The Daily Star, Oneonta, NY - otsego county news, delaware county news, oneonta news, oneonta sports

November 28, 2012

Sidney graduate Gravel, Keuka women start strong

The Daily Star

---- — Staff Report

Danielle Gravel came through for the Keuka College women’s basketball team Monday.

Sidney graduate Gravel scored a season-high 20 points and went 4-for-4 at the foul line in overtime to lead the Storm to a 75-67 victory over visiting Hilbert College.

Junior guard Gravel also had five assists and four steals for Keuka (3-1), which went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line in the extra period after rallying from a 15-point halftime deficit to tie the score by the end of regulation.

Gravel earned co-athlete of the week honors from Keuka earlier Monday.

Gravel scored a game-high 19 points Nov. 20 to lead the Storm (2-1) to a 61-56 victory over the University of Pitt-Bradford. She scored 11 points — including three three-pointers — in the first half, which ended with Keuka ahead, 35-23.

Gravel, who shared the Storm’s weekly honor with men’s basketball player Jared Wagner, was a First Team selection in the North Eastern Athletic Conference last season.

She also had 11 points, five rebounds and two steals in a 63-54 defeat of Brockport in the second round of the Onnie’s Classic at Nazareth College on Nov. 18. Gravel scored 13 points in the opening round, a 58-55 loss to Nazareth that marked the Storm’s season opener.

Keuka opens its North Eastern Athletic Conference schedule against Morrisville State at 5 p.m. today.

Krista Baxter

Downsville graduate Krista Baxter tied for the team lead in goals scored this past season for the Morrisville State women’s soccer team.

Sophomore midfielder Baxter, who started all 15 games for the Mustangs (0-14-1) had five goals on 43 shots, 26 of which were on goal. She matched the goals scored by Lindsay Peri, who had one assist for the team lead in points.

The Mustangs roster also included Edmeston graduate Samantha Martin, a sophomore defender who started all 15 games as well.

Ben Conklin

Walton graduate Ben Conklin helped Herkimer County Community College to the NJCAA Division III championship in men’s soccer this past season.

The Generals (20-2) beat Montgomery College, 1-0, in double-overtime Nov. 11 for their second straight national crown and ninth overall.

A freshman midfielder, Conklin appeared in three games and had one assist.

Madie Harlem

Oneonta High graduate and Hamilton women’s basketball guard Madie Harlem fell just shy of a double-double Nov. 20 in a 42-31 non-conference home loss to Oswego State.

Harlem, a senior, had eight points and nine rebounds for the Continentals, who have started the season with three straight losses. She also contributed three assists and two blocks.

Harlem’s performance followed a seven-point, eight-rebound night in a 46-38 loss to 16th-ranked Tufts University during the 35th annual Skidmore College Invitational on Nov. 17.

Hamilton opened the season with a 66-61 loss to Ithaca College in the opening round of the Skidmore College Invitational on Nov. 16. That game featured five assists from Harlem, who earned Daily Star Player of the Year honors in high school girls basketball for the 2008-09 season.

Jacob Joseph

Oneonta High graduate Jacob Joseph earned a spot on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll as a member of the Muhlenberg College men’s soccer team.

The honor roll is for sophomores, juniors and seniors who carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 or higher and are key players for their teams.

A physical science major, Joseph played in all 16 games and started 15 as a junior midfielder. He scored two goals and will enter his senior season as the Mules’ active scoring leader, with 13 points.

Jacob’s younger brother, freshman Dan Joseph, played seven games for the Mules (11-5) as a reserve forward. He scored his first college goal in a 5-0 defeat of Moravian.

Jake VanDusen

Oneonta High graduate Jake VanDusen scored a season-high 11 points for Onondaga Community College in a 119-85 defeat of Schenectady Community College on Nov. 20.

VanDusen went 3-for-3 from the floor and 5-for-6 at the free throw line to increase his season scoring average to 4.7 points per game. He also grabbed four rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench.

Onondaga is 4-3 this season.

Email items for On Campus to Daily Star Sports Editor Dean Russin at, or mail The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820.