Lehigh (16-14) won its 10th straight game and will play American (12-18) at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stabler. The Mountain Hawks, seeded No. 2, won't have to travel on their way to a potential NCAA Tournament berth because top seed Bucknell was toppled by Holy Cross 77-72 in double overtime.
"The only thing that matters is that we win this game and win the next game because we wouldn't meet Bucknell or Holy Cross until the finals," Lehigh coach Brett Reed said. "If we win two then we will play three. It will be a challenge to make sure our guys don't look beyond what they can control which is the next game."
Against Navy after a cold beginning Lehigh finally hit its stride and was pummeling Navy, building a 42-23 lead on a Jesse Chuku short jumper with 16:58 remaining. Then Lehigh went into a super funk, allowing Navy to rally and tie the game at 46-46 with 7:44 left.
"For us tonight, it took us building a major lead in order to be able to pull out this game," Reed said. "We rode emotional energy. I thought the atmosphere in this building was terrific. Our student section was fantastic, and they really fueled us.
"They have too much heart and I know that type of kid they are. Fortunately for us we were able to stay strong and stay tough in that pressure and key situation and it shows a lot about our guys in that tp of environment and setting. It would have been easy for them to hang their head or be emotionally drained. Instead they found a way to win and that's a sign of a great team."
Not a problem.
"I have a good relationship with the current players," Braswell said. "I've met them on recruiting trips, talked to them before so they know me already. That gap has already been bridged. All I'm going to do is provide insights of what I went through. I know what it takes to make it to the NCAA tournament, to win a championship and how it is to play for Coval so I'm going to be here to support them emotionally and to provide them with the key to make it further than the teams I played on. The goal is to make it to the NCAA tournament, to win a national championship and to bring that to DeSales University. I'm going to do all I can to make that happen."
"It motivates us for the next game. makes us want to do better," Holiday said. "Playing in an atmosphere like that just makes everything better.
Playing in his first ever tournament game Holiday was not displeased about the 16 minutes he only played, scoring four points, grabbing four rebounds with a blocked shot.
"It's what we do," Holiday said. "I don't take it personal. It's a strategy that works for us."
A chiseled 6-foot-8 Holiday handles things in a mature way these days and his personality rubs off on people. Before showering Holiday came back out of the locker room following the coaches postgame talk to kick it with his many fans.
"Yeah I've been here for four years," Holiday said. "My personality is loveable. Every time I get to soak up attention I do it."
His high school coach Doug Snyder was in attendance as was retired Moravian College coach Jim Walker.
"Daquan is a wonderful person and a great basketball player, but a better person," Snyder said.
Four years removed from high school Holiday is handling his academics quite studiously - he'll finish with two minors - and some memorable performances, perhaps none any sweeter than the 72-70 upset at then No. 16 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Holiday sealed the win by corralling the rebound with 4.3 seconds remaining and sinking two free throws. The stunner magnified with Michigan of the Big Ten losing to NJIT, which is the only school in the country without a conference.
That has not dimmed Holiday's attitude. So when the crowd acts as jubilant as it did Monday night Holiday ( 5.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg) feels really appreciated.
"It was the first time that we had a band," Holiday said. "It's like that but add the crowd, add the band and add the atmosphere. It was just amazing."
Amazing is essentially how NJIT freshman center Vlad Shustov described Holiday.
"Practicing against Daquan is always great," Shustov said. "He has a level of enthusiasm. He never takes a break. Sometimes I like to take a break but playing against him he always pushes you to the limit, makes me better everyday."
For moral support Holiday always has his teammates but he also has his ex-teammate, St. Francis-Brooklyn center Jalen Cannon.
"I talked to him on the phone the other day, told him a tough loss against Robert Morris and he said continue to do big things at NJIT," Holiday said.
The two former teammates talk often and are there for each other's support.
"I'm very proud of him, the all-time leading score and rebounder at St. Francis (Brooklyn)," Holiday said. "Of course I'm proud of him but you can't tell him that all the time because his head will get big. Every time I talk to him he keeps telling me to keep working and I always tell him that I'm proud of him. It's just great to have someone in your corner like that."
Holiday has mastered his grades, his play, has even gained some extra pounds and muscle and as he gets set to end his career he has no regrets.
"It's a learning experience, a change, just a learning and overall change for me," Holiday said. " I'm learning so much about myself."
Under the Spider-Potts direction, #WarriorPride has seen a great amount of support. The Warriors hosted the PSAC Championships, and the love was phenomenal. Wilson states, “We have gotten tremendous support from our campus and surrounding community. The Championship game saw over 2,300 energized fans pack Koehler Fieldhouse and help us to the PSAC Championship over a very good West Chester team. There is no question that our support has been a major factor in the season we are having.”
The support from Associate Head Coach Justin Potts has been second to none. The guy is #relentless and because of this, his influence on the program is undeniable. Potts main roles for the Warriors are as the lead recruiter and chief of player development. His expertise led to landing and developing prominent stars Duane Johnson (pro player), Terrance King (pro player), and Whis Grant (All American). Potts hard work is getting noticed. He is THE hot prospect for head coaching jobs; however he continues to stay loyal to East Stroudsburg University. “I’m committed to ESU and Coach Wilson because he is a great coach and even better person. He is a boss, mentor, best friend, and has been great to me and my family.”
ESU recruits certain players to be a member of their #WarriorFamily. Wilson and Potts are looking for student athletes that want an overall college experience. They ask their players to work hard in both the classroom and on the court to maximize their potential in both areas. On the hardwood, once again their success is determined by hard work. It takes incredible perseverance and toughness to play Warrior style of basketball- #94FeetofHeat. Spider states, “We look to recruit guys that have the ability to run and press. This requires a yearlong commitment to their overall fitness and strength training. This has been a staple of our program and our teams have really enjoyed competing 94 feet for 40 minutes. This has definitely provided us with a distinct style of play that has helped us win games.”
The Commander in Chief (Wilson) and General (Potts) are certainly the leaders of the #WarriorNation. On the battlefield they rely on captains Zechariah Runkle, Whis Grant and Will Brown to provide leadership and execute the game plan. Wilson is proud of how the tri-captains set the bar high with pre season expectations and have risen to the challenge. “This team wanted to qualify for the PSAC playoffs, Win the PSAC East, Win the PSAC and win some games in the NCAA Tournament. So far they have done the first 3 and are looking forward to this weekend’s competition in the NCAA Tournament.”
Wilson and Potts have formulated an incredible culture at East Stroudsburg University. Whether it’s their #relentless approach to recruiting excellent student athletes or their nonstop, pressure #94FeetofHeat style of basketball, #WarriorNation will continue to enjoy success because of everyone’s Hard Work.
"He's a good player and he's going to get even better.
LVBR Division 2 Standouts 12/19
“Cool” Joe Lococo is lighting up the PSAC in his sophomore season averaging 18.8 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.3 apg in 8 starts for Shippensburg University. Lococo is shooting an astounding 50% from 3pt land and 46% from the field. The former LVC MVP and Freedom graduate has a high of 33 points vs Shephard and (2) 27 point outbursts in back to back games versus Chestnut Hill and Bloomsburg. On 12/2 Cool Joe was named PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Week. Cool Joe states, "Im just doing whatever I can to help my team. I'm working as hard as I can on both sides of the floor, especially in practice."
Austin Beidelman is off to a stellar start to his freshman season at Kutztown University. The “Parkland Iceman” was up to his old tricks again during a fantastic performance versus Clarion. Beidelman’s 27 pts, 5 rbs, 2 assists, 2 steals were instrumental to their 82-80 overtime victory at Clarion. Austin came alive scoring 12 points in the final 6 minutes including the game tying layup. The 27 points is a career high for The Iceman and also the high scoring output for Kutztown this year. Beidelman has started all 8 games at point guard for the Golden Bears with averages of 12.5ppg, 3.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds, while shooting 73% from the free throw line. The Iceman states," I've just been working on my game extremely hard and trying to help my team in any way i can!" Pottsville native Brandon Bridy is also contributing as a freshman averaging 15 minutes a game with a 3.5-1 assist to turnover ratio.
The only LVBR athlete in the past 20 years, that we have knowledge of playing high school football and basketball but on a collegiate basketball scholarship, is East Stroudsburg’s Lamont Tillery. Tillery (Pocono Mt East) is a junior on the #12 ranked Division 2 team in the country. Lamont averages 8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and shooting 50% from 3pt range in 19 minutes per game. Lamont has played in all 10 games for the Warriors. Head Coach Jeff "Spider" Wilson gleefully states, "Lamont has been critical in the early season success of our program. He is a tireless worker that has made significant improvements in all aspects of his game over the past 2.5 years. In addition he is a GREAT teammate who will do whatever is asked of him for the betterment of the team."
Emmaus graduate Matt Wisely has been a terror on the glass for West Chester University. Wisely, a sophomore, leads the team in rebounding with a 7.7 average. Matt has played in all 10 games including 3 starts, however his rebounding surge coincides with his move to the bench. In back to back December games, Wisely dominated with 14 rebounds versus Millersville and 15 rebounds against Kutztown. Wisely states, "Whether I start or come off the bench, I try to bring as much energy as I can and do whatever can be done to help our team win." Eric Frans (Saucon Valley) and Lincoln Holley (Easton) are also on the West Chester team. Frans is 3rd on the team in rebounding with 6 rpg and scoring 5.9 ppg. Holley is a redshirt freshman still battling to earn more minutes.
Tyrel “The Bulldog” Dixon is playing big for Division 2 Roberts Wesleyan. The 6’3 sophomore from Pocono Mt West is averaging 11.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, and 3 apg. Dixon’s shining moment came 12/14 vs NYIT when The Bulldog scored 24 points and snatched 11 rebounds. Dixon came thru with a remarkable 4 point play with 2 seconds remaining in the game to give Roberts Wesleyan a one point victory. The Bulldog states, “We are still a fairly young team and as we try to find our identity as a team, I’m trying to find my identity as a player. I think I’m finding that identity and starting to settle into it. I am eager to show everyone that the only person that can stop me, is me. I’ll do whatever I have to do for my team to come out on top.”
Tynell Fortune (Pocono Mt West) leads California University of Pa is scoring. The junior point
guard is averaging 13.6 ppg in 9 games (5 starts). Fortune is shooting well too- 80% fts and 49% from the field. Tynell has led his team to two straight victories over West Chester (19pts) and Edinboro (17 pts). Tynell states, "As we get
to know each other and play as a cohesive unit, we realize that the path to a championship is bright. As a third year player, I have to set the tempo, lead by example, and stay positives in all
Easton representers Noel Hightower and Ezra Gaines continues to contribute in the CACC. Hightower has started all 10 games for Chestnut Hill. Hightower, a 6’4 defensive specialist, is averaging 27 minutes per game, 4.9 ppg, and 3.6 rpg. Gaines, also a rugged defender, is averaging 4.4 ppg while shooting 45% from the 3pt area. Gaines has played in all 8 games averaging 14.9 minutes per game.
Spider Wilson has ESU “running” to 6-0 start
By Andre D Williams
East Stroudsburg men's team wants to play full-throttle and the Warriors appear to have the horsepower to do so.
We're talking about 5.0 speed.
So far ESU (6-0) has amassed 90, 106 and 83 points against undermanned teams, winning by 25 against St. Thomas Aquinas, 38 against Penn State-Lehigh Valley and 19 against the University of Sciences.
Neither of those three teams are basketball teams and ESU showed them no mercy. Though its the type of spanking ESU wants to put on every foe coach Jeff "Spider" Wilson is realistic with his expectations.
"I think we have the ability," Wilson said. "I think we are developing.. I do like our start, the work ethic of our team.. Now its up to us to put it together."
About the horsepower:
There's 6-foot junior guard Will Grant, a returning All-American, who's averaging 18 points a game.
There's 6-5 freshman forward Raheed Moore, the apparent face of the program in the future. He's averaging 12.8 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
There's 6-2 junior guard Jamal Nwaniemeka, a solid player who's averaging 10.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Those are the Warriors' top three players but the show doesn't stop with them.
"We have some firepower," Wilson said. "We have Will Grant and Jamal Nwaniemeka both back. Will is a returning All-American and a pre-season All-American. We have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket."
And having so many playmakers figures to have ESU in the rugged Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, which is considered one of the top Division II conferences in the country.
That's when the losses will add up. Wilson hopes not many for the defending PSAC East Champions who have been in the NCAA Tournament in three out of the last four years.
"We are hoping that this team will get us back," Wilson said about the NCAA's. "I think every year as a coach you want to try and get there. Our goal is to win our league, then our conference."
To do that ESU will run the fastbreak and press teams relentlessly, creating many turnovers while also protecting the ball.
"I think we are developing (an identity)," Wilson said. "We will press and attack. I think we have a lot of talent. It's just putting it all together and developing that chemistry."
The good thing about ESU is that it will lose just one player to graduation, meaning The Greatest Show in the Poconos will return even stronger next season.
Top players: Whis Grant, 6-0 Jr. G, 18 ppg, 2.0 rpg; Rasheed Moore, 6-5 fr, 12.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg; Will Brown, 6-0 Jr. G, 12.0 ppg,2.0 rpg; Jamal Nwaniemeka , 6-2 So, G, 11.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg.
Last season: 22-7, 18-4 PSAC Champions.
Coach: Jeff Wilson, 12th season, 183-127.
Walker Leads Moravian to 34th Season
Andre D Williams
Moravian men’s basketball team is a work in progress and there’s no telling if the team will straighten itself out before the losses mount up.
What is known about the Greyhounds is that junior point guard Izel Dickerson (Liberty) is their best player. In a recent game against rivals Muhlenberg and DeSales, Dickerson showed off his speed and his jumper in scoring a game-high 27 points (Muhlenberg) and 26 points (DeSales).
“Sure Izel played well tonight but we have to play well together as a team,” said Moravian coach Jim Walker. “That’s the way offense is team. It’s five men together as a team.”
But on that Tuesday game Dickerson was a one-man show and the Greyhounds needed his offensive production to prevent being swept to Allentown.
“We’ve got a ways to go,” Walker said. “Right now we aren’t a good team. We have to be better than other teams and right now we aren’t consistent. "
Walker, who’s in his 34th season believes the woes will be less if the ‘Hounds share the ball and there’s truth in that belief because they do have talent.
Like 6-foot-5 center Cameron Cullen (6.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg). He would normally be too small for this position if he was at a D-I or D-II school.
Like 6-1 senior Kenny Gula (7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg), a product of Quakertown.
Like 6-7 senior Blake English (10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg). English needs to rip down rebounds to assert himself early in games.
And when all else fails as they have in each of Moravian’s first four games (2-3), then there’s always Dickerson (16.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg) to create and shoot the 3-pointer.
“We say, ‘Together every time we leave the huddle,’ “Walker said. “We’d like to think we are ok as players but we aren’t doing that now.”
Starters: Izel Dickerson, 5-11 Jr. G, 18.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg; Jarrod Dilts, 6-1 So. G, 7.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg; Cameron Cullen, 6-5 Sr. C, 6.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg; Blake English, 6-7 Sr. C, 10.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg; Isaih Jennings, 4.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg; Kenny Gula, 6-1 Sr. G, 7.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg.
Last season: 14-12, 6-8 in Landmark Conference.
Coach: Jim Walker: 427-411.
Muhlenberg Season Outlook
By Andre D Williams
Muhlenberg is a team with speed, height and focus and Coach Scott McClary is praying that things take shape.
"We've won 35 games over the last two years so we expect to be on top of our game but in order to do that you've got to win the next game, the next practice," McClary said. "I'm trying to get them focused on the next game and if we can do that then I think we'll give a helluva effort each night."
About the speed:. Junior guard Malique Killing is like a speed boat on water the way he zips past defenders. In a recent game against rival Moravian, Killing used dazzling one-step dribble moves to score a team-high 23 points with five rebounds and four assists.
Nobody Moravian guarded him with could keep pace with Killing, a returning All-Conference guard.
"He is probably the second fastest guy at Muhlenberg," McClary said. "I can beat him in a race only because I have the power to take him out of the game.
"We are very fortunate. He's very athletic. He's able to do a lot of things, ball handling. He's worked his tale off to improve his skill level with that quickness."
Killing is relentless going to the basket, getting off numerous layups over sharks, despite only being a shrimp (5-foot-9).
"I think I have a little bit of a fearless attitude," Killing said. "I'm not scared to go to the rim. That's definitely my bread and butter. If I have to I can step out and hit the jumper too."
His motor never seems to slow.
"I just take what the defense gives me," Killing said. "If its taking it to the rim 20 times a game, then I'm taking it."
He's so high-octane that McClary has a tough time taking him out of the game. One time McClary took Killing out against Moravian to instruct Killing - aka yell at him - Killing gave the coach lip back and McClary brushed that outburst off.
"He's a competitor," McClary said. "He's the toughest competitor that I've ever coached and I've coached some good ones. It's a fine line. When you start to take away some of his strengths.
"I've coached him now for three years and he's matured every week. If he continues on that path he's got great things ahead not only on the court but off the court as well."
On the court Killing is only looking for championships. He's won accolades galore. Now its time for a banner or two.
"At this point it’s just about winning," Killing said. "My freshman and sophomore years I definitely broke enough records to hand out. I really don't have any expectations as far as records are concerned. It's just about winning a championship."
About the height: Kevin Hargrove, a 6-10 All-Conference center takes up a lot of space and has a nice inside touch. Along with 6-9 freshman John Hunter, Muhlenberg should bang on and clear out a lot of space this season.
"[Hargrove] hasn't gotten off to a quick start," McClary said. "We've really got to work hard to get him off but we've got depth behind him."
McClary is also looking for big things from 6-4 swingman Alec Stavetsky, who nailed a crucial 3-pointer that forced overtime of an eventual 104-99 loss to Washington College, dropping the Mules to 3-1 on the season.
Hunter is perhaps the Mules best big man. He's got the athletic body and the moves to go with it. But McClary is no fool. He knows that he'll need Hargrove to score more than the 10 points he's averaging to have success.
"He had a great finish to the season last year," McClary said. "He was All-Conference and he comes off a great offseason with a lot of expectations and sometimes when you have that expectation you want to be rewarded right away and sometimes you get frustrated when it doesn't happen right away so he's just got to take a deep breathe, relax and we have to put him in situations where he'll be successful.
"He's one breakout performance from being the same old Hargrove."
One thing is for sure the smallest guy - Killing - is his same old self now. He scored a season-high 37 points in the loss to Washington College, marking his fourth career 30-point game.
"We are definitely can contend for a championship," Killing said. "We fell short last year. We lost in the semifinals in a game where we were up by five with two minutes to go."
That's where the focus comes into play.
Muhlenberg Men and Women Win Annual Scotty Wood Tournament
On Saturday evening at Memorial Hall Gymnasium the Muhlenberg Mules men & women teams squared off for the annual Scotty Wood Championship contest. The women Mules played against Misericordia Cougars and the men Mules matched up with Gwynedd Mercy Griffins. At the end of the evening both men and women teams were victorious. Women were in a back and forth battle before eventually pulling away, and men’s game came down to the last minute.
Women Mules were in an up and down, fast pace for pretty much the whole first half. Mules were scrappy to loose balls, protecting paint with blocks, penetrating through the lane, and crashing the boards. Janelle Fleet (6 points, 3 dimes) was breaking down the defense to get into the paint or rise up for mid range jumpers. Fleet saw the floor well creating scoring opportunities for teammates, and pushing the pace to keep the team in transition.
With the stellar play from Leanna Tallamy (23 points, 12 boards) she sparked a late 6-0 run on three consecutive baskets inside the paint. She made crucial baskets when needed towards the end of the first half. Tallamy also was big on the defensive end altering shots, grabbing boards and playing with great intensity. The intensity was fueled through press to force the Cougars into careless turnovers. Into the second half, Mules got out of what gave them command of the game. So they went back to press defense to get back in the flow of things. Fleet and Tallamy took over the game getting out in transition scoring, causing turnovers, and showing passion. Towards the end Erin Laney and Abby Stenger, heated up from beyond the arch to put the game out of reach. Mules’ hit six three pointers to deliver the knockout punch to the Cougars and won the game 77-54.
When the men Mules action took place the building was electric, and ready to see a great game against the Griffins. For the fans that came tonight got their monies worth. Mules came out fast running and gunning lead by Malique Killing (28 pts, 4 dimes, 5 boards). He pushing the pace and driving into lane. Early on Killing was creating shots for others and feeding Kevin Hargrove (16 pts, 9 boards) inside. Mules went through some early struggles in the half court going to 2-3 zone which allowed the Griffins to hit threes from down town. The biggest struggle was having Hargrove go out with injury, but later returned.
When Hargrove re-entered the team wanted to get him involved and the Mules had great ball movement in their half court offense. Brandon Bovino (11 pts, 8 boards) along with Hargrove crashed the boards hard. Then Killing started heating up from the perimeter with Alec Stavetski (19 pts, 3 dimes, 7 boards). Griffins were still hanging in there midway into second half. Both teams were trading baskets. Killing played the passing lanes scoring in transition he went over 1,000 points in his career. His play got the rest of the team going and Stavetski started hitting timely shots. Hargrove eventually fouled out, but John Hunter (2 pts, 5 boards) stepped in in his place cleaning the glass. Killing was taking the game over getting to the rim at will, but the Griffins hung in there. In the whining minutes of a tight game, Stavetski hit a reverse layup hit a basket to put lead up to five (80-75). Closing minutes it was one point game (80-79) Killing hit (1 of 2) free throws, and Griffins player Justin Knight (23 pts, 4 dimes, 5 boards) went to the foul line. Knight made (1 of 2) then James Albano (5 boards) secured the missed foul shot, and nail biting win for the Mules 81-80.
LVBR Fall Tour invades Kutztown University to check out the Golden Bears
LVBR FALL TOUR Continues with Anthony Ross' PSU-LV Team
By Andre Williams
Penn State-Lehigh Valley won only one game out of 21 last season and returns no starters this season, not giving coach Anthony Ross much to work with you'd figure.
But that's quite the contrary.
"It's all irrelevant," said freshman guard Chevon Williams from Liberty. "Because none of us were here."
Though he will field a team with four freshman starters and a big man who hasn't played in four years, Ross is optimistic about his chances.
The former Morning Call Player of the Year is enthused about his guards - something he has a lot of this year.
"We have a lot of guards," Ross said. "I think we are right there. I am confident in our ability to play."
The former standout guard from Dieruff has a lot of moxie, something he played with at Dieruff and later at East Stroudsburg University.
"I'm confident this year," Ross sad. "I have the players I need. Last year our guards were limited so teams stepped up the tempo on us."
And the Nittany Lions were not able to keep pace. This season Ross will play an uptempo style of play himself and will press teams full-court.
try to rattle opponents with Williams, who has moved from point guard to shooting guard, Jordan Young from Freedom will run the point - both of those guards are 5-foot-11. The
Lions will also showcase Taaj Williams, a 6-3 scorer from Lincoln Leadership, Anthony Bellucci from Whitehall and 6-3 forward Ben Lee, who has skyscraping hops ability.
Lee will team with 6-7 center D'Avry Rickmon from Baltimore to man the boards.
"I am lacking a real scorer but I have a collection of scorers and I like that. If you look at our roster it’s a lot of guys who were second and third options on their high school team. Now things will have to be intensified."
The visions Ross has for the program are shared by PSU-LV athletic director Rich Fatzinger, the former Parkland and Central Catholic coach who's trying to shape up the entire athletic program with limited funds.
"It's definitely a change going from Parkland where we had all kinds of facilities to here where we are limited," Fatzinger said.
Like the Nittany Lions have men's and women's basketball teams but no gymnasium. So the men practice and play majority of their home games at Stabler Arena. They also will use Moravian's Johnston Hall for some home games as well.
"That's one of the things that we are excited about," Fatzinger said. "We signed a contract at Stabler and Moravian. We will play half our games at Lehigh and at Moravian.
With so much on the upward bound, Fatzinger also expressed confidence in his young coach.
"He's really, really good for the kids," Fatzinger said. "He's really concentrated on the young kids as men. The basketball court is his classroom.
"What really impresses me about him is his passion and how he sells himself to the kids."
2/8 Foley has NCC Winning Championships and Saving Students $$$
Kevin Foley is in the midst of his 4th season at Northampton Community College and is enjoying their finest campaign. The Spartans are 18-8 (13-1 in league play) and undefeated at home (12-0). Foley has established a home for thriving male athletes to play at competitive level and at a reduced rate financially. His base for recruiting starts right here in the LVBR area, “This past year is the best recruiting class I have ever had regarding basketball talent from the local area as well as academic success. It has to do with the competition we play in the NJCAA as well as the economic constraints on DIII players. We are receiving players that are division III recruits that either is hoping to get looked at by a higher level, or, want to save on two years’ worth of tuition at a private DIII school.” The local talent includes Brent Maron (Salisbury), Justin Ringland (Bangor), Tyler Krchnavi (Palisades), Andrew Miller and Zach Hankerson (Easton). Miller is the team captain, top 10 in career scoring, and has destroyed the 3 point mark at NCC. Miller is a Moravian recruit. Hankerson, a former LVC MVP and Kutztown scholarship athlete, is the team’s best all around talent. Foley calls him “one of my biggest and most important recruits.” Maron is having a great season and could end up making a run at the all time assist mark. Ringland and Krchnavi have both started some games this year. Ringland best defines all the attributes NCC has to offer as he strives to be a doctor! NCC’s most talented and recruited player is from Arkansas. Yes, Arkansas. Jaylonn Tullis (pictured) is a 6’6 hyper forward that rebounds and plays extremely hard. Tullis is receiving multiple D2 interests.
Foley has two valuable assistants that he refers to as “the brains.” Kevin Strobl continues to be Foley’s number 1 assistant since their stint at Lehigh Carbon Community College. He offers a relaxing, calming demeanor on the sidelines. Mike Kaminsky was a long time member of Doug Snyder’s staff at Allen and currently plays a vital role as the key recruiter for the Spartans. Kaminsky has the dedication, desire and hard work to be a head coach in the very near future.
NCC will be back in action February 25th at home as they will start their journey for a regional championship. A regional championship will put the Spartans in the Elite 8 of the national tournament.
1/27/2013 - East Stroudsburg University Men extend win streak to Nine
It was alumni day at ESU, which featured an alumni mens basketball game. It was the a tight contest with the gray team (led by Russel Grant and Dan Hargrove) defeating the red (led by Josh Wentz and Rich baker) 87-86.
The real team took the floor against shippensburg. ESU put the game away in the first half with a 20 to 0 run. The final score was ESU 99 and Shippensburg 56. Whis grant led the way for the warriors with 18 points.
1/26/13 --Lehigh vs. Lafayette Womens Basketball
The Lehigh Lafayette womans basketball Rilvary continued with the 82nd edition. Lehigh was ranked #1 in the LVBR coming into this game. Danielle Fiacco (LVBR #2 ranked player) led Lafayette with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 blocked shots in route to a 68 - 52 win. Fiacoco had help, Kelly Loughney poured in 16 points on 7-9 shooting. It was the first league win for Lafayette which is looking to turn their season around. Lehigh played a terrible first half, but fought back in the second with a strong effort from Becky Guman (13 points in 2nd half). Kerry Kinek (LVBR #3 ranked player), Lehighs best player, struggled from the field shooting 3-17, and finishing with only 10 points.
1/25/2013 - Lehigh has a Rising Star
Kerry Kinek (#2 Ranked LVBR Collegiate Women’s Player), has been with out question the best player for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks guiding her team to a 2-2 record this month. Patriot League play has began, and Kinek has been unstoppable. Kinek is averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds in league play, as a freshman
1/21 LEHIGH VALLEY SMALL COLLEGE SCHOLAR ATHLETES
By Andre Williams
They are leaders on the court and in the classroom.
They are your next doctors, teachers and accountants.
Recently each of them was named to the Lehigh Valley Small College Media Scholar Athlete team.
DeSales junior Matt Poorman is the leader, sporting a 3.95 GPA.
''He's an awesome young man, who has a 3.95 GPA as a pre-med major," DeSales coach Scott Coval said. I just asked him about how many A's he got.
''He's had 25 classes at DeSales and 22 of them have been A's and three of them A-minuses. It's unbelievable and he's taking the hardest major we have."
But Poorman has endured a setback on the court. He injured his back lifting weights before the start of his sophomore year and took a medical redshirt year.
He has proved to not only be bright in the classroom as his injury has taught him what he can
and cannot do.
''Right now I don't have any (limitations)," Poorman said. ''I work hard to keep my back stretched out to prevent future injuries."
He's not averaging anything of note but Coval has confidence in lhim.
''He has been a really talented player but a bit unlucky," Coval said. ''We are hoping that he will show what he can do. He can shoot and pass."
And as far as the classroom goes, ace a test. He's had great training.
''Academics has always been a priority for me," said Poorman who graduated from Stroudsburg.''I work hard in athletics and on the court. I just make it as a priority and I have been able to be good at both."
Especially the academics.
''My parents helped make it a priority when I was younger and I maintained it in high school and college," he said.
Other male's named to the Dan Clapp (Easti Stroudsburg), Ryan Connolly (Kutztown), Jay Donovan (Delaware Valley), Ryan ALagomarsino (Muhlenberg) and future congressman Mike Weinert (Parkland/Moravian).
The women named to the team includes Barb Borst (East Stroudsburg), Avery Hodgson (Kutztown), Katelyn Donahue (Delaware Valley), Colleen Gavin (Quakertown (DeSales), Alyssa Hann (Nazareth/Moravian), and future sports reporter Julie Kelly (Muhlenberg).
1/21 Runnin' Warriors
East Stroudsburg University continues their stellar play. The Warriors have won 7 games in a row and have won a school record 9road games in succession. Whis Grant has been outstanding! The sophomore Plymouth Whitemarsh graduate is the only player under Head Coach Jeff Wilson to score 25+ points in 3 consecutive games. Wilson states, “Whis Grant has proven through his year and a half with the program to be a proven and reliable scorer (team’s leading scorer in both of his years at ESU). His recent string of games is so impressive because he is scoring in every way possible and not just relying on one manner to score.” Wilson’s Warriors play 40 minutes of 94 feet HEAT creating an atmosphere that encourages athletes to be athletes and also allows ESU to play a lot of players, “We look to play an uptempo style of game by running and pressing for 40 minutes. The style starts with defense both in the half court and full court. We rotate 10 players on most nights in an effort to keep players fresh to maximize their effort while on the court.” The Runnin’ Warriors host Millersville Wednesday, and we look forward to seeing Dan Hargrove, Rich Baker, Anthony Ross, Josh Wentz, and Justin Scott and all the other East Stroudsburg Alumni in their “Geezer Day” this Saturday as they take on Shippensburg.
1/21 Fab Freshmen Honored
Three LVBR area freshmen were recognized for their efforts last week. Chestnut Hill swingman Noel Hightower (Easton-pictured) was recognized as CACC Freshman of the Week. Shippensburg guard Joe Lococo (Freedom and reigning LVC MVP) was recognized as PSAC East Freshman of the Week, while Lock Haven guard Dave Garcia (Pocono Mt East) was honored as PSAC West Freshman of the week. Noel recorded his first collegiate double-double by scoring 10 points, grabbing 12 rebounds, swiping 2 steals in a win over Goldey Beacom. The reigning LVC MVP, Joe Lococo, averaged 17 points last week while shooting a blazing 54% from the field and 71% from three point range. Garcia earned his second PSAC West Frosh of the Week honor s by posting a career high 17 points versus Edinboro.
1/14 Division 3 Recap
Desales Men’s Basketball team has been playing fantastic basketball. They are currently 12-3 and undefeated in conference play 4-0. The Bulldogs have an impressive victory over traditional power Catholic (DC) who came into the contest ranked #12 in the country. Coach Scott Coval has received tremendous contributions from Brett Moyer (recent conference player of the week) and Parkland’s Paul Pammer. This past Saturday, Pammer hammered Delaware Valley with 22 points (17 in first half). Coach Coval states, “Paul Pammer is having an all conference type of season. He is excelling on both ends of the floor and has been very consistent.” Desales has local talent splattered throughout their roster. Notre Dame’s Andrew Kohler and Pennridge’s Mike Guildin are both starters on the team. Guildin is a former Suburban One MVP and leads the team with 3.7 dimes per game. Kohler is a 6’5 long range threat that is shooting 41% from downtown. Bethehem Catholic’s Jake Hungarter is slowly getting back into the swing of things. “Jake Hungarter missed our first 8 games with mono. He got cleared to play right before Christmas. We expect him to give our team a lift when he gets back to full strength.”
Moravain Men’s Basketball team is currently 9-5 (2-3 in conference) after losing to #6 Catholic University last Saturday. The Greyhounds are led by longtime bossman Jim Walker. Walker has been at Moravian since 1979 piling up over 400 victories. Moravian is filled with local talent as they roster 8 players from the LVBR area. Walker elaborates, “All 4 of our seniors played in local conferences. I have always felt that Lehigh Valley basketball produces very good college basketball players. It also helps that the high schools have excellent coaches. We will continue to recruit the area very hard!” Leading the team in scoring and assists is former Pocono Mountain East star DJ Strayhorn with 14.1 ppg and 3.4 assists per contest. Senior captain and former Allen wing Garrett Johnson is second in scoring with 11.5 ppg. Garrett has been deemed B.A.D (click here for article). Sophomore Izell Dickerson (Liberty) was recently recognized as the MVP of the 35th annual Greyhound Classic. Izell blacked out and torched New Jersey City University for 23 points (8/11 shooting), 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Dickerson enjoys playing in his hometown and was humbled to be named MVP, “To play in my hometown is great because people who followed you in high school can still follow you, and your family still gets to come and see you play. To be MVP on the collegiate level takes hard work every day. Even when your mind and body want to quit, you have to find a way to keep pushing. More importantly you need teammates to help push you through it as well. “
Muhlenberg Men’s Basketball team is currently 8-7 (4-4 in conference play). The Mules are enduring a tough stretch as they have lost 3 games in a row. However, the players are enjoying some fantastic opportunities. The Mules played in a tournament in Puerto Rico and also played everyone’s favorite Cinderella, Lehigh. Individually, Muhlenberg has received fantastic play from Junior center Kevin Hargrove and Malique Killing. Hargrove recorded his first career triple double vs Mcdaniel with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks. Hargrove followed that effort with a career high 24 points vs Gettysburg. Sophomore Malique is averaging a team high 20.1 ppg and 3.1 asssists per game. The Mules best win of the season was against their arch rival, Moravian. McClary states, “This is a huge rivalry as it contains so much history and great games between us. Moravian is having a great year ,and they are quite the challenge to beat. Great day to be a Mule!”
LVBR College Womens' Weekly Report
1/12/2013 - Alexis Wright (16 pts, 12 rbs), added another double double to the record breaking season she is having for Moravian WBB. Moravian (62) beat undefeated Catholic University (59) in a true battle. Coach Spirk has Moravian WBB (14-1, 5-0) primed and ready to make a deep run into March.
1/12/2013 - Kerry Kinek (13 pts) and Katie O'Rielly (17 pts, 12 rbs), carried the load for Lehigh in the win. O'Rielly hit the game winning bucket to cap of a career day for herself, as well a victory for her team. Lehigh (67) Holy Cross (65).
1/12/2013 - Sondrine Glovas (pictured-25pts) was the best player on the court. She also had help from Alexiah Grant (17 pts) and Colleen Gavin (17 pts). Desales WBB (82) cruised past Deleware Valley (57) league play.
LVBR College Mens' Weekly Report
1/12/2013 - Jalen Cannon (15 pts, 6 rbs), had another solid Division 1 basketball game in a win. St. Francis NY (71) beat up on Wagner (52) in NEC league play. Cannon is holding down Brooklyn averaging 16.4 ppg and 9.2 rebounds. The former Allen all star still represents Atown to the fullest as he states, "Allentown has prepared me for growing up in a tough environment. In many ways, Allentown is a small version of Brooklyn.
1/12/2013 - Tony Johnson (14 pts, 6 Asst) and Seth Henrichs (22 pts, 9 rbs), played up to their rankings this weekend as they both carried Lafayette (64) to an easy win over Navy (45), in their Patriot league opener.
1/12/2013 - Gabe Knutson (12 pts) Mackey McKnight (16 pts, 4 asst) and Holden Griener (15 pts, 4 asst), played very well with out their leader C.J McCollum (injured foot). Lehigh (79) cruised to an easy victory over Holy Cross (47), in their Patriot league season opener.
1/12/2013 - Micah Fraction had a career high 35 points for Kutzown in a loss. Kutztown (76) continues to struggle this season in a PSAC league loss to Slippery Rock (99).
1/12/2013 - Whis Grant (29 pts, 3 asst), could not be gaurded by anyone in the PSAC game. East Stroudsburg continues to play well under the direction of coach Jeff Wilson. ESU (85) deafeted Edinboro (75) in a heated PSAC crossover league battle.
1/12/2013 - Brett Moyer (11 pts, 14 rbs) and Paul Pammer (22 pts, 7rbs), put in major work for Desales (69) in hard fought victory over Delaware Valley (63). Scott Coval has his team playing very well together, as they continue to pile up wins.
1/12/2013 - Frank Dejesus (28 pts) and Erick Nyamai (14pts, 11rbs) played very well in a win. Lehigh Carbon Community College (66) beat Ocean County Community College(61) in a good game.
12/21/12 Lehigh Basketball Report
Mackey McKnight scored a career-high 25 points and handed out 6 assist in a (Lehigh 90 - North Texas 75) win. Showing why he is the #1 rated college point guard, in LVBR coverage area. Gabe Knutson (#2 rated post player), continued his consistent post play, by scoring a game high 28 point. The #1 overall collegiate basketball player (C.J McCollum) on the east coast was out due to an injury.
LVBR was live at Stabler Arena to see Kerry Kinek (LVBR #1) and the Lehigh women try to defend their home court after a 12 day layoff (Sacred Heart 73 – Lehigh 63). Lehigh was definitely rusty, but Kinek had a solid performance (9 pts, 9 rbs, 2 asst). Kelly Peterson (LVBR #5) had a team high 16 points, she has a beautiful, high arching 3 point shot, and it was falling last night (4 three point shots made). Becky Guman added 7 points and 7 assist in another consistent performance. Hillary Weaver has apparently won her starting point guard position back, and she did not disappoint (7 pts, 5 asst).
12/16- Moravian at Muhlenberg
Muhlenberg had an impressive 71-52 victory over their arch rivals Moravian. Several players stepped up with major contributions. 6'10 junior center Kevin Hargrove filled the stat sheet with 13 rebounds, 9 blocks, and 9 points. SuperSoph Malique Killings scored 23 points and junior guard Austin Curry made 4 threes (14 points). Senior PG Matt Ohara dropped 10 dimes and freshman reserve Alec Stavetski chipped in with 13 points. Moravian shot poorly (30%) and could never really get going. Allen Alum Garrett Johnson and Pocono Mountain East graduate DJ Strayhorn led the Greyhounds with 12 points. The Mules are taking off for a tournament in Puerto Rico and Coach Scott McClary was ecstatic for such a good win against their long time nemesis. "It was a great win. Chemistry is really coming together, and we are playing to each others strength. This is a huge rivalry as it contains so much history and great games between us. Moravian is having a great year, and they are quite a challenge. Great day to be a Mule!"
Muhlenberg got some new local flavor as former Whitehall swingman Nick Melosky has transferred to the program from Lebanon Valley College. Nick will also join the team on their trip to Puerto Rico. "I chose Muhlenberg because of their great academic reputation and close proximity to my house. Coach McClary and the staff at Muhlenberg recruited me in high school and Muhlenberg was one of my top college choices coming out of high school."
12/18- College Scene Recap
-Daquan Holiday was a key factor in a bigtime comeback victory over Army. NJIT was down 12 with 3 minutes remaining before the furious comeback. Holiday scored 7 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and contributed 2 steals in 11 minutes of action. NJIT is now 5-5.
-Erika Livermore of Fairleigh Dickinson University was named NEC player of the week. Erika had 21 points and 17 rebounds in a win over NJIT. She followed that with 11 points and 14 rebounds in a win versus Stony Brook.
12/10/2012 - LVBR Weekend Review
The players of the weekend on the College men’s basketball scene have to be the BIG 3 (yes big 3) from East Stroudsburg University. Coach Wilson and Justin Potts (Wilson's most trusted associate head coach) do a great job of recruiting. They have set a standard of recruiting high level players and selling them on their established principles. ESU went on the road to Cheyney University (THE craziest atmosphere in the PSAC), and got a 94-91 victory. All thanks to Whis Grant (LVBR #13) 20 points 6 assist, Terrance King (LVBR #12) 20 points 12 rebounds, and Duane Johnson (LVBR #7) 25 points 6 rebounds. Led by their BIG 3, ESU is on the verge of a special season (click). Duane Johnson's efforts earned him PSAC player of the week honors(click)!
It was a busy weekend on the College basketball scene, but not too busy for the LVBR. Almost all of the LVBR top ranked basketball players were in action, and proving why they deserve recognition.
Desales garnered two impressive wins this weekend. They defeated PSU-Wilkes and perennia power Catholic University. Mike Guildin (Pennridge) and Paul Pammer (Parkland) each had 18 points in a win over Catholic. Paul Pammer (24 points 7 rebounds) and LVBR #24 ranked Brett Moyer (13 points 12 rebounds) led the Bulldogs over PSU-Wilkes. Pammer's efforts were recogninzed as he was awarded Freedom Conference Player of the Week (click).
Moravian had 5 players in double figures as they defeated United States Marine Merchant 89-58. Former Allen wing Garrett Johnson (LVBR #26) had a solid effort with 12 points and 5 assists. Izell Dickerson (Liberty) scored 10 points including 2/2 from behind the arc. Moravian broke their school record by cashing in on 18 threes made (click). Johnson earned Landmark player of the week for his stellar performance.
12/3 Week in Review (Click any of the paragraphs for box score info)
-Senior Dana Wieller (Liberty) led Bloomsburg to a 3-0 week cultivating with a resounding win over nationally ranked Edinboro. Bloomsburg is now ranked #25th in country. Wieller (pictured) is averaging 15.8 points and 4.6 rebounds for the season. Junior "Super" Cat Noack (Liberty) is also a starter for the Lady Huskies.
-Moravain Men went 2-0 defeating Lebanon Valley and Juniata. Versus Lebanon Valley, all 5 starters were in double figures and against Juniata, Moravian had 4 double digit
performers. The Hounds take the court tonight versus Jon Ward (Parkland) and Ursinus.
-Ty "Bulldog" Dixon (PM West) is off to a stellar start to his freshman season. Playing for D2 Roberts Wesleyan (NY), Dixon was the ECC conference Rookie of the Week. The Bulldog is averaging 12 points, 5 rebounds, shooting 55% from the field and 75% from the charity stripe in 29 minutes per contest. Click here for B.A.D article
-East Stroudsburg University
went 3-0 last week winning two PSAC games in West PA defeating Mercyhurst and Gannon. Congrats to senior Terrance King as he scored his 1000th point in a win over PSU-LV.
Senior Duane Johnson led the way during the 3 game win streak averaging 17 points and 7 rebounds.
11/26/12 - Jalen Cannon (St.Francis NY) continues to move up the LVBR college mens basketball rankings' with a big time performance giving his team an overtime victory. (box score)
11/26/12 - The freshman, Kerry Kinek (Lehigh University) continues to show why she is the LVBR #1 ranked College womens basketball player, with another double double against wagner. Kelly Peterson (Sr. Lehigh University) is working herself up the rankings with another big scoring performance. (box score)
College Basketball Weekend Recap
11/19/12- Last year's Express Times and LVC MVP Joe Lococo (pictured) started his first two collegiate games for Shippensburg averaging 15.5 points, 5 rebounds and 38 minutes/game in a 1-1 weekend.
-Lafayette went 0-2 on a weekend trip to two schools in the Blue Grass State. They played Friday night at Rupp Arena versus the defending National Champions, Kentucky (101-49). The Leopards then lost 88-74 to Morehead State.
-Former Whitehall standout Matt Greene (sophmore) led Misericordia to a 2-0 weekend averaging 12 points, and a 5:1 assists to turnover ratio with 10 assists and 2 turnovers.
-Former Allen all star Daquan Holiday (sophmore) scored 4 points and 5 rebounds for NJIT in a loss to South Carolina State.
-Freshman Matt Wisely, an Emmaus all league product, played 21 minutes for West Chester University in a loss to Shaw Sunday night. Eric Frans, a sophmore from Saucon Valley, has finally hit the floor after an injury setback.
-Moravian College is loaded with LVBR area players. We counted 8 of their 12 man roster has LVBR surrounding area players. The Greyhounds went 1-1 this past weekend at the Albright College tourney. Albright also features Pedro Perez (Bethlehem Catholic) and Johnathan Amoroso (Pocono Mt West). The LVBR will be going into more depth of the Greyhounds as they host Desales Tuesday night 11/20/12.
-Former Pius X star Caleb Knudsen helped Eastern University get their first win. The freshman had 4 points and 7 rebounds Saturday afternoon.