Barry Named to NJCAA All-America Team
June 5, 2013
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – June 5 - Erie Community College sophomore Brian Barry (Derby, N.Y./Lake Shore) was named today to the NJCAA Division III All-America Team as a first-team selection. Barry, an outfielder/pitcher, hit .464 this past season with a school-record 71 runs batted to go with 24 doubles and 12 home runs. Barry also recorded a 6-3 record as a pitched and struck out a team-high 66 batters in 58 innings. Barry's 71 RBI, 24 doubles, and .837 slugging percentage led the NJCAA Division III. His 12 homers was third in the nation while his batting average was seventh.
Barry, who was also named the 2013 Region III Most Valuable Player, becomes the 13th All-America selection since 1995 and fourth in the past four seasons. Mike Wagner was on the 2012 NJCAA All-America Team while Emilio Arteta and Shane Latshaw were on the 2010 team.
Eight Kats Receive NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards
June 4, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. - June 5 - Eight Erie Community College student-athletes were named recipients of NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards. The student-athletes needed to have completed three full-time semesters and a minimum of 45 semester credit hours and must have participated in at least one season.
ECC had two student-athletes, Eric Alajko and Nicole Schichtel, earn awards for superior academic achievement (3.80-3.99 grade-point average) and six, Chris Case, Brien Connolly, Courtney Connors, Korin Frantz, Ryan Kaufman and Danielle Lane, recognized for exemplary academic achievement (3.60-3.79 GPA).
The ECC women's bowling team, which won its 28th NJCAA national championship this past season, was also recognized for recording a 3.02 cumulative grade-point average.
Here is a breakdown of each student-athlete:
Eric Alajko (Depew, N.Y./Depew), a sophomore on the men's bowling team, recorded a 3.88 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement). He recorded a high game of 266 and a 185.6 average while competing in 41 games.
Chris Case (Dundee, N.Y./Dundee), a sophomore on the men's bowling team, has a 3.73 GPA (Exemplary Academic Achievement). He had a 169.2 average in 19 games.
Brien Connolly (Hamburg, N.Y./Eden), a sophomore on the men's soccer team, recorded a 3.78 GPA (Exemplary Academic Achievement) and appeared in 17 games and picked up an assist in a win over Jamestown CC.
Courtney Connors (Orchard Park, N.Y./home school), a sophomore, played in nine contests for the Kats' women's soccer team and recorded a 3.60 GPA.
Korin Frantz (Grand Island, N.Y./Grand Island), a member of the Kats' volleyball and softball teams, carried a 3.79 GPA. A sophomore, Frantz was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District 1 volleyball team. She finished fourth in kills and led the 2013 softball team in doubles. She was also named the 2012 ECC softball team’s most valuable player after hitting .363 and adding a team-high seven doubles and two home runs. Frantz also received ECC’s Helen R. Cornell Award for the 2012-13 academic year.
Ryan Kaufman (Amherst, N.Y.) is a repeat selection. A sophomore on the ECC hockey team, he has a 3.67 GPA. He was a third-team selection to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division men’s at-large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was also recently selected as a recipient of the 2013 The State University of New York Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award. Kaufman also was named to the 2013 All-Region III hockey team as a second-team selection after appearing in 16 games and recording 4 goals and 11 assists. Kaufman scored 13 points (1 goal/12 assists) in the 2011-12 season.
Danielle Lane (East Aurora, N.Y./West Seneca East) recorded 15 points (7 goals/8 assists) as a member of the ECC lacrosse team. A freshman, she has a 3.67 GPA.
Nicole Schichtel (Eden, N.Y./Eden) has a 3.85 GPA (Superior Academic Achievement). A freshman, Schichtel appeared in 14 games for the ECC women's soccer team, recording an assist against Broome CC.
ECC's Kaufman Named to Academic All-America At-Large Team
June 3, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. – June 3 – Erie Community College sophomore Ryan Kaufman (Amherst, N.Y.) was chosen as a third-team selection to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division men’s at-large team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Kaufman, a defenseman on the ECC hockey team, carries a 3.67 grade-point average while majoring in criminal justice. He recently was selected as a recipient of the 2013 The State University of New York Chancellor’s Scholar Athlete Award. The Scholar Athlete Award recognizes a combination of academic excellence and outstanding athletic achievement at the NCAA Division I, Division III and NJCAA levels.
Kaufman also was named to the 2013 All-Region III hockey team as a second-team selection after appearing in 16 games and recording 4 goals and 11 assists. Kaufman, the team's top scoring defenseman, helped lead the Kats to back-to-back NJCAA championship semifinal games. He scored 13 points (1 goal/12 assists) in the 2011-12 season.
The Capital One College Division Academic All-America® men’s and women’s at-large teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions. The at-large team for the Capital One Academic All-America® program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men.
About the Academic All-America® Program
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program’s inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 18,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
ECC Announces Hockey Schedule
May 28, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. – May 28 – The Erie Community College hockey team has announced its upcoming 2013-14 schedule. The Kats, who have qualified for the past five NJCAA Championships, also plays members of the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). ECC will announce additions to its schedule at a later date. The Kats have placed four players on the NJCAA All-America teams the past three seasons.
ECC will play each Region III school three times in a home-and-home format. The Kats will also play the County College of Morris, N.J., which competed in the 2012 NJCAA Championships, in a two-game set.
The Kats are coached by Gary Rost, who begins his ninth season as the Kats’ head coach. Rost was selected as the All-Region III second-team coach of the year in 2013. He was also named the 2011 NJCAA national ice hockey coach of the year after guiding the Kats to their first NJCAA national title.
The 2014 NJCAA Tournament will be Feb. 22-23 in Troy, N.Y.
The Kats’ schedule:
October: 27, at SUNY Cortland (ACHA), TBA; 31, at Canisius College (ACHA), 7 p.m.
November: 2, at Mohawk Valley CC, TBA; 5, Monroe CC, Cheektowaga Rec Center, 7:25 p.m.; 9, at CC of Morris (N.J.), TBA; 10, at CC of Morris (N.J.), TBA; 16, at Broome CC, TBA; 17, at SUNY Fredonia (ACHA), 4:45 p.m.; 22, at UB Tournament, TBA; 23, at UB Tournament, TBA.
December: 6, at Hudson Valley CC, TBA; 7, at Mohawk Valley CC, TBA; 15, SUNY Fredonia (ACHA) , Cheektowaga Rec Center, Noon.
January: 20, Monroe CC, Cheektowaga Rec Center, 1:30 p.m.; 25, Broome CC, Cheektowaga Rec Center, 3:20 p.m.; 26, SUNY Cortland (ACHA) , Cheektowaga Rec Center, Noon.
February: 1, Hudson Valley CC, Cheektowaga Rec Center, 3:20 p.m.; 2, Hudson Valley CC, Cheektowaga Rec Center, Noon; 8, Mohawk Valley CC, Cheektowaga Rec Center, 3:20 p.m.; 15, at Broome CC, TBA; 17, Canisius College (ACHA) , Cheektowaga Rec Center, 1:30 p.m.
Barry Named Region III's MVP, Schnurr on First Team
May 21, 2013
WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - May 21 - Erie Community College sophomore Brian Barry (Derby, N.Y./Lake Shore) was named the Region III most valuable player. Barry, an outfielder/pitcher, hit .464 this past season with a school-record 71 runs batted to go with 24 doubles and 12 home runs. Barry also recorded a 6-3 record as a pitched and struck out a team-high 66 batters in 58 innings. Barry's 71 RBI and 24 doubles also lead the NJCAA Division III.
Joining Barry on the first team was freshman pitcher Michael Schnurr (Waterloo, Ont./St. David's). Schnurr posted a 9-0 record while pitching a school-record 77.1 innings. Schnurr struck out 53.
Barry becomes the second-straight ECC player to be named the Region III MVP. Michael Wagner was the 2012 MVP.
The Kats went 39-20 and finished as the Region III Tournament runners-up. The 39 wins tied the school record by the 2005 team.
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Total NJCAA Team National Championship Titles: 54
Men's Championships: 24
Women's Championships: 30
Breakdown by Sport:
Men's Bowling: *1974, *1975, *1977, *1978, *1982,
*1984, *1987, *1988, *1990, *1994, *1997, *1998,
*1999, *2001, *2002, *2005, *2007, *2011
Men's Ice Hockey; 2011
Men's Non-Scholarship Swimming & Diving: 2004, 2005 , 2008
Men's Division III Outdoor Track & Field: 1998, 1999
Women's Bowling: *1978, *1979, *1981, *1982, *1983,
*1984, *1985, *1987, *1988, *1989, *1990, *1991, *1992,
*1993, *1994, *1996, *1997, *1998, *1999, *2000, *2001,
*2002, *2003, *2005, *2006, *2008, *2009, 2013, 2014
Women's Fast Pitch Softball: *1980, 1981