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The College Report: Livingston’s Banzhaf and Chatham’s Conroy Earn Tourney MVP Honors

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Jason Banzhaf
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Catholic University’s Jason Banzhaf (Livingston, Sr.) was awarded Most Valuable Player honors in the Allegheny Invitational Championship, which the Cardinals won with a 72-53 victory over Allegheny on Sunday in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Banzhaf, a Seton Hall Prep alum, scored 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the floor and 5-for-5 from the foul line. He also brought down seven rebounds in 26 minutes of playing time. Catholic (2-0) defeated Fredonia State, 71-45, in Saturday’s semifinal round, with Banzhaf scoring 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field (1-for-1 from 3-point territory) and 1-for- 4 from the line.

Kevin Conroy (Chatham, Sr.) was named Most Valuable Player of the Susquehanna Tip-Off Tournament in men’s basketball. Conroy, a 6-5 center out of Chatham High, led King’s College to a 67-61 victory over the host school, Susquehanna, in the title game on Saturday with 14 points and four rebounds. He did most of his damage at the foul line, where he sank eight of 13 attempts. He also canned three of five field goal attempts. The Monarchs advanced with a 75-69 win over Bridgewater State in the semifinal round, as Conroy contributed 21 points, bolstered by nine rebounds. He shot 7-for-18 from the floor and 7-for-10 from the foul line.

Pat Sullivan (Madison, Jr.) accounted for 16 points as Hamilton began the season with a 91-79 victory over Pitt-Bradford on Friday. Sullivan, a 6-7 forward out of Delbarton, hit on five of 10 field goal attempts and six of eight free throws. He also hauled down six rebounds. Sullivan then paced the Continentals with 22 points in Saturday’s 88-84 loss to SUNY-New Paltz. He shot 8-for-17 from the floor and 6-for-9 from the foul line. Seven rebounds fell into his clutches.

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Colgate traveled to Durham, N.C. on Friday to take on reigning national champions, the Duke Blue Devils. Colgate (0-3) headed back to Hamilton, N.Y. as the recipients of a 110-58 whipping. Mike Venezia (Westfield, Jr.) scored eight points for Colgate on 3-for-10 shooting from the field, including 2-for-5 from long range.

Tom Bonard (Westfield, Sr.) is starting for Montclair State in the backcourt and chipped in seven points as the Red Hawks began the season with a 57-56 loss to Salisbury in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania on Friday. Bonard, a Westfield High grad, shot 3-for-6 from the floor, including 1-for-4 from downtown.

Joey Kizel (Short Hills, Fr.) hit for nine points as Middlebury downed UMass-Dartmouth, 86-62, at home on Saturday. Kizel, a 6-foot guard out of Millburn High, connected on two of four field goal attempts, including one successful 3-point launch, and all four free throws. He also received credit for two rebounds and two assists in his 19-minute stint. The Panthers have begun the season 2-0.

FOOTBALL

Tom Fischer (Livingston, Jr.) completed 18 of 33 pass attempts to lead Montclair State to a 16-14 road victory over Hampden-Sydney in the first round of the NCAA Division 3 football playoffs on Saturday. Fischer’s long toss of 81 yards to Dan Keegan late in the third quarter was good for a touchdown. Fischer moved the ball a total 270 yards through the air and gained 26 yards on the ground on five carries. The Red Hawks next take on Wesley College in Wesley, Delaware on Saturday at 12 Noon.

Alex Lachman (Livingston, Sr.) ended his collegiate career on Saturday by successfully converting six extra-point attempts as Johns Hopkins defeated Lebanon Valley, 44-14, in Baltimore to win the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl. Lachman, who graduated from Livingston High, also averaged 50.3 yards on seven kickoffs. The Blue Jays ended the season 8-3.

Bryant’s Max Machado (Berkeley Heights, Fr.) had three solo tackles and assisted on two others in the Bulldogs’ season-ending 37-29 loss to Duquesne in Smithfield, R.I. on Saturday. The defensive back out of Gov. Livingston High also broke up one pass play. Bryant finished the season with a 7-4 mark.

Coastal Carolina’s Zach McGehee (Livingston, Soph.) averaged 61 yards on four kickoffs as the Chanticleers routed Charleston Southern, 70-3, in Conway, S.C. on Saturday to improve to 6-5.

Tyler George (Berkeley Heights, Jr.) caught four passes for 35 yards as Monmouth dropped the curtain on its campaign with a 28-19 road loss to Albany on Saturday. George, a tight end out of Gov. Livingston High, scampered 15 yards on his long gain. The Hawks ended the season at 3-8.

Matt Boyer (Berkeley Heights, Sr.) had a hand in seven tackles (two by himself) in Princeton’s 31-0 loss to Dartmouth at home on Saturday. The Tigers finished the season 1-9.

MEN’S SOCCER

Bucknell’s season ended in the first round of the NCAA Division 1 playoffs against Penn in Philadelphia on Thursday evening. The Bison went down, 1-0, in overtime. Held in check were Brendan Burgdorf (Westfield, Soph.) and Josh Plump (Millburn, Soph.), who accounted for 11 of Bucknell’s 32 goals this season. Bucknell finished with a 10-9-2 record.

 

  

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