Sunday March 31, 2013

We don't know if Colby-Sawyer College retires basketball uniform numbers. If the Chargers do, Taylor DeSanty of North Adams could have her number 24 hanging from the rafters some day.

DeSanty has wrapped up her time playing basketball at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, N.H., and she hangs up her uniform holding school records in points scored (1,743), 3-point baskets (219) and field goals (649).

DeSanty was voted the player of the year by the New Hampshire NCAA Division III Coaches Association for the third consecutive season. The first-team player led the North Atlantic Conference with a 19.3 scoring average, and was also in the top-5 in field goals (136) and 3-point shots (35) made.

DeSanty's backcourt teammate Cailin Bullett were named to the first team as well. Bullett, a senior from Millbury, is connected to North Adams through her grandfather -- the legendary WNAW sports broadcaster Bucky Bullett.

Bullett was a second-team pick the previous two seasons. She led the NAC with 118 assists and in assist-to-turnover (2.1) ratio. She leaves with a Colby-Sawyer school record 583 assists.

DeSanty, a two-time NAC player of the year, was also named to the New England Women's Basketball Association All-Region second team.

DeSanty and Bullett both played in the NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic at Western New England on March 23.

DeSanty had a chance to have her career come through Berkshire County as Colby-Sawyer earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.


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But the Chargers lost in the first round to Ithaca 56-43. Ithaca went on to play Williams in the Sweet 16 at Williams College.

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Also closing out a college career was former Pittsfield High School standout Sedale Jones.

Jones and the Curry College Colonials made the NCAA Division III tournament this year, but dropped a first-round game at Middlebury. The Panthers beat Curry 68-66, and Middlebury went on to reach the Sweet 16.

Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half as Curry rallied.

Jones was the Commonwealth Coast Conference's player of the year. He averaged 22.2 points per game, good for second in the CCC and 12th in the national Division III rankings.

Jones also was eighth in the conference in rebounds (8.3), tied for ninth in assists (3.0), ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (40 percent) and ninth in free-throw percentage (77 percent).

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Sophomore guard Aliah Curry of Windsor earned a spot on the Great Northeast Athletic Conference second team.

Curry led Norwich and the GNAC with a 23-point average, and that was third in all of Division III. She set conference records for field goal attempts (239), free throws made (96), points (298) and free throws per game (8.0).

Curry led Norwich in total points scored (575) and minutes played (34.6).

The sophomore reached the 1,000-point milestone against Anna Maria College on Feb. 2.

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Former Wahconah nordic skier Andrew Klem of Dalton has wrapped up his varsity career at Clarkson. He did so with a flourish.

Klem led the men's relay team to a third-place finish in the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's national championships in Sun Valley, Idaho on March 12.

Klem's team finished third in a 11-team field. The former Wahconah racer won the sprint and 8.5-kilometer classic races before finishing 12th in the 15-k skate.

Klem won the 8.5-k classic and 15-k skate races at the USCSA Regionals in Jericho, Vt. He took second in the 1.5-k sprint.

Another former Wahconah skier, freshman Josh Pyser, is part of Clarkson's racing future.

There are 23 colleges in New York state that are members of the USCSA's MidEast region. That list includes Syracuse, Hamilton and UAlbany.

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The winter swim season is over. Sophomore Megan Grace of Dalton had herself a good season at Siena.

The former Miss Hall's School student helped her team finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships held on Feb. 17.

She collected points for the Saints in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing 12th in 17 minutes, 55.9 seconds.

In the ECAC meet on Dec. 2, she was 13th in the 500-yard freestyle.

Grace will return with practically her entire team next year.

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On these pages in recent weeks, the NCAA Division III swim exploits of Maggie Rosenbaum have been well documented.

The Hamilton College junior earned three All-America designations during the tournament. But another Berkshire County athlete has earned an All-NESCAC honor for what he's done off the field.

Sophomore Daniel Baer of Lenox has been named to the NESCAC winter All-Academic team.

To qualify, candidates must have a varsity letter with a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.35.

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Tyra Mazzer of Pittsfield, a sophomore at Ithaca College, is also a member of the swim team.

Mazzer was second in the 100-yard backstroke at the Ithaca Invitational on Feb. 16 and was sixth in the 100 butterfly.

If you know of college athletes doing good things in their sport, contact sports reporter Howard Herman at hherman@berkshireeagle.com