In a hard-fought battle, Alfred State College’s Western Equestrian Team took Reserve Champion honors at a recent competition. ASC finished behind Cornell in the six-team show event held at Alfred University’s Bromley-Daggett’s Equestrian Center.
According to Head Coach Marie Dougherty, “This team has made remarkable progress since their last outing just two weeks ago. They practiced incredibly hard and really brought their ‘A’ game. We might have won top honors two weeks ago but in this show we actually rode better. I had two riders who didn’t place in their first shows win first- and second-place ribbons this time out. Now that’s something to be proud about.”
Dougherty credits ASC faculty member Jess Hutchesson with a huge logistical contribution. “Most people don’t understand how much behind-the-scenes logistical work goes into getting a team organized for an event. Jess is a master at this, and it shows. Our team was ‘show ready’ a full hour before they entered the ring.”
Dougherty cites team co-captains Justine Burnett, Almond, individual studies, for outstanding leadership as well.
“Our captains have emerged as outstanding leaders. They motivate the other riders to practice hard and help keep them focused. They are always there for the team whether it’s tacking up or putting the final touches on a show outfit. They are always pitching in to help their teammates. We are really starting to gel as a team and it showed over the weekend.”
ASC competes in association with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) in New York’s Region 1. Other Region 1 competitors include Cornell, RIT, Alfred University, SUNY Brockport, and Buffalo. Four shows remain in the season to decide which team will represent Region 1. ASC is very much in the running trailing Cornell by 15 points and Alfred University only by six.
The IHSA has some 8,300 riders in sponsored events designed to allow students to compete at all levels of riding skill. The IHSA is comprised of 370 participating colleges and universities. The organization focuses on participation, sportsmanship, fun, and learning.
Faculty Adviser Professor Vicki Bolton calls ASC’s Equestrian program a huge success.
“For a start-up club team our Western team has done remarkably well. They can ride with any team in the Region and have already proven to be very competitive with varsity riders. Our hats are off to Marie and the entire team for coming together so quickly. They head down to Hurdale Farm and practice, practice, practice. They are a very motivated bunch. None of us imagined they would be this competitive this quickly. They have won the respect of the teams they compete against and the entire equestrian community.”
But to Bolton, it’s about more than winning titles. ”Here at ASC we are concerned with the entire educational experience of our students. Our Equestrian Club is growing steadily and more and more students are enjoying their equestrian experience here. I have no doubt that some of these young people will be employed in the equestrian field. It’s good for the College and it’s good for our students.”
The team’s next show will be Dec. 3 at Alfred University’s Equestrian Center. The public is invited to attend and cheer on the home town favorites. For more information on the Alfred State College Equestrian Club contact Vicki Bolton at email@example.com. For more information on the Hurdale Riding Program, contact Marie Dougherty at www.Hurdalefarmhorses.com.
The Alfred State College women's basketball team couldn't rally all the way back and suffered a 67-60 loss in Cleveland, OH to Cuyahoga CC. The Lady Pioneers trailed 33-27 at half and by as many as 12 but cut it to three in the final minute, 63-60, but couldn't get any closer.
Camille Romero (Quees Village/Mary Louis) recorded over twenty points in her 5th straight game. She led ASC with 29 points on Friday. Carriola Chambers (Manhattan/Facing History) chipped in 12 pionts while Amie Brooks (Pavilion) had nine.
The Lady Pioneers are now 6-4 on the year and will close out the 2011 portion of their schedule next week with a road contest on Tuesday vs. Roberts Wesleyan JV and a home contest vs. U of Rochester JV on Thursday.
The Alfred State College men's basketball team could not solve #1 ranked Monroe College (New Rochelle, NY) in the first day of the Mustang Invitational. Monroe raced to a 77-37 victory.
Pat Parker (Queens/Hillcrest) led the Pioneers with 15 points on the day.
Monroe led 44-18 at half as they improved to 9-0 on the year.
The Pioneers take on Harcum (Philadelphia, PA) College in the second day of the tournament. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
The Alfred State College men's basketball team hung tough in the 1st half but could not overcome a early 2nd half run and fell 92-63 to Harcum College at the Monroe College Invitational.
The Pioneers trailed just 45-34 vs. the high powered of Harcum. Harcum came out of the break and put together a 15-0 run and never looked back.
Dashino Charles (Elizabeth, NJ) led the blue & gold with 14 points and six rebounds while Patrick Parker (Queens/Hillcrest) chipped in 11 points and seven rebounds.
ASC wraps up the 2011 portion of their season on Wednesday when they travel to the CC of Beaver County for a 7 p.m. start.
The Alfred State College men's swimming team finished 3rd at the three-day Monroe CC Invitational. The Pioneers scored 346 points in the competition.
Braden Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) won the 200 back (2:14.57), was 2nd in the 200 free (1:56.44) and 5th in the 500 free (5:26.06). Jake Giglio (Hornell) finished 2nd in the 50 free with a time of 23.27. He was also was 3rd in the 100 fly (58.31) and 4th in the 100 free (53.75).
Mark Pendleton (Beacon) was 2nd in the 200 breast (2:34.85), 4th in the 200 IM (2:18.35) and 4th in the 400 IM (4:59.49). Joshua Tull (Lansing) was 4th in the 200 free (2:06.14) and 6th in the 200 back (2:31.12). Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama) was 4th in the 1650 free (20:16.45), 5th in the 400 IM (5:22.00), and 6th in the 200 IM (2:25.00). Josh McDowell (Wayland Cohocton) was 5th in the 200 fly (2:49.04) and 6th in 50 free (24.72). Tom Clouse (Pioneer) was 6th in the 100 free (57.30).
The men's 800 free relay team (Tull, Stellrecht, Pendleton, and Kozlowski) was 2nd (8:04.5) while each of the rest of the three relays finished 3rd. 400 IM relay (Kozlowski, Pendleton, Giglio, and McDowell) swam a 4:08.74, the 200 free relay team (Giglio, Stellrecht, McDowell, and Kozlowski) swam a 1:36.46, and the 400 free relay team (Giglio, Pendleton, McDowell, and Kozlowski) swam a 3:37.68.
The lone Lady Pioneer competing, Maggie McBurney (Jamesville Dewitt) was 5th in the 400 IM finishing in 6:14.97. McBurney scored 19 total points in the invitational
The Pioneers head back to Monroe CC on Wednesday for their final swim of 2011 when they battle the Tribunes in a WNYAC dual match.
The Alfred State College wrestling team spent the weekend at Niagara CCC and picked up a dual victory and had three wrestlers place at the Thunderwolves Open.
On Friday evening, Zach Race (Fulton/G Ray Bodley) pinned Domenic Lewis in 1:26 in the final match of the evening to life Alfred to a 29-26 victory over Grand Valley (MI) State in the Niagara Duals. In earlier matches, James Barlow (Wayland Cohocton) earned a 16-2 victory, Josh Simons (Campbell Savona) pinned Mike Luck in 4:37, and Jose Pagan (Fredonia) and Lucas Cady (Alfred Almond) earned forfeit victories.
At the NCCC Open, Race and Matt Sowers (Whitesboro) earned 5th place finishes and Justin Hunt (Ripley) was 6th.
Barlow and Simons each were 2-2 on the day as well for the Pioneers.
ASC is returns to the Orvis Activities Center this weekend for their annual home duals event. They are scheduled to take on Niagara CCC at 7 p.m. on Friday and then will host NCCC, Jamestown CC, Stevens Tech, and SUNY Cobleskill in a dual event beginning at Noon on Saturday.
Dr. Cristiana Panicco, director of the Sant'Anna Institute in Sorrento, Italy, met with members of the Alfred State College Dr. Terry Tucker, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Eleven members of the Region III Champion Alfred State College football team have been named to the All-Region team. Quarterback Greg Hampton (Uniondale) was named Offensive Player of the Year while Colter Johnson (Warren, PA) was named Special Teams Player of the Year.
Hampton passed for 1,682 yards and 19 scores on the season. He was 113-235 and finished with 125.53 efficiency rate. He also rushed for 81 yards and three scores. He led an offense that averaged 28.2 points per game. Hampton passed for over 200 yards in two contests and passed for a season high 299 yards in the victory over Hudson Valley CC.
Johnson handled both the punting and kicking duties for the Pioneers. He averaged 38.9 yards per punt in his 38 attempts on the season. He had six punts inside the 20, six punts of 50+ yards, and five touchbacks. On kickoffs, he averaged 56.6 yards per kick. Johnson was also 6 for 12 in field goal attempts including a perfect 4 for 4 in the Region III Championship game. His long was 42 yards on the season.
Wide Receivers Devin Simmons (Elmira Free) and Tavon Moore (Syracuse/Bishop Grimes) were also honored.
Running back Desmond Goode (Johnson Mountain, VA) was also honored after having a solid season prior to having a season ending injury. In six games, Goode rushed for a team high 628 yards and four scores. After rushing for 85 yards in the first two games, he racked up four-straight 100-yard games including a 155 yards on 31 carries vs. Wright State Club.
Anthony Turner (Syracuse/Corcoran) led the defensive contingent named All-Region. Turner led the team was 62 tackles (34 solo) and 10 sacks. He recorded eight or more tackles in five games and recorded two or more sacks in four games. He also forced four fumbles on the season.
Rory Spain (Tully), Antonio Williams (New Haven, CT), Robert Howard (Syracuse/Nottingham), David Howell (Rochester/Greece Athena), and Alonzo Joyner (Queens/Information Technology) were also honored by Region III.
The Pioneers wrapped up the 2011 season with a 6-4 overall and were crowned the Region III Champions after defeating Erie CC 26-20 in the championship game. The Region III title was the first for the ASC football program.
Alfred State College sophomores Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) and Braden Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) have been named the ASC Athletes of the Week by the SID office.
Romero netted 26 points vs. Finger Lakes CC and then had 29 points vs. Cuyahoga CC. She has now scored 20 or more points in each of the Lady Pioneers last five games. She is averaging 21.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 2.6 assists per game.
Braden Kozlowski (N. Tonawanda) won the 200 back (2:14.57), was 2nd in the 200 free (1:56.44) and 5th in the 500 free (5:26.06) as the Pioneer men's swimming team finished 3rd at the Monroe CC Invitational. He was also part of the 800 free relay team that finished 2nd and the 400 IM relay, 200 free relay, and 400 free relay teams finished 3rd.
The Alfred State College women's basketball team used a solid press to down Roberts Wesleyan JV 49-46 to snap a four-game slide and improve to 7-4 on the year.
The Lady Pioneers trailed by as many as 12 points early on in the contest before putting on the press to climb back into the game and grab a 30-23 halftime lead. ASC and Roberts battled the rest of the way but the Pioneers held on for the victory.
Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) led the way for the blue & gold with 18 points while Amie Brooks (Pavilion) finished with 13.
ASC wraps up the 2011 portion of their season on Thursday when they host the JV Yellowjackets from the University of Rochester. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.