2017
two thousand seventeen
Twenty-Seventeen
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COLLEGE SPORTS WRAP
By John Addyman
Canisius College senior forward
Greg Logins (Sodus/Kent) has led
the Golden Griffins to a first-round
bye in the MAAC playoffs. 

   WAYNE COUNTY (Mar 2 11) – Canisius College senior forward Greg Logins (Sodus/Kent) scored a team-high 20 points, snagged seven rebounds and a steal, and blocked a shot on Friday night as the Golden Griffins held off upset-minded Manhattan College, 72-63.
   On Sunday afternoon, and senior day besides, he led Canisius to a 75-58 win over Loyola with a game-high 26 points (23 of those in the second half). He also pulled down seven rebounds and made two steals.
   Those two wins put Canisius into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoffs as the sixth seed – and give the Griffins a first-round bye. You can catch Greg live and in hi-def on Saturday night at 10 p.m. on the MSG network as Canisius plays Rider, the third seed, and that should be a great game – Rider beat the Griffins by one, and Canisius returned the favor by two points later on in the season.
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   Roberts Wesleyan got an upset win in the first round of the American Mideast Conference playoffs over Notre Dame College last week, but things ended with a thud at Walsh College on Saturday in a 73-41 loss – the 21st win in a row for Walsh.
   Senior forward Brittany McMillon (Lyons) led the Lady Raiders with another double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds), and sophomore guard Marissa Bunce (Newark) chipped in six points, three rebounds and an assist.
Javon McCrea (Newark) -- Possible
MAC Rookie of the Year at Buffalo??
   The season isn’t necessarly over for 19-11 Roberts Wesleyan and unlike many other teams, the Raiders may have some choice. Wesleyan is eligible for the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Tournament being held March 17-19 at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. There’s also a possibility of an NAIA tournament selection. NAIA bids come out sometime today (Wednesday), with the NCCAA East Regional bids announced shortly thereafter. 
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   With two single-digit road losses last week, the University of Buffalo is stumbling toward the Mid-American Conference playoffs that start next week. Freshman forward Javon McCrea (Newark), who is in the running for conference rookie of the year honors, had a big night against Akron Saturday in a 69-60 loss – he nailed down a game-high 23 points, grabbed three rebounds, blocked a shot and made a steal.
   In a 72-69 loss at Kent State on Thursday, Javon had a double-double: 15 points, 11 rebounds, three blocked shots, four steals and three assists. Buffalo is 16-11 (7-7 MAC).
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   Virginia Tech sophomore guard Alyssa Fenyn (Newark) scored a team-high 17 points (matching her career high) and added four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot – but the University of Virginia got two more points in overtime than the Hokies did and Alyssa’s efforts went for naught, 73-71, on Sunday.
   The loss drops Tech to 11-18 (1-13 ACC) and will put them in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament tomorrow as the 12th seed, up against fourth-seeded Georgia Tech.  
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Finger Lakes Community College sophomore Emanuel Reaves (Sodus) canned 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds but the Lakers ended their season with a 71-60 upset loss to Mohawk Valley Community College on Saturday in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region III playoffs. FLCC put together a fine 24-6 season.
            Tennis
   Le Moyne College opened its spring tennis season on Saturday with a 9-0 loss at Colgate.  Dolphins sophomore Rebecca Black (Pal-Mac) lost to Colgate’s Kelsea Shea at second singles 6-0, 6-2, and came back in first doubles with Caroline Tisdell to fall to Alex Petrini and Stephanie Brown, 8-1.
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   Methodist University sophomore Stacey Brooks (Newark) teamed with Laura Baker to get an 8-3 win at second doubles for the Monarchs in a 9-0 win over Guilford College on Saturday. Methodist has won five matches in a row.
            Lacrosse
   The 17th-ranked Golden Flyers of Nazareth College opened their lacrosse season on Saturday by getting edged by Springfield College, 11-8. Sophomore goalkeeper Tim Doyle (Pal-Mac) got the start for Nazareth and allowed eight goals in 41 minutes in front of the net, with six saves and two ground balls. He absorbed the loss.
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   Canisius senior midfielder Jackie Loson (Newark) got an assist on the third goal on Saturday as the Griffins got their first win of the year by pasting Detroit, 17-6. Jackie has a goal and an assist after the first two games. 
            Track
   Utica College freshman Breiten Balschmiter (Newark) uncorked a throw of 52-1.25 on his second attempt and won the shot put at Saturday’s New York State Collegiate Track Conference championships at Saint Lawrence University. That’s a throw that exceeds the NCAA provisional qualifying mark and is more than three feet past the ECAC qualifying standard.
    Freshman Jermaine Barber (Williamson) finished eighth in the long jump (20-10.75).
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   Alfred State College sophomore Brandon Lewis (Red Creek) qualified for the this weekend’s National Junior College Athletic Association indoor championships at Texas Tech with a 23rd place finish (1:08.28) in the 500 meters, running in a big field at the Collegiate Challenge at the New York Armory on Saturday.
            Swimming
Jacon Kline
(Newark)
Swims E-8 Championships
   The women’s swim team from Nazareth College finished fourth overall at the Empire 8/UNYSCSA meet at the Webster Aquatic Center over the weekend; the Golden Flyer men were 10th.
   For the women, junior Holly Gilligan (Newark) swam the third leg of the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:39.84) and anchored the 20th-place 200 medley relay (1:53.63).
   Sophomore Jacob Kline (Newark) was 11th in the 100 backstroke (53.34), 13th in the 200 individual medley (1:59.84), 14th in the 100 butterfly (52.96). He also anchored the ninth-place 200 free relay (1:29.26) and 12th-place 400 free relay (3:19.21), and swam the outbound legs of the 10th-place 200 medley relay (1:41.23) and 400 medley relay (3:39.85). Busy guy.
   Joshua Haak (Pal-Mac) swam the first leg of the 25th-place 800 free relay (7:57.82) with junior Jeff Baxter (Pal-Mac) anchoring the team. Joshua ended the meet with a 24th place in the 1650 free (17:45.14).
   RIT’s women finished 11th overall. Freshman Jocelyn Bade (Gananda) was 23rd in the 1650 free (19:25.82) and swam the second leg of the 22nd-place 800 free relay (8:34.24).
            Baseball
   Finger Lakes Community College is off to a 2-2 start. Freshman second baseman Matt Tyma (Wayne) has played in all four games for the Lakers, and after nine at-bats is hitting .111.
            Gymnastics
Kelly Rinebold (Wayne) scored a second place
in open equitation at the Cornell show. 
   Ithaca College senior Kailee Spusta (Pal-Mac) won the floor exercise with a season’s-best 9.75 score and the Bomber gymastics team had its best score of the season (186.325) last Wednesday against Cortland, but still couldn’t get past the Red Dragons, who had 187.425 points.
            Equestrian
   Alfred University junior Kelly Rinebold (Wayne) was second in open equitation over fences at the Cornell Show on Feb. 20, a show the Saxons won in a nine-college competition.
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   Have news about a Wayne County athlete who is playing a college sport this spring? Please drop me a line at john.addyman@yahoo.com so we can add your athlete to our “watch” list for ongoing coverage. 

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