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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Warmack brothers among nation’s leading NJCAA scorers

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 2/16/23

They are two of the most prolific junior college scorers in the nation.

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: Warmack brothers among nation’s leading NJCAA scorers


They are two of the most prolific junior college scorers in the nation, a backcourt of Utica brothers who last Saturday combined to score 64 of their Onondaga Community College basketball team’s 77 points only to suffer a tough 79-77 loss to Adirondack Community College on a buzzer-beating tip-in.

Jaylen Warmack (Utica/Notre Dame) scored 37 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and brother Isaiah Warmack (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) had 27 points and 10 rebounds for OCC’s Blazers, who were coming off a 101-87 overtime win over Jefferson Community College. Jaylen had 27 points and nine assists and Isaiah added 23 points and six steals in the win.

The brothers entered the week ranked in the top five in the country in NJCAA Division III scoring – Jaylen, the Herkimer College transfer, sitting third at 22.5 points per game and Isaiah fourth at 22.4. The latter made the All-Region III third team after averaging 14.6 points per game last season.

Their father, Devin Warmack (Utica/Utica Senior Academy), is an Onondaga Community College Hall of Famer (Class of 2007) who once led the country with 10.6 assists per game – he was fifth in scoring at 27.9 points per game – when he played for the Blazers. He scored over 1,000 points that season and then went on to star at Alabama State University.

Asa Beyah (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor), meanwhile, helped Mohawk Valley Community College – No. 6 in the NJCAA Division III poll – end a 24-2 regular season with 18 consecutive wins. Beyah had 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a 91-56 win over Hudson Valley Community College and he had 10 points and five steals in a 95-78 win over Corning Community College. The Hawks are the Mountain Valley Conference regular-season champions.

Dante Griffin (Utica/Notre Dame) recorded a triple-double – 13 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists – in Herkimer College’s 82-32 win over Finger Lakes Community College. The sophomore entered the week averaging 7.8 assists – second in the country at the NJCAA Division III level – and 16 points per game.

LaMarqus Merchant (Utica/Utica Academy of Science) has helped Niagara County Community College (23-1) climb to No. 2 in the NJCAA Division I poll. He scored 14 points in a 101-69 win over Lansing Community College.

Frankie Policelli (New Hartford) recorded his team-leading 10th double-double of the season, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds as NCAA Division I Stony Brook University beat North Carolina A&T 69-59.

Tommy Morreale (Whitesboro) had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Damien Call (Rome/RFA) added 10 points and eight rebounds as Utica University (20-3) claimed its second straight Empire 8 Conference regular-season title with a 73-59 win over Elmira College.

Trent Adamson (Ilion/Thomas R. Proctor) shot 10 for 14 in a pair of wins for St. Lawrence University. He had 11 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in a 69-65 overtime win over Ithaca College and he scored 10 points in a 56-53 win over RPI.

Gregory Gonyea Jr. (Dolgeville) scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting in Lyndon State’s 103-81 loss to Maine-Presque Isle.

Roberts, Lusher star for first-place Le Moyne

Red-shirt sophomore forward Haedyn Roberts (Holland Patent) scored 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds and her NCAA Division II Le Moyne College women’s basketball team took over the Northeast-10 Conference lead with an 80-49 win over American International College.

Red-shirt freshman guard Sydney Lusher (Oneida) handed out a game-high eight of Le Moyne’s program-record 26 assists and scored 16 points for the Dolphins (19-5), who have won nine straight and 14 of their last 15 games.

Emma Sehring (Sauquoit/Notre Dame) recorded her 10th double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 15 rebounds, in Hamilton College’s 61-51 loss to Bowdoin College. The next day, Sehring’s 10 points helped the Continentals ended the regular season with a 70-53 win over Colby College.

Kierra Connor (Blossvale/Camden) had 18 points and 11 rebounds in SUNY Poly’s 98-35 win over Cazenovia College.

Hannah Stack (Dolgeville) scored a team-high 14 points and teammate Petrina DeMarco (Whitesboro) had 12 in Utica University’s 61-50 loss to Alfred. DeMarco then scored 11 points to help the Pioneers beast Elmira College 73-64.

Emma Cohen (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) scored 10 points in Buffalo State’s 69-49 loss to Plattsburgh State.

Caitlin Snyder (Utica/Notre Dame) scored 10 points in Fredonia State’s 71-60 loss to Plattsburgh State.

Ajla Sejdic (Utica/Notre Dame) had a game-high 21 points and 10 assists in Herkimer College’s 75-45 win over Tompkins-Cortland Community College.

Hayleigh Gates (West Winfield/Mount Markham) scored 22 points and had seven rebounds, six steals and four blocks to lead Paul Smith’s College to a 105-40 win over Hampshire College.

Franchesca LoConti (Utica/Notre Dame) scored 13 points in Mohawk Valley Community College’s 56-51 win over Hudson Valley Community College.

Swimmer Longway scores big in Northeast-10 Championships

Le Moyne College senior Caitlyn Longway (Sauquoit/Sauquoit Valley) scored points in six events during the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships.

Longway placed third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.53 seconds. She was ninth in the 100 free in 53.96 and 12th in the 200 free in 1:59.01.

Longway also was a member of three Le Moyne relay teams that placed fourth, including a 200-yard freestyle relay that set a program-record time of 1:38.01 and a 200 medley relay that finished in a season-best 1:48.66.

Freshman teammate Riley Brennen (New Hartford) placed seventh in the three-meter diving with 279.90 points and finished eighth in the one-meter diving with 296.95.

Crockett earns another track & field honor

SUNY Brockport’s Sarah Crockett (Rome/RFA) was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Women’s Track & Field “Field Athlete of the Week” for the fifth time this season after recording two more wins at the Susquehanna River Hawk Showdown. Crockett’s winning weight throw measured 52 feet, 6 ½ inches and she won the shot put with a toss of 45-7 ¼.


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