Local college notes: Chong makes it official at UConn

• Saniya Chong, a 5-foot-9 senior guard from Ossining (N.Y.) High School, who was ninth in the nation in scoring last year, signed her official letter of intent to play next season for the UConn women's basketball team.

Chong verbally committed to play for UConn while making a campus visit in October. She also visited Louisville and Ohio State.

Chong, who has 2,060 career points, averaged 33.3 points, 9.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 steals per game last year while hitting 100 3-pointers. She had four 40-point games and twice scored 55.

"I don't know how to describe her really. She's just one of those kids that scores points," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said Thursday in a press release.

"I watch her sometimes and I'll ask someone 'how many points does she have?' and I'll get the answer and I'll think it's just impossible that she has that many.

"She's fast, she can handle the ball, she's a tough kind and she scores. Also, she likes to pass the ball and that's unusual for a kid that scores that many points. She just scores points a lot of different ways and I just like her."

Devanney named Coach of the Year

• Trinity football coach Jeff Devanney was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year, having led the Bantams to their 10th undefeated season and sixth NESCAC championship in program history.

Devanney, an East Lyme High School graduate and the 1992 NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year while playing at Trinity, led the Bantams to an 8-0 record this season. It was capped by a 30-24 victory over Wesleyan in overtime last Saturday. The team won by an average of 21.2 points and led the league in both scoring offense (35.1) and scoring defense (13.9).

In his seventh season at Trinity, Devanney's teams have won two NESCAC titles and finished second five times. His winning percentage of .875 (49-7) is the best in program history.

More honors

• Coast Guard Academy junior Kelsey DePorto was named to the New England Women's Volleyball Association honorable mention team. This is the third consecutive season DePorto was honored by NEWVA after being named Rookie of the Year in 2010 and earning second team honors in 2010 and 2011.

DePorto led the Bears with a .356 hitting percentage and 105 blocks and was second on the team with 274 kills. She was also named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference first team for the third consecutive season. Coast Guard finished the season 18-14 overall.

• Connecticut College junior back Andrea Hoisington was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches' Association All-New England West Region second team.

Hoisington, who moved this season from midfield to defense, started all 15 games. She was also recently recognized as a second team All-NESCAC selection after helping lead the Camels to their highest conference win total since 2005.

• Conn freshman skipper Pearson Potts and senior Steph Kapinos were honored as the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association's Coed Sailors of the week.

The Camels visited St. Mary's College of Maryland to compete in the Atlantic Coast Tournament last weekend. Potts and Kapinos won the B division with 37 points in 11 races, finishing 12 points ahead of the second place-team. They finished in the top three in eight of their 11 races, with their finish carrying the Camels to a second-place team finish.

- Vickie Fulkerson


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