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Stefan Gestwicki is the Sports Editor at the Chautauqua Star. He started with the company in January of 2013. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from SUNY Fredonia, he spent three years employed by the Jamestown Jammers in various roles before working as a sports reporter for nearly two years. Stefan lives in Dunkirk with his wife Adriel. His favorite sports teams are the Pittsburgh Pirates, Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Phoenix Suns.
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Weekend sweep moves Blue Devils up standings
Published Thursday, January 31st, 2013 in Stefan Gestwicki

The Fredonia State women's basketball team made it a weekend sweep of the North Country teams with dominating second-half play on Saturday, downing Plattsburgh, 59-50.

The Blue Devils defeated Potsdam a day earlier.

Fredonia State (5-6 SUNYAC, 10-7 overall) was led by junior forward Jaimie Warren who recorded her third double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds. She also led the Devils with four assists and four steals.

Fredonia State's Anna Riley (33) pressures Plattsburgh's Catherine Cassidy during the second half Saturday at Steele Hall. Blue Devils Marissa Cussins (3) and Jaimie Warren (55) join the play. (Photo courtesy of Fredonia State)

Junior guard Becky Hebert added 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. The duo combined to go 14 of 16 from the free-throw line.

Plattsburgh (5-6, 9-9) was led by Kathleen Payne's 13 points. Payne also scored her 1,000th career point 2:17 into the second half on a layup.

The teams played an even first half, never separated by more than five points. Plattsburgh led or was tied most of the half -- there were six ties -- before a free throw by Hebert gave the Devils their first lead of the game, 20-19, with 5:38 to play.

A layup by Warren put the Devils up by five, 24-19, and capped a 7-0 run. Plattsburgh scored the final six points of the half to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room.

With the score tied 31-all midway through the second half, the Devils put together a 12-0 run to take a 43-31 lead. Hebert and Warren had five points apiece over the run, which was capped by Anna Riley with a layup at 9:35.

Men’s Basketball
Lyles nets OT-game winner in final seconds
Down one point and coming out of a time out with six seconds to go in overtime, freshman Robert Lyles drove the length of the court and converted a layup to lead the Fredonia State men's basketball team to an 87-86 victory over Potsdam on Friday.

Potsdam sent the game into overtime on a Joe Estramonte three pointer with five seconds left in regulation, making it 79-all.

The Devils were led by senior Amir Billups with 22 points and six rebounds. Junior Tyrone Clark added 19 points and a team-high eight assists. Senior Dalton Kashmer (South Dayton/Pine Valley) had 15 points and freshman Eric Zwierlein had 13.

The Devils improved to 6-10 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

Potsdam (7-10, 3-7) was led by Curtis Pierce with 21 points, 15 rebounds and five assists. Pierce collected five points in the overtime period. Josh Lambert added 18 .

The Devils took a 37-30 lead into halftime. Potsdam opened the second half with an 8-0 run to take one-point lead.

The Devils began to pull away midway through the second period. Up 51-50, the Devils ran off 12 straight points, 10 coming from Billups, to go up 63-50. Up until that point, there had been 11 lead changes and three ties.

Potsdam slowly clawed back into the game. They pulled within one point, 69-68, following a pair of Colin Peterson free throws with 3:31 left to play.

The Devils would maintain the lead until the final seconds of regulation when Estramonte nailed his clutch three pointer.

The Devils tied a season high with 11 three pointers. They had converted 11 earlier in the week at Geneseo. Billups accounted for five of the long-range buckets.

Fredonia State held the rebounding advantage, 35-32. They shot 14 of 19 from the free throw line (74 percent) compared to Potsdam's 20 of 32 (63 percent)

Men’s Ice Hockey
Morrisville snags win in see-saw battle
A back and forth battle between Fredonia State and Morrisville finally ended with the Mustangs scoring a pair of late goals -- the second an empty netter -- to claim a 5-3 victory on Saturday evening.

Each team traded single goals in the first, second, and third periods before Morrisville's Michael Markowitz struck the game winner with 1:35 left on the clock to put the Mustangs up 4-3.

A minute later, Morrisville would use an empty netter to give the 5-3 final.

The Devils fell to 3-7-1 in SUNYAC play and 5-13-2 overall. Morrisville moved to 4-8-0 and 4-15-2 overall.

Fredonia State opened the scoring on a power play goal by Jared Wynia -- his fifth goal of the season -- 4:37 into the game. Tyler Sheppard and Taylor Bourne assisted.

Morrisville responded at the 14:11 mark to tie the game at 1-1.

Fredonia struck first early in the second period on Chris Jung's second goal of the season. Brett Mueller assisted. Morrisville used a power play to tie the game at the 17:44 mark.

At the 6:41 mark of the third period, the Devils went up 3-2 on their second power play score, when Stephen Castriota connected for his third goal of the season. Bourne was credited with his second assist of the game.

Morrisville tied the game on an even strength goal midway through the period. They tacked on the two late scores to claim the win.

Fredonia State's Mark Friesen made 42 saves and surrendered four scores. Christpher Azzano made 24 saves and allowed three goals for the Mustangs.

Morrisville held a 47-27 edge in shots on goal. The Devils converted on two of five power play opportunities compared to Morrisville netting one goal in four chances.

The Devils are back in Steele Hall next weekend to take on Potsdam and Plattsburgh.

Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Milers make their mark at BU Terrier meet
Three Fredonia State milers ran SUNYAC qualifying times Saturday at the Boston University Terrier Classic.

Zakk Hess, a sophomore, had the best time of the three with a personal-best 4:18.18 -- the fourth-fastest time in program history. In addition to meeting the SUNYAC standard, Hess also qualified for the mile at the ECAC indoor championship meet.

###Eric Williams, center, ran Fredonia State's second-fastest indoor 200-meter time Saturday at the BU Terrier Classic. (Photo courtesy of Fredonia State)

Collin Mulcahy, a freshman, also added his name to the all-time list at No. 7 with a 4:22.16 mile time, while freshman Kyle Collins ran a 4:31.52. Both were SUNYAC qualifying performances.

In the 800 meters, freshman Connor Hayward ran a personal-best of 2:00.33.

In the 200 meters, freshman Eric Williams sprinted to a SUNYAC qualifying time of 22.48 seconds. It's the second-fastest time in school history.

In the one men's event Friday, Fredonia State's distance medley relay team ran an ECAC qualifying time of 10:27. Relay team members were Mulcahy, freshman Jeremy Kozlowski (Dunkirk), Hayward, and Hess.

Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Women's DMR moves onto Top 10 list
The four latest members of Fredonia State's distance medley team added their names to the all-time Top 10 list while competing Saturday at the Boston University Terrier Classic.

The quartet of freshman Lauren Kotas, freshman Anna Dambacher, senior Leslie Beaton (Bemus Point), and freshman Katie Tresino combined for 12:56.44.

It is the third fastest DMR time in Fredonia State women's track & field history.

All the other women's events in the meet were contested Friday.

Foltz, Beaton qualify for SUNYACs
Fredonia State runners Kim Foltz and Leslie Beaton both turned in SUNYAC-qualifying times in the 800-meter run at the Boston University Terrier Classic on Friday.

Foltz finished 50th overall in 2:24.25, and Beaton was 56th with a time of 2:25.17 in a field of 111 runnners. Dozens of Division I, II and III schools were entered in the two-day meet.

Friday's schedule was devoted to women's events, with the men's distance medley relay the lone exception. The remaining men's events are Saturday, starting at 10:45 a.m., with the women's distance medley relay also on Saturday.

Fredonia State athletes will be facing some of the largest, if not the largest, fields of the indoor season. Fields range from 43 in the women's triple jump to 245 in the men's 200 meters.
 

CONTRIBUTOR: Stefan Gestwicki
LOCATION: Fredonia
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