Westchester Sports Recap0

BASEBALL (RECORD 5-2, REGION 0-0, CONFERENCE 0-0)

TUESDAY MARCH 6 (West Harrison, NY) – Westchester Baseball finally had a chance to resume on Sunday after the weather wreaked havoc with the early March schedule. On a cold and crisp afternoon the team welcomed Holyoke CC for a two-game set in which they prevailed 12-3 and 10-0.

In game 1 Nicholas Antenucci (Stepinac HS/Yonkers, NY) toed the rubber for the Vikings and was greeted rudely as Holyoke jumped out to an early 1 run lead in the top of the 1st. In the second, Antenucci set down the Cougars in order and WCC responded in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs in the frame. Steve Messerschmitt (Carmel HS/Carmel, NY) got the Vikings on the board when he scored on a wild pitch. Sergio Osorio (Valhalla HS/N. White Plains, NY) then gave Westchester the lead when he knocked a single to left, plating Chris Cipriano (Dobbs Ferry HS/Irvington, NY) who reached on an error. The Westchester offense kept the pressure on scoring six more runs in the fourth to go up 12-2.

Antennuci would settle in to get the win pitching 4 innings giving up just one earned run with four strikeouts. James Houlahan (Lakeland HS/Yorktown Heights, NY) went 3 for 4 with two doubles as did Messerschmitt who knocked in two for the game. Osorio went 2 for 3, also with two RBIs.

Game two featured outstanding pitching from start to finish as Max Marienberg was called on to start. For three innings he kept the Holyoke bats silent until the Vikings could get on the board in the bottom of the frame. Scott Giordano (Croton Harmon HS/Croton, NY) led off with a double and took 3rd on an errant throw back to the infield. Houlahan made sure to knock in the run with a groundout to start the scoring.

WCC led 2-0 in the bottom of the 4th when Osorio stepped to the plate and laced a shot to right center field for his 1st home run of the season. Osorio’s blast sparked a 7-run inning which was book-ended by a bases clearing double off the bat of Messerschmit for three more RBI.

Messerschmitt finished his day 4 for 7 with 5 RBIs as Osorio combined to go 4 for 6 with 4 RBI of his own. In game two Bobby Wooten was 1 for 2 and knocked in two runs. Marienberg dominated the Cougars over his five innings of shut out baseball, striking out seven as compared to two walks.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

After the first season back from a three-year hiatus, the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team earned three All-Conference honors from the Mid-Hudson Conference. Shanaya Jones (Bronx, NY/Health Opportunities HS) earned First Team All-Conference honors, while Denise Crockett (Mount Vernon, NY/Thornton HS) and Paige Collins (Jamaica, NY/Wadleigh HS) were named Second Team All-Conference.

Jones, a shooting guard, led the Vikings in scoring with 11.9 points per game, and led WCC in assists (42) and steals (28). She broke double-digits in scoring on eight different occasions, including a 26-point effort during a home loss to Nassau Community College on Jan. 18, and a 20-point effort at Nassau on Feb. 24.

Crockett, a point guard, finished second on the team in scoring with a 10.2 point per game average. She finished second on the team in both assists and steals, and averaged 4.3 rebounds per game.

Collins, a forward, finished third on the team in scoring with 10 points per game, and led the Vikings in rebounding with 8.5 per game. Her most memorable game came on Feb. 15 as the freshman scored a game-high 29 points, including several huge baskets during two overtime periods as Westchester downed Bronx Community College, 77-71 for their first win of the season.

After finishing the season with a 1-15 record, Westchester looks forward to the 2018-19 season when the return almost the entire team, and will play a full slate of games.

MASCOT MADNESS

Since his introduction to the Westchester Community College campus in September, Chester the Viking has become the face of the WCC community, appearing not only at athletic events, but at campus community events as well. He has been to concerts and presentations, classes and Open House, and he even has a student ID, and various social media accounts. His official YouTube reality show, “The Chester Chronicles,” has received critical acclaim far and wide, nearly crashing YouTube’s servers when he attempted to participate in Curling.

Now, Chester the Viking will take his talents off the Westchester Community College campus. Beginning on Tuesday, March 13, Chester will be one of 36 SUNY mascots to compete in the sixth annual SUNY Mascot Madness. In opening round action, sixth-seeded Chester will take on #3 Blaze, the official mascot of SUNY Delhi Athletics. The winner will take on the victor of the 2-7 match-up between seventh-seeded Niagara Community College and second-seeded SUNY Geneseo.

SUNY Mascot Madness is a competition among mascots within the SUNY system where the winner is decided by on-line voting. All friends of Chester receive one on-line vote per day. For opening round action, voting opens on Tuesday, March 13 at noon, ending on Friday, March 16 at 4:00 p.m.

SUNY Mascot Madness is a five-round competition among all SUNY campuses. The dates of competition mirror the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, also known as ‘March Madness.’ If Chester is successful, he will compete into April and earn the SUNY championship as a rookie.

INFORMATION ABOUT SUNY MASCOT MADNESS:

SUNY Mascot Madness is a head-to-head tournament among SUNY Mascots in a format similar to the NCAA Basketball tournament, where on-line voting determines the winner of each round. There are five rounds of competition.
In the opening round, sixth-seeded “Chester” the Viking will face third-seeded Blaze (SUNY Delhi).
Voting opens on Tuesday, March 13 at noon, and closes on Friday, March 16 at 4:00 pm. Voters will receive one vote per day, and are encouraged to vote daily.
If Chester wins, he will face the winner of the match-up between #7 Niagara Community College and #2 SUNY Geneseo. The next round will take place from March 19-21.
The WCC Community will be sent a link each day while voting is open and shared on social media and GoWCCVikings.com.
Voting Link: https://blog.suny.edu/mascot-madness-2018

Games This Week:

  • March 22 – Baseball vs. Bergen, 3:30pm, Silver Lake Field
  • March 24 – Baseball vs. UConn Avery Point, 12:oopm (DH)
  • March 25 – Baseball vs. Adirondack, 12:00pm (DH)

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