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Kailee Spusta
Ranked at Ithaca Gymnastics

By John Addyman

   WAYNE COUNTY (Feb 2 11) – The 6-1 Ithaca College gymnastics team is the top-ranked squad in Division III according to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association scoring rankings this week. The Bombers are averaging a team score of 183.500 and nine Ithaca gymnasts account for 14 top-15 rankings in individual events.
   One of those ranked gymnasts is senior Kailee Spusta (Pal-Mac), who is 14th in floor exercise with an average of 9.275. The Bombers won their meet with Springfield on Sunday, 182.575-181.400.

   Nazareth College junior Tim Rutan (Wayne) ran the first leg of the Golden Flyer distance relay quartet that finished fifth (11:23.79) Saturday at the Empire-8 Conference Championships at RIT. He also finished 24th in the 800-meter run (2:14.25).
   Utica College freshman Breiten Balschmiter (Newark) won the conference shot put championship (52-1) and was eighth in the weight throw (43-10.5). That shot put distance is beyond the NCAA provisional mark – the second time he’s done that this season. He is the only Utica athlete to ever qualify for the national NCAA championship in the event – and he was named Empire-8 Men’s Indoor Track & Field All-Conference on Monday.
Breiten Balschmiter
NCAA qualifier at Utica
   At the end of a close game, you want the ball in the hands of your best player – a guy who can shoot for the win or pass it to someone else who can put the ball in the basket.
   Last night, Nazareth College sophomore Tyshun Stephens (Newark) got the ball with the game on the line against RIT, When he played for the Reds, he was just the guy for the job in the last seconds of a game. But last night, his desperation three-point attempt from way downtown was off the mark. RIT escaped with an 82-81 win.
   Tyshun still had a very good night on the floor for the Golden Flyers – 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal. With the loss, Nazareth is 11-8 (4-6 Empire-8).
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   The Finger Lakes Community College men are 18-3 after two wins and a loss in the last week.
   Sophomore forward Emmanuel Reaves (Sodus) had six points ad six rebounds last Wednesday when the Lakers beat Onondaga Community College, 91-65. On Saturday, Tompkins Cortland Community College had a great night shooting from the field and upset the Lakers, 98-93. Emmanuel had eight points and six rebounds in that game.
   On Sunday, the Lakers shook off the loss and battered Fulton-Montgomery, 101-91. Emmanuel contributed 11 points and nine rebounds to that win.
   You can start your TV sports weekend on Saturday at 3 p.m. watching the Lakers tussle with Jefferson Community College on Finger Lakes TV 12. Jefferson handed FLCC one of its three losses this season three weeks ago. Should be a good game to watch.
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   Freshman forward Emma Baker (Wayne) was high scorer for the Finger Lakes women on Sunday, canning 12 points in a 70-49 loss to Fulton-Montgomery. She was one of two Lakers in double figures. FLCC’s women are 8-13.
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   Roberts Wesleyan senior forward Brittany McMillon (Lyons) scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds, blocked two shots and made two steals as the Raiders traded scoring runs to finally put Mount Vernon Nazarene away on Saturday, 77-46.
   The Cougars put together a 10-1 run in the first half to make the game close, then Roberts exploded in the second half with a 30-point run of its own to usher the Cougars out the door.
   Marissa Bunce (Newark) added 16 points, three rebounds and two assists in the win for the 14-8 Raiders (7-3 American Mideast Conference).
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   Senior forward Greg Logins (Sodus/Kent School) and the rest of the Cansius squad had an off night Sunday as Fairfield University grabbed its fifth straight win and victimized the Griffins, 70-55, snipping a two-game Canisius win streak. Greg ended the night with two points, two rebounds and an assist. The Griffs are 10-11 (4-7 MAAC).
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   Monroe Community College put a cork in the Jamestown Community College offense on Saturday night, holding the visitors to just 36 points on the basis of 22 percent field goal shooting and MCC’s 52-41 rebounding edge. Sophomore guard Shakista Woolfolk (Newark) put in eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and made three steals for the 14-6 Tribunes.
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   St. John Fisher College got off to a fast start against Alfred University last night and never let up on the pressure, exacting a 68-46 win. Saxon soph Bryan Bob (Wayne) collected six points and five rebounds in the losing cause. Junior Pat Hollenbeck (Wayne) added two points and two rebounds for Alfred, which falls to 7-11 (2-7 Empire-8).
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   The University of Buffalo got its fifth-straight win on Saturday, using a clinging defense to stump Northern Illinois, 63-52, in a game televised locally. Freshman forward Javon McCrea (Newark) collected four fouls and had one of his quieter nights of the season – seven points, two rebounds, two assists. The Bulls are now 13-6 (5-2 MAC).
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   Alyssa Fenyn (Newark) started at guard again for Virginia Tech on Thursday night against Georgia Tech and responded with a career-high 17-point output. She also had three assists and three steals, but the Hokies lost, 78-57.
   On Sunday, North Carolina used a big second half to subdue Tech, 76-51. Alyssa again started and had a team-high 11 points, with three assists and two rebounds. The Hokies are struggling and are now 9-12 (0-7 ACC).
Zach Orbaker
Wins 100 Backstroke
   Alfred State sophomore Ethan Wright (Clyde-Savannah) won the 100 butterfly (58.90) last Wednesday as the Pioneers downed Jamestown Community College, 74-54.
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   Monroe Community College swimmers got wins in the men’s and women’s competition Saturday against Genessee Community College. The guys won, 125-40; the women prevailed, 121-44.
   Sophomore Kyle Bree (Newark) had a big meet for MCC – he won the 200 free (1:57.85) and anchored the winning 300 free relay (1:36.59). Freshman Zach Orbaker (Clyde-Savannah) did fine, too – he won the 100 backstroke (1:03.44) and swam the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.98).
   Leslie Flannery (Newark) also had a nice meet – she anchored the winning 200 medley relay (2:08.61) and won the 500 free (5:37.93).
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   The Nazareth College teams dominated Utica College on Saturday, the Golden Flyer men winning, 207-69, and the women getting a 162-90 victory.
Jeff Baxter
Third in two events
   Sophomore Joshua Haak (Pal-Mac) won the 1000 free (11:08.73) and was second in the 500 free (5:31.31), then swam the first leg for the third-place 200 medley relay (1:57.45) and the second leg of the third-place 400 free relay (3:58.46). Fellow sophomore Jacob Kline (Newark) swam the first leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:45.47), won the 200 backstroke (2:05.09) and 200 individual medley and came in second in the 50 free (22.91) to complete a very nice meet.
    Nazareth junior Holly Gilligan (Newark) took second in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.88) and third in the 100 free (59.37), and swam the second leg of the third-place 200 medley relay (2:01.00). Fellow junior Jeff Baxter (Pal-Mac) anchored the third-place 200 medley relay (1:57.45), was third in the 500 free (5:50.92) and the 200 individual medley (2:28.27), and came in fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:09.87).
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   The Pitt/Bradford swim teams got squashed by Penn State/Behrend on Friday. Panther senior Jacob DeVolder (Newark) gave it the old college try– he won the 500 free (5:33.55) and was sixth in the 200 individual medley (2:28.35).
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   In a very local rivalry, the RIT women lost to UofR on Saturday, 197-84. Tiger freshman Jocelyn Bade (Gananda) did what she could for RIT – she took three fourth places, in the 1000 free (11:53.37), the 100 breaststroke (1:19.72) and the 500 free (5:40.93).
   The University of Buffalo opened its Mid-American Conference wrestling schedule on Saturday against the University of Ohio. The contest went down to the last match, where Buffalo lost the day, 16-15. Freshman Sean Walton (Pal-Mac) opened the event with a tough 10-9 loss at 125 ponds to Bobcat Gabe Ramos.
   Middlebury College visited St. Lawrence University on Saturday and the 11th-ranked Panthers rolled over the Saints in squash, 9-0. Saint sophomore Corey McHugh (Lyons/Brighton) lost at no. 6 to Middlebury’s Lindsay Becker. St. Lawrence is now 3-9.
   Methodist University has been chosen in a coaches’ poll as the team to beat in the USA South Athletic Conference. The Monarchs play their season lid-lifter on Feb. 12 at Mary Washington and start the conference slate on the Ides of March against Greensboro.
   Sophomore Stacey Brooks (Newark) had a 3-2 fall tournament record for Methodist.
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   Looking for the name of a local college athlete and not finding it? That’s probably because we don’t know your athlete is out there. Please drop me a line if you have a Wayne County athlete you’d like us to cover now or in the spring – john.addyman@yahoo.com.


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