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Jasek, Coleman Named Baseball All-Stars



POTSDAM - Freshman Greg Jasek (Chittenango, NY) dominated on the mound all season long for the Clarkson University baseball team, posting a 1.88 earned run average, and on Wednesday he and four other members of the Golden Knights squad were named to the Liberty League All-Star team, with Jasek becoming the second straight Clarkson player to earn Rookie of the Year honors.

Senior pitcher Bryan Chudy (Goshen, NY) was the lone Golden Knight chosen as a Liberty League First-Team All-Star, while Jasek, sophomore shortstop John Coleman (Potsdam, NY) and junior outfielder David Wixted (Ballston Lake, NY) were picked to the Liberty League Second-Team. Sophomore catcher Tim Beninati (Schoharie, NY) gained Liberty League Honorable Mention All-Star notice as well.

Jasek is the second straight Clarkson player to be named Liberty League Rookie of the Year, joining John Coleman (2012) and Jay Josef (2005) as Golden Knights picked as the top newcomer in the nine-year history of the Liberty League. Jasek ranked in the top five in the Liberty League in ERA (1.88) and opponents batting average (.207), while also ranking among the national leaders in fewest hits per nine innings (6.93) and fewest walks per nine innings (0.75). In his six starts, he completed four games and tossed a pair of seven-inning shutouts. Additionally, Jasek led the Golden Knights in runs batted in with 18 in just 76 at bats and hit .289 with six extra-base hits.

Chudy finished the season with a record of 4-3 overall with a 2.64 ERA in 58 innings. He also had five complete games, including a 1-0 shutout of Rensselaer, the only time that the Engineers were shut out in 2013. He also struck out 44 batters, ranking among the conference leaders in that category. Chudy finished off his collegiate career with 150 strikeouts (third-most in program history), 18 victories, 14 complete games, and three shutouts. The three-time conference all-star also became the program’s all-time leader in innings pitched with 223.2 innings.

Coleman moved up one spot on the all-star squads after his Rookie of the Year campaign of 2012. Coleman led the team in all three slash stats with a .361 average, .423 on-base percentage, and a .444 slugging percentage. He also led the team in hits (48), extra-base hits (9), walks (13) and total bases (59) while fielding .956 at shortstop with just seven errors in 35 games. Wixted repeated as a Liberty League Second-Team All-Star, hitting .321 with a team-best 13 stolen bases. He also led the squad with 28 runs scored while ranking second in hits (45) and total bases (52). Beninati batted .280 with 13 RBIs in 82 at bats and was a defensive force behind the plate for the Knights. He committed four errors in 30 games and threw out 36 percent of would-be base stealers.



@zAgateSubhead:Six SLU Baseball Players Earn League Honors



CANTON - Six members of St. Lawrence University’s 2013 baseball team were named to the Liberty League All Star team as selected by the league’s coaches earlier this week.

Senior Carter Franz and juniors Joe Riley and Khifer O’Connor were first team selections for the Saints, juniors Bryan Palermo and Kevin Prindle earned second team honors and senior Jeff Kott was an honorable mention selection.

Franz, a senior center fielder is a three-time all star and two-time first team selection. He takes a .380 batting average with 31 runs scored, 33 driven in and 12 doubles, three triples and seven honors into Thursday’s start of Liberty League tournament play against RPI at Siena College.

Third baseman O’Connor also earned his third straight Liberty League all star nod and second straight first team selection after leading the Saints in hitting in the regular season with a .394 average, scoring 26 runs and driving in 29. He has 12 doubles, a homer and has struck out just seven times in 127 at bats.

Riley has been the ace of the Saint staff as a junior to earn all league honors for the first time. He is 7-1 on the season with a 1.39 earned run average and 37 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. He has five complete games and three shutouts with opponents hitting .231 against him. His lone loss was a 2-1 decision at RPI.

Palermo earned All Liberty League honors for the third straight year with his second team selection. The Saint second baseman hit .268 in the regular season with 29 runs scored and five driven in and struck out just six times in 123 at bats. He was 10 for 11 in steals and was in on 20 double plays in the field for the Saints.

Prindle, in his first year with the Saints after transferring from Hamilton, gained his first all league honors as a utility player. He went 2-4 with a 4.38 ERA in seven appearances as a pitcher with one shutout and hit .343 in 15 games as a designated hitter or outfielder with six runs driven in.

Kott hit .310 with 25 runs driven in and nine doubles in his senior season and had a .997 fielding percentage and was part of 37 double plays. He earned a spot on the league all star team for the second straight year.



@zAgateSubhead:Essery Named 2013-14 SLU Hockey Captain



CANTON - Center Kyle Essery will captain the 2013-14 edition of the St. Lawrence University men’s hockey team with Jeremy Wick and Gunnar Hughes as assistants, Saint head coach Greg Carvel announced.

Essery, who will be a senior next season, has been a three-year regular at center for the Saints and enters his final collegiate season with 20 goals and 11 assists in 114 career games. He has not missed a game for the Saints in his prior three seasons and is an outstanding penalty killer in addition to contributing on regular shifts.

Wick, also a rising senior, was named an assistant captain in December of the past season and will wear the “A” for the second straight year. He had a breakout season as a junior, finishing as the fourth leading scorer on the team with 14 goals and 14 assist for 28 points in 38 games. He has played in 104 career games and has 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points. Six of his 14 goals came on the power play in his junior season and he had three game winners.

Hughes, who will be a junior in 2013-14, follows in the footsteps of his older brother George as a junior captain. George, one of six seniors graduating from the program, was a first team All ECAC defenseman and an All America this past season. Gunnar, a forward, had seven goals and 16 assists in his sophomore campaign and has 11 goals and 22 assists in 71 career starts for the Saints.

SLU will open its 2013-14 season with an exhibition game against Carleton University of Ottawa on Oct. 5 and begin NCAA play with Maine visiting Appleton Arena Oct. 11-12.



@zAgateSubhead:Ashley Thayer Named All-SUNYAC



POTSDAM - SUNY Potsdam junior softball player Ashley Thayer (Winthrop, N.Y.) has been named to the All-State University of New York Athletic Conference’s second team for the 2013 season.

Thayer, a junior pitcher and designated player, played in all 32 of the Bears’ games this season and made 30 starts. She hit .314 with 27 hits, 18 runs scored and eight RBI. On the mound, she posted a 5-8 record in 18 appearances with 13 starts. She struck out 58 in 76 innings pitched. The St. Lawrence Central product recorded two shutouts and seven complete games.

Thayer will graduate early this year. In her three seasons, she started 91 of the 94 games she played with a .282 average. She totaled 79 hits, 45 runs, 22 RBI and 25 stolen bases. Thayer was one of the top pitchers in Bears history. She was workhorse, throwing 298.2 innings and piling up a 17-30 mark in 58 games. She struck out 256 hitters and threw the first two no-hitters in Potsdam history.

The Bears completed the year with a 11-21 (2-16 SUNYAC) record.



@zAgateSubhead:Weigel Earns All-SUNYAC Lax Honor



POTSDAM - The State University of New York Athletic Conference has announced the SUNY Potsdam sophomore lacrosse player Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) has been named to its all-conference second team.

Weigel, already a standout on the Bears basketball team, made an impressive collegiate lacrosse debut at Potsdam this season. The attacker led the Bears in scoring with 22 goals and 11 assists for 33 points. She led the SUNYAC with a Potsdam single-season record 96 draw controls, placing her fifth on the school’s all-time list after just one season. Weigel set the program single-game draw control mark with 12 against the University of Southern Maine in Florida on March 26. She scored a career-high four goals against Morrisville on March 30 and Canton on April 7. Weigel recorded a personal-best seven points against the Roos on the same day.

The Bears kick off the 2014 campaign with a 4 p.m. showdown at Clarkson on March 6.



@zAgateSubhead:Tyler Hayes Completes Utica Track Career



UTICA - Former Massena Central standout Tyler Hayes completed his college career at Utica College competeting in the NYSCTC Championships at SLU last weekend.

A four-year member of the cross country and track teams at Utica, Hayes placed 10th overall in the finals of the 10K with a time of 33:48.34. Rensselaer’s Sean Quinn paced the race wit a time of 31:56.88.

Hayes, who is majoring in public relations at Utica College, is the son of Tim and Rachelle Hayes of Massena.

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