Harley Fuller (Broadalbin-Perth) scored nine points and registered four assists and four rebounds as the State University of New York at Cobleskill men’s basketball team won its first game at the NJCAA Division III national tournament, 72-69, over Middlesex Community College.
However, the fighting Tigers were unable to muster another victory and finished fourth in the tournament after suffering two losses.
The tournament-opening victory put the Fighting Tigers in the national semifinals for the first time since 1998. The Fighting Tigers entered the tournament with a 25-6 record after upsetting the country’s top- and third-ranked teams, Hudson Valley and Herkimer Community Colleges in the Region III tournament.
• Kristen Stein (Gloversville) placed 26th in the 500-meter run with a season best time of 1:21.91 at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference meet for the SUNY Oneonta women’s indoor track team.
The meet concluded the indoor season. The outdoor season will begin April 4 when the Red Dragons head to Pomona, N.J. for the Richard Stockton Osprey Open.
• Kayla Miller (Johnstown) had five points on three goals and two assists, helping the SUNY Morrisville women’s lacrosse team to a 25-1 win over SUNY Maritime March 9. She ignited the Mustangs the previous day with a season-opening 10-8 win over Western Connecticut.
The Mustangs are in the midst of a 20-day layoff between games as they will travel to Medaille College March 29 before having their home opener April 1 against SUNY Potsdam.
• Luke Nellis (Fonda-Fultonville) and Tom McDermott (Amsterdam) are both off to good starts for the LeMoyne College baseball team.
Nellis has appeared in five games and pitched for 16• innings. He is 2-1 with a 1.10 ERA and 19 strikeouts. McDermott has appeared in six games, throwing 7 1/3 innings with a 1.23 ERA.
The Dolphins’ home opener is tentatively slated for Saturday against Canisius.
• Although her record doesn’t show it, Katie Finch (Broadalbin-Perth) has pitched well for the SUNY Cortland softball team to start the 2008 season.
The Red Dragons went 6-4 during the Rebel Games in Florida and Finch has a 2-3 record, but a 0.88 ERA after allowing only four earned runs in 32 innings. She’s struck out 57 batters and walked only eight.
Cortland is scheduled to host Ithaca College March 26 for a doubleheader.
• Erica Cutspec (Fort Plain) hit an RBI triple, helping the Ithaca College softball team to a 3-2 win over Bellevue. It was her third three-hit game of the season in only the Golden Bombers’ 10th game.
Cutspec is hitting .517 with eight RBIs and six runs scored.