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Local roundup: Surgery on UConn's Banks a success

Published March 15. 2013 4:00AM

UConn sophomore guard Brianna Banks underwent a successful surgical procedure on her right knee to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament on Thursday at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Arciero. Banks is expected to be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season and has two years of eligibility remaining.

Banks suffered the injury during the UConn's 71-65 victory at St. John's on Feb. 2.

"I am very pleased that the procedure on Brianna's knee was a success," coach Geno Auriemma said in a released statement. "I know she will work extremely hard during the rehabilitation process and look forward to her being back on the floor next season."

In other UConn news, junior Stefanie Dolson and sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis are two of 15 finalists for the 2013 John R. Wooden Award. UConn is one of three programs - Baylor, Duke and Maryland are the others - with two players on the final ballot.

Men's basketball

• Mitchell College junior Joshua Ford was named to the D3hoops.com 2013 All-Northeast Region fourth team. A forward, he was one of 20 players in the region honored by the site. He becomes the first Mitchell player to earn the distinction since the program joined the Division III ranks in 2004-05.

The honor capped an already decorated season for Ford, who was also tabbed New England Collegiate Conference player of the year and repeated as an All-NECC first team selection. He led the league in shooting at 63 percent and averaged 21.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in conference play.

With Ford leading the way, the Mariners (14-12) had their best season in Division III.

Girls' basketball

• The Connecticut High School Coaches Association will be sponsoring the Girls' All-Star Festival on Monday at North Branford High School. The Class S-M game will start at 6 p.m. and Class L-LL follows at 7:30.

Montville's Meghan Autencio and Stonington's Amanda Roy are on the East team roster for the Class S-M game. Allison Stoddard of East Lyme will play for the East team in the Class L-LL game.

College baseball

• Mitchell closed out its spring trip with a 17-2 victory over Olivet College at the Gene Cusic Classic in Fort Myers, Fla. Sophomore Drew Doyle of Mystic went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored three runs while Evan Peck went 3-for-5 with a walk and two RBI. Freshman Josh Zurita of New London, pitched seven innings and gave up one earned run while striking out three for the Mariners (3-5).

College tennis

• Senior Brittney Cangemi rallied for a 1-6, 6-1, 10-5 at No. 5 singles in Connecticut College's 6-2 loss to Vanguard University in match played in Costa Mesa, Calif. Sara Krivoshik had the other win for the Camels (0-2) at No. 3 singles.

In men's action, Vanguard swept Conn, 9-0.

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