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Bona, Niagara teams shine in classroom

Two Big 4 women's basketball programs earned national top 10 academic honors this summer.

St. Bonaventure earned its highest academic ranking in school history in this year's Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Team Honor Roll. The Bonnies' team grade-point average of 3.594 ranked third among all Division I programs.
South Dakota State topped the list at 3.693 and Northern Iowa was second with a 3.624.
Niagara cracked the top 10 for the second time in seven years, finishing ninth at 3.457.

"This honor is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes," Bona head coach Jim Crowley said. "I am consistently amazed at how well our players manage their time as well as the focus and commitment they are able to balance between academics and basketball."


A Nov. 9 opener at Boston University and a three-game trip to New Mexico for the BTI Invitational highlights the first St. Bonaventure nonleague schedule under new men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt.

Schmidt's first home game in the Reilly Center is a Nov. 12 visit from Binghamton. The Bonnies then head to Albquerque to meet Presbyterian, Loyola Marymount and host New Mexico Nov. 16-18.

The 14-game slate also includes a Nov. 28 game at Niagara and a Dec. 1 visit by Canisius. Atlantic 10 games will be announced in September.


University at Buffalo juniors Zach Anderson (Williamsville East) and Steve Geltz (Wilson) were named to the All-Star teams of their respective summer baseball leagues.

Anderson was named to the East All-Star Team in the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League. Playing for the Maryland Redbirds, he leads his team and is second in the league with a 1.48 ERA.

Geltz, who will be on the Northern All-Star Team for the New England Collegiate Baseball League, has emerged as the closer for the Concord Quarry Dogs with six saves. He has also posted 29 strikeouts in just 16 innings while holding opponents to a .098 batting average.

Canisius placed three representatives in the New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game.

Alec Cabello, who is hitting .326 with 35 runs scored and 10 steals in 36 games for the Niagara Power, played for the Western Division. Adam Donato (Jamestown) and Kevin Mahoney played for the Eastern Division. Donato, playing for the Bennington Bombers, is hitting .250 while Mahoney, a member of the GF Golden Eagles, has a .321 batting average.


Niagara women's hockey player Mary McKinnon was one of 38 players chosen for the Canadian Women's National Under-22 Selection Camp Aug. 9-19 in Toronto.

McKinnon, who was a member of College Hockey America's All-Rookie Team after finishing with 20 points on nine goals and 11 assists, will vie for one of 22 spots on the Canadian team. It plays a three-game exhibition series against the U.S. Women's U-22 National Team Aug. 23-26 in Lake Placid.


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