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Kailee Spusta
All-American at Ithaca College

By John Addyman

   WAYNE COUNTY (MAR 30 11) – Ithaca College junior Kailee Spusta (Pal-Mac) earned her third career All-American finish at the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Championships over the weekend in Eau Claire, WI. She was tied for 11th in floor exercise on Friday night with two others, and ended up 12th (9.425).
   Congratulations to Kailee, her parents, coaches and those wonderful Pal-Mac teachers who got her ready for success. 

   Roberts Wesleyan College got all the way to the title game of the National Christian College Athletic Association championships at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN and claimed second place, unable to get past Bethel College in an 80-69 loss.
   Senior forward Brittany McMillon (Lyons) scored 18 points and snared a game-high 16 rebounds to help lead the Lady Raiders over their first opponent, the hosts from Grace College, in a 67-60 overtime win. Roberts Wesleyan went on a 10-0 run to seal the game.
   Junior guard Marissa Bunce (Newark) chipped in three points, a rebound and a steal for the win.
Brittany McMillon
All-Tournament Team at NCCAA Division I
Basketball Championships
   In the second round, the NCCAA’s Division I Final Four, Wesleyan, the fourth seed, met top-seeded Southwestern Assemblies of God University from Texas and worked a 66-51 upset.
   This time everyone in Indiana got to see Marissa’s deadeye outside shooting – she lit up Southwest with a game-high 21 points, added four rebounds and four assists for a superb all-around game. Brittany had another killer double-double performance – 16 points and 16 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals.
   In the final, the Raiders met second-seeded Bethel. Brittany got into foul trouble in the first half and had to sit, but came back a woman possessed in the second half. She completed her third double-double in the tournament – 22 points and 11 rebounds (with two blocked shots and an assist). Marissa added five points, three assists and three rebounds. But Bethel had built up a first-half lead and held onto it. 
   Brittany was named to the All-Tournament team, deservedly so. She had a great year for Roberts Wesleyan and this tournament was the capper. When she got back to school, she found she’d also been named Athlete of the Week.
Marissa Bunce
Big game at NCCAA Championships
   Congratulations to Mariss and Brittany, but especially to Brittany for completing a fine career at the top of her game. Congratulations also to their parents, coaches, and those hard-working and dedicated teachers at Lyons and Newark high schools.
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   University of Buffalo freshman forward Javon McCrea (Newark) accomplished some mighty deeds in his first year of collegiate basketball. The Bulls got into a post-season tournament, the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament, and they had some success.
   Buffalo beat Quinnipiac University, 75-68, in the first round. They then took care of Western Michigan in a low-scoring, 49-48 affair, and met Iona in the quarterfinals of the CIT. And there the train derailed. The Gaels won, 78-63, but Javon had a good night – a particularly good night – he scored a career-high 29 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
   Those 29 points helped him break a University of Buffalo record for most points scored in a season by a freshman, a record set by Jim Horne in 1952. Horne put in 374 points – Javon stuck in 400.
   Buffalo finishes with a season mark of 20-14, just the third 20-win season in school history. Think Javon hasn’t made a difference at UB? He is going to be fun to watch for the next three years.
   Utica College’s baseball team is still looking for its first win after dropping a doubleheader to William Patterson College on Sunday, 6-3 and 12-4. Freshman thrower Austin Williams (Clyde-Savannah) took the mound in the fifth inning of the second game and Patterson scored one unearned run on him on one hit. He faced five batters and struck out one. He did not figure in the decision.
   Austin leads the 0-7 Pioneer pitcher with six strikeouts thrown and he has a 2.33 ERA.
   Saint Bonaventure University broke a four-game losing streak by taking a doubleheader from LaSalle on Sunday, 7-6 and 3-2. Freshman right fielder Lindsay Stowall (Gananda) is the leadoff hitter for the Bonnies. She went 0-for-4 in the first game but batted 2-for-4 in the second with a double and a single, a stolen base and two runs scored.
   The Bonnies are 5-10 (2-4 A-10). Lindsay has started 13 games and is batting .302.
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   College of Saint Rose lost its Northeast-10 openers to a potent University of New Haven squad on Saturday, 5-1 and 5-3. Junior Sarah Arbogast (Newark) took the loss in the first game, pitching three and two-thirds innings, yielding all five Charger runs on eight hits. She struck out three and walked three. Sarah’s record is 1-4 and the Golden Knights are 4-8 (0-2 NE-10).
   Rochester Institute of Technology is 1-6 overall and 0-1 in the Empire-8 after dropping a 16-9 decision to Nazareth College Tuesday afternoon. Sophomore goalie Katelyn Crane (Pal-Mac) stopped nine Nazareth shots but 16 got past her.  
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   Keuka College lost its fourth straight and first North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) contest at Morrisville State on Saturday, 15-10. Sophomore defender Scott Welch (Pal-Mac) picked up two ground balls for the Storm, which is 1-4 (0-1 NEAC).
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   Canisius College women’s lacrosse matched its school record by winning its fifth game in a row on Sunday, 8-7 over Duquesne. Senior midfielder Jackie Loson (Newark) picked up one ground ball in the winning effort for the 6-3 Golden Griffins.
   Roberts Wesleyan College sophomore Aaron Steensma (Marion) broke his own school record in the heptathlon at the NAIA Indoor Track Championships in Geneva, OH.
   He finished 11th overall (4731 points). He ran the 60 meters in 7.48, long-jumped 21-1, hurled the shot 36’-5, high-jumped 5-10, ran the 60-meter hurdles in 9.26, pole-vaulted 13-11 and ran the 1000 meters in 2:48.62.
   Methodist University sophomore Stacey Brooks (Newark) won by default at sixth singles and teamed with Kelli Shelton to get a walk-over at third doubles as the Monarchs won their 16th match in a row yesterday afternoon over Peace College, 9-0. Stacey has a 6-2 record in singles play; Methodist is 16-1 (6-0 USA South).
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   Le Moyne College sophomore Rebecca Black (Pal-Mac) got one of the two wins for the Dolphins Sunday in a 7-2 match loss to Assumption College. Rebecca and Caroline Tisdell worked an 8-2 win at first doubles, beating Erica Micciche and Meghan Hall. Le Moyne is 2-9 (2-6 NE-10).
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   Nazareth College’s tennis team got clocked by Hobart, 9-0, last Wednesday. Golden Flyer senior Adam Landry (Pal-Mac) lost to Hobart’s Alex James at fourth singles (3-6, 2-6), and when Adam teamed with Jeremy Mancus for second doubles, they were beaten by Matt Hursh and Matt Chin, 3-8. Nazareth falls to 3-5.
   Utica College junior pitcher Heather Kingsbury (Williamson) has been honored by the Empire-8 Conference for work she did in the last week of the Rebel Games in Kissimmee, FL.
   Heather was named Pitcher of the Week after going 4-1 in five starts in the last week of the Rebel Games. She pitched four complete games, allowed just eight earned runs in 31.1 innings, struck out 17 and compiled a 1.79 ERA.
Dylan Ternoois
NCJAA Division II Athlete of Week
   The Pioneers came back from Florida with a 6-4 record and since then have been trying to start their season, but because of the weather and field conditions, have postponed their first three games.
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   Finger Lakes Community College sophomore second baseman Dylan Ternoois (Lyons)  has been named Athlete of the Week by NJCAA Division III.  
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   Do you have news about a Wayne County athlete who competes in a college sport – and hasn’t been mentioned in this column? Please send me a note (e-mail address above) and I’ll do the rest. Make sure you tell me what your relationship is to the athlete – I respond to all e-mails and I like to know whom I’m writing to.
      ~ john addyman 


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