March 2012

Men's Basketball Participates in Move and Groove Night

Posted Date: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 05:56

Dashino Charles and Alex Hall work with AACS StudentsThe Alfred State men's basketball team participated in the Alfred Almond Central School Move and Groove Night on Thursday evening.  The Pioneers ran 70 students through a variety of basketball drills.

Coach Jerry Jusianiec was joined by Pat Parker (Queens/Hillcrest), DaQuan Allen (Brooklyn/Boys & Girls), Alex Hall (Jamaica/Forest Hills), Dashino Charles (Elizabeth, NJ), and Tommy Hutson (Brooklyn/Susan McKinney) for the hour event.

Indoor Track Nationals - Day One Report

Posted Date: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 14:50

Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) and Travis Nagle (Randolph) began competition at the 2012 NJCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Eastern Illinois University on Friday.

Murphy finished 4th in the 800 m preliminaries to qualify for the finals on Saturday.  She ran a 2:25.60, just two seconds slower than the top finisher in the prelims.  Murphy's fastest 800 of the season is 2:23.51.

Nagle sits in 14th place after day one of the heptathlon with 2,081 points.  He ran the 60 m dash in 8.20, leapt 5.63 m in the long jump, threw the shot put 9.70 m, and recorded a jump of 1.77 in the high jump.  He continues action tomorrow by competing in the 60 m hurdles, the pole vault, and the 1,000 m.

Action continues on Saturday morning from EIU.  Follow the action at:


Cold Shooting Dooms Lady Pioneers

Posted Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 12:20

The Alfred State women's basketball team could never get the offense going and fell 58-49 to Jamestown CC in the Region III Division II semifinals.  The 49 points tied the team's season low.

The Lady Pioneers shot just 18.4% from the field in the 1st half and trailed 23-16 at the break.  The offense picked up for Alfred State but the team could never climb closer than six points in the 2nd half.  JCC led by as many as 14.

Nikole Lindquist was 10 for 17 from the field and 3 for 4 from three to lead all scorers with 25 points.  Alicia Stebbins finished with 15 and Jillian Brunswick chipped in 10.

Haley Witchella (Oxford Academy) wrapped up an impressive freshman campaign with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and six blocks.  Camille Romero (Queens Village/Mary Louis) chipped in 12 and Nuri Bey (Bronx/HS of Computers & Technology) recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards.

Alfred State shot 23.8% for the game and was 0 for 14 from three.  Jamestown shot 30.8% for the game and connected on three Lindquist three-pointers.

The loss snapped the Pioneers eight game winning streak while the win moves the Jayhawks to the championship game on Sunday where they will take on Erie CC who upset the #1 seed Mercyhurst North East in the other semifinal.

Alfred State finishes the season with a 18-9 overall record.

Newspaper Box Score
Jamestown CC vs Alfred State College
3/3/12 3:15 p.m. at Liguori Fieldhouse
At Liguori Fieldhouse
Lindquist, Nikole 10-17 3-4 25; Stebbins, Alicia 5-17 5-7 15; Brunswick,
Jillian 4-15 2-2 10; Depane, Ashley 1-3 0-0 3; Thomas, Kelsey 0-5 2-2 2;
Mikowicz, Alicia 0-3 2-2 2; Apperson, Madeline 0-5 1-5 1. Totals 20-65 15-22
Witchella, Haley 7-22 3-4 17; Romero, Camille 5-26 2-4 12; Bey, Nuri 3-8 4-8
10; Chambers, Carriola 2-7 1-2 5; Hudson, Ardaisha 1-3 1-2 3; Brooks, Amie
1-11 0-0 2; Brito, Destiny 0-0 0-1 0; Ball, Regan 0-1 0-0 0; Walton, Tiffany
0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-80 11-21 49.
Jamestown CC..................   23   35  -   58
Alfred State College..........   16   33  -   49
3-point goals--Jamestown CC 3-12 (Lindquist, Nikole 2-6; Depane, Ashley 1-2;
Brunswick, Jillian 0-4), Alfred State College 0-14 (Witchella, Haley 0-3;
Romero, Camille 0-2; Chambers, Carriola 0-1; Brooks, Amie 0-7; Walton,
Tiffany 0-1). Fouled out--Jamestown CC-None, Alfred State College-Witchella,
Haley. Rebounds--Jamestown CC 58 (Apperson, Madeline 12), Alfred State
College 60 (Witchella, Haley 17). Assists--Jamestown CC 13 (Mikowicz, Alicia
5), Alfred State College 7 (Chambers, Carriola 3). Total fouls--Jamestown CC
19, Alfred State College 18. Technical fouls--Jamestown CC-None, Alfred
State College-None.
Jamestown advances to Region III Division II Finals


Murphy 5th in 800, Nagle 9th in Heptathlon

Posted Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 15:48

Alfred State sophomore Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) earned a 5th place finish at the NJCAA Indoor National Championships at Eastern Illinois.  Travis Nagle (Randolph) finished 9th in the two-day heptathlon competition.

Murphy ran the 2:25.23 in the 800 m to finish 5th.  Her 4 points in the event led the Lady Pioneers to a 37th place finish out of 40 teams tha9 t scored in the event.  Murphy was seeded 4th in the finals after running a 2:25.60 in the prelims.

Nagle scored 4,059 points in the two-day competition.  He was just five points away from finishing in 7th.  His highest scoring performance was in the pole vault when he recorded a leap of 4.35 m.  He ran the 60 m hurdles in 9.78 and the 1,000 in 2:58.71.  This follows running the 60 m dash in 8.20, leapt 5.63 m in the long jump, threw theTshot put 9.70 m, and recorded a jump of 1.77 in the high jump on Friday.

The Pioneers have a few weeks off before opening up the outdoor season.

Pioneers Baseball Drops Opener

Posted Date: Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 16:09

The Alfred State baseball team struggled to get the offense going and fell to Keystone (PA) College JV in their 2012 spring season opener.  The Giants won the opener 11-0 and the nightcap 8-3.

Eric Mehaffey (Lisbon) led the Pioneers with a four hit day.  He was 3 for 3 in the first game and 1 for 1 in the second game with two walks.  Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg) was 2 for 4 with a double in game one.

The second game of the doubleheader was ended after six innings as it began to snow.

Alfred State plays again on Monday, March 12th when they begin their spring trip at Hiwassee College JV.  The doubleheader in Madisonville, TN is slated for 1 p.m. first pitch.

Witchella Named Player of the Year, Boyd Coach of the Year

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 06:22

The Alfred State women's basketball team took home the top two honors at the Region III Division II Tournament.  Haley Witchella (Oxford Academy) was named the RIII DII Player of the Year and Gina Boyd was named the Coach of the Year.  Sophomores Camille Romero (Queens Village), Amie Brooks (Pavilion), and Nuri Bey (Bronx/HS of Computers & Technology) were also honored with spots on the All-Region team.

Witchella had a great freshman campaign in which she started in all 20 games she appeared in (missed seven games due to an injury in the 2011 portion of the season).  She averaged 16.8 points per game and 11.4 rebounds for the 18-9 Lady Pioneers.  She recorded eleven double-doubles on the year including a monster 34 points and 26 rebounds in a Lady Pioneer victory at Genesee CC.  She scored more than 10 points in 18 of her 20 games and scored 20 or more in five games.  She also chipped in 71 blocks, 35 steals, and 20 assists.

During Region III Division II play, Witchella led Alfred with a 16.5 ppg and 13 rpg.  She shot a 45.3% from the field during Region games in which the Pioneers had a 7-4 record.

Boyd earns Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in her 22-year coaching career after leading the Lady Pioneers to a 18-9 record and the #2 seed in the Region III Division II Tournament.  Boyd helped the blue & gold to a 7-3 regular season mark in Region play and the team headed into the postseason riding a eight game winning streak.  She has led her squad to the Regional Final Four in 17 of the last 19 years and currently has a 330-238 overall record in her tenure.

Romero and Brooks were named to the All-Region 2nd team. 

  • Romero started in all 27 of Alfred State's games and led the Pioneers with 468 points (17.3 ppg).  Her 468 points is tied for 7th most in a season by any Lady Pioneer.  She also grabbed 111 rebounds, passed out 93 assists, and had 67 steals.  During region play, Romero averaged 14.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg.  She scored more than 10 points in 24 of the team's 27 games and had 20 or more in 11 games.  For her career she finishes with 734 points which ranks her 10th all-time.  Romero was a 1st team All-Region selection following the 2010-11 season.
  • Brooks also started in all 27 of the Lady Pioneers games this year and finished the campaign with 391 points, 86 rebounds, 80 steals, and 73 assists.  Her 391 points is 18th best in a single season while her 741 career points puts her #9 in the career scoring records.  During Region play she averaged 13.1 ppg and 3.2 rebounds.  On the year she scored 10 or more in all but five games and had six games in which she netted 20.  She had a career high 29 at Niagara CCC.  Last season, Brooks was a 3rd team All-Region selection.

Bey was the Lady Pioneers 6th man and was named to the All-Region 3rd team.  She appeared in all 27 games and was second on the team with 225 rebounds (8.3 average).  She also netted 192 points (7.1 average).  Her 225 rebounds is 22nd best in a season.  In Regional play, Bey averaged 8.1 ppg and 9.2 rpg.  She recorded six double-doubles on the season.  She finishes her career with 504 rebounds.

Parker Named 1st Team All-Region

Posted Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 07:01

Alfred State sophomore basketball Pat Parker (Queens/Hillcrest) has been named 1st team All-Region following a successful campaign.

Parker, a honorable mention All-WNYAC selection in 2010-11, started in all 28 games for the blue & gold.  He scored 511 points (18.3/game) and grabbed 175 rebounds (6.3/game).  He also chipped in 93 assists and was credited with 48 steals.  Parker scored at least ten points in all but two games on the season.  He finished with 13 games of 20 or more points and two games with 31.

Parker had 31 points vs. CC of Beaver County in the team's final game of 2011 and then had 31 in a contest at Niagara CCC on Feb. 11th.  His biggest shot of the season came on Feb. 16th when he drilled a three-pointer at the buzzer to beat Monroe CC.

During Region III Division II play, Parker averaged 19.2 points and 6.4 rebounds.  he also had 50 assists and 20 steals.

Parker finishes his two-year career with 869 points, 338 rebounds, and 185 assists.

The 2011-12 Pioneers finished 7-21 (2-12 Region III Division II) on the season.

Pioneers Dive into Nationals

Posted Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 16:16

The Alfred State men's swimming team began competition at the 2012 NJCAA National Championships with a 10th place finish in the 400 medley relay and a 12th place finish in the 800 free relay

Tyler Sherwood (Elmira Southside), Mark Pendleton (Beacon), Josh McDowell (Wayland Cohocton), and Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama) combined to swim a 3:59.02 in the 400 Medley Relay to earn 10th.

Jake Giglio (Hornell) combined with Stellrecht, Sherwood, and Pendleton to swim a 7:59.74 in the 800 free relay to earn 12th.

Action continues on Thursday from Indian River State College (Ft. Pierce, FL) with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Live results from the championships can be watched at: while video of the finals is available at

Arroyo to be Inducted in NWCA Hall of Fame

Posted Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 06:21

Alfred State athletic director and former Springfield College coach Daryl Arroyo will be inducted into the National Wrestling Coaches Association DIII Hall of Fame this weekend at a ceremony in conjunction with the 2012 DIII National Championships in LaCrosse, WI.

Arroyo began his duties as athletic director at Alfred State in the summer of 2011 after a 21-year career on the mat at Springfield.  Under his tutelage, the Springfield College wrestling program posted a 303-163-6 overall dual-meet record, good for an outstanding .643 winning percentage.  Arroyo coached 27 NCAA All-Americans, 69 national qualifiers, 54 Scholar All-Americans, and 45 conference champions. His final squad won the New England Wrestling Association championship in 2011. It was Springfield’s 10th NEWA title since and including the 1996-97 season.

Arroyo earned his bachelor’s degree in health fitness and was a Springfield College wrestling captain in 1984. A three-time national qualifier, Arroyo placed sixth in the 118-pound weight class at the 1984 NCAA Division II Championships and earned All-America honors.

Prior to joining the Springfield College staff, Arroyo was an assistant wrestling coach at California State Fullerton and Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). He received his master’s degree from Fullerton in 1988 and his Ph.D. in sports psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1996.


Swimmers 11th after Day Two of Nationals

Posted Date: Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 16:20

The Alfred State men's swimming team has earned 105 points after two days at the NJCAA National Championships.  The 105 poiints puts the Pioneers in 11th out of 14 teams that have earned points.

The 200 free relay team of Jake Giglio (Hornell), Tyler Sherwood (Elmira Southside), Josh Stellrecht (Oakfield Alabama), and Josh McDowell (Wayland Cohocton) earned 9th with a swim of 1:34.29.

Mark Pendleton (Beacon) earned points for the team with a 24th place finish in the 200 IM (2:12.80).

Action continues on Friday from Indian River State College (Ft. Pierce, FL) with preliminaries at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

Live results from the championships can be watched at: while video of the finals is available at