Where Are They Now?

By Terry Heslink


Kevin Strong (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) has a 25-5 record this season as a captain for the Niagara County Community College wrestling team.

Strong, unbeaten in NJCAA competition, is ranked third in the country at 149 pounds and has an overall career record of 55-15 with more than 20 falls.

He is the captain of the NCCC, which is ranked No. 9 nationally.

This season he was named the Region 3 wrestler of the week in November after compiling a 4-0 record at the Ben McMullen Muskegon Open. He won via two pins at 4:27 and 2:43 and took two decisions by 9-4 and 7-2 to take the 149-pound title. The night before, Strong won both matches by 14-2 and 16-2 scores.

He finished second in the NCCC Open, losing 4-3 to New York state champion Quinton Murphy.

Strong also finished third in the Brockport Open and was sixth in the New York State Collegiate Championships despite the fact he had to medically forfeit his last two matches because of a knee injury; was 3-0 at National Duals, including a win over three-time Nebraska state champion Tyler Nation of Iowa Western.

Strong is hoping to win the NJCAA Region Tournament and earn a trip to the national tournament at Spokane, Wash.

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Diver Jeff Green (Southwestern/Lakewood) not only won the 1-meter and 3-meter events against Utica College last weekend, but set a new standard in the six-dive, 1-meter event with 280.95 points to break the old record of 274.20 set by Dave Marsh in Dec. 1994.

It was Green’s fourth Nazareth record. He also has school records in the 11-dive, 1-meter and the 11-dive, 3-meter in swimming/diving and the pole vault in track & field.

The score of 280.95 against Utica qualified Green for the NCAA Regional at RIT on March 1.

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Dalton Walsh (Cassadaga Valley/Sinclairville) had 15 points on 7-of-9 from the floor and nine rebounds in only 14 minutes in Alfred University’s 103-73 men’s basketball victory over Houghton College.

Walsh was the leading scorer for Alfred University, which now has 13-4 record.

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Senior Jordan Steele (Falconer/Falconer) earned second-team honors while performing for Westminster College women’s soccer team in the Presidents Athletic Conference.

A midfielder and a three-year starter, Steele scored nine points, which was third on the team. She led the Titans in assists with a career-high seven, helping her repeat as a second-team choice.

The Titans recorded a 6-1-2 record for third place in the Presidents Athletic Conference and were a 11-7-2 overall. The 11 victories were the team’s most since 2009 and it was the first time it had beaten both Washington & Jefferson and Grove City in the regular- season since 2007.

Steele was also among 59 Westminster College student-athletes to be recognized by the league on the PAC 2013 Academic Honor Roll. She was recognized for her work in psychology.

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Abby Zabrodsky (Jamestown/Jamestown) was among a foursome that was ranked 33rd in Group A of the 4,000 meters distance medley (23.14.60) for the University of Rochester’s women’s track team at the SPIRE North Coast Meet.

These rankings are among the 100 best times in the country.

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Lauren Caldwell (Jamestown/Jamestown) continued her good form on Saturday for the St. Bonaventure University women’s swim team.

The junior placed eighth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.83 and a team-best fourth in the 200 individiual medley (2:11.11) in the Bonnies’ meet against Penn State and Towson University.

St. Bonaventure fell to the Nittany Lions, 232-64, and to Towson University, 266-33.