Sussex County Community College held its annual Breakfast of Champions this past Wednesday to honor student athletes who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This year, over 40 student athletes were recognized at the ceremony, and each athlete invited a faculty or staff member who has had a positive impact on their academic success. The student athlete representatives this year were Brielle Hilbert from women’s basketball and Ben Armstrong from men’s soccer and baseball (pictured above).
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SCCC is proud to announce that 2 baseball players, Jared Quintero and Jake Knoll, are being recognized as Player and Pitcher of Week. Details can also be found on the Region 19 website at www.njcaaregion19.com
Sophomore, Jared Quintero, was named D2 Region 19 GSAC Player of the Week yesterday. Jared went 12-24 11rbis and 4doubles in 7 games last week!
Freshman, Jake Knoll, was also named D2 Region 19 GSAC Pitcher of the Week as he went 2-0 pitching 2 complete games (14innings) striking out 10 and only allowing 2 earned runs for both games.
Poppy Bignell (Northampton, England) of the SCCC women’s soccer program has signed a National Letter of Intent to join Goldey-Beacom College next fall. Poppy was a two season starter at Sussex, playing left back and scoring 5 goals while providing 7 assists during her time as a Skylander. Bignell was named as team captain for her sophomore year, and Sussex congratulates Poppy for her achievements and for taking the next step in her collegiate soccer career.
The SCCC baseball team won both games against Atlantic Cape on Sunday. In game 1, the Skylanders rolled to a 16-2 win with 18 hits, 14 RBI’s, and 7 walks. Freshman pitcher, Trevor Risdon (High Point) started the game on the bump and went 6 strong innings, not allowing an earned run to get his first college victory!
In game 2 Sussex won 6-2, with more of a pitching battle early on as Jake Knoll (Colorado) ended up throwing a complete game for the second time this week to pick up his 3rd win of the season. Jared Quintero (Paterson) and Peter Ferony (West Milford) led the way with the bats going a combined 5-7 with 2runs, 4 RBIs, and 3doubles!
Offensive leaders in both games:
Peter Ferony: 5-9 4runs 2 RBIs 2doubles
Mathew Magura: 4-8 4runs 3 RBIs 2doubles
Jared Quintero: 6-8 3runs 8 RBIs 3doubles
Justin Smith: 3-6
Team Record 7-8
Merrinda Hill (Mildura, Australia) has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the NCAA Division II Bloomfield Bears women’s soccer program next fall. Hill was a two year starter at Sussex as an outside midfielder, who scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists this past season. Merrinda is a NJCAA Region 19 Champion, and has played in the NJCAA Division I District E Tournament in each of her seasons at Sussex. The SCCC Athletic Department congratulates Merrinda on taking the next step in her collegiate soccer career.
Auburndale, Florida – In yesterday’s action in the Sunshine State, the SCCC baseball team swept a DH from Vermillion CC, MN. In game 1, the Skylanders led 1-0 after 5 innings, then an offensive explosion occurred by the SCCC bats, as Sussex scored 10 runs. The final score was 11-1. Brenden Gerity (West Milford) got the victory as he threw 4 shutout innings. Mike Lucero (Colorado) had a big day at plate going 3-3 with 2 doubles, 3 runs scored and also stole home, a very uncommon feat.
In game 2, the SCCC bats stayed hot securing a 13-2 victory over Vermillion as Sussex scored 12 runs in the first 3 innings. Jake Knoll (Colorado) got the pitching victory, surrendering just one run for his first collegiate win. Justin Smith (Newton) went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and 3 stolen bases. Jefferson Perez (Venezuela) went 3-3 including a triple, 3 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s.
Others who contributed:
Matt Magura (High Point) 2-3
Tyler Goff (Colorado) 2-2 including a triple and 2 RBI’s and Mike Lucero overall for both games 4-6, 4 runs scored, 2 RBI’s and 4 stolen bases.
Team Record: 2 wins, 3 losses.
The Skylanders look to even their record today with a single game starting at 11 am in Eagle Lake, FL vs The Canadian Baseball Academy. The weather is slightly better in FL this morning than here in Sussex County. Predicted game time temperature for the Skylanders, 82 degrees.
Brielle Hilbert was selected to the NJCAA Division III All Region and All Conference 2nd Team for the 2016-2017 season. Hilbert (Wallkill Valley Regional) led Sussex in scoring with 493 Points and was ranked 9th in the nation for 3 pts scored with 74. Brielle also added 94 assists and averaged 20.5 points per game.
The SCCC Baseball team lost their first series of the season to CCBC Catonsville this past weekend. In the first game on Friday, Sussex lost a hard fought battle 2-1. The Skylanders had a 1-0 lead until the seventh inning with freshman Trevor Risdon (High Point) throwing 6 shutout innings. Freshman Sean Kelemen came in to pitch the 7th and 8th inning to give up a run in each inning. The spot light was on Trevor as he struck out 4 and gave up 0 runs in 6 innings.
Games continued on Saturday with the weather at 34 degrees and with 25mph winds. Sussex lost the first game 7-6. The Skylanders were down early as CCBC scored 4 in the bottom of the first, however Sussex chipped away and made it a 5 to 6 game in the 5th inning, and then added another run in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Pitcher Jake Knoll (Colorado) started the game, and after a bumpy start, he settled down to keep his team in the game for us to chip away and make it competitive.
In game 2, Sussex had one bad inning that allowed seven runs on 6 errors that took them out of the game early. The contest ended after 5 with the Skylanders losing 12-2.Offensive players for Saturday:
Anthony Carida (Hackettstown) 2-4 Double, stolen base and 3 RBI’s
Matt Magura (High Point) 3-5 with a Double
Tyler Goff (Colorado) 3-4 2runs and 2 stolen bases
The 2016-17 basketball season came to end on Saturday as the Skylanders entertained Ocean CC. In the women’s game the outcome came down to the last few minutes as the Skylanders were within a point of taking the lead, however Ocean made some critical free throws down the stretch and won the game. As usual Brielle Hilbert (Wallkill) led the way for the Skylanders, along with Loree Tallamy (High Point), and Keeley McGregor (High Point). Brielle scored close to 500 points for her freshmen campaign.
The men finished their campaign losing to Ocean on Saturday as well as losing our top player Aidan Black to a knee injury in the first half. Aidan has been our top big man for the last two years and we will certainly miss him and wish him well in his recovery.
On Saturday the Lady Skylanders once again played a tight ball game in the Skylander Gym that went right down to the end before succumbing to a top-rated Rowan College at Gloucester County squad 49-45. The Skylanders were within a point with less than 3 minutes to play but could not pull out the victory. The women were led once again by Brielle Hilbert (Wallkill) with 20 points and 5 steals including some big 3 point baskets down the stretch. Keeley McGregor (High Point) added 14 points and Loree Tallamy (High Point) contributed 8 points and 10 rebounds. Jessie Patterman (Newton) added 6 rebounds and 3 steals. The women return to action tomorrow at Northampton CC (Monroe Campus) Tannersville, PA at 5 pm and will be at home vs Passaic CCC on Thursday 2/16 for a 5 pm tilt.
The men continue to play top tier teams as they lost to Rowan College at Gloucester County on Sat 79-41. Aiden Black continues to lead the Skylanders, as he has all season long, giving his all. Aiden scored 13 points and had 10 rebounds for the Skylanders, who also will travel to Northampton CC Monroe Campus, Tannersville, PA tomorrow night for a 7 pm tip and then return home on Thurs 2/16 vs Passaic at 7 pm.