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Local college honors

Published November 26. 2013 4:00AM
Tim Martin/The Day
Mitchell College's Joshua Ford (23) drives to the basket during last Wednesday's win over Coast Guard Academy. Ford, who recently became only the second player in the Division III era to surpass 1,000 career points, was named New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time during his career.

• Mitchell College senior Joshua Ford was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for men's basketball on Monday. Ford averaged team highs of 26.7 points and 12.0 rebounds per game while recording double-doubles in all three contests.

It marked the fifth time in his career that he has been named NECC Player of the Week. The forward also scored his 1,000th career point against Purchase College, reaching the milestone on a 3-pointer in only his 53rd career game. Ford becomes just the second Mitchell men's basketball player to reach the 1,000-point plateau in the Division III era.

Ford has double-doubles in all five games for Mitchell (2-3) and is average 23.8 points and 12.4 rebounds for the season.

• Mitchell sophomore Amanda Garcia was named NECC Player of the Week in women's basketball. Garcia led the Mariners in scoring and rebounding last week, averaging a double-double of 23.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. She is average 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds for the season.

• Coast Guard Academy senior co-captains Kelsey DePorto and Samantha Marmolejo have been selected to participate in the New England Women's Volleyball Association (NEWVA) Senior Classic on Sunday, Dec. 8, at UMass-Boston. The game will feature New England's top 32 Division III senior players.

In addition to the Senior Classic invite, DePorto was named to the NEWVA All-New England honorable mention team for the second straight season. This is the fourth consecutive season DePorto has been honored by NEWVA. She was named Rookie of the Year in 2010 and earned second team honors in 2011.

DePorto, a middle blocker, led the NEWMAC with 419 kills this season and led the Bears with 87 blocks. She and finished her career as the Bears' all-time leader with 461 games played, second in blocks (447), and fourth in kills (1,323) as she earned first team All-NEWMAC honors for the fourth straight season.

Marmolejo, the Bears' libero, led the NEWMAC with 518 digs and earned All-conference honors for the first time in her career. She finishes as the Bears all-time leader with 1,775 digs and she ranks second with 454 games played.

• Coast Guard men's soccer player John Rendon has been selected to play in the 2013 New England Intercollegiate Soccer League (NEISL) Senior District Division III All-Star Game on Sunday, Dec. 1, at Harvard.

Rendon, a midfielder, was a 2012 second-team All-New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference pick after posting three goals and three assists. This fall he had five assists to finish his career with four goals and 12 assists.

• Coast Guard sophomore Torie Sutherland was named NEWMAC Player of the Week in women's basketball. Sutherland averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the floor and making 3 of 4 from 3-point range in two games. She leads the Bears (3-0) with 14 points per game to go with her four rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this season.

• Coast Guard junior Andy Anderson was named NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Week. Anderson had a strong competition at Connecticut College on Saturday. He qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship in the 3-meter diving (304.00) and he also won the 1-meter diving event with 231.97 points.

• Coast Guard junior Sara Cantrell was named NEWMAC Women's Diver of the Week. Cantrell secured qualification to the NCAA Divisioni III Championship in the 3-meter diving (280.72) in a meet against Conn College and also won the 1-meter diving competition with 236.17 points.

• Connecticut College freshman Valerie Urban was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Co-Performer of the Week in women's swimming. Urban won three events in a victory over Coast Guard, capturing the 200 freestyle (1:58.01), 100 butterfly (1:00.06) and 200 butterfly (2:11.96).

• UConn senior center Stefanie Dolson was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week in women's basketball. Dolson led the No. 1 Huskies to a 4-0 week, averaging 18.5 points, 12 rebounds and 5.8 assists. On Nov. 20, she recorded only the second triple-double in UConn history with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a win against Oregon.

• UConn senior guard Shabazz Napier was named AAC Player of the Week in men's basketball. Napier was named MVP of the 2K Sports Classic after averaging 23.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 16-of-31 (51.6 percent) from the floor in wins over Boston College and Indiana at Madison Square Garden.

• UConn junior linebacker Yawin Smallwood was named AAC Defensive Player of the Week. Smallwood helped the Huskies beat Temple 28-21 for their first win of the season. He had a game-high eight tackles, including a sack and two tackles for loss, and scored the game-winning points with a 59-yard interception return for a touchdown. He ranks third in the AAC in tackles, averaging 10.2 per game.

- Day Staff Reports

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