Checking In: Alumni Update (1-20-13)

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East Stroudsburg sophomore guard Whis Grant (Plymouth Whitemarsh) was named the PSAC East Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week ending Jan. 13. The PW grad averaged 28.5 points to lead ESU to a pair of road wins and the Warriors’ best ever start to conference play. Grant scored 28 points in an 84-72 win at PSAC West leader Slippery Rock and 29 points in an 85-75 win at Edinboro as the defending PSAC champions improved to 11-2 and earned the program’s first five-game winning streak since the 2009-10 season. Grant also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 48.5 percent (16-for-33) from the field, 47.1 percent (8-for-17) from the three-point line and 94.4 percent (17-for-18) from the foul line. Grant leads the Warriors and ranks ninth in the PSAC in scoring (16.5 PPG). He is first in three-point percentage (44.8), fourth in three-pointers per game (2.3) and sixth in steals (1.8). He has four 20-plus games this season, including 30 in the season opener against Alderson-Broaddus to tie his career high.

Grant scored 19 points in East Stroudsburg’s 81-62 win at Kutztown on Saturday. He has scored 101 points in his last four games. In Wednesday’s 93-69 win over Mansfield, Grant scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half. He scored 14 points in a stretch of 3:42 that was part of a 25-4 Warrior run in the first half. He was 8-for-11 from the field and 4-for-6 from the three-point line, including 6-for-8 (3-for-4 from 3) in the first half.

Lorenzo Christmas (Norristown) scored a game-high 28 points in Bloomsburg’s 72-54 loss to Cheyney on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 79-58 loss to Shippensburg, Christmas scored 10 points, which included a pair of three-pointers.

Junior guard AJ Picard (Souderton) scored a career-high 38 points in Goldey-Beacom’s 105-99 loss to Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, finishing just one point shy of the Goldey-Beacom’s single-game record set on Jan. 31, 2004. In scoring the most points by a player in the CACC this season, Picard made 10-of-21 shots from the floor including a 5-for-11 effort from three-point range. In addition, he converted 13-of-14 free throws. He also added a season-high eight rebounds.

Sophomore guard Mike Marvin (Hatboro-Horsham) contributed another double-double in Penn State Abington’s 72-71 win over Wells College on Saturday, scoring 18 points and pulling down 21 rebounds. In Wednesday’s 97-81 loss to Penn State Berks, Marvin recorded his 12th double-double of the year after contributing 20 points and 12 rebounds. In last Sunday’s 70-62 loss to SUNYIT, Marvin scored a game-high 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds.

Michaael Guldin (Pennridge) scored 12 points in DeSales University’s 77-62 win over Eastern on Saturday. For Eastern, Dan Werth (Souderton) contributed 10 points, four assists, two blocked shots and three rebounds off the bench. In Eastern’s 70-56 loss to FDU-Florham, Werth contributed six points. Andrew Stress (Council Rock North) had four points, five rebounds and two assists off the bench for FDU-Florham.

Kutztown University freshman Ryan Connolly (Souderton) was named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Media Organization Scholar-Athlete Team. Connolly has a 3.47 GPA in business administration. He was named the PSAC East Freshman of the Week on Jan. 7 after averaging 12.5 points per game and nine rebounds while shooting 50 percent from both the floor and three-point range. He is the team’s leader in three-point shooting (36 percent), is second in made threes (21) and rates third on the squad in rebounding (4.8 per game). Connolly averages 8. 8 points per game and scored a career-high 16 points last weekend at Edinboro. He also has a pair of double-doubles in his rookie campaign.

Connolly contributed nine points and six rebounds in Kutztown’s 73-59 loss to West Chester on Wednesday.

Sophomore Sam Pygatt (Plymouth Whitemarsh) contributed 11 points and three steals and collected a career-high seven rebounds in Shippensburg’s 79-76 win over Mansfield on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 79-58 win over Bloomsburg, Pygatt contributed 12 points and four rebounds, connecting on 6-of-7 at the free throw line.

Chris Davis (Norristown) contributed 10 points, four assists and two steals in Alvernia’s 72-65 win over Arcadia on Wednesday.

Zach Thomas (Plymouth Whitemarsh) scored 15 points in Neumann University’s 87-52 win over Cairn University on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Sean Brooks (North Penn) scored a career-best 18 points in Washington College’s 70-68 win over Ursinus on Wednesday. He also had five assists. Dave Knox (Central Bucks South) contributed three assists. For Ursinus, Jesse Krasna (Pennsbury) had 15 points, four assists and four rebounds. Mark Wonderling (Souderton) added seven points and four assists.

Krasna scored 13 points in Ursinus College’s 95-90 overtime win over Swarthmore on Saturday.

Junior CJ Aiken (Plymouth Whitemarsh) contributed 15 points and nine boards in St. Joseph University’s 92-86 overtime loss to #22/19 VCU on Thursday.

Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono (Neshaminy) contributed 10 points, four assists and four rebounds in Villanova’s 69-66 loss to Providence on Saturday.

Tim Abruzzo (Pennridge) scored 13 points in Navy Prep’s 62-50 loss to St. Andrew’s School on Tuesday, In last Saturday’s 76-65 win over Bunker Hill Community College, Abruzzo scored eight points.

Marcus Badger (Plymouth Whitemarsh) contributed eight points, three rebounds and two assists in Randolph-Macon’s 79-58 win over Emory and Henry on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 70-60 loss to Hampden-Sydney, Badger had five points, and five rebounds.

Junior Fran Rafferty (Upper Merion) contributed 17 points and eight rebounds in Cabrini’s 102-87 loss to Keystone College on Saturday.

Joe Renzi (Abington) delivered his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 11 assists in Elizabethtown’s 92-87 overtime win over Lycoming on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 76-68 loss to Stevenson, Renzi had eight points and three assists.

Pat Furst (Central Bucks West) contributed five points and six rebounds in Wilkes University’s 63-59 loss to FDU-Florham on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 71-54 loss to King’s College, Furst had six points and six rebounds.

Senior Khalif Wyatt (Norristown) scored a game-high 31 points in Temple’s 81-78 loss to St. Bonaventure on Saturday.

Senior guard Jim Connolly (Souderton) contributed 11 points and junior guard Nick Christian (Bensalem) had a season-high 12 rebounds to go with seven points in Philadelphia University’s 62-48 win over Washington Adventist on Wednesday.

Junior forward Connor Poston (Hatboro-Horsham) scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds as Gettysburg shot a season-best 63.2 percent from the floor en route to an 86-61 win over Haverford College on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 54-43 loss to Dickinson, Poston had eight points.

Jessica Schmidt (Abington)
scored 19 points in Penn State Abington’s 79-69 loss to Wells College on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 79-73 loss to Penn State Berks, Schmidt scored 13 points. In last Sunday’s 83-66 loss to SUNYIT, Schmidt had seven rebounds.

Freshman Stephanie Knauer (North Penn) posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in Shippensburg’s 87-63 win over Mansfield on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 70-40 loss at No. 25 Bloomsburg, Knauer had eight points and a game-high 14 rebounds. Danielle Derr (Upper Dublin) scored five points off the bench for the Huskies.

Natasha Matthews (Norristown) scored 13 points in Gwynedd-Mercy’s 82-55 loss to Cabrini on Wednesday. In Monday’s 81-75 win over Immaculata, Matthews scored a career-high 32 points and added 12 rebounds. Kristen Fuery (Upper Dublin) scored 15 points, which included five three-pointers.

Ginny Edwards (Central Bucks South) contributed nine points and nine rebounds in Wilkes University’s 64-47 loss to FDU-Florham on Saturday.

Junior Brittany Sandone (Souderton) scored 12 points in Cabrini’s 80-28 win over Cedar Crest College on Saturday. It was the Cavaliers’ eighth straight win.

Sarah Kiely (Council Rock North) scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor and also had a team-high seven rebounds in American University’s 67-62 win over Holy Cross on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 62-56 win over Lehigh, Kiely posted a team-best seven rebounds.

Kelsey Ryan (Neshaminy) had nine points and seven rebounds in Lock Haven’s 67-57 loss to Edinboro on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 74-62 win over Slippery Rock, Ryan posted her third double of the year, finishing with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan leads the team in scoring with an 11.6 PPG average.

Danielle Ciccarone (Quakertown) contributed seven rebounds and six assists in St. Thomas University’s 61-50 win over Southeastern on Saturday. In St. Thomas’ 57-51 win over Ave Maria on Friday, Ciccarone had 10 points.

Freshman Carley Kendall (Souderton) contributed eight points and six rebounds in Washington College’s 50-49 loss to Franklin & Marshall on Tuesday.

Jordan Seiz (Central Bucks East) collected five points, three rebounds and one steal in Messiah College’s 71-43 win over Hood College on Saturday.

Calla Miller (Central Bucks South) contributed six points and four rebounds in Haverford’s 55-41 win over Muhlenberg on Thursday.

Shannon Barlow (Neshaminy) scored 10 points in Delaware Valley’s 74-67 loss at Manhattanville on Wednesday. In Saturday’s 73-58 win over Misericordia, Barlow had five points and five rebounds.

Mashira Newman (Upper Dublin) contributed nine points and four assists in Millersville’s 94-78 loss to West Chester on Saturday. For West Chester, Tiffany Johnson (Cheltenham) contributed four assists, four rebounds, two steals and two points off the bench. In Millersville’s 64-34 win over Cheyney on Wednesday, Newman had a season-high six steals to go along with three assists and three rebounds.

Freshman forward Tori Steinberg (Central Bucks South) contributed six points in Ursinus College’s 57-53 loss to Swarthmore on Saturday.

Syracuse offensive tackle Justin Pugh (Council Rock South) and Alabama offensive tackle DJ Luker are the first non-seniors to land on the roster for the annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Both received approval by the NFL league office, and both fulfilled the three requirements set forth by Senior Bowl officials for them to participate. Pugh, a fourth-year junior, had planned to leave Syracuse for the NFL after the 2012 season but knew he'd have to have his college diploma. Pugh earned a degree while majoring in finance. The degree is one of the Senior Bowl's requirements for fourth-year juniors. To be eligible, non-seniors must have spent four seasons on campus, graduated by Dec. 31 and have the support of their college coach. Pugh found out last week he would be participating in the prestigious all-star game. He will be playing for the North squad. The Senior Bowl kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. To view a complete article about Pugh's trip to the Senior Bowl, please click on the following link:

Chris Willcox (Upper Dublin) notched three victories in Hartwick’s 177-97 win over SUNY Cortland last Sunday. The Upper Dublin grad was first in the 200 butterfly (1:58), the 200 IM (2:02.67) and the 100 fly (54.68). In Saturday’s 188-87 win over Alfred, Willcox won a pair of events, finishing first in the 200 fly (1:58.79) and the 100 fly (54.68). Hartwick remains undefeated with a record of 13-0.

Adam Bossert (Wissahickon) finished fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 29.21 in the University of Rochester’s loss to Ithaca College on Saturday. He finished eighth in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 31.55. He also was part of Rochester’s fifth place 400 free relay team that posted a time of 1:46.04.

Ryan Supplee (Hatboro-Horsham) finished second in the 200 breaststroke in Elizabethtown’s 132-103 loss to Widener on Saturday. In Elizabethtown’s 153.5-51.5 loss to Albright on Wednesday, Supplee finished second in the 200 breast.

Sophomore Ben Mancini (Springfield) won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:09.05 in Washington & Jefferson’s 120-97 loss to Penn State-Behrend.

Senior Daniel Fitzgerald (Upper Dublin) was part of the winning 200 medley relay in La Salle’s 156-.5-141.5 loss to Fordham on Sunday. Junior Dave Derr (Upper Dublin) won his second 100 backstroke in the last two meets, tying Fordham’s Thomas Yi with a time of 52.50. CJ Gimpel (Central Bucks South) won the 3 meter diving with 252.55 points and then took the 1 meter with a score of 284.60.

Calvin Starosta (Upper Dublin) was part of West Chester’s first place 200 medley relay that posted a time of 1:35.95 at the relay meet with Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday.

Rachel Engelhardt (Hatboro-Horsham)
was part of the winning 200 free relay that posted a time of 1:53.51 in Elizabethtown’s 147-85 loss to Widener on Saturday. In Wednesday’s 129-68 loss to Albright, Engelhardt set a personal best in the 100 free (58.79).

Jessica Healey (Hatboro-Horsham) was part of West Chester’s second place 200 free relay that posted a time of 1:43.65 at the relay meet with Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday. In last Sunday’s 168-164 loss to John Hopkins, Healy placed third in the 100 back (1:02.95).

Julia DeVincent (Upper Dublin) finished first in the 200 free with a time of 2:00.46 in Bloomsburg’s 112-93 win over East Stroudsburg on Saturday. She was part of the winning 200 free relay that posted a time of 1:42.39.

Amanda Thomas (William Tennent) finished second in the 200 freestyle in Millersville’s 123-81 loss to Franklin & Marshall on Saturday, posting a time of 2:02.98. She also finished second in the 100 free with a time of 56.074. For Franklin & Marshall, Taylor Mateja (Upper Merion) finished fourth in the 50 free with a time of 26.63. She was second in the 200 backstroke, posting a time of 2:17.64. In Millersville

Junior Maria Ciaralli (Pennsbury) finished second in the 50 free with a time of 26.20 in The College of New Jersey’s 194-84 win over William Patterson on Saturday.

Sophomore Chelsea Kozior (Council Rock South) won the 1650 free with a time of 19:04.10 in Ursinus College’s 106-61 win over Cabrini on Saturday.

West Chester's Jay Jabat (Pennsbury) won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 6 inches at the Collegeville Classic this weekend.

John Lindquist (Neshaminy)
earned a 10-3 decision at 157 in Shippensburg’s 42-6 win over Gettysburg on Saturday. In Shippensburg’s 25-18 win over Millersville, Lindquist earned an 8-0 major decision.

Senior James Vollrath (Council Rock South) posted a 5-3 win over Kalvin York at 157 in No. 1 Penn State’s 36-6 rout of No. 24 Wisconsin in front of another Rec Hall sellout crowd of 6,500-plus on Thursday. In Sunday’s 35-3 win over Purdue, Vollrath earned a 12-9 decision at 157.