Westchester Sports Recap0

MEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 19-7 REGION 5-2, CONFERENCE 5-2)

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25 THREE MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS HONORED BY REGION XV AS NOE FLEURIMOND EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION HONORS

(Valhalla, NY) – Three members of the Westchester Community College Men’s Basketball team honored by Region XV for outstanding performances during the 2019-2020 season. Freshman Noe Fleurimond (Greenburgh, NY/Woodlands HS) was voted First Team All-Region, while freshman Malik Moore (Tuckahoe, NY/Tuckahoe HS) was voted Second Team All-Region, and sophomore James Brady (Yonkers, NY/Mount St. Michael) was named to the Region XV Sportsmanship Team.

During a season when the Vikings averaged nearly 86 points per game, with six Vikings averaging double-digit point totals per game, Fleurimond emerged as the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, averaging 13.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Fleurimond led the Vikings with an outstanding 59% shooting percentage from the floor. 15 times Fleurimond reached double figures in scoring, and he registered four double-doubles, while scoring 20 points or more in a single game six times. Fleurimond also saved his best basketball for the home stretch of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds against Rockland CC on Feb. 6, scoring 24 points and adding eight rebounds against Sullivan CC on Feb. 11, and notching a 28-point, 10-rebound double-double against Ulster CC on Feb. 18.

Moore saw his game flourish during the 2019-2020 campaign, scoring in double figures 18 times as he finished second on the team with 11.9 points per game and assists with 11, while also averaging 4.5 rebounds per game. Moore scored 23 points and five rebounds were a catalyst for Westchester’s 70-61 win over third-ranked Sullivan CC on Dec. 14, and he had a career-high 25 points, while adding five assists and three rebounds during an 86-77 win over Rockland CC on Feb. 6.

Brady was a first-year sophomore on the Viking squad, but his impact on and off the court were immeasurable. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, but his defense turned into a calling card as the year went along. Twice, he registered double-doubles, scoring 11 points while adding 10 rebounds during an 88-87 overtime win over CCRI on Jan. 11, while closing the season with a 14-point, 10-rebound effort during a 74-69 win over Nassau CC on Feb. 20.

Westchester Community College finished the 2019-2020 season with a 20-8 overall record, including a 5-3 ledger against NJCAA Division II competition. The Vikings outscored an opponent 20 or more times for the second time during the las three seasons.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL (RECORD 11-17, REGION 5-3, CONFERENCE 5-3)

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25 PRELVUKAJ VOTED FIRST TEAM ALL-REGION FOR WOMEN’S BASKETBALL; THREE VIKINGS HONORED

(Valhalla, NY) – Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball freshman Donjeta Prelvukaj (Bronx, NY/St. Catharine) was voted First Team All-Region after an outstanding 2019-2020 season during which she appeared among the nation’s leaders in multiple statistical categories. Prelvukaj was one of three Vikings honored by Region XV, and as she finished in the top-three in the voting for All-Region honors, she will appear on the NJCAA All-America ballot. The honors were Westchester’s first from Region XV since women’s basketball reinstated prior to the 2017-2018 academic year.

Prelvukaj enjoyed a fantastic freshman campaign, as she led Westchester in nearly every statistical category, despite facing an assortment of creative defenses designed to deny her the ball. She averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, to go with 72 assists, 73 steals, and 26 blocked shots, all of which led the Vikings. Prelvukaj also had eight double-doubles. Her point per game averaged ranked her #30 among all NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball players, and her 92 three-point field goals was the fifth highest total this season in Division II. 11 times this season Prelvukaj scored 20 or more points during a single game, and twice she scored at least 30 points.

Freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/William Cullen Bryant HS) earned Second Team All-Region honors after averaging 14.5 points and six rebounds per game, to go with 65 assists and 57 steals. Ruiz scored in double digits 17 times during 21 games played. Her best game of the season was easily a 25-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist triple-double she achieved during Westchester’s 102-50 win over Bronx Community College on Jan. 16.

In addition, freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) named to the 2019-2020 Region XV All-Sportsmanship Team. Fabrizi started all 25 games, and averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game during an excellent freshman campaign.

Westchester Community College finished the 2019-2020 regular season with an 11-16 overall record, and a 5-3 mark in Region XV play. The record included three games against NJCAA Division I opponents, and six match-ups with teams ranked in the nation’s top-10.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29 WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BATTLES, FALLS TO SUNY ORANGE IN REGION XV SEMIFINALS

(Loch Sheldrake, NY) – Freshman Jailine Ruiz (Bronx, NY/William Cullen Bryant HS) scored a team-high 19 points, and added five rebounds. Freshman Tina Fabrizi (Mamaroneck, NY/Mamaroneck HS) enjoyed one of her finest games of the 2019-2020 season with 18 points – on 5 for 10 shooting, five assists, and three steals. However the Westchester Community College Women’s Basketball team saw their season come to an end with a 71-55 loss to SUNY Orange during the Region XV Division II Semifinals on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Vikings end their season with an 11-17 overall record.

Playing on the neutral floor at Sullivan Community College, and only 25 days after a 33-point loss to second-seeded Orange at home that saw Westchester trail by more than 20 points mid-way through the first half, Westchester hung tough for much of their first post-season appearance since Women’s Basketball reinstated at Westchester CC three seasons ago. Westchester trailed 20-17 at the end of the first quarter, 34-28 at halftime, and cut the deficit to four point’s midway through the third quarter before Orange was finally able to pull away late in the third stanza.

Also for Westchester, freshman Eva Duffy (Pleasantville, NY/Byram Hills HS) turned in the best performance of her young career, with 12 points, seven rebounds, and three steals, hitting a career-best four three-pointers.

Westchester shot 27% from the floor, while Orange converted 40% of their field goal opportunities, and the Vikings were out-rebounded 53-34.

BASEBALL (RECORD 3-1, REGION 0-0, CONFERENCE 0-0)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29 Baseball Splits Season-Opening Twinbill with Cecil College behind Freshman’s Three RBI Performance

(North East, MD) – Freshman Don Hopper (Garrison, NY/Walter Panas HS) drove in three runs, and sophomore Tyler Mandel (Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale HS) capped off an impressive debut with the game-winning RBI as the Westchester Community College Baseball Team opened the 2020 season with a 10-7 win over Cecil College.

The nightcap was a thriller during blustery conditions at Cecil College as Cecil jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the end of the first inning, and appeared poised for a sweep before the Viking bats came alive midway through the game. Down 4-2 after three innings, Westchester CC scored four times in the top of the fourth inning, three of which came thanks to a bases load double by Hopper that cleared the bases to give Westchester a 6-4 lead.

However, in the bottom of the frame, Cecil scored three runs of their own to regain the lead, and take a 7-6 advantage into the fifth inning.

Westchester tied the game in the top of the fifth inning, when a Brian McBride (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley HS) single brought home sophomore Jhojandy Hernandez (Bronx, NY/Salesian), setting up a huge top of the sixth inning when the Vikings plated three more runs to secure the win. A Mandel fielder’s choice scored freshman Jace Deiulio (Mohegan Lake, NY/Lakeland HS) to put WCC ahead for good. Later in the inning, freshman Chris Polgano (Bronx, NY/St. Raymond’s) single brought home Mandel and Brian Beehler (Pawling, NY/Pawling HS) to make it 10-7.

The insurance runs were enough for sophomore Jake Jempty (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS), who had some rough patches early during his first start of the season, but settled down to retire the final eight Cecil batters to secure the victory.

Deiulio went 2 for 2 with a walk and three runs scored, while Hernandez scored twice. Seven Vikings combined for eight hits. Jempty allowed only six hits over seven innings, striking out four during a gutsy start that marked his first career complete game.

The opener saw sophomore pitcher Hector Camacho (Harrison, NY/Harrison HS) cruise into the sixth inning with a 3-2 lead, but five Cecil College runs during the bottom of the sixth inning put the hosts ahead for good, and the Eagles won 7-3. Mandel went 3 for 3 with a walk, an RBI, and a run scored, while Hernandez and Beehler drove in a run apiece. Camacho pitched well during 5+ winnings, allowing only six hits, and striking out six.

SUNDAY MARCH 1 Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader with Cecil College behind Sophomore’s Torrid Start

(North East, MD) – It would have been perfectly reasonable for Westchester Community College sophomore Tyler Mandel (Scarsdale, NY/Scarsdale HS) to experience a sophomore slump to begin the 2020 Baseball season. After missing most of his freshman campaign due to an untimely injury, Mandel was tasked with the challenge of battling his way all the way back into the Viking line-up before even worrying about production. In addition, if a sophomore slump or any rustiness from the long lay-off was going to exist, it very well may have ended during the fall or pre-season. Mandel was the hero once again on Sunday, as he continued his incredible start to the 2020 campaign, going 3 for 6 over two games with two home runs, three RBI’s, three runs scored, and four walks as Westchester swept Cecil College, 9-6 and 8-3. With the wins, the Vikings headed home with a 3-1 record, an exceptional showing considering that the hosts had already played seven games coming in to the weekend’s twin bills.

The opener saw Westchester get on the board immediately, as Mandel – the third batter of the game – drilled his first home run of the season to left field, to give the Vikings a 1-0 lead. After Cecil scored one run in the second inning, and two in the third, to take a 3-1 lead, a pair of unearned runs by the Vikings in the top of the fourth inning tied the game 3-3.

It was the sixth inning when the game blown wide open when the Vikings scored six times … all of which came with two outs. Sophomore Jhohandy Hernandez (Bronx, NY/Salesian) did most of the damage, blasting a Grand Slam to put Westchester ahead 7-3. Two unearned runs later, and it was a 9-3 lead. Cecil scored three more times during the bottom of the seventh inning, but that was as close as the game would be.

Mandel and freshman Don Hopper (Garrison, NY/Walter Panas HS) had two hits apiece, while Mandel and sophomore Brian McBride (Putnam Valley, NY/Putnam Valley HS) scored two runs apiece. Sophomore Michael Cox (Cortlandt Manor, NY/Walter Panas HS) allowed three runs over six innings, and struck out five.

Speaking of return from injury, the nightcap saw the return of sophomore pitcher Josh Rosario (Poughkeepsie, NY/Spackenkill HS), who also missed most of the 2019 campaign after an injury. After a tough start that saw Cecil score three times in the bottom of the second inning, Rosario was brilliant, allowing five hits over six innings, while striking out seven, and walking only two batter.

Down 3-0, Westchester quickly struck back. In the top of the third inning, Mandel’s second home run of the day scored two runs to make it 3-2, and the game was tied moments later when a Ken Hernandez (New York, NY/CENAPEC) double scored sophomore Aaron Roman (Pelham, NY/Pelham HS).

Two innings later, the Vikings went ahead for good. A two-run home run by freshman Carlos Pardo (White Plains, NY/Stamford HS) made it 5-3, and the lead extended to 7-3 as two unearned runs scored later in the inning. In the top of the sixth inning, sophomore Hailyn Gonzalez (Bronx, NY/Bronx Envision Academy) closed the scoring when he stole home as part of a double steal.

Seven different Vikings recorded one hit apiece, while Westchester aided by nine Viking walks.

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