Last updated: February 03. 2014 11:59PM - 2321 Views
By Bill Arsenault For The Times Leader

Pittston Area grad Mia Hopkins was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 27.
Pittston Area grad Mia Hopkins was named MAAC Rookie of the Week on Jan. 27.
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Freshman Mia Hopkins is starting to make an impact with the Monmouth University women’s basketball team.

Hopkins (Pittston Area) has played in all 23 games off the bench but recently has come on strong – 13 points in 17 minutes in a 64-49 victory over Siena, 13 points and four rebounds in 11 minutes in a 75-70 victory over Manhattan, and 12 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes in 52-41 triumph over St. Peter’s.

“In the past two weeks, Mia has been playing with a lot of confidence which I think is really helping her,” coach Jenny Palmateer said. “We’re talking about someone who in high school had her back to the basket quite a bit and could get things going in transition because she could always handle the ball and score.”

But the coach believes that Hopkins has adjusted well, especially of late.

“I really feel like she is just coming into her own,” Palmateer said. “I think we’re seeing what she has in her. She’s a flat out scorer and can do it in a lot of different ways.”

The 5-foot-10 Hopkins is averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 rebounds, and has hit 44 of 95 shots from the field (.463). She also has 18 assists and nine steals for the Hawks, who are 6-17 overall but they’re still in the wide-open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference race with a 6-7 record.

HONORS FOR MCGRANE – Freshman Kylee McGrane earned three All-Skyline Conference honors after helping her Mount Saint Vincent women’s swim team finish in fourth place in the league championship last Friday in Purchase, N.Y. It tied the highest finish ever for the Dolphins.

McGrane (Coughlin) won the 100 butterfly (1:04.08), finished third in the 50 free (27.24) and helped the 200 medley relay to victory (2:03.20). She swam the 50 fly portion and posted a 27.87 clocking.

“Kylee’s fly leg was amazing,” coach Tamara Talbott said of McGrane’s relay performance. “It was almost the same time as her 50 free. That was really cool.”

The coach credits McGrane’s solid performance to a long month of hard training and a training trip to California.

“Kylee had best times in all of her events and helped both relays finish strong as the anchor,” Talbott said. “She has a really amazing spirit and is a tough competitor and a hard worker in practice.”

The coach believes that McGrane does something else very well.

“She’s the one who gets everyone singing Taylor Swift songs on the ride home,” Talbott said.

GOLDEN A VETERAN – Junior Michelle Golden (Wyoming Area) is competing with the Bucknell women’s indoor track team for the third straight season.

She kicked off the campaign by finishing seventh in the 3,000 meters at the Bucknell Mini Meet in a time of 10:44.37. Last weekend, in the Bison Open, she bettered that effort with a time of 10:38.20, finishing 15th in a field of 61. In between, she was fifth in the 5,000 meters at the Gulden Invitational with a time of 18:30.21.

“Michelle didn’t come to Bucknell with the accolades that most of our other distance runners came in with,” coach Kevin Donner said. “However, she is one of the most committed runners we have and she appreciates everything that Bucknell is offering her. And because of that, her times have improved tremendously since her freshman year. I believe she has a chance to break 18 minutes in the 5k later this season.”

BOICH, PLANT LOOKING AHEAD – Boston College freshman Fallyn Boich (Holy Redeemer) and Alexandria Plant (Wyoming Valley West) are members of the women’s indoor track team. Plant has been injured, Boich is competing in the shot put and had a college career-best effort (33-10 ½) at last weekend’s Harvard Invitational.

“Fallyn is more of an outdoor competitor because the javelin is her sport,” coach Randy Thomas said. “Both Fallyn and Alexandria are working very hard in preparation for the spring season.”

The Eagles will begin the spring season in April.

CASADEVALL’S STARTING – Sophomore Ruth Casadevall has started the last nine games for the Stevenson women’s basketball team. The 5-foot-10 forward from Wilkes-Barre (Wallenpaupack) is averaging 3.6 points and 2.1 rebounds for the Mustangs, who are 11-8 overall and 9-3 in the Commonwealth Conference.

“Ruth has worked her way into the starting lineup,” coach Jackie Boswell said. “We have moved into a more transition-style team this year and she is leading that transition by getting to the block each time down the floor.”

The coach believes that Casadevall has improved her defensive game as well.

“She’s working hard to stay down low and defend both post player as well as guards sometimes,” Boswell said. “I feel that the more she continues to work in the off-season the more she will continue to improve.”

KOSLOSKI EMBRACES TRAINING – Freshman Ryan Kozloski (Dallas) is competing in the weight throw and triple jump for the Franklin & Marshall men’s indoor track team. He recently was the only competitor in the weight throw at the Coach I Open in Lancaster and posted a season-best effort of 29-10 ¾.

“Ryan has made the adjustment to the rigors of college life, both academically and athletically,” coach Carl Schnabel said. “He is incredibly coachable and willing to try new things.”

A case in point is Kosloski’s competing in the 35-pound weight throw.

“That event tends to be a big-man event,” Schnabel said. “But we thought that his athleticism would overcome the size barrier and be a natural when we move to the lighter hammer outdoors.”

Kosloski’s main outdoor event is the javelin and the coach believes that he will be a standout in that event down the road.

FRANK WITH PANTHERS – Sophomore Mary Frank (Holy Redeemer) is running with the Pittsburgh women’s indoor track team.

“Mary has started the indoor season very well,” distance coach Jim Lear said. “Her workouts have been good and she has raced strong. She ran an 11:15 3,000 at Penn State and came back to post a 10:55 at Youngstown State.”

Frank didn’t compete last weekend, but coach Lear has indicated that she will be running in either the 3,000 or 5,000 at Youngstown State this weekend.

PASONE SEEING ACTION – Despite being behind a standout junior, red-shirt freshman Vito Pasone (Meyers) is 10-11 overall and 2-4 in dual meets at 125 pounds for the Appalachian State wrestling team.

“Vito has had a great freshman campaign thus far,” coach JohnMark Bentley said. “He went 3-2 at the Southern Shuffle – our most competitive tournament of the year – where he defeated No. 9-ranked Cory Keener of Central Michigan. He also finished second at the Appalachian Open.”

In the latter meet, Pasone scored a pin and a technical fall before losing 5-4 to Will Mason of Virginia in the third round.

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