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Healey Reaches 1,000 Career Points in Senior Day Win

Keuka College senior Trevor Healey (l) and Men's Basketball Coach Thad Phillips

Senior Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, Conn./Wethersfield) scored 15 points with seven rebounds to become just the 11th student-athlete in the history of Keuka College’s men’s basketball team with 1,000 career points during Sunday’s 89-54 win over Penn College inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

Senior Adam Starks (Wellsville, N.Y./Andover) added a career-high 18 points while making every shot he took, going 6-for-6 from the field, 4-for-4 on ‘3s’ and 2-for-2 on free throws to spark the Wolfpack (12-8, 9-5) to its most wins in a season since the 2006-07 squad went 13-13.

Healey, a two-time All-North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) forward, etched his name into the record books by hitting a reverse layup with 16:46 remaining to join the 1,000-point club at Keuka College.

The game was stopped, and Healey was honored for his accomplishments before the crowd of 225. He was presented with a commemorative game ball to mark the occasion.

“I just wanted to go out, have a good game and get a win on Senior Day with all my teammates, and also score my 1,000th point,” said Healey, who now has scored 1,005 points in 80 games (12.6 points per game).

“This is very special and I’m very blessed to have been able to play here for four years, and also to accomplish something that only 10 other people have done. It’s awesome and I owe it all to my teammates, my coach (Thad Phillips) and my family for putting me in a position to be able to do this.”

On his historic basket, Starks got the ball on a reverse against a zone defense, and Healey urged Starks, who was red-hot shooting the ball, to put up a shot.

Instead, Starks found Healey wide open in the short corner, Healey dribbled baseline and hit the reverse layup, prompting a two-minute ovation from the crowd.

“You could feel the emotion in the building if I took a shot and didn’t make it when I was getting close to the mark,” Healey said after recording his 18th game scoring in double-figures in 19 contests this year.

“I was obviously a little nervous and it was definitely on my mind, but my teammates and my coach were just telling me to play my game and you will get this. Just the fact that we got a big win at home in front of our family and friends, and we’re on our way to getting into the NEAC tournament, this was a great, exciting win today.”

With four conference games remaining, Keuka sits in second place in the NEAC North, one-and-a-half games behind SUNY Cobleskill (13-10, 11-4). The top three teams from each division advance into the NEAC postseason tournament, Feb. 28-March 1.

Keuka holds a half-game lead over Cazenovia College (11-12, 9-6) and SUNY Polytechnic (10-13, 9-6) in the NEAC North.

The Wolfpack host Cazenovia at 8 p.m. in the home finale before closing out the regular-season with road games against SUNY Poly (8 p.m. Friday) and SUNY Cobleskill (3 p.m. Saturday).

Against Penn College, senior Tyler Hixson (Shortsville, N.Y./Red Jacket) recorded 12 points with 3 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 assists, and junior Casey Williams (Syracuse, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) added 10 points with 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals.

Senior Jared Wagner (Pittsford, N.Y./McQuaid) scored nine points (all on ‘3’s) with six rebounds, and freshman Josh Wahnon (Staten Island, N.Y./Port Richmond) added a career-high eight points as Keuka shot 46.8 percent from the floor (29 of 62).

Starks was 4-for-4 on ‘3s’, while Wagner finished 3-for-6, Wahnon was 2-for-2 and Williams was 2-for-3. The Wolfpack shot 61.9 percent from three-point land (13 of 21) in knocking off the Wildcats (3-19, 2-13).

“We were in our shoot-around and I was just really feeling it today, so I told coach ‘I’m just going to throw it up today and do my best’,” Starks said.

“Thankfully, I was able to shoot really well today. Any shooter will tell you when you hit that first shot, everything will fall for you after that. We played really well in front of the home crowd, and my fellow senior Trevor Healey gets his 1,000th career point. It was a great atmosphere. We were a little bit nervous before the game, but I think that really helped us, it gave us an extra edge to play a little bit harder.”

Freshman Dylan Doupe (Phoenix, N.Y./John C. Birdlebough) snared five rebounds as Keuka enjoyed a 47-31 edge on the glass.

Hixson and Starks each hit two layups as Keuka jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but Penn College scored the next four points and trailed 8-7.

After Wagner hit his first ‘3’, Bryce Lonsway (17 points) hit a triple to slice the lead to 11-10, but the Wolfpack responded with a 17-0 run to put away Penn.

Junior Vinney Zambito (Elba, N.Y./Batavia Notre Dame) buried a ‘3’ and Healey converted a three-point play for a 17-10 lead with 11:44 remaining in the first. Starks added two free throws and swished consecutive ‘3s’ for a 25-10 lead.

Junior Miles Boyer (East Rochester, N.Y./East Rochester) added a free throw and Healey sunk a pair at the line for a 28-10 lead with 8:46 remaining.

Keuka led by at least 15 points for the rest of the half and took a 45-25 lead into halftime.

The Wolfpack, who maintained at least a 15-point lead for the rest of the game, led by as many as 36 points in improving to 7-2 at home.

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Students Deliver Capital Performance in Albany

From left: Seniors Tom Drumm, Shadayvia Wallace, Erin Scott and Dee Metzger traveled to Albany to advocate more student aid

Advocacy is defined as “the act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy.”

And no one did it better than four Keuka College seniors who traveled to Albany last week for New York Student Aid Alliance Advocacy Day.

Dee Metzger, Erin Scott, Shadayvia Wallace, and Tom Drumm are passionate about Keuka College and the aid that will make it possible for them to join the College’s alumni ranks this May.

Metzger and Wallace shared that passion with a large crowd of students and others gathered in the Well of the Legislative Office Building.  The storytelling continued when all four students met with a staffer in State Sen. Tom O’Mara’s office. They extolled the virtues of TAP and HEOP and reinforced the need to keep those and other student aid programs vibrant for students who will follow their path to Keuka College and other schools in the Empire State.

How good were these students at advocating for student aid?

“If you didn’t believe student aid was a just cause,” said Executive Director of Grants, Governmental Relations, and Compliance Doug Lippincott, “you would after listening to Dee, Erin, Shadayvia, and Tom. Their personal stories were captivating and their knowledge of the issues impressive.”

The New York Student Aid Alliance is a coalition of colleges and universities and other stakeholder organizations that support funding vital student aid programs in New York State.

“Barefoot” Women’s Hoops Fundraiser Benefits Needy Children

When the student-athletes on the Keuka College women’s basketball team go to practice or play in a game, they wear a special athletic shoe designed to handle the rigors of running up and down a basketball court.

Once they step off the court, the student-athletes remove their basketball shoes and don their winter boots or sneakers for the trek back to their residence halls or apartments. In their closets are more pairs of shoes, often for other seasons, other sports or even dress shoes for special occasions.

The abundance of footwear for each player stands in stark contrast to children living in impoverished countries across the world, many of whom don’t even have a single pair of shoes to protect their feet.

The Wolfpack women’s basketball team wants to do its part to change that.

Partnering with the national Samaritan’s Feet program, the women’s basketball team is raising money and awareness through the College’s first Samaritan Feet Game.

When the Wolfpack hosts North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival the College of St. Elizabeth for a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday, Feb. 14, head coach Sarah Gaffney will coach barefooted on the sidelines, to raise awareness about the cause.

Additionally, there will be a 50/50 raffle, a Valentine’s Day raffle with prizes from local businesses, and concessions will be sold, with all proceeds going to Samaritan’s Feet (www.samaritansfeet.org). There will also be a youth basketball game at halftime, as every element of the fundraiser is designed to spread the word that Samaritan’s Feet aims to provide shoes to children in need.

“A lot of our student-athletes don’t appreciate all that they have, especially with sneakers. Where some of our student-athletes have two, three or even four pairs of sneakers, children across the world don’t even have one pair of sneakers,” said Gaffney, in her first year leading the Wolfpack.

The women's team huddles up.

“This year, I’ve been challenging our student-athletes to think of how they can give back to the community through community service. It’s about being more than just a student on campus. Their basketball careers are important, but coming to Keuka College is all about being a good person and a good citizen. With this event, we can help provide shoes to children in need.”

Across the country, for every $1,000 donated to Samaritans Feet, 100 brand-new shoes are donated to children in these developing and low-income countries.

The chance to give back to those less fortunate really resonated with junior Mackenzie Cole (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg Free Academy).

Mackenzie Cole tears down the court.

“While we are student-athletes on the basketball team, we’re about more than just playing basketball and going to class. We want people in the community to know that we’re here to make this a better place,” Cole said.

“We want to get as much support for this event as possible. We’re trying to raise money and awareness for this great cause, and we all just want to give back to those less fortunate. We take it for granted we’re going to have shoes on our feet, yet in some parts of the world, children can get diseases or even die from not having sneakers. This is a great cause for us to join.”

TOMS Shoes, a company that donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased, is represented on campus through the College’s TOMS Shoe Club. Each spring, the club’s members and Keuka College Chaplain Rev. Eric Detar, holds a Day Without Shoes event on campus to raise awareness about the need to provide shoes to needy children.

The TOMS club on campus is also assisting with the Samaritan Feet efforts being spearheaded by the women’s basketball team.

“There’s a big need for projects like this, and at our age, a lot of college kids are so focused on their school work and their hobbies that they don’t pay much attention to our surroundings,” said senior Amanda Kubitz (Spencerport, N.Y./E.J. Wilson).

Amanda Kubitz pushes the ball for the Wolfpack.

“There are little children that would die for a new pair of shoes, while some of us complain about the shoes we have,” she said. “We take things for granted, but we are about more than ourselves. I feel at the end of this effort, we will help children get the shoes they need, and we will feel great about how we made a difference.”

For the latest stories, schedules and results from Keuka athletics, visit www.KCWolfpack.com, go to the Keuka Athletics Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/KeukaAthletics, and follow them on Instagram and Twitter @KeukaAthletics.

 

Keuka College’s Inaugural Day of Giving Exceeds Expectations

In celebration of Keuka College’s 125th Anniversary year, the first annual Keuka College Day of Giving was a huge success.

The College scored a big win January 25, as members of the College community came together to celebrate the Keuka College experience through the inaugural Keuka College Day of Giving. The 36-hour fundraising drive exceeded expectations, raising $253,131.50—more than double the goal of $125,000—from 638 gifts. Most gifts were to the Keuka Fund, which supports every facet of the student experience. The average gift was $396.

“We exceeded our goal because of the incredible outpouring of support from students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, community members, and friends,” said Keuka College President Jorge L. Díaz-Herrera. “All of these gifts translate into support for our students, faculty, staff, and collective vision for the future. Your gifts will help us change lives that will change the world.”

Gloria and Jim Long

Jim and Gloria Long, owners of Long’s Cards and Books in Penn Yan, chose to donate because “it’s wonderful to have Keuka College in this area.”

“The College brings diversity, excitement, and enthusiasm—all of the things that are associated with a college, and it’s phenomenal,” said Gloria Long. The Longs received the 2011 Donald and Corinne Stork Award for Community Service. “Keuka College has activities and sports—just so many things that bring life to a community. That’s why retirees are no longer looking for a retirement community; they’re looking for college towns because they’re vibrant. They want to go somewhere that has young voices.”

And just like the Longs and other residents of the community, members of the College community participated from across campus.

“We have had such a tremendous response from all College constituents,” said Vice President for Advancement and External Affairs Amy Storey. “An unprecedented number of faculty and staff—64.3%—participated. Many divisions had 100% participation, and Keuka College employees contributed nearly $20,000 to the effort.”

To increase the impact of the Day of Giving, and to encourage and reward the philanthropy of other participants, Board of Trustees members Kay Meisch ’58 and Barbara Allardice ’61 offered a dollar-for-dollar match up to $125,000.

“This is truly amazing, and is just the beginning,” added Díaz-Herrera.

The primary goal of this event was to collect money for the Keuka College annual fund,which is used to bridge the gap between tuition and operating expenses and helps ensure our students have the best educational experience possible. This was also an opportunity to boost participation in a collective effort and to showcase that we Believe in What We Can Do Together.

And the power of togetherness is something else Jim and Gloria Long appreciate about the College.

“We love that Keuka College student-teachers work at St. Michael’s School, and participate with homework help,” said Gloria. “Field Period™ is wonderful, and we’ve had students work for us part-time during the year and full-time in the summer. We’ve had outstanding experiences [with the students]. Those are big benefits, especially for a small area like we are.”

Each year Keuka College awards more than $11 million in grants and scholarships and is able to assist more than 98 percent of students with the cost of their college education. In addition to the standard federal and state programs available to most students, Keuka College offers grants and many guaranteed scholarships.

Keuka College has never been more committed to the education of its students, and providing the opportunity for them to explore, define, and prepare for their future. Likewise, the College’s tradition of service has never been stronger. Keuka College students, faculty, and staff performed more than 74,550 hours of community service in 2014 alone.

Missed the Day of Giving, or want to donate more? You can still help ensure the continued success of Keuka College and its students by making your donation online at keuka.edu/one25, call (315) 279-5262, or email dayofgiving@keuka.edu.

Keuka’s Athletic Trainers are Experienced Experts

Jeff Bray (l), Gabrielle Lorusso, and Phil Rahr provide Keuka College's student-athletes all phases of preventive training, care and injury rehabilitation for all intercollegiate sports at the College.

When Keuka College’s student-athletes come to campus as freshmen, they hope to enjoy productive and healthy collegiate careers that include plenty of wins on the field, and success in the classroom.

They also hope to remain healthy as they practice and suit up for the Wolfpack’s 18 intercollegiate sports teams.

While a student-athlete can’t predict when or if they will need the services of an athletic trainer, Keuka College student-athletes are supported by an athletic training staff that includes three National Athletic Trainers’ Association (N.A.T.A.)-certified athletic trainers who collaborate with physicians and other allied health care professionals to provide the best possible medical care.

The athletic training staff administers all phases of preventive training, care and injury rehabilitation for all intercollegiate sports at the College.

Jeff Bray has served as Keuka’s head athletic trainer since July of 1992, while Gabrielle Lorusso has been an assistant athletic trainer since December, 2012, and Phil Rahr was hired as an assistant athletic trainer in August of 2014.

Combined, Keuka’s three athletic trainers possess more than 36 years of experience in athletic training. Their experiences range from secondary school to Division I NCAA athletics to the National Football League.

“Our staff challenges each other to continually improve and gain knowledge of the latest trends in athletic training,” said Bray, adding that each staffer pays attention to the latest trends in sports medicine and has attended recent seminars on the importance of properly diagnosing and treating concussions and concussion-like symptoms.

“Each staff member is committed to treating each student-athlete as an individual, and we work as a unit to develop and oversee a sports medicine program that focuses on the overall well-being of our student-athletes.”

Bray has taped thousands of student-athletes and professional athletes during a career that, among other stops, has seen him work the sidelines of NFL games with the Philadelphia Eagles, alongside pit crews for assorted auto racing events across the world, and behind the bucking chutes at top-flight bull riding competitions.

A native of Sterling, Kansas, Bray earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University (’87) and obtained his master’s degree in education from Boise State University (’90). Bray is a certified athletic trainer who has been certified by the Board of Certification. He is also registered with the New York State Department of Education and is a member of both N.A.T.A. and the New York State Athletic Trainers Association (N.Y.S.A.T.A.).

Both Lorusso and Rahr bring a tremendous skill set with rehabilitation techniques and the ability to relate to the student-athletes. 

Lorusso has been certified by the Board of Certification, and she is also registered with the New York State Department of Education and is a member of both the N.A.T.A. and N.Y.S.A.T.A. Lorusso attended Daemen College and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health care studies (’11). She also earned her master’s degree in athletic training.

Rahr, who graduated from Keuka College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is a certified athletic trainer who has been certified by the Board of Certification.

Rahr received his master’s degree in athletic training from Shenandoah (Va.) University. In both 2011 and 2012, Rahr traveled with and was a trainer for the under-18 boys teams that captured gold medals at the USA Hockey national championships.

For the latest stories, schedules and results from Keuka athletics, visit www.KCWolfpack.com, go to the Keuka Athletics Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/KeukaAthletics, and like us on Instagram and Twitter @KeukaAthletics.