Local roundup: Coast Guard trio headed for New England Basketball Hall of Fame
Worcester, Mass. - Coast Guard Academy graduates Mark Harris (1996), Sam Cheung ('02) and Jeff Prebeck ('08) will be inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at a ceremony June 22 at the DCU Center.
Harris became the Bears' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, finishing his career with 1,402 points and 1,134 rebounds, the first player in Coast Guard Academy history to eclipse 1,000 in each category. Harris is completing a tour in Washington, D.C. as a member of Coast Guard Congressional Affairs where he is a Senate Fellow.
Cheung, a member of the Bears 1,000-point club, was a first team All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference member and became the career assists leader until it was broken in 2008. Cheung serves as a Program Manager and an Operations Research Analyst at the Coast Guard's Research and Development Center in New London.
Prebeck, a three-time all-conference selection, led the Bears to back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances and to the Elite Eight in 2008. He is second all-time in both scoring and rebounds (1,114) at the Academy while appearing in a school-record tying 109 games. He serves as the District Commander's direct representative for proper coordination and execution of Coast Guard maritime operations throughout the Great Lakes region.
"Jeff was the hardest working player I have coached and he was the kind of player that you wanted on the front line," said Pete Barry, who coached all three players during his 19-year career at Coast Guard. "Sam was my favorite recruit and later came back and was an outstanding coach as well as an officer at the Coast Guard Academy and Mark was unbelievable. He had a tremendous work ethic and was a great leader. It is hard to imagine in this day and age in Division III basketball someone going out and grabbing 18 rebounds night in and night out, he was our horse."
Other inductees include a number of former NBA and WNBA players, John Calipari and novelist Harlan Coben.
• L.J. Mazzilli was 4-for-5 with three RBI as UConn beat George Mason 9-1. Tom Verdi, Vinny Siena and Max McDowell had two hits each and Mazzilli homered and scored three times for UConn (30-25).
• Connecticut College's Sarah Matthews, Michelle Wesley, Caroline Leonard and Merry Byrne posted a season best time of 9:46.99 in the 4x800-meter relay event at the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championship at Springfield College. Sophomore Sam Pevear finished 14th in the discus. In the 5,000, Arianna Beers was 21st.
• Coast Guard's Abby Bishop earned All-ECAC honors by placing sixth in the heptathlon at the ECAC championships. She finished was second in the 800 meters and third in the javelin (95-7). Kyle Sutschek also earned All-ECAC honors with an eighth-place finish in the discus while Hannah Seeland threw a personal best throw of 151 feet.
• Connecticut College's Michael LeDuc, Niall Williams, Ian Rathkey and Tristan Cole posted a school record-setting time of 7:44.56 en route to their second place scoring at the ECAC championships at Springfield. For placing among the top eight, all four Camels are recognized as All-ECAC performers. The previous record was 7:49.46.
• Coast Guard junior Clay Kosack won the decathlon at the ECAC championships by 277 points and earned a spot in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships. Kosack, who was seventh entering day two of the decathlon, won with 6,384 points. He finished second in the 400, third in the shot put third in the discus and won the pole vault and javelin. Ben Wolhaupter, who placed third in the pole vault, also made all-ECAC.
Men's cross country
• Junior All-American Adam Scalesse has been named The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) New England Region Track Athlete of the Year. Scalesse has posted the best time in Division III this season in the 110 hurdles with a 14.16 and he also has the 11th fastest time in Division III in the 400 hurdles (52.66). The top 20 from each event will compete at the NCAA Championships.
He is a three-time All-American, twice indoors in the 60 hurdles and once outdoors in the 110 hurdles is heading back to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 23-25 in La Crosse, Wisc.
• Connecticut College's Mike Clougher was named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference's second-team. Seana Siekman of the Conn women also made the second team.
• Chris Olszewski was 3-for-3 with three RBI, leading the Pirates to an 8-6 win over Northeast Nine in an Eastern Connecticut Major League game Thursday night. Tony LaLima scored three runs, Zach Wood had two hits and scored twice and Adam Regnere had two hits for the Pirates. Nick Carlson (two RBI), Charlie Shafer and Zach Kane had two hits each for Northeast Nine.
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