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Women's Basketball Team Splits Games
in Regional Playoffs Ending
History Making Season
The SCCC Women's Basketball Team, led by Head Coach Dayna Torino Newton (back row, right) and Assistant Coach Zoe Naylor (back row, left).
The Women's Basketball Team saw their dream season come to an end Saturday afternoon (March 1) in Syracuse when they were defeated by the Lazers of Onondaga Community College by 88-67 in the Region III semi-finals. The Royals had defeated their local rival, Hudson Valley Community College, 84-77 in the quarterfinals on Friday to reach the "final four" of the tournament.
On Saturday, the Royals found themselves facing the # 1 seeded team in the tournament- OCC. The women fell behind at the half 43-32 and were outscored 45-35 in the second half for the final 21 point margin of defeat.
The SCCC women, who finished their record setting season with a 19-8 overall record, were led in scoring by freshman center Samantha Hall who had a great two days with 26 points and 20 rebounds versus HVCC on Friday and 17 points and six rebounds versus OCC. She received double digit support from sophomore forward Ashley Creighton with 13 points and sophomore guard Monique Pucci with 10 points and seven rebounds. Sophomores Ashley Creighton, Monique Pucci, Emily Tillapaugh, Yolanda Austin, Shanice Ordon and Jordyn Funk played their last games for the Royals.
Earlier this season, the Lady Royals beat Herkimer Community College during an away game on February 19, 2014, catapulting the team into College history with the most wins in a single season.
The team hit their stride early on with consecutive wins throughout December 2013, as well as in January and February. Coach Newton said that her players, both returning players and freshmen, were a force on the court all season. "When this team plays together there is no stopping us," said Newton, who is in her fourth season leading the Royals. "I have the most talented group of girls I have ever coached...and I couldn't be more proud of them for breaking the school record for wins!"
Athletic Director Dave Gonzalez praised those leading the Royals. "Coach Newton, her staff and the players are to be congratulated on their record breaking season," he said. "Congratulations to all of them on an outstanding season."
Bowling Teams Take Second and Third Place in National Championship
The SCCC Men's and Women's Bowling Teams with Head Coach Ray Ross (back row, left) and Women's Assistant Coach Lou Devoe (back row, right). Holding the regional trophy is the coach's son, Joshua Ross, age 11.
The SCCC Men's Bowling team finished second and the Women's Bowling Team finished third in the NJCAA National Championship in Buffalo Feb. 27 - March 1. Zach Doty was named MVP of the national championship and finished with a 2559 (213.3 average) for first place overall. He also finished first in singles and first in doubles with Casey Schoonmaker. Jake Rivers was named All-American finishing seventh with a 2349 (195.8 average) on the very difficult scoring conditions where only three bowlers average above 200.
Brittany Barkley was named All-American for the women finishing with 2162 (180.2 average).
On Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, the SCCC Men's and Women's Bowling Teams both emerged as Region III Champions. This is the first time in SCCC history that both teams won the regionals. AJ Welch was tournament MVP, the Number one bowler at the tournament, and Chenya D'Arcangelis was second overall. D'Arcangelis, Zach Doty, AJ Welch and AJ Indovina were named All-Region. The Men's Bowling Team also won the 2014 Mountain Valley Conference on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The SCCC Men won with a 26-4 record while the women finished second with a 14-4 record.
"We congratulate Head Coach Ray Ross and his staff on another outstanding season," said Athletic Director Dave Gonzalez.
Coach Ross, now in his 22nd season coaching the Royals, said that much of their success is due to not only individual talent, but team synergy. "There is really good camaraderie on this team," Coach Ross said. "They all work together and know what's expected of them. They give 100 percent."
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