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.
Dana (Auburn H.S./Auburn) went 9-for-20 at the plate this week, raising his team-best batting average to .408. He had a hit in all six games this week, running his hitting streak to nine games. It is the second time this year Dana has put together a string of nine straight, and he has hit safely in 18 of the last 19 games.
Quincy (Lehman Alternative Community School/Ithaca) finished her freshman campaign with a bang this week. She started the week by going 3-for-6 with a home run and five runs scored in the doubleheader with Finger Lakes. The last games of the week came Sunday at Erie, and English went 4-for-7 during the doubleheader, blasting three home runs. The offensive outburst helped her finish the year with a team-best six homers and second-best batting average of .382.
Collyn (Ithaca H.S./Ithaca) had a strong week, with top-ten finishes in all three of the Region III tournaments. On Friday at the Mohawk Valley Invite, he fired an 81 to finish in 8th place. Saturday saw the freshman match the score and result, using an 81 at the SUNY Broome Invitational to finish in 8th place. Shippos capped the week on Sunday at the Panther Invitational, again coming in 8th place. This time he had a 78, which also earned him all-Mid-State Athletic Conference honors.
Jacob (Homer H.S./Homer) repeats as our Athlete of the Week after posting big numbers in both games this week. On Wednesday, he tallied three goals in the 17-2 win over Mohawk Valley, recording his second hat-trick of the year. On Saturday he scored five times as the Panthers rallied for a 10-4 win at Jefferson. It was the second time this season the freshman has scored five goals in a game, and the first time this season the Panthers have won back-to-back games.
Jacob (Homer H.S./Homer) had a huge game while helping the Panthers to a decisive home win. Hosting Hudson Valley on Wednesday, the freshman went for five goals, including the first two that gave the Panthers a lead they would never relinquish. On the season Durkee is third on the team in both points and goals scored.
Matt (West Geness H.S./Camillus) recorded a hit in seven of eight games this week, including a stretch of four straight multi-hit games. The highlight of the week came Thursday when he hit for the cycle to lead the Panthers on a rally back from 12-1 down to win 16-15. In the decisive eight-run sixth inning, Van Allen homered and tripled in a pair of runs, including the game winner. He is hitting .475 on the year with seven extra-base hits and a team-best 16 RBI.
Anthony (East Islip H.S./East Islip) had a big day Saturday while helping the Panthers to a doubleheader sweep of Jefferson. In the two wins the sophomore went a combined 4-for-7 at the plate, adding a stolen base and two runs scored to his stat line. In the field he was perfect on all eight chances at shortstop, flashing the leather to save some runs on more than one occasion. So far this season he is leading the team with a .636 batting average.
Bailey (Homer H.S./Cortland) had a huge game against SUNY Broome over the weekend. The freshman midfielder scored a career-high five goals, including three straight in the second quarter, to help the Panthers force an overtime against he Hornets. The five goals were the most scored by a Panther in a single game this season.
Kyla (Western H.S./Detroit, Mich.) helped the Panthers head into the postseason on a positive note, tying her career-high in points in Saturday's win over Cayuga. Playing at home, the freshman scored 15 points while just missing her first double-double. She finished with nine rebounds to go with two assists and a steal in the win. Earlier in the week at Onondaga, she scored nine points to go with two rebounds and two assists.
Malik (Bulkeley H.S./Hartford, Conn.) played a big role in helping the Panthers extend a season-best win streak to four games this week. In Wednesday's game with Corning, Starks provided a spark off the bench, draining four three-pointers while scoring 16 points in the 82-76 win. In Saturday's low-scoring game with Adirondack, Starks chipped in five points, three rebounds, and two assists as the Panthers won 64-59.
Khari (John Bowne H.S./Queens) helped the Panthers score a pair of wins this week. On Wednesday he poured in a game-high 22 points in the 64-62 upset of second-place Jefferson Community College. He followed that up on Saturday with 15 points in the 71-65 win over SUNY Broome. He also collected six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks over the course of the two games, helping the Panthers win back-to-back games for the first time this season.
Jessica (Whitney Point H.S./Whitney Point) scored a career-high points while also grabbing 18 rebounds in the Wednesday win at Cayuga. She followed that up with a double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds in Saturday's win over Finger Lakes. With the big week, she has now posted a double-double in five of the team's seven Mid-State Athletic Conference games, which helped her earn MSAC Player of the Week honors.
Kevin (Benjamin Banneker H.S./Brooklyn) had a pair of double-doubles last week. including a monster game on Saturday. The week started with a 13-point and 12-rebound effort in the loss at Corning on Wednesday. It ended with a career game in the the thrilling double-overtime win over Onondaga. In that game, Kevin scored 37 points and grabbed 21 rebounds, both career highs for the sophomore. He also recorded four blocks,three steals, and two assists.
Brittney (Whitney Point H.S./Whitney Point) got the spring semester off to a hot start by helping the Panthers to a 92-53 win over SUNY Broome. She tossed in a career-high 24 points while shooting 50% from the field, including making 5-of-9 from three-point range. The freshman added six rebounds, four steals, an assist, and a steal to her stat line.
Victoria (Union-Endicott H.S./Endicott) continued her strong play directing the offense for the Panthers. In Wednesday's game at Jefferson, the freshman led the team with 17 points and three assists. She again led the team in assists with six in Saturday's game against nationally-ranked Mohawk Valley.
Rickeya (Stratford H.S./Stratford, Conn.) earned her second Athlete of the Week award with a strong week that included a record-tying scoring performance. In the Panthers 93-81 win at Herkimer Wednesday, Rickeya tied a college record by scoring 32 points. On Friday she became the first women's basketball player in the history of the college to reach 30 points in back-to-back games, netting 30 points to go with 16 rebounds, 9 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocks in a 72-69 win over North Country. She capped the week with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in the 64-58 win over Clinton.
Kevin (Benjamin Banneker H.S./Brooklyn) has gotten off to a strong start for the Panthers. Through the first five games of the season, he has reached the double-double mark four times. The fourth time came in the Panthers home win over Schenectady County Community College, where he included some final minute clutch free throws among his 16 points while also pulling down 15 rebounds.
Rickeya (Stratford H.S./Stratford, Conn.) played a big role in the Panthers picking up their first win of the season. In Wednesday's win at Erie, the freshman guard filled up the stats sheet with 12 points, eight rebounds, five steals, three assists, and one blocked shot all while playing just 21 minutes. She followed that up with a solid performance Saturday against Fulton-Montgomery. In that game, she finished with 13 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. for the season she is leading the team in scoring, steals, and blocks.
Devin (Cincinnatus H.S./Cincinnatus) helped the Panthers start the postseason on the right foot. In the Region III the playoff opener, the sophomore co-captain scored the first goal of the game just nine minutes into play. She continued to set the tone with another score just three minutes later. The Panthers rode the momentum of the early goals to a 3-0 lead at the half and a 5-2 final.
Kristin (Lansing H.S./Ithaca) helped the Panthers to a win over Mohawk Valley, the program's first win ever over the Hawks. In the 2-1 win in Utica, Dake scored the tying goal and then assisted on the game-winner. The three-point game is a new collegiate-best for the freshman.
Molly (Newark Valley H.S./Newark Valley) continued her superb freshman season with a pair of shutouts this week. She recorded two saves in the 1-0 win over Corning and then came back with a season-best 14 saves in the 2-0 win at Finger Lakes. She now has five shutouts on the season and a Goals Against Average of 0.90, which ranks 13th best in the nation.
Emma (Onteora H.S./Woodstock) had the biggest offensive game of her career this week, helping the Panthers to a big road win. Playing in cold and wet conditions at Jamestown on Saturday, the veteran midfielder scored two goals and assisted on a third as the Panthers rolled to a 4-0 win. She is now third on the team in scoring this season.
Nakia (Middletown H.S./Middletown) played a big role in the Panthers best weekend of the season. Taking part in the SUNY Broome POD, Tompkins Cortland won three out of four matches, moving the team's season record to 4-8 in Region III play. Nakia finished the day with a strong line of 27 digs, 11 kills, 7 aces, and 5 assists as the Panthers won 9 out 13 sets on the day.
Corey (Southside H.S./Elmira) posted his first shutout of the season this week, recording five saves in support of a 2-0 Panthers win Saturday over Erie. Earlier in the week the sophomore had one of the best games ever by a goalie on the Tompkins Cortland field, turning away 12 shots in a double overtime 1-0 loss to nationally-ranked Herkimer. Several of the saves were spectacular as Corey kept the game tied for 100 minutes of play.
Jason (Mynderse Academy/Seneca Falls) had a big game in the Panthers 4-0 win over Niagara on Wednesday. The freshman played a role in the first three scores, netting the first goal in the 16th minute, assisting on the second goal in the 32nd minute, and scoring another goal in the 57th minute. The five points in one game set a new career high for Jason, who now leads the team in both points (9) and goals (4) this season.
Cali (Coventry H.S./Coventry, Conn.) led the Panthers to a perfect week, scoring in each of the team's three wins. In Wednesday's 3-2 victory at Jefferson, Daly netted her first collegiate hat-trick. Saturday saw her score another goal and hand out an assist in the 7-0 win at Clinton. The week ended with a 2-1 win at North Country, with Cali again picking up an assist. Two weeks into the season she leads the team with four goals and two assists, playing a role in half the team's goals.
Nick (McGraw H.S./McGraw) started his sophomore season in style, registering a goal and three assists over the first two games. In Saturday's 6-2 win over Holyoke, he had two assists in the first half, including on the team's first goal of the year. He added a goal on a header in the second half of the team's win. In Sunday's game with Brookdale, Nick assisted on the game-tying goal, a pretty pass to a header. His five points this season leads the team in scoring.
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