Ray Strickland was the first Alvernia men's basketball player to be named to the d3hoops.com all-Mid-Atlantic Region men's basketball team. He was a second-team choice. Strickland, a Chester graduate who was earlier named to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference's first team, helped lead the Crusaders to a 21-7 record and the ECAC semifinals. He was the team's top scorer (20.3 points per game) and rebounder (8.2). He shot .473 from the floor, including a team-high .372 from three-point range. He shot 81 percent (159 for 196) from the free-throw line.
In addition to Strickland, the PAC first team consisted of Cabrini's Ty Teasley, Gwynedd Mercy's Badou Gaye, Misericordia's Ed Corliss, and Neumann's Solomon Harris.
Teasley is a junior from Northeast High. Gaye, another junior and the conference's player of the year, is a graduate of Kennedy-Kenrick from Senegal. Corliss, a senior, graduated from Springfield (Delaware County); Harris went to Olney.
Second-team honors went to Alvernia's Cornell Merricks, a graduate of Norristown; Arcadia's Magen McNeil, a graduate of University City; Eastern's Ryan Tozer, a graduate of Friends' Central; and Neumann's Randy Maultsby, a graduate of Chester.
Gwynedd-Mercy's Jolon David, a graduate of Harry S Truman, and Marywood's Daron Dickerson, a graduate of George Washington, were honorable mention.
Area players dominate
Southeastern Pennsylvania players dominated the player of the week and honor rolls for the week of March 8 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.
Gwynedd-Mercy freshman third baseman Matt Martin and junior attacker Jen Mathesian were named the top players for baseball and women's lacrosse, respectively. Neumann's Samantha Lafferty and Ted Schneider made the honor roll for women's and men's lacrosse. Their schoolmate, Jeremy Micun, made the baseball honors, list while Arcadia's Maggie Shaeffer made it for softball.
Martin, a graduate of St. Pius from Pottstown, batted .571 as the Griffins went 3-0 for the week. Mathesian scored four goals as the Griffins opened conference play with a 7-6 win over Misericordia. Micun, a freshman from Sun Valley, pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in Neumann's 6-5 win over Albright.
Schneider, a West Chester East graduate, scored three goals and added four assists in a 19-2 win over Clark. Lafferty, an Interboro graduate, scored seven goals and added an assist in a 16-15 loss to Kean.
Shaeffer, a Frankford graduate, batted .478 (11 for 23) with 15 RBIs and seven runs scored.
Several members of the North Catholic soccer team have finalized college plans. Ed Szambelak will play at Holy Family; Pete Sokolski will attend Eastern College; Den Helverson, Tim Sarzynski, Tim Greer and Gary Rounbehler have decided on Cabrini. Ed Mocarsky will attend Slippery Rock.
Shenandoah (Va.) University sophomore Gerry Sasse, a Penn Charter graduate from Philadelphia, was named pitcher of the week in the USA South Conference. Sasse figured in three of the Hornets' four wins with a victory and two saves in four appearances. His win came on March 17 in a 8-7 triumph over Oswego (N.Y.) State and he saved victories over Washington & Lee last Thursday and Greensboro on Saturday. Sasse is 4-2 on the season with three saves in 13 appearances.
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