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Local Fitness Expert Creates New Training Program for U.S. Marines

East Aurora resident Steven Helmicki, president of Primordial Strength Inc., was contacted by trainers from the U.S. Marine Corp. base in Camp Lejune over the summer to consult on new training methods. After contributing with Noreen Kuhn on the Semper Fit presentation titled “Uncommon Training with Common Movements,” next came a week-long mentoring program that ran daily from 6 a.m. until the dead of the night. 

Primordial Strength to Offer Concussion Reduction Seminar to Area Athletes

Sports-related concussions have been all over the news lately, thanks in large part to some serious injuries that have occurred in recent NFL and NHL games.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, December 11, Primordial Strength Inc. — a leader in neck and trapezius training and the anti-concussion movement — will conduct a Concussion Reduction Seminar through Neck and Trap Training at the Lancaster Elks Lodge, 33 Legion Parkway. The cost is $40, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the annual Trench Trophy award event. The trophy is presented annually to Western New York’s high school “Lineman of the Year.”

Local Powerlifter is Training Other Athletes to Win

In his early teens, Steve Helmicki considered himself a bit of an undersized football player, which led him to begin training in his parents’ attic with a DP vinyl and sand weight set and a Bill Grant fitness manual. While countless other young athletes might have a similar story to tell, very few — if any — have ever taken it quite as far as Helmicki.

Harvard Cup Football Packs Civic Stadium - 50,988 Strong!

Courier Express October 22 1948

   The largest sports crowd in Buffalo history-50,988-saw an alert Kensington High School football team, batter previously unbeaten Bennett, 26-8 last night in Civic Stadium, in the first Harvard Cup grid game ever contested under the lights... 

Annual Ski Swap & Sale at The Fairgrounds this Weekend

The Niagara Frontier Ski Council brings their annual Ski Swap and Sale to the Expo Hall on The Fairgrounds this weekend.

West Seneca Volleyball to 'Dig Pink' to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research

West Seneca students will be digging for a cure to breast cancer.

The school district’s second annual Dig Pink event will raise funds to eradicate the disease.  Part of Side-Out, a national program in which college and high school volleyball teams host fundraising events for breast cancer research, Dig Pink matches are held throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This year’s slogan for the West Seneca event is “A divided town united by a ribbon” referring to cross-town rivals East and West coming together for a common cause. Athletes from West Seneca East and West Senior High School will begin competing at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center, 425 Meyer Road in West Seneca.

West girls varsity volleyball coach Molly McDermid decided to organize West Seneca’s Dig Pink last year after hearing about the program through a local college.

Baseball Academy Adds Coaches, Offering Special Lesson Package and Hosting Tryouts

Attention baseball and softball players! The Baseball Academy of WNY, located at New Era Park, 4817 Lake Ave., Blasdell, has added two new instructors for its fall and winter schedule. The additions include Joe Mamott, a former professional pitcher with the Boston Red Sox, and Charlie Karstedt, a four-year player at the University at Buffalo.

The Academy is also offering a lesson package special on all regularly priced 10 packs. Anyone purchasing a 10-pack of private lessons by October 31 will be given one free lesson. Eleven lessons for the price of 10 — a $32 value!