SUNY Ulster wrestling program on the rise

There are a lot of positive additions to the second-year SUNY Ulster wrestling program. A new weight room awaits a roster of 17 athletes, nearly twice the size of the first-year squad.
Ulster features the addition of state high school Division I finalist Mike Fekishazy of Wallkill at 184 pounds.
The season opener is November 10 when Ulster hosts SUNY Sullivan in one of two home matches on the Stone Ridge campus.
The SUNY Ulster roster
Sophomores – Patrick Carroll (Kingston, 141 pounds); Mohammed Khan (New Paltz, 125); Lakell Martin (Kingston, 165); Bruce McLee (Washingtonville, 197); Alex Munoz (Saugerties, 174)
Freshmen – Chris Bouton (Kingston, 125); Javier Casteneda (Kingston, 125); Frank Cincotta (Rondout Valley, 174); Vaughn Donovan (Red Hook, 149); Mike Fekishazy (Wallkill, 184); Will McCartney (Newburgh, 285); John Miller (Highland, 149); Kaemar Reynolds (Highland, 285); Matt Shields (Onteora, 165); Will Sickles (Highland, 184); Guy Soumah (New Paltz, 197); Robert Trainor (Highland, 197).
Head coach: Justin Signorelli
Assistants: William Parks; Michael McCabe.

The schedule:
November 4 – Preseason scrimmage at home; November 10 – SUNY Sullivan; November 19 – New York State tournament at Cornell
December 3 – Cyclone Open at Centenary (N.J.); December 9 – Keystone (Pa.) tri-meet
January 10 – U.S. Military Academy Prep School tri-meet at West Point; January 13 – Northeastern District duals, at Niagara CC; January 24 – at SUNY Sullivan
February 1 – Bergen CC at home; February 11 – Northeastern District qualifier at Nassau CC; February 23-24 – NJCAA nationals at Council Bluff, Iowa

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College football notebook: Garcia off to fast start at Hartwick

Hartwick senior wide receiver Brad Garcia, a Warwick graduate, is tied for second in Division III in touchdown receptions.

Garcia caught his eighth touchdown of the season, a 20-yard pass, in Hartwick’s 31-30 loss to Cortland Saturday. He had 18 catches for 383 yards in Hartwick’s first three games. Garcia’s career numbers are impressive –  190 catches, 3,570 yards, 33 touchdowns in 31 games.

Towson sophomore kicker Aidan O’Neill (New Paltz) is the STATS Football Championship Subdivision special teams player of the week after hitting a 42-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tigers to a 16-14 win over St. Francis (Pa.) Saturday. O’Neill connected on a 33-yard field goal in the third quarter and a 38-yarder with 3:49 left in the game.

Johns Hopkins senior running back Ryan Cary (Marlboro) scored his 20th and 21st career rushing touchdowns in a 37-7 win over Moravian Saturday.

Defending Division I-AA champion James Madison and senior quarterback Bryan Schor (Delaware Valley, Pa.) continue to roll. Schor threw for 149 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 54 yards and a score in two quarters  of play in a 75-14 victory over Norfolk State Saturday. James Madison, ranked No. 1 in Division I-AA, has won 15 straight games.

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KEN McMILLAN: Magarity savored good stories, good eats with Rollie Massimino

The knock on his hotel room door came at 1 in the morning. Dave Magarity was stirred from his sleep to find Pete Gillen begging his friend to watch some game film with Rollie Massimino.
“Dave, Dave, Rollie wants you to come down to the room,’’ Gillen said excitedly. It didn’t seem to matter that Massimino’s Villanova team had just beaten Magarity’s Saint Francis (Pa.) squad only hours earlier in the Dec. 1979 Kodak Classic tournament in Rochester. Gillen was a Villanova assistant, and his boss wanted to gain an edge on his next opponent.
“We’re watching film of Syracuse,’’ Gillen said, well aware that Saint Francis had given the Orange a good game a few weeks earlier.
Magarity, currently Army’s women’s basketball coach since 2006, was a young coach back then so he wiped the sleep from his eyes, explained to his wife that he had some basketball work to do and used the bribe of late-night eats to join Massimino’s court session.
“He’s like, ‘What did you do here? How did you defend this?’’’ Magarity recalled. All the while, the coaches are feasting on a full-course Italian meal pre-ordered and midnight delivered from a local restaurant.
“I couldn’t get out of the room. He’s feeding me, more food than you could imagine,’’ said Magarity, who was never one to push away a plate of spaghetti after midnight. When he finally returned to his hotel room, Magarity had to convince his wife, Rita, that he had not gone out clubbing with the coaches.
Food seemed to be always at the heart – or stomach – of stories about Massimino, who died at age 82 on Wednesday in Florida. Massimino hailed from Long Island but he was part of the Philadelphia basketball circles since he coached at Penn under Chuck Daly and then at Villanova from 1973-92 and brought the Wildcats a national championship with that memorable 1985 win over heavily favored Georgetown. Magarity is a Philly guy so he’s part of that club, too.
“Rollie was a unique guy,’’ Magarity said Wednesday. “He was one of a kind, there’s no question about that. He had a tremendous personality and was funny as heck.’’
While he gained fame and acclaim with the national championship, Massimino was basically the same guy years before the 1985 title season, Magarity said.
“He was a terrific coach and a great recruiter,’’ Magarity said.
The recruiting trails is where Magarity would always see him. Massimino was coaching at UNLV and Magarity at Marist when they ran into one another at a summer camp at Fairleigh Dickinson. Massimino grabbed Magarity’s arm and said, ‘C’mon, we’re going to dinner.’’ Magarity put up a minor protest, saying he was there to watch a couple kids, but the strength of Massimino’s personality and the promise of a good Italian meal was too good to pass. Sure enough, they found a nearby restaurant with two pictures of Massimino adorning the walls.
“The food was unbelievable,’’ Magarity said. “Rollie said, ‘We’ll get you back (to the camp),’ but three hours later we’re still eating.’’
With Massimino, scouting good eats was always easier, and more entertaining, than scouting the next power forward.
“Those will always be my memories,’’ Magarity said. “It’s sad that he’s gone. He is an icon.’’

kmcmillan@th-record.com
Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

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SUNYAC academic awards

SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll
Student-athletes with 3.30 GPA or better
Section 9 graduates

SUNY Brockport
Whitman Oehler-Marx (New Paltz), Sr., track and field, chemistry
Dylan Serfis (West Hurley), Soph., men’s soccer, business administration
Therez Young (Middletown), Sr., track and field, psychology

Buffalo State
Blaine Billings (Newburgh), Fr., track and field, undecided
Victoria Colotti (New Windsor), Jr., women’s soccer, health & wellness
Jessica McCarey (Middletown), Jr., women’s soccer, forensic chemistry

SUNY Cortland
Aidan Farrell (Bloomingburg), Soph., cross country/track, exsc
Jacqueline Lang (Middletown), Jr., swimming & diving, ecd
Averee May (Highland Falls), Soph., softball, shs
Emily McGurk (Monroe), Sr., women’s swimming & diving, ecd
Peter McWeeney (Washingtonville), Soph., football, pemw
Michelle Palmer (Rock Tavern), Fr., women’s tennis, pemw
Jamie Winsper (Bloomingburg), Sr., cross country & track, com

SUNY Geneseo
Molly Byrne (Warwick), Fr., cross country & track, history teacher education
Kaitlynn Lane (Port Jervis), Soph., track and field, mathematics & secondary education
Samantha Reichman (Cornwall-on-Hudson), Fr., swimming & diving, biology
Lauren Sternberg (Monroe), Fr., equestrian, biology

SUNY New Paltz
Kristyn Bucci (Montgomery), Jr., volleyball, mathematics/secondary education
Emily Cavanagh (Warwick), Fr., cross country, art education
Marissa Contelmo (Wallkill), Soph., volleyball, photography
Konrad Dalland (Stone Ridge), Fr., basketball, economics
Joseph Galante (Newburgh), Soph., swimming, electrical engineering
Krystin Gallagher (Walden), Sr., swimming, adolescence education and English
Matthew Kessler (Highland Mills), Jr., swimming, English and adolescent education
Taylor LaFrance (New Windsor), Soph., softball, accounting
Jamie Owens (Kerhonkson), Fr., field hockey, visual arts
Megan Reilly (Warwick), Fr., cross country, visual arts
Stephen Smith (Wallkill), Jr., cross country, adolescence education
Tucker Stern (New Paltz), Sr., soccer, early childhood education

SUNY Oneonta
David Busby (New Paltz), Sr., cross country & track, environmental science
Honour Butler (New Paltz), Sr., track and field, business economics
Taylor DeClerck (Goshen), Sr., track and field, psychology/criminal justice
Nicole Lapinski (Pine Bush), Fr., swimming & diving, accounting
Nicholas Ponesse (Newburgh), Jr., baseball, political science and sociology
Luke Sheridan (Warwick), Fr., swimming & diving, adolescent education

SUNY Oswego
Kyle Bacon (Montgomery), Fr., men’s lacrosse, wellness management
William Bacon (Montgomery), Jr., men’s lacrosse, finance
Emily Casazza (Highland Mills), Jr., track and field, adolescent education
Timothy Cronin (Walden), Sr., baseball, ecomonics
Carly Lawless (Fort Montgomery), Soph., softball, human development
Colin Maggiolo (Sugar Loaf), Soph., track and field, public justice
Kevin Mahon (Monroe), Jr., men’s lacrosse, childhood education

SUNY Plattsburgh
Hannah Cunningham (Campbell Hall), Fr., track and field, childhood special education
Taylor Fischer (Cottekill), Fr., softball, nursing
William Lindau (Middletown), Soph., cross country & track, biology
Kaitlyn Preiss (Cornwall), Soph., softball, nursing
Amanda Tantillo (Florida), Jr., softball, communication disorders
Alec Tocco (Kerhonkson), Soph., men’s lacrosse, television/video production

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Marist grad takes over at S.F. State

Marist graduate Kristina Danella was named women’s basketball head coach at San Francisco State University on Monday. She went 18-10 at Urbana in 2013-14, and 65-25 in the last three seasons at Caldwell. She was 25-6 this season, guiding Caldwell to its first NCAA Div. II tourney appearance and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference coach of the year.
Danella played two seasons at Marist (2011-13) after transferring from Massachusetts. She played in two NCAA Div. I tournaments with the Red Foxes. As a senior, she won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Sixth Man of the Year award, led the MAAC in 3-point shooting (.410), ranked 12th nationally in free throw shooting (.887) and averaged nine points and four rebounds.
“I am honored and pleased to be named the next head women’s basketball coach at San Francisco State,” Danella said. “I want to thank President Wong, director of athletics Charles Guthrie and the search committee for the opportunity to join this amazing community. Charles is relentless in his efforts to surpass all expectations at San Francisco State. Under his leadership, the decision to become a Gator was not only an easy choice but the right one for my family and me. I will work tirelessly to create a culture of excellence in everything that we do. I am more than thrilled to call San Francisco State my new home.”
“Kristina is a rising star with a competitive spirit,” Guthrie said. “She has turned two different programs completely around from not winning to winning. She has made postseason appearances multiple times as a head coach and student athlete, and she has an overall winning record everywhere she has coached in women’s basketball. We were highland impressed with her in-depth tactical knowledge of women’s basketball, organizational structure, energy, ability to connect with the student athletes on and off the court and her California networks.”
San Francisco State was 4-23 last season.

Danella is one of at least 18 former players who were coached by Marist head coach Brian Giorgis who went into the coaching ranks. Here is a link to a July 2012 story about Giorgis’ extensive coaching tree.
An update to that 2012 story has Stephanie Del Preore as head coach at Long Island University, and Nikki Flores and Emily Stallings as assistants at American University, under former Giorgis assistant Megan Gebbia. Erin (Leger) Doughty is married now and still on Giorgis’ bench. Alisa Kresge left Marist in June 2016 to become associate head coach at the University of Vermont.

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Marist football announces home schedule

Marist football fans had better keep pocket schedules handy because the Red Foxes are playing games with at least four different start times this season.
The home schedule was announced on Monday with start times of noon, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. There’s road starts at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Red Foxes have four Section 9 graduates on the roster: QB Mike White of Cornwall; DL Thomas Giordano of Goshen; OL Dan Wittekind of Chester; and, OL Brandon Rawlins of Burke Catholic.

The 2017 schedule:
Sat. Sept. 2 – at Bucknell, 6 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 9 – Stetson*, 1 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 16 – at Georgetown, TBA
Sat. Sept. 23 – Jacksonville*, 6 p.m.
Sat. Sept. 30 – at Davidson*, 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 7 – Columbia, noon
Sat. Oct. 14 – at Valparaiso*, 2 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 21 – Drake*, 1 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 28 – OPEN
Sat. Nov. 4 – at Dayton*, 1 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 11 – Morehead State*, noon
Sat. Nov. 18 – at San Diego*, TBA
* – Pioneer Football League

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Region XV baseball tournament schedule

The spring rains that have wreaked havoc on college sports schedules continue to do so, prompting a change in format and schedule for the Mid-Hudson Conference/Region XV Div. II tournament.
SUNY Orange and SUNY Ulster did not make the tournament.
Here is the schedule:
Thursday, May 11
Game 1 – No. 4 SUNY Rockland at No. 1 SUNY Westchester, 3:30 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 3 SUNY Dutchess at No. 2 SUNY Sullivan, 3:30 p.m.
Friday, May 12 (at SUNY Sullivan)
Game 3 – Losers games 1-2, 10 a.m.
Game 4 – Winners games 1-2, 1 p.m.
Game 5 – Winner game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 4 p.m.
To be determined (Saturday at earliest, at SUNY Sullivan)
Game 6 – Championship game, time TBD
Game 7 – if necessary

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Cornwall’s Mike White a Marist football captain

Cornwall graduate Mike White was named as one of four team captains at Marist College for the 2017 season. Joining the quarterback are running back Marcellus Calhoun, linebacker Ruben Avalos III and safety Wesley Beans.
White will be a red-shirt junior, having started the past two seasons. He has thrown for 5,495 yards and 35 touchdowns. Last season he set single-season marks for completions (203) and passing yards (2,931), and earned second-team All-Pioneer Football League honors.
Calhoun, a two-time PFL honorable mention all-star pick, is captain for a second team. He has 1,253 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns for his career. Avalos posted 70 tackles and a sack in 11 starts last season. Beans led Marist with 77 tackles and six interceptions.
Marist opened spring practice on Wednesday, with its next session on Friday. The Red-White Spring Game is April 22 at 6 p.m. at Tenney Stadium.

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Fighting Army falls to No. 5 Oregon in season, Allen’s head coaching debut

By Ken McMillan
Times Herald-Record

Jimmy Allen didn’t get a victory in his debut as Army men’s basketball coach but he discovered a fighting spirit with his young and inexperienced club.
The Black Knights gave No. 5 Oregon a bit of a scare late in the second half before dropping a 91-77 decision to the Ducks before 12,364 fans in Eugene.
Army went into halftime trailing 49-31 but used a 6-for-8 effort from 3-point range to open the second half and cut the margin to 73-64.
Oregon, the preseason favorite in the Pac 12 Conference, shot 52 percent from the field in the second half and used 13 blocks to keep Army at bay.
“I was happy with how our guys competed and how our guys responded to some adversity there in the first half,’’ said Allen, who served the last six seasons as assistant and associate head coach under former head coach Zach Spiker. “We had a stretch where we didn’t do things well. We were getting open shots so we were doing good things from an offensive standpoint but we weren’t knocking them down. In the second half … I was happy with how we responded with the limited experience that we have.’’
Kennedy Edwards had a foul-plagued first half and was limited to just four minutes. He scored 15 of his team-high 17 points after the break.
“He’s going to give me a headache,’’ Allen mused. “He is typically a slow starter. He was a little more than a slow starter .. he was starting backwards with a couple fouls. Some things he needed to do a little better. He is capable … once he kind of gets going he is a confident player.’’
Freshman Matt Wilson had 10 points in his collegiate debut. Jordan Fox and John Emezie each had nine. Nine Army players posted at least five points.
Tyler Dorsey scored 21 points to lead Oregon (1-0). Pritchard scored 15, Jordan Bell and Chris Boucher each had 14 and Roman Sorkin added 12. All-star Dillon Brooks did not play.
The Ducks shot 45 percent and Army 39 percent. Each team had nine 3-pointers, though Army started the game at 2-for-14 from beyond the arc.
The teams combined for 50 personal fouls (Army had 27), though no one was disqualified. Edwards, Thomas Funk, Jacob Kessler and Mac Hoffman finished with four fouls apiece.
Army will host NCAA Division III Mount Saint Mary on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
“We learned a lot about our team,’’ Allen said. “I think our guys got a bit of confidence. … I am excited to get back to work with these guys.’’

kmcmillan@th-record.com
Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

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Ulster wrestling opens with Nov. 5 scrimmage

The SUNY Ulster wrestling program, with first-year head coach Justin Signorelli, opens with a preseason home scrimmage on Saturday, Nov. 5. That should be a good prep for the following weekend when the school hosts the SUNY Ulster Duals.

The Senators’ roster
Sophomores (0)
Freshmen (11) – Patrick Carroll, 157 (Kingston); Javier Cortez, 174 (Ellenville); Catherine Devlin, 285 (Kingston); Matt Fusco, 197 (Kingston); Mohammed Khan, 125 (New Paltz); Lakell Martin, 174 (Kingston); Eliot Marzano, 197 (Kingston); Dominick Massaro, 149 (New Paltz); Alex Munoz, 184 (Saugerties); Josh Santiago, 149 (Rondout Valley); Miles Whitmore-Parr, 184 (New Paltz)

The Senators’ schedule:
November
Sat. 5 – Ulster preseason scrimmage; Sat. 12 – SUNY Ulster Duals; Sun. 20 – New York State tourney at Cornell
December
Sun. 4 – Cyclone Open at Centenary; Sat. 17 – Northeastern Duals at Nassau CC
January
Sat. 7 – at Williams Invitational; Sun. 22 – Tri-meet at Keystone
February
Sun. 12 – Northeast qualifier at Mercyhurst North East

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