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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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 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.
In another thriller the women’s basketball team won their 7th game of the season on Monday night vs Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schenksville, PA by a score of 58-54. Congratulations go out to the Ladies who have now won 5 of their last 8 games and return to action at home on Saturday 2/4 after a lengthy 2 weeks of playing road games. Our opponent will be Brookdale CC. Action starts at noon.
The men’s team put forth a valiant effort last night vs Union CC but the Union CC, but the Owls were too much for us to handle. The Skylanders were led in scoring by Aiden Black (Newton HS) with 18 points and Matt Martinez (East Stroudsburg North HS) also with 18. The men will also match up with Brookdale on Saturday at 2 pm.
Rachel Meredith, a sophomore at Sussex County Community College, has been named SCCC’s Woman of the Year by the National Association of Girls and Women in Sports.
Meredith received the award at the organization’s annual luncheon event on Sunday, February 7.
A resident of Hopatcong, Meredith was a stand out on SCCC’s women’s soccer team and is a member of the women’s basketball team.
The NAGWS annually recognizes girls and women from every high school and college in the state of New Jersey for their academic and athletic success. Besides the recipients, this event is attended by parents, family members, friends and coaches and they are all treated to a lunch and a Seton Hall women’s basketball game. Each recipient was recognized with an award at halftime of the game.
“We are delighted that Rachel has been honored with SCCC’s Woman of the Year,” said John Kuntz, Associate Dean of Athletics at SCCC. “She has been a hard working player for us since she has been here at Sussex, and has shown great character both on the field and off it in the classroom. She has really grown as a player, and has consistently excelled with her academics.”
For more information about athletics at SCCC, visit sussex.edu/athletics.
This past Saturday, 2/6, the men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Cumberland CC. The men came away with a hard fought 72-67 road victory against a quality Cumberland CC team. Frank Rios led the way once again with 25 points and Godfrey Freeman chipped in with 16. The men’s overall record currently stands at 11 wins and 15 losses. The men will play their final home game tomorrow night Tuesday Feb 9 at 7 pm vs Northampton CC.
The women suffered a defeat Saturday to the top team in Region XIX and will close out their season on the road on Thurs at Middlesex and Sat at Camden. This group continues to fight and play hard for Coach Kaitlyn Gaffney and we expect the same in their season’s final two games.
3/6/2014 – Last week, the SCCC Athletic Department recognized Kelsee Tironi for breaking the school record for career points and career 3-pointers made by adding her name to the leader board outside of the Gym in Building E. Tironi (Wallkill Valley HS) surpassed Katie Hartigan (Wallkill Valley HS) for career points by scoring 741 in her two years playing here. Kelsee also successfully made 147 3-point attempts in those two years.
June 9, 2011
In what has become a common theme at Sussex County Community College, a group of Skylanders’ student-athletes have qualified to become National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic All-Americans. This year however, the group is larger than usual, with ten Skylanders earning the prestigious recognition.
Ten Skylanders representing five of the six sports offered at SCCC will officially be honored with the Academic All-American title later this summer when the NJCAA publishes the names of those who achieved the necessary qualifications.
Women’s soccer under Head Coach Oscar Ortiz is reposnsible for half of the SCCC contingent of Academic All-Americans. Ashley Frazell (Newton), Tara Gowe (Lenape Valley), Brianna Schaad (High Point), Lauren Scrudato (Kittatinny) and Kathryn Sisco (Vernon) earned honors while leading their team to the Region XIX Semifinal round.
Men’s soccer performed extremely well academically as well for Head Coach Eric Ford as both Cory Maguire (Newton) and Stephen Trentanelli (Lenape Valley) excelled to the necessary level to achieve Academic All-American status.
Joining the aforementioned student-athletes are Jessica Takacs (Newton) of women’s basketball and Joshua Bastin (Newton) of the men’s hoops team under Head Coaches Fred Kressaty and Randy Jackson respectively achieved high standards in sports that cross two semesters, thus adding a degree of difficulty for academics while playing a sport.
Timothy O’Shea (Jefferson), a standout on the SCCC baseball team also stood out academically for Coach Todd Poltersdorf en route to meeting the qualifications for Academic All-American.
The NJCAA recognizes Academic All-Americans for student-athletes completing at least 45 semester hours while earning a 3.60 grade point average or higher. Distinguished Academic All-Americans are denoted such for student-athletes earning a 3.8 GPA or higher.
John Kuntz, SCCC Athletic Director expresses his appreciation for the ten student-athletes to achieve this high honor.
“I cannot say enough about these ten individuals. We have always had
student-athletes reach this level of excellence, but for ten of our student-athletes achieve Academic All-American honors is tremendous. I am extremely proud and I can only believe the determination needed to achieve this recognition will serve these individuals down the road.”
When all was said and done, Sussex came away with a 64-56 victory in the final home game of the season.
Sussex improves to 5-22 with the win and will play their final game of the season on Tuesday night at Bergen Community College at 5 pm.