Three athletes from Glenville’s Jason Morris Judo Center captured USA Judo national titles Saturday at the Ocean Center Sports Complex in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Ari Berliner, 23, won his second-straight 66-kilogram national title with a 4-0 performance that included an overtime semifinal victory over multi-time national champion Adonis Diaz.
Kell Berliner, Ari’s brother, won his second 81-kg national championship, with a semifinal win over JMJC teammate Max Alanyick and a last-minute victory over rival Nick Yonezuka in the finals.
Nicole Stout, 25, repeated as women’s 78-kg champion in dominating fashion despite moving up from 70-kg as she was fighting through a knee injury suffered in training three weeks earlier.
Also at the event, Jess Alaynick won the gold medal in the brown belt 78-kg category, Nate Keeve took silver at 100-kg and Brad Bolen came out of a three-year retirement to take bronze at 73-kg for his 10th medal at nationals.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE TO INDUCT ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Athletic Association will host its 2022 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony June 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park.
This year’s class of inductees is made up of Peter Sander, Heidi Widerkehr, Todd Snavely, Brian Sankowski, Steve Madej, Maryellen Symer, Paul Sander, Kristin Short, Joe Iuliano, STeve Richardson, the 1985-86 boys’ basketball team and the 1936 cross country team.
The event starts with hors d’ouevres at 4 p.m. and a dinner buffet at 5 p.m., with the induction ceremony to follow. Cost to attend is $30 per person, with reservations due by May 30 to Tricia Chevalier at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, 88 Lakehill Road, Burnt Hills, NY 12027.
UNION WOMEN’S LACROSSE DUO HONORED
Union women’s lacrosse seniors Grace Heiting and Elizabeth Hernberg were recognized by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association with spots on the IWLCA All-Empire Region teams, with Heiting on the first team and Hernberg on the second team.
Heiting was the first Union player to earn first-team All-Empire Region honors since Maggie Comiskey in 2015 after she scored 61 goals and added 22 assists. Her 83 total points ranked eighth in the region.
Hernberg led the Union defense, pacing the team with 39 groundballs and 31 caused turnovers.
UNION MEN’S, WOMEN’S CREW ATHLETES NAMED ALL-LEAGUE
Christopher Ringer and Harrison White of Union men’s crew, and Grace Parini and Sara Beckwith of the women’s crew program, all earned All-Liberty League honors.
Ringer and Parini were named to the men’s and women’s first teams, respectively. Ringer rowed from the stroke position in Union’s men’s Varsity 8+ boat that finished fifth at the league championships, and Parini held the 6 seat in the women’s Varsity 8+ boat.
White and Beckwith were both second-team selections, with White rowing on the men’s Varsity 8+ boat and Beckwith helping the women’s Novice 4+ boat record an undefeated season.
SIENA’S MCDADE CLAY NAMED MAAC SAAC CHAIR
Siena cross country and track and field runner Delia McDade Clay has been voted in as the chair of the MAAC Student Athletic Advisory Commitee for a two-year appointment that commences at the conclusion of the 2022 school year.
McDade Clay is a five-time MAAC All-Academic Team honoree who was named to the 2020-21 All-MAAC and All-Rookie teams in cross country. The Rochester native is pursuing a degree in clinical psychology. As the president of Siena’s SAAC, she’s organized events and campaigns surrounding mental health, voter advocacy and campus equity.
FIVE RPI BASEBALL PLAYER HONORS
Five members of RPI’s baseball team earned All-Liberty League honors, with Chris Grome and Martin Marinchev on the first team, Hudson Livesey on the second team and both Jake Defayette and Joey Saia receiving honorable mention.
Grome, a graduate student lefthanded pitcher, went 5-2 with a 3.96 earned run average in 10 appearances for RPI this season, including eight starts. In 52 1-3 innings, he allowing 44 hits, struck out a team-high 59 batters and walked 16. Marinchev, a junior designated hitter, hit .355 with a team-high 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 27 runs scored and a team-leading 31 RBIs.
Livesey, a fifth-year catcher, hit a taem-best .365 with four homers and 30 RBIs. Defayette, a graduate student outfielder and Schalmont High graduate, hit .294 with a team-best seven homers and 29 RBIs. Saia, a junior outfielder and Voorheesville High product, hit .337 with four homers and 22 RBIs.
UNION TENNIS DUO HONORED
Junior Marilena Karadimou and sophomore Gracie Nicol of the Union women’s tennis team were honored both individually and as a team with spots on the All-Liberty League teams.
Karadimou and Nicol were both honorable mention selections as singles, and were an honorable mention pick together as a doubles team.
Karadimou tied for second on the Dutchwomen with nine singles victories, including a 4-3 mark in conference play. Nicol, playing as Union’s top singles player, went 8-10 this season. As a doubles team, the two went 10-8 while playing first doubles for Union.
RPI SOFTBALL PLAYERS GET ALL-REGION NODS
Four RPI softball players were named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association All-Region III teams, with Gabby Comeau and Erin Askins on the first team, Jessica Torch on the second team and Erika Holowka on the third team.
Comeau, a junior catcher, led RPI with a .434 batting average and tied single-season program records with 62 hits and 16 doubles. She added a home run, 16 runs scored and 43 RBIs.
Askins, a senior first baseman, hit .379 with 15 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 37 RBIs.
A senior outfielder, Torch hit .375 with 39 runs scored and 27 stolen bases. Holowka, a senior pitcher, went 11-6 this season with a 2.90 ERA and one save while striking out 110 batters and walking 31 in 106 1-3 innings.