October 2012

Alfred State vs. Apprentice School Football Preview

Posted Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 07:19

Alfred State (3-2) at Apprentice School (1-5)

Saturday, October 20, 2012 1 p.m. * Newport News, VA

Last meeting:

Alfred State 22 Apprentice School 7 in 2010

Last week:

Alfred State lost 27-17 vs. Globe Tech

Apprentice lost 20-14 to Southern Virginia University on Oct. 5th

Pioneers Offense: 21 ppg, 239.6 yards per game

Pioneers Defense:  16 ppg, 258.2 yards per game

Builders Offense: 19.2 ppg, 248.8 yards per game

Builders Defense: 25.5 ppg, 360.5 yards per game

Players to watch:

Alfred State:

Joey  Frendo So. QB 6-3, 216                     Fremont, MI

Erik Simmons So. WR 6-3, 210                   Elmira

Major Everett Fr. RB 5-11, 215                    Media, PA

Keegan Phalen So. SS/P 6-2, 195               East Aurora

Robert Howard So. DL 6-3 280                    Syracuse

Shawn Charles So. CB 5-10, 175                 Rochester



Jodey McNeil So RB 5-10, 170                     Newport News, VA

Jonathan Whelan So. QB 6-0, 195               Fredericksburg, VA

Izhia Roundtree Jr. DB 5-7, 180                  Vidalia, GA

Brock Bullock Jr. LB 6-1, 220                       Fredericksburg, VA

Tequan Mayfield So. DB 5-9, 160                Virginia Beach, VA

Key matchup: The Pioneers take the long road trip to Newport News, VA to take on the Apprentice School.  This is the road game on the schedule for Alfred and the longest trip of the season.

The Pioneers turned the ball over five times and had a punt blocked last week in their loss to Globe Tech.  Alfred tried to rally after falling behind 27-3 but was unable to come fully back.  The Pioneer offense had their best performance of the year.  Major Everett led the best rushing game of the year thus far with 65 yards on 14 carries.

Alfred’s special teams has scored three touchdowns on the season but have been slowed down in the last two contests.  A long kickoff or punt return could be critical in this contest.

Apprentice is more of a running team with Jodey McNeil averaging 74.8 yards rushing per game.  The passing game has averaged just over a 100 yards per game.

Game notes:

  • The Apprentice School is a NCAA DIII institution and the two teams will meet again in 2013 as Alfred State plays their first year of NCAA football.  This is the first of two straight weeks that the Pioneers will take on NCAA DIII competition.
  • Live stats will be available at: http://livestats.prestosports.com/apprentice/
  • Pioneers return home next weekend when they host Southern Virginia University.  Next Saturday’s game begins a three-game end of the season homestand.

Building Trades Students Start Construction on College Home

Posted Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 07:48

After more than a year of planning, construction has begun on a new residence for the president of Alfred State. The site is located on Route 244, south of the College Farm and will replace the current home for the president which is located in the Village of Alfred.

programs at Alfred State.

In addition to a five-bedroom residence, the structure will have a separate entertainment area for small, special events complete with a parking area for guests, handicapped accessibility, and a catering kitchen.

2nd Half Turnovers Cost Pioneers

Posted Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 12:17


Four Alfred State turnovers in the 2nd half led to the Apprentice School breaking a halftime tie en route to a 35-21 victory over the Pioneers.  Alfred falls to 3-3 on the season while the Builders improve to 2-5.

The Builders got on the board first when Rashawn Sims caught a five-yard pass from Paul Morgan with 3:31 remaining in the 1st half.

Alfred wasted little time scoring two plays later when Joey Frendo (Fremont, MI) connected with Mikel DeMonte (Brockport) on a 79-yard scoring play.  Erik Simmons (Elmira Free) threw a crucial block down the field to fuel the play.  The PAT attempt bounced off the crossbar.

Frendo gave the Pioneers their first lead of the game with 11:01 remaining in the 2nd quarter when he hit Colton Caldwell (Dublin, OH) on a 46-yard pass play.  The two-point attempt was unsuccessful.

A minute and a half later Keegan Phalen (East Aurora) gave the Pioneers a 14-7 lead when he blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone by Apprentice for a safety.

Apprentice tied it up heading into half when Morgan found Sims on a 10-yard pass play with just 14 seconds left in the half.

After Alfred threw an interception on their first possession of the 2nd half (Alfred fumbled the opening kickoff of the 2nd half) Morgan scored his first of three rushing touchdowns from three-yards out.

The Pioneers tied the game back up at 21-21 with 1:36 remaining when Frendo connected with Caldwell on a seven-yard scoring pass.

On the ensuing drive, the Builders drove 57-yards on 10 plays to take the lead for good.  Morgan rushed in from seven yards out to cap the drive.

Morgan made it a two-TD lead four minutes later after a Pioneer fumble when he dove in from one-yard out.

The Pioneers threatened to cut the lead but a final turnover crushed any comeback hopes.

Frendo finished the day 21 for 38 for 286 yards and three scores.  DeMonte, who had caught three passes on the season, caught seven passes for 128 yards and a score to pace the receivers.  Caldwell had four catches for 76 yards and two scores.

Morgan finished 16 for 28 for 140 yards and two scores and rushed 14 times for 39 yards and three scores.  Ralick Lockett rushed for 75 yards on 26 carries while Rashawn Simms had five catches for 58 yards.

Thomas Daniels (Bronx/Institute for Collaborative Education) had a monster day with 13 tackles (4.5 for a loss) and a sack.  Alonzo Joyner (Queens/Info Tech) also finished with 13 tackles while Carl Williams (Rochester/Greece Olympia) and Michael Gibson (Capital Heights, MD) each had nine.  Phalen and Cody Bradbury (Norwich) each had sacks on the day.

Izhia Roundtree led Apprentice with eight tackles and two sacks Aaron Finley had seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

The Pioneer offense was held to -1 yards rushing on 18 carries and turned the ball over a total of five times in the contest compared to Apprentice’s one turnover.

The blue & gold complete the season with three straight home games starting next Saturday when they host the Southern Virginia University at Pioneer Stadium at 1 p.m.

Lady Pioneers Advance to WNYAC Semi’s

Posted Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 13:36

The Alfred State volleyball team was 2-1 at the Western New York Athletic Conference tournament held at Genesee CC.  The Lady Pioneers head into the Region III Tournament with a 26-13 overall record.

The #6 seeded Lady Pioneers defeated #7 Mercyhurst North East 25-11, 25-20, 25-11 and then downed #3 Genesee CC 14-25, 18-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-12 to advance to the tournament semifinals.  In the semi’s, Alfred won the first game 25-23 over #2 Niagara CCC but the Thunderwolves won the next three 18-25, 23-25, 21-25 to advance to the tournament finals.

Rebecca Hanrahan (Greene) was named All-Tournament team after having a solid day.  She recorded 18 kills, 12 service aces, and four blocks.  She was credited with 51 service points.

Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) finished with 32 kills and 29 digs, Michelle Wesolowski (Attica) chipped in 22 digs, 14 kills, seven aces and 54 service points, and Mercedes Bossard (Hornell) had 90 assists, 23 digs, and eight aces.  Jessica Ramsey (Tioga) finished with 39 digs and Sarah Linn (Portville) had nine kills.

The Lady Pioneers are the #4 seed in this week’s Region III Division III tournament which will be held at Niagara CCC.  Match times will be announced later this week.

Lady Pioneers to Host Clinton in Semifinals

Posted Date: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 16:35

The #1 ranked and #1 seeded Alfred State women's soccer team will host #9 seeded Clinton CC in the Region III Division III Tournament semifinals on Tuesday afternoon starting at 4 p.m.  Clinton defeated #8 seeded Onondaga CC 1-0 on Saturday in a 1st round contest.

The Lady Pioneers will enter the game with a 16-1 record and a 12-0 mark in Region III Division III contest.  Clinton is 8-5 on the year.

The winner of this contest moves to the Region III Division III A Finals to be held on Saturday at Tompkins Cortland CC and will take on the winner of #4 Broome CC and #5 SUNY Delhi.

Three Lady Pioneers Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 07:35

Three members of the Alfred State volleyball team have been named All-WNYAC.  Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) and Lera Braun (Waterloo) were named to the 2nd team while Jessica Ramsey (Tioga) was a 3rd team selection.

Pfleghardt leads the Lady Pioneers with 389 kills (3.57 per set).  She also has 300 digs (2.75 per set), 68 service aces, and 39 aces.  She has appeared in 109 of the team's 126 sets on the year.

Braun has appeared in 116 sets this year as the team's setter.  She has passed out 888 assists (7.66 per set) and has 270 digs (2.33 per set).  She also has 140 kills (.296 hitting percentage) and a team high 83 service aces.

Ramsey has played in 105 set this year as the Lady Pioneers libero.  She leads the team with 444 digs (4.23 per set).  She also has 49 assists and 38 service aces.

The Lady Pioneers head to the Region III Division III Championships this weekend.  The team is the #4 seed and will take on #1 Niagara CCC, #5 Jefferson CC, and the winner of today's #8 Onondaga CC/#9 Corning CC match.  The regionals will start on Saturday at Niagara CCC.

Four Baseball Players Named All-WNYAC

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 07:46

Four members of the Alfred State baseball team have been honored by the Western New York Athletic Conference.  Daiki Iizuka (Chiba, Japan) was named 2nd team while Stephen Solomon (Harrisburg, PA), Jordan Wheaton (Wayland Cohocton), and Brett Rapan (Bolivar Richburg).

Iizuka led the blue & gold with a .348 batting average (8 for 23).  He collected two doubles and scored three runs.  He was also 3 for 4 on the basepaths.

Solomon tossed 26 innings this fall for the Pioneers.  He was 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA in five appearances.  He allowed 24 hits and 14 walks while striking out 24 batters.

Wheaton appeared in 10 of the team's 11 games and hit .310 this fall (9 fo 29) with two doubles, a triple, and a team high 5 RBI's.  His nine hits was the most on the team.

Rapan saw action in eight games and hit .273 (6 for 22) this fall.  he collected three doubles and drove in two runs.  He scored a team best five runs.

The blue & gold return to action in March when they begin their 2013 spring season with a trip to Hagerstown (MD) CC.

DeMonte, Daniels, & Hanrahan Named Athletes of the Week

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 09:27

Football players Mikel DeMonte (Brockport) and Thomas Daniels (Bronx/ICE) along with volleyball player Rebecca Hanrahan (Greene) have been named the Alfred State athletes of the week by the SID office.

Demonte had a break-out game vs. the Apprentice School.  He caught seven passes for 128 yards.  He scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 79-yard pass play.  He entered the game with only three catches.

Daniels was a force on the defense.  He had a season-high 13 tackles in the contest including 4.5 for a loss.  He was also credited with a sack.

Hanrahan was named to the WNYAC All-Tournament team this weekend following a solid performance.  She finished the week with 25 kills, 17 digs, and 16 service aces.  She also was credited with six blocks.

The Pioneer football team hosts Southern Virginia University on Saturday while the volleyball team travels to the Region III Division III Tournament at Niagara CCC on Saturday.

Lady Pioneers Advance to Regional Finals

Posted Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 14:39

The Alfred State women's soccer team advanced to the Region III Division III A Finals with a 1-0 victory over Clinton CC in a semifinal match-up.  The #1 ranked and #1 seeded Lady Pioneers will take on #4 Broome CC in the finals on Saturday afternoon.

The lone goal of the game came 20:58 into the game when Hannah Holmok's (Alfred Almond) shot deflected off the Cougar defender and found the back of the net.  Stephanie Simard (Warsaw) was credited with the assist.

Neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the game.  Clinton was held to just three shots in the 1st half and only one in the 2nd.  Alfred finished the contest with 24 shots but Emily Schultz was credited with 18 saves including 13 in the 2nd half.  Lady Pioneer goalie Krista DeCarlo (Bayshore/West Islip) made four saves to record her eight solo shutout of the season and the team's 14th of the season.

With the win the Lady Pioneers improve to 17-1 on the season and run their winning streak to 17 games.  During that 17-game stretch the Lady Pioneers have outscored opponents 69 to 4.

Alfred will take on Broome CC in the Region III Division III A Finals on Saturday at Tompkins Cortland CC starting at 3 p.m.  The Lady Pioneers will be looking to earn the program's first Region III Championship.  The last time the blue & gold was in the Regional Final was in 2008 when they fell to BCC.

The Lady Hornets defeated #5 SUNY Delhi 6-2 in their semifinal contest and will enter the contest with a 14-3 mark on the year.  BCC is riding a 10-game winning streak in which they have outscored opponents 46 to 5.  Alfred State handed Broome their last loss on Sept. 20th when the Lady Pioneers earned a 2-0 win.

In other Region III action, #2 Finger Lakes CC defeated Herkimer CCC 6-0 and #3 Mohawk Valley CC defeated Erie CC 4-1.  FLCC and MVCC will meet each other in the B bracket final at 12:30 p.m. at TC3.

The winners of each Region III Final will advance to the NJCAA DIII National Championships held Nov. 8-11 at Tompkins Cortland CC.

Women 3rd, Men 7th in Latest Cross Country Poll

Posted Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 06:33

Heading into this weekend's Region III Championships, the Alfred State women's cross country team is tied for 3rd in the latest NJCAA Division III poll while the men are ranked #7.

Gloucester (NJ) County College leads this week's women's poll followed by Mohawk Valley.  Alfred and Ocean CC are tied for 3rd while Suffolk CC and SUNY Delhi are tied for 5th.  The Lady Pioneers will race vs. both MVCC and Delhi this weekend on the Hawks home course in Utica.

Harper (IL) College leads the men's rankings followed by Gloucester, Ocean, Delhi, MVCC, Howard CC, and Alfred.  Hudson Valley CC, Suffolk, and North Country round out the top ten.  Alfred will race vs. Delhi, Mohawk Valley, Hudson Valley, and North Country this weekend.

The women's race is slated for a 11 a.m. start on Saturday while the men will race at Noon.