March 13, 2008


Dovi top returnee as TC3 heads south

DRYDEN — Tompkins Cortland Community College softball win begins the 2008 season Monday as the Panthers travel to Cocoa, Florida to play up to eight games over a five-day period.
This trip south will help TC3 prepare to defend its Mid-State Athletic Conference title and solid NJCAA Region III 2007 season. The Panthers were 8-0 in MSAC play and 17-7 in Region III while posting a 20-14 overall mark.
Brent Doane enters his seventh season as head coach with a mix of seven sophomores and seven freshmen led by Cortland High alumnus Rose Dovi, who set several records last season and is a NJCAA Preseason All-American entering 2008.
Dovi set the new single season record for RBIs (37) and triples (5), the single game record for runs scored (4) and currently holds the career record for triples (5). The sophomore graphic design major was a 2007 All-MSAC and All-NJCAA Region III selection. She hit .392 (38-for-97) with nine doubles, four homeruns, 24 runs scored and a .711 slugging percentage as a freshman. Dovi was also nine-for-nine in stolen base with a .465 on-base percentage.
While Dovi will play in the outfield, the Panthers also boast the return on sophomore Niki Rieman, a 2007 NJCAA All-Region III pitcher-first baseman. Rieman went 12-7 and recorded one save with a 1.72 ERA her freshman season. She fanned 92 batters in 109-2/3 innings pitched while hitting .299 at the plate with 10 doubles and 26 RBIs.
Another returning player is sophomore infielder Brienna Blanchard from Cincinnatus.
Former TC3 player and Marathon Central graduate Jolene Phillips is back for her second year as an assistant coach.
TC3 will play the County College of Morris (N.J.) Monday in a 3 p.m. doubleheader before facing Lackawanna College (Pa.) Tuesday in another 3 p.m. twinbill.
The Panthers open their home season April 1 with a 3 p.m. doubleheader against Niagara County CC.
TC3 BASEBALL is back for its second season with Pat Carroll returning as head coach. The Panthers were 8-17 overall, 8-10 Region III and 6-4 in MSAC play in the first season.
Cortland High alum Andrew Foster and Dryden High grad Corey Hollenbeck are two of the returning sophomores on the TC3 roster.
Foster hit .288 last year with one double, 13 runs scored, nine RBIs and four stolen bases while manning an infield position defensively.
Hollenbeck is a pitcher-outfielder. He hit .250 with three RBIs, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Appearing in 10 games on the mound, Hollenbeck was 0-2 with two saves and an ERA of 4.86.
Joining them are former high school classmates. Freshman infielder-pitcher Tim Fulton comes to the Panthers from Cortland High while freshman pitcher Spencer Hoyt moves from Dryden High to the hilltop campus for the 2008 season.
Also joining the Panther roster this spring is DeRuyter graduate Jacob Newton, a freshman catcher.
TC3 will open its season will a non-league game against Roane State CC Tuesday in Harriman, Tenn. The Panthers will then play at 1 p.m. doubleheader against Walter State CC Wednesday in Morristown, Tenn. TC3 will also play twinbills on Thursday, Friday and next Saturday before the March 29 home non-league opener against Ithaca College JVs.
TC3 GOLFERS will have just two returning players this spring. Cortland High alumnus Andrew Forker and Union Springs grad Dustin Clark are the only sophomores on the roster and both played in the NJCCA Championships last June. The Panthers placed 14th in the nation in 2007.
The Panthers have seven freshmen rounding out the roster for head coach Mick McDaniel with Homer Central graduate Michael Freeman among those new faces.
TC3 will open the season April 11 at the Mohawk Valley CC Tournament in Utica.
TC3 MEN were scheduled to play lacrosse at Delaware Technical College in Dover, Delaware, Sunday, but the game has been cancelled.
The Panthers (0-1 Region III and overall) will return to action March 22 with a 1 p.m. home match against Genesee CC.
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