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Campus Clippings: Duross claims national crown

May 13, 2009
By MIKE ZUMMO, The Leader-Herald

Schuyler Duross (Johnstown) won the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship in the decathlon Thursday and Friday at Alfred State.

He finished the 10 events with 5,476 points, beating the second-place finisher by more than 200 points.

Duross is a freshman on the Alfred State men's track and field team.

Katie Finch (Broadalbin-Perth) threw a two-hit shutout and struck out 11 batters, leading the State University of New York at Cortland softball team to a 6-0 win over Buffalo State in the NCAA Division III regional championship game Sunday.

Buffalo forced the winner-take-all championship game with a 6-2 victory earlier in the day.

Finch is 26-5 for the season and she retired the first nine batters she faced before allowing an infield single to start the fourth inning.

She now has a 0.95 ERA in 207 innings. She has also struck out 315 batters.

Finch suffered the loss in the opening game before getting the win in the second.

The Red Dragons will play Tufts University Friday to start the NCAA Division III World Series.

John Moore (Fonda-Fultonville) set a new school record for the University at Albany men's track and field team Saturday, winning the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:47 at the New York City Qualifying Challenge.

His second-place time qualified him for the NCAA East Regional championship, which will take place May 29 and 30 in Greensboro, N.C. The team will compete next at the IC4A and Eastern College Athletic Conference championship meets from Friday to Sunday at Princeton University.

Tom McDermott (Amsterdam) threw 2 scoreless innings for the LeMoyne baseball team and got the win in a 14-6 victory over UAlbany.

He struck out three batters in the game.

McDermott's record for the season improved to 4-3 and he has struck out 53 batters in 49 innings.

Megan Papierniak (Fonda-Fultonville) hit a two-run home run in the first game of a doubleheader, but the St. Peter's softball team was swept by Niagara.

Papierniak finished her senior season at St. Peter's with a team-high .273 batting average with seven doubles, three home runs and 11 RBIs.

She was a .257 career hitter in her four years with the Peacocks and had 26 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 163 games played.

Garrett Duross (Johnstown) finished his first season on the St. Peter's baseball team by starting 40 of the Peacocks' 42 games.

He hit .270 with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 26 RBIs.

Mike Zummo is a reporter for The Leader-Herald. We invite your feedback on this or any other sports-related topic. E-mail your opinions or ideas to us at



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