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College Athletics Report: D’Youville’s Krueger named AMCC Player of Week

D’Youville senior Chris Krueger of Hamburg was recently named the AMCC men’s volleyball Player of the Week. (Photo courtesy of D\'Youville)

Chris Krueger of Hamburg was named by the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference men’s volleyball Player of the Week.

On March 9, the senior outside hitter recorded a team-high 12 kills, to go along with four digs and two blocks against ninth-ranked New York University. Later that day, Krueger totaled a match-high 16 kills in the D’Youville four-set win over Bard College.

In the team’s final match of the week against 12th-ranked Bard College, Krueger tallied five kills, five digs and two service aces. The Hamburg High School graduate is sixth among AMCC players in kills per set (2.60) and blocking (0.70 per set). Last year, Krueger was a Second Team All-AMCC selection after leading the team with a .300 hitting percentage and recording 153 kills, 100 digs and 77 blocks.

The Spartans next match is Thursday, March 14 at Penn State Behrend.
Jason Norsen, pictured handling the ball earlier in the season against Hilbert, is a finalist for the nationally-awarded Jostens Trophy. (Photo by Michael J. Petro)

St. John Fisher’s Norsen a finalist for Jostens Trophy

St. John Fisher College men’s basketball player Jason Norsen has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy. Norsen, who this season became the 20th Cardinal to reach 1,000 points, is one of 10 finalists for the award.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men’s and women’s Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts — basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year’s class marks the 16th year the award has been presented.

This season, Norsen concluded his career at Fisher as the College’s all-time leader in blocks, racking up 221 over his four years, while also posting a 61.9 career field goal percentage. That number also sits atop the Fisher record book. Norsen was a three-time Empire 8 All-Conference selection and was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-America Team First Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. It was his second time being named to the academic list after earning All-District First Team honors for the second-straight year.

The 2013 Jostens Trophy winner will be voted upon by a selection committee consisting of college coaches and administrators, former athletes and media members. The award’s winner is expected to be announced March 15.

Larson leads experienced Fredonia baseball team

The Fredonia State baseball team heads into the 2013 campaign with a SUNYAC title on its mind. The Devils do not lack in experience with eight seniors and many returning players.

Sean Larson of Angola will front the experienced rotation for Fredonia. Larson, a 6-foot-2 junior and graduate of St. Francis High School, was the No. 1 starter and led the team with 36 strikeouts and a 2.96 ERA last season. He led the SUNYAC with 43-plus innings pitched in the conference.

The team opened its season on the weekend of March 8-10, taking on Skyline Conference teams SUNY Purchase, Old Westbury and St. Joe’s (Long Island). The Devils play one game at home against St. John Fisher and a doubleheader at Geneva (Pa.) College before heading to central Florida for a 10-game swing.

Barry knocks in three in pair of ECC wins

Brian Barry of Derby recorded three RBI in ECC’s 2-1 and 4-1 double-header sweep of Mesabi Range (Minn.) CTC on March 10 in Tampa.

Down 1-0 in the opener, the Kats tied the game in third inning when Vinny Sherman of North Collins scored on a one-out single by Barry, a Lake Shore High School graduate. Once ECC got up 2-1, that would be all Mike Schnurr needed as the freshman pitcher threw a one-hitter. In Game Two, ECC took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Barry drove in Sherman on a single. The Kats added a run in the third on another Barry RBI-single. ECC made it 3-0 in the fourth inning when St. Francis graduate Austin Zakroczemski stole home.

ECC opened the season March 9 with an 8-7 win over Minnesota State Community and Technical College and then handed MSCTC a 12-6 loss in the nightcap, before falling 12-5 to Pasco Hernando CC the next day. In the opener, Barry recorded three hits, including a double and triple, and drove in four runs. In Game Two, Sherman notched a two-run double and then added two hits in the Kats’ loss on Saturday.

Weaver named UVC Volleyball Player of Week

Hilbert’s Adam Weaver was named the United Volleyball Conference’s Player of the Week on March 11. This marks the first time this season he was recognized by the UVC after opening the year with back-to-back Player of the Week honors in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

The junior outside hitter averaged 3.88 kills per set during the second UVC crossover weekend at New Paltz. Weaver earned 14 kills and nine digs in a 3-0 sweep of SUNYIT during the opening day of competition. Then on Day Two, he totaled 10 kills and nine digs against sixth-ranked Stevens and followed that up with 11 kills against seventh-ranked New Paltz. Weaver continues to lead the UVC this season in kills (274), kills per set (4.22) and aces (31).

The Hawks, who are now 2-8 in UVC play and 5-16 overall, have one remaining league match at Penn State Behrend on March 21. They finish their season at home with an April 3 match against Penn State Behrend and their Senior Day game April 9 against Thiel College. Sandwiched in between are road matches against Keuka on March 27 and a tri-match at Wells College on March 30.

Adrian’s Ryan coming to O.P. to play college game

Connor Ryan of Hamburg will be returning close to home to play college lacrosse. The freshman is a member of the Adrian College of Michigan men’s lacrosse team that will be playing Clarkson University on Wednesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. on the Orchard Park High School turf field. Ryan, who plays defensive middie, is credited for retrieving seven ground balls and scoring one goal over the past four games for Adrian. Ryan was a member of Hamburg’s Section VI championship team.

Niagara, Canisius hockey teams to start quarters

The Niagara hockey team heads into the Atlantic Hockey playoffs back on the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll for the fifth time this season, coming in at No. 14. The team dropped out of the top-15 poll last week after being ranked for a program-best four consecutive weeks and earning a No. 13 ranking for the first time since the 1999-00 season (Feb. 24).

The Purple Eagles wrapped up the regular season with a 21-8-5 overall mark, and a 20-5-2 Atlantic Hockey record. Top-seeded Niagara has a weekend bye during the first round of the AHA playoffs, and will now take to the ice against RIT in a best-of-three quarterfinal series from March 15-17 at Dwyer Arena.

On the Niagara roster are a pair of players from Eden — junior defenseman Kevin Ryan and sophomore forward Mike Benedict. The 6-foot-2 Ryan, one of Niagara’s top defenseman, is also sixth on the team in scoring with 21 points (20 assists), while Benedict had added six goals and three asists.

The Canisius College hockey team earned a 2-1 win against Bentley on Saturday (March 9) night to complete a two-game sweep and advance to the Atlantic Hockey quarterfinals. The Griffs, who will now play at Air Force next weekend (March 15-17), improve to 15-18-5.

In the team’s Game One 4-0 win on March 8, junior forward Patrick Sullivan of Derby assisted on what turned out to be the game-winning opening goal of the game. In 38 games, Sullivan has compiled five goals and nine assists.

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