One SUNY-Cortland track and field standout qualified for the ECAC Division III championships and two more qualified for the State University of New York Athletic Conference championships after standout performances in the recent Syracuse University Invitational.
In the triple jump, freshman Mike Ofosu (Shaker) finished fifth with a leap of 44 feet, 11 inches, to qualify for the ECAC championships.
In the 400 meters, Shenendehowa graduate Mallory Baker, a senior, finished fourth in 1:01.91 to qualify for the SUNYACS, while sophomore Ashley Gansle (Shaker) finished sixth in the shot put with a heave of 35-1⁄4 feet to also qualify for the SUNYAC championships.
* University at Albany’s softball team has been chosen to finish first in the America East Conference preseason coaches’ poll. The Danes won a school-record 38 games and made their fifth straight appearance in the conference tournament championship game last spring. Senior pitcher Leah McIntosh, one of six seniors returning on the veteran squad, threw a national-best four perfect games and was named the pitcher of the year in the conference a year ago.
* Scott Sasenbury has been named the facilities operations manager at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Sasenbury, a native of Ava, spent the last four years as Global Spectrum’s marketing director for the Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass.. A 1997 graduate of RPI with a degree in business management, Sasenbury was a four-year member of the football team. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2006.
* Johnstown native Richard McGuire was inducted into the United States Merchant Marine Academy Athletic Hall of Fame for football and baseball. McGuire excelled in both sports from 1947 through 1949. The lifetime educator went on to coach football for 15 years at Scotia-Glenville High School and became head of the Johnstown school board.
* Junior distance runner Nichole Soblosky (Colonie High School) led the SUNY-Cobleskill women’s indoor track team to a fifth-place finish in the Tartan Invitational at Smith College in Northampton, Mass. Soblosky won the mile run in a program-record time of 5:14.50 to qualify for the East Coast Athletic Conference Division III championships and also won the 3,000-meter run in a program-record time of 10:53.41.
* SUNY-Cobleskill junior Tomas Velasquez (Catskill) won the triple jump (13.79 meters) and was second in the long jump (6.39 meters) at the Tartan Invitational.
UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY
Wide receiver Tim Bush (Saratoga Springs) was named the UAlbany most valuable player in football at the team’s annual awards banquet. Bush caught 63 passes for 861 yards and established a school record for career receptions (147). Senior tailback Justin Gannon earned the MVP on special teams, while offensive tackle Vince Gonzales (Ballston Spa) was named most improved player. Linebacker Justin Brancaccio and safety Dave Casale (Troy) were named the team’s top defensive players, while center Kevin Richards (Shenendehowa) and guard Andy Sparano were named the best offensive and defensive linemen, respectively. Senior tailback David McCarty (LaSalle) picked up his third award as top offensive back after rushing for 934 yards and nine touchdowns in an injury-plagued season.
Kadine Johnson was named the America East Conference women’s field performer of the week after winning the weight toss (59 feet) at the New York Road Runners Saturday Night at the Armory II event. She broke her own school record (55-8¼) by more than three feet.
Valerie Sourbeer was named the America East Conference volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year after posting a 3.65 grade-point average and earning a spot on the all-conference first team.
Jeffrey Barnes was named the America East Conference men’s track performer of the week after placing sixth in the 400-meters at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in a personal-best time of 49.00 seconds and then anchoring the third-place 800-meter relay team.
Senior Sharylyn Harper was named the Liberty League co-guard of the week in women’s basketball after averaging 16.5 points in two victories. Harper also became the 11th player to join the program’s 1,000-point club.
Junior Jeff Altimar was named the Liberty League co-guard of the week in men’s basketball after leading the team in scoring in a pair of wins. He had 11 points against Vassar and 25 points against RPI.
Sophomore diver Doug Pilawa was named the Liberty League co-diver of the week after sweeping the diving events in a dual meet with RPI. It was the seventh time this season Pilawa won the award.
The Engineers dominated the Liberty League track and field awards. Mike Cipollone was the men’s field performer of the week after winning the high jump at the Class of ’32 Invitational hosted by Colgate. David Kastner was the conference’s rookie of the week after finishing fourth in the 60-meter hurdles and eighth in the high jump at the same event. Morgan Danner was the women’s field performer of the week after winning the pole vault, while Marie Ferro was the rookie of the week after finishing fourth in the mile.
Senior forward Ricky Philatre was named the Liberty League forward of the week in men’s basketball after averaging 11.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of games.
Freshman guard Andre Pope was named the Northeast-10 Conference freshman of the week in men’s basketball in back-to-back weeks. Pope averaged 12 points, six assists and 3.5 steals in a pair of games two weeks ago and then came back to average 17 points and 5.5 rebounds in a pair of victories for the Golden Knights last week. He is one of four Golden Knights who is averaging in double figures. Pope averages 12.6 points and 3.6 assists a game and has scored in twin figures 17 times this season.
Union held its 12th annual John Speer Football Banquet recently at Mallozzi’s Banquet House. The team finished 8-3 and was co-champion of the Liberty League. The following won awards: John Peters (Richard E. Roberts ’50 Service to Football Award), Matt Santa Barbara (Academic Award), Connor Cohn (Leadership Award), Andrew Cassin (Coaches Award), Tim Hersey (Rookie of the Year), Alex Scheier (Most Improved Offense), Charles Hovespian (Trainers Award), Colin Berry (James C. Kochan ’96 Lineman Award), Jared Gourrier (Ronald F. Plumb ’80 Award); Eric Aronowitz (Dedication Award), Blaise Ancona (Special Teams Award), Hovespian (Mark Stokes ’03 Defensive MVP); Peters (Defensive MVP); Chris Coney (Offensive MVP Tom Arcidiacono Award), Pat Ritter (Faculty-Staff Award); Jeff Coombs, Charles Kaliades and Ian Clemente (Special Appreciation Awards).
Steve Schapp, Ian Drillinger and Priscilla Wright were the Liberty League swimmers and divers of the week.
Keven Donohue (Hudson Falls) was named the Liberty League co-forward of the week in men’s basketball after scoring 20 points in back-to-back road games.
Joey Lokitis was named the co-guard of the week after averaging 16.5 points and six assists in two road wins.
Bob Nolte (Schenectady) was named the America East Conference diver of the week. He will compete in the America East Conference swimming and diving championships in Boston Feb. 25-28.
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