At SUNY Orange, we believe that athletics and competition are an extension of your education. Hard work, leadership, teamwork and interpersonal communication skills are developed through participation in competitive athletics, and become the foundation upon which future successes are built.
- SUNY Orange has all the academic and athletic resources a student-athlete will need to be successful.
- SUNY Orange teams and athletes have excelled at the conference, regional and national levels.
- Every year some of the best high school athletes in Orange County choose to attend SUNY Orange and compete for Orange athletics.
- Four of our sports: men's basketball, baseball, women's basketball and softball, compete at the NJCAA Division II level, which allows us to grant athletic scholarships.
- SUNY Orange athletes have gone on to play and succeed at NCAA Division I, II and III programs.
- SUNY Orange student-athletes get to practice and complete at the College's quality, well-maintained facilities.
Orange Men's Basketball: Year in Review - A Championship Season
Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange men's basketball team made history this past season. The team won the first ever NJCAA Region 15 Division II Championship. Since 2004, Orange had been the only Division II team in Region 15 and was forced to bounce between Region's 19 and 21. With the addition of Ulster as a Division II team, the Colts home region would finally crown a champion. Orange won the inaugural title with an 89-80 victory in the championship game played at Dutchess CC. While last year's playoff qualifying team relied on All-American Tyvon Cooper and his 24 points per game, this year's Colts featured a more balanced attack.
Eight players averaged between 14.9 and 7.4 ppg this year. Three Colts; Kierre Davis, Scott Reisert, and Mike Felix, were named to both the Mid-Hudson Conference All Conference Team as well as the All Region 15 Division II first team. Davis, a freshman, played point guard for the team this season. He averaged 12.2 ppg and dished out 5.3 assists per game which ranked him 22nd in the nation. Reisert played inside and out. He averaged a double double with 10.8 ppg and 10.0 rebound per game. Scott was 13th in the country in total rebounds. Orange's third All MHC/Region 15 selection was forward Mike Felix. Mike was one of the glue guys that makes everyone else better. He always guarded the other team's best inside player. Mike averaged 8.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg. Josh Mitchell joined the team at the end of the first semester. Josh stepped right in to help the team. He averaged 14.9 ppg and shot an outstanding 47.4% from behind the three-point line. It took Eric Block awhile to get used to the college game. When he did, however, he had a huge impact for the Colts. Blocks 9.1 ppg are only a small part of his story. In the last weeks of the season Block came up big time after time. He scored 28 points in a double overtime win over nationally ranked Sullivan, then added to that by scoring 20 in the Region Championship game. In the team's final game, Block was once again the leading scorer with 19 against Lackawanna. Freshmen Scott Kingly and Bobby Olsen both return next year and should be major contributors. Kingly averaged 7.4 ppg and 7.0 rpg while Olsen tallied 7.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg.
Orange returns a solid nucleus of players next season. With Davis, Mitchell, and Block all being first year players, the entire back court should be back next season. In the front court Olsen and Kingly, along with much improved Xavier Hunter, give the Colts a few seasoned veterans to rely on. If things break the right way, the Colts could make another run at the Region title and a trip deep into the District tournament is a distinct possibility.
16-17 Women's Basketball Year in Review
Monday, March 6th, 2017
Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange women had a successful 2016-17 campaign. The team finished the season 15-10 and had their most wins since 2013-14. The team placed second in the Mid-Hudson Conference and reached the semifinals of the NJCAA District N/O Tournament.
This year's team featured a balanced approach. This was evident as three team members were named to the All-Conference Mid-Hudson Women's Basketball team. Garnering first team honors this season were sophomore Nyasia Harris and freshmen Anne Marie Chiappone and Casey Waldron. Harris was an inside force for the Colts. She averaged 12.6 points per game (ppg) and was 10th in the nation with 12.2 rebounds per game (rpg). Chiappone was the team leader at 13.4 ppg. Her mid-range jump shot gave opponents fits all season long. Casey Waldron was another inside presence whose game matured greatly throughout the season. Casey averaged 8.8 ppg and 8.2 rpg for Orange. Sophomore Calia Cropp missed some time this season due to injury. Her missed games likely kept her from also making a post season all-conference team. Calia, the team leader in assists at 4.3 per game, was also the second leading scorer at 12.8 ppg. Sheila Burns was another freshman who earned a starting spot. Her athleticism and defensive contributions were outstanding throughout the season.
Orange returns a solid nucleus of players next season. With a couple of key additions the Colts should once again be in position to contend for a conference title. If things break the right way a trip to Harrison, AK for the NJCAA Division 2 National Championship is not out of the question.
The Orange Golf Team Wants You!
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
If you are a full time student interested in joining the golf team for this Spring, there will be an organizational meeting next week. The meeting will be on Wednesday, March 8 at 3:00 PM in Phys Ed Building room 251. Golfers of any experience level are encouraged to attend!
Softball Tryouts Start Next Week
Thursday, January 26th, 2017
Middletown, NY - The SUNY Orange Softball Team starts the 2017 season on Monday, January 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the Edward B. Diana Physical Education Building. Full time students are welcome to tryout. If interested please contact Head Coach, Lacey Kehlenbeck. Coach Kehlenbeck can be reached via email at email@example.com. Coach Kehlenbeck will also be in the gymnasium on Monday before practice from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Bring your glove, come on out, and give it a go!
Fall 2016 Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll Announced
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Middletown, NY - The Fall 2016 Athletic Department Academic Honor Roll has been released today. "The hard work and dedication our student athletes put into their performance in the classroom makes me very proud", said SUNY Orange athletic director Wayne Smith. "The support our athletes receive from their coaches, faculty, administration and staff at SUNY Orange is second to none." Congratulations to the 21 student-athletes, representing seven sports, who achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the Fall 2016 semester.
Cross Country; Renita Johnson, Haley Maerz
Soccer; John Dalanos, Andre Marin, Guiseppe Vanoni
Volleyball; Diana Restrepo, Casey Schnoor
Men's Basketball; Mike Felix, Bobby Olsen
Women's Basketball: Sheila Burns, Callia Cropp, Kelsie Doller, Nyasia Harris, Sally Santiago
Baseball; Nick Fini, Steve Iannolo, Brad Nowak, Kyle O'Brien
Softball; Stephanie Manley, Rebecca Rose, Kaylee Weinberg
Orange Women Finish Strong Season at Nationals
Friday, November 18th, 2016
Middletown, NY - It is not hyperbole to state that the SUNY Orange women's cross country team had its best season ever. In their first season of competition the team exceeded every expectation. The team, which fielded a full contingent of runners, was nationally ranked for much of the season. The team won the Mid-Hudson Conference title and had the Region 15 Champion. Haley Maerz won the Mid-Hudson Conference race and finished 22nd in a time of 22:14 at the NJCAA National Championship. Also qualifying for the nationals, were Region XV Champion Jennifer Lindstrom who finished in 31st and Renita Johnson who finished 34th. These outstanding performances by our student-athletes give high hopes for the team in 2017.
Medina Competes at National Tournament
Thursday, November 17th, 2016
SUNY Orange freshman Jordan Medina competed this past weekend in the NJCAA Nationals. Jordan finished 54th with a time of 31:46. Jordan had a great freshman year, finishing 5th in the Regionals and 1st at the Mid Hudson Conference meet.
Orange Runners Fly At Regionals
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Milton, NY - For the first time in almost 40 years, the SUNY Orange Cross Country team competed for the Region 15 Championship. Orange Freshman Jennifer Lidstrom won the women's race in a time of 22:48 and freshman Jordan Medina placed fifth in the men's race with a time of 29:52. Other top finishers for the Colts were Haley Maerz and Renita Johnson. All four runners have qualified for the NJCAA National Cross Country Championship on November 12 at the Bruce Bridgman Cross Country Course in Canandaigua, New York. Orange runners also swept the Mid Hudson Conference meet with Maerz and Medina winning their respective races. Orange had a fantastic first season back and the future is only looking brighter for these great student-athletes and this program.
Orange To Celebrate Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Hall of Fame Weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov 12 with a cocktail reception in Morrison Hall. On Saturday morning the 5th annual Hall of Fame Induction and Reunion will be held at Kuhl's Highland House in Middletown. This year's inductees span seven decades of SUNY Orange history. This year's honorees are Jack McMahon '53, Frank Carrozza '67, Matt Dillon '87, Dana O'Neill '88, and over 30 year tennis coach Sam Markovits. The five new members represent seven sports and all gave a lot to SUNY Orange in their time here.
For more information and to register your attendance at the cocktail social, Hall of Fame Breakfast, or both, please go to sunyorange.edu/go/reunion. We hope to see many of you there!
Volleyball Players named to All-Region Teams
Monday, October 24th, 2016
Congratulations to Sydney Hendershot and Annmarie Sumski for being voted to the NJCAA Region 15 All-Region Teams. Sydney was named to the All Region 1st Team with the second highest votes. Annmarie was named to the All Region 2nd Team.
Orange qualifies for Quarter-Finals in Region 15
Monday, October 24th, 2016
SUNY Orange Women's Volleyball has qualified for the NJCAA Region 15 Quarter-Finals by taking the 4th seed. They will face the #5 seed Rockland at home on Thursday Oct. 27 at 7pm. The winner of the match will continue on to the Semi-Finals to be held at Orange on Saturday Oct. 29 at 12pm, followed by the Region Finals at 1:30pm.
SUNY Orange 1st Seed in Conference Championships
Monday, October 24th, 2016
The SUNY Orange Women's Volleyball team is the 1st seed in the inaugural Mid-Hudson Conference Championships. The playoffs will take place on Tuesday, October 25 at SUNY Orange beginning at 5pm. Orange will compete against 4th seed Westchester CC, while Ulster CC (#2 seed) takes on Rockland CC (#3 seed). The winners of both matches will face each other in the finals at 7pm.
Sydney Hendershot named MHC Conference Player of the Week
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
SUNY Orange’s Sydney Hendershot named Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week
Sydney Hendershot of the Orange County Community College volleyball team has been named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week.
Hendershot helped lead the Colts to a 4-0 record for the week. Sydney, over 19 sets had 80 Kills. 30 Assists, 41 digs 7 solo blocks and 4 block assists. Hendershot also had 13 serving aces.
Out of Port Jervis High School, Hendershot is a sophomore for the Colts.
Orange Golfers Compete at National Tournament
Monday, June 13th, 2016
CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. - Coach Joe Detz had a feeling that it might be a good week on the links for the Colts. SUNY Orange returned two golfers to the NJCAA Division III Golf Championships this year. Sophomore's Marcus Cigna and Dan Pavlu both knew the course well from the previous year and it showed. The pair of Orange golfers played well. Marcus Cigna shot in the 70's all four rounds and was in contention the entire week to medal. His low round was an even par 72 on the third day which placed him firmly in contention for All American status. Cigna's 306 total for the four days was 18 over par and placed him alone in 15th place, qualifying him for All American status. Dan Pavlu shot in the 80's the first two days, but showed a lot of toughness by bouncing back with a pair of 79's to finish the week. Pavlu's performance put him just outside the top 50.
It was a great season for these two golfers as they both made the All Mid-Hudson Conference Team and the All Region XV Team while Marcus was also the Mid-Hudson Conference Player of the Year. Congratulations on a great season!
Familiar Face Finds Himself Home as New Orange Baseball Coach
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
SUNY Orange took little time in finding the perfect replacement for long time coach, Wayne Smith, who retired from the diamond after having coached at the collegiate level for almost 25 years. Orange's new coach is a familiar face who has extensive experience at Orange as both a player and as a coach. Manning the helm for the Orange Baseball team will be Stephen Cabarcas.
Coach Cabarcas has spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Mt. Saint Mary's College in Newburgh, NY. Prior to that he was the recruiting coordinator and the assistant head coach right here at SUNY Orange for six years.
As a player, Cabarcas had a successful collegiate career. He posted a career batting average of .330 and was selected twice to two different All-Conference teams. His college career started at SUNY Orange where he was selected as a Mid-Hudson Conference All-Team selection, as well as a Region XV All-Team selection after his sophomore season with the Colts. In two years at Mt. Saint Mary's , Cabarcas posted a career average of .325 and led the team in hits his senior year. As a senior, Cabarcas was selected to the All-Skyline Second Team.
Cabarcas graduated from Mount Saint Mary's College in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in history while acquiring his teaching certification in childhood education 1-6. Cabarcas received his Master's Degree in instructional technology in education and is currently employed by the Wallkill School District.
Welcome back to Orange "Coach Cabby!"
Orange Student Athletes Honored for Academic Achievement
Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
The Mid Hudson Conference and Region 15 named their All Academic Teams for the spring 2016 semester. This honor goes to high academically achieving athletes whose sport took place at some point during the spring semester. The spring recipients cover the sports of women's and men's basketball, golf, softball, and baseball. Every team at Orange had at least one representative make an All Academic Team.
Student athletes recognized on the Mid Hudson Conference All Academic Team are Patrick Joyner, Dorothy Tighe, Jillian Artrip, Erin Dunn, Courtney Jones, Rebecca Rose, Kaylee Weinberg, James Daidone, Sam Fontanez, Shawn Talmadge, Mike Bartolone, Nick Fini, Jon Lindau, and Dan Pavlu.
The following students were also chosen for the Region 15 All Academic Team; Dorothy Tighe, Jillian Artrip, Erin Dunn, Courtney Jones, Rebecca Rose, James Daidone, Sam Fontanez, Shawn Talmadge, Mike Bartolone, and Jon Lindau.
The SUNY Orange Athletic Dept. is very proud of the accomplishments of these very hard working student athletes. Congratulations on receiving these well deserved honors and keep up the great work!
All Conference and All Region Honors for Colt Baseball Players
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
The baseball season has ended and with it comes well deserved recognition from the Mid Hudson Conference and Region XV for several Orange players. Named to the Mid Hudson Conference first team were Jonathon Lindau and Mike Bartolone. Region XV honors went to second team selections Bartolone, Kyle O'Brien, and James Daidone. Jonathon Lindau was named to the Gold Glove Team as a catcher and also received a Region XV Sportsmanship Award.
Jonathon Lindau was the team's defensive stopper behind the plate this year. As catcher he excelled at handling the pitching staff and helping with their pitch selection. Lindau also has a canon for an arm. The 13 base runners who tried and failed can attest to how tough it was to steal on him this season. At the plate Lindau batted over .300 and led the team in home runs, extra base hits, and RBI. Johnathon will be attending school and playing at Castleton St. next year.
After playing third base the previous year, Mike Bartolone found his groove in the outfield for the Colts this season. "Bart" recorded 59 putouts this year and assisted on two double plays. At bat was where Mike really shined this year. He led the team in batting average, hitting a robust .402. He also led the team in doubles and triples. His 49 hits were 9 more than any other Colt had this year. Bartolone is going to continue his education at East Carolina University in the Fall and will try to walk on with the Pirates.
James Daidone was limited a bit this year by a wrist injury. He was still able to bat for the Colts and his success there landed him on the All Region team as a designated hitter. Daidone, who will be attending the University of Buffalo to major in engineering in the Fall, batted close to .300 and was tied for second on the team in home runs.
The lone freshman on the team, Kyle O'Brien, played second base for Orange. Kyle anchored the middle of the infield and his bat became explosive as he learned to adjust to the speed of the college game. Kyle was second on the team with a .348 batting average and second in hits. Kyle will be a key returner for the Colts next year.
Congratulations to all of these well-deserved recipients! All of them exemplify everything a student/athlete should represent. They all have great character and played the game the right way.
Region XV All Region Div 2 Softball Team Announced
Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Middletown, NY - Orange softball continues to generate good news for the 2016 season. Five players were named to the Region XV First Team. Orange also won the regular season championship of the combined Region XV/III League going 5-1. The players awarded first team honors are second baseman Rebecca Wentink who was also the Region XV Player of the Year, pitcher Erin Dunn, short stop Taylor Brummell, catcher Courtney Jones, and third baseman Emily Cox. Head coach, Stacey Morris, was also named Coach of the Year.
The team will travel to North East, PA this coming weekend to participate in the Region XV/III Tournament as the number one seed. Also participating are host Mercyhurst North East and Monroe College. The winning team will go on to the District Championship the following weekend to face the winners of the New England and Mid Atlantic regions for a chance to go to Clinton MS to participate in the NJCAA Div II College World Series.
Dunn Named MHC Athlete of Week
Monday, April 25th, 2016
This release was posted by the Mid Hudson Conference on Monday, April 25 2016:
"VALHALLA, NY. Erin Dunn of Orange County Community College has been named the Mid-Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week. Dunn is a pitcher for the Colt's softball team.
This week Dunn went 3-0 while pitching two no-hitters and one, one hitter. Dunn pitched 15 innings, gave up one hit, no runs no walks and struck out 22."
Erin and the Colts finished a 23-6 regular season and are heading into this weekend as the top seed in the Region 15/3 Regional Tournament. A victory there would send the Colts to the District K Championship.
Good Things Coming in Three's for Softball Team
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Middletown, NY - This has been a good week for the SUNY Orange softball team. The Colts are rounding into form and stand at 13-6 on the year. Just this week, the Colts had good news, times three. On Wednesday, sophomore Taylor Brummell signed a letter of intent to attend Northern Kentucky University. Taylor will be continuing her softball career at the Division 1 school. Also on Wednesday, the latest National Junior College Athletic Association polls were released and SUNY Orange debuted at #20 in the Division II softball poll. The third piece of good news for the Colts arrived on Thursday. Sophomore Rebecca Wentink was named the Mid Hudson Conference Athlete of the Week. Rebecca has been wielding a hot bat. Last week she was 10-19 at the plate for a .526 average. She scored 7 runs and had 9 RBIs in addition to 5 homeruns a double and a stolen Base. The Colts host Mid Hudson Conference rival Ulster on Tuesday for a double header starting at 3:00 p.m and Dean College for a double header on Saturday, the 16th, at noon.
Colts' Cooper Earns All American Honors
Thursday, April 7th, 2016
Middletown, NY - For the first time in three years the SUNY Orange Colts basketball team returned to post season play. One of the main reasons for the Colts success and playoff appearance was the outstanding play and leadership of sophomore Tyvon Cooper. Due to Tyvon's contributions to the team he has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division 2 All American Team. Not only was his play on the court stellar, but so were his leadership qualities. Tyvon was always positive and encouraging with his teammates and never gave up on a play or a game. Nationally Cooper was 3rd in scoring at 23.7 points per game. He was also 8th in free throw percentage, shooting 85%. He showed his all around versatility by leading Orange in several statistical categories in addition to the two above, these included; rebounds, steals, field goals made and 3 point field goals made. Tyvon's season also places him into the SUNY Orange record book. His 23.7 points per game places him seventh on the all time single season scoring average list and his 88 made 3 pointers are second to only Neal Wilkins 91 during the 2004-2005 season. Congratulations to Tyvon for this great accomplishment!
Orange Athletics Works with Wreaths Across America
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Highland Falls, NY - Wreaths Across America is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to REMEMBER our fallen heroes, HONOR their memory, and TEACH our young. One way the organization does this is by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen veterans. Over 7,000 wreaths were placed on every grave at the West Point Cemetery this past holiday season as a part of the groups efforts. Similar ceremonies were carried out at cemetery's across the country. On Sunday, January 31, SUNY Orange softball and baseball players volunteered their time to this cause by helping with the clean-up of the wreaths at the United States Military Academy. The opportunity to contribute to such a special cause was not lost on Orange’s student athletes. Just being on such hallowed grounds where many great American heroes are at rest left an indelible mark. Being able to contribute to this cause was certainly humbling for Orange's student athletes. This is a project SUNY Orange athletes will be participating in for years to come.
SUNY Orange Student Athletes Excelling in Classroom
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Middletown, NY- Members of SUNY Orange's seven athletic teams stepped up their games in the academic arena for the Fall 2015 semester. It is no easy feat balancing a full time course load while being dedicated to an inter-collegiate sport and often working a job on top of all that. To do so and excel is a tremendous accomplishment. The SUNY Orange Athletic Department is proud to congratulate all of our student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 QPA (Quality Point Average) or higher for the Fall '15 semester. Many of these student-athletes also had a QPA of 3.33 or higher to qualify for the Dean's List. One of our student-athletes also had a perfect 4.0 QPA while being an All-Region athlete selection. The list of SUNY Orange's student athletes with a 3.0 QPA or higher is as follows: Grace Almanzar, Sydney Hendershot, Sierra Hernandez, Brittany Tenorio, Kayla Holterman, Juan Garcia, Jonathon Jalon, Thomas Pedrosa, Dorothy Tighe, Jillian Artrip, Rececca Rose, Courtney Jones, Erin Dunn, Josh Begany, Jarod Bulson, Nick Fini, Sam Fontenez, Jonathon Lindau, Nick Pacifico, Shawn Talmadge, Ricky Van Gelder, Dan Pavlu, Marcus Cigna, and Franklin Smith.
Second Half Surge Takes Colts to Title Game
Monday, May 5th, 2014
Middletown, NY - Every year the SUNY Orange Colts Baseball team starts its season down south. While Orange is playing their first games of the year, their opponents are in mid-season form with having well over 20 games under their belts. In the short term this usually leads to a frustrating start to the Orange season. Playing these experienced, battle tested teams can however, pay off down the road. The Colts 1-8 start was no way indicative of how competitive the team would be once they returned north for conference play.
In Region XV play Orange split their first two series with Dutchess and Westchester. A tough series with Rockland left the Colts at 5-7 in the Region and needing a spark. Orange then caught fire and swept Sullivan Community College in their next series 4-0. Orange finished conference play splitting with Ulster in a rain shortened two game stand. Orange had clinched the 3 seed and dropped their first game of the Region tournament to 2 seed Westchester. Orange then came back from an 8 run deficit to beat Rockland 12-11. That victory knocked Rockland, the one seed and defending champion, out of the tournament. Orange then defeated Sullivan in the loser's bracket final to advance to the championship game against Westchester. Orange could not sustain their hot streak and dropped the final 5-2.
Orange had a potent offensive attack this season. Four Colt regulars batted over .300 on the season. Dillon Merola led the way batting .349 with 8 extra base hits, 9 stolen bases, and scoring 26 runs. Schuyler Martire batted .331 with 10 stolen bases and scored 25 runs. Nick Gurda hit .301 with 10 extra base hits and 10 stolen bases. Adrian Castillo also had a great year at the plate hitting .301 and driving in 21 runs. Freshman outfielder Brian Guzman had 28 RBI and 12 stolen bases.
The Colts pitching staff went 10 players deep this season. Leading the way was sophomore south paw Rob Berger. Rob Pitched 46 innings for the Colts and had an impressive 3.86 ERA. Berger was one of 6 Colts to have 2 or more wins on the season. Another lefty, Kevin Crawford also had a strong season from the mound with 2 wins and leading the team with 18 strikeouts. David Gizzarelli ably filled the closer role. He won two and closed out 4 games for Orange out of the bullpen this season.
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