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.’’
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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:
Sat. 5 – Ulster preseason scrimmage; Sat. 12 – SUNY Ulster Duals; Sun. 20 – New York State tourney at Cornell
Sun. 4 – Cyclone Open at Centenary; Sat. 17 – Northeastern Duals at Nassau CC
Sat. 7 – at Williams Invitational; Sun. 22 – Tri-meet at Keystone
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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