COLTS NECK/HOLMDEL, NJ:  Dan Gaines (Colts Neck High School) was a sophomore guard for  Muhlenberg College (Mules), Allentown, Pa. men’s basketball squad this winter. Gaines started in all 27 games and paced the team in scoring (16.5 points per game), rebounds (134), assists (131) and steals (40).

   Gaines was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week on multiple occasions this past season. He earned All Centennial Conference First Team honors.

   The Mules had an overall record of 19-8 with a mark of 11-3 at home. In the Centennial Conference they went 11-7. They went 1-1 in the Centennial Conference Tournament with a victory over Washington College and a semifinal round loss to host Swarthmore.

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

  Dominique Masia (Colts Neck High School) was a junior distance runner for the Arcadia University (Glenside, Pa.) women’s indoor track and field program. Masia is listed as a Pre Art major.

   Arcadia placed 12th in the team scoring at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships hosted by Alvernia University in Reading.

  James Liao (Holmdel High School) is on the roster as a junior competitor in freestyle events for the Ramapo College (Mahwah, NJ), men’s swimming team. Liao is listed as an Environmental Science major.

   The Roadrunners had a dual meet record of 5-2 with all five victories occurring in their home pool. They were 2-2 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Ramapo placed fifth in the team scoring at the Metropolitan Conference Championships held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

 Teresa Marsh (Colts Neck High School) was a freshman guard on the roster of the Alvernia University (Reading, Pa.) women’s basketball team this past season. Marsh competed in nine games for Alvernia and is listed as a Communications major.

   The Golden Wolves had nine overall wins, with four of them occurring at home. They posted three wins in the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Division.

   Brandon Yutko (Colts Neck High School) was a senior guard for the Stockton University (Galloway, NJ) men’s basketball program this year. Yutko competed in 10 games and started in one of them for Stockton.

   The Ospreys posted an overall record of 18-9 including a mark of 9-4 on their home court. In the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) they went 14-4. They advanced to the NJAC Tournament where they defeated Rowan University in the semifinal round before losing to The College of New Jersey in the championship contest.

   Emily Davis (Colts Neck High School) was a junior competitor for the Delaware Valley University (Doylestown, Pa.) women’s indoor track and field program this winter.

  Andrew Abujawdeh (Colts Neck High School) was a freshman guard for the Steven’s Institute of Technology’s (Hoboken, NJ) men’s basketball team this winter. Abujawdeh played in seven games for Steven’s.

   The Ducks had an overall record of 23-5 with a mark of 12-3 at home. In the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC), they posted a 12-2. SIT hosted and won the MAC Freedom Tournament championship with victories over Fairleigh Dickinson (Florham campus, 72-53, in the semifinal round) and Eastern University (77-59 in the championship game).

   From there, Steven’s advanced to the NCAA Division III Championships where they were defeated, 74-72, by Nichols College in a game played in Hoboken.