Sports News for Week of May 19, 2013
Area college honors in sports
by Warren Kozireski
•Hilton grad Becky Hebert was named to the Second Team on the SUNYAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team.
•Hilton grad Ryan Mee finished his first season as assistant men’s basketball coach at Davidson College, which won the Southern Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA tournament before being defeated by Elite Eight participant Marquette.
•John Martin-Cannon (Brockport) completed his wrestling career at the University of Buffalo with 84 wins—good for 15th in the program record books. His 135 career takedowns are the fourth most in program history.
•University of Maryland junior Christian Boley (Brockport) won his second Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling championship at 197 with a 7-2 decision. The junior won three matches in the wrestleback during the NCAA Tournament falling one win shy of All-American status. Boley wrapped up the 2012-13 season with a 27-8 record.
•SUNYIT Men’s Volleyball Team had three area players named to the all-conference ranks in Hilton’s Alan Davids and Sean Conte with Brockport’s Jeff Knapp named to the First Team.
Davids was also selected North Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after leading the conference with a .344 hitting percentage and finishing second in kills (195), kills per set (2.19), points (258.5) and points per set (2.9).
Roberts Wesleyan College
•Sophomore forward and Brockport High School grad Marissa Sell earned NCCAA All-American First Team honors and was named NCCAA East Region Player of the Year.
Sell finished the season averaging 13.0 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and led Roberts to the NCCAA National Championships. She was also named to the East Coast Conference All-Conference Second Team after finishing the regular season sixth in scoring and third in rebounds.
•Freshman forward Samantha Courtney was named to the NCCAA East Region Second Team after leading the Redhawks with a team-high 47 blocks.
•For the men, senior forward Devin Grimes earned NCCAA All-American Honorable Mention after averaging a double-double in points and rebounds. In addition, Grimes was selected to the NCCAA East Region First Team.
College at Brockport
•Senior Zach Ferrera won the 2013 NCAA Division III Pole Vault National Champion after posting a school record height of 5.09 meter (16’ 8 1/4”) at the indoor track and field championships in Naperville, Illinois.
•Three men and seven women were named to the 2013 SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field All-Conference Teams. Freshman Brandon Joyce and senior Zach Ferrara were First Team selections with sophomore Antoine Keels a Second Team pick. For the women, senior Nicole Jones and sophomore Rachel Malone were First Team members with Caitlin Moeller, Emily Noonan, Hailey Smith, Kim Engels and Kristen Hover were named to the Second Team.
•Wrestler Matt Ellis finished eighth at the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament to earn All-American status.
•In men’s basketball, junior guard Jon Ivey made the All-SUNYAC First Team.
•Senior swimmer Ken Smith was named Second Team All-SUNYAC.
Three Gymnasts win gold
Three Bright Raven Gymnasts won gold medals at the USA Gymnastics Level 7 State Championships held in East Rochester April 20-21.
12-year-old Savannah Thesing of Chili captured first place on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.375 and placed second all around in the Junior F age division with a total score of 36.375.
15-year-old Julianna Gatto of Gates won gold in floor exercise competition by scoring a 9.55. Gatto competed in the Senior F division and also earned a silver medal for her vault (9.275) and a bronze in all around competition with a 35.775.
14-year-old Brooke Adam of Greece also earned a gold medal for her performance in floor exercise scoring a 9.40 in the Senior D division.
In the Senior C division, Kristen Godshall of Spencerport earned second place on vault (9.40) and third place all around (36.90). Teammate Molly McKenna of Chili placed second on balance beam (9.475) in the same division.
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Perry, DiMartino lead Blue Devils
by Warren Kozireski
Shelby Perry hit a three-run home run during a five-run fourth inning and Julia DiMartino struck out 11 batters while allowing just four hits as host Brockport defeated Churchville-Chili 6-0 in girls softball.
Brockport took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning as Taylor Light and Shannon Allen both singled and advanced on Serenna Rose’s sacrifice bunt. Light later scored on a wild pickoff throw.
It remained that way until the Blue Devils broke the game open with five runs. Light drew a leadoff walk, stole second and went to third on an Allen sac bunt. A walk and stolen base by Taylor Zinkiewich put runners at second and third before an infield single by Brianna Bunch scored Light. Anna Fisher drove in Zinkiewich with a single and Perry followed with her three-run homer to left center to make it 6-0.
DiMartino took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before a Kyle Keller single ended the bid.
The Saints loaded the bases in the seventh on a leadoff walk to Courtney Olsen, a one-out double by Katy Flynn and bunt single by Audry Clarke, but DiMartino induced a force out and struck out the final batter to end the threat and preserve the shutout, which improved the Blue Devils’ record to 11-2.
Tom Sydeski signs at Stonehill College
Brockport High School senior Tom Sydeski recently signed his letter of intent to play football at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where he will also major in business administration this fall.
The starting quarterback for the past two seasons led Blue Devils to two league division championships and an overall record of 16-2. He was 2012 season team captain and his career includes 121 passes in 208 attempts for 1,849 yards with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, with a career record of 4,017 yards and 45 touchdowns. His single record of 2,098 yards and 23 touchdowns was in 2011. He was first team all county for two years and second team All Greater Rochester.
Scott Nugent, the varsity football coach at Brockport, said he has enjoyed working with Tom over the years and is excited to see him continuing his football career at Stonehill College. “Through Tom’s leadership, he has led Brockport to its first division title in Monroe County and has helped put Brockport football on the map as one of the most respected teams in the area,” said Nugent.
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Tomczyk has 3 RBIs in Saints’ win
by Warren Kozireski
Junior Luke Tomczyk drove in runs in three separate innings including the second of back-to-back homers with Jim Latona in the seventh inning as Churchville-Chili defeated Spencerport 11-7.
After C-C plated an unearned run in the first, the Rangers took their only lead of the game on a leadoff home run by Trent Egenlauf and an RBI squeeze bunt by Brett Ballard, scoring Jay Perry.
A sacrifice fly in the second inning from Derek Mungillo scored Matt Brown who led off with a single to tie the game 2-2 and the Saints scored two more in the fourth with Tomczyk and Nick Ficarella driving in the runs.
The Saints blew the game open in their half of the fifth inning scoring five runs with starting pitcher Kevin VanDongen plating two, Tomczyk driving in another on an infield single and Ficarella singling for the fifth run after an error allowed the fourth to score.
But Spencerport rebounded by batting around and scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Singles by Brandon Case, Perry and Dylan Toole loaded the bases before Ballard scored two runs with a single. A walk and an error again loaded the bases and Mike Cifarelli drove in Toole with a single to pull the Rangers to within 9-5.
Back-to-back home runs by Latona and Tomczyk in the seventh put the Saints up 11-5 before the Rangers scored two runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to Alex Dent and Anthony Macera scoring on a wild pitch.
VanDongen pitched into the seventh inning allowing seven hits and striking out five in earning the win. Zach Jackson came on in the final inning in relief as the Saints picked up their third division win against two losses and fifth victory overall.
by Warren Kozireski
Hilton and Churchville-Chili’s boys tennis squads met up for the fourth year in a row with a division title on the line with the Saints again coming away victorious 6-1.
A slate of sophomores swept the four singles matches with Quinn Magiera winning 6-4, 6-1 at first singles, Patrick Mathews 6-2, 6-1 at second singles, Andrew Freeman 6-1, 6-3 at third singles and Dan Davis 6-4, 6-1 at number four.
The tightest battle came at first doubles with the Saints John Iacucci and Andrew Messinger taking a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) win. Matt Greer and Scott Arilotta also had to battle in their second doubles match before earning a 6-3, 6-4 win.
The third doubles unit at senior Mike Camillaci and junior Zach Granby rebounded from a first set loss to account for the Cadets only win with a 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 win.
Kimble’s seven points pace Cadets
by Warren Kozireski
Senior Briana Kimble scored three times over the first 6:01 of the contest and finished with four goals and three assists while classmate Anai Flanagan scored four goals with one assist as Hilton defeated host Spencerport 13-5 in girls lacrosse.
Kimble netted her first goal just 31 seconds into the game after a pass from Sarah Johnson, assisted on a goal by Blair Beasley, scored again on a Flanagan assist and completed her hat trick at 6:01.
Hilton dominated on the draws and scored seven times in all over the first 9:37 of the game and led 7-1 before the Rangers found the offense and played fairly evenly the rest of the game.
Morgan Hoover opened the second half with an unassisted goal and Kimble scored her fourth off a Rachel Ryan assist to put the Cadets up 10-3. Flanagan (2) and Shannon Pakusch completed the Hilton offense later in the half.
Kristen Hill scored one goal in each half for the Rangers with captain Rayna Plouffe, Amber Kegler and Maggie Eigbrett also scoring.
Hurlbutt, Thompson pace Eagles attack
Wright earns first varsity win
by Warren Kozireski
Kari Hurlbutt and Morgan Thompson each stroked two-RBI singles in a six run second inning and eighth-grader Chelsea Wright scattered nine hits to lead Kendall to an 11-6 win over visiting Byron-Bergen in girls softball.
Kendall opened the scoring in the first inning when centerfielder Ashley Makowski tripled and scored on a Hurlbutt single. Hurlbutt advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and later scored the second run on Allison Christenson’s RBI single.
In the six-run second inning, Morgan Thompson and Wright singled and Makowski drew a walk to load the bases for Hurlbutt’s two-RBI single. A walk to Tayler Butterfield again loaded the bases before Christenson drew an RBI walk, Jorden Ammerman plated a run when she was hit by a pitch and Thompson followed with her two-RBI single for an 8-0 Eagles lead.
Byron-Bergen followed with their biggest inning offensively with Kristen Magguilli and Courtney Bow stroking consecutive two-RBI singles to make it 8-4.
Thompson singles to center to drive in pinch runner Allie Knapp for Kendall in the fourth inning before the Bees plated two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Angela Almeter and an RBI single from Christine Stevens to pull within 9-6.
But the Eagles put the game out of reach in their half of the sixth. Christenson led off with a single and Olivia Welch sent pinch runner Knapp to third with a single. An RBI groundout by Ammerman scored Knapp and the eleventh run scored on a strikeout wild pitch scoring Welch.
Wright, called up from junior varsity to fill in for regular starter Jordan Heller, allowed nine hits and struck out one batter in earning her first varsity win, which evened the Eagles division record at 2-2.
Rangers upset state ranked Athena
by Warren Kozireski
Spencerport plated five runs without benefit of an extra base hit and starting pitcher Brandon Case earned his second win of the season in a 5-1 victory over state-ranked Greece Athena.
After the Trojans scored a run in the top of the first, the Rangers responded in their half of the inning. Jay Perry singled and later scored on a Trent Egenlauf RBI groundout to tie the game.
The Rangers took the lead for good scoring twice in the fourth inning. Dylan Toole walked and Mike Cifarelli singled before Brett Renzi moved them up with a sacrifice bunt. Alex Dent executed a suicide squeeze bunt to score Toole and Cifarelli later scored on an error for a 3-1 Ranger lead.
They added two insurance runs in the sixth with Toole and Cifarelli again the catalysts reaching on an error and single, respectively. Renzi reached on an infield single to load the bases before Renzi knocked in Toole with an RBI groundout and Perry stroked a two-out single scoring Renzi for a 5-1 lead.
Case allowed just the one run with no walks before yielding in the seventh inning to Dent, who struck out the side to earn a save.
VerSteeg clutch hit leads Rangers to fourth win
by Warren Kozireski
After watching their 3-0 lead disappear in the sixth inning, Lauren VerSteeg stroked a two-RBI single to center in the top of the seventh as the Rangers defeated host Gates Chili 5-3.
Leading 2-0, Spencerport added to their advantage in the fourth inning. Morgan Schreiner and KC Wolf reached and advanced when Maddie Sperandio hit behind the runners. Shortstop Abby Amering then laced an RBI single scoring Schreiner for the third run.
Gates Chili tied the game in their half of the sixth with one run crossing on a wild pitch and two more on a two-out RBI double.
But Spencerport rallied in the seventh. Amering led off the inning with an infield single and third baseman Bailee Yaeger, who ended several rallies with solid defensive plays, reached on a bunt single. Both moved up a base when the ball was misplayed.
VerSteeg, who got new life when her foul pop was dropped, then hit her game-winning two RBI single to center scoring Amering and Yaeger for a 5-3 lead.
Abbie Hibsch came on in relief of winning pitcher Emilee Yaeger and allowed a one-out base runner, but retired the final two batters on infield outs to register the save.
McElligott, Ellis, Olsen each net three for Rangers
by Warren Kozireski
Freshman Colin McElligott and juniors Brandon Ellis and Kasey Olsen each scored three goals to lead Spencerport to a 19-5 victory over Brockport in boys lacrosse.
Corey Sauers gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead 4:36 into the contest finishing off a one-on-one effort and Ellis followed 18 seconds later converting a pass from McElligott.
Brockport goaltender Elijah Ryan made five of his 13 saves in the first quarter to keep the game close, and teammate Andy Reed danced out from behind the net to score at 9:01 to pull the Blue Devils to within a goal at 2-1.
But Spencerport’s Ellis and Thomas Allen scored goals to finish the first quarter with McElligott (2) and Sauers netting tallies within the first two minutes of the second quarter to put the game out of reach at 7-1.
Blue Devils freshman Chad Tobey scored the first of his two goals early in the second half to pull his team to 10-2, but Olsen set up Jeremy Powers and McElligott 32 seconds apart to give the Rangers a 10 goal lead.
Matt Kaser, Ellis, Ryan Schirano and Powers scored later in the third quarter for Spencerport with Aidan Conolly, Olsen and Caleb Ramos getting fourth quarter tallies.
McElligott and Olsen each finished with three goals and two assists while Ellis added one assist to his three goal effort. Sauers and Powers each finished with two goals with Kaser adding three assists to his tally.
Tobey and Reed accounted for two goals each for the Blue Devils with teammate Justis Blocker getting the other.