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College Athletics Report: Hodge, Weaver garner Hilbert monthly honor

CJ Hodge and Adam Weaver have been named the Hilbert College Student-Athletes of the Month for January.

CJ Hodge and Adam Weaver have been named the Hilbert College Student-Athletes of the Month for January.

Hodge, a junior guard started all nine contests, averaging 6.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, 3 assists and almost 2 steals per game while shooting an impressive .556 percent from beyond the three-point arc as the team finished the month 6-3. Another notable statistic for the south paw is his assist to turnover ratio of 4.5 during the month. He opened the month scoring 12 points against Mount Aloysius and 13 at Pitt-Bradford. He finished the month tallying five assists twice and four assists two other games with only six turnovers during 110 minutes of high-energy Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference competition. Hodge is a forensic science/crime scene investigation major.

Weaver led the Hawks with 68 kills and five service aces while passing 30 digs. The junior’s 4.53 kills per set and his .329 hitting percentage carried Hilbert to a 2-3 start to their season. On Jan. 26, the outside hitter became Hilbert College’s all-time kill leader in a win over SUNYIT. Weaver’s highlight effort came in a four-set loss to Penn State Altoona when he recorded 26 kills, 16 digs and three blocks. Weaver was named as the AMCC Volleyball Player of the Week and currently has 627 kills to his name. Weaver, who is pursuing a criminal justice degree, carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.79.

Hawks in second in final week of regular season

In a must-win league road game, the Hilbert College men’s basketball team withstood a furious Pitt-Greensburg team in pursuit for a late-season upset. The Hawks hit some key free throws down the stretch to eke out a 61-59 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win on Feb. 9. Hilbert moved into a three-way tie for second place with a 12-4 AMCC record with one week left to play in the regular season.

Hilbert’s Anthony Hodge pumped in 23 points to lead all scorers. Dan McFarland netted 17 points and pulled down eight rebounds. McFarland, who is six steals away from becoming the school’s all-time career leader, carried the Hawks through the game’s final minutes, scoring six of the team’s last nine points. Hilbert earned the victory at the foul line making 7 of 7 to close out the game after shooting a season low 32.8 percent from the floor.

Hilbert holds its own destiny to capturing the program’s first AMCC regular season championship in its hands this week. After hosting Penn State Behrend on Feb. 13, the Hawks again play at home against LaRoche on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. Behrend (12-4) currently sits in a three-way tie for second with Hilbert and Medaille, and LaRoche (13-3) is alone in first. The conference playoffs begin with quarterfinals at the higher seeds on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Rohm, Mueller help lead ECC hockey to win

Erie Community College hockey coach Gary Rost won his 125th game Saturday (Feb. 9) afternoon as the fourth-ranked Kats defeated fifth-ranked Broome CC, 4-1, on Feb. 9 at the Cheektowaga Rec Center.

ECC improved to 12-7 with help from sophomore forward Eric Mueller of Hamburg, who recorded two assists. Sophomore forward Joe Rohm of Hamburg gave the Kats a 2-0 lead in the first period and ECC stretched that to three before the first intermission.

The Kats will play Canisius College ACHA at 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Cheektowaga Rec Center.

Boston’s Westermeier to swim at Canisius College

Christian Westermeier of Boston was among a handful of Canisius High School student-athletes honored during a signing ceremony last week for those who have committed to continue their athletic careers in college at the Division I and II level. Westermeier announced that he’ll attend Canisius College. Earlier this week, Westermeier won the 100 backstroke on 1:00.05 and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Krueger guides D’Youville to best start in over decade

The D’Youville men’s volleyball team is off to the program’s best start since the 1999 season, most recently defeating SUNYIT 25-20, 25-21, 25-16. Chris Krueger of Hamburg finished with 10 kills in the win. D’Youville improved to 7-1, and 2-0 in UVC play.

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