Seven Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athletes have been honored for their academic excellence by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Sage Garrison (Odessa/Odessa-Montour H.S.), Amanda Green (Lansing/Lansing H.S.), Austin Kulas (Moravia/Moravia H.S.), and Kaylie Yerdon (Cherry Valley/Cherry Valley H.S.) were recognized for the second straight year; it was the first time honored for Kimberly Duda (Homer/Homer H.S.), Jessica Fisk (Waterloo/Waterloo H.S.), and Ryan Foody (Tully /Tully H.S.).
Cortland High graduate Emilie Sherwood is the latest addition to the Panthers women's basketball recruiting class. Sherwood has signed her NJCAA Letter of Intent to play for the Panthers starting this fall.
Nine Tompkins Cortland Community College student-athletes have been recognized as Academic All-Region by Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Kimberly Duda (Homer/Homer H.S.), Jessica Fisk (Waterloo/Waterloo H.S.), Ryan Foody (Tully/Tully H.S.) Sage Garrison (Odessa/Odessa-Montour H.S.), Marcus Gonzalez (Dryden/Dryden H.S.), Amanda Green (Lansing/Lansing H.S.), Erin Harkenrider (Dryden/Dryden H.S.), Austin Kulas (Moravia/Moravia H.S.), and Kaylie Yerdon (Cherry Valley/Cherry Valley H.S.) were recognized for their excellence in the classroom.
Lakayla Ford has signed her NJCAA Letter of Intent to join the Panthers women's basketball team for the 2019-20 season. Coach Dave Stevenson says the graduate of Nellie Thornton High School in Mount Vernon can play several positions on the floor, calling her a good defender who can score.
Panthers Softball Head Coach Maranda Kinsman announced Reilly Record has signed her NJCAA National Letter of Intent to play for the Panthers. The Cortland High senior is expected to play both softball and basketball for the College during the 2019-20 seasons.
Joseph Tummino (Homer/Homer H.S.) has been voted the Defensive Player of the Year by coaches in Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). In addition to being the leading vote-getter on the Region’s Glove Team, the freshman was also named to the All-Region second team. All the voting is done by the coaches of the 17 teams in Region III.
Four Tompkins Cortland Community College players have earned spots on the Mid-State Athletic Conference baseball all-conference team. In voting by the coaches from the seven MSAC programs, Alex Babcock (Cortland/Cortland H.S.), Ryan Ballard (Rochester/Greece Athena H.S.), Austin Kulas (Moravia/Moravia H.S.), and Joseph Tummino (Homer/Homer H.S.) were selected for the 15-player team.
Head Coach Robert Rice has added another quality player to his recruiting Class of 2019. Waterloo High School standout Carlie Wilcox has signed her NJCAA National Letter of Intent to join the Panthers this fall.
The Panthers golf team capped the season with a fifth-place finish at the NJCAA Region III Golf Championship, played Monday and Tuesday at the Timber Banks Golf Club in Baldwinsville. After two days of cold and very wet conditions, the Panthers had a team score of 735 (364 on day one - 371 on day two). Niagara County Community College won the championship in convincing fashion with a 652 (326-326). Cayuga Community College was second with a 681 (333-348) followed by Onondaga Community College with a 692 (352-340). Herkimer County Community College finished fourth with a 720 (362-358).
Sophomore Sean McDaniel (Dryden/Dryden H.S.) is in contention at the midway point of the NJCAA Region III Golf Championship after firing an opening day 83. As a team, the Panthers put up a score of 364 and sands in fifth place, just two strokes behind fourth place. Niagara County Community College leads the tournament with a 326 and Cayuga Community College is second at 333. Onondaga Community College is at 352 with Herkimer County Community College in fourth, just ahead of the Panthers.
For the 24th year, Tompkins Cortland Community College is once again offering weeklong summer sports camps. The basketball camp for boys will run from July 8 to 12 followed by the basketball camp for girls from July 15 to 19. Soccer camp for boys and girls will run July 22 to 26. All are day camps for ages 8 to 15.
The Panthers softball nearly ended the season on a dramatic note, coming up just short of pulling off a come-from-behind win in the season finale on Saturday. Playing host to Mohawk Valley Community College, the Panthers lost game one 8-0 before being nipped by a score of 7-6 in game two. Tompkins Cortland ends the season with a record of 1-19 while Mohawk Valley is now 12-12.
Four Tompkins Cortland Community College players have earned spots on the Mid-State Athletic Conference men’s lacrosse all-conference team. In voting by the coaches from the MSAC programs, Tyler Ponticello (Homer/Homer H.S.), Dante Cuttino (Tully/Tully H.S.), Pat Hartnett (Cortland/Cortland H.S.), and Ben Pallone (Cortland/Cortland H.S.) were among the 20 named to the team. Conference champion Onondaga Community College had the most all-conference selections with eight, followed by five for Finger Lakes Community College. Jefferson Community College had two players selected. Tompkins Cortland, Finger Lakes, and Jefferson tied for second place in the conference standings.
With the results of other West Division games, Panthers baseball has been eliminated from playoff contention. The Panthers were one of the hottest teams at the end of the season, winning 8 of their last 10, but fall just short of making a return postseason trip.
The regular season finale for the Panthers baseball team, a doubleheader against nationally ranked Niagara County Community College, was washed out on Tuesday. The teams made it through three innings of the first game at Cornell University before Mother Nature won out and the games were called. The fate of the Panthers' playoff hopes now rest with the results of other teams' games the res of the week. The final field for the Region III playoffs won't be determined until Thursday, with the playoffs starting Saturday.
The men’s soccer program at Tompkins Cortland Community College first competed as a varsity team in 1995. In its 24 seasons of existence, the Panthers have had a grand total of two different head coaches. Year 25 will feature number three. Patrick Arancio has been named the new head coach for men’s soccer at Tompkins Cortland, replacing Andy Davis, who stepped down earlier this year after 14 seasons at the helm.
The Panthers golf team closed out the regular season Sunday at the Genesee Community College Invitational in Batavia. With one of the most balanced efforts of the year, the Panthers had a team score of 352 to finish fourth. Cayuga won the event with a 320, with Niagara one stroke back at 321. Onondaga was third at 331. The host team was fifth with a 385 and Jefferson was sixth at 393.
The Panthers baseball team picked up a pair of crucial wins Sunday, sweeping a doubleheader at Jamestown Community College by the score of 8-7 in each game. The wins improve the Panthers to 19-16 overall and 15-10 in the West Division, and keeps the team alive in the race for the final playoff spot. Jamestown is 7-18 overall and 6-16 in the division.
For the second time in two days, the Panthers golf team finished in fourth place at a tournament in Western New York. After Friday’s tournament at Chautauqua, the Panthers were in Lockport Saturday for the Niagara County Community College Invitational. The host team won the event with a score of 307, followed by Cayuga Community College at 315. Onondaga Community College had a 332 with Tompkins Cortland in fourth at 350. Herkimer County Community College, Genesee Community College, and Jefferson Community College rounded out the field of seven teams.
Bouncing back from a heart-breaking loss in the opener to earn a doubleheader split, the Panthers baseball team gained some ground in the late-season push for a playoff spot. After losing 3-2 to Onondaga Community College in game one, Tompkins Cortland won game two 4-1. The split moves the Panthers to 17-16 overall and 13-10 in the West Division. Combined with Niagara’s sweep of Genesee on Saturday, the Panthers are now one game behind Genesee for fourth place and the final playoff spot in the West Division. Onondaga 12-23 overall and 10-21 in division.
The Panthers golf team is ending the regular season with a three-tournament swing through Western New York, starting Friday at the Jamestown Community College Invitational, held at the Chautauqua Golf Course. With six teams taking advantage of the opportunity to play on the course that will host the NJCAA National Championship tournament next month, the Panthers finished in fourth place with a score of 344. Onondaga Community College won the event with a 320 followed by Niagara County Community College at 322. Herkimer County Community College was next at 339. Jefferson Community College was well behind the Panthers in fifth with a 370. Genesee Community College was last at 388.
A two-run rally in extra innings gave the Panthers baseball team a walk-off win and a doubleheader sweep of Corning Community College Thursday, keeping the hopes alive for making the postseason. Tompkins Cortland won the first game 9-2 before needing eight innings to win the second game, 5-4. The wins improves the Panthers to 12-9 in the West Division, still in fifth place, and 16-15 overall. Corning is 11-25 overall and 8-20 in division.
The Tompkins Cortland and Hudson Valley Community College lacrosse teams have certainly become quite familiar with each other. Each of the past three years, the two teams have met once in the regular season and then again in the first round of the NJCAA Region III playoffs. In the past two years, the Panthers were the higher seed and hosted the playoff game, and both times, the Panthers advanced with close wins. This year the Vikings were the higher seed and hosted the Panthers in Troy on Wednesday. Once again this year, it was a close game, with the higher seed prevailing as the Vikings handing the Panthers a 12-8 defeat. With the loss, the Panthers end the year with a record of 2-7. Hudson Valley advances to the Region IIIB Championship game against Genesee Community College on Saturday. The Vikings have an overall record of 9-4.
The Panthers softball team faced off with one of the hottest-hitting teams in the region Wednesday, hosting SUNY Adirondack. The result was a pair of losses for the home team, 28-1 ad 10-2. Tompkins Cortland is now 1-17 overall and in Region III. Adirondack is 8-14 overall and 8-6 in Region III.