Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4 Westchester’s top runners from each team traveled to Westfield, MA on Saturday to compete in the NJCAA National Championships, hosted by Holyoke CC. Selinamarie Colon and Tom Martorello represented the Vikings in what was their first appearance at the national level for either WCC runner.

Colon finished as Region XV’s third finisher, placing 21st overall and just outside All-American status. She crossed the finish line at 20:55 over the fast 5K course. The run was her top time for that race distance all season as she shined on the biggest stage of the year.

Martorello completed the 8K course in 29:46, good for 78th place in a field of over 200 runners.

Both Colon and Martorello are the first women’s and men’s team members to compete in this event for the Vikings in over 35 years. With Martorello expected to graduate this year and Colon having used her 2nd season of eligibility in the sport, both will be moving on from the team and will be sorely missed. However, their outstanding performances this year have helped re-establish the sport here at WCC for years to come.

MEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 2-0, REGION 0-0, CONFERENCE 0-0)

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 2 WESTCHESTER 101-MONROE-BRONX 74. When all was said and done, it was a basketball game: 40 minutes of end-to-end play; a packed, raucous Viking Gymnasium roaring at every turn, and a victory for the home team to open the season. But for the administration, staff, and student-athletes who worked tirelessly to make the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team a reality this season, it was three years of exhaustive planning, preparing, and dreaming coming to fruition on a night for which the entire community could claim victory. When the Vikings closed out a 101-74 win over visiting Monroe College, the applause, hugs, and handshakes meant one thing:

Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball is back.

After three seasons of dormancy, the Vikings opened the 2017-18 season 1-0, and can now go about the business of redeveloping a program capable of competing with the very best in Region XV.

The game opened with a defensive stand that saw sophomore Tremaine Frasier steal an errant Monroe pass, and blast down the middle of the court for an uncontested lay-up to give Westchester its first lead in three seasons. From there, the Vikings dominated, opening up a 10-2 run that never let up. Westchester led by more than 20 points during parts of the opening half, and withstood a late Monroe (0-1) run to take a 56-39 lead into halftime.

Any hope of an Express comeback was thwarted early in the second half as the Vikings overcame a constant Monroe full-court trap, and virtually ran Monroe out of the gym. As time wound down, the only drama remaining was whether or not WCC would break 100 points, which they did when Derrick Hamlin converted a three-pointer from the corner with just under a minute of play remaining to give WCC their 101 total.

Frasier led Westchester with 19 points, while sophomore Brandon Martin added 14 points, and Hamlin chipped in 12. The Vikings dominated all statistical categories, and shot an incredible 14 for 17 from the free throw line.

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 WESTCHESTER 95 JEFFERSON 74 Westchester’s men’s basketball team was victorious versus Jefferson CC on Sunday, topping the Cannoneers by a score of 95-74. The season has started off with a bang for the Vikings as they took both season-opening games this week.

WCC got off to a fast start in the game, converting early and often. The teams traded buckets in the opening minutes as the Vikings held an early 7-6 edge. From there, WCC’s offense took off as their defense muffled Jefferson’s scoring efforts, allowing the team to open up a big lead by halftime at 59-22. Jefferson came out of the locker room shooting well though as they went on an 13-0 run to start the half. Jon Brennan (Iona Prep, Irvington, NY) broke the Cannoneers’ momentum, as he hit a 3-pointer to get Westchester back on the attack. The Vikings would hold JCC at bay the rest of the way, never allowing them to close within 21 points as they cruised to the win.

Raykwon Fenton (Holcombe Rucker HS, Bronx, NY) led all scorers with 17 points as Tremaine Fraiser (Trinity Catholic, Port Chester, NY) and Brandon Martin (Mt. Vernon HS, Bronx, NY) put up 16 and 15 points, respectively.

Games This Week:

  • Nov. 9 – Men’s Basketball vs. Sullivan, 7pm
  • Nov. 11 – Men’s Basketball vs. Rowan College of Burlington County, 1pm

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