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Pioneer Weekly Update: February 19th Edition

Van Valen with a headlock

Weekly Schedule

Friday 2/23: Baseball vs. Brockport @ Virginia Wesleyan: 9 a.m.

Friday 2/23: Baseball at Virginia Wesleyan: 3 p.m. * Live Stats

Saturday 2/24: Wrestling @ NCWA Northeast Championships @ University of New Hampshire: 9 a.m.

Saturday 2/24: Baseball vs. Brockport @ Virginia Wesleyan: 9 a.m.

Saturday 2/24: Lacrosse vs. Keuka: 1 p.m. * Live Stats * Live Video

Saturday 2/24: Men's Basketball vs. Pine Manor: 2 p.m. (ACAA Tournament Semifinals) #

Saturday 2/24: Baseball vs. Ithaca @ Virginia Wesleyan: 3 p.m.

Sunday 2/25: Western Equestrian @ IHSA Zone 2 Region 1 Championships @ AU: 10 a.m.

Sunday 2/25: Men's Basketball at ACAA Tournament: Noon #

# Part of the ACAA Tournament - Sunday's contest is dependent on outcome of 2/24 contest.


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Team Updates

Men's Basketball: 16-9

The Pioneers were 1-1 as they closed out the regular season. They fell 82-71 to Morrisville but rebounded with a 63-61 last second victory over SUNY Canton.

Dante Jordan (New York/Law & Public) led the team with 33 points and 15 boards while Alexshay Pearce (Rochester/Charlotte) finished with 32 points. Juwan Toliver (Buffalo/McKinley) continued his all-around play with 19 points, 11 assists, and 11 boards. 

In the victory at Canton, Marcus Rhett (Middletown) hit a fall away jumper as time expired to lift the Pioneers to the victory. Rhett scored four of his six points in the game in the final minute and finished the week with 15 points.

The blue & gold will compete at the ACAA Tournament this weekend at Pine Manor College. They enter as the #1 seed and will play the host team in the semifinals on Saturday.

Women's Basketball: 9-12

The women's basketball team was tripped up 71-56 at SUNY Canton as they wrapped up the 2017-18 season. The Roos used a big 3rd quarter to pull away from the Pioneers.

Catherine Bialecki (Alfred Almond) recorded her 16th double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds. She finishes her outstanding three-year career at Alfred State with 1,141 points, 674 rebounds, and 232 blocks. Kelly Kane (Wellsville) and Emily Benes (Buffalo/Mt. Mercy) both came off the bench and scored nine points while April Acosta (Bronx/Evander Childs) finished with six points and five steals.

Wrestling: 7-8

The wrestling team wrapped up the regular season with their only home meet of the year. The Pioneers picked up three victories in a 37-12 defeat at the hands of Lycoming. 

Mike Galton (Warsaw) won a 2-1 decision in overtime over Hadyn Swartwood at 157 lbs, Devin Horton (Apalachian/Owego Free) followed that up with a 8-2 victory over Shane Rose, and George Van Valen(Ithaca) continued his impressive campaign with a pin of Bradley Miccio. 

The Pioneers head to the University of New Hampshire for their NCWA Conference Championships on Saturday.

Swimming & Diving: Women 3rd, Men 4th at AMCC Championships

The swimming & diving team had several strong performances at AMCC Championships over the weekend at Penn State Behrend. The women's team set seven new school NCAA-era records in earning 3rd place (512 points) while the men set 11 new NCAA-era records in earning 4th place (358 points).

Nick Beach (Canandaigua) and Sarah Stevens (Wellsville) both were double diving winners for the Pioneers and earned AMCC Diver of the Year honors. Beach won the 3m with a score of 433.4 and the 1m with a score of 432 while Stevens won the 3m with a score of 368.45 and the 1m with a score of 324.90. Stevens was also 3rd in the 400 IM (5:07.26).

Ethan Dale (Lock Haven) won an individual title in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.44, was 4th in the 100 breast (1:00.99), and was 4th in the 200 breast (2:14.38). Bryce Cutler (Newton, NJ) was 4th in the 400 IM (4:31.44).

Kathryn Lewis (Sanborn/Niagara Wheatfield) was 2nd in the 500 free (5:28.22), 2nd in the 1650 free (19:26.82), and 4th in the 200 free (2:03.26). Kaileigh Lehman (Lowville/Beaver River) was 2nd in the 100 breast (1:13.12) and 4th in the 200 breast (2:46.12) while Lauren Earley (Waterford/Shenendehowa) was 4th in the 200 IM (2:23.68) and 4th in the 100 back (1:04.83). Payton Armstrong (Highland Mills/Monroe-Woodbury) was 4th in the 200 fly (2:41.64).

Indoor Track & Field:

Zach Curran (Williamson) finished 2nd in the pole vault to highlight the Alfred State indoor track & field teams day at the Brockport Golden Eagle Invitational. Curran the Pioneer men's team finished 11th out of 15 in the standings. Curran vaulted to 2nd place out of 32 competitors with a leap of 4.58 m (15'.25"). He trailed only Kyle Cohen who won the event with a leap of 4.68 m.

Paul Kemsley (Lancaster) was 4th in the shot put with a throw of 14.56 m. and 7th in the weight throw with a toss of 14.75 m.

Western Equestrian:

The Western Equestrian team heads to Alfred University on Sunday for the IHSA Zone 2 Region 1 Championships. Nine Pioneers will compete in the event with the top 2 placing riders in each division moving on to the Semi-Finals at the Showplex at The Fairgrounds in Hamburg.

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