Marist’s Lewis chosen for Portsmouth tourney

Marist all-time leading scorer Chavaughn Lewis was chosen as a replacement to compete in the Portsmouth (Va.) Invitational Tournament, a four-day showcase event played before NBA and foreign scouts. Lewis will play for Mike Duman Auto Sales in the event that started Wednesday evening.
Lewis averaged 20.8 points per game, ranked 10th in the nation. His 2.31 steals average ranked him No. 13 in the country.
Marist standout Sean Kennedy participated in the 2002 PIT but future Clippers draft pick Jared Jordan skipped the 2007 event.
AP All-Americans Seth Tuttle of Northern Iowa, Karl Cochran of Wofford, LaDontae Henton of Providence, Darrun Hilliard of Villanova, Tyler Kalinoski of Davidson, David Laury of Iona, Mikh McKinney of Sacramento State, Saah Nimley of Charleston Southern and Marcus Thornton of Georgia are also taking part.
The games can be viewed for free at There are games at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Wednesday, plus 3:15, 7 and 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Saturday’s schedule has games at 12, 2, 6 and 8 p.m.

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Baseball: Region XV tourney pushed back a week

The 2014-15 winter season is one that most Hudson Valley residents would like to forget, especially athletic directors and scheduling coordinators.
Winter’s late grip has prompted numerous postponements of outdoor events, and Region XV baseball is no exception. Last week the tournament committee decided to push back its annual spring championships by a week to accommodate a later start to the league season.
SUNY Orange and SUNY Ulster had to shift its weekend series to April 30 and May 1 at Orange and May 2 at Ulster, which was the original weekend for regionals.
The Region XV tournament will now be held May 8-10 at Cantine Field in Saugerties.

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Five Questions: Zach Rufer

Lafayette junior guard Zach Rufer isn’t 100 percent, coach Fran O’Hanlon says.

Rufer said the discomfort in his left foot has gotten better since he suffered a Lisfranc injury (torn ligament) on Feb. 9.

“I played in pain for about two or three weeks,” said Rufer, a 2012 John S. Burke Catholic graduate.”

Rufer was feeling good enough to help Lafayette to first NCAA appearance since 2000 with a clutch 3-pointer in a 65-63 win over Bucknell in the Patriot League championship last Wednesday.

Next up is No. 1 seed Villanova in an East Regional opening-round game Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Lafayette (20-12), the 16th seed in the East,  opened the 2013-14 season against Villanova. Rufer’s 3-pointer gave Lafayette its biggest lead (38-32) early in the second half. Villanova’s talent eventually won out over Lafayette in a 75-59 win.

What was your favorite moment of the season? “Definitely winning the Patriot League Championship. At this level, you really try to win your conference. It’s the biggest thing that you can do. If you win some games in the NCAA tournament, it’s kind of the icing on the cake. Winning that was just unbelievable and the support from all the fans. You walk around the campus and everyone is congratulating you. It was just a crazy experience.”

What was the turning point of the season? “Beating Bucknell at Bucknell. In Lafayette’s history, we had never won at Sojka Pavilion in the playoffs before. After we won that, we knew going into the championship game that we had all of the confidence in the world, especially having a home playoff game.”

What makes Lafayette a dangerous team in the NCAA tournament? “Offensively, we are dangerous. We have Nick (Lindner), Dan (Trist), Seth (Hinrichs) and Joey (Ptasinski), they are all very good scorers. They can knock down shots. Coach (Fran O’Hanlon’s) offense have gotten us a lot of wins. Obviously, defense is our weakness a little bit and hopefully we can score some points and see what happens.”

What’s it like playing for Coach O’Hanlon? “It’s been a great experience. There’s always a little bit of a learning curve freshman and sophomore year trying to get use to the system. Our system is not an easy one to play in because there’s a lot to learn. Coach O has an unlimited amount of year of experience. He’s a guard himself so he knows the game better than anyone.”

What kind of challenge does Villanova present? “We played with them last year (and had a six-point lead early in the second half, 75-59 loss). I’m sure they are going to want to take us out of the game early. They are obviously superior athletically so they are going to try and kill us on the boards. They just have good players Archie (Ryan Arcidiacono) and (Daniel) Ochefu. They have a lot of talent on their team and it’s going to be a real project to deal with.”

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WNIT Thursday: Army to St. John’s; Marist hosts Temple

Patriot League runner-up Army (23-7) will travel to Queens on Thursday to take on Big East semifinalist St. John’s (21-10) in the opening round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
Marist (21-11), the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference runner-up, received a bit of a gift by drawing American Athletic Conference quarterfinalist Temple (16-16) for its home game on Thursday at the McCann Arena.
At 143 in the Women’s Ratings Percentage Index, Temple is one of the lowest-rated seeds in the 64-team draw, and the Owls are only 6-5 since February 1. Marist is 117.  Army is 99 and St. John’s is 85.
Marist opened its home schedule with a 49-48 loss to St. John’s.
St. John’s features junior guard Aliyyah Handford, a first-team All-Big East selection, plus second-teamer Danaehah Grant and honorable mention pick Amber Thompson. Army coach Dave Magarity watched the Red Storm lose to Seton Hall in the Big East semis, and he says St. John’s is very athletic and rebounds extremely well, one aspect Army has struggled with.
St. John’s was a No. 8 seed in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The Red Storm beat No. 9 USC, 71-68, before losing to No. 1 Tennessee, 67-51. Army was a No. 13 seed and lost to No. 4 Maryland, 90-52. Marist was a No. 11 seed and lost to No. 6 Iowa, 87-65.
Army played in the 2013 WNIT, losing at Fordham in the first round. This will be Marist’s first trip to the WNIT. The Red Foxes have been to the NCAA tournament 10 times between 2004-14, with the exception of 2005.
For potential second-round matchups. Army would play either Fordham (20-11) or Central Connecticut State (19-12) and Marist would play either Penn (20-8) or Hofstra (20-12). Second-round games will be played Saturday, Sunday or Monday.

Other matchups featuring teams from the Northeast include Duquesne (21-10) at Youngstown State, Buffalo (19-12) at West Virginia, Hampton at Drexel (20-10) and Maine (23-8) at Villanova (19-13). Magarity, with his Philadelphia ties, said he was hoping to draw Drexel, and he’s glad he didn’t have to travel to Maine, which is about 480 miles from West Point.

Some big-name schools are in the WNIT draw. Georgia Tech hosts Elon, Virginia travels to Old Dominion, Washington State hosts Eastern Washington, Hawaii plays at Saint Mary’s, UCLA hosts Cal Bakersfield, Michigan hosts Cleveland State, Kansas State hosts Akron, Missouri travels to Northern Iowa, Southern Mississippi hosts Texas Southern and TCU hosts Stephen F. Austin.

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Who will Army, Marist face in WNIT field? Check out these capsules

The Women’s National Invitation Tournament field will be released Monday evening, with brackets coming out close to midnight ET.
Here’s what we know: Army and Marist are in the field of 64 teams, the result of finishing second in their respective leagues but not qualifying for the NCAA tournament, which was released early Monday evening.
The WNIT likes to regionalize its four corners of the bracket so the Black Knights and Red Foxes would likely face teams based in the Northeast. Plus, the WNIT won’t pair teams that have faced one another for first-round contests.
Here is a list of 11 potential WNIT opponents for Army and Marist, which could face one another in Poughkeepsie in one scenario.

Army Black Knights
Conference: Patriot
Record: 23-7 (14-4, second place)
How they got here: Black Knights were upset in Patriot semifinals by Lehigh. Army had won 14 of 15 before semifinal loss. Army beat Central Connecticut in December.
Who to watch: Kelsey Minato is a two-time player of the year, and arguably should have won a third

Marist Red Foxes
Conference: Metro Atlantic
Record: 21-11 (15-5, second place)
How they got here: Red Foxes lost to Quinnipiac in MAAC finals, snapping string of nine consecutive playoff titles and NCAA tourney berths
Who to watch: Tori Jarosz and Madeline Blais provide strong 1-2 punch and Sydney Coffey (nursing a bad ankle) is a strong postseason performer

Penn Quakers
Conference: Ivy League
Record: 20-8 (11-3, second place)
How they got here: Penn finished three games behind Princeton. Quakers won nine in a row before falling to unbeaten Princeton in season finale.
Who to watch: Sophomore center Sydney Stipanovich is the Ivy League defensive player of the year and Michelle Nwokedi was the rookie of the year.

Drexel Dragons
Conference: Colonial Athletic
Record: 20-10 (14-4, second place)
How they got here: Dragons won six in a row before falling to Delaware in Colonial quarterfinal.
Who to watch: Sophomore Sarah Curran was a first-team pick and Rachel Pearson was a second-team choice in the Colonial.

Fordham Rams
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 20-11 (11-5, fourth place)
How they got here: Rams lost to George Washington in A-10 semifinals. Rams split their final 12 games.
Who to watch: Emily Tapio was a third-team A-10 all-star.

Villanova Wildcats
Conference: Big East
Record: 19-13 (12-6, third place)
How they got here: Wildcats lost 58-55 to DePaul in Big East semifinals. Villanova won five of six before splitting last six contests.
Who to watch: Taylor Holeman was the Big East Sixth-Woman award winner. Caroline Coyer was named first-team and Emily Leer second-team.

St. John’s Red Storm
Conference: Big East
Record: 21-10 (11-7, fourth place)
How they got here: Red Storm lost to No. 24 Seton Hall in Big East semifinals. Red Storm won six of last nine games. St. John’s nipped Marist 49-48 in November.
Who to watch: Junior guard Aliyyah Handford was a first-team Big East all-star, Danaehah Grant made the second team and Amber Thompson was honorable mention.

Maine Black Bears
Conference: America East
Record: 23-8 (14-4, tied for first)
How they got here: The Black Bears lost to Hartford in the AE semifinals. Maine had won 14 in a row before losing two of its last three.
Who to watch: Junior forward Liz Wood was named the AE co-defensive player of the year and joined sophomore Sigi Koizar on the first team.

Hofstra Pride
Conference: Colonial Athletic
Record: 20-12 (11-7, tied for third)
How they got here: The Pride ran off five consecutive wins before losing three of their last five, losing to James Madison in the CAA finals.
Who to watch: Kelly Loftus leads the Pride with 12 points per game and Ashunae Durant averages 11.

Central Connecticut State Blue Devils

Conference: Northeast
Record: 19-12 (14-4, tied for first)
How they got here: Central Connecticut lost to Saint Francis-Brooklyn, 71-63, in double overtime semifinal. Blue Devils lost four of their last eight. Lost to Army in December.
Who to watch: Junior forward TeJahne Malone was a second-team All-NEC selection. Guard Camden Musgrave made the all-rookie team. Beryl Piper was the NEC coach of the year.

Buffalo Bulls
Conference: Mid-American
Record: 19-12 (11-7, third place in MAC East Division)
How they got here: Bulls won four in a row before losing to Ohio in MAC tourney.
Who to watch:

Duquesne Dukes
Conference: Atlantic 10
Record: 21-10 (12-4, third place)
How they got here: Dukes lost to Dayton in A-10 semifinals. Duquesne won eight in a row before splitting its last four games.
Who to watch:

Temple Owls
Conference: American Athletic
Record: 16-16 (12-6, fourth place)
How they got here: Owls lost to East Carolina in AAC quarterfinals. Temple is 6-5 since Feb. 1.
Who to watch:

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SUNY Orange softball roster for 2015

The SUNY Orange softball team will rely on five sophomores for experience this season.
Sophomores – No. 4 Hailey Anthony, utility, Valley Central; No. 5 Cassandra Oquendo, OF/3B, Middletown; No. 7 Mallory Porada, IF, Burke Catholic; No. 10 Jessica Whitney, IF, Port Jervis; No. 20 Brittney House, OF, Middletown
Freshmen: No. 3 Erin Dunn, P/1B, Chester; No. 8 Taylor Brummell, IF, Newburgh; No. 9 Courtney Jones, IF, Newburgh; No. 12 Julianne Romero, IF, Goshen; No. 18 Emily Cox, IF, Vernon (N.J.); No. 22 Felicia Torres, OF, Pine Bush; No. 24 Rebecca Wentink, utility, Valley Central
Coaches: Shana Madura; assistant Taylor Concklin

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SUNY Orange baseball 2015 roster

There’s nearly an even split between sophomores and freshmen on the SUNY Orange baseball team for 2015.
Sophomores: No. 2 Schyler Martire, IF, Pine Bush; No. 10 Tom Brusca, IF/P, Minisink Valley; No. 11 Brian Guzman, OF, Pine Bush; No. 18 Carlos Hidalgo, IF/P, Newburgh; No. 15 Brian Paccione, RHP, Middletown; No. 14 Peter Fuentes, OF, Valley Central; No. 23 Will Ortiz, RHP, Warwick; No. 12 Kevin Crawford, LHP, Valley Central; No. 32 Mike D’Esposito, OF, Cornwall; No. 36 David Leiter, 1B, Valley Central; No. 17 Josh Rivera, RHP, Minisink Valley
Freshmen: No. 34 Jonathan Lindau, C, Pine Bush; No. 24 Evan Clarke, OF, Valley Central; No. 20 James Daidone, C, Valley Central; No. 28 Mike Bartolone, IF, Cornwall; No. 5 Gunnar Barr, IF, Newburgh; No. 30 Ryan Pasols, IF, Middletown; No. 1 Dan McNamara, OF/RHP, Pine Bush; No. 25 Shawn Talmadge, OF, Minisink Valley; No. 26 Dave Sicina, RHP, Port Jervis; No. 21 Nick Pacifico, RHP/OF, Wallkill; No. 16 Aaron Costello, RHP, Middletown; No. 13 Juan Rodriguez, C/RHP, Middletown; No. 9 Ronald Crover, OF, North Rockland
Coaches: Wayne Smith; assistants Corey Booth; Kyle Montross

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Sullivan to host NJCAA hoops tourney starting Thursday

SUNY Sullivan will once again play host to the top Division III junior college basketball teams in the nation with the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament getting underway on Thursday at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
It’s a battle for New York state supremacy in the opening contest as third-seeded Herkimer Community College (29-3) takes on Region XV champion Hostos Community College (18-15) at noon. The second afternoon contest features No. 2 Richland College (24-3) from Texas and Community College of Philadelphia (26-2).
The evening session features familiar teams which have played at Sullivan previously. Fourth-seed Rochester Community & Technical College (25-4) from Minnesota takes on Sandhills Community College (26-6) from North Carolina at 5 p.m. The first day concludes with top-seed and defending champion Rock Valley Community College (29-3) of Illinois facing Roxbury Community College (16-10) of Massachusetts.
Former Roosevelt and Mid-Hudson Athletic League standout Felix Riascos plays for Herkimer, winners of three Region III championships in a row. Hostos won its first Region XV title since 2007-08, first knocking off nationally ranked SUNY Sullivan in the regional quarterfinals.
Among the national statistic leaders in the tournament, Charles Nedd-Araujo of Roxbury ranks fourth in scoring (28.1 points per game) and Ishmael Baldwin of Sandhills is the No. 43-ranked rebounder (8.8). There are some sharpshooters with Herkimer’s Ken Woodard ranked No. 9 in field-goal percentage (.623), Ben Ratcliff of Rochester is No. 32 (.563), Marcus Smith of Philadelphia is No. 41 (.552) and Justyn Galloway of Rochester is No. 48 (.544). Beyond the arc, Roxbury’s Devon Nance (.429) and Nedd-Araujo (.26) are ranked 24th and 28th, and Devin Bowsky of Philadelphia (.414) is 39th.
The Friday and Saturday schedules are similar with games at noon, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday’s afternoon winners meet in a 5 p.m. Friday semifinal, followed by the Thursday evening winners at 7 p.m.
The championship game is 7 p.m. Saturday.
In the February 24 NJCAA poll (prior to the postseason tournaments), Rock Valley was No. 1, Herkimer No. 4, Rochester No. 5, Philadelphia No. 6 and Sandhills No. 8.
All-tournament passes are $25 for adults and $15 for students. General admission tickets for either two afternoon or two evening games are $9 for adults and $6 for students, and are sold only on the day of the game.
Live game feeds, statistics and a photo gallery will be available at the website:

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SUNY Ulster baseball roster 2015

If the snow ever melts, here is a look at the SUNY Ulster baseball roster:
Sophomores – No. 33 Grant Chenoweth, P, Middletown; No. 8 Padraic Defino, C/1B, Saugerties; No. 15 Charles Fina, C/1B, Onteora; No. 16 Sean Debrosky, P, Kingston; No. 10 Matt Fletcher, 1B/C, Kingston; No. 9 Nicholas Grant, IF, Onteora; No. 11 Micad Riddick, OF/IF, Kingston; No. 2 Anthony Scarselli, IF, Kingston; No. 3 Eric Porter, OF, Kingston.
Freshmen – No. 18 Max Cruz, P/OF, Highland; No. 1 Joe Dittus, IF, Saugerties; No. 7 Derek Collishaw, P/IF, Saugerties; No. 44 William Molloy, IF, Ellenville; No. 34 Chris Ranalli, IF, Highland; No. 24 Chris Saitch, P/IF, Kingston; No. 5 Jim Milano, P, Kingston; No. 12 Travis Freer, IF, Onteora
Coach: Steven Freer; assistant Jeremy Fredenburg

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Track and field: Championship results for local athletes

The NCAA Division I track and field conference championship season was productive for Varsity 845 graduates.
Five tri-county athletes produced championships in their respective leagues: Kingston’s Taariq Jones, Warwick’s Casey Burley, Washingtonville’s Martin Hehir, James I. O’Neill’s Megan Clark and Goshen’s Marissa Robbins.
The NCAA indoor championships will be held March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark.

America East
Jones, a junior at Albany, won the 400 meters (48.37 seconds) and was second in the 1,600 relay. Ellenville’s Justin Farrenkopf, an Albany sophomore, was sixth in the pole vault (14 feet, 9 inches). Pine Bush’s ToniAnn Werner, an Albany senior, was seventh in the pole vault (10-4) and long jump (17-9.75). Warwick’s Ray Farinella, an Albany junior, was seventh in the 3,200 relay and ninth in the 1,000 (2:33.36). Two Binghamton freshmen produced a pair of eighth-place finishes by Malaika Palacios of Pine Bush in the long jump (17-8) and Travis Fountain of Monroe-Woodbury in the pole vault (14-3.25). Pine Bush’s Steven Biondi, a Stony Brook freshman, was eighth in the 3,200 relay and 15th in the mile (4:31.64). Middletown’s Akua Williams, an Albany freshman, was 10th in the 500 (1:19.1). Warwick’s Dan Kelly, a freshman at Binghamton, was 16th in the 500 (1:07.15). Onteora’s Tess Boruta-Howard, a junior at Maine, was 23rd in the 60 (8.49) and 27th in the 200 (27.70).
Red Hook’s Grace Weisbecker, a former MHAL and Section 9 champ and sophomore at Vermont, won the pole vault (11-9.75).

American Athletic Conference
Cornwall’s Brittany Bryant, a sophomore at East Carolina, was seventh in the long jump (19-0). Newburgh’s Kalleigh Forrester, a freshman at Central Florida, was 12th in the mile (5:10.26).

Atlantic 10
Burley, a freshman at Rhode Island, won the long jump (23-4.75) and was third in the 1,600 relay. Washingtonville’s Lauren Hehir, a junior at Saint Joseph’s, was fifth in the mile (5:01.69), seventh in the distance medley relay and 11th in the 3,200 relay. Washingtonville’s Jenn Boerke, a freshman at Fordham, was seventh in the 1,600 relay and 11th in the 600 (1:19.04).

Atlantic Coast Conference
Hehir, a senior at Syracuse, won the 5,000 (13:57.97) and was second in the 3,000 (7:53.15). Clark, a junior at Duke, won the pole vault (14-0). Cornwall’s Alex Jebb, a grad student at Duke, was 15th in the triple jump (46-3.25). Newburgh’s Gianna Frontera, a freshman at North Carolina State, was 21st in the 5,000 (17:27.76).

Big East
Warwick’s Jackie Kasal, a senior at DePaul, was fourth in the 3,200 relay, seventh in the distance medley relay and ninth in the 800 (2:15.01). Warwick’s Grant Parrelli, a sophomore at Xavier, was fourth in the 3,200 relay, sixth in the distance medley relay and sixth in the 1,000 (2:27.09). Warwick’s Aaron Peterson, a sophomore at Xavier, was fifth in the 1,600 relay and 19th in the 3,000 (9:07.90). Port Jervis’ Kalissa Caesar, a sophomore at Villanova, was eighth in the 60 (7.90). Eldred’s Alex Campanella, a sophomore at DePaul, was 14th in the 3,000 (8:43.86).

Big South
Monroe-Woodbury’s Darrel Jones, a freshman at Liberty, was third in the triple jump (47-5) and fifth in the long jump (22-0.25). Warwick’s Paddy Grandinali, a junior at High Point, was fifth in the 3,000 (8:38.66) and sixth in the 5,000 (14:51.49). Warwick’s Todd Uckermark, a freshman at High Point, was seventh in the pole vault (14-5.25).

Conference USA
Middletown’s Mel Mosely, a senior at league champ Western Kentucky, placed 10th in the 800 (1:57.60) and seventh in the distance medley relay.

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Robbins, a sophomore at Manhattan, won the pole vault (12-6). Pine Bush’s Meredith Przybocki, a sophomore at Saint Peter’s, was second in the high jump (5-5) and seventh in the triple jump (34-1.25). Pine Bush’s Derek Lake, a senior at Rider, was fourth in the distance medley relay. Monroe-Woodbury’s John Dove, a freshman at Manhattan, was sixth in the distance medley relay and ninth in the mile (4:17.11). Cornwall’s Anthony Hall, a sophomore at Manhattan, was seventh in the 60 (7.09) and 13th in the 200 (23.10). Middletown’s Alex Shodai, a freshman at Iona, was 12th in the 5,000 (15:24.60). Warwick’s Jack Grace, a freshman at Monmouth, was 13th in the 800 (1:59.78). Warwick’s Darby Ginley, a freshman at Quinnipiac, was 14th in the 800 (2:18.46).

Kingston’s Sara Flores, a sophomore at Buffalo, was third in the distance medley relay and seventh in the 1,600 relay.

Mountain Pacific
Minisink Valley’s Alec Faldermeyer, a senior at UCLA, was fourth in the weight throw (67-5.5). Valley Central’s Holly Cavalluzzo, a sophomore at Oregon State, was 40th in the 3,000 (9:57.83).

Northeast Conference
Tri-Valley’s Mareena DiMilia, a sophomore at Sacred Heart, was second in the shot put (42-10.75) and fifth in the weight throw (50-11). Port Jervis’ Austin Trainor, a freshman at Central Connecticut, was fourth in the mile (4:24.99) and fourth in the distance medley relay (10:36.3). Pine Bush’s Cynthia Gray, a junior at Sacred Heart, was sixth in the 800 (2:23.98). Eldred’s Christine Donnelly, a junior at Sacred Heart, was sixth in the distance medley relay and 21st in the 800 (2:32.35).

Patriot League
Pine Bush’s Alexandra Parise, a senior at Holy Cross, was eighth in the pole vault (11-3.75).

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