Each week during the sports seasons, Tompkins Cortland Community College recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of a student athlete with the Panther Athlete of the Week.
Duran (Dryden H.S./Dryden) helped the Panthers clinch a return to the NJCAA Region III playoffs with a pair of wins this week. The sophomore scored two goals in the 21-6 win over Jefferson on Friday, and then came back with a team-best six points on Sunday. Duran's six points in the 17-12 win over Finger Lakes included five goals, also tops on the team.
Quincy (Lehman Alternative Community School/Ithaca) had a big day as the softball team earned its first win of the season. Playing at SUNY Broome on Thursday, the sophomore catcher hit two home runs while driving in five runs in the 7-4 win. It's the third time in her career - and the second time against SUNY Broome - that she has hit two home runs in a single game.
Willie (Geneva H.S./Geneva) earned the win in goal in the team's only game this week, recording nine saves in the 16-8 victory over Union County College. The win was his third on the year and sixth for his career, tying him for third place on the College's all-time list.
Charlie (Rush-Henrietta H.S./Rochester) had a big day as the Panthers took a doubleheader from Jefferson. Playing for the first time since the Spring Break trip, the freshman went a combined 4-for-6 with a double and two runs scored. He drove in one run and stole a base helping the Panthers win by scores of 4-3 and 6-5.
Chris (White Plains H.S./White Plains) played a major role in the Panthers putting up 28 goals over the weekend. In the 20-7 win over Mercyhurst North East, the freshman scored five goals, including four in the decisive first half. Polanco followed that up with a two-goal effort in the 17-8 loss to Monroe. The eight-goal weekend gives Polanco 13 goals for the season, tied for the team lead.
Bailey (Homer H.S./Cortland) helped the Panthers to a dominating win in the home opener on Friday. Taking on MSAC rival Broome, the Panthers scored a 15-1 win in a game that was shortened due to the weather. Wood led the team with five goals and an assist. The six points set a career high for the sophomore, and the five goals tied a career best.
Jaida (Elmira H.S./Elmira) had two huge game this week, and set two school records along the way. In the win over Onondaga she had 21 points, 16 rebounds, and 7sevenblocks, giving her the most blocks in a season in school history. Against Cayuga she had 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 blocks. It was the first triple-double in program history and gave Jaida the record for most rebounds in a season in school history.
Luke (York H.S./Leicester) came up big on Sophomore Day, posting a double-double in the 81-65 win over Adirondack. The forward finished with 13 points while grabbing 12 rebounds to help the home team to the win. He also had four assists and four blocks, leading the team in both categories.
Brianna (Ramapo H.S./Spring Valley) played a major role in the Panthers picking up a huge win Saturday. After leading the team with 16 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists in Wednesday's game at Jefferson, the freshman cam back with a team-best 16 points in the big win over Broome. She is now averaging 12.2 points per game in conference, tops on the team.
Malik (Bulkeley H.S./Hartford, Conn.) averaged 15 points, two rebounds, a steal, and an assist. per game this week as the Panthers went 1-1. In the game against Cayuga, the sophomore scored nine points in the second half, including a pair of clutch free throws in the final minute to help secure the win.
Tatiana (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) helped the Panthers go 2-1 this week, picking up a pair of crucial Region III victories. In the win over Corning she posted ten rebounds, seven points, two steals and an assist. In the loss to nationally ranked Onondaga she led the team with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals. She capped the week by playing a key role in the win over Columbia-Greene, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Tandra (Merced H.S./Merced, Calif.) played a big role in helping the Panthers go 1-1 over the final week of the semester. She averaged 10 rebounds per game, including 11 in the win over Hudson Valley. She also recorded a total of two steals and two assists with no turnovers as the Panthers entered the winter break on a positive note.
David (Midwood H.S./Brooklyn) helped the Panthers open the Mid-State Athletic Conference schedule with a win with a big effort on Tuesday. Taking on Jefferson, Wilson poured in 20 points while handing out five assists to help the Panthers to an 89-75 win. He followed that up with 13 points and five assists on Saturday against Mohawk Valley. For the week the freshman averaged 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game.
Jaida (Elmira H.S./Elmira) continued her strong freshman season with three big games this week. In Tuesday's win over Herkimer, she finished with 17 rebounds, 16 points, and seven blocked shots. On Friday at North Country, she grabbed 14 rebounds while scoring eight points and blocking eight shots. Saturday's win at Clinton capped the week with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks, and three assists.
Malik (Bulkeley H.S./Hartford, Conn.) had two strong games this week, helping Tompkins Cortland to its first regional win of the season. In the win at Schenectady, the sophomore scored 14 points to go with two rebounds and one assist. He followed that up with 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the game against Jamestown.
Tyler (Westhill H.S./Stamford, Conn.) had a consistent opening week for the Panthers women's basketball team. In the win over Erie she led the team with four assists and three steals while tying for the team lead with nine rebounds. She added six points in the 60-54 win. In Saturday's game vs. Fulton-Montgomery, Tyler scored a team-best 15 points to go with four steals, four rebounds, and two assists.
Anasah (Elmira H.S./Elmira) helped the Panthers to a big week, especially on the defensive end of the field. In Wednesday's game at Cayuga, Anasah and her teammates controlled play while posting a convincing win. On Sunday the defense held Mohawk Valley to just three shots over 110 minutes of play. The 0-0 tie was the team's second shutout this month and kept the post-season hopes alive.
Tara (Newark Valley H.S./Berkshire) anchored the defensive unit during a strong week. On Wednesday, the Panthers shut out Corning, limiting the Red Barons to just three shots on goal the whole game. The sophomore had another big game Saturday against nationally ranked Finger Lakes, helping limit the Lakers to just two goals.
Cali (Coventry H.S./Coventry, Conn.) helped the Panthers break out of a slump and earn two wins this week. On Wednesday, she picked up an assist on the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win at Mercyhurst North East. She followed that up with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 overtime win Saturday against Jamestown. In that contest, Daly scored the game winner late in overtime, helping the Panthers put together back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
J.D. (Plattsburgh H.S./Plattsburgh) earned the first shutout of his collegiate career, helping the Panthers post a very important 1-0 win over Onondaga Saturday. The freshman controlled the box the entire game, finishing with six saves against a Lazers team that entered the day with a 6-2 record. The win keeps the Panthers undefeated in conference play while also breathing life into the team's NJCAA playoff hopes.
Nakia (Middletown H.S./Middletown) continued to lead the Panthers with her solid play this week. In the four matches this week the sophomore led the team in aces and assists, and was second on the team in digs and kills. For the season she leads the Panthers in assists with 73 and aces with 18. She is third on the tam in kills with 20 and digs with 55.
Adam (Candor H.S./Candor) is the first Athlete of the Week for this season, thanks to a pair of big games. After recording an assist early in Wednesday's game against Niagara, the freshman scored the first goal of his collegiate career midway through the first half of the Panthers win. He followed that up with another goal and assist in Saturday's game against nationally ranked Genesee. Nichols' weekly stat line of two goals and two assists led the Panthers.
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