November 2007

McMahon named Hitter of the Week, Team Remains Ranked #5

Posted Date: Friday, November 2, 2007 - 11:50

Brianne McMahon-2Alfred State College volleyball player Brianne McMahon (Buffalo/Sweet Home) has been named the NJCAA Division III Hitter of the Week while the Lady Pioneers remain ranked #5 in the last poll of the regular season.

McMahon, the third Lady Pioneers to be honored by the NJCAA this season, averaged 4.9 kills, 5.3 digs, and 1.8 service aces over the Blue and Gold's eight bames last week.  The Lady Pioneers downed SUNY Delhi, Herkimer CCC, Tompkins Cortland CC, and Jefferson CC 2-0 last Saturday at the Corning CC Invitational.

She collected two double-doubles on the week with 11 kills and 10 digs against HCCC and TCCC.

The Lady Pioneers remain the #5 spot for the third straight week and head into this weekend's Region III Division III Tournament with a 30-4 overall record and a 29-2 record in Region III Division III play.  ASC is the #1 seed and host of the two-day tournament beginning on Saturday.  In pool play, A-State takes on #9 SUNY Delhi at 11:30 a.m., #5 SUNY Cobleskill at 2:30 p.m., and #4 Mohawk Valley CC at 5:30 p.m.

The top two team teams in each pool will advance to the championship rounds.  The semifinals are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday with the finals taking place at 1 p.m. on Sunday.  The winner of the Regional tournament earns an automatic bid to the NJCAA Division III Tournament in Rochester, MN.

A-State Wins Three in Pool Play

Posted Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 15:50

The Alfred State College volleyball team was 3-0 in pool play and advanced to the Semifinals of the Region III Division III Tournament.  The Lady Pioneers downed SUNY Delhi 30-11, 30-13, 30-16, SUNY Cobleskill 30-25, 30-20, 30-15, and Mohawk Valley CC 30-13, 30-7, 30-24. 

The Lady Pioneers improve to 33-4 on the season and will take on Corning CC (2-1 in pool play) in the semifinals.  Jamestown CC, which was 3-0 in pool play to earn the top spot in Pool B, will take on Mohawk Valley CC (2-1 in pool play) in the other semifinal.  The semifinals are set for 11 a.m. while the final will begin at 1 p.m.

Versus Delhi, Brianne McMahon (Buffalo/Sweet Home) led the way with 11 kills and eight digs while Georgia Buchholz (Andover) finished with 12 digs and nine kills.  Shannon Jablonski (Cheektowaga) finished with a team high 14 digs and added seven kills and five aces.  Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) finished with seven kills while Elaina Braun (Waterloo) finished with 30 assists, seven digs, and five kills.

Jerome had a monster game versus Cobleskill.  She finished with 20 digs, 14 kills, and two blocks.  McMahon led the team with 16 kills and added 14 digs.  Buchholz added 17 digs and 10 kills while Jablonski finished with 13 digs and 10 kills.  Natalie Gregory (Iroquois) chipped in 12 digs, six kills, and two blocks while Braun passed out 48 assists.

McMahon registered 22 digs and 15 kills in the victory over Mohawk Valley.  Jablosnki added 21 digs and 12 kills while Jerome finished with 17 digs, 10 kills, and two blocks.  Gregory chipped in 14 digs, nine kills, and three aces, Buchholz had 11 digs and seven kills, and Bruan passed out 45 assists.

For complete results of the Region III Division III Tournament visit the tournament web-page at:

Swim team Impresses in Season Opener

Posted Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 16:06

The Alfred State College swimming team opened up the 2007-08 season in impressive style with a strong showing at the Genesee CC Harvest Invitational.  The men's team finished 1st out of five teams while the women finished 4th out of six teams.

Alex Newell (Binghamton) won the 200 free (1:57.04) and finished 2nd in the 500 free (5:20.67) to pace the men's team while Phillip Valenta (Maine Endwell) won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.91) and finished 4th in the 200 IM (2:21.54).

Paul Congdon (Bath) finished 2nd in the 50 free (24.80) and 5th in the 100 butterfly (1:03.31).  Brett Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) finished 2nd in the 1000 freestyle (11:26.49) and 3rd in the 100 backstroke (1:05.83).

Tim Goodrich (Iroquois) was 3rd in the 200 free (2:11.64) and 4th in the 100 backstroke (1:07.28), Sean Valvano (Newark) was 3rd in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.91) and 4th in the 200 free (2:15.07), Kevin Minderlein (Salesianum) finished 4th in the 500 free (6:05.85), and Brett Au (N. Tonawanda) finished 4th in the 50 free (26.35).

The men's 200 yard free relay team of Congdon, Au, Kozlowski, and Newell won with a time of 1:38.81 and the 200 medley relay team of Newell, Valvano, Congdon, and Kozlowski finished 2nd (1:50.13).

On the women's side, Kaitlyn Corbett (Clarence) won the 100 free (1:01.68) and was 2nd in the 50 free (27.27) and the 100 backstroke (1:10.85) while  Becca Mastasio (Livonia) won the 200 free (2:17.10) and finished 2nd in both the 100 free (1:02.43) and the 100 breastroke (1:23.71).

The Pioneers dive back into action on November 14 when they host their lone home meet of the season versus Monroe CC and Jamestown CC.  Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Pios fall in Season Finale

Posted Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 16:09

The Alfred State College football team jumped out to a 14-0 lead but Nassau CC bounced back and turned things around en route to a 47-14 victory on Saturday.  The loss ends the Pioneeers season with a 3-7 record while the Lions end the season with a 7-3 record.

Jermell Corbitt (Naples, FL) connected with Mike Septh (Monroe Woodbury) on scoring strikes of 30 and 20 yards in the 1st quarter to give the Pioneers an early lead.

Nassau's offense exploded for 27 points on four scoring drives to erase their early deficit and take control of the game.  The Lions added two more scoring drives in the 3rd quarter and one in the 4th quarter to seal the game.

Corbitt finished 8 for 21 for 113 yards while Septh caught four passes for 77 yards.  Jason Brand (Springfield, VA) carried the ball 20 times for 63 yards.

Colin Rodriguez finished 9 for 13 for 106 yards and three scores for Nassau.  Rahoo Walker gained 97 yards on the ground while Jah Rodriguez gained 69 yards on 17 carries.

Bradon Moyer (Cazenovia) led the Pioneers with 12 tackles while Nick Monroe (Irondequoit) added 10.  Brian Abrams (Saranac Lake) and Clifton Krotz (Cattaraugus Little Valley) each chipped in nine tackles and Jeremy Wernick (Ellenville) was credited with a fumble recovery.

Shea McKeen led Nassau with six tackles, four for a loss while Avery Grant, Tyler Warker, and Hugh DeImperio each finished with five tackles each.

Nassau gained 360 yards while A-State was held to 141 yards.

Pioneers Win Season Opener

Posted Date: Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 17:36

The Alfred State College men's basketball team started their 2007-08 campaign with a 90-70 victory over Rockland CC in the first day of the Monroe CC Classic on Saturday evening.

Jimmie Dillard (Gates Chili) lead the Pioneers with 22 points while Cerrone Jackson (Forrest Hills) finished with 14 points, eight steals and six assists.  Dusty Marshall (Newfield) narrowly missed a triple double finishing with 13 points, nine steals, nine rebounds, and five assists.  Fran Lantigua (Jamestown) added 10 points while Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) finished with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Pioneers held a 47-25 lead at halftime.

The Blue and Gold take on Delaware Tech in the second day of the MCC Classic on Sunday.  Opening tip-off is at 1 p.m.

A-State downs Del Tech

Posted Date: Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 10:39

The Alfred State College men's basketball team won for the second straight day at the Monroe CC Classic, 83-62 over Delaware Tech.  The Pioneers had four players finish in double figures as they improved to 2-0 on the young season.

Dusty Marshall (Newfield) led the way with 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Jimmie Dillard (Gates Chili) added 16 points.  Cerrone Jackson (Forrest Hills) added 15 points, six assists, and six boards while Travis Brannen (Elmira Free) chipped in 11 points and six boards off the bench.  Fran Lantigua (Jamestown) finished with nine points and Dan Foley (Irondequoit) chipped in eight points and six boards in his first career start.

The Pioneers led 37-24 at half after shooting 45.2%.  The shot 51.5% in the second half to add to their lead and secure the victory.  The Pioneers connected on 41.2% (7 for 17) from three-point land and 87.5% (14 for 16) from the charity stripe.

The Blue and Gold continue their season opening road trip on Tuesday when they square off with Broome CC at 8 p.m. in Binghamton.

Lady Pioneers Streak on To Nationals

Posted Date: Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 12:01

VB Regional Champions - Sophomore ClassAlfred State College sophomore volleyball players Brianne McMahon (Buffalo/Sweet Home), Shannon Jablonski (Cheektowaga), Elaina Braun (Waterloo), and Natalie Gregory (Iroquois) had accumulated 65 wins in their two years at Alfred State heading into the championship round of the Region III Division III Tournament on Sunday.  The quartet along with their teammates added convincing wins over Corning CC (30-14, 30-17, & 30-22) in the semifinals and Jamestown CC (30-19, 30-9, & 30-21) in the finals to punch their ticket to the NJCAA Division III National Championships and improve the sophomores two-year record to 67-7 in the past two years.

The Regional Championship is the first for an Alfred State Volleyball team since 1977 and only the third time in school history (1976 - 17th place finish & 1977 - 11th place finish).

In the semifinals, McMahon led the way with 18 kills and 16 digs while Jablonski added a team high 26 digs, 12 kills, and six service aces.  Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) added 16 digs and seven kills, Georgia Buchholz (Andover) hade 12 digs and six kills, and Braun passed out 40 assists and was credited with 13 digs.  Gregory chipped in 11 digs and two blocks.

Regional Championship CelebrationAlfred kept rolling in the finals as they connected on 43 kills, 19 blocks, and served seven aces.  McMahon had 14 kills and 14 digs, Jablonski led the way with 27 digs and five kills, and Jerome chipped in 11 kills, 10 digs, and six blocks.  Braun passed out 33 assists, collected 17 digs and five kills.  Buchholz added eight digs, six kills, and four blocks and Gregory finished with eight kills and five blocks.

Head Coach Gene Doorley who has turned the Pioneer program around in his five years (105-53) at the helm of the program was impressed with his team's play.  "Obviously, we are ecstatic about winning the regionals and heading to the National championships to represent our region."

"I really think the key this weekend was our balanced attack, commitment to playing disciplined, and playing a high energy game.  I love the excitement that this team plays with.  I think it was obvious just how much these ladies wanted to win the regional tournament.  Going to the national championships has been our goal this entire season."

McMahon was named the tournament MVP while Braun, Jablonski, and Jerome were named to the All-Tournament team.  Other members of the All-Tournament included Kari Barmoe (Jamestown), Rebecca Zimmerman (Jamestown), Ashley Dann (Corning), Erica Zacek (Mohawk Valley), Cory Thornton (Corning), Tonya Snyder (Mohawk Valley), Brianna Holcomb (Cobleskill), Jennifer Hays (Monroe), and Hikaru Kozuma (Delhi). 

Jamestown downed Mohawk Valley CC in the semifinals 30-17, 30-21, 26-30, 30-12 to reach the finals.

The Lady Pioneers, ranked #5 in the last NJCAA Division III poll, improve to 35-4 on the season and are 34-2 in Region III Division III play.  ASC has won 27 of their last 29 matches with the only losses coming to Division II Genesee CC.  The Lady Pioneers have also won the last 23 games they have played in.

The official seeding for the NJCAA Division III Tournament will be announced on Thursday November 8.  The eight-team National Championship will take place at the University Center Rochester-Sports Center in Rochester, MN.  Pool play will take place on November 16 and the championship rounds will be played on the November 17.

"I am so proud of how hard this team has worked and how much they have improved this season.  I am so happy for them and I am looking forward to getting ready to represent the college and our region well at the National Championships."

Student Gathering Place Ribbon Cutting

Posted Date: Sunday, November 4, 2007 - 19:00

Smiles were the order du jour as Alfred State College officials, students, and contractors cut the ribbon at the new Student Gathering Place at the Central Dining Hall on the Alfred campus late last month.  Students and faculty have been enjoying gathering and dining in this recently opened, light-filled gathering spot located in the infill area between Allied Health and CDH.  The food-court set up makes getting a meal convenient. 

Student Gathering Spot Ribbon CuttingPictured here, cutting the ceremonial ribbon, are, l-r, Thomas Massara, executive director, ACES (Auxiliary Campus Enterprises and Services); Dr. Ronald R. Rosati, ASC provost and officer in charge; Dave Carli, lead architect, Flynn Battaglia Architects, Buffalo; Marshelle Gillette, ASC director, facilities services; Nick Humphrey, project manager, Bovis Lend Lease, Buffalo; Dustin Fabian,'08, Frewsburg, Student Senate president; and Dr. Steven J. Tyrell, vice president for student affairs.

About ACES

Auxiliary Campus Enterprises & Services (ACES) is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the mission of Alfred State College. ACES is located on campus and provides dining services, campus bookstore, transportation, vending, and laundry services to its customers.

Longenecker places at UB Open

Posted Date: Monday, November 5, 2007 - 12:26

The Alfred State College wrestling team opened up their 2007-08 season at the University of Buffalo Open.  The Pioneers wrestled athletes from some of the top programs in the Northeast and sophomore Gallaway Longenecker (Manheim, PA) placed in the 133 lb. competition.

Longenecker fell 6-2 to Tyler Milonas (Rutgers) in his opening match but rebounded with wins over Brian Bollette (Rutgers) 8-0, and Ethan Swope (Gannon) 7-3 to advance in the consolation bracket.  He fell 6-1 to Aaron Ely (Edinboro) in his next match but earned 5th place with a decision over Corey Green (Buffalo).

Hornell High School grads Aaron Parks and Scott Ray each earned wins in the competition.  Parks downed Kyle Friedman (Bloomsburg) in his first match 15-7 but fell in his next two matches at 149 lbs.  Ray defeated Tim Ironman (Unattached) 4-3 in his first match at 157 lbs. but was unable to advance past the next two rounds.

Anthony Heid (Lyons) won his opening match 14-6 over Dan Snyder (Edinboro) before falling in his next two matches at 165 and Jordan Hughson (Holley) won 7-3 over Morgan Wanter (American International) in his first match at 184 before falling twice.  Heavyweight Andy Wright (Hilton) lost his first match but rebounded by pinning Nicholas Gonzalez (Jamestown CC) in 2:11.  Wright's day ended when he fell in the next round.

The Pioneers open up Western New York Athletic Conference action on Wednesday when they travel to Mercyhurst North East for a 7 p.m. dual match.

Ed Foundation Names Maryanne Cole to Board

Posted Date: Monday, November 5, 2007 - 19:00

Dr. Maryanne Cole, Bradford, PA, assistant professor of English at Alfred State College has been named to the board of the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc. As a board member, Cole will contribute her skills to the management of the property affairs, business, and concerns of the corporation; she will also participate in the adoption of resolutions and regulations for the conduct of the management of the affairs of the corporation.

The Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., is a private foundation representing faculty, staff, and friends of Alfred State College dedicated to improving the ASC community through the support of educational programs.  The Foundation provides monetary support to enhance learning opportunities for students through scholarships, work grants, and academic club activities.  The Applied Technology campus in Wellsville is owned and maintained by the Educational Foundation.  The Foundation funds the house projects used as hands-on laboratories for many applied technology students. As part of the community outreach, the Foundation supports student projects, which provide real world experiences and enhance local properties and facilities.

The activities pursued by the Educational Foundation of Alfred, Inc., are governed by the board of directors made up of representatives from the following groups:  alumni, ASC College Council, faculty and staff, and friends of the college. All directors serve three-year terms and may be re-elected.  Foundation officers and members serve without compensation.

Cole was hired in 1985 to teach courses in composition, literature, and professional writing. Prior to joining the ASC faculty, Cole served as the coordinator of GOAL studies and as an instructor at North Park University, Chicago; a faculty associate at Arizona State University; and an assistant professor at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV.

Cole holds a PhD in English from Case Western University (Cleveland, OH), an MA in English from Kent State University, and a BA in English from UCLA.