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King, Blue Angels reign in a city of volleyball triumph

Kivlehan keeps bat, glove ready for big leagues

The College of New Rochelle, repeat champions
The College of New Rochelle, repeat champions

Meghan King of New City, with a heap of success and hardware not to mention fond memories already forged, will soon be putting the volleyball in storage, expects to opt out of softball in the spring and is already looking beyond graduation from The College of New Rochelle in May.

       “I’m hoping to get a job in sports marketing,” said King, when asked about her hopes post-graduation, including the possibility of competing in an adult league.
       The Clarkstown North High School alumna – who has been a promotions intern with the Can-Am League champion Rockland Boulders since May — applied a gold-plated finish to an outstanding career as the Blue Angels were crowned Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions with a tough but not totally unexpected victory over Pratt Institute at the Wellness Center in New Rochelle.
       Perhaps fittingly, King was named the Association of Division III Independents (AD3I) Volleyball Player of the Week for a second time this season, and was named tournament MVP for a second straight season as the Blue Angels captured the conference crown for the fourth time in the last six years.
       “We were excited (going in), but we knew we were going to win it; it was good,” noted King, whose dedicated rooting section was led throughout the season by her mom, Jill, dad, Kevin, elder brother Patrick and her grandfather, Ed Fitzgerald.
       “The entire family was excited,” added King, whose triumphs this year including overcoming shoulder surgeries. “Everyone was behind me – my coach, my teammates, they were behind me 100 percent. I’m sad it’s over, but it’s been a great four years. I’m sad, but excited for the future and getting on with other things in life.”
       In the title match, the Blue Angels (25-7) recorded 25 kills, with King collecting 10; in the semifinal win over St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn, King slammed home a match-high 15 kills.  Padilla Rios added 11 kills.  Lopez Soto produced another all-around game, handing out 16 assists and 11 digs to go along with a match-high six aces.
       The Blue Angels, and King, now await word if they will receive a bid for one more shot on the court in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Metro/Upstate tournament.
       Whether they go or not, King has already made her mark playing for the Blue Angels in the Queen City.
Pat Kivlehan keeps swinging away
Pat Kivlehan keeps swinging away

     KIVLEHAN NOT STANDING PAT: Former Rutgers four-year football standout Pat Kivlehan of West Nyack added baseball to the resume in his senior year. The Don Bosco Prep alum not only made a successful transition but he did it in grand fashion, leading the conference in all Triple Crown categories to set up a professional career.

Kivlehan was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Mariners in 2012, and success quickly continued to the point where he is now rated the No. 6 prospect in the organization.

Kivlehan was named the Most Valuable Player in the Class A short-season Northwest League in his first season of pro ball, and he advanced to the Double-A Southern League’s postseason All-Star team this season.

Primarily a third baseman, the 24-year-old Kivlehan has been playing at every infield position except catcher, and in the outfield.

Currently, Kivlehan is playing in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) with the Surprise Saguaros, and is tied for the league lead in home runs with four and RBI with 13.

Kivlehan hit .300 with 11 home runs for Double-A Jackson last year.      

TENNIS HONORS: Tappan Zee High School graduate Brittany Grandville, a freshman on the women’s tennis team at New Paltz, was named to the All-State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) second team in singles and doubles.Sara O’Brien of Orangeburg, another freshman out of Tappan Zee HS, was named to the second team in doubles. Grandville was named at flight two singles after going 5-3 as the Hawks went 9-3 during the fall portion of their schedule and advanced to their ninth-straight SUNYAC championship match, falling to SUNY Geneseo 5-0. … Senior Nancy Varughese of Blauvelt, a member of the tennis team at The College of New Rochelle, earned all-Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Conference honors for a second straight season – splitting time at No. 1 and No. 2 in singles and doubles. The Tappan Zee HS alumna posted three conference wins this season, tying for the team lead.

CORTLAND CLICKS: Junior Shane Cronin of West Nyack provided clutch kicking and senior defensive end Gabe Ostrow of Nanuet had a key fumble recovery to spark the Cortland football team to a 21-14 victory over Kean University in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victory in Union, N.J. Cortland, which won its third straight game and is now 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the league, hosts NJAC frontrunner Montclair State on Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. Cronin, an alum of Clarkstown South HS, connected on field goals of 23 and 20 yards in the first half, and also averaged 39 yards per punt, with five of his eight kicks pinning Kean inside the 20-yard stripe. Ostrow forced a fumble and made the recoverty to set up a game-tying touchdown late in the first half. Junior John Grassi of Oceanside finished 21-of-36 passing for 248 yards and two touchdowns.

QUICK HITTERS: Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Cordero of Airmont had six saves, raising her season total to 86, and senior midfielder Eleni Anselmi of Garnerville had an assist in her final game as the New Paltz women’s soccer team bowed to host Fredonia, 2-1, in a SUNYAC contest. The Hawks, eliminated from postseason competition, finished the season at 8-8-2 overall. The Hawks fell behind 1-0 but tied in the 23rd minute as Anselmi, who led the squad with four shots, set up sophomore defender Sloane Lipshie of Port Jefferson. The assist accounted for Anselmi’s 37thcareer point, which ranks eighth-best in program history. … JuniorGhrelle Francis of La Brea, Trinidad and Tobago recorded his first hat trick of the season and netminder Steven Hegner of Pomona posted his seventh shutout as the Dominican College men’s soccer team defeated Holy Family University, 3-0, at Tiger Field in Philadelphia.

Dominican, which improved to 10-3-1 overall and 7-2-1 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) play, hosts Bloomfield (N.J.) College on Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. on senior day. … Senior Greg Caneparo of Nanuet ran for 37 yards and had 48 yards and a touchdown as a receiver to spark the Maritime College football team to a 13-6 victory over the Becker Hawks before a large homecoming crown at Reinhart Field in Throggs Neck.

Kyle Gardner of Amityville picked up 60 yards rushing and Diogo Dietrich of Brazil booted two field goals for the Pioneers, while senior Chris Klass of Nanuet had a 40-yard kickoff return. Maritime visits Castleton State on Nov. 1 in Rutland, Vt. … The St. Thomas Aquinas College men’s soccer team wraps up its regular-season schedule on Nov. 1 with a non-conference match against Caldwell at the Spartans’ field in Sparkill. … Freshman Sarah Kynast of Stony Point finished second in the 200 freestyle and in the 100 butterfly as the host Purchase College women’s swimming team bowed to Adelphi, 227-153, in its home opener. Kynast also helped lead the Panthers to victory in the 200 freestyle relay. The men’s team, which includes Tappan Zee HS grad Robert Ashkinos of Sparkill, won 119-65. Both teams have some time off before returning to action for three straight home matches beginning on Nov. 12 against Maritime at 6 p.m. The Panthers then meet Mount Saint Mary on Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m., and the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. … Don Bosco Prep graduateDylan Magee of Chestnut Ridge competes for the Cornell University swimming team, which meets Binghamton in Vestal at 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 and visits Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., on Nov. 15, also at 1 p.m. … The Big Red track and field team at Cornell University includes distance runners Phelan McCormack of Pearl River, a senior, and freshman Tim Boston of Suffern. The Big Red competes at the Greg Page Relays on Dec. 6 at Barton Hall in Ithaca. … Clarkstown South HS alumna Rachel Kim of New City is a sophomore swimmer at Army, which travels to Buffalo for back-to-back matches against Michigan State on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Army returns to West Point on Nov. 7 to host Iona College at 6 p.m. … Caitlin Bravo of Pearl River and Julie Gavin of Tappan are members of the track and cross country teams at Iona College in New Rochelle. The Gaels will compete in the MAAC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 31 at Holmdel Park in New Jersey, and the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships on Nov. 14 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. Both meets are set to begin at noon. … Suffern HS graduate John Conway of Airmont is a senior sprint specialist on the swim team at UMass, finishing fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in a loss to Army. UMass will be in Binghamton for a meet on Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. and a meet on Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. … Senior defender and three-year starter Georgia Traynor of Tomkins Cove has four points on the womens’s soccer team at Oswego State, which is prepping for the SUNYAC Championships Nov. 1-8. Last year Traynor, a North Rockland HS alumna, tied for second in assists and anchored a defense that allowed 1.5 goals per game. … The Pace University softball team, which includes Clarkstown North HS alumna Ashley Lew of New City, assisted with Walk Now for Autism Speaks at Rockland Community College in Suffern. The Setters assisted in the set-up the day before the event and helped the organizers prepare for the walk the following day. The event was a success with more than 400 walkers helping to raise over $150,000 for autism research. … The East Coast Conference honored St. Thomas Aquinas College cross country standoutsVincent Vazquez of Stony Point as men’s runner of the week,Assad Jeffrey of Haverstraw as men’s rookie of the week andKristen Borriello of Montgomery as women’s rookie of the week.