Buffalo State College opens its basketball season at home Saturday in the Cole's Classic.
The Bengals, who went 25-4 last season and went to the NCAA Division III tournament, meet Lebanon Valley of Pennsylvania in the first round at 8 p.m. Two Ohio schools, Walsh College and Oberlin, meet in the 6 p.m. opener. The consolation and final are at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday.
Buffalo State's Lady Bengals, who went 21-5 last season, meet Michigan's Adrian at 8 tonight in the first round of the Betty Abgott Lady Bengal Invitational. Heidelberg meets Binghamton at 6 p.m. The consolation and final are at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday.
Fund-raising key at UB
UB athletic director Nelson Townsend said it's possible a decision on when UB can upgrade its football program could come in the spring, after the school's second year of fund-raising is completed. The success of UB's fund-raising effort is the key factor in deciding when the school can move its football program from Division III to Division I-AA.
The rest of UB's sports teams are scheduled to move from Division II to Division I in the 1991-92 school year.
Townsend is looking for the right man to lead the football team into Division I-AA after the retirement of Bill Dando this week. Townsend said fund-raising ability is a quality he will look for in his new coach.
Dando had hinted prior to the season this one might be his last.
"When I took the job in 1977, I said I'd take it for 10 years. In our 10th year we went 9-2, and I decided to stay a couple more years. Maybe I should have got out when I was ahead," Dando joked.
The Bulls went 3-7, 2-8 and 4-5 the past three years.
Dando said he did not know if he would remain in the athletic department in some capacity after this school year. He figures to work on his golf game in retirement. A 6-handicapper, he was senior champion at Brookfield Country Club in 1988.
Galanti wins 200th game
The Erie Community College hockey team gave coach and athletic director Ralph Galanti his 200th career victory with a 7-5 win over the Niagara College of Welland last week. Galanti has coached the Erie hockey team since its inception 14 years ago.
The Canisius women's basketball team, which went 18-8 last season, is picked to finish seventh in the 11-team Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Niagara, 5-23 last season, is picked 10th. Holy Cross is the favorite. Canisius' Alisa Robinson is a first-team preseason all-conference pick. Robinson averaged 18.5 points and 9.9 rebounds last year.
St. Bonaventure's women are picked eighth in the Atlantic 10. Penn State is favored. Bona sophomore Sue Shay, who was the third-leading freshman scorer in the country last year at 21.1 points per game, is a second-team all-conference pick. Bona's Vicki Bell, a 6-0 Lancaster, Pa., product, was chosen to the Freshmen of Influence team. Bona also announced it signed 5-7 guard Carrie Bordas of Aliquippa, Pa. Bordas (26.9 ppg) is a Street and Smith's honorable mention All-America.
Alfred gridders in playoff
The Alfred football team will play host to Bridgewater (Mass.) College at noon Saturday for the Eastern College Athletic Conference North Championship. The ECAC conducts two post-season playoff games (North and South) for teams that don't receive bids to the NCAA Division III playoffs. This is Alfred's second appearance in the ECAC playoffs. The first was in 1986.
Alfred (8-2) is averaging 250 yards rushing per game, while Bridgewater (9-0) has the top rushing defense in the nation, yielding 32 yards a game, a total aided by 50 quarterback sacks. Bridgewater, however, does not play the top schedule that Alfred plays.
UB volleyball team
UB's women's volleyball team is the top seed this weekend at the four-team ECAC Division II tournament on Long Island. If the Royals win, they will get a bid to the 24-team NCAA Division II tournament. NCAA bids go out Sunday. Southampton, Springfield and East Stroudsburg are the other ECAC teams. UB's Kelly Brennan set a single-season record for kills (423), breaking the mark of 422 set by Barb Shiesley in 1985. . . . UB's men's and women's swimmers meet Division I Syracuse at 1 p.m. Saturday at UB. . . . UB basketball coach Dan Bazzani has his own radio show. It will air every Wednesday night from 6:15 to 6:30 with Pete Weber on WGR. . . . Former Bona great Billy Kalbaugh has been named an assistant coach at Division II Gannon. Kalbaugh was head coach at Mercyhurst from 1981 to '88. . . . Former All-Western New York cager Eric Gore, a 6-7 forward, has signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Texas at Arlington, which plays in the Division I Trans-America Conference. Gore played at Blinn (Texas) Junior College last season and is playing at Nebraska Western Junior College this season.