Sunday, November 11, 2018

College Roundup Vol. 2: Former ESTers at the Next Level (Week of Nov 12-18)

Division I

- Frankfort-Schuyler grad and St. Bonaventure junior Danielle Migliore had another strong outing Tuesday as the Bonnies went to 2-1 in an instant classic 100-94 triple overtime victory over Little Three rival Niagara Tuesday. Migliore got the start and played 30 minutes, knocking down 4 threes & finishing with 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals in the win.

- Blair Academy (NJ) grad and Columbia freshman Sydney Brown scored her first collegiate points Monday, contributing 6 points in 12 minutes as her team went to 2-0 with a 70-49 triumph over Army.

- Shaker grad and LIU Brooklyn freshman Shyla Sanford saw good minutes again Tuesday, finishing with 5 points in 18 minutes off the bench, but they fell to Fairfield 71-43.

- Bryant (Julia Kelner, Brooke Bjelko) dropped a pair of games to go to .500 on the young season - first on Tuesday, falling to Maine 74-57, and then dropping a decision to #25 West Virginia Thursday, 94-48. Kelner, a Jamesville-DeWitt grad and Bulldog sophomore, got the start in both games. She had 2 points & 2 rebounds in 13 minutes against Maine, then saw 23 minutes of action at WVU, contributing 3 points & 2 assists.

- Albany (Julie Ford) sputtered offensively and fell on the road at Cornell Monday, 48-34, but responded with a 60-54 triumph over Manhattan Wednesday. Ford, a Cooperstown grad & current freshman, grabbed 2 rebounds in 6 minutes off the bench Wednesday.

- Waterville grad and Vermont freshman Sophie Wittenbeck scored her first collegiate points Thursday, knocking down a three and adding an assist as they handled Division III Norwich 78-28.

- Fordham (Chloe Chaffin) fell at home to Penn State Wednesday, 72-55.

- Siena (Hanna Strawn - out with injury) fell on the road at Sacred Heart Tuesday, 72-50.

- Davidson (Saeeda Abdul-Aziz - out with injury) fell on the road to Gardner-Webb Wednesday, 54-49.

Albany (Julie Ford, FY, Cooperstown) - 11/18, @ Rutgers, 4:00
Columbia (Sydney Brown, FY, Blair Academy (NJ)) - 11/16, @ Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 8:00; 11/18, @ Illinois, 2:00
Davidson (Saeeda Abdul-Aziz, so, Mohonasen) - 11/17, Appalachian St., 7:00
Fordham (Chloe Chaffin, FY, Kingston) - 11/18, Charlotte, 2:30
LIU Brooklyn (Shyla Sanford, FY, Shaker) - 11/17, @ Saint Peter's, 2:00
Siena (Hanna Strawn, FY, Seton Catholic) - 11/16, Harvard, 7:00
St. Bonaventure (Danielle Migliore, jr, Frankfort-Schuyler) - 11/17, Hofstra, 2:00
St. Francis (BK) (Alexandra Tudor, FY, Shenendehowa) - 11/16, Chicago St., 4:00; 11/17, Valparaiso, 7:30; 11/18, @ Morehead St., 4:00
UMass (Lauraine Joensen, so, Northampton (MA)) - 11/17, CCSU, 2:00
Vermont (Sophie Wittenbeck, FY, Waterville) - 11/18, URI, 2:00

Division II

- Le Moyne (Cameron Tooley, Jenna Zimmerman, Liz Millea) started their season off on the right foot in dramatic fashion, winning 63-60 in overtime at AIC Wednesday. Tooley & Zimmerman played major roles in their collegiate debuts for the Dolphins. Tooley, a Shenendehowa grad, finished with 16 points (4/6 3PT) & 2 steals in 37 minutes of action. Zimmerman, a South Jefferson grad, played 39 minutes and contributed 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 blocks. Millea, a Cooperstown grad & redshirt sophomore that missed last season with a knee injury, contributed 2 points & 2 steals off the bench.

- Nottingham grad & Bowie State freshman Chyna Butler got 19 minutes off the bench Wednesday, producing 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, & 3 steals in their 80-38 W over Wilmington.

- St. Rose (Nina Fedullo, Becca Townes) suffered their first loss Wednesday, falling to Southern CT State 59-53 Wednesday. Fedullo, an Amsterdam grad & current sophomore, finished with 4 points & 7 rebounds in 31 minutes of play. Townes, an Our Lady of Lourdes grad & current freshman, had a pair of assists in limited action off the bench.

- St. Anselm (Stephanie Jankovic) ran away to a 62-33 victory at Franklin Pierce in conference play Wednesday.

- Franklin Pierce (Emma Carter) fell to visiting St. Anselm in conference play Wednesday, 62-33. Carter, a Mt. Abraham (VT) grad & current freshman, started and saw 20 minutes of action.

- Georgian Court (Nerea Brajac) fell at home to Kutztown Wednesday, 76-59. Brajac, a Cohoes grad & current sophomore, saw 18 minutes of action.

Bowie State (Chyna Butler, FY, Syracuse Nottingham) - 11/17, @ Gannon, 1:00; 11/18, @ Slippery Rock, 3:00
Franklin Pierce (Emma Carter, FY, Mt. Abraham (VT)) - 11/16, Nyack, 5:30
Georgian Court (Nerea Brajac, so, Cohoes) - 11/17, @ LIU Post, 1:30
Le Moyne (Liz Millea, jr, Cooperstown; Cameron Tooley, FY, Shenendehowa; Jenna Zimmerman, FY, South Jefferson) - 11/17, @ Southern CT, 1:30
Queens (Lucy Tougas, so, Glens Falls) - 11/17, Bentley, 3:00
St. Anselm (Stephanie Jankovic, FY, Averill Park) - 11/17, @ Assumption, 1:30
St. Rose (Nina Fedullo, so, Amsterdam; Becca Townes, FY, Our Lady of Lourdes) - 11/17, @ AIC, 1:30

Division III

- Beekmantown grad and Elmira freshman Alyssa Waters added to a very strong start to her collegiate career Monday, as she went for 18 points (8/14 FG), 5 rebounds, 6 assists, & 2 steals while playing all 40 minutes in their 79-63 win over D'Youville. In their 65-47 loss to #16 Marymount Friday, she played 39 minutes and contributed 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.

- Middleburgh grad and Alfred sophomore Lyndsey McCoy helped the Saxons secure a major win for the program and 1st year coach Mike Moskowitz, defeating Buffalo State in a true road game, 73-66. McCoy played 34 minutes and finished with 13 points (6/9 FG) & 7 rebounds in the win.

- St. John Fisher (Olivia Baumann, Mallory Wood) started off its '18-'19 campaign with an impressive 54-41 W at Brockport Tuesday. Wood, a current freshman & Averill Park grad, opened her collegiate career on a high note, getting the start and finishing with 12 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 assists in 34 minutes. Baumann, a Guilderland grad & Cardinal sophomore, also started and finished with 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, & 3 steals in 20 minutes. They ran their record to 3-0 by the end of the week with consecutive wins at their host tournament. On Friday, it was a 66-56 W over Hilbert, where current coach Melissa Kuberka started her head coaching career. Wood played 19 minutes and finished with 13 points (6/8 FG), 2 rebounds, & 3 steals, and Baumann dropped 14 points in 15 minutes of action & 4 rebounds.

- Hartwick (Kelly Pine, Maggie Kirby, Molly Kirby, Giuliana Pritchard) continued an impressive start to the season with a 65-51 home victory over perennial SUNYAC contender Cortland Tuesday. Pine, a Hoosick Falls grad & Hawk sophomore, had 9 points, 9 rebounds, & 2 blocks in 29 minutes. The Kirby twins, current freshmen from Bethlehem, produced again for the Hawks - Maggie with 6 points & 5 rebounds in 26 minutes, Molly with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 blocks in 17 minutes. Pritchard, an Amsterdam grad & also a freshman, contributed 3 points & 3 rebounds in 12 minutes.

- Cazenovia (Lexi Tubbs, Danielle Caivana) got their season underway with a tournament at Buffalo State over the weekend. They fell in their opener Friday, 71-60, to Thiel. Caivana, a Frankfort-Schuyler grad and current sophomore, finished with a team high 19 points along with 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals in 39 minutes. Tubbs, a Madison graduate and current junior, played 31 minutes and finished with 9 points & 11 rebounds.

- Ballston Spa grad and SUNY Oneonta junior Olivia Allrich started in their season opener Tuesday and finished with 11 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 assists in 22 minutes as they ran by visiting Skidmore 60-33.

- Shenendehowa grad and Keene State sophomore Samira Sangare had her best game in her young career as an Owl Tuesday, going off for a game high 21 points, 9 rebounds, & 3 steals in 25 minutes of action in a 94-83 defeat to Westfield State.

- Bethlehem grad and Rochester freshman Julianna Okoniewski got the start in her collegiate debut Tuesday and contributed 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, & 4 steals in 20 minutes, but they fell to crosstown foe RIT 70-59.

- Shenendehowa grad and Southern Vermont freshman Julia Ryan got the start Friday and played 23 minutes, finishing with 7 points & 6 rebounds in a 85-63 loss to St. Joseph's (BK).

- SUNY New Paltz (Paige Niemeyer, Bridget Whelan) evened their record at 1-1 with a 92-81 victory over Vassar Tuesday. After missing the season opener, Niemeyer - an Ichabod Crane grad and current junior - went for 12 points (5/8 FG), 7 rebounds, & 2 assists in 15 minutes off the bench in the win.

- SUNY Brockport (Julianna Taylor, Kylee Rosbrook) fell in their season opener to a strong St. John Fisher squad Tuesday, 54-41. Taylor, a Fonda-Fultonville grad and Eagle sophomore, finished with 5 points, 2 rebounds, & a game high 6 assists. Rosbrook, a General Brown grad, had 2 points & 2 rebounds in her collegiate debut.

- SUNY Oswego (Samantha Doupe, Morgan Wolanin) started off their season on the right foot with a 62-55 W at Clarkson Wednesday. Doupe, a Phoenix grad making her collegiate debut, played 28 minutes off the bench and finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, & 4 assists in the victory.

- Whitesboro grad and Utica freshman Petrina DeMarco got the start in her collegiate debut, finishing with 5 points & 4 rebounds in 23 minutes as they defeated SUNY Potsdam 60-43 on Tuesday.

- Suffolk (Jordan Hipwell, Lauren Hill) got in the winning column with a 68-62 triumph over Emerson Monday. Hipwell, a Ballston Spa grad & Ram sophomore, then contributed 11 points, 4 rebounds, & 2 assists in 31 minutes as they continued their winning streak with an 81-65 W over Salve Regina Wednesday.

- Clarkson (Maddie Pratt, Emily Zeyak) fell in their season opener to visiting SUNY Oswego Wednesday, 62-55. Pratt, a Bolton grad making her collegiate debut, finished with 2 points & 3 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

- Castleton St. (Anna Iannotti) overcame a 2nd half deficit to beat NVU-Lyndon 63-58 Wednesday. Iannotti, a Mt. Anthony (VT) grad, had 2 points & a rebound in her collegiate debut.

- Western New England (Paige Brinkman) went to 2-0 with a 58-49 win over Springfield Tuesday.

- Keuka (Brianna Legacy) handled Medaille in their season opener Thursday, 72-53.

- RPI (Emily Vallee) went to 3-0 on the young season Friday with a 67-45 W over Farmingdale. Vallee, a freshman from Schuylerville, had an assist in 9 minutes.

- D'Youville (Sara Field) fell to Elmira in a nonconference tilt Monday, 79-63.

- Skidmore (Mary Kate Palleschi) fell on the road to SUNY Oneonta Tuesday, 60-33.

- SUNY Cortland (Rylee vonWedel) fell on the road at Hartwick to start their season, losing 65-51 Tuesday.

Alfred (Lyndsey McCoy, so, Middleburgh) - 11/17, TBD @ Buff State, TBD
Cazenovia (Lexi Tubbs, jr, Madison; Danielle Caivana, so, Frankfort-Schuyler) - 11/17, TBD @ Buff State, TBD
D'Youville (Sara Field, so, VVS) - 11/16, Brockport, 7:00; 11/17, TBD, TBD
Elmira (Alyssa Waters, FY, Beekmantown) - 11/17, TBD, TBD
Hartwick (Kelly Pine, so, Hoosick Falls; Maggie Kirby, FY, Bethlehem; Molly Kirby, FY, Bethlehem; Giuliana Pritchard, FY, Amsterdam) - 11/17, Salve Regina, 4:00; 11/18, TBD @ Smith, TBD
Keene State (Samira Sangare, so, Shenendehowa) - 11/17, MCLA, 1:00
Keuka (Brianna Legacy, so, Mt. Anthony (VT)) - 11/17, UMass Boston, 3:00; 11/18, TBD @ Emerson, TBD
Middlebury (Emily Wander, so, Bethlehem; Alana Kornaker, FY, Wayne) - 11/16, Lasell, 8:00; 11/17, Springfield, 4:00
Mount St. Mary (Katie Smith, so, Goshen; Kylie Sisto, FY, Shenendehowa) - 11/17, Misericordia, 2:00
Nazareth (Liz White, so, Marcellus) - 11/17, Westminster, 6:00; 11/18, TBD, TBD
Rochester (Julianna Okoniewski, FY, Bethlehem) - 11/16, Baldwin Wallace, 8:00; 11/18, Babson, 2:00
RPI (Emily Vallee, FY, Schuylerville) - 11/18, @ Amherst, 3:00
Sage (Megan Flynn, jr, Hoosick Falls; Kyra Oeffler, FY, Heatly; Sam Pasinella, FY, Mechanicville; Emily Pike, FY, Ticonderoga) - 11/16, Rowan, 8:00; 11/17, TBD @ Plattsburgh, TBD
Skidmore (Mary Kate Palleschi, FY, Scotia-Glenville) - 11/16, @ Williams, 6:00; 11/17, Salem St., 1:00
Southern Vermont (Julia Ryan, FY, Shenendehowa) - 11/17, TBD, TBD
St. John Fisher (Olivia Baumann, so, Guilderland; Mallory Wood, FY, Averill Park) - 11/17, TBD, TBD
Suffolk (Jordan Hipwell, so, Ballston Spa; Lauren Hill, FY, Cobleskill-Richmondville) - 11/17, Endicott, 7:30; 11/18, TBD, TBD
SUNY Brockport (Julianna Taylor, so, Fonda-Fultonville; Kylee Rosbrook, FY, General Brown) - 11/16, D'Youville, 7:00; 11/17, TBD, TBD
SUNY Canton (Jasmine Gonzalez, FY, Gloversville) - 11/16, Cobleskill, 7:00; 11/18, Potsdam, 1:00
SUNY Geneseo (Natalie DiSalvo, jr, Canton; Meaghan Perrino, FY, Cooperstown; Megan Roell, FY, Valley Central) - 11/16, Lycoming, 7:30; 11/17, TBD @ York, TBD
SUNY Oneonta (Olivia Allrich, jr, Ballston Spa) - 11/16, Salem St., 8:00; 11/17, @ Williams, 3:00
SUNY Oswego (Morgan Wolanin, jr, Oriskany; Samantha Doupe, FY, Phoenix) - 11/17, @ Alfred St., 1:00
SUNY Plattsburgh (Kayla Doody, FY, Tamarac) - 11/16, New England College, 6:00; 11/17, TBD, TBD
SUNY Poly (Cassidy Albright, jr, New York Mills; Sam Dayter, FY, Cohoes) - 11/16, Anna Maria, 7:30; 11/17, TBD @ St. John Fisher, TBD
Western New England (Paige Brinkman, FY, Schalmont) - 11/17, Rutgers-Camden, 4:00; 11/18, TBD @ Neumann, TBD

Junior College

- Shaker grad and Herkimer freshman Lexi DeBeatham had the best game in her young General career Tuesday, going for a game high 22 points (9/15 FG) and adding 4 rebounds & 3 steals in 37 minutes as they defeated TC3 on the road, 70-40.

- Albany grad and Niagara CC freshman Aubrey Halloran contributed 12 points & 7 rebounds Wednesday, and her squad ran their record to 5-0 by way of an impressive 86-65 victory over Onondaga CC.

- Utica Proctor grad and Onondaga CC freshman Namir Davis finished with 13 points (6/11 FG) & 3 assists Wednesday, but the Lazers fell to visiting NJCAA D2 program Niagara CC, 86-65.

Niagara CC (Aubrey Halloran, FY, Albany) - 11/17, Howard CC, 1:00; 11/18, @ Allegany College of Maryland, 1:00
Corning CC (Bre Palmatier, FY, Middleburgh) - 11/17, @ Herkimer, 1:00
Herkimer (Lexi DeBeatham, FY, Shaker) - 11/17, Corning CC, 1:00; 11/18, Finger Lakes CC, 12:00
Hudson Valley CC (Lyndsay Miller, so, Shaker; Madison Graber, FY, Schalmont) - 11/18, @ Schenectady CC, 1:00
Jefferson CC (Ally Crosby, FY, Hammond; Katelyn Flanagan, FY, Canton) - 11/17, Schenectady CC, 1:00; 11/18, @ Fulton-Montgomery CC, 1:00
Onondaga CC (Namir Davis, FY, Utica Proctor) - 11/18, @ Columbia-Greene, 1:00

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

College Roundup: Former ESTers At The Next Level (Week of 11/5-11/11)

The beginning of November brings some things that aren't desirable - colder weather, too-early Christmas music in stores, the thought of the dreaded four letter 'S' word (snow). However, with all of that comes perhaps the best time of year - the start of basketball season. College basketball games are now in the process of tipping off, first with NJCAA games last week and following with Division I games Tuesday. Division 2 & 3 games are next up, with select teams getting their seasons underway at the end of this week with many others getting their first game action next week.

Nearly 100 girls that have participated in EST events are now playing at the collegiate level, with a record 52 making the jump in the Class of 2018 alone. As the season goes on, there will be weekly blog posts featuring updates on those ESTers and their schedules. The list for the week of November 5-11 - Division 1, 2, 3, and NJCAA - is below.

Division I

- Frankfort-Schuyler grad and St. Bonaventure junior Danielle Migliore was regarded as one of the Atlantic 10's most improved players last winter, and she looks to continue to play an important role for what appears to be an improving Bonnies team. She played 18 minutes in their season opener, a 76-48 W over Niagara, and finished with 4 points & 4 rebounds. She then started Friday night and played 25 minutes, finishing with 5 points & 3 rebounds in their 67-40 defeat at #14 Georgia.

- Shaker grad and LIU Brooklyn freshman Shyla Sanford had a solid debut in a Blackbird jersey, coming off the bench and finishing with 4 points & 3 rebounds in 19 minutes of play in their 61-46 L to Manhattan. She then saw 25 minutes off the bench Friday and had 4 points & 2 steals in their 57-42 defeat to Army.

- Shenendehowa grad and St. Francis (BK) freshman Alexandra Tudor had a strong debut in their season opener Tuesday. She came off the bench and finished with 11 points (5/8 FG), 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in 22 minutes of action as they defeated D2 Mercy College 102-51. They then went to 2-0 with a 73-65 victory over Manhattan Saturday.

- Jamesville-DeWitt grad and Bryant sophomore Julia Kelner made the most of her minutes Thursday night against Brown. She played 11 minutes off the bench and finished with 6 points (3/4 FG), 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks in their 75-57 victory. She also saw minutes on Tuesday in their season-opening 58-57 W over UMass Lowell.

- Cooperstown grad and Albany freshman Julie Ford saw 13 minutes in her collegiate debut and grabbed 3 rebounds - they fell on the road to #22 USF, 74-37.

- Kingston grad and Fordham freshman Chloe Chaffin saw 11 minutes off the bench in her collegiate debut and grabbed 3 rebounds as they handled Wagner 80-59 Friday. They fell to 1-1 on Sunday, losing 58-54 at Northeastern.

- UMass (Lauraine Joensen) started its '18-'19 campaign with a 78-61 victory over Sacred Heart Tuesday. They fell to .500 on Sunday, losing 78-53 at Towson.

- Davidson (Saeeda Abdul-Aziz) took home a season-opening 80-47 triumph over D2 Queens (Charlotte) on Wednesday night, and they ran their record to 2-0 with a convincing 72-34 victory at Charleston Southern Sunday.

- Columbia (Sydney Brown) went over to Long Island to take home a season opening win on the road, 65-63 over Hofstra, on Friday night.

- Vermont (Sophie Wittenbeck) started off their season on the right foot, taking home a 54-49 victory over Rider on Friday. The Waterville grad saw her first collegiate minutes Sunday in a 66-42 loss to Dartmouth.

- Siena (Hanna Strawn - out with injury) went down to the final minute in their season opener Saturday, but fell to Penn, 58-51.

Division II

- Cohoes grad and Georgian Court sophomore Nerea Brajac had a very productive freshman year for the Lions, and she had a strong individual performance in her opener to Year 2. She finished with 14 points (7/9 FG), 5 rebounds, and 3 steals in 30 minutes of play in their 94-64 loss to Merrimack Friday. She added 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals in 24 minutes Saturday in their 97-63 defeat to Bentley.

- Glens Falls grad and Queens sophomore Lucy Tougas started off her 2nd collegiate campaign with a solid showing in a victory. She played 29 minutes off the bench and finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists in their 87-77 W over Chestnut Hill Saturday. The next day, she got the starting nod and put up her first collegiate double-double, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 90-62 loss to Jefferson.

- Mt. Abraham (VT) grad and Franklin Pierce freshman Emma Carter had an eye-opening collegiate debut. Franklin Pierce nearly overcame a 14 point halftime deficit, falling to Goldey-Beacom 69-67 Friday, and Emma came off the bench to put up 14 points (5/8 FG), 6 rebounds, & 2 steals in 25 minutes. She then got the starting nod Saturday and finished with 4 points, 4 rebounds, & steals in 23 minutes in their 56-48 loss to USciences.

- Averill Park grad and St. Anselm freshman Stephanie Jankovic made noise in the latter of the Hawks' two wins over the weekend. After playing 10 minutes in her collegiate debut Friday, a 88-51 decision over Dominican, she knocked down 3 threes and had 11 points (4/6 FG) in just 9 minutes of action in their 89-47 W over Bloomfield Saturday.

- Saint Rose (Nina Fedullo, Becca Townes) started off their season with a pair of narrow victories away from home, beating Daemen 69-66 Friday and Roberts Wesleyan 58-57 in a true away game Saturday. Fedullo saw solid minutes off the bench in both games, grabbing 4 rebounds in 17 minutes against Daemen and chipping in 2 points & 3 rebounds in 20 minutes against Roberts Wesleyan.

- Syracuse Nottingham grad and Bowie State freshman Chyna Butler had a strong collegiate debut Saturday, coming off the bench to contribute 8 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in 18 minutes in their 60-52 W over Shippensburg. She then saw 22 minutes the next day, finishing with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals in their 74-67 loss to East Stroudsburg.

- Florida Southern (Tara Sager) came out with two wins to start their '18-'19 season, defeating Lee 70-64 Friday and blowing out Shorter 81-45 Saturday.

Division III

- Middleburgh grad and Alfred sophomore Lyndsey McCoy saw 25 minutes of action off the bench in the Saxons' season opener, and she finished with 8 points & 2 rebounds in their 75-63 defeat to SUNY Cobleskill Saturday.

- Tamarac grad and SUNY Plattsburgh freshman Kayla Doody made the most of her opportunity in her collegiate debut, getting 26 minutes off the bench and contributing 5 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in their 59-52 Saturday win over visiting Norwich.

- Beekmantown grad and Elmira freshman Alyssa Waters got the start in her collegiate debut and saw 35 minutes of action, finishing with 6 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals in a 53-49 loss to Hilbert.

- Shenendehowa grad and Southern Vermont freshman Julia Ryan saw big minutes off the bench in her collegiate debut and contributed 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks in their 65-58 setback at SUNY Cobleskill. In their Saturday game at Mt. Holyoke, she got the start and finished with 7 points, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in 35 minutes of action in a 65-56 victory.

- Hartwick (Maggie Kirby, Molly Kirby, Kelly Pine, Giuliana Pritchard) had an impressive victory in their season opener, knocking off Liberty League opponent Union 60-49. Maggie Kirby, a Bethlehem grad & current freshman, saw 35 minutes in her first collegiate game. She finished with 12 points (4/6 from beyond the arc) and 6 rebounds. Twin sister Molly had a productive 15 minutes off the bench, finishing with 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Giuliana Pritchard, an Amsterdam grad and another freshman, finished with 4 points & 2 rebounds in 9 minutes of play. Kelly Pine, a Hoosick Falls grad and the lone sophomore of the four, played 33 minutes in a starting role and grabbed 8 rebounds & dished out a pair of assists.

- Shenendehowa grad and Keene State sophomore Samira Sangare, a transfer from Division II Dominican, saw a large role in her debut with the Owls. In Friday's opener, a 62-48 triumph over Anna Maria, Samira started and finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals in 25 minutes. The next day, she finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists in 34 minutes in their 49-46 defeat to Maine Maritime.

- Mount St. Mary (Katie Smith, Kylie Sisto) ran their lead to 28 by the end of the 3rd quarter and coasted to a 59-39 victory at Univ. of St. Joseph Saturday. Smith, a Goshen grad and current sophomore, hit 4 threes and led all scorers with 16 points, along with adding 2 rebounds & 2 assists in 23 minutes of play.

- SUNY Geneseo (Natalie DiSalvo, Meaghan Perrino, Megan Roell) started off its season with a blowout victory on the road, beating Hilbert 78-51 Thursday. They picked up their second win of the week Saturday, holding off visiting William Smith 67-63 Saturday.

- RPI (Emily Vallee) took home a season-opening 84-50 W over Albany College of Pharmacy on Thursday evening, and they ran their record to 2-0 with a 77-62 triumph over Gordon Saturday.

- D'Youville (Sara Field) started off their season with a road win, holding off Wells 74-69 on Saturday.

- Western New England (Paige Brinkman) started off their season with a road win, breaking open a tie game after 3 quarters to beat Suffolk 66-58 Saturday.

- Suffolk (Jordan Hipwell, Lauren Hill) held a 7 point halftime lead, but fell 66-58 to Western New England in their season opener Saturday. Hipwell, a Ballston Spa grad and current sophomore, started for the Rams and grabbed 5 rebounds in 28 minutes of play.

- New Paltz (Paige Niemeyer, Bridget Whelan) fell in their season opener in an early season matchup between contending D3 programs, losing 79-71 in overtime to visiting RIT Friday.

- Skidmore (Mary Kate Palleschi) fell in their season opener at home Saturday, a 49-46 overtime loss to Muhlenberg.

- Union (Maggie Schuermann) lost their season opener Friday, a 60-49 decision at Hartwick.

Junior College

- Albany grad Aubrey Halloran has started and performed well in four blowout victories for D2 Niagara CCC to start the year. She finished with 10 points (5/7 FG), 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in a victory over Lehigh Carbon CC, and she added a 14 point (7/10 FG), 6 rebound, 2 assist, 2 block performance in their defeat of Northampton CC. Over the weekend in their host tournament, she went for 18 points (8/11 FG), 11 rebounds, & 5 blocks in their 91-63 victory over Jackson College and added 14 points (6/8 FG), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, & 2 blocks in a 128-49 drubbing of Pitt-Titusville.

- Utica Proctor grad and Onondaga CC freshman Namir Davis has started all five games for the 4-1 Lazers. She's averaging 9.6 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 2.2 APG, and 3.2 SPG so far, including a 13 point/5 rebound/3 assist/5 steal performance against defending NJCAA D3 national champion Hostos. She added 10 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in a 110-55 beatdown of Schenectady CCC, and finished the weekend off with a 7 point/4 steal game in their 59-55 W over Fulton-Montgomery.

- Shaker grad and Herkimer freshman Lexi DeBeatham has started all three games for the Generals to start, including being logged for a full 40 minutes in two of them. After finishing with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, & 6 steals in a 48-43 L to Hudson Valley, she's averaging 4.7 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 4 APG, and 4.3 SPG to start the '18-'19 campaign.

- Middleburgh grad and Corning CC freshman Bre Palmatier has started all four games for the Red Barons so far. She finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in a 66-56 L to Genesee CC, and she had 5 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists in a 69-50 defeat to Jamestown CC. She finished with 4 points & 4 rebounds in their 77-50 loss to North Country CC Saturday, and she contributed 9 points, 7 rebounds, & 6 assists Sunday as they got their first win with an 82-42 triumph over Clinton CC.

- Jefferson CC coach Josh Woodward secured a freshman class deep in St. Lawrence County talent, including Hammond grad Ally Crosby and Canton grad Katelyn Flanagan. They made impacts in their debuts for the 2-1 Cannoneers. Crosby finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a defeat to powerful Baltimore City CC, and she added 7 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals in a victory over Prince George's CC. In the weekend's only game, Crosby had a monster showing, finishing with 24 points (10/19 FG), 17 rebounds (10 offensive), and 4 blocks in 35 minutes as they beat Hudson Valley 76-75. She hit the game winning free throw with :01.1 remaining to seal the win. Flanagan finished with 9 points against Baltimore City CC and added 6 points & 2 rebounds vs. Prince George's, and she's shooting 50% from behind the arc to start the season.

- Shaker grad and Hudson Valley CC sophomore Lyndsay Miller and Schalmont grad/freshman Madison Graber have helped the Vikings start their season 3-1. Miller finished with 13 points (4/7 FG), 3 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 96-13 drubbing of Rockland CC, and she added 4 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists in their 85-44 W over Cayuga CC. Graber, an impactful pickup in their freshman class, finished with 5 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals in their win vs. Rockland, and she went for 16 points & 6 rebounds against Cayuga. She then contributed double digits again over the weekend, finishing with 12 points & 6 rebounds in their 48-43 W over Herkimer Saturday, and then added 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a narrow 76-75 defeat to Jefferson Sunday.

Monday, November 5, 2018

The Last of the Fall Leagues: Westmoreland Fall League Notes, Standouts, Etc.

On Sundays in October & early November, the center of Utica area girls’ basketball happened to be in Westmoreland for a new area fall league. Adirondack, Brookfield, Clinton, Mt. Markham, Notre Dame, Oriskany, Poland, South Lewis, Westmoreland, and Whitesboro met in the Westmoreland HS gym over the last five weeks as the programs, all in very different stages of development, prepare for the upcoming winter. It was more in the format of an instructional league than a true play-to-win format – one referee, 1-point/1-shot free throw format on shooting fouls, etc. – but the compete level was up on the league’s final night, as players on all ten teams will officially be in basketball season Monday morning.

Game of Note #1

Whitesboro 34, Adirondack 27

The middle of five Sunday night games was the one that looked to be the marquee matchup, and although both teams weren’t at full strength, it still was the game of the night. Whitesboro, playing without standout PG Hannah Scott, struggled offensively to start, but they were able to pick it up on the defensive end and limit a bigger Adirondack team from the jump. What Adirondack did get in the first half came from standout 2020 Belle Kranbuhl. The 6’3” forward, who received another Division I offer from La Salle and also visited Temple and Bucknell over the weekend, dominated in the post while also stepping out and facilitating the offense at times. Unfortunately for her and Adirondack, after scoring 9 of their 12 points to that stage, an awkward fall on a drive late in the half turned into an ankle injury that she would be unable to return from.

Belle Kranbuhl (Adirondack 2020) had a strong showing before going down with an injury before halftime.
Whitesboro kept its defensive edge coming off the back end of Kranbuhl’s injury, and also received major contributions from 2020 Kiley Snow and 2019 Kelsey Wands as they stretched their 2nd half lead to as much as 14. Snow provided a major scoring punch that the Warriors desperately needed, converting in different ways en route to a game high 19 points. Wands added 10 points for the Warriors while making an impact on the glass with her trademark high motor, and she looked more comfortable than ever as she looks to now be completely behind a serious knee injury suffered in 2017. Adirondack made one last late push, as 2020 Camille Roberts got it going in the final moments knocking down a pair of threes, but it came up short as Whitesboro ended the league with a victory.

Kelsey Wands (Whitesboro 2019) will be a major key to the Warriors' success on the court this winter.

Game of Note #2

Utica Notre Dame 45, Brookfield 38

The opener of the evening’s five games became more interesting than I had perhaps anticipated. In a game of major runs, Notre Dame was the beneficiary of the last one and was able to deliver the knockout blow to last year’s Section 3 Class D finalist in the final moments.

Notre Dame was able to quickly jump out to an 11-0 lead, pressuring the Beavers and turning them over several times. The tide turned when Brookfield 2021 Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott arrived, though. The 5’11” standout forward, upon arrival, jumped in and played a different role than usual. With Vleer-Elliott essentially playing the role of point forward, Brookfield was able to settle down on the offensive end while gaining their main rebounding & shot blocking presence defensively. The Beavers were able to cut their deficit to 2 by halftime, and with Vleer-Elliott using good court vision up top to create for others, they forged a 2nd half lead. A three from Jaelyn gave them their largest lead of 5 with just over 7 minutes left. 

That was when Notre Dame buckled down and made their push. 2020 PG Caitlin Snyder was able to put pressure on Brookfield’s zone defense, finding the gaps & getting into the lane. She attacked the rim, got to the line, and converted. She then was able to get to the basket again, this time finishing while getting fouled & adding the free throw. On another late possession, she got into the lane, drew extra defenders, and kicked to the wing for an open three to effectively put the game on ice. A 16-1 Notre Dame run gave the Jugglers a 10 point lead with under a minute remaining, and they were able to coast in for the victory.

Final Scores (alternate scoring format – all shooting fouls 1 point, 1 FT attempt instead of 2 FTAs) (two 20-minute running time halves)

Utica Notre Dame 45, Brookfield 38
Poland 32, Westmoreland 16
Whitesboro 34, Adirondack 27
Clinton 43, South Lewis 16
Mt. Markham 30, Oriskany 16

Evaluator Notes – Individual Standouts

Belle Kranbuhl (6’3” F; Adirondack 2020) – I know I wasn’t alone in feeling that seeing Kranbuhl go down in obvious pain – on the same day that she picked up her first Atlantic 10 offer and the day before the start of basketball season – made my heart sink. Certainly hoping for the best for Belle in the upcoming recovery process – a fantastic person with an extremely bright future. Before the injury, she was a force at both ends, effectively keeping the Wildcats competitive. She did some of everything – back-to-basket scoring, mid-post face-up drives to either score or draw extra defenders & kick, and even was called upon to bring it up & facilitate the offense a few times. Kranbuhl has become one of upstate NY’s most actively recruited players in the 2020 class, with her number of Division I offers quickly approaching double digits, and she made it very apparent why that’s so in limited action.

Kiley Snow (5’11” Wing; Whitesboro 2020) – With longtime starting point guard Hannah Scott & fellow guard Alana Batson both out of the lineup for this one, it threw some players into different spots on the court. This meant that Snow, a natural wing, had to move on the ball for some of the game. Not a problem in this contest, as Kiley looked more comfortable on the ball than I’ve ever previously seen. Defensively, she effectively got up and pressured the ball both by using her length and showing the ability to slide her feet & stay in front. Offensively, she scored at all three levels en route to a game high 19 points in their win. She knocked down 3 threes from different spots on the court, attacked off the dribble and finished at the rim – twice through contact – and perhaps her biggest basket of the game was a pull-up 15 footer in transition to give them a double digit lead late in the contest. A strong last few months has put Kiley on the radar of a few NE-10 schools, as coaches are starting to see the upside that she possesses.

Kiley Snow (Whitesboro 2020)
Hayleigh Gates (5’5” G; Mt. Markham 2021) – The Mustangs had an undesirable 8:30 nightcap game on Sunday night, but Gates was able to show a little bit of everything she has to offer. The athletic combo guard didn’t do a bunch of any particular thing, but had her prints on many aspects of the game. On a night that didn’t provide her best shooting game, she responded by putting it on the floor in the half-court, getting paint touches against their opponent’s zone defense and making the right read to either attack the rim or make the defense collapse and find the right open teammate. She was also able to turn defense into offense, getting out in transition and converting. Gates has pretty solid feel for the game and as a sophomore, she looked comfortable assuming a bit of a leadership role for her team. Looking forward to seeing how she develops over time.

Hayleigh Gates (Mt. Markham 2021)
Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott (5’11” F; Brookfield 2021) – It was an unfamiliar role for JVE, but after seeing Brookfield play in this game, it may be one that she’ll be getting used to this winter. The skilled forward had to run the point for most of the game, and they experienced the most success as a team with her on the ball. Although it’s not her natural skill set, she handled the ball well enough to get to where she wanted on the court, and she showed good court vision and surprisingly good precision passing ability to hit teammates on time & on target in areas that they could score. She didn’t look to score too much, but was efficient when she did, shooting at a high percentage and doing so off post-ups, drives from the perimeter, and a top of the key three.

Jaelyn Vleer-Elliott (Brookfield 2021)

Other Notes

As a Mohawk Valley native, I’m very aware that Poland is as big of a soccer town as you’ll find. In a small school system such as that (Class D) with another sport being so dominant, half the battle is getting players in the gym. The Tornadoes have went up & down in talent over the last decade, as all small schools do, but the two things that have remained constant are that they’ll get a full roster to all basketball events and they’ll play hard. This was also true In this fall league, fielding a full roster and wearing out host Westmoreland over the course of the game. A lot of credit goes to Coach Potempa for that, who has shown active interest in keeping his girls going in offseason basketball throughout his tenure. This isn’t as easy of a feat in a small school, and it was good to see those kind of numbers at this league.

For a struggling program, the rebuild has to start somewhere. Two schools in this league are going about that process now, and they’re neighboring districts. Westmoreland, the host school, has never been known for its girls basketball program. The fact that a 10 team fall league and a summer league at approximately the same size were both hosted in Westmoreland this year is encouraging. It’s a new regime for the Bulldogs – it seems like the new varsity coach is trying to keep basketball fresh in the minds of the upcoming athletes. A few miles up Route 233, Clinton is making their return after having to drop their varsity program due to lack of numbers. Right now, they have those numbers back, and they also have youth. The school seems to always have athletes – hopefully they’ll start to experience some success on the court sooner rather than later to reinvigorate interest in basketball among the local youth. The rebuilding process can take several years, but I’m optimistic that these two schools are getting on the right path.

Friday, November 2, 2018

CNY Fall League Varsity Championship Day: Red Rams Roll (And More)

The Game

Jamesville-DeWitt 48, Norwich 32

In a championship game that featured a pair of perennially successful programs from neighboring sections, Jamesville-DeWitt came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. An early 18-1 run helped them seize control, and they were able to extend their cushion to 21 points by halftime. Red Ram returners Paige Keeler (2020), Gabby Stickle (2020), Andrea Sumida (2020), and Momo LaClair (2021) were instrumental in the hot start. They combined to score all 18 points in the early run, and when Norwich cut into the early deficit, Stickle & Keeler responded with consecutive threes – the 4th & 5th of the 1st quarter for JD – to give them a 26-14 edge through 8 minutes. They turned it up defensively in the 2nd quarter to effectively break it open, holding Norwich to 5 points in the period as LaClair scored 8 on her own to help push their lead to 40-19. With the lead at 20, the game went to running time for most of the 3rd quarter, which drastically decreased the scoring output. Norwich responded well after halftime, turning up the pressure defensively and chipping their deficit, which was as much as 22, to 42-30 midway through the 4th quarter. However, the early barrage was far too much for them to overcome, as they took their only loss of the fall in the league’s final game.

Keeler & LaClair led the way with 13 points apiece in the victory. Keeler scored all of hers in the first half, along with hitting 3 of Jamesville-DeWitt’s 7 first half threes, and LaClair scored 11 before intermission. Stickle joined them in double figures with 11, all in the 1st quarter, and also hit 3 threes. Norwich 2020 Abby Flynn paced them in scoring with 8 points, and 2019 Taylor Hansen added 7 points.

Gabby Stickle knocked down 3 early threes and finished with 11 points in Jamesville-DeWitt's fall league championship game win.

The Thoughts

The fall league championship game, pitting 3-time defending NYSPHSAA Class A champion Jamesville-DeWitt against perennial Section 4 Class B contender Norwich, was a bit more lopsided than I had anticipated. However, the outcome was far less about Norwich flaws and much more an act of J-D firing on all cylinders and perhaps sending a bit of a preseason message. The Rams took a major hit from 2018 graduation, losing Meg Hair (Penn), Jamie Boeheim (Rochester), and Kasey Vaughan – all integral parts of the last three state championship teams. That being said, they return a handful of multi-year varsity players that have either been main pieces or played important minutes the last couple winters. The main four – Momo LaClair, Gabby Stickle, Paige Keeler, and Andrea Sumida – ran the show when it mattered in this game, combining to score 44 of the team’s 48 points and spearheading their defensive effort. Long story short, they’re still the real deal and will be for at least a couple years to come.

Returning 2020 Paige Keeler will likely be a major factor in Jamesville-DeWitt's success this winter.
Norwich was dominant in the fall league up to that point, being the only team that entered playoffs undefeated. As a coach, you play in a league like that to get those games. They may have run into a buzzsaw in this one, but they’ll be fine, to say the least. The Purple Tornado (singular), after years of being competitive but a step or two behind Seton Catholic & Susquehanna Valley teams that have secured 3 of the last 4 Class B state titles, has to be considered the early frontrunner in Section 4’s perennially competitive Class B field. They have plenty of the trademark Coach Bennett grit & toughness, but they also add a level of depth that most teams can’t match. They have seasoned leadership in 2019 Taylor Hansen and 2020s Halea Eaton & Abby Flynn, but they can legitimately go 8 deep without dropping off much (and possibly even beyond that). They had problems scoring in this particular game, but with their ability to get out & convert in transition, get to the line as a team, and create second-chance opportunities consistently, I don’t see that being an issue in the winter.

These two teams will be getting even more familiar with each other in coming weeks, as they have a preseason scrimmage scheduled. Look for both squads to be playing into March once again in the 2018-19 campaign.

Longtime Norwich standout Taylor Hansen will play a major key in their goals to advance out of Section 4 this winter.

The League

The CNY Fall League, based in the Syracuse area, completed its 5th year on October 28. This year’s league featured three separate divisions. 

The varsity division included high school squads from Baldwinsville, General Brown (Watertown area), Ithaca, Jamesville-DeWitt, Norwich, and Seton Catholic (Binghamton), along with mixed/AAU squads representing the Syracuse Royals, Syracuse Nets, and CBA Syracuse/Liverpool. High school teams & mixed teams were split for playoffs; Syracuse Royals (Red) took home the mixed varsity championship.

The junior varsity division fielded teams representing Baldwinsville, General Brown, Ithaca, Jamesville-DeWitt, Sandy Creek, and Victor (Rochester area), along with mixed/AAU teams representing the Syracuse Royals, Syracuse Nets, and ‘Upstate Eat Wolf’, which featured many 7th/8th grade I-90 Elite players. Like the varsity division, high school & mixed teams were split for playoffs. Victor won the junior varsity school championship, and Syracuse Nets (Zona) took home the AAU team crown.

Oneida teammates Sydney Lusher (top) and Ella Rainbow, both 2021s, helped Syracuse Royals (Red) run to a varsity AAU division championship in the CNY Fall League.
The fall league also completed its second year of a ‘WNBA’ division, a separate varsity level league that consists of individual signups with teams mainly split up & constructed by the league’s directors. The WNBA division consisted of six teams with players representing the I-90 corridor east to Albany and west to Buffalo, along with the Southern Tier & Twin Tiers of NY. The ‘Atlanta Dream’, a team consisting of players mainly from the greater Buffalo region, ran the table in the division and took home the championship in a double-elimination playoff format.

Friday, October 12, 2018

4th Annual EST Upstate Fall Showcase: Morning Session

On October 7, the courts at the Pat Riley Sports Center at Schenectady High School turned into fertile grounds for competitive girls’ basketball, as 102 athletes took the court over the course of the day at the 4th Annual EST Upstate Fall Showcase. Coaches from 30 colleges, between Division 2, Division 3, and NJCAA, were on hand to evaluate the talent in the gym, which represented many of the Capital District’s top high school players along with additional talent from Utica, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Binghamton, Elmira, Oneonta, Poughkeepsie, northern NY, Springfield (MA), and everywhere in between. 54 of them took the court in the early session, going from 10:00-1:00. After buzzing around the gym during the event, I was able to take the time to watch all of the 5v5 action on film over the course of the following week. Below are just some of the notes taken on a selection of the players that took the court (more to come in various outlets):

Olivia Kelley (5’9” F, Averill Park 2019/Saratoga Sparks) – I can only assume that among everyone at the event, not many helped themselves in the eyes of D3 coaches the way Olivia did. She brought her trademark grit & toughness that have been mainstays to her game, but she also showed improvement in her overall game and advancement in her skill set Sunday. She proved to be a capable post scorer, consistently knocking down turnaround jumpers, and her vertical and a high release allow her to get it over taller defenders easily. She also showed willingness to face up and attack from the mid-post area, getting to the rim and to the free throw line on a regular basis.

Ashlynn McKnight (5’7” G, Maine-Endwell 2019) – Ashlynn has been a regular at EST events since last fall’s showcase, and she may have saved her best for last with a very nice showing Sunday. She looked smoother, stronger, and more confident than ever, and she was able to play at a faster pace at the event. An aggressive offensive threat that has been able to score in different ways, what I noticed was how her understanding of the game and ability to read the defense has improved, as she successfully picked her spots and made the right move depending on how she was being guarded to make for an efficient outing.

Gracianna Serravillo (5’8” G, Guilderland 2019 (SUNY New Paltz commit)/Albany Capitals) – Serravillo may have been the heartbreaker of the event – a tough guard that can play/defend 1-3 and does some of everything that has blown up among D3 coaches over the last few months, she also voiced her commitment to perennial SUNYAC contender New Paltz on Sunday. Very nice get for Coach Seward and the Hawks, who have picked up someone that fits their style like a glove. Graci didn’t blow you away with flashiness at the event, but just consistently made solid plays that put her 5v5 team in a position to be successful – which is her calling card. She’s looking smoother offensively & more comfortable with the ball in her hands either as the point or at the wing; looking forward to seeing her continue to grow at the next level.

Kelsey Terrell (5’4” G, Middleburgh 2019) – A Capital District small schooler that most don’t know about, Terrell used the event to make a name for herself among some of the D3 coaches in attendance. A case could be made that she played harder than anyone else in the morning session, getting after it every possession at both ends. She also showed that she was in great physical condition, capable of playing at a different speed than most on the court from start to finish. Kelsey was able to run the show at the point guard, getting the ball where it needed to be. She was able to attack the rim & finish, and she hit the perimeter jumper when given space. Kelsey should be a late bloomer for some Division 3 programs.

Lexi Van Vorst (5’5” G, Columbia 2019/NY Havoc) – Van Vorst, one of the hottest D3 targets in the 2019 class and an EST mainstay since 2016’s summer league, made the most of her EST event swan song. Long known for her ability to score, she has shown growth in her overall game in recent months and that came to the forefront Sunday, with her overall court presence at the point guard spot noticeable throughout the day. She was looking to push tempo with the pass, getting the ball out of her hands quickly & pitching it ahead whenever someone was running the floor. Lexi could also be heard talking to teammates throughout the 5v5 games, both in person & on film. The progression she’s made from being a good player to be a good player & leader has taken her to the next level.

Kelsey Bennett (5’7” G, Hammond 2020/NC Fury) – Kelsey was one of the breakout players of the event, having a strong showing from start to finish in the morning session. She was the best player on the court for a long stretch of her team’s second 5v5 game, seemingly making an impact on nearly every play. She showed the ability to hit the three both off the catch & off the dribble, and she was able to turn defense into offense numerous times, jumping passing lanes to get steals and turn them into transition points. She knows how to space & run the floor, and she’s strong & athletic enough to finish through contact. Her handle has improved to the point that she was a capable ballhandler against pressure in her 5v5 games. A really nice showing for one of northern NY’s best kept secrets.

Graycen Dubin (5’8” Wing, Guilderland 2020/Albany Capitals) – Graycen has started to come into her own over the course of 2018, and Sunday morning was just another example of that. Her activity level at both ends was among the highest of anyone at the event, and she found ways to do the little things to make an impact. She also showed understanding of what to do against certain matchups & how to adjust her game to situations; generally a capable three-point shooter, the shot wasn’t falling Sunday, so she found ways to get to the rim and ended up at the free throw line consistently. Great glue player that makes a lot of winning plays.

Halea Eaton (5’6” G, Norwich 2020/BNY Select) – Where most of my notes about players highlight their offensive prowess, Eaton stuck out at this event on the defensive end. She was a terror on the ball defensively, taking some good guards out of the game with her ability to not only stay in front of them, but being physical in doing so. Quick hands, quick feet, physical toughness, and a mindset to be willing to defend 94 feet makes for someone that can change a game defensively, and that’s become a calling card for Halea. On the offensive end, she showed good decision making as the PG, doing a good job keeping her head up and pitching the ball ahead quickly when available on what was an uptempo 5v5 team.

Charli Goverski (5’9” Wing, Mechanicville 2020) – Goverski is a bit of an unknown to college coaches at this point because of the smaller school/local AAU combo, but she showed things at the event that many coaches in attendance should’ve been intrigued by. Charli has good size for her position, a pure stroke on the jumper and range pushing well beyond even the college 3 point line. With her offensive skill set & off-ball IQ, she projects as more of a 2 guard at the collegiate level, although she will play some point in high school.

Georgia Haverlock

Georgia Haverlock (5’7” G, Ithaca 2020/Elmira Lady Fusion) – You could make a strong case that #19 in red was the breakout player of the event as a whole. Georgia was dominant offensively in stretches and was one of the best at breaking her defender down off the dribble and getting into the lane out of anyone. Once she got into the lane, she showed the ability to finish in various ways, using different finishing moves at different angles with either hand. She also has solid court vision and can quickly hit the open player when an extra defender commits. When given space, she showed she could hit the J with range to the 3 point line. She also possesses quick hands & feet defensively and can be a pest when she wants to be. Her overall game is smooth & fun to watch. Georgia gave some ‘bigger name’ guards the business at this event – interested in seeing what level her recruitment gets to in the near future.

Mikyla Mitchell (5’6” G, Scotia-Glenville 2020) – As someone that has been watching Mikyla consistently for over two years now, I was happy with what I saw from her in Sunday’s morning session. She showcased the athletic burst, quickness, and athleticism that has been her calling card, often making defenders look silly while getting all the way to the rim. What I was more impressed with though was her decision making, change of speed, and use of an in-between game. Mikyla was willing to pull up and shoot the midrange jumper when the help was in front of the rim, and her change of speeds & effective use of jab steps only made her first step burst more dangerous. Her head was up and she was able to hit teammates up ahead in transition, and she showed more willingness/capability of getting the ball into the post than most PGs at the event.

Mikyla Mitchell

Sydney Lusher (5’10” G, Oneida 2021/Syracuse Royals) – Syd is starting to emerge as a potential force in the 2021 class, and so much of it has to do with confidence. Her skill level and physical capabilities have always been there – now, she’s looking more willing to take a chance and make an impact on the game. She possesses the kind of versatility that I love, being able to play both on and off the ball offensively & also being able to guard 1-3 on defense. Her length and ability to cover ground and play passing lanes also makes her a good zone defender. The shot was falling for her on Sunday, as she lit it up for a stretch in their first 5v5 game knocking down threes off the catch, both in the half-court and in transition.

Kate Peek (5’9” Wing, Our Lady of Lourdes 2021) – Kate was one of the purest shooters at the event in either session, and she put on a three-point shooting clinic as the morning went on. Over two 5v5 games, she hit close to 10 threes. Her shooting stroke is pure, and although she’s more comfortable shooting it off the catch, she’s capable of knocking down the three off the dribble as well. She also has good off-ball IQ and relocates well at the wing, which helps free herself up. 

Sophia Wakin (5’10” F, Delaware Academy 2021) – The first thing that caught my eye about Sophia is that she’s put on a lot of muscle over the last few months, and she was one of the more well-built forwards in the morning session. She runs the floor well and scored several times in transition after beating her defender up the court on straight line rim runs. She plays hard at both ends, at one time getting a layup in transition and then sprinting back to block the shot of a player a few inches taller than her at the rim. Wakin was also active on the glass at both ends and found herself at the free throw line several times, more often than not on a second chance opportunity after grabbing an offensive rebound.

Sylvia Liddle

Sylvia Liddle (5’10” Wing, Delaware Academy 2022/NY Havoc) – I had heard of Sylvia’s name as someone that was moved up to the varsity level on Delaware Academy’s 2017-18 Class D state champion team as an 8th grader, but she first caught my eye at the EST Middle School Combine in May. This was without question the most comfortable I’ve seen Sylvia look among higher level high school players. She showed a little of everything in a wide-ranging offensive skill set, knocking down catch & shoot threes with a quick release, attacking the rim and using athleticism to finish various ways going both left and right, and she was also active attacking the offensive glass. Liddle showed plenty of glimpses throughout the event of why many are becoming excited about her future.


Keely Glasheen
Taylor Hansen
Olivia Kelley
Olivia Langdon
Ashlynn McKnight
Anna Milham
Gracianna Serravillo
Kelsey Terrell
Lexi Van Vorst

Kelsey Bennett
Katie Chisholm
Graycen Dubin
Halea Eaton
Charli Goverski
Georgia Haverlock
Alaina Holmes
Belle Kranbuhl
Abby Lombardoni
Bre Lott
Mikyla Mitchell
Camille Roberts
Mikayla Russo
Ashley Seymour
Ally Shoemaker
Sarah Sieminski
Kiley Snow
Kelsey Wood

Alana Batson
Dezia Becker
Sole Carrington
Julia Harvey
Melanie Hoyt
Anna Lee
Sydney Lusher
Maddisyn Mahoney
Antonia May
Jordyn Meunier
Kate Peek
Sophie Pelton
Mackenzie Searles
Sophia Wakin

Kayleigh Bryant
Sophia Chevrier
Catherine Dadey
Ryleigh Endres
Sarah Jacques
Sylvia Liddle
Katie Marlow
Cassidy McKnight
Francesca Vassilakos
Amelia Wood

Natasha Chudy
Kaetlyn L’Amoreaux
Lauren Patnode


Le Moyne
St. Rose
St. Thomas Aquinas (2)
SUNY Canton
SUNY Cobleskill (2)
SUNY Cortland
SUNY New Paltz
SUNY Oneonta (2)
SUNY Oswego
SUNY Plattsburgh
SUNY Potsdam
Rochester (2)
St. John Fisher
Mt. Holyoke
Green Mountain (2)
Norwich (2)
Southern Vermont
SUNY Delhi
Hudson Valley CC (2)

Saturday, August 25, 2018

4TH ANNUAL EST UPSTATE FALL SHOWCASE: Sunday, October 7 (Full Info W/ Registration Links)

4th Annual EST Upstate Fall Showcase

Date: October 7, 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 10:00-1:00 (Session 1), 1:00-4:00 (Session 2)
Site: Pat Riley Sports Center at Schenectady High School (1445 The Plaza, Schenectady, NY 12308)
Cost: $70



EST's annual fall event, which has grown exponentially every year, is back for a 4th go-around!

After a very successful October event in 2017 that saw 108 athletes blanket two Sunday sessions and coaches from 35 college programs in the gym - the largest EST one-day event up to that point and the first to fill two sessions - the EST Upstate Fall Showcase is back for its 4th installment. It'll take place on Sunday, October 7 and for the 3rd straight year, the event will be held at the Pat Riley Sports Center at Schenectady High School,

Athletes will hit the court for a 3 hour period, participating in a heavy load of structured, competitive 3v3 & 5v5 play along with a segment of individual skill & drill work. Athletes will take part in two full 5v5 games in Schenectady's main gym (2 courts), and the individual skill session in the back gym will include no more than 20 players at a time, allowing more individual attention & detail-oriented work. Previous skill sessions at the Fall Showcase have been coordinated by current & former college coaches.

The EST Upstate Fall Showcase is expected to have a diverse base of talent. Previous EST events have featured athletes from all reaches of upstate New York - a strong base from the Capital District, with talent ranging down to Westchester County, up to the Canadian border, west to the Buffalo area, and everywhere in between - along with additional talent hailing from Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. College coaches from throughout the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic regions, spanning various conferences at the Division II & Division III ranks, have been in the gym at EST events to evaluate talent.

In order to register, all you need to do is submit the registration form online & submit payment. The registration form takes around 5 minutes - detailed contact info, basic academic & athletic info - and is submitted quickly & securely online. Payment can be submitted through PayPal for a quick, convenient method ($73 instead of $70 if using PayPal due to their service fee). If you'd prefer using another payment option (check/cash), not a problem - just inform me upon registration.

In just over three years, Empire State Takeover events have emerged as not only a leading option for high level competition & college exposure in upstate NY, but one of the top options in the entire Northeast. EST events have been a haven for many Division 2 & Division 3 schools from throughout the Northeast, along with junior colleges & New England prep schools. Players that have attended previous EST Fall Upstate Showcase events will be suiting up this year at schools such as Division Is LIU Brooklyn & Vermont, Division IIs Franklin Pierce, Le Moyne, Queens, St. Anselm, & St. Rose, along with dozens of Division III schools & junior colleges. Class of 2019 participants from previous fall events have given their verbal commitments to schools such as UMass, Loyola (MD), New Haven, and St. Michael's. When including all EST events to date, over 100 athletes featured are playing collegiate basketball or have made verbal commitments to schools for next fall. Hopefully you will be next!

If there are any questions, feel free to contact me at any time. Hope to see you in the gym at Schenectady High School on October 7!


Morning Session (10:00-1:00)

Lexi Emmi (5'6", 2019)
Keely Glasheen (5'6, 2019)
Taylor Hansen (5'9", 2019)
Olivia Kelley (5'9", 2019)
Olivia Langdon (5'11", 2019)
Ashlynn McKnight (5'7", 2019)
Anna Milham (5'9", 2019)
Hannah Scott (5'4", 2019)
Gracianna Serravillo (5'8", 2019)
Kelsey Terrell (5'4", 2019)
Lexi Van Vorst (5'5", 2019)
Kelsey Bennett (5'7", 2020)
Katie Chisholm (5'7", 2020)
Graycen Dubin (5'8", 2020)
Halea Eaton (5'7", 2020)
Charli Goverski (5'10", 2020)
Georgia Haverlock (5'7, 2020)
Alaina Holmes (5'9", 2020)
Belle Kranbuhl (6'3", 2020)
Mary Lobdell (5'9", 2020)
Abby Lombardoni (5'7", 2020)
Breanna Lott (5'11", 2020)
Mikyla Mitchell (5'6", 2020)
Lauren Nawojski (5'10", 2020)
Camille Roberts (6'2", 2020)
Mikayla Russo (5'6", 2020)
Ashley Seymour (5'7", 2020)
Ally Shoemaker (5'7", 2020)
Sarah Sieminski (5'7", 2020)
Kiley Snow (5'11", 2020)
Logan Thayne (6'1", 2020)
Kelsey Wood (6'0", 2020)
Alana Batson (5'7", 2021)
Dezia Becker (5'2", 2021)
Solé Carrington (5'6", 2021)
Julia Harvey (5'7", 2021)
Melanie Hoyt (6'2", 2021)
Anna Lee (5'6", 2021)
Sydney Lusher (5'10", 2021)
Maddisyn Mahoney (6'1", 2021)
Antonia May (5'11", 2021)
Jordyn Meunier (5'9", 2021)
Mackenzie Moreau (5'4", 2021)
Kate Peek (5'9", 2021)
Sophie Pelton (5'5", 2021)
Mackenzie Searles (5'9", 2021)
Sophia Wakin (5'10", 2021)
Kayleigh Bryant (5'7", 2022)
Sophia Chevrier (5'9", 2022)
Catherine Dadey (5'7", 2022)
Ryleigh Endres (5'3", 2022)
Sarah Jacques (5'11", 2022)
Sylvia Liddle (5'10", 2022)
Katie Marlow (5'9", 2022)
Cassidy McKnight (5'5", 2022)
Margaret Nawojski (5'7", 2022)
Francesca Vassilakos (5'4", 2022)
Amelia Wood (6'0", 2022)
Natasha Chudy (6'0", 2023)
Kaetlyn L'Amoreaux (5'6", 2023)
Lauren Patnode (5'10", 2023)

Afternoon Session (1:00-4:00)

Katie Costello (5'9", 2019)
Emily Erickson (5'7", 2019)
Ashlyn O'Neil (5'9", 2019)
Madelynn Stearns (5'6", 2019)
Genevieve Swanson (5'8", 2019)
Juliana Valenti (5'4", 2019)
Abby Wilkinson (5'6", 2019)
Makayla Blake (6'1", 2020)
Jill Casey (5'11", 2020)
Kaci Donovan (6'1", 2020)
Julia Logana (6'0", 2020)
Reilly McCarthy (6'0", 2020)
Amanda Mieczkowski (5'7", 2020)
Lexi Miller (5'9", 2020)
Ahnalese Pearson (5'4", 2020)
Haedyn Roberts (6'1", 2020)
Piper Seamon (5'7", 2020)
Caitlin Snyder (5'8", 2020)
Savannah Sommer (5'11", 2020)
Bella Stuart (5'10", 2020)
Kaitlyn Watrobski (5'7", 2020)
Jenalyse Alarcon (5'8", 2021)
Molly Brophy (5'11", 2021)
Rylee Carpenter (5'9", 2021)
Gianna Chairmonte (5'5", 2021)
Alyssa DiMillo (5'5", 2021)
KJ Gordon (5'2", 2021)
Leana Heitmann (6'0", 2021)
Meghan Huerter (5'9", 2021)
Anna Jankovic (5'8", 2021)
Olivia Olsen (6'1", 2021)
Candese Osborne (5'7", 2021)
Lilly Phillips (5'11", 2021)
Sophie Phillips (5'11", 2021)
Aysia Pink (5'9", 2021)
Abby Ray (5'8", 2021)
Julia Rowe (5'11", 2021)
Karlyssa Shifflett (5'8", 2021)
Reese Vaughan (5'9", 2021)
Mary Young (5'8", 2021)
Kaelah Carter (5'6", 2022)
Jada Ghee (5'4", 2022)
Jillian Huerter (5'9", 2022)
Teagan Kamm (6'1", 2022)
Ava LaClair (5'6", 2022)
Maren Louridas (5'11", 2022)
Jaylyn Prouty (5'2", 2022)
Emma Shields (6'1", 2022)
Emma Sodoma (5'8", 2022)
Macie Trimarchi (5'10", 2022)
Karsyn Bellomo (5'4", 2023)
Brianna Carey (5'5", 2023)