Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, the fifth-ranked junior college football team in the nation, will be Erie Community College's opponent in the Dec. 7 Red River Bowl in the Dallas suburb of Bedford, Texas.
ECC, ranked No. 11 in the National Junior College Athletic Association poll with a 7-2 record, accepted the bowl bid on Nov. 15. The Kats' opponent was determined after the Golden Norsemen (10-1) beat Trinity College, 14-7, to win the Southwestern Junior College Football Conference Championship.
The Kats will dedicate the game to Leon Davis, a lineman who died in an auto accident the night of the bowl bid. The team is accepting donations to help offset about $50,000 in travel expenses.
The school in Miami, Okla., has been national junior college champ eight times, most recently in 1991. Its program has produced 52 National Football League players, including Carolina Panthers running back Lamar Smith and New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey.
Elsewhere in football, Hobart junior quarterback Craig Swanson (Jamestown) is among 10 finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy as the outstanding player in Division III. Swanson completed 170 of 290 passes for 2,209 yards and 21 TDs to lead theStatemen to a 8-1 record and the championship of the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The University at Buffalo continued its mastery of Colgate and home openers with a 65-46 victory over the Raiders Tuesday. A crowd of 877 at Alumni Arena saw Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (11 points), Jessica Kochendorfer (10) and Rachel Martin (Kenmore West, 10) lead the Bulls to their second straight win after scoring a 63-56 upset in the campaign debut at St. John's last Friday. UB has beaten Colgate in all eight of its games since 1991 and has won 12 straight home openers.
The Bulls, who led by three at halftime (28-25), shot only 36 percent from the field, but held Cornell to 29 percent shooting. Led by seven rebounds by Kim Kilpela and six from Kochendorfer, Buffalo won the battle of the boards, 47-40. McMeeken-Ruscoe made all five of her free throws as UB shot 17 of 26 from the line.
St. Bonaventure also continued unbeaten with a 79-54 romp in Brooklyn over St. Francis (N.Y.) in the first road game of the season for the Bonnies (3-0).
Eva Kadlecova led the Bonnies with 16 points while Lyndsey Maurer (14) and Emma Haywood (15) also scored in double figures. Tory Vyborny grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and Maywood, who came off the bench, added another eight boards as Bona outrebounded its hosts, 44-27. Bona made 25 of 34 free throws (Kadlecova, Maurer and Vyborny made four each) while St. Francis sank only eight of 12 tries.
Elsewhere, Kristen Curry (Wilson) led Hilbert with nine points and five assists as the Hawks (1-2) lost to Alfred, 64-42. . . . D'Youville's Lauren Feola scored a team-high 10 points in a 72-46 loss to Oswego State as the Lady Spartans fell to 0-3. . . . Kim Guenther (Lancaster) scored a game-high 22 points and Clare Crowley (Mt. Mercy) added 13 but Fredonia State (1-2, 0-1 SUNYAC) lost to Geneseo State, 67-61, in overtime. . . . Jen Snyder (Holy Angels) scored 15 points for Medaille, which lost to Lake Erie College, 61-48.
MEN'S BASKETBALL: Medaille fell to 0-3 with a 70-65 loss to visiting Lake Erie College. Tim McCormick Jr. (Timon/St. Jude) led the Mavericks with 15 points. . . . Hilbert's Adam Gioia scored 19 points in a 75-59 loss at Alfred. . . . Canisius announced the signing of Michigan high schoolers Darnell Wilson and Charles Harris. Wilson, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 20 points per game last year. Harris, a 6-3 guard, averaged 21.