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International Influence Drives Bryant & Stratton College Soccer

The recipe for success in college athletics varies by team and sport. At the “junior college” level that recipe can be even more challenging when it comes to recruiting and retaining players. Nick Dimitrievski and Alex Grigorita seem to have found one way to stay ahead in the ever competitive United States Collegiate Athletic Association and that is through a strong presence in international recruiting.

Both head coaches recruit heavily in the greater Syracuse and New York regions but they also have a strong international presence on their teams. The Bobcats soccer teams have a combined 24 international players between the two rosters; including players from as far away as Gold Coast, Australia, nearly 10,000 miles from Bryant & Stratton College’s Syracuse campus.

“It’s all about networking and trying to find the best possible student athletes,” Dimitrievski said. “Now we’ve ventured into the international market. At the end of the day it’s about finding the best soccer player, wherever [they] come from.” Read More…

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Bryant & Stratton College Men’s & Women’s Soccer Poised for National Tournament

Not many teams can travel over 500 miles and still say they’re close to home. But the Bryant & Stratton College men’s and women’s soccer teams will be doing just that when they travel to Virginia Beach, VA for the 2016 USCAA National Championships.galleries-83580e85222a19335e75aeb3317c8177-10779128663

While the Bobcats will be three states away from the Syracuse campus, they’ll be just six miles from the Virginia Beach campus location, offering a little bit of a home field feel to this year’s championships.

Both teams enter the tournament with high expectations as each finished in the top-five of their respective polls. The women finished the year 9-4-1 and aside from a non-conference loss to ASA College, only fell to teams who finished above them in the polls. The same goes for the men’s side as the only blemish on their 10-1 season came at the hands of the tournament’s #1 seed, University of Maine-Fort Kent.

Both teams share the challenge of topping UMFK as neither the BSC men or women could topple their foes from the northeast. Yet, strong play kept both Bobcats squads near the top of the USCAA polls all season long and each side was rewarded as the top seed in their respective pools for the National Tournament. Read More…

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Athletics Update: Bobcats Soccer Continues to Roll

There has been quite a bit of early season success for the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Bryant & Stratton College. Both teams received top-10 preseason rankings from the USCAA with the men ranking second in the nation and the women ranking eighth.

Less than a week after the initial coach’s poll dropped the women’s soccer team has already climbed two spots to number six while the men have a firm grip on second in their poll. The men’s soccer team have a massive match against University of Maine-Fort Kent this coming weekend, a rematch of last year’s National Championship. They tuned up for the rematch with a solid run of play the last few weeks.

Meanwhile the women rebounded off a tough loss to ASA College with a trio of impressive victories which helped elevate them in the national polls.

Bryant & Stratton College’s cross country team is also up and running, performing well at the University of Rochester Yellow Jacket Invitational; a field made up of a number of strong NCAA programs.

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Women’s Soccer Starts 2016 on the Right Foot

The Bryant & Stratton College women’s soccer team took a win and a hard-fought draw from two NCAA DIII opponents this past weekend. Senior Kai Jacobs scored a pair of goals in BSC’s 2-0 win over Cazenovia College while senior goalkeeper Megan Hagadorn made 13 saves the following day against SUNY Poly.

Visit the Bobcats Athletics homepage to learn more about the hot start to the women’s soccer season.

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Bobcats Shine at USCAA National Invitational

The Bryant & Stratton College track & field team finished the 2016 season with an impressive performance at the USCAA National Invitational.

The Bobcats had 17 runners place in the top-10 of their respective events while four other Bobcats placed in the top-three. Tevin Coleman placed fourth and second in the 1500m and 800m, respectively, while Lavar Sealey, Fatemah El-Hindi and Nicole Pearson also picked up top-five finishes. Freshman Cole Clemons and Njamile Charles each grabbed respective top-three finishes in the shotput and javelin.

However, all of those impressive performances were eclipsed by Levar Sealey’s victory in the men’s 400m dash, crowning him as the USCAA National Invitational Champion in the 400.

“The meet marked the end of a very successful season for the Bobcats. I am exceptionally proud of our athletes,” head coach Ryan Johnson said. “As our program continues to grow, I am confident that we will continue to build and see a great deal of success.”

The team and individual success enjoyed by the Bobcats at the USCAA National Invitational rounded out an impressive year that saw a number of promising athletes rise to the level set early on by Bobcats standout Tevin Coleman.

Bryant & Stratton College enters the offseason with a tremendous foundation built for the future and their sights set on becoming an even greater driving force in the USCAA.

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Bobcats Basketball Teams Tighten Grip on National Polls

The Bryant & Stratton College men’s basketball team climbed in the polls once again this week, moving up three spots to ninth in the latest NJCAA DII Rankings.

The Bobcats bounced back from their first loss of the season with a pair of victories over Patrick Henry and Pitt Community College. The pair of victories moved BSC to 10-1 on the season while boasting some of the most impressive team numbers in the nation. Read More…

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Women’s Basketball Debuts in the Polls as the Men Drop their First

The Bryant & Stratton College women’s basketball team vaulted into the NJCAA DII National Rankings for the first time this season, grabbing the 17th spot in the most recent poll.

Their place in the rankings is due, in part, to their back-to-back wins over Central Carolina Community College and Guilford Tech. BSC found their stifling defense and potent offense once again after their only loss of the year so far, a 75-50 defeat at the hands of ASA College. Read More…

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Men’s Basketball Continues their Run

Bryant & Stratton College’s winning ways almost came to an end at the Region X Blastoff at Sandhills on Sunday as the Bobcats squeezed by Davidson County Community College 67-66.

The one-point win pushed BSC’s record to 6-0 heading into the short Thanksgiving break.

Greg Heckstall led the way for the Bobcats, putting up 16 points, grabbing five rebounds and adding four assists. Heckstall’s 31 minutes paced the BSC lineup and only three other players saw over 20 minutes. Jaron Burnell added 10 key points off the bench in 24 minutes on the court, helping BSC sneak by DCCC. Read More…

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Men’s Basketball Proving their Ranking Right

Expectations were high for the Bryant & Stratton College men’s basketball team as they garnered a top-15 preseason ranking in the NJCAA. Through their first trio of games, the Bobcats have met expectations.

Wins over CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Dundalk and Vance-Granville Community College have staked the 14th ranked Bobcats to a 3-0 record with the victory over VGCC giving BSC their first conference victory.

Bench play has been a key for the Bobcats through their first three contests. There’s no better example than their season-opening win over CCBC Cantonsville when the Bobcats’ bench outpaced the starters 49-38. Eight bench players factored in with four seeing 15 minutes or more. Those four – Jaron Burnell, Mike Basnight, Romello Anderson and Shyheim Draughan – equaled the output of BSC’s starting five in the win.

It was more of the same in BSC’s 20-point victory over CCBC Dundalk and their 40-point thrashing of VGCC. No player in the starting five or the bench scored more than 20 points and only two players saw more than 25 minutes in either contest.

The focus now shifts to Guilford Tech tomorrow night, followed by back-to-back games the following weekend against Central Carolina and Davidson County. BSC’s balanced attack and deep bench will be on display once again as they look to extend their early win streak.

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Suffocating Defense Defines Early Season Success for Lady Bobcats

The Lady Bobcats basketball team is off to a hot start, winning their first five contests of the 2015-16 season.

The early returns for BSC have been nothing short of dominant. Averaging 77.8 points per game and only allowing an average of 39 ppg, the Lady Bobcats have established themselves as a force at both ends of the court.

Their most convincing victory came on November 8 against Thomas Nelson Community College as the Bobcats rolled to an 88-11 victory. The 11 points allowed drastically drops the average points allowed this season, but even with last week’s suffocating defensive performance factored in, the Bobcats are averaging just 46 points per game against. Read More…

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