Gray has season best: Kayla Gray, a senior from Buffalo, went out in style in her final home gymnastics meet for the University of New Hampshire last month. Gray scored her season-best with a 9.875 score on the balance beam to take first place in a victory over Penn. Gray edged teammate Meghan Pflieger for first on the beam. During the season, she also had a first place on the beam against Temple.
The New Hampshire team will be the sixth seed in the NCAA Regional meet in Morgantown, W. Va., on Saturday after a second place in the East Atlantic Gymnastic League championship meet at Towson, Md, on March 22.
Senior Nicole Radon (Frontier) competed this season in floor exercise and balance beam for Kent State, which won the Mid-American Conference championship and was selected for the the NCAA Regional in Columbus, Ohio. on Saturday.
Top award for Schwab: Outside hitter Korey Schwab, a junior from Lockport, achieved a Hilbert first when he was named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association national player of the week off last week’s performance. Schwab produced 53 kills as the Hawks won two of three matches. Included in the total was a 27-kill, 14-dig effort in a five-set win over Penn State-Altoona.
Wolinski to EIU: Lancaster native Samantha Wolinski, once the girls volleyball coach at Holy Angels Academy, has been named the head women’s volleyball coach at Eastern Illinois in Charleston, Ill.
Wolinski has an extensive resume in the sport. She played and earned her undergraduate degree at Earlham (Ind.) College. She spent 14 years as the head coach at Rhodes College, a Division III school in Memphis, where she compiled a school-record 261 victories from 1999-2012 and twice was Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year. The last two seasons Wolinski served as an assistant at Division I Mississippi State.
Wolinski also has ties to Canisius, having earned a master’s in sports administration from the college in 1999.
McDonough sizzling: St. Bonaventure junior Emily McDonough went 7 for 8 with three RBIs and two steals as the Bonnies swept a pair of Atlantic 10 softball games from George Washington. McDonough is batting .446 for the Bonnies (6-12) and is 13 for 14 on steal attempts.
Jagodzinski repeats: Brockport junior Lily Jagodzinski (Williamsville North) earned first-team All-America honors in the floor exercise for the second straight year during the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Division III Championships at Wisconsin-La Crosse. Jagodzinski, the state champion on floor during her senior season at North, tied for second at the nationals with a score of 9.75.
Govenettio honored: Canisius senior goalkeeper Alex Govenettio, from Derby, was tabbed the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference defensive player of the week in lacrosse after making 14 saves in the Griffs’ 10-9 overtime victory over Siena. This is the third time in his career Govenettio has been so honored.
Becker shines: Buffalo State senior Austin Becker won the 800 meters at the Pasadena (Calif.) Games in 1:50.80, the fastest Division III time in the country this young season and .04 off the school record. He also ran a leg of the 4x400 relay that won in 3:16.39, the season’s second-fastest team in Division III.
Repeat for McHenry: D’Youville junior Kalie McHenry retained the title of Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pitcher of the week by going 2-1 in three games with one earned run allowed. She struck out a season-high 12 in a victory over Lawrence (Wis.) during spring training in Clermont, Fla.