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Westchester Sports Summer Recap

MEN’S BOWLING: BOWLING TEAM NAMED 2018-2019 NJCAA ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

After a season of incredible success in competition that included Region XV runner-up accolades. A 12th-place finish at the NJCAA National Championships, and a member of the team who achieved distinction as the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award, the Westchester Community College Men’s Bowling team earned an honor that goes well beyond the alleys and lanes as the NJCAA has named the Viking squad the 2018-2019 Men’s Bowling Academic Team of the Year.

The Vikings achieved a team GPA of 3.11, and were the only Men’s Bowling team in the nation to achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In total, 738 NJCAA athletic teams had a GPA of 3.0 or higher during the 2018-2019 academic year, two of which came from Westchester Community College as Men’s Bowling and Men’s Golf achieved this distinction.

Westchester Community College enjoyed an outstanding 2019 season, finishing second at the NJCAA Region XV Championships on Feb. 16, and 12th place at the NJCAA National Championships from March 1-2. NJCAA Bowling only competes at the Division I level; meaning that Westchester’s place at the national championships put the Vikings among the best NJCAA Bowling programs in the nation.

In addition, sophomore Matthew Rice (Lagrangeville, NY/Arlington HS) was named the SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner for Men’s Bowling, which is the highest award given to a student-athlete in the SUNY system.

NJCAA: 14 VIKINGS NAMED TO THE NJCAA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS FOR 2018-2019

Of the record 6,656 NJCAA student-athletes from all across the association named to the 2018-2019 NJCAA All-Academic teams and outstanding 14 of them competed for Westchester Community College during the previous academic year. The All-Academic team announcement made by the NJCAA on Tuesday, July 2.

Student-athletes are eligible to earn academic honors by achieving an overall GPA of 3.60 or higher. The criteria for the three All-Academic teams listed below:

NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.00 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Second Team: 3.80-3.99 GPA
NJCAA All-Academic Third Team: 3.60-3.79 GPA

From Westchester CC, four student-athletes earned Second Team recognition, while the remaining 10 student-athletes earned Third Team honors.

The impressive list of recognized scholar-athletes listed below:

Brian McBride, Baseball, Second Team
Cian Guilfoyle, Golf, Third Team
Donovan Vincent Jr., Track & Field, Third Team
Elio Jimenez, Golf, Third Team
Gwenneth Gumbs, Volleyball, Third Team
Hayley Duggan, Cross Country, Second Team
Jake Jempty, Baseball, Third Team
John DeMase, Golf, Third Team
Lindsay Leggio, Volleyball, Third Team
Matthew Rice, Bowling/Golf, Third Team
Max Marienberg, Baseball, Second Team
Michael DeMatteo, Track & Field, Third Team
Nathan Emanuel, Basketball, Second Team
Sean Hackes, Basketball, Third Team

GOLF: MING FINISHES 42ND; GUILFOYLE 81ST AT NJCAA NATIONAL GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS

The final athletic competition of the 2018-2019 academic year for the Westchester Community College Athletic Department proved to be a successful conclusion to a terrific year as two Vikings not only competed at the NJCAA Division III National Golf Championships, but they proved to be quite competitive with the very best golfers in the nation. Freshman Justin Ming (Pelham, NY/Pelham HS) finished 41st in the nation, while sophomore Cian Guilfoyle (Yonkers/Yonkers Montessori Academy) earned an 81st place finish. The event took place from June 4-7 at Chautauqua Golf Club in Chautauqua, NY.

Ming, the 2019 Mid-Hudson Conference Co-Golfer of the Year, had a tough start to the competition, shooting an 86 during the opening round, but from there he bounced back beautifully, shooting an 81, 79, and 82 to close the event with a 328, only 10 strokes outside of a top-20 finish in the nation.

Guilfoyle also got stronger as the event moved along, opening with a 96, but then getting as low as an 89 during the third round of play to finish with a 367.

The 2019 Westchester Community College Golf season featured the Vikings fourth consecutive Mid-Hudson Conference Championship, and a runner-up finish at the NJCAA Region XV Championships. With a solid core set to return for 2020, the Vikings hope to earn a fifth straight conference crown.

SPORTS: Also of note, the Vikings finished tied with Sullivan Community College for the Mid-Hudson Conference’s ALL SPORTS AWARD. This is the sixth time Westchester has won or shared the award. Twenty-seven Westchester Community College athletes named to the Mid-Hudson Conference, Spring Semester Academic Team. This included 10 baseball players, seven golfers, 2 men’s basketball players, 4 bowlers and 4 track athletes.

Sports This Week:

  • August 28: Men’s Soccer vs. Bergen, 4pm

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