April 2009

Pioneers Win 6th Straight

Posted Date: Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 15:21

The Alfred State College won their 6th straight contest and improved to 10-9 on the season with a doubleheader sweep of Northampton CC.  The Pioneers won the opener 5-0 and the nightcap 5-3.

Andrew Foster (Mississaugua, ONT) allowed just three hits in the complete game shutout victory in game one.  He didn't walk anyone and struck out 11 batters.  Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) was 3 for 4 while Jake Dale (Keshequa) was 2 for 4.

In the nightcap, Berto Vargas (Norman Thomas) connected on a two-run HR in the 5th to tie the contest at 3-3.  ASC added two runs in the 6th to take the victory and the sweep.  Joe Wallace (Avoca) and O'Brien were each 2 for 3 with a RBI to pace the offense.

Brent Johnson (Penn Yan) retired all six batters he faced out of the blue and gold's bullpen to earn the victory.  Ray Sova (West Genesee) retired Northampton in order to earn his second save on the two day trip.

The Pioneers are scheduled to play their home opener on Tuesday when they host Erie CC.  First pitch of the DH is at 2 p.m.

Men Ranked 5th, Women 8th in latest Track Poll

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 07:40

Both the Alfred State College men's and women's track and field teams continue to sit in the top ten of the latest NJCAA Division III poll.  The men are currently ranked 5th while the women are 8th.

The recent weather has kept the Pioneers from competing since both the men and the women won the ASC Quad Meet on March 27.  ASC is scheduled to compete at Houghton College on Wednesday and at Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday.

Harper (IL) College is ranked #1 on the men's side followed by the College of DuPage (IL), SUNY Delhi, Erie CC, and Alfred State.  Mohawk Valley CC holds the top spot on the women's side followed by DuPage, Erie CC, Delhi, Gloucester (NJ) CC, Kingston CC, Harper, and ASC.

The 2009 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field National Championships will be held at Alfred State in one month, May 7-9.

Lacrosse Wins Third Straight

Posted Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 14:09

The Alfred State College lacrosse team netted their third straight victory 19-4 over Cayuga CC on Tuesday afternoon.  Eight Pioneers found the back of the net as the team improved to 5-1 on the season.

Ryan Grogan (Churchville Chili) led the offense with seven points on four goals and three assists.  Tony Micelotta (Irondequoit) finished with three goals and three assists, Josh Mateo (Waterloo) chipped in three goals and an assist, and Troy Johnson (Hilton) netted his first hat trick.

Ryan Speciale (Corning West) had two goals and an assist, Chase Bailey (Corning West) scored twice, and William Ardolino (William Floyd) was credited with a goal and an assist.  Single points were earned on goals by Cory Mee (Churchville Chili) and on assists by Tyler Baird (Corning West), James Moss (Hilton), and Ben Rossignolo (Churchville Chili).

Marshall Merritt (Marcellus) continued his solid play in net making 19 saves for the blue and gold.

The Pioneers got the offense going fast on a cold and blustery day by jumping out to 5-1 lead after the first quarter and a 11-1 lead at half.

ASC travels to Broome CC (2-5) on Thursday.  Opening face-off in Binghamton is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Lady Pioneers Sweep FLCC

Posted Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 15:00

The Alfred State College softball team downed Finger Lakes CC 7-4 and 7-6 to inch closer to .500.  The Lady Pioneers improve to 6-7 overall on the season and 3-1 in Region III Division III play.

In the opener, Amanda Theleman (Whitney Point) didn't allow an earned run in six innings of work.  She allowed two hits while striking out four.  Christina Loder (Brantford, ONT) led the offense with a 3 for 4 day.  Jessica Herbst (Naples) was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI, Holly Fitzpatrick (Hornell) was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Theleman drove home two runs with on a double in the 2nd.

In the nightcap, Fitzpatrick broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 7th with a walk-off single that scored Leandra Spoor (Laurens).  Spoor led off the inning with a single followed by a single by Herbst and an intentional walk to Theleman.

Theleman led the way with a 2 for 2 day with 2 RBI.  She also picked up the win coming out of the bullpen.  She allowed two earned runs in four innings of work.  She walked one and struckt out four. Alicia McFarland (Avoca) was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Loder was 2 for 4 with an RBI, and Spoor was 2 for 4.

The Pioneers hit the road on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Onondaga CC. 

LAX Downs Broome

Posted Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 15:31

The Alfred State College lacrosse team improved to 6-1 with a 16-7 victory over Broome CC on Thursday.  The Pioneers have now won four in a row.

Ryan Grogan (Churchville Chili) led the offense with four goals and three assists while Ryan Speciale (Corning West) finished with three goals and two assists.  Tony Micelotta (Irondeqouit) registered a hat trick, Josh Mateo (Waterloo) scored twice and had an assist, and William Ardolino (William Floyd) netted two goals.  James Moss (Hilton) and Ben Rossignolo (Churchville Chili) each scored once while Tyler Baird (Corning West) was credited with an assist.

Marshall Merritt (Marcellus) continued his solid play in net by making 16 saves.

The Pioneers have a few days off before heading to Rochester on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. showdown with Monroe CC.

Pioneers Sweep Monroe CC

Posted Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 - 15:37

In their home opener the Alfred State College baseball team swept rival Monroe CC in their first Region III Division II contests of the season.  The Pioneers won the opener 3-2 on a walk-off single and then won the nightcap 10-5.

In the opener, Justin DiCarlo (Oakville, ONT) singled past a diving third basemen in the bottom of the 7th inning to break a 2-2 and propel the Pioneers to the victory.  Brian Ervay (Elmira Southside) started the inning with a double and came around to score following a bunt single by Brian Zimmerman (Frontier) and a intentional walk to Ray Sova (West Genesee).

Karl Kofmel (Ottawa, ONT) was 2 for 4 with a two-run single in 1st inning while Jake Dale (Keshequa) was 2 for 4.  On the mound, Andrew Foster (Mississauga, ONT) didn't allow an earned run in seven innings.  He allowed just four hits (all singles) while striking out five.

In the nightcap, Berto Vargas (Norman Thomas) led the Pioneers 15-hit attack with a pair of homers.  He connected on a three-run shot in the 1st inning and a two-run blast in the 2nd inning.  Sova was 3 for 4 with an RBI while Ryan Barkley (Penn Yan) was 3 for 4.  Kofmel, Ervay, and DiCarlo were all 2 for 4 on the the day.

On the mound Kyle Binder (Hornell) earned the victory.  He pitched 6.1 innings, scattered 12 hits, and allowed three earned runs.  Joe Wallace (Avoca) induced a bases loaded double-play to end the contest.

The Pioneers have now won eight straight and improve to 12-9 (2-0 Region III Division II) on the season.  ASC and MCC (12-13, 0-2 Region III Division II) continue their four game set on Saturday when they meet in Rochester for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Curran and Gross Lead Tracksters

Posted Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 05:47

Alex Curran (Williamson) and David Gross (Brockport) led the Alfred State College track and field team in competition on Saturday at Roberts Wesleyan.  The Pioneers got back in action after over two weeks off after poor weather cancelled events at U of R and Houghton College.

Curran won the pole vault with a leap of 14'6" while Gross won the shot put with a throw of 14.49 m.  Gross also finished 4th in both the discus (42 m) and the hammer throw (45 m).

Shawna McNeil (Hornell) qualified for nationals with a 6th place finish in the 100 hurdles (17.40) while Allyne O'Hearn (Pelham, NH) was 5th in the 10,000 (46:57).  Corey Smith (Wallkill) also qualified for nationals with a run of 35:48 in the 10,000.

ASC returns to action next Saturday when they travel to SUNY Brockport to compete in the Golden Eagle Invitational.  Action is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Lady Pioneers Split with OCC

Posted Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 05:52

The Alfred State College softball team split a road doubleheader with Onondaga CC on Saturday afternoon.  The Lady Pioneers won the opener 12-6 but fell 7-3 in the nightcap.

Six Lady Pioneers collected multiple hits in the opener.  Christina Loder (Brantford, ONT) and Holly Fitzpatrick were each 3 for 3 with 2 RBI, Jessica Herbst (Naples) was 3-5 with an RBI, and Amanda Theleman (Whitney Point) was 3 for 5 with a RBI.  Leandra Spoor (Laurens) was 2 for 3 with 2 RBI whlie Katherine McCarthy (Orchard Park) was 2 for 4.  Theleman earned the win on the mound allowing four hits while striking out six.

In the nightcap, OCC scored five unearned runs in the 4th inning to take control of the contest.  Loder and Spoor were each 2 for 4 while Melissa Gifford (Jamestown) was 1 for 2.

The Pioneers are now 7-8 overall and 4-2 in the Region III Division III play.  They return to the road on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. doubleheader at Niagara CCC.

Tribunes Turn Tables on Pioneers

Posted Date: Sunday, April 12, 2009 - 05:57

Two days after sweeping Monroe CC in Alfred on Thursday, the Pioneers fell in both halves of their Region III Division II doubleheader in the strong winds on Saturday.  MCC improved to 14-13 (2-2 RIII DII) with 16-3 and 12-2 victories while ASC falls to 12-11 (2-2 RIII DII).

One of the lone highlights was a two-run homer by Brian Ervay (Elmira Southside) in the second inning of game one.

ASC will look to get back on track on Tuesday when they host Niagara CCC.  First pitch of the doubleheader at Alfred is set for 2 p.m.

Exhibit at ASC Hinkle Memorial Library

Posted Date: Monday, April 13, 2009 - 05:43

Five area high school art teachers have been invited by the digital media and animation faculty of Alfred State College to exhibit their diverse work in the Hinkle Memorial Library on the Alfred State campus.  Represented are Wellsville High School and Genesee Valley Central School.  The show is woven together with color, form, and details of hand-made books, assemblages, two dimensional and three dimensional works.  Amanda Oglesbee and Mark Corwine of Wellsville High School have brought paintings, pottery, and prints.  Kristin Buchholz, Delaney DeMott, and Glenna Elder from Genesee Valley Central School share books, fabric sculptures, and intricate boxes. 

Many of these artist teachers have ties extending throughout this region similar to the roads that connect the many towns of Allegany.  They continue to touch the lives of many of us through their art and their contact with the students of our schools.  There is much quiet beauty in Allegany that will continue no matter what the economic climate is.  Come share an enrichment of life through the viewing of their works.  Their work is on display now at the Hinkle Memorial Library and can be viewed during regular library hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1-7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-11 p.m.  There will be a reception on Thursday, April 23 from 5-7 p.m. to meet the artists.  It is a show that will delight the viewer.