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- SPOTLIGHT ON: RYAN RIEFENHAUSER - In the quarter final round of the SUNYAC basketball playoffs Feb. 19, the Geneseo Blue Knights tangled with sixth ranked New Paltz, and beat the Hawks, 98-80—as senior forward Ryan Riefenhauserof Dobbs Ferry scored six points on 3-6 from the floor, had a team high of eight rebounds, plus give assists, two turnovers, and two steals in the game. On Feb. 22, in the semi-final round with Plattsburg at Cortland, in the season ending 77-67 loss—he had three points, seven boards, four assists, two turnovers, one block and one steal. For the campaign Riefenhauser started all 26 games, scored 242 points, was second high in rebounds, with 169, first in assists with 86, had 60 turnovers and a team high of 38 steals. The team's record was 17-10, 12-6.
- Competing at the New England Fall College Fencing Championships at Brandeis on the 23rd, Leah Mackof Irvington and the Judges competed in epee. In this meet, the epee fencers finished second, 35-8, and the team triumphed 107-21. Earlier, she had her best results yet on the season on Jan. 28, when she had the most wins of all fencers on the day-12-6, with a victory over Smith in this one 15-2.
- In the EWAC Individual fencing Championship at Stevens, Ilana Regenbogenof Ardsley and Johns Hopkins was twelfth in epee, and has a season record of 7-11, 9-21.
- In the SUNYAC women's basketball championship game at home with Geneseo on the 23rd, the visitors won, and that ended the season for the New Paltz Lady Hawks, including Pippa Mansdorf of Hastings and Ashley Riefenhauser of Dobbs Ferry. Their team had a record of 23-4/16-3, and Mansdorf played in 12 games, scored 22 points, had 11 rebounds, one assist, nine turnovers, one block, and three steals in the campaign, while Riefenhauser played in eight games, scored eight points, had three turnovers, and five boards in the season.
- Marley Giddins of Irvington and the Amherst Lady Jeffs played against Bowdoin in the conference semi-final game on the 23rd, a 60-45 win, in which she had one rebound, while in the championship matchup on Feb. 24 at home with Williams on the 24, a 53-38 victory, she appeared briefly in the game which sealed the championship and set the stage for the NCAA championship, which starts for them on March 1.
- At the UAA Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the U. of Chicago from Feb. 13-16, Tina Hinmanof Hastings and The Masters School, diving for Washington U. of St. Louis, finished ninth of 17 women in the 3 meter diving event, with 303.85 points, as her team was third of eight schools competing, with 1,219 points.
- The Skidmore Thoroughbreds, with Kevin Dahill of Dobbs Ferry starting at forward, competed at Hobart in the Liberty League championship on the 20th, with the hosts winning a see-saw game and Dahill having one rebound and two turnovers in the 77-72 loss to the Statesmen. That ended the season, with the Dobbs Ferry basketeer starting in all 26 games, scoring 178 points, having 70 rebounds, 19 assists, 33 turnovers, 12 blocks and 10 steals. The team's record was 15-11/9-7.
- In the opening game of the Commonwealth Coast Conference playoffs with Eastern Nazarene on Feb. 19, the Salve Regina Sea Hawks took the measure of their opponents, 74-52, with Lisa Bucci of Irvington hitting on three of four three point goals in the contest, plus having 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 turnovers in the win. On Feb. 21, at Roger Williams, the former Bulldog hit on another trey in the 69-48 win, and also 3 boards, 1turnover, 1 block, and 1 steal. On the Feb. 23, in the championship game at the U. of New England, in Biddeford, Me., a team that had topped S.R. in December, 67-52, the season ended as they bowed to the opposition, 69-63, with Bucci's six point totals coming on two from beyond the arc. She also had one board, one assists, and one turnover in the finale. On the season, she played in 14 games, hit on 14 of 26 three point tries, scored a total of 48 points, had 11 rebounds, six assists, seven turnovers, four steals, and two blocks. The team's record was 17-11/12-6.
- Julian Salianiof Irvington and Johns Hopkins, running in the Centennial Conference Championship on Feb. 23, finished 11th of 23 runners in the 3,000-meter race, with a time of 8:57.86. The Blue Jays won the crown with 168 points.
- Mike Swerdloffof Ardsley and a southpaw hurler for the Brandeis Judges, opened the spring baseball season at the Central Florida complex, with a game against Florida's Warner College On the Feb. 18, a 12-3 win. Swerdloff came on as the 4th pitcher at the bottom of the 8th inning, gave up 1 run on a double, and fanned one batter. They lost to Southeastern U. of Lakeland on the 19th, 4-1. Playing the Augustana Vikings of Illinois on Feb. 21, they lost, 2-1, and then on the 22nd with the same team, Swerdloff started, pitched 7.1 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, walked one, and struck out two batters. His reliever took the loss, giving up one run in the bottom of the ninth, with the final score 5-4. Augustana.
- Hosting St. Cloud on Feb. 23, the St. Olaf's men's tennis team won the day, 6-3, as Andy Catania of Dobbs Ferry won his singles match 7-5,7-6(7-5), while dropping the doubles match, 8-3. The spring record stands at 2-1/1-0.
- Alex Holdsteinof Hastings and Hartford U. in a tennis-match at Southern New Hampshire on Feb. 18 won his singles match, 6-3, -6-0, while he and his doubles partner dropped theirs 8-2.
- The Virginia U. of Lynchburg's Lady Dragon's softball team, with Yolanda Jones of Hastings patrolling right field, played two games at Johnson C. Smith of Charlotte, N.C. on Feb. 23, losing the opener, 13-0, and suffering their second no hitter setback of the season. In the nightcap, Jones had her best outing thus far, as she went 2-4 at bat, scored one run, fanned once, and had one put out in the 9-8 loss. She opened the third inning by singling and later scoring, gained first base on an error in the fifth, and then, with her nine ahead 8-5 in the last frame, the host Golden Bulls tallied four runs to win the game.
- Ardsley's Penn Gottfried and Columbia, in the season's wrestling finale at Brown on Feb. 23, topped the Bears, 25-11, with the Rivertowns grappler dropping his 125 bout by a decision, 25-11. On the season, the team had a record of 12-5/8-7.
- On the 20th, Derrick Longo of Ardsley and Springfield College, competed in the 165 pound wrestling division in the final regular season match at home with W.P.I., and won over his opponent by a decision, 14-4(17-6), with the Pride topping the Engineers, 26-13.
- Katie Flood of Hastings and Oswego swam in the SUNY Swim Championship from Feb. 20-23 at Erie Community College. Her 200 Medley Relay quartet was 8th, in 1:54.93 her 800 Freestyle Relay foursome was eighth in 8:20.25. Oswego finished ninth with 131 points.
- Andy Schunk of Ardsley and Geneseo and his 400 Medley Relay foursome, competing at the SUNY Swim Championships at Erie Community College on the 20th, finished 23rd in the final heat, clocked at 58.54. In the 200 Freestyle Relay, his foursome was seventh, with a time of 1:41.52. In the 100 Butterfly, he was eight with a time of 52.84, and in the 200 Butterfly was 13th, at 20.23.The Blue Wave was second to Cortland in the meet, with 726 points.
- Andrew and Greg Pezzutoof Hastings, members of the Southern New Hampshire's baseball nine, opened their team's Spring season with a game against Long Island U. Post at Myrtle Beach on Feb. 22 in a morning game, won, 10-1, and then in the afternoon opposing Chestnut Hill of Massachusetts, gave them a 15-0 shellacking. In both games, the brothers' bats produced several runs, and Andrew went 3-4 at bat, walked once, stole a base, and scored two runs in the Post game. In the first of two on Feb. 23 with Mercyhurst University, he reached first on a single in the fifth frame, and then proceeded to steal second, third and home in the 7-3 win. In the P.M. game with the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats, they beat them, 12-2. In the finale at Myrtle on Feb. 24, the Penmen had a return match with Chestnut Hill, and this time they thrashed the Griffins,17-1, as Andrew went 3-3 at the plate, had 2 R.B.I.'s, and pilfered 3 bases. Undefeated in five games, the team has scored 61 runs against 7 for the opposition.
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