GENEVA — Six Hobart College players have received College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 3 honors.

Senior quarterback Shane Sweeney, a Geneva High School graduate, senior center Alex Helm, senior guard Stephen VanHoesen, senior defensive end Brandon Ball, senior punter Rio Schmidt and junior safety Kai Brandford were recognized for their academic and athletic excellence. Ball, Helm and Schmidt also earned Academic All-District honors in 2016.

To earn a spot on the Academic All-District team, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average, be a starter or significant reserve and be at least a sophomore academically.

Sweeney, also named to the Liberty League All-Academic team, is an American studies major. He holds almost all of Hobart’s game, season and career records. A two-time Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year, he completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,402 yards and 18 touchdowns this season.

Helm, an economics major, is a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection. A two-year starter, he also received first team All-Liberty League honors this fall.

VanHoesen, a Geoscience major, is also a three-time Liberty League All-Academic pick. A three-year starter, he is an All-Liberty League honorable mention this year.

An economics and philosophy double major, Ball is a three-time Liberty League All-Academic selection. He’s also a first team All-Liberty League pick this season.

Schmidt, a studio art and economics double major, is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic pick.

Brandford is an international relations and music double major, and is also a two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection.


Hunter earns NJCAA honor

SARANAC LAKE — Former Lyons High School standout Damon Hunter has been named an NJCAA Region III Player of the Week.

The sophomore point guard led North Country Community College to three victories the week of Nov. 6-12, averaging 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds per game. The Saints are 8-1 overall this season with a 6-1 record in Region III play.

In his second year, Hunter is averaging 23 points, seven assists and five rebounds per game.

Hunter led Lyons to the state Class C semifinal in 2015 and was the 2015 Finger Lakes Times Fab 5 Player of the Year.

Masino receives rookie award

GENEVA — Hobart College’s Dan Masino has been chosen the Liberty League Men’s Basketball Rookie of the Week.

The first-year guard from Fairport paced the Statesmen in their 87-75 season opening victory over 19th-ranked St. John Fisher.

Junior guard Colin Dougherty was named to the Liberty League Weekly Honor Roll.

Masino scored 19 points in his Hobart debut shooting 8-for-11 from the floor, and added four assists and three steals.

Dougherty added 17 points, six assists and three steals in the win.


Rose chosen top performer

GENEVA — Hobart College senior Terrance Rose has been named the Liberty League Men’s Squash Performer of the Week.

Rose led the team with a 3-1 record at the 2017 Navy Round Robin this past weekend.

Hobart, ranked No. 26 in the College Squash Association Team Rankings, went 2-2 and improved to 5-2 on the season. The Statesmen defeated

Johns Hopkins 7-0 and bested Georgetown 9-0. Hobart dropped Saturday’s matches to No. 22 MIT, 7-2, and No. 14th Navy, 9-0.


Pacheco receives rookie honor

GENEVA — William Smith College first-year Jo Pacheco has been named the Liberty League Women’s Squash Rookie of the Week, marking the second straight week she has been named the top rookie.

Sophomore Gabby Fraser earned a spot on the Liberty League Weekly Honor Roll.

Pacheco won 3-0 at No. 2 in an 8-1 victory over Rochester on Saturday and is now 3-0 at the No. 2 spot.

Fraser also won 3-0, doing so at the No. 1 spot to improve to 5-0 on the season.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY honors Heron duo

GENEVA — William Smith College sophomore forward Gina Scibetta and first-year defenseman Emily Martino were selected to the National Team of the Week.

Scibetta, also named the United Collegiate Hockey Conference Player of the Week, paced the Herons with four goals and two assists in two weekend wins over Chatham.

Martino contributed a goal and assist on Sunday, and also had an assist on Saturday.

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