GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has announced its Student-Athlete of the Week selections in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s volleyball for the period ending January 27, 2013. These are the first set of selections for men’s volleyball this season.
Shannon Tipton (Woodbridge, Va.) has been selected as the NEAC Women’s Swimming & Diving Student-Athlete of the Week after an outstanding outing for the College of Saint Elizabeth Screaming Eagles. The senior swimmer had a hand in three-first place finishes for the Screaming Eagles to help guide them to a 104-47 victory over conference rival SUNY Cobleskill Saturday, which marked the third victory in the last four meets for Saint Elizabeth. Tipton won both the 1,000-yard freestyle (13:44.18) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:16.54) individual events while also swimming the second leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay for Saint Elizabeth, which captured first place with a time of 1:53.05.
Mike Marvin (Horsham, Pa.) has been selected as the NEAC Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week after a tremendous week for the Penn State Abington Nittany Lions. After sharing the honor a week ago, Marvin stood alone this week after guiding the Nittany Lions to three conference victories behind averages of 23.3 points and 11 rebounds per game while shooting 67 percent (31-of-46) from the field. The sophomore forward opened the week with a game-high 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor to go along with seven boards, two assists and a block in a 78-66 win over Lancaster Bible College Wednesday. His hot shooting continued into the weekend, as he hit the game-winning jumper in the Nittany Lions’ thrilling 66-64 road victory over Gallaudet University Saturday and finished with 19 points while going 8-of-11 from the floor and adding five rebounds and a steal. The thrills continued into Sunday, as Marvin helped lead Abington to a 113-105 double-overtime victory over Penn State Harrisburg with a career-high 29 points while tying his season-high in rebounds with 21. Marvin currently leads the NEAC in both points (19.6) and rebounds (12.8) per game and has compiled 14 double-doubles this season, which now gives him 30 for his collegiate career. The Nittany Lions are now 6-3 in conference play and 8-12 overall.
Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week after a sensational week for the Keuka College Storm. The junior guard posted averages of 24.3 points, 7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals per game while shooting 53 percent (28-of-53) from the field and 48 percent (10-of-21) from the 3-point line over three conference victories for the Storm. Bandrowski opened the week with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, which included going 6-of-10 from 3-point land, during Wednesday's 90-70 road win over Cazenovia College, where she also added eight rebounds, a game-high six steals and four assists. Bandrowski carried her scoring prowess into her next contest, finishing with a game- and career-high 34 points in the Storm’s thrilling 102-98 overtime victory over SUNY Institute of Technology Saturday, including seven clutch points in the extra fame that helped give the Storm the victory and their highest scoring mark in the past 19 seasons. She again finished the contest with totals of eight rebounds, a game-high six steals and four assists as well. Bandrowski then closed the week with totals of 12 points, six assists and five boards in the Storm’s 72-56 win over SUNY Cobleskill that gave Keuka its seventh straight conference victory. Bandrowski is now the team leader in points (16.6), assists (4.6) and steals (3.7) per game for the Storm, who sit atop the NEAC North Division at 10-1 in conference play.
Kory Parsons (Holland Patent, N.Y.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Swimming & Diving Student-Athlete of the Week after a terrific performance for the Cazenovia College Wildcats. Parsons, a junior, captured four first-place finishes during the Wildcats’ meet against conference foe Wells College Saturday, which ended in a 59-59 tie. Parsons won three individual events on the day, placing first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:45.54), the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.68) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:26.11). Parsons also swam the anchor leg of the 200-yard medley relay for the Wildcats, who took first place with a time of 1:50.6.
Sean Conte (Hilton, N.Y.) has been named the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Student-Athlete of the Week after an impressive all-around week for theSUNY Institute of Technology Wildcats. The freshman outside hitter compiled totals of 47 kills (2.94 k/set), 26 digs (1.62 d/set), six blocks (one solo), two assists, a serve ace and 51.5 points (3.2 p/set) through four matches for the Wildcats during their season-opening week of play. Conte opened the season with three straight double-digit kill performances, including a team-best 15 in a 3-2 (25-21, 19-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13) victory over Mt. Ida during the SUNYIT Invitational Friday. He followed that up with a double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs – both team highs – in a 3-1 (21-25, 19-25, 30-28, 18-25) loss to Emerson College that same night, and added 11 more kills in addition to four blocks (one solo) in a 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 6-25, 18-25) setback to Sage Saturday. The efforts on the week have helped Conte open the season as the conference’s leader in kills, kills per set, points and points per set.
Mitch Demko (Slatingdon, Pa.) has been chosen as the NEAC Men’s Volleyball Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week after a strong week for the Lancaster Bible College Chargers. The senior outside hitter amassed 23 digs and eight blocks (five solo) through four matches for the Chargers to open the season. Demko had two solo blocks and three digs in the Chargers’ season-opening 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-18) loss to nationally ranked Juniata at the Penn State Altoona Invitational two weekends ago, before following that up with a match-high 14 digs while assisting on three blocks in a heartbreaking 3-2 (25-20, 22-25, 14-25, 29-27, 12-15) loss to host Altoona, where he also had 11 kills. Demko helped the Chargers rebound with a 3-0 (25-6, 25-9, 25-15) sweep over conference foe Gallaudet University Friday, finishing with a match-best three solo blocks and four digs while also providing offense with seven kills and three serve aces. His defensive performances currently have him ranked second in the conference in solo blocks and fourth in digs.