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Stevens Named Head Baseball Coach

July 23, 2014


New TC3 head coach Ryan Stevens, manager of the professional team Alpine Cowboys, flanked by TC3 alums Dustin Sandberg and Billy Crowe

Ryan Stevens is returning to Tompkins Cortland Community College as the new head baseball coach. Stevens, who was an assistant at TC3 from 2006 to 2010, replaces Pat Carroll. Carroll is leaving TC3 after eight seasons for a coaching position at Siena College, an NCAA Division I program in New York’s Capital Region.

Stevens has built an impressive resume since starting his coaching career at TC3. While on the Dryden campus he was the Panthers’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator, helping build a brand new program into a playoff team. His time at the College coincides with the best four-year stretch in the program’s history, culminating with an NJCAA regional playoff appearance in his final season.

In 2008 he entered the world of professional baseball, taking a job with the Texarkana Gunslingers of the Independent Professional Continental Baseball league. After two years and a league championship with the Gunslingers, Stevens took his first head coaching job with the Alpine Cowboys of the Pecos League, an independent professional league based in Texas with teams through the southwest. In five seasons as the manager of the Cowboys, Stevens has led the team to the postseason each year, capturing two league championships and winning more than 200 games. He was named the Pecos League Manager of the Year, and has helped more than 50 players earn promotions to higher levels of professional baseball.

"Coach Stevens has proven to be a winner at every level, including the professional ranks, and I’m looking forward to him bringing that experience to our program. With his knowledge of the game, his passion for helping athletes succeed, and his commitment to hard work, he is exactly the right person to move TC3 baseball ahead," said TC3 Director of Athletics Mick McDaniel. "It’s a good fit: Ryan is a TC3 guy with tremendous regional and national connections. When the position was posted in early July, I had several local baseball icons call and urge me to give Ryan a chance at the helm of the Panthers. This was an easy decision. We are extremely excited to have Coach Stevens back in a Panther uniform."

Stevens, who also worked as an associate scout in the West Texas region for the Washington Nationals, served as an assistant coach at Ithaca College during the 2013-14 school year. He is a Dryden native, graduating from Dryden High before playing collegiate baseball at SUNY Cobleskill and Frostburg State University (Maryland).


TC3 Student-Athletes Receive National Academic Honors

July 9, 2014

Four Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athletes have been honored with a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award. Taylor Policay (Lansing H.S./Ithaca), Kyle Shaw (Groton H.S./Groton), Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden), and Hannah Wildenstein (Dryden H.S./Freeville) were each presented with the NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. The award, which was previously known as the NJCAA Academic All-American award, requires a minimum grade point average of 3.6. Only three percent of the nearly 60,000 student-athletes competing in the NJCAA this year received the designation.

Policay was a member of both the women’s basketball and softball teams. She completed her sport management degree in May, graduating with a GPA of 3.76. On the softball diamond she earned all-conference honors after a stellar freshman season that saw her blast nine home runs, including a TC3-record two in one playoff game. Over two seasons at TC3, she started 58 of 59 softball games, leading the team in slugging percentage during that time. On the basketball court she started 17 of 22 games, averaging more than three points and six rebounds per contest.

Shaw golfed for TC3, qualifying for the NJCAA national tournament in both his freshman and sophomore years. He was the team’s top scorer, and completed his academic work in business administration in May, graduating with a GPA of 3.61.

A captain on the women’s soccer team, Sinnigen was a two-time all-conference selection, an NJCAA all-region choice, and an NSCAA All-American for the Panthers. A liberal arts and sciences major, she completed her coursework with a GPA of 3.71.

Wildenstein, the lone first-year student among TC3’s honorees, was also a member of the women’s soccer team. She started 11 games and has a GPA of 3.70 in business administration.


Coaching Changes for TC3 Basketball

June 20, 2014

The upcoming basketball season at Tompkins Cortland Community College will have some familiar faces in unfamiliar places. Director of Athletics Mick McDaniel has announced that David Stevenson has been appointed the head women's basketball coach and Rich Echevarria has been appointed the head men’s basketball coach. Stevenson has been the head men’s basketball coach for the past nine seasons; Echevarria has been one of his assistant coaches for the past three years.

Stevenson takes over the women’s program for Jaclyn Sutton, who stepped down after four years. Assistant coach Jeff Riker will remain on the women’s coaching staff; assistant coach Brian Carroll will remain with the men’s team.

"Coach Stevenson has proven to be one of the top coaches in our region, and I have every confidence that he will enjoy the same success with the women’s program that he had with the men’s,” said McDaniel. "Coach Echevarria is a fantastic recruiter and is dedicated to continuing the winning and sportsmanlike ways that are now synonymous with TC3 athletics. I fully expect great things for both programs."

Stevenson is the most successful basketball coach in TC3 history. He took over a men’s program that had one winning season in its first 29 seasons and turned it into a consistent regional contender. His teams made the postseason five times, including the last three seasons. TC3 won three Mid-State Athletic Conference championships, including the last two, and Stevenson was named the MSAC Coach of the Year three times. He won more games (123) than all the other men’s basketball coaches in TC3 history combined, and is the only men’s basketball coach in College history with a winning percentage (.519).

"I'm very excited to take on the challenge of moving the women’s program forward," said Stevenson. "I’m equally excited to leave the men’s program to a former player and coach."

Echevarria is a former player at TC3 and a graduate of the College’s sport management program. He has coached on the AAU level and a various college camps, and has been an assistant on Stevenson’s bench during the best three-year run in program history. During his time with the Panthers, TC3 has a .675 winning percentage (54-26) and captured two straight conference titles. Those three years also saw the Panthers produce an all-American, four all-region selections, a two-time conference player of the year, and six all-conference selections.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue the tradition that has been started with Coach Stevenson,” said Echevarria. “I will work to build our student-athletes up to the best they can be, and prepare them to move to a four-year school, both on the court and academically.”


TC3's Sean Streb Recognized as Scholar Athlete

June 18, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College student Sean Streb has been recognized by the State University of New York (SUNY) with a 2013-14 Scholar Athlete Award. Streb, a two-time all-American soccer player at TC3, graduated from TC3 last month with a liberal arts and sciences: math/science degree. He will attend SUNY Cortland in the fall.

The award recognizes outstanding academic excellence and athletic achievement. “SUNY scholar athletes are stand-out students who have excelled not only in their respective sports but in our classrooms as well,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in announcing the recipients. “With an average GPA of 3.55 among this year’s honorees, we are exceptionally proud of their achievements. Congratulations to each of the students recognized, and thank you to the many professors, coaches, and staff across SUNY who support them."

A total of 83 student-athletes were recognized, representing 35 of SUNY’s 64 campuses. In order to be considered for this award, student-athletes were nominated by their campus athletic director. Nominees’ academic credentials and athletic accomplishments were then reviewed by a panel of athletic directors from across the SUNY system and members of the provost’s office.


Pfund Adds All-Region Honors

June 12, 2014

For the fourth time in the last five years, Tompkins Cortland Community College has an all-region baseball player. Sophomore Brian Pfund (East Hampton H.S./Montauk) was chosen to the all-region team by coaches in the NJCAA Region III.

Pfund was also named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team. He started all 32 games for the Panthers, primarily as the team’s center fielder and lead-off hitter. He hit a team-best .365 with a slugging percentage of .552. He had five assists from the outfield, the most on the team, to go with 80 putouts. Between runs scored and runs batted in, he had a role in more than a third of TC3’s runs.

Pfund is the fifth TC3 player named all region since baseball was reinstated as a varsity sport in 2007.


Two Panthers Named All-Region

June 12, 2014

For the first time in the short history of the program, Tompkins Cortland Community College has placed multiple players on the NJCAA Region III all-region lacrosse team. Sophomore defender Brandon Wood (Homer H.S./Homer) and freshman goalie Eh Tha Dah (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) were recognized for being among the best in the region. Both players were named to the second team. A total of 13 players were selected for both first and second teams. Onondaga Community College, the region and national champions, accounted for seven of the first team selections. Genesee Community College also had seven selections total (two first team and five second team), and SUNY Delhi was next with five, including four on the first team. Monroe Community College had three all-region players, and TC3 was the lone college with two. Two other colleges had single representatives on the second team. Voting was done by the coaches from the 13 Region III teams.

Wood, who was also honored with a Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference selection, started all 15 games as a defender. He was the team’s most consistent defender, and also scored four goals and an assist.

Dah was recognized for being one of the top goalies in the region. He recorded 225 saves on the season, the second most in the nation. He was especially strong when needed the most, including a spectacular 26-save performance in the regular season finale against Herkimer College. That win secured a playoff spot for the Panthers.

This marks the first time TC3 has had multiple all-region selections since lacrosse was reinstated as a varsity sport in 2008. Prior to this year, TC3 had a total of two all-region selections: Brett Gifford in both 2011 and 2012.


TC3 Represented by Two on All-MSAC Team

June 5, 2014

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College softball players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference softball team. Sophomore Angela Everhart (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) and freshman Kailyn Andrews (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) were among the 16 selected to the team. Voting was done by the coaches from the seven conference teams.

Everhart was one of TC3’s top offensive threats all season, leading the team with 25 RBI while batting .412, third best on the squad. She hit three home runs, tied for second most on the team, and had a slugging percentage of .562.

Andrews had TC3’s best on-base percentage at .562 and the second-best batting average at .475. She hit ten doubles and had a slugging percentage of .639, both the second best on the team.

It’s the eighth straight year TC3 has placed at least two players on the all-conference team.


Three Panthers Named All-MSAC

June 5, 2014

Three Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference lacrosse team. Sophomore Brandon Wood (Homer H.S./Homer) and freshmen Max Bosworth (Keene H.S./Keene, N.H.) and Orazio Ciaschi (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) were among the 20 selected to the team. Voting was done by the coaches from the six conference teams.

Wood started all 15 games as a defender. He also scored four goals and an assist.

Bosworth set a new TC3 with 51 goals, the fifth most of any individual in the nation this year. He added 19 assists for a TC3 record 70 points, the tenth best total in the nation.

Ciaschi was second on the team with 44 goals, the third-best single-season total in Panther history. He led the team with 20 assists, giving him 64 points on the season, the second-best in TC3 history.


Pfund Named All-Conference

June 5, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Brian Pfund (East Hampton H.S./Montauk) has been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference baseball team. He was the lone TC3 selection to the 15-player team. Voting was done by the coaches from the six conference teams.

Pfund was TC3’s center fielder and lead-off hitter, starting in all 32 games. He led the Panthers in several offensive categories, including batting average (.365), hits (35), doubles (8), triple (2), home runs (2), stolen bases (9), slugging percentage (.552), and on-base percentage (.419). He scored nearly a quarter of TC3’s runs, crossing the plate 24 times (the team total was 101). He also drove in 15, the second most on the team.

It’s the eighth straight year TC3 has been represented on the all-conference team.


Tyseem Lyles Named All American

May 2, 2014


NJCAA All-American Tyseem Lyles

Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball player Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has been named a National Junior College Athletic Association All American. Lyles was named to the third team, becoming just the second TC3 men’s basketball player ever named an All American. Jude Princivil was the first, honored after the 1994-95 season.

Lyles is a two-time Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a two-time selection to the NJCAA All-Region III First Team. He led TC3 in scoring both years, including averaging 18.5 points per game this year. He set TC3 season records for assists and steals this year, and established a new career record for assists. He was tops in Region III in steals, second in assists, and second in three-point shooting percentage (51.9%).

A total of 15 players were honored with All-American recognition on the Division III level, which includes 109 teams.


Three Inducted Into TC3 Panther Hall of Fame

April 13, 2014


Panther Hall of Famers Ivan Lewis, Brent Doane, Clint Chaffee

Three standouts were inducted into the Tompkins Cortland Community College Panther Hall of Fame Sunday. Former student-athletes Clint Chaffee (’06) and Ivan Lewis (’02) and former coach Brent Doane comprise the Class of 2014, the largest since the inaugural Class of 1999. With a two-time All American, a national scoring champion, and a national champion coach, the Panther Hall of Fame Class of 2014 is distinguished in terms of both quantity and quality.

Chaffee was a member of the TC3 golf team in 2005 and 2006. He was an NJCAA All American both years, finishing sixth at nationals both years. The Candor High School graduate was TC3’s first regional golf champion and still holds the College record for best single round score and best season scoring average. He was a SUNY Chancellor’s Scholar-Athlete Award winner in 2006 and went on to earn a degree in golf course management from SUNY Delhi. Chaffee is currently an assistant golf professional at Congressional Country Club outside of Washington, D.C., one of the top private clubs in the country.

Lewis played basketball for TC3 in 2000-01 and 2001-02. He led the nation in scoring his freshman year, averaging 30.5 points per game, and was third in the nation his sophomore year, averaging 27.8 points per game. He holds nearly all the TC3 scoring records, and has the distinction of being the only player in program history to score more than 50 points in a single game and more than 700 points in a single season. Lewis was the first TC3 player to top 1,000 points in a career and still holds the school record for career scoring. He was a two-time all-region and all-conference selection, and was a preseason NJCAA All American. After graduating from TC3, Lewis went on to star at Felician College (NCAA Division II) in New Jersey, helping the Golden Falcons to a conference title and ECAC Division II championship. He graduated cum laude from Felician and began a coaching career that has advanced to his current post of associate head coach at Felician.

Doane coached the TC3 women’s basketball team from 1999-2005 and the softball team from 2002-2012. He directed the basketball teams, the first varsity women’s basketball teams in the College’s history, to three straight NJCAA playoff appearances. On the softball diamond, he restarted a program that hadn’t been active in six years, leading the Panthers to a NJCAA playoff appearance his first season. During his 11 years coaching softball, he led the Panthers to nine NJCAA playoff appearances, four regional championships, and the 2009 NJCAA national championship. His teams placed third in the nation twice and fourth once, and Doane was named the national coach of the year once and the regional coach of the year twice. During his time at TC3, he coached 10 All Americans, 31 all-region players, and 39 all-conference selections. Doane, who still works in the TC3 admissions office, is also currently an assistant softball coach at Cornell University.

Chaffee and Lewis are the first golfer and men’s basketball player, respectively, inducted into the Panther Hall of Fame. Doane is the third coach elected to hall, and the first to have coached a women’s sport.

Formed in 1999, the Panther Hall of Fame is designed to honor former athletes, coaches, and contributors for their outstanding performance and support of TC3 athletics. New members are elected by a selection committee that includes the director of athletics, the TC3 Athletic Advisory Board members, and current Panther Hall of Fame members. Inductions are possible bi-annually, with a maximum of three new members in each class. A plaque with the inductee's picture and description of his or her achievement is displayed at the College.

With the induction of the Class of 2014, there are now 12 members of the Panther Hall of Fame.


Lyles and Redden Named All-Region

March 10, 2014

Tompkins Cortland Community College men's basketball players Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) and Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo) have been named to the NJCAA Region III All-Region team. Lyles was named to the first team while Redden was placed on the third team. It’s the third time TC3 has placed two players on the all-region team, and the first time since the 2009-10 season.

Lyles, a sophomore sport management major, is the first TC3 player ever named to the first team two years in a row. He played in 26 games this year, leading the team with an 18.5-points-per-game average. He averaged 6.2 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 4.0 steals per game, setting new TC3 records for assists in a season and career and steals in a season. He was first in the region in steals, second in assists, and second in three-point shooting percentage (51.9%).

Redden, a sophomore criminal justice major, was second on the team in scoring with an average of 14.1 points per game. He averaged 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists steals per game for the season, and stepped it up to 16.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game in conference play. He scored in double figures in 20 of his 25 games and topped 20 points six times. He had a double-double in TC3’s win at SUNY Broome and led TC3 in scoring six times, all wins.

Both players were also named to All-Mid-State Athletic Conference, with Lyles earning the MSAC Player of the Year award. The duo led the Panthers to a two-year record of 41-12, two MSAC championships, and two appearances in the NJCAA Region III quarterfinals. The two-year win total represents the most in TC3 history.


TC3 Men's Basketball Sweeps Conference Honors

February 25, 2014

For the second straight year, the Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s basketball program has swept the major Mid-State Athletic Conference postseason awards. Sophomore Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has repeated as the Mid-State Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and TC3 Coach David Stevenson has again been named the MSAC Coach of the Year. The two are joined by Devin Redden (St. Mary’s H.S./Buffalo) on the all-conference team, which consists of ten players. Voting for the all-conference awards is done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.

Lyles is the first TC3 basketball player to repeat as conference player of the year, and just the third to ever receive the honor at all (Jude Princivil in 1995 and Chris Cartwright in 2010). Lyles was among the conference leaders in almost every statistical category. He was fourth in the in scoring (18.7 points per game), first in steals (4.3 per game), first in assists (6.8 per game), second in three-point field goal percentage (50.0%), second in free-throw percentage (83.3%). fifth in field goal percentage (51.2%), and eighth in rebounds (7.4 per game).

Fellow sophomore Redden was one of the most consistent scorers in the conference. He reached double figures in points in all but one conference game, averaging 16.7 points per game, the seventh best average in the MSAC. He topped 20 points in a conference game five times, and led TC3 in scoring five times. He also made multiple three-pointers in eight of his 12 MSAC games.

It’s the second straight MSAC Coach of the Year award for Stevenson, and the third of his career (first was in 2010). Stevenson’s Panthers matched the mark set last year for the best MSAC record in school history, going 11-1 in the MSAC regular season. His team won the regular season and conference tournament titles for the second straight time and third time overall. Stevenson, in his ninth season as head coach, has already established records for most wins and best winning percentage in TC3 basketball history.

2014 Mid-State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team
Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland
Saquan Chambers, Corning
Dustin Pond, Jefferson
Brandon Bullock, Finger Lakes
Zaki Thomas, Cayuga
Devin Redden, Tompkins Cortland
Dylan Verkey, Finger Lakes Tyler Bliss, Onondaga
Tyler Ladd, Corning
Frank D’Esti, Broome

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Stevenson, Tompkins Cortland


Sinnigen An All-American

December 17, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College women's soccer player Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden) has been named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Junior College Women’s Division III All-America team. Sinnigen was named to the second team as a defender. Just six defenders were among the 24 players honored as All-Americans.

Sinnigen, who also was named an all-star by the NJCAA Region III and the Mid-State Athletic Conference, started all 16 games for the Panthers and was widely considered the best defender in the region. She anchored a TC3 team that posted eight shutouts and was sixth on the team in scoring with 10 points on four goals and two assists.

A two-year captain, Sinnigen is a liberal arts and sciences-teacher education major.


Streb and Shutter Named NSCAA All-Americans

December 17, 2013

More honors for Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer players Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing) and Morgan Shutter (Odessa-Montour H.S./Alpine), this time from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Streb and Shutter have been named to the 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire Junior College Men’s Division III All-America team. Streb, one of just four repeat selections, was named to the first team; Shutter, a freshman, was chosen on the second team.

A total of 12 players were named to the first team, and Streb was one of just three defenders. A second-team selection in 2012, he started 16 games in 2013 while leading a defense that allowed just nine goals during those games. The Panthers posted eight shutouts and allowed two goals in a game just once while Streb was on the field. The co-captain also scored seven goals and had an assist for a TC3 team that advanced to the Region III championship game and finished the year ranked ninth in the nation.

Shutter, who also earned All-American honors from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), had a spectacular debut season. He was named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, helping the Panthers to an undefeated conference record. He started 16 games, scoring in half. He netted a hat-trick in TC3’s win over Cayuga Community College and had two streaks of three consecutive games with a goal. He finished the year with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists.

This marks the fourth-straight year TC3 men’s soccer has been represented on the All-American team, and the second-straight year with two players honored.


Morgan Shutter Named All-American

December 6, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer player Morgan Shutter (Odessa-Montour H.S./Alpine) has been named an All-American by the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). The freshman was named to the Division III All-America second team. A total of 22 players were honored, including just seven freshmen.

Shutter adds the All-American honor to an impressive list of accomplishments. He was named to the Region III All-Region team and was chosen the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He led TC3 in scoring with 24 points (10 goals and four assists), helping the Panthers to an undefeated regular season and an appearance in the Region III championship game.

Shutter is the first TC3 men’s soccer player to receive NJCAA All-American honors since 2010 (Lucas Heffron) and the sixth all time.


Sinnigen and Kendall Named All Region

November 15, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomores Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden) and Mercedes Kendall (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) have been voted to the NJCAA Region III all-region women’s soccer team. Sinnigen was voted to the first team as a defender and Kendall made second team at midfield. A total of 26 players were honored between first and second teams in voting by the coaches in Region III, the largest region in the nation.

Sinnigen led a TC3 defense that allowed posted eight shutouts in 16 games. She was a two-year team captain and started all 16 games this season. She scored four goals and had two assists, finishing sixth on the team in scoring despite playing most of her time in the defensive end.

Kendall split time between midfield and defense and was fourth on the team in scoring with six goals and five assists. She had a pair of strings of three straight games with at least one point, helping TC3 to a 4-1-1 mark in those games.

TC3 finished the year with a record of 10-5-1. The Panthers advanced to the playoffs for the ninth-straight year, advancing to the semifinal round.

This also marks the ninth-straight year TC3 has been represented on the all-region team, and the eighth time during that span with multiple selections.

2013 NJCAA Region III Women’s Soccer All-Region Team

First Team
Forward
Brittany Maggio, Finger Lakes
Danielle Tyrell, Broome
Silvana Giovannone, Mohawk Valley
Dana Hansen, Genesee

Midfields
Rachel Gac, Onondaga
Ashley Makowski, Genesee
Abigail Godbout, Broome
Dani Nicosia. Herkimer

Defense
Amber Villecco, Broome
Sara Sinnigen, Tompkins Cortland
Alexi Anderson, Hudson Valley
Alyssa Norman, Finger Lakes

Goalie
Maddie Potter, Genesee

Second Team
Forward
Chelsea Lafountain, North Country
Samantha Mann, Jamestown
Megan Carlo, Mohawk Valley
Nicole Welcome, Fulton-Montgomery

Midfield
Mercedes Kendall, Tompkins Cortland
Kayla Sharkey, Onondaga
Kristy De Labio, Niagara
Ashley O’Conner, Mohawk Valley

Defense
Calley Lawyer, Onondaga
Sarah Loranty, Genesee
Nicole Burline, Mohawk Valley
Sara Zieniuk, Onondaga

Goalie
Emily Taplin, Hudson Valley


Panthers Well Represented on All-Region Team

November 15, 2013

Coach Andy Davis and four Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s soccer players have earned NJCAA Region III all-region honors. Davis was named the co-coach of the year in the region; Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing), Morgan Shutter (Odessa-Montour H.S./Alpine), and Rob Licciardi (North Babylon H.S./North Babylon) were all first-team selections; McZiggy Richards (School for Human Rights/Brooklyn) was chosen to the second team. A total of 26 players were voted onto the team by the coaches of Region III. SUNY Adirondack and Herkimer County Community College each had five selections, followed by Genesee Community College and TC3 each with four selections. The other eight selections were distributed among six schools.

 

Streb is just the fifth Panther in the 19-year history of TC3 men’s soccer to repeat as a first-team all-region selection. He was a team captain and led a defense that allowed just 11 goals in 17 games, and only five over the final 11 games. Despite playing defense most of the season, he was second on the team with seven goals.

 

Shutter, a freshman and the Mid-State Athletic Conference Player of the Year, led TC3 with 10 goals and 24 points. Licciardi, a sophomore, was fourth on the team with 11 points on four assists and three goals. Richards, a freshman, had an 11-1-3 record that included six shutouts. His 0.65 goals against average this season was the best ever for a TC3 goalie.

 

The regional award is the first such honor for Davis and the first for a TC3 men’s soccer coach since Mick McDaniel in 1999. Davis is a five-time MSAC Coach of the Year, including this season.

 

2013 All-Region Men’s Soccer

First Team
Forward
Samuel Naiwo, Adirondack
Jermaine Windster, Herkimer
Ben Polk, Genesee
Morgan Shutter, Tompkins Cortland

 

Midfield
Jimmy Calderon, Herkimer
Rob Licciardi, Tompkins Cortland
Nathan Rose, Genesee Joe Boulter, Adirondack

 

Defense
Sean Streb, Tompkins Cortland
Pete McAvoy, Herkimer
Aaron Dunks, Genesee
Thomas Debenham, Adirondack

Goalie
Tristan Henry, Herkimer

 

Second Team
Forward
Robbie Hoover, Broome
Dimitri Beauchamp, Delhi
Mitch Haas, Hudson Valley
Winterson Joseph, North Country

 

Midfield
Bryan Coyt, Herkimer
Matthew Spencer, Cayuga
Jamie Maskell, Genesee
Leo Cunningham, Adirondack

 

Defense
Jason Boxx, Cayuga
Adis Redzic, Mohawk Valley
Shane Jenkinson, Adirondack
Enea Canaj, Hudson Valley

 

Goalie
McZiggy Richards, Tompkins Cortland

 

Co-Coach of the Year Andy Davis, Tompkins Cortland
Pepe Aragon, Herkimer


Panthers Dominate All-Conference Honors

October 25, 2013

The 2013 Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) men’s soccer post-season honors have been announced, and for the second straight year, Tompkins Cortland Community College has dominated the honors. The Panthers claimed the most spots on the all-conference team, as well as the two individual awards. In voting by the coaches of the seven teams in the MSAC, TC3’s Morgan Shutter (Odessa-Montour H.S./Alpine) has been named the Player of the Year and Andy Davis has been named the Coach of the Year. Additionally, TC3 claimed seven spots on the 20-man all-conference team; the next most was four. TC3 repeated as conference champions, winning the title with a record of 6-0 against fellow MSAC teams.

Shutter is the fourth different Panther in the last five years to be named conference player of the year, and the seventh all time. Shutter leads TC3 with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Joining Shutter on the all-MSAC team are Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing), a repeat selection; Rob Licciardi (North Babylon H.S./North Babylon); Yauhen Malko (James Madison H.S./Brooklyn); James Demshick (Newburgh Free Academy/Newburgh); McZiggy Richards (School for Human Rights/Brooklyn); and Evan Holl (Marathon H.S./Marathon). It marks the 13th consecutive season TC3 has had at least four players named all-MSAC.

For Davis, it’s the fifth time he has been honored as the conference coach of the year. His teams have claimed five MSAC titles in his nine years at TC3.

2013 Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team

Morgan Shutter, Tompkins Cortland
Sean Streb, Tompkins Cortland
Robbie Hoover, Broome
Rob Licciardi, Tompkins Cortland
Jason Boxx, Cayuga
Tautis Poniskaitis, Cayuga
Matthew Massenzio, Onondaga
Mike McGinnis, Corning
Anson Dann, Broome
Turner Antonakos, Broome
Yauhen Malko, Tompkins Cortland
Patrick Maroney, Onondaga
James Demshick, Tompkins Cortland
Sean Wynn, Cayuga
Ryan Haines, Finger Lakes
McZiggy Richards, Tompkins Cortland
Kyle Miller, Jefferson
Matthew Spencer, Cayuga
Evan Holl, Tompkins Cortland
Bojan Topalovic, Onondaga


Four Panthers Named All Conference

October 25, 2013

Four members of the Tompkins Cortland Community College women's soccer team have been voted to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference team for 2013. Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden), Erica Faberzak (Cortland H.S./Cortland), Taylor Liebowitz (Emmaus H.S./Allentown, Penn.), and Shelby Goodrich (Minisink Valley H.S./Otisville) were among the 20 players voted to the all-conference team by the coaches from the seven MSAC soccer programs. Only four teams placed players on the squad - TC3 was tied for the third most all-MSAC players.

Sinnigen and Faberzak are both repeat selections. All four TC3 selections are sophomores. TC3 has had at least three all-MSAC players each year since 2005.

2013 Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team Danielle Tyrrell, Broome
Brittany Maggio, Finger Lakes
Kayla Sharkey, Onondaga
Sara Sinnigen, Tompkins Cortland
Racheal Gac, Onondaga
Erika Faberzak, Tompkins Cortland
Amanda DeGraff, Finger Lakes
Amber Villecco, Broome
Taylor Liebowitz, Tompkins Cortland
McKenzie Miller, Finger Lakes
Danielle Ogrodowski, Finger Lakes
Calley Lawyer, Onondaga
Ariel Roys, Broome
Kelsie Gooding, Broome
Brittani Bove, Finger Lakes
Danielle Von Hahmann, Finger Lakes
Sara Zieniuk, Onondaga
Shelby Goodrich, Tompkins Cortland
Taylor Boughner, Broome
Abby Godbout, Broome


Panthers Named All-Academic Team

June 1, 2013

The Tompkins Cortland Community College women’s basketball team and two individual players have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Women’s basketball players Kayla Russell (East Syracuse-Minoa H.S./East Syracuse) and Kristal Stevens (Newark Valley H.S./Newark Valley) have each been awarded an Academic Student-Athlete Award, formerly known as the NJCAA Academic All-American honor. The entire TC3 Panthers team was recognized as a 2012-13 NJCAA Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team.

Russell, who graduated in May and will attend SUNY Cortland in the fall, received an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. She had a grade point average of 3.71 while majoring in Recreation: Exercise Studies.

Stevens also was honored with an NJCAA Award for Exemplary Academic Achievement. She will return to TC3 this fall for her sophomore year as a Liberal Arts and Sciences-General Studies major after posting a grade point average of 3.66 last year.

The team award was given to Head Coach Jaclyn Sutton’s Panthers after the squad posted a combined grade point average of 3.40, the tenth best in the country among all NJCAA women’s basketball programs and the second best among Division III schools. The 2012-13 Panthers roster had 11 players, including local student-athletes Russell, Stevens, Nicole Goodwin (Newfield H.S./Newfield), Molly Hitchcock (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira), Meghan Ideman (Moravia H.S./Moravia), Chelsy Kern (Candor H.S./Candor), Adrienne Murray (Moravia H.S./Moravia), Audrey Kate Ordway (Dryden H.S./Dryden), and Chelsi Rosa (Bainbridge-Guilford H.S./Bainbridge).

The 2012-13 Panthers also enjoyed success on the court, advancing to the semifinals of the Mid-State Athletic Conference playoffs and the quarterfinals of the NJCAA Region III playoffs.


TC3 Alums Playing Pro Baseball

June 13, 2013

Former Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball players Billy Crowe (Class of 2011) and Dustin Sandberg (Class of 2011) are continuing their playing careers on the professional level, having signed with the Alpine (Texas) Cowboys of the independent Pecos League. The Cowboys, the 2012 Pecos League champions, are managed by former TC3 assistant baseball coach Ryan Stevens.

Crowe was a 2011 all-conference catcher for TC3. A two-year starter, he graduated among the all-time TC3 leaders in several offensive categories, including most hits, doubles, runs scored, and stolen bases. He attended Virginia Weslyan College after TC3. In 18 games this year with the Cowboys, Crowe is hitting .326 with 11 RBI.

Sandberg was all conference in 2010. He holds several career records for TC3, including most home runs and RBI in a game, season, and career. He is third all-time in slugging percentage and is in the top ten all time for runs scored, hits, double, and triples. Sandberg attended Clarke University (Iowa) after graduating from TC3. He is hitting .250 with a home run in 16 games with Cowboys.


TC3's Seneca Baldwin Named All-Region for Softball

June 4, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College’s Seneca Baldwin (Oneonta H.S./Oneonta) has been honored for her accomplishments on the softball field. The freshman was named second team all region by the coaches in the NJCAA Region III.

Baldwin, who also earned Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference honors, was named all region as a utility player. She split time between several positions, but was TC3’s top pitcher with nine wins and 109 strike outs in 116 innings of work. She spent most of the year as the team’s number three hitter, batting .367 with three home runs, 19 RBI, and 26 runs scored.

It is the tenth consecutive year TC3 has had at least one player named all-region. Since 2004, 28 TC3 softball players have been named all-region.


TC3 Softball Represented by Two on All-MSAC Team

May 13, 2013

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College softball players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference softball team. Freshmen Seneca Baldwin (Oneonta H.S./Oneonta) and Taylor Policay (Lansing H.S./Lansing) were among the 15 selected to the team. Voting was done by the coaches from the six conference teams.

Baldwin was TC3’s top pitcher and one of the team’s best hitters. She posted nine wins in the circle, striking out 109 in 116 innings. At the plate she hit .367 with three home runs, 19 RBI, and 26 runs scored.

Policay finished the year with nine home runs, including a TC3 record of two in one playoff game. She hit .310 with a team-best slugging percentage of .620. She led the team with 32 RBI and 27 runs scored, and sported a fielding percentage of .986 as the team’s primary first baseman.

It’s the seventh straight year TC3 has placed at least two players on the all-conference team.


TC3 Puts Two on All-Conference Baseball Team

May 13, 2013

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference baseball team. Sophomore Matt Jones (Greene H.S./Greene) and freshman Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing) were among the 15 selected to the team. Voting was done by the coaches from the six conference teams.

Jones saw time on the mound and in right field. As a pitcher he was fourth in appearances (six) and innings pitched (26.1). He was third in strikeouts (20) and tossed the team’s lone shutout this season, a 9-0 win over Corning Community College. At the plate he was second on the team with a .337 batting average and tops with a .400 on-base percentage. His 18 RBI were second best on the team, and his five doubles were third best.

Streb, who also was named a soccer all-American in the fall, split time between the mound and shortstop. He was the team’s top hitter with a .373 batting average and a .427 slugging percentage. He stole a team-best ten bases and was by far the toughest player to strike out (three in 110 at bats). His 21 RBI led the team and his six doubles were the second best. On the mound he was second in wins (two) and ERA (4.12). He had the most strikeouts (42) in the second most innings of work (48).

It’s the seventh straight year TC3 has placed at least two players on the all-conference team.


TC3's Policay Named Region III Athlete of the Week

May 1, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College softball player Taylor Policay (Lansing H.S./Lansing) has been recognized for her outstanding play. The freshman was named the NJCAA Region III co-Athlete of the Week. She shares honor with Mary Lenhart, a track and field athlete from Herkimer County Community College. Region III consists of 26 schools with four sports for women in the spring.

Policay earned the honor with a huge week. The freshman caught fire at the plate while to helping the Panthers go 6-2. She hit five home runs in a span of five games, including two different two-homer games. She is just the second TC3 softball player ever to have two games of multiple home runs, equaling a standard set by Mackenzie Sherlock last year. For the entire week, Policay went a combined 10-for-24 with 18 RBI to raise her batting average to .284 and her slugging percentage to .518. She also played error-less in the field at first base, raising her season-long fielding percentage to .984.


TC3 Men's Basketball Sweeps Conference Honors

February 25, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College freshman Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has been named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year and TC3 Coach David Stevenson has been named the MSAC Coach of the Year. The two are joined by Jaanai Beckford (Northstar Christian Academy/Yonkers) on the all-conference team, which consists of ten players. Voting for the all-conference awards is done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.

Lyles is the third TC3 basketball player named the MSAC Player of the Year, following Jude Princivil (1994-95) and Chris Cartwright (2009-10). He was fourth in the conference in scoring (17.2 points per game), first in steals (4.3 per game), second in assists (5.8 per game), first in three-point field goal percentage (47.5%), and second in free-throw percentage (83.3%).

Beckford was one of the strongest and most versatile players in the conference. He finished fifth in rebounds (7.7 per game) and sixth in blocked shots (1.5 per game), despite having his averages thrown off by playing just a minute of one game and missing another of the 12-game conference schedule due to illness. On the year he posted four double-doubles of points and rebounds, with at least three assists and a steal in each of those games.

It’s the second MSAC Coach of the Year award for Stevenson, with the first coming after the 2009-10 season. This year Stevenson directed the Panthers to a school-best record of 11-1 in the MSAC regular season. His team won the regular season and conference tournament titles for the second time in the history of the program and he reached 100 wins for his career this season. He is the most successful coach, with the most wins, best winning percentage, and most playoff appearances, in TC3 basketball history.

2013 Mid-State Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team
Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland
Lloyd Saunders, Broome
Adam Misener, Onondaga
Richard De La Cruz, Finger Lakes
Jared Donalson, Cayuga
Will Griffin, Corning
Derrick Williams, Jefferson
Jaanai Beckford, Tompkins Cortland
Markee Brown, Corning
Will Arberry, Finger Lakes

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Tyseem Lyles, Tompkins Cortland
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Stevenson, Tompkins Cortland


TC3 Women's Basketball Player Named All Conference

February 25, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College freshman Becca Holton Tomasdottir (Cape Fear Academy (N.C.)/Reykjavik, Iceland) has been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference women's basketball all-conference team. The team consists of ten players, with voting for the all-conference awards done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.

Holton Tomasdottir was the lone player honored from the team that finished the regular season in fourth-place. She was eighth in the conference in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game, and tied for fourth in assists with 4.0 per game. She also was third in the conference in free throw percentage at 86.0%.

2013 Mid-State Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team
Casi Straight, Finger Lakes
Jasmine Canady, Jefferson
Kayla Kibling, Onondaga
China Agnew, Cayuga
Jenn Celiberti, Broome
Marissa Pike, Corning
Becca Holton Tomasdottir, Tompkins Cortland
Kaitlynne Knapp, Onondaga
Jenna Johnson, Onondaga
Nacirema Man, Onondaga


Lyles Adds Region III Honor

January 30, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College basketball player Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) has been named the NJCAA Region III Athlete of the Week, adding to his honors that already included the conference player of the week. Lyles is the first TC3 men's basketball player named regional athlete of the week this year. The Region III Athlete of the Week award is given to the top athlete in the region, regardless of sport.

Lyles has been among the regional leaders in scoring all season. He averaged 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists per game in two wins last week as the Panthers moved back into sole possession of first place in the Mid-State Athletic Conference.

 

Two Panthers Named Athlete of the Week

January 28, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College basketball players Tyseem Lyles (Health Professions H.S./Brooklyn) and Audrey Kate Ordway (Dryden H.S./Dryden) have been named the Mid-State Athletic Conference Players of the Week. It’s the first time this year that one school has swept both the men’s and women’s honors. The Mid-State Athletic Conference consists of TC3, Broome Community College, Cayuga Community College, Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Jefferson Community College, and Onondaga Community College.

Lyles earned the men’s player of the week title after helping the Panthers to a pair of wins. In Wednesday’s game with Cayuga, Tyseem had 20 points, eight rebounds, seven steals, and six assists. Against Finger Lakes on Saturday he had 22 points, six rebounds, and two steals in a game that moved the Panthers into sole possession of first place in the conference standings. In seven conference games he is averaging 18.4 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.4 steals per game. He leads the conference in three-point shooting percentage at 46.2% and is among the leaders in free throw shooting percentage at 75%.

Ordway became the first TC3 women honored this year after another big week on the boards. Against Cayuga on Wednesday, she had a huge game of 24 points and 19 rebounds to lead the team to a victory. She followed that up with 14 rebounds and seven points against Finger Lakes. She is among the conference leaders with an average of 11 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game, and is making 52.8% of her shots from the field.

Both Lyles and Ordway will be in action Wednesday as the Panthers host Jefferson.


Soccer Players Named All Americans

January 8, 2013

Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer players Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing) and Michael Raftu (Marte Valle H.S./Manhattan) have been named All Americans by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Both were named to the 2012 NSCAA/Continental Tire Junior College Men’s Division III All America second team.

Streb, a freshman defender, was one of nine first-year players chosen among the 24 honored between first and second team. He started all 19 games for a defense that posted six shutouts while allowing an average of just 1.42 goals per game for the season. Streb also scored six goals for the Panthers.

Raftu, a sophomore forward, was among the national scoring leaders. He finished third in the NJCAA in goals scored (24) and fourth in total points (56). A transfer into the TC3 program for his sophomore year, Raftu left his mark in the Panther record book. He tied the TC3 record for most points and most goals in a season and his goal total was the third most for a career, despite playing just one season in Dryden.

This marks the third-straight year at least one TC3 men’s soccer player has been named an All American, and the fifth time in the last six years.


Ordway Named Region III Athlete of the Week

December 4, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College basketball player Audrey Kate Ordway (Dryden H.S./Dryden) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III Co-Athlete of the Week. Ordway shares the honor with Niagara County Community College basketball player Kristine Ripson. The honor is presented to the top performers in the region, covering more than 30 teams in three different sports.

Ordway had a breakthrough week for the Panthers. The freshman set a new TC3 record with 26 rebounds in Wednesday’s game against Herkimer County Community College. She followed that up with a strong weekend at Corning's Tarantelli Classic. In Friday’s win over SUNY Delhi, she scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds. In the championship game Saturday, she had a double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds. For her efforts, she was named to the Tarantelli Classic all-tournament team.

For the season she is averaging 11.1 rebounds and 5.8 points per game.


Four Men's Soccer Players Named All Region

November 12, 2012

Four Tompkins Cortland Community College men’s soccer players have earned NJCAA Region III all-region honors. Edem Wemene (Nottingham H.S./Syracuse), Michael Raftu (Marta Valle H.S./Manhattan), and Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing) all made the first team while Dylan Palacio (Long Beach H.S./Long Beach) was chosen to the second team. A total of 26 players were voted onto the team by the coaches of Region III. Genesee Community College had the most selections with six followed by Herkimer County Community College with five. Broome Community College joined TC3 with four selections. Mohawk Valley Community College had two selections and Clinton Community College and Jamestown Community College each had a single honoree.

Wemene and Raftu were each repeat selections, the third straight year the Panthers have had a repeat all-region honoree. TC3 now has been represented on the all-region team each year since 2001, and only twice during that time have the Panthers had a single selection.


Women's Soccer Player Honored

November 12, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Kelsey Fitzsimons (James I. O’Neill H.S./Fort Montgomery) has been voted to the NJCAA Region III all-region women’s soccer team. The defender earned second-team honors in voting by the coaches in Region III, the largest region in the nation. A total of 27 players were honored between first and second teams. Finger Lakes Community College had five players selected, followed by Alfred State College, Broome Community College, and Mohawk Valley Community College with four each. Jefferson Community College was the only other team with multiple selections; two Canonneers were selected.

Fitzsimons led a TC3 defense that limited the opposition to one or fewer goals in 11 of 18 games. The Panthers advanced to the regional playoffs for the eighth-straight year, falling in the quarterfinals.

This also marks the eighth-straight year TC3 has been represented on the all-region team.


TC3 Men's Soccer Dominates MSAC Honors

October 22, 2012

The 2012 Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) men’s soccer post-season honors have been announced, and conference-champion Tompkins Cortland Community College has claimed the most honors, including the top two individual awards. In voting by the coaches of the seven teams in the MSAC, TC3’s Edem Wemene (Nottingham H.S./Syracuse) has been named the Player of the Year and Andy Davis has been named the Coach of the Year. Additionally, TC3 placed seven players on the 20-man all-conference team, the most from any college. TC3 won the conference title with a record of 5-0-1 against fellow MSAC teams. Wemene is the third different Panther in the last four years to be named conference player of the year, and the sixth all time. Wemene followed up his all-conference freshman year with a strong sophomore campaign, scoring 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Joining Wemene on the all-MSAC team are Michael Raftu (Marta Valle H.S./Manhattan), Dylan Palacio (Long Beach H.S./Long Beach), Sean Streb (Lansing H.S./Lansing), Jason Barrett (Broadalbin-Perth H.S./Amsterdam), Andre DeSa (Hendrich Hudson H.S./Martim, Portugal), and Jesse Kohler (Minisink Valley H.S./Westtown). It marks the 12th consecutive season TC3 has had at least four players named all-MSAC.

For Davis, it’s the fourth time he has been honored as the conference coach of the year. His teams have claimed four MSAC titles in his eight years at TC3.


Panthers Place Three on Women's Soccer All-MSAC Team

October 22, 2012

Three members of the Tompkins Cortland Community College women's soccer team have been voted to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference team for 2012. Sara Sinnigen (Dryden H.S./Dryden), Kelsey Fitzsimons (James I. O’Neill H.S./Fort Montgomery), and Erica Faberzak (Cortland H.S./Cortland) were among the 20 players voted to the all-conference team by the coaches from the seven MSAC soccer programs. TC3 tied for the third most all-MSAC players, one selection behind Finger Lakes Community College and Broome Community College. Jefferson Community College and Onondaga Community College also had four all-conference selections each. Cayuga Community College had two and Corning Community College had a single selection.

TC3 has had at least three all-MSAC players each year since 2005.


TC3 Soccer Player Named National Player of the Week

September 19, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College men's soccer player Michael Raftu (Marta Valle H.S./Manhattan) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Division III Men's Soccer Player of the Week. The sophomore sport management major is the first Panther honored by the NJCAA this season.

Raftu has helped the Panthers to a strong start that has seen the team rise to a school-best ranking of fourth in the national poll. This past week, he helped TC3 to a pair of wins that extended the team's current winning streak to six games. He scored the lone goal in the 1-0 win over Hudson Valley Community College and then had three goals and an assist, all in the first half, in the 8-0 win over Corning Community College. He has scored the game-winning goal in the last four games and has a total of eight goals and three assists in eight games this season.


TC3 Athletes Receive National Academic Honors

June 21, 2012

Two Tompkins Cortland Community College athletes have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) for excellence in the classroom. Tonya Brownell (Edmeston H.S./Edmeston) won the Exemplary Academic Achievement Award and Brett Gifford (Cazenovia H.S./Cazenovia) was honored with the Superior Academic Achievement Award.

Brownell was a two-year member of the women's soccer team. A liberal arts and sciences-math/sciences major and a member of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, Brownell graduated in May with a GPA of 3.78. This fall she will attend Hartwick College and play soccer for Hawks.

Gifford played on the TC3 lacrosse team, earning all-region honors twice. He also was a liberal arts and sciences-math/science major and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Gifford graduated with a GPA of 3.81 and will attend SUNY IT this fall and play lacrosse for the Wildcats Academics


Five TC3 Softball Players Named All-Americans

May 30, 2012

More honors for the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team – this time five players have been named All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Freshman Kristan Baker (Dallas H.S./Dallas, Penn.) was chosen for the first team while sophomores Tayler Fravel (Sandy Creek H.S./Sandy Creek), Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira), Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning), and Mackenzie Sherlock (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square) were selected to the second team. TC3 had the most players named All-Americans, making up a quarter of the 20 honorees.

Baker, the third first-team All American in TC3 history, was selected as an outfielder. She put up impressive offensive numbers, hitting.489 with amazing power. She had 22 doubles, 10 home runs, and 61 RBI – all either setting or tying TC3 season records. She had a TC3-record 25-game hitting streak and a slugging percentage of .881, the second best in TC3 history.

Scheer and Fravel are now two-time NJCAA softball All Americans, the first Panthers ever to record that achievement. Scheer hit .461 while splitting time between the outfield and catcher. She led the team with three triples, was second with 14 doubles and 49 RBI, and blasting five home runs. She is in the top ten of nearly every career offensive category in TC3's record book, including holding the record for career RBI and on-base percentage.

Fravel was the leadoff hitter and shortstop every game this year for the Panthers. She hit .444 while setting a TC3 record for runs scored in a season and hits in a career. She had 67 hits in 40 games, knocking 12 doubles and four home runs and stealing a team-best 13 bases.

Sherlock, who was selected as a utility player, made her mark both at the plate and in the pitching circle. She finished the season with a record of 12-2, an ERA of 2.30, and 88 strike outs in 85.1 innings of work. At the plate she hit .418 with a single-season record-tying 10 home runs. She holds the career record with 17 home runs and is second on the career RBI list. Her slugging percentage of .800 was second on the team and the fourth best ever in the history of the program.

Rogers, a sophomore who transferred to TC3 before the season, was the top pitcher in Region III, going 18-3 with an ERA of 0.81. She struck out 209 in 130 innings, becoming the first TC3 pitcher to top 200 strikeouts in a single season. She struck out more than a dozen batters four times, including a TC3-record 17 in a national tournament win over Ridgewater Community College (Minn.).

All five were previously named to the all-region and all-conference teams. They provided the core of the team that won a fourth-straight Region III championship and second straight third-place finish at the NJCAA National Championship tournament. The team ended the year with a record of 35-5.


TC3 Softball Dominates Conference Awards

May 23, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team dominated the Mid-State Athletic Conference postseason awards, taking home the coach of the year and co-player of the year awards in addition to five spots on the 15-player all-conference team. Sophomore Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) was voted the co-player of the year, the first time in the rich history of TC3 softball that a Panther has received that honor. Coach Brent Doane was voted the coach of the year, the second time he has garnered that award from the MSAC. In addition to Scheer, TC3 was also represented on the all-conference team by Tayler Fravel (Sandy Creek H.S./Sandy Creek), Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira), Mackenzie Sherlock (Paul V. Moore H.S./Central Square), and Kristan Baker (Dallas H.S./Dallas, Penn.). Fifteen players were named all-conference, with voting done by the coaches from the six conference teams. TC3 had the most players on the all-conference team.

Scheer, Fravel, and Sherlock were all repeat selections. Scheer hit .461 while splitting time between the outfield and catcher. She led the team with three triples, was second with 14 doubles and 49 RBI, and blasting five home runs. She is in the top ten of nearly every career offensive category in TC3's record book, including holding the record for career RBI and on-base percentage.

Fravel was the leadoff hitter and shortstop every game this year for the Panthers. She hit .444 while setting a TC3 record for runs scored in a season and hits in a career. She had 67 hits in 40 games, knocking 12 doubles and four home runs and stealing a team-best 13 bases.

Sherlock made her mark both at the plate and in the pitching circle. She finished the season with a record of 12-2, an ERA of 2.30, and 88 strike outs in 85.1 innings of work. At the plate she hit .418 with a single-season record-tying 10 home runs. She holds the career record with 17 home runs and is second on the career RBI list. Her slugging percentage of .800 was second on the team and the fourth best ever in the history of the program.

Rogers, a sophomore who transferred to TC3 before the season, was the best pitcher in the conference. She went 18-3 with an ERA of 0.81. She struck out 209 in 130 innings, becoming the first TC3 pitcher to top 200 strikeouts in a single season. She struck out more than a dozen batters four times, including a TC3-record 17 in a national tournament win over Ridgewater Community College (Minn.).

Baker, the lone freshman among TC3's honorees, also put up impressive numbers both as a hitter and pitcher. She pitched in five games, going 5-0 with an ERA of 1.70 and striking out 32 in 24.2 innings. At the plate she had a season unlike any Panther ever. She hit .489 with amazing power. She had 22 doubles, 10 home runs, and 61 RBI – all either setting or tying TC3 season records. She had a TC3-record 25-game hitting streak and a slugging percentage of .881, the second best in TC3 history.

Doane was recognized for leading the Panthers to the top record in the conference, going undefeated against MSAC opponents for the second-straight season. In his 11 seasons at TC3 Doane has amassed a record of 276-132 and won four Region III titles. His team won the national championship in 2009 and has excelled at nationals each year since, finishing fourth in 2010, third in 2011, and third again this year.


TC3 Baseball Places Three on All-Conference Team

May 23, 2012

Three Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball players have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference baseball team. Sophomores Joey Flores (Dewitt Clinton H.S./Bronx) and Tim Smith (Auburn H.S./Auburn) were repeat selections while classmate Kris Catino (Auburn H.S./Auburn) joined the team this year. Voting for the 15-member team was done by the coaches from the six conference teams.

Flores was the most versatile player on the team, playing center field, catcher, and pitcher. He led the team with a fielding percentage of .990 and was fourth with a .318 batting average. His 24 RBI and nine doubles led the team. On the mound Flores posted a mark of 4-2 with an ERA of 4.50.

Smith split time between third base and the pitcher's mound. At the plate he hit .353, third best on the team. He had team-bests of .445 and drove in 23 runs. As a pitcher, Smith went 2-5 with an ERA of 4.39.

Catino led the team with a .371 batting average while hitting leadoff and playing left field. He was first on the team with 19 stolen bases in 21 attempts.


TC3 Lacrosse Player Brett Gifford Repeats as All-Region

May 9, 2012

Last year he became the first all-region selection in the short history of Tompkins Cortland Community College lacrosse program. Now Brett Gifford (Cazenovia H.S./Cazenovia) is the first two-time all-region selection in TC3's history. The sophomore was again named second team NJCAA Region III All-Region in voting done by the coaches from the Region III lacrosse teams.

A team captain, Gifford led a much-improved TC3 team. He started all 17 games as a defenseman, recording nine points on six goals and three assists.

Gifford helped the Panthers to the playoffs for the first time ever, and scored a goal in the teams opening round win over Broome Community College.


Rogers Named Regional Athlete of the Week

April 17, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College softball player Emilie Rogers (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III Athlete of the Week. Rogers is the second TC3 softball player honored this season; Samijo Scheer was selected April 3.

Rogers earned four wins this week. She pitched a three-hit shutout with ten strikeouts in a five-inning win over Corning Community College on Tuesday and earned a win after four strikeouts in two innings of relief work against Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday. Against nationally-ranked Monroe Community College Saturday, Rogers pitched both ends of the doubleheader. She opened by striking out nine and allowing just two hits in game one and closed the day by striking out six and allowing just three hits in game two.

The sophomore ended the week with an overall record of 8-0 and an ERA of 1.02. As a team TC3 was 18-2 and ranked fifth in the nation.


Scheer Named Regional Athlete of the Week

April 4, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College softball player Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III Athlete of the Week. Scheer shares the weekly honor with Mohawk Valley Community College track and field athlete Savannah Boucher.

Sheer had a strong performance in TC3's only doubleheader of the week. Playing at Northampton Community College (Penn.) last Friday, Scheer went a combined 6-for-8 with eight RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two stolen bases, and a grand slam home run. In one game alone she drove in six runs, tied for the second most ever in a single game by a TC3 player.

For the season Scheer, a sophomore liberal arts and science-general studies major, is batting .500 with a slugging percentage of .842. She has 22 RBI and an on-base percentage of .558.


Scheer Named Regional Athlete of the Week

April 4, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College softball player Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) has been named the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Region III Athlete of the Week. Scheer shares the weekly honor with Mohawk Valley Community College track and field athlete Savannah Boucher.

Sheer had a strong performance in TC3's only doubleheader of the week. Playing at Northampton Community College (Penn.) last Friday, Scheer went a combined 6-for-8 with eight RBI, three runs scored, two doubles, two stolen bases, and a grand slam home run. In one game alone she drove in six runs, tied for the second most ever in a single game by a TC3 player.

For the season Scheer, a sophomore liberal arts and science-general studies major, is batting .500 with a slugging percentage of .842. She has 22 RBI and an on-base percentage of .558.


Kinsey Named to Men's Basketball All-Region Team

March 8, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) has been voted to the NJCAA Region III men's basketball all-region team. Kinsey, who was voted to the third team, is one of a total of 15 players honored by the coaches from the 17 Division III men's basketball programs in Region III.

Kinsey led TC3 in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. In 27 starts, he reached double figures 23 times and netted a season-high 30 points twice (vs. Jefferson CC, 1/12/12 and vs. Onondaga CC, 1/21/12). He was TC3 leader in assists with 110 and was second in steals with 51. He made 45.6% of his shots, including 32.2% from three-point range, and was the team's most prolific free-throw shooter, making 116 out of 158 attempts (73.4%). Kinsey is also a two-time all-conference selection.

It's the fourth time in the last five years TC3 has had a men's basketball player chosen to the all-region team.


Kinsey Named to Men's Basketball All-Region Team

March 8, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomore Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) has been voted to the NJCAA Region III men's basketball all-region team. Kinsey, who was voted to the third team, is one of a total of 15 players honored by the coaches from the 17 Division III men's basketball programs in Region III.

Kinsey led TC3 in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. In 27 starts, he reached double figures 23 times and netted a season-high 30 points twice (vs. Jefferson CC, 1/12/12 and vs. Onondaga CC, 1/21/12). He was TC3 leader in assists with 110 and was second in steals with 51. He made 45.6% of his shots, including 32.2% from three-point range, and was the team's most prolific free-throw shooter, making 116 out of 158 attempts (73.4%). Kinsey is also a two-time all-conference selection.

It's the fourth time in the last five years TC3 has had a men's basketball player chosen to the all-region team.


Kinsey and Clark Voted to Men's Basketball All-Conference Team

March 6, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College sophomores Jailaan Kinsey (Jamesville-Dewitt H.S./Dewitt) and Tyrone Clark (Elmira Free Academy/Elmira) have been named to the Mid-State Athletic Conference Men's Basketball all-conference team. The team consists of ten players, with voting for the all-conference awards done by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs.

Kinsey was voted to the team for the second straight year, receiving the second-most votes this year. He was third in the conference in scoring, averaging 19.3 points per game. He was also third in assists, with 4.5 per game, and in free throw percentage at 80.2%. He was fifth in steals, 2.2 per game, and ninth in three-point field goal percentage at 32.7%.

Clark was seventh in scoring with an average of 14.7 points per game. He was third in steals, 3.5 per game, and fifth in blocked shots, 1.8 per game. He was seventh in free throw percentage at 74.2% and tenth in three-point field goal percentage at 32.5%.


TC3 Softball Ranked 3rd in Nation

February 2, 2012

The Tompkins Cortland Community College softball team is ranked third in the NJCAA Division III National Preseason Poll. It's the third straight preseason poll the Panthers have been ranked in the top ten. Following winning the national championship in 2009, TC3 was the preseason number one in 2010; last year TC3 was the preseason #6. In addition to finishing fourth in the nation in 2010 and third in 2011, the Panthers have been ranked in the nation's top ten in every poll the last two years.

In 2012, the Panthers will be tested early. TC3 opens the season with a trip to Florida in March, where the first game will be against the nation's second-ranked team, the College of DuPage (Ill.). After a full slate of games in Florida, TC3 will return north for a trip through Pennsylvania and New Jersey, playing six games against top teams, including a doubleheader against the seventh-ranked team, Brookdale Community College (N.J.). Once regional play begins on April 10, TC3 will play a schedule of 24 games, including doubleheaders against two other teams in the preseason top ten.

The Region III schedule ends with the regional championships, hosted by TC3, on May 11-12. The NJCAA Division III National Championship tournament is in Rochester, Minnesota May 17-19.

2012 NJCAA Division III Softball Preseason Poll (and 2011 final record)

1. Gloucester County College (N.J.) (49-5)
2. College of DuPage (Ill.) (50-8)
3. Tompkins Cortland Community College (34-8)
4. Itasca Community College (Minn.) (34-16)
5. Monroe Community College (29-19)
6. Ridgewater College (Minn.) (37-10)
7. Brookdale Community College (N.J.) (42-9)
8. Suffolk County Community College-Selden (19-16)
9. Herkimer County Community College (34-9)
10. Anne Arundel Community College (Md.) (17-17)


Samijo Scheer Repeats as All American

December 14, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College's Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) is continuing to do things that have never been done at TC3. Last year she was the first TC3 athlete ever named an All American in two different sports, earning the honor in soccer and softball. Now, she is the first female in TC3 history to ever be named All American twice in the same sport, earning NJCAA First-Team All-American honors for soccer again this year.

As a freshman last year, Scheer was named All American for soccer in the fall and softball in the spring. She started her sophomore year by leading the TC3 women's soccer team to a playoff run that ended in the NJCAA Region III semifinal round. She played every minute of every game in goal, recording a goals against average of 0.83. She posted a TC3 single-season record of eight shutouts, giving her 14 for her career, another TC3 record.

"As a freshman, Jo was called upon to make dozens of difficult saves that enabled us to win some games despite being outshot by a wide margin. Her talent was obvious because she was always in action," said TC3 Women's Soccer Coach Mick McDaniel. "In her second season, our team was much tougher defensively which limited the number of shots she had to face. To gain All-American recognition for a second consecutive year, Jo needed to be sharp for only moments at a time and she did this with great success. Jo has always responded in big moments while always being quick to share her success and give credit to her teammates."

Scheer also added her second straight all-conference and all-region honors this fall. A liberal arts and sciences: general studies major, Scheer is set to graduate in May 2012.

"I am certain that Jo will make the same positive impact at a four-year program, both on and off the fields of play," said McDaniel, who is also the College's director of athletics and recreation. "We are all so proud of her tremendous accomplishments so far here at TC3."


TC3 Offers Winter Sports Clinics

December 6, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College will host clinics for basketball, baseball, and softball this winter. The clinics are put on by the TC3 coaching staff with student- athletes from the College's varsity teams assisting.

The basketball clinic will be held on Monday, January 16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day) from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the TC3 gymnasium. It is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 12. The basketball clinic costs $15 and includes admission to that afternoon's TC3 varsity basketball games.

The baseball clinics are open to players of all ages and abilities, and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the first three Saturdays in February (2/4, 2/11, and 2/18). The three-clinic series costs $75 and will be held in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House on the TC3 campus.

The softball clinics are the weekend of February 25-26 and are open to girls ages 10 to 18. A pitching skills clinic will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 25 and a hitting skills clinic will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 26. The clinics cost $25 each, or both for $45. The softball clinics are also held in the BorgWarner Morse TEC Field House at TC3.

The paperwork for the clinics is available at www.TC3.edu/Panthers/camps.asp. Questions can be directed to the athletics office at 844.8222, Ext. 4472 or athletics@TC3.edu.


TC3 Women's Soccer Places Four on All-Conference Team

October 26, 2011

Four members of the Tompkins Cortland Community College women's soccer team have been voted to the Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference team for 2011. Three of the four are repeat selections, the most two-time all-conference selections TC3 has had since 2008. Kendra Wagstaff (Candor H.S./Candor), Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning), and Paige McCarthy (Marathon H.S./Marathon) are joined on the all-MSAC team by freshman Angela Halliday (Newark Valley H.S./Newark Valley). A total of 20 players were voted to the all-conference team by the coaches from the seven MSAC soccer programs. TC3 tied for the second most all-MSAC players behind Finger Lakes Community College. Broome Community College also had four all-conference selections.

Wagstaff led the team in scoring with 35 points on 16 goals and 3 assists. Halliday was a close second with 30 points on 12 goals and 6 assists. The duo combined to account for over 70% of TC3's goals this year.

For the second straight year, Scheer was the leading vote getter among goalkeepers. She tied a TC3 season record with eight shutouts and posted a goals-against-average of 0.83. McCarthy was the team's top defender, leading a unit that allowed only one regional opponent to score more than a single goal in a game.

TC3 has had at least three all-MSAC players each year since 2005.

2011 Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team

  • Colby Henderson, Finger Lakes*
  • Cayli Carmona, Finger Lakes
  • Jessica Savo, Onondaga*
  • Samijo Scheer, TC3*
  • Rebecca Giacapuzzi, Finger Lakes
  • Kendra Wagstaff, TC3*
  • Shawna Hurlbert, Broome
  • Emily Icenogle, Broome
  • Christa Rockburn, Onondaga
  • Jessica Dobson-Tufo, Jefferson*
  • Briana Guarino, Jefferson*
  • Aja Gosper, Corning
  • Hannah Dalle, Finger Lakes
  • Tia Segretto, Cayuga
  • Paige McCarthy, TC3*
  • Sarah Murphy, Finger Lakes*
  • Morgan Kiernan, Jefferson
  • Amanda Woods, Broome
  • Angela Halliday, TC3
  • Alexa Barber, Broome
*repeat all-MSAC selection


TC3 Men's Soccer Places Five on All-Conference Team

October 26, 2011

Once again this year, the Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) men's soccer all-conference team has a decided TC3 feel to it. Tompkins Cortland Community College placed five players on the 21-man team, tied for the most from any college in the conference. TC3 has had at least four players on the all-MSAC each year dating back to 2001.

The 2011 all-MSAC honorees are Samir Naamane (Casablanca, Morroco), Josh Piger (Dryden H.S./Dryden), Martin Rodriguez (Hendrick Hudson H.S./Cordova, Argentina), Brian Wagstaff (Chenango Valley H.S./Apalachin), and Edem Wemene (Nottingham H.S./Syracuse). Voting for the all-conference awards is done by the coaches from the seven MSAC soccer programs. Jefferson Community College also placed five players on the team, with Onondaga Community College next with four.

Naamane led TC3 in scoring with 29 points on 10 goals and 9 assists. Wemene followed with 27 points on 12 points and 3 assists. The two combined to account for more than 40% of the goals TC3 scored this season.

Piger, Rodriguez, and Wagstaff are all repeat all-MSAC selections. Piger had three goals and three assists this year, good for fifth on the team in points. Rodriguez had a goal and an assist while leading a defense that set a new TC3 standard for fewest goals allowed in a season. Goalkeeper Wagstaff posted eight shutouts this year, second on the TC3 record list to the 10 he posted last year.

2011 Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference Team

  • Tim Murphy, Onondaga
  • Cory Walker, Jefferson
  • Colin Price, Onondaga
  • Edem Wemene, TC3
  • Hobie Ramin, Onondaga
  • Samir Naamane, TC3
  • Corey Bruet, Broome*
  • Jeremy Post, Corning
  • Parker Weeks, Finger Lakes
  • Brian Wagstaff, TC3*
  • Martin Rodriguez, TC3*
  • Mario Paiva, Cayuga
  • Jordon Cole, Broome
  • Bruno Gaudie-Ley, Cayuga
  • Mike Bernard, Finger Lakes
  • Dave Hovendon, Jefferson
  • Justin Warner, Jefferson
  • Connor Taylor, Jefferson
  • Dave Spaulding, Jefferson*
  • Josh Piger, TC3*
  • Francisco Curiel, Onondaga
  • *repeat all-MSAC selection

TC3 Volleyball's Audrey Cullen Voted All-Conference

October 24, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College volleyball player Audrey Cullen (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) has been voted to the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team for 2011. The sophomore was among 13 players voted to the all-conference team by the coaches from the seven MSAC volleyball programs. She was one of just two repeat all-MSAC selections.

Cullen, a hotel and restaurant management major, led TC3 this season with 196 kills, 59 blocks, and 173 digs and was third on the team with 25 aces. She established a new TC3 career record with 362 kills, an average of better than 2.27 per set.

Cullen is just the sixth two-time all-conference selection in the 27-year history of TC3 volleyball.

2011 Mid-State Athletic Conference All-Conference

  • Team Kelseigh Groth, Onondaga
  • Danielle Lazore, Corning
  • Taylor Ryan, Finger Lakes
  • Alysha LaDuke, Finger Lakes
  • Audrey Cullen, Tompkins Cortland*
  • Jordan Smith, Finger Lakes
  • Courtney Rosing, Corning*
  • Becca Horton, Broome
  • Chelsea Graham, Broome
  • Katie Peters, Jefferson
  • Justine Dadamio, Broome
  • Andrea Seilaff, Onondaga
  • Mollie Peck, Corning

*repeat all-MSAC selections


TC3 Hires New Golf Coach

August 23, 2011

Tim McCabe has been named the new head golf coach at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). He replaces Craig Tucker, who retired after seven years with the program, including the last two as head coach.

McCabe, an associate professor of economics and business at TC3, brings decades of competitive golfing experience. A graduate of Cortland High School, he went on to play for four years at St. Bonaventure University, serving as team captain his senior year. He is a former Cortland County Amateur champion and still competes in local tournaments. His coaching experience includes mentoring his oldest son, Andy McCabe, who earned a golf scholarship to the University of Nebraska and is currently ranked in the top 15 of amateur golfers in the state of Texas.

"Watching my son compete at Nebraska, I realized how much I would enjoy coaching on the college level," said McCabe. "I've spent much of my life helping young adults and teaching them how to achieve success, and I see coaching golf as an extension of that work. Golf is a great builder of character."

McCabe takes over a program that has a history of success. The Panthers won consecutive Region III championships in 2007 and 2008, and had the individual national champion in 2008 (Kris Boyes). His goals include bringing another title to TC3, but it's not the top priority. "My top two goals are to have a team that acts professional when representing the school and to have all my golfers do well in the classroom," said McCabe. "My third and fourth goals are to win regionals and return the team to the national tournament."

McCabe, who has a master's degree from West Virginia University, is the fifth coach in the 20-year history of golf at TC3.


Scheer Named Region III's Top Female Athlete

August 19, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athlete Samijo Scheer (Corning East H.S./Corning) has been named the 2010-11 NJCAA Region III Female Athlete of the Year. This is the tenth year the award has been given, and the first time a TC3 student has been honored. There are 26 member institutions in Region III.

"Jo is certainly deserving of the Region III Athlete of the Year Award," said Mick McDaniel, TC3's director of athletics and women's soccer coach. "In my many years at TC3, I have never seen a student-athlete with the accolades that she's earned over just one year. Jo is an all American in two sports, has excellent grades, and works part-time. In addition, she is one of the nicest young ladies on our campus and that makes it even more gratifying to be celebrating her award."

The 2010-11 year was a special one for Scheer, and she earned All-American honors in two sports. In the fall, she was named the best goalkeeper in the nation after posting six shutouts and goals against average of just over one. In addition to first-team All American, she was also voted to the all-region first team and the Mid-State Athletic Conference all-conference team.

"Samijo is the example of the type of student athletes we are looking for here. She works hard at both academics and athletics and really demonstrates the type of success that can be achieved with a little perseverance," said Brent Doane, TC3's softball coach. "As a softball player, she was a pivotal piece in our run to a third-place finish at the national championships and a deserving all American."

In the spring, she took her talents to the softball diamond. While a fixture in the cleanup spot of the batting order, she showed tremendous versatility in the field. She saw time at several positions while earning All-American recognition as an outfielder. She hit .393 with a slugging percentage of .641. She ripped 10 doubles, five home runs, and drove in 30 runs while helping the Panthers win the region championship and take third place in the national tournament. A liberal arts and sciences: general studies major, Scheer was voted second-team softball All American and first-team all region and all conference.

Scheer's sophomore soccer season begins with TC3's opener on August 27. "We are all very happy that Jo will be back in Panther uniforms this year," said McDaniel, "although I imagine our competition is certainly not as thrilled about it!"


TC3 Baseball Player Receives National Academic Honor

August 11, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College baseball player Dustin Sandberg (Lambrick Park H.S./Victoria, B.C., Canada) has been awarded to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student-Athlete Award. He was honored with the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement.

Sandberg is the first TC3 baseball player to win the award, which requires a student to have completed at least three semesters of work and maintained a grade point average of at 3.8 while also participating on a varsity team. Sandberg, a recreation leadership major who was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, graduated in May with a GPA of 3.87. This fall he will attend Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and play baseball for the Crusaders.

While at TC3, Sandberg excelled both in the classroom and on the playing field. A two-year starter, he was an all-conference selection in 2010 while setting records for home runs, triples, and runs batted in. His career totals are tops in TC3 history in all three of those categories, plus he ranks in the top three for runs scored, doubles, slugging percentage, and total hits.


McDaniel Named Under Armour A.D. of the Year

July 3, 2011

Tompkins Cortland Community College Director of Athletics Mick McDaniel has been named one of the National Association of Collegiate Director of Athletics (NACDA) Under Armour A.D. of the Year award winners. The NACDA announced 28 winners at the national convention in Orlando, Florida last week. The awards are split into four geographic regions and separated by seven categories based on school divisions. McDaniel was named the winner in the Northeast Region of the Junior College division.

McDaniel is in his 11th year as director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation at TC3. McDaniel started his professional career as the coordinator of recreation and aquatics at TC3 and transitioned into the director of athletics position in 2000. He has coached the men's soccer, and men's and women's golf teams, and currently coaches the women's soccer team. He is the founder and director of the TC3 Sports Camps, which recently celebrated its 15th year of service to the community. McDaniel is currently the 2nd Vice President of NJCAA and is on the Board of Directors of the NJCAA Region III Committee. He is also on the NJCAA Competition Committee, serves as chairman for the men's national golf, soccer, and ice hockey committees. McDaniel was the recipient of the 2006-07 Athletic Director of the Year for the NJCAA Region III and has a number of Coach of the Year Awards for golf and soccer.

McDaniel received his latest award during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday, June 18 at NACDA's 46th Annual Convention. NACDA Executive Director Mike Cleary said the AD of the Year Award honors athletics directors at all levels for their commitment and positive contributions to campuses and their surrounding communities.

"The program brings to light the outstanding jobs done by athletics directors across the country. These 28 winners exemplify that, providing us with a group of exemplary athletics directors who excel at their jobs," said Cleary.

All NACDA-member directors of athletics in the United States, Canada and Mexico who met the criteria were eligible for the award. Among the criteria were service as an AD for a minimum of five academic years; demonstration of commitment to higher education and student-athletes; continuous teamwork, loyalty and excellence; and the ability to inspire individuals or groups to high levels of accomplishments. Additionally, each AD's institution must have passed a compliance check through its appropriate governing body (i.e., NJCAA), in which the institution could not have been on probation or cited for a lack of institutional control within the last five years during the tenure of the current athletics director.