Sports Editor’s Playbook, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011

Patrick Newell

Earlier this week, Alfred State College announced its athletes of the week. Oxford graduate Haley Witchella, a freshman on the women’s basketball team, scored 48 total points, grabbed 26 rebounds, and blocked 10 total shots in a pair of Pioneers wins. Witchella won the first of what will likely be many awards as ASC’s athlete of the week.
A six-foot freshman forward, Witchella hit a game-winning three-pointer in a victory over Cayuga Community College. Heading into this weekend’s games, ASC was unbeaten at 6-0. “Haley, is our one of our post players who can shoot the three and finish in the paint, she has amazing hands and catches the ball in traffic with a strong post presence,” said Alfred State women’s basketball coach, Gina Boyd. “She is a major contributor to the team with her athletic capabilities to handle the ball in the open court and knock down a 20-footer.  She is making a difference on our success as a team, she is a spark plug who is always pushing everyone to do better.  We are lucky she is a part of our Alfred State team.”
Unfortunately for Witchella – and Alfred State – she will miss at least the next three weeks of games after fracturing her foot during a physical education class. “We will make adjustments, but she will be missed,” Boyd said.

Congratulations to the Liberatore family. Three of them, mother and two daughters, recently completed the Boston half marathon together. Sophie, the mom, ran the 13.1 miles in 2 hours, 33 minutes to place sixth in her age group. Tricia Liberatore of Holcomb, Raleigh, N.C. ran the fastest time, a 1 hour, 58 minutes, 28 seconds clocking, and Jill Liberatore of Cambridge, Mass., completed her first half marathon timing 2 hours, 6 minutes, and 13 seconds. A total of 5,192 runners crossed the finish line in the early-October race. All three plan to run more half marathons together in the near future. Tricia Liberatore is a 1996 graduate of Sherburne-Earlville, and Jill Liberatore graduated from S-E in 2001.

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