By Rob Potter
LOCH SHELDRAKE A new season of hoops has begun at Sullivan County Community College (SCCC).
Last Thursday night, SCCC held its 2009 Generals “Jam”boree at the Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
After Athletic Director Chris DePew welcomed everyone, the “Voice of Generals Basketball,” Gregg Semenetz, introduced the SCCC sports teams for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The main lights were turned off and each of the athletes ran to center court with the spotlight placed on them. The athletes were welcomed by the loud cheers of their fellow SCCC students and community members who were sitting in the bleachers.
The coaches and players on the 2009-2010 SCCC athletic teams are as follows:
Men’s Basketball (Coach Kevin DeVantier, Assistant Coach Gregg Semenetz): Kareem Bernard, Terry Coleman, Moses Dayee, Geraldo Fernandez, Jason Givens, Evan Hallett, Kyle Humphrey, Leron Joseph, Evan Lassic, Earl Mills, Payton Mullings, Evan Pope, Nick Smith, Jordan Thorpe and Dwayne Wade.
Women’s Basketball (Coach Sara Thompson-Tweedy, Assistant Coach Diana Traugot, Assistant Coach Carl Graham): Danielle Baker, Savasia Caraballo, Brittany Edwards, Destiny Harmer, Karshara Jenkins, Nicole Jones, Ashara Morris, Natalie Rivera, Roxann Rutherford, Taisha Sherman, Nyoki Tate and Jacqueline Trotti.
Baseball (Coach Ryan Snair, Assistant Coach Jed Carrier, Assistant Coach Tom Mattice): Brian Aponte, Efrain Bautista, Angel Betances, Eric Brown, Joel Cabrera, Jimmy Caceras, Luis Cantana, Sandro Ferriera, Noel Guaba, Chris Lake, Curtis Lopez, Benny Martinez, Jose Mejia, Justen Mills, Joanevel Pascual, David Pimentel, David Rios, Rob Rivera, Dauris Tavarez, Odanis Tejada, Elvis Vargas and Bryan White.
Men’s Cross Country (Coach Robert Harris): Walter Chisholm, Miguel Montaz, Aaron Palin, Andrew Pitt, Derek Rice, Dallas Ripley and Nathaniel Santiago.
Cheerleading (Coach Janna Worden, Assistant Coach Amanda Colon, Manager Brianna Worden): Jennifer Badillo, Meghan Behn (captain), Danielle Colon, Yewande Demola, Martha Donis, Kyla Eldridge (captain), Antonette Hewitt, Shayon Hewitt, Toni Mitchel, Melissa Moreno (captain), Vanessa Pichardo, Jasmine Rivera, Crystal Salgado (captain), Desire Shinalt, Mirthna Bynoe (alternate) and Lilly De LosAngeles.
The evening also included performances by the Main Street Dance Troupe, the SCCC cheerleaders, contests where members of the crowd were chosen to shoot a layup, a free throw and a 3-pointer in order to win prizes, a game in which members of the current Generals hoops squad played each other with one team wearing their road jerseys to be known as the “green” team and the other team wearing their home jerseys to be known as the “white” team and a game featuring the current Generals, led by Coach Kevin DeVantier, playing an alumni team guided by DePew.
Several members of the 2009-2010 Generals also competed in a slam dunk contest. A panel of four judges scored the dunks from 1 to 10. Givens and Smith reached the finals. They each dunked twice in that final round. The judges decided that Smith was the better dunker on the evening as he received a perfect score of 80 in the finals to Givens’ total score of 55.
In the hot shot competition, one of the Generals teamed up with one of the Lady Generals to see which two-person team could accumulate the most points in a designated time span. The finals featured the team of Mills and Rutherford squaring off against Fernandez and Harmer, with Mills and Rutherford prevailing.
A special ceremony and moment of silence were held to remember and honor Suzette Blanco, who was SCCC’s Student Government Association Vice President during the 2008-2009 academic year. Sadly, her life was taken much too soon because of a motor vehicle accident this past summer.
Note: Both the Generals and Lady Generals were scheduled to begin their 2009-2010 basketball seasons last night.
The Lady Generals played at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, while the Generals hosted Columbia-Greene Community College at Paul Gerry Fieldhouse.
The Generals were ranked sixth among National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III men’s basketball teams in the preseason national poll which was released on Oct. 26.