
Gannon once again led all schools in the Tournament. Junior Jim Murray, however, was selected as an At-Large re– presentative for the ECAC finals at Lan– caster, PA, for his second appearance in as many years. Among the 93 individual golfers present, Murray finished near the middle for a creditable showing among the East's best. Despite second place finished in the Brook Lea and Cor– nell Invitationals, Coach O'B.'s men were never able to get completely un– tracked this year, but they are still con– sidered among the best in the East, a tribute to the tireless efforts of the popu– lar O'Brien.
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