Keeping up with the Devils

Fredonia State men’s hockey player Mark Friesen and women’s basketball player Anna Riley served as student marshalls at the 2013 Fredonia State graduation ceremony last month.

Juniors athletically, Friesen and fellow goalkeeper Jeff Holloway each earned enough credits to graduate one year early and took part in the ceremony. Riley, a four-year player for the Blue Devils, was a senior.

Also, Fredonia State graduate Spencer Lefort has been selected to the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Track/Cross Country Team.

Lefort, a senior during the 2012-13 academic year, was chosen in the District 3 NCAA Division III New York region based on his athletic and academic success.

He set the ECAC, SUNYAC and Fredonia State Indoor Heptathlon record at the New York Armory. He then finished seventh and earned an NCAA Division III All-American certificate at the national indoor meet last March.

He was also named Division III Men’s Field Athlete of the Year for the Atlantic Region following the indoor season. The award was presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Academically, Lefort entered his final semester of college with a 3.66 grade-point average while triple majoring in Accounting, Economics and Finance.

The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s Track/Cross Country Teams, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. Capital One has been the entitlement rights holder to CoSIDA’s Academic All-America teams programs since 2011.

In other late-spring Blue Devil news: Fredonia State’s Casey Chiesa participated in the Interscholastic Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association North-South Division III All-Star Game held May 26 at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa.

Playing in the second half for the North Team, Chiesa made two saves and allowed two goals in an 11-10 win by the South. She became the last Fredonia State student-athlete to participate in an intercollegiate event during the 2012-13 athletic year.

Chiesa was ranked nationally in six statistical categories while Katie Kleine was ranked in nine, Marissa Cussins in six, Katie Glagolev in two and Mary Bruton in one. Each category is ranked through 300.

Chiesa was No. 27 in goals-against average, the highest individual ranking among all Blue Devils. She was also No. 53 in save percentage and No. 71 in saves. Kleine’s No. 58 in assists per game and No. 87 in total assists were Fredonia State’s other two Top 100 places. Kleine was also named Division III Third Team All-American by Synapse Sports.

As a team, the Blue Devils were No. 15 in winning percentage, No. 34 in scoring defense and No. 39 in caused turnovers.


Brett Mueller has accepted a men’s hockey graduate assistant position at Franklin Pierce, located in Rindge, N.H. He plans on earning his Master’s of Business Administration degree while assisting with the D-III Ravens. He will be coaching against his alma mater when the Blue Devils visit Rindge next Jan. 15.


September 6-7 has been chosen for the 2013 Blue Devil/Clarion Hotel Classic at University Stadium. The two-day soccer event will include both Fredonia State teams as well as women’s teams from Mount Union, Penn State Behrend and Union, and men’s teams from Buffalo State, Houghton and Mount Saint Mary. The Blue Devil men will open competitive play with a scrimmage Aug. 23 at Rochester Institute of Technology.


Katie Bartkowiak (Fredonia) finished fourth in NCAA Division III in getting hit by pitches this spring. Bartkowiak was plunked a school-record 17 times in 33 games, for a per-game average of 0.52. It was the third time in four years Bartkowiak was ranked nationally in the category (No. 13 in 2010, No. 26 in 2012). She was also ranked No. 26 in stolen bases in 2011. Alyssa Morgan (Homer) was ranked in three national categories. The left-handed hitting freshman was No. 143 in on-base percentage, No. 144 in batting average and No. 188 toughest to strikeout. Other national rankings: Tina Schwartzmeyer (West Seneca) was No. 108 toughest to strikeout; Cherise Gunnell (Falconer) was No. 242 in home runs.



National swimming and diving power Oberlin College has been added to the list of teams entered in the 2013 Blue Devil Invitational on Dec. 6-8 at the Steele Hall Natatorium. The Oberlin women were seventh and the men eighth at the NCAA Division III championship meet last March. In addition to Fredonia State, the other schools entered are Allegheny, Baldwin Wallace, Brockport, Penn State Behrend, Pitt-Bradford, Potsdam, West Virginia Wesleyan, and Wheeling Jesuit.


Megan Valentine was a featured speaker at the SUNYAC Symposium “Exploring College Athletics” held May 21-23 at SUNY New Paltz Valentine, the Fredonia State assistant director of athletics/senior women’s administrator, spoke on the topic of Effective Leadership. It was the third year she has participated in the Symposium.


Bernie Prabucki is one of five 2013 inductees into the Western New York Running Hall of Fame. A member of the Class of 1983, Prabucki was the 1982 men’s 5,000-meter NCAA Division III champion. He also won the Skylon Marathon in 1983 in a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 29 seconds. The induction ceremony is Aug. 30 in Buffalo.



Two Fredonia State student-athletes were notified that they were selected for SUNYAC Chancellor’s Awards during the 2012-13 school year.

Women’s volleyball player Hannah Manning and women’s basketball player Becky Hebert were cited for having the highest grade-point average among all members of the All SUNYAC teams in their respective sports.

Manning, a junior outside hitter and Biology major, was selected First Team West Division in a vote of SUNYAC coaches.

Hebert, a junior guard and Math Education major, was a SUNYAC Second Team selection.

They received word of their awards earlier this month and were formerly recognized during the 2013 SAAC Gala.