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New home fits Royals nicely

New home fits Royals nicely

Schenectady County Community College’s men’s basketball team will travel for all of its home games n

Schenectady County Community College’s men’s basketball team will travel for all of its home games next semester, but the Royals don’t mind one bit. At least they have a place to play.

When its longtime contract with the Washington Avenue Armory in Schenectady was not renewed just before this season began, SCCC needed a new home court right away. A few telephone calls later, and with the help of former SCCC head coach Bob Catherwood — who is now an assistant coach with the Albany Patroons — the Royals found a new home at the Albany Washington Avenue

Armory.

SCCC liked its new digs so much that the Royals won all three of their games there last week to conclude the first semester with a 6-6

record.

“We played eight of our first 12 games on the road, but three of those eight were supposed to be home games,” said SCCC head coach Brian Adams. “We ended up making three road trips, and all three were longer than three hours. It was definitely a difficult situation, and a difficult schedule for us. But the good thing is that we’ve won all four of our home games, including the three at the new Washington Avenue Armory where the Patroons play.”

An Albany-area standout enjoyed his homecoming so much that he put in several career-best performances.

Bishop Maginn graduate CJ Tarver registered a quadruple-

double in his first game at the

Albany Washington Avenue Armory with 12 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals. He followed that up with a triple-double and a double-double.

“CJ is one of the best guards in our league,” said Adams. “He

really does a fantastic job for us. He wasn’t a surprise for us. We knew he was that good, but he’s matured a little bit.”

After graduating from Maginn in 2004, Tarver played one semester for Hudson Valley Community College. Now, he’s among the

national leaders in several statis­tical categories.

“He’s just phenomenal,” said Adams. “He’s currently third in the country in assists per game [9.5] and No. 1 in steals [6.5]. He’s just so fast. He literally has 4.3 speed. He can fly. He’s all over the court, and he never stops. He wears people down.”

The 5-foot-9 Tarver also excelled at football for Maginn, and now plays for the Albany Metro Mallers as both a kick returner and defensive back.

Shaker graduate Jason Clark is another key player for the Royals. “He’s a 6-4 guard who can jump out of the gym,” said Adams. “He played for me two seasons ago, and then took a year off to devote more time to his grades. He has really matured and is a great team player. He plays any position we ask, but he is one of our better defenders. We usually put him on the other team’s star player, especially the No. 3 or No. 4. He averages about 13 points a game, to go along with all of that defense.”

Sullivan County product Darius Buckner, a 5-11 shooting guard, averages three or four dunks per game, along with a team-best 15 points per game.

Other key players for SCCC are Saratoga Springs graduate Dallas Wells, 6-5 Lansingburgh High School graduate Anthony Lynch and Randy Gilmore, another Sullivan County product.

Wells is also a track and field star who excels at the 4x400.

“We are a traditional community college in that we don’t have dorms. Most of the kids on our team are local,” said Adams. “We’ve got two kids from Lansingburgh, one from Amsterdam, one from Saratoga and one from Ballston Spa. We are prim­arily a local program. Every once in a while, we get a walk-on, but we don’t necessarily recruit kids from outside the area. We will get a kid from New York City next semester, but he’s moved up here to live with his aunt.”

Adams is hopeful that his team will continue to improve in the second semester.

“We’ve been playing well, and I think there is a fairly good chance that we will be one of the best teams in the region in the second half. Hopefully, we can contend with Hudson Valley Community College,” said Adams.

AROUND CAMPUS

u Union College’s athletic department has announced several user-friendly updates to its Web site, allowing fans several new ways to follow the school’s teams. UnionAthletics.com now provides fans with the ability to get instant scores and updates sent to their phones or Web browser. Also, followers can become a fan of Union Athletics on Facebook. Finally, an upgrade to the ticketing process now provides event goers with the ability to purchase their tickets online. All these features can be found at http://www.UnionAthletics.com.

u Union’s women’s basketball team, which played at No. 2 Rochester last week, will face No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater in the Land of Magic Tournament on Dec. 28 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

u Union senior guard Selin Whitham recorded her 300th

career assist in an overtime loss at Rochester Friday, becoming the first player in Dutchwomen history to post 300 career assists.

u Union senior forward Michelle Rogers leads all of NCAA Division III in field goal percentage, shooting 70.1 percent from the floor. She is ranked 16th in scoring. Whitham is 11th in assists per game, and Bishop Maginn graduate Maria Tobin is 11th in three-point field goals per game.

u SUNY-Cobleskill’s women’s basketball team posted three victories last week to move to 5-4 on the season. Junior point guard Gino Parillo (Amsterdam) averaged 13.3 ppg during those wins, including a season-high 19 points in a win over Lyndon State.

u SUNY-Cobleskill’s men’s basketball team won its first game of the season, 95-76, over Albany College of Pharmacy. Sophomore guard Jayson Taylor averaged 21 points and four assists in three games. The Fighting Tigers are 1-8.

u Oneonta State’s Eric Theiss, a senior from Saratoga Springs, won the 400 meters at the St. Lawrence University Holiday Relays in a

SUNYAC-record 48.62 seconds.

u Oneonta State’s Brian Hook (Shaker) helped the Red Dragons win the championship at the Harold J. Broadie men’s basketball tourn­ament at RIT by scoring 22 points in the two games, including 12 in the championship-game victory over RIT.

u Former Siena College baseball player Ken Grant was named the assistant athletic director of business affairs at Siena. He pitched for the Saints from 2002 through 2006, and ranks in the top five on the school’s all-time list in wins (fourth, 16), innings pitched (second, 268.1) and strikeouts (second, 188).

u Siena announced its men’s

lacrosse schedule this week, and it includes a first-ever meeting with nine-time NCAA champion Johns Hopkins, as well as games against four preseason top-25 teams. Siena opens the regular season at Johns Hopkins Feb. 20 in a game televised on ESPNU. The Saints’ first home game will be against crosstown

rival University at Albany Feb. 25.

HONOR ROLL

UNION COLLEGE

Senior guard Maria Tobin (Bishop Maginn) was named the Liberty League women’s basketball guard of the week. She had previously received the honor on Nov. 17. Tobin averaged 19 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games for Union. She had a double- double with game and season highs of 24 points and 12 rebounds in a win at WPI, and added 14 points with nine rebounds in an OT loss at Rochester.

Senior forward Drew Desmarais received the Liberty League men’s basketball forward of the week award. He scored a season and game high 19 points with 10 rebounds as Union defeated Western New England, 79-71. He was perfect at the line, making all five free throws, and it was his first double-double of the season.

Junior guard Colin Berry and senior defensive end Tim Romano were named to the D3Football.com All-East Region Team. Berry started at right guard throughout the season. This was his second straight year as a starter. Union allowed 132.7 rushing yards per game and a total of 13 sacks in nine games. Romano had 54 tackles, including 37 solo hits, and 7.5 tackles for losses with 4.5 sacks. Both players had previously been selected to the Liberty League first team.

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY

Steward Ceus became the Great Danes’ first Division I men’s All-American in soccer after being named to the 2008 NYSCAA/­adidas Division I All-America team. The Great Danes’ co-captain was also the America East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. He eclipsed program Division I records for career shutouts (91) and saves (329).

Joining Ceus on the NSCAA All-Northeast Region team were Claudio Dantas and Erik DiLorenzo. Dantas was named the America East Conference Striker of the Year and registered nine goals and 10 assists. DiLorenzo was a four-year starter in the backfield and helped the Danes post a 12-4-2 overall record.

Raphael Nguti, a 6-7, 330-pound offensive tackle, was named to the American Football Coaches Association Football Championship Subdivision Coaches’ All-America team.

COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE

Sophomore midfielder Amanda Deck, senior forward Kaily Egbert and sophomore fullback Katie Whiting were named to the NSCAA/adidas Division II All-America team in women’s soccer. Deck registered four goals and six assists. Egbert, a three-time team captain, added seven goals and four assist, while Whiting helped anchor a CSR defense that posted 14 shutouts.

ITHACA COLLEGE

Junior midfielder Amy Scheffler (Schalmont) was named to the NSCAA New York Region all-star team in women’s soccer. The third Ithaca player to be named Empire 8 Offensive Player of the Year, Scheffler scored 12 goals and added nine assists. She is ninth on Ithaca’s all-time scoring list with 61 career points.

Offensive guard Chris Gray (Bethlehem) was named to the D3football.com East

Region all-star team.

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