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Captain Torchon injury-free, set for last season at Potsdam

Legendary coach Hurley to speak at STAC dinner
Greg Torchon, senior captain
Greg Torchon, senior captain

Following two injury-riddled seasons, St. Joseph Regional High School alum Greg Torchon of Spring Valley, a senior guard, will again serve as a captain on the SUNY Potsdam men’s basketball team

       Coach Sherry Dobbs added that senior forward Zac Adams of Potsdam will serve as a captain for the Bears for a third straight season.
        Torchon played significant time his first two seasons, but injuries caused him to miss the majority of the past two seasons. He is finally healthy and ready to return to a key role on the hardwood.
“Greg does a lot of the little things that you don’t necessarily see in the box score, but he has worked hard on improving his offensive game,” Coach Dobbs was quoted as saying. “He is an excellent defender and will make an impact on both ends of the floor for us in different ways this season.”
Adams has played in all of the Bear’s 75 games in his three seasons with 60 starts. He has shot nearly 42 percent from the floor with a career high 44.5 percent during 2013-14.
The Bears will open their season at the North Country Invitational at Clarkson University on Nov. 15-16. They will face Morrisville State, an Elite Eight member last season, on Nov. 15 at 5 p.m., and the College of St. Joseph, Vermont, on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m.
Bob Hurley Sr.
Bob Hurley Sr.

STAC TIP-OFF: Legendary coach Bob Hurley Sr. will be the guest speaker as the St. Thomas Aquinas College men’s basketball team hosts its preseason tip-off dinner on Oct. 29 at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill. Hurley, a hall of fame coach at St. Anthony High School, will speak about the game and his extraordinary career. The Spartans, who went 15-14 last season under Tobin Anderson, are excited to build upon a strong finish that ended in the ECC championship game. The evening will feature a one-hour cocktail reception at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7. Radio voice Steve Balsan will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets can be purchased through by contacting Coach Anderson at845-398-4056 or tanderso@stac.edu. Single- seat tickets are $80, with a table for 10 going for $700.

QUICK HITTERS: Team captain Luke Houston of Pearl River is set for his senior season on the men’s basketball team at Southern Connecticut State University. A guard, Houston started all 33 games for the Owls last season, leading the team in rebounding (6.6 rebounds per game), and steals (2.03 per game). He also averaged 8.8 points. The Owls open on Nov. 15 in the Bridgeport Tournament, meeting Dowling College at 5 p.m., and the University of Bridgeport on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. The home opener is set for Nov. 25 in New Haven, Conn., against Pace University at 7:30 p.m. …  Kelly Ball of Nanuet is a freshman member on the swim team at The College of New Rochelle. Ball is expected to compete in backstroke for the Blue Angels, who compete in the Sarah Lawrence College Sprint Carnival in Bronxville on Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m. … Junior Kyle Collins of Suffern and the Fredonia State men’s cross country team retained its No. 7 rank in the Atlantic Region. Collins ran 37th as Fredonia finished 11th out of 34 teams at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio. Zakk Hess of Clyde, taking 18th among 278 finishers, was the top finisher for the Blue Devils, who compete at the SUNYAC

Charles Nardone, freshman guard
Charles Nardone, freshman guard

championship meet on Nov. 1 at Brockport. … North Rockland HS alum Charles Nardone of Stony Point is a freshman guard on the men’s basketball team at Manhattanville College in Purchase. The Valiants open the season at Westfield (Mass.) State on Nov. 15, with the home opener scheduled on Nov. 19 against nearby rival Purchase at Kennedy Gym at 7 p.m. … Defensive end Gabe Ostrow of Nanuet led a balanced defensive effort with eight tackles and a fumble recovery, and tailbacks Dylan Peebles of Port Leyden and Layton Lassiter of Madison, N.J., combined for 150 rushing yards and three touchdowns as the Red Dragons routed visiting Southern Virginia, 35-0, in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) contest. Cortland travels to Kean University in Union, N.J., on Oct. 25 for a 1 p.m. start. … Goalie Steven Hegner of Pomona posted the shutout and midfielder Luis DelPezo of Port Chester scored in the 83rd minute to give the Dominican College men’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over visiting Wilmington University at the DC Soccer Field in Orangeburg. The Chargers, who improved to 8-3-1 overall and 6-2-1 in the conference, visit Holy Family University in Lyndhurst, N.J., on Oct. 25 and return home on  Oct. 28 to meet local rival Nyack College at 3:30 p.m. … Senior Meghan King of New City had eight kills as The College of New Rochelle volleyball team swept visiting York (N.Y.) College, 3-0, to improve to 21-7 on the season. … The Dominican College women’s soccer team improved to one game under .500 as senior midfielder Jennifer Becker of Hawthorne, N.J.scored in the 78th minute for a 1-0 victory over visiting Wilmington University in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action at the DC Soccer Field in Orangeburg. The Lady Chargers, who visit Holy Family University in Lyndhurst, N.J. on Oct. 25, return home on Oct. 29 to celebrate senior day against nearby rival Nyack College at 3:30 p.m. … The St. Thomas Aquinas College men’s soccer team scored a pair of early goals and beat Mercy College, 2-1,   in an East Coast Conference contest at Spartan Field in Sparkill. STAC hosts Molloy College in an ECC game atnoon on Oct. 25 on senior day. … Sophomore Emily Lopez of Staten Island clocked 28:44 to take 198th place in a field of more than 300 runners as the Dominican College women’s cross country team competed at the Princeton University Invitational. The Lady Chargers will take part in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships on Nov. 2 at Belmont Plateau in Philadelphia. … Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Cordero of Airmont turned away eight shots but the New Paltz women’s soccer team was shaded by host Oneonta, 1-0, in a SUNYAC contest. The Hawks are back in action with road games on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 against Buffalo State and Fredonia, respectively, for their final regular-season conference contests. … Junior back Sarah Sansone of New City, an alumna of Clarkstown South HS, had a defensive save as the New Paltz field hockey team defeated Stevens Institute of Technology, 4-2, in a non-conference game at the DeBaun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Sophomore forward Kayla McKeveny of Holbrook led the attack with two goals and an assist. … The Army men’s hockey team is back at Tate Rink on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25against last year’s tournament champion Robert Morris. Both games start at 7:05 p.m. . For tickets, visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the ticket office at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium.

THIS & THAT: U.S. Baseball Academy, which operates a national network of 170 locations for players in grades 1 through 12, is adding Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J., to its lineup for the upcoming winter and spring. The opening session in Mahwah runs January 3-February 7, led by Ramapo College head coach Rich Martin and a staff of area coaches, with a projected player-coach ratio of 6 to 1. Registration forms are available at www.USBaseballAcademy.com or by calling toll free 866-622-4487. … Fairfield University, a Division I school in Fairfield, Conn., and a member of the MAAC, seeks an assistant sports information director.Email johnnycigarpr@aol.com for details.