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February 18, 2014

Second-half run lifts Delhi men

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Arif Mehmetaj finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds Saturday to lead SUNY Delhi to a 78-64 Mountain Valley Conference men’s basketball win over visiting Adirondack.

Matt Banton contributed 20 points for the Broncos (23-5, 14-2), who took a 43-32 lead into halftime. Adirondack pulled to 57-53 with about eight minutes left, but Delhi followed with a 17-5 run.

The Broncos, who are ranked fifth among NJCAA Division III teams, host North Country Community College at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Their regular season ends this Saturday with a home game against Hudson Valley CC.

Delhi will then host the Region III Tournament, which runs Feb. 28-March 2.

Cobleskill 58, Morrisville 48

Brandon Smith scored a game-high 14 points Sunday to lead host SUNY Cobleskill to its seventh consecutive victory over a North Eastern Athletic Conference opponent.

Mike Chapman contributed 12 points for the Fighting Tigers (10-12, 9-7), who received 10 points apiece from Alexis Nunez and Walton graduate Bryan Backus.

The Mustangs (14-8, 10-5) faced a 19-18 deficit at halftime. Cobleskill opened the second half on a 16-4 run.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALLMorrisville 50, Cobleskill 38

Kady Porterfield had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead Cobleskill in a NEAC loss at home Sunday.

Shelby Preston contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Fighting Tigers (5-18, 3-12), who committed 25 turnovers en route to their lowest points total of the season.

Unadilla Valley graduate Jordan Anderson scored a game-high 17 points to pace the Mustangs (6-17, 3-11). She also had team-highs of seven rebounds and six assists.

Adirondack 62, Delhi 39

Carley Marcellus scored a team-high 10 points in Delhi’s MVC road loss Saturday.

Megan Moody contributed 11 rebounds for the Broncos, who trailed, 35-18, at halftime.


Martha Daniel won the Advanced Walk Trot Canter, Taylor Trombley (Oneonta High) took first in the Intermediate Flat and Cecilia Campala took the Open Flat to lead Hartwick to a third-place finish in its first show of 2014 on Saturday.

Trombley also placed second in Intermediate Fences for the Hawks, who received runner-up finishes from Taylor Johnson (Novice Fences; Novice Flat), Daryl Orend (Advanced Walk Trot Canter), Cooperstown graduate Kassandra Lent (Beginner Walk Trot Canter), Colleen Cunningham (Novice Fences) and Christine Confer (Novice Flat).

Hartwick finished third with 31 points, one shy of Morrisville and 18 behind the host college. Cobleskill (24 points) and Oneonta State (23) placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the 11-team show.


Donny Martell set a Mountain Valley Conference and SUNY Delhi men’s record in the 500- and 1,650-yard freestyles during the Region III/North East District Championships that ran Friday through Sunday at Monroe CC.

Both Broncos squads finished second to the host school in the three-day meet that ended Sunday. It marked the highest finish for Delhi’s women, who were named the region’s most improved team.

“It was a very successful meet for us,” said Delhi coach John Kolodziej, named the Northeast District’s men’s coach of the year. 

Martell placed third in the 500 free in 5:15.42 to break Mike Roeland’s 2013 team record of 5:24.86. In the 1,650 free, Martell touched second in 18:47.67 to break the MVC record of 19:09.10 set by Brian Wolfe in 2006.

Martell also helped the Broncos to runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.91), the 400 medley relay (4:12.92), the 800 free relay (school record time of 8:21.26), and placed second in the 400 individual medley (4:48.16).

The Broncos’ Ryan Ferraro won the 100 backstroke in 1:01.44 and placed second in the 200 backstroke (2:15.67).

Matt Salle won the 3-meter diving event with a meet-record score of 483.55 over 11 dives. Kyle Shares of Monroe had the previous record of 464.90 that he set last season.

Lily McEnaney (2:34.36) and Oneonta High graduate Kari Knudson (2:47.16) finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 200 individual medley to pace Delhi’s women. Both swam legs of the second-place 200 free relay (1:53.98), 400 medley relay (4:49.93) and the third-place 800 free relay (school record time of 9:44.63) teams as well.

McEnaney also set a school record in the 200 butterfly, placing second in 2:35.34. The old record of 2:35.45 was set last season. Her time of 1:07.86 in the 100 butterfly placed her second.

Vanessa Brown contributed second-place finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke races. She finished the 100 in 1:22.70 and the 200 in 2:59.63.

Salle, Martell, Ferrara and Sean O’Connell will compete on the men’s side in the NJCAA Division III meet that starts March 5 at Indian River State College in south Florida. Jacqueline Graziano, Vanessa Brown, McEnaney and Knudson will represent the Broncos’ women at nationals.

NEAC Championships

SUNY Cobleskill’s men and women placed second in the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championships last weekend at Cazenovia.

The Fighting Tigers men finished with 478 points — 50 behind winner Gallaudet.

Nolan Graziano led the way for Cobleskill with victories in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.64), the 100 breaststroke (1:05.31) and the 200 breaststroke (2:23.66). Graziano also swam legs on Cobleskill’s winning 200 medley and 800 free relay teams.

Brian Alt won the 100 backstroke (58.32), Connor Worden touched first in the 500 free (5:28.35) and Tyler Valenti won the 1-meter diving competition (420.45).

Cobleskill’s women finished with 417 points — 27 behind winner Wells College.

Sophomore Rachael Degnan led Cobleskill with wins in the 200 butterfly (2:24.42), the 500 free (5:41.80) and the 1,650 free (19:52.95).

Cobleskill also received wins from freshmen Hannah Kincaid (400 IM, 5:27.59) Merrin Gural (1-meter diving, 346.70).


Oneonta State rode three major decisions and two forfeits to a road victory in its regular-season finale Saturday.

Dominic DeGraba (125 pounds), Ben Mikac (141) and Dan Graff (174) won head-to-head matches for the Red Dragons (10-9), who received forfeit triumphs from Sean Hansen (133) and Chad Obzud (197). O-State secured the victory with Obzud’s forfeit, which gave the Red Dragons a 24-15 lead with one match to go.