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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Ulster men’s basketball starts next week

The SUNY Ulster men’s basketball season gets underway next Tuesday at SUNY Sullivan. Justin Maxswell starts his second season as coach. There are players from seven Ulster County high schools and one from Orange County.

The Senators’ schedule:
November
Tues. 1 – at SUNY Sullivan*, 7 p.m.; Thur. 3 – at SUNY Dutchess*, 7 p.m.; Sun. 6 – Schenectady, 1 p.m.; Thur. 10 – at SUNY Rockland*, 7 p.m.; Tues. 15 – SUNY Orange*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 19 – Berkshire, 1 p.m.; Sun. 20 – at Albany Pharmacy, 4:30 p.m.; Tues. 22 – at Hudson Valley, 7 p.m.
December
Thur. 1 – Columbia-Greene, 7 p.m.; Sat. 3 – Queensborough, 1 p.m.; Sun. 4 – Culinary Institute, 1 p.m.; Thur. 8 – Niagara, 7 p.m.
January
Tues. 3 – at Union, 7 p.m.; Thur. 5 – SUNY Rockland*, 7 p.m.; Sat. 7 – Herkimer, 1 p.m.; Tues. 10 – at SUNY Orange*, 7 p.m.; Thur. 12 – at Sussex, 7 p.m.; Sat. 14 – at Queensborough, 1 p.m.; Tues. 17 – at Schenectady, 7 p.m.; Thur. 19 – SUNY Sullivan*, 7 p.m.; Tues. 24 – Johnson, 7 p.m.; Thur. 26 – SUNY Dutchess*, 7 p.m.
February
Wed. 8 – U.S. Military Academy Prep, 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 – Paul Smiths, 1 p.m.
Home games at Stone Ridge’s Senate Gym; * – indicates Mid-Hudson Conference game

The Senators’ roster:
Sophomores (3) – No. 2 Anthony Feliciano, G (Kingston); No. 21 Stephen Green, F (Kingston); No. 23 Devin Turrell, F (Cicero North Syracuse/Regis)
Freshmen (11) – No. 1 Matthew Vines, F (Onteora); No. 3 Shawn Jansen, G (Saugerties); No. 4 Daniel Fridriksson, G (Iceland); No. 5 Muhammad Ali Yousaf (Rondout Valley); No. 10 Dondre Francis, F (Saugerties); No. 11 Tyreik Johnson, G (Kingston/Herkimer); No. 14 Keith Karen, G (Monroe-Woodbury); No. 14 Dylan Clark, G (Onteora); No. 22 Eyzaiya Ortiz, F (Saugerties); No. 33 Jordan Childs, F (Wallkill); No. 44 Todd Abrams, F (Highland)
Head coach: Justin Maxwell
Assistants: Matt More; Kyle Richmond

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Hammer coach McGrath proud of his Olympic student

Local hammer throwing coach Paddy McGrath said he can’t believe it’s been 16 years since he competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics for Ireland, and yet it still feels like it was yesterday, he said.
“I know what it’s like. I know the pressure,’’ said McGrath, who lives in Ossining and coaches track and field at Briarcliff High School. He is a special education teacher in the Bronx.
That’s why McGrath flew to Rio de Janeiro on Sunday so he could provide coaching and a calming influence for his student, Team USA thrower Rudy Winkler of upstate Averill Park.
“It’s a joy for me to go and see him compete,’’ McGrath said.
“I can’t believe it’s my second time going to the Olympics: my first time as an athlete and now as a coach. I never thought I would make it as a coach. Obviously, I found the right kid and I was lucky.’’
Winkler is one of about two dozen throwers who train with McGrath and Minisink Valley teacher Kevin Sullivan at the New York Hammer Throw Squad on weekends at a small facility in Middletown.
Winkler had a rough Olympics debut on Wednesday morning. He fouled on his first and third attempts in the qualifying round, and got off one solid throw of 71.89 meters.
“I told him just treat it like another meet,’’ McGrath said. “It’s the Olympics, I understand, but go out and do the best you can.’’
McGrath came to the United States from Dublin in 1990, and he graduated from Manhattan College in 1995. He was a two-time All-American selection.
McGrath watched with great pride as Winkler marched in to Olympic Stadium in Rio during the opening ceremonies, positioning himself smartly some four or five people away from flag bearer Michael Phelps, assuring some TV time.
“He called me from the stadium and I told him congratulations,’’ McGrath said. “I said you joined a very exclusive club. There’s not many people who can say they walked out for their country at the Olympic Games. It’s a lifetime achievement in itself. I know the pride that I had competing for Ireland and I know Rudy definitely was probably very nostalgic that he walked out with the U.S. Olympic Team. Words can’t describe that. I was happy for him.’’
McGrath retired not long after his Olympics competition, and he was encouraged to give coaching a try by American Harold “Hal” Connolly, who won the gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Connolly
passed away in 2010.
“You rise on the shoulders of the people who have come before you,’’ McGrath said. “I was very lucky there was a coach, Harold Connolly … he started USA Junior Hammer, and when I stopped throwing he encouraged me to start coaching and get the kids involved. I was like, ‘Yeah, yeah,’ and when I started to do it I drank the Kool-Aid and it’s great.’’
McGrath was also influenced by his coach, Soviet Union defector Roman Feldman. Now McGrath coaches Feldman’s sons, who placed third and eighth at high school nationals. McGrath has also coached the last two state indoor weight throw champs.
“It’s funny,’’ McGrath said, “I used to get a thrill from competing. Now I get a thrill if my kids do well, that’s the joy for me now.’’

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Women’s soccer: Heatley on favored FDU squad

Warwick graduate Tara Heatley is a junior midfielder for the Fairleigh Dickinson women’s soccer team. The Knights were voted as the preseason favorite to repeat as champion in the Northeast Conference.
Heatley has played 17 matches the past two seasons for the Knights.

Minisink Valley grad Jenn Peters is a red-shirt junior for LIU Brooklyn, which was picked eighth. Peters, the 2013 NEC rookie of the year, sat out last season.

The NEC poll (first-place votes in parenthesis):
1. Fairleigh Dickinson — 55 points (3)
2. Central Connecticut — 53 (4)
3. Robert Morris — 51
4. Saint Francis Pa. — 47 (1)
5. Bryant — 40 (1)
6. Sacred Heart — 23
7. Wagner — 22
8. LIU Brooklyn — 20
9 Mount St. Mary’s — 13

Fairleigh Dickinson will play at Army on Sept. 18 at 1 p.m.
O’Neill product Carly Tice just graduated from FDU. She had been an all-star striker and top point producer for the Knights (16-6 last year). Tice had 11 goals and 30 points in her senior season.

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Army men’s basketball: Schedule opens at Oregon

By Ken McMillan
Times Herald-Record

WEST POINT – Jimmy Allen will make his debut as Army’s men’s basketball coach against one of the toughest foes the Black Knights have ever faced.
Allen and his revamped lineup will open the 2016-17 season on Nov. 11 at the University of Oregon, the defending Pac-12 Conference champion and an NCAA Elite Eight participant. Some preseason polls have the Ducks (31-7 last season) as a top-10 team.
“With the exception of Duke two years ago, who ended up winning the national championship, this is the most talented team we’ve played in the last six years,’’ Allen said. “I probably would prefer not to play them in the very first game of the year. … It will be a unique experience for sure. We will have to be tough and go out there and see what we can do.’’
The rest of the non-league slate – scheduled long before Allen took over from new LaSalle coach Zach Spiker in the spring – is no easy task either. Conference regular-season champs Monmouth (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) and Saint Bonaventure (Atlantic 10) are scheduled, and potentially Chattanooga (Southern) in a West Point mini-tourney. Conference runner-ups include Fairleigh Dickinson and Saint Francis-Brooklyn (Northeast).
In all, there are five 20-win foes, six more with winning overall records and nine teams with 2016 postseason experience.
Newburgh’s Mount Saint Mary of the Skyline Conference will open the Army home schedule on Nov. 15. This is the eighth consecutive season an NCAA Division III team has made the Army schedule. The Black Knights have swept those outings, beating Mount Saint Vincent, Vassar, Marywood, Rosemont, Coast Guard (twice) and Ferrum.
Army-Oregon is an “opening game” of the Maui Invitational, but Army is not part of the championship bracket. The Black Knights will host a regional tournament as part of the invitational, with Chattanooga, Central Arkansas and a third team to be determined coming to West Point for a mini-tourney on the weekend of Nov. 19-20.
Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 30), Saint Francis-Brooklyn (Dec. 3), Air Force (Dec. 7) and Binghamton (Dec. 21) visit Christl Arena. Army travels to Columbia (Nov. 23), Fairfield (Nov. 26), Monmouth (Dec. 10) and Saint Bonaventure (Dec. 19). Monmouth features Kingston graduate Justin Robinson, an All-American candidate at guard.
The 27th season of Patriot League play opens Dec. 30 when Lehigh visits. The home rematch with surprise champion Holy Cross comes Jan. 18, followed by a visit by Navy on Jan. 21. Army travels to Annapolis, Md., on Feb. 18.
Allen said the Oregon and Saint Bonaventure games represent the on-going efforts to schedule schools from high-major conferences. Army faced Tennessee and George Washington last season, USC and Duke in 2014-15, Notre Dame and Rutgers in 2013-14 and Penn State and Texas A&M in 2012-13.
Army finished 19-14, after getting upset in the Patriot League semifinals by Holy Cross and losing to New Jersey Institute of Technology in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com tournament – that was the Black Knights’ first postseason event since the 1978 National Invitation Tournament. Army graduated seven seniors who had the lion’s share of minutes and production for the past four seasons.
“Obviously, we’re striving to continue to have success in our program,’’ said Allen, who has been on Army’s staff for seven seasons. “We’re going to have some guys step up and do that but we’re excited about having the opportunity to do it and grow as a team.’’

kmcmillan@th-record.com
Twitter: @KenMcMillanTHR

2016-17 schedule
November
Fri. 11 – Maui Invitational opener, at Oregon (31-7, 14-4 Pac 12, first; NCAA elite eight)
Tues. 15 – Mount Saint Mary (8-17, 6-14 NCAA Div. III Skyline)
Sat. 19-Sun. 20 – Maui Invitational, at West Point: Chattanooga (29-6, 15-3 Southern, first), Central Arkansas (7-21, 6-12 Southland, tie-ninth) and TBD (fourth foe and schedule to be determined)
Wed. 23 – at Columbia (25-10, 10-4 Ivy, third; College Insider champion)
Sat. 26 – at Fairfield (19-14, 12-8 Metro Atlantic, tie-fourth; College Insider first round)
Wed. 30 – Fairleigh Dickinson (18-15, 11-7 Northeast, tie-second; NCAA first four)
December
Sat. 3 – Saint Francis, N.Y. (15-17, 11-7 Northeast, tie-second)
Wed. 7 – Air Force (14-18, 5-13 Mountain West, tenth)
Sat. 10 – at Monmouth (28-8, 17-3 Metro Atlantic, first; NIT second round)
Mon. 19 – at Saint Bonaventure (22-9, 14-4 Atlantic 10, tie-first; NIT first round)
Wed. 21 – Binghamton (8-22, 5-11 America East, sixth)
Fri. 30 – Lehigh* (17-15, 13-5 Patriot, second)
January
Mon. 2 – at Bucknell* (17-14, 14-4 Patriot, first; NIT first round)
Thur. 5 – at Lafayette* (6-24, 3-15 Patriot, tenth)
Sun. 8 – Loyola* (9-21, 8-10 Patriot, eighth)
Wed. 11 – Colgate* (13-17, 9-9, tie-fourth)
Sat. 14 – at American* (12-19, tie-fourth)
Wed. 18 – Holy Cross* (15-20, 5-13 Patriot, ninth; NCAA first round)
Sat. 21 – Navy* (19-14, 9-9 Patriot, tie-fourth)
Wed. 25 – at Boston* (19-15, 11-7 Patriot, third; College Insider second round)
Sat. 28 – Bucknell*
February
Wed. 1 – Lafayette*
Sat. 4 – at Loyola*
Wed. 8 – at Colgate*
Sat. 11 – American*
Wed. 15 – at Holy Cross*
Sat. 18 – at Navy*
Wed. 22 – Boston*
Sat. 25 – at Lehigh*
28-March 8 – Patriot League tourney
Asterisk indicates Patriot League game; all times still to be determined

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Source: Army offer baseball opening to Boston College assistant

Boston College assistant coach Jim Foster has been offered Army’s vacant head baseball coaching position, according to a source.

Foster, an associate head coach at Boston College since 2014, was the head coach at Rhode Island from 2006 to 2013.

Army fired Matt Reid on May 16 after three seasons. Reid took over for Joe Sottolano, who was fired in the fall of 2013.

Canisius coach Mike McRae was also considered for the position, according to sources. McRae opted to stay at Canisius.

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College softball action heating up

College softball is headed into second week of playoff action, with three local programs still playing.
Mount Saint Mary follows up its win in the Skyline Conference tourney with its second appearance in the NCAA Division III championships. The Knights are headed to Ithaca for a four-team, double-elimination regional. The Mount opens with host Ithaca at 3:30 p.m. Friday, with Moravian and Worcester State opening at 1 p.m. The Ithaca regional games will have live video and stats available at athletics.ithaca.edu and livestream.com.
Army is the second seed in the Patriot League tournament, hosted by Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The Black Knights will open play Thursday against Boston University at 2:30 p.m. Lehigh and Bucknell precede at 12 p.m. There will be three games Friday at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., and two games Saturday at 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. (if necessary). All Patriot tourney games can be viewed online at PatriotLeague.tv.
Vicky Lattanzio of nearby Fishkill plays for Lehigh.
Marist is the tourney host for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The tourney got underway with two first-round games on Wednesday. On Thursday, Marist hosts Fairfield at 11:30 a.m., preceded by Manhattan and Quinnipiac at 9 a.m. There will be losers’ bracket games at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The games can be viewed online at MAAC.tv (subscription).

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