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Checking In: Shenendehowa grad Shippee qualifies for ACC Championships

Checking In: Shenendehowa grad Shippee qualifies for ACC Championships

Catching up with Section II athletes and how they're doing collegiately
Checking In: Shenendehowa grad Shippee qualifies for ACC Championships
Jill Shippee
Photographer: Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Camarati/UNC Athletics

Jill Shippee (Shenendehowa) a sophomore on the University of North Carolina track and field team, recently qualified for the ACC Championships in the hammer at the Virginia Challenge.

Shippee’s 63.25 meter throw marks one of the longest of her collegiate career. She had previously set the school record in early April with a mark of 212-1 (64.65 meters), and again a week later with a mark of 220-1 (67.09 meters). As a freshman, Shippee broke Laura Gerraughty’s record at the Virginia Challenge. On her first attempt, Shippee threw for 207-3 (63.19 meters).

As a high school senior, Shippee captured both the shot put and weight throw state and federation titles. At the New Balance Nationals, she won a national title in the 20-pound weight throw with a state record throw of 65-6.

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Brendan Spulnick, (Shenendehowa), a freshman on the SUNY New Paltz men's volleyball team, had 59 kills this season as his team won the NCAA Division III championship earlier this month. 

Spulnick had 93 points on the season and scored a career-high 14.5 against Lasell on Feb. 9.

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Ellie Daly (Albany Academy), a senior on the Skidmore women's lacrosse team, caused 16 turnovers and picked up eight ground balls this year.

The Saratoga Springs native started 17 of 18 games last season, and recorded 12 ground balls and eight draw controls that year. As a freshman, she started all 18 games, recording 10 ground balls and finishing fourth on the team with 14 turnovers caused.

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Austin Deskewicz (Ballston Spa), a freshman on the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team, was named America East co-rookie of the week on April 29.
Deskewicz won 12 of 16 faceoffs with nine ground balls against UAlbany on April 26.

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James Sexton, (Niskayuna), a junior on the University of Utah men’s lacrosse team, scored 24 goals and had 25 assists this season to lead the program in scoring during its inaugural campaign.

Sexton scored five goals and recorded eight assists in Utah’s season-ending 16-10 win against Detroit Mercy on April 27.

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St. Mary's (Ind.) sophomore Erin Doyle (Niskayuna) was recently named the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Offensive Most Valuable Player.
Doyle led the MIAA in goals (48) and points (58) this year. 

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Anne Risler (Holy Names), a junior on the Sage women's lacrosse team, started 13 games this season, and scored a career-high 32 goals with three assists.

As a sophomore, Risler appeared in 14 games and recorded  20 goals and seven assists.

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Brandon LaVenture (Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons), a junior on the SUNY Oneonta baseball team, is hitting .250 in 2019 with a pair of triples and four RBIs.

Last season, LaVenture started 23 of the 25 games he played in, and hit .241 with four home runs and 12 RBIs, while maintaining an .833 fielding percentage.

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Justin Decker (CBA), a junior on the Dominican College baseball team, recorded his 200th collegiate hit against Southern Connecticut State in February. 

Through his team’s first 49 games this season, Decker has a .355 average with four home runs, 45 RBIs and 12 doubles.

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In her second season leading the Becker College women’s lacrosse program, Ashley Mossey (Shenendehowa) was named the New England Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year.

Becker went 12-1 this season and undefeated during the NECC regular season after going 1-13 in 2018.

As a player at Becker, Mossey was twice named NECC Player of the Year.

“Checking In” is a weekly feature that provides updates on how former Section II athletes are performing at the college level. Contact [email protected] to share information on local athletes.

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