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Knights’ Alex Cavanagh named NJCAA DIII Tennis Player of Year!
Warwick, R.I. – May 14, 2009: The CCRI coed tennis team just ended its season with an eighth place finish at the NJCAA Division III Tennis Nationals at Collin County Community College in Plano, TX. After finishing firth at the 2009 Championship the Knights had high expectations for the 2010 Championship. Though the Knights did not finish as high as they wanted they did make history with Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) being the first ever women to win a main draw match and Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) became the first CCRI tennis player to earn NJCAA Division III National Player of the Year honors.
The Player of the Year Award was voted on during pre-tournament meeting at the 2010 NJCAA Division III Tennis National Championship Tournament by all the coaches. There were many players suggested for the honor however the overwhelming selection by the coaches present was Alex Cavanagh from CCRI.
As a freshman, Alex had an impressive 8-1 regular season record in No. 1 singles and a perfect 9-0 regular season record in No.1 doubles. At the National Championship Cavanagh went 1-1 in No. 1 singles and 1-1 in No. 1 doubles which brought his records to 9-2 in No. 1 singles and 10-1 in No.1 doubles. As a sophomore Alex was 7-2 regular season in No. 1 singles and again a perfect at 7-0 in No. 1 doubles and at the National Championship he went 2-2 in No. 1 singles and 1-1 in No. 1 doubles bringing his sophomore record to 9-4 in No.1 singles and 8-1 in No.1 doubles. Cavanagh’s career record was 18-6 in No.1 singles and 18-2 in No.1 doubles.
Even more so than his record was the way he played the game and how he carried himself on and off the court. Alex was a great ambassador for the team and for the school. Cavanagh was always a fan favorite wherever he went and most of his opponents have nothing but nice things to say about him, even after he has beaten them. For example, during the season in singles and doubles he defeated Jonathan Koskey of the Adirondack Timberwolves 24-2 and yet Koskey talked about how nice a player and how nice a guy he is after both defeats. Koskey, recognizing the superior play of Cavanagh came off the court and said to his coach “Coach, sorry for not winning very many games and by “not very many” I mean zero!”Alex has been a credit to the Knights’ team over the last two seasons. In addition to his National Player of the Year honors Cavanagh was also named CCRI Tennis 2010 Team MVP as well a the CCRI Awards Ceremony Thursday May 6th at CCRI. Congratulations on an excellent career at CCRI!
Knights finish eighth with 12.5 points at Tennis Nationals
Warwick, R.I. – May 13, 2010: Day three dawned with high hopes for the Knights’ tennis team.. On a day when two positions were still alive in the main draw and three positions were fighting for points in the back draw, only one position was able to emerge victorious.
Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) took to the courts in the flight No. 2 singles draw semifinals. Facing off against Jason Bielski from Mercer County Community College, whom he faced in the first match of the season, Steere fought through some tough points and some tough games, only to fall for a second time to Mercer’s Bielski, this time 6-4, 6-3.
Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) took to the courts in the flight No. 1 singles finals facing Gloucester County College’s Steve Suboleski. CCRI and Gloucester have had three scheduled matches over the last two years and both players were in flight No. 1 singles at the 2009 National Tournament, but Cavanagh and Suboleski had never actually met before today’s contest. Suboleski, the 2009 runner-up in flight No. 1 singles in the main draw of the tournament, proved too much for Cavanagh as he succumbed 6-0, 6-1.
Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA) and Daniel Rivard (Scituate, RI) took to the courts in a flight No. 3 doubles back draw match, facing Juan Ramirez and Matt Romano from Mercer County Community College. Romano and Ramirez proved too much for the Knights as they defeated them 6-1, 6-3.
In flight #1 doubles, the No. 2 seeded pair of Cavanagh and Steere took to the courts to face the No. 3 seeded Tom Wolski and Nils Svenson of Brookdale Community College with a trip to the finals on the line and a guaranteed All-American designation for the winner of today’s match. Today’s result was not as impressive as we have come to expect from the pair, with Cavanagh and Steere falling to the Brookdale tandem, 6-4, 6-2.
The lone bright spot on the day was supplied by Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) in the flight No. 3 singles back draw finals. Facing Travis McCaughan from Mercer County Community College, whom he had also faced in the first match of the 2010 season, falling to him in a third-set super tiebreak, Gillis completely reversed his fortunes and defeated McCaughan 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4 in a super tiebreak) The win was the lone victory for the Knights on the day and earned ½ point to close out our 2010 tournament experience in eighth place with 12.5 points.
Head Coach Deb Panzica commented after the tournament “Having come in with high expectations following a fifth place finish last year and a stronger season this year, the drop in production is disappointing, but all the kids gave excellent effort and have nothing whatsoever to be ashamed of. We bid adieu to Dan Rivard, Alex Cavanagh, and Ryan Lavoie who have completed their eligibility and look forward to next season with five players and four starters returning to fight the good fight once again.”
Former CCRI basketball star to play for Oregon
Tyrone Nared, a past player of the CCRI men's basketball team, is expected to sign a letter of intent to play for coach Dana Altman at the University of Oregon in the PAC-10. Read the story. While at CCRI, Nared was featured in "Chronicles,” a 30-minute video magazine program, produced in Spring 2009 by CCRI Television Production students Peter Conn, Jessica Cooper, Jesse Sanderson, Trevor Tucker, and Amanda Faughn.
NJCAA Tennis Nationals Day two
Warwick, R.I. – May 12, 2010: Day two of the 2010 NJCAA Division III National Tennis tournament saw the Knights entering the day with high hopes, both for the team and for individual positions. At the end of the day, just individual hopes remain.
Day 2 matches
The first to take to the courts were Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) and Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI). Steere took to the courts against Travis Daigneault from Eastfield College and dispatched him easily 6-1, 6-0, earning the Knights three points and a spot in the Flight No. 2 semi-finals Wednesday at 8:00am. Steere will face Jason Bielski from Mercer County Community College in the semi-finals in a rematch of the first match of the season for the Knights. Steere dropped that first contest 7-5, 6-4.
Gillis, the No. 3 seed in flight No. 3 singles, faced Christian Gonzales from Brookdale College and was not so fortunate, dropping the contest 7-6 (1), 6-3. Gonzales had some questionable calls at some key points but Cooper has no regrets, instead saying that had he put that point away two shots before like he should have it would have never come to that. Gillis was able to move into the back draw tournament for No. 3 singles and reversed his fortunes with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Nick Crandall from Broome Community College in a match where Gillis just never allowed his opponent a chance to get comfortable and into the match. The victory earned Gillis and the Knights 1 point and moved him into the Back draw final which will take place Wednesday at 8:00am.
Ashley Llewellyn (N Attleboro, MA), fresh off making NJCAA history on day one, no female had ever won a main draw match in the NJCAA Men’s National Tournament in either Division I or Division III prior to her day one victory over Andrew Carlton of Eastfield College. Llewellyn faced the No. 1 seed at flight No. 4 singles, Billy Boykin of Oxford College. Boykin overmatched Llewellyn and was able to prevail, 6-0, 6-0 although there were many games that went to deuce and Llewellyn actually earned several break point chances on Boykin’s serve, simply failing to capitalize on any of them. Llewellyn was not eligible to enter the back draw and her singles tournament came to an end.
Daniel Rivard (Scituate, RI), following his first-round defeat, entered the back draw for flight No. 5 singles and faced a player in Raj Patel from Oxford College but was unable to get started this afternoon, and succumbed, 6-1, 6-3, ending his singles career for the Knights.
Matt Beatrice (Wakefield, RI) took to the courts in his Nationals singles debut in flight No. 6 against Juan Guerra of Eastfield College. CCRI’s experience with Eastfield had been favorable, but Beatrice ran into possibly their best player in Guerra. Guerra defeated Beatrice 6-3, 6-4. Beatrice entered the back draw to face Anwar Ferdinand of Oxford College who ended Beatrice’s first Nationals experience abruptly with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat.
In flight No. 1 doubles, the No. 2 seeded pair of Alex Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) and Steere took to the courts to face Cory Litke and Josh Meier of Harford Community College, whom they had already defeated twice in the regular season. Today’s result was equally impressive with Cavanagh and Steere rolling to a 6-2, 6-3 victory, securing three points for the Knights and a berth in the semifinals Wednesday at 1:00pm. They will face the No. 3 seeds from Brookdale College who is currently in first place overall.
Gillis and Beatrice entered the second round of the flight No. 2 doubles tournament to face the top seeds Ferdinand and Travis Platek from Oxford College. Fighting valiantly through the match the Knights weren’t able to ever get a good tempo going and were dispatched 6-3, 6-4, eliminating them from the tournament.
Llewellyn and Rivard entered their flight No. 3 doubles match against Yonghua Cao and Nicholas Walker from Kingsborough Community College and through a slow start, put up a battle in the second set. A key point in the match came on Walker’s service in the second set with the Knights up 4-2. At advantage in, Rivard hit a lob over Cao at the net and in front of Walker at the baseline. Walker played the shot, which appeared to be right on the line, but Cao called it out from the forecourt. That play broke the momentum and bothered the Knights who never recovered and dropped the next three games to lose the set and the match, 6-1, 6-4. Llewellyn and Rivard enter the back draw Wednesday at 1:00.
The final Knight to take the court for the day was flight No. 1 singles player Cavanagh in his first back draw match. He faced Litke for the third time this season and dispatched him again, 6-3, 7-5, earning ½ point for the Knights in the process. Cavanagh then had to play another match in the flight No. 1 singles back draw and faced off against Ryne Fertitta from Rock Valley College whom he gave a 5-0 lead in the first set. Cavanagh then reeled off five straight games and forced a tiebreak at 6-6 for the first set. Cavanagh jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreak before Fertitta was able to grab four straight points to pressure Cavanagh, but Alex responded winning the next two points to win the first set tiebreak 7-4. Cavanagh then rolled to a 6-2 second set victory, securing the match and an additional ½ point for the Knights. Cavanagh will face Steve Suboleski from Glocester County College at 8:00am Wednesday.
So on a day where the Knights had 19 points at stake, a total that could have vaulted them into first place had they been able to secure them all, they were only able to secure eight. Combined with the four points from day one, the Knights sit at 12 points.
Six Lady Knights earn All Region XXI honors! Afonso named Coach of the Year!
Warwick, R.I. – May 11, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights had their best season in program history in 2010. They had a record-setting 31-6 record, won their fifth consecutive Region XXI title and Region XXI Tournament and were runner-up to No. 19 ranked Mercyhurst Northeast in the District L Tournament. A great deal of their success came from their All-Region XXI selections: Co-Captain Stephanie Morse (Warwick, RI), Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ), Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI), Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI), Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) and Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA). In addition, Lady Knights coach Liz Afonso was named Region XXI Coach of the Year.
Making First Team All Region XXI was Co-Captain Stephanie Morse who was the offensive leader of the team batting .509 with 46 runs scored and CCRI single-season records in: hits with 59, triples with five, home runs with 12 and Runs Batted In with 49. She also tied another school record with three home runs in one game (Amanda Ward 2004) versus Quinsigamond Community College April 6th. Morse is ranked No. 7 in hitting by the NJCAA and tied for 13th by the NJCAA in home runs. Morse was also named Team Co-MVP.
Morse was followed by Co-Captain Nicole Kufel on the Region XXI First Team batting .462 with 49 hits including three triples, three home runs, 30 RBIs and set CCRI records with 15 doubles and 47 RBIs. In addition, Nicole made many great plays defensively in center field utilizing her tremendous speed and ability to read the ball coming off the bat.
Morse and Kufel got help from Casey Doyle another First Teamer who batted .417 with 50 hits including eight doubles, 23 runs scored and was second on the Lady Knights with 37 RBIs. In addition, Doyle added a 3-0 record on the mound with 38 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings pitched. Doyle came into the season primarily as a pitcher, the team needed a second baseman and Doyle asked for a shot and played most of the season there. Her willingness to play anywhere needed and her clutch hitting and ability to drive in runs earned her team Co-MVP honors as well.
The final First Team All-Region XXI honoree for the Lady Knights was Freshman Co-Captain Jess Borden who batted .462 with 55 hits including 11 doubles with 19 RBIs and 39 runs scored. Borden was also the Lady Knights No. 2 pitcher and put forth and excellent freshman campaign going 9-3 and was ranked No. 20 by the NJCAA with a CCRI record 1.418 ERA and 9-3 record with 53 strikeouts in 79 innings pitched.
The Lady Knights had two players earn Honorable Mention All-Region XXI. The First was Co-Captain Marian Long who single-handedly re-wrote the CCRI record book for pitching. Long currently holds the CCRI single season wins record with an impressive 19-3 record blowing the 12 win season of Lori Lemoi away and career wins record with a 24-5 record far outdistancing Jen Dupont who had 17 career wins. She also holds the single season strikeout record with 131 career strikeouts besting the former record of 80 by Jen Dupont in 2005 and Career Strikeouts with 182 again besting Dupont’s 142 over the 2005 o6 seasons. Marian also charted the second best ERA in CCRI history this year with an impressive 1.456 ERA (Jess Borden 1.418). In addition, she added 17 hits including two doubles, two triples, 11 RBIs and 15 runs scored at the plate for the Lady Knights. Amazingly Long broke all these CCRI records and went a perfect 10-0 in Region XXI games including seven shutouts and two perfect games and was only an Honorable Mention selection.
The last but certainly not least CCRI All-Region XXI Honorable Mention selection as third baseman Jasmyn McCone who batted .415 with 44 hits including seven doubles, four triples with 24 RBIs and 31 runs scored. Jasmyn was another key freshman for the Lady Knights who batted in the heart of the line-up all year while holding down the “hot corner” playing tremendous defense at third base.
Head Coach Liz Afonso was named Region XXI Coach of the Year. Afonso, in her first year after nine years as an assistant to Bev Wiley, made it count with a record setting 31-6 record. In 2010 the Lady Knights played a longer and much tougher schedule that included a trip to the National Training Center in Clermont, FL where the Lady Knights received tutelage from USA two-time Gold Medalist Dr. Dot Richardson. They also played top-flight talent like the No. 1 ranked (NJCAA Division III poll) Tribunes from Monroe Community College, the Titans of Ohio State-Newark, Springfield College JV and four-year schools like Mount Mercy College and Kalamazoo College. The Lady Knights had a tremendous amount of talent and played a tough schedule which prepared them for their record-setting season. Coach Afonso was happy that the team improved each day by implemented what was taught in practice. In addition, the Lady Knights came together as a team as the season progressed and that is all that she could ask for.
Llewellyn, Beatrice and Gillis win in Day one of Tennis Nationals; Cavanagh named DIII player of year!
Warwick, R.I. – May 10, 2010: CCRI tennis travels to Plano and Allen, Texas for the 2010 NJCAA Division III Tennis National Championships
At the seeding meeting for the tournament, CCRI was involved in the discussions for flight No. 1 singles, flight No. 3 singles and flight No. 1 doubles. Alexander Cavanagh (Middletown, RI) was not seeded although he did receive some consideration. Cooper Gillis (Barrington, RI) was awarded the No. 3 seed for flight No. 3 singles. Cavanagh and Timothy Steere (Glocester, RI) were awarded the No. 2 seed for flight No. 1 doubles even though they actually defeated the team from Mercer County Community College during the season who ended up being seeded No. 1.One other bright spot was the re-institution of the Division III Player of the Year award. Many players were suggested for the honor however the overwhelming selection by the coaches present was Alexander Cavanagh from CCRI!
Day one matches
Day one of the 2010 National Championship for Division III NJCAA tennis was not as kind to the Knights as it was in 2009. With four of the nine positions in action, CCRI managed to win two of our day one matches. The first match of the day to take to the courts was sophomore Alexander Cavanagh in flight No. 1 singles versus Jordan Smith of Broome Community College who is a teaching pro and an experienced player. Cavanagh, having participated in the tournament last year, entered the draw as a known entity. Despite both players’ experience, they seemed nervous and tentative at the beginning of the match. Alex was able to jump out to an early break, but gave the break back midway through the set. The first set came down to a tiebreak, that Smith won 7-1. Cavanagh then regrouped and carried the second set 6-4, setting up the third and decisive set. Cavanagh broke in the first game, but then surrendered the break back and went on to surrender the set and the match by a final score of 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3. Cavanagh will now enter the back draw and awaits the loser of the second-round first singles match between Smith and Cory Litka of Harford CC, a player Cavanagh has beaten twice already this season.
The next player to take to the courts was freshman Ashley Llewellyn (North Attleboro, MA) in flight No. 4 singles versus Andrew Carlton from Eastfield College in Eastfield, TX who was not happy to be playing a female. Ashley caused quite a stir, in fact, among the spectators, the other participants and even the tournament staff. Taking advantage of some errors from the other player, and relying on her steady and consistent strokes, Llewellyn raced through the first set, 6-0! Carlton then regained some composure, and managed to break Llewellyn at 4-5 to grab the second set 6-4. Llewellyn then refocused and cruised through the third set 6-1, earning CCRI our first 2 points of the 2010 campaign. Llewellyn will next face the No. 1 seed in flight No. 4 singles, Billy Boykin from Oxford College.
The third player to take to the courts was sophomore Daniel Rivard (Scituate, RI) in flight No. 5 singles. Rivard matched up against Yonghua Cao of Kingsborough Community College. Rivard ran into a buzz saw as Cao, possibly one of the best flight No. 5 players we have seen in the five years that we have been here, dispatched Rivard 6-1, 6-3. Cao looked better in terms of stroke production and consistency than did his own teammates in flight No. 2 and flight No. 3 singles. In fact, Cao played flight No. 2 or No. 3 for Kingsborough at the 2008 NJCAA National Tournament. Rivard now enters the back draw and awaits the loser of the second-round match between Cao and Raj Patel of Oxford College.
The last CCRI team of the day was the flight No. 2 doubles team of Cooper Gillis and Matt Beatrice (Peacedale, RI). They faced Ken Boddie and Carl Longchamps of Onondaga Community College, a team that CCRI had seen in April. Gillis, having been part of a different No. 2 doubles team that lost to these same players in their April match. Gillis and Beatrice dropped the first two games of the set before grabbing six of the next seven games, winning the first set 6-3. The two teams traded shots and breaks of serve back and forth in increasingly windy conditions. Boddie and Longchamps managed to grab a 4-2 lead and it looked like they were headed for a third set, but then Gillis and Beatrice rolled off four straight games to secure the set and the match, 6-3, 6-4. Gillis and Beatrice will next face top seeds Anwar Ferdinand and Travis Platek from Oxford College, the defending flight No. 2 doubles champions from 2009. The rest of the Knights enter the action on day 2 as well.
Lady Knights fall 7-6 in extra innings to No. 19 ranked Mercyhurst Northeast in District Championship
Warwick, R.I. – May 10, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team continued hosting the District L Softball Tournament on Sunday after bad weather shortened day 1. The Lady Knights lost to No. 19 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Mercyhurst Northeast 4-3 in the finals of the winners’ bracket while Orange County Community College defeated Massasoit CC 8-2 in a losers’ bracket game. The Lady Knights defeated Orange County CC 9-6 in the finals of the losers’ bracket to advance to the Championship versus Mercyhurst. The Lady Knights lost in game 1 of the Championship 7-6 in eight innings. With the wins and losses the Lady Knights end their season with a record-setting 31-6 record.
Orange County CC-8 Massasoit CC-2
CCRI-3 Mercyhurst Northeast-4
On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) was the hard-luck loser in a very exciting game throwing six strong innings allowing four runs, just two of them earned on eight hits and three walks while striking out nine Mercyhurst batters. With the loss the Long falls to 18-2 on the season.
At the plate for the Lady Knights they were led by Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) who hit a game-tying 2-run home run in the top of the sixth inning, her 12th of the season, a CCRI program record she was helped by Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) who belted a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning but that would be all the Lady Knights could muster for runs. Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) did her best going 2-2 while Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI), Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA), Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI), and Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) each added a hit apiece.
Down 2-0 in the sixth inning the Lady Knights got a 2-run homer from Morse to tie it but Mercyhurst answered with two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth. Amanda Marble led-off the seventh with a home run to give them hope but that is all the scoring the Lady Knights would get.
CCRI-9 Orange County CC-6
On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long got the start and threw four innings allowing one earned run with one strikeout before being relieved by Casey Doyle who did not fare well lasting just 1 1/3 innings allowing five earned runs. Long asked for the ball back to finish the game and threw 1 2/3 innings allowing one hit and no runs to pick-up the win. With the victory Long improves to 19-2 on the season. Marian added two hits and an RBI at the plate to help her own cause.
At the plate for the Knights Co-Captain Steph Morse was on fire going 3-4 with a double and two singles an RBI and two runs scored followed by Kasey Wild (North Providence, RI) who was 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Also swinging the bat well was Jasmyn McCone going 2-3 with two runs scored, Jess Borden went 2-3 while Nicole Kufel added a hit one RBI and two runs scored, Casey Doyle added a hit, two RBIs and a run scored and Kaela-Rose Gentile added a hit and a run scored.
Orange County scored a run in the fourth to take a 1-0 lead. The Lady Knights answered with four runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. Orange County exploded for five runs in the sixth to take a 6-4 lead. However, the Lady Knights had another rally in them as they answered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth to win by the final of 9-6 to advance to the Championship versus Mercyhurst.
Championship Game 1
CCRI-6 Mercyhurst-7 (in eight innings)
On the mound for the Lady Knights Marian Long got her third start of the day and was very good versus the potent Mercyhurst line-up. Long threw 7 1/3 innings allowing seven earned runs on 16 hits, walking five and striking out four batters and took the loss in extra innings. With the loss Marian ends the season with a 19-3 record this year and 24-5 career record both CCRI pitching records. She also drove her single season strikeout record to 131 strikeouts and career strikeout record to 182. In addition, Long ends the season with a 1.456 ERA which, you guessed it, breaks the CCRI single season record of ERA of 1.51 by Jen Dupont in 2005.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Steph Morse led the way going 2-4 with two RBIs, followed by Casey Doyle was also 2-4 with a double, a single and two RBIs and Kasey Wild who was 2-4 with a triple, a single, two runs scored. Jess Borden and Nicole Kufel added two hits and two runs scored. Also swinging the bat well was Jasmyn McCone adding two hits while Kaela Gentile added a hit and an RBI.
Mercyhurst jumped on top 2-0 after two innings the Lady Knights battled back to go up 3-2 in the fifth inning, Mercyhurst tied it in the bottom of the fifth the Lady Knights added runs in the sixth and seventh to take a 5-3 lead but Mercyhurst scored two in the bottom of the seventh to take it to extra innings. The Lady Knights scored one run in the eighth but Mercyhurst scored two to win by the final score of 7-6 and advanced to the National Championship Tournament in Normal, IL (Bloomington).
Noons leads Lady Knights to sixth at NJCAA Track Nationals!
Warwick, R.I. – May 10, 2010: The CCRI men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to Howard Community College in Columbia, MD to compete in the NJCAA Division III Track and Field Nationals May 6th-8th. The Lady Knights finished sixth with 48.5 points winning for the women were Herkimer CC with 112.5 points. The Knights finished eleventh with 29 points while the men’s side was won by the College of DuPage with 132 total points.
The Lady Knights were led by their throwing specialist Ashley Noons (North Dighton, MA) who was voted Most Outstanding Women’s Field Event Athlete of the Meet by the NJCAA Coaches’ Association with season-best performances in all of her events. Noons won the shot put with a CCRI record throw of throw of 40 feet 9.37 inches besting the record set in 2005 by Jasmine Jennings (38’ 8.17”) she also won the hammer throw with a throw of 136 ’ .6”. Both throws earned Noons NJCAA First Team All-American honors. Noons was not done as she also placed second in the discus with a throw of 112’ 7.18” earning her Second Team All-American honors and securing the Most Outstanding Field performance scoring 28 of the 48.5 points for the Lady Knights. Other Lady Knights performing well were Tiphani Comena (North Kingstown, RI) Second Team All-American honors in the triple jump with a season best jump of 35’ 5.19”. Comena also tied for eighth place in the pole vault with a vault of 7’ 2.6”. Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) placed eighth in the 200m dash in a time of 27.85 seconds. Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) placed sixth in the 1,500m run in 5 minutes 25.6 seconds and 8th in the 800m run in 2:41.43.
The Knights were led by Kenneth Olivieri (West Warwick, RI) who won the 400m dash with a time of 49.22 seconds which earned him First Team All-American honors for his effort, but not good enough to break his own record set last week at the district meet (49.09). Blest Norris (Pawtucket, RI) received two second team All-American honors by placing second in the 100m in 10.79 seconds and 200m in 22.65 seconds.
CCRI Baseball Season ends at UConn-Avery Point
Warwick, RI May 10, 2010: The CCRI Baseball team traveled to Groton, CT over the weekend to take on UConn Avery Point in a best of three series for the 2010 Region XXI title. CCRI fell to Avery Point in two games losing game one 11-0 by mercy rule and game two 11-1. The Knights finished their season with a 24-14 record.
CCRI – 0 UCAP – 11
Jim Dimon (Seymour, CT) started on the mound for the Knights in game one. Dimon threw 3 2/3 innings giving up eight runs, three earned on 10 hits with two strikeouts. Steve Larsson (Cranston, RI) threw the final inning of the game giving up three runs on three hits. Dimon took the loss dropping him to a 5-4 record on the season.
The Knights were held to only two hits in game one with Justin Rainville (Woonsocket, RI) going 1-2 with a double and first baseman Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) adding a single for CCRI.
CCRI – 1 UCAP – 11
Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) got the start in game two throwing 1/3 of an inning giving up six runs on five hits. Furney took the loss in game two falling to 2-2 for the season. Josh Lynch (Warwick, RI) threw 2 2/3 innings in relief giving up five runs, three earned, with four hits and five strikeouts. Dan Mahlstedt (Trumbull, CT) added a perfect inning with one strikeout while closer Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) threw the final three innings of game two giving up zero runs and only two hits with six strikeouts.
CCRI had five hits in game two with Colin Morris (Trumbull, CT) leading the way going 2-2. Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) and Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) got a hit apiece and Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) was 1-4 with a double.
Head Coach Ken Hopkins commented “We finished on a disappointing note. I wanted the season to go a little bit further but it just wasn’t meant to be. Our bats went silent and our starting pitching fell apart and we ran into a team that was very hot. I’m looking forward to next season with 22 returning players and I wish the sophomores well at the schools they are transferring to.”
Lady Knights overcome Orange County CC 2-0!
Will play No. 19 Mercyhurst Northeast at 9:00am Sunday
Warwick, RI May 8, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights softball team is hosting the District L softball tournament this weekend at Winslow Park in Warwick. The Lady Knights defeated the Colts of Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY 2-0. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 30-4 on the season. In the second game No. 19 ranked Mercyhurst Northeast from Northeast, PA defeated the Warriors of Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA 10-0 in five innings by the mercy rule. CCRI will face Mercyhurst Northeast at 9:00am Sunday on field 1 at Winslow park in the finals of the winner's bracket with the winner advancing to the finals. Orange County CC will face Massasoit CC at 9:00am on field 2 in the finals of the loser's bracket the winner will face the loser of CCRI vs. Mercyhurst.
CCRI-2 Orange County CC-0
On the mound for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Marian Long (Warwick, RI) controlled the Colts over seven shutout innings allowing just five hits walking three and striking out three. With the victory Long improves to 18-1 on the season. Marian also added a hit at the plate to help her own cause.
At the Plate for the Lady Knights they were led by Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) who was 2-3 while driving in both Lady Knights' runs with a 2-RBI single in the bottom of the third inning and Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) was 2-2 with a double and a single. Also helping the offense was Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) and Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) who each added a single and a run scored while Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI), Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) and Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) each added a hit.
The game started at 10:00AM but was suspended at 11:00am due to the rain and lightning in the top of the third inning with no score. The game resumed at 3:00PM the Lady Knights scored two runs in the bottom f the third and held off the Colts for the victory.
Mercyhurst Northeast-10 Massasoit CC-0 (5 innings mercy rule)
Sunday Game schedule at Winslow Park
Field 1 @ 9:00AM
CCRI vs. Mercyhurst
Field 2 @ 9:00AM
Orange County CC vs. Massasoit CC
Field 1 @ 11:00AM
Loser of Game 4 vs. winner of Game 5
Field 1 @ 1:00PM
Winner of Game 6 vs. winner of Game 4
Field 1 @ 3:00PM
Knights’ Golf leads Region XXI Tourney after day 1!
Warwick, R.I. – May 6, 2010: The CCRI golf team is hosting the Region XXI golf tournament at Cranston Country Club Wednesday and Thursday. After day 1 on Wednesday the Knights are in the lead scoring a 352 followed by Holyoke Community College with 374 and Dean College shot a 478.
Leading the way for the Knights was Matt Phillips (Cranston, RI) leading all golfers scoring an 80 followed by Jason Snow (Warwick, RI) and Collin McMaster (Elma, WA) who both score a 90 while Mike Baron (Hope Valley, RI) shot a 92 and Jeremy O’Connor (North Kingstown, RI) scored a 93 for a team total of 352.
Head Coach Rich Marchetti commented after day 1 “Cranston (Country Club) played very long today with strong winds in the golfers’ faces on many holes. A strong showing on day 2 will lead to a third trip to the National Tournament at Jamestown Community College in Chautaugua, NY which has been our goal from the beginning of the season”
The golfers will tee off at 10:00am Thursday for the second and final round of the Region XXI Tournament at Cranston Country Club in Cranston, RI.
Knights’ bats come alive to beat Quinsigamond CC 11-3!
Warwick, R.I. – May 6, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team hosted the Wyverns from Quinsigamond Community College from Worcester, MA on Wednesday. The Knights defeated the Wyverns 11-3 in eight innings by the mercy rule. With the victory the Knights improve to 24-12 on the season and 14-7 in Region XXI play.
CCRI-11 Quinsigamond CC-3
On the mound for the Knights Mike Farias (West Greenwich, RI) started and threw five strong innings allowing one earned run on three hits, walking three and striking out one to get the win. Farias was relieved by Steve Larsson (Cranston, RI) who threw one inning allowing two hits and one unearned run striking out one. Larsson was relieved by Josh Lynch (Warwick, RI) who allowed one earned run in one inning of work on one hit striking out one batter and Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) threw the last inning allowing just one hit and striking out three.
At the plate for the Knights Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) was on fire going 4-4 with a home run, two doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs followed by Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) who was 1-4 with a double a run scored and three RBIs. Also helping the Knights was Lyle Williams (St. Augustine, FL) who added a hit and two RBIs, Co-Captain Anthony Vinci (Trumbull, CT) with a double and one RBI and Co-Captain Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) was 1-3 with three runs scored.
The Knights next game will be this Friday at 4:00pm when they travel to Groton, CT to play UConn-Avery Point in the first game of the Region XXI Tournament.
CCRI Knights fall to Northern Essex Knights 2-1 in rain shortened game
Warwick, R.I. – May 5, 2010: The CCRI Knights baseball team traveled to Haverhill, MA to play the Knights of Northern Essex Community College. The CCRI Knights lost to Northern Essex Community College 2-1 in a rain-shortened five inning game. With the loss CCRI falls to 23-12 on the season and 13-7 in Region XXI play.
CCRI-1 Northern Essex CC-2 (5 innings rain)
On the mound for the Knights Joe Portukalian (Cranston, RI) got the start and was the hard-luck loser after throwing five solid innings allowing two earned runs on four hits, walking two and striking out six Northern Essex batters. With the loss Portukalian falls to 3-1 on the season.
At the plate for the Knights Melvin Torres (Woonsocket, RI) led the way going 1-3 with a double and scored the CCRI’s lone run followed by Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) who was 1-2 with CCRI’s lone RBI. While Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA), Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) and Raniel Valentin (San Juan, PR) added a hit apiece but could not force another run across the plate to help Portukalian’s strong effort on the mound.
The CCRI Knights will host Quinsigamond Community College Wednesday at 3:30 at Fell Field located on the CCRI Knight Campus in Warwick.
CCRI to host District L Women’s Softball Tournament May 8th-9th
Warwick, R.I. – May 3, 2010: The Lady Knights will host the District L Championship Tournament this weekend Saturday May 8th and Sunday May 9th at Winslow Park in Apponaug. The Community College of Rhode Island will host No. 19 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Mercyhurst Northeast from Northeast Pennsylvania, Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY, and Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA. The Tournament Schedule is listed below.
Saturday May 8th
10:00AM Game 1 CCRI vs. Orange County CC
12:00 PM Game 2 Massasoit CC vs. Mercyhurst Northeast
2:00 PM Game 3 Losers from Game 1 and Game 2
(one team is eliminated)
4:00 PM Game 4 Winners from Game 1 and Game 2
Sunday May 9th
10:00AM Game 5 Winner of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
(second team is eliminated)
12:00 PM Game 6 Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5
2:00PM Game 7 If Necessary
The tournament director has the right to adjust times.
Lady Knights mercy Massasoit CC 12-1 to win fifth consecutive Region XXI title!
Warwick, R.I. – May 3, 2010: The CCRI Lady Knights hosted Massasoit Community College for the championship in the Region XXI softball tournament at Winslow Park in Apponaug on Sunday. Massasoit CC had beaten Dena College 10-2 in the finals of the loser’s bracket to advance to the tournament finals. The Lady Knights defeated the Warriors 12-1. With the victory the Lady Knights improve to 29-4 on the season. The Lady Knights will now host the District I Championship next weekend at Winslow Park in Apponaug.
CCRI-12 Massasoit CC-1 (5 innings mercy rule)
On the mound for the Lady Knights’ pitching ace Marian Long (Warwick, RI) was once again dominant throwing five innings allowing just one unearned run on five hits, all singles, walking one and striking out eight Warrior batters. Long added a single and a run scored at the plate to help to her cause. With the victory Marian notches her CCRI record extending 17 victory of the year against just one loss she also extended her record-setting career win total to 22 career victories against just three losses. In addition, Long became the first CCRI pitcher to chart 100 strikeouts in a season, she now has 114 strikeouts. She also has 165 career strikeouts in her career both CCRI program records.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) led the way with a triple, a double, five RBIs and two runs scored followed by Kasey Wild (North Providence, RI) who was 3-3 with two doubles in the fourth inning, a single, two RBIs and a run scored. Also swinging the bat well was Co-Captain Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) was 3-4 with three runs scored and Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) added a double with two RBIs. While Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) added a double and two runs scored, Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) a double, RBI and run scored and Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) had a hit, run scored an two stolen bases.
The Lady Knights will now host the District I Championship tournament this weekend against No. 19 ranked (NJCAA DII poll) Mercyhurst Northeast from Northeast Pennsylvania, Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY, and Massasoit Community College from Brockton, MA. The Tournament Schedule will follow in its own e-mail later today.
Knights lose two to No. 12 ranked UConn-Avery Point 7-4 and 5-1
Warwick, RI May 3, 2010: The CCRI baseball team hosted UConn-Avery Point (UCAP) on Saturday in a Region XXI doubleheader. CCRI lost to UCAP 7-4 and 5-1 dropping to 13-6 in the region and 23-11 overall.
CCRI – 4 UCAP – 7
Jim Dimon (Seymour, CT) started on the mound for the Knights in game one throwing three innings and giving up six runs on nine hits with five strikeouts. Sean Furney (Warwick, RI) threw four innings in relief giving up only one run on four hits and striking out two Avery Point batters. Dimon took the loss for the Knights falling to 5-3 on the season.
Co-Captain Matt Nassi (North Providence, RI) and shortstop Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) were each 1-3 in game one with Quinn adding a double and one run scored for the Knights. Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI) and Anthony Tortolano (Exeter, RI) also had a hit and two RBIs apiece.
CCRI – 1 UCAP – 5
Starter Dennis Medeiros (Dartmouth, MA) took the loss in game two for the Knights throwing three innings and giving up five runs and seven hits. With the loss, Medeiros falls to 3-4 overall. Josh Lynch (Warwick, RI) and Chris Mann (West Warwick, RI) each threw two innings in relief giving up zero runs and zero hits. Lynch added four strikeouts for the Knights.
Centerfielder James Reyes (Providence, RI) led the way for the Knights at the plate going 2-3 and scoring CCRI’s only run. Justin Quinn (Sudbury, MA) added a hit while Danny Hopkins (Cranston, RI) had the Knights’ sole RBI in game two.
CCRI travels to Haverhill, MA on Tuesday to take on the Knights of Northern Essex Community College beginning at 3:30pm.
Lady Knights place third Knights twelfth at the Northeast District Championships!
Warwick, R.I. – May 2, 2010: the CCRI Track & Field Team traveled to Paramus, NJ to compete in the NJCAA Division III Northeast District Championships. Even without top throwing ace Ashley Noons (North Dighton, MA) the Lady Knights have their best finish at the district championships in years. The girls finished third out of a 15 team field with 83 points while the event was won by Gloucester County NJ with 162.5 points. The men’s team placed 12th out of 15 teams with a score of 29. The top team in the men’s event was Prince George’s of Maryland with 172 points.
Here are some of the highlights for CCRI: in the 100m dash Blest Norris (Pawtucket, RI) placed second with a career-best time of 10.85 seconds. Norris became only the second runner in CCRI history to break the 11 second mark. Michelle Krol (Smithfield, RI) placed fifth in a time of 13.49 seconds in the women’s 100m. Krol also placed seventh in the 200m race in a time of 28.36. In the 400m dash Kenneth Olivieri (West Warwick, RI) placed second with a time of 49.09. Therese Kerin (East Greenwich, RI) placed third in the 800m run in a time of 2:40.46. Kerin also placed second in the 1,500m in a time of 5:26.88 while teammate Jaden Riendeau (East Providence, RI) placed third in a NJCAA qualifying time of 5:35.02. Chelsey Sarachick (Warwick, RI) was the District Champion winning her first 400m hurdle race in a career-best time of 1:12.10. The ladies 4x100m team of Krol, Riendeau, Sarachick and Tiphani Comena (North Kingstown, RI) placed fourth with a season- best time of 55.31 seconds and the men’s team of Norris, Olivieri, Nick Santilli (Coventry, RI) and Anthony Petrarca (Warwick, RI) placed fourth with a NJCAA qualifying time of 43.83 seconds. Alysa O’Neill (Johnston, RI) was the District Champion in the high jump with a NJCAA National Qualifying jump of 4’-10.00”. O’Neill also placed third in the javelin with her season-best throw of 107’-01”. Tiphani Comena was the District Champion in the triple jump with a season best jump of 33’-03.00”. She also placed third in the pole vault with a 7’06.00” vault. Her teammate Chelsey Sarachick placed fourth in the long jump with a season best jump of 15’05.50” while Comena was sixth with a jump of 15’-04.25”. Both jumps were NJCAA National Qualifiers. Garrett Grenier (North Kingstown, RI) placed third in the pole vault with his season- best vault of 10’-06.00”. Anthony Petrarca qualified for the National Championships in the javelin with an eighth place 144’ 2.28” throw.
Head Coach Gregg Cornell commented after the championships “The Kids are performing their best at the right time of the season and should be a factor next week at the NJCAA Championship.”
"Long” Day for Lady Knights leads to Region XXI Tournament Finals!
Warwick, RI May 1, 2010: The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) Lady Knights softball team is hosting the Region XXI softball tournament at Winslow Park in Apponaug this weekend. There were four games on tap for Saturday: No.1 seed CCRI defeated No. 4 seed Dean College 4-1, No. 2 seed Massasoit CC defeated No. 3 seed Holyoke CC 7-0, Dean College eliminated Holyoke CC 6-3 and in the winner's bracket final CCRI defeated Massasoit 3-2. The tournament will conclude Sunday with No. 2 seed Massasoit CC playing No. 4 seed Dean College at 10:00am with the winner to face CCRI in the finals at noon. If CCRI wins the noon game they win the Championship. If the Dean/Massasoit winner wins the noon game they will play again at 2:00pm for the Championship.
CCRI-4 Dean College-1
On the mound for the Lady Knights Casey Doyle (Warwick, RI) got the start and threw four solid innings allowing just one earned run on two hits, walking two and striking out two while going 1-3 with two runs scored at the plate. Doyle was relieved by Marian Long (Warwick, RI) who threw three perfect innings striking out two batters to notch her 15th victory versus just one loss on the season.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Kaela-Rose Gentile (Glocester, RI) had two singles and a run scored followed by Kasey Wild (North Providence, RI) who was 2-2 with a single and a double and Jasmyn McCone (Taunton, MA) was 2-2 with two singles. Amanda Marble (Warwick, RI) added a single and an RBI while Co-Captains Nicole Kufel (Oradell, NJ) and Jess Borden (Lincoln, RI) each added a hit.
The game was tied 1-1 going into the fifth when the Lady Knights erupted for three runs which gave them a 4-1 lead which was more than enough for ace Marian Long to secure the victory.
Massasoit CC-7 Holyoke CC-0
Dean College-6 Holyoke CC-3
CCRI-3 Massasoit CC-2
On the mound for the Lady Knights Marian Long got the start and pitched very well over seven innings allowing two earned runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out eight Warrior batters to pick-up her 16th victory of the year against just one loss. Long also added a triple at the plate.
At the plate for the Lady Knights Co-Captain Steph Morse (Warwick, RI) led the way going 2-3 with the game-winning two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning, a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. Morse was helped by Casey Doyle who was 3-3 with three singles and Jess Borden added a double and a run scored.
This game was a fan's delight as both pitchers Ashley Felaccio from Massasoit CC and Marian Long were dealing. The Lady Knights took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth as Morse tripled a later scored. Massasoit answered in the bottom of the fourth as they scored two runs to make the score 2-1 Massasoit. In the sixth inning Jess Borden led-off with a double, she was sacrificed to third by Nicole Kufel bringing Steph Morse to the plate, who hit a high pop-up down the first base line that could not be handled the Warrior first baseman and Morse made that mistake hurt as she slammed the next pitch over the left field fence for her 11th homer of the year giving the Lady Knights a 3-2 lead which Marian Long kept secure picking up her second win of the day.
Massasoit CC will play Dean College at 10:00am in the loser's bracket final with the winner facing the Lady Knights at 12noon at Winslow Park in Apponaug.
Region XXI Softball Tournament Schedule
Warwick, R.I. – April 29, 2010: The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) will be hosting the Region XXI softball tournament this Saturday May 1-2. CCRI will be the No. 1 seed, Massasoit CC will be the No. 2 seed, Holyoke CC the No. 3 seed and Dean College the No. 4 seed. The tournament will begin at 10:00AM both days the schedule is as follows:
Game 1 – No. 1 seed CCRI vs. No. 4 seed Dean College (10:00 AM)
Game 2 – No.2 seed Massasoit CC vs. No. 3 seed Holyoke CC (12:00 PM)
Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 (2:00 PM)
Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 (4:00 PM)
Game 5 – Loser Game 4 vs. Winner Game 3 (10:00 AM)
Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 (12:00 PM)
Game 7 – if necessary (2:00 PM)
The winner of the Region XXI Tournament will host the Northeast District Tournament Saturday and Sunday May 8th and 9th. They will host Orange County Community College from Middletown, NY and No. 18 ranked (NJCAA DII Softball poll) Mercyhurst Northeast from Northeast Pennsylvania.