May 2009

Pioneers Remain in 1st, Women in 7th after Day Two of Track Nationals

Posted Date: Friday, May 8, 2009 - 16:23

The Alfred State College men's track & field team remains in first place after day two of the NJCAA Division III National Championships.  The men, 78 points, lead Harper College by 10 points heading into the final day of competition.  The Lady Pioneers have earned 23 points good for seventh place in the standings.

Alfred State's Shawna McNeil (Hornell) and Schuyler Duross (Johnstown) won national championships in the multi events. 

  • McNeil scored 3,549 points, 137 points ahead of second place Chantal Salamone (Herkimer CCC), in winning the national title in the heptathlon.  In the second day of competition she won both the javelin throw (24.04 m) and the 800 m (2:43.49).
  • Duross earned a 224 point victory in the decathlon.  His point total of 5,476 earned him the title.  In the second day of competition he won the pole vault (3.70 m) and the 110 m hurdles (17.62).  He also finished second in the 1500 m (5:02.47).

Rod Streater (Burlington, NJ) became the fifth Pioneer to win a national championship this weekend with a victory in the high jump.  His jump of 1.95 m made him the third consecutive Pioneer to win the event at the national championship.

Wenley Louis (Irondequoit) earned another All-American honor in the triple jump.  His leap of 14.17 m earned him second place.

Heather Sears (Letchworth) finished 3rd in the pole vault (2.42 m), David Gross (Brockport) finished 5th in the discus (41.49 m), and Peter Francia (Greece Olympia) finished 5th in the 3,000 m steeplechase (10:26.00),

Shawna McNeil advanced to the finals in the 100 m hurdles with the third best time in the preliminaries(17.28).

Another NJCAA Division III Championship meet record was broken in the discus as Brent Titus (Erie CC) crushed the previous record of 48.98 m with a toss of 55.69 m.

The final day of competition begins at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to continue to 4 p.m. when team awards will be given out.

Follow the National Championship by visiting:

 Women - Team Rankings - 9 Events Scored
    1) DuPage                      59.50               2) Mohawk Valley CC           54  
    3) Gloucester County College   47        4) Herkimer County CC         40  
    5) Harper College              35                 6) Delhi                      28  
    7) Alfred State                23                     8) Erie                       14.50
    9) Finger Lakes CC             13              10) Roxbury CC                 10  
   11) Middlesex CC                 5                11) Northern Essex CC           5  
   11) Montgomery College           5           14) Queensborough CC            4  
   14) Monroe College               4               16) Suffolk County CC -Gran     2  
   17) Kingsborough CC              1                                          

                     Men - Team Rankings - 9 Events Scored
    1) Alfred State                78                     2) Harper College             68  
    3) Delhi                       59                         4) DuPage                     48  
    5) Erie                        39                          6) Mohawk Valley CC           16  
    7) Queensborough CC             9           8) Middlesex CC                8  
    9) Monroe College               6                10) Montgomery College          5  
   11) Cumberland CC                4             12) Kingsborough CC             3  
   13) Suffolk County CC -Gran      2         13) Bronx CC                    2  
   13) Howard CC                    2                 16) Bergen CC                   1  
   16) Gloucester County College    1                    

Pioneers Wrap Up Nationals in 4th and 7th place

Posted Date: Saturday, May 9, 2009 - 13:55

The 2009 NJCAA Division III Track and Field Championships came to a close on Saturday at a gusty Pioneer Stadium.  The Pioneer men finished 4th overall with 101 points while the women were 7th with 53 points

Harper College took home their third straight men's championship by edging SUNY Delhi by eight points, 142-134. The Hawks won the title in the final event with a second place finish in the 4 x 400 relay.

Mohawk Valley CC won the women's title by 37.5 points over the College of DuPage.  Complete PDF Results of National Championships

Bridget McMahon (Avoca) and Shawna McNeil (Hornell) led the Lady Pioneers with an All-American performances.  McMahon crossed the line in 2nd in the 1,500 m. (5:20.20).  McNeil (Hornell) earned her second All-American honor with a 2nd place finish in the high jump.  Her best leap of day measuered 1.55 m.  She also finished 3rd in the 100 m hurdles (16.62)

Emily Johns (Bath) finished 6th in the high jump (1.45 m), Kaleigh Ligoci (Cicero North Syracuse) finished 7th in the 3,000 m steeplechase (14:11.47), and Lindsey Johnson (Dansville) was 7th in the shot put (10.22 m).

The 4 x 400 relay team of Reaghan Bulkley (Avoca), McMahon, Ligoci and Johns finished 8th in 5:11.12.

David Gross (Brockport) led the men's team today with a 3rd place finish in the shot put (15.05 m).  John Sweeney (Barker) was 5th in the 5,000 m (16:33.93), Logan Drummer (Pioneer) finished 7th in the 1,500 m (4:16.41).

At the conclusion of the meet, Harper College's Ryan Asta and Vanessa Mensie were named the field athletes of the meet while Delhi's Chris Burke and Mohawk Valley's Heather Vroman were named track athletes of the meet.  The assistant coach of the year went to Erie CC's Tim Miller. 

Complete PDF Results of National Championships

Women - Team Rankings - 22 Events Scored
    1) Mohawk Valley CC           140        2) DuPage                                 103.50
    3) Delhi                                   97          4) Gloucester County College  77  
    5) Harper College                 65          6) Herkimer County CC             54  
    7) Alfred State                       53          8) Finger Lakes CC                  40  
    9) Erie                                    36.50    10) Suffolk County CC -Gran    33  
   11) Roxbury CC                     28         12) Queensborough CC            22  
   12) Kingsborough CC           22         14) Bronx CC                             18  
   14) Prince George's CC       18         16) Northern Essex CC            15  
   17) Middlesex CC                 11         18) Nassau CC                          6  
   19) Montgomery College      5           20) Monroe College                  4  

                    Men - Team Rankings - 22 Events Scored
    1) Harper College                      142        2) Delhi                            134  
    3) DuPage                                  114        4) Alfred State                 101  
    5) Erie                                          78.50    6) Mohawk Valley CC     74  
    7) Gloucester County College   39         8) Howard CC                  29  
    9) Middlesex CC                        24         10) Queensborough CC  18  
   11) Kingsborough CC                17         11) Thaddeus Stevens     17  
   13) Bergen CC                            14         14) Monroe College         11.50
   15) Prince George's CC            9           16) CC Rhode Island         7  
   17) Montgomery College           6           17) Finger Lakes CC         6  
   17) Bronx CC                              6           20) Cumberland CC           4  
   21) Herkimer County CC           3           21) Suffolk County CC -Gran  3 

ASC Recipient of Outstanding Humane Organization Collaborative Award

Posted Date: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 08:16

Alfred State College was the recipient, earlier this month, of the Outstanding Humane Organization Collaborative Award, presented by the Finger Lakes SPCA.  This award "recognizes the extraordinary compassion and collaborative spirit with the Finger Lakes SPCA for the benefit of those who cannot speak for themselves."  Alfred State College (students, faculty, and staff) supported the August 2008 Equine Rescue led by the Finger Lakes SPCA. Many of the students under ASC Professor Vicki Bolton's direction and guidance nursed horses who were on the brink of death back to health.  This effort took endless hours of skill and compassion. The horses embraced by Alfred State College and supported by the Animal Welfare Institute (which contributed to the horses' care) can look forward to their future, physically healed, and looking forward to adoption.  Wendy Dresser-Recktenwald, director, Alfred State College Human Resources and Center for Community Education and Training and CEO of the board of the Humane Society of Hornell, accepted on behalf of the college.

Athletic Department Hands out End of Year Awards

Posted Date: Monday, May 11, 2009 - 10:01

Recently the Alfred State College athletic department handed out the 2008-09 athletic awards at a ceremony held at the Lake Lodge.

Senior Athletes of the YearSENIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

The ASC Senior of the Year Awards are given to the male and female senior athletes who have competed in a sport for two years while achieving career excellence and exhibited good character.

Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) and Adalberto Vargas (Norman Thomas)

Jerome helped the Lady Pioneers to a 74-10 record and back-to back Region III championships and back to back trips to the National Championship  She was named honorable mention All-American, 1st team All-Region, and 1st team All-WNYAC this fall.  Also was named MVP of the Region III Tournament, the Mohawk Valley CC Tournament, and the Alfred State Tournament.  Jerome finished 2008 with 378 kills, 364 digs, 46 service aces, and 21 blocks and for her career she has 686 kills, 690 digs, 82 service aces, and 79 blocks.  She is the only player under Coach Doorley to go to back-to-back national championships.  Recently she signed a scholarship to attend Glenville State in West Virginia.

Vargas was named 1st team All-Region and is an All-American candidate this spring after hitting .407 with 11 doubles, three triples, six homers, and 49 RBI on the baseball diamond.  For his career he finishes with a .387 batting average, 99 RBI, 27 doubles, eight triples, and 11 homers.  He currently ranks 5th all time in slugging percentage, tied for 5th in batting average, 6th in RBI, tied for 6th in Home runs, and tied for 9th in doubles.  Previously he was named 1st team All-WNYAC and was 2nd team All-Region and All-WNYAC following his freshmen season. 

Freshman Athletes of the YearFRESHMAN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: 

The ASC Freshman of the Year Awards are given to the male and female athletes who have made the largest impact upon ASC athletics and exhibited good character in their first year as a Pioneer.

Brittney Brooks (Elmira Free) and David Gross (Brockport)

Brooks was named 3rd team NJCAA Division II All-American after averaging 19 points per game and 8.8 rebounds.  Her 455 points this season ranks her 7th all-time in a single season in the Alfred State record book.  She was also named the Region III Division II player of the year and 1st team All-Region and All-WNYAC.  On the year she recorded nine double-doubles and scored 30 or more points three times.

Gross was a member of the indoor and outdoor track and field team,  He helped the men's team to the Region III Championship indoors, a second place finish outdoors, and a 4th place finish at outdoor nationals.  Gross is Region III champion in the shot put for both indoor and outdoor and has broken both the indoor and outdoor college records in the shot put.  He finished 4th in the shot put at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships and finished 3rd outdoors.  He also finished 4th in the hammer throw and 5th in the discus.


The Alfred State College Daniel J. Neverett Sportsmanship Awards are given to the male and female athletes who best exemplify the principles of fair play and gamesmanship.  The winners are athletes who take defeat without complaint, who achieve victory without gloating, and who treat their opponents with fairness, generosity and courtesy.

Melissa Gifford (Jamestown) and Andrew Omoregie:

Gifford was a member of the softball team the past two seasons.  She is credited with being a hard worker on and off the field, willing to do whatever the coaching staff asked, and for being always a positive influence to her teammates even to the players that played in front of her.  Gifford also arrived to practice early and stayed after to work on improving her game and always put the team first.

Omoregie was a two year member of the football team, he also has been part of the track and field and basketball teams during his time at Alfred State.  Omoregie is credited with being a positive influence on his team, teammates, and opponents.  He accepted his role on the team and did his best to keep improving his skills to help the team succeed.  He is well respected by the coaching staff and his peers.

Leadership Award WinnersLEADERSHIP AWARD

The Alfred State College Leadership awards are given to the male and female athletes who have taken the initiative to lead their team on and off the field.

Holly Fitzpatrick (Hornell) and Dan Foley (Irondequoit):

Fitzpatrick hit .280 for her two-year softball career in 72 games.  She drove in 21 runs and stole 14 bases.  Her work ethic and positive attitude made her the coach on the field.  She dedicated her time and efforts to the team right from the start of the school year and was instrumental in improvements to the softball program this year.  She is credited as being a great champion of Alfred State and especially the softball program. Always willing to help in recruiting and building up the team.

Foley was a two year member of the basketball team.  He was named 1st team All-Region and All-WNYAC after averaging 13.8 points per game and 10.6 rebounds this past season. Also passed out 151 assists and was credited with 50 steals and 34 blocks.  For his career he finishes with 627 points, 453 rebounds, and 211 assists.  The coaching staff credits him for leaving everything he had on the court and for leading by example in practice and games.  In wins and defeats, he never changed his style of play.

Academic Award WinnersACADEMIC AWARD

The Alfred State College Academic Awards honor the male and female athletes who have competed in athletics for two years at ASC, while achieving the highest overall grade-point average during that time.

Melissa Gifford (Jamestown) and Hiroshi Ozaki (Tokyo, Japan)

Gifford played in 44 games on the softball team and has a .264 career average with 11 RBI.  In the classroom she has a 3.60 GPA in Computer Information Systems.

Ozaki scored two career goals in two years from his defensive position on the soccer team.  He was a 2nd team All-Region selection in 2008 and named All-WNYAC in both 2007 and 2008.  He has a 3.94 GPA in liberal arts - social science.

William Havens Award WinnerWilliam Havens Award

The Williams S. Havens Award is given to the person who has gone beyond the call of duty in making the greatest contribution in aiding the mission of the athletic department during the past year.

Jane Goodridge: Goodridge is a member of the custodial staff in the Orvis Activities Center.  She is credited for her tremendous work ethic and willingness to put in extra hours before an athletic event, open house, a recruiting visit, and many other events held in the building.  Goodridge is conscientious about the appearance of the building and goes above and beyond to help the athletic department.

Toyodome and Jerome Sign Letter of Intents

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 05:33

Toyodome & Jerome Signing DayAlfred State College volleyball players Yurika Toyodome (Tokyo, Japan) and Jenni Jerome (Syracuse/Westhill) have signed letter of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at the four-year level.  Toyodome will be attending Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI) and Jerome will be attending Glenville State (Glenville, WV).

Toyodome had a well decorated sophomore season at Alfred State.  She was named a first team All-American by Division III of the NJCAA and a 1st team All-American by the AVCA.  Prior to those honors she was named the Region III Division III Player of the Year, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and All-Tournament team at both the Region III Championship and the National Championships. 

Toyodome and Coach Doorley on Signing DayToyodome finished the 2008 season with a team high 400 kills (3.7 kills per game) and a team high .490 hitting percentage.  She also collected 307 digs, 60 blocks, and 41 service aces.  This season she recorded eight double-doubles (kills and digs) and finished 16 matches with over 10 kills.

For her career (2006 & 2008) she finishes with 652 kills, 527 assists, 460 digs, 140 blocks, and 81 aces.  During her two years of play the Lady Pioneers racked up a 70-7 record.

She joins a Davenport University team that finished 2008 with a 15-26 record under coach Rick Rylase.  The Panthers play in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference of the NAIA.

Jerome and Coach Doorley on Signing DayJerome capped off a solid two year career in which the Lady Pioneers were 74-10 and won back-to-back Region III Championships.  Her honors this season include being named honorable mention All-American, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WNYAC, and preseason All-American.  Jerome was also recently named the ASC senior athlete of the year after receiving the freshman athlete of the year in 2008. 

This season Jerome finished with 378 kills (3.4 per game) and a .249 hitting percentage.  She chipped in 364 digs, 46 service aces and 21 blocks.  She recorded more than 10 kills in a match 14 times and more than 10 digs in a match 15 times.  In seven matches she finished with a double-double.

For her career (2007 & 2008), Jerome finishes with 686 kills, 690 digs, 82 service aces, and 79 blocks.

Jerome joins Glenville State who is coming off a 14-16 season in 2008 under head coach Patrick Maiden.  The Pioneers competed in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Masonry Students Awarded

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 07:31

Bevington, Draper, and JessupTwo masonry seniors enrolled in Alfred State College's School of Applied Technology Building Trades/masonry program were recently awarded the Southern Tier Concrete Products, Inc., Achievement Award for Excellence in the trowel trades.  This year's winners, Shawn Bevington, Akron, and Matthew Draper, Marion, each received $300 checks presented by Charles Jessup, business manager, Southern Tier Concrete Products, Inc., Alfred.  The company has long been involved in the masonry program at the college.  Its contributions of technical support, materials, tools, and training aids as well as scholarships, are greatly appreciated by the college in helping it produce graduates with the necessary skills to succeed in the trade.  Bevington has been hired to work as a mason for Hofer Construction, Buffalo, and Draper will work as a union mason in the central and Western New York area. 

Five Lacrosse Players honored by the Region

Posted Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 10:15

Josh MateoMitch MertelFive members of the Alfred State College lacrosse team have earned All-Region honors following the Pioneers 10-4 season.  Josh Mateo (Waterloo) and Mitch Mertel (Churchville) were second team selections while Ryan Grogan (Churchville), Ryan Speciale (Corning West), and Marshall Merritt (Marcellus) were named honorable mention.

Mateo was the key ingredient to the Pioneers success in the midfield.  Mateo, the team's primary face-off man, finished the season with 25 goals and 18 assists.  He finishes his career with 61 goals and 34 assists.

Mertel was called on to shut down the opponents top offensive player each game.  He led a defensive corp that allowed 11.14 goals per game.  Offensively, Mertel scored three goals and had an assist.  Versus #1 Onondaga, Mertel found the back of the net twice.

Grogan and Speciale were the top two scorers on the team.  Grogan had a team high 72 points on 37 goals and 35 assists while Speciale netted 37 goals and passed out 15 assists.

Merritt played every minute in net except for 11 for the blue and gold.  He finished the year with a 10-4 mark and a 11.07 goals against average.  He made 243 saves on the year.

The Pioneers finished the season ranked #9 in the last NJCAA poll and advanced to Region III Tournament for the second straight year and third time in the past four years under Coach Todd Weil.


Six Pioneers Named All-Region in Baseball

Posted Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 10:03

Adalberto VargasKyle BinderSix members of the Alfred State College baseball team have been honored by being selected to the All-Region team.  Adalberto Vargas (Norman Thomas) and Kyle Binder (Hornell) were named to the 1st team while Andrew Foster (Mississauga, ONT), Jake Dale (Keshequa), Karl Kofmel (Ottawa, ONT), and Kenny O'Brien (Norwalk, CT) were 2nd team selections.

Vargas led the Pioneers with a .407 batting average (55 for 135), 11 doubles, six homers, and 49 RBI.  He scored 47 runs, stole 19 bases in 21 attempts, and finished the year with a .667 slugging percentage. 

Binder pitched 52.2 innings on the mound this spring for the blue and gold.  He finished with tied for the team lead with five wins (5-3).  He led the team with a 2.56 ERA.  He struck out 36 while walking 23 and opponents hit .254 versus him on the season.

Foster tossed 57 innings for ASC this spring.  He made nine starts and had a 4-5 record and a 3.63 ERA.  He struck out 65 batters and walked 36.  Opponents hit just .238 versus him on the season.

Dale started every game this spring and was behind the plate for almost every inning in the team's final 30 games.  He finished the campaign with a .357 batting average (45 for 126), seven double, four triples, two homers, and 33 RBI.  He also was 16 for 16 on the bases and threw out 14 runners.

Kofmel registered a .325 batting average (37 for 114) with four doubles, four triples, and 27 RBI.  He stole nine bases and had a .975 fielding percentage at his first base position.

O'Brien hit .364 (40 for 110) on the season from his leadoff spot in the line-up.  He collected 10 doubles, three triples, two homers, and 28 RBI.  He didn't commit an error in 67 chances (4 assists) in centerfield.

Alfred State finished the 2009 spring season with a 26-17 mark.  The team was the #3 seed in the Region III Division II Tournament where they dropped two heartbreaking contests. 

Kiddie Ag Day

Posted Date: Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 12:22

Kiddie Ag DayMore than 800 local school children and their teachers attended Alfred State College's annual Kiddie Ag Day celebration sponsored by the faculty, staff, and agriculture students at the college.  Youngsters from Alfred-Almond; Bath; Portville Elementary and Portville Christian; Cattaraugus-Little Valley; Cuba-Rushford; Genesee Valley; Hornell; Immaculate Conception, Wellsville; and Scio; as well as preschoolers from the Alfred Montessori and Andover schools; and several area home schooling families, toured the college's farm complex viewing milking operations and general farm activity.  The children, their teachers, and parent volunteers visited with alpacas, horses, pigs, fowl, and sheep, and learned about animal care from ASC student volunteers. The Allegany County Dairy Princesses, Brooke Austin, Casey Arlig, and Megan Snyder greeted the children in the pavilion where they received Skippy cups, cheese, yogurt tubes and milk. 

Alfred State Preparing for Summer Sports Festival

Posted Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 - 05:31

The Alfred State College athletic department is preparing to host the Summer Sports Festival.  The summer sports festival consists of the Day Camp, in its 28th year, and the Learn-to-Swim Program, in its 41st year.

The day camp will begin on June 29 and run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. until July 24th.  The camp includes a totally supervised program of daily instruction in a variety of sports, arts & crafts, and recreational activities, in addition to a daily free swim period each afternoon.

The learn-to-swim program offers swimming lessons for ages two and up with parents having the choice of three classes of instruction (Typical classes- 3 to 5 students per instructor, Special classes - two students per instructor, and private lesons).

For more information on either the day camp or the learn to swim program view the festival brochure.

The athletic department will be hosting sport camps in track & field, basketball, volleyball, and soccer. 

  • Coach Gary Moore will run his annual track and field camp beginning on June 2.  Cost is $30
  • Coach Jerry Jusianiec will run two basketball camps.  Gym Rats for ages 4-9 will take place July 13-17 between 2:15 - 4:45 p.m. while the Skills Camp ($90) for ages 10-17 will take play August 3-5 between 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. ($100)
  • Coach Gene Doorley will run volleyball camp from July 27 - 31.  The beginner wave runs from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. while advance wave runs from Noon - 3 p.m.
  • Coach Anne Holmok will run a soccer camp from June 29 - July 2 from 10 a.m. - Noon.  Camp is for ages 9-13 and costs $50.

For more information about any of the summer camp opportunities at Alfred State this summer contact the athletic office at 587-4361 or contact Coach Moore, festival director, at 587-4358.