The Yates County Youth Soccer League has had a very busy and active summer. The local youth soccer league fielded five teams in the Wayne/Finger Lakes Youth Soccer Travel League. The Yates County teams included a team in the Under 11 Girl’s Class B League, Under 13 Girl’s Class B League, Under 13 Boy’s Class B League, Under 15 Boy’s Class A League, and the Under 18 Girl’s Class B League. The Yates County teams played their home contests on the turf at Penn Yan Academy. 

The WFLYSL recently completed their schedule for the summer of 2018. Besides the full teams fielded by the Yates County Soccer League, seven other Yates County players joined youngsters from Marcus Whitman and Naples to field a team playing in Naples colors. It was certainly a busy summer of soccer for the local soccer kids and their families.

U11 Girls

The Under 11 Yates Girl’s team won their division finishing with a 8-1-1 record. They faced off against teams from Newark, Honeoye Lake, Geneva, Marion, Midlakes, Waterloo, Williamson, and Naples.

U13 Girls

The Under 13 Yates Girl’s team also won their division, also with a 8-1-1 record. They played in a division with teams from Geneva, Marcus Whitman, Sodus, Waterloo, and Midlakes.

U13 Boys

The Yates Under 13 Boy’s team captured their division title with a 9-0-1 record. The U13 boy’s limited their opponents to just 2 goals the entire season. They battled teams from Marcus Whitman, Geneva, Waterloo, and Newark for the division crown.

U15 Boys

The Under 15 Boy’s from Yates County finished in 5th place with a 5-3-2 record. They played in a division with 11 teams including squads from Naples, Williamson, Pal-Mac, Seneca Falls, RC Rage, Marion, Newark, Geneva, Midlakes, and Honeoye Lake.

U18 Girls

The Yates County Under 18 Girl’s team finished in second place with a 6-4 record. The U18 League included teams from Honeoye Lake, Waterloo, North Rose/Wolcott, RC Rage, and Yates County.

The summer league action finished up their schedule. In a couple of weeks the local high school soccer schedules will start up and the local Yates County Youth Soccer League will also kick in with their fall schedule. The sport of youth soccer is thriving in Yates County with the local youth soccer association under the guidance of President Colby Petersen and a dedicated volunteer group of coaches and helpers doing an excellent job of providing a program of organized soccer instruction for the area’s youngsters. The hard work and dedication is reflected in the success on the field. The local teams proved this point with their successful play in the summer league against some very competitive teams and programs. Congratulations to our Yates County soccer players and teams. They certainly ruled this summer.

The first Penn Yan Mustang football game broadcast on the radio was…

I had a chance to talk with retired Doctor Bob Jones recently about the Penn Yan Little League history project. Doc Jones was a former President of Penn Yan Little League in the 1980s. During our conversation, he asked me some local sports trivia questions: When was the first Penn Yan Mustang football game broadcast on the radio? Who was the broadcast team? Who was Penn Yan’s opponent? And who won the game? I did not know the answers. I posed this trivia question last week in my “Positively Penn Yan” cartoon. The week has gone by. Do you know the answer?

With fall just around the corner and a new schedule of Penn Yan Mustang football soon to start, many in the community will tune into to WFLR to listen to the Mustang and Dundee Scot gridiron action. The local radio has done a bang-up job for a very long time painting the word picture of local high school football action. They have been the voice of Mustang and Scots football and have delivered the accounts for so many exciting games including many championship runs by both local high schools. With the new season nearly here, the tradition continues with Lucas Day and company doing an excellent job of bring us all of the action. Local high school football on the radio. It is part of our lives. But when did it start?

Here is the answer. The first Penn Yan Mustang football game was broadcast in September of 1961. The Orange and Blue played a highly talented team from Mt. Carmel in Auburn. It was an early showdown between two legendary high school football coaches in the area — Jack Marshall in Penn Yan and Jack Daniels at Mt. Carmel. The Mustangs were crushed by Mt. Carmel 50-19 in 1960 and was looking to avenge this tough loss. The Mustangs featured very a talented running back, Mel Brinson, and seemed to match up well with the Auburn Golden Crusaders. Penn Yan, led by the dynamic Mel Brinson, easily won their first wo games of the season. But the script didn’t work for the Orange and Blue gridiron crew. 

Mel Brinson injured his knee in the first half and had to sit out. Penn Yan played well, but dropped a 26-13 decision to Mt. Carmel. 

The first radio broadcast crew featured Dr. Bob Jones doing play-by-play. His sidekick in the booth was WFLR Radio personality Bob Burns. The engineer for the broadcast was Dundee’s Ron Tomion. The major challenge was to string a phone line from the elementary school to the football field. They worked together for the next three seasons. The tradition of local radio broadcast of high school football was off and running. To borrow Paul Harvey’s legendary radio delivery …And now you know the rest of the story.