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Hilbert sets game scoring record

in News, Sports, Women's Basketball

On Saturday, December 2, the SCCC women’s basketball team traveled to Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ. The team was able to secure a win and came away with a 78-55 victory. SCCC Sophomore, Brielle Hilbert from Franklin, set the single game scoring record with 46 points. She broke the previous mark of 41, set by Stephanie Peterson in the 2013-14 season. Brielle also added 9 steals.

The women’s overall record stands at 4-4 and will host Montgomery CC, Blue Bell, PA on December 7, at 7 pm.

SCCC recognizes largest group of scholar athletes

in News, Sports

Sussex County Community College is pleased to announce that 15 of their student athletes were recognized by the National Junior College Athletic Associations (NJCAA) for the 2016-2107 academic year.

There are three NJCAA All-Academic Student-Athlete Awards with the qualifying grade-point average for each honor as follows: First Team is a 4.0 GPA, Second Team is a 3.80-3.99 GPA and the Third Team is a 3.60-3.79 GPA.

“I am very proud of these student athletes’ accomplishments in the classroom and on the field,” stated John Kuntz, SCCC Director of Athletics and Associate Dean of Student Services. “This is the largest number of student athletes we have had recognized in the College’s history.”

The following SCCC students were recognized:

Benjamin Armstrong Soccer III, Baseball II First Team
Stephanie Ahmad Soccer I, Basketball III Second Team
Daniela Bernal Pineda Soccer I Second Team
Erin Dimino Softball III Second Team
Brielle Hilbert Basketball III Second Team
Merrinda Hill Soccer I Second Team
Celina Faschan Soccer I Second Team
Gabrielle Sarni Soccer I Second Team
Brittany Todd Soccer I Second Team
Keeley McGregor Basketball III Third Team
Kelsey O’Connor Softball III Third Team
Thomas Parry Soccer III Third Team
Alejandro Patino Soccer III Third Team
Jared-Daniel Quintero Baseball II Third Team
Grace Thuen Basketball III, Softball III Third Team


Top Row, left to right: Benjamin Armstrong, Stephanie Ahmad, Daniela Bernal Pineda, Erin Dimino, Brielle Hilbert,
Second row, left to right: Merrinda Hill, Celina Faschan, Gabrielle Sarni, Brittany Todd, Keeley McGregor
Third row, left to right: Kelsey O’Connor, Thomas Parry, Alejandro Patino, Jared-Daniel Quintero, Grace Thuen


SCCC Athletes continue Collegiate Career at the DI Level

in Home Page, Men's Baseball, Sports, Women's Soccer

Peter Feroney Holds the SCCC record for most career hits

Jared Quintero was named to the NJCAA 1st Team All Region XIX

Jill Pullis holds the season and career assists record at SCCC

Sussex County Community College is proud and excited to announce that three Skylanders have signed National Letters of Intent to play at the NCAA. Division I level this upcoming fall.  Jill Pullis (Women’s Soccer),
Peter  Ferony (Baseball), and Jared Quintero (Baseball) have all signed to play for St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) for the upcoming 2017/2018 year.

Pullis (Vernon, NJ) has been a stand out player and captain for the SCCC Women’s Soccer program and currently holds the school record for assists in a single season as well as the career assist record.  Jill was ranked in the top 5 in the nation for NJCAA DI women’s soccer players for assists this past season, is a NJCAA Region XIX champion, and has competed in two NJCAA District E Tournaments.  Jill will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at St. Peter’s.

Peter Ferony  (West Milford, NJ) was a 2 year starter for the SCCC Baseball program and has been an integral player in the team’s success over the past two seasons.  He currently holds the record for most hits in a career at Sussex County Community College and was named to the NJCAA 1st Team for Region XIX and the GSAC as an infielder.  Peter will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management at St. Peter’s.

Jared Quintero ( Paterson, NJ) was also a 2 year starter for the SCCC Baseball program.  Jared was a leader on and off the field for the Skylanders and had many roles in the team, including 1st Base, Right Field, and as a starting pitcher.  Jared was named to the NJCAA 1st Team for Region XIX and the GSAC this past season, and will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at St. Peter’s.

Sussex Falls to Orange in Annual Military Appreciation Game

in Men's Baseball, Sports

What an atmosphere last night at Skylands Stadium under the lights as Sussex took on Orange CCC in our Annual Military Appreciation Baseball Game.  It all started as Nathan Stillings, SCCC Student and SCCC Ambassador sung the National Anthem followed by SCCC Veteran and Professor, Michael Hughes throwing out the first pitch.  There were numerous activities in between innings such as the dizzy bat race, t shirt toss, trivia questions (all with prizes), interviews with Home Town Heroes (veterans) and, of course, the traditional singing of  “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”.  The Stadium video board was lit up with pictures of our players as they came to bat as well as the showing of the SCCC commercial and the announcing of other SCCC events.  As for the game, the Skylanders made a valiant comeback effort before falling 7-6 to Orange after scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning with the tying run on 3rd base as the game ended. Next up for SCCC baseball team is our rival as we travel to CC Morris on Sat 4/29 needing to sweep Morris in a DH in order to qualify for the Regional playoffs.

Pullis Signs for NCAA DI St. Peter’s

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Jill Pullis signs with St. Peter’s University

Sussex County Community College would like to congratulate Jill Pullis (Vernon High School) for officially signing with St. Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) to play for their Women’s Soccer team.  Pullis was a starter and captain for the SCCC Women’s Soccer program, and currently holds the school record for assists in a single season as well as the career assist record.  Jill was ranked in the top 5 in the nation for NJCAA DI women’s soccer players for assists this past season, is a NJCAA Region XIX champion, and has competed in two NJCAA District E Tournaments.  Jill will pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Primary Education at St. Peter’s.


Military Appreciation Game rescheduled for 4/26

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Please Note: The game is rescheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 7 pm, Skylands Stadium

Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The College works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.

The SCCC Skylanders Baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday, April 25 at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College.

This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER). SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2600 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER aids veterans with additional assistance for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, car payments, food, and other essentials when college is not in session.

There are no colleges in the area that offer this type of added support to student veterans. They are able to get additional assistance and continue their education without interruption. The SVER is able to provide an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives.

Additionally, SCCC will be accepting non-perishable food items for the SCCC Horton Food Pantry at the gate.

To make a donation to SVER please visit:

SCCC athlete, Pullis, set to be honored

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Female athleteThe New Jersey Chapter of The National Association of Girls and Women in Sport, each year honors one female athlete from every New Jersey high school, two-year college and four- year college for excellence in the classroom, on the field and community service.

Sussex County Community College’s honoree this year is, Vernon native, Jill Pullis. Jill has been a two year starter for the Skylander Women’s Soccer program. She was a 2015 and 2016 Division I,  First Team All-Region XIX and First Team All Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) selection.  In addition, during the 2016 season Jill set the season and all-time career assist record at SCCC for women’s soccer players. Jill will be recognized with the other female athletes on Sunday January 29, 2017 at Seton Hall University.


Soccer Player, Parry, named Second Team, All-American

in Men's Soccer, News, Sports

soccer playerSussex County Community College’s  Men’s Soccer player, Tom Parry, was named  a National Junior College Athletic Association Second Team,  All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Tom led the Skylanders team to a 13-5 overall record and a berth in the Region XIX Championship Game. Tom also finished the season as the # 2 scorer in the nation with 25 goals scored this season.  Tom hails from Hereford, United Kingdom.  Congratulations Tom!

SCCC Soccer Teams head to the Championship

in Men's Soccer, News, Sports, Women's Soccer

The Sussex County Community College Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams both advanced to the NJCAA Region XIX Finals this week.  The Men’s team won against Ocean County College in double overtime to to advance, while the Women’s program defeated the County College of Morris for the second time this season to book their place in the Finals for the second consecutive year.  Both teams will play this Saturday, October 29th.  The women will play at Mercer County Community College at 11:00 am against Harcum College, and the men will play at Synder Park in Berkeley Heights against Camden County College with the winner advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament.

Sussex Soccer Poised for Playoff Run

in Men's Soccer, News, Sports, Women's Soccer

The Sussex County Community College men’s and women’s soccer teams qualified for the NJCAA Region XIX postseason tournament this past week with wins over the County College of Morris and Essex County College. Boasting records of 10-4 for the men and 9-3 for the women, both teams are looking to secure home field advantage in the playoffs.

This season, the men’s team are led by Tom Parry (Hereford, England) who has scored 22 goals, ranking him 1st in the nation for Division III players.  Averaging over one and a half goals per game, Parry has led the line for the Skylanders and made them one of the most potent offenses in Region XIX.  Parry’s supporting cast has also been tremendous this season.  A healthy mix of both local and international talent have come together to thrive in Sussex’s 4-2-3-1 system.  Alejandro Patino (Newton) and Ben Armstrong (High Point Regional) have excelled in midfield alongside internationals Mario Umanzor (San Jose, Costa Rica) and Fraser Morrison (Perth, Scotland). Head coach, Frank Vernacchio believes this is arguably one of the most talented teams to come through SCCC.  “The local guys and internationals really complement each other.  We have a great balance of high technical skill, athletic ability, and physical presence.  This is one of the most complete teams that I have had the pleasure of coaching.”

Matt McAvoy in possession

Matt McAvoy in possession

SCCC’s defense has been just as strong as their offense.  With Sussex’s defense comprised of sophomores, poise and maturity are easily seen in every game they play.  Newcomers Cody Bartsch (Vernon) and Euan Fraser (Perth, Australia) have adapted well to the pace of play and have become defensive stalwarts with sophomores Matt McAvoy (Adelaide, Australia) and Alex Colcheedas (Melbourne, Australia) providing cover from their flanks.  “All of our defenders are playing at a high level at the moment,” states Vernacchio. “We have great competition for each position in our back four, and I can rely on every defender I have to do the job.  Whether it’s Zak [Novak], Cody, or Euan playing at centerback, I know the other team won’t be able to break through our defense.”


On the women’s side, the Skylanders have won eight straight games to bring their record to 9-3 and are looking to repeat as Region XIX Champions.  Scoring 57 goals and only giving up 16 this season, the women’s soccer team are both prolific and defensively solid.  Gabby Sarni (Kittatinny Regional) and Jill Pullis (Vernon) have led the team offensively.  Sarni, who now holds the school record for goals in a season, has scored 26, ranking her 4th in the nation for Division I players.  Pullis also broke the college’s records for assists in a season and a career with a tally of 18 assists so far this season, ranking her 2nd in the nation.  Head coach, Frank Vernacchio was quick to praise his attacking duo. “Gabby and Jill have been outstanding this year.  It’s not often that you see the records for both goals and assists broken in the same season.  Our offense has really clicked this year and everyone is playing a part.  When you look at our team, we don’t have just one goal scorer who we rely on.  Yes, Gabby has scored quite a bit and has played great, but our entire offense is scoring and creating chances.  I think we have 10 different goal scorers this year and that really shows how well we are playing collectively.”

Eden Brown

Eden Brown

Sussex has dominated defensively as well this season.  Returners Kirsten Maurizi (Pope John) and Poppy Bignell (Northampton, England) have helped newcomers Eden Brown (Northampton, England) and Camille Constant (Aix les Bains, France) settle in and thrive in Region XIX competition.  Constant has been a goalkeeping standout and is ranked 2nd in the nation for goals against after only giving up a total of one goal in all of her games. Vernacchio adds, “The partnership of Eden and Kirsten in the back has been outstanding.  Both players read the game so well, and in my opinion, are the two best centerbacks in the region, if not the nation.”

Adding more defensive presence is Brittany Todd from Wallkill Valley High School.  Todd has found herself playing both center midfield as well as centerback and has impressed at both positions.  “Brittany is a fantastic player,” states Vernacchio. “We rely on her as much as we do Camille, which is saying quite a bit.  When she is in the midfield we are a more composed team because she can both keep possession as well as break up the other team’s attack.  She has been very effective for us this year and is an underrated player for sure.”

The Region XIX Tournament starts Saturday, October 22 for both the men’s and women’s brackets.  Sussex will know their opponents after the Region XIX Seeding Committee releases the tournament matchups on Wednesday October 19.