College Notebook: Keane Wrestles His Way to Division III Title

Springfield College senior and former Glastonbury High star Tyler Keane had the most memorable two days of his college career, winning an individual title at the NCAA Division III Regional Championships at Springfield College Field House last weekend. Keane won in the 133 pound division, where he entered the Championships ranked second. He began on Saturday by defeating two opponents. On Sunday, Keane outworked third-seeded Austin Sico of Western New England, defeating him 8-3. In the finals, Keane rallied from a 3-2 deficit to top-seeded Bryan Israel by taking him down in the final three seconds, capturing a 4-3 decision. Israel entered the match as the fourth-ranked wrestler in all of Division III.

Keane earned a spot in the Division III Nationals, which will be held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on March 11-12.

Women’s Basketball 

American International College senior point guard Brianna Bishop helped spur a run to the Northeast-10 Tournament championship game by the Yellow Jackets. Bishop averaged just under 20 points in three tournament games. The former Suffield High star began the Tournament on February 28th by scoring 16 points in an opening round win against Adelphi. Bishop then had a monster game on Thursday against New Haven, scoring a season-high 27 points and dishing out 10 assists to lead AIC to an eight point semifinal win. She shot 5-10 from behind the arc. In Sunday’s title game at Bentley, Bishop scored 17 of her 19 points in the second half, but it was not enough to avoid a 67-60 loss. For her performance, Bishop was named to the All Tournament Team.

Western New England junior forward Emily Anderson scored 33 points in the Golden Bears two Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England  Championship games, but was ultimately unable to help them capture a championship. The Rocky Hill High alum scored 16 points in the team’s ten-point semifinals win against Suffolk on Saturday, and had a team-high 17 points in Western’s 56-64 championship game loss to Keene State on Sunday.

Anderson ended the season with an average of 12.3 points per game.

Mens Basketball

Southern New Hampshire senior forward BJ Cardarelli had a magnificent performance in the Northeast-10 Tournament, averaging just over 16 points per game and leading the fourth-seeded Penmen to capture the conference championship. The Manchester High alum shot 50 percent from the field in the four tournament games.

Cardarelli began the tournament by scoring 23 points in a six-point win against AIC on February 26th. Two days later, he scored 18 in a three-point overtime win at Southern Connecticut, draining four three pointers and also grabbing six rebounds. Cardarelli helped SNH to rally from an 18-point second half deficit. Cardarelli struggled on offense in Wednesday’s semifinals win at Saint Anselm, but did contribute seven rebounds. Finally, he scored 17 points and snatched seven rebounds in Saturday’s 90-87 championship game win against Bentley, also shooting 7-10 from the field. The program won its second consecutive conference championship and will compete in an NCAA East Regional quarterfinal on March 12th.

Longtime teammates Hugh Lindo and Trachone Preston played well for Eastern Connecticut in the Little East Conference Tournament, but were unable to lead the Warriors past the second round. Preston scored 11 points, recorded a career-high nine rebounds and added seven assists in Eastern’s first round blowout of UMass-Boston on February 23rd, with Lindo recording 10 points and 11 rebounds. The top-seeded Warriors lost 60-55 to UMass-Dartmouth four days later. Lindo grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 10 points, while Preston scored a team high 13 and had seven rebounds.

Preston, Lindo and Vernon native Tarchee Brown were each named to the Little East All-Conference Teams last week, with Brown and Lindo being named to the First Team. In addition, Lindo was recognized as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Swimming 

Southern Connecticut sophomore Tyler Vander Vos won the 200 yard freestyle in the Metropolitan Championships on Saturday, February 20th, held in New Jersey. The South Windsor alum took earned the gold with a time of 1:40.15. Vander Vos was also a member of the Owls 200 free relay team that second on Friday.

Hockey

Junior and former Glastonbury star Ethan Holdaway scored in Trinity College’s 5-3 win against Wesleyan on Friday, February 19th. UConn senior and Rocky Hill native Patrick Kirtland scored the Huskies lone goal in their loss to Northeastern the next day.

 

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