Roundup: Williams' Dick Farley honored by ESPN

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Former Williams College football coach Dick Farley has been named one of the 150 greatest college football coaches of all time.

Farley was ranked 138th out of 150 coaches listed by ESPN, as the network continues to celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football.

Farley was the head coach at Williams from 1987-2003, winning 114 games, losing 19 and tying 3.

"You want consistency? How about a 128-game streak without losing back-to-back games? What about sheer greatness? Can we interest you in six unbeaten seasons and four conference titles?" the Farley bio blurb said.

"Well, there must be some pretty big names on that list and I know there are a lot of folks that got left off the list," Farley said in a release from Williams, "so it's nice to be on the list."

Farley, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, is ranked between Andy Smith and Percy Haughton. Smith, the No. 137 coach, won 116 games while coaching at Pennsylvania (1909-12), Purdue (1913-15) and California (1916-25). Haughton, No. 139, won 96 games at Cornell (1899-1900), Harvard (1906-16) and Columbia (1923-24).

There are nine other coaches with exclusive Division III pedigree in the ESPN list. The late John Gagliardi from St. John's (Minn.) was ranked 16th overall, while Mount Union's Larry Kehres was ranked 28th.

Farley was the second NESCAC coach on the list. Current Trinity coach Jeff Devanney is ranked 126th.

The top five coaches on the ESPN Top 150 are Bear Bryant, Nick Saban, Knute Rockne, Tom Osborne and Eddie Robinson.

MCLA men 89, Elms 72

CHICOPEE — The Trailblazers (6-4) made it three straight wins in their final game of the first semester.

MCLA jumped out to a 44-25 lead at intermission, and held the Blazers off the rest of the way.

The star of the night for MCLA was forward Hayden Bird. The former Drury standout had a game-high 25 points. He had seven rebounds and a block. Bird was 7 for 10 from 3-point range, and managed his 25 points without a free throw.

It was 10-9 when Elms' D.J. Edelen missed a 3-point shot. MCLA's Quran Davis got the defensive rebound and Noah Yearsley took it to the basket for a layup. That hoop started a 16-4 run for the Trailblazers, who never gave the lead up.

While Bird led the way, he was one of four Trailblazers to score in double figures. Reigning MASCAC rookie of the week Chris Becker scored 19 on 9 of 12 from the floor, Yearsley had 17 and Ki-Shawn Monroe added 10.

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First-year Quentin Gittens only had six points, but the former Taconic standout had a game-high and career-high 11 rebounds. He also had four assists and a steal.

Edelen had 24 points to pace Elms (2-8). It was Elms' fourth straight loss, and second straight loss to a MASCAC team, as Westfield beat the Blazers on Dec. 5.

UMass-Boston 69, Holy Cross 66 (OT)

WORCESTER — Former Wahconah standout Tom Burris may have a long college basketball career, but the seventh game of that career will be a memory he will treasure.

Burris' first-ever collegiate basket was a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in overtime to put his UMass-Boston team ahead for good against Division I Holy Cross. The Beacons rallied in the second half and again in overtime to get the win.

Burris, a freshman, had a chance to win the game in regulation, but missed on a 3-point attempt with 29 seconds left.

Then in overtime, Blake Verbeek was fouled by Burris and made two free throws, putting Holy Cross up 64-62. Burris answered with his 3-pointer and UMass-Boston never trailed again.

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Charles Mitchell had a team-high 21 points and eight rebounds for UMass-Boston (5-2). Holy Cross (1-9) was led by Joe Pridgen, who scored a game-high 32 points.

Former MCLA men's coach Jamie Morrison is an assistant at UMass-Boston.

Union 62, MCLA women 28

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Kylah Langston had 10 points for MCLA, but the Trailblazers dropped their fifth straight.

Langston made the first basket of the game, which turned out to be the only time the Trailblazers (2-7) led. They trailed 19-11 after one quarter and 27-18 at halftime.

The third quarter proved to be the killer for MCLA, which only scored five points and was 0 for 10 from the floor in the quarter. Langston missed four shots and the Trailblazers turned the ball over six times in the quarter.

Host Union (3-4) out-rebounded MCLA 56-32, and 19-7 on the offensive glass. Laura Vinton and Kendall Degenhardt each had 10 points to pace the Dutchwomen.

Ephs Anthony honored in football

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Williams College safety Ben Anthony was one of seven NESCAC players named to a D3football.com All-East region team.

Anthony was one of five NESCAC players who earned third-team designations. He was joined by linebacker Jack Pistorius and tight end Frank Cusolito of Middlebury, wide receiver Frank Roche of Tufts and guard Bryce Jenkins of Wesleyan. Named to the second team were cornerback Ben Thaw of Middlebury and punter Kenny Gray of Hamilton.

Bob Ritter, the coach at Middlebury who led the Panthers to the first 9-0 season in NESCAC history, was the All-East Region coach of the year.

St. Anselm women ranked sixth

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pittsfield's Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione and their Saint Anselm College women's basketball team has yet to taste defeat in 2019. That is why the Hawks are in the Division II Top 10.

Saint Anselm is ranked sixth in this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association Top 25. Drury University is No. 1 followed by Lubbock Christian.

In all, the top seven teams in this week's poll have a combined 55-0 record.

Steinman is averaging 16 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists for Saint Anselm, while Guachione is averaging 10.2 points, 3.8 boards and 3.7 assists per game.

Westfield's Phair earns MASCAC honor

WESTFIELD — Westfield State runner Grace Phair was named the MASCAC indoor track and field rookie of the week.

The freshman from Stockbridge, a Monument Mountain graduate, won the 3,000 meters in 10 minutes, 18.47 seconds in a meet at Springfield College. That time is currently sixth on the NCAA Division III performance list.

Ephs' Ryan national track athlete of the week

NEW ORLEANS — Williams runner Aidan Ryan is the US Track and Field Coaches national athlete of the week.

Ryan, who was 10th at the NCAA Division III cross country championships, recorded the third-fastest mark in NCAA Division III history, running the 3,000 meters in 8 minutes, 8.92 seconds at the Boston University season opening meet. Ryan was two seconds behind the No. 2 mark, set by Ben Sathre of St. Thomas (Minn.) in 2012.


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