Pioneer Weekly Update - January 22nd Edition

Breaststroke during Pioneer Invitational

Tue. Jan. 23 - Wrestling at Brockport: 7 p.m. * Live Video

Wed. Jan. 24 - Men's Basketball at Pitt Bradford: 5 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Wed. Jan. 24 - Women's Basketball at Pitt Bradford: 7 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Fri. Jan. 26 - Wrestling at NCWA National Duals (at Liberty University): All Day

Sat. Jan. 27 - Wrestling at NCWA National Duals (at Liberty University): All Day

Sat. Jan. 27 - Indoor Track & Field at Edinboro: All Day

Sat. Jan. 27 - Western Equestrian at Alfred University: 8 a.m./Noon

Sat. Jan. 27 - Swimming at Cabrini: Noon * Live Video

Sat. Jan. 27 - Men's Basketball vs. Five Towns: 1 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Sat. Jan. 27 - Women's Basketball vs. Washington Adventist: 7 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Sun. Jan. 28 - Diving at Ithaca: 10 a.m. * Live Video

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Team Updates

Men's Basketball: 11-6

The blue & gold were 2-1 this past week. They defeated Pratt Institute 92-43 and Maine Presque Isle 54-46 but fell 78-67 at Delhi.

Four different Pioneers averaged over eight points per game this week. Alexshay Pearce (Rochester/Charlotte) led the team with 9.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds. Juwan Toliver (Buffalo/McKinley) averaged 8.7 points and 4.7 assists, Marcus Rhett (Middletown) averaged 8.7, and Tahaij Lewis (Rochester/Greece Olympia) averaged 8.3 points.

The Pioneers shot 48% from the field and held a 134 to 87 rebounding advantage.

Women's Basketball: 6-8

The Pioneers won both of their games this past week, defeating Pratt Institute 62-52 and SUNY Delhi 68-62. The blue & gold have won three straight and are 3-1 during the 2018 portion of the season.

Catherine Bialecki (Alfred Almond) recorded double-doubles in each contest and finished the week with 40 points, 33 rebounds, and nine blocks. Kelsey Shaulis (South Seneca) averaged 13.5 points and seven rebounds, Janae Gibson (Bronx/Pelham Prep) averaged 13 points and 13.5 rebounds, and Rayanna Anderson (Wellsville) averaged 12 points and 6.5 assists.

The Pioneers used a big 129 to 97 advantage on the boards this week. They also shot 34.4% from the field while holding their opponents to 26.9%.

A scheduled game at Apprentice (Newport News, VA) was cancelled due to poor weather.

Wrestling: 4-4

The Pioneers went 2-1 in dual matches this week. They were tripped up 30-19 vs. Penn State Behrend on Wednesday and then defeated Bergen CC 35-21 and Penn College 36-12 in a tri-match on Saturday.

Versus Behrend, Casey Conner (Barnstable, MA) earned a pin, Mike Galton (Warsaw) earned a 12-6 victory, and George Van Valen (Ithaca) won 14-2.

On Saturday, Van Valen and Anthony Miraglia (Byron Bergen) each earned a victory on the mat and a forfeit victory. Van Valen won a 18-0 while Miraglia won 18-3. Patrick Lehman (Marathon) and  Galton both earned a pair of forfeit victories.  

Swimming & Diving: Women 4-1, Men 1-4, 1st place Pioneer Invitational

The Pioneers had a successful weekend of competition as they kicked off the 2018 portion of their schedule. The women's team won a dual meet vs. Pitt Bradford on Friday (105-6) and then took the top spot in the Pioneer Invitational on Saturday while the men took 1st place at the Pioneer Invitational as well after falling 109-84 to Pitt Bradford.

Kathryn Lewis (Niagara Wheatfield), Lauren Earley (Shenendehowa), and Kaileigh Lehman (Lowville/Beaver River) were multiple event winners for the women vs. Bradford. Lewis won the 1,000 free in 12:05.39 and the 500 free in 5:48.37, Earley won the 200 IM in 2:27.64 and the 100 back in 1:09.75, and Lehman won the 100 free (1:01.64) and the 100 breast (1:17.43) Payton Armstrong (Highland Mills/Monroe-Woodbury) won the 50 free (28.66), the 200 medley relay team won in 2:03.98, and the 200 free relay team won in 1:51.53. 

On Friday, Ethan Dale (Lock Haven, PA) led the men's team by winning the 100 breast in 1:03.23. Dale was also 2nd in the 200 free (1:54.80) and the 200 IM (2:09.84). Bryce Cutler (Newton, NJ) was 2nd in the 1,000 free (11:25.07) and 2nd in the 100 fly (57.45), Ethan Tatro (Lockport) was 2nd in the 50 free (23.40), and Tyler La Flamm (Mexico) was 2nd in the 100 back (1:00.76).

On Saturday, the Pioneer women won seven individual swimming events and both relays. Lewis was a double winner as she won the 200 free in 2:09.53 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.93. Kelsey Lynch (Wellsville) won the 200 fly in 2:52.88, Elizabeth Drake (Lansing) won the 100 free in 1:01.52, Lehman won the 200 breast in 2:53.81, Earley the 500 free in 6:03.80, and Sarah Stevens (Wellsville) won the 400 IM in 5:28.97. The 200 free relay won in 1:52.79 while the 200 medley relay won in 2:09.80.

On the men's side on Saturday, Dale won the 200 free in 1:56.63 and Mason Sparks (Royalton-Hartland) won the 100 free in 53.80 to lead the way. Dale was also part of the winning 200 medley relay team when he combined with La Flamm, Cutler, and Tatro to win in 1:44.88 while Sparks was part of the winning 200 free relay team with Nate Ciciera (Lake Shore), Nathan Miller (Gananda), and Anthony Kahwaty (Jefferson Township, NJ).

In the diving competition held at Alfred University, Stevens won both the 1m (272.92) and the 3m (264.37) competition. Nick Beach (Canandaigua) won the 3m (423.67) and was 2nd in the 1m (333.22).

Indoor Track & Field: 

Paul Kemsley (Lancaster) led the way for the Alfred State indoor track & field team by winning the shot put at the Houghton College Highlander Invitational on Friday evening. Kemsley won the title in the shot put with a toss of 13.43 m. His toss was .4 m further than the second place finisher. Kemsley also finished 5th place in the weight throw with a throw of 14.14 m.

Anders Presthus (Ithaca/Lansing) was 4th in the shot put (14.46 m) and Dylan Perlino (Holland) was 6th (12.82 m). Bradley Marshall (Jordan Elbridge) was 12th in the shot put (10.63 m) and Perlino was 14th (10.37 m). Andrew Ruebenstahl (Washingtonville) was 8th in the pole vault (3.80 m), Tim Berry (Midlakes) was 13th in the long jump.

Sophie Gonzalez led the women's team with a 4th place finish in the 300 m (44.20) and a 7th place finish in the 60 m (8.21). Gonzalez ran a 8.17 in her preliminary heat to qualify for the finals. In the 600 m, the Lady Pioneers took 14th, 15th, and 16th place. Cassidy McCourt (Buffalo/Emerson) was 14th (2:07.29), Katherine Frascella (Franklinville) was 15th (2:06.65), and Olivia Leonti (Port Byron) was 16th (2:09.15).