Thursday, March 4, 2021

Perry Central High School Boys Hoops:
Perry’s Michael John Grover, Hoops Star, reaches 1,000-point plateau 
in record setting senior year season

Even with a condensed and somewhat odd 2021 Section V high school basketball season, there certainly has been plenty of milestones and excitement to speak of across the local region. It seems as though almost on a nightly basis, either a player is reaching the 1,000-point mark for their career or a longtime head coach is setting the bar even higher with a monumental win. 

For Perry, one of the proudest and one of the most history-rich boys basketball programs in the Livingston Conference, the Yellowjackets didn’t want to get left out of the headlines, even during a rebuilding season. Last Wednesday in a loss to Letchworth, Perry senior guard Michael John Grover joined some elite company within the boys basketball program. With his 12 points in the 13-point setback to the Indians, Grover joined the 1,000-point club for the Yellowjackets in what has been an otherwise tough season. 

 “He’s been fun to coach because he can score in so many different ways, he’s a guy that comes to practice and brings it,” Perry second-year head coach Anthony Macaluso said. “He helps make people better because of how intense he is during practice. For the Perry program he has been a great example for further players, he works hard not just during the season but in the offseason as well by going to camps playing in tournaments,” Macaluso added. “He has shown what it takes to be successful.” 

This season the Yellowjackets have had to deal with a plethora of losses to graduation, including five seniors who had a combined 14 years of varsity experience for a team that is, year in and year out, in the mix for a Section V title. Add in the loss of underclassman Mitch Hockey, who moved into the Le Roy district, and Grover could have been seen as being left on his own. Yet instead of sulking, he has taken the program on his shoulders in what has been an up-and-down winter season. 

“Last year we had a team where we had five guys on the floor that could have a big night scoring at any given time it was nice to see MJ grow in that aspect of his game where he could be part of a working offense and be effective in the game other than scoring,” Macaluso said. “This year he is only one of two players who have any varsity experience on the team and he has been good in helping to groom some of these young guys and show them the ropes.” 

Last season as a junior, Grover earned a Daily News Fab-5 honorable mention selection when he averaged 16 points per game to go with seven rebounds per night and he definitely is on pace to up those numbers in his final season with the Yellowjackets. 

 Aside from reaching the milestone scoring mark, Grover also dropped a career-high 36 points in a win earlier this season over Warsaw, while he has been well in double-figures each and every night, despite being the opposition’s main defensive target. And for Grover, the number 1,000 certainly had some meaning to it. 

 “Achieving this milestone is definitely something big he wanted to check off his list,” Macaluso said. “Like I said, he works hard on his skills on year long and take pride in his ability to score.” In his fourth varsity campaign for Perry, Grover has been a part of a number of teams that have made impressive sectional runs. 

Last season, he helped lead the Yellowjackets to the Class C2 title game in Macaluso’s first season at the helm before they dropped a heartbreaker to Lyons in the championship game at the Blue Cross Arena. Last season he led Perry with 16 points and seven rebounds per game for the Yellowjackets team that advanced to the Section V Class C2 championship game. 

Grover paced Perry with 17 points in the game, while he was also a key cog for a team that rebounded from a tough start to the season — including a three-game losing streak — to eventually win 12 games in a row before falling to the Lions. Perry finished at 17-6 last season and went a combined 52-17 over Grover’s first three seasons at the varsity level, with two trips to the Section V title game. 

This season he has consistently been the opposition's top target and according to Macaluso, the 6-foot, 2-inch versatile guard has handled it just as he had expected he would. “It has been a new challenge for him that I believe he had been looking forward to taking on,” Macaluso said. “It seems every game we see something a little different to defend him whether it’s a box and one, collapsing on him when he gets in the paint, or even being double teamed it has been a new experience for him for sure.” 

Grover is looking to continue playing basketball at the collegiate level after he graduates from Perry, possibly at Division II Daemen College.                                                                Courtesy of Daily News Online
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Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.


Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.


"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.


Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit

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