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College Sports Report: Eden's Concannon selected conference Rookie of Year[photo1]

Roberts Wesleyan’s Maggie Concannon of Eden was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.

Freshman setter Maggie Concannon of Eden was named East Coast Conference Rookie of the Year after leading Roberts Wesleyan College with 1,004 assists during the regular season.

Concannon, a St. Mary’s High School graduate, led the NCAA Division II conference with 9.56 assists per set. Additionally, Concannon contributed to the Redhawks’ 17-10 regular season record with 201 digs and 24 aces. Including the Redhawks’ run to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) East Region final, Concannon finished with 1,187 assists, good for ninth all-time in the program’s single-season history.

The nursing major helped the Redhawks finish third in their inaugural ECC season with an 11-4 conference record. Roberts Wesleyan is currently in Candidacy Year Two of a three-year transition to the NCAA Division II.
Freshman Alexis Smith broke a D’Youville single-season scoring record 16-years-old by scoring 35 points.(Photo courtesy of D'Youville College)

Smith sets single-game D’Youville scoring record

D’Youville College freshman center Alexis Smith of Hamburg scored a single-game school-record 35 points to lead D’Youville over Pitt-Greensburg 56-53 in an Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference game Feb. 2 in the College Center Gym. Smith’s 35 points breaks the previous D’Youville College women’s basketball single-game mark of 34 set by Martha Sommers on Nov. 7, 1997 against Alfred State.

Smith, a Hamburg High School graduate, was 10 for 20 from the floor and 15 of 21 from the free-throw line. The 15 made free-throws ties the program’s single-game record. Smith, who also grabbed a game-high seven rebounds, was named AMCC Player of the Week. D’Youville improves to 7-14 overall, 6-8 in the AMCC under first-year head coach and alumni Dan Glover, an Angola native and Lake Shore graduate. Last season, D’Youville finished 4-21.
Juniata College’s Alex McColgin of Hamburg was recently named Continental Conference Player of the Week. (Photo courtesy of Juniata College)

Juniata spiker McColgin named Player of Week

Juniata College junior Alex McColgin of Hamburg has been named the Continental Volleyball Conference Player of the Week, the organization announced Thursday (Jan. 31). The 2010 graduate of Hamburg High School helped lead the No. 3 Eagles to a 2-0 week with wins over No. 11 Vassar and No. 15 Elmira.

McColgin recorded 28 kills with a .489 hitting percentage. The 6-foot-1 opposite hitter finished the week with 35 points after picking up four aces and six blocks. McColgin has come back strong this season after returning from an injury that cost him last year, according to his head coach Kevin Moore. Juniata, a college in Huntingdown, Pa., was undefeated (4-0) heading into the weekend (Feb. 1-2) for a tournament at No. 1 Springfield and have a 2-0 record against ranked opponents.

New Paltz, Crowe to play matches at Medaille

Dalton Crowe of Eden and the ninth-ranked New Paltz men’s volleyball team will be in town on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9-10 at Medaille College. New Paltz takes on 16th-ranked Elmira on Saturday at 11 a.m. and then No. 11 Medaille on Sunday at 9 a.m. before a final match that day 3 p.m. against D’Youville. Crowe has played sparingly over the past three seasons, due to two ACL tears, but he is seeing some action as a setter for 6-0 New Paltz.

Senozetnik leads D’Youville over Hilbert

Jay Senozetnik of Eden dished a match-high 33 assists as D’Youville defeated Hilbert 3-0 (25-15, 26-24, 25-18) in a United Volleyball Conference match Jan. 31 at the College Center Gym. Hilbert was led by Adam Weaver with nine kills and Fredrick Sickau of Eden with four kills. D’Youville improves to 4-1, 1-0 in the UVC. Hilbert fell to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the UVC.

Hilbert College then dropped two non-conference matches to Penn State Altoona and D’Youville in a volleyball tri-match the Hawks hosted on Feb.3. D’Youville beat Altoona in the middle match to go 2-0 and improve to 7-1. Hilbert, which fell to 2-5, was led by Adam Weaver’s 36 kills and 27 digs, while Ryan Ratajczak added 29 digs and David Mellerski contributed 64 assists in Hilbert’s seven-set day. The Hawks only win was over Altoona.

Weaver garners Player of Week honors for Hilbert

Hilbert’s Adam Weaver was named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 4. The junior led the Hawks over the weekend with his 5.14 kills and 3.86 digs and four blocks and three services aces in the Hawks’ two conference matches on Feb. 3. His highlight effort came in a four-set loss to Penn State Altoona when he recorded 26 kills, three blocks and 16 digs. On Jan. 26, the outside hitter became Hilbert College’s all-time kill leader against SUNYIT. He now has 627 kills. The Hawks (2-5) next play Feb. 9-10 at Medaille.

Alguire, Papke bowl ECC to Mardi-Bob Invite title

The Erie Community College women’s bowling team picked up its third team title of the season as the Kats knocked down 6,857 pins to win Saturday’s (Feb. 2) Mardi-Bob Invitational. Leading the Kats was freshman Alicia Alguire of Angola, who was second at 1,106. Classmate Tallie Papke, who’s also a Lake Shore graduate from Angola, downed 1,054 pins to finish seventh. The ECC men’s team finished sixth at 7,656. ECC will compete in the Region III Championships held Feb. 17 at the Pin-O-Rama in Utica.

Hawks in fourth after win

Hilbert’s men’s basketball team set a new season wins record after a 86-79 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win over Mount Aloysius College on Feb. 2. Seniors Anthony Hodge and Dan McFarland combined for 47 of the Hawks’ points and 20 of the team’s 30 made free throws.

Freshman Jerame Owens produced his eighth double-double of his career with 16 points and 12 rebounds, along with three blocks. With the victory, Hilbert now sits at 16-5 overall, eclipsing the 15 wins which was set last year. Hilbert remained in a fourth-place tie in the conference with Medaille at 10-4 with four games remaining.

Hilbert drops AMCC tilt

Mount Aloysius Mounties earned a 70-46 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win over Hilbert in women’s basketball on Feb. 2. Hilbert was led by freshman Lauren Eggleston’s10 points and six rebounds. Also for the Lady Hawks, Jenah Labuski and Natalie Whitman each netted eight points and Sarah Lorusso of Hamburg added six.
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