COLTS NECK/HOLMDEL, NJ:   Cara Volpe, a graduate of Colts Neck High School was a on the roster as a sophomore guard and forward for the Ithaca College (New York) women’s basketball team this winter. Volpe, listed as a Psychology major started in all 29 games and averaged 4.7 points per game. She also had 78 assists, 28 steals and 18 blocks for Ithaca.

   The Bombers had an overall record of 23-6 with a mark of 13-2 on their home court. In the Liberty League they posted a record of 16-2. They hosted and won the Liberty League Championship Tournament with victories over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (74-66 in overtime, semifinal round) and Vassar College (73-71, championship round).

   From there, Ithaca hosted early round games of the NCAA Division III Tournament where they toppled New England College (72-54 in the first round) before losing to Williams College (69-61 in the second round).  

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   Let’s take a glance at other local student athletics who competed in collegiate sports this past winter season. This is the second installation:

   Ben Bosland (Colts Neck High School) and Stephen Braunstein (Colts Neck/Christians Brothers Academy) were both members of the University of Scranton (Pa.) men’s basketball program. Bosland, a sophomore guard played in 20 games and started in 13 games for Scranton. He averaged 4.8 points per game, with 3.4 assists per game, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Bosland is listed as a Business Administration major.

  Braunstein, a freshman guard played in 26 games for Scranton. He averaged 5.2 points, 1.0 assists and 1.2 rebounds per game. Braunstein is listed as a Business major.

   The Royals had an overall record of 19-8 with a mark of 10-4 in the Landmark Conference. They advanced to the Landmark Conference Championship Tournament where they defeated Drew University in semifinal round. In the Tournament final, the Royals lost to Susquehanna. 

   Catherine Gibson (Colts Neck High School) was a freshman guard and forward for the Salisbury University (Maryland) women’s basketball team this winter. Gibson competed in 21 games and started in five of them for Salisbury. She averaged 5.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.

   The Sea Gulls had 12 overall wins with a record of 6-4 at home. In the Capitol Athletic Conference (CAC) they had four victories. They advanced to the CAC Tournament where they defeated Southern Virginia before losing in the semifinal round to Christopher Newport.  

   Scott DuPont (Holmdel High School) was a sophomore competitor in the 184 and 197 pound weight classes for the New York University (New York City) wrestling team this past season. DuPont, listed as a Sports Management major finished with an overall record of 15-11. He placed fourth at the Citrus Invitational held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and fifth at the New York State Championships held in Oswego at 184 pounds.

   The Violets had an overall record of 12-7 with a mark of 2-1 on their home mat. They hosted and won the University Athletic Association Championship with wins over Case Western University Reserve (43-6) and the University of Chicago (28-11). From there, they participated in the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships in Providence, Rhode Island where they finished third in the team scoring.