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Wilson reaches career milestone in setback
Taylor Wilson of Pearl River, who is the leading scorer on the Manhattanville College women’s basketball team, poured in a career-high 32 points and surpassed the 1,000-point career mark in a 77-62 loss at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Wilson, a senior co-captain, who is averaging 17.7 points per game for the Valiants, became the 12th player in school history to join the 1,000-point club. Against Wilkes, the steady guard also pulled down six rebounds to match her season norm.
Meanwhile senior Jen McSharar of Garnerville will be limited to just six games this season following surgery to repair a torn ACL.
The latest injury, which occurred during a game in December, was another blow for the senior standout that had only been cleared to play after recovering from hip surgery in June. Right now McSharar, who is beginning rehab, has no plans to return to competitive play, but she has been coaching in the off-season and most likely will continue to pursue that avenue.
McSharar, who shares the team captaincy with Wilson, ranks second on the Valiants in rebounding with 11 caroms per game. She also averaged 10 points, with 12 steals and five blocks.
Manhattanville, now at .500 after 14 games, looks to bounce back on Jan. 19 with a contest at 1 p.m. against King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Valiants return to Kennedy Gym in Purchase on Jan. 23, hosting DeSales University at 6 p.m.
Get ready, get on your mark, get set, go
Senior distance stalwart Matt Panebianco of Tappan and his relay teammates helped the Marist College men’s track team open its indoor campaign in style.
Competing at the Gotham Cup, hosted by NYU at the New Balance Track & Field Center in upper Manhattan, the Jaspers’ distance medley relay placed third with an IC4A qualifying mark of 10:17:37, making the cut by more than two seconds.
Panebianco, who ran the third leg, was joined by David Marthy of Latham, Frank Amoresano of Glen Rock, N.J., and anchor Arquimedes DelaCruz of Wantagh.
Marthy led off the relay with a 1,200-meter split of 3:05.4, handing off in the lead.
“David set the tone for the relay and really carried the team,” director of track Pete Colaizzo said on the school website. “The rest of the guys brought it home, but David really set the table for them.” The Jaspers are back in action on Jan. 19 at the NYU Team Challenge at the New Balance Track & Field Center at 216 Fort Washington Avenue and 168thStreet. Competition starts at 6 p.m.
CHARGERS FORGE AHEAD: Leon Porter II of Laurel, MD., led all scorers with 19 points and the resilient Dominican College men’s basketball team overcame a late 10-point deficit to beat Concordia College of Bronxville, 65-55, in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game on Coach Baxter Court at the Hennessy Center in Orangeburg. The comeback victory extended the Chargers’ winning streak to 10 games, elevated their overall mark to 13-2 and kept them unbeaten in seven CACC games. Dominican stays home on Jan. 21, hosting Felician College at 8 p.m., and then visits Post University in Waterbury, Conn., for an 8 p.m. contest on Jan. 23 at the Drubner Center.
SPARTANS BACK ON THE ICE: The St. Thomas Aquinas College men’s hockey team will meet the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Parkwood Ice Rink in Great Neck on Jan. 25 at 10:15 p.m. The Spartans are also scheduled to play Stevens Tech at AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center in Newark on Jan. 27 at 7:20 p.m.
BAKER GOES FORWARD: Willy Baker of Suffern has four assists in 12 games as a freshman forward on
the Stonehill College hockey team. The Skyhawks (7-9), based in Easton, Mass., visit Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., at 7 p.m. on Jan. 19, and then return home on Jan. 23 to entertain Assumption College of Worcester, Mass., also at 7 p.m.
FLEET AFOOT: Junior Shaquan Belizaire of Spring Valley, an alum of Ramapo HS, is a sprinter on the track and field team at Buffalo State University. The Bengals visit Youngston State University in Ohio on Jan. 26.
BLACK KNIGHTS BACK AT HOME: The Army men’s ice hockey team, coming off a 3-3 overtime tie against Air Force in an Atlantic Hockey Association contest at Cadet Ice Arena in Colorado, returns to Tate Rink in West Point on Jan. 18-19 for a two-game series against RIT (3-5-1). Freshman forward R.J. Burns of Pearl River posted his sixth assist of the season in the game against Air Force (7-9-5). The Black Knights are 7-10-3 and 7-5-3 in the league. For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.
DOLPHINS GOING IN RIGHT DIRECTION: Joe McGuinness of New City, a graduate of Albertus
Magnus HS, is a freshman forward on the Le Moyne College basketball team. The Dolphins, who won five of their last seven games to make it 7-5 on the season, have back-to-back games scheduled in Syracuse on Ted Grant Court against Stonehill College on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m., and Mass-Lowell on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.
MOORE GIVES GAELS A JUMP ON OPPOSITION: Sophomore Margaret Moore of Pearl River placed fourth in the triple jump for the Iona College track and field team at the Fairleigh Dickinson Patch Track Meet in Madison, N.J. Moore also competes in sprints for Iona, which splits its squad on Jan. 25, with one team going to the Terrier Classic at Boston University and another group competing at the Metropolitan Championships at the New Balance Track and Field Center on 168th Street.
BIG RED ON TRACK: The Cornell University men’s and women’s track and field teams will be in action at Barton Hall in Ithaca on Jan. 19, when the Big Red hosts the Upstate Challenge. Competing in distance events for Cornell are sophomore Phelan McCormack of Pearl River and senior Suzana Markolovic of Tappan. Freshman Lauren Voss of Valley Cottage, an alumna of Nyack HS, is a top talent in hurdlesWILLOWS LIGHTS THE LAMP: With his first career goal, sophomore forward Matt Willowsof Congers sparked the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team to a 2-1 victory over No. 2 Boston College at the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H. Willows, an alum of Clarkstown North HS, who has four assists on the season, opened the scoring at 19:13 of the second period for the fourth-ranked Wildcats, who will host Providence College on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
RED DRAGONS FOURTH ON THE MATS: Clarkstown North alum Paul Fields lost two bouts as the nationally third-ranked Cortland wrestling team finished fourth at the 16-team NWCA/Cliff Keen Division III National Duals in Springfield, Ill. The Red Dragons dropped a 26-19 decision to second-ranked Elmhurst College in the semifinals and lost to fifth-ranked Centenary (N.J.) College , 20-18, in the third-place match. The Red Dragons went 2-2 at the tournament, which featured the top 10 ranked teams in the country, and are now 11-2 on the season. Cortland will host the Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference (ECWC) Championships on Jan. 19, at 9 a.m. Cortland is the defending ECWC champion and has won five league titles overall.
QUICK HITS: Renee Scherer of Monsey is a sophomore forward on the women’s basketball team at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. The Owls hit the road on Jan. 18 to meet Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., at 7 p.m., and Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. … Alexis Ankro of Tappan is playing her freshman season on the women’s basketball team at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. The Phoenix host Wells College of Aurora at noon on Jan. 29, and travel to Middletown, Pa., on Jan. 23 to meet Penn State Harrisburg at 7 p.m. … Albertus Magnus graduate Alaina Walker of Pomona returned to action after sitting out a game with an injury, scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds as the St. Bonaventure women’s basketball team (7-9) fell to visiting Temple (7-8), 67-59, in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams. The Bonnies stay home on Jan. 19 to meet UMass (3-13) at 1 p.m., and then meet Rhode Island (5-11) at 7 p.m. on Jan. 23. … Dominican College senior guard Lindsey Lopez of Elmwood Park, N.J., scored her 1,000th career point in leading the Lady Chargers to a 63-50 victory over Concordia College in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) game at the Hennessy Center in Orangeburg. Dominican (9-5) host Felician College at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21, and then travels to Waterbury, Conn., on Jan. 23 to take on Post University at the Drubner Center.
ON TARGET: Former Tappan Zee HS all-county selection Erika Richards, who is now starring on the women’s basketball team at Rockland Community College, ranks second in scoring in Region XV with 15.9 points per game. Richards leads the region from 3-point range, connecting on 37 percent of her shots from long range. The Hawks, 11-2 overall and first in Region XV at 8-1, travel to Brooklyn on Jan. 19 to challenge Kingsborough at 1 p.m. before the respective men’s teams meet at 3 p.m. Both RCC teams then host Suffolk on Jan. 22, with the women’s game set at 6 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 8.
THIS & THAT
SHAKE HANDS AND COME OUT FIGHTING: The storied New York Golden Gloves boxing tournament is once again showcasing a card at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community, Health & Sports Center at 115 Torne Valley Road in Hillburn.
The card, which is held each year in memory of Patrick Faherty, the late principal of Suffern High School, is scheduled Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are priced at $20 for adults; $10 for first responders, those 14 and younger and senior citizens 60 and over. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance at Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Suffern.
All proceeds are earmarked for N.Y. Daily News Charities and the Vietnam Veterans of Rockland County. For information, contact Phil Tisi at Ramapo Town Hall (845) 357-5100 ext. 201.
SENIOR HONOREES: Joe Letizia of Tappan Zee, who is the county’s all-time leading rusher in football, and cross country standout Megan Young of Nanuet were recognized as the senior athletes of the fall scholastic season, in a process sponsored by the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame, the Rockland County Coaches Association, and Crown Trophy in Pearl River.