BY BILL ARSENAULT
Peter Alexis couldn’t have been more perfect as he helped his Philadelphia University men’s basketball team kick off the Central Atlantic College Conference Tournament last Saturday.
Alexis (Holy Redeemer) set a school and conference playoff record by hitting all 12 of his shots from the floor in a 68-62 quarterfinal victory over Post in Philadelphia. He finished with a game-high 24 points and added eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
“The record was held by a former Philadelphia player (Mike Yocum) who shot nine-for-nine,” coach Herb Magee said.
The 6-foot-10, 255-pound forward is averaging 15.3 points and 8.8 rebounds with 54 blocked shots, 15 assists and 11 steals. He’s averaging 25.8 points a game in his last five outings including a career-high 35 points in an 81-80 loss to Concordia, N.Y. and 33 points in a 77-66 triumph over Goldey-Beacom. He had 20 rebounds as well in the latter game. He was recently named to the CACC third team.
“Peter’s performance and progress has been steady – he gets better every day and every game,” Magee said. “His ceiling is getting higher and higher.”
The 18-9 Rams face Dominican, N.Y. in the semifinals Friday in Philadelphia.
ROGERS COMES UP BIG — Lauren Rogers had a career performance recently for the University of Washington women’s gymnastics team.
Rogers (Holy Redeemer and Northeast Gymnastics) broke her career best in all-around (39.375) to lead the No. 22-ranked GymDawgs to a 196.00-195.50 road victory over No. 27 Arizona State in Tempe. It was the fourth time that Rogers has captured the all-around title this season.
The 5-foot-3 senior captured the vault (9.850) and bars (9.875) and tied her career-high on beam (9.800). It was her third vault title and first bars title.
“Lauren continues to do a phenomenal job,” coach Joanne Bowers said. “Her AA score keeps going up every week.”
Washington, which was idle last weekend, returns to action against Oregon State and Sacramento State Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.
RECORD FOR MARSHALL – Mandissa Marshall figured to see just limited action in the pole vault indoors and saved her best for the outdoor season with the George Mason women’s track team. But the senior is coming up big indoors despite an early-season injury.
Marshall (Crestwood) shattered the school record and set a meet record when she captured the event at last weekend’s ECAC Division I Championship in Boston. Her vault of 4.23 meters (13-10 ½) bettered her old mark of 4.10 (13-5 ½), set two weeks ago at the Mason Last Chance meet in Fairfax, Va.
KARNS TO NATIONALS – Delaware Valley sophomore Aaron Karns (Berwick) captured the 197 pound title and earned a berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament at the NCAA East Regionals last Saturday in Gettysburg.
Karns, seeded first and ranked third in Division III in his weight class, pinned his first three opponents to reach the finals and won the title when his opponent Musa Dereese of Hunter could not wrestle due to an injury suffered in his semifinal match.
The four victories lifted Karns’ record to 29-3. He earned a berth to the NCAAs in 2011 with an at-large bid. He didn’t compete last season.
The NCAAs will be held March 15-16 in Cedar Rapids, IA.
YAGLOSKI FALLS SHORT – Johns Hopkins junior Ray Yagloski (Tunkhannock) just missed earning a bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.
Yagloski finished fourth in the 133 pound class . Under the new format, the top three finishers from each Regional advance with no wild card selections.
Yagloski opened with a victory but dropped his quarterfinal match to Zachory Huxford of Centenary. He bounced back with three straight victories in the consolation bracket, but fell to Huxford again in the third place match. Among Yagloski’s victories was a 6-3 triumph over Myzar Mendoza of Wilkes, who is ranked fifth in the nation at 133.
Yagloski finished the season with a 20-17 record with four pins, the fastest at 1:49, two major decisions and two technical falls. He finished 7-1 in Centennial Conference dual meet action and finished third in the league championship.
SZYPYNDA WINS AND LOSES – Widener junior Erica Szpynda (Berwick) captured the shot put at the ECAC Division III Championships at the Armory in New York City last weekend. She tossed a personal-best 13.50 meters (44-feet, 3 ½ inches) for the easy victory but missed out on earning a bid to the NCAA Championships by just 0.07 meters.
It was the second straight week that Szypynda earned a gold medal. She finished first in the shot put (12.07 meters) at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships.
Widener sophomore Gavin Colley (Tunkhannock) competed in the 60 meter dash for the men’s team and finished 16th in a time of 7.09.
O’HARA NAMED – For the first time in his career, Columbia senior wrestler Jake O’Hara has earned Ivy League honors.
O’Hara (Crestwood) was named to the second team after a solid regular-season with the Lions. Wrestling at 157 pounds he was 19-5 overall, 8-3 in dual matches and 4-1 in Ivy matches. He led the team with six major decisions and had a fall and a technical fall.
During the season, he took first place in the Michigan State Open and the New York State Wrestling Championships.
The Lions will compete in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships starting Friday in Piscataway, N.J.
VAN HORN SOLID – Candice Van Horn (Hazleton Area) is leading off and playing shortstop for the 4-1 Coppin State softball team.
The 5-foot-10 sophomore is hitting .333 (6-for-18) in the early going with three doubles, four RBI and eight runs scored. She had two hits, two RBI and a run score in a 3-2 season-opening victory over Virginia State. She also had two hits, three runs scored and an RBI in an 8-7 loss to St. Peters.
GOOD START FOR CHOMAN – Freshman Christian Choman (Holy Redeemer) has started five games at first base for the Iona baseball team. The 6-foot-5, 227-pounder is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with a double and three RBI. He had two hits, two RBI and a run scored in his first college game, a 10-7 loss to Mount St. Mary’s.
At Holy Redeemer, Choman was a two-time Wyoming Valley Conference All-Star.
The Gaels are 3-6 on the season after a 4-1 victory over Lehigh Sunday in the Bronx, N.Y.