College notes: Grimes chasing 1,000 at Oneonta

Former Hudson Valley Comm­unity College coach Vince Medici is enjoying a successful run at SUNY-Oneo
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Former Hudson Valley Comm­unity College coach Vince Medici is enjoying a successful run at SUNY-Oneonta, and he’s using a handful of former Capital Region basketball standouts to get the job done.

Medici, in his sixth year with the Red Dragons, has his team off to a 12-2 start heading into Friday night’s game with SUNY-New Paltz.

His top gun is Catholic Central graduate Mike Grimes, a 6-foot-4 forward who is on pace to become a rare 1,000-point scorer at the school. Only nine players have accomplised the feat since 1970.

Grimes has piled up 868 career points, including 229 this season. He is averaging 16.4 points per game and 6.6 rebounds while shooting 54 percent from the floor. He has also improved his perimeter game, and has knocked down 16 three-pointers.

As a junior, Grimes produced 12.6 ppg, and he scored 9.8 ppg as a sophomore. He also contributed 2.6 ppg as a freshman coming off the bench.

“He doesn’t have a weakness, to be honest,” said Medici. “Over the last four years, Mike has developed into a good team player. He gets everyone involved. He’s also our defensive stopper. He plays the other team’s best player every game, regardless if that player is in the post, on the wing or at the point. He’s pretty skilled. He’s not overly quick, but he’s quick enough to defend anyone because of his length and size. Our game plan, believe it or not, always starts with how Mike is guarding. Then, we take it from there.”

But the second-team SUNYAC all-star isn’t the only local player on the SUNY-Oneonta roster. Shaker graduate Brian Hooks, a 6-1 junior, averages 10.3 to go along with 33 three-pointers. He shots 82 percent from the line. Other local role players on the team are 6-7 freshman Dan McLaren from Troy High, 6-6 senior Ray Coxon from Hudson and 6-3 senior Ryan Dare from Shaker.

“Our style of play is strictly man-to-man defense,” said Medici. “We try to get more than half of our points off transition defense. We also can slow it down, if we have to. But we run our stuff pretty good, and we have a good inside-outside game.

“Grimes is our three-man. Around the basket, he’s tough to guard. He has great moves and finishes around the hoop. He has great instincts for the ball, and in transition, he’ll find the open player or take it himself.”

Medici said this could be one of his best teams.

“I think we are good and balanced. We’re kind of hard to cover, because we have four players averaging in double figures,” he said. “To play the kind of schedule we’re playing and be 12-2 says a lot about this team. We are really starting to mesh. Our expectations are high. We have a lot of juniors and seniors on this team, and that will help us reach our goals, which are to win a SUNYAC title and get into the NCAAs.”

AROUND CAMPUS

The Union College track and field teams competed at the Williams College Invitational on Saturday. On the women’s side, Judy Horan (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) finished second in the pole vault, sixth in the 55 with a time of 8.02 and seventh in the 300. Rebecca Skudder

(Nikayuna) placed sixth in the mile and fourth in the 3,000. Other not­able finishes for the women’s team include Kaitlin Camilleri placing third in the shot and fourth in the weight throw. Katelyn Lancto (Schalmont) placed third in the high jump.

On the men’s side, Kyle Bucklin highlighted the team by placing second in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. Other notable finishes include Philip Lambert finished fifth in the 55 dash. In add­ition, Lambert also finished eighth in the 300 and fourth in the 55 hurdles. Davis Barber placing fifth in the 300 and fourth in the 400. Both Bucklin and Lambert qualified for several events at the NYSCTC.

SUNY-Cobleskill’s women’s indoor track and field team is ranked 24th in the nation among Division III programs by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Collegiate Athletic Association. Top athletes for the Fighting Tigers include Meghan Lapoint (Colonie) and Nicole Soblosky (Colonie), who have each qualified for the ECAC indoor championships in the 5,000 meter run and sophomore jumper Shorna Brown, who has also qual­ified for the ECACs.

SUNY-Cobleskill’s women’s soccer team was honored with the Nat­ional Soccer Coaches Assoc­iation of America Silver Award for Ethics. The award is given to teams that accumulate no red cards and a maximum of five yellow cards.

HONOR ROLL

RPI

Whitney Coleman was named the Liberty League guard of the week in women’s basketball after averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds in a pair of games.

Justin Metzger was named the Liberty League men’s track performer of the week after winning the seeded pole vault with a mark of 4.6 meters at the NYC Gotham Cup.

Tina Belletete and Mailread Lyons were named the Liberty League women’s swimmer and rookie of the week, and Julian Schott and Ben LeRose were named the conference’s men’s swimmer and rookie of the week.

SAINT ROSE

Head women’s soccer coach Laurie Darling Gutheil has been named National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Mondo Division II National Soccer Coach of the Year. Darling Gutheil’s Golden Knights were 24-1 and reached the NCAA national semifinals.

Sophomore Caitlin Peterson was named Northeast-10 Conference swimmer of the week after winning five individual events to help the Golden Knights take all three of their dual meets.

Senior Kevin Jackson (Schenectady) was named the NE-10 track athlete of the week after breaking the school record in the

55-meter dash and winning the 55 hurdles at the Williams Invitational.

Briana Del Bene (Guilderland) was

chosen as the NE-10 freshman of the week in track after breaking the school record in the weight throw by finishing second at the Williams Invitational.

SIENA COLLEGE

Sophomore diver Elizabeth Rice (Gans­e­voort) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference diver of the week. She won the one-meter and three-meter dives against both Loyola in a dual meet and against Bryant, Canisius and NJIT in a quadrangular meet.

SKIDMORE

Sharlyn Harper was named the Liberty League co-guard of the week in women’s basketball after averaging 20.3 points in three games.

Jeff Altimar was named the Liberty League co-guard of the week in men’s basketball after scoring a season-high 26 points in a 77-62 win over Hobart.

Jon Douglas was named the Liberty League co-forward of the week after scoring 26 points against Union and tying a school record with eight three-pointers.

Doug Pilawa was named the Liberty League co-diver of the week after sweeping the diving events at RPI’s Kumpf Inv­itational.

UNION

Three members of the Union College swimming and diving team earned Liberty League weekly honors. Ian Drillinger and Meredith Nearpass both earned diver of the week. while Maria Prendergast (Niskayuna) was named co-swimmer of the week. It is the second consecutive week that Nearpass won diver of the week while it is Drillinger’s second weekly honor this season.

Union junior forward Rusmir Dzanko has been named the Liberty League men’s basketball co-forward of the week. This is Dzanko’s second honor of the season, as he also won the award on Dec. 14. Dzanko tied his career high with 19 points in a win vs. Hamilton. He also scored 13 against Hobart and averaged 13.0 points in three games for the week, while shooting .720 from the field making 18 of 25 attempts.

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

Senior Fey Adaramola and junior John Moore (Fonda-Fultonville) were named the America East Conference track performers of the week, and senior Luke Schoen was selected the field performer of the week. Adaramola captured her second straight weekly honor after posting a pair of ECAC-qualifying times in meets against 10th-ranked Penn State and 22nd-ranked West Virginia. She was second in the 60 meters and anchored the 1,600 meter relay team that finished eighth at the Penn State Northeast Challenge. Moore was third in the 1,000 in a school-record time of 2:22.36, while Schoen won the pole vault.

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