B.J. Monacelli is finishing off his senior year of football at Washington & Jefferson College in style. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound defensive back has helped the Presidents to an impressive 6-2 Division III record (5-1 PAC), and is a team captain.
All-told, the 2010 Cassadaga Valley Central School graduate has recorded three interceptions on the year, including a game-changing pick in the end zone against Westminster on the road in week seven. That brings Monacelli's career total to nine picks for 107 yards, including a 37-yard return this year.
Monacelli has also made 26 unassisted tackles on the season, forcing two fumbles and blocking a kick against Grove City. The Presidents will next face off against Geneva at home on Nov. 9.
At left are the Chautauqua County residents who are members of the Washington & Jefferson football team. Kneeling, from the left, are Shane Smith (Fredonia) and B.J. Monacelli (Cassadaga). Standing, from the left, are Andrew Pingitore (Cassadaga), Zach Marsh (Panama) and Sam Aults (Brocton).
Joining Monacelli on the Presidents' roster is sophomore defensive back Shane Smith (Fredonia/Fredonia). Smith has recorded 31 tackles on defense, including two tackles for a loss and three forced fumbles in his career. Smith also recovered a fumble in the third game of this season.
Washington & Jefferson also has a number of familiar faces playing both offensive and defensive line. Senior Andrew Pingitore (Cassadaga/Cassadaga Valley) is an offensive lineman who plays alongside fellow senior Sam Aults (Brocton/Brocton).
On the defensive line is senior Zach Marsh (Panama/Panama), who is playing in his fourth year on the team.
Washington & Jefferson is coached by Mike Sirianni (Jamestown/Southwestern).
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Cortland Haines (Jamestown/Jamestown) has posted a productive freshman season playing defensive line for the Brockport Golden Eagles (5-3) in Division III football. A two-time all-Western New York selection during his Jamestown High School career, Haines has started his collegiate career in fine style.
Despite playing a position dominated by the size and experience of veterans, Haines has recorded solo tackles in all but two games this season, including five tackles for a loss of 40 yards overall. Haines was able to add a sack and four tackles against the rival Cortland Dragons, helping Brockport to a 49-32 win on Oct. 19.
On Saturday, Haines had his most dominant performance yet in a 14-3 win over The College of New Jersey, recording three solo tackles and three assists, and also adding a sack for a 6-yard loss.
The Golden Eagles will next play Montclair St. at home on Saturday.
Zach Roberts of Silver Creek is also a member of the Golden Eagles football team as a senior.
Playing for Silver Creek High School, Roberts was a second-team all-state selection, where he developed into a proficient pass blocker. Zach started all 10 games on the line as a sophomore in 2011, and was named an honorable mention on the All-NJAC team in 2012.
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Patrick Conlan (Sewickley, Pa.) continues to build his resume as a starting quarterback for the Division III Hobart and William Smith Statesmen.
Conlan, the son of Frewsburg native Shane and Caroline Conlan, was a three-year high school starter out of Quaker Valley, playing both safety and quarterback before being recruited to play in college.
As a sophomore in 2012, Patrick played in six games as well as two playoff matchups. but did not start.
This year Conlan, the grandson of Dan and Kay Conlan of Frewsburg, has developed into a reliable passer and capable runner from the pocket, leading HWS to a 5-0 start in Liberty League play, and a 7-0 record overall.
This year under center Conlan has completed 55 percent of his passes and thrown 11 TD passes, while scoring two rushing touchdowns, including one from 53 yards.
Joining Conlan on the Hobart and William Smith roster is junior defensive end Jake Currie (Southwestern/Jamestown). Currie played seven games in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and has played in every game for the Statesmen this year.
A former two-time all-state selection in high school, Jake has developed into a presence on defense this year, recording 14 tackles including 2.5 for losses. Currie has also been credited with 1.5 sacks this season for a combined loss of seven yards.
Southwestern alumnus Trevor Schutte (Southwestern/Lakewood) is also a member of Hobart and William Smith football, playing offensive line for the Statesmen in his senior year. Schutte has seen action in games every year since making the team as a freshman. As a junior, he helped Hobart rush for more than 280 yards and five touchdowns against Wittenberg in the second round of the NCAA playoffs.
Trevor's younger brother, Ryan (Southwestern/Lakewood), is a also a football player who is beginning his freshman year at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Ryan also played under coach Jay Sirianni for the Trojans, and is now rostered as a wide receiver for the Red Devils who stand at 3-5 this season.
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The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's golf team has been led by the play of Andrew Bird (Cassadaga, Cassadaga Valley) for much of the 2013 fall season.
Bird was a six-year player at Cassadaga Valley and perennial team MVP who went on to compete in the NJCAA National Championships as a member of the Jamestown Community College golf team.
Bird has helped the Panthers this year by posting three top-five finishes in their first four tournaments, posting rounds of 75, 78, and 77 respectively. Bird's 3-over par 75 resulted in a tie for second place at the Pitt-Bradford Invitational on Aug. 31.
Jennie Thies (Southwestern/Lakewood) is in her sophomore year at Gannon College in Erie after starring for the Lady Trojans for three years and recording over 1,000 points.
Thies is a 6-foot-1 forward-center for the Lady Knights, who are ranked No. 2 in the preseason Division II poll.
Gannon had an exhibition game against the defending Division I national champion Connecticut and lost, 101-35. In that outing, Thies was in reserve and hit 2-of-4 from the foul line for two points and grabbed four rebounds.
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Volleyball standout Michelle Nagle (Randolph/Randolph) of Genesee CC was named Region III, Division II Player of the Year and received the same honor in the Western New York Athletic Conference.
Nagle, a sophomore outside hitter, led Genesee CC to first place in the conference with a 4-1 record.
She had 472 kills, and accounted for an average of four points per set in 43 matches for GCC.
Nagle has helped the Lady Cougars win a Division II title for the 18th straight year, by defeating Mercyhurst North East, 25-16, 23-25, 25-11, 25-22, with 15 kills and 12 digs.
Next weekend, Genesee competes in the District I Tournament at the CC of Rhode Island.
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Joe Armeli (Falconer/Falconer) is a senior free safety at Ithaca College (7-1).
Armeli has made 14 solos tackles and six assisted tackles for the Bombers.
Also on the squad are junior linebacker Cam Baker (Chautauqua Lake/Mayville) and freshman linebacker Peter Trathen (Southwestern/Lakewood).
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Sophomore linebacker John Nickerson (Maple Grove/Bemus Point) has made five tackles, including four assists, for the Buffalo State football team.
Nickerson also has been credited with a fumble recovery.
Freshman Zach Klisiewicz (Silver Creek/Silver Creek) is a wide receiver. Also on the squad is sophomore defensive back Jordan Pagan (Gowanda/Collins).
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Tiffany Dexter (Jamestown/Jamestown) was an ATA rifle shooting All-American on the Lady I Second Team with 900 points.
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Sophomore Marah Maycock (Randolph/Kennedy) has 287 kills and 118 spikes for the Edinboro University women's volleyball team, which is 15-16 for the season.
In the latest match with Gannon, Edinboro lost, 25-17, 25-21, 25-18, but Maycock had three kills, 23 takeaways and 12 digs.
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Joining Cortland Haines and Zach Robert (see above) on the Brockport football roster are defensive lineman Nathan Anderson (Frewsburg/Frewsburg), running back Zachary Torain (Dunkirk/Dunkirk), defensive back Tyler Bain (Silver Creek/Silver Creek), wide receiver Mike Watson (Jamestown/Jamestown), and offensive lineman David Carlson (Cassadaga Valley/Cassadaga).
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Chris Mitchell (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) is a 6-3, 230-pound sophomore inside linebacker on the Edinboro University football squad.
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Cortland State lists freshman Dan Lictus (Clymer/Clymer) as a 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman.
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Katelyn Benson (Maple Grove/Bemus Point) is a sophomore on the 2013 Dennison University women's cross country team. Benson finished 31st (24:17.6) as Dennison finished in third place at the Rochester Invitational and fourth in the Otterbein Invitational.