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October 3, 2007

Sidney graduate Simonds gives Colgate football a lift

Sidney graduate Pat Simonds is catching on at Colgate University.

Wide receiver Simonds had three catches for a team-high 75 yards Saturday, when his Colgate football team fell, 34-31, to visiting Fordham. Simonds' outing included a college-long 44-yard reception in the opening quarter.

One season after earning no statistics in six appearances, sophomore Simonds has 199 yards on 13 catches in four games with the Raiders (2-2). His total receiving yards and 15.3 yards per catch each rank second on the team.

Simonds caught his first collegiate touchdown pass a week earlier, helping to rally Colgate to a 31-28 overtime victory over host Dartmouth on Sept. 15. His 17-yard TD reception pulled the Raiders within 28-20 with 10 minutes, 31 seconds left in regulation.

Colgate, which fought back from a 28-0 deficit, tied it when Simonds caught a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Alex Relph. Jordan Scott scored Colgate's final touchdown on a 33-yard run with 6:41 remaining in regulation to set up the tying conversion pass. Simonds finished with 38 yards on four catches.

Colgate is an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision program (formerly known as Division I-AA) that is affiliated with the Patriot League.

Melissa Blass

Oneonta High graduate Blass received City University of New York Athletic Conference volleyball rookie of the week honors Sept. 17.

A freshman hitter for the City College of New York, Blass had a .385 hitting percentage and 26 kills in a 3-0 week for the Beavers en route to the conference honor. Blass has started all 10 matches for CCNY (7-4 overall, 3-1 CUNYAC) and has 76 kills for a .261 hitting percentage this season.

Caitlin Catella

Ithaca College senior Catella (Oneonta High) helped the Bombers' women's cross country team to a 28th-place finish in the 47-team Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University on Saturday.

Catella crossed in 23:53, placing 214th out of 314 women as 19th-ranked Ithaca earned a third-place finish among Division III programs.

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