For example, did you know that the 1969 Jamestown High School graduate worked with, was the athletic trainer for or oversaw the rehabilitation of, among others: baseball Hall-of-Famers Sandy Koufax, Mike Piazza, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith and Roberto Alomar; NFL Hall-of-Famer Steve Largent; and heavyweight boxing champion Riddick Bowe?,Did you know that Lopriore was a certified athletic trainer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Arizona Diamondbacks (as the rehabilitation director), the New York Mets, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers organizations?,Beyond his work at the professional level, Lopriore also had extensive college experience, including a four-year stint as the head athletic trainer at the University of New Orleans; and served as co-coordinator of medical services for the 1990 NCAA Southeast Regional men’s basketball tournament at the Superdome.,Between his time in baseball and at the University of Orleans, Lopriore spent five years as the staff trainer at the Kenner Regional Medical Center in Kenner, La.,Lopriore began his career as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Louisiana-Lafayette (1977-79) and returned to the school as an assistant athletic trainer and physical education instructor from 1982-84.

In their first season in Indianapolis, head coach Frank Reich, left, and offensive coordinator and Jamestown native Nick Sirianni have guided the Colts into the playoffs.,Father Fran, a member of the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, coached Southwestern High School from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s; brother Mike is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson College where he has compiled one of the best winning percentages in the NCAA; and brother Jay coached Southwestern to a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in 2008 and 2009.,Once the youngest Sirianni arrived at the University of Mount Union, he played for Larry Kehres, who guided the Purple Raiders to 11 national championships in his career.,Upon his graduation, Sirianni began his climb up the coaching ranks with stops at Mount Union, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Kansas Chiefs and the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers, before joining Reich’s staff in Indianapolis last February.,“One of the reasons I’m in the position I’m in now is because of the successful coaches I’ve been around, starting with growing up in a coach’s house, learning how to coach with my brothers, and then, obviously, playing for the most successful coach in NCAA football history in Larry Kehres,” he told The Post-Journal last October.

From a state championship team and an individual state champion, to an undefeated season culminated in a classic setting, to a Division 1 commitment and a 2,000 point scorer, the 2018 local high school sports season will likely go down as one of the most memorable years of all time in Chautauqua County.,After beating Fredonia on a two-run home run by Cam Hawkins in the seventh inning for the league title, in Fredonia, the Lady Thunderbirds kept on rolling all the way through the sectional playoffs, then claiming a Far West Regional win and eventually, a Class C state title.,When the Section VI girls basketball playoff brackets were released, Dunkirk and Fredonia fans could only dream of a Class B1 title game at Buffalo State between the two longtime rivals.,Brocton baseball makes first ever trip to state final four

The 2018 varsity baseball season started with more questions than answers for the Brocton Bulldogs, who entered the year without a clear head coach and with many talented players without experience playing in big games.,After a Section VI Class D title, the Bulldogs won in the Far West Regional game to earn a spot as one of the four state finalists, and a chance to play on the minor league field of the New York Mets’ minor league team in Binghamton. read more