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Hilbert sets game scoring record

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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.

Sussex Holds Annual Breakfast of Champions

in Men's Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Sports, Women's Basketball, Women's Soccer, Women's Softball

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).

Brielle Hilbert (women’s basketball) and Ben Armstrong (men’s soccer and baseball) announce the names of the Breakfast of Champions honorees

SCCC’s Meredith Named Woman of the Year

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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.”

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Skylanders Split Against Cumberland

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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.

Tironi Recognized for Career Points Record

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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.


Kelsee Tironi breaks records for career points and career successful 3pt attempts

“10” – Skylanders Reach New Heights with Ten Academic All-Americans

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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

Stephen Trentanelli (Second From Left), Ashley Frazell (Third From Left) and Joshua Bastin (Far Right) pictured at 2011 Student Excellence Awards

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.”


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  It was a long ride back from May’s Landing after the last time the Skylanders and Atlantic Cape CC Buccaneers squared off. Sussex, fought throughout the game, only to leave with a 1 point loss. The Skylanders were determined to have this rematch end with a different outcome.

SCCC's new all time leading scorer Kristen Cenicacelaya surveys the court vs. Atlantic Cape

  After a pregame ceremony to honor the three sophomores, Brittnye Bartell (North Warren), Kristen Cenicacelaya (Hackettstown), and Jessica Takacs (Newton), the game tipped off and right away Sussex asserted itself.
 Cenicacelaya, who became the school’s leading scorer in the last game vs. Ocean CC, quickly put in the game’s first basket.
  The Buccaneers fought tough, despite using just 6 players or the entire game and tied the game at 4. The game remained close with both teams grabbing the lead at times but also seeing many moments with a tie score.
 Sussex eventually pulled into halftime with a 30-25 lead.
 Atlantic Cape CC stormed out of the half with a little run, cutting the score to 35-32 but Cenicacelaya who was a force all game, muscled in for a basket while drawing a foul. The free throw shot was good and SCCC had a 38-32 lead.
  Sussex, who also got great efforts from Katie Hartigan (Frosh., Wallkill Valley) and Takacs took what seemed like a commanding 12 point lead with under 4 minutes to go in the game. Atlantic Cape would not give up, however and cut the game down to 7, then 5, then eventually 4 points. Time was on the Skylanders’ side however and Atlantic Cape was forced to foul in the end. Cenicacelaya, Takacs, and Hartigan all hit clutch free throw shots down the stretch to build the Sussex lead back up.

 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.


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Megan LaTorre drops 18 points behind four 3 point shots


            The Skylanders began the season 2-1. Since that time, the women have fought hard night in and night out, but had come out in the winning column just once since the early start – until last night.

            Last night, the women hosted the Lady Hawks of Rockland County College and outlasted the Hawks in a back and forth tilt to secure their 4th win of the season – 59-53.

            Megan LaTorre (Frosh., Sparta) opened up the scoring, followed by two baskets by Kristen Cenicacelaya (Soph., Hackettstown) to get Sussex out to a 6-1 lead. Rockland went on a run however, taking a 7-6 lead with just under 14 minutes in the half.

            The game swung back and forth many times from that point on, with Sussex grabbing a 29-23 lead heading into the intermission.

            Rockland stormed out of the half, taking the lead 33-32 with 15:14 to go in the game. Rockland was comfortable until Megan LaTorre began launching 3 point shots. A LaTorre 3 pointer gave Sussex a 37-35 lead again at 13:30 remaining. Rockland fought back with the Hawks and Skylanders trading leads until the 9 minute mark when LaTorre drilled two more consecutive 3 point shots to give SCCC a 55-51 lead.

            Rockland put forth another flurry but failed to retake the lead. In the end, LaTorre and the Skylanders walked away with a 59-53 victory.

            Megan LaTorre posted a game high 18 points behind four 3 pointers. SCCC’s Katie Hartigan (Frosh.,Wallkill Valley) added 15 points to go along with 15 rebounds.

            SCCC improves to 4-13 on the season. Sussex travels to Montgomery County College on Saturday at 1 pm.

Women Can't Tame Colts

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Women’s Basketball

The Skylanders women took to the court last night to host the Middlesex County College Colts in an early season Region XIX matchup.

Brittnye Bartell looks for an open pass

The Skylanders jumped out on top, 4-2 but the Colts then asserted their will, scoring the next 7 points and ultimately building a 23-10 lead. The Skylanders then put together a small run behind baskets of Jess Takacs (Soph., Newton) and Kristen Cenicacelaya (Soph., Hackettstown) before going into the half trailing 27-12.

SCCC came out after halftime strong, cutting into the Middlesex lead, getting the game to 32-22 with 14 minutes remaining. Cenicacelaya and Freshman Center, Katie Hartigan (Wallkill Valley) worked hard under the basket to put in crucial points.

Sussex countinued to cut into the lead, getting the score as close as 32-26 and then another 6 point deficit (36-30) with 5:20 to go before Middlesex hit a three-pointer with 4 and a half minutes remaining to give the colts a 9 point lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

When the final buzzer went off, Middlesex came away with a 47-40 win. The loss drops Sussex to 2-3 on the young season with their next game home vs. Camden County College on Saturday, December 4 at 1pm.


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The Skylanders women’s basketball team took to the court last night hoping to achieve something they did not do all last season – win two games in a row. After beating Berkeley College on Sunday, Head Coach Fred Kressaty’s team tipped off against Raritan Valley Community College hoping to equal last year’s win total and prove they can win back to back games.
The Lions of Raritan Valley scored the first points of the game, and it took some time for Sussex to pour in their first points of the game, but once the Skylanders took a 5-3 lead behind a basket by Kate Hartigan (Frosh, Wallkill Valley), the Lions were left to try and play catch up for the remainder of the evening.
There wasn’t a great deal of scoring by either team, however a promising aspect was the even scoring among many Skylander players. Jess Takacs (Soph, Newton), and Hartigan both scored 9 points, while Kristen Cenicacelaya (Soph, Hackettstown) dumped in 8 with Amanda Horuzy (Frosh, Wallkill Valley) adding 7, Megan LaTorre (Soph, Sparta) 6, and Brittnye Bartell (Soph, North Warren) with 5.
Sussex built a 20-14 lead at the half and held off the 26 point scoring outburst by Raritan Valley’s Rachel Jackson to come away with a 48-37 win and a 2-1 record on the season.