Cross country runners Kim Lupo (Auburn) and Jedadiah Platt (Barker) have been named the Alfred State athletes of the week by the SID office. Lupo and Platt were the top Alfred finishers at the Region III Championships.
Lupo finished 6th in the women's 5k championships. She finished the course in 22:32.1. Her finish helped the Lady Pioneers to the Region III Championship with 45 points. Alfred and Mohawk Valley CC tied for the overall title. The title was the 2nd straight for Alfred and the 6th overall in program history.
Platt led the Pioneer men's contingent at Regionals with a 5th place finish on the 5-mile course. He crossed the finish line in 30:57.4. Alfred finished 3rd in the team competition with 86 points.
The cross country team will train this week and next in preparation for the NJCAA Division III National Championships that will be held at SUNY Delhi on November 10th.
Alfred State volleyball players Kay Pfleghardt (Tioga) and Lera Braun (Waterloo) have been named All-Region following the Lady Pioneers 27-15 season. Pfleghardt was a 1st team selection while Braun was named 2nd team.
Pfleghardt led the Lady Pioneers with 422 kills (average of 3.58 per set) in her 118 sets of action. She also collected 326 digs (2.76 per set), 73 service aces, and 21 blocks. Pfleghardt recorded 10 or more kills in 23 matches and recorded 20 or more in two matches. She also had 17 matches in which she had more than 10 digs.
For her two-years at Alfred, Pfleghardt finishes with 700 kills, 650 digs, 114 aces, and 38 blocks.
Braun appeared in 125 of the teams 135 sets this season. She averaged 7.66 assists per set (958 total assists) and recorded 299 digs. She also was credited with 147 kills (.298 hitting percentage and 1.18 per set), 85 aces, and 15 blocks. Braun recorded 26 games in which she had 20 or more assists, nine in which she had 30 assists or more, and two with 40 or more assists. She also had eight games with 10 or more digs.
Pfleghardt and Braun were both honored earlier in the season with All-WNYAC honors. Both were named 2nd team.
The Lady Pioneers finished the 2012 season with a 27-15 mark and made their 9th straight trip to the Region III Division III Tournament.
Alfred State Football coach Mick Caba is part of the 2012 NJCAA Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class. Caba, in his 13th season at the helm of the Pioneer football program is joined in the class by Terrence Cody (defensive linemen from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) and the 1983 Coffeyville CC football team.
The 2012 season is Caba's 17th year coaching at the NJCAA level. Earlier in his career he spent four years at the helm of Inver Hills CC in Minneapolis, MN. His overall record in NJCAA, including the 2012 season, is 72-89.
Caba came to Alfred State in 2000 and is only the second coach in Pioneer history. He has a 58-69 record at the helm of the program and has led the team to six seasons above .500. He led the Pioneers to their first Region III Championship in 2011, the first winning season in the history of the program in 2000, helped Alfred State to a 7-4 record in 2003, and coached nine NJCAA All-Americans. In addition Caba was named the Northeast Football Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.
In his time on the sideline at Alfred, Caba has approximately twenty players move to NCAA Division I programs and countless others have continued their careers at other levels of the NCAA and NAIA.
Rod Streater, who played for Caba in 2008 and 2009, became the first former Alfred State football player to play in the NFL as he made his NFL debut with the Oakland Raiders in September.
On top of his coaching duties at Alfred, Caba has been an active member of the NJCAA Coaches Association. He has served in four different positions and most recently served as the association's president from 2010 to 2011.
Caba has also spent time coaching at non-NJCAA schools including the University of Minnesota Morris, Panhandle State University, and Iowa Wesleyan College.
Caba and his wife Linda have two married children, Michael (Jen) and Jaime (Octavio), and five grandchildren, Madison, Alex, Morgan, Jaimen, and Molli. The Caba's are expecting the arrival of grandchild number six this winter.
Alfred State will honor Caba and present him with his Hall of Fame plaque at halftime of this Saturday's contest vs. the Onondaga Ogres Football Club. Opening kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Following the game there will be a cake and coffee reception at the main entrance of Pioneer Stadium.