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Cougars Take Home WNYAC Accolades

The soccer teams at Genesee Community College had a terrific Western New York Athletic Conference season with both teams having several members be named to the All-Conference team including having both player and coaches of the year.

Autumn Ressue was named WNYAC Player of the Year for women’s soccer. Jeff Reyngoudt was named Coach of the Year. The women’s soccer team also won the Western New York Athletic Conference Championship. Ressue, Diante Scheepers, Mackenzie O’Brien, Julia Ashworth, Isabelle Porter, Alexa Jordan, and Madison Papaj were all named to the All-Conference team.

Ed Port was named WNYAC Player of the Year for men’s soccer. Ken Gavin was named Coach of the Year. Men’s soccer was also named WNYAC Conference champions. Port, Hiago Barros de Souza, Ryan Curtis, James Lighton, Ollie Ardle, Marcus Kenline, and Robert Keogh were named to the All-Conference team.


Men’s Basketball Releases 2019-2020 Schedule

The athletics department at Genesee Community College is announcing the 2019-2020 schedule for the men’s basketball program. The team looks to rebound after a 15-14 season in 2018-19, which resulted in a fourth place finish in NJCAA Region III Division II action.
Entering his ninth season as head coach, Terry George will once again be looking to add another Region III Championship banner to the rafters as well as a return trip to the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships.
The season will officially begin November 2 and 3 at Corning Community College. The Cougars will play Corning on the 2nd and SUNY Broome on the 3rd. The first of 13 home games inside the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium will take place on November 5 against Jefferson Community College at 7pm. Genesee will travel to Niagara County CC to play Allegany of Maryland on November 9 and Cuyahoga CC on November 10. The Cougars will return home to play Lakeland on the 15 before hosting a two-day classic of their own. November 16 and 17, Genesee will be hosting Monroe CC, Howard CC, and ASA College. The Blue and Gold will play ASA College at 6pm on November 16 and Howard CC at 2pm on November 17. Genesee will wrap up the month with games at Cayuga and at home against NY International Academy.
Heading into December, the Cougars will host Bryant & Stratton College of Rochester December 4 before hosting the Community College of Rhode Island, Schoolcraft, and Niagara County CC in the annual Cougar Classic December 7 and 8. The month will end with a two-day classic at Niagara CCC against Henry Ford and Hostos December 14-15.
The new year will see Genesee play at Bryant & Stratton of Rochester before hosting Herkimer. The Western New York Athletic Conference season will start on Wednesday, January 22 at home against Monroe Community College at 6pm. Games at Mercyhurst Northeast and home against the Erie CC Kats will wrap up the month.
February will see the Blue and Gold play at Niagara, home vs Jamestown, at Monroe, home vs Mercyhurst NE, at Erie, home vs Niagara and at Jamestown Community College. Playoffs will start on February 25 with the Sub-Regional game and end with the NJCAA Region III Championships on Sunday, March 1.
The 2019-2020 NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball National Championships will take place March 18-22 in Danville, Illinois.

Women’s Basketball Releases 2019-2020 Schedule

The department of intercollegiate athletics at Genesee Community College is announcing the 2019-2020 schedule for the women’s basketball program. The team is looking forward to build upon 2018-19, which saw them place fourth in NJCAA Region III with an overall record of 17-11, and 5-5 in the Western New York Athletic Conference.
Christie McGee-Ross will be entering her 12th season behind the bench of the Blue and Gold and once again be joined by longtime assist Dena Piatek and for her second season, former Cougars standout De’Yara Burrell.
The season starts on October 12 as the Cougars will participate in the Onondaga Community College showcase and then play Bryant & Stratton on October 26th at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo. The Cougars will enter the month of November on the road at Corning Community College November 2 and 3 to play Corning and SUNY Broome. Genesee will play its first of 12 home games inside the Anthony T Zambito Gymnasium on November 5 against Jefferson Community College at 5pm. The Cougars will play in the tip-off tournament at Niagara County Community College the following weekend against Allegany of Maryland and Bryant & Stratton College of Albany. Home games against Onondaga, Lakeland, and Bryant & Stratton (Rochester) will wrap up the month.
The annual Cougar Classic set for December 7-8 will see Genesee host Niagara County Community College, Community College of Rhode Island, and Bryant & Stratton. Before the Cougar Classic, Genesee will host Bryant & Stratton College of Syracuse on December 4. Genesee will travel to Finger Lakes December 10 before playing in the Thunderwolves Classic at Niagara CC December 14 and 15 against Henry Ford and CCBC-Essex.
January will see the Cougars play host to Herkimer on January 14 before starting Western New York Athletic Conference play at Mercyhurst Northeast on the 25th and hosting Erie Community College on the 29.
February will see conference games against Niagara, Jamestown, Erie, and Mercyhurst Northeast. The playoffs begin with the sub-regional game February 26 before the Region III Championships the weekend of February 29 and March 1.
The 2019-2020 NJCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championships will take place March 18-22 in Harrison, AR.

Swimming and Diving Releases 2019-2020 Schedule

The department of intercollegiate athletics at Genesee Community College is announcing the 2019-2020 schedule for men’s and women’s swimming and diving team. The Cougars will be under the direction of first year swimming head coach Jeff Reyngoudt. He will be joined by Macy Reyngoudt and former Cougars swimmer Natalie Amico serving as assistant coaches.
The season will start on Wednesday, November 6 at the Erie CC Tri-Meet. The schedule shifts to Herkimer College on November 9 before participating in the two-day invite at SUNY Potsdam on November 23-24. The Cougars will swim into the new year on January 29 at the Monroe CC Tri Meet. The Cougars will host their two home meets on February 2 with the GCC Spirit Invitational at 1pm and then Wednesday, February 5 in their Tri Meet against Erie and Monroe at 6pm.
February 14-16 will be the NJCAA Region III/District Championships at Monroe Community College in Henrietta. The 2020 NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will take place March 4-7 at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida.


This taped interview of women’s basketball coach Christie McGee Ross provides insight to those looking to progress with sports and education. Video interview by Persephone Hudzinski. May 1, 2019

Speller balls for men’s team

Headshot of Brandon Speller
Brandon Speller

By Pete Zehler

May 1, 2019

Brandon Speller’s basketball career started all the way back in Brooklyn, New York. At a young age Speller knew that all he wanted to do with his life is ball.

            For Speller though, that journey could be easier said than done. In high school, Speller had very few options to choose where he wanted to play basketball at the collegiate level. “I just feel grateful GCC and Coach Terry George gave me such a great opportunity to play on a team like this,” he said.

GCC historically has a great men’s basketball program, so finding minutes to play for a new guy like Speller isn’t the easiest thing. Fortunately for Speller, back in Brooklyn, nothing was given; everything was earned. “Playing in Brooklyn, a lot of the guys you’re facing will be playing at the college level, so there’s not many guys who start in the city that can’t ball,” Speller said.

Brooklyn has a history of producing great basketball players. NBA stars such as Michael Jordan, Chris Mullen, and Stephon Marbury all got their starts by playing at a young age in the famous city. The problem with so many great basketball players playing in one school zone is that sometimes good ball players never get the spotlight. That’s where a majority of players in the NJCAA find themselves, the players from the Big Apple who went unnoticed.

If one were to look through the rosters of local NJCAA teams such as GCC, NCCC, MCC, and ECC, they would notice that up to 70% of the players call one of the New York City boroughs their home. GCC Men’s Basketball Head Coach George said, “New York City has been a very important part of our recruiting process.”

For Speller, the adversity didn’t stop once he found his way to Batavia. “At first, when I didn’t get minutes, it was hard, but I continued to work hard and learn from my great teammates,” he said. “Playing with great players like Jarett [Haines] and Jamir [Cheek] have really helped me keep my head up and improve my game.”

As the season wore on, and George continued to change minutes and use players in different ways, Speller finally found his opportunity. His second appearance for GCC came against ASA Academy, ironically played in Brooklyn. “Making my first college 3-pointer back home was such an awesome experience,” Speller said. “After working hard through the first few months and to finally earn those minutes, it was something I won’t forget.”

All season long George has been searching for someone who can come off the bench and score some points while the starters rest. Ever since Speller got his chance, that’s exactly what he’s done. Ever since that game in Brooklyn, Speller has averaged 8.3 points per game along with 5.7 rebounds. George said, “Speller bringing his scoring abilities off the bench has been game changing for us”.

George now knows he has a man on the bench he can trust with the ball. Speller said, “Just to make a positive impact on my team is all I wanted to do; I’m just happy I can contribute.”


Genesee’s Albuquerque Commits to Mid-America Christian University

Rodrigo Alburquerque commits to Mid-America Christian University in the fall to continue with his soccer career and education.

May 1, 2019

Genesee men’s soccer player Rodrigo Albuquerque is continuing his soccer and academic career as he will be attending Mid-America Christian University in the fall.

Albuquerque will be heading to an NAIA Evangels program that finished the 2018 season with a record of 13-6-1, and went on to the NAIA Championship Round of 16.

Rodrigo was the NJCAA Region III Player of the Year, an NJCAA Region III All-Region First Team selection and was named an NJCAA Soccer First Team All-American. The 5’8 forward from Recife, Brazil played in 21 games in his first and only season wearing the blue and gold that saw Albuquerque start in 16 of those matches. He recorded eight game-winning goals with 32 goals in total, and handing out 12 assists.

The 2018 Cougars reached the NJCAA Division III Men’s Soccer National Semifinals, losing to eventual national champion Richland College.

Genesee’s Shields Commits to Keiser University

Joshua Shields Commits to Keiser University

May 1, 2019

Genesee men’s lacrosse player Joshua Shields is furthering his collegiate career as he has signed his Letter of Intent at Keiser University (FL). Shields will be heading to a NAIA Seahawks program that are ranked #8 in the country, finished the 2019 regular season with a record of 6-6, and members of The Sun Conference.

The Greece, NY native scored 10 goals and two assists in his 12 games last season, which saw the Cougars lose in the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Semifinals. The 2019 Cougars are once again nationally-ranked in hopes to reach the NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Championships, hosted at Genesee Community College May 17-19.