November 10, 2010


Academic honor for Red Dragons’ QB

SUNY Cortland starting quarterback Dan Pitcher has been chosen to the 2010 ESPN College Division District I All-Academic Football first team.
The elite squad includes Division II and III schools from New York and New England and is chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Cortland High alum Pitcher is now eligible for national Academic All-America honors by virtue of his first-team all-district selection. The national team will be announced on Nov. 23.
Pitcher is currently a graduate student in Cortland’s sport management department. As an undergraduate psychology major, Pitcher registered a 4.08 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, where bonus points are awarded for A-plus grades.
He attended Colgate University before transferring to Cortland during the 2008 spring semester.
Through nine games this fall, Pitcher is 107-of-197 passing for 1,288 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in every game, as well as in both of his starts last season before missing the remainder of the season due to injury.
Pitcher’s current streak of 11 straight games with a TD pass is a school record.
Cortland completes the regular season on Saturday at noon when Ithaca College visits in the annual Cortaca Jug game.
Dryden Grad Wright Honored
MORRISVILLE — Dryden High graduate Nicole Wright was one of two Morrisville State players named to the North Eastern Athletic Conference 2010 Volleyball All-Conference team.
Wright, a senior outside hitter, was a first team selection after a season where she compiled 227 kills, 17 service aces, 223 defensive digs and 22 blocks for the Mustangs. She posted a 2.55 kill and 2.51 dig per game average in 89 games while completing the season with an overall ninth rank in hitting percentage and 8th rank in kills in the conference.
Wright, the daughter of Becky Ayers of Dryden, is majoring in criminal justice at Morrisville. The Mustangs finished 7-23 this season, posting a 2-6 record in the North Division of conference play.
Volleyball Kudos for Guercio
SUNY Cortland sophomore setter Kristen Guercio, out of Smithtown East High School, has been selected as the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 7.
Guercio was also selected as the SUNY Athletic Conference Player of the Week after earning MVP honors at last weekend’s conference tournament. She averaged 11.1 assists per set in two victories as the Red Dragons won their 17th league title and first since 2007.
Cortland’s first national Player of the Week since Megan Thurkins in the 2000 season, Guercio recorded 30 assists in a 3-0 sweep of Geneseo in the semifinals before handing out 48 assists in a 3-1 win against New Paltz in the championship match. She also added a combined five kills and 18 digs in the two wins. Guercio extended her team lead in assists to 1,527 for the season.
The Red Dragons will be making their 22nd NCAA Division III tournament appearance as part of an eight-team regional hosted by Frostburg State in Maryland. Play opens for Cortland on Friday at 5:30 p.m. against Ohio’s Case Western Reserve.
Sisters Conquer Half-Marathon
YORK, Maine — Former Boston Marathon regular Peter Jeffers, the retired SUNY Cortland professor who lives in Homer, was a proud papa watching three of his daughters complete the Maine Coast Half-Marathon held this past Sunday.
It was the fourth half-marathon run by Amanda (Jeffers) Porto. The 23-year-year old New Hampshire resident, who played soccer and ran track at Homer Central, was clocked in two hours, seven minutes and 40 seconds.
Karin Jeffers and Susan Jeffers Brady, also former Trojan track performers who now live in Massachusetts, were running in their first half-marathons. They ran together over the course, with the 41-year-old Karin finishing in 2:23:24 and the 44-year-old Susan in 2:23:26.
In a field of 935 women, the race winner was Katrina Gravel of Peabody, Mass., in 1:26:53.
Marathon Soccer Time Set
Marathon Central soccer boys will be getting the state tournament underway at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta, where the Section 4 champion Olympians (14-3-1) will take on Section 3 champion Manlius-Pebble Hill (18-1) in a Class C regional contest.
The Olympians are coming off a 3-1 victory over Spencer-Van Etten in the Section 4 title game this past Saturday at the same site.
Marathon girls will also be in action Saturday in the state tournament, the Olympians (15-3-1) taking on Sauquoit Valley (18-1) in a Class C game at Chittenango High School. Game time is 3:30 p.m.

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