Berthiaume named NEWMAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

January 30, 2012

BABSON PARK — After a pair of terrific performances last week, Alex Berthiaume was selected as the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

A local product from Springfield, Berthiaume helped the Pride to a pair of conference wins as Springfield has now won four straight games to move into a tie for first place in the league standings.

In two contests, the junior guard averaged 20.5 points per game while shooting 55 percent from the floor.

He poured in 24 points on the road, connecting on nine of his 15 shots, as the Pride knocked off Wheaton by 26 points. Earlier this month, Berthiaume controlled the tempo against Clark, notching 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with six boards.

He followed up his award-winning week by leading the Pride with 21 points in a 65-63 overtime win over Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Jan. 25.

Owls top Golden Bears

WESTFIELD — Junior goaltender T.J. Fatse of Hampden stopped 31 shots for the Western New England (WNE) men’s hockey team, but the Golden Bears fell to Westfield State University (WSU) in a 4-3 overtime game on Jan. 24.

Hickson leads Daniel Webster

NASHUA, N.H. — The Daniel Webster men’s basketball team was led by John Hickson of Springfield, who scored 13 points and tied for the team-high in rebounds with nine in a 50-47 win over Elms College on Jan. 21.

WNE wins wild one

SPRINGFIELD — Senior forward Mike Kaselouskas of East Longmeadow contributed a goal and two assists as the WNE men’s hockey team rolled to a 9-1 victory over Suffolk in a penalty-filled contest on Jan. 21.

WNE broke the game open with three goals in a wild second period, which featured a brawl that resulted in five players from each squad being ejected.

Schmidt dives right in for Owls

WESTFIELD — Longmeadow’s Kim Schmidt won the one-meter diving event, scoring 267.80 points, as the WSU women’s swimming and diving team opened the spring semester portion of its schedule with a 145-121 victory over Bridgewater State University on Jan. 21.

Schmidt then placed first in both diving events (257.80 one-meter, 256.95 3-meter), but the Owls dropped a close 150-144 decision to Simmons College on Jan. 25.

Skiffington strong for Bay Path

LONGMEADOW — East Long-meadow’s Kayla Skiffington has continued her strong play despite the struggles of the Bay Path College women’s basketball team.

On Jan. 19, she recorded an impressive 21 points and 18 rebounds in a 72-61 loss to Elms College.

The following game on Jan. 21, she scored 15 points and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, but the Bay lost to Newbury College, 79-58.

Bay Path finally grabbed an 81-73 win on Jan. 24 against Becker College. Skiffington finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists.

Marrone named to honor roll

BUZZARDS BAY — Springfield’s Kat Marrone, a senior at Fitchburg State, placed ninth in the 400 meters (1:03.49) and 12th in the 800 meters (2:33.42) for the Falcons at GBTC Invitational to earn a spot on the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference women’s track and field weekly honor roll.

Pessolano solid in victory

SPRINGFIELD — Sophomore guard Ali Pessolano of Hampden scored 12 points as the WNE women’s basketball team posted a 70-48 win over Gordon on Jan. 25.

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