Although he’s still young, Geneva graduate Matt DeJohn has already experienced quite a lot on the golf course.
DeJohn was a major cog in the Panthers’ run of Finger Lakes East championships which is still going strong at 11. He also has three Geneva City Championships under his belt.
This fall he took on a role that he became accustomed to during his playing days at Geneva High School: Being a leader.
DeJohn is the lone senior for the Central Connecticut State golf team. The Blue Devils capped an outstanding autumn season in late October when they captured the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship.
“It was a great way to finish the fall season. It gives us a lot more confidence going into the spring,” DeJohn said.
“There’s a lot of young guys on the team; the transition to college can be tough. I’m just trying to do my best to help out any way I can. It’s a good group of guys.”
DeJohn’s influence was also felt on the course. He maintained a stroke average in the low to mid 70s and finished 17th in the two-round NEIGA championships.
DeJohn said his strong fall was sparked by his latest City Championship this summer, his third title in the last four years.
“It definitely helped my confidence. I was playing the best I played all summer when I came back here (to CCSU),” he said. “It’s something that helps, but also in a way you have go put it behind you.”
DeJohn is a grad student at CCSU, studying technology management. This spring will mark his last semester of collegiate golf, although the game will surely stick with him the rest of his life.
“Nothing compares to college golf, playing with a team,” DeJohn said. “I won’t stop playing; I’ll keep going and try to get better and see what I can do. But I’ll have some great memories from playing college golf.”
Honors roll in for Smith at FLCC
Lyons graduate Ryenn Smith had the kind of season for the Finger Lakes Community College women’s volleyball team that would make any coach proud.
There’s little doubt Lakers coach Matt Barr — who used to be Smith’s coach at Lyons — is beaming these days.
This past weekend Smith became the first FLCC player to be named Region III Player of the Year. She was also selected to the All-Region III first team, the second Laker in program history to earn first-team accolades.
Smith enjoyed a stellar rookie season. She set the program record for kills in a season (604), a number that also led the nation among NJCAA Division III schools. She also set the school mark for digs in a season (464). Smith tops Region III and is No. 4 in the country in kills per set (4.36).
“Individual awards are always great. Ryenn has stepped in from day one and contributed for us,” Barr said. “What makes her a special player though is how she has kept the focus on the team success and was a leader, even as a freshman.”
The Lakers earned a spot in the Region III tournament this past weekend. FLCC lost all three games in pool play, but returns five out of six starters next year.
Smith didn’t take any time to rest after the season. She is currently playing for the FLCC women’s basketball team, which opened play this week.
Cross Country news
Geneva grad and Plattsburgh cross country runner Kelley Driscoll was named to the SUNYAC women’s first team after a strong performance at the league championships.
Driscoll finished fifth overall with a time of 22:14.6. She collected first-team honors for the second straight year.
Midlakes alum Cassie Goodman helped the Geneseo women’s squad win its third consecutive SUNYAC crown. Goodman, a junior, crossed the line in seventh place with a time of 22:22.2. The finish earned her second-team SUNYAC honors.
Meanwhile in the NEAC, Newark grad Emily Middlebrook finished runner-up in the women’s race and helped Wells College to a fourth place finish.
Middlebrook, a two-time NEAC championship winner, covered the 5k course on the campus of SUNYIT in a time of 20:42.
Sports Coordinator Gregory G. McNall’s “College Notebook” appears every Thursday in the Finger Lakes Times. It features graduates from Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Seneca counties who are playing in college. Call Greg at 789-3333 ext. 244, fax him at 789-4077 or email him at email@example.com.