By Scott Kindberg
B.J. Monacelli's college football career ended last month, but the honors for the Cassadaga Valley Central School alum keep pouring in.
Cassadaga Valley Central School graduate B.J. Monacelli, seen intercepting a pass earlier this season, has excelled on and off the field during his time at Washington & Jefferson College.
SUNY?Fredonia guard Alex Grace drives for a layup during a game earlier this season.
P-J photo by Lisa Monacelli
The senior defensive back from Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College has been named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Football All-Star first team.
The squad was selected from a possible 30 institutions from seven conferences, and the voting was completed by head coaches within the ECAC Division III South Football memberships.
In helping the Presidents to an 8-3 record this fall, Monacelli was second on the team in tackles (63), including four for loss, intercepted a team-high five passes, broke up a pass, defended six others, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick. His coach was Southwestern Central School alum Mike Sirianni.
Off the field, Monacelli sported a 4.0 grade-point average the just-completed semester and his overall GPA is better than 3.5.
Jeff Green (Lakewood/Southwestern) competed in the Bomber Invitational at Ithaca College earlier this month during which the Nazareth College sophomore competed against divers from Division I, II and III schools.
An 11-dive meet, Green placed fifth on the 1-meter board with a score of 474.90. Three of the four divers who placed ahead of him were from Division I schools. Green's effort broke his 1-meter, 11-dive Nazareth record from last year (466.75); met the NCAA national standard, which will allow him to participate in the NCAA Division III Region 4 national qualifying meet; and led to his currently being ranked No. 1 in the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association for that event.
His 3-meter performance in Ithaca the following day, earned him an eighth-place finish with an 11-dive score of 366.20, which puts him ninth place for that event for UNYSCSA.
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Jennie Thies (Lakewood/Southwestern) is averaging nearly 11 minutes per game off the bench for the Gannon University women's basketball team. Ranked No. 2 in the country in Division II, the Lady Knights are 12-0 overall, including 4-0 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division.
For her part, Thies is averaging 3.8 points - on a team-leading 81 percent shooting from the floor (17-of-21) - and 2.2 rebounds per game. She has also connected on 11-of-15 free throws (73 percent), and had nine assists, four blocks and nine steals.
Gannon returns to action on Friday, Jan. 3 at East Stroudsburg, followed by another road game against West Chester on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Alex Grace (Bemus Point/Maple Grove) is fourth on the SUNY Fredonia basketball team in scoring and No. 2 in assists at the semester break.
In nine games, including eight starts, Grace is averaging 7.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The Blue Devils are 3-6 overall and 0-2 in the SUNYAC. They return to action on Jan. 10 when they travel to Oswego.
Other area residents on the team are Matt Deboy (Salamanca/Salamanca) and Alex Elderkin (Frewsburg/Frewsburg). Deboy has started all nine games and is averaging 4.3 points and a team-leading 6.3 rebounds per game. Elderkin has played in three games.